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FARRINGDON COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE Sports College Report to Parents June 2008 FARRINGDON COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE SPORTS COLLEGE MANAGEMENT GROUP GOVERNOR’S REPORT JUNE 2008 CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION – DAVE BRYSON (DIRECTOR OF SPECIALISM) 2. KEY STAGE 4 – DAWN THOMPSON (SUBJECT TEAM LEADER) 3. DANCE – ALISON WILLIAMS (ADVANCED SKILLS TEACHER) 4. YOUNG APPRENTICES IN SPORT – ANDY ROBERTS (LEAD YA) 5. EXTRA CURRICULAR SPORT – DAVE WILKINSON 6. FARRINGDON SCHOOL SPORT PARTNERSHIP – LIZ BARTON JONES (PDM) 7. SKI ITALY – DEBBIE MOORE 8. FOOTBALL ITALY – STEVE GOLIGHTLY 2 INTRODUCTION Some brief highlights since the last report Our School Travel Plan has been submitted. If the submission is successful we will be able to access up to £10,000 which will support us in making school travel safer including providing the opportunity to cycle to school with secure cycle storage. We should be informed of the outcome this month (June) The government has recently pledged £30 million to develop sports facilities in Specialist Sports colleges in the next 3 years. The school has submitted an application for funding to provide a full size floodlit artificial turf pitch for school and community use. We recently received confirmation of our bid and should be given a decision in the next few months. We are currently working with a group of consultants who are looking at our lunchtime provision, school meals uptake and the number of students who stay on site. Although the time of the lunchtime has been reduced we have been very successful in terms of sports provision with groups involved daily in dance, athletics, tennis cricket and cardiovascular exercise in the studio. As always this is possible due to the commitment of dedicated staff. Community Days. In the last Community Day we introduced tri golf, a game to support the introduction and development of golf which entailed the construction of a 6 hole course in the school grounds and was much enjoyed by our Year 7 pupils. Following the introduction of cheerleading as a Community Day activity we have started the activity as an extra curricular club due to demand. Summer School of Sport. We are hosting our regular camp with a range of sports on offer at different levels to pupils across the city during the first 2 weeks of the summer holidays. Application form attached. Cycling continues to thrive as a new curricular activity and we have recently introduced it to girls which was highly successful. We now have 15 mountain bikes with a store and work room and cycle maintenance classes are being organised. It is always good to see former pupils progressing well and it may not be a coincidence that the three young men who supported us in terms of presenting prizes at our last annual Governor’s Awards have done particularly well since that time. Scott Borthwick has just made his senior debut for Durham County Cricket Club and has been a leading light in the Academy team. Jordan Henderson was given a professional contract at SAFC and was one of the leading players in a very good SAFC Youth Team. Finally Tony, Jeffries will become Sunderland’s first Olympian for many years when he represents GB in Beijing. We wish him well. At the end of the report there are two letters both highlighting not just the success of our first football Italy trip but also the role our young people play as ambassadors, We congratulate them all. Dave Bryson 3 Key Stage 4 GCSE Physical Education Year 11 Trip to St Roberts CLC to complete GCSE PE Coursework – Impact on coursework marks. In the previous Governors Report I talked about the potential increase in the quality of our coursework as a result of the GCSE PE trip to St Roberts CLC. Having marked and moderated all pieces of coursework it is extremely pleasing to report on the high standards of completed coursework. The external moderator from OCR commented on the twelve schools she has moderated this year, Farringdon and one other had a significantly higher standard of coursework than the other ten schools. The moderator is now using a selection of our coursework as examples of good practice. Final moderated coursework marks will not be published until August 2008. Year 10 Link with University of Sunderland – Impact on theory/exam marks We have been given the opportunity by the University of Sunderland to use their facilities and expertise to help deliver practical and theoretical aspects of the GCSE PE course. Pupils are currently undertaking a 4 week programme at the university during their PE lessons, where University staff are delivering sessions to our pupils in the most up to date Sports Science Labs using the latest equipment. As well