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Ashlands Reception Graduate in Style!

Ashlands Reception children enjoyed their graduation assembly this morning in front of a packed hall of parents and family! They wore their mortar boards and received a certificate from the head teacher. After listening to the children read out some of their favourite memories, parents were treated to an emotional video of photographs of their child's time in Reception class.

Woodfield Community Primary School Yr 6

So proud of our Yr 6 as they finish their Woodfield Community Primary School chapter and move on to the next.
We wish them all the luck in the world and all the very best in the next stage of their education.
They entertained us all this week with the production of Rock Bottom.
Have a great summer.
Parents At Woodfield School

Harrogate independent school wins coveted Green Flag award for its environmental work

Pupils at leading Harrogate independent school Belmont Grosvenor are celebrating after winning a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag for their drive to create a more environmentally-friendly community.
Children at the co-educational prep school join a select band of pupils at schools up and down the country who have been awarded this prestigious honour – and the right to fly the Eco-Schools Green Flag from Belmont Grosvenor’s flagpole.
The Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning – and aims to encourage schools, and the wider school community, to become more environmentally aware.
Pupils have to work towards a seven-point plan to achieve the award – steps range from having an active Eco-Committee and a school-wide Eco-action plan, to pupils monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of their work and agreeing an environmental code for the school.
More than 40 children at Belmont Grosvenor are involved in the Eco clubs at school, which run from Year 1 to Year 6. Their BGS eco activities range from litter picking and recycling, to organising beach clean-ups and building a greenhouse from old plastic bottles!
Nicola Shillam, Eco co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School, said: “As a school we feel that our impact on the environment is extremely important and we are dedicated to making a difference.
“Our children come up with the ideas of what we can do to help - we are making Eco bricks from snack waste and have more exciting projects to start next year."

Teacher retires after almost half a century at Harrogate school

The longest-serving teacher at Harrogate independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor has retired after almost half a century in the role.

John McDonald taught his last lesson at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor, based at Birstwith, Harrogate, this month after 49 years at the school.

Decimalisation was still 12 months away when a young Mr McDonald, earning the princely sum of £5 per week, joined the staff of all-boys prep school Grosvenor House, which later merged with all-girls Belmont Birklands to form Belmont Grosvenor School.

During the move to its current location at Swarcliffe Hall in 1974, Mr McDonald was an instrumental part of the relocation and redevelopment team – helping turn the semi-derelict building into a school, and later, co-ordinated the merger of the two Harrogate town centre schools to create Belmont Grosvenor School.
Mr McDonald was on the BGS senior management team for many years and was involved in the development of several of Belmont Grosvenor’s current facilities – including the indoor swimming pool, science lab and DT room and the school hall and stage.
Head of Maths and DT, Mr McDonald has witnessed – and been involved – in many changes at Belmont Grosvenor and will miss both the pupils and teachers.
“After almost 50 years of teaching, enjoying both senior management roles and teaching, it is time for me to step aside – time for the younger generation with new ideas and new enthusiasm to take over,” said Mr McDonald.

Successful entrepreneur urges Ripon Grammar students to 'think big'

AWARD-WINNING students won praise from a successful entrepreneur who returned to his old school to congratulate them on their achievements.

Ed Ellerington, who set up his first business when he was a 16-year-old schoolboy, told how he had been inspired by his teachers: “I had one of the best possible starts in life at Ripon Grammar School. My school days really were among my happiest.”

Speaking to students, their families, staff and civic dignitaries, Mr Ellerington, who left RGS in 2005, was the special guest at the school’s annual lower school prize-giving ceremony.

He told students, who received a host of awards for academic and sporting prowess: “I encourage you all to think big and soak up as much as you can from this place.”

Earlier, headmaster Jonathan Webb announced that RGS has just won planning permission for a £250,000 changing block and cricket pavilion to sit alongside the school’s new world-class 3G pitch, opening in autumn.

Mr Ellerington, said it was fantastic to see how the school had propelled forward since he left: “Ripon Grammar School is at the very forefront of providing a full and well-rounded education.”

He told the packed hall how he set up his first text messaging property marketing business, which he later sold to the Halifax Estate Agency, while he was a boarding student deferred going to university to follow a career in banking and real estate before recently launching an innovative £25m build-to-rent property business.

