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two days of intense hiking

Two days of intense hiking

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I swiftly and excitedly left the car, eager to see all my friends who were joining the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition, ready for two days of intense hiking.  We all had the same objectives: to conquer this challenging hike with sheer determination, and most importantly, to have a great time.  We were all armed with 18kg rucksacks and looking forward to having a brilliant two days, including one night at High Yedmandale Camp and Caravan Site.  Our small group of six sat around for a quick bag check, Mrs. Trotter ensuring she took some items from our kits to help lighten our rucksack load. This process […]

Exciting news for our boarders

Exciting news for our boarders

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Some exciting news for our boarders in September. As you maybe or not be aware I am a complete dog enthusiast!  I have grown up with an array of family dogs over the years and I have such fond memories of each and every one we have had.  My most memorable family dog was our gentle giant Pharaoh, who was a Newfoundland.  I remember going into my parents house and seeing this big mound of […]

Another bizarre year for Music and Drama

Another bizarre year for Music and Drama

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This year has been yet again another bizarre year for Music and Drama at Fyling Hall. We have had Year 11 and 13 exam concerts with no audience, a Fyling Hall’s Got Talent competition with only a handful of judges and the contestants, we even had an outdoor concert on the terrace to allow our Year 10 and 12 musicians the chance to perform. Although it has been another bizarre year for Music and Drama, […]

Fyling Hall has been amazing

Fyling Hall has been amazing

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2021 was my last year in Fyling Hall School, honestly stepping into a new phase in my life is quite challenging but Fyling Hall has helped me through this. Even now I still remember my arrival into this school. I was very closed off at first because I had just come from Nigeria. It was a bit of a culture shock, but I adapted quickly when I got to know how the people from Fyling Hall […]

One of our favourite events of the year

One of our favourite events of the year

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Speech Day is always one of our favourite events of the year. Call it Speech Day, Prizegiving or in the case of this year, End of Year Assembly, it is an opportunity to celebrate our pupils’ achievements. As has often been the case this year, we adapted our plans to ensure that students received the recognition they deserve. As Mr Allen advised parents, Unfortunately, after a lot of consideration we have made the difficult decision […]

Sixth Formers turn the tables

Sixth Formers turn the tables

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In their last week at Fyling Hall, our Sixth Formers took the opportunity turn the tables on those they’ve come to look up to as mentors.  Teachers are often the ones asking students the hard-hitting questions, not the other way around. Aside from the little information they might share in class, students don’t really get to do much asking. Now they ask these four questions: What’s the best thing about being a teacher?What was your most embarrassing […]

Our budding new historians

Our budding new historians

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Welcome to our budding new historians! This week was Year Six induction to secondary school History . . . all part of our Year Seven induction day! From Titanic coal to how the Georgians took tea, from ‘peace for our time’ to the Great Fire of London, Year Six have been unboxing our past and learning how historical sources (that’s ‘sources’, not ‘sauces’) have a story to tell! Secondary school level history can be a […]

When the whole school is doing something altogether

When the whole school is doing something altogether

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For a couple of weeks preceding the event, the mood around the school has been electric with the crackling anticipation of this, the greatest sporting event of the year. Groups of students from both Endeavour and Resolution houses alike could be seen huddled together in corners or sheltering in empty rooms whispering in excited tones, sizing up their competition and devising tactics to confirm victory. With lockdown having denied us a sports day last year there was so much riding on it this year and every student in the school knew it and, to greater […]

The resumption of old rivalries

The resumption of old rivalries

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July 1st saw the resumption of old rivalries once again facing each other.  Reds versus Blues in the annual Sports Day.  For the Blues this was not just a two year wait to see if they could prise the Athletics cup away from the Reds, but to put an end to an 10 year losing streak!  On paper the Blues had an excellent chance of winning this year, but as history has told this has […]

