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					Issue Thirty One
 Issue Twelve          newspaper of of Great Yarmouth High School
                   TheThe Newspaper Great Yarmouth High School                       Spring/Summer
                                                                                     Summer 1999 2009


                                      A VISION OF
                                      THE FUTURE
                                      Yarmouth High School pupils with a model of the Nelson Complex
                                      (For full story check out page 8)

                                      From left, Harja Aamer, 13, Ellis Smith, 14,
                                      Louise Carpenter, 14, David De’ath, 14,
                                      Christopher Gibb, 14, Jordan Newton, 13,
                                      Curtis Demetriou, 13, and Sam Durling, 14.                plus
                                                                                        YOUNG ENTERP
                                                                                       PRIZEGIVING, H RISE,
GYHS, High Performing Specialist School with Humanities Status
                                                                                       ENGINEERING, T THELE
                                                                                      NEWS, RED NO EAM
                                                                                        and CHICKENS DAYSE
                                                                                           and much mor ...
Hethel                                                                                                                                                                McKee
                                                One Friday we had an engineering trip to Hethel. The       On our visit round the different companies, we
                                                trip was based so we could see the different career        were given information about apprenticeships and
                                                chances in engineering.                                    job descriptions. We were also allowed to take
                                                                                                           information packs about colleges, jobs etc. Also on
                                                When we arrived we had an hour and a half to look          the Royal Marines presentations there were mental

                      Engineering               around all the different companies’ presentations
                                                and to ask questions about engineering. It was
                                                                                                           challenges to work out, which were really interesting
                                                                                                           as they took us a long time to work out.

                      Centre Visit
                                                interesting to see the different jobs in the engineering
                                                world. After this we had to go to the exhibition           Overall we thought the trip was good as we have a
                                                area and listen to five speakers talking about their       bigger mind span of engineering careers in life.
                                                engineering careers and breakthroughs. It was                                                     Josh Clark
                                                intriguing to listen to the varied ideas people had and
                                                the variety of ways they accomplished their goals.

                                                                                                                              Students at a workshop with artist Pete
                                                                                                                              McKee at the Time and Tide Museum:
                                                                                                                              Ricky Barnard, Sophie Porter, Nathan
                                                                                                                              Riches, Thomas Harper, Ryan King. Pete
                                                                                                                              McKee is an artist who numbers among his
                                                                                                                              fans Oasis, Paul Weller and Jules Holland.

It’s all about
The images around the school are a
selection of final pieces created by Year
11’s who left in 2008. The images reflect
their understanding and summation of
their themes, Natural Forms, Man Made
and Barriers.

It is the intention of the Art Department to
change the images every year by selecting
new images from the current Year 11’s
and placing these in the frames on show.
It is also hoped that the school will be able
to add to the collection and we should
see more images being put up around
the school.

                               Red Nose Day                                       Break and lunchtime saw queues of
                                                                                  students out of the LRC doors waiting to
                                                                                  have their photos taken with their friends
                                                                                  and to donate their 50ps to Comic Relief.
             head teacher | editors desk | lrc news | prom 2009 | year 7

The Head                                                                                                   Editor’s Desk
Teacher Writes                                                                                             Another academic year is nearly over and we have seen lots of changes...

Attendance has been one of our main priorities for some years now and will continue to be so until we      It looks like there will be plenty more next year too. After nearly 5 years we
get everyone coming to school on a regular basis. Not only is there a clear link between good attendance   say goodbye to Mr Nixon and hello to a new Head. Nearly all the building
and student attainment, there is also clear evidence that success at school means you will be more         work has been completed apart from bringing the heating system into the
successful when you leave. School is more than just passing exams. It is a place where young people        21st century and lots of lovely new windows; all the mobiles have now been
make friends and socialise, where they learn about life and where they develop their ambitions and raise   removed and we await some landscaping of those areas for the students
their aspirations. As you will remember, I visited Kenya a couple of years ago and was amazed at how       to relax in.
many miles young people would walk for the privilege of attending school. It was something special to
them, they knew the importance of school; school is just as important for the young people of Great        We wave goodbye to our year 11s and wish them luck in their exams and
Yarmouth. Our attendance has improved and we have a number of rewards to encourage students to             their future careers, and look forward to our second intake of Year 7s.
come to school. It is also really important that they arrive punctually.
                                                                                                           Please send any contributions for the next issue to:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce I will                                                           Penny Paterson                                 Committee Members:
be leaving Great Yarmouth High at the end of                                                               penny@gyhsadmin.co.uk                          Mrs C Smith                    All subjects
                                                                                                                                                          Mrs G Croft                    Teams
this term. I have really enjoyed my four and                                                                                                              Mrs A Parsons                  AEN, Pastoral and DST
a half years of headship in Yarmouth and will                                                                                                             Miss Lawes                     Sport
miss many people when I leave. It has been a                                                                                                              Mrs T Smith                    Technology and Maths
great privilege to work with all the people who
have supported the school for the benefit of our

                                                                                                                            Maths Quiz
students and the whole community; there are
a great many of them. The school moves into
a new era with building schools for the future
and a change in specialism, from Technology to
Humanities. In addition, we are also part of the
Raising Achievement Partnership Programme                                                                                                      4    8    6    5           7    3
where we have been asked to work with other
high school in helping them raise achievement.                                                                                            9              4                          6

                                                                                                                                          5         7              3      9    2
Schools change as do the staff in them and I
have always believed that this is a positive thing.                                                                                            3                   6      2         8
I will look to see how Great Yarmouth High is
                                                                                                                                                         3         8
doing for many years to come. Can I offer my
very personal and heartfelt thanks to everyone                                                                                            6         4    2                     1
who has supported me - and the school - since
my arrival in January 2005                                                                                                                          1    5                6         3

                                                                                                                                          8                        4                5
JIM NIXON Headteacher
                                                                                                                                               5    9         6    1      4    7

                                                                                                                        If you want to know the answers to last issues quiz, then see Mr Fisher.

             LRC News
At the end of January we said goodbye to Miss Best who had been the L.R.C. Co-ordinator for
                                                                                                                                                                       STARTING YEAR 7...
                                                                                                                                                                       When I first heard that the current year 6 was
nine years. Miss Best has moved on to take up an exciting challenge and we wish her luck in                                                                            going to be doing their year 7 at high school
her new venture. Shaun is still our senior Librarian and he is now joined by Taylor, Suham and                                                                         it sounded really fun. Getting to make new
Naomi.                                                                                                                                                                 friends was the best part about moving to a
                                                                                                                                                                       new school. The first day of year 7 at high
February saw our display boards covered with Victorian Valentine’s cards and flowers as the                                                                            school I was scared in case I was too small or
L.R.C. celebrated the anniversary of Saint Valentine. We have ordered a lot of new books in the                                                                        if I got bullied by the older ones but it actually
past few weeks and the current display is advertising a few of our newest titles. I am sure we have                                                                    went very well. I mostly enjoyed getting to
books to interest all levels of readers so why not come along and take a look at the latest editions                                                                   meet all the teachers and new friends from
of Dr. Who, The X-Men, Star Wars, High School Musical, The Worst Witch and Magic Puppy?                                                                                other schools.

Coming soon we have ‘You’ve seen the film now read the book’. This is a collection of books that                                                             I enjoy going to after school clubs such as
have recently been made into films. Special effects really make a film worth watching, but can                                                               Papa Chef and Swimming club. I also enjoy
even the most elaborate special effects compare with your imagination? Try reading the book and                                                              my weekly clarinet lesson. The high school is
see if you can picture effects that are grander than the ones Hollywood have spent millions of                                                               100% better than my middle school was, as
dollars to create. Titles to watch out for include: The Pink Panther, this is the story of Pink Panther                                                      we didn’t have proper cooking, drama, art and
film starring Steve Martin, Bolt which is the book of Disney’s current blockbuster about a dog with                                                          music lessons there. The school dinners are
super powers, Inkheart the recent action adventure starring Brendan Fraser. Also we have some                                                                much better as well because at this school
classic book to film titles such as James Bond’s Quantum Of Solace and Tommorow Never                      there is wide selection of lovely hot and cold food, including a pasta bar. This school has a
Dies. Perhaps musicals are more your style? We have titles of books to musicals to suit all tastes.        proper drama studio and correct equipment to allow good teaching on the instruments. We have
Why not read Dirty Dancing, Beauty And The Beast, Oliver or Billy Elliot?                                  individual computers for use unlike middle school where we had to share with other pupils.

