Date Posted: 12/02/2016

8 February; the week at Read

New Home Page and videos go live!

Take a glance at the new look homepage on the Read School website www.readschool.co.uk

New features on the home page include the new school videos which were filmed over the course of the autumn term and show pupils and staff from all areas of the school taking part in lessons, playing sport and music and chatting to you about life at Read School.

A new online prospectus has been included with page-turning technology and it is hoped to be able to feature the annual Draxonian magazine in the same way in the future.  Coming up soon will be a feature on the school Governors, introducing them to you all and letting you know just how they contribute to the school community, as well as a live Twitter feed to the school's Twitter account.

The whole site is also now mobile responsive meaning it can be viewed more easily on mobiles and tablets.

We hope you like the new-look home page, please give us your feedback and let us know what you think!

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Double Netball Whammy!

Match report by team captain, Alex Collinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 9 girls prepared themselves for two consecutive games against Silcoates School (U15s and U14s).  Silcoates arrived with two strong looking teams and we soon realised that our one team had a lot of hard work to do.

In the first match (U15s) Read started off slowly, making a few errors, resulting in Silcoates leading 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. After an encouraging team talk we were determined to up our game. Grace Handforth and Lucy Barrick made some great interceptions in the defensive circle. This was supported by some strong passing and good teamwork in the centre court between Alice Simmons, Amy Lister and Annie Henry. This enabled myself and Katie Watson to receive some good passes in the attacking circle and to have a shot at goal.  The final score was a well deserved 15-13 victory to Read.

In a very quick turn around time we were ready to play Silcoates U14s - a team of girls with fresh legs!

Our attitude remained positive with some great defending from Lucy Barrick and Grace Handforth, who swiftly intercepted and passed the ball to the centre players, overcoming a strong opposition. Katie Watson and I were ready in our attacking positions to receive the ball and to take some accurate and successful shots.

Holly Kantecki, who is relatively new to the team, played a quarter and displayed some good passing and defensive tactics. Once again Read were the winners, the final score was 10-4.

Well done to all who played and hopefully our luck will continue next half-term.

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House War Rages in the Senior School - but who will take the cup home?DSC06217.jpg

Happy Valentine’s Day!

One challenge met during KS3 activities this term was for each house to present a Valentine's afternoon tea for some of the couples amongst the staff. It was very close for the judges, Dr and Mrs Sweetman andMr and Mrs. Patrick. Mrs Schofield and I reported on how well the houses had performed throughout the half term in terms of organisation, teamwork and cooking skills.

The winners were Unicorn by just one point. The judges preferred their presentation and the service provided on the day and they had shown good teamwork throughout the half term so congratulations to Saskia, Gabby, Anya, Polly and Charlotte who represented Unicorn in the challenge.

Next was Dragon who won on the taste of their products as well as being well planned for the day. Phoenix had a harder challenge having only two representatives in their team so well done to all involved.

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Oliver!

Anyone who missed the senior school production of Oliver! this week has missed a real treat!

Full of energy from start to finish, from Food, Glorious Food to the rousing finale from the full cast, it was a joy and a pleasure to watch.  There is some wonderful talent amongst our pupils and it seems unfair to single out any particular ones, but it would be wrong not to mention the brilliant characterisation of Fagin by Jack Armstrong, Lily Smith's emotional portrayal of Nancy (what a singer!) and Matthew Roberts as the evil Bill Sikes, who stepped into the part just two weeks ago and pulled off an amazing job.

It was good to see so many of the younger pupils taking part, not only in the chorus, but as major characters.  Ben Abrams as Oliver, Tom Scholefield as the Artful Dodger, Saskia Bindloss padded up as Mr Bumble and Evangeline Barnby as Widow Corney are all ones to watch for in the future as we see them progress through the school.

The many and complex scene changes were carried out with speed and precision, making for smooth transitions from the workhouse to the undertaker’s shop to the Three Cripples pub, Fagin’s den and London Bridge. 

Congratulations to Mrs Maunsell and the creative arts team who also worked very hard to produce a fantastic show - half term off now ladies, to get your breath back!

More photos from Oliver! will shortly be available on the Galleries page of the school website ;

www.readschool.co.uk/galleries/oliver!

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Luke is Novice Champion

Year 4 pupil Luke Watts has been seeing success in his new-found hobby; karting, which he has only been competing in since last September.

He is currently racing on a National B novice licence and two weeks ago he competed in round two of the TVKC winter championship at the PFI international circuit in Grantham.  He races for a team called KMS motor sport and competes in the IAME cadet and Honda cadet classes, which are for age range eight to thirteen.  Luke won the first novice home in the IAME class and is shown in the photograph below, proudly showing off his winner’s trophy.Luke Watts1.jpg

His team boss is so pleased with his progress that he has entered him into this year’s two main British championships, Little Green Man and Super One, the latter of which is televised.  To do this Luke needs to be nine years old, which he will reach just before the first race, and hold a National A licence which he should hopefully be able to achieve in the interim.

Unfortunately Luke didn’t do as well in the third round last weekend when he was involved in quite a serious crash, writing off one of his karts in the process.  A journey by air ambulance ensued; thankfully Luke was unhurt and returned to school safely on Monday morning.  Completely unfazed by the accident, Luke is now looking forward to racing again this coming weekend at Rowrah in Cumbria, where we hope he will continue his winning streak.

The interest in karting is a full on commitment by both Luke and his parents who are now travelling the UK each weekend supporting him.Luke Watts 2.jpg


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