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Prince of Wales Public School (Barrie)

Prince of Wales Public School (Barrie)

Prince of Wales Public School (Barrie)

Infobox Education in Canada
name = Prince of Wales
Public School


imagesize = 300px
streetaddress = 50 Bradford Street|city = Barrie
province = Ontario
postalcode = L4N 3A8
areacode = 705
phone = 728-3105
fax = 728-0022
fundingtype = Public
language = English, FSL, EFSL(Extended French Second Language)
grades = JK-8
principal = Jan Olson
teamname = Knights
colours = Blue & Gold
schoolboard = Simcoe County District School Board
schoolnumber = [http://sbinfo.edu.gov.on.ca/schdata.asp?schoolNo=455466 455466 ]
enrollment = 308
enrollment_as_of = 2004-2005 [http://sbinfo.edu.gov.on.ca/schdata.asp?schoolNo=455466 ]
founded = 1876
url = http://pow.scdsb.on.ca /

Prince of Wales Public School. built in 1876, is the oldest operating elementary school in the Simcoe County District School Board. The school is located in downtown Barrie, Ontario and shares a field with neighbouring Barrie Central Collegiate Institute. It is one of two elementary schools in Barrie, Ontario to offer an Extended French program. The current principal is Jan Olson. Olson completed the 2008 Boston Marathon. [cite news |first=Leigh|last=Blenkhorn |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Barrie teacher proud of marathon effort |url=http://www.barrieadvance.com/barrieadvance/article/105944 |work=Barrie Advance |publisher= |date=May 28, 2008 |accessdate=2008-06-21 ]

Future of the school

Prince of Wales Public has been placed on the list of 'Prohibitive to Repair' schools in the Simcoe County District School Board, but after a campaign by parents, residents and teachers, including an online petition, [cite news |title=A PETITION TO SAVE PRINCE OF WALES PUBLIC SCHOOL BARRIE, ONTARIO |url=http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:OfJetM2mWu8J:www.petitiononline.com/SAVEPOW/petition.html+%22Prince+of+Wales+Public+School%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=9&gl=uk| |publisher=PetitionOnline.com |accessdate=2008-06-21 ] it remained open but under review. [cite news |first=Kelly |last=McShane |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Board opens school reviews. EDUCATION Mandated meetings to examiner future of five Barrie schools |url=http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1066015 |work=Barrie Examiner |publisher= |date=June 10, 2008 |accessdate=2008-06-20 ]

There has been a significant controversy over homework with parents and educators arguing that it imposed an unfair burden on the children and that it discriminated against those from less-supportive homes. Consequently, the school has a homework-free policy for the 2007-2008 school year. [cite news |first=Kelly |last=McShane |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Waging war against homework. School pleased with zero-homework project |url=http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1071437 |work=Barrie Examiner |publisher= |date=June 13, 2008 |accessdate=2008-06-20 ]

New medical guidelines have recommended that all schools with a competitive athletics program should have an Automated external defibrillator (AED). In launching the guidelines, the case was instanced of an 11-year-old student, Chase McEachern, who died of a heart attack in the school gymnasium in February, 2006. Prince of Wales did not have an AED. [cite news |first=André |last=Picard |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=School defibrillators could be lifesavers |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070427.wxldefib27/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home |work=The Globe and Mail |publisher= |date=April 27, 2007 |accessdate=2008-06-20 ]

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In Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, 12-year-old Douglas Spalding treasures

a whole summer ahead to cross off the calendar, day by day. …[H]e saw his hands jump everywhere, pluck sour apples, peaches, and midnight plums. He would be clothed in trees and bushes and rivers…. He would bake, happily, with ten thousand chickens, in Grandma’s kitchen.

After 4 years of running Stop Homework and talking to thousands of parents and children across the country, I know that summers no longer promise those complete and absolute carefree joys. Instead, most students across the United States will have homework hanging over their heads the entire summer.

It won’t surprise anyone here to know that I am adamantly opposed to summer homework. While I am a big fan of reading, those assigned summer homework books don’t usually appeal to most students, and they end up discouraging reading rather than promoting it.

