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Welcoming you back to our annual Prizegiving

Welcoming you back to our annual Prizegiving

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“Mrs White, trustees, ladies, gentlemen and pupils, I take great pleasure in welcoming you all back to our annual Prizegiving.” So began our Headmaster, Mr Steven Allen, as he welcomed pupils, parents, carers, and staff to one of our favourite events of the year.  It has been three years since we last shared our in-person event, but with the sun shining and much to celebrate, this year’s event was a true delight. On the day […]

Activities week is off to a flying start

Activities week is off to a flying start

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Activities week is off to a flying start with our pupils getting creative! Inspired by the work of the great architect artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, our pupils have designed their own versions of stained-glass window designs and nightlights. As a brief class presentation informed them, Mackintosh was born in 1868 and grew up in the heavily industrialized city of Glasgow, the second city of empire. Highly talented he trained as an architect but […]

A time of reflection

A time of reflection

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The Leavers Ball is always a time of reflection for me, especially when some of the children I taught in Reception have finished their exams and are leaving school for their next adventure. It is such a privilege seeing these pupils on their journey through Fyling Hall. They come to Form 1 as tiny four-year olds and I teach them, not just to read and write and count, but to enjoy and get excited about […]

A full taster day of senior school

A full taster day of senior school

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Our Year 7 Transition Day for Year 6s will be a full taster day of senior school on Friday 1st July. If your child is currently in the Junior School in Year 6 or if you’ve applied for a place from elsewhere, your new ‘student’ needs to arrive at 8:30am outside Main House, in suitable attire for a day of learning, equipped with a pencil case. Lunch is provided but if they wish to have […]

Professional Development Day is a great success

Professional Development Day is a great success

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Last year we could not send our Year 10 groups into the real world of work (we all know why) and this year local companies were not yet ready to accept students back for traditional work experience. Instead we ran an internal Professional Development Day which proved to be a great success (so said our Year 10 delegates last time) so we decided to run it again this year. Our Year 10 students started the […]

Last call for your Yearbook!

Last call for your Yearbook!

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It’s the last call for your Yearbook! Your last chance to secure your time capsule! The deadline for orders is THIS WEDNESDAY, 15th June which is the latest time I can place the print order to get them in time – so we need to act fast. Thanks if you’ve already placed an order – sorry for the repeated message, I just wanted to check to make sure everyone had that reminder and a last […]

Three days and more of varied tasks and activities

Three days and more of varied tasks and activities

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For those who do not recall, Activities Week is three days and more of varied tasks and activities, plus, plus. It is almost a distant memory thanks to the recent pandemic. I have really missed the opportunities it has offered and as a result tried to organise a full activities week that all should be able to attend. On the week pupils will learn valuable skills to support them in their later lives. Thursday will […]

Our first Duke of Edinburgh expedition of the year

Our first Duke of Edinburgh expedition of the year

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This last weekend saw our first Duke of Edinburgh expedition of the year. On Saturday morning, seven young people set off on the minibus to explore the Esk Valley on their Bronze practice expedition. Blessed as we are with our surroundings, we didn’t have to go far. After a 15 minutes’ drive it was time to get the rucksacks on and the adventure began. Everyone was in good spirits, still strong after a good night’s […]

Time Capsule! (A Yearbook is coming)

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On 7th June 1971 the three presenters of the BBC children television programme Blue Peter, Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves, buried a ‘time capsule’ in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, live on television. The idea was that it would be dug up in the distant future – in the year two-thousand – so the children of that time might marvel at the mysteries of the past and the children of 1971 […]

Weekly clubs are back for the summer

Weekly clubs are back for the summer

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Weekly clubs are back for the summer. Here’s what we’ll be doing up to half-term starting this week, 2nd May which is WEEK 2 of our five-week half-term. MONDAY 4:30-5:30pm Drama (for years 5-8) with Mrs JeevesMaths Revision (Years 11 and 13) with Mr WalshBoard Games (for all) with Mrs Banks or Mr ThomasFootball (for all) with Mr Coats and Mr Parker TUESDAY Duke of Edinburgh all afternoon from lunchtime with Mrs Trotter WEDNESDAY 4:30-5:30pm Technology […]

Our programme of assemblies and Learning for Life

Our programme of assemblies and Learning for Life

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During the Spring Term we’ve taken tentative steps to return to our programme of assemblies and Learning for Life sessions after two years of hybrid events, broadcasting, videos and small groups. Aside from our outside gatherings on the Fountain Lawn and last summer’s Awards events we haven’t yet had a whole school assembly inside. Instead we’ve run Key Stage events with age appropriate material for the two groups of years 7, 8 and 9 and then years […]

Electronics coming to life

Electronics coming to life

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In teaching the same topics come around again year after year and again in each year group at different times. In Science we call it ‘spiralling‘ as students see the same topic again in a different year but at a more advanced level. For example, I teach electricity in Year 7 around March, with Year 9 and Year 10 in September and with Year 12 in April.  You might think, doesn’t that get a bit […]

Time to get ready for the expedition season

Time to get ready for the expedition season

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Spring has finally arrived in North Yorkshire, and with the physical, skills and volunteering sections well underway, it is now time to get ready for the expedition season! During our first DofE training session in 2022, our Bronze group have learnt how to cook a substantial meal on a Trangia camping cooker – we had a buffet of couscous, mac ‘n’ cheese, pasta pesto, jasmine rice, and pancakes with melted cheese, and I think they […]

A small school with a big heart

A small school with a big heart

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Even though we are a small school we continue to have a big heart, often thinking of others who are less fortunate. With that in mind, we are running the Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal again next term. Many of you will already be aware of what this entails but for those of you who do not I will give a quick recap.  Each tutor group will aim to fill a number of shoeboxes with gifts for […]

Our annual House Run is back!

