Form 8 parents transform Yarlet's pavilion!
Iam sure that, like me, all parents will have been extremely impressed by the transforming 'face lift' that has been given to our cricket pavilion by our Form 8 parents as their leavers' gift.
This gift is particularly appreciated by staff and pupils alike as this group of parents went to a great deal of time and effort, hiring and handling expensive machinery, as well as risking life and limb in cleaning the roof in their endeavours to restore the cricket pavilion to its former glory.The end result is superb as the pavilion is once again a building of which we can all be extremely proud and one which creates such a positive first impression of the school.
The refurbishment has also made a tremendous improvement to our sporting facilities and will be something our pupils will be proud to use for many years to come.On behalf of the whole Yarlet community, we would like to thank our Form 8 parents for taking this initiative.
Yarlet pupils raise £168.40 for Sport Relief!
The sun came out to shine on our happy, crazy pupils as they all enjoyed dressing up and completing their one mile for Sport Relief in the silliest manner possible!
Some participants were serious runners whilst others chose a variety of styles, such as three-legged duos, cartwheels, forward rolls and running backwards! All involved had a wonderful time and we raised £168.40 for Sport Relief.
Many thanks for your kind donations and support.
Parents and other guests were impressed with this excellent presentation.
Our main school ballet group and audience may be small in numbers, but the atmosphere and applause were by no means diminished during a ballet demonstration on 25th March when we all enjoyed a very professional and entertaining performance by our girls. Mrs Harrison was extremely impressed with the high standard of our pupils' skills and confidence.
Well done to them all and to Mrs Laval, who has worked tirelessly to prepare the girls for their recent ballet exam.
Our youngest pupils welcome the arrival of spring.
At last, the rain has eased a little and we have seen the sunshine. The Early Years have all thoroughly enjoyed being out and about more (without wellies and brollies). We were beginning to think we needed webbed feet for our outdoor provision!
Nursery have had a super half term. We have been delighted to welcome Hugo and Megan to Yarlet. Spring has definitely sprung, with our craft flowers, sheep and rabbits adorning our classroom! The children loved looking after their babies and taking the prams for our nature walk. In our 'home' topic, we have made shape houses, Easter nests and a special house for the Easter chicks. All topped off by an Easter egg hunt, such fun!
Kindergarten have been very busy this term dealing with emergencies as part of our 'People who help us' topic. Ms Morgan and Miss Zara have been patients, burglars, people trapped up trees with cats, our cars have broken down, to name but a few scenarios the children have chosen to select to demonstrate their knowledge of the community around them. They all know what to do in an emergency and had some serious fire safety training when Staffordshire Fire Service came to visit. We are very sad to say goodbye to a very popular and cheery member of the class. We wish Jude all the luck and happiness in his future and we will all miss him very much!
Reception have had a bit of a change from our usual animal topic and have instead been learning about the Human Body. I am always amazed at what a thirst our children have for knowledge and this has certainly been true over the last few weeks. We must say thanks to Will Betteley for bringing in his skeleton, Billy. He has been a great reference point and as the weeks have gone past it has impressed me how the children themselves talk about his anatomy.Have a super Easter everyone! We look forward to our final term and hope for some fantastic weather to enjoy Yarlet grounds at their best.
The Early Years Team
Yarlet girls share another great season.
A very pleasing season with some exceptional matches and great wins. This team developed as it went along. Girls who started as shooters ended up defenders! Itwas often a surprise just how adaptable all the players were. In our first match we lost 9-3 to Denstone and realised that our shooting had let us down not our ability to retain possession. Playing next against Abbotsholme we wereable to come back from 4-1 to achieve our first win, 6-5. Holly scored with a superb long shot which gave the team the determination and confidence they had been lacking.We avoided the gales playing The Ryley's indoors. It was our first encounter with this team and most memorable. Zara, Huma and Tawana were tenacious enabling us to close the score down to 5-5. Leading briefly 6-5, the girls' concentration did not hold and The Ryley's scored another two goals in quick succession to give them the win, 7-6.
Another exciting match was played in extreme weather conditions at Terra Nova. The ball was bouncing and ricocheting as the girls struggled to pass in the gale! Shooting was also a challenge but our passing and spacing were excellent and, with superb service into the shooters from Millie and firm defence from Olivia, we won 3-2.
Our long journey to Macclesfield was well worth it as the match couldn't have been closer or better fought. Beech Hall was sending high balls over our defence and our passing had become wild. We were two goals behind after the third quarter. Yarlet was not dispirited however and with a sudden surge of interceptions from Tawana and Zara and Millie racing around their opponents we had all the possession needed to take the lead and hold on to it thanks to alert defending from Olivia and Huma. We took an 8-7 win: our most satisfying yet!
Yarlet played confidently in their next match against Birchfield despite having to reshuffle the positions. Millie was now goal attack and Amelia and Emily C. were brought in to strengthen the wings. We passed well and Zara and Tawana were as alert and energetic as ever scooping up all the loose balls. We led from start to finish and with fine shooting from Holly and Millie, took a comfortable 9-4 win.
Our return match against Denstone was our easiest victory. By half time we had a 6-0 lead as our shooters were on form and enjoying playing on home territory at last. The Denstone C team battled valiantly and, with Yarlet now asked to play out of position, managed a single goal. The final score was 7-1 to us.I hope the girls have enjoyed the season as much as I have. They should be proud of their achievements. Thanks to all the parents who supported us along the way. Your daughters are a credit to you.
A successful season for Senior Rugby.
Rugby this term has proven to be very successful for the U13 boys. Starting with a tough fixture against Shrewsbury High Prep the boys put in an excellent performance that belied the lack of rugby played up to that point, winning the fixture 31-10.
Next came The Ryleys in a 7s fixture, once again the Yarlet boys were full of ambitionand played some excellent rugby, again winning by a good margin; 57-29.
Terra Nova provided the sternest test Yarlet were to face early on in the term. Knowing that they would be facing a strong Terra Nova side the boys showed great attacking endeavour and demonstrated superb character throughout a game which ebbed and flowed. The boys, despite their tremendous efforts fell, to a 46-29 loss.
After half term Yarlet began with an excellent win over local rivals Birchfield; once again demonstrating some excellent running rugby to win 66-7.
In the final fixture of the season Yarlet travelled to Packwood for what promised to be an excellent encounter; and it didn't disappoint. Playing in a 'mini' 7s tournament against two Packwood sides Yarlet saved their best for last in three games that demonstrated the heart and team spirit this team has. Playing three consecutive games of 7s the Yarlet boys were certainly up against it; every game had both Yarlet and Packwood playing some superb rugby and forcing each other in to excellent defence with some outstanding tackling on display. Yarlet managed to dig deep and in each game showed a real will to win coming out victorious in each nerve-wracking game: 10-12, 12-14, 12-19. The day saw four tries and four conversions from Ed Gaffney, one try and one conversion from Gabriel Korylco-Bowers and one try a piece for William Thowless-Reeves and Jacob Raine.
This season has been very good for Yarlet Rugby, with some superb individual displays; but most importantly the superb team spirit and attitude of the boys that has shone through in every fixture and the boys have been justly rewarded for their teamwork with plenty of 'W's' in the win column. A very big well done to all!
New pupils make a strong start this rugby season.
This has been a season of development for the Under 11s, with much promise being shown for the future by the Form 5 boys in particular, some of whom are new to rugby.
A well-deserved victory at Terra Nova gave an indication of how far the team has progressed, with rucking and tackling greatly improved. Unfortunately, inclement weather precluded the team from building on this immediately, as two eminently winnable fixtures were cancelled. The final match of the season against Packwood was lost narrowly, although the boys battled indefatigably until the end. Gregor Beardsmore, Joseph Archer and Max Raine merit special mention for an excellent term's effort, and we look forward to next season with great anticipation.
Harrison Hardy-Smith is on a winning streak!
Harrison represented Yarlet at the Staffordshire Schools' championship and won the race to become the Staffordshire Year 7s Champion. He then represented Staffordshire in the Inter Counties Championship at Warwickshire University and secured the silver Medal position after a great sprintfinish. Finally, he ran in the McCain UK Cross Country Challenge in Liverpool in the under 13s boys' race, coming 5th in his age group - a fantastic effort. This cross country meeting incorporated the Team GB trials for the 2013 European Championships and all things being equal in a couple of years Harrison will make the team - Well done !
Yarlet's Spanish exchange programme get off to an exciting start.
Yarlet was delighted to host 43 Year 6 children from Humanitas School in Madrid from 11th to 16th March as part of its first ever Spanish exchange programme.
The visit was a great success and children from Humanitas and Yarlet really enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends and develop their linguistic skills. All the beds in Yarlet's Boarding House were filled and a number of families also kindly hosted Spanish children which allowed even more to take part.
During their visit, the Spanish pupils visited local places of interest, including Blists Hill Museum at Ironbridge, the Ancient High House in Stafford and the Big Bang Science Fair at Birmingham's NEC. They were also privileged to be received by the Mayor of Stafford at the town's Civic Offices. Members of the public also welcomed the children warmly as they were stopped and interviewed in the town centre. All pupils enjoyed a highly competitive Spain -v- England football match, won by England on this occasion in a closely fought contest. To round off the visit, a fun disco was held on the Saturday evening where everyone got to say their goodbyes.
We now look forward to the return leg of the exchange programme, with Yarlet pupils travelling to Madrid to learn more about the Spanish education system and way of life, as well as cementing new found friendships.
White water rafting, climbing, sailing, traversong, high ropes and canyoning... What a great way to complete the Yarlet experience.
Another fantastic trip to Bala! The week started with white water rafting and an evening's excursion testing map reading skills. They next day we set out to climb Tryfan. The boys set out at such a pace climbing over the boulders and scrambling up the rocks that we were finished by 12.30, so we set off for the next mountain and, just for good measure, the one next to that! Needless to say I could barely walk the next day, so just as well we went sailing. It was very windy on the lake and there was a lot of capsizing to start with; in particular Jasper and Angus who were jibing instead of tacking (they had said they knew what they were doing!). However they proved their sailing capabilities in the afternoon by winning the race with ease. As the weather made a turn for the worse, we spent our fourth day underground climbing and traversing in a disused slate mine. That night came the high ropes, with Edmund using his long legs to whiz round the course in record time. The final morning was spent canyoning, which ended with a fast, exhilarating zip wire into a pool.
The boys were good company; they went to bed tired and woke up fresh and ready for the next activity, all of them up for a challenge.
Yarlet pupils experience life in Madird and have a fantastic time with their new Spanish friends.
The return leg of the Spanish exchange was highly successful. As well as two visits to the host school, trips were organised to central Madrid, Toledo, Segovia and the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountain Range.
The trip was a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn the Spanish language and culture. They also integrated well with their new Spanish friends, some staying with Spanish families.
Everyone had a memorable experience and the trip has generated great interest in the Spanish classes which will be taking place for pupils in Forms 7 and 8 from September and we look forward to making the exchange a regular feature of our Spanish '¡Buen Viaje!' provision.
Pupils learn firsthand about Roman times and have lots of fun along the way.
Forms 5 and 6, with Form 8 Latin as group leaders, had an interesting day out in Viriconium. It was their first trip to a Roman site and it took some imagination to picture how magnificent the baths once were. The hypocaust caused the most excitement as pupils saw how high the floors would have been and realised just how under floor heating worked. They really enjoyed posing on the tile towers and jumping into the frigidarium (cold plunge pool) the caldarium (the hot pool) and the piscina (swimming pool).
After a picnic lunch we had time for a lesson about Roman villas: how they were built, who they were for, how they were decorated, etc. We then had our own guided tour around the house examining the construction of the walls and the functions of specific rooms. We were surprised to see that there was a butcher's shop attached to the front of the house and that the bedrooms were so dark and small. The house had been made using traditional Roman methods and with a design based on archaeological evidence. It was good to see such an excellent reconstruction
I hope the pupils will try to see more Roman remains on their travels through Britain and Europe this summer.
Forms 5 & 6 were delighted to welcome Stephen Downs from Rugeley Power Station who helped teach our pupils how to make solar powered boats. Here is a report from Abigael Pointon:
On 17th June, Forms 5 and 6 made boats. A man called Steve came in from Rugeley Power Station. He explained how the power station works and about pollution and he also told us about fossil fuels. We were told to use two milk bottles as the base and that the battery and propeller could not touch the water. Then it was left to us to design and make our boats, with the winning boat called Stormhold and the runner-up boat called Death of Ride. It was an amazing and enjoyable experiment for all who took part.
A enjoyable day in Liverpool helps to bring classwork to life.
day On Thursday 12th June, Form 6 paid a visit to the city of Liverpool for a school trip to follow up on work they have done this year on the Slave Trade and World War Two. The first part of the trip was spent at the Pier Master's House on the Albert Dock. This house has been faithfully renovated to look as it would have done during the war years. The pupils enjoyed an excellent tour of the house learning about daily life on the Home Front during the war, including 'make do and mend' and the 'grow your own' initiatives and even finding out what the streets smelt like after a bombing raid!
After a nice lunch on the banks of the Mersey, pupils made the short walk to the Maritime Museum where they learned all about Liverpool's maritime history, including its links with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. After touring the museum, pupils took part in a workshop on life in West Africa; learning all about the cultures and rituals of those who were enslaved by the Slave Traders.
With excellent weather and fabulous surroundings a brilliant day was had by all!
One of our Form 4 pupils explains what they got up to:
On Monday 16th June, Form 4 went on a school trip to Shugborough. We went to learn more about our History topic, World War 2. To make it more exciting we all dressed up as evacuees and did lots of fun activities, like making gas masks, using morse code and learning about rationing on the farm. By the end of the day we knew a lot more about life for evacuees in the war. A very fun day for everyone.
Main School goes camping and everyone has great fun!
The front lawn at Yarlet was array with tents on 27th June as many main school pupils rounded off a great day at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor with a 'camp-over'.
Despite the soggy conditions, everyone had lots of fun before going to bed – eventually!
As well as a late night, Mr Raybould had an early start as a number of our energetic pupils were raring to go at 4.30am!
An action packed term for Forms 1 and 2
I hope that you have already begun to relax on your summer holidays. Our school year has come, as always, hurtling to an end and has culminated in a super final week of celebration and fun. Children have made great personal achievements all round and deserve a super summer break (whilst, of course, keeping up their handwriting, reading and counting!).
Yarlet Pre-Prep pupils performed very poignantly for our end of year assembly held in Centenary Hall, as well as for our Sports Day and Prize-giving ceremony. Forms One and Two had a fantastic time at Ainsdale Beach. It is a relatively 'undiscovered' location and we panicked at first as the ice cream van was absent, but with perfect timing it drove in just as were finishing our sand-castle building competition and were off to wash our hands. The weather was perfect, not too hot or sunny and definitely not cold. We have always been so lucky, weather-wise! Form Two largely provided a lot of the fun during the last week as they performed their original puppet show – The Land of Trog - to Pre-Prep and organised and manned the games played on the day of the teddy bears' picnic. Magic Chris did the rest and had us rolling in the aisles with his entertainment.
On a more studious note we teachers were happy to meet with parents of pupils in our classes to report on our pupils' academic and other achievements reached over the school year. We were also all impressed by the standard of the children moving into our classes next year, as we found out on our swop session. The children naturally move towards the goals aimed for in their next year's class and rise to all challenges seamlessly.
I hope that you have a lovely summer holiday. I wish all those pupils who are leaving us all the best in their new school environments and I look forward to seeing everyone else in September. A big thank you to all Yarlet staff, parents and children who make Yarlet the wonderful place it is. New Form 3s, don't forget to wave to us in Pre-Prep from the lofty heights of Main School!
An incredibly busy time for our EYFS children and memories which will last a lifetime.
Can you believe this is the last news for this academic year? Yet again, another year gone by, in the blink of an eye. We have been very busy though. The lovely weather we have had has allowed us to enjoy some of Yarlet's best assets, its lovely grounds. We have explored every inch of it from the run and roll, to the pond and even our secret little 'sunny spot' where we have enjoyed rolling and running down the bank. Kindergarten and Nursery had a really interesting and fun visit from 'The Animal Man'. We saw and indeed for those of us brave enough, held all manner of creatures, ranging from snakes to the teachers' personal favourite, a tarantula! The children really did put the teachers to shame!
What a fabulous half term we have had in Nursery. We have made ice creams, beaches and shell paintings in our holiday topic. The children all loved arriving at our role play airport, stamping their passports and whizzing down to the aeroplane on Darcy's 'trunkie!' We also added an Italian element to our Nursery turning it in to a pizzeria for the day. The children loved stretching, kneading and bashing their dough. The finished results were 'belissimo'! We have made the most of being outdoors and have mastered the teddy bear dash as well as completing a fun obstacle course! All topped off with our fun teddy bears' picnic what a treat!
We have had a fantastic half term in Kindergarten. The weather has been kind and let us do many of our activities outside. We have had a few visits to the pond, although some of the creatures were a little shy this year. We did however find a lovely and quite large beast which after some 'googling', we realised was a toad tadpole that was almost a toad but not quite! Some of our mini beasts kindly came to visit us. We have had several snails in our Kindi garden, ants eating our strawberries and a huge spider 'guarding' Miss Zara's desk. We have been lucky enough to enjoy a bumper crop of strawberries from our strawberry plant and the children have enjoyed picking them and eating them at snack time. We shall be incredibly sad to see some of our Kindi friends move on to pastures new but wish them all good luck and much happiness in their future schools.
Reception have been working very hard, honing their academic skills ready for the move into Form 1 next term. That is not to say that we haven't been having fun, quite the contrary! Our 'Marvellous music' topic has seen us singing and dancing at every opportunity. We have been using Spotify to find our best tracks from home and it has been great to see what musical tastes echo around your homes. From class favourite 'Snuggle Puppy' to the disco classic 'I like to move it (move it)', it has been a joyous end to a fabulous year!!!Well, after all the hard work this year have a super, well deserved summer break, I'm sure it'll fly by. We'll see you in September! The Early Years Team.
This was always going to be an interesting season, and so it proved. With a wide range of ability in the squad, we have to make the most of the real talent on display.
Happily, the star players have lived up to their potential in the first half of the season, and the lesser lights have done the best they can. We were better than Foremarke's 2nd XI in our first match, but struggled to put away our chances. Finally, Sean O'Reilly poked the ball home and we were on our way. By the end we had won 4 – 2, courtesy of a good volley from Gabriel Korylco-Bowers, and two more from O'Reilly, who had the joy of a hat-trick in his first 1st XI game.
It was hard to believe what happened in our next match. Both teams threw caution to the wind, and defences werevirtually non-existent. We won a thrilling end-to-end game against Terra Nova 8 – 6, with five goals from Korylco-Bowers and another hat-trick from O'Reilly. He was starting to think playing for the 1st XI was easy!
Our best performance so far came against Wrekin College. O'Reilly scored against the run of play with a superb run from the half way line, but Wrekin led 3 – 1 at half time. A great fight back in the second half, with a goal from Jacob Raine and two more from Korylco- Bowers, saw us win a close match 4 – 3. 27 goals in three matches – this is the stuff to bring the crowds back!
Jacob Raine has been a superb captain, leading by example, supporting colleagues, and dominating midfield. Harrison Hardy-Smith's tireless running and skilful play have been invaluable, while Gabriel Korylco-Bowers' strength, skill and finishing have been really impressive. O'Reilly's goal scoring has been a real bonus, and all the other players have performed up to, and beyond, expectations.
But please, no one is allowed to be ill or injured!
The boys show great promise and determination.
The first fixture of the season was the ISEB Midlands knockout tournament at Repton School. Yarlet started with a tough fixture against Terra Nova and, despite making all the running and producing the majority of the attacking football, Terra Nova ran out 2-1 winners. In the remaining fixtures, Yarlet continued to play some superb attacking football and beat every team put in front of them.
Then came the big fixture against Prestfelde, who took a 1-0 lead playing some nice passing football, after which Yarlet began to impose themselves on the game and equalised. Unfortunately in the very last minute, against the run of play, Prestfelde scrambled home a winner to top the group and leave Yarlet third behind Terra Nova.
The first full fixture of the season and Yarlet made the journey to Jodrell Bank to face Terra Nova and Pownall in a triangular tournament. Intent on gaining the victory after the ISEB tournament the Yarlet boys played some simply excellent football, passing and moving superbly and giving a talented Terra Nova no time on the ball. Throughout the game Yarlet remained on top and eventually ran out 3-1 winners.
Straight off this victory Yarlet faced a dogged Pownall side who were keen to disrupt and pressure the Yarlet side, however they could not stop the slick Yarlet passing and the boys came out comfortably on top, winning 5-0. The 'B' team showed some real progress in this fixture, losing 2-0 to a good Terra Nova side and improving again in the second fixture, losing 2-1 to Pownall.
Next, Yarlet travelled to another of their ISEB rivals, Prestfelde. Again this was a triangular tournament, this time involving Old Hall. In the thunder and lightning the Yarlet boys watched Prestfelde comfortably beat Old Hall. Then it was Yarlet who faced Prestfelde. With Prestfelde having just played they started the brighter and took an early 1-0 lead, however from this point the Yarlet boys showed real heart and determination and started to dictate the pace of the game, making the Prestfelde defence work very hard. Despite all the pressure, Prestfelde held firm. That was, until Max Raine produced a superb free-kick to 'lob' the keeper from 20 yards out. From here on in the game ebbed and flowed with both sides looking for the winner, when an unfortunate slip on the sodden pitch helped Prestfelde slide in a winner in the final minute to win the game 2-1.
With the boys extremely disappointed having lost a fixture so undeservedly they had to pick themselves up to face Old Hall, and they did this in some style. Dominating the fixture, Old Hall hardly touched the ball, with Yarlet on the attack for seemingly the whole game, with Greg Beardsmore and Joe Archer scoring the goals in an emphatic 2-0 win. Once again the 'B' team showed that the future is bright for the Under 11s at Yarlet. Despite losing 4-0 to Prestfelde they showed real fight and a desire to improve and did so admirably in a 2-0 loss to Old Hall.
Leading goal scorers at this point are Max Raine (8), Fraser Lloyd (5), Joe Archer (4) and Greg Beardsmore (1). The season so far has been excellent and it is with great excitement that we look forward to the next half of the season.
With clear skies and lots of excited children, Yarlet's annual family bonfire night celebration was a huge success!
Children and their parents were able to warm themselves near the massive bonfire before an impressive firework display commenced. It was also a successful evening for members of the school council who are busily raising funds for a new playground project. They confirmed that takings were excellent as glow sticks and bagged sweeties flew off the shelves!
The Nursery children at Yarlet continue to have lots of fun in all types of weather.
Our Nursery pupils always enjoy their daily nature walk and, this time had great fun using binoculars and special weather masks. Lots of excitement was had on our blustery day while the leaves fell around us!
Amid fierce competition from many prep schools in the region, Gabriel Korylco-Bowers and Jacob Raine have been selected for the ISFA Midlands Squad.
They will take part in their first tournament during the Easter holidays and are thrilled to be representing Yarlet in such a high profile competition. Both boys are full of excitement and say they now have their fingers crossed to be selected for England!
This was an exciting seven-a-side tournament played on a crisp sunny autumn afternoon.
We were without our captain, Jacob Raine, due to injury, but he was there to give support from the touchline.
Our first match was against Beech Hall, and Harrison Hardy-Smith put us ahead with a fine goal after ten seconds! It was a sign of things to come. Sean O’Reilly also scored and Gabriel Korylco-Bowers grabbed four, so we won 6 – 0.
Against Kingsmead we were a little too self-confident initially, but we got our act together and ran out 4 – 0 winners.
The final match was against our hosts, The Ryleys, who had also won both previous matches, and Harry Cartwright had to make his first (and only) save of the afternoon. We won 2 – 0 and were clearly the outstanding team of the tournament. Imagine if Jacob Raine had been playing! As it was we kept three clean sheets and scored twelve goals in thirty minutes’ football. Not bad.
For the record, Hardy-Smith scored 2 goals, O’Reilly 3, and Korylco-Bowers 7.
This season the U13’s have played 7 matches and won all 7. There are three more to come.
Form 2 had a fabulous day out at the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich where they met Samuel Pepys and had lots of interactive fun learning more about the Great Fire of London.
My Trip To See Samuel Pepysby Sienna Edwards
(It is not the real Samuel Pepys, it is a person dressing up.)
Firstly, I arrived at school to do some handwriting. Next, my whole class had to get into partners and my partner was Raphaela (whom we call Raphie). After that, we found our places and I found out that Raphie and I were at the front of one aisle of the minibus we were travelling in.
Soon we were at Samuel Pepys' house and we had to take our blazers off and put them on a peg. Then we all sat down whilst Samuel Pepys told us about the Fire of London. When he had talked us through a quarter of the story, he asked Amelia, William, Cameron and I to stand up and show the class which dresses and suits servants used to wear. I had to wear a blue and white lacy dress and a white hat made out of napkins.
After we dressed up, we had a break. After a while, Samuel Pepys finished the story off and we played a game. Once everyone had a go of the game we had lunch.
When all the lunch had disappeared into our stomachs, we went to see Jeremiah who taught us how to make tussy mussy. We also did some acting where I was a person selling ribbons. It was such fun!
Soon it was time to go home.
All pupils from Kindergarten to Form 8 gathered together in our little chapel for a poignant and thought-provoking remembrance service.
The service was led by the Revd Davis and a member of the Royal British Legion was in attendance making the service a special occasion for all our pupils. Pupils in Form 4 shared their remembrance poems and afterwards pupils in Forms 5 and 6 were given the chance to speak with the standard bearer to ask questions about his recent active service in Afghanistan and his current role as a Poppy Appeal organiser.
Pupils very much appreciated this opportunity to deepen their understanding of why we remember at this time of year.
Our Christmas Festivities begin on Friday 28th November, 3 – 5.30 pm, with the school Christmas Fayre
This year, we have a slightly different format, we are combining lots of fun activities for the children, including Santa's grotto, children's stalls and face painting, with Christmas shopping opportunities for parents that we would normally have at our Ladies Evening. You are welcome to collect your children from 3pm and have them join you for some Christmas fun to kick start the weekend. The Yarlet choir will be performing to add to the Christmas spirit.
Do join us for what promises to be fantastic fun for children and parents alike with all money raised being donated towards a new adventure playground for the children, an initiative YFRC is driving in conjunction with the student council. Thank you for your support.
Yarlet's own "Mike the Builder" visited Nursery to demonstrate to fascinated pupils how they could become like "Bob the Builder"
Our Nursery pupils were very excited to receive a visit from Mr Mike. He told us what we should wear to stay safe when being a builder. He also showed us how to use different tools and lots of sawing, drilling and hammering followed!!
The children were very keen to get involved, they really got to grips with the tools and were very inquisitive asking lots of questions.
We had spots before our eyes in chapel this morning in support of Children in Need.
Yarlet Pre-Prep pupils donned an array of spotty accessories in true Children in Need style as we took time to remind ourselves that we can do our bit to help children who need our support.
Yarlet pupils celebrated the end of exams with a fun-filled day focussing on Children in Need.
We have been filling a big bucket with donations for Children in Need and, combined with all the fun and excitment of dressing up for the day, children are being mindful of doing their bit to help others who need our support.
With many of Denstone's top coaches to guide them, Yarlet pupils took part in a range of activities including rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and a session with Denstone's strength and conditioning experts.
They had a fantastic day and got to hold an Olympic Gold Medal courtesy of Denstone's Director of Hockey, Imran Sherwani. Mr. Sherwani and his team-mates won the gold medal with a 3-1 win against West Germany in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
Reception pupils have been making Spanish sweets as part of their 'Christmas Round the World' topic.
We learned that Spanish children make stars to put in their windows to lead the Wise Men to their homes to bring extra gifts, many in the form of sweets which are left in their shoes. In our afternoon activity, the children rolled out some marzipan and chose a cutter to use. They then painted them with food colouring and finished them off with shimmer spray ready to take home and enjoy with their family.
With a selection of chorizo, salami, serrano ham, manchego cheese, bread and crisps, pupils were spoilt for choice!
There was a catch however, they had to order from the teacher and ask if they wanted more food or drinks in Spanish. They also had to ask each other to pass items across the table in Spanish too. They obviously managed to do this as every last item was eaten before the Spanish karaoke completed a perfect afternoon! Many thanks go to our Spanish Club teacher, Mrs Crofts, for organising this wonderful event.
Kindergarten Write to Santa
As part of our preparations for Christmas, our keen Kindergarten pupils have been busy creating wonderful letters to Santa. Everyone has been been very good this year and are all hoping for very full stockings to open on Christmas morning!
A great 6-2 win for the U10/U11 girls today against Birchfield.
1 goal scored by Amelia, 1 goal scored by Kirstie and 4 goals scored by Jemima! Miss Dugdale is very proud of you all!
All three teams did extremely well with fabulous victories against their Shrewsbury High Prep School counterparts.
U11 Bs won 3-0. U11 As won 4-0. First XI won 12-1. Well done to our boys and Tawana!
With Christmas carols playing in the background, a tree from floor to ceiling and the staircase beautifully decorated, the Main Hall at Yarlet School looks stunning!
Thanks go to Tracey, Mike and their helpers for getting Yarlet's Main Hall ready for Christmas. The perfect backdrop has been set for Friday's Christmas Fayre when the school will welcome its families and friends for some festive fun!
Form 3 took a trip back in time on 25th November.
Form 3 had a great day yesterday in Chester where they enjoyed being Roman Soldiers and archeologists! They just loved marching through the city shouting in Latin and had a go at some battle formations!
We've brought Winter to Reception early by making Snow dough!
Reception have had winter fun in the classroom! The children had great fun mixing ingredients together to make snow dough and were amazed at how much it behaved like real snow. Freddy said, "It's just so soft and now my hands are soft too!" Only half the class had chance to follow the recipe, but everyone had a turn at building snow figures using their friends' snow. We will make more next week to make sure everyone has a turn at winter wizardry.
If you want to make some snowy magic for yourself here is the recipe:
6 cups of cornflour1 cup of vegetable oil3 tablespoons of glitter
Simply mix together and have fun!
Soloists from Forms 6, 7 and 8 took to the stage for a wonderful recital concert.
Family and friends were impressed by the standard of the performances, many of which were extremely high; congratulations to all who took part, you were all fantastic!
Children and adults alike have a fantastic time at the best attended Yarlet Christmas Fayre in years.
With mulled wine, festive treats, the school choir, games, stalls, and, of course, Santa himself, everyone enjoyed a fun evening in Yarlet's beautifully decorated Main Hall. Many thanks to our Fund Raising Committee for organising this fabulous event; aside from bringing our community together, it raised hundreds of pounds for future projects which will benefit all our pupils.
As part of advent, the Yarlet Choir was proud to perform at St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival on 4th December.
It has become a tradition for the Choir to perform each year at St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival and one to which they very much look forward. The church was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, including one decorated by our own pupils as part of an art project, and the children very much enjoyed performing to appreciative members of the public.
There was standing room only at the Lakeside Café as pupils sang their Christmas carols and songs in a 40 minute concert which was open to the public. Our thanks go to Dom Bowers and the team at 'Delicious'; not only did they look after the choir very well but also donated their takings for the morning and orgnaised a raffle which raised a total of £500 for the Donna Louise Trust. Well done to everyone!
Once again the Yarlet Choir led the town's Victorian Carol service at a packed St Mary's church in Stafford.
The service marks the end of the town's Christmas Tree Festival which is hosted at the church each year. The choir was extremely well received and were asked to sing an additional piece! Pupils were accompanied by the Cannock Citadel Salvation Army Band which was a great experience for them.
Hands on Fire for Form 5!
Form 5 pupils have been making and testing hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide gases and finally investigated methane. Using washing up liquid and methane bubbles, pupils were fascinated to watch their hands set on fire (all perfectly safe!)
There has been an abundance of exciting Christmas activities during the last few weeks of term.
Many thanks to our fabulous Fundraising Committee who organised the Christmas Fayre which took place on Friday 28th November and even managed to arrange for Santa to visit! Lots of fun was had by all and the fun continued with the Main School Christmas party on Monday 8th December. The pupils had a great time playing lots of party games and enjoyed tucking into the delicious Christmas meal prepared by our cooks, Tracy and Louise. A number of pupils boarded following the party and their night was rounded off by carol singing in the Main Hall – a lovely (and calm!) way to end a great evening.
Form 4 had fun demonstrating their creative skills by building their own motte and bailey castles.
As part of our study of the Normans, we have been learning how motte and bailey castles were constructed. We tried to incorporate all the key elements to make our replicas as accurate as possible.
Our U13 football team has enjoyed a successful season.
