Date Posted: 16/10/2015

12 October: the week at Read


Alice in Wonderland

What follows is the inspiring story from Alice Simmon, in 9RK who has recently performed in her local town talent competition, the "Goole's Got Talent" event. Here's Alice to talk to us about how if you want something, you have to walk out there and get it!

"I found out about this competition when I was with my mum and I saw the leaflet, so I rang up and spoke to someone called Anne who told me that I would have to pass an audition before I sang in the competition. I had two weeks to prepare a song for the audition so I decided to sing my own cover of 'The A Team' by Ed Sheeran, which I also played on my guitar. When I went to the audition there were four judges and after I sang they told me that they would ring in a few days if I got through. A couple of days went by and they rang saying that I had passed and I was a younger version of the female singer Birdy. I was thrilled!

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12 people passed the audition including me. I had three weeks to prepare a song so I did 'Let it Go' by James Bay. On the night I actually didn’t feel nervous even though The Junction was full. My mum, my cousins, my grandparents and Honor came to watch me, but Mrs Clark also met us there. When I went to see my friend Honor in the audience I saw that Mr and Mrs Patrick had come as well which was lovely. I was second performing on the night but I had to stay backstage with the rest of the performers. Lots of my friends were also performing so it was nice to be backstage with them. When I was called on to the stage I couldn’t see anyone because the lights were so bright. When I came off I was relieved, it was a good night and I will do it again next year. It was great preparation for beating nerves!"                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Full Steam Ahead!

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Matthew Cook in Year 10, pictured above, like many of you at Read, leads a secret life at the weekends. He is a steam train volunteer, working on the North Yorkshire Moors railway between Pickering and Whitby. In this exclusive interview with Mrs Patrick, Matthew tells about the many roles he occupies: including working in hospitality, as a mechanic, even as driver!

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Interview with Matthew Cook  Tuesday 13 October 2015

Where do you volunteer Matthew?

At the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

When did you start there?

In September 2014.

What made you decide to volunteer there?

I am interested in steam trains and the different engines, including the Sir Nigel Gresley, the Mallard, Eric Tracey, Flying Scotsman and others. All the engines have names, which helps me remember them!

What is it you like about them?

I like the sound of the engines, they are old-fashioned. I also like the interesting train journeys, through the beautiful countryside: Pickering and Whitby great places.

How often do you go to work there?

I go once a month during most of the year and at other times for more days at a time.

Is that for one day or more?

I go for one day each month, but during the school holidays I go for more days and they have a junior volunteers week, which I went on during the summer holidays.

What did you do during the Junior Volunteers Week?

At that time I did some building work on a wall, on board catering. At other times when I am there I work at the engine sheds, cleaning the engines and helping with repairs.

I understand some volunteers are able to stay for longer and sleep in some old carriages, is this something you would like to do in the future?

Yes because I can get more involved with other volunteers and my parents won’t have to keep taking me there and back each day.

How do you feel when working on the railway?

It gives me the confidence to talk to other people, it helps me make friends, and working with the locomotives makes me feel happy.

Is working with trains something you might like to do when you leave school?

Yes I would like to be a driver. You can work up through different positions and when I am 16 I am going to train to be a fireman, they shovel the coal and keep the fire going. But the best job of all would be being an engine driver.

U13s: Read v Ashville (A)


The U13s celebrate another excellent victory, this time against Ashville.

On Saturday 10th October Read U13s played a Rugby match taking on Ashville U13 Bs. It was a tough game and with the weather conditions being foggy and wet it made it even harder. It took a while for Read to get going but after going 7-0 down we knew we needed to.

Sam Stephens scored all the catch-up  tries and I, the captain, got us the conversions we needed to go on and win the match 33-19.

A very good result for the team with the absence of two of our most important players in the team, Alex Wilkinson and Tom Schofield. Hopefully we can continue the season playing as we played on Saturday.

Report by Spencer Smith, 8JB


 Spot the ball: it will come down eventually.

U15s Read v Ashville (A)


A Game of Two Halves

 It was a chilly autumn morning when Read School U15s arrived at Ashville College.

Read were still smarting after two losses in a row and were determined put in a great performance and get a good result. Alex Marsh took the kick off to start the match and away we went. Read put in a great first chase and caused Ashville to knock the ball on under pressure.

We were all fired up and it didn’t take long for us to get our first try, which was quickly followed by a harsh yellow card for Tom Broomhead for going into contact with his elbow.

Read dominated the first half thanks to some brilliant plays and tries from the team who were still bonding together. We constantly fired each other up and motivated each other after each try even though the team were missing a couple of key players.  Thanks to Oliver Weston and Alex Marsh making some outstanding runs, the confidence running through the team was clear to see.

We went into half time 29-0 up and happy with our performance.

The second half was an entirely different story with Ashville ripping apart our defence with ease and scoring some easy tries. Our work rate was absolutely brilliant in the second half and we were unlucky to concede some silly penalties. There were two incidents in the second half where Ashville hadn’t scored, but the referee gave them the benefit of the doubt and blew for a try.

Harry Woodall, Alex Marsh, Josh Oatley and Oliver Weston put a brilliant amount of effort in for the team throughout the course of the match and the final score of 29-29 courtesy of some dubious decisions by the ref didn’t reflect our performance.

In the end we left Ashville disappointed but not down-hearted because we knew what the score should have been and ready for the next game and for our first win of the season.

Reported by Elliott Burgess, 10SM

Year 8 Visit to Betty's, Harrogate 

Bettys (600 x 450).jpg"Will, why are you concentrating so hard on making this bread?"

"I'll tell you why Alex; I knead the dough."

Year 8 visited Betty’s cookery school in Harrogate and were very impressed with the facilities there. It felt like being on a celebrity television programme! After arriving we were given a demonstration by the staff about how to make Betty's bread; they went into detail about the function of the ingredients which will help Year 8 when they move to Food Preparation and Nutrition in November. Pupils then made their own bread and left it in their giant provers. Whilst the bread was proving pupils were given a talk about how the bread is batch-produced at Betty's. The bakers at Betty's start at midnight in order to get the bread out the following day. They are all shaped by hand.

Our pupils then shaped their bread and added a glaze and seeds. Once in the oven they did a sensory taste test of Betty's bread against supermarket bread, there was no comparison! DSC05330 (800x600) - Copy.jpg

State of the art. Cooking on an epic scale with the Year 8 girls.

Duke of Edinburgh Award 2015


I'm just going to sit down for a while; I may be some time...

Seventeen of the twenty Year 9 pupils signed up for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award undertook their first training walk on Sunday, 11 October in glorious sunshine. There were three groups of pupils, each with a member of staff to guide them if things went wrong (which they didn't!). The area chosen for the walk was from Bishop Wilton (under Garrowby Hill) going to Millington and Great Givendale.

The pupils also had to cook, using a Trangia (Meths burner) cooker and this proved a wonderful learning curve for some. We now know that precooked pasta heated in a pan without sauce will burn!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the day very much indeed, and for a first real go with a map and genuine responsibility, all pupils did very well. There were several comments that they could not wait for the next walk, although winter conditions may alter opinions.

David Gisbourne


A brief respite, and time for some lunch!

U13 & U15 Victory over Ackworth School

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The U13 girls won their match by 3 goals to 1 following 2 goals scored by Libby Ansdell and a final blistering shot by Holly Langdale to seal the victory.

The U15 girls thoroughly trounced the opposition by 12 goals to 2 - a fabulous final scoreline.

Well done to all the girls on excellent results!