Only three days into the new school year, the Year 11 GCSE Geographers ventured out for a residential trip to the excellent Cranedale Centre, near Malton. This trip was designed to give the students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the subject (without the distractions of the usual busy school timetable) as well as conduct some key fieldwork required for their examined coursework component. Perfect!
The activity-packed itinerary saw the group get to grips with woodland microclimates and impacts of tourism in the North York Moors National Park as well as observing coastal geomorphology and the ‘Flamboroughsaurus’, at Flamborough Head. Plenty of data was observed and collected for their controlled assessment, and the group with used, analysed and reviewed more data collection methods than you could wave a ranging pole at. When you factor in the classroom preparation time, the travel time both to and from each study location and the classroom analysis and presentation of the results collected, it equated to a full 12 hours of Geography per day. As if that wasn’t enough, there was still time within the demanding schedule to enjoy a spot of softball tennis and to feast on the culinary delights that the centre has to offer. All in all, the group had a very successful and productive few days.
The visit was a great success and the group worked hard, represented the school impeccably and were good company. We look forward to seeing immediate fruits of their hard work as they now work on their fieldwork projects. Well done everyone who attended!
In July, 24 boys in Year 6-8 and three members of staff spent a week at the Cranedale Centre, a field centre situated in the village of Kirby Grindalythe on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, a few miles south east of Malton. This year the Centre ran a new game for all similar to ‘Survival’ called ‘Predator’ alongside others like High Rise, Wild Woosey and Livewire designed to test teamwork and develop mental strategies. There was also a trip near Flamborough Head to visit the lighthouse and scour the rock pools for crabs.
The weather was reasonable, considering all the rain during much of the rest of the summer and the boys threw themselves enthusiastically into all the challenges. These included mountain biking in Dalby Forest for everyone, beck scrambling (year 8) or kayaking (Year 6 and 7 only) on the River Esk, and also coasteering (Year 8 only). Many thanks to Keith Mitchelmore and his wonderful staff at the Centre and a big thank you to Mr Drax, Mrs Weir and Mr Hallam for giving up a week of their holiday to enable the trip to take place. We say farewell to Mrs McConnell and Mrs Adcock who have been ‘cranedaling’ for a combined total of over fifty years. Miss Jackson also popped in for a day before heading off to an international school in Vietnam and we wish her well.
Congratulations are due to Jacob B (Y6) Henry S (Y7) and joint winners Anish D and Reese W (Y8), who so impressed the staff with their determination, help to others, willingness to act as part of a team and general attitude all week that they were jointly awarded the “Cranedale Shield”.
A huge well done to Freddie L in Year 7 for proudly representing NSB at the National Finals of the Spelling Bee Competition at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on the afternoon of Friday 3rd July. The event was organised for the fifth year running by Routes into Languages, a consortium of universities working together with schools to enthuse people to study languages.
After winning with flying colours the second prize for the northeast for Spanish back in April, Freddie went through to the national finals. The figures were staggering and highlight how well Freddie did to make it that far: only 105 pupils had got through to the final, when almost 75,000 had started the competition and, for Spanish, there were 35 out of 22,000 pupils!
Freddie competed against other schools from up and down the country. He had to learn a total of 200 Spanish words and their spellings. Participants were given one minute to spell correctly as many words as possible in front of the judges and the audience. A nerve-racking experience but Freddie did not get stage fright and put on a superb performance: 16 words spelt correctly in a minute!