Our graphic novel collection is growing steadily with new titles regularly being added. In addition        I heard about signing up to be a junior prefect and thought I would give this a go and put myself
to classic titles such as Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein and Henry V we also                   up for a challenge and really enjoy helping out with my duties. Middle school only had one science
have X-Men, Halo, Batman Begins and Artemis Fowl.                                                          lab but there are lots more here with great experiments using such things as acids. So far I have
                                                                                                           really enjoyed myself at High School and would recommend it more than Middle School.
At lunchtime students use the L.R.C. for independant learning to complete coursework and                                                                                                  Keata Wilby 7YMB
homework. Students who have finished all their work have recently been enjoying our new
selection of educational games and jigsaws. These games are fun and interactive whilst still

                                                                                                                         PROM 2009
being educational, promoting literacy and numeracy skills.

On Red Nose Day Mrs Paterson and Mr Jonas were busy taking photographs of students
wearing their red outfits under a red balloon arch. Photos were charged at 50p a copy and the
proceeds, over £75, will go to Comic Relief.
                                                                                            Mrs Smith      The date of this years Prom is 12th June and Mrs Cooper is once again organising it.

                                                                                                           Here are the rules for attending
                                                                                                           Each student must have 85% + attendance to be allowed to attend.
                                                                                                           100% ...................... Attendance- the ticket is FREE
                                                                                                           95%-99.9% ............ Ticket is 1/2 price
                                                                                                           85%-94.9% ............ Ticket is full price & allowed to attend

                                                                                                           100% attenders will have their names in a hat and whoever is chosen will have their transport paid for by
                                                                                                           the school - last year’s winner was Daniel Finnegan. Students cannot make arrangements with individual
                                                                                                           members of staff to attend (ie. ‘if you attend 100% English’ then you can attend - ) every student must
                                                                                                           attend school 85% + and be in their lessons. It really is worth making a huge effort to get a ticket: it is
                                                                                                           always a memorable night!

                                                                                                           p.s. Mrs Cooper is looking for members of staff to help get everything ready on the day as it is usually
                                                                                                           a bit of a rush! Please contact her if you are available.
                                                                    prizegiving | meet the faculty

  This year the prizes were presented
  by Alison Turnbull. Alison studied ‘O’
  Levels and ‘A’ Levels at Great Yarmouth
  Grammar school, and went on to read
  Law at the University of Leicester before
  qualifying as a solicitor. She now teaches
  undergraduates and post graduates how
  to be lawyers. Married to a barrister, she
  has two daughters and is studying for a

Meet the Faculty
             ‘Performing Arts’
Mrs N. Snell Curriculum Leader, Teacher of
Drama and BTEC Perf. Arts
Miss K. Fisher Team Leader, Teacher of Music
and Drama
Mrs M. Esherwood Teacher of Music
Miss C. West Instructor of Drama and LSA

This year’s school production of 2009 is going to
be ‘Back to the 80’s’ in full global, hyper colour!
Set in the USA, Back to the 80’s tells the story
of Ocean High School that graduated in the
1980’s, as remembered and seen through the
eyes of Corey Palmer and his friends. Including
exciting and toe tapping songs that will really
get the audience going. During the first week
of February, the production team successfully
auditioned a cast of 50, from budding year 7          Debbie Fox                Chloe Woods               Holidays. The rehearsals will then go ahead in
pupils to experienced year 11’s. It was a long        Mel Easton                Rachael McSweeney         March, where the cast will be working hard to
process, having to audition around 160 pupils         Kim Easton                Paige Kelf                achieve the shows’ impeccable standard! Of
in total!                                             Miss S. Brannigan         Hollie Goodwin            course aided by the teachers who are also keen
                                                                                                          and dedicated.
The Boys!                                             Chorus Girls
Corey Palmer Senior        Louis Harman               Natalie Smith             Kyra Drake                Also in March the current year 11 BTEC
Corey Palmer Junior        Daniel Ross                Shanice Williams          Maddy Coker               Performing Arts pupils will be performing their
Alf Bueller                George Barnden             Roxy Mason                Heather Jerome            end of year production of ‘Blood Brothers’. As
Kirk Keaton                Felipe Gonzales            Paige Horsley             Courtney Clark            part of their double GCSE, the 14 pupils will have
Michael Feldman            Josh Clarke                Miami Brown               Leanne Tibble             to perform a substantial and challenging play to
Billy Arnold               Nathan Riches              Antonia Culverhouse       Kim Hardie                an audience. The year 11 Drama pupils are now
Lionel Astley              Jim Beales                 Danielle Downing          Francesca Sewell          coming to an end with their final coursework
Huey Jackson               Jim Underwood              Georgina Webster          Carly Hughes              unit of ‘Blood Brothers’, where as the year 10
Mr. Cocker                 Chris Demetriou            Jenny-Freya Wilson        Ashleigh Spooner          are currently starting their new unit on ‘Of Mice
Fergal McFerrin            Kevin Polkey               Mandy Frost               Danielle Poulson          and Men’.
                                                      Michelle Hamisi           Leah Wilby
Chorus Boys                                           Chloe Kitchener           Abbie Bunnwell            Year 11 Music pupils are also working very hard
Ryan Chapman               William Walls              Robyn Adams               India Loveland            in their compositions and recording briefs, to
Brandon Kelf                                          Rachel Brand                                        ensure their efforts in sustaining Miss Fisher’s
                                                                                                          90% GCSE results from last year’s pupils. In the
The Girls!                                            The pupils will then have the opportunity to        Performing Arts Department we offer a range of
Tiffany Houston            Bonnie Moore               watch a live version of ‘Back to the 80’s’ in       different and exciting Extra Curricular Activities,
Cyndi Gibson               Sammie Sweeney             Cambridge on the 9th April. This will involve       these include - Christmas Concert, Instrumental
Eileen Reagan              Danielle Underwood         Mrs. Snell and Miss Fisher and their crew, taking   lessons, Gifted and Talented Drama Club, Choir,
Laura Wilde                Naomi Robson               the entire cast along to watch it in the Easter     Drama and Keyboard Club.
                                                                battlefields | gifted and talented

Battlefields                                                                                  Maths Challenge
History Field Trip 2009                                                                       Four Gifted and Talented Year 10 students took part in the Norwich Maths
                                                                                              Challenge organised by the Further Mathematics Network. The event began
Students across the year groups enjoyed a                                                     at 4.30pm at CNS School Norwich on Wednesday 4th March 2009. The
fantastic three day history field trip to Belgium                                             questions and tasks were challenging but our team were leading after the first
- Ypres this Easter. The purpose of the trip                                                  round, they were eventually beaten into a very respectable third place, out
was to experience the impact that World War                                                   of twelve, by Hethersett High (1st) and Sir John Leman (2nd). The teams we
One had on so many lives across so many                                                       defeated included Norwich School, Thetford Grammar, Wymondham High
different nationalities. Students learnt a variety                                            and CNS!
of aspects relating to World War One which
included a startling comparison between the                                                   Congratulations
German and British Soldiers in life and death                                                 to Stacey Cole,
at war. Students also gained an insight into                                                  Taman-Tyler
how the Flemish people of Belgium coped with                                                  Grafton, William
war. Despite Belgium remaining neutral during                                                 Walls and
WW1 their country was devastated, and it is                                                   Alice Wright
for these reasons and many more that students                                                 on an excellent
gained a deep sense of recognition and purpose                                                achievement.
of remembrance during the trip. It you are
interested in taking part in next year’s history                                              By Mr Lever
field trip please see Miss Mason - WARNING
places are limited!

