Wensleydale Newsletter – May 2011

Well done to all our students for their performance in the January modular exams. Year 11 look like being on course for a record set of results in English, Maths and Science (amongst others) and Year 10 are already performing very well in their modular courses.

The latest analysis of A Level performance suggests that we are now one of the best performing comprehensive Post 16 providers in North Yorkshire and particular congratulations go to the Chemistry and Music departments for getting the best results in their subjects in all of North Yorkshire.

Fundraising is now well underway for students travelling to Amala this summer to support a local school and orphanage. Each student has to raise in the region of £1200 and your support is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to the Year 7 boys’ football team who beat Thirsk School in a thrilling final of the area championships.

Well done to the Year 8 girls’ hockey team for being runners-up in the area tournament.

Our Key Stage 4 boys’ and girls’ badminton teams won the Risedale Sports Partnership Tournament and the North Yorkshire round to become county champions. They went through to the regional knock out but found the opposition much tougher: the boys’ team finished 3rd and the girls’ team 4th.

Two Year 10 students took part in the Matalan YOUR activity training programme in March at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington. The students met representative athletes from a variety of sports including Parkour, Ultimate Frisbee, Streetcheer, Dodge Ball and Tchoukball.

We are looking at introducing some of these alternative sports as extra–curricular activities in the future.

The Wensleydale School recently triumphed at the Rotary Technology Tournament in Richmond. We came first in two categories: Basic and Intermediate. The students are going on to the regional final for North Yorkshire which is to be held in Harrogate.

Once more The School has shown its support for the Wensleydale Tournament of Song. Cantabile represented the school in categories including Gilbert and Sullivan Chorus, Madrigal, Spiritual Song, and Two Contrasting Pieces, where Showstoppers joined the competition. In all classes, the choirs received positive remarks from the adjudicator.

Cantabile have also recently performed at a concert in Carlton, Coverdale. They were warmly received by the crowd.

The annual ski trip to Austria took place last month and proved very successful. One student wrote in our school newsletter that she “loved every minute of it and had such a great time”. She added, “Being with all your friends and on your way to another country was just so exciting… the scenery in Austria was beautiful, words can’t describe it: the mountains, the buildings, the snow – it was breathtaking!”

Meanwhile, down on the school farm, spring is well on its way. Two new piglets arrive on the farm after the Easter Holidays along with some 6-week-old lambs who are still being bottle-fed. We will also have a Dexter heifer joining us.

The school farm’s Summer Fair takes place in July and plans are well underway.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Easter.