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Newsletter summer term 2009


Newsletter summer term 2009

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									                                    Honley High Notes
Station Road, Honley, HOLMFIRTH, HD9 6QJ Telephone No. 01484 222347/Fax No. 01484 222314
                                                                         ISSUE 13 Summer Term Newsletter      INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Honley High School News                                                                                       English                                         2
                                                                                                              PE                                             3
Royal Shakespeare               Year 6                                   staff training days. Students are    Music                                          3
Company                         This is the time of year we              not expected to attend.              Technology                                     3

At the time of the previous     welcome the students currently       •   Thursday 3 September we              Languages                                      4

newsletter, we had              in Year 6, who are our next                                                   Humanities                                     4
                                                                         welcome Year 7 only.
submitted a bid to become a     year’s Year 7. Everyone will be
                                                                     •   Friday 4 September, school is
Learning Partnership School     spending a full day with us on
                                                                         open, as normal for all years.       Governor Profile
with the Royal Shakespeare      either Tuesday 30 June, or                                                    Neil Midgley is currently the Governor
Company. I am delighted to      Wednesday 1 July. Similarly, we      Finally                                  representing the non teaching staff but has
report that we have been        will be meeting their parents on     Thank you for your continued
                                                                                                              previously been involved with the
                                                                                                              Governing Body in two other capacities.
one of the 10 schools           Tuesday in Meltham and on            support—we have had a good               Many years ago he was the teacher
nationally to have been         Wednesday at school here in          year. If our Year 11 students            representative and then later attended in
selected. From September        Honley. Moving from Year 6 into      perform as well as we expect in          his role as Assistant Headteacher. After 33
2009, we have entered a 3       Year 7 is a big step, and our aim                                             years of teaching at the school he took
                                                                     their GCSE examinations, it could        phased retirement last summer, continuing
year agreement which will       is to make it as simple and as                                                to work on a part time basis as our
see ourselves and our feeder    stress-free as possible. Next year   be an excellent one.
                                                                                                              Premises Manager and covering absences
primary schools providing       we are absolutely full, with 264     As always, if you have any               in the Humanities area. In addition, this
                                                                     comments, observations or                allows him to work as a free lance
for joint training and          new students joining us.                                                      instructor delivering outdoor pursuits
development with the RSC.                                            feedback, or simply want to              training for a national company. He is also
For a school with a Science     Dates for the Diary                  contact us, please get in touch          Director of The Yorkshire Dales Duke of
Specialism to achieve such a    • School closes for the summer       and we will endeavour to                 Edinburgh’s Award ‘Open Gold’ and
                                                                                                              continues to be involved in the Award
high profile for its Arts         break at 2.15 pm on Friday 17      respond as soon as possible.             within school.
provision is, I am sure you       July.                                                                       Neil is married with two adult children.
will agree, remarkable. Many    • GCSE examination results are                                                Together with his wife he enjoys breaks in
thanks to the English             released on Thursday 27                                        A J Connor   the countryside. His main hobby is hill
Department and in particular                                                                   Headteacher
                                                                                                              walking and he is close to having climbed
Mrs Emma Daniels who              August. Good Luck.                                                          all the 2,000ft mountains in England and
                                                                                                              Wales. In his retirement he hopes to
formulated and co-ordinated     • Tuesday 1 September and
                                                                                                              complete these and be able to venture to
