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New Scholarship Announced

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We are proud to announce a new senior school scholarship.  Offered in memory of Margaret Savage, this scholarship is available to two permanent students for the duration of their academic stage, joining from September 2019.  One is available for a new boarding student, and the other for a new day student.  Selection is very much in the spirit of the Citizens of the Future scholarships offered last year, looking to reflect Fyling Hall’s values and […]

What are your half term plans?

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Before half term commenced, Mrs Jeeves found time to ask some of our international students where they are going / what they are doing this holiday . . . Kian (year 11) is on the school ski trip. – I won’t see my family until Easter. I’m going to beat Phoebe and Archie, since I’ve been skiing for 13 years. Watch out Mr Coates! Hee Joo (year 11) –  I’m going to see Su (a former […]

Our resident Year 11 lighting expert

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Kayleigh in year 11 has almost completed her Creative and Performing Arts qualification for Rock School Drama. She has become our resident Year 11 lighting expert and is preparing the lighting for our upcoming GCSE Drama exam performance. Here is her view from the lighting box where she can start to plan out where she wants the lights directed, what intensity and colour she wants and how best to enhance the scenes the groups are […]

Teaching a Safer Internet

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Pupils in years 7 and 8 have been looking at issues surrounding privacy and consent when using the Internet.  Although International “Safer Internet Day” gives us a good excuse, internet safety is a key topic no matter what the time of year! Pupils watched a music video featuring spoken word artist, Christian Foley, and dancers from the Street Factory studio in Plymouth. This film encourages the pupils to think carefully about what they share online, […]

At a German Restaurant

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Since Christmas, year 8 have been learning some true life skills in German. After learning the words for copious amounts of food (der Apfel, die Wurst, das Brot…), they learned to say what they do and don’t eat, and why (“Ich esse keinen Joghurt, denn ich bin laktoseintolerant.”) We also learnt about healthy eating (“Man soll keine Pommes essen und Cola trinken, aber man soll oft Salat essen und Wasser trinken.”), and they had to […]

Capturing a dramatic moment!

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Year 10 are studying the exam text in “An Inspector Calls” and were asked to capture a dramatic moment towards the end of Act 2 in a moving image or ‘gif’ … they were each allocated a role and had to represent their character in a particular moment of drama with their facial expression, body language and a repeated movement. They were only given 5 minutes to come up with these dramatic vignettes – but they […]

Plastic from potatoes? 

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Plastic from potatoes?  So went up the cry at the start of a Year 9 chemistry lesson.  Our topic was polymers; the joining together of small monomer molecules to form longer chain polymers. Polymers may be synthetic (man made), or naturally occurring, eg. starch.  In starch, the monomer is glucose and is the reason why many starchy foods taste sweet on eating – try chewing a piece of bread for 3-5 minutes, the enzyme amylase, in […]

Short Story Writing Competition

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Inspired by the BBC 2 500 Words Story Competition, we will be having a short story competition of our own at Fyling Hall School. Rules: Use your imagination! A maximum word limit of 500 words only Who? All Y7 and Y8 When? After an introductory lesson and assembly about the competition, you will be given 3 of your English preps to work on a draft between 11th Feb and 6th March. On Thursday 7th March […]

Enhanced Sixth Form Enrichment Programme

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Supplementing our pupils’ time in the classroom is a key priority at Fyling Hall.  Learning outside of the classroom is important at every stage of school life, but it is particularly important for our Sixth Formers.  This is their chance to broaden their A-Level programme and to develop skills which will help them to stand out when applying for further education courses. We are pleased to share our enhanced Sixth Form Enrichment Programme which will […]

Get Caught Reading!

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What do I have to do? Take a selfie reading in an interesting, comical or unusual location.  DM your photo to Fyling Hall School on Instagram or email the photo to c.park@fylinghall.org before Wednesday 27th February. What happens then? Your photos will be displayed during assembly. What are the rules? Your photos must be appropriate for whole school viewing! You must not, in any way, risk your own or anyone else’s safety when taking the […]

Reading Buddy Scheme

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This year I have been given the responsibility of organising the Reading Buddy Scheme. This means that I had to collect just over 10 6th Form volunteers who are willing to meet weekly with a pupil from the younger years to listen to them read for roughly 20 minutes. Their role is to assist them on language they do not understand or cannot pronounce, improve reading confidence and encourage regular reading. As a student who […]

