Date Posted: 11/12/2015

7 December; the week at Read

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As Christmas draws ever nearer, and our pupils become increasingly excited, it is important to reflect upon what hard work has been done by them in the run up to the end of term. Year 11 have been involved in mock exams, which their teachers have been feverishly marking, followed by feedback for the pupils themselves. There have been assessment tests, controlled assessments and essays aplenty, with all in KS2, KS3, GCSE and A Level up to their necks in preparatory work for the next stage in school life.

However, as well as the academic side, teachers and pupils have been involved - as usual - in a massive array of entertainment projects and community liaison. On Wednesday afternoon for instance, our Sixth Formers were down at the local residential home in Drax to provide some festive cheer for the old folk; something they apparently look forward to with enthusiastic anticipation, as they are hit with an avalanche of Christmas jumpers and Christmas carols! (See news item at the bottom of the page).

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas though without a Nativity and a play, and we have these in abundance below for your perusal. Hopefully, you had opportunity to visit at least one of these, as they were both fantastic productions, doing our children proud.

It merely remains for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It was good to see many of you at the Carol Service on Thursday to celebrate and see us into the holidays.

All the best to you: parents, pupils and the school community at large;

Mark Voisey (Deputy Head)

Pre-School & Pre-Prep Nativity

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The, er, Mice Angels of Pre-School

On Monday 7 December the cast from Pre-School and Pre-Prep took to the stage to perform their version of the Christmas story.  This year the play ‘Baubles’ gave a different slant on the traditional nativity.  The play started in a school, not much different to The Read School; the children were so excited that they had completely forgotten to decorate the school Christmas tree.  The caretaker was very sad and so decided to make baubles for the tree which would remind the children of the true meaning of Christmas.  Pre-School children were excellent mice who scurried around Mr Potts the caretaker's workshop while he made the baubles.  As each bauble was made and hung on the tree the nativity story unfolds.  Mary and Joseph played by Amber Walters and Joe Pashley gave a tear-jerking performance when they sang their duet.  We were very proud of all the children, their patience, commitment and endurance paid off and they delivered a fantastic performance.  Well done!

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Charlie Bellman, Freddie Smith and Lucy Platts as the "Three Wise People"

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  Joe Pashley, Amber Walters and Fionn Kelly looking for an inn

 U15 Rugby: Read v Hill House School

Reported by Alex Chapman, captain


On 1st December, the U15 team set off to play Hill House School, having narrowly lost to the same team two weeks earlier. Despite the conditions being bad, with some heavy winds, and conceding two early tries, we managed to turn the tide to play some open and expansive rugby, with Toby Evans scoring the first of four tries. The second try came within minutes, with a great forward rumble and then a surgical running line from Oliver Lane resulting in him breaking through and scoring. The next try started from a great tackle from Alex Marsh and a good turn over by Sam Bond and Alex Chapman resulting in a quick pass and another great run from Toby. Toby Evans then finished off another try in a similar way resulting in his hat-trick with the final score being 26-10 to Read. Sam Bond received Man of the Match for an overall outstanding performance but also a special mention to Nicholas Reed who made a brilliant kick and Alex Chapman for a good tackle.

Overall this game sums up a superb season from all the boys. There has been great team spirit and some wins against much larger schools with more experienced teams. A big well done to all the team, who can hopefully keep the winning momentum up into the football season.

Alex Chapman

Robin Hood


James Senior and Ethan Kaye as Guy of Gisborne and the Sheriff of Nottingham

Robin Hood , Robin Hood, riding through Drax! What a fantastic performance the Prep and Pre-Prep children put on yet again. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the great acting, the fabulous singing, including a rap by Robin (Rory Ansdell) and Little John (Lizzie Wake) complete with a beat-boxing Friar Tuck (Oscar Addy), which brought tears of laughter to most people’s eyes, as well as fantastic dances from the younger children. Emily Phillips, who played Maid Marian, sang a beautiful solo, as did Lizzie Wake.

The evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Ethan Kaye) and his cruel sidekick Guy of Gisborne (James Senior) had the audience booing and hissing panto-style. No matter how hard they tried to outwit Robin, he had them fooled in his disguise as ‘Old Sweetman from Selby’. Who knew that Dr. Sweetman was so skilled with a bow and arrow! 

As much as I would like to mention each and every child, there isn’t the space, but all of the children, without exception, did an excellent job and made us very proud. Now on to planning next year’s extravaganza…..

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Lizzie Wake, Rory Ansdell and Oscar Addy as Little John, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck

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Phoebe McCombe as Much, the Miller's son


Emily Phillips and Rory Ansdell as Maid Marian and Robin Hood

Rugby Season Summary

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Alex Wilkinson, team captain, shows how it's done as he stretches his legs for a try

U13 Team: Captain Alex Wilkinson

The 2015 Rugby Season has been one of development for the U13 team, a number of boys from Year 8 have really begun their competitive rugby experiences and the Year 7 boys in their greater numbers have provided the bulk of the team and have had to step up playing up an age group. I don’t want to detail all the results, analysing wins and losses but instead I want to focus on the players.

