Date Posted: 08/04/2016

4 April: the week at Read

Welcome Back!

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 Was your Easter like this?

Hello all, and Happy Easter! Of course, to us, it all seems like a distant memory now, as we plunge back into a cold and windy Summer term, yes that's Summer term; but with hailstones clattering down as big as golf balls yesterday it seems hard for everyone to get into the mindset that this is the final term of the year! Of course, we are back before most other schools, with many just commencing their Easter holidays and the two-week vacation.

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Or was your Easter more like this?

Many of us here though are liking the extra "time cushion" we have been given to help the students prepare their A Level and GCSE coursework for release to the moderators. This of course will be the final momentous year for GCSE controlled assessment as all schools have now commenced with the 100% terminal exam system. Is this a good thing? Only time will tell. With the exam season now nearly at our door, and with the older students now into revision lessons, we would exhort you to support us by keeping a close parental eye on the amount of revision being done. Little and often, using a timetable which is adhered to strictly, interwoven with plenty of exercise and sleep is the way forward.

Easter Hamper House Competition – Mansion House Visit

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On Friday 18 April, as part of the Read School House competitions, eight pupils and two teachers visited the Mansion House Care Home in Drax to surprise the residents with beautiful Easter hampers.

Saskia Bindloss and Evie Harness (Unicorn), Ellie Harrison and Hannah Hall (Dragon), Daisy Heywood and Lorna Inglis (Phoenix), Alfie Thomlinson and Matthew Roberts, accompanied by Mrs Scholefield and Mrs Chambonnet, enjoyed entertaining the residents by presenting their creations and gifts.

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The pupils worked on their baskets for four weeks guided by Sixth Form students and teachers. They put a lot of effort into designing and assembling their Easter hampers with Easter decorations, handmade chocolate eggs, cards, jokes and word searches.  At Mansion House the children truly impressed both staff and residents as each house presented their hamper. It was heart-warming to see the pupils chatting with the residents who genuinely enjoyed the company and Easter treats.

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After careful consideration based on hamper design and the Mansion House visit, Dragon were chosen as the winners of the competition and Unicorn and Phoenix came joint second. Well done to all the pupils and staff involved in the 2016 Easter Hampers activities: a lovely time was had by all!

Mrs Chambonnet

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WORLD CHALLENGE EXPEDITION TO THE HIMALAYAS 2018

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Plans are being put in place for a 4 week expedition to India and the Himalayas in July 2018. The school has been involved in World Challenge Expeditions in the past, visiting Malawi and  Thailand. Both these expeditions were hugely rewarding for the pupils that took part. A World Challenge Expedition has many elements where teamwork, communication, leadership, planning, organisational and physical skills are utilised and developed. Fundraising prior to the departure, the acclimatisation phase, the trekking phase and the all important Community Project phase allow pupils to develop confidence and skills that universities and employers require; as well as the immense thrill of visiting such remote places in the world. A pupil assembly will take place next week followed by a parents information evening the week after. The expedition will be coordinated by Mr Hill, Mr Garrard and a World Challenge Expedition Leader, and will be open to pupils currently in Years 9, 10 and 11.

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