Izzy’s Take on Mental Health, Online Safety & Cyber Bullying

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On Friday 8th February  Y7-11s had the privilege to hear upcoming singer, Izzy Thomas, as part of her Mental Health, Online Safety & Cyber Bullying themed school tour. The main message of Izzy’s presentation was to empower students to make the right choices in regards to Online Safety & Cyber Bullying, as well as to inform students not to discriminate and to treat everyone fairly. They also discussed mental health and well-being, empowering students with […]

Meet Margaret Yewande Savage, the generous lady behind our scholarship

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Born on April 1, 1939, Margaret Yewande Savage was the daughter of Dr. Richard Savage, and Phyllis née Ribeiro. Though both British citizens, he was of Nigerian/Scottish descent and she English/Portuguese/Ghanaian. Though highly educated, as they were employed in colonial Africa initially they both faced extreme racism. Phyllis, a talented violinist who had attended the most fashionable private schools in Europe, was employed as a local primary school teacher in the Gold Coast(Ghana). Richard was a […]

It’s more than Games . . .

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Who knew that Mr. Coates is also a member of the Science Department?  Ok, most of you!  But did you know that he is leading Year 8 pupils in investigating how the human body is able to breathe?  Check out this experiment where pupils saw the effects smoking can have upon the lungs, using the experiment with cigarettes, a milk carton and empty squash carton.   Meanwhile, over is Y11 Sports Studies they are busy […]

Is Weekly Boarding for You?

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Have you ever considered boarding for your child(ren)? Boarding offers a range of options and need not be full time.  Might weekly boarding be right for you and your child? One of our current parents kindly offers his perspective. Currently my son is a weekly boarder at Fyling Hall School and to follow are some reasons why I find this a satisfactory option. Firstly, geography plays a big part. We live in Scarborough, which is […]

It’s all going on in the Maths Department!

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It was very busy in the Maths Department last week! Mr Walsh organised a trip to Newcastle for the Maths Inspiration Lecture for Yr11, 12 and 13 students looking to continue their maths studies. We were entertained and informed by 3 very impressive speakers. Rob Eastaway focused on counter intuitive problems.  How important it is to be creative in your thinking when solving problems.  How important it is to learn from your mistakes. Sounds familiar?  […]

Success of our wonderful ESL pupils

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The Junior School celebrated the success of our wonderful ESL pupils, Haeun and Jinhyeong from Korea, and Isabelle from Germany, in a special celebration assembly this past Friday. We wanted to show the pupils how proud we are of their achievements, and how well they are doing with their English. Maria, Evita and Martin from Germany, Russia and Italy came and spoke to the pupils in their first language and asked them a question at […]

National Top 6 A Level Ranking for FHS

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Yesterday saw the annual publication of the government’s school performance tables, listing the attainment and progress made by Year 13.  We are delighted to inform you that we have continued our achievements from previous years by being ranked 6th nationally for the progress (*added value) that students make from GCSE to A level.  Our score of 0.93 is well above the national average, and places us 1st in the county. “This ranking reflects our strength […]

새해 복 많이 받으세요

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새해 복 많이 받으세요. This is what you would hear if you are at a Korean household on lunar New Year. The translation of this would be ‘May lot of luck be with you this New Year.’ Lunar New Year, better known as Chinese New Year in Britain is celebrated in many other countries not just China. Countries such as Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam and Korean recognise this day on the lunar calendar as something worthy […]

A Day in the Life of … a Matron … part 2

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If anyone read my first blog, I gave you a little insight into what a matron does.  So what else is entailed?   I have to say that I think that my job is such a rewarding one.  As a member of staff in a boarding house you have more of a one to one relationship with the children that you look after.  You are the person that they come to when they are missing […]

Dictionary Challenge

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Using a dictionary is something which many of our pupils find time consuming and difficult to do especially when tapping an unfamiliar word into an online dictionary or translator can give an instant result. Good dictionary skills are vital in foreign language learning and this week Year 8 took on a dictionary challenge as they worked with a partner to match up a series of jobs and professions with a definition containing some unfamiliar words. […]

Coming of Age in Senior Book Club

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We held this half term’s book club meeting recently, and this month the book under discussion was “The Hate U Give” (colloquially referred to with the acronym “T.H.U.G” in its marketing and blurb), written by Angie Thomas. It is a ‘coming of age’ story that tackles life and death issues facing black teenagers, including race relations, interacting with the police, and fighting stereotypes. This is Thomas’ debut novel, but it has certainly made a large impression, selling more […]