King George V of England stated in 1922:
We truly say that the whole circuit of the earth
is griddled with the graves of our dead. In the
course of my pilgrimage, I have many times
asked myself whether there can be more potent
advocates of peace on earth through the years
                                                                                             Mrs Shailer organised for a Recyclable Artist - Chris Jackson to run a workshop at
to come, than this massed multitude of silent
                                                                                             school for year nine students involved in the Junk Art project that is being run by
witnesses to the desolation of war. King George
                                                                                             the Art department in the spring-summer term. Mr Jackson encouraged students
V, Tyne Cot Cemetery 11th May 1922
                                                                                             to collect and use recyclable materials - which is a topic of much discussion
                                                                                             and in the public eye at this moment in time. Students had a fantastic time and
What have I learnt?
                                                                                             produced a very large piece of work that will be displayed in the school.
The true impact of War can never truly be
examined in the classroom alone. Remembrance                                                 The students involved were: from left to right Sam Durling, Taylor Smith, Hajra
is not just a community event but a world wide                                               Aamer, Kelly Brandon, Ruta Vasilevska, Leah Wilby, Jasmine Jones, Abbie
event that I am sure will continue for many, many                                            Bunnewell and Roger Martinyk.
years to come.
                                 By Miss Mason

Gifted &
 Mixed Media
 This workshop was open to Year 7, 8 and 9 from all High
 schools in the area. It was to enable pupils the opportunity
 to create art using alternative materials. All were involved
 in designing and creating a print that would be included
 within their final image. Some had never used this media
 and found it challenging. Pupils also burnt into tissue
 paper using incense sticks to create patterns and explore
 overlapping colours. They used hot glue to embellish
 areas and investigated using embroidery threads in an
 exciting manner. The workshop ended with all the pupils
 having created an exciting and unusual piece of work.
 I would like to thank all the pupils who took part and
 congratulate them on their wonderful pieces; they were all
 so creative and unique. WELL DONE!
                                       Mrs Steward
                                                              Blackfriars                                                                                             Student Achievements
                                                                                                                                                                      Form groups in year 7, 9, 10 and 11
                                                                                                                                                                      were asked to write about their best
                                                                                                                                                                      achievements this year both inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Achievements by 9YAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Curtis learned to ski and went on
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the school trip. Kyle has moved
                                                              Student Experiences                                                                                     and outside of school. Here are a        up to level 7 in Maths. Jack has
                                                                                                                                                                      selection...                             improved his attendance. Sam has
                                                              High School is good because we have nice food and can                                                                                            made models in the art workshop.
                                                              choose what we eat. Anon 7GO                                                                            “I have improved my behaviour and        Charmaine has gone up a level in
                                                                                                                                                                      been good in lessons. I haven’t got      literacy. Rachel’s art work has been
                                                              I have raised money for red nose day by doing the conga                                                 any detentions and done all my           in a magazine
                                                              and we raised over £200. Melissa 7GO                                                                    work since Christmas. My effort

Rewards Assembly                                              I have got better at English as the school has helped me
                                                                                                                                                                      grade has been better and I have
                                                                                                                                                                      got better marks. I have got higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Year 8 students view on
                                                                                                                                                                                                               GYHS from 8YTF
December 2008                                                 out. William 7MB                                                                                        results in the tests and I have been     This year I was particularly proud
Students were awarded trophies and medals for                                                                                                                         concentrating on my work!” Kojin         when I changed my behaviour
excellent attendance / punctuality and excellent effort.      I have had the bravery to put my hand up in class.                                                      Mahmud 9YMD                              around and stopped getting sent
Congratulations to all those students.                        Courtney 7MB                                                                                            I have to say that I have seen a         out of lessons. Katie Lloyd 8YTF
                                                                                                                                                                      marked improvement in Kojin’s
100% ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY                               High school is lush! I have learned a lot and made loads of                                             focus in form – maturity kicking in      At GYHS I have enjoyed meeting
YR.7                                                          friends. Anon 7MB                                                                                       for sure!                                new people and some of the
Lewis Comerford      Daria Dlugosz                                                                                                                                                                             subjects that I do. I am proud of
Hannah Duffield      Ellie Symonds                            High school has changed my life with my behaviour Josh                                                  “As I am part of Gifted and Talented,    being a GYHS student because
Kraymar Colby                                                 7MB                                                                                                     me and three friends entered the         the teachers that I have make me
YR.8                                                                                                                                                                  WHAM Project where you think of          feel comfortable and make me
Ricardo Caldas       Tracey Clark                             I am proud of completing most of my coursework and                                                      an idea to help the community. Our       confident when I do my work.
Kieran Doggett-Sykes Chrissy Brand                            being a good prefect. I have also become more confident,                                                idea was to start up an after school     GYHS is a good school to be in.
Chloe Payne          Karolina Puchalskyte                     getting a B in my food technology practical! I have also                                                Youth Club called The Healthy            Shannon Whitmore 8TF
YR.9                                                          been doing well in my singing lessons after school, not                                                 Gizmos at our old Middle School.
Sam Durling          Kirsty Deerin                            forgetting any of the songs I have learnt so far. Jayne                                                 The school, Greenacre First let          I’m happy in this school because
Christian Wust                                                Brennan 11PF                                                                                            us run it there and many children        in this school we have good tech,
YR.10                                                                                                                                                                 attended and liked the idea of it. We    swimming and fitness activities. We
Tash Cupidon         Michael Dyball                           I am proud to have become a young ambassador for the                                                    did not win the WHAM Project and         have great food and generally good
YR.11                                                         Great Yarmouth Lyons. I have also achieved an A in IT, and                                              also stopped the Club but many           meals. I don’t really like uniform but I
Daniel Gourley       Russell Marriott                         a further 5 C’s in my mocks. I am also proud that I have                                                children come up to us in the streets    am really happy that I won a trophy.
Georgina Webster                                              been organised and completed most of my course work.                                                    and ask when will it be starting up      Karolina Puchalskyte 8TF
                                                              Melissa Wilson 11PF                                                                                     again so we are thinking of setting
OUTSTANDING EFFORT 3rd PLACE                                                                                                                                          it up again. My effort grade is          My best achievement since starting
YR.7 Melissa Wright   YR.8 Ricardo Caldas                     I am proud of completing all of my childcare coursework on                                              suitable as it is between 3 and 4 and    GYHS is learning French. At middle
YR.9 Leah Wilby       YR.10 Brandon Tennant                   time and without many problems! I am also proud of nearly                                               my aim is to improve it steadily”.       school we learnt French but only
YR.11 Gina Comerford                                          finishing my technology coursework. I have done this by                                                 Chris Gibb 9YMD                          the basics, now I understand full
                                                              working every other night and staying behind for extra                                                  The boys (Chris, David De’ath and        sentences. Demi Joy 8YSP
OUTSTANDING EFFORT 2nd PLACE                                  classes. Finally I am proud that I have already achieved a B                                            Chris’s younger brother in Year 7)
YR.7 Alhambra Sanchez  YR.8 Khairia Almadfai                  in ICT which was my target grade. Jodie Cross 11PF                                                      did very well and got to the Regional    My best achievement since coming
YR.9 Sam Durling       YR.10 Jade Rosson                                                                                                                              Finals. It is good to hear they are      to GYHS is making the inter-team
YR.11 Georgina Webster                                        I have achieved high rank librarian in Great Yarmouth High                                              thinking of starting it up again.        football team. Our team, Blackfriars
                                                              School. In my position as head librarian, I am proud to                                                 Chris’s focus has declined in the last   won and I am not too bad at football.
OUTSTANDING EFFORT 1st PLACE                                  support the library day by day. Shaun 11PF                                                              term. He needs to not get distracted     In the YR 8 cross country I came
YR.7 Jessica Mason    YR.8 Christina Bithas                                                                                                                           by others.                               9th. Jake Head 8YSP
YR.9 Ashleigh Spooner YR.10 Lucie Miller
YR.11 Louise Temple                                                                                                                                                   “My best achievement outside of          I’ve been at GYHS for 7 months and
                                                                                                                                                                      school was when I got a merit in my      I’ve achieved many things. My best
                                                                                                                                                                      Grade 1 keyboard exam. It helped at      achievement here has been going

