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Wreath making

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What a lovely evening of wreath making at Fyling Hall! Expertly led by Lorraine Leadley attendees had great fun assembling their foliage, enjoying refreshments and generally getting into the Christmas spirit! Thank you, Lorraine, for a fantastic evening and to all who attended! Music: Funny Day, https://icons8.com/music

ICT and Computer Science

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Many people use ICT and Computer Science interchangeably and, although there are many similarities, there are also differences between them. The website Techopedia quotes Computer Science as being “focused on creating new applications for computers. This means that computer scientists must have a deeper understanding of computers, algorithms, programming languages, theory and so on.”  It goes on to say “Information and communications technology focuses on how to best employ the programs out there, usually for […]

End of term in French

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End of term activities in Fyling Hall’s French classroom involved a Mary Berry style technical challenge. In true Bake Off fashion, pupils received limited information, forcing them to rely upon their existing knowledge. In this case, a photo of a typical French Christmas treat, instructions in French and a pile of ingredients. I am pleased to say that they didn’t do too badly! Kindly judged by Ms Anders, Carla and James were delighted to be […]

Nikolaustag

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On the 6th of November, St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated in Germany. This goes back to the 3rd century AD, 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 sacks of gold through a poor family’s chimney which saved their children from being sold into slavery. Today, St Nicholas is still doing good. […]

A Sneak Preview

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Fancy a sneak preview of tomorrow’s Carol Service? Fyling Hall traditionally closes the Autumn Term with a Carol Service at St Stephen’s Church, Robin Hood’s Bay. Starting at 11.00, we hope you can join us!

Christmas Fayre

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Oh we do love our Christmas Fayre . . . a fantastic afternoon for all! A very big thank you to all who attended and to our wonderful stall holders! Baytown CoffeeRichard Saltmarsh PhotographySunshine SoapsThe Toy Shop, Robin Hood’s BayTemple SpaTropic SkincareUsborne Books as well as Fyling Hall’s own Art Studio, PTA and Riding Stables! And for those of you who bought a raffle ticket, please find the winning number below. Please contact the Junior […]

A special guest speaker

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This week Fyling Hall received a very special guest speaker. Each Monday the full school gathers in our Barn for their weekly whole school assembly. This week, our special guest speaker was none other than former student and former headmistress, Mrs Clare White. Interviewed by Mr Instone, Mrs White naturally kept the pupils enthralled with her anecdotes. Have a listen to her key message . . . reminding pupils of the importance of speech. Thank […]

Eleven talented students

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Once a week, either on Wednesdays or Tuesdays, eleven talented students take part in Orchestra Club (run by the inspiring Bob Butterfield and Miss Johnson). Each week they step into the barn with their instruments to do their bit in creating musical magic. Lately we have enjoyed playing and learning “Ghost Busters”, a piece that always lifts our spirits and gets us warmed up for the rest of the session. Next there is the jazzy […]

Sycamore seeds

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In recent weeks Fyling Hall’s Year 8 pupils made models of sycamore seeds. Why? All in an effort to understand how plants reproduce. Pupils used the models made of sycamore seeds to see how long they would fly. Oh, the days that make us happy make us wise. Just take a look for yourself!

Join our Dark Skies event

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Will you join our Dark Skies event? Taking place on Friday, 28th February Fyling Hall is thrilled to once again to host its very own stargazing party. Joining the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival, we will revisit the sky with the expert guidance of Mark Dawson from the Whitby & District Astronomical Society.  Attendees will start the evening with a scaled solar system demonstration before we look up to the skies.  Mark […]

Drama Showcase

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Last week our Fyling Hall’s Year 8 drama pupils performed for our Year 7 pupils in a Drama Showcase. Below is a review by two of the Year 8 pupils. It is worth noting that both pupils below are use English as a Second Language and only joined us in September. Today in drama we did a performance for Year 7. The performance was about history, Henry 8th and his wives Catherine of Aragon and […]

A triangular basketball event

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Last week boys from Fyling Hall’s years 7 and 8 made the short journey to Caedmon College to play in a triangular basketball event with Eskdale. The team played a total of 6 matches.  After losing their opening game the team went on to finish 3rd overall, winning their final three matches. It was great to see the boy’s steadily improve throughout the games, many of which they dominated.  Today sees the boys back in […]

Dividing and Conquering

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Biology is all about dividing and conquering. And more, it is a subject about us all. Humans are a complex mixture of cells – as we grow, these cells divide, thereby multiplying to make us bigger.  In Year 12, we explore how cells divide, in greater depth than in the GCSE course. With a wide age range of students at Fyling Hall School, from the juniors to seniors, there’s a wealth of rapidly-dividing cells all […]