Year 10 Professional Work Experience

Year 10 professional work experience

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Along with many things, our Year 10 students have missed out on the normal professional work experience they would have taken part in this year. To make up for this we put together an intensive Professional Experience Skills event over two days. On day one we focused on the individual – students had the opportunity to compose their first CV and personal statement and have them evaluated. They took part in a mock job interview. They also […]

The full DofE programme

The full DofE programme

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At last – summer is here! Which means that our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are back. After last year’s expeditions had to be cancelled for well-known reasons, we are happy to say that this year we are running the full DofE programme again, with Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions. Last weekend, the Gold group, a mix of students from years 11, 12 and 13 went out.   Kian, Archie, Olivia and Freddie boarded the minibus on Friday at 7 in the morning in […]

Our final two weeks of the academic year

Our final two weeks of the academic year

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As we approach our final two weeks of the academic year it is always a time for reflection. The pupils will all be joining their new classes for September, with a transition day on the 5th July. I have had some of my pupils for four years and it is always a real wrench seeing them move on; they’ll always be my littlies! Of course, they’re ready to move on, just as our Year 6 […]

Thinking ahead to next year and preparing

Thinking ahead to next year and preparing

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Thinking ahead to next year and preparing for university or the world of work Yr12 have been taking part in activities to help them sell themselves effectively through their personal statement or cv. Pupils worked in teams to draw their ‘perfect’ student, the ideal person to benefit from university life. As you can see they came up with some very creative ideas representing sporting skills, looking after the environment, tolerance of others beliefs’, independence, organisation, […]

Year 9 taking full advantage of the fine weather

Taking full advantage of the fine weather

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Taking full advantage of the fine weather, our Year 9 Maths students were presented with the task of counting all the clover flowers on the Main House lower terrace. The initial plan had been to count daisies but the ever active gardeners had mown my specimens. The group was divided into 3 teams, provided with metre sticks and had then to work out a method of counting. The groups needed to use initiative,  cooperation, problem […]

Revision is an active process

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As the deadline for exam grades for yrs 11 and 13 passes our attention turns to  other years. Not wanting them to miss out on the fun they will all take tests during the next few weeks. Revision is an active process and just looking over your exercise book is not the best way to revise. Here Yr9 are taking part in a revision circus trying problems covering a range of topics. They are working […]

where are we on the map?

Where are we on the map?

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This is the question Forms 2 and 3 were asking . . . where are we on the map? Last week pupils went on another adventure. This time they went on a Geography trip to show off their map reading skills. The children set off from school equipped with compasses and maps; they had already plotted their route in their Geography lessons. Our picnic spot for the day was Swallow Head Farm where we greeted […]

Why do we continue end of year exams?

Why do we continue end of year exams?

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End of year exams have been a staple at Fyling Hall since I started working here almost 10 years ago. Boarding students and house masters rummaging under the seating in the Barn to pull out the exam desks and carrying them across the school once the dailies leave for the day. Dr Richardson laying out the carpet and meticulously arranging the tables and chairs in the sports hall and a mad dash to the photocopier […]

A fitting send off

What a fitting send off!

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What a fitting send off our prom committee organised! Fyling Hall students donned masquerade dress for this year’s Prom Night. The skies kindly cleared for the Years 11, 12 and 13 who enjoyed a great night with entertainment by Luke Pearson and a delicious meal catered by B.L. Outside Catering. A fitting send off after finishing their assessments! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet […]

Wishing you Happy Times and Places

Wishing you Happy Times and Places

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An open letter to my leaving students As teachers we don’t usually get to mark ‘final’ exams. We only get to see the results of all those years of study as you do, on results day. This year is again different. I know what grades you are getting. But then so do you. We worked it out together, as a team, me and you. It was unusual marking these, your final exams. You got so […]

If you go down to the woods today . . .