Here are just a few of the other reasons I hate summer homework:

    * students should have a chance to choose what they read
    * if students were allowed to read books of their own choosing, they would read more
    * students report that those summer assignments are collected but never looked at or discussed
    * if students actually learned the material during the school year in a meaningful way, then there wouldn’t be “summer backslide,” one of the ostensible reasons for summer homework

Check back tomorrow and the rest of the week for some ideas on ways to advocate for an end to summer homework. And in the meantime, post your opinion on summer homework in the Comments.

There’s an interesting interview with Diane Ravitch in Slate. where this former assistant secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush talks about how she became an outspoken critic of testing and No Child Left Behind and how she changed her mind. I wrote about her book here. I’ve always been a big fan of Howard Gardner’s, Changing Minds: The Art And Science of Changing Our Own And Other People’s Minds (Leadership for the Common Good). so I figured this is a good time to mention it.

You can also listen to Ravitch’s radio interview with Leonard Lopate here .

I really like this piece, Pushing for Perfection–A Poor Choice in Parenting. sent to me by northTOmom. who often writes interesting comments here.

Pushing for Perfection–A Poor Choice in Parenting
The importance of allowing your children to be ordinary
by Joanne Kates
(from postcity.com)

I was talking the other day to a woman who described herself as “Type A, a bit of a control freak” and said that she knows this infuses her parenting style.

I admitted to her that I play for that team too, and that it hasn’t been so hot for my parenting. She seemed shocked.

She then asked me: “Would you do it differently if you had it to do over again?”

I said yes. Which I think made her want to throw up, but she gained control over herself and asked me for details.

I told her that my biggest parenting mistake was schools. In order not to get sued, I shan’t mention specific names, but I will confess to pushing both my kids to go to high-performance academically rigorous schools. Which neither of them liked. What a surprise.

My kids are both super bright (we all think that) so I thought they’d benefit from high academic standards.

A few weeks ago, the Boston Globe ran a piece, Homework Hell. Here’s the letter, heavily edited, that the Globe published on Sunday in response:

Beth Teitell’s article “Homework Hell” (May 2) provided an important, albeit anecdotal, view of how homework can negatively affect family life, but the topic of homework and the ways many schools routinely apply the requirement deserves fuller treatment. Teachers, administrators, parents, and reporters would do well to consider what’s driving blind acceptance of homework at all levels and whether current practices are beneficial or based on nothing but an enduring myth. – Peggy Field / Norwell

Peggy Field sent me the full letter she had written to the Globe :

Beth Teitell’s article “Homework Hell” in the May 2 Boston Globe magazine provided an important, albeit anecdotal, view of how homework can negatively affect family life, but the topic of homework and the ways many schools apply the requirement as a matter of routine deserves a much fuller and more serious treatment.

Teitell’s piece seemed promising at first, illustrating the real rifts that can occur between parent and child when parents are put in the position of homework enforcer. However, the piece veered into a discussion of vague “parental anxiety” before concluding with an exhortation from Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman to parents to “keep your anxiety to yourself” when helping out.

Omitted is the possibility that parents can maintain a positive attitude toward school, teachers and learning, and continue to urge their children to work hard and do their best, while asking questions of their child’s teacher and school officials about homework policy.

Many important questions about the stated goals, educational validity and simple fairness of compelling students (and their families) to devote periods of at-home time to additional school work — particularly in elementary and middle school grades — are simply not being asked by those who should be asking such questions. Existing thorough and respectful examinations of the subject, not only by Alfie Kohn but also by Sara Bennett, Etta Kralovec, John Buell and Cathy Vaterott, are blithley ignored in lieu of complacently maintaining the status quo.

Few would argue that taking time outside of school to thoughtfully puzzle out a vexing calculus problem or computer program, or to read a novel or historical text at length, is a negative. But teachers, administrators, parents and education reporters would do well to take a step back and consider what is actually driving blind acceptance of homework simply as a matter of routine at all levels, and whether current practices are beneficial or even harmless, or if they are based on nothing but an enduring myth.

