Date Posted: 18/03/2016

14 March: the week at Read

Talent Show 2016

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Budding divas Libby and Heather!

A fantastic night was had by all at the latest Read School's Got Talent.  This year's event was brilliantly compered by none other than Alfie Thomlinson, resplendent in white flares, yellow ruffle shirt and blue blazer with diamante trimming.  His quick witted comments and his appearance around the hall helped make the evening go with a swing.

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Is this robotics?

There were acts as diverse as football skills to the Year 10 band.  There was some very good singing in groups and solos: playing the piano and singing seems to be the order of the day, following in Bryony Chapman's footsteps from last year.

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Jack and Jake looking cool!

The eventual winners were: Lizzie Wake from the Prep School with her rendition of 'I Only Want To Be With You' and Alice Simmons playing the piano and singing 'All of the Stars'.

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Senior School winner Alice Simmons

It is great to see so many children wanting to show their talent in whatever form.  I am particularly pleased to see so many children working together to make music.  I was very proud of them all.  Read really has got talent!

Julie Clark

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  Baton twirling extraordinaire!

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Food, Glorious Food!



Year 11 GCSE Food Technology pupils made their final products and invited people to come and evaluate them to give feedback. They have worked very hard over the last year; visitors were very impressed with their food products and all pupils have reached or exceeded their target grade in the controlled assessment which is 60% of their target grade.

 Light, Glorious Light!


Year 6 have been making tea light holders using resistant materials. They have learnt how to draw in 3D to create their design ideas, they did some theory work on the primary source of wood and plastic and they have worked hard to produce the final product in the workshop.


Football: U13s Read v Fyling Hall School

By Spencer Smith, 8JC


This was Read’s last Saturday game in the Football season and without doubt we were going out with a bang! Fyling Hall, the visitors coming from the Whitby coast simply weren’t ready for what was about to happen. After the game started the Read boys were all over the guests from the beginning with some beautiful link-up play between Alex Wilkinson and Spencer Smith giving them both four goals each. Zain Khan’s bursting runs down the wings brought him his first goal of the season. Goals also came from Max Hammell and Sam Stephens controlling the middle of the pitch. Fyling Hall never gave up and got themselves three goals back. The final score ended up being Read 13, Fyling Hall 3.

A definitive end to the season for our team, with a win-loss ratio of 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw. We'll take that.

Read U9 Football Tournament at Pocklington


Unfortunately, there was to be no repeat of last years successful run to the final as the current crop of Year 3 and 4 footballers came up against some tough opposition in this year's competition. Opening group games against Mount Pleasant and the host school brought heavy defeats, unsurprising as these two excellent sides would later compete in the final. However, the boys showed some improvement in their remaining two games as they narrowly went down to Hill House before finishing with a draw against the Minster School in their final match. It was a useful experience for our small band of Year 3 boys who faced many stronger and older boys throughout the afternoon's games but it will serve them well for when we return next year.


A Round-up of Girls' Sport

U13s v Pocklington; Saturday 12th March


This was an excellent match from the outset. Both teams showed strengths in their attack and defence so it was a challenge to get the ball through to the shooters. The score was just tipping into Pocklington's favour by halfway and after an effective team talk with Miss Macpherson the girls were energised and managed to go back on the court with some tactical ideas. The final score was 8-8 which was an excellent result.

U15 v Pocklington; Saturday 12th March


Under pressure: Annie Henry goes for goal from the red circle.

This game was a challenge because unfortunately the teams were not well matched in terms of ability (due to some girls playing away at another fixture for Pocklington) and so after the first half we were already 13-0 ahead. We played the next few quarters out of position so the teams were more balanced, however Lucy Barrick showed that she had hidden talents as a shooter and continued to score 12 goals! It was the final game of the season and as usual the girls' passing, defence, attack and shooting was just reaching the pinnacle of performance so it was always going to be a struggle to even the game up. The final score was 50-1, although both teams seemed to enjoy the match and gained benefits from it.
U13 v The Minster School; Monday 14th March


This was a great game for our girls as they were well matched in terms of their skill level. I was pleased to see the tactics of dodging and creating space being used and there was much better support around the circle to feed the shooters. The girls initially struggled to keep possession in order to create scoring opportunities, but after half time we had managed to play a quarter where Minster had only scored one extra goal than us. The final score was an 8-18 defeat, but this was not reflective of the movement of the ball up and down the court. A pleasing final result before we start the rounders season.

