Whilst Covid has dramatically changed the experience of Sixth Form for our Year 13 students they were determined, as they have been throughout, to make the most of their final few days.
They had a celebration trip to Flamingo Land, spending some quality time with each other and the staff who’ve supported them during their time in the Sixth Form. They had a great time and continued their celebration with a pizza party on their return.
On their final day they had a Leavers’ Presentation where staff and students had the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate all that they’ve achieved in their time at Boroughbridge High School.
Despite the challenges of the last two years, these students have shown remarkable resilience throughout and demonstrated their strength as a Year group team. This group of young people exemplify all that is in our mission statement, ‘To ensure that all students leave our school not only with the qualifications to access the next stage of their education or career of choice, but with the skills and confidence to make an active contribution to the communities to which they belong.’ Not only were their GCSE results two years ago above average but they have also developed the skills to ensure future success whilst having an incredible impact on our whole school community. They have performed at many concerts, supported in Key Stage 3 lessons, taken part in the appointment of new staff, led numerous lunchtime clubs for younger students and above all been excellent role models. So we give our thanks to Year 13 and wish them all the best for the future.
Poetry has been the focus in Year 8 English lessons where students have been writing poems to enter in the Miller Home competition open to all local schools. The challenge was to write individual poems with a focus on what makes living in Boroughbridge special. Having written their poems, students shared them and then began their own judging to establish their favourites. Mrs. Macadam was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of students and the creativity that they displayed. In the top three were Year 8 students, Lily, Joseph and Kaela.
We were absolutely delighted to hear on Wednesday that Kaela had won first prize. Well done indeed!
Friday 13th November was a Children in Need extravaganza with a non-uniform day and many children participating in a sponsored walk. Following the deluge of rain in the early hours, we were very relieved to see the rain clouds part and a beautiful crisp autumn day appear. Students enthusiastically walked or ran around the field enjoying the fresh air, safe in the knowledge that they were also raising money for a very good cause whilst, at lunchtime, Key Stage 4 students were also involved in a 5 a-side football competition. Our thanks go to Mr. Field for organising this day long event. Meanwhile, over in the Sixth Form, a Bake-off competition was underway with prizewinners, Ethan, Charlotte and Rosey in Year 7 and Aimee in Year 8. Here is Aimee’s cake
In a year that will never be forgotten, we are delighted that the hard work of our staff and students over the last couple of years has been recognised and that our students can now progress to the next stage of their life.
Mrs Penny Town, Head of Sixth Form stated “ We are so proud that all our university applicants got their first choice university place, including top Russell Group Universities such as Liverpool and York. Our small and supportive Sixth Form continues to add value and improve the life chances of our young people.”
Miss Stephenson, Headteacher said “It’s important that we celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our young people who have worked so valiantly during these most unusual of times. Our thanks also go to our families, staff and governors for their continued commitment and support.”
Service Children’s Remembrance Service
Along with more than 500 other children, on Friday morning (8th) eleven students from across Years 7 to 9 represented the school at the annual Service Children’s Remembrance Service at Ripon Cathedral. Deborah (Year 9) was the standard bearer for the Royal British Legion’s Military Kids Club showing great confidence and pride. It was a great privilege for Boroughbridge High School to take part in this event.
Year 10 History Club at the Green Howards Museum
Written by Amara ‘This Monday, we were fortunate enough to have a visit to the Green Howards Museum in Richmond. The Y10 History Club prepared a poster about Archie White, who was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal during the First World War, especially for the day; the poster was made into a banner which will be proudly displayed in school. The students were able to spend the 2 minutes silence with students from other local secondary schools and members of the Armed Forces. Well done to the students who participated in the poster project and many thanks to the individuals at the museum for giving us such a great opportunity.’
Year 11 – Skills Yorkshire Careers Event and Year 12 – University & Apprenticeship Fair, Leeds – October 2019
Students in years 11 & 12 had the opportunity to visit these regional events. Each event is aimed to provide students with relevant information which compliments their current option and career needs. Students had time to look round the many stands, collect information, network, attend seminars and try practical tasks. Highlights included the large range of practical activities on the NHS and Army stands and the creativity of the Performing Arts Hub and Intuitions Hair and Beauty. Year 12 students gained valuable knowledge about the UCAS process and writing personal statements in the seminars. Students returned to school with bags of useful information which will assist them in making informed choices at Post-16 and Post-18 points.