In the final match before half term we entertained Packwood. We were dominant early on but missed a number of chances. Eventually, Korylco-Bowers broke the deadlock, then he quickly added a second. However, we allowed the visitors to draw level, before Raine smashed home to restore the lead. Korylco-Bowers completed his hat-trick and we won 4 – 2. We made hard work of a game we should have won more easily.In the 6-a-side mini-tournament at The Ryleys we beat Beech Hall 6 – 0, Kingsmead 4 – 0 and the hosts 2 – 0. It was a bit of a romp.Sooner or later we knew that injury and illness would cost us dear, and unfortunately it happened against Birchfield. Without Raine and Thowless-Reeves we struggled, though Korylco-Bowers scored one of the goals of the season with a superb volley from Hardy-Smith's corner. We were constantly playing catch-up, eventually losing 3 – 4.The trip to Shrewsbury High Prep was a happier occasion, even though we were fielding a weakened team. We won 12-1 in a match cut short to save our opponents from further punishment.Our final match was at Foremarke, and it saw a first with two girls, Tawana Chadhani and Elizabeth Morris, playing for us. We had won the home fixture 4 – 2, but with a weakened defence it was always going to be a struggle. We went 0 - 2 down, pulled level, but Foremarke scored a winner ten minutes from time. Try as we might, we couldn't find an equaliser.Thanks are due to all the boys (and girls) who gave everything they had got for the team. This was very mucha team of mixed-ability, but a record of 10 wins and 2 defeats shows what a successful season we had. A special note of praise for Harrison Hardy-Smith, Gabriel Korylco-Bowers and captain Jacob Raine, three outstanding footballers who led by example in every game they played. Gabriel finished top scorer with 26 goals in all matches, while his dad was supporter of the season after attending nearly all the matches. Roll on next year, though we could do with a couple of new signings when the transfer window opens.
The girls have had an excellent hockey season, with notable improvements from everyone.
Teamwork has been a key focus for us this term as we strived to co-operate and support each other in each game. This is something that the seniors found particularly challenging but, with hard work from key players Olivia, Holly, Elizabeth and Tawana there were positive moments in each match despite losing 3 out of 4 fixtures. The U13 team particularly enjoyed the mixed match against Beech Hall where the boys were a welcome addition, even though they hadn't had much practice previously. Our U10 squad struggled with their spacing at the start of the season but with help from our supporting mums (who must have lost their voices on some occasions) they worked hard and were rewarded with 4 wins, 2 losses and a draw. Well done to Grace T-R in defence, Jessica who worked relentlessly in the midfield and our top goal scorers Evi, Kirstie and Jemima. The U9's had their first try at hockey this term and enjoyed their fixtures against Birchfield and Denstone Junior School. Well done to all the girls with their efforts this term.
This is Mr Adam's last week of what has been a fantastic year.
Adam has really enjoyed his twelve months at Yarlet and will be missed by all the children in Form 3 when he returns home to New Zealand next week.
Well done Abigael for securing a place in the prestigious National Youth Choirs of Great Britain!
Amid tough competition in national auditions, we are delighted to announce that Abigael Pointon has earned a place in the Girls' Choir of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Abigael is a key member of Yarlet's own choir and has won Yarlet's Junior Young Musician of the Year award two years running. Well done on this huge achievement Abigael!
The generous donations which were made at this year's Harvest and Christmas services have been donated to Marshlands School, a special school only 4 miles away from Yarlet. Yarlet pupils handed over the cheque at Marshlands' carol service this afternoon.
A total of £550 was raised which is fantastic! In a thank you letter, Headteacher, Kim Ellis wrote: "This unexpected donation of £550 will help equip our school library. I would like to say a big thank you to Yarlet!" The school delivers highly individualised programmes to enable children with a range of disabilities to achieve and succeed. It has recently relocated to a larger site so that it can support more children. As the library installations from the previous site could not be moved, books currently sit on the floor; Yarlet's donation will help to get them on shelves in an exciting library project which Marshland's is currently fund raising for. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Helped along by the support of Yarlet pupils, Leicester Tigers retain their European Rugby Champions Cup ambitions.
On Friday night Yarlet pupils took in some top level rugby action as they travelled to Welford Road Stadium to see Leicester Tigers take on Wales' Llanelli Scarlets in rugby's European Cup. Pupils were delighted to see Leicester triumph 40-23.....Mr Lightbown however, was not! Many thanks to Mr Lightbown for providing this wonderful opportunity for our pupils.
A visit by Henry VIII made Monday morning extra special for Form 4 today.
The children asked him lots of questions to find out information. Henry's English accent was fab!
Girls in Forms 6, 7 and 8 were invited to attend an Art Workshop at Moreton Hall on Friday 16th January.
The pupils learned about Romuald Hazoume, one of Africa's leading artists. Romuald has exhibited his work in major museums and galleries all over the world. he is known for his photography and scultures but mainly for his mask series which he started in the 1980's.
Romuald produces traditional African masks from discarded gasoline canisters and materials which he finds washed up on the beaches where he lives.
During the art workshop the pupils drew a milk carton from an unusual angle, applying their skills to create a 3D effect using tonal shading and converted a milk carton into a fun, imaginary knight's helmet. The girls enjoyed experimenting with the different paints, tools, materials and equipment.
A very enjoyable day was had by all and a big thankyou to Lizzie and Jan from Moreton Hall.
A new team put together for the rugby season and many coming to terms with their positions on the pitch, put in a spirited performance against a well drilled, powerful, Prestfelde team.
With a shaky start, Yarlet conceded early on, but then started to give as good as they got, with some aggressive tacklings, and good defence.
Although we could not penetrate further up the pitch, Gregor Beardsmore, led by example and was backed equally by Joseph Archer, Sam Archer, and the pack started to compete for a good ball.
Prestfelde's clinical finishings put them 28 points clear at half time, but after some advice from Mr Archer, the boys kept a good attitude and spirit.
Yarlet took the game to Presfelde and pushed them back to their try line, with some good play, and running from the backs. One passage of play left Presfelde defending for their lives for a good 5 minutes, and Yarlet went over, only for the referee to disallow what looked like a good try!
The game ebbed and flowed, Sam Archer had a tooth knocked out, and Edward Cartwright withdrew twice from the pitch, but showed courage to return to the field.
The final score was 42-0, the difference between the teams came down to Prestfelde's ability to recycle the ball quicker and move it out to their backs and wingers, that said Yarlet can be proud of their performance.
A huge thank you to Mr Archer for his valuable assistance and for producing this match report!
Yarlet played not one but four matches against two U10 and two U11 teams.
We lacked a bit of magic and sparkle but had enough determination to give our opposition a run for their money. After a frustrating first 7 minutes with virtually no chances for a shot we lost 1-0.In round two we had greater possession thanks to the tireless running of Evi and Jessica and swift thinking of Jemima. Kirstie scored a great goal to give us 1-1 draw.Round three and the passing improved with excellent interceptions from Grace T-R and good spacing from Jemima and Jessica. Grace W. and Kirstie moved well in the circle and two fine goals gave us a brief lead; however the score ended 2-2.Final round and the girls were more fired up and should have been able to get the upper hand but it was Terra Nova who had scored by the last whistle. 1-0 to them.A good effort girls but lots to improve on for your next match.
A gritty first fixture kick starts our U9s rugby season.
On Wednesday, the Under 9s Rugby Team played their first fixture of the season against an experienced Birchfield Team. Despite many of our boys being new to contact rugby, we nonetheless put up stern resistance throughout a match in which we tackled with gusto and crossed the opposition try line on several occasions. Although Yarlet ultimately narrowly failed to secure a victory, an overall performance characterised by grit and determination bodes well for our forthcoming tournament at Birchfield on 11th February. Henry Pickering (Captain), Max Whittingham and Rohan Sheldon deserve special mention for their efforts. More of the same please, gents!
Year 7 have spent some of their Christmas holidays making and designing an sustainable Eco friendly island.
The aim of the project was to produce a holiday resort that makes full use of natural and sustainable energy. The students learned the advantages and disadvantages of each method and how the energy was to be used for the benefit of the guests visiting the island. Sean, Maisy and Theo produced particularly good projects and well done to everyone else for some superb projects.
Yesterday the 1st team welcomed Birchfield to Yarlet for their second fixture of the season and what a truly outstanding display from all the boys.
Yarlet managed to get straight on the front foot by taking the kick off, setting up a ruck and then Gabe Korylco-Bowers cantered over after a superb solo run, and converted his own try. However from this Birchfield responded with a converted try of their own. Yarlet responded immediately to this by scoring another converted try, only for Birchfield to do the same; after ten minutes the game was evenly balanced at 14-14.
From here on in Yarlet began to take control of the fixture. With a further 3 tries from Gabe Korylco-Bowers Yarlet headed into the half time break 35-14 up.
Knowing that Birchfield would continue to fight Yarlet knew they had to score first in the second half to put the fixture to bed, which we duly did through Jacob Raine.
Yarlet continued to make the pressure tell; through some superb handling and interplay through the backs and the forwards Yarlet scored two more tries through Gabe Korylco-Bowers (completing his double hat-trick) and Harry Raybould. This gave Yarlet a dominate 56-14 lead, but Birchfield continued to fight and managed to get over for two more tries themselves making the final score 56-26.
This was a very accomplished Yarlet performance where all the boys on the pitch contributed, Harrison Hardy-Smith set up 5 of Gabe Korylco-Bowers 6 tries and Jacob Raine put in a flawless kickling display to land all seven of his conversion attempts, including two from the touchlines. Captain Will Thowless-Reeves led from the front superbly, combining with Will Warwick to disrupt Birchfield ball and Oliver Butters-Peers, Oscar Mitchell and Joe Rogers contributed superbly in attack and were rocks in defence.
A truly outstanding display from all the boys on the field and a resounding success.
Well done boys!
A huge congratulations to Form 8 pupil William Warwick on this fabulous achievement!
William has shown all Yarletians what can be achieved through sheer hard work and determination. We are so proud of him and are sure that he will enjoy being at a school which overlooks Lake Windermere! It is difficult to imagine a more beautiful, exciting and inspirational setting. WELL DONE!
Our Nursery Pupils have had lots of fun this morning baking delicious cookies to share.
The children used wooden spoons and their hands to make yummy dough for our healthy oaty cookies. When the cookies were prepared, we took them to be baked in the big ovens in our kitchen. The smell of the cookies baking was delicious and we are all looking forward to sharing them this afternoon.
The Unders Bounce Back
The Under 11s Rugby Team bounced back on Wednesday with a resounding victory over a strong Ryleys team. Despite a long minibus journey to chilly Cheshire, the boys got straight down to business scoring four unanswered tries in the first half, with rucking and offloading in the tackle much improved from last week. The Ryleys put up stern resistance in the second half, with some attritional fare on offer from both sides, although Yarlet ran out the eventual winners by 42 points to 14. Special mention should be made of the performances of Gregor Beardsmore, Max Raine, Sam Archer and Joe Archer, whose willingness to play on through illness really epitomises the spirit of this side. More of the same, please, boys!
Children from Years 3 and 4 roamed our beautiful grounds snapping amazing images for the Rotary Club Photography Competition. The children's ideas were never ending ranging from shooting the wildlife, the buildings, their friends and the landscape. We are excited to see the images and are sure that some will be up there in the judges' favourites.
Despite numerous schools being closed across the region, Yarlet is keeping to its tradition of being open no matter what the weather brings!
Our intrepid pupils ventured into school this morning and have had lots of fun during break times when they have been making the most of the snow, having the choice between building snow men and having snow ball fights!
A group of 21 boarders had a fun packed evening at Stafford's 'Sector 7' lazer game last night. Accompanied by our new gap students, we split into 4 teams to battle it out. 'Top gun' pupil: Joseph Rogers 'Top gun' gap: Brad
Boarding is open to all pupils in Form 3 to Form 8 and children enjoy a fun activity each boarding night. Everyone is looking forward to our special Friendship Disco boarding night on 12th February when we anticipate that most of Main School will take part.
After a gruelling selection process and amid tough competition, Harrison Hardy-Smith, Gabriel Korylco-Bowers and Jake Raine each win a prestigious sports award to Denstone College.
The three exhibitions recognise years of dedication and commitment from these boys who are all exceptional sportsmen. All have enjoyed success outside Yarlet as well as being leading examples here at Yarlet. They are extremely talented young men with a bright future ahead of them. Well done!!
After impressing a selection panel with performances on piano, trumpet and voice, Harry has been awarded a Music Scholarship and Choral Scholarship to Repton School. Huge congratulations Harry for securing these prestigious awards!
Following a big disappointment at the end of Form 5 when Harry failed to make it through the heats of Yarlet's Junior Young Musician of the Year competition, Harry promised himself that he would improve and started practising hard every day. Over the next two years, Harry won the Senior Young Musician of the Year competition two years in a row and gained a place in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Birmingham Junior Conservatoire where he now studies piano. We hope his success will inspire others and remind them what can be achieved if you really put your mind to it!
Pupils in Forms 7 and 8 used science to make honeycomb and ice cream during Monday evening's Science Club.
The children made their own ice cream in 10 minutes using cream and a plastic bag! The end result was delicious and the children very much enjoyed eating the fruits of their labour!And now for the Science ..... The cream was shaken in a bag of ice and salt which reduces the temperature so that the cream freezes quickly to produce ice cream. Honeycomb is made with sugar and bicarbonate of soda which thermally decomposes to produce all the bubbles in the honeycomb.If you would like to have a go at home, instructions can be found on the following website:www.catalyststudent.org.uk "making ice cream without a freezer" and "the thermal decomposition of sodium hydrogen carbonate" (making honeycomb)
Despite the bitter cold Yarlet girls gave a heated performance against a skilful Terra Nova side.
It was fantastic to see the defensive team of Olivia and Elizabeth in action. Both girls worked hard and snatched the ball countless times to prevent their opponents from having a free ride!
Tawana was dashing and leaping everywhere on court, linking strong passes from Olivia into the shooters.
Having to borrow a goal attack was a great disadvantage especially as she couldn't shoot! Maisy snatched the ball several times and although she at first found it rather daunting to have a defender's arms towering above her she finally had a long shot that just sailed in!
Our heads were held up high after an exhausting 20 minute match against two different Terra Nova teams.
Well fought girls. It was great to see the Yarlet fighting spirit in full flow.
Now we must prepare ourselves for Denstone!
Preprep, Year 3 and 4 eagerly set off into our grounds to support the RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch.
With binoculars at the ready they tallied each bird that they saw within one hour. We were amazed with the huge array of birds we have at Yarlet, spotting buzzards, wrens, blue tits, longtail tits, sparrows, great tits, blackbirds, thrushes, seagulls, pigeons and even a woodpecker! The most common bird by far that we saw was the crow, which we saw dozens of! A very enjoyable afternoon.
Mix a pancake, Stir a pancake, Pop it in the pan, Fry the pancake, Toss the pancake, Catch it if you can!
In Nursery we did not want to miss out on the pancake delights of Shrove Tuesday. As this date is in our half term this year we decided to celebrate early. We acted out the above poem and then the children were all keen to try them with either chocolate spread, honey or the classic lemon with sugar, delicious!!
On Wednesday the Under 9s attended a seven aside rugby festival at Birchfield.
The event was much anticipated, with the Form 3 and 4 boys apparently discussing little else this week, much to the eventual chagrin of their tutors! The boys clearly relished the opportunity of 'mixing it up' with players from other schools, and it was fantastic to see lessons learned in training being put into practise in match situations. Pick of the team were Rohan Sheldon, Max Whittingham, Henry Pickering and Oliver Connell, although all involved contributed fully, both on the pitch and through their exemplary and sportsmanlike behaviour. Special thanks must go the to the Birchfield officials, the visiting parents for their strident and indefatigable support and finally to Mrs Whittingham for her help with transport. We look forward with great excitement to our next fixture on Tuesday the 17th March away at The Ryleys.
The Unders were resoundingly brought down to earth on Wednesday by a sharp and well organised Birchfield team on Wednesday.
In fairness to the boys, they battled with commitment for the full 40 minutes, but rugby can be particularly cruel in exposing weaknesses and it is important that we put this one down to experience and work on our tackling and general defensive organisation next half term. Improvements in our proficiency at the set piece were obvious, however, and I have no doubt that this experience will spur us on to improve and give a better account of ourselves in the next fixture. Heads up, gentlemen!
On Wednesday 11th February the Yarlet 1st team welcomed Prestfelde.
Yarlet began the game slowly in defence, letting in four tries in quick succession.However, as is the spirit with this team the boys began to fight back, scoring two quick tries themselves through Gabriel Korylco-Bowers and Harrison Hardy-Smith; both converted by Jacob Raine who again put in a flawless kicking display (6/6), keeping his 100% kick success rate so far this season.From this point onward Yarlet showed the real fighting spirit and pride that is fast becoming the hallmark of this side. Despite lapses in defensive organisation, in attack Yarlet were a real handful for the Prestfelde side, scoring two further tries through Korylco-Bowers.At the start of the final third Prestfelde began to take control of the fixture but not to be kept down the Yarlet boys showed yet more heart and determination by scoring the final two tries of the game through Korylco-Bowers and captain Willian Thowless-Reeves. Final score Yarlet 42 - 69 Prestfelde.After another fast paced, high scoring encounter and the Yarlet boys can hold their heads high. Despite improvements that need to be made defensively, no one can question this team's pride and passion. Well done lads.
After watching the U10's play, Yarlet U9s were raring to go!
The excitement got the better of us in the 1st quarter though and we weren't quite sure where we were allowed to go on the court. Alice made some strong passes in the centre and Ella had a few tries as Goal Attack but we were unlucky not to score. Denstone managed to get 2 goals in as Tania and Maddie tried their best defending the net.
We made some changes in the second and third quarter. Eleanor enjoyed running around at Wing Defence and got into some lovely spaces while Danielle was assertive at Centre. Ellen and Ella stepped into Goal Keeper and Goal Defence, making some cracking interceptions and marking well. Unfortunately they struggled to get the ball out of the defensive third so our attackers didn't get much play, even though they shouted lots, particularly Purdy as Wing Attack! There was no score at all in the second quarter and our opposition only managed to score one in the third quarter so great credit goes to our defenders.
We went into the final quarter 3-0 down but spirits were still high. We marked much better and managed to string lots more passes together between us. Sophie had an excellent shot at goal and got it in. Maddie had another shot and was unlucky not to score. Unfortunately Denstone got one more while our concentration lapsed, making the final score 4-1 to Denstone.
An excellent first game U9. Well played everyone!
We travelled to Smallwood on Wednesday for our netball match against Denstone Prep School.
On a very quiet court, our match got underway. We passed the ball around quite well but seemed a bit daunted by our away fixture. Nevertheless Kirstie scored 2 goals in the first quarter to Denstone's nil.
The second quarter was much the same as the first. Quiet. Neither teams managed to score and we were barely able to string passes together.
In the third quarter Denstone started to apply the pressure, Grace T-R and Jemima had to work hard. Even with a notable height difference over our opposition, they managed to score 2 goals. Luckily we were getting better passes between us. Grace D was getting into spaces and Evi wasn't panicking as much. Grace W and Kirstie were on the ball and had plenty of shots at the goal, managing to get 3 more in.
We went into the final quarter 5-2 up. Smallwood were now playing strongly, intercepting our passes and marking well. Our defence had to continue to work hard, particularly Harriet who made some fantastic defensive interceptions. Our shooters managed to get two more in the net between them. Denstone managed to get one more making the final score 8-3 to Yarlet. Another excellent win U10's!
"Ni Hao!" That means hello in Chinese.
Form 2's geography topic this term has is a study of China and they have been studying Chinese new year as part of their Religious theme of Celebrations. The children loved preparing for the New Year celebrations and the party itself was enjoyed by all. The children made lanterns, practised writing Chinese characters, tried some Chinese food with chop sticks, and roared and shouted in our Chinese dragon to scare away any bad luck for 2015. Zai Jian.
The Under 11s Rugby Team hit back resoundingly yesterday, comfortably beating Shrewsbury High Prep and, in doing so, consigned a recent heavy defeat by Birchfield to the history books.
This was something of a mixed blessing for Mr Ray, who, unable to travel due to injury, had promised to shower the boys with Haribos in the event of a victory; the slightly staged photograph the following day is evidence of the coach settling his debts in the appropriate manner! Rather than single out individual players, I am informed that all players gave everything on the field including Joseph Shaw who stepped up at very short notice. We look forward to testing ourselves still further against more challenging opposition in the future. Well done, Gentleman!
On Wednesday 25th February Yarlet made the journey to take on Shrewsbury High Prep.
In what was a totally dominant performance Yarlet controlled every facet of the game and ran in a considerable number of tries, all of which were successfully converted by Jacob Raine. An excellent performance from the boys that will ensure confidence is high going into our next fixture against Foremarke who will undoubtedly test this talented side.
Yarlet pupils have now started to recycle after an initiative from one of our Teaching Assistants.
Stafford Borough Council have worked in collaboration with Yarlet to provide various recycling bins. They have also been in to school to talk to the children and emphasise the importance of their role in recycling and saving the world!
Yarlet held a 'green day' to raise the awareness of recycling and we hope that we continue to recycle effectively.
Reception had a real treat when Henry's Dad popped in after a hard day in the operating theatre, fixing people's bones.
We have been learning all about how our bodies work in our topic. Miss Dewey has had a tough time answering all the children's questions and so was very grateful to Mr Smith for coming in with his medical expertise. He showed us some scans of a person's head and we all listened to our hearts with a stethoscope. We would all like to thank Mr Smith for his time.
Kinetic theatre provided another amusing and entertaining play, with a good dollop of science all about Magnets and metals.
The story about a missing bimetal strip and the imminent explosion of the boiler had everyone enthralled. There was plenty of singing and dancing and even a bit of romance !!
Following the Newcastle entrance examinations last week, Jeffrey and Holly achieved exceptional results and were both offered academic scholarships. This is fantastic news and we are thrilled for both pupils. Many congratulations!
Forms 3 and 4 have been excited about dressing up and getting into the spirit of World Book Day.
Pupils from both forms have joined together to celebrate World Book Day and are enjoying activities such as art marbling, making book marks, a book character quiz and, to make the day extra special, will be joined by pupils from the Pre-Prep for story time.
On Wednesday 4th March Yarlet welcomed Foremarke for what proved to be an excellent final fixture of the season.
Despite having to make the journey over from Derbyshire, the Foremarke boys started brightly, scoring two quick tries straight from the off; thanks in part to some slack Yarlet defending. However some excellent running from Harrison Hardy-Smith saw Yarlet pull a score back, only for some more defensive frailties to creep in and allow Foremarke a third try. However on the stroke of the whistle some superb hands meant Gabriel Korylco-Bowers was able to charge over for a second Yarlet try. With the first ten minute third over it was Yarlet 12-19 Foremarke.Despite Foremarke's strong start Yarlet knew they had the the skill and the men to win this fixture, but they knew the next score would be key and straight from the kick off the Yarlet boys showed their intentions by scoring in the corner through Jake Raine. This set the tone for the rest of the game; gone were the defensive frailties, only to be replaced by ferocious tackling and excellent defence. The second third saw Gabriel Korylco-Bowers complete his hat-trick and a saw another try through Harry Raybould.Yarlet knew in the final third they would have to show the same standard of play to put the game to bed, and once again straight from the kick-off, Harrison Hardy-Smith side-stepped his way through the Foremarke defence to offload to Korylco-Bowers to run in for his fourth of the game. Yarlet continued to tackle with great aggression and bravery stopping two, seemingly certain tries, within a metre of the line. Further tries came from Hardy-Smith, Raine and Raybould who all scored braces and a fifth from Korylco-Bowers. Final score Yarlet 64 - 19 Foremarke.Despite the score line this was a superb contest between two very committed, physical sides and Foremarke deserve great credit for the way in which they played the game, however in the last fixture many of these boys will play for Yarlet, they were not to be denied a glorious final victory.Well done boys for a superb win and an excellent season.
During their visit, our pupils dressed up as Victorian boys and girls and experienced what school was like for Victorian children.
Children volunteered for punishments such as getting the cane (only acting!) and standing in the corner with hands on head! Pupils then visited a range of cottages from the setting, from the poorest dwelling to the home of wealthier inhabitants. Although we enjoyed ourselves we were happy to come back to more modern times the next day!
Congratulations to Jake Raine who has accepted the offer of a Sports Scholarship to Repton School. Repton has enjoyed significant national sporting success in recent years and is home to a number of elite sportsmen, both at junior and senior international levels; it is fantastic that Yarlet will be sending one of its pupils to join them! Well done Jake!
We are delighted to announce that Harrison will represent the West Midlands Team for the British Road Racing Championships (aka London Mini Marathon). The London Mini Marathon has helped to develop many top athletes including Mo Farah who won the Mini Marathon three times as a teenager. Harrison was the fastest qualifier so will lead a team of 6 U13 boys at the race towards the end of April. Harrison has also been approached by the Independent Schools Football Association to represent the Midlands during the Easter holidays but has had to turn down this offer as he will be joining us on the Yarlet Ski Trip! Many congratulations on both achievements Harrison!
Form 3 venture to Yarlet's own wildlife park.
As part of their ICT lesson, Form 3 ventured into our wonderful Wildlife Park to tally the different animals that we saw. We are now going to transfer our results into an excel spreadsheet and create charts to show the results. Can you guess which animals we saw the most of?!
"Something Funny For Money"
This was the theme of the day on Friday 13th March when our pupils had lots of fun raising money for Comic Relief. Pupils started the day by telling jokes in our morning chapel service and then went on to buy and eat lots of the delicious (and amazingly decorated) cakes which had been so kindly donated to the event. Donations are still being received but, to date, over £300 has been raised for Comic Relief which is amazing. Many thanks for all your support.
Yarlet boys travelled the short distance top Birchfield to take part in an invitational Cross Country tournament.
This Friday 13th was far from unlucky, with Harrison Hardy-Smith winning the boys U13 race and four of the five Yarlet runners finishing in the top ten (Gabriel Korylco-Bowers, 4th; Oliver Butters-Peers, 8th and Harry Raybould, 9th). This also meant that the U13 boys won the team race.
The U11 boys also performed excellently with Fraser Lloyd (9th) and John Cunliffe (10th) both finishing in the top ten, and the U11 team also finished 3rd in the team race.
An excellent performance from all the Yarlet boys, well done!
The U10 girls had a fantastic final netball match last Wednesday.
The girls played brilliantly against The Ryleys, winning 5-1. Half colours were awarded to Jessica Hood, Kirstie Shiner, Grace Darby, Jemma Bullock and Grace T-R for their outstanding performances in our matches this season. Well done girls!
It was a pleasure to welcome 41 Year 6 children from Humanitas School in Madrid. (See more photos in our Spanish Exchange photo album on Facebook.)
Most children were accommodated in the school's boarding house although a small number were kindly hosted by Yarlet families. The Spanish children enjoyed learning alongside Yarlet pupils from Reception to Form 6 and took part in activities at the school's wildlife pool as well as in classrooms and in the grounds. The Spain v England football match was a huge success although England were defeated on this occasion! A great time was had by all concerned and the week ended with an exciting disco in Centenary Hall. We look forward to the return visit to Madrid which will take place at the end of June.
"Super taster Maisy takes the stage"
Forms 7 and 8 attended the fabulous Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC where they had the opportunity to look at cutting edge science through the many exhibitors on display including JCB, Rolls Royce, Formula one and the NHS. They were also able to talk to scientists about careers for the future. At the floor show 'Gastronauts Extreme', Maisy was discovered to be a super taster and was invited on stage to taste a lovely concoction of jelly fish, worms, marmite and yoghurt, Yum!!! She was a very good sport and was not sick on the stage !!!
I hope that you have enjoyed receiving your Mother's Day Pots of Daffodils this weekend.
Marie Curie use the daffodil as their emblem and it is their initiative that has provided the daffodils and pots for us to grow them in time for Mother's Day. Marie Curie do a fabulous job supporting families and allowing terminally ill patients to be treated in the comfort of their own homes. The children have very much enjoyed growing and decorating the pots for you and Year 6 have given an assembly so the students all know what Marie Curie is all about. I hope you will support this charity and donate generously to the cause in the envelopes provided.
On Monday 16th March pupils from Form 3 set off to Pizza Express in Stafford to make their own healthy pizzas.
To view more photographs from this trip and other exciting events, please click on this link to browse our Facebook Photo Albums: http://photos.yarletschool.uk
The pupils have been completing a project in Design and Technology this term called 'Perfect Pizzas' and were able to apply all their knowledge relating to the different food groups in order to choose suitable toppings to make their own healthy Perfect Pizzas. The trip also linked into the pupils work on writing instructions in Literacy.
A fantastic time was had by all and a big thank you goes out to the staff at Pizza Express for making this such an enjoyable experience.
The Pre-Prep section of our Yarlet Music Academy put on a spectacular music concert on Friday 6th March.
All instrumentalists played solo or ensemble pieces on piano, violin and recorder and children from Reception through to Form Two sang and played percussion instruments to entertain the audience of family and friends who came to listen.
Finally, Freya Lloyd brought a tear to everyone's eye as she sang 'Where is Love' to Mr. Raybould's piano accompaniment. A great time was had by all and parents agreed that the children showed such confidence by playing in front of a crowd!
With a second cross country event in the space of 5 days Yarlet have once again risen top the top.
At the popular and prestigious Shrewsbury High Prep Cross Country event the Yarlet boys once again shone in what was a large and very competitive field. In the U11 race, with a field of more than 70 runners, Fraser Lloyd and John Cunliffe were the highest placed Yarlet runners, finishing 23rd and 30th respectively.In the relay event the U11 teams finished 12th and 14th.However it was the U13 who took the silverwear once again, with Harrison Hardy-Smith once again coming first and adding to his victory at Birchfield on Friday. In addition to this, Gabriel Korylco-Bowers also claimed a top 10 finish in 9th place. Along with individual success came team success with the Yarlet 'A' relay team finishing 3rd and all the boys took home the shield for the U13 team event. The team was Harrison Hardy-Smith, Gabriel Korylco-Bowers, Oliver Butter-Peers, Harry Raybould, Joe Rogers and Sean O'Reilly.Congratulations to all runners and the U13 team shield shall be taking pride of place (alongside the team event shield from Birchfield) in the main hall. Well done to all!
Yarlet proved to be an excellent vantage point for viewing the solar eclipse on 20th March.
Mr Mike had organised a couple of alternative, traditional methods of safely viewing the eclipse through its reflection in water or through pinhole cameras. Pupils also brought in their special solar sunglasses and were treated to an amazing sight and an eerie change in atmosphere as the moon covered the sun.
In our Main School concert this term, the audience were treated to an exciting and varied programme.
The programme included some wonderful orchestral, solo, ensemble and vocal music from our main school pupils. As is the tradition at our spring concerts, we also enjoyed a performance from a special guest group. We were delighted to welcome the Senior Swing Band of Aldridge School in Walsall, who entertained us with some of the greatest hits from the world of Jazz, swing and funk. Our own school orchestra had the chance to join forces with these talented musicians for a rousing grand finale of the classic Latin tune - Tequila. It was a real inspiration for our young musicians to hear the level these senior school players have achieved. Well done to all involved!
We were delighted to welcome celebrated local artist, Emma Joustra, to officially open our new Pre-Prep adventure playground.
Yarlet has a long-standing connection with Emma, who first captured the spirit of our school in her characteristic style in 1996 and has continued to be associated with the school ever since. After the official opening ceremony on 20th March, parents enjoyed afternoon tea and our pupils had great fun trying out their new fun playground.
The new playground equipment was chosen as it enabled the physical, imaginative and creative needs of the children to be met during break times, as well as being lots of fun!
The equipment cost £12,000 and was generously funded by the school's Fundraising Committee, who work tirelessly to organise social events, such as the Yarlet Ball, Christmas Fayre and Quiz Night. The Quiz Night alone raised £900, of which £260 was donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The success of these events is thanks to the enthusiasm of our pupils and support of our generous parents.
Form 4 had an educational morning at the Ancient High House in Stafford.
They dressed up as Tudors, learned about food and buildings and made pomanders. They impressed the staff with their Tudor knowledge!
Mums and daughters happily warmed up together in advance of two highly competitive matches against the U13's and the U10's.
