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Week 13

Royal Shakespeare Company – Comedy of Errors

The main purpose of our link to the Royal Shakespeare Company is to make Shakespeare, who is arguably the greatest British writer of all time, accessible to as many people as possible.  Jess Jackson has done amazing work on this project in the past few years.  I have to confess that I am not the greatest fan; I would much prefer 80 minutes of Rugby League to 90 minutes of Shakespeare and attended the performance, with the reluctance of a year 9 walking to a double Math’s lesson.  I was blown away by the skill of the actors, who with costume and a simple set, transformed our school hall for 90 minutes on Wednesday night.  The energy and the life that they brought to something that is nearly 500 years old was breathtaking.  I never thought I would say the following but it was really enjoyable.  Our students and our students to be (the officer) were magnificent and what an opportunity for them to have acted alongside professional Shakespearean actors.  Hopefully more were converted to Shakespeare than just this Head Teacher!  Massive thank you to Jess Jackson for all the work that she has done to create memories for our students that will last a lifetime.

York High Political Superpower!

In these Brexit dominated times, politics has never been more important and 8 of our Year 10 students were involved in Project Dare this week.  The event was organised by Mrs Callan who sent me the following email:

'The 8 Y10 students were absolutely fantastic today. Not only did they do themselves proud, they did the school proud. They produced a media clip (encouraging young people to get out and vote) and presented it to four senior people within the council (including the Chief executive of York City Council!). Their clip was SO good that permission is being sought to get them back to the council in January to professionally record the clip, and use it as official CYC footage on their social media channels. I was really impressed!! 4 students (Grace A, Chloe B, Dom L and Jack P) have also won the prize to meet the Lord Mayor and tour Mansion House on the 12th of Dec.  Just thought you’d like to know how successful they were today, a real joy.'

Year 11 Practice Exams

Brilliant attitude and dedication shown by the current Year 11s in their GCSE practice exams this week.  Keep it up next week!

Sports Report

Good luck to Jasmine A in Year 7 who has been put forward for Yorkshire Netball trials next week.   

Great effort from the Year 8 basketball team in their first game against All Saints on Wednesday night. 

Unfortunately, the Year 9 boy’s rugby tournament was called off due to the weather.  RFU are looking to rearrange this in the New Year.

Our sports leaders have been really busy over the past couple of weeks delivering our primary schools and disability sporting festivals. Their passion, enthusiasm and professional conduct has been phenomenal.  There are many more events to come so keep up the good work team.

December 1st tomorrow, so we can properly start thinking about Christmas!

It is not quite Shakespearean but in the words of my favourite Christmas advert, “Holidays are coming!”

Have a smashing weekend

Rod Sims