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Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

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Fyling Hall School is proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils. Some from near; some from far. Some for whom English is their first language, many for whom English is their Second Language (ESL). Starting a new school can always be a bit daunting, but writing home is a great way of not only keeping in touch, but also improving one’s English. Take a look at what some of our Year 10 ESL students […]

School filled with life again

School filled with life again

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I cannot tell you how good it is to see the school filled with life again.  It has been a long time coming, but it has made all the careful preparation worthwhile.  I would like to thank you for your support in preparing for the return. So commented our Headmaster, Mr Steven Allen, in his most recent communication to Fyling Hall parents and carers. Mr Allen then went on to communicate our two main focuses […]

Deadline for university applications approaches

Deadline for university applications approaches

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With a new school year commencing, so the deadline for university applications approaches. This can be a stressful time for students, parents and teachers, but there is benefit in ensuring key milestones are achieved on time.  I thought it was important to keep you informed about the UCAS process and how we are supporting your child in school.  Open Days As you know we took the students to a university fair last autumn, but we have been unable to […]

Danger and Safety in the Lab

Danger and Safety in the Lab

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I remember my own first Physics and Chemistry lessons, aged 11, very clearly indeed. I loved that it was a whole new world of doing things, in a very particular way. With strange new equipment and beakers of weird dangerous liquids that changed colour, fizzed or burst into flames. The main emotion I felt when I first became a teacher of Year 7 science was the weight of responsibility and honour to recreate that initial […]

Games Lessons in the “new norm”

Games lessons in the “new norm”

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What do Games lessons in the “new norm” look like?  In “normal circumstances” Fyling Hall students will have taken part in a variety of activities. Football, hockey, badminton, HIIT sessions, cross country, golf, horse riding and mountain biking would all have been on offer. Since the introduction of #PEwithaDifference, our aim has been to give every individual the opportunity to enjoy and pursue one of these activities, not just now but for many years to […]

How quickly our pupils have adapted

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I can’t believe how quickly our pupils have adapted to the new normal. Junior School students have taken absolutely everything in their stride from social distancing, deli lunches, constant hand washing, using sanitiser gel or “squeeze and go” as my form now call it, to coping well with the many new routines in every aspect of their school day.  But, the thing that really stands out is their happiness to be back at school; happy […]

bringing school to life

Bringing school back to life

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Bringing school back to life is a priority at Fyling Hall School. Classroom schooling resumes at Fyling Hall on Monday, 7th September 2020. In anticipation our Headmaster, Mr. Steven Allen, recently updated parents and carers. I hope everyone remains safe and has managed to enjoy the Summer holiday as much as possible. It seems like a long time ago that we were all last in school together. Just having the boarders, who have already returned […]

Change in the dining room

Change in the dining room

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There has been a change in the dining room at Fyling Hall. Deli Days have been introduced. What are Deli Days?  In an effort to maintain social distancing and offer choice at the same time, every fourth day pupils will enjoy a choice of sandwich, fruit, crisps, etc.  Collected from our dining room’s terrace entrance, pupils can then take their “picnic” to enjoy on the school grounds.  Hot meals are prepared on all other days […]

on the fountain lawn

On the Fountain Lawn

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On the Fountain Lawn Fyling Hall Seniors gathered for this term’s first assembly. Graced by blue skies and sunshine, pupils stood in their class bubbles, taking in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Coast. Our first assembly of the term was led by our Head of Enrichment, Mr Instone and our Headmaster, Mr Allen, with special introductions to our new Head Students, Phoebe Russell, Kian Tedeskino and Archie Robinson. Focusing on our theme of self-refection, […]

A special welcome to our Sixth Formers

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Fyling Hall’s Head of Sixth Form, Ms Jane Michell, gives a special welcome to our Sixth Formers.  The 2020-21 academic year starts on Monday, 7th September, and there has never been a better time to be part of Fyling Hall School’s Sixth Form. To all prospective Year 12 students Firstly, congratulations on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results. You worked very hard and should be proud of your success. You have had an enforced […]

Mrs Milner’s Book Club

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Mrs Milner’s Book Club is a highlight for many Fyling Hall students. With after school clubs hopefully, returning soon, Olivia shares her thoughts on their last book . . . Over the first month and a half of lock down, Mrs Milner’s Book Club read To Kill a Mockingbird. Overall, most of us book clubbers had a mixed opinion of the book and didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the others we have […]

Why didn't they tell us that at school?