Time Out From Testing and other organizations and individuals from across the country are launching a May 29th postcard campaign asking First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage the President to put an end to the use of High Stakes Testing. On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama stated:

No Child Left Behind is strangling the life out of most schools…. If my future were determined by my performance on a standardized test I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee that.

Time Out From Testing is asking that everyone send a postcard on May 29th. You can write something like this:

Dear Michelle Obama:

We want the same education for our public school children that you provide for Malia and Sasha. Our child is not a test score.

Encourage the President to end the use of high stakes standardized tests!

Sincerely,
Name:
Address:
Signature

Mail to: First Lady Michelle Obama
White House,
Washington DC

Finally, let Time Out From Testing know that you sent a postcard so that it can have an accurate count of the postcards sent.

Today, FedUp Mom answers the final question she posed five weeks ago in her guest post where she suggested that people read Such, Such Were the Joys by George Orwell. Read her answers to the other questions she posed here. here. here. and here. And, of course, don’t forget to chime in with your own answer.

(A big thanks to FedUp Mom for taking the time to write and for her thought-provoking posts. If you want to write your own guest post, please email me .)

Such, Such Thursdays
by FedUp Mom
(part 5)

QUESTION #5 (Extra Credit):

(from Such, Such Were the Joys)

“There never was, I suppose, in the history of the world a time when the sheer vulgar fatness of wealth, without any kind of aristocratic elegance to redeem it, was so obtrusive as in those years before 1914… The extraordinary thing was the way in which everyone took it for granted that this oozing, bulging wealth of the English upper and upper-middle classes would last for ever, and was part of the order of things… How would St. Cyprian’s appear to me now, if I could go back, at my present age, and see it as it was in 1915 [when Orwell left the school]? … I should see them [the Headmaster and his wife] as a couple of silly, shallow, ineffectual people, eagerly clambering up a social ladder which any thinking person could see to be on the point of collapse.”

How does Orwell’s historical moment compare to our own? Is our social ladder on the point of collapse?

The moment Orwell describes, of smug wealth on the verge of catastrophe, is of course very similar to our situation about two years ago, and similar to the situation in the US on the verge of the Great Depression. Now that we have embarked on another economic collapse, what changes can we expect to see to our schools?

It is clear that the public schools will soon be hurting badly. They were kept afloat for a while by federal stimulus money, but that will run out over the next couple of years. We will see programs being cut. I’ve heard through the grapevine that our local public elementary school is already experiencing overcrowded classrooms. The job market for new teachers is terrible.

At the same time, NCLB remains in place, and everyone is fixated on test scores. So less money will mean fewer “frills” like gifted ed, arts, and music. The grade-level tests, which were meant to function as a floor, have become the ceiling that nobody bothers to teach beyond.

As the recession continues to unravel our economy, the public schools will continue their descent. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some growth in alternative schooling, including homeschooling co-ops. Anyone who can manage it will send their kids to private schools.

What do you predict?

Last week’s New York Times had a piece, Plan B – Skip College. suggesting that going to college is not the be all and end all for many students, noting that no more than half of those who began a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2006 will get that degree within six years. Moreover, some economists and educators are arguing that there should be credible alternatives for students unlikely to be successful pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so.

A small study of 100 high school juniors from a mid-Western high school, published in the Mid-Western Educational Researcher, shows, yet again, that cheating is rampant. According to Kenneth Kiewra, professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and one of the study’s authors, “Students generally understand what constitutes cheating, but they do it anyway. They cheat on tests, homework assignments and when writing reports. In some cases, though, students simply don’t grasp that some dishonest acts are cheating.”

Among the findings:

* 89 percent said glancing at someone else’s answers during a test was cheating (87 percent said they’d done that at least once)

* 94 percent said providing answers to someone during a test was cheating (74 percent admitted doing so)

* 47 percent said that providing test questions to a fellow student who had yet to take a test was academically dishonest (nearly 70 percent admitted doing so)

* 23 percent said doing individual homework with a partner was dishonest (91 percent admitted doing so)

* 39 percent said writing a report based on the movie instead of reading the book wasn’t cheating (53 percent admitted doing so)

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  • StateMaster - Encyclopedia: Boston Public Schools

    Boston Public Schools (BPS) is a school district serving the city of Boston. Massachusetts. School districts are a form of special-purpose district in the United States (amongst some other places) which serves to operate the local public primary and secondary schools. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area - City 232. This article is about the U.S. state.


