Date Posted: 10/02/2017

6 February; the week at Read

Duke of Edinburgh Training Walks March on: Silver and Bronze

Pictures from DofE training walk around Fridaythorpe in the York Wolds on Sunday 5th Feb.  We had 10 pupils out, a bronze and a silver group navigating and cooking on a trangia stove for their lunch. 20170205_144929.jpg

Alex Rivett looks into the middle distance contemplating the beauty of the Wolds and standing next to the longest gate in the world


Young Chris Norton looking relaxed in the Wolds


Isla McLellan cooking on the trangia

Netball: England v Australia!

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On 5th February 33 pupils, parents and teachers headed to the SSE Arena in Wembley to see the Netball Quad Series. The first game was a nail-biter between England and Australia coming down to the final seconds it was neck and neck, but unfortunately England just missed out by one goal. The interval enabled the girls to do a little bit of shopping for netballs and various other pieces of merchandise. After some refreshments our girls were fuelled up and ready to cheer on the next game between South Africa and New Zealand. This was not as closely fought but still great to watch. Some of the girls managed to meet the England players and get some autographs before heading back up North. It was an enjoyable day and many of the girls have asked when the next one will be. It was a pleasure to be able to have the company of such fantastic pupils.
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The Read contingent, all cheery outside Wembley Stadium, despite an Australia win

A big thank you to Mrs Prosser for organising the trip and to all of you parents who came along to help support!

Selby Community House

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The Business Studies crew, comprised of GCSE pupils, with Mrs Kavanagh and Tony Appleton

We visited Community House in Selby as part of our research task for our GCSE course in Business Studies.  We prepared an interview for the ten funders who attended the event so that we had a structure to use and were able to capture relevant information needed for our task which involves understanding what social enterprises exist in the local area and identifying gaps for social enterprise.  We also put together a questionnaire so that we could capture quantitative data from the public and businesses who attended the event.  When we arrived at Community House we were greeted by Mr Tony Appleton, a wonderful buffet lunch was provided for us which was much better than the lunch at school. We were taken on a tour of Community House to gain an understanding of the types of businesses who use the facilities. Then we were taken into the funding room which was crowded with potential entrepreneurs trying to access funds for their ideas.  Individually we spoke to each of the funders to gain vital information for our studies. Most of the funders we spoke to were not from Selby but sent by their funding groups.  All of them described how much they had achieved with their social enterprise but also how much still needs to be done.  We were told that there are families from Syria who need a home, ex-miners who need support after the closing of the mines in the UK and the need for jobs and skills, old people who are isolated within their homes within our own society.  We were told how one of the funders helps to reintegrate ex-prisoners from the three prisons in Doncaster.  I didn’t realise how diverse this area of study is, as there are so many different sectors of society that need help and support. We as a group would like to thank Mr Appleton for the opportunity, we have all gained a real insight into a different aspect of the business world.  

Ellie Williams, Year 11

The Netball Juggernaut Rolls On...

Great results again. U13s drew 7-7 and U15s won 14-13

Saturday 4th of February

Read U13 v Silcoates (7-7 Draw)

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                     U13 Gabby Athraby shows her strength in defence looking for the interception

On 4th February the Read under 13s set out to play Silcoates School. After a warm-up we got straight into the first quarter. Everyone played some good defensive play and in the end the Read girls scored 1 goal. We were up 1-0! Going into the second quarter we kept trying really hard to get the ball down to our end of the court, however Silcoates came fighting back and made us even at 1-1. Even though we tried really hard we couldn't score! At half time we had a quick team talk and knew we had to come back fighting. We started well and scored! Albeit, Silcoates managed to get two goals in. Polly Brooks and Isobel Campbell-Baldwin scored the goals which put us up 7-3. Going into the last quarter we knew that we couldn't stop trying! We pushed hard, however we unfortunately let Silcoates score and they kept scoring until the scores were equal. We knew we had to try hard and with some good defensive play from Lily Handforth and Gabby Athraby we stopped them from scoring again! The final score was 7-7 with some great play from everyone. 

Georgia Beaumont (captain)

Read U15 v Silcoates (Win 14-13)

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U15: Katie Watson tries to gain possession of a loose ball

The U15 girls were raring to go so early signs were promising. However, it took a while to get going and Silcoates went into an early 1-0 lead. Once the girls focussed their attention on the areas that needed more structure they went into the lead after some brilliant shooting from Abigail Senior and Katie Watson; it was proving to be a very well matched game. Annie Henry and Holly Langdale were strong through the mid-court, holding the centre passes and feeding the circle with accuracy. Silcoates were not going to give in easily and it came down to the closing seconds with the final score going in our favour after some superb defensive play from Lucy Barrick, Isla McLellan, Grace Handforth and Amy Lister. We won 14-13.

Mrs Prosser