If you go into the woods today

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What would you find if you go into the woods today? Form 3 have been taking advantage of the fabulous Yorkshire weather and our wonderful surroundings here at Fyling Hall to look at woodland and garden habitats. Following our trip to Grouse Hill to look at the moorland habitat, no bus journey was required; just a short walk up the track and into the woods, before heading back down to the school gardens, where Trevor and […]

The highlight of their academic year

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As the summer draws ever closer, many of you will find your minds wandering to balmy, sunny afternoons spent ‘deckchairing’ in gardens (back, front, or beer); the chirrup of little birds singing in harmony to the sizzle of the barbeque and the tinkling of ice in your gin and tonic and the muted thwack of leather on willow followed by the polite applause from cricketers that floats gently across the airwaves through your wireless sets, our splendid scholars at Fyling Hall will be gearing themselves up for the highlight of their academic year: the Daisy Hardy poetry […]

Why I enjoy my boarding experience

Why I enjoy my boarding experience

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My name is FroI, and I am going to tell you why I enjoy my boarding experience. I am a full-time year 9 border from Russia and have studied at Fyling Hall for 2 and a half terms. The first advantage of studying here is education system. At school we don’t stop on one topic for a long time, and it helps to get more information in a short time. I like my teachers because […]

After-school Clubs and Societies to return

After-school Clubs and Societies to return

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Even with just five weeks left of this unusual and disrupted academic year, we wanted a selection of after-school Clubs and Societies to return. So from Monday, 14th June we’ll be running a few events between 4:30 and 5:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for various year groups with buses back to Whitby and Scarborough afterwards: Mondays Tennis: all year groups and all abilities. (Sign up with Mr Coates or Mr Parker.)Duke of Edinburgh: year 9. (See Mrs […]

unique and beautiful

Unique and beautiful

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Keep these two words in mind: unique and beautiful. Now, let Miss Gilmour put these two words into context . . . It has been a demanding year academically. We began the Autumn term with new rules in place for everyone’s safety; social distancing, wearing masks where, and when, appropriate, using hand sanitiser just about everywhere one went. The staff and pupils did what they could to minimise the spread of anything COVID related and […]

a really wonderful half term

A really wonderful half term

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The Junior School has had a really wonderful half term and it has even started to feel normal again. Sunny days have certainly made a difference to this half term; lessons, lunch, games and break times have all taken place outside. The pupils are still in their bubbles but have enjoyed playing cricket, tig and other games on the grass. Reading and story time outside has been fantastic and deli lunches are much better outside in […]

What the year has been like

What the year has been like

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Hello you lovely people 💕 It has been so long since I have written a blog for you. So I thought that I would give you an insight to what the year has been like. As we are all aware, this past year has not just been challenging for all, it has been rather unusual, surreal and somewhat like a scene that you would only ever see in a movie. One minute you are freely […]

How to spend half term

How to spend half term

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How to spend half term is a question many have been asking. For boarding pupils, half term is usually an opportunity to return home, and like our other students, to relax with family and to get away from school for a few days. However, given the current restrictions and quarantine times for our international students, many are again staying on school site over the break. Now the country is out of lockdown and more activities […]

A big push on reading

A big push on reading

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We have had a very busy time in Form 2 recently with a big push on reading, I have been encouraging children to read books outside of their comfort zone to broaden their language, creativity and imaginations. In Form 2 we have a reading rocket board. The children aim to reach the top of their rocket to have a dip in the prize box. Every book they read earns them a star for their rocket […]

Why choose Fyling Hall Drama for 6th Form?

Why choose Fyling Hall Drama for 6th Form?

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Year 12 drama students, Liv and Ulyana, answer the question “why choose Fyling Hall Drama for 6th Form” . . . The Rock School drama course has really become my pleasure as everything that we do in lessons is so far from the everyday school routine. Despite the fact that I originally was concerned only with production and set making, I started to do some acting in terms of this course. And it came out to […]

much more time with my Tutor Group

More time with my Tutor Group

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This year has been different for all of us in many ways, but as a Tutor I have spent much more time with my Tutor Group and the other Year 10 group led by Mr Instone than in previous years. We have registered outside every morning in all weathers and eaten lunches together every day. We have become very territorial about the bench on our break time patch and have enjoyed some lovely picnics together. […]

