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A Former Teacher pays a visit

Bob Ellis returns to school 50 years to the day after having first started at Batley Grammar School

When the new Year 7 students at Batley Grammar School started school last week they were paid a visit by a former teacher, Bob Ellis, who was remembering this day 50 years ago when he started as a new teacher at Batley Grammar School.
Bob moved to the area from the south of England having studied at Loughborough University. He joined the school as Head of PE and remained in post for 38 years, such was his fondness for the school, the job and the hundreds of students he taught.
He was given a tour of the school impressed with the many changes and developments that had taken place in recent years and yet pleased that the school had chosen to retain many of the traditions of its 400 year old history that he had always valued.
Bob is pictured with two year 7 students, Isaac Hartley and William Ghosh, both of whom have fathers who attended BGS and were taught by him: Alistair Hartley (now Chair of Governors) and Robin Ghosh (a trustee of the BGS Foundation Trust).
The school would like to wish Bob a very happy 75th birthday this week and many more years of a happy and well-earned retirement!

Youth Health Champions

Eight students in Year 9 have spent four days training to be Youth Health Champions. This is a Level 2 course run by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in conjunction with Food For Life. As well as developing their knowledge of local health improvement facilities and their understanding of health issues the students worked as a group to develop their skills in research and presenting to an audience. The students will be running campaigns in school next year to help develop a healthy lifestyle at Batley Grammar School.

Primary Sports Day

On Wednesday 05 July, Primary Phase pupils took part in their annual sports day and family picnic. Despite a bit of rain over lunchtime with the picnic moving into the sports hall, the children had a fantastic time. There were some very determined competitors in the sports events and it was lovely to see parents and children joining in together with activities after the picnic. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work over the day to make sure everything ran smoothly and thanks also to all the parents who shared their picnics with staff to make sure we all had lunch!
It was a really enjoyable day and we hope next year we can do it again!

Fox’s Biscuit Challenge

Seventeen Year 8 students who won awards in the Fox’s biscuit challenge were the lucky recipients of a tour of Fox’s biscuit factory. The students had been working on a project in Food Technology lessons to design a creative biscuit that could be marketed by Fox’s. As well as researching and experimenting with biscuit recipes, they also had to take into account how easy the biscuit would be to mass produce. A big thank you to Fox’s for running the competition and to the student’s for all their hard work.

Mathematics competition for local schools

Eight KS3 students: Muhammed Master (7CJP), Saarah Patel (7CJP), Yasin Seedat (7CJP), Rameesah Dhort (7AFG), Zakariya Mamaniyat (7ARD), Rayyan Patel (7ARD), Hannah Green (7CAH) and Molly Lawford (7CJP) represented Batley Grammar School in a local schools’ mathematics competition at Honley High School. The competition consisted of four different rounds and tested a range of mathematical skills.

Muhammed, Saarah, Yasin and Rameesah finished in second place out of 11 teams, only losing first place to Honley High themselves.

All the students were extremely well behaved and did the school proud. Well done to all of them!