Designing Christmas Cards

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Fyling Hall students from Y6 to Y8 have taken part in designing Christmas cards for the local ‘Churches Together’ group. We sent the best designs to Rev. Dr. Patricia Took for consideration. The intention was to select six or eight designs for print. The quality of the students’ art work was so good that Rev. Took said, “we have decided to use them all . . .. we couldn’t choose between them!” Once printed the cards will be distributed round Robin Hood’s Bay the […]

Riding stables at the Christmas market

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Fyling Hall’s Riding Stables is one of our eagerly anticipated stall holders at our upcoming Christmas Market. The market takes place on Thursday, 5th December immediately following the Junior School Show. Just take a look at some of the beautiful items on sale . . . hand drawn (by Riding Mistress Coleen!) cards, neck fleeces, a limited number of calendars, and more!

Physics: the magic and the myths

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Physics is a subject full of magic and myths. As Fyling Hall’s Head of Physics, let me explain. When I meet someone for the first time, out there in the world beyond school and they ask what I do, I say ‘I’m a teacher’ and they say, ‘oh, that’s interesting, what do you teach?’ and I say, ‘kids’ and they give me a funny look so I say, ‘I teach creativity… through the medium of […]

Language in real life

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Learning a language is all about communication. That’s why, at Fyling Hall, we feel so lucky to have quite a number of students from Germany as that means that our learners can try out their newly acquired language in real life. Year 8 enjoy making the most of their very own Simon from beautiful Bavaria who is always happy to help out in class as a sparring partner. We invite other native speakers, who do […]

The cries and yells of the Fyling Hall warrior

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Have you heard the cries and yells of the Fyling Hall warrior? It was most recently heard on an afternoon in mid-November so bitingly cold it saw brass monkeys running for their warmest cardigans. On this bitter day our brave Fyling Hall lads, with grim determination, marched resolutely onto the rugby pitch to face old rivals, Red House School, for one of the few home matches of the season. Much of the first half passed […]

Sirius’ poster competition

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Sirius’ latest poster competition is open! The current competition is to design Sirius Minerals latest Health and Safety posters. Earlier this week, Heather King, Local Liaison Officer, came into the Junior School to launch the latest poster competition. Explaining the importance of Health and Safety to Sirius, Ms King also put it into context for our curious students. We cannot wait to start designing our posters, and hope to see them at the Lockwood Beck […]

Investigating graphs

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Fyling Hall’s Year 10s are investigating graphs through the web-based tool, Desmos. This graphics calculator allows students to analyse and solve complex problems. They are also able to check results, visualise solutions and present functions graphically. With Desmos’ objective of spreading the joy of maths, our pupils spent less time thinking about technology and more time investigating graphs and thinking about maths! Peter Walsh, Teacher of Maths  

Fyling Hall’s fabulous film club

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Fyling Hall’s fabulous film club really enjoyed talking about their latest movie. The Matrix was the latest film under review by Lex, Georgina, Gabriel, Jo, Josh, Arthur and of course, Miss Mansfield. It has a complicated story throughout the film but a very basic overview is that a group of hackers run from secret agents through time and space. They glitch their way through the Matrix using cool visuals such as the phone line a […]

Primary Maths Challenge

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Along with thousands of other children across the country, Fyling Hall’s Y6 pupils sat the Primary Maths Challenge paper last week. They took their preparation very seriously. Not only did they go through past papers and problems in class, with Y9 students, they also prepped at home, with mathematical parents or siblings. The Primary Maths Challenge (PMC) is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge designed to encourage enthusiasm, boost confidence in mathematics and show the […]

Photography GCSE

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Ever wonder what a Photography GCSE project looks like? Take a look at Kayleigh’s exam project. Her hard work earned her a well deserved Grade 6. Well done, Kayleigh! Andy Todd, Teacher of Art

The history of vinegar

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The history of vinegar, and its uses, goes back thousands of years with traces being found in Egyptian urns from around 3000 B.C. The name vinegar derives from the French vinaigre, meaning sour wine, and gives an indication of how vinegar is traditionally made. In a two step process sugars are initially fermented by yeast to produce alcohol (ethanol) and other compounds. The second step involves further oxidation of the ethanol to ethanoic acid (acetic […]

A cold, autumn afternoon of rugby

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On a cold, autumn afternoon, our Fyling Hall senior rugby team played well and should be proud of their efforts. Congratulations to Scarborough College with today’s match resulting in 34-12 to Scarborough College. After a slow start from Fyling Hall we were down 19-0 midway through the first half. A resurgence brought the game closer without a change of score up to the break. Coming out of the blocks fast in the second half Declan […]

