Clubs & Events

 

A Wizard Day

 

Yesterday, July 6th,  we had a "For the love of ... Harry Potter" day which was organised by the English Ambassadors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. They had great fun, making wands, a treasure hunt, readings of the first Harry Potter book and a visit from ex-student Kiera Weston with her owls.


Some Year 6 students from the Rookeries were also invited to take part.

 

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World Book Day

 

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Halloween Sleepover

 

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The Wakefield Mysteries Performance


Following three drama workshops with the Wakefield Theatre Group, some of our Year 10 students spent two days during half term working in Wakefield Cathedral.


The students worked alongside two other schools from the Wakefield area to perform a series of Bible stories with a modern Yorkshire twist.  They were coached by Director-Andrew Loretto, Writer-Nick Lane and Musical Director-Tristan Parkes.  The final performance was held in the Cathedral in front of an audience of parents, invited guests and the Mayor of Wakefield.


The students all enjoyed the experience, as did the audience.


Well done to : Sophie Lockett, Haley Martin, Wendy Westmoreland, Grace O'Brien and Lizzie Marris.

 

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Photographs courtesy of  Amy Charles Media

 

Videos of the students working can be found here -

The Hub Sessions

https://vimeo.com/120521061

 

The Performance

https://vimeo.com/120521657

 

Readathon February 2015

 

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Mini Monologues

Recently our school entered the Young Writers' national competition Mini Monologues. The students had to write from the point of view of someone who inspires or intrigues them.

We are very pleased to report that thirteen of our students have the opportunity to have their work published. The publishers are awaiting permission from the parents of the students.

The pupils' names are listed below and we are very proud of them all.

Oakley Dickinson
Nyah Morris
Megan Rowlinson
Henry Cobb
Hollie Soper
Tamsin Elderies
Ella Boldy
Megan Wood
Molly Stafford
Theodore Biddle
Katie Whitaker
Mia Maloney
Hayley Chesman

Library Sleepover October 2014

 

 

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War of the Words anthologies have finally arrived in school. Please see Mrs Eddy if you ordered one.

If you would like to sign up for the KS3 Spelling Bee, please see Morgan Binnersley or Mrs Eddy ASAP.

 

 

 

 

War of the Words Competition

war of the wordsFollowing the success of 'The Twist in The Tale' Competition, we recently entered the 'Young Writers' War of the Words' Competition. I am delighted to inform you that, once again, a number of our students have been successful and will now be published within a special anthology.

The students are:


Bethany Parker (Goodbye Soldier)
Callum Batty (A Mysterious Man)
Shannon Thomas (When In War)
Jack Tonks (Stuck By Thee)
Skyla West (Watching)
Chloe Southall (My Hero)
Josh Newton (The Last I Do)
Callum Batty (Alone)
Jake Westwood (War Is Over)
Morgan Bradley (Grey)
Dominic Mills (Fire Of War)
Holly Westmoreland (Retreat)
Rebecca Harner (Life In War WW1)
Matthew Bennett (WW1 Poem)


A copy of the anthology (and a copy of The Twist in the Tale anthology) will be available from the English department/the library.

 

Library Sleepover 2014

 

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War of the Words

New Poetry Competition: War of the Words, now open!

After the success of the previous poetry competitions, we are inviting students to take part in the latest Young Writers' competition: War of the Words. Students are asked to submit poems about conflict, using any poetry style they choose. Only one poem per applicant.

As well as the opportunity to be published alongside peers, we also have some great prizes waiting to be awarded.

Deadline for poems to be handed to your teacher: May 20th

 

500 Words

bbc2Two Year 8 classes entered a story for the '500 Words' competition from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2. Over 118,000 entries were received, so we were very excited to hear the news this week that three students have been put through to the second round of judging! We wait with baited breath to hear in May if they have progressed to the final 50. Well done to William Mowbray for his beautiful tale called 'The Magpie Man,'  Annabel Willis for the hard-hitting 'Zoe's Story' and to Tamsin Ederies. for her story entitled 'The Fire Ghost'.

