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Working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire

Working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire

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It’s been almost 5 months since I first arrived at Fyling Hall and I have enjoyed working here and living in beautiful North Yorkshire. I first arrived here in the middle of winter but was glad it ended up being quite a mild winter so it was not too much of a shock – although I did get to see a little bit of snow, which was something different! Recently, I have been loving English […]

First half of the term has been busy

First half of the term has been busy

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As you can imagine the first half of the term has been busy and a lot has been underway.  A variety of activities have taken place during the first half of the term, and I am sure there is a lot more to come in the second half!   The boarders, as well as our day pupils, have enjoyed their weekends at Wykham Lakes paddle boarding, trips to the local towns of Whitby & Scarborough, shopping […]

Experiencing life at a British boarding school

Experiencing life at a British boarding school

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Many international students dream of experiencing life at a British boarding school. This Summer Term, Fyling Hall is lucky enough to welcome a number of Spanish students who are staying for this very reason. For a short while, Spanish pupils will not only experience life at a British boarding school, but also improve their English. Let me tell you about our first group’s experience . . . Every day the students from Barcelona participated in […]

Some fun on the water

Some fun on the water

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On their most recent weekend adventure some of our pupils, boarders and dailies, went to Wykeham Lakes for some fun on the water. Well, that was the plan although Keith and Ibrahim seemed to spend more time in the water than on it. In fact whilst paddle boarding the girls, Diana and Anya were the only two not to fall in, showing the boys how it should be done. Next was the assault course, inflatable […]

Boarders enjoy the lovely city of York

Boarders enjoyed the lovely city of York

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This past weekend our boarders enjoyed the lovely city of York. Our short stay Spanish visitors also joined the trip to this fabulous city. Whilst our “permanent” boarders enjoyed shopping, the Spanish spent their time visiting the Railway Museum. Going out on the weekends visiting several towns and cities gives our international boarders the chance to experience different cultural aspects that the UK has to offer. York is a beautiful city nestled in the heart […]

A big warm welcome to our new boarders

A big warm welcome to our new boarders

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I would like to start by saying, welcome back to all of our boarders and a big warm welcome to our new boarders that have joined us this term. This week has been a busy one and it certainly has been for our new pupils.  They have all had their induction into boarding.  An induction into boarding, for those of you that may not know, focuses on what the day to day running and life […]

What makes me happy or feel at home

What makes me happy or feel at home

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What makes me happy or feel at home is when I can spend time with the horses at the stables. The stables are next to the chemistry and physics lab. We have very nice and beautiful horses.  We have a lot of horses and a very nice teacher, Coleen. Riding Mistress, Coleen, and Jimmy who’s not quite ready to get up 😉 In Fyling Hall School you can do some horse riding as well as […]

Boarding life returns to "normal"

Boarding life returns to “normal”

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I am pleased to say that boarding life has returned to “normal”. Indeed, what a Spring Term it has been!  There have been an array of activities that the boarders have enjoyed throughout the duration of the term.  Many have been challenging such as a treetop challenge in Dalby Forest, quad biking an Go Karting. It has been a joy to be able to finally watch live performances in the Barn. Concerts have been performed by […]

Boarders take on Treetop Challenge

Boarders take on Treetop Challenge

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In their latest weekend activity, it was time for our boarders to take on a treetop challenge. On a stunning afternoon 13 brave (well some of them) students faced Go Ape’s Treetop Challenge at Dalby Forest. After the safety courses and instructional tutelage was complete, they were let loose in the treetops. It didn’t take long however, for some not so brave pupils to start doubting their choice of weekend activities as the first Tarzan […]

Trying their hand at golf

Trying their hand at golf

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This weekend a group of boarders set off to Snainton Golf Centre set on trying their hand at golf. For many it was their first experience.  The morning started off with a ‘Full English’ and conversation focused on the question of how difficult golf could be, surely, it’s just like hockey!!  After, 50 balls on the practice range it was starting to dawn on some pupils that maybe this was not going to be quite […]

This weekend's quad biking event

This weekend’s quad biking event

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This weekend’s quad biking event was great fun for Fyling Hall students. Quad biking is one of the newer, and in my opinion, more exciting, activities added to our activities programme. It is one which is seemingly individual, but is actually, great for building confidence and camaraderie. Pupils were assigned into two groups and were allowed two thirty-minute sessions each. There were two different machine sizes to allow larger pupils a more ergonomic position when […]

Taking on the karting challenge!

