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The Start of Christmas

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After the Junior School Nativity, the Friends of Fyling Hall hosted the annual Christmas Fayre. As always it was a fantastic event that was very well attended. The excitement of the pupils is a sure sign the end of term is nearing and the build up to Christmas is well under way. If you were in the market for Christmas gifts, decorations or a treat to eat, there was something for everyone. The Christmas Fayre […]

A Little Bit of Home

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A few days ago, we celebrated a Spanish Day in the school, and I can proudly say that the members of staff and students did a great job.  We got up at 7:30am as always, and we went to breakfast as usual, but when we arrived at the dining hall they surprised us with Spanish decoration throughout the dining hall.  The members of staff had already asked about some Spanish food that we would like […]

Centenary Celebrations

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It’s our 100th birthday! In 2023, Fyling Hall will be celebrating its centenary. We have a whole year of exciting events and activities planned which we will share with you all after Christmas. We think it’s only fitting to celebrate this event with our entire school community, past and present! Our Centenary Ball will be held on the 8th of July 2023, and will be part of a programme of events taking place over the weekend […]

Christmas Fayre

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On Wednesday 30th of November we are excited to be hosting the annual Christmas Fayre between 15:00 & 17:30. We would be delighted if any members of the school or local community would like to join us. The Friends of Fyling Hall will also be drawing the Grand Christmas Draw at 17:00. Anyone who wishes to buy tickets can do so by contacting the School Office or they will be available at the Fayre. We […]

The Hills Are Alive

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In Geography, we like to revisit map skills with each key stage 3 group and as a consequence, over the last few lessons the year 9s have been reacquainting themselves with their map skills. I am currently checking that everyone remembers how to do 4 and 6 figure grid references with varying degrees of success!  However, I also occasionally introduce some map skills not studied before and year 9s focus is on how height is […]

Sharing the Cultural Importance of Drama

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Last week 8P took part in a Chinese drama exchange lesson with our partner school in China. The aim was to share the cultural importance drama has in both of our countries and schools. Our students performed a melodrama and students from Guanghua Experimental School in Chengdu, China performed Sichuan opera, a Chinese traditional opera. I was very impressed, they were very good! The actual lesson took place on zoom so we could all see […]

Duke of Edinburgh Preparations Underway

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The preparations for the new Duke of Edinburgh groups are well underway. Pupils have signed up to Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and most have decided on what they want to do for their sections. this year sees a great variety of skills, sports and voluntary work: For their skills, we have caring for chickens and horses as well as beekeeping and bike maintenance, some participants develop their artistic skills, some learn an instrument such as […]

National Recognition for Fyling Hall Pupils

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Toby and Tomas Richardson are celebrating receiving ‘Highly Commended’ status from the judging panel of the Whitbread Memorial Prize for 2022. The Whitbread Memorial Prize is a national competition that recognises and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, the wider aspect of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE examinations. Mr Allen said “I felt it was only right to nominate both Toby and Tomas for the Whitbread Memorial […]

Halloween

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Halloween Night 2022 After months of preparation and heated, anticipation-filled Sixth form meetings, it was on Thursday 20th October when students young and old alike ventured into the unknown depths of the 2022 edition of the prestigious Fyling Hall Halloween night. Despite the biting cold and thick blanket of mist, a tangible aura of excitement descended upon the participants as they gathered in the Stack yard, awaiting their haunted fate. A highlight of the evening, […]

Fyling Hall’s Got Talent

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Tuesday last week saw the return of Fyling Hall’s Got Talent in the Barn. Always a fun event, where pupils of all ages can share their favourite talents and skills, this year saw the largest number of Junior school entries yet. One of the best parts of the event was the range of ages of entries with the year 10 music class ending the show which also included pupils from form 1 in the Junior […]

A Trip to the Past

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As part of their Geography studies the year 9s headed off to the Wakefield coal mine museum last week. They have been investigating how economic activities have changed over time and part of that was a deeper study on the rise of coalmining in the UK, and also reasons for its decline later in the 20th century. The trip entailed a tour down the mine where they learned of how coal mining changed through the years, […]