    The district serves nearly 57,000 students, in pre-kindergarten through adult education. in 144 schools. Although Boston is relatively wealthy compared to most cities, since busing began, the public school system has served mostly low-income, minority students—even though Boston is nearly 49% Non-Hispanic White. [1] the majority of white students are enrolled in private schools. [citation needed ] Nearly 75% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Approximately 20% of students have disabilities and are served in special education programs. Almost 17% of students are learning English as a second language. [citations needed ] Pre-Kindergarten (also called Pre-K) refers to the first formal academic classroom-based learning environment that a child customarily attends in the United States. Libraries are useful resources for adult learners. The definition of a minority group can vary, depending on specific context, but generally refers to either a sociological sub-group that does not form either a majority or a plurality of the total population, or a group that, while not necessarily a numerical minority, is disadvantaged or otherwise has. Whites redirects here. This article is about educating students with disabilities or behavioral problems. ESL redirects here.

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    Dr. Carol R. Johnson (back row, far left), Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, meets students and their teacher and principal at the Bates Elementary School in Roslindale.

    The district is led by a Superintendent. hired by the Boston School Committee, a seven-member school board appointed by the Mayor after approval by a nominating committee of specified stakeholders. [2] The School Committee sets policy for the district and approves the district's annual operating budget. This governing body replaced a 13-member elected Committee after a public referendum vote in 1991. [3] The Superintendent serves as a member of the Mayor's cabinet. In education, a superintendent is an individual that has executive oversight and administration rights, usually within an educational entity or organization.


    From October 1995 through June 2006, Dr. Thomas W. Payzant served as superintendent. A former undersecretary in the US Department of Education. Payzant was the first superintendent selected by the appointed School Committee. Upon Dr. Payzant's retirement, Chief Operating Officer Michael G. Contompasis, former headmaster of Boston Latin School. became Interim Superintendent, and was appointed superintendent in October 2006. Dr. Manuel J. Rivera, superintendent of the Rochester City School District, had agreed to become the next superintendent of the BPS, but instead accepted a post as deputy secretary for public education for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. In June 2007, the Boston School Committee voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Carol R. Johnson as the next Superintendent, beginning in August 2007. Dr. Johnson had served as Superintendent of the Memphis City Schools since 2003. The United States Department of Education was created in 1979 (by PL 96-88) as a Cabinet-level department of the United States government, and began operating in 1980. The Boston Latin School is a public exam school founded on April 23, 1635, in Boston, Massachusetts, making it the oldest public school in the United States. This article is about the city of Rochester in Monroe County. Eliot Laurence Spitzer (born June 10, 1959 ) is an American lawyer, politician and the current Governor of New York. Memphis City Schools is a school district located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.


    The Mayor and Boston City Council have control over the overall appropriation for the Boston Public Schools, but the School Committee has control over how funding is allocated internally, and has control over policy. [4]

    History

    Pictured, from left to right, Eli Broad presents the 2006 Broad Prize for Urban Education to Boston Public Schools officials at a September 2006 ceremony in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City: Elizabeth Reilinger, Chair of the Boston School Committee; former Superintendent Michael G. Contompasis, Superintendent; Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and former Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant.

    BPS is the oldest public school system in America, founded in 1647. [5] It is also the home of the nation's first public school, Boston Latin School. founded in 1635. [5] The Mather School opened in 1639 as the nation's first public elementary school, [6] and English High School. the first public high school in the country, opened in 1821. [5] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3168x2112, 3611 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3168x2112, 3611 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit, Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who lives in Los Angeles, California. 1647 (MDCXLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). The Boston Latin School is a public exam school founded on April 23, 1635, in Boston, Massachusetts, making it the oldest public school in the United States. Events February 10 - The Académie française in Paris is expanded to become a national academy for the artistic elite. Photo of he oldest School House still standing (in 1913). Events January 14 - Connecticuts first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, is adopted. A sketch of the original Boston English School in the 1820s Founded in 1821, The English High School of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest public high school in America. Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar).


