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Week 21

Busy end to the half term at York High.  Year 11 looked immaculate for the year group photo at the start of the week.  With the House system it is not often that they gather as a year group and I felt very proud of them.  Today Year 11 have been working hard during the Science Practical day where they are learning the practical experiments that they will need for their GCSE.

Earlier in the week Mr Longbottom had taken a group of students to Science Live. He said:

“On Monday students studying triple Science had the opportunity to attend "GCSE Science Live" at the University of York. The students were given lectures from leading innovators in Science from a range of subjects including nuclear fusion and time travel! The event was also attended by an AQA examiner who gave clear and practical advice in preparation for the summer exams. The students represented the school community extremely well and enjoyed the day.”

Our careers programme runs throughout the school year and on Wednesday year 9 had a presentation from Men in Childcare

Children in the UK have their care and education experiences provided predominantly by female staff. Nationwide only 3% of the Early Years workforce are male and only 14% of Primary sector staff are male with 25% of Primary Schools have no men working in them.  Research shows that there are huge benefits from having men in childcare, such as providing male role models, eradicating gender stereotypes and helping fathers engage with their children.

Karl, from 'Men into Childcare York' came in to deliver an assembly for year 9. He told us about his own pathway into his current career as room leader at Muddy Boots nursery and NVQ assessor for York & Scarborough. Pupils were told about the varied career options available in Child Care and Health & Social Care and the different routes into these, including apprenticeships.

Here is the link to the organisation if interested, Karl, http://www.men-into-childcare.org.uk

This half term has seen the high profile Tell Someone anti bullying campaign and it finished with the offer for anyone to come into school to meet Mr Louth or myself.  Nobody took up the offer but going forward we want to make sure that anyone feels able to contact us any time to discuss bullying.

The teaching staff are back in school on the 24th February and the students are due back on Tuesday 25th. Also, we have a Southbank Trust training day on Friday 6th March.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and a great week.

Rod Sims

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