Date Posted: 24/03/2017

20 March; the week at Read

1st Team Football Success

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On Wednesday 22 March the first team took part in the Hull Collegiate 8-a-side tournament. In wet and windy conditions we got off to a cracking start beating Ampleforth College 3 - 0 (scorers Toby Evans, Jackson Gray and Yves Kombe). Game 2 saw a closer encounter with Scarborough College, resulting in a 0 - 0 draw. Game 3 was another dominant performance against Ackworth, after the 12 minute game we won 1 - 0, Toby Evans scoring. The winning streak continued in Game 4, Toby Evans and Yves Kombe giving us a 2 - 0 win against the Hull Collegiate B team. We lost Game 5 against a strong Lincoln Minster team 1 - 0, although we did have chances late in the match.

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In the last group match we switched back on and beat Leeds Grammar School B team 2 - 0 (scorers Jackson Gray and Yves Kombe). A brilliant set of results put us in second place in our group. We were then through to the positional matches where we played the second place from group 1, Bootham, to decide the overall positions. A very controversial penalty gave Bootham a chance to take the lead, which they did. We played some good attacking football, had a couple chances but couldn't find the back of the net. Bootham scored from a breakaway to make the final result 2 - 0. A brilliant afternoon of football from the boys, our final position was fourth out of 13 teams which is an exceptional achievement, given our relative size compared to some of these larger schools.

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Hull Collegiate 8-a-side tournament
Won 3 - 0 Ampleforth
Draw 0 - 0 Scarborough
Won 1 - 0 Ackworth
Won 2 - 0 Hull Collegiate B
Lost 0 - 1 Lincoln Minster
Won 2 - 0 Grammar School Leeds B
Lost 2 - 0 Bootham
Final position 4th out of 13 schools
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Balloon Badminton!

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Years 3 to 6 PE
Lessons took an interesting twist today as shuttlecocks turned into balloons! The children all worked hard on different tasks to develop their technique. Lots of fun! the reason for using the balloons was to assist with the younger ones' racquet coordination: getting them to practise with a balloon is a more gentle way to get them to acclimatise to the more gravity-bound shuttlecock.

D of E Bronze out in the splendid Spring sunshine

D of E this Sunday past went out on their expedition with Mr Gisbourne and Mrs Rothwell-Wood. This expedition was based in the Yorkshire Wolds, starting and finishing in Kirby Underdale.

Those taking part included:
Lucy Barrick
Dominic Chennells
Amy Lister
Grace Handforth
Holly Kantecki
Chris Norton
Alex Rivett
Abigail Senior
Katie Watson
Harry Woodall

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Chris Norton, Diljit Singh, Alex Rivett, Dominic Chennells and Harry Woodall bask in the glory of the English countryside sun

D of E presentation at Selby Abbey

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All of the attendees, en masse, brandishing their certificates. Schools from all over North Yorkshire were in attendance, with Read being one of the biggest contingents.

20 Pupils achieved their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards from Mr Neil Forrest (DofE Northern Regional Manager) on Wednesday 22nd in a wonderful ceremony in Selby Abbey.

Those who received their certificates were:


Lucy Barrick
Tom Broomhead
Alex Collinson
Grace Handforth
Annie Henry
Holly Kantecki
Jessica Liddle
Amy Lister
Amy McLellan
Philippa Musson
Katie Watson
Oliver Weston
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 Proud silver award winner, Alex Marsh, steps up to receive his certificate


Alex Chapman
Matthew Cook
Nick Huynh
Oliver Lane
Alex Marsh
Ben Roberts
Lily Smith


We also had 3 Gold candidates (Kallum Stewart, David Oakley and Aiden Searle) who earned their award this year but are all now at university and were unable to attend.  

How Many Strings To Your Bow?

Evangeline Barnby was taking part in the Don Valley Music and Drama Festival at the weekend where she entered 14 different sections from reciting her own poem to singing in Italian, from classical to musical theatre.  Over the course of the weekend she won 5 trophies and several more places including two other first places.
Evangeline was delighted to be invited to perform at the winners' concert on Sunday afternoon.  This is where all those performers who had attained the highest grade throughout the competition were to perform for another trophy.  Evangeline was up against some very good performers and to our delight, she won!  This was a fantastic achievement for Evangeline, but there was more to come!  She was then invited to represent the festival at the British and International Federation of Festivals Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Region Biennial Championships.  Evangeline broke down in tears at this news saying that this what she had worked for since she first time she had stepped onto the stage at the age of six.
This had been a gruelling and emotional weekend, but it didn't stop there.  At 7:30 pm she would be performing at the Harrogate Festival Finalists' concert.

Mrs Clark

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