- Written by S Milnes
Kay Mellor, writer of Fat Friends and The Syndicate visited Ralph Thoresby on Tuesday evening to run a workshop with some of our GCSE and A Level Drama students. All the students commented on how positive the experience was and learnt a great deal about 'internal, real' acting for television in comparison to acting for theatre. Some students were filmed and all have been kept on file, with the possibility of being considered for future television work. So if you want any autographs, get them while you can!!
- Written by E Mooney
- Written by S Mcleer
Our new sports ambassadors represented the school fabulously today at the grand opening of Holt Park Active. They met both Brownlee brothers and David Stone (Olympic and Paralympic medalist for those of you who didn't know).
If you would like to see how they got on you can click here to view their appearance on ITV's 'Calendar' show:
- Written by B Wilson
Layla Lewis celebrates winning £5,000 worth of internet services for Ralph Thoresby School and an iPod Touch for herself.
Press Release from Exa Networks:
Ralph Thoresby School in Holt Park, Leeds has won two years free internet connectivity worth up to £5,000 thanks to student Layla Lewis.
Layla, aged 11, was among the winners in a competition run by Exa Education based in Cottingley near Bradford, one the UK’s leading providers of internet services to schools and other educational establishments. Layla, who’s in Year 7 at Ralph Thoresby, has also won herself an iPod Touch.
Exa Networks, which looks after the internet services for thousands of schools throughout the UK, ran the competition as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. The free internet connectivity prize also includes Exa’s SurfProtect which filters out unsuitable content to make web-searching safer for children.
Mark Cowgill, co-founder and director of Exa Networks, said: “We want to get as many of our customers as possible involved in our 10th birthday celebrations and a competition that students could enter, win themselves a great prize and benefit their school too seemed like a great idea.
“Layla’s entry was outstanding and she is a well-deserved winner. Judging the competition was much harder than we anticipated as the standard was very high. Students sent us such as range of submissions about different topics using a variety of formats, from power point presentation to hand drawn pictures”.
The competition was open to any child, aged between 5 and 18, currently in full-time education at a school or college in the UK. To enter, pupils had to create a story, picture, PowerPoint, video or cartoon about either of the following: “What I think about the internet” or “The world in the next ten years”. Or pupils could submit an entry about a topic of their own choice which could tie into a school project.
Will Carr, Head teacher at Ralph Thoresby School, said: “I am so pleased for Layla and delighted that her creative and distinctive piece of work has won the school this great prize. It’s really timely as we’re in the process of updating our IT systems and this definitely helps the school budget.”
Jamie Francis, Head of Year 7 at Ralph Thoresby School, commented: “Layla has shown how creative energy and talent can be utilized and rewarded with such a prestigious outcome. We are very proud of her and she thoroughly deserves this public recognition. Congratulations from everyone in school.”
Mark Cowgill of Exa Networks presents competition winner Layla Lewis with an iPod Touch and £5,000 worth of internet services for Ralph Thoresby School. (L to R) Will Carr, Head teacher of Ralph Thoresby School, Layla Lewis, Mark Cowgil, Founder and Director of Exa Networks, and Jamie Francis, Head of Year 7 at Ralph Thoresby School.
- Written by S Leader
Thank you to all that attended the Sixth Form Open Evening on November 7th. The evening was a great success. A big “thank you” to our Sixth Form Leaders who helped subject staff with their stalls and met with parents and students. Our new Sixth Form Partnership prospectus is available from School Reception. Sixth Form applications should be handed into Ms Leader by Monday 16th December. Interviews will take place in the New Year.
- Written by S Leader
Year 13 students celebrated their achievements at the Progression Module Graduation Ceremony last month at Leeds Metropolitan University. Students each met the Lord Mayor of Leeds as part of the ceremony. The Head of the Students Union, Millie Cooper, gave a very compelling and inspirational speech encouraging students to “Never stop learning, never stop trying new things and never stop seizing every opportunity”. All Sixth Form students complete the Progression Module as part of the Mentor Programme in Year 12. Through the module, students are given the opportunity to research their options after Sixth Form, including Higher Education, further training and jobs. Students also do work on money management, where they look at bills and finance, build CVs and participate in a mock interview as part of the module. As a bonus students that successfully complete the module receive 30 UCAS points to be used at some of our local universities. Gradi Williams was presented with an Excellence Award for completing her work to the very highest standard.
- Written by S Smith
We hope you find the following attachment useful if you are trying to view information for more than 1 child in your family using 'My Child at School'.
- Written by F Schofield
Twenty of our 6th form pupils have recently returned from a four day trip to Barcelona. Our group was accompanied by Mr. Prus and Ms. Brown, plus a guest pupil from Horsforth School. Our tour of the city took in as many of the cultural and design icons, including the CCCB, Nou Camp Stadium, Olympic Park & Museum, Casa Battlo, La Sagrada Famalia, Caixa Forum, Parc Guell and the Institute of European Design. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have already been asking about next year's trip!
- Written by B Wilson
We will be featuring students who are making an outstanding contribution to the school and our community.
We are proud of all our students and their achievements but there are many who we feel need a special mention. We will be selecting one from every year group and giving them a higher profile in the school foyer and here on our website.
For this Autumn term our gallery features students who have made outstanding progress, have really good attendance and in some cases have achieved a personal goal or challenge.
We know parents will be equally as proud to see their son or daughter celebrating success.
Click here to see the gallery.
- Written by B WIlson
This is a new group to enable parents to engage in the life of the school.
ASDA stores of Adel who already support a tremendous amount of local community work have expressed a keen interest in supporting the group. By working together, we hope this new venture will be exciting and meaningful for the benefit of the school and community.
We would like to extend our invitation to the launch event on Monday 9th December at 7.00 pm. in the school.
This is an opportunity to gain more information and discuss how the ‘Friends’ can move forward, so ideas and opinions are welcome.
We have arranged for the informal evening to take place in the school and we shall be serving drinks and food to help us enjoy some healthy discussion.
We will be joined by Joanna Williamson (founder chairperson) & Annette Dadds (current chairperson) of the Friends of Lawnswood. They will be giving us an insight into how their organisation was started and the benefits for parents, school and the community.
If you would like to put this date in your diary, we would be most happy to welcome you. You may also know another parent or friend who would also like to become a friend of Ralph Thoresby.
We are looking forward to seeing you.