the bid.                          Wednesday 2 September are                                                   the Scottish mountains more often. He
                                                                                                              was unable to give us one “favourite
Maths                                                                                                         view” (there are too many) but his
                                                                                                              favourite mountains include Blencathra in
Honley High School pupils           Pop Maths quiz at                    and 10. We have received             the Lake District and Suilven in North
have been taking part in            Greenhead college                    word from the university             West Scotland. He also runs with
                                                                                                              Holmfirth Harriers. He is interested in a
numerous mathematics                                                     about how impressed they
                                    Again part of the national                                                wide variety of sport and has supported
competitions over the past                                               were with the standard of            Leeds United since a child (well somebody
                                    Science week, a team of six year
                                                                         entries from Honley High             has to stick with them!).
few months.                         9 pupils took part in the annual
                                                                         School, and some of our pupils       Favourite food is anything that goes well
Pop maths quiz at Leeds             Greenhead College pop maths                                               with a bottle of red wine so includes Italian
                                                                         have been invited to an
                                    quiz. The pupils finished just                                            and Indian dishes. The famous person he
University                                                               awards ceremony at Leeds             would like to be is Paula Radcliffe (so a sex
                                    outside the prizes, but did very
As part of National Science                                              University in recognition of         change there then!) because although he
                                    well with some incredibly                                                 loves sport he has never excelled at it. The
week a team of five year 8                                               their work. From the junior
                                    difficult questions. Those                                                famous people he most admires are
pupils took part in a maths day                                          competition Tom Harwood
                                    involved were; Jonathan Kelly,                                            Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
at Leeds University. They                                                collected third prize. In the
                                    Alannah Booth, Toby Mellor,                                               When he asked his wife what to put in
completed a quiz in the                                                  senior competition Emily Rose        answer to the question “What makes you
                                    Laura Bowen, Robert Poole and                                             angry?” she said that the list was too long
morning, finishing the highest                                           and Stephen Brown collected
                                    James Merewood.                      the special merit prizes for the
                                                                                                              but he says that litter, vandalism and
place of all comprehensive                                                                                    violence would come high on it.
schools that entered, before        Leeds University Half Term           standard of their work, and          Last book read was Martin Wainwright’s
taking part in a lecture entitled   quizzes                              Sophie Canham who won                collection of, and commentary on, the
“Maths in the real world”.          Leeds University ran two quizzes     overall second prize for her         Country Diaries of A. Harry Griffin from
                                                                                                              the Guardian newspaper, “A Lifetime of
The pupils were a credit to         for pupils over February half        entry.                               Mountains”. Latest CDs include Eva
themselves and the school.          term and this was completed by       A massive well done to all of        Cassidy, Katherine Jenkins and (because he
The pupils who took part                                                                                      is still in the process of replacing his old
                                    schools across all of West           the pupils who took part in          vinyl) Buddy Holly!
were; Freya Smith, Monisa           Yorkshire. There was a junior        the various maths challenges
Sajjad, Laura Austwick, Jack        quiz, which was for top set year     and competitions we have             A BIG THANK YOU TO HONLEY POST OFFICE
Key and Daniel Wright.              8 pupils, and the senior quiz        entered this year.                    Our regular newsletter is helped by the generous
                                    which was for pupils in years 9                                               sponsorship of Honley Post Office, whose