Climate Change Teacher

Over the past few weeks Adam Jackson, geography teacher at Upper Wharfedale School has been completing a selection of 6 courses accredited by the United Nations on climate change, and having passed all the tests, is now very pleased to be;

A United Nations Certified Climate Change Teacher - one of only 79 in the whole of the UK and the second in North Yorkshire
The course involved units on the
* Impact of Climate Change on Children
* Cities and Climate Change
* Human Health and Climate Change
* Gender and Climate Change
* International Legal Regime
This increased level of knowledge of this important topic will allow Adam adapt and increase the level of detail in current climate change topics being taught at both KS3 and 4 at Upper Wharfedale from September.

Gifted Ripon Grammar student wins top music college place

A GIFTED Ripon Grammar School musician has won a coveted place at the highly competitive Junior Royal Northern College of Music after a challenging day-long audition.
James Kitchingman, from Burton Leonard, almost missed out after only finding out about the prestigious course in Manchester – a joint study of piano and voice – more than three months after the closing date.
The 16-year-old, who has been playing the piano and singing since he was five years old, is now looking forward to working with internationally acclaimed musicians every week to help him develop his musical potential: “I feel very privileged and I am really excited about it,” he said.
RGS director of music Edward Seymour congratulated James on his significant achievement: “There are only six music colleges which offer a small number of places throughout the UK and to be offered a place as a pianist – one of the most hotly contested instrument places – is a big deal.”
James, who has achieved his Grade 8 in both treble voice and piano and more recently Grade 6 in tenor voice, enjoys singing in various choirs including the York Chapter House Youth Choir and Ripon Grammar Chamber Choir.
He has also performed with the National Youth Choir and Opera North Youth Choir and was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, where he performed many solos, for seven years. As well as playing the trumpet in school brass ensembles and Jazz Trio, he frequently accompanies other students and groups on the piano.

Camp out on the school field

On Friday night the year 2 children at Coppice Valley Primary School camped overnight on the school field. The children enjoyed playing in the sunshine, toasting marshmallows and sleeping in tents with their friends. A great evening was had by all!

St Joseph's Space Camp

Our Year 2's enjoyed a sleepover at school on Thursday. We arrived, set up camp and made our Space badges. In our first workshop we created our own water rockets and launched them on the field, we got very wet! Afterwards we enjoyed hot chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits. For our second workshop we did Planetary artwork. Later on we snuggled up and watched a film before tucking up in our tents with our Space buddy. In the morning we got up, got dressed and packed up our things. We then took our tents for a walk around the playground to air them followed by a well deserved Space breakfast! We learnt all about the solar system and were so excited to be sleeping IN school!

Summer Fair

Coppice Valley Primary School are holding their Summer fair on Saturday 6th July 12-2pm. free entry, All welcome to join us for a fun afternoon of games, stalls, BBQ and Cafe, Raffle and field games

Harrogate’s hidden gem Coppice Valley Primary School awarded nature grant

We have been so lucky to receive some fantastic nature equipment from Learning Through Landscapes School Nature Grants.
We have received:
- many goodies that will make our local hedgehogs very happy
- a range of seeds and related planting guides and cookbooks to help develop our community garden
- a selection of bug hotels and night camera to study our nighttime wildlife

We are so excited to use this equipment to make the most of our incredible nature play areas.

Ripon Grammar students get to grips with Macbeth

RIPON Grammar School’s younger students are getting to grips with Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy as they prepare to bring an ambitious production of Macbeth to the stage.
More than 40 pupils, from first to third form, are performing in the challenging drama, which oozes with treachery and intrigue and includes a number of gruesome deaths.
Other students will be involved behind-the-scenes with everything from sound and lighting to scenery, with the art department tasked with producing a ‘severed head’ for one particularly grisly scene.
Third form student Will Curtis, from Ripon, who landed the title role, said he is enjoying portraying his character’s powerful range of emotions: “Macbeth’s personality changes so much. One minute he is happy, then sad, then angry.”
Second former Eva Joussemet, from Littlethorpe, said she was excited to have the chance to tackle the challenging role of Lady Macbeth: “She is a very complex character.”
The 13-year-old went to see a National Theatre production of Macbeth in Hull recently in order to help her understand it more: “Having the opportunity to play Lady Macbeth now has given me a real sense of just what an amazing writer he was.”
Director and English teacher Libby Seymour said she was delighted at how all the students involved were rising to the challenge: “They are all doing exceptionally well. I think it’s important they have the opportunity to study Shakespeare in the way they should – on stage.”
*Macbeth, Ripon Grammar School, July 11 and 12, 7pm.

