Date Posted: 26/05/2017

22 May; the week at Read

Year 9 English pupils offer opinions

Pupils have been preparing for their end of year assessments in English.  These Year 9 pupils were given 45 minutes to write about whether they agree that;

"People become too attached to their pets.  Animals are here to be useful not to be spoilt."

I hope you enjoy reading some of their ideas as much as I did.

Miss Cross

224.jpgI agree with the statement because people get really attached to the animals and treat them like children.  Some companies make money from pet owners by selling them things that aren't needed.  For example a cat scratching post can cost uo to £400.  What's wrong with the garden fence?  Another point is some pet owners want the newest toys and beds for their animals when a simple doormat or old piece of clothing is just as good.

Animal lovers seem to think their pets need special diets.  Supermarkets now sell specialist food products like gluten-free, lactose-free and grain-free. In older times people would give their pets food like hearts, livers, brains.  This is much cheaper than the tinned food and better for them.  This is treating them like a child and spoiling them. 

Cat and dog accessories can go to the extreme of diamond encrusted collars and automatic opening doors for the pets.  The pets could just use a ten pound collar.  The pets don't know what collar they are wearing, whether it has diamonds on it or not.  Why do you need a diamond encrusted collar and coat?

Buying all these things for their animals, makes them want to show off to their friends and what they have for them but it doesn't make them love their pets any more.

Cat litter can range in price from £2 a bag to £25 a bag.  Why pay for that when old newspaper does the same thing?  You are also throwing away £25 every time you get some more.

Pets can often be a substitute for children and animals should be used to help their owners in working on farms, docks, airports, guide dogs.  These dogs don't have the luxury of most pets and they are still the same animals.

Dominic Chennells

236.jpgI don't agree with 'People become too attached to their pets.  Animals are here to be useful, not to be spoilt, ' because people do what they want, it's their own pet not anyone else's.

Also I think it's ridiculous to say they are just there to be useful. That is not true at all.  Sometimes the pets who aren't useful are the best, for example, say you have a fat sausage dog who is always comforting and always by your side, you may like that dog more than a sheepdog who is really useful but doesn't comfort you.

Another reason is when the animal gets injured, for example a racehorse; as soon as it is injured it is useless.  What happens if they did the same thing to humans?  That means that every time someone got injured, their career would be over or they would kill them because they are useless.  That means there would be less people because people get injured every day.

I think when you spoil an animal, you can spoil them to a certain extent but not over the top.  Sometimes owners give their pets things they can't eat, like chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so even if you are rewarding them, you could actually be killing them. Another reason is if you keep rewarding them every time then it won't be discipline.  It will be naughty like a little child if you reward it after they have done something wrong and they will carry on doing bad things.

When humans do something dirty they normally get referred to as an animal which isn't right because animals can't help being dirty, it's their natural instinct to do that. Imagine if someone referred to you as being dirty?

Overall I don't think it's right what the quote refers to.

Alex Wilkinson

Appeal from former pupil                   PCUK_InSupport_Logo_Purple_RGB_small.jpg

Hi, my name is Ben Watson and on 4 June I will be skydiving 15000 feet out of a plane; this is something I have never done before.  The reason I am doing this is to raise money for pancreatic cancer, from which my godmother Jackie Bennett sadly died.

Pancreatic cancer in most people goes unnoticed and sadly by the time a diagnosis is made the cancer is usually too far advanced.  At best the survival rate is five years, however most people survive only one year.

Jackie was a major influence in my life and always encouraged me to try my very best and live life to the full and taking every opportunity which passed my way.  To this end she bought me a skydive for my 18th birthday to give me a lifetime experience I would never forget.  Sadly Jackie died in her husband's arms three days before I was due to jump.  I felt I'd let her down at the time, however Jackie had never told me her time left was so short, as always shielding me from any pain, showing her true love for me.

I am now trying to turn this tragic loss of such a wonderful lady into a positive and with the help of Jackie's husband Graham, I have rearranged my jump for 4th June, which happens to be 'Jump for Pancreatic Cancer' month.

My goal is to raise £1000 by 4 June which I realise is a short space of time.  If you could possibly donate any amount, however small, to help me reach my target, it would be much appreciated.  I would truly love to donate for more research into this deserving yet unrecognised cancer.  If you are able to help, please visit my JustGiving page https// or find the link on Watson's MOT and Service Centre Facebook page.

Thank you

Ben Watson

CCF visit to Yorkshire Air Museum

On Thursday 18 June, Years 8 and 9 CCF cadets paid a  visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.  During the course of the visits cadets were lucky enough to be able to watch a larger than usual number of ground movements by aircraft as the display s were rearranged.  The museum exhibitions cover the history of 200 years of flight with particular emphasis on the role of RAF Elvington as a Bomber Command station during World War II.

Lt Col (Retd) J Staves

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Fun in Andalucia!

We've packed our children off to Andalucia for the week, here's a little picture diary of what they have been up to.  Their Spanish language is improving and it is turning out to be an amazing adventure for all.

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Read v Mount St Mary's College Tuesday 23rd May

The girls started out strong, scoring 7 and a half rounders with Alex Collinson and Amy Lister making some excellent hits. We then fielded, but Mount St Mary's fought back hard and scored 10 rounders with Grace Handforth making some fantastic catches. In the end the final score was 14 and a half to Read and 17 to Mount St Mary's. The top scorer was Lucy Barrick with a total of 3 rounders and player of the match was Grace Handforth.

Lucy Barrick (captain)