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Issue 3 - Summer 2007
LAURA ROBERTSON-TIERNEY To create her work, Laura mixed colours by spattering them on paper. She felt she
SPLAT (above) demonstrated her personality - colourful and different. This work was created in several
painting, 90 x 60 cm 2007 layers and took many days to complete.

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Woodleigh pupils brave the lions


Treehouses and dens


A review of drama this year


Year eight present a startling menu


What would you most like to play?


A nail-biting finale to the House competition

{SPORT} 26-33 GOAL!

Highlights from fixtures this year


With years three, four and five

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IN MARCH this year, the first ever Lions’ adult entrepreneurs. We then decided to with their revolutionary handmade gui-
Lair event was held here at Woodleigh create our own show, and called it Lions’ tar stands in the shapes of people, which
School. Lair. can hold a guitar in two ways, leaning
The idea was based on the TV show We invited two other schools- Sher- against them or as though they were play-
Dragons’ Den. We originally tried to see if burn High School, with their anti-spik- ing them.
we could go on the actual show, but they ing device Propper Stopper and Market They needed funding for a new welder
replied it was only an adult’s show – for Weighton School as Six-Star products and a “smart” welding mask. Woodleigh
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were drawn to go second which was part- really nervous but I think we did well.” to five. After a while we decided we
ly an advantage, but also a big risk: we got The result of the presentation was would change the colour scheme to dif-
to see what the Lions were like, but if the that the Six Star got their investment, and ferent shades of purple and blue but still
first team put the Lions in a bad mood, we we are in ongoing negotiations with two representing the same things.
had much less chance. of the Lions. The reason we did this was to make
Luckily the Lions were in a good But nevertheless it helped promote sure that the green, amber and red col-
mood and we began our presentation Woodleigh’s new card game, EdStat Food ours didn’t get confused with the traffic
confidently. Thomas Saunders and Ted Groups, an educational card game based light system.
Foster opened the presentation and then on nutrition information. At that time we also added the GDA,
Ollie Dales presented the game, Ted Fos- Year seven started a project with Mr guideline daily amounts and put those on
ter the market and Thomas Saunders and England. It all started in a CDT lesson, the right hand side of the cards whereas
Antonia Selvey the finances, with Tho- where we decided to design a pack of the actual scores of the categories were on
mas presenting the main finances and playing cards based on nutrition panels the left.
Antonia the additional source of revenue, from the side of food packaging. The final colours are gold, silver and
sponsorship. Once we had started to get into the bronze. They still represent the same
There was also a prize for the best swing of the game we added some colours things. We have tested these on children
presentation, regardless of investment. that started off with green, to indicate and they have been a great success. So
“All the presentations were really good” that this had no limits, amber, to indicate far we have been to the Lions’ Lair, our
said Mike Oughtred, Lion. “It was hard to know where your limits were and lastly version of the Dragons’ Den, and we also
decide who should get the best presenta- red, to indicate do not go over the limit. managed to get an article in the Grocer
tion prize.” Originally there were just two ver- magazine. Soon we are hopefully going to
“It was brilliant!” said Thomas, “I was sions of the game, but eventually it came go into production.
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Fire station visit puts spark into PSHE

WHEN years seven and eight visited the We learnt that there are three ways The high point was definitely watch-
fire station Mr Woolley told us about the for the firemen to get water in case of fire. ing a car door get chopped up. We also
types of fire fighter. The first is the most obvious – from the looked at the tags that they filled in when
There are two kinds of fire fighter, engine itself. There are 600 litres stored they took breathing apparatus and the
whole-timers and retained. Retained fire- and it is all gone in two minutes. The next electronic tagging system for fast rescue-
men are people like Mr Woolley who have way is from hydrants. for example, someone leaning out of a
another job. Yellow “H” signs show the presence of window.
Whole-timers are people who stay on these; the bottom number represents how Year three and four also visited the
permanent duty at the fire station. We many metres the sign is from a hydrant. fire station in September for PSHE. They
then went through and looked at the re- And then the third way is to take water learned about fire engines and specialist
tained fire engine and saw what they used from any available source. equipment.
when they were called out. The retained firemen wear pagers, Mr Woolley dressed up in full fire-
We saw the foot-controlled alarm, so which sound an alarm if they are called man gear and both years three and four
the driver doesn’t need to fiddle around out. They can change into their fire suit and years seven and eight hugely enjoyed
with switches. in 10 seconds. themselves.
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Endurance challenge raises nearly £2000
THE CHEEKY monkey challenge raised money for children with leukaemia and
over £1923 for children with leukaemia.
Fifteen people raised fifty pounds and
there was no doubt that we did that.
Abdul Al Arifi did the biking all
l Tom Lee falling into a bush with
Dean Jackson
there names are George Crawford, Zack day, the amount of times he went round
Woolley, Edward Medforth, Charlotte
Carr, Charlotte Horsley, John Soanes,
the school is unknown. A lot of people
brought in their own bikes and kept them
l Will Megginson ran over his water
bottle with his bike
Jay Mitchinson-Singh, Charles Saunders, on the back lawn for storage.
Stephen Johnstone, Tom Milnes, Ellenya
Smith, Georgina Barclay, Charlotte Firth,
For the running and swimming, all
the participants ran 26 laps of the school
l Alex Miller spectacularly skidded
off his bike.
Tom Saunders, Tom Barclay and Jack and swam 26 lengths of the pool.
There were three choices of raising
The star performers were George
Crawford who raised £78, Edward Med-
l Dean had to borrow Ellenya’s pink
money - running, cycling, and swim- forth who raised £75, Tom Milnes with
The point of the challenge was to raise
£63 and Jay Mitchinson-Singh and El-
lenya Smith who each raised £60.
l George Crawford raised £78

