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Gangsta Granny Theatre Trip

On the 8th of June a team of staff led by Miss Parkes took 107 students from Year 7 and Year 8 to Manchester Opera House to watch the award winning performance of ‘Gangsta Granny’. The play is adapted from the hugely acclaimed novel by David Walliams and the trip was extremely popular, with all spaces being filled in a matter of hours!

The theatre was full with school trips and our students from Batley Grammar School represented us perfectly, with polite behaviour and enthusiasm for the performance. This trip provided students with the chance to observe live theatre first hand and watch professional actors implementing the skills they practice every Drama lesson. The play was full of silly jokes and ridiculous characters; the ideal relief for a rainy Thursday morning!

Especial thanks to Mr Batley, Miss Wilson, Mrs Graham and Mrs Sadiq for their help on the day, it was a fun day for all involved and was a great success!

UK Maths Challenge

Last half term students from Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. We had eight students this year who achieved one of these top awards. These included:

Year 11
Amirah Hassan – Best in Year and Silver certificate
Will Hartley – Bronze Certificate
Zainab Lookman – Bronze Certificate

Year 10
Lorcan Nicholls – Best in School, Best in Year and Gold Certificate
Uzair Laher – Silver Certificate
Ben Costello – Bronze Certificate

Year 9
Lily Sisson – Best in Year and Silver Certificate
Mia Butler – Bronze Certificate

Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide. This year Lorcan Nicholls in Year 10 was selected to sit the Pink European Kangaroo paper. He did extremely well scoring highly enough to achieve a Merit Certificate.

An excellent achievement for Lorcan and well done to all!

Leeds University Maths Competition

Earlier this year a number of our Year 7 and Year 8 students took part in a Mathematics competition organised by the University of Leeds. The students were required to tackle a number of problems that tested their problem solving and logical reasoning skills, as well as their knowledge of Mathematics. Over 350 students from across West Yorkshire entered the competition, providing a very high level of competition.

Five students from Batley Grammar School did particularly well, achieving a Certificate of Merit. Hannah Green, Caitlan Davis, Dhruv Dhangar, Sarah Hassan and Biloval Ashfak were invited, along with their families, to attend a prize giving evening at the university.

One of our Year 7 students, however, stood out from the rest. Molly Lawford achieved 3rd place in the competition, which is an incredible achievement. Her achievement has been celebrated by the school, in assembly, and also at the award ceremony at the University of Leeds. Well done Molly!

Batley Schools’ Swimming Gala

What a fantastic performance!

11 children from KS2 participated. The events individual were : Breast stroke , Back stroke and Front Crawl plus 2 relay events: Medley and the freestyle relay.

We were delighted to have a competitor or relay teams reach every final except one.

Results:

Boys Breastroke – Reece Frater  – 5th

Boys Backstroke – Luke Hook – 2nd

Boys Front Crawl – Leon Tipton – 1st

Boys  Medley – Relay team – 1st

Girls  Breastroke – Jenna Noake  2nd

Girls  Backstroke Hana Mitha 6th

Girls  Front Crawl – Eve Quincey – 4th

Girls Medley Relay Team 5th

Girls Freestyle relay team 6th

The boys were then awarded the Boys trophy as overall winners.

The girls came 4th in the overall competition.

This is the best Batley Grammar School Primary Phase performance in a swimming gala –well done to all involved and thank you to the staff who gave up their evening to support the children at this event.

Ready Steady Cook House Competition

Twenty four students from KS3 took part in the Ready Steady Cook competition on Thursday 4 May. Most teams were divided into a ‘senior’ and ‘junior’ group but all worked fantastically as a team. The students were given a series of surprise ingredients as well as access to a general stock of other items. In the first hour of the competition time was spent researching recipes, writing a menu and organising resources ready for cooking. The brief was to create a starter and a main or a starter and a dessert; the level of challenge and creativity shown was superb.

Once the first hour was up it was off with the cooking, two hours to create their dishes and wash up and clear up; the latter part being all-important if they wanted to score maximum teamwork points. Benstead took an early lead with two very independent and well-coordinated teams. Akroyd’s senior team showed great resilience when one of their recipes turned out badly and they had to start again…still producing more dishes than any other house in the end. Some great teamwork was seen in Lee as (like Benstead) they had one team made entirely of Year 7s who worked so hard to compete with their older opponents. Talbot had a slow start but ended up producing some great food…with a little support from staff.

The finished dishes looked splendid and were a real credit to students, especially our younger cohort who have not taken part in this competition in previous years or may not even have previously studied Food Technology. Each team was ranked individually then an overall place was assigned, Akroyd lost some points at the end of the competition for poor team work when clearing up. This resulted in Benstead being declared champions with Akroyd and Lee splitting the second place points and Talbot in third overall. Well done everyone, it was a fantastic competition.

Individual team rankings below / 8

Akroyd

Joint 7th
Joe Hartley 7ARD
Laura Mbangsi 7CAH
Zain Ali 7AFG

Second
Paige Thornton 9CMB
Mia Butler 9CMB
Alex Speight 9SC

Benstead

Fourth
Arooj Hussain 7CJP
Molly Lawford 7CJP
Rebecca Martin 7SHU

First
Nimara Amjad 7CJP
Lily Sissons 9SC
Hana Gulamussain 9SC

Lee

Sixth
Saarah Patel 7CJP
Leo Cameron 7CJP
Caitlan Davis 7SHU

Fifth
Eesa Motara 8SGM
Freja Rix 8AXH
Naimh Cameron 9CMB

Talbot

Joint 7th
Hafsah Nadeem 7CJP
Logan Wilby 7ARD
Samah Lala 9SC

Third
Lily Rodriguez Farnhill 9SC
Hawwaa Laher 7AFG
Halimah Ravat 8FRL