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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 […]

Motivational Monday

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Ever feel like you’re lacking motivation on a Monday? Well, Fyling Hall’s Year 7 or ESL class might be the place for you! Students from across Fyling Hall’s year groups continue to work on positive affirmations to get themselves started for the day, with motivational quotes to consider to make their day brighter. We encourage you to start everyday with a motivational affirmation or two, see if it makes your day brighter!

A night to celebrate younger talent

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Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, Miss Johnson, has announced a night to celebrate the fantastic talent we have amongst our younger pupils. All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been offered the opportunity to perform a musical, dance or drama piece for our KS3 Performing Arts Concert . Taking place on Wednesday, 16th October, the concert will also give these pupils the experience of performing to an audience. Please contact the Ms Blackie […]

Visiting the theatre

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Visiting the theatre is a big part of our drama curriculum at Fyling Hall, giving pupils the chance to experience live performance and gain ideas for their own practical work. Earlier this week year 11 pupils visited the Stephen Joseph Theatre to watch Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present by Alan Ayckbourn. We are very lucky to have this world class theatre on our doorstep in Scarborough. Here is what Justine and Bailey, two of our Chinese […]

Don’t Stop Believing

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Fyling Hall‘s assembly programme has two main goals: to communicate relevant ideas to our students and for them to learn how to communicate relevant ideas to each other and others audience in the future. One of the main ways of doling this is by having a variety of presentation styles for them to see. Monday is always a whole-school assembly. It may be a humours or serious presentation on some aspect of our termly theme, […]

Full of Admiration

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Whilst marking books, Mrs Jeeves found this really lovely article from one of our newest international students . . . In my first day of school I feel happy, scared but it was good. I remember that in the room when I was putting on my tie I needed help, because I don’t know how to put it on.Then I don’t know where I need to go because this school is new for me. I […]

Season’s Greetings

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Fyling Hall’s year 10 and 11 drama students had the chance to see the revival of Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn. Staged at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough the play tells the story of a family at Christmas which Alan Ayckbourn describes as  ‘the worst Christmas in the world’. The long four days slowly descend into chaos with puppet shows, wayward sisters, new boyfriends and far too much alcohol. Attending a packed showing in […]

The Enrichment of Creativity

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Twenty years ago, Sir Ken Robinson led a commission that aimed to address the lack of ‘creativity’ and ‘creative thinking’ across the curriculum and throughout UK schools. The report was entitled ‘All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education’ It makes for very interesting reading. It was never adopted by the then government and subsequent administrations concentrated on times tables, spelling and an overhaul of the new GCSEs which we now run today. Before I entered […]

Oktoberfest; a Day of German Kulture

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Every year, Fyling Hall counts a few students from Germany amongst our numbers – some just stay for a term, some for several years. So, to learn a bit more about them and their culture – and also to make them feel at home! – this year we are going to celebrate “Oktoberfest” – a day packed with all things German. Our Oktoberfest celebration will culminate in an evening do in the Barn, where German […]

Duque of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

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On the 1st of July of 2019 Johannes, Kian, Flora, Olivia and I started our Qualifying Duque of Edinburgh Silver Expedition. We had done practice expeditions before so we had an idea of what would happen but we where all still very nervous. We walked about 18km a day during 3 days and camped in 2 different campsites with basic facilities. The group started the expedition with a lot of energy and enthusiasm however we […]

Obviously in just the right place

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Each term sees new boarding pupils arrive at Fyling Hall. It is not always an easy transition, but our boarding staff do their utmost to ensure each child feel welcomed and safe. The boarding staff also keep in contact with parents back home who may wonder how their son or daughter is settling in. The following is the response from one parent (who gave us permission to share) . . . . I am so […]

Harvest Festival is fast approaching

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With the Autumn term already three weeks in, Harvest Festival is fast approaching. This year, Fyling Hall is celebrating at School in the Barn on Sunday, 6th October and all are very welcome to join us. It is a time when farmers and growers give thanks for a successful harvest season and churches, community groups, schools and individuals give to those less fortunate. Even if you are unable to attend with us, we would be very grateful […]

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The Young Photographer Competition

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Fyling Hall’s Art Studio is delighted to once again take part in The Rotary Club of Whitby & District‘s The Young Photographer Competition. The well-established and successful competition is organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RotaryGBI). Last year’s competition saw Fyling Hall’s Joseph Salt receiving high praise from the judges. This competition aims to encourage young people to: · Experiment with photography · Use digital or traditional methods of photography […]