It was very amusing to watch as Mums tried to remember netball rules from over 20 years ago!They had superb passing skills using their strength and height to great advantage.Although they had the lower goal to shoot into in the first quarter they only managed a couple of good shots.The U13's had quicker passing and movement and faultless shooting, with the result that they won 4-2.Mums now looked tired but thanks to Mrs. Nash's oranges from Tesco they were invigorated.The U10's was the crunch match! Mums were now playing against their own daughters and suffering from hug attacks, faulty vision (now where are the side lines? what colour are they?) and Mrs. Millington's stricter umpiring.Mums went into the lead then daughters caught up, mums went into the lead again then daughters caught up again!Miss Amanda missed a couple of shots or had her foot on the line. She was really amazing however!The daughters had a fit of the giggles as Mrs. Bane and Mrs. Hood bumped into one another- perfect timing to steal the ball and send it straight to Kirstie.With a goal in the lead the daughters pressed home their advantage as Mrs. Bullock was caught chatting and Miss Dugdale accidentally (?) knocked the ball off. The final score was 5-3 to the daughters.The team tea served by Mrs. Swift was the best ever - almost as good as a visit to Fortnum and Masons with beautifully iced cupcakes, two chocolate cakes and the most delicious apple and strawberry cake (thanks Tracey).I think we should make this an annual event even if it is only for the cakes!
The U10 girls had another season of success on the netball court winning ALL of their matches.
Our first game against St Dominic's seems like such a long time ago now, but should not be forgotten as it gave us our highest score (17 - 1). All the girls worked well as a team, passed the ball beautifully around their opposition and defended well. The following match against Birchfield was a much closer affair. We were well in the lead by half time but unfortunately switched off and allowed our opposition to claw back the goals making the final score 8-7. Grace D and Jessica made some strong passes between themselves down the court and if it wasn't for their hard work, we could have lost the match. Our following matches against Terra Nova (5-2) and Smallwood (8-3) proved that we could win while playing away as well as on our home court. We comfortably controlled the game and were no match for our opposition. Grace T-R and Jemima continued to dominate in defence, while Kirstie and Grace W passed the ball cleanly around the D before getting shot after shot on goal. We knew our final match against The Ryleys could be our downfall but after such a strong season we went into it with confidence. This was Harriet's game. She intercepted ball after ball and broke down our opposition's play excellently. Evi, now playing much more calmly, made some strong and thoughtful passes while Jessica C enjoyed her debut for the Yarlet U10s. We had nothing to worry about and beat our opponents 5-1.What a season! I am so proud of you all! Well done to our shooters for scoring a total of 43 goals over 5 matches but they couldn't have done it without the support of such a fantastic team!!!Half colours have been awarded to Jemima B, Jessica H, Grace T-R, Grace D and Kirstie S.
Following excellent entrance test results, we are delighted to announce that our Head Girl, Olivia Fewtrell, has accepted a Mathematics Scholarship to St Dominic's Priory School. Many of you will be aware that our former Head of Main School, Mrs Harrison, became Head of St Dominic's in January and we are pleased that Olivia will be joining her there. Many congratulations Olivia, very well deserved!
Nursery had an excellent time on their Easter egg hunt yesterday in the sunshine!
They enjoyed finding lots of delicious treats that the Easter bunny had hidden in our garden.
Form 3 had great fun building their own dens in Clubs this week.
They used their imaginations and worked well in teams to construct their dens and had lots of fun along the way.
The Rotary Club's Young Photographer Competition produced a fantastic array of wonderful photograghs.
The photographs showcased the talent of Yarlet's young photographers and, after much consideration by our staff judges, Yarlet's prizes were awarded to: Joseph Archer for Best Overall Photograph, Marc Ebrey-Hardenberg for Best Colour Photograph, Joseph Thorpe for Highly Commended Colour Photograph, Purdy Oliver for Best Black and White Photograph, Madeleine Hughes for Highly Commended Black and White Photograph and Ella Nash for Most Humourous Photograph.Mr Stubbs from The Rotary Club of Stafford has collected all of the photographs submitted (not just the Yarlet winners) and they will go on to be judged by members of the Stafford Photographic Society. Good luck to all of the entrants. Successful winners will be notified by post in May... Watch this space.
Forms 3 and 4 had fun decorating their hard boiled eggs.
Then came the challenge of the 'rolling' competition. Forms 3 and 4 were ready for action and, under starters orders, rolled their eggs to see which travelled the furthest and the winning egg belonged to Alfie.
A wonderfully sunny afternoon added to everyone's enjoyment of the last home match.
It was soon clear that we had superior movement and passing skills.It was 6-1 after 10 minutes of play thanks to superb defending from Jemima and Grace-T-R and the splendid shots by Grace D. and Kirstie.Jessica Hood had probably her best match yet showing her ability to read the game better than anyone! Both she and Jemima were ready to intercept the high loose balls and the low scrambled ones!The score progressed well in quarters 2 and 3 giving us an unassailable lead of 13-3. It was great to see Jessica C. throwing the most fantastic passes into the circle and to watch the tireless Evi always in space and ready to link passes.In our final quarter Grace D. went back to Wing Attack and showed us what a quality player she is feeding the ball into Grace W. who scored a few more goals for Yarlet. Harriet played wing defence and marked her player really well.It should be no surprise then that this fine team won their final match easily with an incredible 18 goals to 3.Well done everyone!
There was a wide range of abilities, from beginners to advanced skiers, but everyone gave everything they had and dividing children into three groups enabled everyone to make excellent progress. The weather was beautiful with almost unbroken deep blue skies and warm sunshine. The teachers were impressed with the children's endurance and determination, especially bearing in mind the youngest beginners were only 9 years old! They were a real credit to themselves and to Yarlet. Of course, there were plenty of après-ski activities too, with children enjoying tobogganing, football, 10 pin bowling, karaoke and ice skating in the evenings. You were all fantastic, well done!
On Monday, Form 5 pupils visited Ironbridge and took part in the 'Build a Bridge Workshop' at Enginuity as part of their DT curriculum.
The pupils enjoyed a very informative visit, learning about how compression and tension affect the design of a bridge. Working in teams the pupils designed a truss bridge structure within a list of specifications using CAD softwear. After having constructed their bridges out of art straws the proof was in the testing as the pupils went head to head to see which structure was not only the strongest but the most cost effective.During the visit the pupils were also able to fully explore the interactive environment at Enginuity and the visit was concluded with a leisurely drive past Ironbridge's most famous land mark.A great day was had by all concerned and a special thanks goes off to the staff at Enginuity who made our visit a very memorable and enjoyable experience.
The start of a new term bought with it yet another reason to celebrate the talents of our pupils.
Mrs Hamplett was thrilled to receive a letter from The Rotary Club of Stafford Knot, praising not only the outstanding quality and number of photograghs submitted by Yarlet pupils, but that out of the total number of 550 photograghs judged from 19 different schools, the following pupils were to be notified of awards:
Primary School Category
Colour Print 2nd Place Tania Kalsi Puffin-Inner Farne
3rd Place Joseph Thorpe Eccleshall Church
Highly Commended Tania Kalsi Small Tortoiseshell
Mono Print 3rd Place Ella Nash Sign That Made Me Laugh
Commended Tania Kalsi Cygnets, Doxey Marches
Accepted Exhibition Pictures
Joseph Archer Pollination, The Hungry Tiger, My Island and On Top of Wales
Elliot Byrne Which Way and Pay Attention
Aaron Paris-Stickland Hand in Hand and Wolf Drop
Jon Cunliffe Sammy the Seagull
Mrs Hamplett would like to thank all the pupils and their families for making this such a successful competition.
Eccleshall Rugby Union Football Club recognised the achievements of several Form 2 and 3 pupils this weekend.
Fraser Dimberline and William Connell competed in the Under 7s Staffordshire County rugby festival last week end winning all their matches along with their 2 teammates and received glowing comments from numerous other teams coaches.
This weekend, at Eccleshall's presentation ceremony, Fraser was awarded the players' player award for Eccleshall U7s, voted for by all his teammates. Well done Fraser.
William Connell was awarded the coaches' player award for the U7s, voted for by the U7s and U8s coaches. Well done William.
Max Whittingham was awarded the coaches' player award for the U8s, again voted by the U7 and U8 coaches. Well done Max.
Oliver Connell and Rohan Sheldon, along with Max Whittingham, all received medals for their efforts and achievements in the U8s, as did Fraser and William for the U7s.
Many congratulations to all the boys on their outstanding achievements.
Yarlet pupils' success is recognised in the Rotary Club's Presentation Evening on 6th May.
Yarlet pupils took part in the Young Photographer Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Stafford Knot and we were delighted that, out of over 500 entries from 19 schools, Yarlet pupils achieved one 2nd place, two 3rd places, one Highly Commended and one Commended. The prize winners Tania Kalsi, Joseph Thorpe and Ella Nash attended a presentation evening at Weston Road Academy where Mr Stubbs from the Rotary Club presented them with their prizes in recognition of their wonderful achievements. In addition, the work of a number of pupils, namely Joseph Archer, Elliot Byrne, Aaron Paris-Stickland and Jon Cunliffe was recognised as being of a high standard and was on display during the evening. Congratulations to our talented pupils!
Today we welcomed Constellation, LeeLoo, Charlie, Sam and Rob to Reception.
They are not new children, however, but five wonderful caterpillars! The children have chosen their names and we are looking forward to watching them grow and change into beautiful butterflies.
This was a lovely gift from Henry Smith, who had received his own furry pets and wanted to share the excitement with his friends. Thanks Henry!
Main School pupils are enjoying the new addition of a 'crocky trail' to the wonderful Yarlet grounds.
Following the successful installation of the new mini adventure playground for Pre-Prep pupils, the Fundraising Committee, School Council and supportive parents raised funds for a crocky trail to be built in the school grounds for Main School pupils to enjoy at break times. Now complete, here are some comments from pupils which highlight how much they are are enjoying this new addition to the school's facilities:
Fraser: "We all like it", Max: "Spectacular, it is really fun", Abigael: "It is really fun to have races and see who falls off the spinning log first", Rory:"My favourite part is the climbing frame because it is a real challenge".
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to raise funds for this fabulous new equipment.
Although last week's General Election was among the most keenly followed in history, it proved little more than a warm up act for the main event the day after, Yarlet 2015!
As part of their PSHE studies, Form 7 pupils formed themselves into parties, formulated manifestos and campaigned relentlessly for a week before appearing in a live debate on Friday afternoon. They were questioned on their manifestos without mercy by staff and pupils alike, defending their stances on such critical issues as Cancelling Cross Country and Shortening the School Day. There was even a hint of controversy as one candidate was grilled on the subject of bribing the electorate with sweets to garner support. His assertion that it just happened to be his birthday did little to limit the damage to his party's credibility! All pupils then moved to a hastily constructed Polling Station to cast their votes, with parties requiring a majority of 39 for election. The keenly anticipated results will be delivered at lunchtime on Monday, with the Exit Polls indicating a dead heat! All pupils learned a great deal about the electoral process, and democracy in general. Congratulations to Form 7 on their efforts on a most worthwhile and stimulating evolution.
Daisy Macklin & Oscar Mobley from Form 1 ran 5k around Trentham Lake to help raise funds for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice.
Sponsored by family and friends they both completed the course in very respectable times receiving a medal each at the end of which they are very proud! A fantastic achievement for these budding young runners!
The U9 rounders team travelled to Birchfield for our first match.
We won the toss so Sophie, our captain, elected to field first. Caiden and Sophie bowled well, controlling the game calmly from the centre. Ellen was confident as backstop making some strong throws to second base, allowing Theo and Tania to stump out a few players. Our fielders, Alice, Ethan, Eleanor and Purdy had a lot to do but always made the right decision without panicking. They were helped along by Ella who calmly directed play with confidence and maturity. At the end of the first innings both teams were on 4½ rounders. Our batting and risky running enabled us to dominate the match, with Caiden and Ethan making some cracking hits. Risky runs from Alice, Ella, Sophie and Theo paid off but others were unlucky when their decision to run was perhaps a little too risky!! The final score was 7½ for Yarlet to 8 for Birchfield, so we missed out by only half a rounder. We all really enjoyed the afternoon out and learnt lots ready for our next match!
What a glorious afternoon for playing an away match at Birchfield!
Going into bat first Yarlet started cautiously but soon the intrepid Evi winged her way to second for a half rounder and more excellent hits and runs followed thanks to Kirstie and the two Jessica’s. Birchfield could hit but didn’t risk and with our excellent fielding we kept their score really low. In our second innings we decided to enjoy ourselves as it was very unlikely that our opponents would be able to catch up. With superb sweeping hits from Jessica, Evi and Kirstie we started to score whole rounders. We doubled our score to 16 and a half.
Birchfield had to suffer the humiliation of a huge defeat thanks to super bowling from Grace D, great passes from backstop Jessica H to 1st post Jemima, who had 8 girls stumped out over the 2 innings. Thanks also to the amazing cover of second base due to swift stopping from Harriet and Kirstie. Half colours were awarded to Jessica Hood and Evi Rogers for their excellent play. A great day’s work, well done girls!
This is what Prep Schools’ cricket is all about:
unusually clement weather, the chock of leather on willow and two evenly matched teams unwilling to give an inch! That Yarlet left Smallwood Prep with the narrowest of victories was the icing on the cake, although the single run which separated the two teams at the death hardly allows us to feel complacent. That said, a satisfying batting performance balanced a somewhat patchy bowling attack, and we will work to improve on this during Tuesday nets. Pick of the bowlers were Henry Pickering and Jamie Betteley, who gave our batsmen a chance of reaching a total which initially looked beyond us. Even then, it was certainly tense state of affairs until Alfie Farrington steered the ship home on the final ball of the match. All in all, a splendid afternoon's sport which bodes well for next week's fixture at home to Birchfield. Finally, thanks to all parents who attended the match and indeed outnumbered the home support. It really makes a difference to these occasions and is much appreciated.
A number of Form 8 pupils were selected to take part in the Salters' Chemistry Festival at Keele University on 14th May.
The pupils were set two challenges: the first, the Salters' Challenge, was to identify a murder suspect using various chemical techniques and the second was the University's Challenge to make a rainbow using various chemicals. Our pupils successfully rose to the occasion and completed both missions quickly and efficiently. The visit was rounded off with a number of exciting chemistry demonstrations.
Form 4 pupils have been loving learning about the Second World War.
Today they have compared life as a soldier in 1940 to a soldier's life at war in current times. Thank you to Lt Col Lucas for sharing your experiences.
Form 2 pupils work together to make a large picture of the Buddha.
This is in readiness for our Wesak celebration which takes place at the end of the week for our religious topic on 'Celebrations'. Wesak is celebrating the Buddha's enlightenment.
Form 2 pupils have been learning about Electricity in Science this term.
The children have been experimenting with bulbs, wires, batteries and buzzers to make simple circuits.
Form three have spent the day taking part in a range of challenges designed to develop their teamwork and communication skills.
We have worked together to design posters and taken part in a quiz to see how well we know our teammates. Then we aimed to build a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows that could support the weight of a Kinder egg. Purdy, Rohan and Ethan were worthy winners! The day ended with all of us working together to move a hoop around the circle. The children worked really well together and we all had a lot of fun!
The Unders endured a torrid afternoon's cricket at Birchfield on Wednesday
although the commitment the boys displayed in staging an ultimately unsuccessful fightback speaks volumes for their grit and determination. Having won the toss, we chose to put the Home team into bat on a promising wicket for run scoring, and their openers duly made hay against some bowling sorely deficient in both line and length. As Geoffrey Boycott once said, 'It was like taking candy from kids'! A total of 152 for 4 looked insurmountable, but Yarlet never shirked from the challenge. Gregor Beardsmore added a splendid 71 runs before being out leg before from a delivery so plumb that even our impartial umpire had no alternative but to reluctantly accept the appeal. We were only twenty two runs short at the close, which, given our relative inexperience as a team, was a fair reflection of a solid day's endeavour. Well done, boys.
Reception finished their space topic in style with a fun filled day at Jodrell Bank. We visited the inflatable planetarium and zoomed off to Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. The children amazed the staff with their knowledge during our workshop on going into space and even got to dress up as astronauts, as well a make and launch our own rockets!!! We finished the day with a question and answer session underneath the giant orrery. Thank you so much to Mr Raybould for driving the minibus, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we all did :)
Form 5 have worked hard during half-term to create some fantastic sound-proof boxes.
Pupils returned to school yesterday and brought with them their wonderful creations which we tested in class using sensors and our own hearing. Congratulations go to Jon and Sam who created the best sound-proof boxes but well done to all Form 5 as everyone had gone to a great deal of effort to create some really good designs.
On Wednesday 3rd June, the Yarlet U12 boys took part at the annual Donald Carr Trophy at Repton School.
Yarlet began the day with a narrow, final over loss to Birchfield before losing to more experienced sides in St Anslems and Packwood. Despite the results it was a fantastic experience for the Yarlet boys to pit their wits against much more experienced cricketers in fabulous surroundings and the boys did themselves proud.
Yesterday the U13 girls rounders team went to Blessed William Howard School in Stafford for a tournament against 4 other local secondary schools.
We were all a bit anxious as we had never played against these schools before and just didn’t know how skilled our opposition would be.
Our first match against Stafford Sports College got off to a roaring start with Captain, Olivia, opting to bat. Between them, the team mounted up 5 rounders from 25 good balls. Unfortunately we took too many risks early on which meant only 3 girls were left in at the end of the innings but luckily Olivia kept everyone going with long hits, protecting the remaining team. Our fielding in this game was outstanding. All girls were calm and knew exactly what to do. It was nice to see so many supportive and encouraging comments made amongst the team and I’m sure that helped achieve the final score of 5 - 1 ½ to Yarlet.
Our second game was against Walton and we knew they would be good. Again, we batted first but only managed 3 ½ rounders this time as the opposition’s fielding was very tight and some of our players were more contented with watching their hits than running for a score! Our fielding was good, but unfortunately not good enough for Walton as they continued to take advantage of our errors. The final score was 7 – 3 ½ to Walton.
Our third game had us playing against Weston Road Academy. We seemed to dip a bit in this game, our heads weren’t in it and we lost out on many chances to place our hits and make plucky runs. We only got 3 rounders in total this game while our opposition managed to mount up 6 whole rounders in their batting innings, along with 2 half rounders. Our fielding was good in and around the posts but unfortunately our long throws just weren’t up to scratch when they were needed, making the final score 7-3 to Weston Road.
The final game was against the home team, Blessed William Howard. They seemed confident, but we found our fight and gave it our all, mounting up 3 ½ rounders in our batting innings and fielding tightly. Luckily our throwing became more accurate and we had learnt from previous errors, preventing our opposition from taking the win by only one rounder. The final score was 3 ½ - 2 ½ to Yarlet.
Overall we came 2nd in the tournament but it must be noted that Yarlet was playing against schools who had up to 70 year 8s to choose from, while we had much younger pupils playing in our team. What a fantastic effort girls, under the circumstances - you did yourselves and your school proud. Well done!
Yesterday, in the beautiful sunshine at Yarlet, the U11 rounders team played Repton, Dubai.
Captain, Amelia opted to bat first and we got off to a good start, mounting up the half rounders early on. Repton’s fielding was tight and we weren’t used to teams that were so well drilled, so we didn’t take many risks in the first innings. Some of our players were unlucky to be caught out, after making cracking hits but the rest kept going, making runs where possible. We managed to score 3 ½ rounders in this innings.
Going into field, we knew we had to keep our cool and concentrate. Kirstie stopped our opposition scoring many times at 2nd base, while Grace D, Evi and Jessica C worked hard fielding the ball back to bowler, Amelia. Repton didn’t score as many half rounders as we did, but unfortunately for us, they could hit it a long way and scored 4 full rounders, making the half-time score 6 – 3 ½ to Repton, Dubai.
With increased confidence that the difference in the score wasn’t too great, we went into bat in the 2nd innings, prepared to take more risks. We were able to place our hits better this innings and read the game much better. Amelia scored our one and only rounder from a fantastic hit and misfielding from the opposition. At ball 23 there were only 2 players left in, so Amelia and Jemima had to work hard between them for the final 7 balls. Luckily they managed it, increasing the score by another 2 rounders between them. At the end of our batting innings we had scored another 3 ½ rounders, making our final score 7 in total.
Going into field for the final time, we knew it would be close. Luckily, Repton couldn’t hit Grace D’s balls so there was no score for the first 10 balls. Jemima stumped out their strongest player at 1st base, knocking the confidence of our opposition. Our throwing was much more accurate and Amlelia scooped up many lose balls in the field, aiming straight for 4th. Jessica Hood’s accurate throwing from backstop meant only one player scored from a backward hit in the entire game. She also backed up 4th base with confidence. Kirstie cut out all options at 2nd base, meaning only one player scored a half rounder in that 2nd innings. Unfortunately for us, they had one player that could hit the ball right behind 1st and our opposition were able to mount up 6 full rounders in total, along with one half rounder.
The final score was 12 ½ - 7 to Repton, Dubai. It was such a close game and we played outstandingly well against a bigger, stronger side. Learning lots from our game yesterday, we can now move forward with more confidence than ever before. Well done everyone who played yesterday.
It was a monumental moment this afternoon when Reception released their butterflies so that they could enjoy our beautiful grounds as much as we do. Having delighted in watching Leeloo, Constellation, Sam, Rob and Charlie grow from tiny caterpillars into chrysalises before half term, Mrs George (with the help of Daniel and Mr George) lovingly looked after them, even transferring them into their larger home without a problem.
On Wednesday, we cane into school to find 2 butterflies. By registration, we had 3 and by lunch we had 4 beautiful butterflies and one lonely chrysalis. Imagine our joy to see 5 butterflies when we got in on Thursday.
After we discussed the merits of setting them free versus keeping them forever because they were "so beautiful and we could give them a flower to live on", we got to the business of setting then free by the rhodies, with a few bits of apple for sustenance.
Keep your eyes out for our fluttery friends and another big thank you to the Smith clan for giving us such a wonderfully entertaining and educational gift :-)
Reception were lucky enough today to have a real didgeridoo brought in by Charlie Burns for our music topic.
His mum and dad got it from their travels to Australia and Charlie was very impressive with his ability to play such a large and unusual instrument (it's taller than him!). We all had a turn to play it; it was really funny to have to make a raspberry sound and hear it trumpet loudly!!! We don't know how people could make it make different tones, they must be really talented, as we could only sound like baby elephants!!!
Form 3 had a great day at Tatton Park and here is Ella Nash's summary of the day:
The Anglo-Saxon and Viking trip was so much fun. I learnt a lot of things. We made thumb pots and Morgan nearly got his head chopped off! We went on a Viking boat and we got WET!
We travelled to Terra Nova on Wednesday to play 2 matches.
Our first match was against the U11 side and our second against the U10 team. Unfortunately we lost both of our matches as the stress of exam week seemed to get the better of us. We looked tired and made many mistakes that we wouldn’t normally make. A good effort girls and even though we didn’t win we had a lovely afternoon out of school in the sunshine.
A splendid show of summery sunflowers!
Our green fingered Nursery children are very proud to showcase their lovely sunflowers.
They planted them, watered them & watched them grow in Mr Mike's greenhouse. They are now ready to take home to plant in their own gardens.
Gregor Beardsmore recently learned that he had been selected for the Staffordshire U11 County Cricket team.
We are obviously very proud and, for Gregor, it is well deserved as he worked hard for this wonderful achievement. Gregor has already travelled to Cheshire and Yorkshire to take part in matches where he was opening bowler and also got the highest batting score in the Yorkshire match. Congratulations Gregor!
A welcome opportunity for Mr Ray to dust off his Great Gatsbyesque two-tone brogues and umpire a match at the highest level!
Electing to bat first, Gabe (42) and William W (19) set the early pace before conspiring to get themselves out with poor strokeplay, allowing others a piece of the action. Unfortunately, our run rate slowed significantly and we closed on 107 for 3, which looked eminently gettable by an apparently powerful Grace Dieu batting lineup. Clearly they had not factored the mighty Gabe into their calculations, however, as he skittled four of their most proficient players out - all clean bowled - for a meagre 7 runs, setting us for a comfortable win. Although the tail wagged briefly and somewhat limply until the death, the support bowlers saw Yarlet home with four overs to spare, completing an ultimately comprehensive victory. Of course, a win is a win, but the boys should expect a far sterner test next week away at fortress Terra Nova. Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank parents who attended in support; it really makes a difference to these occasions, and is much appreciated.
On Wednesday 17th June, Form 6 travelled to Liverpool to visit the maritime museum and the piermaster's house.
First we visited the piermaster's house where Albert, the piermaster, told us all about his house and his life in wartime Liverpool. After lunch we had a workshop from the Liverpool Women's History Group (LWHG) who shared with us their first hand experiences of evacuation, blitz and life on the home front. A fabulous day was had by all and the LWHG commented what a pleasure it was to talk about their experiences with "such a polite and genuinely interested group of young men and women".
Forms 3 & 4 have had a great time building their dens.
They have worked hard and the dens are now complete with grass roofs!
There is only one place to find Gabriel every break time: on the school tennis courts! This daily practice coupled with lots of training outside school is really starting to pay off. Having recently won the LTA U14 tournament in Edgbaston, Gabriel has now won the LTA U14 tournament in Wolverhampton! Well done Gabriel and good luck at your next tournament in Liverpool!
It was a great pleasure to welcome 35 children to Yarlet from local primary schools yesterday. Pupils from Leasowes School, Christchurch Academy and Barnfields School all joined forces with Yarlet pupils to make an amazing orchestral sound in the school's Centenary Hall. There were also opportunities for children to play sport together and take part in a samba workshop, culminating in a fantastic concert for parents and friends in the school grounds. A wonderful day of music making and forging new friendships!
It was back in January when Holly impressed Denstone College with her talent and ability in music and was consequently flagged as being a potential All-round Scholar. We are now delighted to announce that following an excellent performance in the recent Common Entrance examinations, the All-round award has been confirmed. Well done Holly on this outstanding achievement, very well deserved!
Following one of the highest Common Entrance marks ever achieved at Yarlet, huge congratulations go to William Thowless-Reeves for securing an Academic Scholarship to Denstone College. It is clear from his exceptional results that William has an exciting academic future ahead of him and we all wish him well in the next stage of his education. Very well done on this massive achievement!
It was another-event filled exciting Leavers' trip to Bala:
Harry caused a stir on the lake as he tried to master kayaking; Joe, Jake and Gabe tasted the lake several times as they managed to capsized their canoe; Jeffrey,Olivia, Liz, and Mr Lightbown over came their fear of heights on the high wire and mountain and Gungho Harrison was first to finish on everything. The 'Wills' ate their weight in soup every night. A great time was had by all and many happy memories were made.
The delightful Form 2 pupils came with great enthusiasm to test and make rockets in the Art and Science Departments.
After creating their beautiful rockets, the pupils' designs were tested on the launch pad. Huston does not have a problem as all rockets were successfully launched and retrieved! A great time was had by all pupils as they experienced life in the Main School.
On Wednesday 24 June we played a visiting team from Beech Hall, one innings of 30 good balls.
We batted first but unfortunately our opposition's donkey-drops were very hard to hit and many of us struggled to make contact. Fortunately, Jemima got the hang of it and easily scored two whole rounders from cracking hits behind first base. Harriet managed a very sneaky half rounder at 2nd, along with Evi and Grace D, who were taking great risks. Luckily for us, Beech Hall gave away 5½ rounders from no balls which mounted up our score to 10½ at the end of the innings.We fielded tightly, showing our opposition how it's done by making 2 catches out of the first 3 balls; well done Grace D and Evi. Jemima and Kirstie were on form again, stumping out many players on their bases. Finally, on ball 18 of 30, with only 2 players left in, Jessica H stumped the box and put the whole side out!Well done U10. The final score was 10½ - 1. Another fantastic win Yarlet!
A great first day.
We started by visiting central Madrid (Sol, Plaza Mayor, The Royal Palace, Royal Gardens and Opera House). The opportunity to look at guns and swords did present itself although we managed to steer them clear of any purchases! They enjoyed taking in the sights and looking around the shops. Then we had free time, they all chose to go swimming and had a lovely time. Then, to finish the day, a wonderful tapas meal and they ALL ate really well and were adventurous with what they tried.
Abigael, Rory, Grace and Mrs Cornes were finally able to join the group today.
Very sadly, it has not been possible to get Jeffrey here so he will not be able to take part on this occasion. We all feel so sorry that he has had such bad luck.
Abigael and Rory have now been placed with their families and have spent the afternoon with them whilst the rest of us explored El Escorial. The children were complimented on their excellent attention and it was surprising how much they were able to take in from the English speaking guide. An ex-teacher from the United States was taken back by their intelligence and attentiveness; they asked some thoughtful questions and showed off a bit of their general knowledge! Temperatures passed the 40 degrees mark today although we worked hard at keeping in the shade and constantly sipping water. Fortunately, it was surprisingly cool in the Monasterio de El Escorial and this afternoon/evening, we spent an hour or so in the pool again before dinner when Abigael and her host family joined us.
We have naturally slipped into a Spanish timetable:
Everyone is having a great time and learning a great deal about Spanish culture, history and some of the language..
We are going into school tomorrow morning and having lunch there before the attraction park.
What a fabulous day out we all had in the beautiful Shropshire countryside on our trip to Viriconium!
Vince Gaffney, Professor of Archaeology, had agreed to take us round the site imparting his specialist knowledge.
Pupils loved exploring the site especially the natatio (swimming pool), the latrinae (toilets) and the various rooms of the baths complex (caldarium, tepidarium and frigidarium) including the under floor heating (hypocaust).
The recently built Roman villa was interesting too as it was of the exact design and materials originally used 2000 years ago.
One of the questions we focused on was what happened to the stones from the Roman baths after it fell into disuse. Walking down to the little St. Andrew's church it was immediately obvious. There were Roman columns as gate posts, the top of a Roman column as a font and various stones and small pillars embedded in the walls.
Pupils were given the task of recording a building focusing on the most ancient section of a side wall which had clear signs of having been originally in the Roman city. It was a fun activity and no one complained that we were sitting in a grave yard!
It certainly was an unforgettable trip to quote Joseph Shaw, "this is the best trip ever!" I think I may have to agree. The Professor has offered to take us back there again next year too!
The recently built Roman villa was interesting, too, as it was of the exact design and materials originally used 2000 years ago.
Pupils were given the task of recording a building focusing on the most ancient section of a side wall which had clear signs of having been originally in the Roman city. It was a fun activity and no one complained that we were sitting in a grave yard!
It certainly was an unforgettable trip to quote Joseph Shaw “This is the best trip ever!” I think I may have to agree. The Professor has offered to take us back there again next year too!
On 24th June, we played a 30 ball game of one innings against a mixed age team from Beech Hall.
Fielding was shaky to start but the girls soon started to show what they were made of, none more so than Abigael who stumped 3 girls out on first base (a position she doesn’t usually play!) Charmaine caught a high ball in the deep and Amelia caught a backwards hit at back stop. This left just 4 girls in at the end of the innings in which they had scored only 2 and a half rounders. An easy target, we thought!
Some fine hits were well fielded by our opponents with the result that Tawana was out on two and Charmaine and Henar were out on three! It was a real treat to see Emily and Liz scoring good half rounders with strong hits one nearly in the bush!
The best moments came however with a superb left handed hit from Holly which reached the slope of the hill! At last! Olivia decided to try a back handed shot which nearly took my head off but which thrilled the spectators as she charged to 4th post. Amelia scored the 3rd rounder from a super upward hit which confused the inner field and with her excellent running and risking she took some well-earned applause!
An emphatic win proving we can make catches in the deep and we can find the gaps in the fielding when we want to!
Main School pupils enjoyed a fabulous fun day out at Alton Towers on Friday 26th June.
This trip has become an annual tradition and is an end of term celebration when main school pupils and staff get together and enjoy spending time with each other. Everyone was in good spirits and the children's behaviour was exemplary. Despite the forecast, the weather held out and we all had a fantastic day.
Most of today was spent in the stunningly beautiful 'La Pedriza' National Park.
We walked for about an hour to a natural pool which is surrounded by woodland and the huge granite boulders which make up the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountain Range.
It was a good 10 degrees or so cooler than yesterday because of the altitude (about 1,300m) and there was a gentle cool breeze.
The children loved exploring and playing in the pool before the walk back down.
We have another day in school tomorrow morning before visiting the village of Manzanares at its famous castle.
The Form 5 and 6 cricket tournament at Abbotsholme was a great success for Yarlet, who came away as champions!
The boys enjoyed bossing the girls around for once and emphasised the importance of tactical batting. Sam and Jon were an unstoppable force, hitting the most 6's as a pair on the day. Jack and Harvey were a consistent duo, working exceptionally well together. Once they got the hang of it, the girls were able to place their hits well and defend the wicket when necessary.