Taking on the karting challenge!

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A cold, blustery day in February saw another group of pupils taking on the karting challenge! Twelve boarders were ready to race each other around the track, all hoping to be victorious. The first groups consisted of Richard, Ryan, Ethan, Marcus and Alexandre. From the outset, the going looked dangerous, with several of them spinning out of control at tricky bends where the cornering was more difficult. However, all returned safely to the pit. Marcus […]

Some great activities to come

Some great activities to come

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This term still has some great activities to come, from quad biking around a local circuit and tree-top climbing around one of the UKs largest agility circuits. We even have a little morning golfing session mixing both a driving range and a 9-hole golf course followed by a much-needed full breakfast.  As always, I am trying to find new places and new activities for pupils to engage in. It takes a lot of time and […]

The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger

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There were celebrations across Fyling Hall to honour the Year of the Tiger. From our Junior School to our ESL classrooms to our boarding houses, take a look at this year’s Lunar New Year festivities . . . Lunar New Year is always an important date in our calendar. Our Headmaster, Mr Allen, commented, “I want(ed) to make a celebration of this particularly for the boarding pupils. Some of the pupils have not been home for […]

The latest cake bake sale

The latest cake bake sale

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With the latest cake bake sale pending, it was spatulas and mixing bowls at the ready for our boarding staff and pupils as they prepared their contributions for the charity fundraiser the following day. An eclectic array of cakes and cupcakes were prepared and decorated by staff and students alike. An ambitious ‘tiger cake’ symbolic of the Lunar New Year, the year of the tiger, was the centrepiece of the afternoon. If the mess was […]

Working as a gap assistant

Working as a gap assistant

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Hello! My name is Shane Henderson, and I will be working as a gap assistant at Fyling Hall in 2022. My main role during the week will be helping out in the Junior School and on the weekends I will be apart of the boarding team looking after our boarders. I have come from regional New South Wales in Australia, about 6 hours west of Sydney – so I am used to living in rural […]

Boarders prepared to do battle

Boarders prepared to do battle

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On Saturday some of our boarders prepared to do battle in the first of our weekend boarding outings. Visiting Laser Tag at Mini Monsterz in Ruswarp, boarders were put into two teams – the rules of battle were explained and off they went. After ten minutes of running around the teams were brought back to see who had been top scorer for each team. Laser Tag break time . . . it’s sweaty work! After […]

A new selection of activities for our boarders

A new selection of activities for our boarders

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It is a new term and time for a new selection of activities for our boarders. Now that the weather is getting a bit colder I have tried to offer a mixture of events. Some that suit the cold weather and others that offer a little shelter from the conditions.  For instance, on our first weekend, pupils took part in a portrait drawing masterclass with our very own master drawer, Mr Instone. From last term […]

Welcome Miss Henderson, our new Gap Student

Welcome Miss Henderson, our new Gap Student

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Happy New Year to all of you and I hope that everyone had a relaxing break.   We have welcomed our boarders back over the duration of the week.  Of course due to the covid situation it has been different each term.  This week all have arrived on different days throughout the week. As the travel coordinator  the first week of the term for me can be a challenging one.  Flights change, arrival times change and […]

A weekend with storm Arwen

A weekend with storm Arwen

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All was calm on Friday night. There were rumours of the oncoming storm: the wrath of Arwen. We had twenty students signed up to travel to Billingham for an afternoon of ice-skating. As the hail hit the windows and the wind speed built up over night I wondered what the morning would bring. Driving two mini-buses over the bleak moors in sub-zero temperatures and 60 mph winds and driving snow would not fulfil our safeguarding […]

To take on Mr Parker's challenge

To take on Mr Parker’s challenge

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Who would be willing to take on Mr Parker’s challenge? When? Saturday 20th November 2021Where? TeesideWhat? Go-karting 24 intrepid ‘karters’ arrived ready to do battle on the toughest course this side of Stockport! Once kitted out in their racing overalls, balaclavas, gloves and helmets they were geared up and ready to take on Mr Parker’s challenge. He had stated beforehand that he remained undefeated on the track since 2018! The gauntlet was thrown down! The […]

