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A new selection of activities for our boarders

A new selection of activities for our boarders

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It is a new term and time for a new selection of activities for our boarders. Now that the weather is getting a bit colder I have tried to offer a mixture of events. Some that suit the cold weather and others that offer a little shelter from the conditions.  For instance, on our first weekend, pupils took part in a portrait drawing masterclass with our very own master drawer, Mr Instone. From last term […]

Welcome Miss Henderson, our new Gap Student

Welcome Miss Henderson, our new Gap Student

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Happy New Year to all of you and I hope that everyone had a relaxing break.   We have welcomed our boarders back over the duration of the week.  Of course due to the covid situation it has been different each term.  This week all have arrived on different days throughout the week. As the travel coordinator  the first week of the term for me can be a challenging one.  Flights change, arrival times change and […]

It’s great to be back

It’s great to be back

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It’s the Spring Term, and it’s great to be back. I was also happy to see my family again after over four months! This Christmas holidays I went back to Germany. The first week back I made a lot of appointments and I wanted to surprise my two best friends but I ended up surprising my whole school. My friends finished school at 1pm so I went to school and waited. All my friends were […]

Our New Year resolutions

Our New Year resolutions

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On Form 2‘s first day we wrote our New Year resolutions and discussed what we are looking forward to this term. As a class we are looking forward to learning about Steam locomotives, reading The Railway Children and going on a school trip to the National Railway Museum in York. “I want to get all my spellings correct” Bo “I would like to doing more horse riding”Arthur “I am looking forward to moving up a […]

The start of the Spring Term

The start of the Spring Term

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I have always loved the start of the Spring Term as it holds all that promise of new beginnings and longer days. Cold, bright mornings are wonderful as, before the trees come into leaf, I can see the sparkling waters of the North Sea from my classroom window and then start to look out over the gardens for the first signs that winter is over. The snowdrops and then the daffodils seem to mark the […]

Thinking ahead to next year and preparing

Applying to uni: not-so-simple guide

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As you move up to sixth form, you have to think about the future, such as universities or other options like direct employments or apprenticeship. Regardless of what you choose, it is always good to be prepared and well-informed. Today, I give you “Applying to uni: not-so-simple guide”, i.e. the fundamental parts of uni admission in the UK.  First you need to know what UCAS is. UCAS is a central system where everyone who wishes […]

Reflecting on the past year

Reflecting on the past year

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As the New Year approaches, you find yourself reflecting on the past year and 2021 was one we will not forget in a hurry. We started the year in lockdown with online lessons. Key worker children came into school with us and they were incredible, it was a very different day to the one they were accustomed to but they worked hard and we still had fun with their learning. We followed our normal timetables […]

Highlights from their Autumn Term

Highlights from their Autumn Term

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Before they broke for the holidays, Miss Havelock’s tutor group wrote down the highlights from their Autumn Term. This is what they said . . . ‘This term I did cross country three times. Something I liked was my football tournament. Another good thing that happened this term was it snowed so year seven, eight and nine had a massive snowball fight.’ ‘This term I ran two cross countries and played two football fixtures. It […]

A happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night

A happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night

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The end of any school term at Fyling Hall is always a hodgepodge of emotions and this is especially true with Christmas on the horizon; the combination of no lessons for weeks with the anticipated beneficence of St. Nicholas create an excited fervour which is juxtaposed with the parting from friends – sometimes just for the holidays but sometimes for so much longer as our ‘short-stay’ boarders prepare to leave the school, their friends, and their teachers after having enjoyed (we hope) a term in the Fyling Hall […]

the most magical way to end the Autumn Term

The most magical way to end the Autumn Term

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Our Carol Service is always the most magical way to end the Autumn Term. With last year’s service presented virtually, delighted students and staff returned to St Stephen’s for our annual event. With health and safety measures still in place, parents and carers were unable to attend. In lieu, we are pleased to share our recording of this most magical way to end the Autumn Term . . . enjoy! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* […]

