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I have loved this week.  The open evening on Wednesday is such a great evening  for the school.  The students that give their time to be guides, to be interviewed on stage or to help in the different areas are the best adverts for the school.  They show the qualities that represent York High school students, honest, forthright and charming.  The staff were magnificent on Wednesday night as well.  I think that our open evening is the best in York as we are not putting on a show, we are honest and caring throughout the year not just for one night.

On a more worrying note Mrs Mackay has given me some attendance and punctuality figures that need to be addressed.  Only 57% of York High School pupils still have 100% attendance after the first four weeks or 319 students have had at least one day off already.  Let us make sure that illness is genuine not just tiredness.

Please can you support us over lates as well 38% of the school 285 pupils have been late at least once this year.  Please can you make sure that your children are up and out on a morning.  Next week will be a focus week and anyone late will receive a lunchtime detention.

On a more positive note, here is a photo of Mr Walkers Hot Chocolate Friday students who have all worked hard to earn the hot chocolate!

Good luck to Mr Walker as he runs the York Marathon this weekend if you see him cheer him on.

In order to help develop our staff we are filming some lessons.  The best training is often observing yourself.  The film will only be used by the teachers and we are not filming the students directly.  I certainly realised that I had enjoyed summer too much when I saw myself!

I mentioned the Breck foundation last week and I am delighted to say that the non-uniform day raised £625.

Finally, if any of you are going to Old Trafford I hope to see you there, All Leeds aren’t  we!

Have a great weekend

Rod Sims, YHS


Monday 9th October

  • Year 11 Food students – start their controlled assessment next week – Good Luck!

Friday 13th October

  • Year 7 reward trip to York racecourse