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I could not remember a better place to ride

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Everyone should come up to the stables at least once, when they’re at Fyling Hall.  The amount of work Coleen and David put into the stables is admirable.  The want everyone to have a great time and they have an outstanding love and passion for the horses . Every horse is special in its own way, just like the child at school.  It doesn’t matter if it is your first-time riding or you are already […]

Saturday morning musical opportunities

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With so many of our students taking part in last term’s Eskdale Festival of the Arts, Ms Hornung gives some insight into the various musical groups in which our international students take part on Saturday mornings.  Ever wondered what the teachers get up to in their free time? As you will have seen many of our pupils have been taking part in Eskdale Festival of the Arts, but not many of you will be aware that […]

Our little Yogis

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After a very eventful Autumn Term here in the Junior School, I was left thinking our children lead very busy lives. Not only do we pack a lot into our school day but many children have extra-curricular activities outside of school throughout the week. Through my after school club I decided that I could potentially help, rather than contribute, towards their busy lives. Yoga club every Monday, what better way to start the week! Yoga […]

Learning in a Second Language

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We are proud of our multiculturalism at Fyling Hall.  International students are a true asset.   They encourage all of us to look at things from a different perspective.  Often referred to as English as a Second or Additional Language (ESL or EAL) students, the government defines these pupils as having been exposed to a language other than English during early childhood and “continues to be exposed to this language in the home or in the community”. They are […]

PTA achievements thanks to your contributions

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I just want to share with you what the PTA has been able to achieve as a result of the various contributions by Fyling Hall families and friends.  Last year, and up until now, we have been able to contribute to: Drama department: lighting; Music department: box guitar amp; Art department – screen printing equipment Online safety and cyber bullying visit; Physics lab / Mr Instone’s club – computers; Junior School playground; Junior School – […]

Duolingo French challenge

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So how do you persuade language pupils to learn vocabulary at the end of a long and busy term? Chocolate, of course!! Ms Hornung set her Ks3 French classes a challenge over the final weekend of the term. Could anyone score 1,000 points on Duolingo, a free online language learning app? From Thursday evening to Tuesday at 4pm pupils were spotted furiously tapping through lessons to earn points. Each completed lesson is worth 10 points […]

Games lessons with a difference

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January to March are inherently a PE teachers nightmare.  You could have the best planned lesson only for the North Yorkshire weather to intervene.  Being a former pupil of Fyling Hall I remember vividly games lessons this time of year. We would regularly be unable to use the sports pitches as you would be shin deep in mud! We had no sports hall or all weather pitch.  Something which is almost unthinkable nowadays. This was […]

Famous Brazlians . . . according to Y8 Geography Pupils

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This term in Geography, the year 8s have been studying Brazil. As part of the topic they all had to research one famous Brazilian, giving a PowerPoint presentation on them. Below are some facts about their various Brazilian people. Have you heard of them? Do you know what they are famous for? Good luck!!!

Eliza Carthy songwriting workshop

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As Eliza is an ex-pupil of Fyling Hall it seemed only fitting that she should come to the school to deliver a song writing workshop to our Year 10 and talented Year 9 Music pupils. She introduced the pupils to her music and talked about her inspiration behind the lyrics and the music videos. As the pupils are following the Rockschool qualification which is aligned with industry standards the pupils were then set the task […]

Exams are nearly here

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As we head towards the start of the summer GCSE and GCE exam series, a reminder to Year 11s and 13s of the revision material that they have available to them.  Hopefully, you still have your Revision Guide, but if not,   I also strongly encourage you to review my earlier advice on exam technique. All advice ‘boils down’ to three key points: Identify your preferred revision technique (hopefully already done) Have a revision time table and […]

High scoring first team match

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High scoring first team match against Scarborough College on a lovely spring afternoon! 6-3 the final score in favour of SC, with George, Kian and Rory putting in noteworthy performances. It was also Joe and Ethan’s last match for Fyling Hall after 7 years representing the school together across a multitude of sports. Well done, lads!!

An early egg hunt

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In last week’s sunshine Junior School pupils went on an egg hunt! With Easter falling quite late this year, Easter celebrations come early at Fyling Hall.  Taking place in our Forest School the children found hundreds of eggs hidden all around.  They even had a little help from the Easter Bunny.  Needless to say, they thoroughly enjoyed eating all they found!  

