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Message from the Head – Week 33

Week 33 – 7 June 2024

Key Dates

  • SBMAT Sports Festival – Tuesday 11th June
  • Y7 Bradford Trip – Wednesday 12th June

Dare to Dream

For me the week started with the sad news that Rob Burrow had finally lost his fight with Motor Neurones Disease.

I know that I am not on my own when I say how inspirational Rob has been not only as a player but even more so in the way he chose to fight MND.

As a small tribute to Rob I will leave you with his words.

“In a world full of adversity we must dare to dream” Rob Burrow

Rod Sims


YHS at York Pride

10 years ago, Mr Sims climbed aboard the big red bus at the start of the York Pride Parade and gave a speech about tackling homophobia, and promoting inclusion, diversity and acceptance.

Staff and students then joined the parade, making history as the first school in York to officially sign up and support York Pride!

This year, Mr Sims once again joined staff and students for the parade, except things we very different.

Back in 2014 there were around 1000 people in the parade – but in 2024 there were over 7000! with over 20 schools, including 4 South Bank Trust schools, 2 youth groups and a Scout group, creating a magnificent ¾ mile long parade.

York High is proud to support York Pride, and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels.

Later this month we will be celebrating Pride Month with a week of activities and information in the library and during form time, led by Miss Linsey.


Aesthetica Film Festival

Thank you for the interest from year 8 in this really exciting project.

We have the biggest sign up of any school involved!

The first 2 sessions are Friday 7th and 14th June after school in PA1. The rest of the sessions will be Tuesday after school until the end of the year.

Please ensure you have returned your permissions slips to Mrs Lancaster.


Barbican – SBMAT Arts Festival

Rehearsals for the SBMAT Arts Festival at the Barbican (singing group) are currently on Tuesdays after school in PA1 until 4:15pm

Details about the main event, including how to get hold of tickets will be released soon.


In Other News



Choral Festival

Those students involved in the Choral Festival on Tuesday 18th June should have received a letter and rehearsals for this are on Thursdays after school in PA1 until 4:15pm.

Please return your permissions slip asap.


Instrumental Lessons

If your child is interested in instrumental or vocal lessons, they can collect a letter from Mrs Lancaster for lessons to start in the new school year.

If your child is in receipt of Pupil Premium, Free School Meals or is a Looked After Child, please indicate on the Google forms sign up and Mrs Lancaster can apply for a bursary to cover some or all of the cost.


Lost Property

We have accumulated a large number of coats and items of lost property prior to breaking up for half term.

If your child has lost a coat, item of school uniform or anything else, please ask them to pop down to pupil reception at break or lunchtime to check lost property.

Any items not collected will be donated to charity over the summer holidays.

If your child has a tie at home with ‘YHS LOAN’ stamped on the inside label, please could you ensure it is returned to pupil reception early next week.

Thank you




Community News


Summer Reading Challenge

Explore Libraries are looking for young volunteers (aged 13+) to support their Summer Reading Challenge.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, visit: Volunteer – Explore York

Explore – Coder Dojo Club

Explore are looking for volunteers to help support our Coder Dojo club!

York CoderDojo is a friendly place to meet and develop coding and tech skills or learn something new.

Informal sessions where young people from 7-17 and families can come along and work on projects, develop new skills, participate in challenges, whatever they want.

York CoderDojo are there to provide guidance, encouragement & support in a relaxed environment.

Participants can work on an existing project, learn something new, show others their cool coding projects or just see what’s going on.

CoderDojo is volunteer run and based in a community setting, the primary focus giving young people a space, where they can have fun with tech on their terms and take part in tech that is interesting and fun for them.

CoderDojo is free for people to attend, which is where the digital inclusion comes into it. Individuals can bring in their own laptops, but we want to make this as inclusive as possible and have access for everyone, so we would have equipment for young people to use in the session.

More info can be found here

The first session would run Sat 27th July and then continue on the fourth Sat of every month at Our Lady’s Church Hall, Acomb.

 Want to know more about how to sign up and become a CoderDojo volunteer – email Grace at or

Summer Basketball Camp

A BIG Basketball Summer Camp is coming to York, and we aim to attract players aged 8-18yrs both Boys + Girls.
Yorkshire Basketball Evolution’s aim is to continue evolving Basketball into kids across Yorkshire, we are a small group of Highly Qualified Coaches and want to build Basketball in the region.
Summer Camp:
Monday 19th August > Friday 23rd August 2024
@ University of York Sports Arena
08:30-17:30 everyday
Boys + Girls ages 8-18
£150 for 5 days*
*1,2,3 + 4 days options available.
Sign up Deadline: 21st July 2024
Below is also a link to our website with various information about Camps, School Visits and FAQs.





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