    In the mid-1970s, conflict raged in Boston's schools over forced busing of students. The state had enacted the Racial Imbalance Law in 1965. requiring school districts to design and implement plans to effect racial balancing in schools that were more than 50% "non-white". After years of consistent failure by the Boston School Committee to comply with the law, the U.S District Court ruled in 1974 that the schools were unconstitutionally segregated, and implemented as a remedy the busing of many students from their neighborhood schools to other schools across the city. [5] The busing aroused fierce criticism among some residents—there were a great many protests at schools, some of which turned violent. The result was an exodus of the city's white middle and working-class residents which coincided with a continuous decline in the quality of education. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar.


    In September 2006, the district was named the top city school system in the nation, winning the Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize, sponsored by philanthropist Eli Broad. includes $500,000 in college scholarships to graduates from the winning district. Each year since the prize program began in 2002, Boston has been one of five finalists, earning $125,000 in scholarships each year. Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit, Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who lives in Los Angeles, California.

    Washington Irving Middle School Renovation:


    The Boston Public School Board has officially made plans to expand and renovate Washington Irving Middle School located in Roslindale, MA. These plans are ready to be made in late June. The school board wants to add another school building that will be extended to the old school. The new building will feature new specialty classes (art, music, computers, math workshop, wood shop, gym and more.) The new building will feature a new gym. Outside the gym will feature a football field and a swimming pool. The old school building will be renovated. This means the school will be demolishing the old auditorium into a new one that will feature 1600 seats and Balcones. Also all classes will be renovated also. The major expansions in the old school are the cafeteria and bathrooms. Cafeteria will be renovated with new tables and chairs. Also, the cafeteria will feature a lounge which students can do homework and surf the web on. The bathrooms will be renovated also. All bathrooms will have mirrors, sofas, and all new toilets and sinks. Bathrooms will be cleaned hourly. The school will be adding lockers and drinking fountains in the school hallways. Also Washington Irving will be adding cameras outside of the school and inside of the school to secure safety and not to have violence in the new and renovated schools. The outside of the school will be repainted and the walkway will be renovated also. The school will be adding more trees and flowers to make the school eco-friendly. The school also wants to give students Apple laptops to take to class with but can not take home. The principal Mr. Watson of the Irving Middle school will be retired at the end of the 2007-2008 school year, and a new principal will join the Irving School in September of the 2008-2009 school year. These new and renovated plans are to take place on June 26, 2008. "These new features will make school enjoyable and educational." said superidentent of the Boston Public Schools. The 2008-2009 school year in the Irving Middle school is expected to have at least 1250 students attended and at least 120 teachers and staff. The new and renovated school(s) is to be completed in mid-late January of 2009.

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    Boston High School, Lincolnshire - a selective Academy

    Welcome to our website, welcome to our academy…

    Boston High School is a school which is proud of the fact that it provides an environment which nurtures and values young people, enabling them to grow into confident, successful adults. We aim to equip our students with the experiences, skills and self-esteem to decide on what their future can be – and to gain the qualifications which will set them onto that path. Our students blossom here – they are articulate and highly motivated individuals and we provide an environment which encourages and stimulates individuality and intellectual curiosity. Qualifications are central to our students’ on-going success and the results gained by our students are fantastic – at A level and GCSE our results are consistently impressive, allowing students to open doors to opportunities and to aspire to whatever they decide to dream of.

    We encourage hard work, participation, self-challenge and academic aspiration. Our students rise to the challenge and are proactive forward thinking and community spirited. Opportunities for leadership and individual development are offered throughout the school as we seek to support as well as develop students. Our sixth form leadership team, prefects and students set a high standard as role models for the rest of the school and we are proud of the spirit of collaboration and care which is apparent from the moment one steps into the school.

    One of the cornerstones of our school is the feeling of community and support. We welcome visitors and encourage prospective parents and students to contact us, to meet our students – who are our best ambassadors - and to experience the school for themselves.