Proud of the adults these former pupils have become

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Upon arrival, I was captured by the beauty before me; the panoramic view offered as your car drives over the hump on Sledgates, is truly breathtaking. I am sure the school must have a hotline to the local meteorological site to ensure that potential new staff see it at its finest. From that moment, I was captivated by the school’s uniqueness, it felt like somewhere I could grow to love. I had agreed to be […]

A Celebration of Hard Work

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This week’s Junior School Spring Concert was a celebration of all of the hard work the pupils put into their performances at the Eskdale Festival. It showcases just how talented and confident our pupils are. Choral speaking, spoken verse, duologues, singing, flute, trumpet and piano playing were all featured, as every pupil took to the stage at some point during the afternoon. They clearly enjoyed performing in front of such an enthusiastic audience, so thank […]

Fyling Hall pupils young and old do themselves proud

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Fyling Hall pupils young and old did themselves proud last weekend when they performed in the Whitby Music Centre Spring Concert at Fylingthorpe Methodist Church. Alyssa Kelly sang with the choir, while Zachary Kelly played for the WOW band. Megan Hinds performed a wonderful violin solo and played for the Strings Group. Amelia Kelly, Damon Kelly and Tomas Richardson played for the Whitby Area Concert Band and Damon and Tomas also performed a duet. They […]

Drilling in such a harsh, cold environment

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Today year 10 Geography pupils discussed the Trans-Alaskan pipeline and the problems caused by drilling in such a harsh, cold environment. One task involved them in sorting through problems and matching them with the appropriate solution. For example, they had to consider how caribou migration routes might not be interfered with. The solution? Pipelines on stilts of course, so that the caribou can move freely underneath!

Tennis Coaching at Fyling Hall

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As you may have seen tennis coaching has been taking place in our Sports Hall.  Held on Saturdays mornings these sessions have been led by Jim Mellor, an LTA registered, Level 4 coach, and have are open to all children, with some from Fyling Hall taking part.   Wishing to give an opportunity to all local children regardless of ability, the coaching also happens to fit in really well with our #PEwithaDifference initiative. We asked Fyling Hall […]

Easter retold through the eyes of Jesus’ donkey

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The true meaning of Easter assembly by the Junior School‘s Form 5 this morning, retold the story through the eyes of Jesus’ donkey. It was brilliant! Huge thanks must go to our wonderful gardeners, Trevor and Marina, for the amazing props, thank you! 😊  

Senior Book Club Discusses “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

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Last week, the senior book club met to discuss “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” written by Stephen Chbosky. This time each member of the book club took a turn in explaining what they liked and disliked about the novel and what mark they wanted to give it out of 10. The common theme was one of surprised approval – many students hadn’t expected to enjoy the novel as much as they did. One of […]

What did Y7-9 Book Club think of “Holes”?

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This month the Y7-9 Book Club read “Holes” by Louis Sacher. The response was generally positive from the children, but there were a range of queries and clarifications that were voiced due to the novel’s dual narrative and twisting plot style. In particular, the book clubbers discussed the ending and the way that all of the loose ends from the different characters’ stories were tied up… it took a bit of explaining for some – […]

Last week’s Golden Book :-)

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Our fabulous Junior School Golden Book pupils this week are: William B. For improved effort in maths and science. Noah for improved effort in maths. Dylan for creating a ‘fab’ Rube Goldberg machine. Sarah and Amelia K. For a super science assessment. Haeun and Ciara Y5 for receiving their Pen Licences. Izzy G. For consistency working hard. Georgina for preserving in lessons. Bella, Mabel and Sarah our budding ‘hockey stars’. Fabulous effort to all of […]

Animation

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Earlier this term Form 4 and Form 5 learned how to create their own animations in their ICT lessons using software called Pivot Stickfigure Animation.  There were lots of interesting topics chosen with a wide variety of characters and backgrounds. Alex made a football game where all the players get involved and tried to score a goal.  Aubrey created a game based on “Go Ape” with people and animals careering down a zip wire in a forest. This was […]

Inaugural Save the Planet Beach Sweep

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We couldn’t have had a better day for our inaugural ‘Save the Planet Club’ beach sweep. The sun was shining as the boarders set off for Boggle Hole, fortified by a continental breakfast and spurred on by the news that the afternoon’s Sainsburys trip was exclusively for beach sweepers! Initially the beach seemed pretty clean, but we soon found plenty of litter along the strand line towards Robin Hood’s Bay and around the beck further […]

Girls’ First Hockey Tournament

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On Thursday it was the Under 12 Partnership Hockey Tournament, 7 a side, at Lady Lumley’s School. Three very excited Year 6 pupils, Bella, Mabel and Sarah were included in the team. They came a very respectable 4th out of 6 and were only ever beaten by 1 goal. “I played in goal, it was quite nerve wracking, but I was comforted by my team mates when I’d missed the ball” said Bella, who, according […]

Short Story Winners . . . and their Stories!