‘Shakespeare in Action’ Drama Workshops

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Year 7-9 drama students were lucky enough to take part in Drama workshops led by Kiera from West End in Schools, a group of professional actors working in schools. The hour-long workshops focused on the Shakespeare play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with practical experiences of building characters, working in groups and speaking lines of Shakespearean text. One of my personal favourite moments was seeing pupils scream an argument between Oberon, King of the Fairies and […]

Fish & Ships

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Fyling Hall pupils were delighted to be asked to participate in the opening of this year’s Fish and Ships Festival in Whitby. The festival celebrates many aspects of Fishing and Shipping in Whitby, and is a very well attended festival. Our GCSE Art pupils were delighted to be invited to create one of the key aspects of the festival, some large 8m x 1.5m exterior panels of artworks celebrating Whitby’s link to these key industries. […]

Harvest Festival

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On Sunday October 3rd Fyling Hall joined forces with the parishes of Hawsker and Fylingthorpe to celebrate this year’s Harvest. The Harvest Festival was held at St Stephen’s Church and our Head Pupils (Joe and Emie) and Nele were very accomplished in leading the prayers during the service. A big thank you to all of those from the Fyling Hall community who donated to the collection for the Whitby Food Bank. Combined with the donations […]

Which is better? City or Countryside?

Which is better? City or Countryside?

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Over the last century the majority of the Earth’s population moved to cities, leaving the usual places of living- the countryside. However, there are still those who prefer living far away from busy buildings and noisy streets. Personally I have completed this migration in reverse by leaving my city home to attend Fyling Hall for the year. Let’s find out which is better, city or countryside and why.  To begin with, the countryside gives on […]

An important time to recharge the battery

An important time to recharge the battery

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School breaks are an important time to recharge the battery . . . for students and staff. Before they departed for their summer holiday, we asked a few of our international students to share their holiday plans, past and present. Have a read of what they had in mind . . . In my summer holidays my family and I are flying to the USA. We are visiting my dad’s host family in San Francisco. We […]

Music and Drama department celebrating outstanding results

Music and Drama department celebrating outstanding results

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Fyling Hall Music and Drama department are celebrating outstanding results from their year 11 to 13 students this summer. The school’s results as a whole are excellent but in Music and Drama every student in year 11-13 achieved the top grades of Distinction or Distinction* (only available in year 13) on their Rock School qualifications. This is an astonishing achievement especially in a year when overall GCSE and A level results have dropped in comparison […]

Top Scoring English Pupils with Mr Thomas, Head of English

An exceptional set of examination results

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For the second week running Fyling Hall pupils are celebrating an exceptional set of examination results. Our Year 11 pupils have endured a nerve-wracking wait for the publication of the GCSE results, but their patience has been rewarded. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of exams taken were awarded the equivalent to an A grade or above (7-9), against the national average of 26.3%. Ninety-five percent (95%) of pupils achieved five or more pass grades. A special mention […]

A-levels 2022 Results

Year 13 pupils are celebrating

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Fyling Hall’s Year 13 pupils are celebrating a successful return to the first externally assessed national examinations since 2019. The class of 2022 achieved a pass rate of 100% with 58% of exams entered being awarded the top grades (A*/A or equivalent), against a national average of 36.4%.  Headmaster, Mr Allen, commented, “Year 13 pupils all over the country have had to endure one of the most challenging exam seasons ever. The cancellation of GCSE’s […]

Daisy Hardy competitors

Excited to have all these memories

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First of all, I came to school one week before school started. I met Martha and Rosa who were quarantining with me, this turned out to be great fun and we got to know each other really well and make friends. It was nice to meet them. Miss Anders (Head Matron) greeted me very warmly. The first week of school. What can I say? The first few days were a bit hard to get used to […]

Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group

Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group

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During the first three days of this year’s activities week, our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group went for their qualifying expedition, starting at the Hole of Horcum, going via Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Rosedale Abbey to Fryupdale. Read their account of their expedition: “To complete our Silver DofE we had to come up with an aim. We decided on ……… people watching! As we hiked each day we recorded details of every person we saw. We estimated […]

Getting children excited about their learning

Getting children excited about their learning

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Our fabulous Year 6 pupils had their final assembly and spoke about their time in the Junior School, recalling their favourite memories and thanking the teachers. It is always a very positive assembly but it is tinged with sadness as they are leaving to go up to Year 7. They are all ready to go and spread their wings in the Senior School. In their speeches, every pupil mentioned that they had had fun in […]

Welcoming you back to our annual Prizegiving

Welcoming you back to our annual Prizegiving

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“Mrs White, trustees, ladies, gentlemen and pupils, I take great pleasure in welcoming you all back to our annual Prizegiving.” So began our Headmaster, Mr Steven Allen, as he welcomed pupils, parents, carers, and staff to one of our favourite events of the year.  It has been three years since we last shared our in-person event, but with the sun shining and much to celebrate, this year’s event was a true delight. On the day […]

A lovely way to end my teaching career

A lovely way to end my teaching career

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Our year 9 pupils have had quite a busy year in ICT.  They have completed a Level 2 Award in IT Skills (equivalent to the BCS ECDL Extra qualification) which gives them a variety of IT skills they would need in many jobs such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.  There have been some fantastic results with many pupils gaining over 90% on all three of the tests.  In addition to this course, they have […]

A nature walk at Falling Foss

A nature walk at Falling Foss

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Y6 have ended their science topic of ‘Living Things and their Habitats‘ by going on a nature walk at Falling Foss. We walked along the beck from May Beck, looking at the woodland habitat along the way and stopping for a minibeast hunt. We found lots of different invertebrates, including millipedes, centipedes, insect larvae, woodlice, spiders, beetles and worms. We also saw a speckled wood butterfly and heard a woodpecker. When we got to Falling […]

Great to see sport being played once again

Great to see sport being played once again

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Throughout the year it has been great to see sport being played once again and many pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the competitive element that fixtures bring. Through Covid lockdowns it was often very difficult for children to understand what they were missing out on when they have never experienced it. The pre-match nerves, getting on a bus and travelling to another school, being part of team, all aspects which many of us can take for […]

Activities week is off to a flying start

Activities week is off to a flying start

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Activities week is off to a flying start with our pupils getting creative! Inspired by the work of the great architect artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, our pupils have designed their own versions of stained-glass window designs and nightlights. As a brief class presentation informed them, Mackintosh was born in 1868 and grew up in the heavily industrialized city of Glasgow, the second city of empire. Highly talented he trained as an architect but […]

Acts perform in the glorious sunshine

Acts perform in the glorious sunshine

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Over 180 people turned out at our Rose Garden Music Festival to watch 6 acts perform in the glorious sunshine! Everything was organised by Olivia from portaloos to staging, booking the acts to arranging BBQ and cake. We are so incredibly proud of everything Olivia has done this year to raise money for her chosen charities.  The end of term is always hectic: final assemblies, activities week and saying goodbye to those visitors who are not […]

A time of reflection

A time of reflection

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The Leavers Ball is always a time of reflection for me, especially when some of the children I taught in Reception have finished their exams and are leaving school for their next adventure. It is such a privilege seeing these pupils on their journey through Fyling Hall. They come to Form 1 as tiny four-year olds and I teach them, not just to read and write and count, but to enjoy and get excited about […]

Workshops for year 9 and 10 drama students

Workshops for year 9 and 10 drama students

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Imagine our delight welcoming back one of our alumni to run workshops for year 9 and 10 drama students. With the end of this academic year fast approaching, it is a strange time for teachers as pupils graduate and leave the school. This can be especially difficult when a pupil has been in the school a long time and you have worked closely with them in a small class. To welcome a pupil back is a […]

