Date Posted: 22/09/2017

18 September; the week at Read

U15 Hockey: Read v Mount St Mary's College

Sat 16 September -  U15s 3:2 to Mount St Mary's


All the team turned up for an early start to Mount St Mary's College. After warming up we took our positions on the field. We soon realised that they were extremely well-practised with some County players and it would be an uphill battle! There was a strong midfield presence with Abi and Gabby pushing the ball forward, with Polly and myself on the wings trying to set up goals. Jess and Imogen supported the midfield with brilliant marking, while in defence Anya was really strong hitting the ball as far up field as she could, with Georgia doing some fantastic tackling. Emily was a great goalkeeper but we were up against a team on a mission! It was a really brave start to the season despite the defeat. With a bit more practice this week we look forward to winning our next match.

Holly Langdale 

350 Cookery Competition Update


Congratulations to all the pupils who entered the Read 350 cookery competition, submitting recipes for a seasonal summer dish.  It was a tough choice to make but the following pupils have been selected to go through to the final, which will be held next Wednesday, 27September.  There will be a winner from each age category who will receive £100.

KS3 finalists are:

  • Abi Broome - Year 9 - seafood paella
  • Daisy Heywood - Year 9 - courgette cake with raspberry frosting
  • Ellie Harrison - Year 9 - summer fruits quinoa salad
  • Jamie Holdich - Year 7 - chicken ballotine with pork and apricot stuffing
  • Chris Norton - Year 8 - creamy sweet potato risotto recipe

Upper School finalists are:

  • Amy McLellan - Year 11 - beef skewers with chimichurri rice and salad
  • Evangeline Barnby - Year 11 - summer sushi sharer
  • Celia Wu - Year 12 - braised pork ribs with seasonal vegetables

The competition will be judged by the owner of Ye Old Sun Inn at Colton who has been a chef for many years.  Ashley and his wife had their first taste of official industry recognition in 2005 when they were nominated in the dining pub category of the prestigious Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards.  The following year they scooped the Innovation of the Year title in The Publican magazine – known widely as the industry bible – for creating a small on-site deli.  Since then, they’ve won a great many accolades, including Yorkshire Pub of the Year at the White Rose Awards, Best Freehouse in the Great British Pub Awards and, perhaps most notably of all, Licensee of the Year 2013 by the BII (British Institute of Innkeepers).  

So as you can see, Ashley will be able to give them very good feedback and advice next week.

The 350 competition challenge requires pupils to prepare, cook and serve a seasonal summer dish.  It must showcase a range of cooking techniques and should be;

  • able to serve two people
  • sweet or savoury
  • hot or cold
  • The dish must follow the Eatwell guide

 Success criteria will be judged in four areas:

  • workmanship - range of cooking techniques and demonstration of hygienic practices
  • creativity and presentation - plate presentation, good use of colour and portion size
  • menu balance - meeting the Eatwell guide, use of seasonal ingredients
  • taste - overall taste and flavour combination

Cooking time starts at 3.00pm and will be judged at 4.30pm.  Pupils must provide their own ingredients and think about how to present the two portions to showcase their ideas.

Please email if you have any further questions.

Sarah Rothwell-Wood

Hockey: Read First team v Mount St Mary’s (A)


Alex Collinson makes a devastating turn on the ball

3:2 loss

Despite losing this match, the Read First team had much to be proud of in their performance. They were up against a much bigger squad with a number of Sixth Form girls in it. A great goal-keeping performance from Emily Crossley disrupted the attacking efficiency of the Mt St Mary front-line; though in counter-attacking couldn’t punch through the opposition’s defence frequently enough to get enough shots on target.

Overall though, a commendable performance and a good start for the girls.

Katie Watson

Hockey U13: Read v Mount St Mary's (A)
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The U13s battled hard, but were ultimately up against a torrent of skilful shots from the opposition
On Saturday, the U13s played a match against Mount St Mary's. We had some great defending from Kaela Abrams and very good play from Isobel Campbell-Baldwin and Jess Henry. Lexie Maw saved some fantastic goals from the other team. Jess Henry was voted player of the match from the Mount St Mary's team. Lily Handforth and Lexie Maw were awarded players of the match from Miss Macpherson.  Unfortunately, though we battled hard, we did suffer a 9-0 defeat.
Lily Handforth