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We held a special assembly this week to announce the winners of our Year 7 and 8 500 word short story competition. The four judges – Mr Instone, Mr Allen, Mrs Jackson and Miss Anders – all had a wonderful time reading through the 27 stories and assured me that they had a difficult time choosing the 3 winners. After much debate, the judges narrowed their favourite stories down to 6, and then from this […]

Celebrating Success!!!

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The Junior School had a wonderful assembly to celebrate their achievements in the Eskdale Festival. Mr Allen presented the certificates to the pupils and was most impressed with their hard work and commitment. He is looking forward to seeing the Spring Concert on the 28th March. Skye Telling was given a special Golden Book mention for four individual first places including spoken verse, recorder and singing … an amazing achievement! She was also in the […]

Our Gala Concert Performance

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The Junior School pupils have thoroughly enjoyed performing in the music and drama classes in the Eskdale Festival over the past two weeks. The medal and certificate haul was very impressive! We are delighted to have been asked to perform our choral speaking and to sing at tonight’s gala concert. The Eskdale Festival has been a wonderful, positive and exciting time for our pupils. Children as young as 5, have taken part in the competition and […]

Drama Exams Commence

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The year 11 drama class performed this week with excellent pieces based on Bouncers by John Godber and 4.48 Pychosis by Sarah Kane. The actors were ably assisted by Flora, Anna and Kayleigh who took charge of directing, lighting and set. Thank you to our audience for their support.  We are now looking forward to the year 12 performance next week.

An Unconditional Offer for Megan :)

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Year 13 Megan Emblin has received an unconditional offer to study Theatre and Professional Practise at Coventry University in September. It is incredibly rare to be offered an unconditional offer in drama, with such stiff competition for places. Megan is hoping to head onto a Drama PGCE after her undergraduate course. The whole drama department is incredibly proud of her achievements!

Congratulations, Neve!!!!!

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Huge congratulations to Neve Eddon, who recently competed in British Gymnastic’s TeamGym Northern Qualifiers!  Neve and the team scored the highest marks of the day, putting them through to the British National Competition in July. Since then Neve has been put forward for zonal days which involve 10 trial days, developing new skills with a view to being selected for TEAM GB squad later this year. She then has the possibility of being selected for Team GB and […]

Get your tickets to our RockSchool Concert!

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On Friday, 22nd of March at 6pm, the Year 11 and Year 13 music students will perform a concert as part of their exam for their RockSchool Qualification. They will perform a wide range of songs, as solos, duets or as a band and have been working really hard this term to prepare them. It would be fantastic if as many people as possible could attend the event to support the pupils and all their […]

A Focus on GCSEs

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Thinking ahead to your or your child’s GCSE choices?  Fortunately, many of the subjects are already chosen for you!  You then 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 our GCSE option blocks on a yearly basis.  Why?  To accommodate […]

Deutsch auf unseren Muttersprachlern ausprobieren

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Last week our year 7 have been trying out their German on some of our native speakers . . . just one of the benefits of a boarding community! Pupils made a long list of questions which Anna, Franzi, Johannes, Anais, Flora and year 7’s own Simon answered.  They followed this up in the next lesson by demonstrating their ICT skills, writing up the interviews and making a poster. Gut gemacht alles!!  

Reading is not just something your English teacher enjoys

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This school week opened with many of our teaching and pastoral staff reading lines from some of their favourite books in assembly. Children’s heads swivelled from left to right and front to back, as each member of staff took their turn in reading aloud their chosen lines. The silent message? Reading is not just something your English teacher enjoys: your science, language, history, sports, drama and maths teacher; as well as your head teacher, Junior School […]

This week’s Golden Book

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Many congratulations to this week’s  Junior School Golden Book recipients!!! 👏🎉🥳 Evie Hodgson, for fantastic times tables Haeun Kim, for being helpful to a friend Anya Legg and Isabella Watson, for a fabulous effort with short division Mabel Instone, for writing a super explanation in science Betsy Wooster and Alyssa Kelly, for always working hard and producing beautiful work Matilda Fusco, for great effort in maths

Will you join this group of students?

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The pupils below are all in the top five or six of their year group in achieving Academic Awards this academic year.  It is very close, in terms of the total number of academic awards, and there is no clear front runner at present.   Many of you are very close to joining this group of students and challenging for the cash prize at the end of the year.  You can earn Academic Awards through individual pieces of work, continued […]

Art GCSE exam already?

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GCSEs are fast approaching for our current Y11 pupils.  In the Art Studio, they are already working on their final project. This is a 7 week project that will counts as 40% of their GCSE. We are now 4weeks in, and time is flying!!  The outcome of this component is a 10 hour controlled exam, taking place on 1st and 2nd April. Pupils have been given a topic set by the AQA exam board. Within this they […]

Online safety resources worth sharing . . .