It was commented that our fielding was the best and other teams were even coming to watch us in order to learn a thing or two! Sam and Jack were on the ball around the wickets, Harvey directed play in the field and Jon made some outstanding catches. The girls put their rounders fielding skills into practice, making some strong catches and throws when it really counted. Grace D was unstoppable with her spin bowling, and Kirstie's bowling also proved very hard to hit. It must be commented, however, that Jack and Sam were simply dazzling with their bowling, making all the other teams (and their teachers) stop and take note!
Well played Jack, Harvey, Sam, Jon, Jessica, Jemima, Grace D and Kirstie!
After another morning at Humanitas School, our pupils visited the Manzanares el Real Castle.
The Castle, which is around 50 kilometres from Madrid, is an impressive example of XV century Castilian military architecture, and one of the last of its kind in Spain.
It was Brad’s 19th birthday today, so we had a little celebration over dinner.
Shopping tomorrow before we depart for the airport. Lots of the children have been saving up!
In the blistering heat we travelled to Smallwood to play Denstone Prep.
Our captain, Danielle, chose to field first. Alice caught someone out on 4th base on the very first ball and our accuracy continued when Ellen went on to catch another near first base. Fielding around the bases was tight. Danielle was able to stump quite a few players out on 2nd base, well backed up by Tania, and Purdy stopped lots of play around 3rd base. Harriet's fielding at backstop controlled the game well while she thought carefully about where the direct her throws. Evi made a few controlled throws into 4th base. Sophie's bowling was fantastic from start to finish. She was calm, confident and changed her throwing style lots so the Denstone Prep girls struggled to hit it.
Our opposition scored 4½ rounders in their first batting innings.
We went into bat. Evi and Harriet made some cracking hits but the fielding around 2nd was tight so Harriet didn't manage to get any further. Evi was lucky to get a couple of rounders from some plucky runs after miss-fielding. Ellen and Alice were on form with their hitting, making some lovely long hits and taking risks to score 3 rounders between them from more over-throws. Tania made a lovely hit and managed to score half a rounder and Eleanor surprised herself when she made contact with the ball, scoring half a rounder at 2nd base.
We scored 5 full rounders in the first innings and 7 half rounders, making the total a marvellous 12.
Our fielding was tight again in the second innings but we were put under more pressure when our opposition started to hit the ball. There was lots of fumbling around on the floor while Denstone Prep mounted up their rounders. Jessica C kept her cool in the field however, stumping a player out on 2nd which seemed to calm us all down a bit. The relationship between Grace W at backstop and Ellen on first became stronger, and Ellen was able to stump 3 players out after they didn't hit the ball. Ella made a beautiful catch behind first and also had quite a bit of work to do backing Ellen up on first. Danielle and Purdy made some fabulous catches and were both able to stump 2 players out each.
The final score was 7 ½ rounders in this innings.
Now at this point the score was an equal 12-12. We still had to bat but Miss Dugdale wouldn't tell us the score, so we thought it was very close. Ellen and Jessica took advantage of some miss-fielding after hitting the ball behind 1st base, Ellen scoring 2 whole rounders and Jessica scoring 3! Grace W made a beautiful hit which our opposition just couldn't get anywhere near 4th base so she mounted up another rounder. Unfortunately Alice and Purdy were both put out, after making cracking hits, because they left their base.
The final score was 23-12 to Yarlet. Well done girls, another fantastic win, you took risks when you could and your fielding became much tighter after some superb coaching from the year 5's !!
On Wednesday 1st July a Yarlet combined XI travelled to Shrewsbury to face Prestfelde.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first Yarlet made a good start. In the early exchanges the opening pair of Will Warwick and Gabriel Korylco-Bowers grafted well on what was a surprisingly slow wicket. However, the boys soon hit their stride and were looking very assured at the crease, getting Yarlet to 29 before Korylco-Bowers hit a low full-toss to cover and fell for 14. Next in strode U11 captain Jack Farrington who looked assured and confident at the crease, hitting the Presfelde opener for a nice four through the covers. Unfortunately Farrington then succumbed to an excellent delivery and was bowled for 5. Next in was Harrison Hardy-Smith who from the start of his innings was looking in very good form, timing the ball well. With the partnership between Warwick and Hardy-Smith came Yarlet's strongest batting; with excellent running between the wickets and some confident stroke-play the pair put on 62 for the third wicket, with Captain Warwick unfortunately falling in the final over (being caught on the boundary at long on). The Yarlet innings finishing on a very respectable 97 for 3 after their twenty overs.
Prestfelde began their innings with very clear intentions; try to dominate the bowlers and score the 98 required quickly. Despite some very good bowling from opener Korylco-Bowers (2 for 14 off 4) and with a small amount of good fortune, the Prestfelde batsmen were scoring at a good rate. However the Yarlet bowlers continued to make life difficult for the Prestfelde batsmen, with Will Warwick taking 3 wicket for 28 runs; and there was some very good hands in the field (with two catches from Jacob Raine and a further catch from Oscar Mitchell).
Despite their best effort Prestfelde reached the 98 runs required for the loss of 5 wickets. This was a solid showing against a very strong side and the boys should be very confident ahead of the annual fathers' match on 10th July; an event to which all here at Yarlet are looking forward.
On Wednesday 1st July, Forms 6 & 7 enjoyed a morning of science exploration at Barlaston Downs. The children tested the cleanliness of the river and also did flow, ph and clarity tests. We measured the depth of the water and then looked for the wildlife that lived in it. What a wonderful way to spend a morning combining science and beautiful weather.
Form 4, Mrs Lucas and Miss Jilly were evacuated to Shugborough yesterday!
We all dressed up as evacuees and had great fun experiencing what life was like in the Blitz.
Form 1 pupils were entered for the RAD ballet exam which took place on Monday 6th July.
Miss Laval said she was very proud of all the girls who participated and we shall know the results within about four weeks. Well done to the girls for working so hard to prepare for their exam.
Yarlet pupils had great fun during their puppet making workshop on 7th July.
Many thanks to Steve and Chris from the Treasure Trove Puppet Company for their exciting puppet making workshop with Main School pupils. These puppets will be featured in the Stone Festival Puppet Parade on Saturday 8th August and we are really hoping as many Yarlet pupils as possible will be there, proudly displaying their puppets.
Royal palaces, a castle, swimming pools, the Pedriza National Park and a Spanish theme park were just some many exciting places experienced by the 11 pupils from Form 6 to Form 8 who participated in the return leg of the Yarlet/Humanitas Spanish Exchange. Couple this with sampling tapas for dinner and using Spanish phrases to order food and drinks, and it is no wonder that pupils returned saying that they had an amazing, fun filled experience whilst learning a great deal about Spain and its rich history and culture.
On Wednesday 8th July, the girls got together to celebrate the end of the rounders season with a special picnic.
The spread provided by the girls' parents was the best ever and sitting inside the french room was much better than being outside in the cold wind! It was a super way to say a fond farewell to the girls leaving at the end of this term.
Wednesday 8th July saw the Under 11s head to Grace Dieu for their final match of the season.
In overcast conditions Yarlet took to the field first and with short square boundaries and some erratic Yarlet bowling the Grace Dieu batsmen dominated the early exchanges. However, moving into the second half of the innings the Yarlet bowlers managed to slow the Grace Dieu charge, with Grace Dieu eventually finishing on 164 for 3 from their twenty overs.
The second innings saw a stunning response, with Greg Beardsmore in dominant form and with a seeming allergy to running proceeded to hit the Grace Dieu bowlers to all parts of the ground; bringing up his fifty in just the 4th over. This outstanding run chase continued at a pace until, unfortunately Beardsmore was caught on the boundary for a stunning 85. Yarlet continued to pushthe runs along, but unfortunately regular Grace Dieu wickets meant Yarlet fell just short of their total, finishing the innings 156 for 5.
This was a truely enthralling encouter, and special mention should go to U9's Alfie Farrington and Henry Pickering who performed brilliantly above their age group.
An excellent game to finish the season, well done boys.
Scorching sun beating down on pitch two and eager Mums warming up and working out their tactics determined to improve on last year's results!
This was the scene which greeted the U13 and U10 Rounders teams on Friday the 10th July.
Innings one of the U13 match and girls were stealing half rounders easily. Mums hadn't worked out how to protect base two. Superb catches from Mrs T-R and sensational stumping from Mrs. Rotchell on base 4 prevented the team from scoring many full rounders - just the one from Liz Morris.
The Mums came in to bat and were not intimidated by Amelia's bowling. There were some huge hits especially from Mrs Bane, Mrs T-R and Mrs Rotchell.
Charmaine took two super catches in the deep and almost held on to a third! Final score was 6 all!
Innings two and the turn of the U10's. Batting first the Mums had gained in confidence and bravado. Mrs Nash now impressed with a fine hit between 1st and 2nd base and, with risky running, completed her rounder in style! Mrs T-R had the fielders guessing where her magnificent hits would be placed scoring 3 rounders from 3 balls! Jessica Hood stopped the ladies becoming too confident with a superb catch running over 5 metres forward from the back stop position. Grace T-R also took a wonderful catch and almost stumped out her Mum on 4th! The ladies had scored 7 rounders .
Mrs. Whittingham chose to bowl again and was happy to put off the girls in particular her daughter! She made two spectacular catches
Saturday 11th July was the annual leavers' match at Yarlet.
In fabulous conditions the boys won the toss and elected to bat first. For the fathers there was an opening partnership reminiscent of the great opening pairs of years gone by: Holding and Marshall, Lillee and Thompson, Walsh and Ambrose, McGrath and Gillespie and of course Korylco-Bowers and (Mrs) Hardy-Smith.
The boys weathered the early storm and were making steady progress, only for Mr Hardy-Smith to take the wicket of Gabriel Korylco-Bowers for 16, who was quickly followed by Captain Will Warwick; caught behind by past pupil Angus Munro of Mr Mitchell's bowling. From here on in the boys struggled as the fathers' attack remained on top throughout, despite the resistance of Harrison Hardy-Smith, who scored an excellent 46. This superb knock did give the boys bowling attack something to work with; the boys finishing on 116. Pick of the bowlers, Mr Hardy-Smith with 3 for 12 off 5.
After a fabulous tea in the sun (credit to Mrs Swift for this, a delicious tea), the boys took to the field ready to take on the fathers batting line up. Mr and Mrs Hardy-Smith opened for the fathers, with Mr Hardy-Smith scoring a quick-fire twenty and retiring, with Mrs Hardy-Smith anchoring the innings for the fathers, batting for a full eight overs. With further runs from Mr Brad and Mr Mitchell, the fathers managed to reach the boys total with just 2 overs to spare.
This was, as ever, a wonderful occasion and a pleasure for all to be a part of. Thanks must go out to three of our past pupils; Joseph Thowless-Reeves, Jasper Mitchell and Angus Munro who played very well, and also to all who took part to make this such a great day. To the boys we wish good luck and to the fathers.....be prepared to defend your crown again next year!
The whole of Main School got together last Friday and. amid some fine renditions, a number of pupils really shone through with some excellent performances.
Senior Winner: Holly Nash with "Mountain Lion" by D H Lawrence, with Jeffrey Watson and Oliver Butters-Peers taking second and third places respectively.
Junior Winner: Abigael Pointon with "Chocolate Cake" by Michael Rosen, with Harriet Bane and Mackenzie Tart taking second and third places respectively.
Best in Form 3: Theo HargreavesBest in Form 4: Henry PickeringBest in Form 5: Harriet Bane
We arrived at Shrewsbury last Sunday for the much anticipated 6-a-side tournament. The U11 boys were very nervous, but determined! It took us a while to settle into our first 3 group matches, but we defended well, Mackenzie and Henry made some excellent tackles and Joseph was sensational in goal. The scores were close, but we were unable to come out on top against Stafford Prep, Packwood and Elstree which meant we were in the quarter final for the shield.
Building on our previous performances, and knowing we had a good chance, our confidence soared against Shrewsbury High Prep. We began to work with each other, attacking in groups, using all the space on the pitch. Sam showed his strength at centre mid, able to beat his opponents, passing the ball to Jon and Ben up front, who managed a goal each to our opponent's nil.
Into the semi finals, we played Aldwickbury, a team from Hertfordshire. They were strong and fast, but so were we. Ben made another lead run after Joseph's goal kick and beat the defence. Sam showed his determination, making a break just after half time and got another. Unfortunately our opponents also scored 2, meaning we had to go into penalties. Ben's successful top corner shot meant we earned our place in the final.
The final was against our group rivals, Elstree. We dug deep and worked as a solid group, tracking back in defence and attacking in pairs. Our opponents were first to score with a curved ball from a corner. Determined, Ben showed his speed once more, beating the defence and equalising. Unfortunately our opponents got another with only a few minutes to go, so, in fighting spirit, and with 30 seconds left on the clock, Sam beat all 6 players with excellent skills and booted the ball into the corner. 'Sudden Death' penalties awaited us again. Jon, Ben and Mackenzie scored theirs but we were unlucky to miss out in the end, with the final score being 5-4. All boys played sensationally well and should be very proud of their performance, especially Jamie who had only been at Yarlet 4 days prior to playing with his new teammates. It's going to be an exciting season for the U11 football team.
The U11 girls travelled to Denstone yesterday for a hockey match against their U12 team.
We defended hard in the first few minutes as our opposition towered over us and were unlucky to concede a goal but that gave us the shock we needed to spread out and keep strong.
We continued to pass it around to each other, making strong tackles and pushing forward. Harriet Bane made some lovely runs down the right wing and almost scored. Jessica Hood showed usome lovely skills and had many chances on the goal as we kept the pressure high, but was unlucky not to score.
It came in the second half, as our opposition tired, Evi and Grace D made the lead runs, supported by Jemima and Jessica H. They beat the quickly retreating defence and, battling hard, managed to score 4 goals in quick succession.
We won the match 4 - 1. A very promising start to the Hockey season, well done!
Yarlet U11 A & B football teams travelled to Prestfelde on 16th September for two last minute fixtures.
Yarlet looked solid with Henry and Mackenzie at the back and, when he was called upon, Joe Shaw made no mistakes. Although the end score was 1-0, Yarlet created many chances hitting the bar and the post,as well as Ben scoring. Sam Archer captained and the whole team played some very nice football: a very good team performance deserving of the win.
The B team gave an impressive performance, with many chances created from good work in the middle by Jamie (Captain) and Noah but, unfortunately, none were taken until the last kick of the game with Noah putting away a tidy finish 1 on 1 with the keeper after a good ball through from Victor. Charlie gave a great performance at the back in his partnership with Aaron and played some nice football working the ball out from goal kicks. Yarlet were very unlucky with the first goal when Prestfelde counter-attacked and the ball dribbled over the goal line, despite Ollie's best efforts. Prestfelde then added to the score later on and the match ended in a 2-1 loss. However Yarlet never showed signs of giving up and played some great one and two touch football, working well as a team.
On Saturday August 8th, teachers, pupils and parents proudly carried Yarlet's giant puppets in the first ever Puppet Festival in Stone.
After two weeks of designing, painting and assembling, the puppets were first seen adorning the stage on speech day and then on the morning of the festival, transported via horse box, ready to join the parade down Stone High Street.
It was great to hear all the onlookers as they recognised the pupil puppets were from Yarlet. Abigael Pointon did a spectacular job of engaging all the children who wanted to see the dragon a little closer. Harriet and Charles Bane and Aaron Paris–Stickland supported the dragon's weight with a little help from the adults.
Everyone who participated had a fabulous time and could not stop smiling!
We were all very proud of our artistic efforts and of representing Yarlet in a local festival.
Our first match of the season was at home against a very strong, skilful Prestfelde team.
We found ourselves under constant pressure, and did well to be only 0 - 2 down at half-time. Our boys tried hard, but they let in two more goals before good finishing from Fraser Lloyd saw us pull a goal back. But Yarlet attacks were few and far between and we eventually lost 1 - 6. We hope to arrange a fixture against Prestfelde's 2nd XI which should be a more evenly matched affair.
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A disallowed short corner followed but our spirits did not falter. DD made an excellent run up the wing and got a sneaky shot in the corner, while our defence were yet to touch the ball! Jemima continued to make lead runs, well supported by Harriet, Jessica and DD, assertively getting another excellent goal from a big hit at the top of the D.
The score at half time was 4-0.
With Birchfield's spirits low, we decided to make a few changes to our team. Jessica and Jemima had a go in defence, while Jess C took control of the goal and Evi and Danielle stepped up front. Harriet attacked well, supported by Evi. They were so close to scoring.... but Jessica just had to show them how it's done one last time by making a lead run, from left back, up the wing, round all 7 of the Birchfield players to get another final goal in the back of the net!!!
Well done Yarlet, another fantastic win. The final score was 5-0.
Birchfield were quick to come back and soon equalised. Emily saved a couple more goals with her hard kicks. Abigael was on form in defence, sweeping the ball away and making some great dribbles up the pitch.
At half time the score was 1-1.
With a quick change to the goal keeper at half time, Evi tried her luck. Charmaine continued to direct play from the back, making stronger tackles each time. We continued to work hard but Birchfield just got better and better as we tired.
Soon the score was 2 - 1, then 3 - 1.
You were unlucky not to come away with a win today girls but we can take lots of positives from this game moving forwards.
Main School Girls and Boys today enjoyed a taster session of musical theatre dance.
The session was run by My Stage Academy and, in only a short space of time, our pupils had learned the dance to "We Go Together" from Grease. They really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to next week's lesson.
Lets get baking!
Nursery have had a busy morning making some delicious cakes and flapjack. We took our cakes up to the kitchen to be put in the fridge and had a look at the big oven for the flapjack. We can't wait to eat them later!
An outstanding first match for the U9 team at Yarlet in their very first game of the season against St Anselm's.
A goal within seconds of the first whistle by Luke Jones secured an early victory for the team. This proved to be the first of many excellent strikes which led Yarlet to a 9-0 win. Luke Jones scored a second goal, followed very shortly by a third from Oliver Connell. St Anselm's played hard and tried their best, but were powerless against the U9 team. Henry Shaw scored the first of his three goals of the match, followed rather awkwardly by an own goal from St Anselm's. Fraser Dimberline, fresh out of goal where he shines, scored two goals in quick succession, followed by another two goals, also in quick succession, from Henry Shaw. The boys played extremely well and we could not be prouder of them as they not only secured a fantastic win, but they showed true sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the match.
U9 team: Caiden Holland (captain), Fraser Dimberline, Henry Shaw, Jack Allbut, Luke Jones, Oliver Connell, Theo Hargreaves, Reuben Whitby-Samways.
The first half was slow as we settled into the game.
We passed the ball around and discovered that perhaps Terra Nova weren't going to cause as many problems as we had initially thought. Nevertheless Jemima, Abigael, Danielle and Emily had lots to do in defence, making strong tackles and saves. Maicee and Harriet made good runs down the wing but they struggled to get the ball into the goal. After one final push, and a little help from Jessica Hood, we scored our first goal, the only score of this half.
A quick change around at half time and we went out a little more determined to pick up the pace. We were still passing it to the opposition far more than we should but, in doing so, got lots of shots on goal. Harriet was more shocked than celebratory when her goal went in off the keepers pads but Terra Nova were quick on the attack and scored two more just afterwards. The score was now 2-2. We kept fighting hard so determined Jemima took the ball on her own, to score from a slap into the corner.
With 5 minutes on the clock, Terra Nova got another, making the score 3-3. We then dug deeper and ramped the pace up even more. Jessica C made some excellent supportive runs down the wing, along with Grace, Jessica and Jemima. We had shot after shot at the keeper but couldn't get one in. Finally, in the dying seconds of the match, Jessica slipped one in past the keeper and made the final score 4-3.
An excellent effort to all girls today. You dug deep and showed us the strong stuff you're made of! Well done!
With a great start to the game!
Yarlet were quickly in front and carried on their dominance of the game being 6-0 up after 10 minutes!
The momentum of the match never really changed with Yarlet having the majority of possession and creating many chances resulting in every player in the team grabbing 1 goal or more each. Strangely, the best move of the match was the one that didn't finish with a goal, with some great wing play, 1 and 2 touch football, Sam Archer looked solid in the middle of the park with the team working hard around him resulting in a well deserved final score of 17-0.
Joe Shaw didn't have much today, other than a low powerful shot which he held well!
A last minute mention to Charlie who made his first appearance in the A team and grabbed himself a goal! A great end to a great team performance.
Well done boys!
Following our trips to Normandy, pupils had shown great interest when talking to Dave about the weaponry used both in mediaeval times and during both world wars.
On Thursday, 1st October, he came into school with all his precious artefacts and allowed pupils to wear them hold them and smell them! They trialled a norman shield, discovered how to make chainmail, carefully examined two WW1 bayonets and also tried on a WW1 helmet complete with a bullet hole. The highlight was a demonstration of a trebuchet, which Dave had made himself, and he is willing to show the siege weapon in all its glory in the summer term when he hopes to fire it on the main fields!
It was a sheer delight to welcome him back to Yarlet and to see the pupils' great enthusiasm for History!
Wednesday 30th September was a lovely sunny day and set the tone for a wonderful afternoon when we welcome much-loved grandparents to Yarlet.
Grandparents' Afternoon has become a favourite event in the Yarlet calendar and pupils are always excited to have the opportunity to show off their school to their grandparents. They are able to spend time looking round the grounds, the facilities and classrooms, watching fixtures and the many club activities which take place on Wednesday afternoons, as well as meeting teachers and friends. After a whirlwind of activity, grandparents were able to relax and enjoy afternoon tea before going home. We are grateful that many travelled quite some distance to join us for the occasion and would remind grandparents that they are warmly invited to many school events such as carol services, school plays and fixtures throughout the year and we hope to see them at these events.
Two brilliant teams clashed in a very entertaining and tense match on Wednesday.
The Yarlet Under 9's took on the Birchfield Under 9's in a match that had many staff, pupils and even parents shouting, clapping and oohing and aahing over.
The result did not hamper the spirits of the boys, who played fantastically and wonderfully throughout, demonstrating good teamwork, skills and cooperation.
Birchfield took the win with a 9-3 score, but a great time was had by all.
The opposing team scored four goals in quick succession, which captain Luke Jones did not stand for, scoring his own goal at the last minute of the first match.
The second game held steady, with both sides playing defensive positions well. Fraser Dimberline was excellent in goal throughout.
Henry Shaw scored a terrific goal in the third game, helped immensely by Elliot Byrne, who made a terrific first impression for his first match.
Oliver Connell scored the third and final goal for Yarlet, and although our side lost, the boys returned in high spirits for the future.
One of the closest matches so far this term, against a strong, technical and physical side.
Yarlet didn't get off to the best start soon conceding a goal to go 1-0, but story of the match was about Yarlet's character and determination to not give up. Being 1 goal down, the team came back and Sam Archer, with a Hollywood goal from a free kick a good 25 yards out, floated the ball over the keeper ... and the same situation for Sam's second goal of the match, a long distance shot which the keeper could only flap at!A great team performance again from Yarlet with a group decision to make Joe Shaw man of the match with some superb saves to keep Yarlet in the game. The rest of the team also put their bodies on the line with Henry Pickering making a superb tackle towards the end of the match.A well-deserved draw was the final result at 3-3 with both teams having many chances.
On Thursday, Form Four pupils visited the Balaji Temple in Birmingham.
The Hindu temple is a collection of small shrines, large mandirs and beautiful hills and scenery.
The pupils were given a very well explained tour of the temple grounds, and were shown many different features and beliefs that a Hindu holds.
A fantastic time was had by all and pupils most enjoyed the hands-on experience they were granted, including taking off their shoes before each shrine, sampling some of the food used during Hindu worship and exploring a very unique way of life.
This tour of the temple gave them a fascinating insight into the Hindu faith, and they are keen to explore this further in their Religious Studies lessons on Hinduism. This trip helped pupils to discover the diversity and harmony that many different lifestyles share.
The pupils showed utmost respect and dignity during the trip, and the staff and volunteers involved were proud of their efforts. One pupil quoted, "This has been my best trip so far!"
On Saturday 10th October, 15 of our budding young artists took part in the Big Draw.
They were inspired by The Big Draw’s ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ workshop which was held at Stafford’s impressive new library in Tipping Street.
Stafford’s Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) member Mrs Pam Graham invited Yarlet’s pupils to take part in this, the second of four art workshops, being held during October.
Our pupils learnt about the history of Stafford town’s architecture before creating their own pen and colour wash study of part of one of these magnificent buildings.
All of our pupil’s wonderful artwork can shortly be viewed at the library and on its website.
A big thank you to Mrs Graham and her artist friends for an such an enjoyable morning of art.
Six of the best engineers that Yarlet had to offer were sent to Repton to attempt to complete two challenges to aid the Syrian refugees.
The first was to build a meter high water tower, with only limited resources of art straws and tape. The second task followed a delicious lunch at Latham house, which had every pudding imaginable on offer! Pupils had to construct a vehicle to negotiate a course of obstacles including ramps, boulders and tunnels. Whilst our team made a valiant effort, they did not quite manage to win the task. However, they were a credit to the school and I hope they will enjoy the wonderful science prizes that they were given by Repton.
Form 2 have been busy making their Sukkahs, to celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot.
They are working in pairs, using lots of different materials to make their models of an outside house to remember the Bible story of the Jews in the desert.
Some Form 2 children are practising their sewing skills.
They are working on binca with thread to make their Christmas cards.
The House Cross Country competition was fiercely contested last week.
Bishop came out overall winners, with the individual winners being Oliver Connell (Bishop) and Alice Beardsmore (Knight) in the U9s race, the U11 race was won by Ben Eden (Knight) and Evi Rogers (Castle), with Oliver B-P (Castle) and Charmaine Chadhani (Bishop) winning the U13 event.
A good competitive match.
The team showed great fortitude to battle back from 2-0 down to 2-2, eventually losing 4-2. The highlight was Victor with his Brazilian'esk finish with the outside of his right foot going straight into the top corner - the keeper was helpless, a great finish! A special mention for captain, Jamie, who kept the Yarlet philosophy of working tirelessly until the end.
An eventful day.
Early lunch, then hit the road. Pretty route to Bakewell. Twists and turns. "Sir, Gregor feels sick. Sir, Gregor's being sick! Sir, Gregor's being really sick!!"
Arrived at St Anselm's. Mopped out the minibus. Onto the pitch. A bit of a romp. 5 - 0 to us at half-time. Change the team round. No stopping them. 6 - 0 second half. Result: Won 11 - 0.
Match tea. Gregor eats chips, but isn't sick going home.
Scorers: Joe Archer (3), Max Raine (2), Sean O'Reilly (2), Fraser Lloyd (1), Jack Farrington (1), Oliver Butters-Peers (1) - a header! - and a healthy Gregor Beardsmore (1)
A solid performance from Yarlet again showing a good standard of football putting on a fine display with an 8-0 score against Terra Nova.
Some clever little moves working the ball out wide to the wingers which created many chances with most ending with the ball in the back of net.
Yarlet capitalised on some defensive errors by Terra Nova which was down to Yarlet's work rate off the ball forcing the errors, but nothing to be taken away from Yarlet with some great goals. The pick of the goals was from Ben Eden after a good team move, putting away a half volley on a tight angle, a wonderful goal off a free kick by John Cunliffe, followed closely by goals from Ollie Heath, Sam Archer, Alan, Jamie Cartwright and Joe Shaw.A good team is chemistry starting to emerge and, from the singing on the minibus drive home, a good team spirit also!
A solid performance from the Yarlet U11 girls yesterday in their hockey matches against The Ryley’s and Terra Nova.
We put on a fine display against both teams but, on a large pitch with only one sub, the girls soon tired. Passing the ball around well, the girls made the most of a short corner early in the match against The Ryley’s. Showing a good level of skill, our defenders kept the score line that way for the duration of the match. We won the first game 1-0.
Our second game was against the well-rested home team. We tried our best but soon tired. Jemima Bullock worked hard up and down the pitch, showing her excellent attitude and desire to win. Jessica Hood put on a good display of skills in the midfield, supported by Grace D, Kirstie, Jessica C and Harriet but were unlucky not to finish with a goal. Danielle showed her increasing confidence by making some strong tackles and Evi was powerful in defence, kicking the ball away whenever possible! We lost this game 2-0 but have learnt that we need to track back and defend when we don’t have the ball, no matter how tired we are!
Who's been eating my porridge!
In Nursery this week our children have been learning all about the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" story. We watched a powerpoint presentation on this and also listened to the traditional story being read to us. The children have been looking at the different sizes of the three bears and have made their own version of them. Today, we were excited to go on an exploration walk to find characters from the story and also found huge bowls of porridge too, such fun!
On Friday 16th October, Forms 3 and 4 took part in a Harvest Festival.
Harvest Hope told the story of sharing food with hungry children in Africa and India. There was acting, singing and dancing. Mr Raybould said it was like a mini musical! By Ellen Clark, Form 4
Form 8 embarked on a fieldwork trip to Telford Mall and Southwater on 19th October.
They interviewed members of the public to find out how they travelled to Telford and why they came to Telford. This investigation forms part of their coursework in Geography and requires the Form to collect, process and evaluate data to either prove or disprove their hypotheses, their predictions about transport, tourism and consumer habits. Form 8 showed true geographical skills and carried out their interviews with politeness and pride.
Their answers were interesting and varied, including the answer from one member of the public, who, when asked how he got into work, replied with, "Superman took me!" (Which won't be included in their results!) Form 8 will now examine their data and complete their coursework. Well done for a brilliant effort!
In Club activities on Wednesday afternoon, a group of intrepid Yarlet explorers went bug hunting!
The children found lots of interesting bugs which they examined and identified before setting them free.
On Thursday 22nd October, Form 7 embarked on a journey into the heart of the Peak District.
During their visit they explored the grim yet touching experience of the people of Eyam village, who suffered a tremendous loss during the 17th century as they made a heroic sacrifice for the kingdom of Britain.
Eyam village is infamous as the site where over 200 people lost their lives to the Great Plague, when a parcel arrived from London containing a flea-infested blanket...which soon infected the entire village with the bubonic plague, a deadly virus that results in coughs, swellings, buboes and eventually death.
Form 7 showed true dignity and respect as they toured the museum and the village itself, walking the footsteps of the victims almost four hundred years ago and experiencing how they must have felt; trapped, frightened and alone. Very apt, seeing as the Halloween party took place immediately after they returned!
All pupils gained valuable knowledge on the Black Death, an essential module for their History Common Entrance examinations, and the journey to and from the village took in glorious sites of unspoiled countryside. A fantastic day was had by all.
Reception have had a treat when we were invited to see the powerpoint presentations of our Year 5 friends.
We were amazed by their use of technology and loved learning all the animal facts that they showed us. It has really inspired the children as to what they will do their presentations on in the future and I look forward to learning all about tigers, monkeys, parrots and pandas, although I am less looking forward to the spider one! It was clear how hard the Year 5 children have worked and it was lovely to see how confidently they shared their information with us.
The U12 hockey team enjoyed a tournament at Denstone yesterday.
They played well as a team against some much taller and stronger girls showing how their excellent spacing and resilience sets them apart from other teams. A 0-0 draw against Denstone B-team and a 1-0 win over Denstone C-team were particular highlights along with some excellent defending from Jemima, Danielle, Abigael and Evi in goal. Harriet, Kirstie and Jessica C made some fantastic runs up and down the wing showing their increased confidence and fitness. Grace D and Jessica H were an unstoppable force in the centre, working very well together to pass the ball round our opponents. Unfortunately we weren’t strong enough to beat Terra Nova, Abbotsholme, Denstone A-team and St Anselm's, but it was a great experience for the girls and good preparation for the U11 tournament this Saturday.
We braced ourselves in difficult conditions on Saturday morning for the U11 hockey tournament at Denstone College.
We won the first two games against Terra Nova and Moreton Hall, showing our outstanding spacing on the pitch and working well as a team. Our next game was against the team from Fairfield. They were well drilled and their scary teachers put us off a bit. We let our heads go down as tiredness got the better of us and lost that game. Without a break we had to go on against Grace Dieu. We would have normally beaten this team but as we were the only ones not to have had a rest so far, we were just too exhausted to work back in defence when we lost the ball and unfortunately lost 1-0, finishing 3rd in our group.We went into the 3rd place play offs against Birchfield. It was a well matched game with both teams having some strong attacking players. Our defence was tired and quickly let 2 goals in. Luckily Jess Hood made an outstanding hit from a short corner meaning it was 2-1. Our heads lifted slightly but soon fell again when Birchfield got another.We worked really hard throughout the day but, without enough breaks, and in torrential rain, we struggled; finishing 6th overall out of 12 teams. A good effort girls, you should all be very proud of your performances!