 

Young Writers' Poetry Games Competition

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As you may be aware, following the successful Year 8 STC day poetry competition, many of the entries were entered into the Young Writers' National Competition. I am delighted to say 74 of our students were successful and now have the opportunity to be published within a special anthology.

All students named below will go on to the finals. Prizes include: 1 x £1000 first prize, 2 x £500 second prize and 4 x £250 prizes for the best schools. Pupils have the chance to be picked as one of the 12 finalists across the UK and could win an iPad.

 

Eleanor Eaton

Matthew Blower

Hannah Cryer

Kristian Davies

Kurt Jackson

Christopher Gent-Newbould

Grace Thomas

Chloe Southall

Jacob Connell

Harry Musther

Dylan Morgan

Ellie Flavell

Georgia Wilson

Erica Hunter

Elisha Westwood

Daniel Pallett

Laura Sykes

Charlotte Harper

Natalie Burton

Nathan Walker

Liam Molloy

Anna Neilson

Asa Tonks

Matthew Mc Conkey

Rian Blackie

Beth Winfield

Lily Scarr

Emilt Tennick

Jessica Hutchinson

Morgan Bradley

Amber Hopkins

Bethany Cook

Rosie Hall

Elliot Tingley

Sophie Campbell

Zara Parkes

Saramay Barber

Hannah Taylor

Jack Boden

Sophie Barker

Isabelle Parkinson

Ellanor Crossley

Bradley Olbison

Brogan Turner

Aimee-Elise Margrave

Dylan Metcalfe

Olivia Hutchinson

Daniel Peacock

Emma Stainer

Callum Payne

Callum Booth

Callum Smith

Holly Hipkiss

William Mowbray

Kenzi Scott

Georgia Evans

Nicole Barker

Katie Parker

Brandon Stead

Shelby Barker

Annabel Willis

Amber King

Emily Whitaker

Leah Sharp

Louise Stainer

Josh Newton

Jade Senior

Dalmi Gedara

Brooke Wilkes

Courtney Fox

Jake Westwood

Thomas Hellawell

Liam Nielson Jeffreys

Matthew Bennett

 

 

Now that is funny.

 

On 24th March, as part of the English Department's Stop The Clock Day activities, all Year 10 students were lucky enough to have Dave Smith, a professional writer and comedian, join them for a morning of activities to help them overcome their fear of the blank page and to realise the power of the written word.

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The day began with a lively, highly entertaining presentation with all Year 10s, followed by a series of writing workshops, giving students a chance to try out some of their new found skills.

Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with one boy even going so far as to say:

"After today's workshop, I've totally changed my career plan ....now I just want to write!'

For more information about Dave Smith, go to: www.wordsmith-features.com

 

A Twist in the Tale

Recently our school entered the Young Writers' A Twist In The Tale competition. I am delighted to inform you all that 46 of our pupils have been successful and will be published within a special anthology.  Congratulations to all that made it through! Considering they received 'thousands' of entries from all over the UK and oversees, it is impressive that so many of our students were selected. 

We also have two students who have made it through to the finals. Their names are:

Freddie Kirby-Clark
Syd Clark.


Successful applicants:

 

• Shariah Battye
• Mia Maloney
• Danielle Sharpe
• Zara Allan
• Taylor Carrington
• Josh Newton
• Connor Bennett
• Shannon Birch
• Bradley Braham-Millington
• Shelby Barker
• Charleton Haigh
• Henry Cobb
• Chardonnay Riding
• Gabrielle Warrender
• Lucy Dodgson
• Shayne Walker
• Logan Cording
• Grace Thomas
• Amber King
• Lucy Bevitt
• Jamie Robinson
• Demi Moore
• Oakley Dckinson
• Caitlin Pedley
• Tom Roberts
• Laura Mason
• Charlotte Emmerson
• Holly Langfield
• Ella Smith
• Ruby Maguire
• Ella Symonds
• Tamsin Ederies
• Skyla West
• Emily Whitaker
• Louis Bannister
• Katie Parker
• Christopher Grant-Newbould
• Emma Stainer
• Lucy Milner
• Yasmin Lawson
• Katie Whitaker
• Aimee Dyson
• William Mowbray
• Callum Booth
• Kenzi Scott