Why didn’t they tell us that at school?

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Depending on what era you grew up in, there’s plenty of things that you’d claim not to have been taught in school. A lot of us still carry some resentment or frustration that things would be better if we’d only been tough such-and-such instead of chemical catalysts, river deltas or trigonometry.  The truth is we were taught some of the greatest lessons at school although we didn’t realise it at the time: how to cope […]

That warm fuzzy feeling

That warm fuzzy feeling

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I have been back at Fyling Hall School for two weeks now, and I still get that fuzzy warm feeling when I drive through those gates at the top of the drive. It’s really comforting. Our pupils have done excellently with their results and we are all very proud! Massive congratulations to you all. We welcomed back our first boarders last weekend. At the moment they are in their quarantine period, so things are a […]

Looking for Art Ambassadors

Looking for Art Ambassadors

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Fyling Hall’s Art Studio is looking for Art Ambassadors! Opening up the Art team to Fyling Hall’s Years 7, 8 and 9 successful candidates will work with the current Art Leaders from September. Applying pupils were asked to describe what they like about Art, why they would like to be an Ambassador and how they could contribute to the art team. Take a look at this application by Marley. Why I love Art “It doesn’t feel like […]

Fantastic, musical footage

Fantastic, musical footage

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With exam results published, we proudly showcase the fantastic, musical footage from our Year 11 and 12 exam concert. Taking place in March 2020, just before lockdown hit, Fyling Hall’s annual Rockschool concert is always a great night, attended by friends and family. But did you know that it also serves as music students’ exam? The Rockschool music qualifications are tailor-made for the contemporary musician, and the concert is videoed for assessment. The performances you see […]

GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day 2020

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It’s GCSE Results Day 2020, and once gain, Fyling Hall School is delighted with our pupils’ GCSE results.  42% of pupils achieved high grades (7-9) with a 92% pass rate.  Headmaster, Mr Steven Allen commented, “We are pleased that results day is here after a week of much uncertainty.  Our results are consistent with Fyling Hall’s performance in recent years.”  Deputy Head, Academic, Dr Ian Richardson added, “We are confident that what they achieved today is what they […]

Photography students past, present & future

Photography students past, present & future

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In honour of World Photography Day, we take a look at Fyling Hall’s photography students past, present and future. Photography student of the past – Maria Marchke To sum up my time at Fyling Hall art studio I can confidently say that if it wasn’t for them supporting and helping me to put my ideas into action, I would not be studying Photography at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp now. Maria left us […]

Fyling Hall in HD

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Our school is fairly unique in having such amazing views, being nestled in the woods down from the moors, overlooking the jagged coast and sea.  One of my favourite features of its surroundings is the Cinder Track, the old railway line, connecting Scarborough to Whitby (and beyond). We think of ‘Fyling Hall‘ as being the buildings clustered around Main House (that building was initially named Park Hill Hall) but did you know that Fyling Hall once […]

boarders soon returning

Boarders soon returning

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With boarders soon returning to Fyling Hall, our Head Matron, Miss Anders, is busy preparing for their return and shares her thoughts . . . Hello my lovely Fyling Hallers, firstly I would like to say that I hope that you have all had a fabulous summer holiday! The start of the term will soon be underway and I am excited to see you all and your wonderful smiley faces, I have missed you all […]

our motto - Y11, 12 and 13s

A-level results

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Fyling Hall School’s A-level results are testament to our pupils’ and staff’s exceptional commitment, particularly in these unique times.   Over 50% of our students achieved top grades, with international students achieving an even higher proportion of As and A*s.  Our results also include an A* in our recently launched EPQ (extended project qualification) programme. Maria received top marksAilsa received an A* on her EPQSophie has accepted a place at LIPA In congratulating pupils on their […]