Sixth Form takes time out

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To kick off Fyling Hall’s reinvigorated Sixth Form, all Sixth Formers took part in a two day “bonding” trip, accompanied by Headmaster, Mr Allen, Mr Mayne and myself. The purpose of our two days was to have time away from lessons to get to know our new students, from other schools and abroad, and to integrate them into the Sixth Form and encourage them to see themselves as part of a team. Based at the […]

Whole School Photograph

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School photographs are an important part of everyone’s history, but the whole school photograph is something extra special. If you were ever part of one, do you remember who you stood next to? As the years progressed, do you remember where you stood and how it changed? At Fyling Hall the tradition of the whole school photograph is one which is long established. It truly is the “whole school” from reception to Y13 pupils; from […]

Studying Life Cycles

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Fyling Hall’s Forms 4 and 5 are studying life cycles this term, and they have started by learning about the different methods of reproduction in plants. During a recent outdoor science lesson, the pupils took cuttings from honeysuckle and weeping willow plants under the watchful eye of our resident gardening experts, Marina and Trevor. After carefully preparing and planting their cuttings, all that our budding gardeners can do now is wait and see whether they […]

Teamwork and Camaraderie

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Over the course of the first two weeks of school Fyling Hall pupils have participated in six sporting fixtures across a multitude of sports and venues. These fixtures so early in the school term offer the pupils far more than the physical benefits highlighted by Mr. Coates. The participation in sporting fixtures allows pupils an intense opportunity of teamwork and camaraderie that is hard to experience in any other facet of school life. I can […]

How does Fyling Hall compare?

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Ever wondered how Fyling Hall compares? Fyling Hall’s Head of ESL (English as a Second Language), Mrs Jeeves, asked our Y10 ESL students to compare their school at home to Fyling Hall. The following is a combination of articles they wrote . . . There are some quite similar aspects between my school and this one such as moving to different spaces in each subject, tutor groups, clubs and prep. However for the most part […]

Roald Dahl and the Bahamas

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Combining Roald Dahl and the Bahamas might seem a peculiar combination, but not at Fyling Hall! Taking inspiration from this much loved author we plan to raise much needed funds for those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Instigated by our new Head of English, Mr Thomas, pupils and staff will join in worldwide celebrations for this Friday’s Roald Dahl Day. Activities will include Roald Dahl based lessons and maybe even pupils dressing up in their favourite character. Roald […]

Autumn Term Weekend Activities

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What are your weekend activities? At Fyling Hall, each term sees a different range of activities specifically organised with our boarders in mind. Of course, dailies are also welcome to take part. Activities range from . . . Cinema TripsWatching England v Tonga Fyling Hall Rugby World Cup touch competitionInternational Football – England v BrazilA Day in YorkLaser Tag on Fyling Hall’s groundsIce SkatingGo Kartingand more! If you have not already done so, contact Mr […]

After School Clubs

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Fyling Hall’s Autumn Term After School Clubs have begun. In a time when we are all busy, they are a great opportunity to gain experience outside of school life. Each club provides a benefit outside of the classroom. Our goal is to run a variety of different options throughout the year, so each club has sufficient attendees to run successfully and that students get a chance to sample more unusual, productive and enjoyable activities. Take […]

Superstars

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I confess I get excited about our assemblies. I think of a cunning idea and I think ‘I cannot wait to tell them all this’. Keeping it fresh and interesting is what keeps me going. So what can be more exciting than the very first assembly of the year? Loads of new faces, a packed hall of nervous newbies, fresh from the summer. Some have moved up from junior school. Can you remember the fear, the excitement […]

A Focus on . . .

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Fyling Hall announces the first in their series of “A Focus on…” events designed to put the spotlight on specific stages of your child’s educational journey. The first of these events will take place on Thursday, 26th September at 16:20 in the Dining Room. ‘A Focus on New Parents’ is an opportunity to meet the staff and discuss how your child is settling in to life at Fyling Hall. We would love for existing parents to […]

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Boarders first week back

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What a fantastic first week back Fyling Hall’s boarders have had! Making the most of its privileged position on the Yorkshire Coast, pupils enjoyed a few little treats to help settle in. Movie night in the barn . . . Fish and chips in Robin Hood’s Bay . . . a stroll through Whitby . . . Hide and seek in the grounds . . . Games in the Sports Hall . . . oh, […]

First Assembly of Term

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Fyling Hall School’s assemblies are always eagerly anticipated. Led by Mr Instone, our new Head of Enrichment, his enthusiasm and energy are infectious. Yesterday’s first assembly of the Autumn 2019 Term was no different. It has been nearly ten weeks since our student body was last together. We welcome our students back . . . are thrilled to welcome over 40 new starters . . . and are excited about our new staff. And how […]