    Mr A J Fulbrook

    11th November 2015

    Through the amazing Young Journalist Academy programme, I was given the opportunity to work with Footstep Productions, a professional television company to create a documentary called ‘My Hero’. The series is all about giving young people the chance to meet their heroes and have a short apprenticeship with them.

    My journey started approximately a year ago, when the YJA team, from Boston High School, were interviewed by the company. I heard the surprising news a few months later that I had been shortlisted. I then had a screen test and discussed what I would like to do and what I loved about journalism with the crew.

    I was told I was chosen by Mrs Bell and the filming process started shortly after. I was very nervous going into the first day of filming at the school however when I got in and started the interviews, commentary and presentation I really enjoyed it.

    When sports day was cancelled due to the weather I had to improvise, commentating on a netball match held in the sports hall. This threw me but surprisingly I feel the interview with the head and the commentary of the match went well.

    In August I met the crew again to film the rest of the documentary with famous presenter and commentator, Jacqui Oatley. Throughout my time in London, I learnt so much including, tips for interviewing and commentary in addition to the preparation that needs to go in before the actual filming of the show. I visited The Women’s football show studio and watched the show being filmed, edited and even had a small go myself at reading the autocue and presenting!

    Thank you to Mrs Bell, Matt and the Young Journalist Academy and Footstep Productions for this opportunity, I had an amazing time!

    Outstanding GCSE Results!

    Over a quarter of pupils gained 5 or more A*A Grades

    97% gained 5 or more A*C Grades

    95% Gained 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths

    Almost a third of all grades in all subjects were at A*-A

    100% of pupils in Computing and the Higher Level Project qualification gained A*A grades

    A*A grades were gained by over 40% of pupils in Business Studies, Chemistry, Health and Social Care, Spanish and iGCSE English

    Mr Andrew Fulbrook commented…

    We are delighted that the determination and efforts from everyone involved with our school has resulted in these superb GCSE results. We are very, very proud of the achievements of all our students and, most importantly, we should like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their hard work, dedication and success.

    This year, 97% of our Y11 cohort achieved five or more GSCE results at ‘C’ or above. This is a superb set of results. Year on year, all we ask is that students do their best and this group certainly did that, they were a joy to work with and they deserve their success, well done Y11. These results will establish the building blocks of their future success and we now look forward to our students, and those from other local schools, continuing their fantastic achievements into our Sixth Form – I should like to congratulate all students in the Boston area on their results.

    A number of factors have contributed to these results; clearly, the hard work of the pupils themselves and also, the support of their parents and, of course, the skill and dedication of our teachers and staff. We have a brilliant staff at our school and I congratulate them on their efforts in support of our students.

    We are determined that our students receive the best possible standards in educational provision, care, guidance and support. These results are only part of our success story and we now look forward to working with students as they build on their GCSE success and commence their Sixth Form studies. We wish them all the very best for a future of lifelong learning.

    Mr Andrew Fulbrook, Headteacher

    Best Ever A Level Results!

    This year, Boston High School students have achieved staggeringly good A Level results. The school is very proud of our students and what they have accomplished.

    At A Level, the number of top grades (those at A*-B grades) went up to an impressive 55.20%. This is up by 14% from last year and is the highest in the last 10 years!

    The number of A*-C grades also saw a rise to 84.6% and is also the highest ever for the school.

    For a 4th year running, 100% of all students passed every exam for which they were entered at A Level. This is an exceptional record of success and really demonstrates the ethos of learning, hard work and commitment that our students have.

    Additionally, in the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) every student who took the qualification passed. 33% of students achieved an A*, with A*-A pass rate standing at 56% and the A*-B pass rate an impressive 88.9%.

    At AS, Grade 'A' passes rose to 13.49%, the highest since 2010 and up from last year’s 11.10%.

    We would like to congratulate all of our students on achieving the success that they deserve!

    During the last two weeks, Mr Simmons and Miss Guy have been running a Boston High School Mock Election. Five brave Year 10s decided to stand as candidates in our Mock Election, along with five campaign managers supporting them.