                                       Form Focus                                                       Kayleigh Martin Recently travelled to London to participate
                                                                                                        in a dance exhibition called ‘Move It’ where she took part
                                                                                                        in dance classes.
                                                                                                                                                                      school because we have keyboard
                                                                                                                                                                      lessons so that helped build my
                                                                                                                                                                                                               up in maths from a level 5.3 to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                               level 5.6 and I hope I can do better.
                                                                                                                                                                      confidence as I was worried. I think     Shannon Ward 8YSP
                                       This editions form focus is Mr Smiths year 11 form. We
                                                                                                                                                                      my effort grades have improved
                                       asked them, what do you do out of school and in school           Vincent Pontin When Vincent isn’t attending Science
                                                                                                                                                                      because now, when I am stuck I put       7YGO Achievements
                                       that keeps you busy, enables you make friends, socialise         revision he attends Badminton club and also uses the
                                                                                                                                                                      my hand up so I understand things        I did a test in English and I was very
                                       and helps you relax. Here are some of their responses:           school gym.
                                                                                                                                                                      more.” Leah Wilby 9YMD                   proud because I put in a good effort.
                                                                                                                                                                      Leah has just blossomed since            In a PE lesson I have been playing
                                       Todd Davidson I play badminton every Monday after                Jason Hall I spend time at the local Skate Park and also
                                                                                                                                                                      joining 9YMD and is a fabulous           football and my team won. Tiago
                                       school and football at the weekends to keep fit.                 enjoy BMX biking, Badminton, art and tennis and laying
                                                                                                                                                                      member of our form.                      Custodio 7YGO
                                                                                                        in bed!
                                       Aaron Bell Takes part in a Karate class and uses the
                                                                                                                                                                      “I am pleased that in Maths I finally    I have achieved in my school work
                                       school gym to maintain fitness.                                  Katie Chilvers I have been busy representing the school in
                                                                                                                                                                      understand Trigonometry! Outside         by doing well in maths and doing
                                                                                                        a number of Badminton fixtures recently.
                                                                                                                                                                      of school I am pleased that I will       my music homework. Out of school I
                                       Janine Hume Has been taking advantage of the many
                                                                                                                                                                      be a Black Belt soon! I think my         have been kind to my sister and done
                                       trips run my the English department to the various plays         Tatiana Rodrigues Inside school I go to singing club and
                                                                                                                                                                      effort grade is 4 - this is because      all my homework Anna Lyle 7YGO
                                       that they are studying ready for their exams including Blood     swimming club. Outside of school I work on song writing
                                                                                                                                                                      I work hard but there is room for
                                       Brothers, Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls.                and creating music using an editing programme.
                                                                                                                                                                      improvement.” Christian Wust

                                                                                                                                                                      Christian is a very good pupil and
                                                                                                                                                                      always produces his best work
                                                                                                                                                                      during Form time, whether it is a
                                                                                                                                                                      written or oral contribution.

Rewards Assembly
Lots of students in each year group were awarded in                                                                                                                    On behalf of Mr. Betts, Mr. Martin and all the Britannia form
assembly for their outstanding effort levels. Students                                                                                                                 tutors we would like to say congratulations to everyone who
received a medal and or trophy for their efforts. For those                                                                                                            achieved a reward over the last two terms. However with
students who didn’t win an award this time the challenge                                                                                                               another celebration assembly in the summer we hope all
has been set as the next awards will be for the most                                                                                                                   pupils will be working hard to try and finish towards the top of
improved effort levels in their year group and team.                                                                                                                   the effort league table next time around. Good luck and keep
                                                                                                                                                                       working hard!
Congratulations to all those who received an award!

Have a fiver!
Congratulations to Mina Wilson, Ashley Cooper and Peter
Elliott who each won the £5 reward for 100% attendance
over the last three weeks. Keep up the good work.

Who’s that bear?
Yes team we can proudly announce that the fastest
bear in the east over 500m on a rower is our very own
Mr Andrews. He discovered this hidden talent at the
Partnership games event where two other Wellington
team members showed off their rowing talent: Martyn
Greenwood who won the event in his age group and
Nathan Derbyshire.
From your Team Leader
                                                                                                                                            From the
                                                                                                                                            Team Captain...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    skills, you must also be willing to accept new
                                                                                                                                                                                                    suggestions and ideas from the Deputy Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Captain and your fellow Prefects.

                                                                                                                                            Being a Team Captain requires being a                   Team Captains organise and host Team meetings
                                                                                                                                            responsible and mature person. You have to              for the Tolhouse Prefects and must remind other
As your acting Team Leader for Tolhouse I would like to say a massive
                                                                                                                                            have respect for teachers and students alike,           Prefects about these meetings because they are
thank you to all the students and staff of Tolhouse. Your support has
                                                                                                                                            also for your fellow prefects. I wanted to become       very important,as we talk about subjects such
been over-whelming and I know you have all worked extremely hard. You
                                                                              Congratulations to Cameron Moreton (Yr 8)                     a Team Captain I wanted to further my leadership        as lunchtime rotas and upcoming events. These
have one more term to go, really show us now what you are capable of
                                                                              who has just received a gold rookie ‘life savers’             skills; I also believed becoming a Team Captain         meetings often take place at lunchtimes, so the
achieving and end on a term of total success. Remember your attendance
                                                                              certificate - well done                                       would help me mature further. It also means             Team Captain must be willing to give up social
plays a major part in your success at school.
                                                                                                                                            that you have to be a role model for your team          time throughout the year. Another task you
                                                                              Congratulations to Connor Robinson who                        and the whole school, as you are the person             are asked to complete is after school activities
Well done Harry Webb                                                          received £10 for 100% attendance and Calum                    the younger years look to for help, support and         such as parents evenings and open evenings.
                                                                              Bromley for receiving £5                                      guidance.                                               Throughout these evenings you must organise
Harry (a newly appointed prefect) prepared                                                                                                                                                          your prefects so they are able to direct visitors
and delivered an assembly to both year 7s                                                                                                   During my time as Team Captain I have had to            around the school.
and year 8s on different aspects of bullying.
Harry’s assembly proved a great success
                                                                              Experiences                                                   complete a number of tasks such as - Speaking
                                                                                                                                            to an audience, creating Prefect duty rotas,            Every month a meeting takes place with all the
following a great deal of organization and                                    When I was first moving up to high school I was               assemblies and reminding Tolhouse prefects of           Team Captains and their deputies, also with
research on his part (great qualities for a                                   really worried and that I would miss my friends               their duties. After School events such as being a       Mrs Galloway. These meetings are similar to
prefect to have). Thank you Harry for all                                     from middle school. Now I feel great and really               Team Captain means working closely with your            the ordinary ones but are more important and
your hard work.                                                               happy. School life is really good and the lessons             Deputy Team Captain because it is exteremely            you must prepare ideas and suggestions for
                                                                              are cool Yr 7                                                 stressful to complete these tasks alone. So this        the school, for example, end of year rewards.
                                                                                                                                            means you need a strong sense of co-operation           Shanice Williams YR.11
                                                                              I felt really scared when I came up to high school.
                                                                              Now I feel really happy Yr 7

                                                                              When I started Great Yarmouth High school I
                                                                              thought I wouldn’t like it but I love it - it is so cool     Rewards Assembly
                                                                              Yr 7

                                                                                                                                           1st term awards                        2nd term awards
                                                                              High school has great facilities Yr 8

