Date Posted: 13/01/2017
9 January: the week at Read
The Netball Season Commences!
It was the first Saturday back after Christmas and we were starting the netball season with our usual training session to burn off some of the Christmas indulgence and to get ourselves ready for the forthcoming fixtures. I was so pleased with an outstanding turnout of 23 girls from Years 7 to 10. We started the session with a fun warm-up and then we meant business! There was some netball related fitness training, followed by netball drills and finally the application of these skills in the game. The girls all gave 100% effort and I feel very positive about the season. Fingers crossed for our first match against Ackworth next Saturday.
U13s Football: Read v Huddersfield Grammar
Reported by Sam Stephens
Read v Huddersfield at home – 0-8
It was a cold misty morning as the Read boys stepped nervously onto the pitch, knowing there was going to be a tough game ahead.
As the game kicked off Read managed to hold strong for the first couple of minutes, Eddie Liddle and Ethan Kaye not letting any balls into the box creating a solid defence and with Theo Chandler creating some skilful through balls to Tom Scholefield who managed to get two shots on target.
Despite all of our efforts the skilful opposition managed to score 3 goals in this half but man-of -the match Edward Woodall saved 5 of their attempts.
In the second half Read started on a high with Ben Abrams making some probing runs into enemy territory which were unfortunately all cut off before the shot could be executed. Then the opposition managed to elicit further goals from great passing and communication despite Woody’s amazing saves on 6 of their attempts.
Overall I think we did the best we could have done under the circumstances: though there is room for improvement!
Young Voices 2017
Weeks of learning songs and dance moves resulted in a spectacular performance at Sheffield Arena last night for members of the Prep School, who took part in Young Voices 2017. There was an air of anticipation on the bus journey, as for many of them it was their first Young Voices experience. Stepping into the arena alongside 5000 (there were 5320 of them to be precise!) other children is quite a moment to remember and the excitement continued throughout the rehearsal in the afternoon as the children got to see who else would be performing with them.
Urban Strides dance group, who have performed world-wide, were helping the children out with their dance moves as well as performing routines of their own; Natalie Williams, a well-known soul and jazz singer, sang with the children and performed two amazing solos and Tabby Callaghan, an Irish rock star, who is a former X-factor contestant, had the whole place rocking (and ears ringing). The atmosphere during the concert in the evening was, as always, very special and I was extremely proud of the children’s behaviour and performance.
2018 February Half Term Ski Holiday to Andorra Launch
Next week The Read School ski holiday to Andorra will be launched; letters and a Parentmail will go out with full details about the trip. What I can tell you now is that the trip will be open to pupils currently in Year 3 through to the Sixth Form. As in 2016 when we visited Italy, I would also like to open the trip up to parents who are most welcome to join us. The ski holiday will be suitable for complete beginners through to experienced skiers, it will be for 8 days with 6 days skiing and 5 hours tuition everyday.
Andorra offers excellent skiing; recently they have upgraded many of their lifts and infrastructure and in recent years have experienced excellent snowfall during this time of year. We will either be staying in the Grandvalira area or in the Vallnord area; both are very extensive, offering excellent skiing for all abilities of skiers. I hope we will see a healthy interest in the ski holiday and we can plan for a great trip, much like the 2016 visit to Italy. More details to come next week.