It is always fun to be a boarder

It is always fun to be a boarder

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Hi, my name is Keith and I am from Hong Kong. I am also a boarder at Fyling Hall School. It is always fun to be a boarder here because we have a lot of activities that we can do. For example, we can do horse-riding in games and there are lots of different trips running at the weekends. Our Y10 ESL class In my first year at Fyling Hall I realised how different both […]

A lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap

A lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap

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8J had a lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap on the last Tuesday of term. All of the pupils bought presents for each other (on a budget of course!) and exchanged gifts which much excitement during tutor time. Gifts ranged from shampoo and perfume to giant bars of chocolate, from footballs to books. A fantastic festive time was had by all- especially when the Year 8s were visited by a giant inflatable Christmas […]

Nikolaustag is here again!

Nikolaustag is here again!

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Nikolaustag is here again! It is becoming a tradition in Fyling Hall’s German lessons that our year 7s make their own Nikolausstiefel. What is that all about? On the 6th of November, St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated in Germany. This goes back to the 3rd century, when Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, which is in what is Turkey today. He was a rich man, and known for helping poor people – notoriously he dropped three […]

A good chance to get a better connection

A good chance to get a better connection

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The Sixth Form / teacher meal was a fun activity. Taking place at Moutreys in Whitby, it was a good chance to get a better connection with the teachers and the same went for the teachers. In my opinion I feel like it should be an activity that should happen at least once each term.  Charlie, Year 12 #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet […]

working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”)

Working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”)

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Year 9 have been working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”) in one of their two ICT lessons this term – it is an employer led Award which is the internationally recognised, digital equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award. It has bronze and silver awards and pupils complete badges in a wide variety of digital, enterprise and employability topics.  Just a few examples of badges are: fake news, cyber security, Python programming, web designer, […]

Keeping their personal data safe

Keeping their personal data safe

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School pupils are regularly taught about how to stay safe online when using the Internet in dedicated tutor and assembly sessions but this usually refers to keeping themselves safe. Recently year 8 have been learning about keeping their personal data safe, how they can protect their data from being stolen, how to avoid identity theft and how to protect their accounts from being hacked.  They have learnt about encryption, know how to identify secure websites […]

The annual Whitby / Ryedale Partnership Football Tournament

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On a very cold wintry afternoon, the under 14 boys football team made the short journey to Eskdale to play in the annual Whitby / Ryedale Partnership Football Tournament.  The boys played 3, 20-minute matches in extremely wet and windy conditions!  The opening match went Eskdale’s way losing 2-0.  The second game we played against Caedmon College Whitby, this was a much more open contest, with the defence working hard to keep the quick counterattacks […]

When is a door not a door…?

When is a door not a door…?

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Ok, so that’s one of those awful Christmas cracker jokes that my father loves so dearly but it also puts me in mind of something infinitely more interesting; philosophy.  As a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the British Philosophical Association, I have a great love for philosophy and have long wanted to start a Philosophy Society at Fyling Hall as one of our after-school activities so this year I did – and I was very impressed with […]

A weekend with storm Arwen

A weekend with storm Arwen

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All was calm on Friday night. There were rumours of the oncoming storm: the wrath of Arwen. We had twenty students signed up to travel to Billingham for an afternoon of ice-skating. As the hail hit the windows and the wind speed built up over night I wondered what the morning would bring. Driving two mini-buses over the bleak moors in sub-zero temperatures and 60 mph winds and driving snow would not fulfil our safeguarding […]

I like everything here

I like everything here

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I came to Fyling Hall school at the end of August and I like everything here. The people, the teachers and members of staff, the school and the surrounding area, especially the sea and the bright green hills of England. But my favourite thing of all is the weekend. Every weekend at Fyling Hall there are different trips planned with the boarders and the daily students. We did different activities like bowling, go-karting, or a […]

this year’s Christmas Fayre and Carols.

