Date Posted: 08/03/2016

29 February; the week at Read

They Took the Wildcats to Wall Street!

A crack team of A-level Business gurus have made an impact on the London Stock Exchange investing £100,000 of virtual money on the stock market.

Over 6000 schools and colleges have taken part in the competition in which students experience the highs and lows of share dealing.

Investing the transferable skills learnt in business studies paid dividends, and the team made it through to the semi-finals of the IFS Student investor challenge. The challenge for Nick Huynh, Daniel Johnson, Elizabeth Limbert and Garry Liangqi Yao, involved reading and forecasting on-line market information to make judgements of when to buy and sell shares to maximise the profit on their six figure investment.

Now as semi-finalists from a starting line up over 6500 teams worldwide, the ‘would be’ traders are battling for a first prize of a week-long all expenses paid trip to New York plus £2000 for the School and £200 for each team member. Let’s hope they continue to buy low and sell high!!

Mrs Kavanagh

CCF: Strensall Trip

by Amy McLellan and Flynn Kelly

One wet, cold evening, a group of students from Read School CCF, embarked on an adventure to Strensall, Queen Elizabeth Army Barracks.

It was a long journey and we were all tired, so we got to our rooms and dumped our bags then we formed up.  We then went through a briefing and attempted to watch a film.  But ‘somebody’ forgot the speakers!  So we went back to our rooms and unpacked ‘sensibly’.


 In the morning, we got up at 6.30 to be ready for the day ahead.  It was wet and raining when we went over to breakfast but the food was, surprisingly, quite good.

Then we went and learnt about loads of different weapons in the services.  There was this awesome GMG, (Grenade Machine Gun) which was MASSIVE!  We didn’t have any bullets but they are normally the size of ketchup bottles!

We then went outside into the rain (which was chucking it down now) to have a talk about all the awesome gadgets they use in the army.  Then we checked out a Land Rover, which had been modified so it could be used for army purposes.

After lunch we were split up into two groups and we went and tried out an obstacle course.  This involved climbing up, going under and going across various obstacles.  The other group had to do command tasks, which was very hard!  But FINALLY we got through.  By now we were completely soaking and wet so we went back to our rooms and got dry.

assault course.jpg After tea we did the DCCT (Dismounted Close Combat Trainer), which was just a big video game of shooting.  It was epic!

Then we fell out and had a choice of watching a movie or going to relax.  We chose to relax.  So we went to the NAAFI and stocked up on food! It was so cheap!

On Sunday we packed up and cleaned the rooms, then we went home.  Overall, it was a very good weekend; we will definitely go on it again!

Hull Collegiate U11s 4-3 Read U11s


Henry Holder considers the header as the ball sails toward him.

Read's 100% winning run came to an end on the Astroturf at Hull following an end to end encounter not shy of goalmouth action. Early chances for both sides were squandered before 2 slick finishes gave Hull a 2-0 lead. However, James Senior rifled in a free kick just before half time as Read mounted their comeback. The opening minutes of the second half brought an onslaught as Read went in search of an equaliser and, following plenty of pressure and pinball action in the Hull box, Luke Moseley stabbed in from close range to make it 2-2. With Read looking likely to grab a third, a minute of madness in the Read defensive ranks changed the game. A couple of blunders on the ball let Hull in to score twice inside 60 seconds and leave Read shell shocked with only 5 minutes remaining. Once again, Read mounted further attacks but a shortage of composure on the ball in the final third saw chances go begging until Harjit Singh bundled home from close range in the dying moments. Entertaining for the neutral but disappointing to see the unbeaten record go.

Man of the Match : Harjit Singh


Scramble in the goal mouth

Commemorative Garden - 2016

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Charlie Addy shouts at a tree he's just planted

Mr Patrick and the gardening club are creating a Commemoration Garden for the 350 celebrations. The garden will be a contemplative and peaceful place for Old Draxonians and present school family to go and remember their days at the school, or to just enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Pupils have been planting trees and shrubs. They will be continuing to develop the garden over the coming months, to include a focal centre piece. It is intended there will be benches where people can sit and spend some time in the garden. If anyone would like to make a donation towards a bench for the Old Draxonians this can be included in the garden and named plaques can be placed on the benches. As can be seen the pupils are working very hard with this enterprise and thoroughly enjoying their time doing so; alongside learning about various plants and shrubs - including their Latin names and important gardening skills.

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 Mr Patrick teaches Matthew Cook about shrubbery