                                                                                                  Mr Clarke                support we value highly.
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                                                                      Fixation, fascination, infatuation,
                                                                              Taking over my life
As part of the English department’s programme of
cultural and arts events, a group of Year 11 English                        Through manipulation
students were treated to a live performance by six
exceptional poets. In order to enhance their                                   Deeper, deeper,
understanding of GCSE poetry, students travelled to                        It seeps into my mind …
the fabulous Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to hear                            Taking it over …
six of the best contemporary poets. They were                                  Isn’t life unkind?
treated to live readings by famous poets such as Simon
Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy and the extremely popular
                                                                   I try to escape but the hold is too strong
John Agard. Students were given the unique
                                                                           The mould I have made,
opportunity to hear the writers read and talk about
their own poems in a deeply personal way; they also                             Must be wrong

had a chance to ask questions. The highlight for many
students was Carol Ann Duffy and her reading of                          The counting, the weighing,
Havisham. For performance, the show was stolen by                         The scheming, the praying
poet John Agard.                                                            Has all been too much.
The students who attended were also invited to enter                          The end has come
the AQA poetry competition. Jade Walker Saunders in                         Which started as fun.
Year 11 was inspired to write and submit the following
poem:                                                    The damage can not be reversed, can’t be nursed not back to
                                                                It’s the end … the end … the end of this trend.
                                                                                                    By Jade Walker Saunders
                                                                                                             February 2009
GCSE Trip to Macbeth – April 2009
The deadly consequences of          warfare helped us to explore and         It gave us a unique insight into
vaulting ambition…                  understand the theme of conflict         one of literature’s most
                                    within the play.                         complex individuals: the tragic
                                                                             hero Macbeth.
In preparation for their GCSE
coursework, over 90 Year 10         The actors had a profound effect
English students visited the        on the audience, especially the 3  It was a production that
impressive Royal Exchange           witches, who were played by        definitely left an impression…
Theatre in Manchester to            three young girls. Their
watch their inspiring and at        impressive and memorable
times controversial                 performance was outstanding and          By Skye Hartley and Roya Nami
interpretation of Shakespeare’s     really helped us to understand the
bloodiest play: Macbeth.            disturbed minds of the witches
                                    and the deathly effects of evil
                                    upon the world.
The play, originally set in 1606,
was given a contemporary and
very modern setting: a twenty-      Although the language was
first century war zone. The         challenging at times, the play and
dark lighting provided a sinister   its innovative interpretation of
reflection of the evil within the   Macbeth’s downfall enhanced our
play and the idea of modern         understanding of the written text.
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PE                                                                                                           New
                                                                                                             with the
                                                                                                             strip are
                                                                                                             council members Tom Groata,
                                                                                                             Josh Dopson and Emily Woodings.
  Award for Honley
                                                                                                             The council had the task of
  We are very proud to have being given a Sportsmark award. The annual award is given to schools who         selecting the design of the kit and
  have reached high standards in implementing the national PE and Sport strategy. Pictured with PE teacher
  Mr O’Connor is the School’s Sports Council with their certificate, U13 basketball team who won the         matching it to the school colours.
  Kirklees Schools event at Royds Hall High School and the Year 9 6-a-side team who won the Kirklees         They did a super job!
  event which was held at Salendine Nook High School.

                       Year 9 and 10 netball teams
                                                                                 U12 Hockey Team won the             Year 8 Football Team won the
        Y9 won the League and Tournament Y10 won the League
                                                                                 Huddersfield School’s League          Huddersfield School’s Cup
                      Year 11 won the Tournament

                                                                                and a rock band of pupils from our autism spectrum. This
Music                                                                           is a real coup for the school and unique!.
Roger Davies signed up! We are delighted                                        See Hear! Senior choir (Y9 and Y10 pupils) have recently
to announce that singer/songwriter Roger                                        been working with Makaton sign language teachers from
Davies has agreed to be our singer/songwriter                                   Castle Hill and Fairfields special schools. We learnt ‘What
in residence. Roger is well known in folk and                                   a Wonderful World’ and ‘You’ve got a Friend’ in harmony
acoustic circles, is very busy gigging and touring                              with sign language and performed them (with small
and is working on his 3rd album.                                                orchestra) at the recent Music for Youth Festival. The
His music is very accessible and songs such as                                  choir will be singing/signing again at events this term. Jazz
“Huddersfield Town” and “Peter Brooks paintings” have                           band and also performed a
become big favourites with Honley students.                                     short film music set in film
Roger has worked with all Year 8 pupils on our new                              inspired costume.
“Yorkshire Folk” song writing project, both Year 10 GCSE
groups and Year 7 groups will be working on song writing. He
will also be working with G&T musicians, student songwriters