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Year 7 Transition Afternoon

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Invitations to Fyling Hall’s Year 7 Transition Afternoon are out. Arranged by our Year 7 Tutor, Mrs Jeeves, the afternoon will take place on Friday, 4th September. Read more about Mrs Jeeves’ plan . . . I am thrilled to be able to invite you to a Year 7 Transition Afternoon on 4th September. This will be an opportunity for pupils to meet their new class mates, to explore the school grounds and to ask […]

bubbles

Bubbles

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Normally bubbles are something the children play with on the flagstones but they mean something quite different for schools now! The staff in Fyling Hall’s Junior School are itching to get all of the pupils back in their classes and it will work well with forms and bubbles. Every single thing we do is being thought about carefully and we want everything to be as normal and safe as possible for both pupils and staff. We […]

what's in a name?

What’s in a name?

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What’s in a name? For the past two years our science department has named all our science classes after famous or no-so-famous-but-should-be scientists. It’s certainly more interesting than calling them ‘set 1’ and ‘set 2’ but there’s much more to it than that.  In a recent TeachFirst poll, only 49% of the public could name a female scientist. This is hardly surprising since women in science are not part of the public consciousness. This is […]

Reflections as Head Pupil

Reflections as Head Pupil

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With the announcement of A-level results this week, we take a moment listen to Maria’s reflections as Head Pupil. Maria and Sophie shared Head Pupils’ responsibilities at Fyling Hall for the 2019-20 academic year. Contributing to July’s virtual prize giving, Maria kindly shares their thoughts on . . . How old she was when she first came to Fyling Hall School and what it was like. What worries or problems she overcame. How she found […]

Is it still the same?

Is it still the same?

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Is it still the same as when we were here? This is the question I hear most often from Fyling Hall alumni. Pre lockdown, a friend who boarded at Fyling Hall with me made the pilgrimage to school with a view to reminiscing about the old days. Beyond social media, we had not had any communication for a long time but, within seconds of greeting each other we were talking as if we were catching […]

The Making of the Early Show

The Making of The Early Show

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It was nice to have the comment passed onto me from a parent in which their son has said that the on-line assemblies were good, but the ‘live versions are better’. I don’t know about that. Although we started out with a premise of ‘replicating what we do in assemblies’ I like to think The Early Show became something different and in some ways, better. The first major difference was of course no live audience as with […]

Once upon a time

Once upon a time . . .

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Once upon a time … that is, in 1999 a contact between Fyling Hall and the Städtisches Gymnasium, a German grammar school from the lower Rhine region, was established. Soon 30 students aged 13 were very keen on spending their first time in an English-speaking country together with their teachers. Thrilled to bits and pieces by Mrs White’s warm welcome, the picturesque surroundings and the friendly and hearty kitchen staff the Germans have been guests […]

The newest members of our Fyling Hall family

The newest members of our Fyling Hall family

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With term starting on Monday, 7th September, Fyling Hall’s Head Matron, Miss Anders, has been reaching out to the newest members of our Fyling Hall family.  Becoming part of a ‘boarding family’ can seem like a huge step into the unknown. At Fyling Hall we do our very best to make sure that the experience is happy and fulfilling. It is important to us that parents and each child and their parent(s)/carer(s) feel relaxed and […]

Covid-Safe Charter

Covid-Safe Charter

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With momentum towards a return to school in September gathering pace, Fyling Hall will proudly adopt the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Covid-Safe Charter. This is a voluntary code and aims to give confidence that boarding schools are following all appropriate measures to ensure that boarding is a safe environment for pupils. Mr Steven Allen, Fyling Hall’s Headmaster, added, “It is reassuring to see plans progressing the September reopening of schools.  Fyling Hall’s plans are well under […]

the importance of location

The importance of location

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One cannot over emphasise the importance of location.  Children must be motivated and encouraged to have the self-belief that they can succeed, in an environment that offers independence, success, individuality, teamwork, self-sufficiency, lifetime friendships, confidence and opportunities to experience a wide range of activities. Looking beyond London and to the North of England, education opportunities abound, and access is not as challenging as some might think.  The benefit is an environment which gives security, confidence, […]

Pastoral Care – what is it?