Mrs S Prosser

Read 4 - 4 Minster School


Read U13s: a four-all draw was good, but a victory was in their grasp for the taking.

Playing on a very bouncy Astroturf surface at York University both teams struggled to control the ball and play passing football. The Read players were a very sluggish allowing the Minster boys too much time in possession and not running hard enough off the ball when we had it. A much improved second half saw early goals and suddenly we were 4 - 3 in the lead thanks to four fine finishes from Spencer Smith. Unfortunately another lapse in concentration from our defence let Minster in for the equaliser. Shortly after that the final whistle blew. On reflection this was a game we should have won and should have won comfortably, we just didn't perform to the best of our abilities for long enough in the match.
Mr Garrard

Day 3 of Sport Relief week in the Prep School!

Read U11 6-5 Scarborough College U11


Fighting for every point: Read eke out a well-deserved win in a very evenly balanced contest.

Read continued their excellent footballing campaign with yet another incredible comeback on Tuesday afternoon. Trailing 3-1 after 10 minutes and playing far from their best, things looked ominous as Scarborough threatened to run away with the game. To be fair, both keepers had made a string of good saves but Read weren't playing the quick pressing and passing game they had displayed on previous occasions this season. However, a quick reply from James Senior followed Ethan Kaye's opener and at 2-3, Read were back in the game. Senior added another to bring the teams level before a Harjit Singh brace and a first goal of the season from Rory Ansdell sent Read 6-3 up and cruising to victory. It was a remarkable turn around of events but another twist was yet to come in the remaining five minutes. Scarborough didn't give up and two lovely strikes from their midfield maestro brought a tense end to the game. Read were hanging on, Scarborough pressed in desperation for a last gasp equaliser that, fortunately for Read, never came. Great entertainment once again.

Man of the Match : Rory Ansdell

Read U15s v Fyling Hall School: 6-2 to Read


Match report by Jackson Gray

On Saturday 12March Read U15s played Fyling Hall School. We managed to get a good result after a long game where the final score was 6-2 in our favour.  We had to play Alex Chapman (our centre back) in goal and he did a great job. Many of our midfielders were playing in defence and Owen Harker, who managed to score a hat-trick, played outstandingly as a striker. Jackson Gray also scored two and Diljit scored the other playing in right midfield. Tobias Evans controlled the midfield with Josh Oatley who was playing his last game for the school. They failed a few times but many of their passes were great balls through to our attackers. Overall it was a great result for our last game of the season. Well played to all of the team and next year we will improve our win to loss ratio even though we have a good one anyway.

Throughout the whole season our team had a lot more positives than negatives; our midfield played a huge part in every match, most headers were won and we kept the oppositions' midfield at bay. We rotated through 3 goalkeepers and 8 defenders, we used the same attack and midfield most of the time. We won 4 of our fixtures and lost 2. When we won it was usually by quite a large margin, our biggest victory was 12-0. We undeservedly lost 3 of our games and we still played well despite the final score. So well played to everyone and hopefully we can improve for next season's fixtures.

Pre-School and Pre-Prep Easter activities

The children in the Pre-School and Pre-Prep have had a very busy week with celebrations around the theme of Easter.  They performed their Easter concert on Tuesday to parents in the performing arts studio, where they all took the parts of Easter bunnies and chicks, birds and flowers and sang and danced.

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A craft afternoon took place on Wednesday, followed by the Easter bonnet parade and an egg-rolling competition on Thursday.  Winners in the Easter bonnet parade went to:

Pre-School: Oliver Guest    REC/Year 1: Oscar Davies    Year 2: Joseph Wake

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Winners of the egg-rolling competition were:

Pre-School: Katie Robson   REC/Year 1: Elizabeth Kay   Year 2: Emily Kaye

What a lot of wonderful creations there were and congratulations to all the winners!

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