Date Posted: 26/02/2016
22 February; the week at Read
Luke is Novice Champion
Year 4 pupil Luke Watts has been seeing success in his new-found hobby; karting, which he has only been competing in since last September.
He is currently racing on a National B novice licence and earlier this month he competed in round two of the TVKC winter championship at the PFI international circuit in Grantham. He races for a team called KMS motor sport and competes in the IAME cadet and Honda cadet classes, which are for age range eight to thirteen. Luke won the first novice home in the IAME class and is shown in the photograph below, proudly showing off his winner’s trophy.
His team boss is so pleased with his progress that he has entered him into this year’s two main British championships, Little Green Man and Super One, the latter of which is televised. To do this Luke needs to be nine years old, which he will reach just before the first race, and hold a National A licence which he should hopefully be able to achieve in the interim.
Unfortunately Luke didn’t do as well in the third round the following weekend when he was involved in quite a serious crash, writing off one of his karts in the process. A journey by air ambulance ensued; thankfully Luke was unhurt and returned to school safely on the Monday morning.
Completely unfazed by the accident, Luke spent most of his half term travelling around the country, beginning with a trip to Rowrah in Cumbria where he once again won the fastest novice trophy in wet and icy conditions. Last weekend saw another trip to Grantham, competing in the Honda 200 extreme winter series, yet again coming in as the fastest novice and eighth overall in the race, his best result so far.
Coming up this weekend is Luke's last chance to compete for a novice trophy, when he will be travelling to Whitton Mill, Daventry to take part in the IAME and the Honda 160 class. He will then be applying for his A licence in readiness for the British National championships next month.
The interest in karting is a full on commitment by both Luke and his parents who are now travelling the UK each weekend supporting him.
The Flour Babies
In our Year 7 English class, we are reading 'The Flour Babies' by Anne Fine. In the novel the main characters are asked by their teacher to look after and keep a diary on small creatures made of flour. So we thought it would be fun to keep some 'Flour Babies' of our own. We crafted 'babies' from fruit or vegetables like the butternut squash pictured above. We then looked after the fragile creatures for a week and kept a diary of their exploits.
"Today was my first day, A girl named Jess came to the Co-op orphanage and decided to adopt me. I have missed my butternut friends but I'm sure they'll find a wonderful home soon too! When I got to my new home I met a fluffy looking small thing that I'd never seen before. Her name was Twix the guinea pig . She's not much smaller than me.
It was a very long night so before long I went to my new cool(ish) bedroom.
Today was the last day and we had to leave in the morning because Holly's family had to go to re-stock on their food. Clemie and I were really upset to be leaving Holly's house. It was a big pleasure to stay there and we had seen things that we had never seen before, and we had visited lots of different places. We said thank you to Holly for having us in her home, and for everywhere she had taken us.
To finish our visit off, we had one last picture with Holly... "
Read Skiers Take Italy By Storm!
Ski Trip to Folgaria
22 pupils, 11 parents and 3 staff enjoyed a brilliant week skiing in Folgaria during half term. The snow conditions were near perfect with fresh snow on 3 days and skiing beneath blue skies. All the pupils that were new to skiing made great progress and by the end of the week were comfortably skiing down red routes and visiting all areas of the mountain. The experienced group refined their technique and skied hard for 6 days.
Good fun was had in the evenings participating in a Quiz, Bowling, Ice Skating, Snow Tubing (the favourite activity - 40mph down a 40m slope in an inflatable rubber ring for an hour); King and Queen of the Slopes were awarded daily with pupils receiving the award (big bag of sweets) for skiing well, making great progress, being helpful or having a crazy wipe out. The hotel was nice, the food very Italian with lots of bread, lots of soup and lots of pasta but unfortunately no ice-cream. If you would like to join us next year in half term when we head off to Andorra, where extensive investment has created a first class ski area, then please ask for an information letter at school or see the recent Parentmail information letter. Finally I would like to thank Mrs Prosser and Mr Hill for assisting me and ensuring we had a successful trip.
In February half term 2017 we have a provisional booking made for a week of skiing in Andorra. A Parentmail was sent out in January giving details about this trip, this mail will be re-issued. The skiing trip is open to pupils who will be in Year 5 up to the Sixth Form and also parents. If you would like to join us I need a £250 deposit by the very latest Friday 4th March.
Ms Prosser, Mr Garrard and Mr Hill enjoy their moment in the sun!
Concentration now begins: Sam Wake and Anya McAvoy snowplough their way down the hill.
Not out of the woods yet: Alex Collinson smoothly takes the slope on.
Talent Show at the Junction
On Wednesday 17 February, Emily Phillips, Ruby Addy, Francesca Turton and Alice Simmons played at the acoustic night at the Junction in Goole. Alice has performed there before and she seemed very comfortable with all her performances either playing her guitar, the piano or being accompanied by Mr Moulson. Ruby was appearing for the first time and she too played the guitar and sang a solo. She was then joined by Francesca Turton who played the piano and sang along with her. The youngest performer was Emily Phillips who sang Moon River; a big song delivered fantastically. The surprise was Tom Wilburn who was playing a bass ukulele. I've never seen one before and I was very impressed. All in all a fantastic night and Read School pupils did us proud.
Ruby Addy and Francesca Turton do a version of "This is Gospel" by "Panic! at the Disco".
Alice Simmons on the keyboard and vocals performing "King", by band "Years and Years".
Read School U11s Football
An enthralling final eight minutes maintained the U11s 100% start to the football season and brought jubilant scenes at the final whistle to those nine young boys in yellow and green! Once Luke Moseley had opened the scoring with a close range header, it appeared that Read would continue their fine form and go on to pick up another victory. However, Hymers capitalised superbly well on a couple of sloppy Read passes to break away and end the half with a 2-1 lead. A further breakaway goal after the restart for the visitors looked to have clinched victory, particularly when Read keeper Joe Scholefield then went on to make three superb stops to prevent Hymers from running away with the game. With time ticking away, an opportunist strike from Henry Holder gave Read hope and clearly lifted their spirits. Moments later, and with just four minutes left on the clock, Holder struck again to salvage a draw. Or at least we thought. The pressure mounted on the Hymers rearguard and with just seconds remaining, Harrison Fairhurst struck across the keeper into the far corner to cap a remarkable late comeback. Great entertainment!
Man of the Match : Rory Ansdell Players' Man of the Match : Joe Scholefield.