                                                                                                                                           3rd PLACE                              1st PLACE
                                                                              The transition day was very helpful. All the teachers
                                                                                                                                           YR.7    Erika Boulton                  YR.7     Carly Hughes
                                                                              are really nice when I got lost some teachers
                                                                                                                                           YR.8    Lauren Farmer                  YR.8     Michael Wells
                                                                              helped me find my way around Yr 8
                                                                                                                                           YR.9    Lisa Clark                     YR.9     Hajra Aamer
                                                                                                                                           YR.10   Natasha Gamble                 YR.10    Alice Wright
                                                                              The transition day helped me to settle into high
                                                                                                                                           YR.11   Shanice Williams               YR.11    Joise French
                                                                              school. If it hadn’t been for that first day I would
                                                                              not have known who my class mates were. Mrs
                                                                                                                                           2nd PLACE                              2nd PLACE
                                                                              Wyatt helped me by telling me what I needed for
                                                                                                                                           YR.7    Carly Hughes                   YR.7    Tara Bodie
                                                                              school and of course the school rules Yr 8
                                                                                                                                           YR.8    Hannah Grimmer                 YR.8    Lauren Farmer
                                                                                                                                           YR.9    Ellis Smith                    YR.9    Ellis Smith
                                                                              I think the lessons are really entertaining and there
                                                                                                                                           YR.10   Laura Gibbs                    YR.10   Sam Martin
                                                                              is always something to do. I feel like an older
                                                                                                                                           YR.11   Natalie Smith                  YR.11   Natalie Smith
                                                                              person now since I started GYHS, I feel more
                                                                              grown up and more mature Yr 8
                                                                                                                                           1st PLACE                              3rd PLACE                             Most improved effort awards
                                                                                                                                           YR.7     Tara Brodie                   YR.7    Ashton Thorpe                 YR.7     James Dingwall
                                                                              High school is much better than I expected
                                                                                                                                           YR.8     Bethany Bird                  YR.8    Hannah Grimmer                YR.8     Emma Mills
                                                                              because it has teachers of the highest quality.
Comic Reliefers                                                               There are excellent sport facilities Yr 8
                                                                                                                                                    Hajra Aamer
                                                                                                                                                    Alice Wright
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lisa Clarke
                                                                                                                                                                                          Glen Davidson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Georgina Armstrong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jalal Almadfai
Tolhouse students across the year groups enjoyed a successful red                                                                          YR.11    Josie French                  YR.11   Shanice Williams              YR.11    Angela Louro
                                                                              I love this school but I was really scared when I
nose day helping raise money for charity. You all looked great!.              came up but really comfortable now. My lessons
                                                                              are really fun Yr 7

Britannia                                           Well done to Britannia’s Danny Burgess who, in partnership
                                                    with Brandan Tennant took part in a sponsored swim to raise
                                                    money for comic relief. Danny managed to swim non-stop
                                                    all lunch time and cover a distant of 1000 metres. A great
                                                                                                                         Year 8
                                                                                                                         * Samantha Brader, Bethany Chapman, Demi Hatahet,
                                                                                                                         Sam Smith
                                                                                                                         Year 9
                                                                                                                                                                                           1st Place
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.7 Leah Docker
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.8 Shamoli Begum (not pictured)
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.9 Taylor Smith
                                                    effort and the pair managed to raise over £100.                      * Abbie Bunnewell, Betsie Gadsdon                                 YR.10 Emily Ball
                                                                                                                         Year 10                                                           YR.11 Nair Martins (not pictured)
                                                    Congratulations to the following pupils who have been                * Emily Ball, Saul Smith
                                                    selected for the Disney Land Paris trip as reward for their          Year 11                                                           A special mention must go to Taylor Smith (far left) who
                                                    outstanding effort, attendance, punctuality and behaviour            * Kazveen Aamer, Ryan Chapman                                     achieved the best average effort level in the team for the
                                                    throughout the year:                                                                                                                   autumn term of 4.28 - an excellent effort, well done. Our top
                                                    Ryan Chapman YR.11        Kazveen Aamer YR.11                        The prizes for perfect attendance and punctuality over the        effort levels for the spring term were:
                                                    Nair Martins YR.11        Saul Smith YR.10                           Spring term went to:                                              3rd Place
                                                    Abbie Bunnewell YR.9      Betsie Gadsdon YR.9                        YR.7                                                              YR.7 Natasha Lucas            YR.8 Alison Hoar
                                                    Bethany Chapman YR.8 Cameron Gill YR.8                               Courtney Clark, Liane Grylls, Irina Martins                       YR.9 Ellie Baldwin            YR.10 Bradley Veitch
                                                    Demi Hatahet YR.8         Irina Martins YR.7                         YR.8                                                              YR.11 Nair Martins
                                                    Liane Grylls YR.7                                                    Guy Humphrey, Keelan Pywell, Bethany Chapman, Cameron             2nd Place
                                                                                                                         Gill, Demi Hatahet                                                YR.7 Leah Docker              YR.8 Keelan Pywell
                                                    Effort and attendance Rewards                                        YR.9                                                              YR.9 Charlotte Thurnell YR.10 Emily Ball
                                                    The new end of term rewards assemblies enable the team               James Russell, Scott Walker, Betsie Gadsdon, Libby Gates          YR.11 Roxanne Mason (not pictured)
                                                    to celebrate the outstanding effort and attendance of the            YR.10                                                             1st Place
                                                    Britannia pupils. Attending school every day and on time is          Daniel Brown, Saul Smith                                          YR.7 Irina Martins            YR.8 Bethany Chapman
*                                                   fundamental if pupils are to achieve their potential. Therefore      YR.11                                                             YR.9 Taylor Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.11 Kazveen Aamer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YR.10 Taman-Tyler Grafton
                                                    the prizes for perfect attendance and punctuality over the           Kazveen Aamer, Nair Martins, Ryan Chapman, Tim Harris,
                                                    autumn term went to:                                                 Roxanne Mason
                                                                                                                                                                                           A special mention to Kazveen Aamer (centre) who achieved
                                                    Year 7
                                                                                                                                                                                           the teams best average effort score this term of 4.55 - well
                                                    * Leah Ross, Daniel Beck, Stephanie Bradford, Rachel                 After collating the effort grades from all the pupils short
                                                                                                                                                                                           done Kazveen!*
                                                    Brand, Irina Martins                                                 reports, we have given everyone in the team an average
                                                                                                                         effort level. All pupils are capable of working hard in lessons
                                                                                                                                                                                           The students who had the most improved effort levels over
                                                                                                                         and this is essential if they are to progress. The top effort
                                                                                                                                                                                           the two terms were:
                                                                                                                         levels in the team for the Autumn term were as follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.7 Jodie Lambert        YR.8 Keelan Pywell
                                                                                                                                   3rd Place
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.9 Matthew Secker       YR.10 Bonnie Moore

                                                                                                                                   YR.7 Bethany Webster
                                                                                                                                                                                           YR.11 Fiona Walls (not pictured)
                                                                                                                                   YR.8 Demi Hatahet/Sam Smith

                                                                                                                                   YR.9 C Thurnell/A Bunnewell                             Congratulations to Keelan and Kelly Pywell from year 8 for their
                                                                                                                                   YR.10 Ricky Barnard                                     outstanding cross-country performances this year. Keelan and
                                                                                                                                   YR.11 Roxanne Mason (not pictured)                      Kelly both won their respective races in the inter-team races
                                                                                                                                                                                           this year whilst in the inter-school league Keelan came second
                                                                                                                                  2nd Place                                                and Kelly third. Both pupils then represented the school at
                                                                                                                                  YR.7 Irina Martins                                       the Great Yarmouth Championships, both coming second
                                                                                                                                  YR.8 Bethany Chapman                                     and qualifying for the Norfolk Championships. Up against the
                                                                                                                                  YR.9 Betsie Gadsdon                                      best runners in Norfolk Keelan came 8th and Kelly 15th - a
                                                                                                                                  YR.10 Taman-Tyler Grafton                                brilliant performance from both! Keelan now also qualifies to
                                                                                                                                  YR.11 Kazveen Aamer (not pictured)                       represent Norfolk in the East Anglian Championships.
                                                        Cinderella                                                                                                               Greenwich
                                                        On a freezing night in January a party of GYHS support
                                                        staff braved the weather to attend a performance of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Uni Visit
                                                                                                                                                                              The 1st East Project with 8 year 9 pupils to London
                                                        Cinderella at the Hippodrome, by the Gorleston Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                              and the Greenwich University
                                                        Company. It turned out to be well worth it, as we all
                                                        joined in with the traditional ‘boos’ and ‘he’s behind you’.
                                                        It was a really enjoyable evening, made all the more so
                                                        by the familiar faces in the show of GYHS student India
                                                        Loveland, Mrs Loveland who is an exam invigilator at the
                                                        school and three ex students, Steven Docker, Francesca
                                                        Browne and Nicole Palmer. Really good fun.