On Wednesday 4th November, Yarlet travelled to The Ryleys to take on two teams, The Ryleys and Moor Allerton.
The team's best performance was against Moor Allerton with Yarlet winning 7-1. Some clinical football was played by the team, who used the ball well and made some good moves, with special mention to Sam Archer for a lovely long distance shot.
Unfortunately the game against The Ryleys was not so straight forward with Yarlet losing 3-2, after being 2-1 near the end. However, great character was shown by the whole team.
It would take more than a little rain to dampen the spirits at this year’s Bonfire Night.
Families from all parts of the school came together to enjoy the huge fire (and thank you to Mike and Adam for building it) and the fabulous firework display which Mrs Barron managed to light against all odds with damp fuses! Thank you everyone for a tremendous Yarlet evening!
On Friday the whole school came together to remember those Old Yarletians who lost their lives in World War One and World War Two.
In a poignant service, each ex-pupil’s name was read out by some of our Form 7 pupils whilst our Head Pupil and Deputy Head Pupil laid a wreath at the foot of our memorial plaques. The choir sang beautifully to mark this special occasion and thanks go to one of our governors, Rev John Davis, for leading the service and to the Royal British Legion for sending a representative with a standard from the local branch.
This term, pupils became involved in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal in conjunction with Keele University’s Paediatric Society.
We have been overwhelmed by the response with at least 50 shoeboxes, all filled with lovely goodies, being generously donated. Pre-Prep Parent, Mrs Howe, has now collected the shoeboxes which will be sent abroad and given to children who might otherwise not receive any presents this Christmas.
Thank you to all parents and pupils who have so generously supported this worthy cause.
The U9 and U11 hockey teams had a successful afternoon at Birchfield.
It was the U9 girls' first hockey match and both teams came away with a draw. The 'Lions', captained by Alice Beardsmore, drew 0-0 and the 'Tigers', captained by Katie Hewitson, drew 2-2. Goal scorers were Emily Cumberbatch and Sienna Edwards.
The U9 and U11 hockey teams had a successful afternoon at Birchfield last Wednesday.
The U11 team had two games against St Bede's and Birchfield and were captained by Kirstie Shiner. They beat St Bede's 2-0, (goal scorers were Jessica Hood and Kirstie Shiner) and lost 2-0 to Birchfield. Special mention must go to Jessica Hood and Jemima Bullock for being awarded their half colours after outstanding performances in recent matches: Jessica for her persistence and skill in the midfield; Jemima for her direction and strength in defence. Well done to both girls for this achievement.
On Monday, Form 3 learnt about the symbolism of a Christingle...by making their own!
By constructing the ribbon, candle, cocktail sticks and mini-marshmallows around the orange, they learnt about how and why Christians have Christingles around Christmas time. They learnt how the ribbon represents the blood / love of Jesus, the sticks were the four seasons, and how the candle represented Jesus being the light of the world. The end results were very creative and looked wonderful, and the pupils had a very enjoyable time learning how to make their Christingle.
The pupils refrained from lighting them in class, for fear of setting off the fire alarm! But they are looking forward to using their works of art at home.
On Friday 13th November, the whole school wore something spotty and raised £140 for Children in Need.
Kindergarten pupils also took part in a Pudsey Bear colouring competition. The winners were decided based upon how hard they tried with careful colouring and proper pencil grip. The activity followed a Children in Need circle time where we talked about how lucky we were and how we liked to help other children who were not so lucky.
The winners were:
On Tuesday, Form 3 went 2000 years back in time...to the Roman Era!
They visited the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, where they discovered a wealth of Roman life through stones, explored the traditional methods of heating up a Roman bath house, making food from mussels, sausages and wine from grapes, and finally dug beneath the earth to discover how archaeologists found out about Roman lifestyle and culture.
They experienced a huge range of different Roman beliefs and practices, and the highlight of the tour was undoubtedly the march around the old Chester walls, led by a centurion who quickly had our class marching shoulder to shoulder, toe to toe, to the steady rhythm of "Sen, sen, sen dex sen!" (Left, left, left right left!). Their battle cries as they learnt about the gruesome games played in amphitheatres could be heard around the city.
A fantastic time was had by all pupils, and their goody bag of Roman treats ended the day brilliantly, allowing them to leave with lasting memories of the "rotten" Romans.
Charles Bane's photograph of a cropped image of Pegasus Bridge was selected as the winner of this year's French Trip photographic competition.
Charles chose to crop this image to make the most of the detail in the bridge and then create a simple frame for it. Our judge, photographer Alethea Simpson, particularly liked how he had adapted the colour as the grey added texture and an aged effect and she also liked the way it had been printed, which gave the photograph a high quality gloss finish. Many congratulations to Charles on this fantastic end result. All the other entries were of a high standard and all pupils received prizes for their efforts.
A full strength Yarlet 'A' side arrived at Shrewsbury Prep School to encounter very heavy pitch conditions and an enthusiastic Shrewsbury side which included players of very good ability.
The game began at a frantic pace with goal keepers being tested. Ben Eden and Mackenzie Tart both had early efforts that were well saved before Sam Archer had what looked a certain goal-bound shot miraculously palmed away for a corner by their keeper. It was evident from the outset that Shrewsbury's number 1 was something special and we would need to be on top form to make our mark against him.
At the other end Joseph Shaw was also performing heroics of his own saving several goal bound efforts and bravely diving at the feet of their very fast and skilful centre forward to prevent us from going behind.
Yarlet did open the scoring when Sam Archer placed a well struck shot into the bottom corner after 5 minutes but almost immediately Shrewsbury equalised after a shot through a crowed area left Joseph slightly unsighted. It became a very hard fought game up until half time with some strong tackles and good defending from both sides, Henry Pickering in particular for Yarlet, as well as fast, incisive attacking play. Slightly against the run of play Shrewsbury added a second to leave us trailing 2-1 at half time.
The second half began with Alfie Farrington, Sam Archer and Ben Eden all going close with shots and looking dangerous on the break supported by Jon Cunliffe who was covering every blade of grass to get us back into the game. The equaliser came with a shot from Alfie Farrington after lots of pressure, which again their keeper had somehow thwarted with some fantastic saves and almost immediately we went 3-2 ahead when Ben Eden's pace and subsequent shot proved unstoppable. Sam Archer then had a brave header well saved and we had several other half chances to put the game out of reach with substitute Oliver Heath having a close range effort well saved.
It was still end-to-end stuff and it was Shrewsbury that equalised from a throw in and a header that was well placed by their dangerous number 9 into the top corner.
With a well fought draw looking likely Shrewsbury broke fast after we lost possession in their half and despite another great save from Joseph the rebound fell to a Shrewsbury player who guided the ball into an empty net from 20 yards. In one last desperate attack Yarlet had a goalmouth scramble cleared and the final whistle blew to record a 4-3 defeat.
There was maximum effort all round by the Yarlet players against a strong Shrewsbury side and in difficult conditions with some fine all round performances. With cooler heads a 3-2 winning position with minutes remaining could have been preserved with better possession play and the team will also have learnt from this game that chances need to be taken to finish off dangerous teams.
Kindergarten pupils have been going science crazy.
We have built this hedgehog house from all the leaves we have found in our garden. As scientists we have learned to be critical thinkers so we have all predicted what we think might happen to the house over the weekend. What do you think?
A thrilling series of tournaments ensured every player in the U9 team got a fair shot of taking part in Thursday's match against Edenhurst.
Ethan Squire, captain of the Yarlet "Cheetahs", ensured his team were raring to go with motivational support and excellent teamwork throughout the games. Henry Shaw, captain of the Yarlet "Leopards", likewise ensured his team were "on the ball" and showed brilliant sportsmanship throughout.
Edenhurst took the lead early on and, whilst our defence was strong, Edenhurst took two goals in the first game. Oliver Connell showed excellent passing skills, supported terrifically by Luke Jones and Jake Parker. Fraser Dimberline served well in goal, and defenders Reuben Whitby-Samways and Morgan Cooper kept the other side away from their half for the majority of the play. Leopards they were; some players were almost blurs as they tore up and down the pitch!
Yarlet "Cheetahs" played just as well and showed excellent teamwork - a great way to represent Yarlet's core values.Caiden Holland played excellently in defence, supported by Izaak Bagshaw and Elliot Byrne. In goal, Theo Hargreaves stopped some very close goals. Up front, Jack Allbut, William Connell and Ethan Squire kept excellent pressure on the other team.A fantastic tournament enjoyed by all.
The rain held off during the match, but it had already done its damage. The pitch was sodden, and water logged in places, but mostly playable.
This was a very evenly balanced game, with both teams having spells on top. We missed Joe Archer, but Sean O'Reilly did a great job slotting back into midfield. The deadlock was broken just before half-time, when Max Raine curled a 20 yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the goal.
We played against a strong wind in the second half, and Foremarke grew in strength. Both sides hit the bar, but it was the home team that triumphed after two goalmouth scrambles. On each occasion the ball ended up trickling agonisingly over the wire.
A draw would have been a fair result, but we couldn't force an equaliser.
We very much hope the children have enjoyed Science week. Mrs Barron has loved looking at all the wonderful work the children have produced, with so many having written fabulous reports on their activities and the fish have been amazing. The week was rounded off with a brilliant show from Ian Russell. Ian wowed the children with experiments, many of which they could try at home, although there was a word of caution with the exploding custard which was one not to be carried out in your kitchen!
Beech Hall also managed to score 2 in the first half so it was all the play for in the second half. Maicee and Harriet were confident on the wing, making some excellent lead runs up towards the goal. Danielle tried out her marking and shadowing in defence and managed to keep the opposition away. All the girls worked hard and were rewarded with one more goal before the final whistle went.
Another good win to the U12 team, 3-2! Well done!
The U9 girls were very excited for their first home game at Yarlet! We split up into two teams again, ready to play Beech Hall.
The first match featured the Lions where Alice Beardsmore scored 2 goals within the first 2 minutes of the match! Purdy and Alice continued to work hard together in the middle, using their wingers, Sienna and Katie to create space. Purdy soon managed two more goals for the Lions, making the half time score 4-0. We moved everyone round in the second half. Sienna and Katie fought for the ball in the middle, Eleanor and Sophie ran around in midfield creating space and Ellen made a lovely run up the wing, slapping the ball in and making the final score 5-0.
The second game featured the Tigers against Beech Hall. Ellen and Ella showed good teamwork in the middle, getting one goal each in the first half. Raphie and Sophie took over the centre spot, fighting for the ball around so many Beech Hall players. Louiza and Jessica got into some lovely spaces down the wing, while Freya and Evelyn stayed focussed in defence. In the second half Ella scored another goal after she battled for it in the D, making the final score 3-0.
Well done U9! Another great game!
This was one of the U9's most thrilling and nail biting games this season, with a clash against a very evenly matched team.
Luke Jones, captain, rallied his players into position and, for the first quarter of the game, play was fast-paced. A slip in defence led to two quick goals for Stafford, but our U9s were undeterred and continued to play in a brilliant fashion.
The second and third quarters were almost a blur of toing and froing between both sides; defences were strong and attacks were equally contested each time. There were several near misses by the U9s, and some truly terrific punts from Oliver and William Connell, Henry Shaw and Theo Hargreaves.
Holding up in defence, Reuben Whitby-Samways proved to be a solid wall and blocked many an attack from the opposing team.Fraser Dimberline served amazingly in goal and saved some terrific shots; easily his finest performance to date.It was Ethan Squire that pelted a shot through several of the Stafford Prep players and into the goal that served as the highlight to the game.
A very fast-paced, tense match that the U9's performed brilliantly in; a true credit to the school and excellent sportsmanship shown.
This was our final home match of the season, and it was an evenly-balanced game.
That is, we won the first half 5 - 0 and we won the second half 5 - 0, making the overall victory a grand total of 10 - 0.
There were hat-tricks for Sean O'Reilly and Joe Archer, two for birthday boy Max Raine, one for Jack Farrington, plus an own-goal. On the occasions when we were put under pressure, the defence held strong, and Gregor Beardsmore was a towering presence. Oliver Butters-Peers (who limped off after setting up a goal) and Fraser Lloyd enjoyed some space and possession on the wings. Charles Bane, Edward Cartwright, Toby Morris Roe and Harvey Wilkinson all played to the best of their ability, and Harvey in particular put in some fine tackles. Harry Cartwright was a safe pair of hands in goal.
Shrewsbury High Prep have stronger teams in the U11 age group so they may provide stiffer opposition in years to come. For now, though, we can savour the feeling given by a dominant victory.
Finally, a word for Theo Stubbs, who has been an outstanding ball boy for the past two seasons. He has taken his role seriously, racing around the field to retrieve the ball and get it back into play as quickly as possible. Thank you, Theo.
We had a much anticipated game against our rivals, Denstone Prep yesterday.
We knew they would be strong on the tackle, led by our old team-mate Grace TR. The first half looked promising when we made some clean passes around the pitch and held our position well.
A disallowed Short Corner goal did not hamper our spirits as we kept fighting and eventually got a goal after some excellent teamwork from Grace D and Jessica Hood, helping Kirstie to put it in the back of the net.
Evi and Harriet continued to make some excellent lead runs down the wing but sometimes weren't quite in the right space. Jemima and Danielle worked confidently in defence but did have a habit of passing the ball straight back to the opposition.
The second half was much faster as Denstone Prep. upped their game. Jessica Hood started to pass the ball more often, assisted by Jemima, up front. We were unlucky to concede a goal after our defence forgot to mark but soon got one back from a short corner.... Only to be told that it was disallowed again!
So 1-1 and all the play for with 3 minutes left. Luckily we managed to get another Short Corner and in it went, meaning we had won the game!
2-1 and a well fought match! Well done everyone!
Form 3 and 4 pupils had a lovely time when they visited the Pre-Prep on Friday.
Children in Forms 1 and 2 really enjoyed listening to the Horrid Henry stories shared with them by their Main School friends.
Yarlet has a strong sporting tradition and a few of our most talented pupils go on to achieve regional success.
Joe Archer is one such pupil. Joe has recently been selected for the Midlands Independent Schools' Football Association squad and deserves huge congratulations on his wonderful success. Well done, Joe!
The A team played a hard fought match against a really good team who were well organised and played some really good football.
This was a well-played competitive match featuring some good football and 1-1 was a just score line. Thanks go to the great spine of our team: Joe Shaw, Sam Archer and Henry Pickering.
Sadly, the B team did not fare so well and our boys now need to show chemistry and maturity to get back to playing the excellent football and winning ways they are capable of and which they displayed earlier in the season.
On Wednesday, Form 6 were given the opportunity to experience a typical Sikh kitchen as part of their studies in Religious Studies on Places of Worship.
The Gurdwara (a Sikh place of worship) contains a langar, or kitchen, which serves free food to people from all walks of life, regardless of race, age, gender or religion.
Form 6 discussed how we can show and share equality, and how Sikhs provide for all, whilst sampling some traditional Punjabi cuisine and listening to some authentic Punjabi music.
Form 6 decided that we can all take a leaf from Sikhism's book by demonstrating kindness, fairness and hospitality for all.
The Yarlet Choir was on top form at St Mary's when they sang their hearts out and delighted the congregation with their beautiful singing yesterday afternoon.
The Choir joined forces with the Cannock Citadel Salvation Army Band to lead a wonderful carol service surrounded by 80 Christmas trees as part of St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival. Thank you for all the parents and friends of the school who went along to support our pupils at this magical event.
Yarlet started the game well and had Denstone’s defence under pressure from the off with both Ben Eden and Mackenzie Tart looking dangerous on the wings.
Alfie Farrington went close on a couple of occasions having efforts well saved by their keeper and it looked only a matter of time before Yarlet went ahead.
However, Denstone slowly got themselves into the game and Henry Pickering and Jon Cunliffe both had to make last ditch tackles during Denstone attacks to prevent us going behind.
Yarlet then had a succession of corners and laid siege to the Denstone goal but, despite good efforts from Sam Archer and substitute Jamie Betteley, we could not break down their defence.
However, Yarlet began to pass the ball better and keep possession more and this produced the chance for Alfie Farrington to open the scoring with a crisp shot to the bottom corner of the Denstone net and send us in with a slender lead at half time.
The second half began with Denstone looking reinvigorated and Joseph Shaw had to be very quick off his line when bravely diving at the feet of their number 9 to prevent a certain goal.
Ben Eden and Sam Archer had chances to extend the lead as the game became end to end but Henry and Jon remained very solid in defence to prevent Denstone equalising.
With just 5 minutes remaining Yarlet put the game beyond reach when Sam Archer and Ben Eden combined well in midfield and found Jon Cunliffe, who had decided to rampage forward and he expertly took the ball in his stride and settled the game with a well struck right foot shot.
All of the squad were a credit to the school and worked very hard for a 2-0 win which was full of skill and endeavour from both sides.
Yarlet started the game very energetically with Charlie Capewell, Noah Beeston and Victor Camara-Ruiz all having shots on goal and looking very dangerous in attack.
The hard-working Oliver Heath also had a shot well saved early on in the game and it was Yarlet who held the upper hand early on in the exchanges with Romi Peck looking solid in defence.
Denstone were not for lying down though and had several very good chances themselves to open the scoring. However, they were faced with Aaron Paris-Stickland who was in inspired form and produced several fine saves and Joseph Thorpe, whose well-timed challenge late in the half stifled their attack on our goal.
Despite plenty of goal-mouth action and very good chances for both sides the first goal fell to Denstone when Romi Peck was pressured into putting the ball past his own goalkeeper and, at the interval, it was Yarlet who were trailing 1-0.
The second half began and both sides were looking to score from the off. Oliver Heath had a shot strike their crossbar and Noah Beeston also went close as Yarlet desperately sought an equaliser.
This came in splendid fashion when Charlie Capewell controlled the ball 20 yards out and expertly chipped a shot into the top far corner of the Denstone net leaving their goal keeper floundering at thin air and scoring a goal that Lionel Messi himself would have been proud of.
Yarlet seemed to gain confidence from this piece of footballing artistry and immediately went in front when Oliver Heath's shot found the back of the net to make it 2-1.
Romi Peck was redeeming himself in defence with some excellent tackles and Noah Beeston was also looking very dangerous on the left wing in attack. Despite their best efforts Denstone couldn't get an equaliser and it was in fact Yarlet who scored a third after a quick break out with a right foot shot from the hard-working Alan McNulty to end the game in a 3-1 victory for Yarlet.
To come from behind in the fashion that Yarlet did and run out emphatic winners showed great commitment and skill throughout the squad who all worked very hard for each other.
Our last game of the season was a thrilling affair at Wrekin College.
We played in a strong, cold wind and had to be at our best against a talented, hard-working team. Playing against the wind, we created some good chances, but we were up against a fine keeper and it was obvious we would find it difficult to score. Harry Cartwright was a safe pair of hands in our goal and, as ever, Gregor Beardsmore was a towering presence at the heart of our defence. We did well to hold out for 0 - 0 at half-time.
With the wind at our backs, we pressed more in the second half, and were rewarded when Max Raine latched on to a through ball, got to it just before the keeper and a defender, and finally tapped it into the net. Wrekin came back strongly, and a fine move saw them equalise. But we answered in the best possible way. Max Raine swept the ball out to Oliver Butters-Peers, who drilled it in to the near post, and Sean O'Reilly arrived in time to prod it past the keeper. 2 - 1. A fine, hard-fought victory.
After 18 years of coaching football to countless boys - and a few girls - this was my final match. It's time to hang my boots up. I may not have convinced most of them (any of them?) that Derby County are the team to support, but it's still been a labour of love. The boys told me they had to win the game for me, and they did just that. After the final whistle, unprompted, they all came to shake my hand and thank me. That's the sort of thing that makes Yarlet special.
Finally, thank you to the boy who waited until we arrived back at school and was sick in the toilet. At least he avoided throwing up in the minibus. He assures me it had nothing to do with the two plates of chips, sausages and beans he had for match tea. It must have been my driving.
This year's Yarlet Music Academy Christmas Spectacular started with a bang... lots of banging as it happens, in the debut performance of our new Samba group. All the instrumental ensembles gave fantastic festive performances, and a selection of soloists entertained us with a wide variety of musical styles. The orchestra, joined by our superb instrumental teaching staff, rounded of the evening with three popular Christmas songs, leaving the audience in no doubt that the festive season in upon us!
Pupils at Yarlet are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
Yarlet School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The children won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.
Mrs Barron, Science teacher at Yarlet, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole community .The Children will be growing the seeds in gardening club, an extra curricula activity that takes place during lunch breaks, but all of the children in KS2 will be involved in the measuring and recording.
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.
Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience
Yarlet pupils watched transfixed as the countdown began for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake to blast off for his Principia mission to the ISS (taking with him the Yarlet rocket seeds!).
Pupils in Years 3 to 6 have diaries to complete as they follow Tim Peake's adventures and we look forward to the return of our space rocket seeds and the outcome of our experiments.
In very heavy and cold conditions Yarlet faced firstly Prestfelde's A side who were clearly a well drilled rugby outfit with several players of very good ability. They put us under intense pressure from the kick off with wave after wave of attacks and eventually our resolute defence gave way to concede a converted try. Yarlet tried to break out on several occasions via Gregor Beardsmore and Sean O'Reilly but Prestfelde were also excellent in defence and thwarted every attack from us. In fact it was Prestfelde who scored three more converted tries despite great effort and endeavour from Yarlet in defence to end up winning the game 28 - 0.
In the more evenly matched second game against their B side, Yarlet began the game on the attack and it wasn't long before the excellent Gregor Beardsmore touched down two converted tries in quick succession. It was end to end stuff with both sides giving no quarter in the tackle but again excellent attacking play enabled Sean O'Reilly to use his pace to touch down another try that was converted by Gregor. Prestfelde were not done, however, and replied with an excellent score of their own late on in the game, but Yarlet ran out the victors 21 - 7.
On Tuesday 12th January, Mrs Hamplett took her Form 8 Art pupils to Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Pupils enjoyed the day learning about the history of pottery within Stoke on Trent and the skills and techniques required by potters to throw, decorate and glaze different types of clay.
After lunch the pupils took part in an Art deco workshop, where they learnt about Staffordshire famous pottery artist Claris Cliffe, incorporating some of her design ideas into designing and painting their own art deco plate.
A very enjoyable time was had by all and Mrs Hamplett would especially like to thank Mrs Cornes for her help during the day.
First quarter 3 - 1 to Edenhurst, whose goal shooters looked good again!
Second quarter was slow with no real shots for Yarlet and one more for our opponents, 4 - 1.
After half-time, Yarlet picked up the pace with better passes and superb interceptions from Jemima and Evie. Jessica H and Grace were speeding down the side lines and high passes floated beautifully into our shooters, Jessica C and Kirstie. At last our score started to move in the right direction, but Edenhurst remained ahead by two goals, 6 - 4.
Final quarter and the girls realised that it would not be impossible to win if only they could increase their successful passing and keep the Edenhurst shooters out of the circle.
By chance, as Kirstie was about to take a shot, some Form 6 boys were walking past having just finished their games lesson. The effect was amazing. The ball slotted in without touching the sides and the boys gave a great cheer. This not only motivated the team but inspired them to victory. Edenhurst struggled to intercept the ball allowing Yarlet to keep possession. One goal followed another and the cheers got louder.
Having lagged behind for the whole of the match, Yarlet took a surprise victory with a final score of 7 - 6!!
U11 OPENING MATCH OF THE SEASON
This was a match that really shone in various areas in the U11's first rugby match against Birchfield.
Joseph Shaw, captain, gave support to his team and encouraged them to try their best. One area that was commended in the U11's playing was their respectful approach to the game.
It was Jon Cunliffe who scored the first try for Yarlet, dashing down the line and touching down in the bottom left corner. Despite both teams being evenly matched in ability and experience, it was Birchfield that took away an 8-1 win, partially down to tactics which enabled them to find a chink in Yarlet's otherwise strong armour.
Mentions need to be made to all players of the team, who, for a first match, put in a sterling effort and showed true sportsmanship. Charlie Capewell gave great chase to the opposing side, whilst Victor Camara-Ruiz showed excellent effort and determination. Mackenzie Tart and Ben Eden also showed great resilience during the match, whilst Sam Archer, Joseph Shaw and Jon Cunliffe were superb up-and-coming players who excelled in teamwork skills. Finally Oliver Heath showed a good attitude towards the game.
Well done lads, a great first home game.
U10 OPENING MATCH V BIRCHFIELD
This was a thrilling first match for the U10 boys, who put in such a terrific effort and attitude against Birchfield.
The game was an evenly matched one, with both sides playing their first game of the season.
Henry Pickering, as captain, rallied his team effectively and ensured they were all in position to start. This was swiftly followed by a terrific try by Alfie Farrington, who easily weaved around the Birchfield players and scored a great first point for Yarlet.
This was quickly followed by two more superb tries by Noah Beeston and Henry Pickering, and the first third of the match finished with a cracking dash from Aaron Paris-Stickland, an ace player who has really proven his worth on the field.
Alfie once again demonstrated excellent rugby playing skills, scoring a fifth and a sixth try. This was matched try for try by Birchfield.
Injuries soon crept in as both sides began to feel the wear and tear of continued play. But players such as Jamie Betteley and Jamie Cartwright bravely played on, Jamie B. scoring a seventh try.
The match ended with a fourth try from Alfie, making the score tied at 8-8.
A very good start for the U10's, and all players are commended for their determined attitude and teamwork.
What an afternoon for the U12 girls!
The first half was pretty even. It was clear we were the stronger team as we were using the space much better, but we kept letting our opposition into the D through a lack of marking. The score at the end of the first quarter was 4-5 to Birchfield. With a few changes, we defended much more solidly and attacked with gusto! Abigael (WD) made some fantastic interceptions and Charmaine (GD) stayed close to her opposition. Emily (GK) marked confidently and Birchfield only managed to score 2 more. The score at half time was 12-7.
Chloe (GS) went from strength to strength in the second half, making some awesome shots on goal and working closely with Kirstie (GA). Excellent links between Kirstie and Jessica H (C) meant we were able to extend the lead against Birchfield. Maicee worked really hard to intercept the ball and got into some fantastic spaces for her teammates.
We continued to put the pressure on, right up to the last second and were able to mount up an excellent win of 19-12! Well done everybody, excellent teamwork today!
Yesterday, Form 3 pupils enjoyed creating and measuring weather as part of their module on Weather and Climate in Geography.
They were tasked with creating a device that can measure rainfall or wind direction, or having a go at making their own weather types.
The pupils relished this opportunity, and with excellent teamwork skills, organisation and creativity produced some terrific devices.
Emily Cumberbatch, Louiza Wilcox, Fraser Dimberline and Izaak Bagshaw successfully created a "fog cloud", by mixing hot water with ice cubes, making a small cloud to hover just above the waterline as a result of the condensation present in the jar. Other groups created a rainbow (Katie Hewitson and Amelia Lucas), a wind-boat (Raphie Korylco-Bowers, Cameron Birchill, Henry Shaw, Reuben Whitby-Samways and Sienna Edwards) and a rain gauge (Freya Lloyd, Jessica Baines, Evelyn Mitchell and William Connell), which is now hanging outside Mr. Pass' room.
Well done to all Form 3 pupils (and some Form 4 helpers!) for your inventiveness and originality!
Yarlet travelled to St Anselm’s School in Bakewell for a cross-country meeting with Under 9 and Under 11 boys' and girls' teams and a boys' Under 13 team, all with six pupils per team.
The course was a challenging one, with very difficult conditions under foot and in cold, windy and wet weather, but all our teams were up for the test ahead. In deteriorating weather conditions the races went ahead and when all of the results were announced, Yarlet had clearly performed very well indeed.
The Under 9 girls and boys both came 5th in their respective team races overall, with Ella Nash finishing a superb 8th in the girls' race and William Connell also finishing an excellent 8th in the boys' race.
In the Under 11 race for boys, Yarlet came out in 5th position overall, with Ben Eden the best of our finishers in a very good 11th place. The Under 11 girls ran superbly as a team and, in a very competitive race, came out in 3rd position overall for which they all deservedly received a medal for their combined efforts. Evi Rogers was the highest placed finisher with a great individual 9th place.
The Under 13 boys also ran superbly as a team and everyone put in a great effort on an extended, strength-sapping course. Despite Oliver Butters-Peers and Max Raine putting in top ten finishes in 5th and 8th place respectively, Yarlet just missed out on the medals overall with a 4th place team finish. However, the combined team results overall for girls and boys of all ages were announced and Yarlet had finished in 3rd position as a school which was a superb result.
All of the races had over 60 competitors with some having 80 taking part, so it was a very competitive race meeting in which all of Yarlet’s 30 strong team played their part, showing great attitude, determination and perseverance.
Very well done indeed everyone!
Results just in: Most carefully thought through design and successful execution: Ella’s Group. Most retro and culturally striking: Ruben’s group. Most creative and flamboyant: Henry’s group. Well done everyone!!
Our Captain, William Connell, led his team to a narrow victory 14 tries to 13.
This was a very exciting game with both teams putting in the hard yards. If we continue to give this much effort it will be a promising season for our U8 boys!
Although being 7 tries to 2 down and losing 10 tries to 6, the boys put in great effort throughout the match.
Captain, Oliver Connell, pushed his team really hard and throughout the match there were some great tries (Theo and Ethan). Morgan and Jack worked really hard with their tackling!! The team has worked hard in training and demonstrated their bravery and commitment during the game. Well done boys!!!
Form 4 has been working with gusto on their creative entries for the Radio 2 500 words competition.
They have reached the tricky stage of editing, so Form 7 has stepped up to add their literary expertise!
The Yarlet U11 A team played against two schools at Terra Nova last Wednesday.
Their first match was against Terra Nova, which was very evenly matched throughout the two halves, with both teams gaining and losing ground. Terra Nova broke through to score a try towards the end of the game, coming out with a 1-0 win. Both offence and defence were strong, which allowed the boys to push them back for the majority of the game.
The second match was against Packwood, which the boys also narrowly missed out on a win to, with a respectable score of 4-3 to Packwood at full-time.
Joseph Shaw, captain, gave great support to his team, and was aided superbly by players such as Jon Cunliffe, Ben Eden, Alfie Farrington and Henry Pickering. Supporting strongly were Charlie Capewell, Noah Beeston and Aaron Paris-Stickland. It was Jon who scored two of the three tries, both times breaking out of the huddled mass of players and dashing towards the try line. Ben Eden made a terrific run near the end of the second half, scoring Yarlet's third and final try.
Praise should go out to all players in this team, who worked very hard in a tough series of matches.
YARLET B TEAM
This was a match that really tested the boy's abilities, in their extended game against Terra Nova.Jamie Betteley, a supportive and enthusiastic captain, helped his team to get into position throughout the game.
The first third was a fast-paced series of tries from both sides, with Oliver Heath scoring two, both times by making a dash down the middle when a space was created for him, and Victor Camara-Ruiz scoring a try by a clear run through the gaps in Terra Nova's team. The second third was a more evenly matched period of play, with both teams, having scoped the opposition, playing more tactfully. Oliver Heath scored a third try, and Jamie Betteley scored his first after winning the scrum and making a breakthrough for the try line. The third and final game saw Oliver Heath and Victor Camara-Ruiz using their height and sprinting skills to their ability, as they both successfully won the ball and made a fast-paced sprint for the goal-line, Oliver's from the half-way mark! The final score was 11-7 to Terra Nova.
All players worked hard and supported their team well, with aid from Jamie Cartwright, Romi Peck, Joseph Thorpe and Alan McNulty.
We played well, snatching the ball and making some lovely interceptions but our opposition's height was not in our favour! Amelia, Purdy and Sienna got into some lovely spaces, calling well for the ball. Freya defended hard and marked well at GK while Alice worked hard to get free from her player at C.
The score was tied 1-1 for the first quarter, 2-2 for the second quarter, then 3-3 for the third quarter, after cracking goals from Sophie, which meant it was all to play for in the last quarter of the game! Everybody switched on and we began to make more and more passes to each other. Ellen, Tilly and Louisa defended well and kept the ball in the attacking half. Sophie and Ella worked hard to keep possession and were rewarded with 2 more goals.
Our persistence paid off as The Ryleys failed to score in the last quarter which meant the final score was 5-3 to Yarlet. Well done team and thank you to our fabulous supporters for shouting from the side lines!
The whole school got together on Shrove Tuesday and had great fun competing in House teams for the pancake races.
The children really had a great time working together and watching the teachers race too! The overall winning team was Knight and all the children were rewarded with delicious pancakes to eat at lunchtime.
On Wednesday 10th February we played Denstone Prep in the glorious sunshine.