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TOp MOVES this Flipping out over the new
summer school trampoline

l Tom Barclay’s James Bond dive

DURING the summer term the school the road from the woods and near the pool
l The Kyden Woodhead back flip was given a new trampoline from Mrs Ul- and the small gate to the games pitch.
lyot. Most of the boarders go there in the
l Jack’s belly dance Many people have enjoyed this tram- morning. A lot of the school can burn off
poline because it is very cool and excit- a lot of energy on it.

l A Tom Horsley double 180 forward

ing. It is a very bouncy trampoline with a
green outside and black middle.
I also asked a couple of people in the
school what they thought of the new
We had a good idea to dig a hole to trampoline.
The Ollie Dales sideways somer- put the trampoline in at ground level. So Jessica Cheung said that she really en-
l sault now we’ll be walking and then suddenly joyed using it after school and at week-
bouncing. ends. Harry Connell said that he and
l Ada’s leaping cartwheel The children have also got plenty of Abdul Al Arifi love it. I say it’s a fun
time to play on it. It is in the area across trampoline that I love.

Year seven GPS project swings into action


IN SOME of then year seven English and IT lessons we have

been making a small three hole golf course down at the games
We started by planning our own golf course each on pho-
toshop. The winning golf course would be built down at the
games pitch. The winning designs were by Tom Horsley and
Philip Johnston. One of Tom’s holes was used and two of
The next thing we did was spray paint the games pitch with
white red and yellow spray cans to mark out where to put the
holes. The golf course is going to be built for the whole school to
enjoy and play on.
We used grass carrots to mark out where to put the tee po-
sitions when the lawn mower mows over the grass. We knew
where to put the holes because we used GPS units so we did not
put the holes in the wrong place, also they showed where things
like the pavilion and fields and the school are.
These projects will not interfere with any sport that is played
down at the games pitch. This was part of the design remit.
Already year two, three and four have used the course in
Tom Saunders said “It’s great to have our own golf course”.
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Garden variety proves a hit

EVERY year at Woodleigh School there is Next to the cake stall was the pork
a garden party organised by the Friends and beef sandwich stall. First one was
of Woodleigh. The most popular stall was free second and third and so on was two
the bottle stall which cost one pound to pounds each. My favourite stall involved
choose a mystery cardboard covered bot- throwing wet sponges at the younger chil-
tle. Prizes ranged from water and coke to dren and occasionally passing teachers.
wine and beer. It was the first stall to sell George Boyes and Alex Miller ran a
out. catapult stall firing water balloons at man
The newest stall was a Rugby kicking sized targets. The prize for the most di-
stall won by Tom Hoggard with five kicks. rect hits was five pounds.
Millie-Jo Castleton, Ada Law, Grace Mur- Lewis Ryan and Justin Burkett ran an
kett and Georgina Barclay were offering arm wrestling competition for both chil-
very girly make-overs for 50p. dren and adults. The adult prize was a a
Mrs Knowlson and Mrs Johnston ran can of Carlsberg, and the children’s prize
a cake stall selling very delicious cakes. was a rugby ball.
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Galloping to lessons
at Woodleigh

RIDING at Woodleigh is now a very pop- If pupils do not have jodhpurs then
ular sport, with different groups. In some they can wear tracksuit bottoms. Simi-
of these groups people canter, or if the larly if they don’t have boots or a hat then
weather is too bad to ride, pupils learn the riding stables have them for hire.
stable management. Sometimes the riding stables have
In stable management pupils find out dressage competitions that anyone who
how to look after horses. This is very knows how to ride can enter, using one
helpful for the future for those who de- of the riding school’s horses.
cide to buy a horse. In the group lessons pupils get to play
Riding is a great way to exercise and a game called cat and mouse.
it is also fun. It gets people fit and healthy In cat and mouse everyone in the les-
whilst having fun. son halts at different points of the arena.
When riding children or adults can Then when Susan, the riding school
lots of learn different things. owner and teacher, says “go,” every-
At a certain point in riding lessons, one starts trotting or cantering and pu-
pupils learn to trot and later pupils learn pils have to catch up with the person in
to canter gallop. front.
When people learn to gallop they need I think riding is a great all year round
a bigger area such as a field or the gal- activity for all the boys and girls at
lops. Woodleigh.