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We hear a lot about “Pastoral Care,” but what is it?  What does it mean?  And what should parents look for? The word “pastoral” originates from Late Middle English from Latin pastoralis ‘relating to a shepherd’, from pastor ‘shepherd’.  In today’s world pastoral care has evolved from a shepherd looking after his/her flock to a “teacher’s responsibility for the general well-being of pupils or students.” (Oxford English Dictionary).   Pastoral care is a vital element of […]

Creativity Bingo

Summer inspiration

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Looking for a bit of summer inspiration? Our Art Department highly recommends a bit of Creativity Bingo to help keep your creative juices flowing. Thanks to the Art of Education University, you can download the Creativity Bingo sheet below. The best part about this sheet is you can challenge yourself for as long as you want. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable. Create a BINGO one way, then go for another! Want a little less? […]

From tutus to face masks

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How did Fyling Hall’s former Head Student go from tutus to face masks? When UK schools closed in March, Ailsa had almost completed her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Having passed A levels at Fyling Hall in maths, chemistry, physics and music, she decided that she would like to do something more practical and with her love of ballet she decided that she would like to design and make a tutu. When the opportunity arose for […]

Summer Postcard Challenge

Summer Postcard Challenge

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Fyling Hall’s Year 7 Tutor, Mrs Jeeves, has launched a Summer Postcard Challenge. She is asking incoming Year 7 students to “tell me something about yourself.” Without a physical transition day, learning more about our incoming students will give us the best possible start. As Mrs Jeeves explains. . . . My name is Lizzie Jeeves and I am lucky enough to be the year 7 tutor for this year. I wanted to contact you […]

The Historian of the Month Award!

Historian of the Month Award

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This year the History Department has instituted a new award: The Historian of the Month Award! This will give recognition to the budding young historians we have amongst us, and reward their particular efforts and contributions. Each month a new winner! So, what have they had to do, to be in the running for the award? Firstly, carry on working as hard as they can, contribute in class discussions, and make their work as accurate, […]

History Challenge Week

History Challenge week

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The last week of our Summer Term was also History Challenge week at Fyling Hall! All pupils had a challenge to discover amongst their everyday objects at home, an artefact which they could describe and explain in terms of a historical source: an old book, a postcard, or an album from dad’s favourite music collection! Here is a sample of some of our lucky winners, see what you think! Congratulations to many pupils who produced some […]

What are you most proud of?

What are you most proud of?

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How would you answer the question “What are you most proud of?” In what has been a year like no other, we asked Fyling Hall staff this important question.  This is how they responded to the question of “What are you most proud of?“

Summer Programme 2020

An extension of our virtual learning

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An extension of our virtual learning, we are pleased to announce Fyling Hall’s Summer Programme 2020.  As teachers, and in many cases parents, we appreciate that learning from home has not been straight forward for many reasons.  We offer this programme as a way of ensuring that all students start the new school year in September with similar understanding. It is not compulsory, and teachers are on standby for assistance. Take a closer look Take a closer look […]

be an Art Ambassador

Be an Art Ambassador

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Could you be an Art Ambassador? Do you have the skills we need in Fyling Hall’s Art Studio? Are you able to: Collaborate and CooperateCommunicateBe CreativeOrganiseProblem SolveSelf DirectBe Socially ResponsibleBe fluent with TechnologyWould you like to help us promote the Arts and Culture and develop your leadership skills? Arts Ambassador Roles / Responsibilities: Help plan and prepare for Focus days in the ArtsCollect student voice and ideas about the ArtsCreate advertisements about upcoming eventsCreate slide […]

Calling all speakers!

Calling all speakers!

