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garforth academy newsletter summer 2011 stop press watch this spacey drama students chloe hudson and joel smith along with mr stevenson head of drama have been selected to work with acting legend kevin spacey in london in september following a rigorous application process the drama department was successful in being selected for this once in a life time opportunity for our students they were chosen by the oscar winning actor and star of american beauty and the usual suspects he was looking to work with schools that demonstrate a real commitment to excellence and innovation in drama as well as engaging and inspiring drama teachers and exceptional fresh young talented actors welcome to the garforth academy summer newsletter i am delighted to be able to present to you a snapshot of some of the very positive work and events that our students and staff have been involved in over a very busy term i am sure you will enjoy reading the reports and seeing the photographs which represent the success and achievement of our young people over the summer break we have a number of plans to continue to develop the general site and also some of our specialist learning environments in the academy and i look forward in the new term to updating you on what we have achieved and also introducing you to the new members of staff that are joining our team with my very best wishes paul west principal year 10 gcse geography field trip year 10 students went to grassington on our annual trip to collect data on the impacts and management of tourism for their controlled assessment students were involved in analysing footpath erosion counting traffic surveying the quality of the environment conducting questionnaires and drawing and annotating field sketches kevin spacey invited schools from all over the united kingdom to apply for his richard s rampage project chloe joel and mr stevenson will work with and be a guest of kevin spacey at london s old vic theatre where he is currently performing his sell out critically acclaimed production of shakespeare s richard iii the day will end with an opportunity to see this fantastic production this all takes place on 3rd september 2011 and more details are to follow but one thing s for certain the excitement is building!


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garforth arts festival once again the garforth arts festival was a resounding success the two week period of activities culminated with the playground party on saturday 9th july and thanks to terrific acts and good fortune with the weather proved to be a hugely popular event events during the festival period included street dance spectacular open mic night at garforth working men s club nikki allan sextet at garforth working men s club west yorkshire dance festival ceilidh featuring slania friday night live comedy cabaret summer songstice justice for all stories from the street at baraka blues night strawberry lunch project and headline acts for the playground party included billy bragg and hugh masekela .


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sixth form prom this year the sixth form chose a formal setting for their prom students gathered together at the marriott hotel in leeds on may 20 th to celebrate the end of their fulltime education it was an enjoyable evening for both students and staff extended services for 7 weeks of the year garforth extended services runs holiday programme based at garforth academy activities include paintballing go-karting cooking theme parks and this summer even an ice rink on-site programmes and booking forms are available from monday 20th june and can be collected from the academy or downloaded from the academy and school partnership trust websites activities are open to all in years 6-11 and the last week of the summer programme is open to all key stage 2 pupils come along and enjoy yourself for further information please contact sharon elliott holiday programme manager on 0113 336 8614 or email at `race for life in blistering temperatures a group of sixth form students and staff all dressed in pink joined the race for life event at temple newsam on sunday 26th june to raise money for cancer research they experienced soaring temperatures on the 5km course pictured are the students from the ccld and health and social care courses.


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ski usa the american adventure commenced at the beginning of april when 38 sixth formers and 4 staff met in the bus bay in the middle of the night for a flight that didn t actually leave until 9 a.m several students hadn t been to bed but on the first head count of the trip we discovered one student was still in bed enjoying an extra sleep a quick phone call and 10 minutes later we were on our way even though it was dark and cold spirits were high as we were about to set off for birmingham airport to begin our journey across the atlantic to new york city immigration into usa went smoothly and we quickly transferred from newark airport into a sun bathed manhattan in time for our first stop the rockefeller centre later we moved on to times square and grand central station for a food stop before hitting the empire state building at night the views over the manhattan sky line were spectacular and no one was disappointed by the time we arrived at our hotel everyone was ready for bed the next day we had a leisurely breakfast where the staff were treated to an impromptu piano recital by our talented students before meeting our tour bus and the slightly eccentric actor turned tour guide we drove around the sights of new york before finally reaching ground zero which was an incredibly moving experience this was followed by a boat trip on the staten island ferry past the statue of liberty and then more photo opportunities along wall street and brooklyn bridge finally shopping time and the chance to hit the abercrombie and fitch shop a must for all seventeen year olds after making sure everyone was fed and watered we boarded our coach to for the long journey to stowe in vermont it was very late when we arrived at our destination but a warm welcome was awaiting us the only slightly worrying thing was there did not appear to be much snow on the ground however when the yellow school bus took us up the mountain the next day there was plenty of snow and it was still snowing which it continued to do for the next 2 days stowe resort enjoyed the sight of [38 warmly dressed scarves hats gloves etc mothers would have been proud students wander out onto the ski slopes the students were quickly assigned


