Date Posted: 11/01/2016

11 January: the week at Read

Netball Recommences!

Last Saturday saw the Netball season reconvene: the girls dusted off their kits and donned their bibs to take on the might of Mount St Mary's College!

Netball v Mount St Mary's on Saturday 9th January



It was a great start to the season on Saturday using our first match as a training game against Mount St Mary's. There were ten girls who played and we were able to try different positions in order to assess the teams' strengths. The ball was up and down the court with some excellent passing resulting in a few goals. The final result was a 16-3 defeat but this was not reflective of the game.



The girls arrived with their usual upbeat enthusiasm and after a thorough warm-up we were ready to go. We were looking strong from the start and took an early lead with some outstanding shots on goal. It was obvious that Mount St Mary's were not going to give in easily and despite having a three goal lead in the final quarter, they managed to claw their way back to a 12-12 draw. A superb start to the season.

Mrs Prosser

The PFA Quiz Night Wants You!


Just a reminder that next Friday, 22 January sees our annual PFA quiz, with questions led by the Sixth Formers. Come along and form a team, or throw yourself in the deep end and be part of a random one!

There will be parents, pupils and teachers of the school here, all competing for the honour of General Knowledge Guru of Britain! Well, of Drax at least....

Entrance is £3 per adult, £1 per child and please bring along a plate of something delicious towards the contribution supper.  The bar will also be open, selling beer, wine and soft drinks.  Come along and join in the fun!

Football Kicks Off!

A tough start to the season for Read's football teams, who struggled to find traction as quickly as they did in their rugby season. Mr Garrard gives us a brief overview of last weekend's games.

Football v Hull Collegiate School

Read v Hull Collegiate School has become a bit like our local derby match in the major sports of rugby, football and cricket. Interestingly the results tend to reflect the extra curricular sport played away from school. Currently rugby is the chosen sport outside of school for most of the Read boys and success against Hull before Christmas reflected this; whereas the PE staff at Hull report many more boys playing club football. I think the results from the first games of the season reflect this observation. As the season progresses individual skills will improve and the team work and tactical side of the game can be developed and we will definitely see some positive results. One thing I cannot fault is the boys' commitment, energy and enthusiasm on the football pitch which was just superb.

U13 v Hull Collegiate. Lost 8 – 1

U15 v Hull Collegiate. Lost 5 – 2

1st Team v Hull Collegiate. Lost 9 – 0

Mr Garrard

Ski Lessons at Xscape

On Wednesday night eight pupils, Mr Hill and Mr Garrard travelled to Xscape to complete their fourth lesson of skiing. The pupils have done very well in the previous lessons and started this lesson at the mid point on the big slope. Under the guidance of the ski coach they practised turns and controlling their speed. Towards the end of the session they all ventured to the top of the main slope and successfully skied the full slope. The pupils are now in a great place for when they fly out to Italy on 13 February; they will very quickly be skiing all over the mountain and enjoying the excitement and exhilaration of skiing down large slopes and spending time in the beautiful mountains.

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Mr Garrard having fun on an Alpine mountain.


Exciting Overseas Visits launched


This week sees the launch of a number of exciting overseas visits. Mrs Scholefield is organising a visit in October 2016 to Iceland for senior pupils in the school. This will include visiting some stunning natural landscapes including The Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park and the massive glacier at Sólheimajökull (pictured below).


2017 Ski trip

The location for the 2017 Ski Trip has been provisionally booked for the location of Grandvaliara in Andorra during the February half term. Mr Garrard hopes there will be keen interest form pupils in Year 4 through to the Sixth Form and from parents who would like to learn to ski or join the school on the annual trip.

More information about both exciting opportunities is included in the recent Parentmail, but if you require further information please contact Mrs Scholefield or Mr Garrard via email at school; or