Design and Technology - Systems and Control
From 14 - 17 April David Atkinson and James Clare (Y10 students)            designed to give students an opportunity to take a hands-on
enjoyed a unique learning experience at Harper Adams University             approach at learning the skills of an electronic engineer. By
College, Newport, Shropshire. The 4 day residential course                  demonstrating how exciting
began with an introduction to analogue and digital electronics,             and rewarding the world of
with practical activities. This was followed by a solder and keep           engineering can be, we hope
workshop and presentations on electronic and electrical                     to play a part in ensuring the
engineering, where students were able to learn more about career            stream of talent considering
prospects within the industry. The main objective was to inspire            a career in the industry
and encourage young students to consider a career in electronics.           keeps coming”.
The content had both practical and theoretical elements.                    The course is run by the
Innovative thinking, presentation skills and planning were an               independent charity, the
integral part of the course—key skills that students don't often            Smallpiece Trust which was
get a chance to explore fully in their school environment. Claire           founded by Dr Cosby Smallpiece in 1966.
Ford from the Trust commented, “This 4 day experience is
                                                                                                                                      Mr Minogue
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Well done to all those that entered the year 9 languages writing competition! There were some great entries!
Special congratulations to the following who won the prizes- Charles Balkartat,, Alannah Booth, Shannon White and Tim Scott.
We are currently working on starting a link with a school in Argentina- we’re hoping to exchange letters, videos and Power Points
about our schools to find out more about what life is like in different parts of the world. As soon as we receive something from them I
hope to display them around school and present them in assemblies.
A big thank you to all those students who are working hard on creating materials to send to Argentina!                                      Miss. Riley
                                                                                                                                   Year 10 Paris trip
Well done to all year 7s that entered the Spanish and French writing competitions- there were some great entries and it was very difficult to pick
winners! However, we finally chose 6 winners so a big congratulations and enjoy spending your winnings at HMV!
1st prize- Falak Hussain- 7SD, 2nd prize- Robyn Page- 7M, 3rd prize- Greg Hustler- 7GM
1st prize- Bethany Cope- 7PG, 2nd prize- Laura Ashby- 7PG, 3rd prize- Alex Walland- 7KJ
Gifted and Talented Linguists—Year 10 meets Year 5 and Year 6
Just before February half term, six of our Year 10 able linguists –SarahTaylor, Jacob Quesne, Matthew Cheesbrough, Daniel Mallinson,
Stacey Marshall and Beth Howe helped to run a Spanish ‘masterclass’ for our main feeder schools. Four able pupils from each primary
school –South Crosland, Brockholes, Meltham Moor, Meltham C of E, Honley Juniors and Helme came to Honley High to learn how to
introduce themselves, count to 12 and buy food and drink. They worked in small groups with the Year 10 pupils and then the Year 10’s
sold them snacks in their café using toy Euros! Both the Year 10’s and Year 5/6’s were a credit to their schools and were a pleasure to
work with. Thank you to Year 10’s for your hard work and enthusiasm!                                                       Miss Douglas
Year 9- Holocaust Survivor’s talk
The History Department invited two holocaust Survivor’s, Mr and Mrs Ginsberg, to give a talk to
Year 9 students as part of their History course. Mr and Mrs Ginsberg spoke at length about their
experiences during the Holocaust and at the end students had the opportunity to ask questions to
them. Students also raised £194.01 for the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association a charity set
up to help educate and remind people of the events of the Holocaust which includes organising talks
in schools and other venues. Mr and Mrs Ginsberg commented how maturely all the Year 9 students
behaved throughout the talks and praised them for their excellent questions. Well done to Year 9.

Year 7 Castle Building Competition                                                                                        Mr and Mrs Ginsberg

For the second year running the History Department organised a Castle Building Competition for
year 7s. The standard of the castles was very high and they were displayed in the Library for several
weeks. The students decided on the winner by placing their comments on a blog set up by Dr Murphy.
The winners were:

First Prize: George Kinnaird 7VF

Second Prize: Hannah Walker 7 VF
Third Prize: Vicky Atkinson 7HP

Well done to all those who took part.                                              Picture of George Kinnaird (7VF) and his winning castle

Hour of Power                                         Duke of Edinburgh                                    are now busy planning and preparing for their
Hour of Power has been a tremendous success           On Friday 27 March we took 30 Year 9 students        actual expeditions in May and June.
over the last four years and is still continuing to   to Hornby Laithe Bunkbarn in Settle for the                                              Miss Collett
grow. Pupils from all year groups have been           weekend to complete their Duke of Edinburgh
attending and succeeding with the challenge of the    expedition training. They worked in their
class reaching new heights of fitness. A lunchtime    expedition groups learning to work as a team
charity class will be taking place this year so       completing training on cooking on stoves, pitching
please watch out! Can you achieve the Hour of         tents, map and navigation work, first aid and much
Power challenge? All pupils are welcome to            more. On the Sunday all students went on a
the charity class and the class itself on Thursdays   planned walk to appreciate the scenery and put
in the gym. Well done to all current members!         what they had learnt into practice. A big thank
                                                      you to all staff and students who helped. They
                                     Mr Wheatcroft    were fantastic and a credit to the school. They

This system is now up and running. Can we please clarify that cheques should be made out to KIRKLEES MC and not the
school. Our apologies for any confusion. Cheques should be put into the box in the dining room. Thank you.

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