as being an enjoyable and unique experience, it will undoubtedly help prepare pupils better for their final GCSE PE exam. Dawn Thomson DANCE There are 3 major Dance Festivals coming up. Farringdon Summer Dance Show Monday 23rd and 24th June Gifted & Talented academy Dance Show at the Royalty Theatre on 14 th July Alison Williams _______________________________________________________________________________ YOUNG APPRENTICESHIP IN SPORT The Young Apprentices are making steady progress towards meeting the 50 days obligatory structured work experience. In fact all Apprentices are on target to easily surpass what is arguably the most important aspect of this course. The Young Apprentices have now finished coaching children during scheduled PE lessons within our local feeder primary schools. This was the first main placement and has been widely received by all teachers, including the Primary Link Teachers in these schools. The Young Apprentices have established After Schools Clubs to continue to provide schools with high quality coaching provision and to develop the links that they have now made. 4 A variety of other qualifications that will help prepare the Young Apprentices for the world of work and the specific requirements of this sector have formed part of this first year. In addition to the golf coaching qualification achieved in term 1, Young Apprentices have completed a junior first aid qualification endorsed by the St Johns Ambulance and are beginning to prepare for a FA refereeing programme and associated qualification. The Young Apprentices have now finished their induction process at Raich Carter Sports Centre. This experience was used to provide evidence and also prepare them for their next work experience setting within the city’s Wellness Centres. To convince employers to allow 14-16 year old pupils to have meaningful works experience in their Wellness Centres has been a lengthy process. The major hurdle was that pupils of this age have never previously been able to perform Inductions, Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires and data entry of a confidential nature in any wellness centre/ health club throughout the country yet alone in Sunderland. However, pupils have demonstrated their occupational competence, and with some help from senior figures in the council, we are hopeful that a selection of Young Apprentices will begin this placement before the summer break. The Young Apprentices have enjoyed many enrichment activities. These activities have either focused on the Young Apprentice engaging in ‘different’ types of health and fitness, reviewing available career / educational options or visiting new developments within the sport and leisure sector. All enrichment activities aim to be both enjoyable and productive to the outcomes of the course. An example of these enrichment activities can be found below: Boxercise Taster session; Lessons focusing on technical aspects and delivery methods overseen by a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Marines. Group mountain bike from FCSC; Young Apprentices planned the route and assisted with appropriate risk assessment. Group also set cycle stewards who cycle in fixed position during the ride. Gateshead College Academy for Sport; Pupils experienced top level coaching as well as some good educational guidance regarding post 16 career route (this has a positive impact into focusing many Young Apprentices on the long term goal of the course). UK Institute for Sport; Pupils had a visit around one of the countries top sporting venues. Pupils had an excellent insight to what Olympic level athletes received in term of support for their training and well being. Question and Answer session with UKA facility manager. Sunderland’s new aquatic centre containing the Olympic sized 50m pool; Pupils had an active tour of all the facilities, including swimming in the Olympic sized pool. Pupils received information regarding the cost and resources needed to maintain a facility of its size. Young Apprentices are also helping with the summer activity camps held at Farringdon Community Sport College to be held during weeks 1 and 2 of the summer break. All 15 of the cohort Young Apprentices remain on the course. Course work for all pupils currently meets their attainment targets for KS4. 