Date Posted: 27/01/2017

23 January; the week at Read

The King and I

Mrs Maunsell and the team have been hard at work rehearsing, both during the week and at the weekends. This gallery of pictures comes from last Sunday, when the whole cast was in to go through the performance. As this editor knows, such moments can be very stressful for the director, as there always seems to be so much left to do in perfecting performances and dance routines. Thankfully for her, Mrs Maunsell, has a deep well of patience, which she draws upon at such times as these! Enjoy this gallery of snaps from the cast.

Tickets, by the way, go on sale from Monday 30 January. They are available in advance from Mrs Walker on Reception or on the door on the night.








Future Chef 2017

Round 2: January 23rd 2017

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          Celia and Evangeline, ready to get stuck in

On Monday, two of Read School's GCSE Food pupils took part in the second round of a culinary competition called ‘The Future Chef Award’. Whilst neither of them were chosen to go to the next round both pupils were great ambassadors for the school and impressed the judges.

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Certificate time: Evangeline and Celia receive their awards for their efforts

This heat of the competition was held at Selby College and there were pupils from other schools taking part too; they were judged by industry standard chefs and had planned a two-course meal for two within a £7 budget. They were judged on their workmanship, flavour balance, nutrition and presentation. Celia Wu made Chinese braised pork ribs, and included making her own noodles; for dessert she served this with raspberry profiteroles. Evangeline Barnby made teriyaki turkey burgers with rice parcels followed by a Japanese dessert; strawberry Diafuku swirls. They presented a costing sheet and showed how their meal was nutritionally balanced as well and a time plan. They had an hour to prepare the main course and 30 mins for the dessert.

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One of the judges from the Marriott Hotel in York gave them feedback afterwards and said that he could see the passion on the plate. He complimented them on their skill level, saying they were way beyond their years. He thought they showed excellent balance between courses and that their presentation was exceptional.

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I was extremely proud to say that I was their teacher and the two girls were a real credit to the school.

The Year 10 Food preparation and nutrition class are taking part in another culinary competition called ‘The Golden Apron Award’ in a few weeks so watch this space!

Mrs Rothwell-Wood

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                                  Celia in the kitchen, making her preparations

U13 Netball: Read Vs Scarborough College

It was a fresh morning and the girls were feeling pumped up from their previous win against Ackworth. They started well, going into the lead early. It was a fairly steady game so the ball was well spread up and down the court. There were some fantastic interceptions in the circle from Evie Harness and Gabby Athraby so it made it a challenge for Scarborough to score. After some tactical talk they seemed to become more switched on and determined. There was some lovely play in the mid-court between Lorna Inglis, Georgia Beaumont, Olivia Crossley and Polly Brooks. Fortunately the shooters, Martha Love and Isobel Campbell Baldwin managed to hold their shots, securing a close 8-6 win.

Mrs Prosser

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                      Lorna Inglis looking to snatch a loose ball

U15 v Scarborough College
The U15 girls have now had two wins under their belt so the team spirit was high. They started hard and were 8-2 up in the first quarter. Throughout the game there were some fantastic turnovers of play from Grace Handforth, Lucy Barrick
and Anya McAvoy. The mid-court players of Holly Langdale, Annie Henry and Amy Lister also interacted well in order to get into the best position to send the ball to the shooters, Katie Watson and Alex Collinson. This resulted in a victorious 29-6.

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                   Alex Collinson keeping possession from a great pass in from Amy Lister

Read v Ackworth (earlier this term)

As you are no doubt aware, the success of the netball teams at U13 and U15 level is phenomenal: with barely a single loss from more than 10 fixtures between the two sides. Here below, please find a fixture report from earlier in the season for both teams taking on local Pontefract rivals, Ackworth.


This was our first netball match of the season and we arrived at Ackworth with plenty of time to spare. This allowed for a long warm-up followed by some quick half court work to sharpen ourselves in preparation for the game. However, we started slowly and took a while to gain momentum. It was closely matched but we were always slightly ahead and by half time we were fortunately in the lead. The girls reflected on where they needed to tighten play and we then picked up the pace and had some great passes sent in to Alex Collinson and Katie Watson to finish the shot. The final score was 26-6 to Read School. A fantastic first result!

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Katie Watson takes the perfect shot


The U13 girls looked nervous but after watching the U15s I hoped that they would be inspired. It was a slightly fluctuating start to the game with some great passing and interceptions from the girls and particularly from Gabriella Athraby and Georgia Beaumont in the mid-court. After some discussion about how to send the ball confidently into the circle, the shooters, Isobel Campbell Baldwin and Martha Love had more opportunities. This resulted in a successful outcome; 6-3 to Read School.

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Martha Love wins the high ball