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Welcome back for this new academic year and I hope that you have all had a good and refreshing summer break. I am delighted to say that the students in both Year 11 and Year 13 did exceedingly well in their external examinations. In Year 13, 60.4% of the grades achieved by the students were at A*- B an improvement upon last year's figure. 16 students obtained places at Oxbridge Colleges and 10 students have obtained places to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. However, I am also pleased to say that well over 90% of the students obtained places at either their 1st or 2nd choice of University. At GCSE, 87% of the students obtained the benchmark figure of 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Mathematics - this being a rise of 5% on last year's figures. 88% of the students got a Grade C or above in Mathematics and phenomenally, 97% of the year group got a Grade C or above in English Language.

These results are a clear testimony to the efforts of the students but also to all the teaching staff who have prepared them so effectively for their public examinations. We wish all the students well whether they are going on to University, employment, College or into the Associated Sixth Form.

Yusuf and ClarrieNew Elections

Congratulations to Yusuf Rafique and Clarrie Pettit who have been elected Head Boy and Head Girl from September.

Calling All Performers!

Evita

We are looking for actors, dancers and singers as well as costume makers, make-up artists and technicians to take part in a major musical production of Evita by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice in November 2014. Evita tells the story of how a young girl escapes poverty to become the most powerful woman in her country adored by the masses and hated by the rich. With big musical numbers, dance scenes with a tango and salsa twist and some of musical theatres most dramatic moments, Evita is a show that will stir audiences' hearts and leave them shouting for more! Look up some of the most famous songs on YouTube such as 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', 'Another Suitcase In Another Hall', 'A New Argentina' and 'The Money Kept Rolling In'.

There is a large ensemble in this production that will play a large variety of characters. If you would like to be involved in what will be the year's biggest showpiece production then please sign up to audition and be prepared to act, sing or dance your way to the top. You can also express an interest in joining the wonderful backstage crew to create costumes, make-up or technical effects.

Shakespeare Schools FestivalShakespeare

Twelfth Night rock 'n' roll style (apologies to Mr Shakespeare!) is another exciting project, taking place in October 2014. We will be performing an abridged version of this famous Shakesperean comedy.Thank you to everyone who has auditioned, the standard has been incredibly high - it has not been an easy job! Click on the links below:

Casting Notice Cast List

Philip Wilby

Ian McMillan

The Shoemaker and the King - St Aidan's Community Chorus - 22nd October 2014

Following the success in recent years of performances of The Armed Man, Faure’s Requiem, Carmina Burana and two Coronation Anthems, St Aidan’s Community Chorus reforms in the Autumn for an exciting concert, performing two pieces, one brand new and the other a great favourite.  Celebrated composer Philip Wilby, former St Aidan’s parent, and Ian McMillan, Barnsley poet and broadcaster, have collaborated in an excellent new piece, “The Shoemaker and the King” about the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a Leicester car park. We have been offered the opportunity of the second only performance of this, the first being in Leicester Cathedral in July. Ian and Phil will be our celebrity guests to assist with the performance at St Peter’s Church, Harrogate on Wednesday evening October 22nd. We will also be singing John Rutter’s well-known “Gloria”.  No previous choral experience is necessary, simply a willingness to learn and sing enthusiastically.  The choir is open to all students, parents, staff, governors and friends of St Aidan’s, and the event will also involve the 5 student choirs currently running at St Aidan’s. Rehearsals will be in September and October on Thursday evenings at St Aidan’s, commencing on the 4th September. If you would like to be involved please email music@staidans.co.uk to register your interest, or download this returnable form.