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Calling all speakers!  Are you an expert willing to help our students?  It’s likely that we will extend our virtual assembly programme into September, and we need your expert help.  As Mr. Instone, Fyling Hall’s Head of Enrichment, explains . . . The Early Show has been a way for us to create a programme of personal development during this period of virtual learning.   Mr. Instone’s ‘chat show’ format has become our ‘virtual assembly’ until such […]

a roll call

A congratulatory roll call

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Want to see our congratulatory roll call? Take a look at the Fyling Hall pupils who those who went above and beyond. Recipients were proudly announced in our 2020 Prizegiving Ceremony, but sometimes it is also nice to see one’s name in print. Congratulations to all who went above and beyond . . . what a roll call!

#FHSCelebration

#FHSCelebration

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What does a #FHSCelebration look like?  Put together by staff (past and present), parents, alumni and students take a look. This how we celebrate at Fyling Hall School! It was a full morning of celebration!  Starting with Art Studio’s End of Year Exhibition, then the Daisy Hardy winners followed by Prizegiving and the release of Rise Up . . . we have much to celebrate! Thank you to all who took part in today’s #FHSCelebration […]

A truly collaborative piece

A truly collaborative piece

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Rise Up is a truly collaborative piece . . . a compilation of photos and videos inspired by Rising Up during Lockdown, accompanied by the school choir organised by Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music. Thank you to all of our contributors including current Fyling Hall students and staff, alumni, former staff, friends and family, with special thanks to Paul Whittaker for his hours and hours of editing. This truly collaborative piece is a true labour […]

Celebrations

Celebration

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It’s time for a celebration! The 2019-20 Academic Year will draw to a close on Saturday, 4th July. Please join us for a morning of celebrating those who have gone above and beyond and being part of Fyling Hall’s community. End of Year Exhibition Enter the Gallery The gallery will open at 09.30. Welcome to Fyling Hall Art Studio’s our end of year Exhibition, our second virtual tour gallery. “As Head of Art, I wanted […]

Junior School memories

Junior School memories

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Fyling Hall’s Year 6 pupils have been reflecting on their Junior School memories. Some pupils have been with us since they were four years old! Others have joined a bit more recently. All are really looking forward to their move to Senior School, leaving with fond Junior School memories . . . old and new! These Y6s working on their leavers’ plates. What a fantastic keep sake! A big thank you to Y6 pupil, Ciara’s […]

The Pirate Game

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Have you heard of The Pirate Game? Introduced by Mr Parker to Years 7 & 8 pupils, the Pirate Game is a fun and engaging way to learn maths. It is all about thinking what others could have and guessing, mixed with chance. In pirate terms, you lie, steal and earn your way to the top by gaining friends and making enemies or targets. As Mr Parker explains, “then by gaining certain actions you can […]

The Early Show

The Early Show

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The Early Show has been a way for us to create a programme of personal development during this period of virtual learning. Mr Instone’s ‘chat show’ format has become our ‘virtual assembly’ until such a time we can all come together again. This approach has allowed us to offer enrichment in a light hearted, gentle way as well as giving insight into a vast array of unusual professions. In episode 12, this week, tackles a […]

daily briefing

Daily briefing

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Are you missing your daily briefing? Fear not! Take a look at the version produced by GCSE student, Joe. His “daily briefing” is in response to Mrs Jeeves, Fyling Hall’s Head of Drama, Summer Drama Challenge. In this students were asked to work on accents, acting out and filming their performance. Enjoy!

Interactive teaching in ‘virtual learning’

Interactive teaching in ‘virtual learning’

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When the lockdown period started in March, I found it really difficult to imagine how I could incorporate my interactive teaching in ‘virtual learning’. My lessons tend to be fast paced with lots of changes of activity and lots of pupil involvement as we learn to say and use new language. Speaking and listening are hugely important elements of learning a language and even in a classroom situation these skills are not always easy to […]

3D Drama Challenge

3D drama challenge

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The 3D drama challenge? Miss Johnson tasked Fyling Hall’s Years 7 & 8 with creating 3D set designs. In response Year 7 created a 3D design from one of the main sets in Aladdin (the cave, the marketplace, the palace). Year 8, created a 3D design from one of the main sets in either Aladdin or Treasure Island. Whilst all children did an amazing job, in Year 7 Sarah was the very clear winner. Miss […]