Steven Docker
alias Buttons
Past Student
Since leaving Great Yarmouth High School in 2007
with A*A* in Performing arts I have gone on to Great
Yarmouth College to continue with this course at a
higher level. There I study drama, music and dance
and I am enjoying every second of it.
                                                               A Vision of the future
                                                        Students from the area’s schools and colleges were             1st East chief executive Philip Watkins said their
                                                        given the chance to present their own visions of the           input was important as they would be reaping
Last year I performed my first show with the
                                                        future to planners who are shaping the regeneration            the benefits of the 10 to 15 - year plans. Seafront
college ‘Disco Inferno’ in June at the Hippodrome.
                                                        of waterfront areas in both ports. Ideas included a            domes were the brainchild of Yarmouth High School
I only got the chance to perform in the chorus for
                                                        series of domes on the resort’s seafront, housing a            students.
this show as only the 2nd years get the chance to
                                                        water park, sports centre and music arena.
have the leads, but for me it was hard work but
a lot of fun as there were a lot of dance numbers
                                                        In a project organised by Enterprise GY and 1st
which meant I was near enough on stage for all
                                                        East - the waterfront regeneration company working
the show.
                                                        to transform derelict sites in both towns - the
                                                        youngsters were encouraged to develop their own
This year our summer musical is Area 51. As I
                                                        ideas for the future, mentored by post-graduate
am now in 2nd year I got the chance to audition
                                                        students from Greenwich University.
for a lead role and luckily I got the part of Scotty
Maclean, a very brainy guy who is kind of a nerd.
                                                        At Yarmouth Town Hall they presented their ideas to
I honestly don’t know why I got this part... Ok well
                                                        the 1st East board. EnterpriseGY spokesman John
maybe I do! This will be my last college production
                                                        Armstrong said students had tackled the problems
as I leave this year, so get your tickets now as
                                                        with the freshness of youth.
they are on sale. This will be performed at the
Hippodrome on the 18th 19th and 20th of June

More recently I performed with the Gorleston
Theatre Company in Cinderella and I played
Buttons. I didn’t actually audition to be in the
show! I was asked by the director of the show to
step in 3 weeks before the show was to go on
as the previous guy who was supposed to play
Buttons dropped out. This I think was my biggest
ever challenge as I had songs routines and script

to learn in 3 weeks! It took hours some nights at
home with me sitting in my room with the script just
going over the lines again and again and as for the
rehearsals I didn’t hardly know anyone there but
I’m not shy so I got stuck in and met some really
                                                          The year of the
                                                                                                                                                                             Federation of
nice people. After 3 weeks of hard work it was time

for the show and I was so excited but nervous at

                                                                                                                                                                             small business
the same time as I was still trying to remember
the counts for the opening number in my head! I

                                                                                                                                                                             Enterprise Day
think I was more nervous of the fact of that I had
only been in this production 3 weeks but I didn’t
let that affect my performances. The support from         Our ‘Girls’ comprise of 2 Buff Orpingtons (the rusty ones) and 2
the audience over the 6 shows was also amazing!           Marans (the speckled ones). They have a daily diet of mixed corn,                                                  A small group of Year 8 students taking part in an
They joined in with the songs, the ‘He’s behind           layers pellets, boiled vegetable peelings and during the winter                                                    Enterprise event at Flegg High School. Having gone
you!’ lines and also gave the cast the motivation         several handfuls of grass. In the summer I can regularly be seen                                                   through to the final selection they are now waiting to
to do it all again.                                       ‘herding’ them back into their run after they have spent the day                                                   hear whether they have made the final 6 schools for
                                                          wrecking the garden whilst scratching about for bugs and taking                                                    Norfolk.
Overall Cinderella has become one of my favourite         dust baths in my flower beds! In return they provide us with lovely                                                                                WATCH THIS SPACE!
shows I have performed in because it was a big            fresh eggs and can each lay up to 5 a week - with the arrival of
challenge for me to step in at the time I did and         each one announced to the neighbourhood. They are very tame
manage to pull it off and its things like this that       and if you sit down long enough one will soon be sitting on your
make me love what I do. I enjoyed all the shows           lap or trying to eat off your plate!
and will miss the people I got to work with.                                                                   Mrs Parsons
But more importantly I am grateful I was given
the chance to take over and perform the role
of Buttons. I would also like to thank everyone           All my chickens have names as follows: Captain Mainwaring - top
who gave me their support during Cinderella as            of the pecking order, Corporal Jones, Wilson, Sussex, BlueBell,
well as some of the comments I received on my             Frenchie
performance after the show. To all those who came
to see the show I hope you all enjoyed it and will go     My chickens love sand baths and it is a bit like the rugby club
see next years show.                                      baths after a game when they decide to have one. The funniest
                                                          time is dusting for red mite when each chicken has to be turned
Once I have left Great Yarmouth College in June I         upside down and powdered liberally. This usually means me and
am hoping to take a BA Honours Degree in acting           the wife as well! The best for us is going out to feed the chickens
at either a University or drama school within the         collect the eggs and then sit down and have a couple of really
next year. I know what I want out of my future            fresh boiled eggs with brown bread - can’t beat it.
and if it wasn’t for some of the teachers at Great                                                                     Dr Smith
Yarmouth High School then I would never even of
thought that what I have achieved was possible. It
will take a lot of hard work to get to where I want       New chicks on the block are Mrs Croft’s 3 girls Edith, Henrietta
to be and I can assure you it won’t be easy, but          and Matilda, pictured in their state of the art ark. And as we
I believe that if I push myself I will go as far as I     go to print the latest news is that Edith has laid her first egg.
want to go.                                               Congratulations!
                             young enterprise | thankyou | carol service | silence

YOUNG ENTERPRISE                                                                                                                                           A     BIG Thankyou
Xmas Fayre December 2008                                                    Skills For Life October 2008

   Students in the Young Enterprise team sold Christmas gifts                       It’s amazing what you can make with a toilet roll!
  on the day, and made bracelets and key rings made to order                        Year 11 students taking an active part in the day

                               GY Careers Fayre October 2008
                      Students trying out various course options being offered by local training providers and employers

                                                                                                                                                           Carol Service
Enterprise & Work Related Learning                                          help stop the trend.
Since joining in September a number of challenging and enjoyable
activities have taken place.                                                • Boat Building • Binge Drink Campaign
                                                                            • Dragons Den      • Marks & Spencers Xmas Window
October                                                                     • 1st East Project • Young Entrepreneurs Launch                                If you have never been to the Great Yarmouth High School Annual
Year 11 students had the opportunity to meet employers and training         Watch this space there will still be more to come soon!                        Carol Service, you have missed a treat. The congregation sang carols
providers at the Kings Centre at the Great Yarmouth Careers Fair. It                                                                                       with enthusiasm and the choir gave wonderful renditions of Christmas
gave all of the students the chance to find out about Apprenticeships,      Student feedback...                                                            songs. Mrs Esherwood and Miss Fisher played a haunting version of
course options and career opportunities locally. Students also had the      ‘We had a fantastic day’                                                       O Holy Night on the clarinet and keyboard.
opportunity to try out a number of activities, some chose to have their     ‘I enjoyed the chance to take part in all activities’
nails painted by the beauty therapy students from Great Yarmouth            ‘The dragons den was well scary’                                               Students sang solos and played a variety of musical instruments and
College, whilst others tried to stop the ‘baby’ doll from crying provided   ‘We should do things like this more often’                                     the BTEC Performing Arts Group entertained us with a very funny
by the child development team.                                                                                                                             version Of Cinderella, some Christmas Facts and a Christmas Rap. 5
                                                                            December                                                                       students recited the traditional Christmas Readings from the Bible. A
Student feedback...                                                         Move on Up event at UEA Norwich, students were giving the opportunity          wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.
‘I didn’t realise you could do an apprenticeship and earn good money        to have a tour of the University and find out from existing graduates                                                                 Mrs Paterson
as well’                                                                    about different courses, living in halls of residence and what life was like
‘It was a really good morning I wish we had been able to attend             as a student at University.
something like this before.’
‘I now know what I need to be a plumber which is great’                     Student feedback...
                                                                            ‘It’s really expensive to come to University’
A small group of Year 11 lads with a keen interest in the construction      ‘I never thought I was smart enough to come to University until today’
industry attended the careers event at the Norfolk Showground. They         ‘It’s so big!’
made such a good impression on a number of the employers at the             ‘WOW’
event that they have offered to help the school with its Employer           ‘Lunch was good, so was the tour around the halls of residence’
Engagement Mentoring Programme in school.

