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Yusuf and ClarrieNew Elections

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

Exam Results

A Level and AS Level exam results are due out on Thursday 14 August.
Year 13 students can collect their results from Constance Green Hall at St Aidan's from 9.00am. Year 12 students can collect their results from 10.00am.

GCSE results for Sixth Form students are available on Thursday 21 August.
All Sixth Form students should collect their GCSE results from the St Aidan's Sixth Form Office.

Please note if you cannot collect your results in person you can ask for them to be sent home. Please provide a LARGE stamped self-addressed envelope with the appropriate postage to the Sixth Form Office before the end of term. Alternatively you can nominate someone to collect your results on your behalf. Please provide a letter of authorisation to the Sixth Form Office before the end of term.

Unfortunately we are unable to email exam results.

GCSE exam results are due out on Thursday 21 August. 
Year 11 students can collect their results from Constance Green Hall at 9.30am.
Year 10 students who sat Maths GCSE can collect their results at 10.00am.

If results cannot be collected in person, you can by prior arrangement have your results:

  • Posted home by leaving a stamped, addressed envelope with the main office before the end of term
  • Have your results emailed.  They will be sent as a pdf document so make sure that you have access to a phone or computer with Adobe pdf installed.
Have someone else collect your results on the day by providing a letter of authorisation to the main office before the end of term

Land sculpture

Tour de BounceLe Tour de France, de Bounce & de Spofforth!

As the excitement grew for the arrival of the Tour de France to our region as always St Aidan's fully entered into the spirit of things with Mr Rigg and Ms Maughan from the Art department creating a fabulous land sculpture of an enormous bike on the playing fields, which created quite a stir with helicopters hovering above. Never one to miss a charity opportunity, Mr Pocock used it as the course for a fundraising bounce on space hoppers for Yorkshire Cancer - which raised an amazing £1,500.

Now preparations are under way for le Tour de Spofforth - aka the St. Aidan's sponsored walk. Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will walk the 12 miles to from St Aidan's to Spofforth Castle and back next Friday (July 18th), to raise money for the HG1000 campaign, which really is an excellent charity, and one that's locally based with lifesaving consequences world wide. The HG1000 Campaign aims to provide 1,000 families who are living in extreme poverty with a lifetime of safe water, simply by giving them water filters which only cost £50. 

We have a filter in school so the children will see how easy it easy to use, but just how effective it is in making water safe to drink. According to United Nations statistics, every 15 seconds a child dies from water-related diseases. If the school raises £5,000 that will mean 100 families can drink safe, healthy water every day. The school has set up a Virgin Giving webpage, which means the HG1000 campaign will receive donations immediately, plus an extra 25% via Gift Aid. There is also an excellent HG1000 website, with a video clip of the filter in action, where you can see Mark Charnock (Marlon from 'Emmerdale') and St Mark's vicar Guy Donegan-Cross demonstrating how easy it is to use the filter. 

For more information about the walk click here.

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.

Sports News

AthleticsAthletics

What an amazing season! The effort, enthusiasm and commitment of the athletes this term has been fantastic to be part of, and has brought plenty of success in its wake. There have regularly been over 100 at Thursday athletics club and many others at Year 7 club and specialist practices in the week. Some 60 athletes have represented the school with immense credit both in attitude and performance. At the district championships St Aidan’s won the team competition, scoring the most points across the Year 7 to 10 boys’ and girls’ team matches at the Cleckheaton match late in June. There were an amazing 58 event medallists here, with event winners - Iona White, Annie Cardwell, Emily Conn, Tess Buckley, Mya Mills, Asha Gogna, Amy Lawrence, Katie Kirk, Jake Liddle, Josh Wicks, Tom Humphrey, Jack Kennell, Adam Atkinson, Zac Berrill, James Rawson, George Mills and 4 relay teams.

AthleticsAt County level, George Mills has been selected to represent North Yorkshire at the 800m in the English Schools Championships. In the County championships, Amy Lawrence was 3rd in the triple jump, Tom Roberts and Zac Berrill 2nd in the 200m, Adam Atkinson 1st in the 200m, Ben Whittaker 3rd in the 100m and 2nd in the 300m, and Sam Dickinson 2nd in the hurdles.
Altogether 33 school records have been set this season, across every year group and every event, with some very tough marks being recorded to challenge and stretch future year groups.
In the English Schools' Cup competition, a team event with athletes scoring points for their performances in 2 events, all 4 teams qualified for a regional final event. Junior boys’ and Inter girls’ teams for the North East England ‘B’ final in Hull and Junior girls’ and Inter boys’ for the ‘A’ final at the Gateshead stadium. This proved a very exciting match indeed, with the Junior girls finishing 3rd overall, only a handful of points off the winners, and the Inter boys winning the match and qualifying for the national finals in Bedford on July 5th. These were both terrific achievements, with the boys making it to a 2nd national level final, having done so 2 years ago as Year 8 athletes.

Junior Girls - Freddie Moore, Bea Handley, Georgia Lawson, Asha Gogna, Charlotte Mannall, Anna Beever, Mya Mills, Saskia Bottomley, Hannah Kalirai, Tess Buckley, Grace Glover, Olivia Hood and Esme Court-Johnson
Inter Boys - Jack Kennell, Adam Atkinson, Sam Dickinson, Josh Mulandi, Morgan Jones, James Fryer, James Rawson, Zac Berrill, George Mills, Mike Woodbridge, Andy Dickinson, Matty Martin, Tej Mekako, Kailum Farmery and Ollie Holmes.

U13 girls' basketball

 

 

National Schools' Basketball Finals

Congratulations to the U13 girls' team who competed recently in the basketball finals in Nottingham - they are now 4th place in the country, what a great achievement!

 

Music News

Symphonic Wind Band

 

National Awards at Birmingham for Symphonic Band & Symphony Orchestra

The prestigious Symphony Hall, Birmingham, was the venue for St. Aidan's Symphonic Wind Band last week, as they performed in the annual Music for Youth National Festival. Under the baton of Mr Pallant, their programme consisted of two pieces. The first, Luz Aurumque, by the contemporary Canadian composer Eric Whitacre is evocative and ethereal music requiring the instrumentalists to play with the greatest of control, cohesion and restraint. Their performance impressed the adjudicators who said they played a 'difficult' piece with 'poise, sonority and expression', and that they 'captured the mood immediately'. Symphonic OrchestraThis was followed by a movement of Martin Ellerby's tuba Concerto and featured soloist Year 9 student William Freeman. William was congratulated for performing such 'difficult stuff' by the adjudicator and the band were praised for a 'scintillating' performance which 'captured the character of the piece'. Our musicians were delighted to be recognised for their talent and hard work as they received the Award for Performing Practice - a reflection of the extremely high quality of their music making.

The following day the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mrs Leonard, followed in their footsteps to Birmingham where they gave stunning performances of Faure's Elegy with Rebecca Nicholas playing cello solo and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture. They also received an Award for Innovation.

 

eSafety Evening

The school recently held an eSafety evening for parents, Paul Stephenson, Youth Officer for North Yorkshire Police came and delivered a short presentation to parents of students in Years 7 - 9 about the pitfalls and dangers of the internet for young people. For further information and guidance on how to keep your child safe on the internet and mobile phones, we recommend the CEOP website. Any concerns that you have regarding misuse of the internet or phones by a member of the St. Aidan's community should be referred to school.

 

David Laws

 

Praise Indeed

For the second year running we were delighted to receive a letter from the Rt. Hon. David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, congratulating St. Aidan's on its 2013 GCSE results, click on the image to read more. This is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment by the students and staff.