 

www.youngwriters.co.uk/online

 Year 8 Poetry Competition

After a very successful Year 8 Poetry Competition on Stop The Clock Day, we have selected a number of winners:

Number of Entries: 103

The Shortlist: 24

 

Nicole Barker
Amber King
Josh Newton
James Earnshaw
William Mowbray
Katie Parker
Brandon Stead
Dalmi Gedara
Shelby Barker
Jade Senior
Annabel Willis
Amy Whitaker
Leah Sharp
Louise Stainer
Georgia-Mae Evans
Kenzi Scott
Daniel Peacock
Emma Stainer
Liam Goodwin
Callum Payne
Thomas Mears
Callum Booth
Callum Smith
Holly Hipkiss

 

Runners up:

Nicole Barker
Amber King
James Earnshaw

Overall Winner:

Josh Newton

Celebrating Success:

English Stars:

Below is a list of students who have made outstanding contributions to the English Department over the course of the last term:

Year 11

  • Natalie Okach
  • Jess Vickers
  • Millie Watson
  • Leah Wood
  • Steven Higgins
  • Brad Nelson

Year 10

  • Zoe Jenkins
  • Kate Heys
  • Charlie Thompson
  • Alice McGarry
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Lewis Horner
  • Meghan Holliday
  • Sam Hudson

Year 9

  • Lee Withington
  • Marc West
  • Tom MIsson
  • Oliver Evans
  • Sam Moore

Year 8

  • Dalmi Gedara
  • Callum Booth
  • Beth Winfield
  • Isabelle Parkinson
  • Amber King
  • Erica Hunter
  • Georgia Wick
  • Jake Thompson
  • Khalifa Asnawi
  • Jake Westwood

Year 7

  • Nathan Purcell
  • Wendy Okach
  • Amy Turner
  • Aimee Dyson
  • Henry Cobb

 

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to William Mowbray, Dalmi Gedara and Sofia Cooke who have all had their work published in a national publication - The Young Writer's 'Power of Poetry' anthology.

 

COMING SOON: THE RETURN OF THE LIBRARY SLEEPOVER. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

The English Extra-Curricular Committee meets on Fridays after school to plan new events, activities and competitions for all year groups.

Library Sleep Over.

A group of students celebrated their love of books this weekend by taking part in a library sleepover. To fit in with the Halloween theme, many of them dressed for the occasion. They enjoyed a performance by storyteller Raymond Greenoaken and solved a murder mystery set up by librarian, Mrs Eastell. Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Crewe led a ghost walk which provoked more laughter than tears.

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Poetry Competition

The joint winners or our recent poetry competition were Dalmi Gedara and Sophia Cooke, with a special prize for technical merit to William Mowbray. We are entering these and twelve others for a national competition - 'The Power of Poetry'.

Anyone can enter this competition, so please see Mr. Harrison or Mrs Eddy if you are interested. Poems can be no longer than 30 lines and winners and runners up receive either an iPad or a Kindle. The closing Date is 25th October 2013.

 

Plus One Sessions

 

Thursday 12/09

READING: LOOKING AT

HEADLINES AND PICTURES

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WRITING TO PERSUADE

JNN

 

Thursday 19/09

READING: COMPARING LANGUAGE IN TEXTS

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WRITING TO INFORM

JC

 

Thursday 26/09

USING P.E.E.