Ripon Grammar student selected for England

A RIPON Grammar School student has been selected to represent England in Cambodia at the world championships of an increasingly popular international sport.
Teenager David Blyton, who has been playing pétanque – which is similar to boules - since he could throw a ball, was picked for the England Youth Squad during trials held in France.
David, 16, from North Stainley, who holds the adult northern region pétanque shooting title and has represented his age group five times at international level, said he was honoured to be selected.
“It will be a wonderful opportunity to compete and progress in the sport, visit an amazing country and make friends from the approximately 40 different countries competing at the event.”
Pétanque England, the sport’s governing body, will be funding David and his three team-mates on their all-expenses-paid trip to Cambodia for the prestigious championships in November.
As part of their training, the team will also be competing at an international festival in Belgium in August and aim to play together as much as they can.
David trains at local pitches, but travels extensively for regional, national and international events.
Involved in the National Youth Squad for four years, this will be his last season as a junior as next year he’ll progress to playing in the 18 to 22-year-old category.
Pétanque, still developing as a competitive game in the UK, is considered a major sport in southern Europe, south-east Asia and Africa and dates back to the early 1900s in France.

Good OFSTED Grading for Stabeck Community Primary School

Starbeck Community Primary School are celebrating a very positive report from OFSTED during their recent full inspection. The school has been on a journey of change over the last couple of years with Headteacher Mr Garry de Castro-Morland taking over officially in early 2018. Now graded GOOD, OFSTED stated that the schools work around Personal Development and Well-being are outstanding. They also noted that pupils make good progress across all year groups and SEND, Music and Sport provision are key strengths of the school.
Mr de Castro-Morland, a former pupil himself at Starbeck School and previously headteacher of an Outstanding school in Skipton commented -'It is a privilege for me to have been able to return to my former school in the role of Headteacher and lead the significant school improvements needed. The success, which has now been verified by OFSTED, was only possible in a relatively short amount of time due to the loyal support and hard work of the Starbeck children, staff, parents, governors and community friends.

Dance a thon

It's Jane Kendall here from Grove Road Primary school.

During the week beginning the 1st July we have organised a school dance -a-thon and we were wondering if we could have some mentions on the radio to promote the event?

It will involve at least one class dancing at any one time through out the week during school hours. Any money raised will go towards refurbishing our playground and donations can be made through our Grove Road just giving page.

On the evening of Tuesday 2nd July we also have a special Zumba session planned with Fernando Brazil - tickets available for £5. See attached flyer.

Any publicity would be greatly appreciated Jon.

Willow Tree pupils visit Countryside Day

Year 3 and 4 pupils from Willow Tree Primary School recently had a fantastic day learning all about the countryside at Countryside Day at the Yorkshire Showground. The children enjoyed various workshops and shows throughout the day, taking part in lots of practical activities to do with the world around them. With everything from learning about the dairy industry to fly fishing, water safety, dancing sheep and baking bread, the children got to try their hand at lots of new and exciting activities.

Lower Key Stage Two phase leader, Laura McAuley described the day as, “An invaluable experience for all the children. The people and creatures the children got to meet, taught them and showed them things that simply could not be experienced in the same way inside the classroom.”

The children were full of enthusiasm about the day. Sophie from Year 4 loved the whole experience. “Countryside Day was amazing! I really enjoyed the sheep show and watching the sheep do funny dances.”

Archie in Year 3 said “I really enjoyed learning about rivers outside of the classroom and seeing the examples of what creatures may be found in a river.”

Olivia bowled over by Yorkshire cricket selection

A TALENTED young Ripon Grammar School cricketer was bowled over when she was selected to play for her county.

Olivia Vollans, who has only been playing competitive cricket for three seasons and also plays elite level football, is one of only three North Yorkshire girls picked to play for Yorkshire’s Under-13s first team.

The 13-year-old, from Littlethorpe, who captains the North Yorks Under-13s team, said: “I was really pleased to be selected as I had worked hard to impress in the Yorkshire training sessions over the winter. I'm really looking forward to playing for Yorkshire over the summer."

Olivia, who started playing in her back garden when she was at primary school, is also captain of the RGS Under-13s girls’ team and plays for North Stainley Cricket Club.

The teenager, who would love to make a career in sport, devotes much of her spare time to cricket. As well as practising several times a week, she plays two or three matches a week in summer and trains weekly with the Yorkshire squad in winter.

She also plays football for York City FC Under-14s, competing against teams including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton & Leeds United.

Olivia, who also enjoys hockey and netball, first represented North Yorkshire in cricket at Under-11s before progressing to play for Yorkshire Under-11s.

As a member of Yorkshire’s under-13s first team, or performance squad, she is now looking forward to a full fixture list against counties such as Warwickshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire and Notts.


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