Chère ecole de Copenhagen


YEARS five and six have had French ters but I don’t think they have had much
penpals since the start of the spring term. help from their teachers.
These penpals have made our French les- So far we have written two letters to
sons much more exciting. It has improved them and have received one. We have pre-
our knowledge of French and taught us pared our third letter, so as soon as we
how to write letters in French. We write receive our second letter we will send it
in French to them and they write in Eng- off.
lish to us. On our third letters we have used post-
It is a French school in Copenhagen, cards of our area; writing about where we
the capital of Denmark. There are some live. We have told them where we live and
interesting names like Lucas Ravn-Haren what is in our village or town.
and Arnaurd Lavigne. This has been a great idea by Mad-
The school has lots of different na- emoiselle Schoukroun, extending our
tionalities including French, English and French and making lessons more exciting.
Danish. We receive reasonably long let- Altogether it’s been a brilliant activity.
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Treehouse on top of the world

THE SCHOOL tree house has been most finished but the other one isn’t. The
climbed and walked on by Woodleigh stu- one that’s almost finished is about two
dents since it was built a few years ago. metres tall. The one that isn’t finished
Built a few years ago, the treehouse will be about three metres.
is still as good as it used to be. It’s very Students with the help of some teach-
sturdy and strong and I don’t see it break- ers built them in PSHE. Both the dens are
ing for a long time. in the woods next to each other. We used
The tree still looks healthy and strong. slabs of wood to put around the den for
In the Autumn the platform collects a sh- the shelter. We use corrugated metal with
edload of conkers that fall from the top of foam inside it for the roof. We obtained
the tree. the wood from a farm down the road.
It also stops those below getting Building the wooden dens is an enjoyable
knocked out by falling conkers when the joint effort.
tree is shaken. You can face your fears The other dens are underground using
if you’re scared of heights. Sometimes the corrugated iron and soil as a roof. These
tree house gets used as a look out when dens are great as no-one can see you once
students are playing games. you are inside.
Another place students can hang out You may think they sound unsafe but
could be underground or in a building we make a big effort to make sure the
with no teachers or adults. sides of the hole are level to stop it caving
There are two wooden dens. One is al- in.
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A fish called Trevor

TREVOR is a brown goldfish who lives in This term Woodleigh School’s two fe-
nursery and reception. The tadpoles live male Khaki Campbell ducks gave birth to
in a smallish tank next to Trevor. Trevor fifteen beautiful shiny footed ducklings.
has an unusual name for a fish. He goes Then one day Miss Lee was playing
gold but he is actually a brown goldfish. with Lucy in the woods, when they found
In Trevor’s tank there are a lot of a Swedish duckling underneath one of
plants. The tadpoles are turning into the trees.
frogs and one is a frog already. The tad- It had been dropped by a crow. Miss
poles have a rock in their tank. They are Lee rang an expert who said that the
released after they have turned into frogs. crows would have brought it back to give
Trevor will last about four or five years. it to their young.
He is one year old now. The duck has been named ‘Plummet’
Each day somebody different feeds and he and his friends are doing very
him. Trevor has a biggish rock in his tank well. He will need to be looked after for a
with a hole in it. The tadpoles’ rock is un- few months before the duck goes back to
der and over the water level. the wild.
Also there are two butterflies that We are all waiting to see what animals
have hatched. There are five butterflies drop into Woodleigh over the course of
altogether. the next year.

Blades and bikes take over


PEOPLE are allowed to bring bikes, over on your bikes.

blades and skateboards in to play on in You can have loads of fun but you
break and in their spare time. just have to be careful about it. You can
There is a big blue plastic ramp and go through the woods on your bike and
you can ask to make a ramp out of wood down the hill. You can ride up and down
yourself. You are allowed to ride any- the drive and do tricks.
where on your bike in school grounds On your blades you can do tricks off
apart from down to the games pitch. the ramps and you could ask somebody
You can blade in the courtyard and on to help you learn to blade or skateboard.
the concrete outside, you can skateboard Or you could ask them to pull you up and
in exactly the same places as you can down the hill in the courtyard. You could
blade. get taught to skateboard and get more
Everyone has suddenly started to confident and then have a go yourself.
bring their bikes and blades in. Biking Children enjoy skidding and pulling
is the most popular of the three. You are wheelies. They would do the jump on the
allowed to borrow other people’s bikes ramp then skid round the corner. On the
if you ask. You can borrow blades and way up to the top they might mess around
skateboards as well. doing tricks. All this excitement takes
It is really good fun going on blades place in the courtyard. It is a fantastic
and bikes and things. There are hills to go area for these activities that are loved so
up and down on and bumps to go flying much by students.
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First camp adventure
for years six and seven

