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. Page 2 Honley High Notes English Obsession 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 health, 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. Honley High Notes Page 3 PE New Kit! Pictured with the new football strip are sports 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 Page 4 Languages 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! French- 1st prize- Falak Hussain- 7SD, 2nd prize- Robyn Page- 7M, 3rd prize- Greg Hustler- 7GM Spanish- 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 CHEQUES FOR CASHLESS DINING 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.