5 16 Young Apprentices have been selected from a total of 28 applicants for Cohort 5 of the Young Apprentice in Sport Programme. These include 5 female apprentices (5 more than in cohort 4). There was a good attendance from the parents of these 16 applicants at an inaugural meet and greet style event held last week at Farringdon Community Sports College. Parents had a close look at the course, its requirements and their role in supporting pupils through a demanding programme. Two parents volunteered to sit on the YA Steering Group. Andy Roberts _______________________________________________________________________________ Farringdon Community Sports College Cycling Development Programme Aims To increase the number of pupils cycling in KS3 and KS4 P.E curriculum Introduce Cycling as a method of transport for pupils coming to and returning from school. Following the success of the sea to sea Cycle ride in 2007, the school now has a fully operational bike hut/ storage area. The funding for this has come from : Money raised by the pupils who completed the sea to sea cycle ride. A donation of £350 from the Noble Harty foundation. The work on the bike hut was carried out by year 11 construction students who transformed a very dilapidated and cluttered store cupboard into an excellent and workable storage and maintenance area. As a school we now have : 10 Giant mountain bikes 4 Gary fisher mountain bikes ( Donated to the school by the Sunderland young peoples bike project ) 10 Cycling jackets 10 pairs of Cycling gloves 19 Cycling helmets 2 cycle work stands 2 Cycle tool kits Since its inception the Bikes have been used with a variety of groups in curriculum time and also on Community days with the overriding aim being to promote cycling in the school and community. These include : Year 11 B band boys with behavioural difficulties The Y 10 Young apprentices The Y 10 GCSE students Year 9 boys (Community day ) The proximity of the National cycleway to the school makes planning both long and short rides relatively easy and safe. Cycling is now offered as an activity in the summer sports school for the first time this year. 6 The school are waiting for a decision on funding for a secure cycle storage area following the submission of a travel plan to the local authority. We also have developed close links with the friends of Farringdon cycling club who use the school as a base. Chain reaction and the Sunderland young people’s cycle project are also supporters of our programme development. To further develop the programme and raise its profile within the school and the community we are hopeful of implementing the benefits of the cycle to work scheme through the local authority. The scheme offers generous discounts to staff who buy a bike through the scheme to encourage them to cycle to work providing the pupils at the school with positive role models. Steve Golightly _______________________________________________________________________________ EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Football Year 10 CITY CUP FINAL V HOUGHTON KEPIER (Academy of light) WON 2-1 AET Man of the Match Danny Regan The game was played at Sunderland Academy of light. After going 1-0 down Farringdon fought back with a goal from captain and centre half Danny Regan. It remained 1-1 till the end of normal time. Extra time was then played and finally after dominating the game they got a deserved winner, Danny Regan scoring his second goal of the game The celebrations could begin as Farringdon went on to lift the cup. COUNTY CUP FINAL V ST AIDANS (Layburn Grove Houghton) WON 1-0 Man of the Match DANNY REGAN A tough game against a good St Aidan’s side played at Layburn grove Houghton. The game was settled 10 minutes from time with a goal from substitute Matty Frost. Captain Danny Regan was outstanding as was Gaige Lisle, and Farringdon went on to lift the County Cup. Dave Wilkinson _______________________________________________________________________________ Football Year 8 Boys Friday 28th March U13 Arkless Cup Final at the SAFC Academy 16:30Ko SOUTHMOOR 1 - 3 FARRINGDON Farringdon win the cup after a very good performance. Farringdon dominated large portions of the game especially after going a goal behind early on. Southmoor opened the scoring after a long ball over the defence. Their forward was able to run on and lob the helpless Farringdon keeper. But from 7 this moment Farringdon started playing very good football keeping the ball and passing it well. Making the ball do the work their pass and move game was working well. It was not long before the as ever impressive Agnew opened his account to equal the scores which Farringdon certainly deserved. It was a superb goal, turning his man and finishing with precise accuracy. This goal inspired Farringdon giving them the belief that they could go on and win this. Farringdon have previously been beaten in every fixture against Southmoor so playing the better football and dominating the game was a huge confidence boost and Farringdon kept playing the better football. Every Farringdon player was doing their jobs well and they as a unit were very solid and a danger on the attack. It was a performance that was frustrating the opposition as they found it hard to get the ball and when they did their options were