We had a slow start, as usual, making our opposition look slick. During the first half Grace D and Kirstie only managed one goal each to Denstone Prep's four. Luckily we woke up in the second half. Jessica and Jemima made some amazing interceptions, passing fluidly onto Kirstie and Grace D. Their shooting was confident and Grace managed 3 overhead shots from the edge of the D... how does she manage it?! We scored 5 in that quarter and Denstone Prep. didn't manage to get any... Jessica C at GK didn't even touch the ball!
We were on fire in the last quarter and were determined to hold our lead of 7-4. Denstone Prep brought on the reinforcements of our old friend, Grace TR, who managed to stop quite of few balls to Grace D (with the unfortunate height difference, DD didn't stand much chance!) Anyway, that didn't stop us as we managed to get 5 more and Denstone Prep only got one, thanks to excellent defending from Evi, Harriet and Jessica C.
The final score was 12-5 to Yarlet.
Well played today girls, you dug deep and worked well as a team!
The U11 team had a fantastic day at Repton School for the IAPS U11 Hockey Tournament.
Throughout the day the boys played 6 matches, their skills improved in each match as they became more confident. The boys were unlucky to come up against some very strong competition but made the most of the learning opportunity and even managed a draw in one of the matches. Player of the tournament was Jon Cunliffe, who was an outstanding goal keeper: he directed the team well and made some phenomenal saves. Well done boys, you could most certainly give the girls a challenge now!
Form 2 finished their Chinese topic with Chinese New Year celebrations.
In preparation for the celebration they had much fun decorating their classroom with lanterns and dragons. Noodles were eaten with chop sticks and the children paraded the dragon down to the Early Years, making as much noise as they could, to scare away any bad luck!
This was the tournament that saw Ben make two immense tries, Joe rally his team to try their best, Sam supporting terrifically, and Mackenzie losing a tooth.
Our U11 boys played a series of short matches against a huge host of schools from across the country, including Packwood, Terra Nova, Henry VIII and Magdalene.
Whilst they may not have won the games they played, all players showed a good attitude and worked hard during the matches to defend, tackle, evade and push forwards. It was in the first match against Magdalene School that Ben Eden found a gap in the opposition's line, making a dash from the quarter line all the way to the try line, and doing this a second time beautifully that put Yarlet in a close loss at 15-10 full-time.
The consequent matches saw all players working together to push the opposition back. Jamie ducked and weaved, Victor pushed and charged, Charlie supported and rallied, Jon sprinted and didn't give in. Joe and Sam worked to support their players, Ben used his cross-country skills to full advantage, and Mackenzie helped and tackled well.
A great afternoon of sport, wrapped up with a good helping of hot dogs!
The U9 team had a very successful afternoon at the Birchfield tournament, coming away with 2 wins and 3 VERY narrow defeats.
The team worked really well together in the middle, with Raphie making her debut on the wing. Lots of running and shouting from Ellen and Amelia meant we could attack with confidence, while our shooters, Ella and Sophie, were calm and didn't miss an opportunity all afternoon!
Old Hall and Prestfelde gave us some challenging competition where our defenders, Purdy and Freya, had to work hard to mark and stay with their opponents. Louiza and Tilly made some lovely interceptions and snatched the ball well. Alice intercepted the ball on many occasions and made the most of the space on the court.
With successes against Birchfield and Packwood, we were unlucky not to come away with a draw against Old Hall, as their shot went into the net just as the final whistle went.
Some very promising play from all the girls, you really communicated well and used the space to make some lovely strong passes to each other.
Well done girls!
So much Tudor learning in such a short time at the Ancient High House this morning!
We are so fortunate to have this wonderful resource on our doorstep!
On Monday, Form 5 developed their understanding of different habitats and ecosystems by visiting the Peak Wildlife Park in Leek.
Whilst at the park, they were given an expert talk by an experienced keeper who showed them the various species at the park, and explained where they would naturally be found, and in which type of biome (natural ecosystem) they are located globally.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning about the habitats of a range of creatures, including the Humboldt Penguin, desert meerkat, ring-tailed Lemur, Warty Pig and Wallabies. Some pupils even got the opportunity (if they were quiet and patient!) to have the wallabies eat out of their hand!
The park is located in an idyllic setting near the Peak District for these vulnerable to endangered species to breed and grow, and Form 5 maintained enthusiasm, good behaviour and respect for the wildlife during the visit.
We have received an email (below) from the daughter of a former long-standing teacher, Mr David Green, who sadly passed away on 24th February, giving details of the funeral.
Mr Green was a much-respected science teacher who taught at Yarlet between 1992 and 2003 and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to Mr Green's family.
Please excuse this unsolicited email. My name is Catherine Ford, daughter of David Green, and I am writing to you on behalf of my family with some sad news. David passed away very peacefully this Wednesday just gone (24th February) in the arms of his family. His funeral will be on Monday 7th March at St Giles RC Church in Cheadle, Staffordshire (Pugin’s Gem) at 12 noon - you would be most welcome.
Please pass this on the news to anyone you know who also knew David, and that we extend the funeral invitation to anyone who feels they would like to be there.
On Tuesday, pupils were given the opportunity to explore the diverse and exciting culture of the Welsh, as part of celebrations held for Saint David's Day.
Children from Form 3 right up to Form 8 met in Mr. Pass's classroom to share some traditional Welsh delicacies (Welsh cakes, Bara Brith and even some leeks!) whilst listening to classic Welsh music including Men of Harlech, the National Anthem and, of course, Sir Tom Jones. Pupils even got the chance to practise the Welsh language, so can now say, "Dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg!" (I'm learning Welsh!)
A "lush" way to spend a lunchtime.
On Monday, 29th February, Mrs. Caroline West invited parents to watch a demonstration of work the children have been doing in the extra-curricular drama sessions.
It was a combined Pre-Prep and Main School event where children recited dramatic poetry individually and in groups. Some of the poems had a distinctly 'school' theme, such as when a dog ate some homework, and all of the poems had a humorous punchline or a moral to be remembered. The children had memorised up to four poems each and spoke in perfect unison, using dramatic gestures where appropriate and introducing the title and the poet's name in clear diction. After the demonstration, Ms. Hewitson mentioned that she had loved drama during her school days and the fact that drama can impact on children and adults positively in at least sixteen different ways! It was a lovely mixture of excellent delivery in an informal atmosphere and parents, family members and staff were duly impressed. Many thanks to Mrs. Caroline for her drama lessons.
On Thursday, 3rd March, practically the whole Yarlet body of pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite book character.
Pupils brought in the book that their character appears in and we shared stories and book events throughout the day. We showcased all the costumes in the school room where Ms. Hewitson had to guess who each character was and she knew them all! Later on in the day, Pre-Prep had a visit from 'Rapunzel' who talked about the story and involved the children in some super singing and dancing.
On Thursday, 3rd March, Miss Laval invited parents to watch their children demonstrate the skills they have learnt in our extra-curricular ballet and dance classes.
There was a range of warm-up skills, dances and interpretations of music. Clear progression could be seen from Nursery’s ‘good toes, naughty toes’ through to Form Two’s story of the toys in the box, using hand and arm gestures as well as appropriate facial expressions. To end the demonstration, Key Stage One children did a jazz dance and then some tap moves. All the children tried hard to follow Miss Laval’s instructions to produce a fantastic performance for the audience. Many thanks to Miss Laval for all her ballet and dance teaching.
On Friday, 4th March, Miss Broder invited Pre-Prep parents to a Music Concert in Centenary Hall, with a range of singing, instrumental and percussion entertainment.
Every pupil who plays an instrument showed where they were up to in their learning and Miss Riddle accompanied some pianists in the beginnings of duetting. Whole class groups performed with tuned and untuned percussion instruments and Form Two performed their own composition based on a Chinese theme. Singing skills were impressive as children reached high and low notes correctly. In her summing up at the end, Miss Broder proclaimed her pride at the children’s musical skills and confidence in demonstrating them. It is a privilege to work with a teacher who shows such passion for her subject yet who is able to make it so accessible to such young children.
In Science today, Form 5 gained an appreciation of the scale of our solar system.
Pupils created models of the sun, earth and moon which were scaled to size and then they marked out in the school grounds how far away they would be relative to each other. The children based the models on the moon being 5mm and were amazed by how large the sun was by comparison and the distance between the earth and the sun was 215m which the children paced out. This has captured the interest and imaginations for Form 5 who are really enjoying their Solar topic.
Dies fortunisssima! We had a most fortunate day in Bath Spa!
Latin students were treated to a train journey to Bath Spa to visit the museum and baths complex there. It was quite an adventure going on the train, rushing for our connection in Bristol, finding our reserved seats and chatting to our fellow passengers.
We spent a good two hours in the museum and the pupils were intrigued by the sight of the green vaporous waters which filled the natatio (swimming pool) all pleasantly heated from a natural spring. It was fun to see so many interesting Roman relics and artefacts. The coins were fascinating revealing the names of many well-known emperors including Hadrian, Trajan and Augustus. We loved seeing the gilded head of Minerva (without her helmet) to whom a temple was dedicated. Pilgrims came not only to enjoy the healing waters but to pray to the goddess.
Our favourite time came when we spoke to one of the "characters "who said he was a Briton under Roman rule. He kept us amused and enthralled for over half an hour with his tales. Form 8 enjoyed trying to confuse him with talk of modern day gadgets but he cleverly refused to come out of character. When Theo asked if he knew what an X- box was he said yes, it's a box in which you keep eggs! Emily had the pleasure of playing OXO with him on a wax tablet. We admired his leather shoes and he liked ours especially the (Greek named) Nike ones!
We had time to explore the vibrant shopping area, too, although the adults were quite happy to sample coffee and cakes in the Roman kitchen.
Everyone was of the same opinion that they liked Bath and found it to be a very beautiful town. All in all a very enjoyable trip with lots of jokes and laughter along the way!
Form 3 visited Reception to share the books that they made on World Book Day.
The children were very impressed with the books, which ranged from stories to alphabet books and even a fact book about types of balls!
The U9 and U11 cross country teams braved the weather for a fantastically successful day at Birchfield on Fiday.
The U11 boys and girls both came third overall. The U9 boys' team won their race, with Oliver Connell getting an individual 3rd place and William Connell just missing out on a medal, coming in 4th. The U9 girls' team also won their race with Alice Beardsmore getting an individual 2nd place medal. Well done to our boys and girls for all their hard work and for making this an exciting cross country event.
U11 girls enjoyed a day at the IAPS Netball Tournament on Thursday 3rd March.
Playing 7 games, against much larger schools, Yarlet did exceptionally well and improved their speed and aggression during the course of the day.
The U11 and U13 boys' hockey teams enjoyed an afternoon of hockey at St Anselm's.
The U11s defended well and passed the ball with confidence. Henry and Sam put together a string of passes up front to come away with a 1 - 1 draw.
The U13s played enthusiastically and supported each other well. The boys made the most of their chances but were unlucky not to come away with a win.
Forms 5 to 8 girls enjoyed putting their mums to the test in a friendly netball match.
It was fun to see Mums doing star jumps, side stepping and all manner of passes in the warm up. The girls seemed to be throwing the ball much harder than usual to try to catch them out!
At first the Mums were unaware of where the court lines were or which third they were allowed in, much to the girls' amusement. It was impressive to see them jumping and fighting for the ball.
The girls had a slight lead throughout the match until a clever switch of players gave Heidi Hood a chance to show off her shooting skills right in the last seconds of the match. Final score 3-3.
The afternoon concluded with a delicious team tea with the most spectacular cakes! Everyone agreed that the carrot cake was the best they had ever tasted. Needless to say every piece was devoured.
It was a wonderful end to the girls' season and a super memory for Mrs. Millington to take away at the end of her netball coaching career.
This week is National Science Week and a number of activities have been planned which include at trip to Malvern Girls' School and the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC.
Mrs Barron had pledged to do a demo day. As a consequence the children were invited to watch a range of exciting experiments like the reaction of concentrated sulphuric acid and sugar, 'screaming' jelly babies (a powerful oxidation reaction), electric lemons, eggs in jars and lava lamps. Free stickers and unharmed jelly babies were given to all those that attended!
Form 5 took an adventure into Stone town centre to interview the public about the area.
This forms part of their project on a Local Study in Geography, which requires pupils to collect data by interviewing members of the public, which they will then analyse and form an idea of the habits of people in Stone. Questions were varied and interesting, including, "Why do you come to Stone?", "Where do you work?" and "How far have you come from?" The answers were equally varied and interesting; "Would you believe me if I said I was 21?", "I'm originally from Egypt!" and "I used to be a member of staff at Yarlet School!" (Pupils enjoyed bumping into Dr. Podhraski, former Maths teacher). Form 5 demonstrated excellent behaviour and now look forward to examining their results.
It was a long, windy journey to St. Anselm's in the Peak District, made more manageable by DJ's Capewell and Heath who spurred the U11 team on with songs from Yarlet's upcoming musical.
The match itself did not begin favourably for Yarlet; an early injury to Jamie Cartwright put the future of the game into doubt for our U11's. But Jamie, optimistic as usual, leapt back into the game and was sprinting and tackling again in no time. Joseph Shaw ensured his team were in correct formation at all times, and communicated well, spurring them on to offload, pass, push forwards and make a try. Unfortunately, this was to prove another loss for the hard-working boys, who played a team from a school born and bred on rugby.
Mackenzie Tart should be singled out as a brilliant up and coming player who truly tried his hardest during the game. Notable efforts were made from Oliver Heath and Charlie Capewell, with great support from Joe Shaw and Victor Camara-Ruiz. Ben Eden proved to be the cross-country master once more, but sadly could not break the St. Anselm line.
Another season over, and I think the boys are looking forward to the cricket season to say the least!
The U13 boys enjoyed a hockey match against Abbotsholme on Wednesday afternoon.
Although the boys played against a more skilful team, their fitness and diligence shone through as they kept battling right to the end. The final score was 6-0. Notable improvements in passing and tackling were evident but we still need to work on picking up players to mark so that we can stop the opposition attacking in numbers. I have been really impressed with the boys' hard work over the season, playing against much more experienced boys, they never gave up and always came off the pitch wanting more!
We couldn't have wished for a more successful first day on our ski trip to Aprica.
We have had deep blue skies and sunshine all day but good snow. The beginners have made excellent progress and were all skiing independently down the nursery slopes by the end of the day. The middle group (last year's beginners) have been right to the top of the mountain doing very well on some blue runs. The advanced group have been off piste with their instructor, skiing on one ski to improve balance skills and jumping! They are enjoying the food (lots of empty plates) - the Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch went down well. They have all been out this evening, trampolining, playing pool and table football.
Another successful day
No problems at all and all the children are having great fun. The beginners no longer look like beginners and are confidently skiing down the mountain on blue and even some red runs. We enjoyed playing on tubes at the end of the day and, as I write, we are all watching Paddington.
Pre-Prep pupils enjoyed Easter fun on their last day of term,
searching the Jubilee Garden for all the Easter eggs the Easter Bunny had hidden. There were tons! Then we sat in a big circle with all the eggs in the middle and shared them out equally so that everyone had the same amount. We were allowed to eat ONE yummy egg from our baskets after lunch.
The circus came to Yarlet on 21st March.
Our assembly was hilariously entertaining belying the skill and energy behind many of the skills and tricks. Each form in main school was treated to an exciting workshop where they experienced life as a circus act, learning skills such as juggling and walking on stilts. This really was a fun day with many of the children wanting circus skills to form part of our club activities. Ms Hewitson is going to need to give this further thought!
Main School Pupils enjoyed an Easter Treasure Hunt round the school grounds this afternoon.
The clues were hidden in really obscure places and the children had to search high and low to find them. This was a House competition with Knight the overall winners, but everyone had a 'cracking' time!
We couldn't have wished for better weather with gorgeous sunshine and deep blue skies but still plenty of snow to enjoy. The pupils were a delight to spend time with and showed real determination and spirit on the slopes; even our 10 year old beginners were flying down red runs by the end of the week! Après-ski fun included karaoke, swimming and lots of games! Well done to everyone for making this such a successful trip! See some of our videos by clicking on: www.yarletschool.uk/skitrip2016
Save the date - on Saturday 25th June we will be celebrating Mr and Mrs Millington's many years of distinguished teaching service at Yarlet School.
Parents, pupils, staff, OYs and friends are welcome to join us at 3.30 pm for afternoon tea as we wish Dave and Linda Millington a very happy retirement and celebrate their huge contribution to Yarlet life. We will be sad to see them go but wish them every future happiness.
In order to assist with the catering, please telephone the school office (01785) 286568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to join us to mark this occasion. We look forward to seeing you.
Forms 7 and 8 were privileged to be invited to attend the Ento16 event at Harper Adams University.
With talks and workshops from some of the leaders in the field of entomology, including Stefan Gates, presenter of Extreme Foods and Dr George McGavin, who regularly appears on our television screens talking about insects and other wildlife. The children got to handle insects, eat insects and use them to solve crime! It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day, one which I hope our pupils will remember and may even encourage them to view insects in a different light, perhaps becoming an entomologist themselves in the future.
A break in what looked like being a rather wet Friday morning saw pupils in Castle, Knight and Bishop battle it out to see which house could catapult a hardboiled egg the furthest distance.
Catapults of all shapes and sizes went head to head in order to win points for their respective houses.Castle proved to be the victors with 15 points, closely followed by Bishop with 11 points and Knight with 9 points.Prizes for the three furthest distances were also awarded to Elliot, Sophie and Danielle for a distance of 10.58m, Tilly and Ella for 8.99m, closely followed by Alex and Jess with 8.7m.All the pupils had worked extremely hard on their designs during the Easter holidays and a big thank you to all parents and family members for helping our budding young designers with this fantastic array of catapults.
On Thursday, Form Six were taken to Trentham Monkey Forest near Stoke as part of their learning on Endangered Species in Geography this Summer.
It was a beautifully warm day and the monkeys (Barbary Macaques) were making the most of it. Pupils were enthralled to see the monkeys playing together, eating, swinging, climbing and even nit-picking on their adventure through the forest.
Barbary Macaques are a critically-endangered species that are in real threat of becoming extinct through deforestation, and people buying them as pets. They are a very sociable group of primates who share the caring of their children and rely on a rigid hierarchy to determine who commands the tribe. Several pupils got a taste of this tribal order when they were caught in the cross-fire of two tribes of male Macaques who got a little too close to each others territory. We were told to stand very still and speak quietly until the monkeys had settled their differences.
Pupils were exceptionally well-behaved and parents will be glad to hear that because of this, no children were misplaced with the Macaques and taken home.
Yarlet under 9's arrived at St. Anselm's on a glorious spring day still smarting from a heavy rugby defeat several months earlier. With St Anselm's reputation as an excellent cricketing school also at the forefront of their minds, Yarlet had a tough task ahead of them which required everyone to put in maximum effort.
Yarlet batted first with Fraser Dimberline and Ethan Squire putting on an amazing 39 runs in just four overs. Oliver and William Connell continued in the same vein scoring numerous boundaries and by the end of the 8th over, Yarlet had plundered an incredible 87 runs off the demoralised St Anselm's bowling attack.
Henry Shaw and Jack Allbut scored 30 between them off their 4 overs including a huge six over square-leg from Henry and finally Luke Jones and Theo Hargreaves pushed the final total to an amazing 132.
Yarlet had batted superbly as a team and had left St Anselm's a mammoth total to chase.
Fraser and Theo opened the bowling attack for Yarlet with Fraser bowling an excellent maiden over. Henry Shaw then took a fantastic caught and bowled wicket and Luke also removed the stumps of a St Anselm's batsman. At the halfway point St Anselm's had been restricted to just 33 runs due to the accurate bowling and energetic fielding of Yarlet.
In the 11th over, Ethan Squire produced a devastating spell of bowling where he clean bowled two batsmen with unplayable consecutive deliveries putting him on a hat-trick. His hat-trick ball again was too good for the batsman, but unfortunately it just missed leg stump which meant he had finished his spell by taking a total of 3 wickets for just 8 runs and a man-of-the-match performance.
St Anselm's scored just 59 for the loss of 7 wickets and Yarlet recorded a victory by a massive 63 runs.
This was a superb all-round cricketing display by everyone in the team and we can improve much further yet I am sure with the great attitude shown by everyone. Very well done lads!
Form 4 has had the most wonderful morning hearing Grandma Pat's (Alice's grandma) memories of her life during World War II.
We really loved the stories of when Betty Redwood was evacuated from London to Pat's family home on the Wirral. The Spam didn't go down too well though!
Thank you so much Grandma Pat. You were FANTASTIC!
The U9 powerhouse continued to steam roller the competition this week with another win against Stafford Prep.
This time, it was Oliver Connell, team captain who received Man of the Match for turning the tide during the last part of the first innings, who, with Elliot Byrne, scored an amazing 46 runs, securing a solid victory for the first half of the match.
Stafford Prep were strong, with some good bowling and fielding, but it was Yarlet who emerged stronger and faster each and every bowl.
The final score was Yarlet 137 runs to 8 wickets, just four runs ahead of their rivals. A close match indeed!
Luke Jones and Ethan Squire were on usual excellent form and worked hard to ensure their turn at batting was a successful one. Notable players include Reuben Whitby-Samways, who played for the first time and performed with a supportive attitude. Also Henry Shaw and Fraser Dimberline were strong players, and time and again gave Stafford Prep a run for their money. William Connell also showed great teamwork skills as he helped to rally the players and spur them onto greater heights.Congratulations boys, the U9's are making a true name for themselves in this sport!
Huge congratulations go to Nolita Thorley who has won the Car Park Safety poster competition with her very clever idea to make all of us think. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe Nolita and well done!!
Today, Form 6 stepped back in time to the 1900's as they embarked on a trip deep into Cannock Chase, to witness life during the First World War.
Form 6 have previously studied both World War's, so this trip was an ideal opportunity to consolidate their learning on these events in History.
The two groups were shown around by two eccentric, knowledgeable and very friendly women who transported them back to a time of Trench Foot, rationing and rats. They learnt how to wear an authentic 1910's uniform, walk around a trench (with realistic sound-effects that made more than one child jump!) and experienced the journey of a lieutenant who fought in the Somme.
My form displayed exemplary behaviour and were complimented by more than one member of staff and visitor on their genuine enthusiasm, sensible attitude and respect for those who died in the wars. Sam Archer in particular was heavily praised by Mrs H, our guide, who said she had never seen a child so emphatic and engrossed in the learning.
It was an eye-opening day, and all children were given a unique glimpse into what was meant by going "over-the-top".
It was a proud Yarlet headmaster who went along to the Rotary Club of Stafford Young Photographer Competition 2016 award ceremony on Thursday 28th April. The standard was very high and the number of entries was up on last year with over 800 individual photographs submitted by 200 children with 19 schools represented.
Yarlet pupils' success was exceptional with winners in both the colour and monochrome categories as well as a 2nd place in colour, 3rd place in monochrome, 2 commended photographs and one highly commended. Each pupil below was presented with a medal and their photos exhibited at the Stafford Guildhall. Furthermore, the audience was asked to vote for its favourite photograph on the night and they chose a Yarlet entry; particular congratulations for that Danielle and well done to all of you!!
1st place colour: Danielle Rotchell1st place monochrome: Mackenzie Tart2nd place colour: Ella Nash3rd place monochrome: Danielle RotchellHighly commended colour: Danielle RotchellCommended colour: Henry PickeringCommended monochrome: Joseph Thorpe
The past few weeks have seen pupils choosing, learning and practising poems for the annual reciting competition. The finals are divided into two sections: Seniors (Forms 7 and 8) and Juniors (Forms 3 to 6).
There were an impressive 24 competitors in this year's Junior Final and it was hard for the judges (the staff) to reach a decision. It was very close, but after adding up the marks the result was:
1st HARRIET BANE
2nd FREYA LLOYD
3rd ALFIE FARRINGTON
4th JEMIMA BULLOCK
5th HENRY SHAW
6th JAKE PARKER
Harriet recited "The Three Little Pigs" by Roald Dahl, a long, humorous poem which she handled with great skill.
The Senior Final was also close:
1st SEAN O'REILLY
2nd EMILY CORNES
3rd MAICEE RIDGE
This was the first time Sean had reached the final, and he fully deserved his victory with a precise, powerful rendition of a war poem, "How to Kill" by Keith Douglas.
Fabulous weather and a fabulous match!
Yarlet were well warmed up from practising with Chris and Emily for over 20 minutes. We batted first and scored a modest 4 1/2 rounders thanks to good running from Ella and Sophie. Edenhurst were very shaky and couldn't manage more than one rounder in reply. Well done to Ellen for a super catch from behind!
At half-time the Yarlet girls were challenged to improve their score to at least 10. They were also encouraged to take more risks and put pressure on the Edenhurst fielders. This tactic worked very well. Sophie scored two full rounders. Half rounders abounded from Ellen, Purdy, Freya, Ella and Amelia who fearlessly ran on despite missing the ball! Our score was now a healthy 10 1/2 rounders.
Our second fielding innings was much improved with excellent stops and Purdy stumping out several girls on base 2. Raphie was alert as back stop and passing quickly to bowler Sophie who was superbly accurate and confident. Edenhurst were risking too, now, but just couldn't get very far and scored only 3 more rounders.
A super first win from this enthusiastaic team.
An exciting match with equally matched opposition.
We fielded first and managed to get two players out in close succession at 1st base with accurate throws from Jessica Hood to Jemima. This rumbled our opposition and put more pressure on them to actually hit the ball. Excellent fielding from Danielle, Jessica Cartmail and Evi kept the score of full-rounders low but the half-rounders steadily mounted up from miss-fielding and sloppy catching.
In we went to bat, but over-confidence from Jessica Hood and Grace meant they were stumped out, putting pressure on the rest of the team. Jemima continued to dominate by making some cracking hits and very sensible decision making. Jessica also managed a rounder from some very plucky running. The score at half time was 5 – 3½; we were just behind.
Our fielding in the second innings was better but not slick enough to match Shrewsbury's speed. Again they amounted 5 rounders. We went in to bat knowing that we had a lot of work to do but we were no match for our opposition as the pace of their bowling increased. One risk too many meant that 5 of our players became out and only Evi managed to score a full rounder. Our running was more like a leisurely stroll on a summer's afternoon than a heated rounders match against two rival schools.
In the end the score was a close 7 ½ to 10 but we were beaten by a slicker team. We now know we need to up our speed and pace of the ball if we want to compete at the next round in the IAPS competition.
Year 3 having a handstand competition at the end of their swimming lesson. Louiza won! Twice!
After losing the toss, Yarlet managed a hard fought 57 runs, with Sam being the top scorer.
With our big hitters out, it was a competitive total!! With a tactical field and mindset to build pressure cricket, we gave an outstanding display in the field, demonstrating great catching and great enthusiasm as a team.
With the amazing Alfie Farrington (8 wickets for 9 runs), Henry bowling out swingers and Jamie turning it 2 foot, we bowled them all out for 26!! With sore thumbs (Henry and Jamie) we enjoyed a great victory and a fun day out!!!!
Our annual 'Toddle Woddle', which raises money for the Dr Barnardo's charity, was a great success today.
Despite a little rain, the children were all thrilled to take part and dressed up as their favourite characters. We followed instructions to shimmy, stretch and make shapes followed by a running race where Superman flew to the finishing line!Well done Nursery Doodles!
It was a match that almost never was, when the second half of the team in the minibus showed up whilst the first half had begun to play!
Slightly deterred by the arrival, and the new playing field inside the sports hall of Packwood, our boys nonetheless battled, fielded and bowled impressively throughout the game.
The game was tense (at various points there was only one run between the two teams), exciting (William and Oliver Connell making dashes from wicket to wicket as Packwood lost control of the ball), and at other points amusing (one of Packwood's players knocking a ball into the parents viewing platform, almost knocking one father off his seat!).
The boys played well, and continued to demonstrate their excellent progress, but did not quite make the win, losing 64 runs and 11 wickets to Packwood's 98 runs and 11 wickets.
Man of the match was undoubtedly Henry Shaw, who bowled and caught an amazing 7 wickets, a hat trick in one over!
Next time boys!
On Tuesday 16th May, as part of their Design and Technology curriculum, pupils from Year 5 visited Enguinuity in Ironbridge to take part in the 'Build a Bridge' Workshop.
Working in teams, the pupils followed certain design objectives to design a truss bridge using CAD software and then to construct their bridges out of art straws. The proof was in the testing as pupils went head-to-head to see which bridge structure was the strongest and most cost effective. During the visit the pupils were also able to fully explore the interactive environment at Enginuity and the visit was concluded with a leisurely drive past Ironbridge's most famous landmark.
A great day was had by all and a huge thanks goes off to the staff at Enginuity who made our visit a very memorable and enjoyable experience.
Our main school concert, 'Baroque'n'Roll', started off with a super performance from Form 8.
We were serenaded by a number of soloists playing a range of genres and the ensemble performances were outstanding. The final performance from the school orchestra topped the night off perfectly with their arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon and Baroque'n'Roll. The children were absolutely amazing - they were confident and the performances were exceptional. Well done to all those who took part.
We look forward to our Form 3 & 4 Recital Evening on Friday 20th May and our Young Musician competition, which takes place on Thursday 23rd June. The finalists will compete in two categories: Junior (Forms 3,4 & 5) and senior (Forms 6 & 7). All performers will give a solo performance and the winner will be awarded free instrumental lessons at Yarlet School for one year (seniors) and half a year (juniors). This is kindly sponsored by Mr and Mrs Tarling.We are still offering trial instrumental lessons. If you are interested in your son or daughter taking up an instrument please contact Miss Broder at email@example.com.
The Yarlet Ball took place on Saturday 21st May when our aim was to make £10,000 towards the new science laboratory.
I am delighted to announce that we more than tripled this target with a total of £32,800 being raised!
There were a number of highly successful fund raising activities on the night, including a casino, a diamond necklace game, auctions, a raffle and 'heads and tails'. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who provided some fabulous prizes which generated great excitement on the night and, of course, to our successful bidders and participants!
Yarlet has an ambitious development programme which our parents are helping to accelerate through their generous support of events such as the Yarlet Ball. The state-of-the-art laboratory is the latest in a series of enhancements at Yarlet School which includes the refurbished Art and DT department, vastly improved ICT infrastructure and expansion of the Modern Foreign Languages Department to add Spanish which will run concurrently with French from Year 3.
In yet another thrilling match, our U9s dominated the field and took another amazing victory against old rivals Birchfield School.Headed by Fraser Dimberline, who showed great leadership skills, the team fielded first.
It was clear that Yarlet had the upper edge after quick wickets from Fraser and Henry, pushing back the Birchfield boys and making them unsure of how to bat against these strong bowlers.Jake Parker (birthday boy) and Oliver Connell kept up the pressure, and soon Birchfield were losing more wickets then they were making runs!The second innings proved to be the clincher for our boys. Strong batters including Ethan Squire, William Connell and Elliot Byrne had Birchfield scrambling for purchase.It was Reuben and Luke who shone in the match, portraying excellent teamwork and cooperation throughout. Izaak, his first game of the season, also held his own.The match ended with Yarlet winning 43 runs to 29.A brilliant win to add to the collection, well done lads!
The U13 team had their much awaited match against St Anslems on Wednesday.
The first innings sped by as our opposition fired balls at us. We managed to hit some of them but luckily our positioning in the box amounted some half rounders from no balls, only Kirstie managed to score half from reaching second base.
We continued to feel the pressure as we went in to field, knowing that we had only managed to score 2½ rounders. We kept the play tight with some excellent catches from around the field, most notably Grace D caught a ball that was hit right at her chest! Jemima managed to stump many out at second base and Harriet was busy as a bee around 3rd. They struggled to hit Grace's donkey drop balls and soon the whole side was out. The score was 5½ - 2½.
We played with much more urgency in the second half and actually managed to hit the balls from their fearless bowler. Unfortunately their fielding had stepped up and soon many of our batters were out, leaving just Harriet, Kirstie and Evi left. Through excellent teamwork they managed to get 3 rounders between them.
Knowing that the score was already a tie, (5½ - 5½), we relaxed our fielding. St. Anselm's managed to find a gap in our field near 1st base and took advantage of it. They amounted another 9 rounders, meaning the final score was 14½ - 5½ .
A great game to watch girls with some excellent teamwork and communication.
Yarlet stepped into bat and found it difficult to get to 2nd post at first. With some encouragement from the captain and some risking Ella, Ellen Amelia, and Alice brought the score to a respectable 4 and a half.
Dreading huge hits, Yarlet fielded tightly and with consistent bowling from Sophie and super backstopping from Raphie it was a pleasure to watch the Yarlet girls working well as a team. There was an impressive catch from Tilly in the deep and 4 stumpings on 2nd 3rd and 4th! At half time we were just one rounder ahead.
