Date Posted: 30/06/2017

26 June; the week at Read

The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

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Girl Power! In the Dales, about to embark upon the last challenge for this year.

11 of our year 10 pupils completed the expedition section of their Silver DofE award in Swaledale. They walked for three days carrying their rucksacks with all their kit in, including their tents, sleeping bags, stoves and food. They had planned the routes before they set off and were assessed by an external assessor who complimented them at the end. 

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The Green and Grey. The beautiful valley of Swaledale.

They camped out at two different campsites ;  one in Muker and one in Reeth. The weather was perfect for walking and the scenery was breathtaking as you can see by the pictures. We were very proud of the teamwork, navigation and attitude of these pupils and hope that they now go on to complete the other sections of the award.

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Katie Watson and Mr Gisbourne go through the day's route.

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A river runs through it. Chance for a paddle for the students, who rest for dinner in the sun!

Pupil Profile: Alex Love of the Prep School

Young Alex - pictured below - recently entered the North Yorkshire Young Musician of the Year competition with his electric guitar and found himself competing with 400 other youngsters for the coveted title. Imagine his delight when he found that he had made it through the heats to perform in front of a huge crowd at Selby Abbey.

Alex took the opportunity to play the song Run to You, by Bryan Adams on his guitar. Some of us are old enough to remember this song from the first time when it was a big hit for Bryan! Alex must have really impressed the judges though, because he came a fantastic second! A tremendous feat, which he should be very proud of, especially given the huge number of other talented musicians he was up against in the "strings" class.


Alex, here pictured with his certificate and silver medal.

U15s Rounders: Read v Hill House


 Katie Watson batting: ready to run as soon as the ball flies!

It was a nailbiter of a game! We batted first, scoring six rounders with Katie Watson making some excellent hits. We then fielded with Grace Handforth receiving some great catches. Going into the second innings we knew we had to keep their rounders down, but they gained momentum and made it challenging to pick up the ball and return it quickly enough to prevent scoring. The final score was 12 - 14 which could have gone either way. The top scorer was Katie Watson and player of the match was Grace Handforth.

 Lucy Barrick (captain)
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Holly Langdale fielding fast with Annie Henry in a closely-contested game.

Pupil Profile: Ella Frost of the Prep Department

Ella Frost, of 5RW, competes to a very high level in a sport she loves. However, in this sport, Ella needs to be good at not just one event, but four! Ella is a tetrathlete and therefore trains for four very different disciplines. Competitively, Ella trains for the following sports as part of her Tetrathlon:

1) swimming - she has to swim the most number of lengths in 2 minutes;

2) Riding  - specifically showjumping. Ella rides with her veteran horse, Carlo,  who is 13 hands high and 15 years old;

3) Running - 1km, a medium distance event where Ella competes in a race;

4) Shooting - In this event, Ella has 5 shots on one target ( with 1 practice and 2 more targets competing) Ella's personal best (PB) in this event is a very impressive - 880/1000 points.

So Ella has competed a number of times in events dotted around the country, but has aspirations to go even further: she wants to upgrade to the pentathlon! This entails a fifth sport being added to the four she already competes in, this time fencing! With regard to the skillful sword-based duelling, Ella has begun practising at Bishop Burton college to hone her skills. In conjunction with mum and dad, Ella has taken the very mature decision to begin training now in all of these  events, so that by the time she is 14, she will be legally old enough to compete in the pentathlon properly, and will hopefully then have trained to a sufficiently high level to be a great competitor.

The pictures below show Ella both during and after some of these competitions, in the various different events already mentioned.

A fantastic achievement at such a young age Ella, keep it up, and good luck for the future!


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 Ella on Carlo, her superstar horse, with whom she showjumps on a regular basis.

U13s Rounders: Read v Mount St Mary's


 Ellie Harrison in to bat against Mount St Mary's

On the 24th of June the under 13s played Mount St Mary's College away. We started off fielding, where there was some good team work. We then moved on to batting with some great hits by the girls. At the end of the innings it was 7-6 ½ to us. We then started the 2nd innings fielding and had a few hesitations at first, but the fielding got better. We knew we had to score 7 to win and our opposition picked up the pace.  Unfortunately, we couldn't hold them back and we only managed 3 rounders. 

The final score was 10- 13½ to Mount St Mary's. Well done girls good try!


Is this Rounders or Rugby? The U13 girls go for a conversion!

Olivia Crossley (captain)