very limited. Agnew then bagged his second of the game before half time to end the first half 2-1 in Farringdon's favour! During the half time team talk it was clear that the lads had the belief and it was not had to encourage them to go out and finish the job! The second half carried on how the first finished, Farringdon playing some good football and limiting Southmoor to very little. It was a very solid second half display. Farringdon's build up play was patient and kept frustrating Southmoor. After some very good football Collis scored Farringdon's third, Agnew doing very well down the right beating one or two got the cross in for Collis to coolly finish, blasting the ball in the roof of the net. The build up play to this goal deserves a mention after nearly every outfield Farringdon player was involved. Starting on the right side making its way over to the left using the defenders then switching the play back to the right through the midfield before a great through ball to Agnew. It was now Farringdon’s to throw away and as time went on Southmoor created very little and only had one notable opportunity since going 3-1 behind but this was expertly saved from Farringdon keeper Wilson. The Southmoor forward was put through by a great ball and was one on one but Wilson narrowed the gap and saved well before smothering the ball. All of the hard work with 'The Hedge' in training certainly paid off! It was an important save with not long to go Farringdon did not want to have late pressure defending a 1 goal cushion. Farringdon saw out the game to become worthy winners. It was a great performance by all! Player reports Aaron Wilson – Goalkeeper - Aaron has been working very hard in training with Billy Hedgly and has become a very confident keeper. He could do nothing about the goal and played very well throughout. Sometimes acting as a sweeper he was quick off his line to claim or use a big kick to get rid of any danger. Once again his save near the end deserves another mention – Magnificent. Robbie Jones - Defender – Robbie was solid throughout and his heading ability is a huge bonus in been able to clear dangerous crosses or long balls. He was part of the back three and was very impressive in keeping the Southmoor attack at bay. He has a good footballing brain and is a strong tackler. Stephen Foster – Defender – Stephen has tremendous pace with gets Farringdon out of a lot of danger. This season his performances and knowledge of the game have improved greatly and clears up a lot of the danger. This was proved by his performance in the final looking like a very good defender. Andre Bennett – Defender/Midfielder – Andre is a fantastic asset to the team and playing at the back makes us look very solid. His intelligence on the pitch along with his ability is a huge bonus 8 and he was unlucky not to score. He is a great communicator and helped the team stay solid and play good football. Kieran Charlton – Right Wing Back – Kieran has been playing in this role for the previous few matches; it was a role unfamiliar to him and has taken to it very well. It’s a very hard position to play especially at this age. Kieran’s role was to defend but was equally as important for him to support the midfield and attack. His performance in the final was vital in the final as he helped the defence look solid had helped the team looking a threat going forward. Gareth Young – Left Wing Back – Gareth has been playing in this role for the previous few matches; it was a role unfamiliar to him and has taken to it very well. It’s a very hard position to play especially at this age. Gareth’s role was to defend but was equally as important for him to support the midfield and attack. His performance in the final was vital in the final as he helped the defence look solid had helped the team looking a threat going forward. Mitchell Young – Midfielder – Mitch is happy when playing in the centre and is very good on the ball. He was up for the final and probably had his best game for the school. Mitch got involved with everything getting on the ball when ever he could. He always seemed available which says a lot about his work rate in this game. Generally keeping things simple to keep possession but had moments of class to cut the defence apart. Clarke Sanderson – Midfielder – Clarke is a fundamental part of the team and his importance can be over looked by some. Clarke is a natural defensive midfielder and is superb at it. Clark in many ways dictates the game. In the final Clark was on form and we won. He is a very strong tackler and never gives the ball away relieving the pressure on the rest of the team. Clarke has great ability and was a vital part of this cup winning team. Liam Currie – Midfielder – Liam is another player who I think played his best game for the school in