Date Posted: 14/10/2016
10 October: the week at Read
The Pre-School, Pre-prep and Prep School children have held a Harvest Festival service in Moloney Hall. The Pre-School children had been learning and using basic Makaton signs to support their communication with each other during ‘no pens’ week and joined with the rest of the children in Pre-Prep to learn the Makaton signs to use with their superb Harvest songs. Pre-School and Pre-prep children with their Harvest message
Dr Sweetman then gave an address about the importance of sharing and giving messages of thanks. This was followed by a fantastic version of ‘Let it Grow’ (yes, ‘Let it Go’ with a twist) by Years 3 & 4, complete with carrots as microphones. Year 5 then performed their own poetic creation ‘The Fruity Fashion Show’ and Year 6 performed an interesting and amusing drama about the importance of good nutrition. Years 3 and 4 in a lusty rendition of their own version of 'Let it Go'!
After the service, the Harvest gifts were sold to friends and family and we made the very impressive sum of £312 in aid of Selby Hands of Hope.
We would like to extend our thanks to all of the parents, grandparents and friends for supporting the children, for providing the wonderful Harvest gifts and for their generous donations to this very worthwhile charity.
Jess, Harjit and Joe with some of the wonderful Harvest baskets
National Poetry Day
Prep School children have whiled away a morning creating messages to future Read School pupils as part of National Poetry Day. Very excitingly, the three winning poems have been placed in the time capsule Dr Sweetman organised to be buried within the walls of the new music building. The children did a fabulous job and choosing winners was not an easy task. Here is Alex Love’s poem:
Dear Future Read School Pupil,
On my first day I was quite shy,
But I had to keep my head up high,
My favourite lesson is DT,
And PE because it keeps me healthy,
In the future I want to be
A soldier to protect my country,
At Bewerley Park I had lots of fun
Doing kayaking in the sun,
It was great being a pupil at Read,
It has given me all the education I need.
By Alex Love, Year 5
All of the poems can be seen on display in the entrance to the Prep School.
Time Capsule for future generations to find
A time capsule was inserted into the wall of the new music building currently being constructed as part of the 350th anniversary celebrations.
The box containing school prospectus and magazine, CD, DVD, local and national newspapers, including the Goole Times and Selby Times, along with poems written by the Prep School and small items of memorabilia, was inserted into an interior wall of the new building which is set to be completed by the spring of 2017. This coincides with the school’s 350th anniversary in 2017 and is intended to provide a snapshot of life at the school for future generations to study. The ceremony was performed by the Headmaster Dr John Sweetman with Heads of School, Alfie Thomlinson and Lizzy Limbert.
Inter-House Masterchef Competition
The Interhouse 'Masterchef' activity takes place after school on Mondays and the winners this week were from Phoenix House: Harry Woodall with his 'Pesto Salmon' and Theo Chandler with his 'Express Macaroni Cheese'.
Both dishes were delicious and well presented. Well done both Harry and Theo and to all the other pupils who took part!
Mrs Rothwell-Wood & Mrs Ives
Mr Knowles's sponsored walk!
Mr Knowles set out last week on a sponsored walk to raise some money for the boarding house. It was a journey totalling a distance of 32 miles from the school to York Designer Outlet, via Barlow, Barlby, Riccall, and the 'Solar System' cycle path...and then back again for good measure!
"I'm all for a good challenge, and this was certainly one of the most challenging things I've ever done! I'm sure the boarders and the staff on duty on that night will agree when they saw the state I arrived back in! However the important thing is we've raised around £300 for some new facilities for the boarders. I would like to thank everyone that put some sponsorship money in, it was greatly appreciated."
The money will mostly be put towards a new gaming console in the Norfolk common room area, as the current console is looking more than a little bit second hand! The boarders are largely an active group who do not need the hypnotizing powers of games consoles, but having a brand new one will give them another option to entertain themselves on an evening during their free time.
If anyone still wants to donate any amount of money, (big or small) then it will be solely put into improving the boarding house for our boarders.
Duke of Edinburgh Award training walk
A group of eight pupils enjoyed a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award training day on Sunday. They walked about nine miles in the Yorkshire Wolds starting in Bishop Wilton, taking in Givendale and onto Millington and Dug Dale. Pupils practised their navigation skills and also had a go at preparing a meal using the Trangia cooking stoves. The weather was fine but punctuated by showers producing some great rainbows. All enjoyed the walk including Mr Gisbourne’s and Dr Sweetman’s dogs!Jessica Ratcliffe, Holly Langdale and Anya McAvoy pictured above Bishop Wilton with rainbow!