The win was well within our grasp if we started to hit into good spaces and were prepared to risk while carefully watching the ball. The St. Anselm's bowler lost her concentration and with a fair few no-balls to bolster the Yarlet score the girls felt able to run on a bit further. The score crept up steadily due to spectacular runs from Raphie, Scarlet, Alice and Ella. We were now 13 and a half in total. Great!
St. Anselm's put up a good fight but Yarlet were too organised to allow any fielding mistakes. Alice made a super catch and ran several players out with her speedy running. Katie, Purdy Tilly and Ellen stopped the main hitters from scoring anything more than a half! Although the last ball was played three times, St. Anselm's was unable to top the Yarlet total.
Final score 13 and a half to 11 and a half to us, Yippee!
Miss Davis has been getting to know Form 3 this morning.
They really enjoyed making Anglo Saxon shields and designing a healthy meal.
Over the past few weeks, Form Six pupils have undertaken Police Cadet training, learning invaluable skills and helping them to understand the varied roles and responsibilities of a Police Officer. This was led by Dianne Lutwyche, who expertly guided them through modules on Anti-Social Behaviour, Forensics, Phonetics and Radio-signalling.
On Friday, proud parents witnessed the Passing Out Parade, where each and every pupil was given a cap, badge and T-shirt honouring their efforts during the cadet sessions. From this experience, Form Six have learnt how to be respectful, honest, caring and considerate, as well as more mature young adults, and as their form tutor I couldn't be more proud of their efforts and enthusiasm throughout.
This has been a wonderfully positive and enjoyable insight for these pupils, and has given them the courage and confidence to grow into more respectful and dutiful citizens for their communities. Mr Pass
This Sunday (5th June) our Old Yarletians will play cricket with the Staffordshire Gents. The game will begin at 12 noon at Swynnerton cricket Club. All Yarletians past and present and any parents or friends are warmly welcomed to come along. Please bring a picnic and support the team!
Good luck OYs!
The team is as follows:
C. Lindop (c)S. GrahamA. ShawJ. MurphyA. HoltF. TubbsA. PurcellA. MunroJ. MalyonA. DavidsonS. BelfieldM. NewtonH. Flowers
Reception's annual jaunt to Jodrell Bank was a particularly special one this year, as Form 5 joined us for the trip.
Mrs Barron organised the visit, but unfortunately couldn't make it due to illness. Luckily Mrs George came to the rescue to drive the school bus and all was able to proceed as planned.All Reception pupils proudly pootled around the grounds, clasping their Form 1 clipboards (imagine the excitement) and impressing anyone who passed them with their love and knowledge of the solar system and their absolute awe of The Lovell telescope. It is delightful to see all the things we have learned in the classroom have relevance in real life applications. There is so much to do and discover and the children really used their critical thinking and problem solving skills to work out what each exhibition was trying to teach them.We met up with our Form 5 friends for lunch, before going our separate ways and continuing our exploration of all the resourses on offer.We were all sad to have to leave, but Mr Raybould had the marvellous idea of picking up an ice-cream on the way back to enjoy at school, so we filed back to the minibus and headed back to Yarlet.All in all, a really great day was had by everyone. Thanks especially to Mrs George for stepping in and saving the day for the Form 5s. All the staff were able to have a lovely time because of the wonderful behaviour of our children.
Yarlet arrived at Repton school for this prestigious cricket tournament to be in a group which also included St. Anselm's, Packwood and Terra Nova.
There were 2 groups of teams and the winners of each group would go through to the final. Teams were 8-a-side with everyone bowling one over except the wicket-keeper and batsmen having to retire if they scored 25 runs.
Yarlet's first game was against St. Anselm's who batted first and found it difficult to score. Oliver Connell and Henry Pickering only conceded 5 runs between them from their bowling and with everyone else also bowling very accurately St. Anselm's were restricted to 47 runs from their 7 overs.
Gregor Beardsmore and Jack Farrington opened the batting for Yarlet and immediately set about the bowling with Gregor hitting 5 boundaries in his innings of 25 and Jack also batting superbly. Yarlet surpassed St.Anselm's score with nearly 3 overs to spare to put 2 points on the board and get off to a great start.
In the second match we faced Packwood who batted superbly despite excellent wickets being taken by Jack Farrington and Harvey Wilkinson. We were unable to stem the flow of runs and their innings finished on 76 leaving us requiring a mammoth 11 runs per over to win. Gregor and Jack however again pummelled the Packwood bowling to all corners of the ground with some excellent stroke play on the lightning fast outfield. Gregor again was forced to retire having scored the maximum 25 and then Jack was caught on the boundary with the ball looking like it was going for 6 when he was 23. Sam Archer and Alfie Farrington did their best to keep the scoring high but ultimately we fell just short of their total.
In our final group, game victory was the only option as St. Anselm's had somehow beaten Packwood meaning that if Yarlet could win and score at a high rate we would make the final. Terra Nova batted first and our bowling was put under pressure straight away. Joseph Shaw who kept wicket excellently all day prevented many extras and Henry Pickering slowed Terra Nova down with a great wicket taking delivery and Joe Archer also bowled well but they still amassed a very large total of 67 runs which they seemed confident was out of our reach.
Gregor and Jack again had other ideas and began scoring boundaries with fantastic stroke play and powerful hitting. Gregor scored his third 25 maximum score in a row which was a great achievement in itself which Jack quickly equalled. This however left us with two fresh batsmen at the crease still needing 15 off the last 2 overs. Jon Cunliffe and Alfie Farrington kept cool heads against a very pacy attack and with 4 balls to spare Jon hooked a ball for 4 runs which gave Yarlet an amazing second victory.
The table finished with Yarlet, Packwood and St. Anselm's all on 4 points each which meant the team to go through to the final to face Prestfelde would be decided by run rate. After very complex calculations Yarlet had missed out by just 0.89 of a run which place us in 3rd position overall out of the 8 teams.
Despite this disappointment in the end it was a very successful and enjoyable day for all of those who took part and to finish third was a fantastic achievement. The way everyone was batting and bowling we would surely have won the final if we had squeezed through with confidence being so high.
Our amazing groundsman Mike has created this beautiful floral display by the side of our Chapel, to celebrate her Majesty's 90th Birthday celebrations. All at Yarlet wish her a wonderful day.
Dressed as World War 2 evacuees, what a blast Form 4 had at Shugborough 's Blitz Experience. A fabulous day which was both educational and fun!
The U11 girls met their rivals at Terra Nova on Wednesday for a rounders match.
We had been very unlucky in our recent matches so were keen to prove ourselves.
The first half wasn't particularly remarkable with errors from both teams so we will skip to the second half..... but not before mentioning Danielle and Jemima's impressive rounders from very well timed runs.
The score was 5 – 4 ½; we were just in the lead. The heat was beginning to tire Terra Nova and we knew we COULD win so we went into bat hitting it hard and taking risks. Jessica Hood scored an impressive 2½ rounders in total and Jemima managed 2 full rounders from fantastic hitting. Kirstie took some excellent risks, as did Freya – being rewarded with half a rounder each. We scored an impressive 7, a score we knew our opposition would struggle to beat.
In the last innings, our fielding innings was where we held our own. Jessica and Jemima had a fantastic relationship at backstop and first base, getting 5 girls out in succession. Jemima's one handed catch was so impressive! Kirstie was speedy on second base and stumped a couple of girls out. Even Freya Lloyd, making her debut for the U11 team, stopped hits and calmly fielded, along with Harriet.
Overall an impressive innings where Terra Nova only managed 3 rounders making the final score 12 – 7 ½
A BIG WELL DONE!!
Form 2 went back over a 1000 years in time for their transition lesson to Main School in History today.
They entered a world of peasants, knights, gruel and rats as they experienced life in the Middle Ages. During their time at the Fayre they sampled traditional food (Bread with "sawdust", "Ale"- as water was undrinkable due to diseases!, and currant cake - only for the Lords though!), spoke to some villagers about their jobs (many thanks to our Form 3 helpers for this!), and witnessed a jousting competition. They enjoyed their time at the Fayre, but were glad to return to a time of electricity, washing machines and takeaways. An exciting way to experience how Humanities is taught in Main School, ready for their first year in September!
Form 8 have been fantastic ambassadors for Yarlet school during their recent volunteering days at Katharine House Hospice.
Each year, we like to engage our leavers with a community project which takes them out of the school environment and sets them a challenge which involves them undertaking something worthwhile to benefit a local charity with which the school is connected.
This year, the pupils were tasked with improving the garden area at the Katharine House Hospice. They rubbed down and revitalized garden furniture with paint, planted pots and tubs, weeded and trimmed, removed moss from the slabs and generally spruced up several areas of the garden.
The end result looked beautiful, the children worked hard and should be very proud of their achievements. We hope that their efforts will help the patients and their families to enjoy the gardens during their stay at Katharine House.
Help arrives from the West End to add the final touches to this year's spectacular!
Nursery have had a huge amount of fun exploring the new mud kitchen in our woodland area.
Our children have loved making pies, pancakes, cakes and casseroles out of mud and sand! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mr Mike who has worked hard to provide us with this invaluable resource. We will be able to enjoy this for many years to come.
On 20th June, Form 5 took their Religious Studies out of the classroom when they visited St Mary's Church, Stafford.
The day was a valuable learning experience for the children and they had a fantastic time learning lots of different skills, including bell ringing, pyrography, banner making, drawing and brass rubbing. As St Mary's is conveniently located next to Mr Simms sweet shop, Mr Raybould treated everyone to a bag of sweets to round off a great trip.
Flexi-boarders have enjoyed some fun activities this half-term, including a swimming pool party, where the weather held fine for the children to have lots of fun in the water and enjoy some cocktails (non-alcoholic!) by the pool.
Fun and games were also had during the camping event, where children had a great time taking part in outdoor activities, including man hunt and rounders, and enjoyed a supper of fish and chips. What a lovely sight it was for Mr Raybould and Mrs Swift at 5 am on the Saturday morning to see the children raring to go for the next game of man hunt!
The Young Musician competition was absolutely fantastic. Every performance was outstanding. The adjudicator Roz Page gave excellent feedback to our young performers and I know she thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I would also like to thank Mr & Mrs Tarling for their generosity in sponsoring the competition and for their continued support.The results: senior 1st place goes to Abigael Pointon, junior 1st place goes to Scarlet Bryan, senior highly commended – Joseph Shaw, junior highly commended – Jake Parker and Oliver Connell, Senior runner up – Kirstie Shiner and junior runner up Ellen Clark. A huge well done to everyone who took part.
Yesterday Main School pupils tested their endurance in the annual Sangili Cup.
With a record number of entries this year we had to run 2 heats of the competition, where competitors swam 10 gruelling lengths of the pool. Congratulations to Oliver Connell on his impressive swim, winning in a time of 3 minutes, 20.12 seconds. William Connell came 2nd and Jemima Bullock came third.
The diving competition followed the swimming. Congratulations to Danielle Rotchell, who came first in the Junior Diving event, and to Malena Baez, who came first in the Senior Diving.
Well done to all who took part!
What an adventure was had by Year 8 last week when we visited North Yorkshire.
A fun-filled, action-packed week including abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, caving, mountain climbing and much more. Their attitudes and behaviour were exemplary; a true credit to Yarlet. Well done Year 8!
Form 3 had an exciting afternoon in the Yarlet cellar learning about light and shadows.
They made imaginative stories using hand shadows and had just enough time to search for the Yarlet ghost...maybe you can spot him in this picture!
From the stunning views from the top of the Alcázar in Segovia to the fascinating streets of Toledo and all the excitement of central Madrid, pupils in Forms 6 and 7 absorbed the rich culture and history of Spain. Mix this in with this a theme park, water park and swimming pool and everyone was in agreement that this was a once in a lifetime school trip. Many thanks to our host school, Humanitas in Tres Cantos for being so welcoming. What a great way to be introduced to Spanish, a language which will be on the Yarlet curriculum for all pupils in Form 3 onwards from September 2016.
The whole shool musical was a fabulous celebration enjoyed by the whole school community.
Everyone gave their hearts and souls to this amazing production and lots of fun was had along the way.
Yarlet Pony Club have had a great day at Poplars Farm and thoroughly enjoyed grooming, tacking up, riding lessons and finally a gymkhana to round off a fantastic day. This was a wonderful new experience for a number of pupils who had not ridden before and for others who had not ridden for a while it was an opportunity to renew their confidence and it was super to see them cantering and trotting on their own. A fabulous end of term treat and one we shall definitely repeat!
An amazing time was had by all at Alton Towers.
The children excitedly ran as quickly as they could to each ride, eager for the thrills of being zoomed at super speeds, spun around numerous times and getting soaking wet. A fabulous day!
A wonderful last day for our fabulous Form 8 leavers!
We are very proud of all that they have achieved and will be sad to say farewell but they leave with our best wishes for their future happiness and success at their senior schools. We know that they will keep in touch and look forward to seeing them in the future.
Prize Giving ceremonies, with guest speaker Mr Peter Coates, are now taking place to celebrate the achievements, not just of our Form 8 leavers, but of all our amazing pupils and these will be followed by some highly competitive sports day events, made extra special by the appearance of the sun!
The staff in Main School are incredibly proud of our Form 3 children who have blown us away with how quickly they have settled in and the greaty maturity they have shown so far. Well done!
Yarlet under 13s took a strong team to the Shrewsbury Sixes football competition on Sunday 11th September at Shrewsbury School. We were grouped with Priory, Shrewsbury High and Westholme in the group phase of the competition and began well by beating Priory, who had won the competition for the past 5 years, by 2 goals to nil. Max Raine and Joe Archer scored the Yarlet goals in a very good performance with Charlie Belfield showing excellent defensive qualities.In the second game Yarlet played even better as a team with Max (2) and Joe again sharing the goals in a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury High. Greg Beardsmore looked very confident in goal and there were also good contributions from Ben Eden, Sam Archer and Mackenzie Tart.Our final group game was the toughest but again great effort and skill prevailed with Yarlet winning 3-1. Max, Joe and Jack Farrington were the scorers in a win which put Yarlet top of their qualifying group with maximum points and into the quarter finals to face Packwood.Yarlet started well and a superb in-swinging corner from Max put us 1-0 up before Sam doubled the lead with a great header and from then on Yarlet completely controlled the game Joe, Max, Sam and Charlie putting in fine performances.In the semi-final Yarlet faced Prestfelde who were a big, strong side and started the game well. For the first time we found ourselves under pressure and conceded a deflected goal. Despite a valiant effort by everyone we could not pull the deficit back and Prestfelde held on for the win against a tired Yarlet side. In fact they went on to beat Formarke in the final and we were awarded 3rd place on countback.All of the squad put in lots of effort and came up just short in a very tight semi-final and they should be very proud of their achievements against excellent schools. Players, staff and parents all enjoyed a very exciting day out....well done lads!
We arrived at Shrewsbury last Sunday for a 6 a-side tournament. The U11 boys were very excited. Yarlet were in Group Z which consisted of The Ryleys, Shrewsbury High and Royal Wolves.
Our first group game was against The Ryleys. In the first half we were not talking to each other so at half term the score was 2-0. Once we had a chat with Mr Shaw we worked so much better together, Oliver found all the right spaces to run into along with great tackles being made by Henry and Owen at the back. The final score was 2-2.
Yarlet U11s second match was against Royal Wolves, we did really well passing the ball to one another and keeping possession, however we struggled to get on top of their defence in the first half. In the second half Alfie scored an amazing goal in the top right hand corner of the goal but sadly the game finished 3-1.
Our final game was against Shrewsbury High, the home team. We all knew this would be a hard match as we'd heard how well they'd done so far. Never the less, we were determined to give them a good game. Aaron made some cracking saves that had all the spectators on the edge of their seats. Henry made some superb passes up the field where Alfie and Oliver were positioned. However it wasn't meant to be with the final score finishing 0-8.
Yarlet U11 then got entered into the Shield Game against Terra Nova on Pitch 7. Using our previous matches as experience and not being put down by the scores we held our heads high going into the shield match. We showed great strength with Ethan making some excellent passes and Jamie tackling so cleanly that we were confident. However Yarlet could not get through their defence. With the final score standing at 3-0, we were sadly knocked out of the tournament.
Above all it was our first fixture of the year and we have all learnt a great deal from it. We'd like to thank everyone who came to support us on that sunny Sunday.
This morning the school got together to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday. We were treated to a fantastic performance of his Revolting Rhyme, Little Red Riding Hood and even had a chance to sing Revolting Children again! Why not read a Roald Dahl story at bedtime with your children tonight?
The fruits of the children's labours have certainly paid off.
Gardening club have been working hard with Mrs Barron over the year and have now harvested the results of their efforts. What a selection we have: potatoes, runner beans, onions, carrots, rhubarb and tomatoes. Well done Gardeners!
Form 4's current science topic is Moving and Growing and learning all about our skeletons.
The children tried to make a skeleton out of marshmallows and after 10 minutes of finding it really hard they were given cocktail sticks to act as our bones.
We kicked off our first match of the season on a gloriously sunny day, a delightful change from the thunderstorms the night before.
William Betteley, captain of the B team, swiftly rallied his team into a loud cry for Yarlet School, then the match against Packwood was on. It was a nervous beginning, with some players unsure of how to receive this new challenge, and soon enough the score was 3-0 to Packwood after the first ten minutes. After a quick water break, they were back in, and play was much faster, controlled and enjoyable to watch. There were some cracking saves from Harry Clarke in goal, as well as some terrific passing from Oscar Mobley and Robbie Holmes. Packwood were now the ones on the back foot, and this was evident in their increased defensive play. A narrow miss from William was the closest our team got to a goal, and we finished on a 6-0 loss. Judging by the smiles on the boys faces as they left the pitch though, it was obvious that they had enjoyed their opening game, and are raring for another try. Well done boys!
The sun was out for perhaps the last time, just as the U9 A team were playing a fixture for their first time.
This was against Packwood, who have been tough rivals in the past. Headed by Henry Shaw, captain, the boys took to the field, and were anxious to get going. The first quarter proved a shock to our team, who were unprepared for the level of play the Packwood boys demonstrated. The score was 3-0 by the end of the first quarter. After a brief talk and a new outlook, the boys returned with renewed vigour for the second quarter. It was Angus Lloyd, a cracking young player, who scored first, followed swiftly by William Connell, on brilliant form as he stormed the pitch towards the opponent's goal. At this point it should be mentioned that Fraser Dimberline worked hard in his deserved position as goal-keeper, saving some tricky shots, and Reuben Whitby-Samways, who has shown some amazing improvement. By the last quarter, the score was 4-2 to Packwood, but our boys weren't done yet! William produced an overhead kick seemingly out of nowhere, and Angus clinched the draw with a last minute equaliser, making the match 4-4. Well done boys, keep it up!
Last Wednesday, Yarlet U12 Girls' Hockey team played their first match of the year on one of the hottest days in September. Yarlet had got the first centre. They used this to their advantage and went straight into their half led by Kirstie Shiner, team captain. Yarlet spent most of the first 20 minutes in Terra Nova's half with some lovely passing and teamwork between the forwards Grace Darby, Harriet Bane and Alice Beardmore. This superb possession led to 3 goals scored in the first half by Alice and Kirstie, who scored 2!
After a quick team talk and cool down at half-time the team were determined to maintain the same pressure and possession but some of Terra Nova's passes got through our midfielders into Yarlet's half, however Tilly Capewell, Danielle Rotchell and Sophie Beech were not letting any hockey balls past their sticks and onto their goalkeeper, Jessica Cartmail. The pressure was certainly on when Purdy Oliver and Evi Rogers made a rapid run for the goal with some excellent control and passing between the two, with Kirsty finding the goal for her hat trick. The final score was 5-0 to Yarlet thanks to Sophie scoring in the last few minutes of the second half.
The U12s demonstrated outstanding teamwork and communication, especially from their defenders Ella Nash and Ellen Clark. Well done girls what an excellent way to start the year!
Yesterday, Form 8 visited Telford to interview the public about their journey into town and their shopping habits.
Their results from this enquiry will form the basis of their Fieldwork Investigation, an essential part of their Common Entrance studies in Geography.
Pupils will now have to carefully analyse their results, before evaluating their predications and deciding if their hypothesise were correct.
All pupils showed maturity in their roles, and were brilliant role models for Yarlet School, with members of the public congratulating them, and their teachers on the politeness, respectfulness and consideration the boys showed during their questionnaires.
In particular Alex Cartmail, head boy, Greg Beardsmore, Max Raine and Jay Bains were outstanding in their efforts to complete their surveys in a manner that was mature and sensible.
Well done boys, now onto the Data Analysis!
Science club this week looked at the viscosity at liquids to create some weird and wonderful drinks!
We explored the grounds yesterday afternoon looking for mini beasts and we weren't disappointed.
A collection of ladybirds, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice, snails, beetles, worms just to begin with. I love how the children aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty in the soil and mostly, handle all those creepy crawlies!
Amid a great deal of excitement, TV presenter Stefan Gates visited Yarlet School this week to officially open our fantastic new science laboratory. This state-of-the-art resource is the latest example of Yarlet's commitment to improve facilities and pupils could not believe the transformation. As one pupil put it: "We had to check that we weren't dreaming! Our science lessons are going to be brilliant!" This new facility will help to enthuse and inspire our pupils as well as provide them with new opportunities for exciting scientific exploration. We are most grateful to our parents and two local companies, Optionis Group and Breckland Scientific Supplies Ltd, who made significant contributions to the costs.
Please share this with your friends and family so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to visit us on Saturday 1st or Monday 3rd October. It will be the perfect opportunity to introduce new key staff and share the fantastic developments which have taken place over the summer. Thank you!
Please click here for further details about our Open Mornings: http://www.yarletschool.uk/index.php/general-information/open-mornings-and-taster-days
On Wednesday 21st September the U11 girls' hockey team played against Shrewsbury High Prep in lovely dry conditions.
Yarlet started with the first centre of the match, taken by Alice Beardsmore (Vice Captain) and Ella Nash, Yarlet were straight into the opponent's half. Shrewsbury kept pushing back as the ball kept hitting Yarlet's feet and giving free passes away, therefore Shrewsbury found themselves in Yarlet's half of the pitch more than the U11s would have liked. Jessica Cartmail (goalkeeper) carried out some outstanding saves with her feet, additionally with the support of her super defenders Scarlet Bryan, Purdy Oliver and Danielle Rotchell (Captain).
After Shrewsbury had scored 3 goals Sophie Beech made a great run assisted by Tilly Capewell but sadly missed the open goal by centimetres. The score stayed at 3-0 as Yarlet defended much better in the second half with Yarlet's Form 4 girls Raphaela Korylco-Bowers and Louiza Rae Wilcox not being intimidated by the Year 6 opponents. Our player of the match was Ellen Clark.
Yarlet U11 Hockey team fought so hard especially as they were playing against older girls. You made your school proud! Well done girls a super effort by every single one of you!
We had such a busy day at Yarlet Nursery yesterday.
We listened to one of our favourite stories 'The Gruffalo'. We found out that the mouse loved 'gruffalo crumble' and so we decided to make our own. The children rubbed together the crumble mixture and chopped strawberries along with apples to make our delicious crumble. We were excited to take it home in our very own gruffalo containers, yummy!
On Friday, Form 7 and Form 8 were visited by Mr Harry Mackridge, Head of History at Shrewsbury School.
He gave them an insightful and inspirational workshop on the techniques and skills needed for their Common Entrance examination in History.
This was particularly useful for Form 8, who are sitting this exam in the Summer, but also for Form 7, who now need to start applying the skills they have learnt in this session into their own essay writing.
Mr Mackridge was knowledgeable, helpful and gave excellent ideas and opinions. Greg Beardsmore, Alex Cartmail, Harriet Bane and Oliver Heath impressed him and Mr. Pass for their behaviour, curiosity and effort during the workshop.
On Tuesday 27th September the Yarlet U9 girls' hockey team was ready for their first match of the year against The Ryleys.
The team consisted of all Form 4 girls. Both teams played without a goalkeeper and Yarlet knew this would mean a lot defence work from the back of the team. Emily Cumberbatch (Captain) lead Yarlet with the first push back straight to Yarlet's midfielders Amelia Lucas and Katie Hewitson keeping possession between them and pushing into The Ryleys' half. Freya Lloyd was ready to speed up the game by taking the ball into the D and scoring. Then all the girls in the team wanted to have a shot at goal with Raphie scoring 1, Katie scoring 1, Louiza scoring 1, Amelia scoring a hat-trick and Freya scoring another goal.
The match finished 8-0. Our star of the match was Katie Hewitson. A superb first match girls, you wowed the supporters and Miss Davis a greal deal. Well done!
Old Hall started strongly and had much of the early possession creating a number of goal scoring opportunities.
However, they quickly conceded a goal due to a swift counter attack move by the Yarlet team. Following some highly skilful work on the inside left from Alfie, Noah was on hand to bring the score to 1-0 as he tucked the ball into the bottom right corner. A few minutes later Yarlet nearly scored a second goal. We were treated to some highly creative footwork in the penalty area from Alfie, but were unlucky when the ball hit the right post. Yarlet then sat too deeply, letting the opposing players dominate the midfield area and by half-time we were 3-1 down.However, the second half was more evenly contested with goals from both teams. Alfie added to the Yarlet goal tally and Old Hall scored 3 goals towards the end of the match in response. The match was played with great spirit from both teams and the sporting conduct was a credit to all the players. The final score was 6-2 to Old Hall.
Form 4 had an enjoyable afternoon at Manor High indoor Tennis Courts on Thursday 29th September where we were up against Barnfields and St Dominic's Priory.
After each pupil had played 4 matches, the points were totted up and Yarlet Team A (Henry, William, Raphie and Katie) had won the Davis Cup Trophy 2016. What a fantastic achievement! After receiving the trophy the children also got the opportunity to see the real Davis Cup.
On Tuesday 27th September Yarlet's U8 and 9 Boys Football played two competitive teams against Old Hall.
The A team started with outstanding effort and had a great 5 - 3 win.
Unfortunately, Yarlet's B team lost 11 -3. However, well done to Angus Lloyd who scored 2 goals in the A team then a 2 minute hat trick in the B Team! Amazing skills Angus! Another well done to Oscar in the B team who never stopped running even though we were 9 nil down at one stage of the game.
Form 4 carried out an investigation to see which is the longest bone in our bodies, creating data tables and bar chart to present our findings.
Today, Form 3 travelled to Diva, an ancient Roman fortress located in modern day Chester, and one of three fortresses in Roman occupied Britain.
There they experienced life as a variety of different Roman citizens, including merchants, farmers, modern day archaeologists and most favourably, centurions.
As Roman citizens, they experimented with building bath houses, looked at some authentic Roman meals, explored the weaponry worn by soldiers and even got the chance to wear some of the armour and robes worn by soldiers and emperors over two millennia ago.
The highlight of the trip was the tour of the Roman walls, now eroded by time and progress. Form 3 were guided by Marcus, a centurion who had them practising shield formations, battle cries, and even breaking the line of an opposing army (the poor teachers!).
The trip was rounded off with a delicious ice-cream from Snugbury's, bringing us back to the present day.
On Wednesday 5th October our Form 5-7 girls played host to Denstone C team captained by Jessica Cartmail.
Yarlet got off to a flying start with a goal in the 5th minute by Kirstie Shiner on the left-hand side which she quickly followed up with a 2nd goal in the 7th minute.
Denstone came back with their first effort 10 minutes into play which was confidently kicked away by goal keeper extraordinaire Jessica Cartmail who received high praise from the Denstone coach at the end of the match.
The final piece of action in the 1st half was a short corner which Yarlet failed to transfer into a goal but we ended the first half 2-nil up and feeling confident.
Once again, Yarlet got off to a flying start in the 2nd half with a goal from Alice Beardsmore after 10 minutes. This was quickly followed up by a Dentstone goal making the score 3-1 despite a constant strong defence from Tilly Capewell.
Yarlet took control once again with Kirstie adding another to the Yarlet total with a goal in the 20th minute of the 2nd half and Denstone quickly got a consolation goal 2 minutes later.
The final scoreline was 4-2 with Denstone giving player of the match to Kirstie Shiner.
Yarlet U9's A Team (Football)Score 3-0 to Yarlet
A thrilling game which saw a lot of passing, dashing and teamwork ensued at Birchfield last Wednesday, where the A team took away a victory over Birchfield.
Birchfield were well prepared, and physical, yet our boys stole a win through clever tactics, quick thinking and communication.Zak scored first rather quickly, setting the tone for the match to follow. Supporting him was Henry, who demonstrated great skill both in offence and defence.Angus scored the second and third goals, both well-deserved for this talented young player.But we cannot forget the brilliant defence which ensured no goals were scored against Yarlet. Fraser in goal saved what would have been a great goal, and was supported effectively by William, who shone in his role.The boys though could not have succeeded without the vision of their captain, Reuben, who held them together and offered constant support.Well done boys, keep up the great effort!
Yarlet U9's B Team (Football)Score: 6-0 victory to Yarlet
Phenomenal. If there was a word to explain how the boys played, it would be phenomenal.The B Team approached Birchfield, and were timid to start, but soon settled into the game. The first third passed without comment, neither side gaining or losing ground, as they tested the battlefield.It was the second third where our boys attacked. William scored the first goal, weaving throughout the Birchfield boys and placing it in nicely.This was quickly followed by another goal from Robbie and by now we were really firing on all cylinders.Robbie smoothly scored the best goal of the game; a clean kick which sailed over the heads of both entire teams, and into the opponents goal.William scored a fourth goal, and spirits could not be higher. Harry, captain of the team, rallied his team masterfully, and Izaak and Oscar worked hard in defence.By the last third, Birchfield were tired, but our boys' energy was relentless. Robbie scored his hat-trick, and William, who promised his dad a goal for his birthday, instead gave him a hat-trick too.A terrific game which all enjoyed. Well done boys!
On a glorious Sunday morning, Yarlet pupils met a resplendent Willy Wonker to start their Repton Chocolate Challenge.
After an introduction, the students were set an Apprentice style challenge to design, make and sell a chocolate bar to a top manager from Thorntons. After some brain storming, we came up with idea of a Trio bar, a three-in-one chocolate bar: one-third crispie, one-third orange and the other third honeycomb.The team then set to work recording a jingle and making the packaging, we then regrouped for the manufacturing of the bar and licking out bowls of melted chocolate! After a delicious lunch at Orchard house we had a treasure hunt to find the golden ticket. Then it was back to class to rehearse our advert and pitch to the judging panel.A fantastic day was made even better by our joint second place!Thank you to Repton and Thorntons for all the organisation and the fabulous prizes.
As part of our Sculpture topic in Art, Form 1 have been learning all about different artists and the sculptures they make.
We were so inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and his found materials sculptures using leaves, that we headed straight out into the school grounds to find some leaves to make our own version. We are going to dry the leaves out and then glue them together to make a permanent display later in the week. We really have been inspired by this very creative artist.
Dr. Norris of Denstone College led a critical thinking workshop to Form Seven on Tuesday 11th October.
The workshop was designed to help them think "outside of the box", and not to look at evidence at "face value". They were taught to examine all sources, listen to differing opinions, and use factual knowledge before making a decision.
The highlight of this workshop was the mock trial of a 19th Century cook, Eliza, who had been accused of poisoning her master's dumplings. Pupils took on the roles of the jury, witnesses, the accused, as well as defenders, prosecutors and the judge (a role very befitting for Victor!)
Fun was had by all, and pupils learnt valuable skills in analysing evidence critically, making informed decisions and looking at multiple sources to determine the truth.
Today, Form 5 were visited by Mr Bryan, who demonstrated how to play a didgeridoo. Mr Bryan, Scarlet's father, travelled to Australia in 2000 for the Millenium celebrations, and was more than happy to share his talents with the class.
Form 5 have been learning about Global Location in Geography, and have been filling in a Passport as they "travel" the world from the comfort of their classroom.
Thank you to Mr Bryan, and it was enlightening to see each pupil try their best to play this Aborigine instrument (Tilly and Oliver were fantastic!)
Yarlet took on Birchfield at home with a full-strength team.
An enthusiastic game brought out the best in our players and it was not long before we were 2 - 0 up thanks to a fantastic shot by Max Raine and Sam Archer scoring a great header from a Jon Cunliffe corner. By half-time our lead had extended to 3 – 0 following a great direct kick from Max Raine which sailed over their keeper.