Cool Britannia! The story of the Ice House

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Cool discovery! New ice house in London leaves archaeologists frozen in their tracks! Our intrepid History Club investigators have uncovered an Intriguing story that throws light on the way our Georgian ancestors kept chilled in the hot months! Buried deep in the history of Regency London, archaeologists have uncovered an enormous and cavernous icehouse measuring 9.5 m deep and 7.5 m wide! What is an ice house I hear you ask?  Ever wondered how the […]

Leading from the front in Maths

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Year 13 worked in pairs to find out about logarithms and exponentials, very useful functions in many areas such as geography, biology, physics and chemistry. They prepared presentations, then taught each other and shared their ideas and knowledge. Well don, YiFan, leading from the front!

#PEwithaDifference Continues

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The spring term is now well under way, and #pewithadifference continues to develop. The under-16 girls’ hockey team entered the Whitby and Ryedale partnership tournament and came out winners!  The matches were very competitive with all teams only having a limited amount of chances on goal.  That said, it was extremely pleasing to see the girls reproduce what they have been practising in games lessons.  Playing quick counter attacking hockey. The team played with great […]

New Lighting in the Barn

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Josh, our resident lighting guy, has created a video to explain why the funds given by the PTA are so welcome to the drama department. We have been allocated £100 which we will be spending before the GCSE and A level exams in March. Thank you so much to the PTA for their support in the barn!

This week’s Golden Book

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Congratulations to this week’s Junior School Golden Book recipients . . .  Alexander, Mabel, Daisy, Georgina, Jack, Oona, Florence, Isabella and Isabelle. Well done!

Rebuttal Tennis Anyone?

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Every Wednesday afternoon our senior debating club meet to discuss ethical current affairs topics and to practise our debating skills. This week we practised sharpening our ability to think on our feet  and create argument quickly by playing ‘Rebuttal Tennis’. This is a quick fire game where, after pupils are paired up, one partner makes a statement related to a debate topic such as “assisted suicide is unacceptable in all cases,” and the other must […]

Sinbad the Sailor

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Earlier this week we went to Whitby Pavilion to watch ‘Sinbad the Sailor‘ with Bella, Sophie, Ciara, Sarah and Mrs Jeeves. We had a lot of fun watching it and our favourite parts were when the boat sank and it turned into the Titanic and when one of the characters came along our row and sat on someone’s lap. Thank you Mrs Jeeves for a wonderful night. Katie and Daisy 

Fyling Hall’s School of Magic continues!

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As Professor Freer explained in her recent BBC Tees interview, the school of magic is all about helping the pupils engage.  Whilst the main focus of the theme lends itself to creative writing, there are many other areas to explore.  Our most recent magical focus was on mini beasts and animal habitats. You may recall Harry being allowed to bring a toad or a cat or an owl to school, according to the book-list. Harry’s companion, Hedwig, and other owls […]

Eskdale Festival Entries are in!

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The entries for the local music and drama competition have gone in today! The Eskdale Festival of the Arts is a festival of music and the spoken word, consisting of the Festival held each year in March.  Entry into the Festival is a long standing tradition at Fyling Hall.  This year most of year 11 to 13 drama will take part in monologue classes.  As always our Junior School Choir will take part as well […]

Welcoming our South Korean Visitors

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ESL students have been keen to meet our South Korean visitors this week. In year 7 and 8 lessons, students introduced each other.  In year 10 we were keen to add our visitors to our whole school map. The map shows any pupil or staff member with a link to another place in the world.  We have so many visitors this week we had to add a pop out map of South Korea! Welcome to […]

Rewarding a Hard Working Ethos

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Why are Academic Awards so effective? Our ‘Academic Award’ scheme has been running for two years. I believe it is a distinctive method of rewarding pupils for their academic achievements, and I am personally very proud of the scheme: we are a non-selective school and this is a non-selective approach to rewarding academic achievement. Traditionally, only pupils who achieve the top grades are valued in this country’s educational system – and so they should; but […]

This Term’s After School Clubs…

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Pupils are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of skills that our teaching staff offer our pupils. As well as the after school weekly clubs, once every half term there is a Reading Club meeting in the library during lunch time for the senior pupils. Senior School Clubs 4.30 – 5.30 Monday Netball/Volleyball Puzzles and Games Art and Photography DofE (after half term) Tuesday Football Drama Club Maths Drop In Literacy Club (via referral […]