JMy

WRITING TO DESCRIBE

EL

 

Thursday 3/10

UNDERSTANDING THE MARK SCHEME

JM

WRITING TO ARGUE

EL

 

Thursday 10/10

ENGAGING WITH A TEXT

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WRITING TO EXPLAIN

JC

 

Thursday 17/10

UNDERSTANDING TONE

BE

WRITING TO PERSUADE

JNN

 

Thursday 24/10

ANALYSING LANGUAGE

DSl

WRITING TO DESCRIBE

EL

 

Monday 4/11

LAST MINUTE HINTS AND TIPS (ALL STAFF)

LAST MINUTE HINTS AND TIPS (ALL STAFF)

LAST MINUTE HINTS AND TIPS (ALL STAFF)

 

Year 9 - GCSE Film Studies

In Year 9, Students may get the opportunity to study a GCSE in English and Media. This is an exciting course that will earn them a full GCSE qualification be the end of Year 9.

The course is split into:

Exam: (50%). This tests students' knowledge of a range of highly specialised techniques used in the media industry

Coursework: Full details are included below: -

 

Coursework Title

What do they have to do?

Specialised Terms

Resources

Exploring a film of the candidate’s choice (25 marks)

 

 

Write an essay about one example of film.

The essay is set out as follows:

  • Industry Research (5 marks)
  • Who wrote the source novel
  • Screenplay writer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Studio
  • Filming location
  • Budget
  • Exhibition and distribution details
  • Box-office takings
  • Critical and commercial success
  • Analysis of scene (20 marks)

The Industry research is an information-gathering exercise only and should take no more than 1 side of writing. The Analysis is a full analytical essay (3-4 sides)

 

Mise-en-scene

Setting
Costume
Genre
Framing
Focus
Tracking shot
Steady-cam/Hand-held
Wide shot
Medium Shot
Close-up
Extreme close-up
Dolly-zoom
Diegetic sound
Non-diegetic sound
High-contrast lighting
Low-contrast lighting
High-angle shot
Low-angle shot

boxofficemojo.com

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wikipedia.com

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Pitch (5 marks) and Preproduction (25 marks)

 

Write a pitch for a movie that students have created (around one side long). It can be in any genre, but encourage them to go for a genre with recognisable plot and visual elements, eg: Horror, Fantasy, Science-fiction, Disaster Movies. The Pitch is persuasive, and is designed to convince a Studio Head to produce the film.

The Pitch includes:

  • • a ‘log line’ (a one sentence summary of the film's narrative)
  • • brief reference to genre (where relevant)
  • • brief reference to at least one similar film
  • • indication of main stars and main audience
  • • brief summary of narrative.

 

The Preproduction can be the production of the Front Page and Contents page for a new film magazine featuring the movie in the Pitch. It has to be produced on laptops, and only original images can be used (mobiles phone cameras are handy for this). Important areas to consider:

  • Image(s)
  • Text Font and Colour
  • Layout and design
  • The language that is used to sell magazines

Studio

Finance

Merchandise

Log Line

Empire magazine

Total Film magazine

SFX magazine

Laptops

 

Production (35 marks)

 

Spend about 2 weeks on this.

Produce 2 or more FILM POSTERS for the film they have Created for the Pitch. One poster is a “Teaser” poster; the other(s) are “International Posters.” Only original photos can be used. Laptops are essential.

 

Important areas to consider:

  • Image(s)
  • Text Font and Colour
  • Genre-specific Stars
  • The language that is used to sell movies (Taglines)
  • “Soundbites” from magazine reviews
  • Lighting
  • Release pattern

Taglines

Any effective movie posters, eg:

Alien

Jaws

Halloween

Star Wars (particularly the Teaser for Episode 1)

Gone With The Wind

Terminator-Salvation

300

 

 

Evaluative Analysis (10 marks)

 

 

 

 

 

This is an essay detailing what candidates have learned during the Preproduction and Production stages. Students will have been noting their progress throughout the Coursework stage to help them with this.

Explaining how they have applied the above terms to their own work.

This GCSE introduces students to the skills needed in successfully completing GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature in Years 10 and 11. They will become accustomed to writing detailed essays, producing high-quality extended pieces of text, as well as analysing a range of media in detail.