Second Annual A Focus on Sixth Form

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Fyling Hall proudly hosted its second annual A Focus on Sixth Form.  Once again, we addressed the many factors that influence your decision on your next step in education.  These factors remain subjects & timetabling, results, university application, teaching, inspection reports, location, extra-curricular activities, class size, facilities . . . and the list goes on! Below please find some of the evening’s highlights. Which subjects? The evening started with Dr Richardson, Deputy Head, Academic, taking […]

Volunteering in ESL

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Maria, one of Fyling Hall’s head girls, has been volunteering in year 8 pupils’ English as a Second Language (ESL) lesson since the start of term. As a German student she remembers what it is like to be learning a language from scratch. She helps pupils with translations, playing language games and working one on one with pupils. Simon, Anna and Laura love spending time with Maria; thank you for all your help!  Lizzie Jeeves, […]

The Smile and Compliment Club

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Last week saw the launch of a new theme for Fyling Hall’s half term: Nurture. In our whole school assembly I spoke to the students about how with all the negativity foisted upon us we could all do with re-dressing the balance by being more positive and by noticing what we have to be positive about. The song the students came in to was All the Good by Jana Stanfield . . . Hang on a minute. […]

Lest We Forget Poetry

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Have you seen Fyling Hall’s Year 7s Lest We Forget poetry? Putting their poetry skills to the test, they went from this . . . To this . . . and produced some fabulous poems in honour of Remembrance Day. Well done Year 7 and Mrs Milner!

Latest After School Clubs

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With the new half term starting, so too do Fyling Hall’s latest After School Clubs. Anyone can join any club at any stage. We encourage all students to try something out and see if they like it. Some clubs are purely for fun; some have a clear goal. For example, Latin Club may lead to a qualification for those who wish it. Microcomputing is about learning to code a computer and build electronic projects. Prep […]

A buzz in French

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How do teachers learn to teach? How do they keep their lessons fresh? It is not always easy, but sometimes something comes along which makes you really think. At the end of the Summer Term I attended some training with Gianfranco Conti. He is an inspirational language teacher who has done considerable research into how best to learn a foreign language. Following an intensive day course, I decided that the time had come to re-assess […]

#PEwithaDifference does Yoga

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With the recent opening of the wellness room #PEwithaDifference thought it was time to offer something different. To improve their general well-being, KS3 and KS4 took part in a yoga session. Often stereotyped as a gentle activity, our guest yogini, Katy, made sure that this wasn’t the case. She demonstrated a mixture of different poses, challenging pupils, and staff. Using partners for support, all found their limits, and truly enjoyed their yoga session. Simon Parker, […]

Irreversible change

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Fyling Hall’s Form 1 have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes in science. They had a wonderful time discussing how chocolate will melt and will then go back to a solid. Their favourite part of the lesson was eating the hot toast and melted butter and realising that toast could not be turned back into bread; an irreversible change! 

Junior School Golden Book recipients

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Every week the teachers at the Junior School selects pupils, who have shown kindness or impressed in some way, to go into the Golden Book. The criteria for receiving the accolade is always very personal to the child and is used to motivate and encourage them in their own learning journey. They also receive 5 coveted house points, and the child who appears most frequently in the Golden Book by the end of term is […]

Wet and windy cross country

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It was a wet and windy cross country! On Tuesday 5th of November pupils from Fyling Hall helped to marshal the 3rd Scarborough and district cross country meeting. Boys from year 8 competed in the race finishing 3rd as a team overall. Over 300 pupils competed from over 10 schools in very wet and windy conditions. Well done to our cross country participants!

Adventures Beyond the Junior School

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The advantage to Fyling Hall’s Junior School in being attached to the Senior School (or to be more precise, attached directly to the science labs) is that we can invite various classes up for extra special sessions. This is in addition to the transition day for Year 6 and the experience days for visiting Year 5s that we do too. One such recent opportunity was for last year’s year 4s to have a term of […]

Bonfire Night

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Last night Fyling Hall pupils took part in the very British tradition of Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. What may seem a very peculiar tradition to non British, is much anticipated annual event. It is also a great community event. Pupils had a great night at Burniston’s event, enjoying the bonfire, food stalls, and of course, fireworks . . . in spite of the rain! Bonfire Night is held annually on 5th […]

Where do the boarders go?

