CCF Promotions April 2018

Following an intensive period of training three of our Year 11 Cadets have recently been promoted to the rank of Cadet Corporal.

Cadet Lance Corporals Hannah Sturgeon, Sam Brackley and Emanuel Soimaru have all shown initiative and leadership qualities worthy of promotion.

All three cadets are in Year 11 and are currently studying hard for their GCSE exams whilst preparing for Annual Camp in July where their leadership will be tested again on various military exercises.

Captain Paul Laycock (CCF Detachment Commander) congratulated the Cadets and presented them with their new Rank Slides.



Primary Easter Activities

The last day of the spring term was a special day; it was the day the children broke up for the Easter holidays. Pupils in the Primary Phase came into school and were given the opportunity to do some different exciting activities; these included card decorating, word searches, colouring and other fun things.

After taking part in a variety of these activities the pupils congregated for the most vital challenge of the day – building an Easter bridge with newspapers and sellotape. The challenge here was to ensure that the bridge was 30cm or longer and strong enough hold an egg. This sounds simple but it proved to be both very time consuming and a real challenge.

After they had all built their bridges each class went to assembly to praise each other on their outstanding achievements in the individual egg competition. This was followed by a classroom activity where the pupils put their structures to the test by measuring and testing which was the strongest and who had actually won the challenge. Parents who attended the praise assembly were invited to admire the creations that were invented by their children!

Batley Grammar School Ski Trip to Folgarida Easter 2018

During the Easter holidays a team of 40 students from Batley Grammar School travelled to Folgarida in Italy to ski in the breath-taking Dolomites mountain range. Folgarida is a quiet, friendly hamlet nestled amongst the pine trees in the heart of the Dolomites. The ski resort caters for all skiing abilities, and is home to some truly stunning scenery. It was a week filled with blue skies, big smiles and sheer determination from all students as they challenged themselves to learn a new skill. The snow conditions were superb, particularly as it was late in the season and the students were lucky to ski on four inches of fresh powder towards the end of the week.

Each day the students participated in four hours of ski lessons and enjoyed a delicious lunch of fresh Italian pasta on the slopes. The beginner groups made exceptional progress throughout the week, which was underpinned by their positive attitude and growth mind-set. The intermediate groups refined their parallel turns and tackled some more challenging off piste skiing with great control and enthusiasm. During the evenings students participated in a range of activities from bowling, table tennis, speed quizzes and ‘Folagrida’s Next Top Model!’. Throughout the week the ski instructors and teachers nominated students to receive Batley Ski Awards. These were awarded to students who showed exceptional character on the slopes. In addition to this students’ participated in a ‘News Flash’ activity giving them the opportunity to share highlights and successes from the day.

On the final day the ski instructors presented each group with their ski achievement records. Every student achieved at least their Bronze Ski Award indicating that they could demonstrate good control and turn competently on the slopes. This was a great achievement for the Batley Ski Team and topped off an incredible week. From the moment that the bus left Batley to embark upon the long journey through Europe, the students showed fantastic team spirit and infectious enthusiasm and were a real credit to the school.

Parents’ Association Special Women’s Day Event

On Friday 09 March, the Old Library was converted into a tea room as part of the first Parents’ Association Special Women’s Day event. It was fantastic to see so many parents in school, enjoying a cup of tea, a sandwich, some cake and a chat with each other and their children. Our thanks to the Parents’ Association for organising the event and also to Miss Looney for making all the sandwiches. It was a very successful afternoon and will hopefully be the first of many!

Year 9 Drama Visit to London

On Friday 2 February, thirty-five Year 9 students and four staff members had a very early start to their day. At 6.40am, they started their journey to London for a weekend of Drama activities and trips, stretching their understanding of the career paths in the Performing Arts industry.

The coach journey experience was lively and energetic, with all students eager to arrive and start exploring the theatre district. The first activity undertaken was a West End Stage Combat Workshop delivered by Richard Gittins. Richard, currently a professional actor in London, commented on the fantastic enthusiasm and behaviour of our students. The students learnt a range of stage combat techniques, and thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrations. In the evening the whole group enjoying a meal at the famous Planet Hollywood, followed by a professional performance of ‘School of Rock’ at the New London Theatre. It was great to see our students show such a level of respect and admiration for the actors on stage, and appreciate the varied age range of the talented performers.

On the following day, we worried the students may be lacking in energy due to the busy day before, and no doubt late night conversations in their hotel rooms. This was certainly not the case! They explored every inch of the London Dungeons, joining in the role plays with laughter, screams, shrieks and enjoyment (although this may be down to Miss Parkes and Mr Kirsfelds often being the victims of the pranks). We then ventured out into the rain, for a three hour walking tour of London. Miss Parkes was keen to wish special thanks to the students and staff during this tour as the weather conditions made it very difficult and dreary but the students continued their curiosity and grit, taking in all of the famous London landmarks along the way.

On arrival back at school late Saturday night, the smiles on the faces of the students and positive comments to their parents made every minute of the trip worthwhile. Miss Parkes also received some really positive feedback about the interest and friendly demeanour of our students, so a big thank you to all those involved, especially the solid team of staff (Mr Kirsfelds, Mr Batley and Miss Twentyman) to support the students and ensure that the weekend went as smoothly as possible whilst maintaining enjoyment for all. A thoroughly enjoyable trip, and now it is time to think about next year!