This year’s Christmas Fayre and Carols

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The Friends of Fyling Hall are delighted to invite you to this year’s Christmas Fayre and Carols. It will take place on Tuesday 7th December between 3:30pm and 5:30pm in the Dining Room and Stackyard. This is an event for the whole community and is open to both Junior and Senior school pupils and parents. There will be Crafts & Christmas Gifts to buy, a Book Stall, Tombola, Santa’s Grotto, Hot Drinks & Mince Pies. We […]

The culmination of hard work and progress

The culmination of hard work and progress

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Tuesday 23rd November was the culmination of hard work and progress. Girls from years 7 – 10 attended the annual Scarborough and district hockey trials for the 2021-2022 season.  The age categories were for under 13’s and under 15’s.  The school is delighted to announce that Anya, Isabella, Tallulah and Haeun Kim were selected from over 30 pupils to make it into the district under 13 team and Neve was selected for the under 15 […]

Prep (homework) for the evening

Evening Prep

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Good evening. It’s 7:45 pm and I’m at school in the ICT rooms supervising prep (homework) for the evening. Each weekday evening (except for Friday evenings), and also Sunday evening, Fyling Hall School boarders spend their time between 6:30pm and 8:00pm doing their prep. Teachers take it in turns on a rota basis to supervise each session. All students are assigned certain subjects each day according to a set weekly timetable. They all have a […]

Coming to Fyling Hall makes me happy

Coming to Fyling Hall makes me happy

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Coming to Fyling Hall twice already makes me happy. Once at the beginning of the term, at the start of my time as a boarding pupil and more recently, coming back after half term break. Both times were completely different. I always wanted to have the opportunity to go to school in England for a while. The tradition, the close connection to the school and the other pupils: Boarding school life. I was excited when […]

To take on Mr Parker's challenge

To take on Mr Parker’s challenge

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Who would be willing to take on Mr Parker’s challenge? When? Saturday 20th November 2021Where? TeesideWhat? Go-karting 24 intrepid ‘karters’ arrived ready to do battle on the toughest course this side of Stockport! Once kitted out in their racing overalls, balaclavas, gloves and helmets they were geared up and ready to take on Mr Parker’s challenge. He had stated beforehand that he remained undefeated on the track since 2018! The gauntlet was thrown down! The […]

An excellent achievement from Sam

An excellent achievement from Sam

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What an excellent achievement from Sam! Year 10 Sam has only recently crossed over into trials bike competitions. A keen mountain biker and volunteer trail builder, Sam has already had great success in trials biking this year.  He has taken part in the monthly Wednesday evening trials throughout late Spring and Summer and has progressed well as the weeks went on. Sam went on the achieve 1st place in the Youth Novice class in the […]

in the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

In the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

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Our very own Physics teacher, Mr Instone, will present a one-man-show in character as Michael Faraday, telling his story in the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which Faraday set up, inviting the audience to take part in a number of groundbreaking experiments that helped make our modern world. You have two opportunities to take part in Electrifying!, an interactive presentation of Michael Faraday’s Discovery of Electromagnetism – the afternoon of Saturday, 4th December and […]

When is the last time you got a letter?

When is the last time you got a letter?

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When is the last time you got a letter? A proper hand-written one; one, that isn’t a bill or a bank statement? I don’t know about you, but I am always thrilled when I find one of these rare specimens in my letterbox. Our year 7 pupils are in for this treat: This week, each of them was given the name of a pupil from Bremerhaven in Germany, and they wrote a letter introducing themselves […]

Dinosaurs could be heard roaring

Dinosaurs could be heard roaring

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Dinosaurs could be heard roaring in forest school as we welcomed visitors to our second Stay and Play session! Dinosaur masks, flying models and beautiful stencil pictures were created before we headed up to forest school in search of dinosaurs. Hidden in and around the trees were twenty dinosaurs waiting to be found along with a nest of dinosaur eggs! The children joined with the youngest members of my class and bravely hunted them all […]

I came here with a little fear

I came here with a little fear

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My name is Alvaro, and I am from Barcelona, Spain. I came here with a little fear, and I was thinking if I am going to be okay, or how is it going to feel being in another country far from my family. But when I came here since the first time I feel like in home, and in some aspects better than home. Here in the school you have so many teachers that they […]

