Duke of Edinburgh Walk

Twenty Year 9 pupils demonstrated their navigation and camp craft skills last weekend in a practice run for their forthcoming Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition.  Our pupils walked 15 miles from Harewood to Burley in Wharfedale, staying overnight in self-assembled tents at Bramhope Scout camp.  They encountered new experiences and discovered talents (and muscles) they never knew they had.  They ate only the food that they carried. Pasta featured high on many of signature menus.  The expedition practice was a great success despite a cold Saturday evening in tents.  Pupils were required to carry all the equipment and supplies they needed for the two day activity.  Congratulations to Aimee Tarpey, Alexandra Dickinson, Bethany Tatler, Charlize Muziki-Madilo, Darragh Kennedy, Dioni Murphy, Dominic Coverley, Ella Craggs, Finn Rea, Jack Mercer, Katie Rose Crowe, Louis Connell, Magdelene Robinson, Matthew Kerrigan, Nathan Brady, Scarlett Rowe, Sean Carey and Sinead King.  Thanks to Mrs. McBrinn and Mrs. Banks, for leading the weekend and preparing the pupils in advance, and to Mr Smithells, Mr Nelson, Mrs Lea and Mr Wild for their support on the walk across the two days.  The assessed expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is scheduled from Saturday, 20th to Sunday, 21 June. We wish our pupils every success for this activity.

Duke of Edinburgh Walk 2

Debating Prize

Pupils at Cardinal Heenan, Abbey Grange, Allerton High, Lawnswood and Ralph Thoresby schools were competitors in debates at the Headingley Festival of Ideas.  The debates were set up in a format devised by the Institute of Ideas for sixth-form competitions, with a focus on content rather than presentation.  Congratulations to Sally Greaney who was voted 'Best Speaker' by the judges after tackling the brief of proposing: Nobody has the right not to be offended.  Our Year 10 team of Patrick Ferguson, Margarita Budreviciute, Sally Greaney and Elly Hogan represented the school with great credit to reach the final. In the deciding round Elly Hogan and Margarita Budreviciute proposed the motion: The UK should embrace fracking very ably but were narrowly defeated by winners Allerton High SchoolLeeds Salon, a public forum for debate around contemporary political, cultural and scientific issues, hosted the event at Headingley Enterprise and Arts centre (HEART).  Mrs Rutherford and Dr Bradley give generously of their time in preparing pupils for these debates and co-ordinating this very popular and successful activity in school.  We are grateful for their work.

Festival of Ideas

Science Presentation

This week 40 Year 10 pupils took part in a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workshop.  They were challenged to design an energy efficient production line.  Activities included preparing a presentation and interactive questions.  Congratulations to our winning team of Carina Font, Mikey Flannery, Makaza Tembo, Elly Hogan and Aoife Conlon.  Their prize is an invitation to an Assessment Day where they will have the chance to pitch their ideas to selectors, competing with students from other schools for places of paid work experience with Nestlé UK.  Another team of Nathan Allinson, Magarita Budreviciute, Conor Hopkinson, Kitty Grenham and Lauren Walters accredited themselves very well.

Science Group

Leeds City Council are asking for your views about building a new secondary school on land to the south of Seacroft Hospital.  The school would open in September 2018.  Please click here for further details and the opportunity to comment.

The online forum will run until Friday 29 May 2015.  Were the proposed scheme to progress to the next stage, a further consultation would take place, focussed on more detailed plans for the features of the new provision.

The half term holiday begins at 3.15pm on Friday 22 May for all pupils. School re-opens at 8.55am on Monday 1 June.  Please ensure that pupils return to school after the break punctually, wearing correct school uniform and bringing with them a refillable plastic bottle for water.  It is essential that pupils remain rehydrated and drink water regularly throughout the day in the warmer weather of the summer months.

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