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groups and off they went with their instructors by lunch time it was clear to see that the majority of students were loving the experience the snow was fantastic and the resort was ideal as there was hardly anyone else there this meant that as soon as we hit the bottom of the mountain we were straight back on the chair lift and ready to go again over the next four days ski instructors watched as maniac students hurled themselves down mountain sides and into trees and although several falls ensued luckily we suffered only minor strains and bruises our four days passed quickly and it was hard to say good bye to the mountain in glorious sunshine despite the long trip back to new york we intended to finish the trip on a high with a final retail hit at the outlet shopping mall so that the shop-a­holics amongst us could get their fix of uggs converse etc after an uneventful flight home we returned to garforth to bid farewell to our students as they had their tearful reunions with family throughout the trip the students were brilliant and they were a credit to themselves their families and the academy mrs atkinson mrs mackrell and mr cunningham honestly felt it was an absolute pleasure to accompany them on this brilliant educational visit mr whittle year 7 sponsored silence just a quick update on the funds raise through the sponsored silence on thursday 7th july the money raised so far is £2500.00 which will all go to the charity help for heroes


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opening of the hepworth gallery wakefield the garforth jazz rock band gave a terrific performance as part of the opening programme for the hepworth gallery wakefield they may have been slightly hampered by the weather but they gave a highly energetic performance on wednesday 25th may new scientists science became quite literally touchy-feely earlier in the year when 50 pupils from green lane primary school visited us for science week the keen and enthusiastic team were here to find out all about the science of the senses and how the brain works taking part in workshops being run by mrs.hunt and mrs.drewett little did they know for example how great an impact our sense of smell has on how things taste but they were soon to find that holding a stronglyflavoured crisp under their noses affects the taste of the differentflavoured one they were eating other challenges included judging how hot a bowl of warm water was once their hands had already been in ice a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all setting the tone for their science lessons to come once they become garforth academy students in september a few weeks later an out-reach team of our year 8 students embarked on a mission to east garforth primary school for a session on marvellous materials although perhaps it would be better-described as messy materials slop and slime were the order of the day as the year 2 children mucked-in with water corn flour pva glue food-colouring and borax to make un-stirrable liquids and flubberballs of slime all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon but needless to say it s a good job the tables were covered in newspaper the hepworth were very grateful to them as they along with other musicians performers dancers and poets really did make the launch of the hepworth a huge local national and international success staff rounders the academy catering team under the pseudonym of the baguettes recently took part in the staff rounders tournament and whilst they looked good for `starters some say they got their `just desserts when they missed the `main prize and came in third well done team baguette!


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under 14 boys west yorkshire badminton championships congratulations to matthew metcalfe james keating christopher camm and elliot penrose for winning the under 14 boys badminton competition at the west yorkshire youth games 2011 at leeds met university on wednesday the 29 th of june the boys played outstandingly demonstrating super skills and terrific tactics and team work the team was a credit to the fantastic coaching and support provided by their dedicated badminton coach jill wallwork and excellent ambassadors for garforth academy the city of leeds schools have retained the west yorkshire youth games championship title voices against apartheid in conjunction with prince henry s grammar school primrose high school and the leeds city council international relations team students in year 12 at garforth academy have participated in the voices against apartheid project the vaa project saw students interview people about how leeds has been involved in the anti-apartheid movement these interviews included people such as bernard atha and keith lomax these were filmed and edited into a short film the film will be premiered at the leeds city museum artefacts and exhibitions from leeds involvement in the anti apartheid will be displayed georgia seedhouse morgan mason and emily coultard from garforth academy sixth form were part of the successful group staff rugby tournament garforth academy teachers touch rugby team entered the leeds touch rugby tournament on friday the 24th of june and not only won their pool but went onto win the whole tournament the event was an entertaining and enjoyable evening for all involved on friday 24th of june garforth academy entered the inaugural leeds teachers staff touch rugby competition at john smeaton high school garforth remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and after a bruising encounter against local rivals brigshaw ended in a draw garforth entered the final match against the well fancied priesthorpe needing a victory to end the tournament as winners garforth suffered an early blow when brown was ruled out by physio stephens with the recurrence of a calf injury in an ill-tempered encounter garforth scored an early try when krief touched down in the corner after good handling from barnett and emma priesthorpe came back strongly late in the game but stout defence from donlon and clarke and the willing running of laughton and owen gave garforth victory a bitter rodilian spectator when asked who had won responded garforth who else they win everything a barnet.



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