The people who inspire them

The people who inspire them

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As part of their PSHE lessons, Year 6 have been thinking about the people who inspire them. Pupils devoted their tutor time to discuss their heroes and then presented their thoughts in Junior School assembly. The children’s role models ranged from Sir David Attenborough, Ben Stokes, Ronaldo and the Paralympian Sarah Storey, to mums and dads, cousins and friends, but they all had one thing in common; their ability to inspire. Take a look at the […]

The amazing one-night event

The amazing one-night event

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The amazing one-night event “Someone Like Evie” is almost upon us!  On 20th November, Junior School pupil, Evie, will take part in a night full of heart-warming live entertainment with two highly professional touring productions, Someone Like You and Shape of You – The Music of Ed Sheeran.  Evie re-joined our Junior School classroom after recently battling Aplastic Anaemia.  All the profit from the night will be donated to the two charities that helped Evie […]

Year 11s out to do some fieldwork

Year 11s out to do some fieldwork

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After a couple of unusual years, I finally managed to get my year 11s out to do some fieldwork. It seemed a little odd sitting in the minibus once again, on our way to a river, equipment in hand. The day had an Autumnal chill to it but it was dry and that was the main thing. There is nothing worse than standing in a river taking measurements while the rain slowly gets you wetter […]

Our new DofE Bronze group

Our new DofE Bronze group

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On Sunday, our new DofE Bronze group as well as some direct entrants for the Silver Award had their first outing. After a week that has been a bit challenging with regards to weather, we were blessed with dry weather and sunshine. In two groups, we walked about 10 km, starting from school, and did some hands-on navigation training: We looked at footpaths and bridleways, at different types of field boundaries, and what at what […]

The challenge of thinking about the environment

The challenge of thinking about the environment

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Form 2 and 3 risen to the challenge of thinking about the environment. Having entered the Whitby Rotary Club Writing competition, pupils have been using their imagination to produce a piece of writing using the title ‘ Environment’. Take a look at a few of their pieces below. The children are looking forward to having their feedback from the judges.  Lisette Vincent-Jones, Junior School Teacher #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp […]

On offer for the boarding community

On offer for the boarding community

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As I have been recently appointed as the activities co-ordinator I have big aspirations of what will be on offer for the boarding community. I have also tried to integrate dailies into these events to allow more cohesion between the children. As someone who loves adventure and thrill seeking I am intending to offer as many action packed activities as possible. Spring term will offer new events and some events that were carried out in […]

Changes to our Clubs and Societies

Changes to our Clubs and Societies

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There are a few changes to our Clubs and Societies in the run-up to Christmas – with these new clubs are being added: Latin has replaced Philosophy as requested by many students. Join Mr Thomas for an introduction into this influential language and learn the history of the lives of people living in Pompeii along the way. You may even get the opportunity to gain a qualification.Maths Club has been added for Year 11s and Year 13s in […]

How much this school means to me

How much this school means to me

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With half-term over, I already know how much this school means to me. At my old school in Germany, I didn’t like going to school at all, because the students and even some teachers weren’t nice. I’d lost my motivation to learn, I didn’t like my class, I generally didn’t like my school. Then my parents decided to send me to Fyling Hall. It was the best decision my parents could have made, and I’m […]

Glazing poppies for good causes

Painting poppies for good causes

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Asked if we were interested in painting poppies for good causes, our answer was a resounding yes! Whitby Kiln‘s idea was to install a curtain of ceramic poppies in their shop window with poppies glazed by pupils and staff of Fyling Hall as well as the local community. All year groups have been involved in adding a coloured glaze to a ceramic poppy which was then fired back at Whitby Kiln’s studio.  The 150 poppies […]

back to a more “normal” way of life

Back to a more “normal” way of life

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Our Sixth Form have been organising events around school to try to get back to a more “normal” way of life.  Previous events have been a quiz night and a cake sale.  The most recent was a Hallowe’en event and Joe tells us all about it. In the last week of our first half term a spooky aura beset the woods surrounding Fyling Hall. As students prepared for the eerie Fyling Hall Hallowe’en tour, shrieks […]