Year 9 Poetry

The following pupils are now in Year 9, Their poems were published in Young Writers' Poetry Matters book for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

What Matters To Me

The stars in the sky have to be bright,
Asleep in the day and shine in the night.
The dog has to wake you at 4am
Then fall back to sleep again.

The winter's breeze has to be cold,
Grandma's TV has to be old.
Friday has to be the longest day,
The snow on Christmas has to lay.

Heavy footsteps has to be Dad,
The end of a movie has to be sad
Must have a friend who's completely crazy
Must have a pet thats really lazy.

On a barbecue it always rains,
Your car gets stuck down country lanes,
With the good there's always the bad,
With the happy there is always the sad.

When the sun is gone and the rain is pouring,
At least we know ifs never boring.

Kayleigh Maughan [13]

 

My Nan

A picture of my nan is what matters to me,
The way she smiles as she's holding me.

How proud she was before
She was taken away!

She looked after me and held me tight.
It was so special the way she gently kissed me goodnight.

She was lovely and warm,
Pretty and kind!
I'll never forget her,
She's always on my mind.

The way she talked and the way she walked
Just made me smile.

But she was cold,
She was timid,
She was scared
And she was old.
Therefore I knew it was the end
And time for you to descend.

Toni Lloyd [13]

 

My Mum Is What Matters To Me

When she smiles
It makes me smile
When she cries
It makes me wonder why.

When she cooks
She doesn’t use cookery books
She shops lots
And I love her lots and lots

When I see her she makes me happy
But sometimes she can be snappy
I love it when she bakes
She makes the best cakes
I love her so much
She has the most loving touch.

Last thing at night
She says sleep tight
When I drink my tea
She says goodbye to me
She goes to work
With a sudden jerk.

When she comes home
I am not alone
I make her laugh
As she walks up the garden path
We walk to the shop
But I don’t buy a lot
My mum is what matters to me.

Kimberley Whiteley [14]

 

The Mind

Some are evil
Some are kind
But all great minds must think alike
For at this time
It should be mine
Then the world would surely see
How I could create a philosophy.

Maybe if the mind could think
How the danger can reform
And how it will forever link
Because of this shameful tyranny.

After all this time and we still don't know
How the mind can use its ways
To hold its nerve just to show
What it's seen throughout its days.

How the mind can remember
How it created the psychotic ember
Then it can make it stop
To make a peaceful world to drop.

Alex Murray [13]

 

What Matters To Me

What matters to me
Is my ability to see
The sense to touch
And hear as much
I like to feel the cold air
Rushing through my hair.

I enjoy going on long walks
Taking my camera
Zooming the world into a square
That can be shared
At a moment's glare.

I like to see the sun rising
From the east
Awakening from its dream
And disappearing to the west
VVhile the birds are performing.

But of course my family matters
The way they are always there
Even if they're not needed
You know they care.

The little things that could matter
The clothes that you wear
Your individuality
The way you treat others
And how you are there.

Fable Bramley-Blackburn [13]

Why

Why is the Earth round?
Why were we made?
Why do we talk the way we do?
Why do people ask questions?

Why do we walk?
Why do we all look different?
Why do we have an imagination?
Why do we eat other animals?

Why do floods and earthquakes happen?
Why is the world made of whys?
Why do we forget things?
And the biggest why of all is ...

Why?

Megan Haycock [13]

My Best Friend

My best friend, well what can I say?
Apart from the way you tell me everything
And a million times more
To be honest, if I didn't have you,
I think I'd be a wreck,
But you're the best friend that laughs when I fall,
And cries when I'm sad ...
You are the first person I turn to with all my problems,
I don't know whether to laugh or cry,
As you're the only person I can call family.
Yeah, sure, we've had our ups and downs
But now,closer than ever!
I love you, promise me nothing will ever change.

Hannah Leadbetter [13]

 

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