Date Posted: 07/10/2016

3 October: the week at Read

Boarders' Trip to Manchester United


"Can I just casually attempt to photobomb your lovely school photo please?"

Despite Manchester United being a lot of football supporters' most despised team (!), when the opportunity presented itself to take a group of boarders along to a midweek European fixture we made sure we couldn't pass up the chance!

On Thursday 29th September eight of our boarders attended a Europa League group stage match between Manchester United and Ukrainian team Zorya Luhansk. It was a fantastic occasion with many recognisable faces putting on a show, including Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive transfer signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United dominated the game for large periods, and eventually took the win 1-0 thanks to a header from Ibrahimovic. The boarders took full opportunity to enjoy the occasion, videoing match action, as well as buying souvenir scarves and match day programmes.

As a Manchester United fan himself, Charlie Thomlinson claimed it had been 'one of his most favourite trips by far', while Will McLaughlan might have declared himself a United fan, (though his Arsenal supporting brothers back home may have something to say about that!).
A highly successful trip, and a big thank you to Mr Costello for driving the minibus to and from the game, and Mr Sheavyn for helping out too.
Mr Knowles

We're Going to the Zoo!

Pre-School enjoyed a brilliant day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park following on from their Safari and Jungle theme.  We managed to spot lots of the animals we had learned about in Pre-School and were lucky enough to watch some of them being fed.  It was really exciting hearing the majestic lions roar as they padded around their territory and incredible to be so close to the leopards as they prowled stealthily.  Luckily there was a huge fence in separating us and the leopards when one of them decided to leap up and surprise us. 

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The weather was kind to us, not too hot or cold and we saw animals large and small, from the dizzying heights of the graceful giraffes to the tiny sight of the mini millipedes on the bug hunt.  We were even fortunate enough to be able to stroke some of the animals as well.

Just when our 2 and 3 year old feet were really tired and we thought we could walk no further on our animal safari we discovered the play area on the way out and spent the last 15 minutes with an unexpected burst of energy before settling back onto the minibus for a contented journey back to school. 

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Pre-Prep and Pre-School European Day of Languages

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Pre-Prep and Pre-School enjoyed taking part in the European Day of Languages celebrations this week by holding a French Breakfast and having a French morning.  All the children in Pre-School, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 came together to sing French songs and sample a range of delicious French food, from cheeses, pastries and bread.   At first glance there appeared to be far too much food but after the children made visits to the breakfast buffet two, three and even four times there was nothing left!  A resounding success leaving the children eager to learn more about our European neighbours. It was immediately followed by Year 2 going enthusiastically to their language lessons, the others learning about the French flag and the youngest children were using the flag to identify colours. 

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Read Boys Train Selby RUFC Youngsters

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                       Eric Alfaro coaches the girls U10s

Last Tuesday morning, Mr Garrard took a number of our Year 10 pupils to assist in the training of some of Selby RUFC's younger players. This gallery shows our pupils putting the youngsters through their paces and coaching them with regard to tagging, passing, tackling and running manoeuvres.

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          Oliver Weston, at home at his native club, talks to the boys about passing skills

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            Nick Reed, putting the youngsters through their paces.

The Read 350 Memorial Garden

This is the second posting of this article, as some of you may have missed it two weeks ago when it originally went up.

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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 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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Year 9 Restaurant Quality Food!

Year 9 were given the challenge to design and make a product suitable to be sold in the local farm shop: ‘Spuds and Berries’. They were told to use local ingredients where possible, create something a little bit different which was full of flavour. They had visited the shop so they knew the design criteria and the kitchen facilities available as well as asking about the target market.


   I was very impressed with the quality of some of the meals produced, especially:

  • Flynn’s caramelised onion and Wensleydale pork pie
  • Alex’s homemade brioche with gammon steak and eggs
  • Dominic’s mince stew with thyme dumplings
  • Holly's delicious savoury muffins with feta, pepper and spinach
  • Anya’s chorizo with sundried tomato sausage roll
  • Jessica’s spicy couscous
  • Will's sausage plait with a halloumi and onion centre
  • Lauren's fish wellington


I am glad I do not have the job of choosing who is the winner as there were so many wonderful recipes. The one chosen will be on sale in the farm shop and the pupil will be awarded a voucher for a family of four to eat in the restaurant! 

Mrs Rothwell-Wood