The social and cultural history of the Georgian Age

Social and cultural history of the Georgian Age

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Having addressed the issue of the very volatile politics of the time associated with the Jacobite rebellions which at times came close to toppling the Hanoverian regime, Year 8 pupils have turned their attention to the social and cultural history of the Georgian Age. This was the age of great literary figures, Swift, Pope, Goldsmith and not forgetting Dr Johnson and his famous dictionary. It was the time of the great actor-manager David Garrick and […]

What better way to spend an afternoon

What better way to spend an afternoon

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On such a beautiful day, what better way to spend an afternoon than counting flowers in the sunshine? This was the task set our Year 9s. The whole year group were split into randomly selected groups of 3 or 4 and provided with a metre rule, paper and whiteboards, given the simple task of counting all the clover flowers on the fountain lawn. The gardeners had been asked not the cut the lawn especially to […]

A full taster day of senior school

A full taster day of senior school

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Our Year 7 Transition Day for Year 6s will be a full taster day of senior school on Friday 1st July. If your child is currently in the Junior School in Year 6 or if you’ve applied for a place from elsewhere, your new ‘student’ needs to arrive at 8:30am outside Main House, in suitable attire for a day of learning, equipped with a pencil case. Lunch is provided but if they wish to have […]

Professional Development Day is a great success

Professional Development Day is a great success

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Last year we could not send our Year 10 groups into the real world of work (we all know why) and this year local companies were not yet ready to accept students back for traditional work experience. Instead we ran an internal Professional Development Day which proved to be a great success (so said our Year 10 delegates last time) so we decided to run it again this year. Our Year 10 students started the […]

All good things come to an end

All good things come to an end

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Never was the expression “all good things come to an end” more true. It was with a bittersweet feeling for me that my year 11 class trooped into my classroom last week for the last time following their final English GCSE exam for a glass of (sadly) non-alcoholic champagne and a slice of cake so that I could bid them a very fond adieu and tell them what an amazing class they’ve been to teach.  […]

Celebrating their first year in secondary school

Celebrating their first year in secondary school

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Mrs Milner’s Year 7 students are celebrating their first year in secondary school, having had an extremely busy first year at Fyling Hall School. In their final term at school, they have worked on a writing project in which they had to create a ‘space journal’ about being lost in space, they have studied sections of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, and are currently working on learning poems for the annual Daisy Hardy competition.  Phew! The space journal […]

Five weeks to sort out a play

Five weeks to sort out a play

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When Mrs Jeeves, Head of Drama, said that we had five weeks to sort out a play, I was a bit worried because of how short a time that was. However, we worked hard and managed to put a play together.  The play was about what it’s like to be a teenager and the struggles that come with it. It was nice to work as a group and have everyone put in their ideas. We […]

A fantastic school trip back in history

A fantastic school trip back in history

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Form 2 had a fantastic school trip back in history last week when they visited Eden Camp. The class have been learning all about World War Two, throughout the term the children have read Goodnight Mr Tom, studied beautiful war time poetry and created their own wonderful black out poems. The class have enjoyed learning all about evacuation and what caused World War Two, so this trip was a perfect way to end their topic […]

Last call for your Yearbook!

Last call for your Yearbook!

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It’s the last call for your Yearbook! Your last chance to secure your time capsule! The deadline for orders is THIS WEDNESDAY, 15th June which is the latest time I can place the print order to get them in time – so we need to act fast. Thanks if you’ve already placed an order – sorry for the repeated message, I just wanted to check to make sure everyone had that reminder and a last […]

a nerve-wracking time for 15-18 year olds

A nerve-wracking time for 15-18 year olds

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May and June in senior schools around the UK are a nerve-wracking time for 15-18 year-olds as they sit their GCSE and A level exams. These exams hold the key to continued study in the sixth form or further education at University. This period is equally challenging for their staff. All teachers worry about how well their candidates will do under exam pressure but more so this year as this group of pupils are the […]