One of the most important decisions you make as a parent

One of the most important decisions you make as a parent

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Choosing the right school for your children is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent. Over twenty years ago I first came to visit Fyling Hall with my husband. We wanted to know that, especially in their early years, our children would be nurtured, love coming to school and be excited about their learning. The fact that the senior school was on the same site, meaning that transition into Year 7 […]

Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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For a detailed insight into the Bronze expedition, read Joshua’s blog. Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award during a pandemic is not the easiest thing to do. However, a good number of Fyling Hall pupils managed to achieve their Bronze or Silver Award (or have been working hard toward the Gold Award!) over the past year. The fact that so many classes such as dance and instrumental lessons have successfully (and temporarily) moved online has been […]

The opening topic in the Year 9 chemistry course

The opening topic in the Year 9 chemistry course

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The opening topic in the Year 9 chemistry course focuses on ceramics. In particular, how the heating and cooling process results in re-crystallisation and the formation of a new structure. This new structure resulting in a material far harder and more durable than the original. To put this to the test pupils have been preparing their own pottery from the basic raw material; Boulder Clay. A trip to Boggle Hole resulted in the raw material […]

Learning about one of England’s most famous and best loved monarchs

Learning about one of England’s most famous and best loved monarchs

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Year 11 students, including our international students, enjoy learning about one of England’s most famous and best loved monarchs, Charles II. However, was Charles’ image of the “merry monarch”, the pleasure-loving king with his many mistresses and his love of the theatre and the races, the whole story? Charles II was a complicated personality, fun loving but also shrewd and cynical. His image was often carefully calculated to project a positive image of the king […]

Subjects I love and the ones I don’t

Subjects I love and the ones I don’t

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Now that I have been at Fyling Hall School for almost a month and a half, I know which subjects I love and the ones I don’t. Just like everyone else, I have more than one favourite subject, because there are loads of fun and cool subjects- not like back home where I dislike most of the teachers and subjects! One of my favourite subjects is Games, but particularly horse-riding. What I like the most […]

What does it take to be Head Boarder?

What does it take to be Head Boarder?

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What does it take to be Head Boarder? This is a special role at Fyling Hall; one which is crucial role in the boarding houses. Not that our Head Boarder contributes only to boarding life. This individual also contributes to student life in general. This year’s Head Boarder is Year 13 pupil, Steph. Hailing from China and Croatia, Steph has boarded with us for over five years. She happily takes the lead on boarding activities […]

A bumper crop of fantastic year 7 students

A bumper crop of fantastic year 7 students

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This new academic year has seen a bumper crop of fantastic year 7 students and I have been absolutely delighted with the work they have been producing in English. This term we are reading Suzanne Collins’ Dystopic epic ‘The Hunger Games’ which, as well as providing the basis for some stimulating class discussion on various ethical and societal points, has given us a glimpse into the world of Dystopian fiction and some wonderful creative writing […]

Weekends offer opportunities for boarders

Weekends offer opportunities for boarders

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Weekends offer opportunities for boarders to experience a multitude of activities and most recently the good weather, even though it was October, meant that they were able to have a barbecue. Off we all went, nearly 30 of us in total, to Boggle Hole beach, laden down with disposable barbeques, food, drinks, snacks, condiments, balls, and bin bags. Once there, the boarders all got themselves into teams of 3 and they were each told to […]

What a way to close the half term!

What a way to close the half term!

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What a way to close the half term! Bewerley Park was visited not once by Fyling Hall students, but twice this year. This time it was the turn of our Year 7s. Asked what their favourite part of the trip, this is what they had to say . . . My best part of Bewerley park was the canoeing because we all had a great time and it challenged us. I was okay at it. […]

Full of activities in and out of school

Full of activities in and out of school

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As you may or may not know this term has been full of activities in and out of school. A lot of activities take place on the weekends. Therefore, the boarders get to take full advantage of what is on offer. They have enjoyed time kayaking and paddle boarding at Wykam Lake, going laser tagging, having fun at Alpamare in Scarborough. As well as having an awesome time on the beach at Stoup Beck cooking […]