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With half term drawing to a close, Fyling Hall’s boarders left us for a week of relaxation. But where do the boarders go? This half term some students travelled abroad to visit family and friends. Pupils certainly visited lots of different countries. Anna went to the Ukraine after visiting London. She planned on buying lots of new clothes in London but waiting for her at home was a new phone. She planned to relax over the […]

Halloween came early

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Halloween came early to Fyling Hall School.  With Halloween falling during Half Term, this year’s annual Halloween Party was held on the last night of term.  Arrangements were led by our Head Girls, Sophie Asprey and Maria Gerteis, with much help from our Senior Prefects and the rest of the Sixth Form. The night started with a fancy-dress competition with prizes awarded for the best dressed.  With winners announced early in the evening, and the […]

Turnips and Clover

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Who would have thought turnips and clover were the secret to growing population and wealth? Fyling Hall’s Year 9s are finding out why! The 18th century was a fascinating century. Most know less about it than they do the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. The changes in agriculture, and the growth of manufacturing and trade, with new goods, foods, and fabrics, like tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tobacco and cotton, meant the Georgian era was a […]

Ideas worth sharing

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The ability, to succinctly communicate ideas, to influence an audience, to develop the confidence, to inspire . . . these are ideas worth sharing. How do we as a school achieve this? In addition to our whole-school Monday morning senior school assembly, we have two other gatherings during the week. On Wednesday morning we have an assembly for just the lower school, Key Stage 3, years 7 to 9 and on Thursday it’s just the […]

Time to think about Sixth Form

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When your child first starts school, sixth form seems light years away. Yet GCSEs soon come round. Then, by Year 11 it’s time to think about what they might study next and where they will continue their education. Many factors will influence your decision. . . subjects & timetabling, results, university application, teaching, inspection reports, location, extra-curricular activities, class size, facilities. . .. and the list goes on! To support you in your decision-making process […]

Primary Maths Challenge preparations

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Fyling Hall’s Y6 received a boost with their preparations for the Primary Maths Challenge this week. Head of Maths, Ms Mitchell, brought her Y9 pupils across to the Junior School for some collaborative problem solving. The Y9 students buddied up with Y6 pupils to pass on their top tips for tackling the notoriously fiendish Maths Challenge questions. Hopefully this will give Y6 a great head start when they take this year’s paper in November. Thank […]

Intellectual warriors

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At the end of another day of industrious academic pursuits, when lesser mortals trudge weary-limbed up to their dormitories and retire to their beds for a well-earned mug of cocoa and to repose their cudgelled brains or ‘Dailies’ slump exhausted into the backs of cars to be whisked home for supper there is a group of brave and stalwart scholars, of intellectual warriors if you will that, blind to the fatigues of a gruelling day, […]

Junior Road Safety Officers

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Meet our Junior Road Safety Officers, Isla and Henry. These two Y5 students from Fyling Hall Junior School recently took part in Junior Road Safety Officer Training. Hosted by Sirius Minerals, Isla Cook and Henry Pastor proudly represented Fyling Hall. They learned how they can keep their school friends safe whilst crossing the road and when travelling in a car. Isla and Henry will now set out in their new roles as Road Safety Officers […]

Our Wellness Room is open

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Fyling Hall proudly opened our Wellness Room during today’s first break. Opened by pupils and staff who helped prepare the room, other pupils were welcomed to have a look. We are thrilled to add the Wellness Room and to reinforce our commitment to each student’s wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day

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How will you celebrate World Mental Health Day? Ensuring we are aware of our mental health, nurturing it and supporting each other are all part of Fyling Hall’s pastoral care ethos. With this in mind, plans are in place at Fyling Hall for World Mental Health Day on Thursday, 10th October. Firstly, the day will be a non uniform day. Students are asked wear bright colours . . . yellow, if you can! Those who […]

Fyling Hall Film Club’s First Review

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As you may know, Ms Mansfield recently started the Fyling Hall Film Club. In their first review, member of the club reviewed Napoleon Dynamite. This is what club members, Josh, Joe, Arthur, Lex, Georgina and Caroline & Miss Mansfield thought . . . The film looks at relationships and character building issues. There is a small element of romance but it’s more directed at different relationships and aspirations. This film is not fast moving and sometimes […]

The idea of the “historic environment”

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Fyling Hall’s year 7 pupils were able to appreciate the idea of the “historic environment” through a visit to Whitby Abbey and museum this week. In addition to exploring “historic environment” pupils also investigated the role of Primary evidence. Pupils enjoyed delving into the many levels of Whitby Abbey’s past, from the earliest Anglo-Saxon times to the more recent dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. What happened to the last abbot of Whitby? What […]

This week’s fixtures report

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This week’s fixtures saw Fyling Hall’s First XV in rugby and hockey face Scarborough College. The rubgy was a tight affair with monumental swings both ways throughout the duration of the match, finishing 22-15 in the favour of Scarborough College. In hockey Fyling Hall was dominant from the start, keeping the ball in the opposition’s half for the majority of the match. The offence created plenty of opportunities with the defence picking up any loose […]