Three days and more of varied tasks and activities

Three days and more of varied tasks and activities

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For those who do not recall, Activities Week is three days and more of varied tasks and activities, plus, plus. It is almost a distant memory thanks to the recent pandemic. I have really missed the opportunities it has offered and as a result tried to organise a full activities week that all should be able to attend. On the week pupils will learn valuable skills to support them in their later lives. Thursday will […]

Poetry recital competition is back

Poetry recital competition is back

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There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation up and down the corridors, in the classrooms, and throughout the hallowed halls at Fyling Hall; the Daisy Hardy poetry recital competition is back!  That’s right, back to her original format at last, the Daisy Hardy competition is coursing through the school breathing fresh energy, vigour, and joy into the hearts of every Fyling Hall student.  Covid, that tiresome and dastardly malady, had hobbled our competition for […]

Congratulations to all our learners on their success

Congratulations to all our learners on their success

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Congratulations to all our learners on their success! We may have only just returned to finish the Summer Term and academic year, but before the term hurries past, we pause to congratulate our students who sat the IELTS exam before our Half Term break. What is the IELTS exam I hear you ask. Let me explain . . . Every year we welcome pupils from countries as diverse as Hong Kong, Germany, Colombia and Russia; it […]

Grand Summer Draw

Grand Summer Draw

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Fresh from the success of their first ever Bake Off, the Friend of Fyling Hall / PTA are planning a Grand Summer Draw. Our Bake Off raised over £250 which will go towards a little treat for our Junior School pupils (with seniors receiving a donation earlier in the year towards their Halloween party). This time, proceeds will go towards a new kiln for the Art Department which will be an asset to the school […]

Working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire

Working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire

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It’s been almost 5 months since I first arrived at Fyling Hall and I have enjoyed working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire. I first arrived here in the middle of winter but was glad it ended up being quite a mild winter so it was not too much of a shock – although I did get to see a little bit of snow, which was something different! Recently, I have been loving English […]

Onto Fylingdales Moor to do some pond dipping

Onto Fylingdales Moor to do some pond dipping

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As part of their science work on living things and their habitats, Forms 2 and 3 recently went out onto Fylingdales Moor to do some pond dipping. We found lots of different creatures including: palmate newts, damselfly and dragonfly nymphs, caddisfly larvae, water boatmen, diving beetles, whirligig beetles and tadpoles. The children also spent some time sketching on the moors, and we all enjoyed the aerial display put on by the swallows as they swooped […]

First half of the term has been busy

First half of the term has been busy

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As you can imagine the first half of the term has been busy and a lot has been underway.  A variety of activities have taken place during the first half of the term, and I am sure there is a lot more to come in the second half!   The boarders, as well as our day pupils, have enjoyed their weekends at Wykham Lakes paddle boarding, trips to the local towns of Whitby & Scarborough, shopping […]

Experiencing life at a British boarding school

Experiencing life at a British boarding school

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Many international students dream of experiencing life at a British boarding school. This Summer Term, Fyling Hall is lucky enough to welcome a number of Spanish students who are staying for this very reason. For a short while, Spanish pupils will not only experience life at a British boarding school, but also improve their English. Let me tell you about our first group’s experience . . . Every day the students from Barcelona participated in […]

Fortunate to be surrounded by such glorious countryside

Fortunate to be surrounded by such glorious countryside

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The first half of the Summer Term has been busy with the pupils enjoying trips to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and pond dipping on the moors. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such glorious countryside and that we are able to make the most of it. Trips are a great way to engage pupils in a topic and the experience makes everything they are learning about more relevant. Form 1 will be […]

End of year exams

End of year exams

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It seems like only a few months ago since we started the school year in September, but last week already saw us doing not only the A-level and GCSE exams, but also Key Stage 3’s end of year exams! How time flies! That means that over the last weeks there has been a lot of revision of old topics going on. Fortunately, this year both French and German have introduced sentence builder books instead of […]