    The candidates were:

     Rebecca Clarke - Labour Party
     Amna Zafar - Green Party
     Katie Bland - Liberal Democrats
     Megan Bailey - UKIP
     Zakia Nissar – Conservative

    The five candidates had just four school days to campaign and encourage the rest of the school to vote for their party in the election, which was to take place on Thursday 7th May – the same day as the official UK election. The Labour Party’s propaganda was particularly impressive, with huge informative posters, red badges and even a video that was emailed out to the whole school! The Greens, UKIP and Conservatives also had several posters around school, with the Green Party even having portrait of their candidate.

    In addition to all of their campaigning, the candidates participated in a debate on Tuesday 5th May, during which the rest of the school were given a chance to question the five. Damian Bemben hosted the debate, with the help of Mr Simmons. They each started off with a two minute opening speech, in which they presented their party’s policies. Following these speeches, some preselected questions were thrown at the candidates and then the floor was opened to the audience. Labour, UKIP and Conservative all came under intense grilling from some sixth formers in the audience. Finally, the candidates had a closing statement, which could last no longer than two minutes.

    It was challenging and gave them all an insight into real political issues but there could only be one ‘BHS MP’. At lunchtime today, the winner was announced…

    Candidate and Campaign Manager

    This year is the 18th annual World Book Day! To celebrate, children of all ages around the world are dressing up as book characters to impress and share extracts from their most favourite books.

    People seem to be really making an effort dressing up this year. Just at Boston High School in Lincolnshire this morning we have seen Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Elsa from Frozen, Scout and Bob Ewell from To Kill A Mockingbird and Jack from Lord of the Flies.

    The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. This means free book tokens!

    Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, the day is celebrated in some form or another in over 100 countries all over the world.

    The YJA team gatecrashed a Mad Hatters Tea Party that had broken out in an English lesson this morning. After enjoying a slice of cake, a round of literature, and a drop of squash, we snapped some pictures and asked the pupils about their favourite book. It was brilliant to find out about such a spectacular selection of different books!

    At lunch, it was time to judge the amazing array of costumes. First place was a victory to the undead; Hollie Hamilton in year 11 came as a zombie from The Walking Dead. Second place went to Jasmine Slade in year 9, dressed as Jack from Lord of the Flies. And finally in third place was Shelby Hales in year 13, who came as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

    So make sure you head down to your nearest book shop and purchase a new edition to your private library. Remember to pick up one of the new World Book Day books with your voucher!


    What’s your favourite book?

    Emily and Olivia, year 9

    BHS Young Journalist Academy

    18th November 2014

    Wednesday afternoon was the last rehearsal for this year’s production - Hairspray the Broadway musical. Despite the pre-show jitters the dress rehearsal was flawless and the real show will be even better!

    This musical is about a young overweight teenager Tracy Turnbald (portrayed by Phoebe Mullard, year 12) who obsessed with the Corny Collins show. Her dream is to star in the show and finally she gets her big break when one of the stars leaves and Corny Collins (Rebecca Vernon-Hirst, year 13) holds auditions for a replacement. Tracy makes it on the show with the help of her friends however this angers Amber Von Tussle (Megan Lowe, year 13) and her mother Velma (Sydnie Hocknell, year 12).

    Tracy decides that it is not fair that the black kids can only dance once a month on the show so with the help of her friends: Penny (Ava Fletcher, year 9), Seaweed (Courtney Venables, year 9), Link ( Grace Marshall, year 13), Motormouth Maybelle (Sarah Flindall, year 13), Wilbur Turnbald (Damien Bemben, year 12) and Edna (Callum Wilkinson, year 13), who are going to change the show.

    We were fortunate to be able to interview one of the cast members, Seaweed who told us that ‘it is looking really good, better than expected!’ Also we talked to one of the directing staff, Mrs MacKenzie who said that ‘this is the greatest show BHS has ever seen. Everyone has worked very hard and the quantity of dancing and singing has made it very demanding. Everyone has been committed and highly professional’.

    Public performances are on Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November, starting at 7pm. Tickets can be bought from our box office (01205 310505) priced at £7 for adults and £5 for concessions. Please note that the Friday show has sold out!

    We wish the best to everyone in the production, as they say in the show business break a leg.

    By Virginia and Swatee
    BHS News Room