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The online world moves at a very fast pace and if you are anything like me, it can be difficult to keep up. There has been some worrying stories in the media in recent weeks, e.g. Momo, and I know making sure your children are safe online is a priority. The school is often sent a lot of resources about this issue, but mostly aimed at children.  However, the following link takes you to resources […]

Our first day at the Eskdale Festival

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The annual Eskdale Festival of the Arts commenced yesterday.  It is a great opportunity to be involved in a community event which provides a safe and constructive performance platform.  After weeks of preparation, today was the first day of Fyling Hall performances. Our Junior School pupils took part in various categories including Duologues and Poetry Competition . . . to name but two.  Mrs Freer could not be more proud! Senior school pupils also took part, performing monologues which […]

It’s Work Experience Week . . .

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It’s work experience week for Year 10s at Fyling Hall! There were some nerves and excitement yesterday before they set off. Lunches were collected for those being taken to their placements by our mini bus, and the students were all ready and looking appropriately dressed for their place of work. We have students as far away as Birmingham, Stokesley and Middlesbrough. We have a student at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre; someone learning about being a mechanic; […]

The Art Room is Buzzing about World Book Day!

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As we approach World Book Day next week the art room is buzzing with creative ideas and artistic designs! Inspired by the English set text we are looking at Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This story is a dark Gothic Horror about madness, murder and has an edge of dark humour.   For further inspiration, the children watched this modern animation by Annette Jung. Student responses were “wow, that’s a mad story” and “it’s […]

Stargazing 👏 💫 🌓

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  What an enlightening night we had last night . . . in spite of the clouds!  Last night we hosted our very own Stargazing Night as part of the North York Moors Park’s Dark Skies Festival. A big thank you to our friends at The Baytown Coffee Company for keeping us hydrated, and Mark and his colleagues at the Whitby & District Astronomical Society for guiding us through the sky.  We could not have done it without you! Thank […]

One Pen, One Die Challenge 🖊 🎲

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Fun in Year 10 with a ‘one pen, one die challenge’. This is a really good way to practise translation skills under pressure. Each student has a number of sentences to translate using familiar vocabulary Sounds straightforward enough? Well, it is until they are put under pressure as they can only write until their partner throws a six and grabs the pen to work on their own sentences! Pupils enjoy the game element but learn […]

Is glass really made from sand?

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In James May’s series ‘ James May Q&A (BBC Head Squeeze).  He poses the question “Is glass really made from sand?  Year 9 have been exploring this question in their topic on materials.  The answer turns out to be, yes – mainly, plus one or two other chemicals to help the process along.  Although, we didn’t use the exact same procedure, we were still proud of the samples of glass we produced.

Jack the Ripper and Victorian social issues

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Much has been written about the case of Jack the Ripper. Indeed, scarcely a year goes by without the appearance of some new book or ridiculous theory about the identity of this notorious Victorian murderer – for someone whose identity is shrouded in mystery, it is surprising how many people seem to think they know who he was and all about him! However, while most of the theories about Jack the Ripper, may be a […]

Meet Margaret Yewande Savage, the generous lady behind our scholarship

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Born on April 1, 1939, Margaret Yewande Savage was the daughter of Dr. Richard Savage, and Phyllis née Ribeiro. Though both British citizens, he was of Nigerian/Scottish descent and she English/Portuguese/Ghanaian. Though highly educated, as they were employed in colonial Africa initially they both faced extreme racism. Phyllis, a talented violinist who had attended the most fashionable private schools in Europe, was employed as a local primary school teacher in the Gold Coast(Ghana). Richard was a […]

Our Latest Scholarship Opportunity

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We are proud to announce a latest senior school scholarship.  Offered in memory of Margaret Savage, this scholarship is available to two permanent students for the duration of their academic stage, joining from September 2019.  One is available for a new boarding student, and the other for a new day student.  Selection is very much in the spirit of the Citizens of the Future scholarships offered last year, looking to reflect Fyling Hall’s values and […]

Endeavouring to give the children the same experiences I had . . .

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Little did I know, as I walked down the drive into the grounds of Fyling Hall School, in April 1998, that this is where my adventure would begin. I was shown to my classroom by Mrs Pauline Birchall (the head of Fyling Hall Junior school, formally known as White Hall) where a group of friendly faces stared back at me. I can still remember the shock of seeing a classroom with old wooden desks in […]

Flashback … last term in Music 🎼

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Miss Johnson reflects on last term’s Y7 & Y8 Music Lessons at Fyling Hall … The Year 7s had a busy term creating their first over single. The topic was nature, so the pupils started the term by setting off into the Rose Garden to see what they could see, hear and smell. Once we had spent some time gaining inspiration, we headed back to the music room to start writing some lyrical ideas. The […]