this game, rising to the challenge very well. Liam has played in many positions over the last two years playing right, left and centre back and also playing on the right hand side of midfield before getting a chance in the middle. Liam is good on the ball and likes to look for the forward pass and like Mitch he often keeps things simple and enjoys the pass and move ability of the team. Liam Agnew – Attacking Midfielder / Supporting Striker – Liam once again put in a performance worthy of his ability. Getting a brace with two very good goals capped off his performance. Liam was a class or two above the opposition and always looked a threat. Liam was always looking for the ball giving the midfield an extra option and giving their defence something extra to worry about. Liam is the team captain and uses this role very well. He is always talking to his team mates offering encouragement when needed to lift the players. It was a fantastic performance by Liam a one to be proud of. Connair Collis – Striker – Connair was playing upfront on his own, hard enough at any level but playing against a good side who have won the league twice and the cup last year this was not an easy job. Connair is very strong and can hold the ball up well which is why he was asked to play this role. Connair hassled the defence all game getting corners and throw-ins when it in right was not Farringdon’s to win. This kept the pressure almost constantly on the Southmoor defence which helped Farringdon play the good football and dominate large periods of the game. Connair rounded off his performance with a well finished goal. 9 Conner Morrison – Defender – Conner came on as a sub for Liam Currie which allowed Andre to push up into the midfield. Conner was now part of the back three alongside Stephen and Robbie. Conner was asked to go on keep things solid at the back and keep things simple. Conner performed this very well putting in some good challenges and passing the ball well. He is new to the team and let’s hope he continues to play and challenge for a starting position. Liam Robertson – Midfielder – Liam came on for Kieran Charlton in a like for like swap. Liam supported the defence well and was always an option for an easy pass from the defence. Liam was also part of a very good passage of play playing a one two with Agnew down the right. Declan Finlay – Striker – Declan came on for Connair Collis also in a like for like change. Declan is a very skilful tricky attacker and is a threat when running at the defence. He was unlucky not to score when he was put through; he produced a very good save from the Southmoor keeper. All in all this was a great performance and a deserved victory! David Stoddart _______________________________________________________________________________ Cricket Girls Cricket. The under 13 girls team came runners up in the Sunderland schools cricket tournament that was held at Ashbrooke cricket club. They were beaten in the final by Houghton Kepier A by 1 run. They qualified for the final by beating the following teams. In the tournament there were a total of 16 teams entered. Farringdon 91 V Sandhill View 65 Farringdon 135 V Pennywell 49 Farringdon 94 V Houghton Kepier B 41 Semi Final Farringdon 123 V CastleView 61 Final Farringdon 90 V Houghton Kepier A 91 The following girls played for the team. Louise Cox Ashley Chambers Kristen Whitfield Rebecca Watts Demi Proctor Polly Stenger Amber Ramshaw Abbie Lavery 10 Natalie Atchinson Kwick Cricket Tournament Ashbrooke Sunderland May 2008 Farringdon Community Sports College went to the Kwick Cricket festival at Ashbrooke Sunderland to compete in the tournament which involved other schools from Sunderland. The teams taking part where Farringdon (3teams), Venerable Bede (1), Houghton Kepier, Oxclose school , Southmoor (1), Washington School (2teams), Biddick Sports College (2 teams),Sandhill View (2 teams), Hetton School. The players in each team from Farringdon were two year 8 teams and one year 7 team: FARRINGDON A FARRINGDON B FARRINGDON C Yr 8 Yr 8 Yr 7 Robbie Jones Declan Finlay Conner Jones Gareth Young Luke Towers Kieran Laws Liam Agnew Josh Thubron Lewi Bolton Kieran Metcalf Liam Currie David Nunn Lewis Redman Kieran Charlton Michael Davis Clarke Sanderson Mitchell Young Elliott Miller Ryan Mc Guiness Philip McGuire Kieran Whithead Aaron Wilson Liam Robertson Oliver Hassan. Quiten Eccles. Results Farringdon C 76 V Sandhill View A 49 Farringdon C 93 V Houghton Kepier A 66 Farringdon C 111 V Washington 67 Farringdon C 71 V Oxclose A 30 Farringdon B team won 3 games out of 4 Farringdon A team progressed to the semi finals by winning all 3 games in the group stage. Semi final. Farringdon A played Hetton School in the semi final and won by 25 runs. Final Farringdon A were beaten in the final Biddick Sports College by 15 Runs Dave Wilkinson _______________________________________________________________________________ 11 Athletics SUNDERLAND SCHOOLS ATHLETICS WEDNESDAY 21st May 08 SILKSWORTH SPORTS COMPLEX A good day for the pupils of Farringdon Community Sports College in sunny conditions at Silksworth Sports Complex Boys Results 100m Perri Agnew Jon Hawkins 200m David Ditchburn Ben Gunn Adam Milner 1st in Final. 