FIRST camp was situated in and around most on the other boat. Sam Megginson
Whitby. Luckily it wasn’t raining, but it caught the biggest fish. It was a whopper.
was a bit foggy. Afterwards everyone went on a 16-
We set off and, on the way we stopped mile bike ride to Ravenscar but not eve-
off for lunch at Hole of Horcum. It was ryone went the whole way. In the evening
hot and the boys and some of the girls the campers ate the fish on a barbecue.
went down the hill and Sam Megginson On Tuesday we went on a long walk
fell down quite far, he looked a bit rough to a rock climbing centre. The campers
when he got back up the hill! each had a harness and helmet for safety.
We landed at the campsite and set Then we started rock climbing and
up our tents. Then we went down to there were three climbs. We were split
the beach and Tom Hoggard and George into three groups.
Mewburn found a ball in the big rocks, so We kept on swapping the climbs. Af-
we had a game of volleyball. ter rock climbing we went to the beach
We went into three groups; the cool for the last time.
dudes, the pirates of the Caribbean and On Wednesday we woke up early to
the football-annoying nuts. pack up the tents. Then we went to Dalby
On Monday everyone went fishing far Forest.
out to sea. Altogether 15 fish were caught. We went on a big walk and after we
Charlotte Firth caught the most fish on went back to school. We had to stay back
one boat, Georgina Barclay caught the and unpack the buses.

first camp highlights

l Spiderman Sam Megginson rock climbing upside down
l Making dens in Dalby Forest
l Running into the sea at the beach
l Charlotte Firth caught 15 fish including one which weighed a stone. Honest.

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TOP 10
l The amazing views overlooking the

l The
Sestriere hard to beat
stunning snow which was
perfect for skiing.

l An amazing football match between

AS Roma and Manchester United,
By CHARLES SAUNDERS YEAR FIVE with all of Woodleigh supporting
Manchester United

THIS YEAR about 40 people from the

school travelled down to Sestriere in Italy
icy, and hard to control. Most of the days
we stopped at the same restaurant for
l An impressive crash between Becky
and Freddie
for our ski trip. It was a great success. lunch. The slopes ranged from not very
There were some good instructors called
Franco. Both of them.
steep to quite steep. It was excellent ski-
ing apart from there was a great big haul
l The children’s party with huge
We stayed in a wonderful hotel called back to the boot room at the end of the
Villaggio Olimpico, in the Olympic vil-
lage. It had lovely en-suite rooms but the
day, along flat ground.
The hotel was a fantastic maze and
l Tom Horsley lost a ski which
followed him down the mountain
quality of the staff in the dining room was you could explore it madly, although you
The weather on the slopes was good
got used to it after staying in it for a week.
The village that the hotel was in was su-
l Mrs Murkett leading an intrepid
party down the black run Women’s
except for two days; the first day was foggy perb as well, with shops ranging from downhill course. Unfortunately a
and the second last day was foggy, snow- sweet shops to sport and perfume shops. number of children overtook her ...
ing and freezing to the bone. Otherwise Altogether I think it was a fantastic
the weather was spectacular sunshine.
The skiing was good in the newly fall-
place and I would recommend it to any-
body. But it would be fun to go somewhere
l The fantastic weather which lasted
the whole holiday
en snow; apart from one day when it was else next year.
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Year seven conjure magical illusions in their

YEAR seven have been making exciting goes underneath the table or surface and in mid-air without any form of support.
sculptures that create optical illusions. the weight pulls down so the sculpture This year’s year sevens produced some
The objects stay up by a weight that is stays balanced. models, which create an illusion.
under the model hanging from the wood- The longer the wire the less weight is These were made with the help of
en block. The model uses physics to stay needed to keep it balanced, but the small- Mr England in CDT, who has planned to
balanced. Gravity pulls down the weight, er the wire the more weights are required make a bigger model to put on the stone
which is attached to the wire, which is to keep it balanced. block on the front lawn.
attached to the wooden block. The wire The artworks appear to be hanging This was to replace the old statue,
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2 | Summer term
From Mardi Gras to Kids in Space

