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York High are Number 1!

On Wednesday night this week Ms Jabbar and Mr Duarte took two of our Year 8 students Oscar Dewire and Sam Holland to Kings Manor for the York Civic Trust Public Speaking Competition. Most York Schools were represented as well as the Independent Schools of St Olaves and Bootham.

Sam and Oscar won the competition!

These are some of the quotes from those attending

They were amazing – ‘engaging and funny’.

“Delivered the speech with wit and warmth”

On Friday morning, they appeared on BBC Radio York to talk with Jonathan Cowap about the debate. They did us proud and have been invited back to take part in a young people’s opinion panel type show.

York High are Number 2!

The Year 11’s were also in debate competition this week

 ‘On Wednesday evening two of our Year 11 students Amanda Paul and James Davies, represented us in a national debate competition at St Peter’s school. Both students impressed everyone in attendance with their eloquent and measured thoughts on the on the current state of politics and received encouraging feedback from the judges. We ended up finishing second to the hosts St Peter’s on the night, but this an experience both students can use moving forward to college and beyond and they can certainly hold their heads up high with their brilliant attitude throughout.’

Mr Kiernan also went on to say “I thought we were robbed!!”

Year 11 start their practice exams next week so revision for all over the next two weeks.  Ms Evans spoke to the Year 11 today about the importance of sleep, diet and preparation for the exams.

On a lighter note I have mentioned before the Dare to Be campaign we are running with the Year 11 to inspire and challenge them.  We wrote to the clothing company Dare 2 B and they have given us 150 free Headbands.  The Headband is not usually the teenager’s first choice of clothing so we are launching them when Year 11 go to Doncaster Dome in the New Year.  Ms Evans asked me to model other uses for the headband.  Here are some of them below:


Or my particular favourite!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Rod Sims, YHS