Fyling Hall School of Magic

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Most of us know the story of Harry Potter, an orphan boy who discovers that he’s a wizard and goes to a boarding school between the ages of 11 and 17, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He takes a variety of lessons, from potions to charms to Defence Against the Dark Arts. He also plays the popular wizarding sport of Quidditch as a seeker. Eventually he defeats an evil dark wizard named Lord Voldemort, […]

IN SEARCH OF QUEEN MAB

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‘I see Queen Mab hath been with you!’ Romeo’s friend, Mercutio, thinks the queen of the fairies, the great dream weaver, is behind all of those infatuations at first sight. Fyling Hall, would you believe, has its very own Queen Mab, the great soul who made the dream possible.  More often than not a private school’s history goes way back into the mists of time but this educational establishment is still well shy of its […]

Fancy a Stargazing Party?

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Inspired by the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival, we are delighted to host our very own Stargazing Party!  It has been a few years since we hosted our last stargazing event, but with the kind help of Mark Dawson from the Whitby & District Astronomical Society we thought it was time to revisit the sky with his expert help.  Our boarding students will also be enlisted to help out with a scaled […]

Charity Begins at Home

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Did you know that Fyling Hall School students have raised in excess of £2,000 over the Autumn 2018 term?  This significant amount was raised thorough various activities, led by students, parents and staff alike! Two home clothes days topped up our already sizeable donation to Compass REACH and Compass Buzz. (You may recall that our £1,000 proceeds from June’s Rose Garden Concert were donated to Compass.) Our Poppy Appeal raised £169.01 which was put to […]

The Great Christmas History Quiz!

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History club’s great Christmas history quiz went off with a bang! Congratulations to all our lucky winners, most of whom seem to be in year 7! There were still a few late entries to come in, and some goodie bags to be claimed! So if you did not claim yours before the end of term, be sure to do so when we return! It’s not too late to get those answers in and claim your […]

Breaking Up

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Oscar Wilde quipped that except at Christmas the heart is made to be broken – and so is the daily round of everything, no matter how much we are enjoying it, school being no exception. Every school breaks up for Christmas in its own unique way. The trick is to do it in gladsome spirit without descending to festive farcicality. Things in schools have been known to get crazily out of hand but not, apparently, […]

Gigging Staff . . .

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Ever wondered what staff get up in their spare time?  Quite of few of ours form a 9-piece function band called Back in the Habit.  They play music ranging from Soul, to Funk, and Rock to Pop.  Band members include. . . . Miss Johnson provides vocals. Ms Hornung is on piano. Mr Whittaker plays guitar (not only teaching it at FHS!). Mr Williams, who occasionally helps us with sound and lighting in the Barn, […]

Letters from Germany

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Great excitement in year 7: we received the first letters from our penfriends from Lloyd-Gymnasium Bremerhaven in Germany. Now it’s up to us to write our Christmas cards: Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!

Shocking Teenage Drama

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To stage two plays about adolescent angst, peer-group pressure, bullying, depression, the whole teenage package of dopamine-overkill disorders, is a brave choice at this tinselly time of year, traditionally the season of school nativity pageantry. Yet, this is the culmination of a term’s work, planning and preparation for which began way back in September  – and it is right that a modern urban cautionary message is also heard at this emotive time when collective jollifications […]

Winners announced!

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Many congratulations to Toby Richardson (Y8) and Skye Telling (Y4), our Christmas poetry competition winners!  Congratulations also go to Emie-May Burnett (Y9), Sam Laycock (Y7), Zachary Kelly (Y3), Amelia Kelly (Y5) and Izzy Greenwood (Y3), our runners up. There were many excellent entries (around 30) and I had the pleasure of reading them all. Every single pupil who put pen to paper to flex their creative writing muscles should be very proud of themselves. Toby and […]

“The Book Thief”

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The seniors’ ‘Book Club’ recently met in the library again – this time to discuss “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. The award winning novel was chosen by Y10’s Jae Hur as he had recently read Zusak’s 2005 debut novel and claimed it was his ‘favourite book ever’. Jae was determined for the rest of us to agree. I’m not sure about rating it as a ‘favourite’ but we all unanimously agreed that we had […]