FOR cabaret in a day we did Mardi Gras, it was great fun and one that fixed the other robots but they were mean to him in
interesting to do because we had never done anything like it. return.
Here’s a bit of information about Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras, also The song selection included, getting around, first kids in
known as Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Pancake Day in the space, blast off, out of control (sung and danced by the androids),
UK, is an annual festival which is celebrated on 20th February I am different (sung by specks), the space café, Moon-hopping,
in 2007. Planet round (danced by planets), Under control (sung by an-
Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last oppor- droids), I know a man, good-bye moon, Blast off and Kids in
tunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of ‘self-denial’. Mardi space.
Gras means ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French. There were dancers who The Christmas play, was about Mr Partridge’s amazing troop
were: Charlotte Firth, Laura Robertson-Tierney, Ada Law, Jes- going to see and sing to Santa and Mrs Claus, but Mr and Mrs
sica Cheung, Georgina Barclay, Grace Murkett, Charlotte Hors- Grimgrump interfered because they wanted Mr.Partridge’s
ley, Charlotte Carr, Rachel Robson and Guy Welch. They danced amazing troop to sing to his family rather than the Claus’, the
to ten songs these included: Swing low sweet chariot, Mambo Grimgrumps and the Claus’ hated each other! George Crawford
dance, the country dancing song, whole lotta lovin’ and the um- who played Mr Grimgrump said: “I enjoyed being the mean per-
brella dance. son, it brings out the mean side of me!” He also added, “it was
There were about 130 people involved in the Musical in a funny when the crowd booed it made me laugh”.
day, maybe even more and about 100 people came to eat and The choir: 12 lords a-leaping,11 ladies dancing, ten drum-
watch the performance. On musical in a day we performed ‘Kids mers drumming, nine maids a-milking, eight pipers piping,
in space’. Kids in space was written by Debbie Campbell, I am as- seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings,
suming she is a very creative writer. It was a performance about four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and Mr
a group of kids that went to space and found some androids that Partridge in his pear tree!) was the whole school. There was a lot
were broken. There was an android called Specks, he was the of work put into it and it showed in the amazing performance!

CDT lessons
which was called Michaelmas this was
taken back by it’s designer Michael
The statue will be made from wood
and metal. It feature a string of balls start-
ing with a basketball then a rugby ball all
the way to a shuttle cock.
It is hoped to be finished by Founder’s
There are currently finished sculp-
tures in the front hall and they are well
worth a look.
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summer term 2007

The children were able to dress up in

Victorian clothes and performed lots of
domestic tasks! They washed clothes
using a dolly tub and stick, polished
brass and made lavender bags. They
played with toys from the past and
wrote on slates. We had a picnic by the
stream and everybody enjoyed a lovely
day out.

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YEAR FIVE The wind howls like a werewolf baying.
A WINDY DAY (right) It blows the leaves off trees like an elephant.
autumn term 2006 The wind goes and comes like day and night.
poetry It blows branches down like bulls running into trees.
by Fred Austin The wind thunders like a herd of antelopes stampeding.
It quietens like people sleeping.

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spring term 2007
before lessons

One cold night, in the middle of January,

a snow storm arrived. The wind howled
then the snow swirled around and
gently fell to the ground.

In the morning there lay sprinkled a soft

sheet of white crisp snow.
Further away trees dangled icicles from THE SNOW SCENE (below)
their drooping bare branches. Over the spring term 2007
hills and far away the snowstorm blew creative writing
its final breath, waiting for another day. by Naomi Richardson

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summer term 2007
non fiction writing
by Grace Murkett & Philip Johnston

This year at Woodleigh School, the year sevens have cooked a

starter, main course and making a delicious desert. But first the
year sevens did a basic skill, boiling an egg. You may be thinking
“that is not hard” but many people couldn’t get the egg in the pot
without making a splash in the water. Then the next week they
cooked some mussels with French bread to dip into the mussels.
But some people, including vegetarians, did not eat the mussels
they just ate the bread instead. Then they learned how to make a
main course, which was chicken with chilli and onions. After they
make their dishes, they then had the opportunity to try what
they had cooked. After the chicken they made a salad of three
colours, avocado, mozzarella, and tomato. They spread them out
on a table for the year sevens to eat at. At the same time another
group of year sevens were cooking fried liver with lettuce. Then
for dessert they made a tasty lemon drizzle cake. At lunchtime
the year sevens were allowed to try what they had baked.

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summer term 2007
recipe writing
by Justin Birkett & Clayton Hill

For the pour over glaze:
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one lime
Orange extract 33ml
Almond essence 5ml
3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar

Draw a line with a knife 2/3 of the way up and around the melon.
Then draw lines to the top of the melon, but leaving room for a 5 cm
wide handle. Cut out the melon flesh in blocks.