I came here with a little fear

I came here with a little fear

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My name is Alvaro, and I am from Barcelona, Spain. I came here with a little fear, and I was thinking if I am going to be okay, or how is it going to feel being in another country far from my family. But when I came here since the first time I feel like in home, and in some aspects better than home. Here in the school you have so many teachers that they […]

On offer for the boarding community

On offer for the boarding community

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As I have been recently appointed as the activities co-ordinator I have big aspirations of what will be on offer for the boarding community. I have also tried to integrate dailies into these events to allow more cohesion between the children. As someone who loves adventure and thrill seeking I am intending to offer as many action packed activities as possible. Spring term will offer new events and some events that were carried out in […]

What does it take to be Head Boarder?

What does it take to be Head Boarder?

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What does it take to be Head Boarder? This is a special role at Fyling Hall; one which is crucial role in the boarding houses. Not that our Head Boarder contributes only to boarding life. This individual also contributes to student life in general. This year’s Head Boarder is Year 13 pupil, Steph. Hailing from China and Croatia, Steph has boarded with us for over five years. She happily takes the lead on boarding activities […]

Weekends offer opportunities for boarders

Weekends offer opportunities for boarders

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Weekends offer opportunities for boarders to experience a multitude of activities and most recently the good weather, even though it was October, meant that they were able to have a barbecue. Off we all went, nearly 30 of us in total, to Boggle Hole beach, laden down with disposable barbeques, food, drinks, snacks, condiments, balls, and bin bags. Once there, the boarders all got themselves into teams of 3 and they were each told to […]

Full of activities in and out of school

Full of activities in and out of school

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As you may or may not know this term has been full of activities in and out of school. A lot of activities take place on the weekends. Therefore, the boarders get to take full advantage of what is on offer. They have enjoyed time kayaking and paddle boarding at Wykam Lake, going laser tagging, having fun at Alpamare in Scarborough. As well as having an awesome time on the beach at Stoup Beck cooking […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special weekend gatherings for our boarders

Special weekend gatherings called “Philosophy Nights”

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This term I experimented with special weekend gatherings for our boarders called ‘Philosophy Nights’. It’s been quite a while since I last ran our philosophy club. Current global events have curtailed normal operations of our clubs and societies over the past year but the return of Flying Hall Philosophical Society’s is most welcome. The idea was to introduce the basic ideas of philosophy and the rules of engagement. I lead with the Socratic method in that […]

What it is like to be a matron?

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Joining us over 12 years ago, Matron Stamp tells us what it is like to be a matron, an invaluable role within Fyling Hall’s boarding team. When I joined the Fyling Hall boarding team 12 years ago, my role was Relief Matron, working 2 nights and days in Ramsdale with the Junior boys then moving into Woodside to spend the same amount of time with the Junior girls. This enabled the full time Matrons to […]

My first year of British boarding school

What will you do in your Easter holiday?

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So, what will you do in your Easter holiday? You may ask. For you it can be back home, sit on you favourite chair and watch Netflix until the day you have to get back to school again. But it can be much more than that. It’s Arthur here, from Hong Kong, year 12, currently in my first year of British boarding school. My first holiday I stayed at school because of covid. It is […]

We help each other in the same boat

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“There is a Chinese proverb: We help each other in the same boat and move forward hand in hand。Cooperation will let us usher in new development together. 中国有句谚语:同舟共济,携手前进 合作将让我们共同迎来新发展” So said Principal Xiaohong Chen, Principal of Chengdu Yangma Middle School, as he “ushered in a day worth celebrating”. This week saw the Fyling Hall School and Chengdu Yangma Middle School take part in a signing ceremony, formalising their “friendly cooperation”. Initiated by the Chinese Ministry […]

Proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder

Proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder

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Parthena tells us why she is proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder at Fyling Hall. She is in Year 8 and hails from York. Once I stepped through the door, I knew I had arrived in a great place. I started at Fyling Hall School in January. Before I arrived, I was feeling nervous and excited at the same time. On my first day the weather was grey and miserable, but once I […]

