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Happy Lunar New Year 2020

Weekly Highlights

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Take a look at Fyling Hall‘s weekly highlights! Spring Term continues with a fabulous week of amazing skies 🌤, learning electronics ⚡️, making slime 🧪, reading 📚, mountain biking 🚴🏽‍♂️ , football ⚽️ and more! Wishing all a very Happy Lunar New Year!! 🧧🏮🎏

visiting director, Chris Wales

Performing in front of a live audience

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Performing in front of a live audience is no easy thing . . . even for drama students! Last week Fyling Hall’s Year 11 drama class performed their exam pieces in front of a live audience for the first time. The GCSE exam asks pupils to perform two extracts from a play of their choosing for a visiting examiner. This year we were lucky enough to have a visitor in our audience for our first […]

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Mountain biking in winter?

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Mountain biking in winter? At Fyling Hall, it is a resounding yes, please! As part of PE with a Difference, mountain biking remains one of our individual sporting options. Just take a look at what mountain biking in winter looks like! Track or river? Keep going!!

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A deep dive into reading

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This term Fyling Hall’s Junior School are rolling out a deep dive into reading. Our first challenge for the children is to broaden their experience of different genres of books. Even Form 1 are taking part, choosing poems ready for the Eskdale Festival of Performing Arts.  Miss Vincent Jones came up with the fabulous idea of reading bingo! We introduced it in assembly and are looking forward to seeing who will be the most motivated […]

Inspector Fyling of the Stackyard

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Fyling Hall’s Year 9 have been playing Inspector Fyling of the Stackyard investigates! They studied Victorian crime and policing, focusing especially on the notorious “Jack the Ripper” case, and are now completing their reports! This exercise has helped them to gain a deeper insight into the wider historical context of Victorian social problems, and the conditions of the poor. It also enabled them to practice a number of important history skills. These include selecting and […]

Beat the blues

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How does one beat the blues? While many of us are looking for ways to beat the blues, Fyling Hall’s Music Department is looking for ways to embrace them as part of their Blues project. Have a listen to Tomas’ rendition of “In the Mood” . . . you won’t be blue for long!

Art, Photography and Textiles Exams

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Art, Photography and Textiles Exams are about to start at Fyling Hall. The exam paper will be distributed to students at the end of this week, with a view to starting the ten-week project next week. As a reference click here to find a copy of the timeline for the course deadlines, etc. Please encourage your son/daughter in the following weeks and help them stay focused on up and coming deadlines. Thank you in advance […]

International students’ exam success

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As we were all gearing up for Christmas, 5 of Fyling Hall’s international students were busily preparing for exams. The Cambridge English exam board are internationally recognised tests of English proficiency and incredibly difficult to achieve high grades in. The exams tests pupils’ use of spoken and written English and their comprehension in listening and reading. It was fantastic therefore, to receive another excellent set of results. Emilia took the Advanced English exam achieving a […]

Fyling Hall's Sixth Form

Sixth Form Update

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With a growing Sixth Form at Fyling Hall and a new year, it is the perfect time for a Sixth Form Update. Whether your child is in the Sixth Form or aspires to be, our Sixth Formers impact many facets of Fyling Hall life. Ms Mitchell, Head of Sixth Form, kindly gives us a Sixth Form update, letting us know about the activities that have been taking place and about future plans. A busy term […]

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Young Ranger sessions continue

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Fyling Hall’s Young Ranger sessions continue with the first session of 2020 taking place at Thorpe Green. Working with the North York Moors Park Authority, it was the turn of Year 8s to clear two local paths. This conservation task taught pupils about the foliage and bracken that they were clearing, how it came to be in the state it is in and how best to proceed for the future. The Young Ranger sessions really […]

Tim is learning a new language

A new foreign language

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All our EAL pupils at Fyling Hall are given the opportunity to learn a new foreign language whilst they are with us. Whilst many of our overseas pupils are here primarily to improve their level of English many pupils also join French or German lessons. Some may have already done some French but many are beginners. All of the pupils who come to French lessons mention how different our classes are to the lessons in […]

Looking forward to March

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It may seem odd to be looking forward to March already, since we’ve only just started the Spring term, but that is just what is happening in the music and drama departments. Peripatetic music teachers fill their lessons with comments about judging and dynamics, students rummage around trying to find the perfect monologue or poem and teachers wander around wondering whether class 355 or 356 is the best choice for the Year 10 class band. […]

Microcomputer Club goes Back to the Future

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You might ask, if computer programming is so important, shouldn’t a modern school equip its students to succeed in the modern world? So why have I kitted out my microcomputer club in the Physics lab with computers that were first released in 1980 and discontinued in 1984?  There is of course an assumption with technology that the very latest thing is the best and the thing from last week is out of date and useless. […]

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 […]

A Day in the Life

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Ever wondered what a Day in the Life at Fyling Hall is like? Take a quick look at what a “normal” day at Fyling Hall looks like in virtual reality. Be sure to use the arrow to navigate and get a full 360 perspective. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have a virtual reality headset, take a look through these! To experience a full day at Fyling Hall School in virtual reality, check out […]

Ski Fun

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What ski fun Fyling Hall pupils had! Enjoying the early season snow, Ms Mitchell and Mr Parker accompanied our intrepid skiers to the revamped resort of Bardonecchia, which hosted the 2006 Olympics. Just a take a look at what they got up to!

Congratulations to Ebony!