Our annual House Run is back!

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Our annual whole school cross-country House Run is back! A precursor to the summer term Sports Day, the House Run is a whole school activity from the juniors to sixth form with teachers either joining the run or stationed at a checkpoint along the route. Starting at the sports field everyone set off at 3pm around the corner and across Low Farm. At that point the juniors turn and come back. KS3 students run down […]

The Magic of Reading

The Magic of Reading

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Our thanks go to all of those who submitted their book photo to our World Book Day competition. The idea was to take a photo of you reading your current of favourite book. The judges were looking for good composition and some combination of relevance or connection between location, costume, props or anything to the book title or theme. There were so many good ones and some real effort made! You can see them in […]

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Surviving and thriving in the outside world after school, after Sixth Form, isn’t just about qualifications. It isn’t just about getting a university place, an apprenticeship or a job. It’s about who you know, how you meet them and how you get on with them: it’s about how you can build and sustain relationships with people. These are really important skills and we believe it’s vital that our young people develop them. This week I […]

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 […]

What one can see in our surrounding woods

What one can see in our surrounding woods

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Given our fortunate location in the North York Moors National Park, it is amazing what one can see in our surrounding woods. Two of our Year 10 pupils recently captured video and stills of badgers, cats and foxes in our woods and have done a write up to go with it. Take a closer look and have a read of what one can see in our surrounding woods! One day we went into the woods […]

A photo competition for World Book Day

A photo competition for World Book Day

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We’ve launched a photo competition for World Book Day. All you have to do is take a photo of you reading your current or favourite book in an interesting, unusual or relevant to the book, location. There will be a prize for each Key Stage as well as a parent and a staff category with a special prize for an overall winner. It has been a while since our last photo competition with our last […]

Mrs Milner’s tutor time

Mrs Milner’s tutor time

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As well as being an English teacher, I am also a Year 11 form tutor. Each Tuesday, we meet for the first period to complete activities and discuss areas such as current affairs, keeping safe on the internet and other PSHCE-based topics. Year 11 will also be looking at different revision techniques as we get nearer to the exam period, which begins in May.    Mr Instone is in charge of organising the tutor session activities […]

Ready to restart our Clubs and Societies

Ready to restart our Clubs and Societies

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After taking all the precautions we can and following the latest guidelines we feel we’re now ready to restart our Clubs and Societies, starting from Monday, 17th January. We’ve kept the most popular ones from last year and added a few new ones. As ever, if a group of students have a request for a certain activity and we are able to do it, we will. The new one that needs an explanation is Culture […]

Highlights from their Autumn Term

Highlights from their Autumn Term

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Before they broke for the holidays, Miss Havelock’s tutor group wrote down the highlights from their Autumn Term. This is what they said . . . ‘This term I did cross country three times. Something I liked was my football tournament. Another good thing that happened this term was it snowed so year seven, eight and nine had a massive snowball fight.’ ‘This term I ran two cross countries and played two football fixtures. It […]

the most magical way to end the Autumn Term

The most magical way to end the Autumn Term

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Our Carol Service is always the most magical way to end the Autumn Term. With last year’s service presented virtually, delighted students and staff returned to St Stephen’s for our annual event. With health and safety measures still in place, parents and carers were unable to attend. In lieu, we are pleased to share our recording of this most magical way to end the Autumn Term . . . enjoy! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* […]

When is a door not a door…?

When is a door not a door…?

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Ok, so that’s one of those awful Christmas cracker jokes that my father loves so dearly but it also puts me in mind of something infinitely more interesting; philosophy.  As a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the British Philosophical Association, I have a great love for philosophy and have long wanted to start a Philosophy Society at Fyling Hall as one of our after-school activities so this year I did – and I was very impressed with […]

in the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

In the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

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Our very own Physics teacher, Mr Instone, will present a one-man-show in character as Michael Faraday, telling his story in the style of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which Faraday set up, inviting the audience to take part in a number of groundbreaking experiments that helped make our modern world. You have two opportunities to take part in Electrifying!, an interactive presentation of Michael Faraday’s Discovery of Electromagnetism – the afternoon of Saturday, 4th December and […]

Changes to our Clubs and Societies

Changes to our Clubs and Societies

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There are a few changes to our Clubs and Societies in the run-up to Christmas – with these new clubs are being added: Latin has replaced Philosophy as requested by many students. Join Mr Thomas for an introduction into this influential language and learn the history of the lives of people living in Pompeii along the way. You may even get the opportunity to gain a qualification.Maths Club has been added for Year 11s and Year 13s in […]

What a way to close the half term!

