Date Posted: 12/05/2017

8 May; the week at Read

The Saddler Music Centre is Born!

Last Friday, 5th May we announced the official opening of the new Saddler Music Centre at The Read School. In true musical style we celebrated by hosting a concert which included three of our very talented musicians: Francesca Turton, Alice Simmons and Evangeline Barnby of Years 9 and 10. It was wonderful to hear the various musical styles which included playing instruments and singing - directed by Mrs Julie Clark, Head of Music. 


Alice Simmons, Year 10 pupil performing for the school

The children's appetite for music has grown from strength to strength at Read.  The Saddler Music Centre has been named in honour of Mr Anthony Saddler who was headmaster at The Read School 1985 - 1996 and made a huge contribution to music in the school. The Read School are keen to encourage talent across all areas of the arts and have partnered with the Selby Arts Festival 2017, acting as sponsors and partners.


 Francesca Turton, Year 9 pupil performs.


Anthony Saddler, ex-headmaster of the school, speaks of his honour at having the music centre named after him

Dr Sweetman, himself pictured with Mr Saddler and Dave Edmunds (Director of the Selby Music Festival) said: " I am delighted that we have been able to open our new music centre as part of our 350th anniversary celebrations.  It will provide our pupils with a modern teaching environment as well as providing our most talented musicians with first class practice rooms in which to perform with their musical prowess".


The opening ceremony. Peter Watt, Chair of Governors, Mr and Mrs Saddler, Dave Edmunds and Dr Sweetman, Headmaster.

The Colour Run

What a fantastic first Colour Run 2017. We really did paint a rainbow in the sky! Karen Ratcliffe Chair of the PFA decided it would be a great opportunity to try something a little different, and to also help the World Challenge Team on their way, by holding this colourful wonderful event.


It really did take some organising. Considering we started with 50 runners and ended up with over 80 I think it is fair to say that we all had a super day. The obstacle course was set out on the back field by Mr Galen Hill & Mr Ben Garrard who steered the teams of runners in the right direction. 


Some of the obstacles were used as paint throwing stations, where our colour run crew threw the coloured dust clouds all over the runners. 


The weather managed to stay dry, which really did help make the day run very smoothly, though as you can see the sky was starting to bruise in a somewhat unnerving manner!


It was fantastic to see so many age ranges participate, including parents and teachers. It's looking very likely we shall be rolling out another for 2018 so watch this space. A massive thanks to Karen and her team at the PFA though, without whose diligence and determination, none of this would have been possible.

The Rounders Season Commences!

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A close match. The team pose after they narrowly lost a well-fought battle against Hull Collegiate U13 girls.

A great start to the season for the U13 girls in a closely fought rounders match against Hull Collegiate School. It came down to only two rounders in it. Final score 22-24, we will get them next time!! Player of the match was Gabriella Athraby and top scorer was Polly Brooks.

Cricket Season Underway

Read U15s v Ackworth U15s

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 Diljit Singh scoring runs, with a deft defensive technique in action

Read U15s started their season with a comfortable win in their first match. In 16 overs we scored 102, with a great innings from Diljit Singh (32) and Nick Reed (28, both retired). Read then bowled Ackworth out in 10 overs for a score of 22. A very positive and purposeful performance for the team, and a great start to their season. Let's hope it continues in this vein!

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Oliver Weston bowling for Read