Peel and seed the seasonal fruits then mix all the fruits in a bowl.
Take out all of the watermelon in cubes or in balls. Mix the lemon
juice with icing sugar and the liqueur, then put the mix over the fruit.
Cover with foil then leaves to chill in the refrigerator for about one

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And the most unusual I would love to
be able to play
instrument is ... l Ukulele
WOODLEIGH school has a variety of un- year ago, he began to play because his l Electric Mandolin
usual instruments. Mr Ogram plays the grandpa was singing once and he said to
baritone saxophone and the recorder, he get something out of his drum kit and join l Didgeridoo
says he could play the piccolo if he had in.
one. Charles chose to play cymbals. He l Piccolo trumpet
The Baritone Saxophone is a huge started playing the harmonica about two
long saxophone, which is rather hard to years ago, when his grandpa gave him a l Mongolian gong
play. When the teachers show their in- harmonica as a present.
struments the baritone saxophone was Mademoiselle Shoukroun can play l Theremin
shown but nobody wanted to start learn- glasses of water. She can play Do, ré, mi
ing it.
Charles Dales plays the cymbals, and
la perdrix. It is a French song that has a
very catchy tune.
l Glass harmonica
the harmonica. He says his grandpa, who She started playing it at the inter- l Bouzouki
can play almost every instrument, teaches national school in Burma, where it was
When asked what he can play he said:
cross-linking with a science experiment.
When asked how to get the notes right
l Wurlitzer organ
“I don’t play songs on them I just use she said, “you put more or less water in l Bamboo xylophone
them to annoy my sisters.” depending on the size of glass. It works
He started playing cymbals about a better with crystal glasses though.”
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TOP SONGS Piano is the most popular

l Theme from Titanic to play at Woodleigh

l Rush hour THIS YEAR many children have started

playing instruments, such as flute, trum-
You can improvise with any music,
l In the pink pet, and saxophone. All of them have like turning a happy song into a sad, up-
learned very fast and will probably do a setting song or turning a jolly song even
l Get in step grade soon. jollier using swing.”
Lots of people already play instru- Georgina Barclay said “It’s a good hob-
l Andante ments and the most popular instruments by and it’s fun. Plus you also learn about
are very close together. music.” Ollie Dales said “I think the rea-
l Ode to joy The most popular instrument is the son is because it’s nice that when you
piano. There are 14 pianists and there are know how to play you can go anywhere
l Balleto a couple in most year groups. and impress people.”
The people who play piano were asked Charlotte Firth said “I like it because
l The bee why they liked it so much, and why they it makes you concentrate on hand-eye co-
think other people like it. ordination, and it’s fun.”
l Garage sale Antonia Selvey said “I think the rea- Grace Murkett said “I think it’s be-
son people like playing the piano is that cause you can play any style of music,
l The entertainer you can play all different types of music plus you can listen to a song and pick the
on the same instrument and you can play piano, then figure out by ear what to play,
well with all of the other hand held in- because it is an obvious note.”
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North win the House Cup
Competition winners
THIS TERM, Woodleigh School has had scoring ninety points. East and North
l Music - East
Cross Country - North
the annual house tournaments, which
were: Music, Cross Country, Biathlon,
got the same amount of points a hundred
points each. North did very well as well
Hockey - East Hockey, Swimming, House Quiz, Round- scoring ninety points.
Swimming - East ers, Cricket and Sports Day. The House Hockey referees were Mr
Quiz - North At Woodleigh School there are four Woolley and Mrs Johnston; the winners
Biathlon - North houses, each person in every house played of the house hockey were East, scoring
Rounders - West a part in the tournaments. twenty points. In second were West with
Cricket - West The house music winners were East fifteen points while North and South
Sports Day - singing, John The Builder. Everybody drew with ten points each in third place.
Drama - North found the song amusing, funny and ex- In the Swimming tournament, East
citing. The person in East who thought were the winners scoring twenty points.
of the idea was Laura Robertson-Tierney In House Quiz the winners were
.After winning the house plays all of the north, scoring twenty points.
East members were very thrilled. In the individual school tournaments,
In the Woodleigh Cross Country, the contestants had to pass four stages,
South came first, West came second and the Knock out round, Quarter Final, Semi
North came third. Final and The Final. This year’s results
In the Biathlon West did very well are featured to the right.

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Senior tournaments

l Tennis - Ted Foster

Chess -Philip Johnston
Badminton - Rhys Smith
Table Tennis - Rob Mewburn
Snooker - Philip Johnston

Junior tournaments

l Tennis - Edward Medforth

Snooker - George Ullyott
Table Tennis - Matthew Procter
Junior Badminton -
Charlotte Horsley