400m Danny Regan Danny Gavin 800m Liam Agnew Callum Scott David Weston Jonny Evans 1500m Andrew Crago Hurdles Michael Hackett Long jump James Frater Triple jump Conner Johnson 1st High Jump Jordan Southern 1st Shot putt Adam Milner Discus Marc Burn Javelin Clarke Lawson Stephen Foster Relay 4x100m Danny Regan, Gaige Lisle, Clarke Lawson, Benn Gunn finished 3rd 12 Girls results 100m Gemma Tough 4th in heat Sarah Hughes 5th in heat Noami Robson 1st in heat 14.58 and 4th in Final. 200m Megan Reed 1st in final 28.00 800m Rachael Pickering 2nd 3.08 1500m Megan Reed Kate Bell Hurdles Long jump Rachael Pickering 1st 3.83m Noami Robson 3.65 Kate Bell 3.33m High Jump Beth Sanderson Shot putt Sarah Hughes 2nd in Shot Discus Amanda McDonald 4th 14.80m Courtney Sloanes 7th Javelin Megan Reed Abbie Lavery 4x100m Relay Abbie Trotter, Melissa Watson, Naomi Robson, Rachael Pickering The Following pupils were selected to represent Wearside at the County Championship at Monkton Stadium. Megan Reed 200m girls Adam Milner 200m boys Conner Johnson Triple jump boys. Jordan Southern High Jump. 13 Table Tennis We have had very successful and well attended ‘open’ table tennis sessions every dinner time through to Easter that have resulted in the school running under 13 and under 15 teams in the newly formed Sunderland schools table tennis league. We also performed very well in both Under 13 and under 15 tournaments with all pupils receiving certificates for attending. It is popular with all year groups but particularly years 7, 8 and 9. Steve Golightly _______________________________________________________________________________ Partnership Development Manager Report June 2008 School Supported school staff with the completion of the PESSCL survey 4 students went to the Tyne and Wear Festival of Sport at Temple Park Leisure Centre Set up the Farringdon Cheerleading club for year 7 and 8 girls. We currently have 13 girls attending the club. Attended Sports Leaders UK training to become a tutor for Level 1 and Level2 courses. Finished delivering the martial arts programme of self defence to Y11 girls. Session went extremely well with students learning much during the 6 week course. Supported the interview process for the Young Ambassadors for September 08. Arranged and have linked up the University and the Young Apprentices with a volunteering programme to be delivered from September 2008. Partnership Appointed the FESCO for the City of Sunderland College. Held a Farringdon Partnership SSCO meeting. Wrote the Extended Activity documents to secure funding for a cheerleading programme for Y7-Y10 girls across the three sports partnerships in the city and develop sports club opportunities across the city. Attended 1 YST training day Completed funding for the partnership and calculated under spend for the year to date. Completed the School Sport Partnership Evaluation and Priorities document in line with YST guidance. Supported SSCO’s and PLT’s with completing of the PESSCL survey. Attended the Tyne and Wear Festival of Sport at Temple Park leisure Centre, approximately 90 students from the city attended the event. City 14 Attended numerous meetings around Healthy Schools. Work areas include external moderation on applications to become healthy schools, training across the city for the Physical activity strand, completing a database of existing status for all schools across the city and a celebration event held at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre. Healthy Schools Status School Name Partnership Name Healthy School Benedict Biscop CE Primary School Farringdon Yes Richard Avenue Primary School Farringdon Yes Ryhope Infant School Farringdon Yes St John Bosco RC Primary School Farringdon Yes St Patrick's RC Primary School Farringdon Yes Barmston Village Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Bishop Harland CE Primary School Biddick Yes Blackfell Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Easington Lane Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes George Washington Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Gilias Lane Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Grange Park Primary School Biddick Yes Highfield Community Primary School Biddick Yes Holley Park Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes John F Kennedy Primary School Biddick Yes Lambton Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes