Year 8 Geography trip to Malham Cove

Last week Year 8 Geographers visited Malham Cove as part of their Year 8 topics “Adventure Landscapes” and “Fantastic Places.” The cove is a vertical cliff which is 260 feet high and is made of limestone. It is very famous and was even featured in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (watch out for it when Harry and Hermione set up camp!).

The weather this year was perfect for the trip – warm and sunny, just right for some ice-creams when we arrived back to Malham village. As always, we had a fantastic day with some fantastic students climbing up to the top of the cove and walking in the natural landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

IET Faraday Challenge

ietchallengewebA big congratulations to our six Year 7 teams who took part in the IET Faraday Challenge 2016. Using the BBC micro:bit, students learned how to write computer code whilst developing a prototype product designed for sport, health, fitness or in the home that would improve users’ everyday lives. All of our students worked exceptionally hard producing a range of outstanding prototypes including door alarms, pedometers, compasses and more.

It was very difficult to select a winning team – the IET judge was so impressed with the quality of ideas and presentation given by the six teams. However, only one team could be selected as the overall winner. Well done to Owen, Dominic, Jack, Charlie, Finn and Josh – pictured with their trophy.

Their score put forward to the national results table where the top scoring teams over the next few weeks will be invited to London to compete in the grand final.

CassonscareersA team of young accountants and business advisers have been sharing career advice with our students to help them prepare for life after school.

Trainee and qualified accountants from Cassons business advisers LLP met with student from Rhyddings as part of a business initiative to help them explore their education and employment options.

The ‘My Future’ session was run as part of Business In The Community’s ‘Business Class’ programme, which partners schools and businesses with the aim of raising students’ career aspirations.

The session included a Q & A with Cassons staff about their own career pathways and encouraged students to consider the value of degrees and apprenticeships as routes into employment.

With the help of the young accountants, the students also examined the cost of university study and discussed the skills and abilities employers expect from school leavers.

Chartered accountant Lexi Hamer, who joined Cassons as a trainee after her A Levels said: “I wish the My Future session had been available when I was trying to decide on my career. I felt university was very much being pushed on me, even though I wasn’t sure it was right for me.

“Instead I chose to join Cassons straight from school at 18 which gave me the opportunity to study for my accountancy qualifications whilst gaining workplace experience. It’s really helped me to progress my career and develop skills in a way I couldn’t at university.”

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Year 9 Parents’ Evening will be held on Monday 16th May from 4pm until 6.30pm.  Students were given letters to take home this morning and will receive their appointment sheets on Monday 9th May in form time.  Please discuss with your son/daughter what time you would like your appointments in order for staff to accommodate them.

This is the first opportunity for parents to come into school since the students started their GCSE courses and we look forward to discussing their progress with you.

If for any reason you can’t make the actual evening, but would still like to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress – please contact myself at school.

Ms Greenwood
Year 9 Leader

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