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AS I write this article the rain is pouring down outside – it should

be sports day! Usually we don’t let the weather dampen our ap-
petite for sport and over the past twelve months children from
Woodleigh have represented the school at rugby, football, hock-
ey, netball, cricket, rounders, cross-country, athletics, swimming
and tennis. We have made tremendous progress in all of these
sports and it never fails to amaze me how competitive we often
are against schools that have a much larger pool of children to
draw from at each different age group. Twelve months ago Rhys
Smith represented the North East Prep Schools at the national
athletics finals in Birmingham – a superb feat.
The autumn term brought football and rugby together for
the last time. So many schools are now doing rugby exclusively
in the autumn term that for the 2007-08 season we have now
joined the band wagon. Both the under 9 and under 11 rugby
teams proved very competitive. The under 11 rugby team never
quite got their act together in the 12 a-side game but proved a
real force as a seven-a side team. I had the pleasure of referee-
ing them in the final of the Hurworth House tournament and
although they lost against Cundall Manor the actual game itself
was a brilliant advert for under 11 rugby. The under 9s played
in some excellent matches and it was good to see the year 3s be-
ing involved in some way in all of the games. The year 4 group
improved throughout the season and will add a strong younger
dimension to the under 11s next year. Mr England and I took
the under 13 seven-a-side team to the Merchiston Castle tourna-
ment in Edinburgh. The team itself had struggled in the smaller
sided game , not because of a lack of talent but often due to a fail-
ure to understand how very different the tactics are compared
to the 15-a-side game. The day itself was great success and the
improvement in the style of play was palpable. Particular im-
provements were shown in defence and in the last match of the
tournament it would have been very easy for the boys to allow
an excellent St Olaves team to run amok. This never happened
and is a reflection of the progress made throughout the day. I am
surprised to see that Mr Horsley was not in the summer honours
list having stoically spent most of the day sitting between two
argumentative members of staff in the front of the mini-bus!
Our own under 9 and under 11 football tournament was a great
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success and, once again, the standard of football has improved
through the enthusiastic and meticulous tutorship of Mr Tolk-
ien. It will be interesting to see how the move to the spring
term will affect football fixtures and I hope to create an even
more varied sporting calendar by introducing two or three boys
hockey fixtures in the second term next year.
Our cross-country was an excellent event. I was delighted
when my friend from the fire-service volunteered to ‘hare’ each
race, I myself struggled round the games field five (yes five) times!
I thank Dan Gilbank for his support but particularly thank all of
the children who ran in spectacular fashion.
The biggest improvements this year have been in cricket. I
knew that the missing ingredient in previous years was our lack
of practice in the run up to the season. I hired the cricket nets
in York in the hope that it would not only encourage some better
cricketing skills but also generate a cricket culture. It worked! I
thank both boys and parents for their support for these Sunday
afternoon sessions. The 1st XI have shown a much stronger
back bone and games have been much more competitive. We
should have given a strong Bramcote side a much better game,
and we were unlucky against Cundall Manor – a game that
was played in appalling conditions. Rob Mewburn managed 53
against St Martins Ampleforth 2nd XI, Rhys Smith 64 against
Ampleforth College under 14 ‘C’s, Ted Foster bowled a hat trick
in this highly entertaining and high scoring match as well as bat-
ting extremely well in the Worsley Cup the following day. This
tournament allowed some of the stronger year 6s an opportunity
to play. The under 11s have had a very good season and I am
already looking forward to further improvements in cricket next
year. I am delighted to say that we have received a cricket bag for
next season from the Lords Taverners.
So what for the future? More Tennis – we had two very good
matches at Terrington! More swimming – we struggled against
a much stronger Terrington under 9 team, but importantly the
children very much enjoyed the event and I now know the level
we need to reach to be competitive. More sports – I have made
contact with the English Basketball Association, our football
tournament this year will be for local primary schools and form
part of our sustainable schools week in October, boys hockey,
girls cricket, more structured house tournaments and leagues
– see you in September.
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season for
Rugby team
AT THE risk of sounding boring, injuries to an end a fixture with one of our clos-
again plagued this season’s performance, est and dearest neighbours. I once said I
with barely the same side turning out would retire once we beat Howsham, so
twice in a row. However, there were some now am doomed to a limbo-like existence.
very close matches, in which the narrow Poor weather and a mix-up over fixtures
line of victory or defeat was decided by a brought an end to the first half of the sea-
single score. son.
The season started well enough with a The second half saw a victory over
victory against Red House, sadly followed Bramcote, defeat by Pocklington. Lochin-
by a close 7-0 defeat by Cundall. Things var House, on tour from the south, gave
picked up again with a win against Ter- us,not only a close game, but also an en-
rington. The next match against Hur- couraging win, as no fewer than 5 junior
worth proved interesting in as much as players had been brought into the side
we had run out of props and they kindly and all performed well. Finally, we saw
lend us their spare prop, although the off the season with a win against Fyling
injury during the match made me offer Hall, which, for those who like statistics,
him back. However it was another close means the side won more games than it
match being decided in their favour by lost.
two points. It does not pay to miss a con- As usual there were not only some
version in front of the posts! good team performances, there was some
Aysgarth beat us quite convincingly, stirling work from quite a few individu-
which was then followed by the return als.
match against Cundall. What a match! Finally I would like to thank all the
17-0 down at half time, to come back and team’s supporters for turning out what-
win 26-17. ever the weather and also for the advice
Howsham Hall was the next fixture: some of them so freely offer. It is always
defeat again. Sadly we later learnt that taken in, fully analysed and then acted
Howsham Hall was to close, which brings upon in the appropriate manner.