Alex Wilkinson: He has captained the side well, growing in maturity, a very strong runner with the ball attacking effectively from number 10 or inside centre, strong defensively.

Spencer Smith: Accuracy and good decision making at scrum half, very accurate conversion kicker, was awarded the coach's player of the season.

Will McLaughlan: Good awareness and speed as a winger or full back, has grown in confidence as the season progressed.

Reece Rochester: A major contributor in the forwards; has developed hugely from Year 7 to Year 8, strong ball carrier.

Flynn Kelly: Versatile forward, strong tackler, effective ball carrier, great improvements this season.

Zain Khan: Dependable winger, good runner with the ball, big improvements this year.

Ben Abrams: Great footwork and acceleration attacking from outside centre or the wing, also good scrum half skills.

Theo Chandler: Growing in confidence, versatile in the backs or forwards, very positive player.

Max Hammell: Can play as a back or forward, excellent handling skills at outside centre.

Tom Scholefield: Very high levels of fitness and has easily the biggest tackle count in the team, very influential in either the forwards or backs, very positive contributor to the team's performance.

Oscar Zhang: Playing rugby for the first time, good tackler in the backs.

Matthew Harrison: Solid, dependable front row forward, excellent in rucks and in contact.

Edward Liddle: Pack leader and strong forward, effective ball carrier, strong tackler.

Samuel Stephens: Versatile player, strong ball carrier, effective, direct runner attacking from the centre positions, top try scorer.

Edward Woodall: Growing in confidence, effective in the scrum and lineout.

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It has been an excellent season with great commitment and determination from the boys. Their individual skills have greatly improved and team work and patterns of play are starting to develop. One of the highlights was a superb performance in really cold conditions away at Fulneck where we dominated and played some excellent rugby.

U15 Team: Captain Alex Chapman

The U15 team have worked really hard all season and have shown high levels of maturity in their approach to school matches. The Year 9 players have really stepped up to the challenge of playing up an age group and the Year 10 players have set a great example at training and on match days. The first half term the team missed Alex Chapman’s tackle count and determination as he was sidelined with injury, but Elliot Burgess and Alex Marsh took control and set the tone for these matches. Oliver Weston has shown great maturity in his role at fly half, often under pressure, but dealing with it very well; in addition to this his conversion kicking has been extremely accurate. The forwards led by Chapman and Burgess have been aggressive and direct and at times keen to play a dynamic style of rugby; evidence of this was seen by those watching a superb performance against Hymers College U15b team where Read took a very well deserved win. Against Hull Collegiate, Chapman in his first game returning for injury showed why he was missed, carrying strongly and turning over the ball at the breakdown. Harry Woodall and Oliver Lane have carried and run with determination all season. Joshua Oatley and Jackson Gray have both performed well at scrum half, making good decisions and linking the forwards and backs together. In the backs Toby Evans, Sam Bond and Freddie Giles have run direct lines showing strength and determination. Alex Marsh deservedly won the Coach's Player of the Season for his positive attitude in all matches and training session; and for his high effort levels in all matches, whether playing at full back in the centres or on the odd occasion as flanker. Overall it has been a great season, we haven’t won every match, but we have always taken positives away. The performances throughout have been strong and in all cases each player has developed their individual skills and role within the team.

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Thank you to our amazing supporters who come to watch both home and away matches. Thank you to the Pavilion Kitchen Crew for their willingness to make tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches at the home matches. Thank you to Kevin Weston for volunteering his time so readily and refereeing the U15 matches and thank you to all the boys who have represented the school in such a positive manner, doing themselves, their team and the school proud. It has been another successful rugby season, some great tries have been scored and some excellent performances have led to some very good results.

Mr Ben Garrard

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The machine-like rucking of the U15s, ably refereed by our own Mr Kevin Weston

Mansion House Visit


Some Sixth Formers are more relaxed than others in their Christmas jumpers...

It was with some trepidation that members of the Sixth Form walked down to the Mansion House in Drax on Wednesday to deliver some Christmas cheer to the residents. Head Girl Hannah Torn did an excellent job organising the singing, gifts and cards prior to the visit Despite the unfamiliar surroundings and audience members, Andrew Johnstone delivered a confident performance of card tricks which were appreciated by all.

There was then some time for mingling and small talk. The residents were especially charmed by Alfie, Yves, Daniel Johnson, and Matthew Roberts who proved to be excellent listeners. Meanwhile, Marcio and Carlton participated in craft activities with a smaller group of residents, and Khanh had an emotional response to some of her personalised drawings.

Mr Garrard and I were very proud to see our pupils giving up their time to entertain others at this time of the year. Well done everybody, and Merry Christmas!

Corrinne Cross (Head of Sixth Form)


Yves charms one of the lovely residents of Mansion House, while Alfie entertains an elderly gentleman with tales of the young Conservative conference