Student feedback...
‘It was good to talk to so many people in one place, and they had lots
                                                                                   Lewis Assim
of freebies!’
                                                                                   and Andrew
‘I was able to pick up lots of information on being an Engineer, I’m
                                                                                   Wright winning
looking forward to working with Jason from Millard Consulting who is
                                                                                   cinema tickets
coming in to work with us.’
                                                                                   on the day
The Year 10 Performing Arts group were given an opportunity to visit the
John Innes Centre in Norwich for the UEA performing arts conference.
Students were given the chance to watch a display of Capoeira, as well
as find out about costume design and how to become a top dancer.                     Young Entrepreneurs
Enterprise for Skills                                                                Launch March 2009
All year 11 students took part in the activities at the Novus Centre
in Yarmouth across 4 days provided by Great Yarmouth Enterprise.

They were set tasks across the day helping them develop key skills in         Leah Docker & Alhambra Sanchez
teamwork, planning and organising, communication, decision making,            Do you think you could go silent for a whole day?
presentation skills and innovation and creativity. The students had to        Myself A.K.A Leah Docker and best friend Alhambra
come up with a theme for a prom and promote and sell their idea to the        Sanchez did just that, and for the whole of the school
other students in the room. This involved a number of them dressing up        day, that’s six lessons as well as break and lunch
in outfits they had created with rolls of toilet paper.                       time!

Big Ideas Conference                                                          We thought of the idea ourselves and did it to raise
The launch of the Big Ideas conference in November at Yarmouth Race           money for Comic Relief. A whole day was a challenge
course has provided lots more opportunities for Yarmouth students to          but also good fun and at the end of it we managed
participate in various Enterprise activities. Students had the chance         to raise a whopping £6.75 with help and support from
to take part in a number of workshops on the day from designing a             our friends, teachers and our head master Mr Nixon
new landmark for Great Yarmouth with the help of Peter Jay from the           (some people would pay anything to keep us quiet!!).
Circus, pitching a business idea to a panel of business people offering       We are now starting to think about next year and what
‘real money’ to the winners to thinking about the Binge Drink problem         fun activities we could do to raise money but you’ll
amongst teenagers and asking students to come with a campaign to              just have to wait and see.
               new staff | babies | h.o.y. | farewells | past students | kenya

     H.O.Y                                                        New Staff
                                                                        Carla Tadman
                                                                        I joined GYHS in January as a Learning Support Assistant
                                                                        after moving to Great Yarmouth six months ago from
                                                                        Southend on Sea, Essex. I previously worked at another High
                                                                        School as an LSA for five years, where I supported students
                                                                        in various subjects and taught basic maths, reading, spelling
                                                                        and handwriting skills. I have also worked as a Nursery
                                                                        Nurse, Care Assistant and voluntary work at a Youth Club
                                                                        for Young Carers. In my spare time I like to spend time with
                                                                        friends and family. I also enjoy listening to music, cycling and

                                                                                                                                             Mel and I are both ex GYHS students. I left in
                                                                        Mr Dos Santos                                                        September 08 and Mel left in September 07.
                                                                        Hi everybody! I’m Mr Dos Santos and I teach Science at
                                                                                                                                             We are both attending Great Yarmouth College,
                                                                        GYHS. I’m originally from Brazil and I also lived for many
                                                                                                                                             studying BND in Health & Social Care. Due
                                                                        years in Portugal, the place where I did my university degree:
                                                                                                                                             to good GCSE grades we should be able to
                                                                        Marine Biology and Biotechnology. My passion is Science,
                                                                                                                                             complete this course in two years.
                                                                        Arts, Food and Holidays!! I started to teach at GYHS a few
                                                                                                                                                                             Danielle Ashton
                                                                        months ago (last November) and I have already settled in:
                                                                        staff members are friendly and work well as a team, and
                                                                                                                                             Danielle and I are back at GYHS on Work
                                                                        pupils are diverse and unique, offering something new and
                                                                                                                                             Placement as part of the course. This is to show
                                                                        special everyday.
                                                                                                                                             us the skills used by the Teachers, Teaching
                                                                                                                                             Assistants and to see how the pupils learn. During
                                                                                                                                             our time here we have worked along side an
                                                                                                                                             amazing team and have been able to help the
                                                                        Mr Marsh                                                             pupils and learn new skills in communication and
                                                                        Hi, I am the Resources Technician and I joined the school in         behaviour. We would both like to thank Great
Key to picture: Emma, Ana, Jonathan,                                    March. My previous job was working as a facilities technician        Yarmouth High for having us back and for helping
Natasha, Hannah, Jane, Elliot                                           in a large local insurance company (I won’t say who but              us learn and develop the skills to be successful
                                                                        they’re currently running a £9 million rebranding campaign). I       on this course and in life. Our time here has been
This is H.O.Y (History of Yarmouth), Street Theatre Group. This         am married with two school age children so my chief hobby            really useful and we wish all the students well in
group was funded by the National Lottery which allowed us to            is being a 24hr on call taxi service for them. When time             all they do.
teach Great Yarmouth Community a brief history of Yarmouth.             permits I like to read books on modern history and ride my                                             Melanie Poulson
The group was formed by Penny Clark, a youth worker.                    25 year old Honda motorcycle but seem to spend an equal
                                                  Ana Silva             amount of time fixing it. Hopefully I will be able to travel to

                                                                        work on it this summer (but only when there’s no rain and the
                                                                        temperature is above 200C!).

           Babies                                                       Mr Plume
                                                                        I joined Great Yarmouth High School in January as Head of
                                                                        Maths and have really enjoyed it so far. Before coming here
                                                                        I taught over the border in Suffolk and I much prefer being         Six students from Year 10 and 11 have been
                                                                        back in Norfolk. Before I became a teacher I worked in sales        selected to join five other schools in a trip to
                                                                        and management at a variety of companies in East Anglia             Kenya to celebrate the relationship between GYHS
                                                                        but it wasn’t anywhere near as much fun as being a teacher          and Starehe Boys School and the school’s 50th
                                                                        is. Outside of school my hobby/business has led to me               birthday celebration. This will be hosted by the
                                                                        appearing on various TV and Radio programmes including              President of Kenya. During the trip the students
                                                                        Best of Friends. I am currently working with a Production           will carry out some charity work painting a school
                                                                        Company and the BBC to get a commission for my own TV               building and working with the Starehe students. At
                                                                        series (but only if we can fit filming into the school holidays).   the end of their stay they will be visiting the Masai
                                                                                                                                            Mara Game Reserve which will be an amazing
                                                                        Sarah Thurston
                                                                        I am pleased to join GYHS after recently completing a
                                                                                                                                            Generous funding has come forward from the
                                                                        Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre in Hull.
                                                                                                                                            Mason Trust whose aim is to inspire local young
                                                                        After working at Norwich Theatre Royal I have decided to
                                                                                                                                            people with the confidence to try new things,
                                                                        pursue a career as an LSA, hopefully concentrating within the
              Lucy Marie Forwood born 31/07/2008                                                                                            discover new skills and embrace new experiences.
                                                                        Performing Arts Department, as well as providing technical
                                                                                                                                            In addition to this, for the students to reach their
                                                                        assistance on the end of year show. Out of school I enjoy
                                                                                                                                            destination, a total sum of £3,900 needs to be
                                                                        motor racing at Snetterton and Brands Hatch and attend
                                                                                                                                            raised by the end of June. So far, raffles for
                                                                        various events at Santa Pod Drag Strip. I also enjoy shopping
                                                                                                                                            Mother’s Day Chocolates and Easter Eggs have
                                                                        and swimming. I always enjoy a challenge and like to have
                                                                                                                                            accrued the students a sum of £200. Mrs Cooper
                                                                        fun and enjoy life to the full.
                                                                                                                                            also held a sponsored PJ Day in school. Staff and
                                                                                                                                            pupils were invited to sponsor her to ‘wear or not
                                                                                                                                            to wear’ her PJs
                                                                        Sharon Wilson
                                                                        I joined GYHS in January as a learning support worker. Before       Forthcoming events include a non-uniform day (we
                                                                        I came here I was a stay at home mum and a carer for an             all love those!), a Company sponsorship raffle and
                                                                        elderly relative. So far I have to say I’m enjoying myself more     a sponsored swim by Mrs Hunt. We are inviting
                                                                        being here than at home. Always something new everyday              local companies to buy a raffle ticket for £30 with
                                                                        and I’m finally learning algebra! I have been married for 16        the winner being the main logo on T-shirts that the
                                                                        years and I have 2 teenage daughters. I have a weakness for         students will wear for future fundraising events
                Isla Rose Gowing at 10 weeks.                           clothes shopping especially shoes! My husband says I can            and during the trip. The t-shirts are the idea of
                Born 21/12/2008                                         smell a sale 5 miles away! In my spare time I enjoy watching        the students and have invited Sam Harrons, an
                                                                        old Hollywood movies, listening to music as long as its not         ex-GYHS pupil and current Media student at GYC,
                                                                        pop! and reading any of the 500+ books I have in my home!           to design the t-shirts as part of his exclusive Shhh!