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Congratulations to Ebony Brown for her fantastic achievement in the Rotary Club of Whitby & Districts‘ Young Photographer Competition. Ebony achieved 2nd place for her set of 3 photos and her firework photo got overall winner in her age category. A very impressive result! On Ebony’s set of 3 photos judges’ commented: Ebony’s set was an extremely close runner up, and it was a tough decision in the end. Each picture is technically excellent, pin […]

Tennis Coaching Returns

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Tennis coaching returns to Fyling Hall! Once again led by Jim Mellor, an LTA registered, Level 4 coach, the five-week course will start 11th January and will run until 8th February.  Wishing to give an opportunity to all local children regardless of ability, the coaching also fits in really well with our #PEwithaDifference initiative. As a guide red, orange and green ball pupils will come 10-11 (ie 10 and under) full ball 11-12 for the […]

Pupils say it best

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We often find that Fyling Hall’s international pupils say it best. Below is a piece of writing from an exam piece. Written by one of our short term English as a Second Language (ESL) students, we love not only how this pupil’s English as progressed, but also the sentiment. I’ve been on an English course.  It was an exchange with another student.  I went to England for two weeks, and he came to me for […]

Book Club discusses Good Omens

Good Omens

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In early December Fyling Hall’s Book Club met in Miss Milner’s room to discuss Good Omens. There were many different opinions on it. We discussed the book over fairy buns made by Olivia Hall. Here are some of the opinions on Good Omens from people. James: “It was skilfully written by its two authors even though they live so far apart.”Toby: “My favourite character was the dog.”Tomas: “Friendship overpowers evil.”  Damon: “It was a well thought […]

Meet our Librarians

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Meet our Librarians! Fyling Hall‘s Librarians will tidy shelves, ensuring books are in alphabetical order, stamp them, put protective covers on, suggest ideas to improve our Library or for new books to order etc. They each have a day allocated for their duty with Year 7 on a Monday, after lunch, to Year 10 on a Thursday.  Year 7 – Bethany Thompson & Mabel InstoneYear 8  – Olivia Hall & Phoebe AldousYear 9 – Damon Kelly & […]

Amazing Geography facts

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Rather than write about what we have been studying in Geography I thought I’d give you some amazing geography facts. All about this planet that we call home, you may have heard some of these before, but I doubt you’ve heard of all of them. Enjoy these amazing Geography facts! Continents shift at about the same rate as your fingernails grow. Ninety percent of the earth’s population lives in the northern hemisphere. California has more […]

A Salute to the Brassica oleracea

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During a season when families come together, the Brussels sprout can be a true divider! Why do we only eat them at Christmas? ask some; why do we eat them at all? (wail those who are less discerning). At a time when many of us will be faced with this innocuous vegetable, I decided it was time to find out why it is rather like Marmite, loved by some, hated by a seemingly endless throng. […]

Best Christmas Movies

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What are the best Christmas movies? Fyling Hall Film Club discussed and deliberated over many a Christmas film over the final weeks of term. We decided on ten popular films that are and are considered to be Christmas movies for the whole family. So, after your family Christmas festivities, wherever you are … Sit back and watch a film or two that we recommend, and you can decide which is the best Christmas movie! Merry […]

Carol Service

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Isn’t Fyling Hall’s Carol Service the most magical way to end a term? This annual event takes place at St Stephen’s, Robin Hood’s Bay. In the words of Headmaster, Mr Allen, I would like to welcome you to our annual Carol Service and hope that you enjoy what is always a fantastic way to mark the end of the Autumn Term. The pupils and staff have worked hard to prepare for this morning and I […]

Lovely bag of carrots

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Just look at that lovely bag of carrots! Big thanks to Bethany, our kind student who gave this early Christmas gift to Fyling Hall’s Stables. Early Christmas celebrations continued on Robin Hood’s Bay‘s beach with a lovely festive ride. With the horses dressed in tinsel, beach walkers could not resist a festive photo or two. Who can resist the beauty of a beach hack or a lovely bag of carrots?

English Department’s Highlights

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Take a look at Fyling Hall’s English Department‘s Highlights from the Autumn Term. From Y10 speeches, our amazing Y8s, A Christmas Carol presentations and Victorian Detective Genre Study it has been quite a term! We’ll let you guess what our Y12s have been reading 😉

Mr Instone’s interview

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Have you seen Mr Instone’s interview? Fyling Hall’s esteemed Head of Physics was interviewed about the VIC20 club, and it’s gone viral in the retro computing community. Watch Mr Instone on the Chickenhead Chronicles during which he talks about his VIC-20 club. You will recall that the club introduces pupils to BASIC programming and recreates what it was like using computers back in the eighties. Watch the tour of the classroom and discuss the VIC-20, […]

Revision and chocolate

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Revision of a whole module’s history work can be dull! However, turning it into a quiz, with the added bonus of chocolate, (it is Christmas!) for the winners, and the gallant runners up, can make it more fun! At  the end of term, Year 10 enjoyed some good and useful revision of their first module, reflecting on how much work they had done and how far they had already come in just one term, on their G.C.S.E course, but […]

Christmas came early to Fyling Hall’s boarders!

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Christmas came early to Fyling Hall‘s boarders! On the last Sunday of the term, boarders enjoyed a fabulous Sunday of Christmasy fun. Students and staff enjoyed mince pie and mulled (non alcoholic) wine making, secret Santa, lots of games and a yummy Christmas inspired meal it was a true Fyling Hall family, festive fun! Take a look!

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 […]