the family like atmosphere

Our family like atmosphere

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What I like most about being a boarder at Fyling Hall School is our family like atmosphere in the boarding community. When I first arrived, my two roommates welcomed me heartwarmingly and we bonded instantly. In the girls house we have girls nights every week, we do face masks, watch movies and chit chat, its super chill. We can spend our free time in the common rooms playing card games and listening to music. During […]

useful in the world of work

Useful in the world of work

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Fyling Hall introduced the BTEC Nationals Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT into our Sixth Form in 2017 which is a course specifically created with employer involvement to make it useful in the world of work.  It looks at all the IT skills needed to successfully run a business such as maintaining a customer database, updating financial accounts, running a website and creating social media marketing strategies to promote the business.  Completing students so far […]

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Wonderful moorland habitat

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Forms 2 and 3 have been out on a trip with Tanya Eyre, from the Fylingdales Moor Environmental Stewardship Scheme, to look at the wonderful moorland habitat which we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. We were lucky enough to be hosted by Caroline and Andrew Butterfield, Amelia’s parents, at Grouse Hill Caravan Park, so we were able to get straight onto the moorland nature trail behind the park, into a beautiful valley […]

Great grandfather’s papers for enrolment

Great grandfather’s papers for enrolment

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We are grateful to pupil Joshua, who has kindly shared his great grandfather’s papers for enrolment in the first World War. As Year 9 History students consider the nature of fighting in the First World War, these papers add a very personal touch to our knowledge and understanding of this first major conflict of modern times. Joshua explains that, despite being a Yorkshireman, his relation for some reason chose to enlist in the Lincolnshire Regiment. […]

What is summer to you?

What is summer to you?

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What is summer to you? To me, summer is birds singing in the early morning; bubbles from Sprite; light-purple night sky; sunbathing on the terrace and hugging the gentle wind. As the summer term begin, I set up a goal for myself —- be more active. I am always up for the evening session in the sport hall. Together with other borders, we play badminton, volleyball and football. Somedays when I am feeling more active, […]

My wonderful music students

My wonderful music students

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My wonderful music students brought the house down in last night’s RockSchool exam concert. Our Year 11 (The Rubberbands) and A-Level (Hill’s Angels) pupils gave a fabulous performance. Sadly due to Covid restrictions we were not allowed a live audience, but this did not stop my wonderful music students. Each group had prepared their own musical set with some solos, duos and group pieces intermingled together. The genres played at the concert ranged from musical […]

Film Club's latest review

Our new Film Studies A Level

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Here at Fyling Hall, we are really excited about our new Film Studies A Level we will be offering from 2021; it’s a fantastic qualification from the WJEC examination board and one that is very well respected by both universities and media businesses that gives students the chance to watch, comment on, and analyse some of the greatest works of cinematography ever created: from the terrifyingly dark mind of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ […]

Children express their feelings with clay

Children express their feelings with clay

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In the Junior School we try to encourage the children to express their feelings. This is particularly important at the moment, with so many changes going on in the world around them. We have regular tutor times and always try to make time to talk to the children. Knowing the children as well as we do, it is obvious when they are pensive, upset, just not themselves or that they might need to talk.  Forest […]

Learning how to see

Learning how to see

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Drawing is all about learning how to see. We spend a lot of our time in our academic pursuits gaining skills in writing and reading but without the other half of our consciousness we’re missing out on half our capabilities. Drawing and seeing go together like reading and writing do but with images instead of abstract metaphors. Learning how to see and therefore how to draw, dramatically improves imagination (which then also benefits reading and […]

To better support each other

To better support each other

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For the second assembly broadcast of the term I want us all to think about how we can all be nicer to each other, to better support each other, not just in school but in the community and society as a whole. Our school motto is of course “The days that make us happy, make us wise” from John Masefield. So how can we be happy? I opened the broadcast with these questions: How should we treat each other? […]

A Focus on GCSEs

A Focus on GCSEs returns

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A Focus on GCSEs proudly returns to Fyling Hall School on 25th May. Let us guide you through your or your child’s GCSE choices.  With many subjects pre determined, you and they have the task of choosing four more subjects.  But what and how to choose?  Fortunately, you do not need to choose on the basis of a fixed timetable. As a small school we alter our timetable to suit you.  In fact, we change […]

The world has us back!