                                                                        Hope to get to know more of you soon.                               Designwear. All companies that support the raffle
                                                                                                                                            will have their names on the t-shirts and an article
                                                                                                                                            in the local press will be released thanking them for
                                                                        Wendy Long                                                          the much-needed support.
                                                                        I joined pupil services at Great Yarmouth High School in
   During last term and at Easter we said goodbye                       January this year, and already feel settled here. Both the
                                                                                                                                            In addition, Mrs Hunt has kindly offered to swim
   to several staff. Miss Best, who has been LRC                        staff and the pupils have made me feel very welcome, and
                                                                                                                                            for 2 hours Monday 27th April so if you haven’t
   co-ordinator for 9 years left to start her own                       I am enjoying the daily challenges presented to me. This is
                                                                                                                                            sponsored her already you can find her in the
   business, a long held dream.                                         my first time working in a school, and I am finding working
                                                                                                                                            Pastoral Office. She’ll be glad of your support!
                                                                        with children very rewarding. Before I started working here, I
   Mrs Rushbrook, exams officer, has moved to                           spent 8 years working through various departments within
                                                                                                                                            The students are prepared to work hard to achieve
   another school. Mr Martin, IT teacher and Mr                         NatWest Bank, and ended up as a Customer Advisor at the
                                                                                                                                            their goal and develop their leadership skills along
   John, Assistant Head, also left at Easter. Mr John                   local branch when I relocated to Great Yarmouth from Kent
                                                                                                                                            the way. If you are interested in helping, please
   takes up the post of Deputy Head in a school in                      in 2006. I have two daughters, Callie 4 and Rhianna 2, and
                                                                                                                                            contact Mrs Davies, Fairplay Co-Ordinator at
   London.                                                              we are all enjoying the change in lifestyle.
                                                              ski trip

Ski Trip
A group of 30 students and adults embarked on a
week long skiing adventure to the mountain range of
BadKleinkirchheim in Austria over February half term.

A fantastic time was had by all!! Most of the group were
beginner skiers and had never put on a pair of skis before
but after some vigorous preparation at the dry ski slope in
Trowse during November the group left for Austria itching
to get on the slopes. Both pupils and staff progressed
really well during the week, skiing a wide variety of
different slopes from the basic blue runs to the very
difficult black runs! Of course there were a few humorous
tumbles along the way but all of the group were quick to
dust themselves down and ski on and they all got their
just rewards for their perseverance and hard work.

We stayed in the picturesque village of Millstatt a 20
minute drive from the mountains. The hotel was very
welcoming and had fantastic views of the mountains and
lakes with excellent facilities including its own pool and
steam room. The snow was perfect all week as was the
weather - blue skies for most of the week which made for
pleasant skiing conditions and ensured everyone arrived
back to Yarmouth with a nice healthy glow! The action
didn’t just stop at the skiing. The evening activities made
for some great socialising between friends and ranged
from just chilling out in the hotel to bowling (Austrian
Style!), disco, swimming and my personal favourite the
thermal baths.

The atmosphere on the trip will be one of the fondest
memories. The way the staff, pupils, ski guides and bus
drivers all bonded ensured the trip was fun and enjoyable
from start to finish. All the pupils were a credit to
themselves and the school and I know all the staff would
like the opportunity to get ‘on the slopes’ with them again
sometime in the future.

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                                                                         Enterprise photos supplied by Archant | Prizegiving photos supplied by Barkers
                                                                                                                                                   Just keep
                                                                                                                                                   Arranged a sponsored swim for half an hour for comic relief
                                                                                                                                                   Danny swam 1000m               Brandon swam 1500m
                                                                                                                                                   Together they raised £100

Great Yarmouth Schools       Regional Cross Country,
Cross Country                East Norfolk Team

Robbie Sweeney Y7      1st   Robbie Sweeney Y7    2nd
Josie French Y11       1st   Keelan Pywell Y8      8th
Kelly Pywell Y8       2nd    Kyle Ella Y8        15th
Keelan Pywell Y8      2nd    Kelly Pywell Y8     17th
Kyle Ella Y8           3rd   Josie French Y11    33rd
Ivan Soares Y7         7th   Ryan Chapan Y11     43rd
Ryan Chapman Y11       7th   Ivan Soares Y7      56th
Marta Caldas Y7        9th
Kelly Brandon Y9       9th
Jade Rosson Y10
Jamie Mitchell Y10
Shannon Milton Y9
                             Cross Country
Brandon Tennant Y10   18th

                                                              Our names are Keelan Pywell and            It was the first eight out of each year
                                                              Robbie Sweeney and we are in the           that would qualify. Robbie came 1st
                                                              school Cross Country Team. From            and I, Keelan came 2nd. From here
                                                              September to late December we              we were given a different colour shirt

                                                              participated in many cross country         and we are now recognised as part
                                                              league events for our school and have      of the East Norfolk Team and were
                                                              overall done really well. Myself, Keelan   asked to participate in a partnership
                                                              came 2nd and Robbie came 1st within        competition at Sloughbottom Park in
                                                              our year groups. We were then asked        Norwich. If we were in the top twelve
                                                              to complete in a race at Bure Park,        of this race then we would qualify            This picture is of me holding
                                                              which was organised through the            to race for our region, Norfolk. We           my bronze trophy. In the
                                                              local schools but we were running as       both did really well, Robbie came 2nd         Couples event Rebecca and
                                                              individuals to get a place in the local    and I, Keelan came 8th. We are now            I came 3rd with very close
                                                              partnership team.                          awaiting the date for this race and are       points to the 2nd place Team.
                                                                                                         both really looking forward to it.            We are part of the Stalham
                                                                                                                                                       Artistic Roller Skating Club
                                                                                   Keelan Pywell & Robbie Sweeney
                                                                                                                                                       and we have been rated the
                                                                                                                                                       3rd best club in the U.K
                                                                                                                                                       from another event which
                                                                                                                                                       we attended.

                                                                                                                                                       Jordan Newton
                                                                                                                                                       and Rebecca


                                                          Worlds top Badminton coach visits the school
                                                         As a player Lee won three Korean National Titles between
                                                         1979 and 1981. He has a wealth of coaching experience                          Jae
                                                         including the Korean Nation Team (1986 to 1987), British
                                                         Olympic Team (1990 to 1992), English National Team (1990
                                                         to 1992), English National Team Coaching Advisor (1993) and
                                                         England team men’s singles coach (2005 to 2007).

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