What a way to close the half term!

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What a way to close the half term! Bewerley Park was visited not once by Fyling Hall students, but twice this year. This time it was the turn of our Year 7s. Asked what their favourite part of the trip, this is what they had to say . . . My best part of Bewerley park was the canoeing because we all had a great time and it challenged us. I was okay at it. […]

Technology Society and an echo across the generations

Technology Society and an echo across the generations

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I’ve split our Technology Society into two teams, one week it’s KS3 (years 7 to 9) and the next KS4/5 (Years 10 through 13). This has enabled a better use of equipment across age groups. With the older ones we’re looking at electronics, using real components to build a simple circuit on a breadboard to test it and then they were trained in using a soldering iron to permanently solder their components and wires together. […]

Learning for Life

Learning for Life

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For the first time in eight years I don’t have a Tutor Group. Instead, this year I have eleven, sort of. Part of my role is Learning for Life Coordinator which means I’m in the unenviable position of overseeing our programme of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Economics education) as well as supporting each Tutor and three groups as well as running our assembles and our guest speakers. All of this is what we call Learning for Life. We’ve […]

Brand new team of Librarians

Brand new team of Librarians

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We are excited to now have a brand new team of Librarians at Fyling Hall. They are from Year 7; Verity, Skye, Bonnie, Belle and Tabby. Our Year 8s are Anya, Diana, Edward and Isabelle and from Year 10 we have Olivia (our Head Librarian) and Josh. Our new Librarians have lots of great ideas to improve the Library and they help look after it each break time, on a rota basis. We are lucky to […]

a creative writing workshop day called 'What If?'

A creative writing workshop day called “What if?”

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We are running a creative writing workshop day called ‘What If?’. We’re inviting just 4 primary schools in the area to send up to 15 pupils from Year 6 (or Year 5 to make up numbers) to take part, learn advanced secrets of creative writing and illustration and then return to you to write their stories within three weeks and then send them back to us to be published in an anthology. The workshop will […]

Clubs and Societies are ready to start once more

Clubs and Societies are ready to start once more

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Following a great start to the term with lots of enthusiasm and excitement all around the school, our Clubs and Societies are ready to start once more. The idea behind our Clubs and Societies is to develop interests and advanced skills in extracurricular areas, opening students to new experiences as well as developing independence, employability, social skills and  of course, just having fun. There is no compulsion to attend (many students already do an enormous amount outside school) but we do encourage you to encourage them to give something a go and […]

Our Golden Rules (part 2)

Our Golden Rules (part 2)

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Last year we did a whole school activity to understand the origin of The Golden Rule and need for some kind of ‘rules of engagement‘, some kind of standard to uphold when dealing with each other in a fair way in school. Each tutor group was tasked to discuss the issues and formulate their own versions with a view to an agreed standard being produced as a poster for each classroom. The idea was not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from all at Fyling Hall! We take this opportunity to take a quick look back at our last term. Once again, a big thank you to everyone from the Fyling Hall community for all of their support during the past unusual and testing term. Our priority from the start was to ensure our return to school and make life as safe and normal as possible. We are proud of how everyone adjusted […]

Marking the end of the Autumn Term

Marking the end of the Autumn Term

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Marking the end of the Autumn Term is always special.  Our annual Carol Service at St Stephen’s is a long standing and magical tradition.  Whilst we are unable to gather together, we are proud to share our virtual Carol Service. Our Headmaster, Mr Allen, commented, One of the greatest regrets of this term is that we cannot come together and mark the end of term with the traditional Carol Service at St Stephen’s church. This […]

Get out your Christmas jumper

Get out your Christmas jumper

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It is time to get out your Christmas Jumper! On our last day of the Autumn Term, pupils are invited to donate £1 if wearing a jumper and £2 if they prefer a non-uniform day.   As before, additional donations are most welcome, and all proceeds go to Anthony Nolan’s Hero Project. Following a term of fundraising, Head Girl, Phoebe Russell added, Thank you for your amazing efforts not only with our recent cake sale, but […]

what an amazing cake sale

What an amazing cake sale!

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What an amazing cake sale!  When Fyling Hall’s Sixth Form put their fundraising plans in motion, they never anticipated the response.  So many cakes were kindly donated that the event lasted three days and raised over £550 pounds.  You will recall that all of the funds are going to the Anthony Nolan charity, who support Junior School pupil, Evie.   Headmaster, Mr Allen, commented, It was great to see all elements of school pulling together.  I […]

working on their ironing skills

Working on their ironing skills

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10H have been working on their ironing skills with crisp packets. Following his passion about the environment, Tim and his tutor group are making “crisp packet blankets“. Staff and students across the school continue to collect crisp packets. Over the weekend, Tim carefully split and washed all the packets. During the school week, the tutor group have been ironing the strips to form the blankets. All got involved during tutor time, and their ironing skills […]