The world has us back!

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The world has us back! After we haven’t been for any Duke of Edinburgh outings for 18 months, we used the first of May as the first navigation training day for our two new Bronze groups. We met up at school at 9:30, and everybody was equipped with a compass and a map with the route marked. And off we went. Although the participants knew most of the paths we were walking on from other […]

Eight new international students

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Summer Term has brought eight new international students to Fyling Hall, all of whom join our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Mrs Jeeves recently led our Year 9 ESL students in writing home and looking back on their first impressions of Fyling Hall. We also took our new class mates on a tour of the school to see the sea, the horses and find some hidden treasures around the site. Here are some […]

Getting Poetic in English

Getting poetic in English

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Fyling Hall’s Y6 have been getting poetic in English. We compared two poems by Kit Wright; ‘The Frozen Man’ and ‘Let’s Hear it for the Limpet’, before reading ‘Beachcomber’, a poem by the Scottish poet George MacKay Brown. The children then came up with their own ideas for beachcombing poems, with fabulous results! Below is the original which inspired the children to get poetic in English. BeachcomberMonday I found a boot –Rust and salt leather.I […]

how much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail

How much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail?

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In Year 12 chemistry, we have been doing an experiment in order to find out how much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail (don’t worry; no snail was harmed). So first, I had to look around the school grounds to find empty snail shells! This was fun as you can walk around and get some fresh air! It was beautiful weather as well.  After collecting the shells, I had to grind them […]

Connections for many years

Connections for many years

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Fyling Hall School and St. Stephen’s Church, Fylingdales, have had connections for many years and continue to work together to this day.  The church service at St. Stephen’s this past Sunday focusses on the Lord’s Prayer, which is the best known of all prayers and was taught to the Disciples by Jesus after they asked: “How should we pray?”  A number of students from Fyling Hall have been involved in the reading of this prayer, which will feature in St Stephen’s service. The version read by Fyling Hall students is an “unofficial paraphrase”.   In the Church of England, there […]

thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones

Thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones

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This term, Fyling Hall’s English Department has received a very generous donation of ten Chromebooks from the parents of students Daisy and Oscar Jones – thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones.   This new resource will enable students in classrooms to not only access the internet, but will also help pupils who find it easier to type documents to produce high quality work.  Mr Thomas, our Head of English, is very impressed by how this new technology has helped his classes […]

my favourite things about boarding

My favourite things about boarding

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Hi, my name is Ezana. I am in Year 8 and from Uganda. I have been at Fyling Hall for 3 months and one of my favourite things about boarding is the space we have to play outside. At school during our free time, we have a lot of freedom meaning that you can spend it how we like (within reason of course). During my first few weeks at Fyling Hall last term I had […]

Interested in Interesting

Interested in Interesting

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“The unexamined life is not worth living” said the Greek philosopher Socrates. Self-reflection is important. Knowing who you are and what you like doing is important. Our broadcast assembly had this theme to start of the new term. All of our six terms have names by the way. This, the 5th term of the year, is actually called Perseverance – a great message for us all, especially those in our exam classes, reminding them to […]

Making readers think

Making readers think

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Fyling Hall Junior School pupils have been making readers think. Taking part in Whitby Rotary Club’s annual Young Writers Competition, children were asked to create their own piece of writing about My Town, My Future. The Club advised that “Children could enter a fictional or non-fiction story in any genre – journalism, essays, short stories, poems, or other prose are all welcome. The ideas could be realistic or as fantastic as they wish. Even science […]