New Penshaw Primary School Biddick Yes Newbottle Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Plains Farm Primary School Biddick Yes Redby Primary School Biddick Yes Town End Primary School Biddick Yes Usworth Colliery Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Wessington Primary School Houghton Kepier Yes Witherwack Primary School Biddick Yes Sandhill View School Biddick Yes St Robert of Newminster RC School Houghton Kepier Yes Barbara Priestman School Biddick Yes Columbia Grange School Biddick Yes Portland School Biddick Yes Springwell Dene School Biddick Yes Sunningdale School Biddick Yes Farringdon Community Sports College Farringdon Yes Thornhill School Business & Enterprise College Farringdon Yes 15 Attended the county finals for High Five netball, cheerleading, hockey and tennis. Completed the Swimming audit across the city. Applications across the city have been submitted for the Young Ambassadors programme. Attended AfPE course- High quality decision making on teaching and learning. Implementing a city wide competition calendar for September 08. Ran 10k for the Marie Curie Cancer Care as a Daffodil Runner. Liz Barton Jones _______________________________________________________________________________ Ski Italy Trip A ski trip was organised this academic year, and In January 2008, a group of students from Years 7, 8 and 10 travelled to Italy, and learned to ski in Pila, in the Aosta Valley. Snow conditions were superb, and students had a fantastic time. All students achieved an award for their efforts, presented by their ski instructor, and many have expressed a keen interest in skiing in the future. A number of apres-ski activities included bowling, ice skating, disco, pizza night, and exploring the village for unique shopping gifts. The group dynamics were excellent, with older students taking younger ones under their wing and so the benefits of the trip were beyond simply skiing. The accommodation was modern and excellent, and the behaviour of students was exemplary from start to finish. The company, INTERSKI were extremely well organised, well staffed and professional throughout, and we would have no hesitation in travelling with them again. Staff involved included Mrs D Moore (Ski Trip Organiser) from the English Department, Mrs Sheridan (AST) from the PE Department and Mr. Thornton. A trip is organised for the next academic year. Debbie Moore _______________________________________________________________________________ Football Italy trip Just a short note following on from the very successful trip to Italy your son took apart in. Can I thank you once again for supporting it and your help with making it relatively easy to organise. The photographs have been posted on the school website with other details and football footage (the crossbar challenge) to follow. I have organised and been a member of staff on many UK and overseas school trips and can say without any doubt that the boys were the best behaved, well mannered and pleasant group I have ever been with, which as I am sure you can imagine makes our task a lot easier. The representatives regularly made comments to us from Activ4 about how good they were. I was very proud of them wherever we went (Particularly when they took over the dance floor at the disco!!) There conduct was perfect at all times and I thank them for this. Teenagers tend to get a ‘bad press ‘ at the moment so it was great to see the boys behaving so well and being very respectful for others. Once again thank you for supporting the trip. I have enclosed a copy of an Email that was sent to the school from a passenger on both the outward and return flights who is a regular traveller to Milan. Mr S. Golightly - Subject team leader P.E. 16 Letter from the member of public. Mr Mark Pickwell 95 Clifton Avenue Stanley Wakefield WF3 4HB 13th April 2008 Dear Steve I am a frequent commuter across Europe which involves a lot of travel, and therefore I have seen many school or organised Children’s Club trips. I would like you to pass on to the boys a big thank you for their politeness and respect for other passengers travelling with them to Milan. The boys by far where the best group of well behaved children I have come across in my travels. This is a credit to them, especially in this day when teenagers only seem to get a bad press. They are a big credit to their School and the teachers involved. If this is how they represented themselves I can only imagine that they were not only good ambassadors’ for their School but also promoted in Milan what respectful teenagers the UK can have. Once again please pass on my respect to the boys and I hope they enjoyed their experience in Milan/Italy. Yours sincerely Mark Pickwell 17
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