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2 | Summer term
Tennis gets
serious at

YEAR seven and eight have a new competitive sport for summer
- tennis matches against Terrington.
When we arrived for our first meeting we were nervous but
excited. We were put into doubles, which were Ollie Dales and
Tom Horsley, Antonia Selvey and Philip Johnston, and Ted Fos-
ter and Rob Mewburn, who swapped with Charlie Allenby. We
played six games in a set, and one set against each couple. Un-
fortunately all the mixed doubles lost their matches, but Ted and
Rob won one of their matches. We had played our hardest, and
we enjoyed it.
A few weeks later we had another match, again against Ter-
rington. The team had slightly changed, Tom Horsley and Char-
lie were taken out and Rhys smith was put in with Laura Rob-
ertson Tierney and Clayton Hill. The doubles were not as simple
as before, but Ted and Rob stayed together.
For the first matches it was Laura and Rhys, Antonia and
Philip. Then it changed to Ollie and Rhys, Antonia and Clayton,
and finally was Ollie and Clayton, Laura and Philip. We all got
two games, although Ted and Rob got three, and won five of the
nine games. We hope to do better next time!

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Team captains give
their views on the
sporting year


THE CAPTAINS have had their say on this season’s success, In hockey there weren’t many matches on the grass, but, al-
from rugby and hockey in the winter to cricket and rounders in though it was only practised on the new court, the few matches
the summer, and everything in between. played were very good.
For football the under elevens captain, Tom Hoggard, was The captain, Laura Robertson-Tierney, explained what hap-
interviewed for an overall view on the season. pened.
“It was a good season for the team, we won most of our “We had a very good season for hockey, with Ollie Dales,
matches, passed well and played properly as a team. Georgina Barclay and Antonia Selvey for the forwards, Lottie
Our best win was in the Bramcote tournament, where we Simpson as centre half and with our amazing Charlotte Horsley
beat Minster 6-1.” as our sub ready to come on to the pitch at anytime during the
Overall it looked like a good year for all of the football teams game.
and they even let a girl in the under thirteens team. “Charlotte Firth and I were backs and Elenya Smith and a
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2 | Summer term
sweeper or goalie. One of the highlights of the season was joyed this match the most.”
when we beat Saint Martin’s Ampleforth’s 16-2 when they In the summer there is cricket, which the under nines cap-
had a goalie and four players and we played with our five tain, George Ullyot, talks about their season.
players on the pitch, and no goalie or sweeper.” “It was a good season, and we won about two thirds of our
In rugby the under nines captain, Matthew Procter, was matches with amazing catches”
asked what he thought of this years’ rugby season. Also in the summer is rounders, which the under thirteens
“We won most of our matches. Overall Ted Weeks was captain, Charlotte Firth, describes this season.
the best tackler and I probably scored the most, it was a pret- “This year we were recovering from the loss of some of our
ty good season.” players, but we did extremely well with me as backstop and Lau-
For netball the under ten and under eleven captains say ra at first base, who were our main way of getting people out.
what they thought of this year. “Everyone in the team was very good they deserve to be
“We did quite well,” said Charlotte Horsley and Lottie proud. With big hits, risky but lucky running and good catch-
Simpson, “The best score was 10-5 against Bramcote. We en- es.”
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Editors: Ollie Dales & Tom Saunders

Sub editors and writers: Georgina Barclay, Andrew Chapman, Charlotte Firth, Tom Horsley,
Dean Jackson, Philip Johnston, Louis Knowlson, Ada Law, Thomas Lee, Grace Murkett, Antonia Selvey,
Kyden Woodhead,

Design and layout by Mr Tom Tolkien

Photo credits: Mr Tolkien: pages 1, 3, 4, 5, 6-10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20-34, 36
Mr Barclay, page 11-12
Miss Howitt & Mrs Hayes: page 18. Mrs Murkett: page 15-16 . Mrs Gillingham: page 16

Many thanks to: All the staff and children at Woodleigh School
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MATTHEW PROCTER To create their work Edward, Will & Matthew drew an outline in pencil and completed the
& EDWARD MEDFORTH image in paint by tracing leaves, and etching details using the reverse end of a paintbrush.
TIGER IN THE JUNGLE (above) They were very pleased with the bright colours.
mixed media on paper, 150 x 85 cm 2007