Happy New Year from everyone at The WensleydaleSchool and Sixth Form!
Students returned to school on Monday January 9th with real purpose. I greeted students as they arrived and they were well-dressed, polite and – unlike me – wide awake and ready to start the new year with zeal.
Year 10 and 11 students, in particular, came back with a palpable sense of determination, which is just as well as they had important modular exams to sit. They behaved with maturity and seriousness throughout the tests and we now look forward to receiving great results for them in the spring.
Looking back, it was a busy end to 2011. We ended the term on a high with our annual presentation evening on December 16th. The evening was well-attended and acted as a celebration of students’ successes and talents. As well as prize-giving, we had stunning musical performances from a range of students, and some excellent poetry-readings.
The school’s Christmas Concert took place on December 19th and featured the best musical talent the school has to offer in the form of Cantabile and Showstoppers, and ended with the singing of Christmas carols.
Our musicians were also in demand in the community over the festive period, at Thornton Rust and Brentwood Lodge.
Also in December, a Year 7 student won a national poetry competition designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Fund for Nature with her poem, Leopard. Well done to her!
The school’s new ‘Activities and Leisure Club’ got off to a flying start last half-term with ten-pin bowling and ice-skating trips, as well as a shopping expedition. There are plenty more activities planned for this year including a trip to X-Scape near Castleford, a must for all budding skiers!
Post 16 students have been busy, too. They organised fund-raising events for Children in Need which helped raiseover £1000 for the BBC charity.
Post 16 students have also been completing UCAS applications for entry to university in September. Their courses of choice this year include Mathematics and Accounting, Animal Science, and Radiography.
The Multi-Use Games Area (or MUGA) has now been completed and looks fantastic. We hope it proves a useful community resource.
I’ll end this month with a sports round-up:
In football, three of our students have played in the Area Football competition this season. In the Area Football cups, Year 11 excelled themselves by beating Richmond and Bedale to reach the final. In the County Cup, Year 8 Boys face a tough game against St Aiden’s in the semi final. In The ESFA cup, Year 8 Boys reached the last 32 schools in England but went out on penalties against Richard Rose School, Cumbria. The girls continue to excel in the county football cups. The U13s, 14s and 16s have each reached the semi finals in their respective competitions and we are expecting at least one of the teams to win a cup in 2012.
In hockey, Year 8 girls played in a County Tournament in York at the end of last term and finished 6th.
In badminton, Wensleydale were crowned the U14 and U16 doubles champions at Richmond.