Date Posted: 26/01/2016

25 January: the week at Read

Castle Construction Competition in Year 7 History Class

The annual Year 7 History castle competition was held on Monday this week. The brief was to construct either a Motte and Bailey castle or a Stone Castle in 40 minutes in the lesson. castle comp 2 (500 x 375).jpg

The pupils were allowed to use any material of their choice and had to make as close a replica of the castle as possible in the allotted time.  Mrs Morrell was our esteemed judge, grilling pupils on their knowledge of the parts and uses of the castles. She was very impressed with the informative answers of the pupils and the hard work and preparation they had put in. castle comp 1 (500 x 375).jpg

The eventual winners were Edward Liddle, Edward Woodall and Oscar Zhang, second place went to Theo Chandler, Max Hammill and Tom Scholefield, with Polly Brooks, Gabby Athraby and Ben Abrams taking third place.

Mrs Scholefield

Netball Fixtures

Sports reports galore about the successes (or otherwise!) of the girls' netball teams over the last week

U13 v Ampleforth College; Saturday 16 January

Ampleforth put out a strong team of tall girls and some were even U14 so our Years 7 and 8 girls had a tough game. Despite netball 2016 1.jpgthis, the girls tried hard and worked well as a team, remaining positive throughout. There was some excellent defensive and attacking play but the final score was 12-3 which was not reflective of the overall match. It is still early days and I'm sure with continued determination, the girls will experience future success.

U15 v Ampleforth College (A); Saturday 16 January

It was always going to be a challenge against a very able team, but the Read girls were ready to take them on. The game progressed nicely with the centre passes being held by both teams. The half-time score was 10-8. However, after this Ampleforth picked up the pace and left us facing a 29-18 defeat. With most of the girls being in Year 9, we have another year at this age group so hopefully we will get them next time.

U13 v Ackworth School (A); Saturday 23 January

Ackworth put out a solid team of netballers who looked like they were ready to go from the onset. They had a particularly strong Goal Attack so any balls received in the circle were shot and scored. Unfortunately, we had an injury taking out one of our strongest defenders so the going got tough. Although the girls had some nice passing skills and good spatial awareness, the force of the opposition was too much, resulting in a 13-3 defeat.

U15 v Ackworth School (A); Saturday 23 January

The girls arrived at Ackworth School upbeat and ready for victory. After a thorough warm-up, the girls stepped on court with netball 2016 2.jpgan air of confidence. Their passing was accurate, interceptions were plentiful and we took the lead from the start. The game continued this way and they went from strength to strength. The final score was 16-9 in our favour. I hope to see the same positivity in the next match.

U13 v The Minster School; Monday 26 January

It was a confident start against a tall side of girls from The Minster School. With dynamic interceptions and quick passing, the girls were on a level with the score at 0-0 after quarter time. The challenge was to get the ball in the net and our opponents quickly got to grips with this going into a 3-0 lead. After some enthusiastic play we managed to also score three goals and things looked hopeful. Unfortunately, in the last quarter The Minster proved too strong and secured an 11-3 win against us. Better luck next time girls.

Mrs Prosser

Mixed Fortunes at The Grammar School, Leeds

Saturday 23 January

U15: W 4-3

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We played on a slippery Astroturf which was very hard to play on.  Many people slipped over at the start of the game but we got used to it.  We played well throughout the game and we made one mistake that cost us a goal, but it didn't matter as we won 4-3.  Toby Evans scored a hat-trick and Charlie Thomlinson made some outstanding saves in the tricky conditions. Alex Chapman secured the defence and played some good passes from the back which helped to score some of the well-worked goals.  Overall a great result for the team.

Jackson Gray

U13: L 7-3

First Team: L 8-2

Football: U13 v The Minster School (H) 

Monday 25 January

Read won 6-5 in an excellent match.  Man of the Match was Alex Wilkinson for his outstanding work rate and play-making from the midfield.

Mr Garrard


Oliver! rehearsals gather pace

Rehearsals for Oliver! have been taking place for months now and we're almost into our final week of preparations. Pupils and staff were in school all day last Sunday and will be in again this weekend as we begin to put the whole show together.

The show will take place on Weds & Thurs 10 & 11 Feb at 7.00 pm.  Tickets will be on sale from Monday 1st Feb from the school office priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Images are of this week's rehearsals.

Mrs Maunsell

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Office Girls

A visit from girl band Office Girls brought a change in routine to a dull Thursday as they performed for the Year 6 and Senior pupils in Moloney Hall.

Delivering a serious message about cyber-bullying and internet safety, the four girls also sang and danced, as well as taking lots of selfies with the pupils.  A fun way to get across a serious message to the pupils about the dangers of the internet if safeguards are not put in place.

The girls later signed posters and leaflets promoting their work in schools around the country, including one for a very happy looking Mr Harrison!




Farewell to our Chinese visitors

We said goodbye to our Chinese visitors in assembly this morning.  Although they will not be leaving until Sunday morning, today is their last day in school.

The 20 pupils from the Binzhou Experimental School in China have been with us in school all week on a cultural visit, taking part in lessons, staying in the boarding houses and enjoying fun activities and outings.  In assembly today they were presented with small gifts and a certificate as mementos of their stay in the school.  We were also very privileged to listen to one of the girls playing a traditional Chinese classical piece on her flute.


Dr Sweetman was then presented with a piece of Chinese calligraphy, by the two accompanying teachers in thanks for accommodating them all this week.  When translated, the calligraphy reads 'Friendship is forever'.


Tomorrow the group will be visiting York and meeting the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House before spending some time shopping before their departure on Sunday morning.  We all hope they have enjoyed their time with us and wish them a safe journey back to China.