On Monday 9 November, Batley Grammar School and Kirklees Music continued to strengthen their partnership by co-hosting their first event. After weeks of practice, students from both organisations captivated an audience of friends, family and staff members with a collection of excellent musical performances. From Ed Sheeran to Giuseppe Verdi, the talented musicians performed in a variety of styles to provide a fine evening of entertainment. Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to hearing you again in the future.
Each year we also have a team of Junior Heads. This year we had over 15 applications for the position of Junior Head. After a tough selection process, we appointed a team of five Junior Heads. Throughout the term they will be responsible for delivering assemblies, assisting during out of hours events and leading initiatives within the year group. On Tuesday 7 November these students, along with the Eco-Warriors, presented a brilliant and very informative assembly to the rest of the year group. Throughout this assembly they showed exceptional public speaking skills and delivered confidently and professionally.
Three members of the CCF have recently been promoted to Cadet Lance Corporal; they are Hannah Sturgeon, Emanuel Soimaru and Sam Brackley.
Over a period of 12 months each cadet has been assessed on their attendance and input to weekly training. They have had to pass tests in weapon handling, shooting, field craft (camouflage and concealment, Patrol Skills,).
They have also had to attend Annual Camp as part of the promotion process.
They have shown leadership qualities which have been tested through a series of Command Tasks designed to test planning and communications skills.
Lt Col Dawson, the CCF Contingent Commander, is seen congratulating the newly promoted Cadets.
A huge congratulations to the U13 Girls’ Football team who played their second round match in the ESFA tournament on Tuesday 10 October. This is the first girls’ team that Batley Grammar has entered into the English Schools’ Football Association tournament. The girls played an excellent team from Cardinal Heenan and despite a loss overall, the students showed fantastic grit and resilience throughout. Player of the match was given to Keira Bowman who showed not only great skill throughout, but was a real source of encouragement for the rest of the team. We are very much looking forward to our next fixture against Spen Valley High School and also look forward to watching the girls’ football team grow over the next half term!
Many congratulations also to Shelby Gibbons our recently appointed captain of the U13 girls’ football team. She is the first girls’ captain that we have ever had at Batley Grammar School and she made a superb start in her role during our autumn fixtures. Shelby never fails to give her all to training and matches and has developed a great ethos within the team. Thank you for all of your hard work so far Shelby!
It has been a fantastic start to the year for Year 7 with many students taking on additional responsibility within the year group. Firstly we have a team of dedicated Eco-Warriors. These students are working hard to make a positive change around school. Together with Ms Porter they have designed and implemented environmental policies within our school. This term they are launching their first house competition, encouraging other students to design posters to raise environmental awareness at Batley Grammar School.