After I became a boarder

After I became a boarder

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Hyunbin, one of Fyling Hall’s international GCSE students, kindly shares what life is like “after I became a boarder”. I have been at Fyling Hall for more than 2 years, but I started to board from the last term. Before I started boarding, I did homestay in my guardian’s house. My homestay family was Korean, so I could have comfortable communication, but my English was more slowly developed compared to the international boarding students. It […]

Teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany

Teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany

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Yamina joined Fyling Hall School in January, just as England entered Lockdown 3. As an international student, she shares her initial experience with us including why she thinks our “teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany” . . . I have been at Fyling Hall School for already two months. Even though we had online lessons during that time, it was still great. I could meet amazing people here who really […]

Keeping the spirit lifted and ourselves busy

Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy

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Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy is very important for me and the other borders who remained at school. The past weeks almost months have been tough and far from normal. Let me share with you some of the ways in which we are keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy. White Robin Hoods Bay A common way to pass time and keep fit at the same time was spending the evening in the […]

a good time to make a real effort

A good time to make a real effort

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Revd Steve Foster of Fyling Hall’s local parish church, St Stephen’s, Fylingdales, kindly shares his thoughts on Lent, which might be a good time to make a real effort. The season of Lent begins this week on Wednesday, which we call “Ash Wednesday”. The day before is a day most of us know and love – Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day – not part of Lent but it gets us ready for the Lenten season. […]

This year everything is different

Everything is different this year

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Everything is different this year. Everyone is going through a hard time and are still trying to get used to the lockdown resulting of COVID-19. It has been a long time since the last time I went home and many of us really want to go home as well, especially on “Chinese New Year”. This is one of the most important festive occasions in Hong Kong and China. People normally celebrate it with a nice […]

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

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At this special time of year it is always exciting to spend time celebrating with our Chinese and Korean students, exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year and observing some of them ourselves. The multi-cultural blend of our classrooms is always a joy, but at a time of celebration it is even more exciting to share together.  In previous years we have given assemblies on Korean traditions, performed a play explaining the story of […]

I can see the difference between UK and Russia

I can see the difference between UK and Russia

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“I can see the difference between UK and Russia,” declared Nikita, who recently joined Fyling Hall in Year 11. Building on our a long tradition of providing a quality education while becoming a second home for international students, read more about Nikita’s initial impressions. Before coming to Fyling Hall, I have been studying in 2 different schools, one of them is Russian and another is Thai. My Russian school was like any other, students often miss lessons and teachers […]

Super proud of you all

Super proud of you all

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Although the first week has been different, we are super proud of you all. I know you have all been working hard on Teams, and although you’re not here, we’re still connected as a family 💕. Last week was a bit of a blow to all children in the UK not being able to start the New Year as planned at school. I want you all to know, we miss you and can’t wait for […]

this term, although a little different, has been great!

This term, although a little different, has been great!

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So this term, although a little different, has been great! We have all been busy and our wonderful staff have been working their socks off. The most important thing though is that the children are happy. Hearing the hub bub around Fyling Hall is music to my ears. We have that warm and fuzzy feeling back! The boarders have had loads of fun! From pool competitions, pamper evenings (with face masks that wouldn’t come off), […]

A Ride on the Beach

A ride on the beach

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A ride on the beach. . . . this was Mariette’s dream. “Because of restrictions, she’s not had the chance to (ride Gracie on the beach).  She helps me on the yard at weekends, so this was her treat,” remarked Fyling Hall’s Riding Mistress, Coleen. Joining Fyling Hall’s Year 9 for the Autumn Term, Mariette has certainly made the most of her short stay.  She has joined in with all activities, stayed over the half […]

The highlight of the school holidays

The highlight of the school holidays

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Having attended boarding school myself, the highlight of the school holidays was not so much the lack of lessons, but purely the fact that I got to go home. Which unfortunately, was not a possibility for 19 of our boarders over the October half term. This being the case we offered a variety of activities keep them busy and entertained, whilst reaffirm that they remain in a sense, home, over half term. The holiday was […]