Date Posted: 01/12/2015

30 November; the week at Read

Hockey season 2015 Report

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 U15s:Katie Watson, Grace Handforth, Lucy Barrick, Philippa Musson, Alex Collinson, Ellie Williams, Annie Henry, Amy Lister, Stephanie Burrows.

The first term of the school year has indeed been a busy one, with many Hockey fixtures in the calendar. This term all the girls have shown great energy and enthusiasm in their matches, with the U13s working much better as a team through improved communication and better use of space on the pitch. Throughout the term all the girls fought hard to work on their areas of weakness during training and their development in these areas was demonstrated as they gained momentum through the term. This season, many of the girls stepped out of their comfort zones to develop skills and play in positions that they were not as familiar with as others, yet they still were able to produce excellent, well fought displays with both U13 and U15 teams achieving successful results, as well as coming second in others. Regardless of the results both teams displayed positive sports(wo)manship and were always gracious in defeat.

I have been impressed by the girls' commitment and enthusiasm for playing Hockey this term; I am proud of their efforts, rain or shine, and would like to wish each player all the very best of luck with their, hopefully, continued participation in school sports. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the girls and their commitment to school sports is yet again much appreciated. To conclude, my thanks go to the parents/guardians/ family and friends who have, through some appalling weather conditions, supported the Read School teams in what has been a positive and successful Hockey season, to the team captains for their hard work and to Isla Macpherson for her first-rate umpiring efforts.

Jackie Eccles

U13 Hockey 2015 report by Isla McLellan (Captain)

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We had a tough start to the hockey season, and we had many new players joining the team; unfortunately, though we tried really hard, we lost our first two matches against Mount St Marys 9-0 and Ackworth 4-0.

Afterwards, we did a lot of training and luckily won the next three matches scoring 6-0, 6-4, and 3-2 with some amazing goals from Holly Langdale, Libby Ansdell, and Hannah Hall. After that we had a series of wins and losses, but I think the ones that stood out for us were the two matches against Minster School, and even though we lost both we had some really good defending from Anya McAvoy, Ellie Harrison, and some really great goals from Abbie Senior and Libby Ansdell. Scarborough College were a pretty tough team to beat and though we tried really hard we lost 8-0.

We played Ackworth again but this time we won, and also we played Hipperholme and won with amazing teamwork, defence and attack. Another match that stood out for us was against Cundell Manor; because we hardly ever play against them we didn’t know what to expect but we found out that they were really, really good and even though we all played our best we lost, but that inspired the whole team to try even harder. We had some pretty close wins and losses and our defenders (Lorna Inglis, Anya McAvoy, Ellie Harrison, Olivia Crossley, and Georgia Beaumont) always got the ball out of the D, and our attackers (Holly Langdale, Hannah Hall, Abbie Senior, Gabi Athraby, Polly Brooks, and Libby Ansdell) always worked together really well.

Overall I think that we had a really good hockey season, and we definitely ended on a high note by winning our final match against Fulneck, scoring 10-0.

U13 Coach's Player of the season: Hannah Hall

U13 Most improved player of the season: Holly Langdale.

U15 Hockey 2015 report by Philippa Musson (Captain)

What an amazing season for the under 15 hockey team! Although we had some close matches - teamwork saw us win 6 out of 9 games, our best being 14 - 0 against Hill House - a special mention to Alex Collinson who scored a double hat trick. Brilliant.

As the season progressed our skills developed which was down to the commitment and hard work of the team plus our dedicated coach, Miss Eccles.

It has been a great pleasure being the captain of such a fantastic team.

U15 Coach's Player of the season: Alex Collinson

U15 Most improved player of the season: Grace Handforth

Geography Field Trip to Flamborough


Creeping around the cliffs: Y10 and Lower Sixth students from Read look for signs of erosion.

The Year 10 and Lower Sixth geography students set off on Tuesday for a day out at the seaside! The day started with by visiting Selwick Bay near Flamborough lighthouse, where they studied the limestone cliffs for evidence of coastal erosion, also seeing the arch, stack and stump, at the locally known “dinosaur” around the coastline. We were also fortunate to see two seals in the bay, who obviously were also trying to learn some geography. The day was then followed by a visit to Bridlington, to learn about the coastal protection, followed by lunch. For some of the Year 10 boys, they failed to see the “do not feed the seagulls sign”, so instead ended up feeding the seagulls their dinner of fish and chips.

Finally it was down the coast to Barmston to see how the coastal protection of Bridlington had impacted on the Holderness coast further along. They seemed genuinely surprised by the rate of erosion along the coastline and my tales of the buildings that have disappeared into the sea since I first started visiting. The cold Arctic blasts which often frequent this coastline stayed away and I hope that much was learnt by our visit out.

Mrs S Scholefield

Roaming Reindeer!


Pre-School got the Christmas celebrations off to a flying start dressing up as Santa and his Reindeer and singing Christmas carols around school.  They ventured far and wide, to the kitchens, Reception, the Sixth Form centre and even stopped the sleigh at the Governors' meeting spreading Christmas cheer.  'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' could be heard all over school followed by hearty Ho! Ho! Hos!!!  Back in Pre-School Santa and his reindeer had a well-earned drink of milk and a fruit snack before settling down in the workshop to give the sleigh a good check over before the big night.

Carols and Christmas Jumpers!

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Mr Moulson tinkles the ivories whilst Isla Mclellan multitasks singing and page turning!

To get everyone into the Christmas spirit, the PFA organised a magical evening at the Park Lodge Shooting School. The Read School Choir sang a wonderful array of seasonal songs to entertain the guests, who enjoyed a glass of sparkly Prosecco and mince pies. Crafts were available to buy and the fantastic magical Christmas shop was open displaying wonderful  Christmas arrangements and decorations to purchase! Thanks to the PFA, Mr and Mrs Bayston, the Read School Choir and all who attended for creating such a great evening!

On a planet in a galaxy far far away…


Olivia and Saskia build a mock-up of a Martian habitat.

This topic we have been learning about energy and space, but before we could learn about anything else we needed to choose the most habitable planet; we chose Mars. We then needed to find out the most efficient fuel, we then needed to design a spacesuit suitable for space and it needed to be the best insulator. To find how many calories we needed to take, we did a food journal and counted how many calories we needed each day because we don't want to take too much food because it would use too much fuel and if we don't have enough food we would starve.  Finally we needed to design a habitat to live in and that's why we made the geodesic domes, they had to withstand strong winds on Mars but be lightweight.

Eddie Liddle and Ben Abrams, Year 7

Prep Department Cross Country Success

Last week, a significant number of our pupils were involved in a Cross Country tournament at Huddersfield Grammar School. They represented themselves to an excellent level, doing themselves and the school proud. Below is a table of their results:

Yr 3

Yr 4

Yr 5

Yr 6

Edward Campbell Baldwin = 1st

Luke Watts = 5th

Harrison Fairhurst = 7th

James Senior = 3rd


William Bayston = 3rd


Isaac Stephens = 15th

Joe Schofield = 8th

Rory Ansdell = 8th

William Harrison = 17th


Alex Love 21st

Liberto Anley = 12th

Ethan Kaye = 14th

Enterprise Week

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Alex and Harriet prepare Christmas gifts for their pupil and parent customers     

Week commencing 16 November – 20 November

Pupils involved in Enterprise Club on Tuesday evenings set up shop in H4 during Enterprise week taking pre-orders from parents and pupils for their quality gift-making challenge for Christmas.  The experience gave them an insight into preparing items for sale and chatting to potential customers about their products.  The students will be busy for the weeks leading up to Christmas in preparing the gifts for the parents and children who placed orders.