The second half continued in the same vein with Birchfield becoming more desperate but not really testing Toby who kept goal very well. Greg Beardsmore and Ed Cartwright held firm at the back with Oliver Heath and Charlie Belfield also having fine games. Joe and Sam Archer, along with Jack Farrington up front, worked very hard all game in a very tough match and deep into the second half it was Max who completed a fantastic hat-trick before an own goal resulted in a final score of 5-0 to Yarlet. This was a great performance lads and what a great result.
Yarlet U11 B gave an excellent account of themselves.
They were organised defensively despite having played just the one match together previously. Romi and Joseph were particularly impressive in defence remaining focused on the task in hand for the full 40 minutes. All players looked increasingly at ease on the ball as the match progressed.
Morgan was very dangerous in midfield, working industriously throughout the match, both in attack and in defence. A very impressive performance from him. Jake and Elliot linked up well to create a range of decent chances. In the first half, Terra Nova U11B took the lead against the run of play, but they were kept at bay, thanks to some fine saves from Aaron, Yarlet's captain and goalkeeper.
After kickoff in the second half, Yarlet immediately looked more aggressive. The team equalised within minutes as Aaron slotted home a beautiful free kick from long range. Yarlet proceeded to dominate the rest of the game and took a well-deserved lead, even if it was the result of an unfortunate own goal by Terra Nova.
Yarlet demonstrated magnificent endeavour and team spirit throughout the match. They played without doubt their best game so far.
Final score: Terra Nova U11B 1 – 2 Yarlet U11B
An amazing team performance from our A Team!
Henry Pickering and Oliver Connell were rock solid in defence, Alfie Farrington was our engine room in midfield, our two wide men were Zak and Owen, Noah Beeston was our target man and Jamie in goal distributed the ball really well. We kept great shape with our new formation and the hard work on the training ground paid off with a throughly deserved 5 - 1 win. Well done guys!
Yarlet children have shown their amazing talents in our Harvest Festival Competition. What a wonderful selection of weird and wacky creatures we have received ranging from owls, dogs, iguanas, monkeys, crocodiles and even the Loch Ness monster! A big well done to all who entered and a huge thank you to our groundsman Mike for arranging them so beautifully in our porch.
Form 4 are having a fantastic time at the Balaji Temple in Birmingham and enjoying the clear blue skies of a lovely Autumn day.
Form 4 visited the Balaji Temple near Birmingham to experience the beliefs and practices of the Hindu religion.
There they evoked the five senses as they explored the shrines surrounding the temple, led by our experienced and entertaining guide, who demonstrated arti (a form of worship), explained the history and stories of the gods, and even allowed the pupils to sample some of the Hindu / Indian delicacies (including lemon rice, poppadoms and sugar cubes!)
The pupils were extremely sensible, mature and respectful, and understood perfectly how we need to love and appreciate everyone, regardless of belief or background.
In particular Katie and Freya gave excellent answers, demonstrating superb subject knowledge and curiosity. Katie was given a special Parshad (mixture of flour, sugar and nuts) for her birthday!
This was a match that really proved how hard our boys can work as a team.
With excellent support from their captain, Izaak, the U8s stole a victory from the opposition with a final score of 4-1.William scored the first goal towards the end of the first quarter, after a tough stalemate thanks to the defence of Edenhurst.After this goal, our boys returned with renewed vigour and confidence, with Oscar scoring a terrific goal within seconds of the second quarter.A penalty to Edenhurst brought the score up to 2-1, with great goal-keeping from Aidan, and defence from Cameron (Vice-captain).William, not content with the score, scored another two goals, one a beautiful shot which sailed into the corner, to earn him a hat-trick, and bring the final score to 4-1.Robbie and Harry provided great offensive and defensive playing, even setting up goals for the other players.A great game, well done lads!
Following their last outing, the Yarlet team was in very high spirits even before the game had started.
The Ryleys scored in the first five minutes. Was the pre-match euphoric optimism somewhat misplaced? Jamie in goal and Elwin and Oliver at the back proved to be a force to be reckoned with. They continually broke up the opposition's attacks, preventing The Ryleys from having any more real shots on goal. Alfie's quick distribution and Henry's pace combined perfectly and allowed Henry to equalise with a through ball from Alfie. Soon after, Jamie made an excellent reflex save that kept his team in the match. Owen was instrumental as he pressed the opposition into making mistakes and Alfie set the tone by winning a few early tackles.Noah scored the second goal with an assist from Alfie in what proved to be the most visually appealing goal of the game. Then both scorers, Noah and Henry, assisted Alfie with two more goals. Noah went on to score a hat-trick. What a match! Owen then scored a goal after a powerful shot that hit the crossbar before going in. Yarlet demonstrated great fluidity and ease on the ball throughout the match. In the second half, since the game was already won, Yarlet relaxed and The Ryleys scored two more goals. However, the Yarlet team was exceptional. One of the finest performances that will be seen this season in Yarlet's colours. Well done team!Final score: The Ryleys U11A 3 - 7 Yarlet U11AMan of the match: Noah
The Ryleys started strongly and had much of the early possession creating a number of goal scoring opportunities.
Yarlet sat too deeply, letting the opposing players dominate the midfield area. The Ryleys scored on the 15th minute and scored again a few minutes later following a lucky rebound against Aaron, Yarlet goalkeeper and captain. Despite great endeavour Yarlet were 3 – 0 down just before half time. Indeed, were it not for Aaron's great skills, the opposition would have scored more goals.
However, the second half was more evenly contested. Ethan excelled in attack showing exhilarating footwork. He scored an excellent long range goal on the 30th minute and added another one a few minutes later. An increasing number of opportunities seemed to come his way. Was an amazing comeback on the cards? Even a victory perhaps? Yarlet was brilliant in defence with Romi and Jake fighting for each every ball. But the cruelty of fate meant that The Ryleys scored in the last few minutes of the game and Yarlet ended up losing 4 – 2. The boys played with great spirit and improved as the game went on. They were very unfortunate not to draw this match.Final score: The Ryleys U11B 4 - 2 Yarlet U11BMan of the match: Ethan
Today, Form Six visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to explore life as a solider during the two World War's. They were guided by Keith, an experienced volunteer who led them down into the trenches themselves and regaled them with stories of men who fought bravely, earned medals, ate Bully beef, and either died in honour, or survived to tell the tale.Form Six were respectful and appreciative of the grounds, and even spent some time before boarding the bus back to sketch some of the replica barracks, trenches and unexploded bombs on site.A positive and enlightening day out, in which Mr Pass and Chris were particularly impressed with the compassion Hannah showed, and the diligent effort Owen put in.
Form 4 have had a fantastic time dissecting owl pellets and finding all sorts of bones. We'd like to say a special thank you to Evelyn for bringing the owl pellets in.
Last night we enjoyed a fantastic Halloween party as Main School was overtaken by ghosts, vampires, werewolves and many more strange creatures! The children apple bobbed, bit donuts from a string (no hands allowed!), made marshmallow monsters, played musical scary statues, scary corners and of course boogied to all our favourite Halloween songs. They all looked fabulous in their costumes and must be congratulated on their suberb behaviour and attitudes.
Once again, what a fantastic array of carved and painted pumpkins adorned the front porch for our annual Halloween party.
Mrs Hamplett and her team of judges had an extremely difficult job in choosing the winners as the standard of pumpkins was exceptional. The categories and winners were as follows:
Funniest: Raphaela Korylco - BowersMost Scary: Ethan SquireBest Painted Pumpkin: Eliza HarrisonBest Carved Pumpkin: Alfie Farrington
Well done and a big thank you to everyone who took part.
Jamie 'conquered' his way through each round to grab glory in the final against Joseph T. All Main School pupils have loved this Autumnal competition.
Yarlet were in good spirits following their previous away match against The Ryleys which ended in a 3 - 7 victory.
They were not over confident, but showed restraint as they started the game with the sun in their eyes, assessing attentively the strength of the opposition. It took just ten minutes for Alfie to break the deadlock by scoring the first goal of the match and just two minutes later increasing his tally through a beautiful second goal. S. Anselm's responded through a high quality passage of play by their star player, coincidentally also called Alfie. The two Alfies looked confused at times as the opposition supporters called their name!
The first two goals were quickly followed by two more goals from Noah who worked tirelessly with Elwin on the left inside, the two of them combining great skill and energy to create some beautiful play. Owen then scored a cracker from ten yards. On the fifteenth minute S. Anselm's put one in the back of the net through a great passage of play on the left inside. Unfortunately for S. Anselm’s, a comedy of errors meant that their players scored two goals against their own team. One more goal from Alfie (Yarlet) led to a hat-trick and at half-time the score was 1-8.
Would we see one of the greatest comebacks in history in the second half? Or would S. Anselm's struggle with the sun in their eyes? The latter proved to be the case. Morgan and Oliver who did an excellent job in defence during the first half were substituted for Aaron and Romi. Aaron scored a hat-trick in the space of ten minutes. Soon after Noah scored the third hat-trick of the match. Elwin scored two beautiful goals. A few more goals added to the tally by Yarlet and a few more own goals by S. Anselm's meant a final score of 1 - 20!
Man-of-the-Match: Alfie, for his tireless work ethic and great skills! A special mention also to Aaron and Noah for their respective hat- tricks and all round contribution to the team.
Final score: S. Anselm’s 1 – 20 Yarlet U11A
We would like to introduce our new house captains, Kirstie, Evi and Mackenzie. Over the following year the Captains will be working hard to ensure their house wins the House Cup at Speech Day. Watch this space for House Competitions and get those house points claimed!
After a half term break, the girls were all ready to get back onto the astro pitch, despite the cold weather!
St Anselms started with the first push back and Yarlet were straight on with the pressure getting both sticks and bodies in the way, slowing down all of St Anselm's attacks towards the goal. Yarlet forwards were creating great space even with 18 players on the pitch. Alice Beardsmore made lots of lovely runs towards the goal with the support of Sophie Beech and Kirstie Shiner, then all of a sudden a great pass from Evi into the D, finished specularly by Kirstie.Within the second third the opponents looked strong and spent most of the 15 minutes in Yarlet's half. Yarlet defended well with some great kicks from our keeper, Jessica Cartmail, and sweep hits from Harriet Bane, Danielle Rotchell and Ellen Clark. Once cleared of the Yarlet half, Grace Darby made a super run down the centre passing it to Kirstie and together they found the goal again! The final score was 2-0.For a team consisting of Year 5, 6 and 7s playing taller and stronger Year 7 and 8s this is an outstanding result. Well done girls!
The hard frost and bitter winds did not deter our team, who took to the field and braved the elements to play old, distant rivals St. Anselm's.
Led by Captain Dimberline, the team were anxious to kick off. Neville, captain of St. Anselm's, won the coin toss and kicked off first.
It was a tense first period, with both teams playing defensively, although Yarlet were in possession for the majority of the match. Three extremely close goals were denied to Attacker Holmes, who worked his socks off to score.
The second period swiftly saw a goal to St. Anselm's. Yarlet were beginning to get despondent, until an unlucky hand ball by the opposing team gave Striker Whitby-Samways the chance to score. And score he did!
With a 1-1 finish the players were tired, yet happy, to have left with a draw.
Notable efforts should go to Defender Bagshaw and Defender Clark, and also to Substitute Mobley who came to the team's aid. Goalie Betteley also played a vital role in keeping the enemies at bay.
Good effort lads!
The U10 hockey team played amazingly well in the Packwood Tournament coming 2nd and winning shiny silver medals! Well done girls.
In memory of the Old Boys and all soldiers who gave their lives for us:
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.1914 - 1918 - J H Addenbrooke, H T Grindley, J Y A Line, E J Mortis, G C Owen, T W Underhill, L Kingdon, B C Montagnon. 1939-1945 - C F Hall, R C Blakeway, T E Fernie, F P Woolf, W G Bannister, V Sarland, J M Thornycroft, S L Dorman, D C Harris, G R S Heathcote, C G M Thornycroft, D McLean, R W Harris, G A Johnson, R N Stubbs, P W Hewitt.
We arrived just in time to watch a magical chemistry show from the clever scientists at Birmingham University. This followed a tour around the museum to see how chains were made (the chains from the titanic were made here). How Limestone kilns make quick lime and the hazards to workers washing in Victorian times and the first steam engine. Just before lunch we were taught about steel and learnt how to extract iron from ore (having a go ourselves). After lunch we investigated enamelling, making our own name badges, then polymers and their properties. Finally we extracted copper from its ore and made gun powder, which went off with a bang!! A fantastic end to a really busy and informative day. Well done to the pupils who attend science club for asking so many intelligent questions and listening so well.
Yarlet worked hard against a strong Birchfield team, but struggled to keep possession in the first half. Romi, Joseph and Jake in particular fought well in defence and Ethan was brave and industrious against larger opposition in attack. Despite their effort, Yarlet were unlucky, conceding two early goals in the first half with another goal a little later before half time. However, good defensive work and some excellent goalkeeping from Aaron enabled the team to keep the goal tally down. The score at half time was 3-0 to Birchfield.
Yarlet started off well in the second half, enjoying plenty of possession and continuing to compete well throughout the rest of the match. Pushing forward at every opportunity, the team showed determination and grit in their effort to gain a much deserved goal. Unfortunately, they were caught on the counter towards the end of the match and punished with a quick goal against the run of play. The team played with great spirit and improved as the afternoon went on. The final score did not reflect the effort made.
Man-of-the Match: Ethan
Final score: Yarlet U11B 0-4 Birchfield U11B
Despite a cold, wet Wednesday afternoon the U9s and U11 girls fought hard against strong Birchfield teams on Wednesday 16th November.
At 2 - 2 at half time, it was all to play for! After a really close and competitive first 20 minutes, our downfall of individual errors cost us dear and we went on to lose 4 - 2. Alfie Farrington and Noah Beeston always looked dangerous upfront but as a team we couldn't stop our mistakes, although we did go down fighting! Unlucky guys, a good match though.
Nursery children having fun in Main School!
Miss Brownsword took the Yarlet librarians to visit Stafford Library to get ideas for revamping Yarlet's library. Whilst there, the girls enjoyed a story read by on-site supervisor, Keeley Spilsbury.
Kung Fu puncutation in practice with Year 7!
Nothing like some tricky fractions to kick start the morning!
We are incredibly proud of Ethan who this morning gave a fantastic presentation about the Roman coin hoard he and his father found whilst out metal detecting. They have found 2 pots from 260 - 290 AD full of a variety of Roman coins, some of which the British Museum have never seen before and others being used as reference for other finds. The whole of Main School were hanging on his every word and had oodles of questions afterwards. Well done Ethan, a brilliant presentation that has inspired us!
On TuesdaY, a group of 14 artistic pupils from Forms 7 and 8 visited Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire to view the 'Picasso on Paper' Art Exhibition which was on loan from Dusseldorf's Art Museum.Over 70 works were on show from Picasso's inventive career as a printmaker, illustrating his remarkable ability to explore different media and printing techniques.Having viewed this magnificent collection, our pupils took part in two workshops which allowed them to investigate the experimental nature of Picasso's work in order to create their own Picasso style prints.A fantastic and informative day was had by all and a big thank you to the staff at Compton Verney who made our day so enjoyable.
Form 7 were introduced to a selection of new sporting experiences when they visited Shrewsbury School. We tried our hands at 'fives', which turned out to be a combination of squash and cricket in a very strange court! Form 7 were superb and quickly picked this up and the competitive spirits started to grow. We then moved onto cricket where we were shown the correct techniques for throwing and batting. Finally, we moved onto rowing. Very challenging indeed! We needed to combine co-ordination, strength and endurance, no easy feat! A fantastic day - Mr Pass and I were very proud of the Form 7s and how they represented Yarlet. Well done.
On Wednesday 23rd November the senior girls were ready to take on their final hockey fixture of 2016.Within the first 5 minutes of the game the girls could tell this match was not going to be easy. Abbotsholme found space passing the ball around Yarlet players making it hard for the U13 girls to defend. After the first third the score was 3-0 to Abbotsholme. All the girls were red faced working really hard trying to defend the strong, long passes of their opponents. During the second third Yarlet closed down Abbotsholme giving them less chance and space to hit the ball hard at the Yarlet defence. The girls spent more time in Abbotsholme's half than they did in the first third.Before the final third not one of the girls wanted to give up and they were all determined to get one goal passed Abbotsholme. Everyone on the team entered the final third ready to get to their goal. Within 8 minutes Grace Darby found an unmarked Kirstie Shiner making a run along the line towards the goal. Kirstie was then one on one with the keeper and Yarlet found their goal! The final score was 5-1.Well done girls, you never gave up! Superb sportsmanship attitude from all of the U13 Yarlet team!
Today, Form 3 discovered the symbolism and importance of a Christingle for Christians at Christmas time.
They created this symbolic object using an orange (to represent the world), a candle (the light of the world; Jesus), red ribbon (the blood of Jesus), cocktail sticks (four seasons, or four directions of the world) and Haribo (something sweet to remind Christians of God's love).
The photo clearly shows how much fun they had making these symbols, and pupils will now be able to share these creations with their loved ones this Christmastime.
A huge thank you to Mike, Tracy and Adam for decorating the hall, it looks truly beautiful and magical. The children were very excited to say the least!
We have had such fun this morning making penguin cake toppers with our multi-talented new bursar, Mrs Nixon!
The Christmas Tree festival at St Mary’s Church in Stafford was the perfect place to begin Yarlet’s Christmas concert season.
During the Christmas period, Yarlet pupils will have performed at the Katharine House Hospice, the town’s Victorian carol service in Stafford and at the Delicious Café in Trentham Gardens where their beautiful singing helped to raise more than £800 for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. Here at school the choir opened the Christmas Fair and will lead our own carol services where money raised will also be donated to the Katharine House Hospice. The choir always perform with their heart and soul and give excellent performances on each occasion. We are most grateful to every member of the choir for their important contribution at this time of year.
A fantastic time was had by all at the annual Main School Christmas Party extravaganza. There were lots of fun party games followed by a delicious Christmas meal. A huge well done to Alex for his fantastic speech as Head Boy.
Pre-Prep pupils have today had great fun tucking into their delicious Christmas lunch.
All the children look fantastically festive in their Christmas Jumpers. We have snowflakes, snowmen, elves, santa, reindeers, penguins and even dancing santa robots! A festive fun day awaits us all.
Form 1 have had a great afternoon using their knowledge of materials to see if they could think of good things to make an umbrella for a small bear. We were all very excited to use pipettes (from the new science laboratory) for the first time and needed to practice before experimenting to only get out one drop at a time, rather than a big squirt. We learned how important it is to make a test fair and enjoyed analysing each material for pros and cons. After a fun filled afternoon, we decided that the best material to use is plastic and we all agreed that we love science!!!
Our first football match after the Christmas break was against a combative Stafford Grammar.
The windy weather had a significant impact on the technical aspect of the game. However, neither team let this hamper their spirits and they both played with great enthusiasm. It was a closely contested match. Unfortunately, despite dominating early possession and having a couple of goal scoring opportunities, Yarlet went a goal down in the first ten minutes. This was followed by a second goal five minutes later. At half-time the score was 0 – 2.
Again, in the second half, Yarlet dominated much of the possession. Their persistence finally paid off on the 30th minute. Following some highly skilful work on the inside left from Alfie, Noah was on hand on to bring the score to 1-2 as he tucked the ball into the bottom left corner. Alfie's quick distribution and Noah's game awareness combined perfectly and allowed Noah to score a second goal on the 35th minute with a through ball from Alfie. Stafford had their own chances to win the game, but their efforts were thwarted by some astounding defending from Oliver and some great goalkeeping from Aaron. The final score, a 2- 2 draw was a fair result for both teams.
Final score: Yarlet U11A 2 - 2 Stafford U11AMan-of-the-Match: Oliver Connell
Yarlet took a diminished squad to St Anselm's where the games went ahead in gale-force winds and freezing temperatures.
The A-side went behind early in the game but persevered and got themselves level with a goal from Jon Cunliffe. Despite the atrocious conditions Yarlet began to get on top and further goals from Greg Beardsmore and Charlie Belfield put us 3-1 ahead and in control.However, with the wind behind them in the second half St Anselm's came back into it and scored twice to level matters at 3-3. Yarlet tried their best in the conditions but it was St Anselm's in the dying minutes who managed to scramble a late winner.The B-side also played well in the atrocious conditions but went behind very early in the match. At one point it looked like they were going to be heavily beaten but good attitude and character saw them come back into the game form 3-0 down with goals from Alan McNulty, Jay Bains and Victor Camara-Ruiz. St Anselm's then went 4-3 ahead before Victor scored again to level matters. It was not to be Yarlet's day however as St Anselm's scored a late winner.Both teams played as well as could be expected in the appalling conditions and it was to everyone's credit that they put in lots of effort and endeavour. Well done everyone!
The Yarlet children could not wait to go outside and play in the snow. There was some outstanding snowman building skills from all year groups...such a shame it's all melted now :(
Do you want to build a snow man? Come on lets go and play...
Our Nursery children had a super time jumping, skipping and running in the snow. We made our very own 'Olaf' and had great fun!
Form 1 and 2 have been taking part in the interactive BBC Live lesson. They are being inspired for the 500 word story competition, with ideas given for the setting, their characters and the plot by lots of different famous people and in lots of fun ways! We hope they have a go and use their wonderful imaginations. Good luck!!
Yesterday in History class, Fraser delighted his class with an array of very old, very important and truly fascinating Egyptian artefacts.
He showed us how Canoptic jars were used to preserve the vital organs of a dead Pharoah, and even some hieroglyphic writing on a Scarab statue. We are studying Ancient Egypt presently so it was an amazing insight into some of the weird and wonderful practices that the Egyptians held. Thank you Fraser and family!
An eight strong team of year 5 & 6 girls set off in gale force winds hoping for a storm of a performance at Shrewsbury High in the first netball match of the season.
On arrival, it was clear that this was to be a literal battle of David versus Goliath with Shrewsbury High towering over the height of the Yarlet lineup. What they didn't bank on though was our dogged determination and fighting spirit.
Having lost the toss, Shrewsbury chose to take the first centre pass and the action was underway in this game of 4, 8 minute quarters. Yarlet made a great start and the first goal soon came from resident goal attack 'Sophie Shoot em n Score Beech' capitalising on her first attempt at a shot to take us into an early lead.
During the first quarter, Sophie had two more shots from mid and long range after great passing work by Dani Dynamite Rotchell and Tilly the feet Capewell but the score remained 0-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Encouraged by our early lead, the team welcomed on Scarlet the Battler Bryan in place of team captain Dani. Shrewsbury began strong with two early shots on goal and Tilly's tenacious attempts to keep possession lead to a mid quarter toss up. The quarter ended 2-1 to the home team.
Sensing an uphill battle, we decided to put some height into our defence with Ella the Energiser moving from shooter to keeper. Goal defender Alice the Bulldog Beardsmore and Ella did a great job which allowed us to draw level to 2-2 with a goal coming from Sophie after some excellent bounce passing between her and new shooter Tilly in order to get into a prime shooting position. Three more attempts from the Yarlet forwards came close but Shrewsbury snatched one back late in the quarter making it 2-3.
As the centre in the last quarter, Eager Ellen Clarke got the game underway with a superb pass to Purdy the Pugilist Oliver, who, having observed the 'first to pull the ball away from their opponent rule' in action, set about to win every ball that she laid her hands on leading to a strong Yarlet final quarter.Again, it was Sophie Shoot em n Score who quite rightly scored the final goal of the match to even things up at 3 all.
After the traditional cheers and thank yous, Alice the Bulldog Beardsmore was quite rightly nominated woman of the match with a pure first class performance where her grit was matched with control leading to no obstructions or, more importantly, injuries - always a worry with our Alice!
With an excellent start to the season, the U11s look set to claim their first victory soon.
After the Christmas holidays the girls were all ready to get their first Netball fixture under way.
The Ryleys started with the first centre and Yarlet were quick to react, marking each player. In the middle of the court there was some lovely passing in the first quarter between Raphie, Katie and Freya, which meant Yarlet kept possession for the first quarter.
After 7 minutes (first quarter) The Ryleys and Yarlet identified key strengths and knew where to work harder for the second quarter.
Yarlet's GA and GS, Amelia and Louiza, had opportunities to score but no matter how hard they tried the ball would not go through the hoop.
During the third quarter The Ryleys scored 2 goals spurring Amelia and Louiza on to try and score. Emily, Hannah and Ava put a stop to The Ryleys scoring any more goals by getting much tighter with their marking throughout the game.
Having taken a deep graze to her knee Amelia was taken off court for the remainder of the quarter. However, she later returned to the court in the final quarter to score a goal for Yarlet making the final score of 2-1. Well done girls you played so well!
Today, Form Seven gave an entertaining assembly to the entire school on the dangers and perils of lying. They showed this through three different interesting stories centered around the fable of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf". All pupils performed brilliantly and gave a clear, confident assembly highlighting their awesome talents and natural strengths.
The children have been very excited to make this and the big eruption is predicted for Thursday... !
More photographs to follow.
After the team's away draw last week, the girls were excited to be on home ground. Sadly during the warm up Danielle gained an injury, therefore Freya kindly stepped in to join the U11 team.
The Ryleys started with the first centre and Yarlet were quickly defending and intercepting the ball. The match was made up of 8 minute quarters so the team knew they had to act fast within each quarter of the game. In the middle of the court there was some excellent communication and passing between Ellen (C), Alice (GD) and Purdy Oliver. This allowed Sophie (GA) and Ella (GS) to have shots on goal however, the ball would not go in. The Yarlet shooters did not get frustrated and kept trying to get a goal for their team.During the third quarter, The Ryleys found gaps within the Yarlet defence and every opportunity The Ryleys GS had the ball she found the hoop, leaving Yarlet 4-0 down.With great determination, Yarlet's U11s kept pushing for the ball with Tilly and Scarlet jumping to gain possession back from The Ryleys, and Ella was at the post again... she took her time... and scored for Yarlet! Leaving it at 4-1. Star player was Ellen Clark (Vice Cpt). Well done ladies a hard game, but you never gave up!
The A team started off brightly playing with aggression and constantly trying to win the ball back, this lead to Yarlet always having the ball and looking to create chances. William Connell was great in winning the ball back and passing it on to our creative players like Angus and Zak. Once Yarlet managed to get the first goal there was no stopping them and Angus managed to weave his way to creating chance after chance! A huge positive was also that we managed to keep a clean sheet thanks to Fraser in goals. Overall a great game and a great 6-0 win.
The B team worked terrifically well as a unit and did well to keep the ball in the opposition half as much as possible, Oscar was brilliant at not only scoring but winning the ball and creating chances. In goals William Betteley was fantastic at keeping St Anselm's out of the game and gave the Bs a steady base to perform from. Overall the boys managed to win 6-1 and played some good football doing so!
A TeamWith a resounding 5-1 Victory, it was a fine team performance. We seem to work well as a team and united in being competitive against the opposition. With our drive and passion we could have a great team for a great season if we apply it in our practices as well as when we are on the field. Technically, we kept our formation exceptionally well, from our defence with Jamie and Aaron and our dynamic midfield trio with Alfie, Henry and Oli, to Noah in attack. Even Ethan in goal showed some great footwork and clearances. Henry, who scored three goals, could be proudly named "Man of the Match" but overall our team effort was more impressive. Well done to the whole team - it was greatly rewarding to see you work hard and determinedly and to see you having fun at the same time.
B TeamWe conceded a goal late on on the match so ended up with a 1-1 draw. It was a great match to watch because, even though the scores could have been better, it was good to see the pure determination of the boys simply competing. My man of the match was Owen because he never stopped running and had a smile on his face for the whole game.
Yarlet visited Stafford Grammar School with a full strength team in what was to be a keenly contested local derby.
The first half began with end-to-end football with both sides showing fast, flowing attacking play. Greg Beardsmore, in the Yarlet goal, was asked a number of searching questions early on and made several excellent saves to keep Stafford at bay while at the other end, Max Raine, Joe Archer, Jack Farrington and Sam Archer were all looking very dangerous for us in attack. Yarlet began to get on top as the half progressed with Charlie Belfield and Max going close and Sam having a header go just wide. It was Jack who put Yarlet ahead, after more great build-up play from Max, Joe and Sam, with a well struck low shot from 10 yards. Despite further pressure from Yarlet and with Oliver Heath and Mackenzie Tart looking solid in our defence the score at half time remained 1-0. Yarlet began the second half very well with Ben Eden and Joe having several shots that went close. It was Max however that extended the lead with a well taken goal before several minutes later scoring again with a fantastic effort from 25 yards. Charlie Capewell went close with a late effort for Yarlet and substitutes Victor Camara-Ruiz and Alex Cartmail also made good contributions.The final score was 3-0 to Yarlet and extends our 100% win record from September whenever we have been at full strength, which is a fantastic achievement. Well done again lads.
Form 5 have read a short story in English, 'Spit Nolan', and have been having a great time recreating and filming their own version of this historical adventure.
This week Form 4 have been experimenting with changing state, learning how to dissolve salt into a salt solution then evaporate the water to return it to its original state. The class had an Ice Cube Challenge, to see who could melt their ice cubes the quickest, by using friction and body heat.
Pupils during Clubs period built and tested earthquake-resistant buildings. Using the TransAmerica building in San Francisco as an example of a durable building (pyramid shape for further strength, rubber base to absorb the shocks and crossbracing structure for added security), our three teams set to work.Their buildings were tested for durability and pressure, with the Golden Dragons (Alan and Harry) coming out victorious.Lots of fun was had, and some amazing facts learnt too!
Yarlet started well against Shrewsbury. They were high in spirits and very quick at making tags. Oliver and Alfie showed great skill with the ball, producing some fine flowing passing and movement. Jamie produced a series of good tackles in quick succession and Alfie scored three excellent tries, demonstrating great speed and agility. Unfortunately, Yarlet were unable to capitalise on their strong early play and went into half time 3-5 down, mainly due to tiredness.
The second half was a more refined performance. Alfie grew into the game and the captain, Oliver, became increasingly influential as the match neared its finale. Alfie scored four more tries in a short space of time, bringing the final score to 7 - 10. The team played without substitutes for the whole duration of the match. They played a great game and made us proud!
Final score: Yarlet 7 – 10 Shrewsbury
Man of the Match: Alfie for some fantastic running with the ball in the second half.
On Wednesday 25th January, Shrewbury High Prep came to Yarlet for a block fixture one of which being the U11 Girls Netball.
The game was split into 4 quarters of 8 minutes so the girls knew they needed to keep control of each quarter, and they did!Yarlet made superb, quick passing between the defence straight up to the shooters giving Sophie Beech and Ella Nash lots of opportunities to score. Both of the girls received the ball just inside the D making it hard to shoot, however they both made it look easy!Within the centre court we had Ellen, Tilly and Scarlet keeping possession with short, sharp passing which was lovely to watch. The ball was moved into space by Ellen Clark to Sophie Beech, which is an excellent skill to observe.In defence we kept control between Amelia, Raphaela, Purdy and Scarlet who marked the Shrewsbury team tightly and had great spring in their legs when jumping to intercept a pass. During the last quarter Shrewsbury got faster with their passing which Yarlet were not expecting.Therefore the final score finished 5-4 to Yarlet. This is an amazing result as these girls were older and taller than the Yarlet team! A well deserved win, you all worked so hard!
Form 5 to 7 librarians hard at work making book art for the new library.
There was some serious seismic activity in the Reception classroom this afternoon. The volcano erupted! To the childrens delight and Ms Morgans surprise, the lava exploded about 3 foot in the air. Luckily all pupils are reported safe from the natural disaster.
The U12s team set off with great excitement to Terra Nova for their first match of the season confident in their abilities.
On arrival, we learned that two of their players play for clubs but we remained undaunted. Having won the toss, we opted for the first centre pass and play got underway. Terra Nova intercepted and got the ball into their D. After a few attempts, they secured their first goal to go up 1-0.
Within the next five minutes, Terra Nova were up 7-0. This was looking to be a possible annihilation. However, we held our heads held high, Kirstie got back three goals with a 100% score rate and the first quarter ended 7-3.
It was clear we needed more height in defence so Jess moved from shooter to keeper putting Dani in the shooter role. Terra Nova started strong again and quickly scored 2, taking them 9-3 up. Kirstie pulled one back for 10-4 but they scored again to take it to 11-5. At the end of another tough quarter, the score finished 13-5 with Terra Nova having secured another 5 goals.
Again, we needed a new strategy to add height into the shooting third so Grace moved from centre to shooter to leave Evi with the unenviable task of trying to control their club-playing centre. This freed up Dani to take a wing position and meant that Alice The Bulldog Beardsmore could go back to her natural home of goal defence. The new strategy proved to be our best one as Terra Nova only advanced their score by 1 and Kirstie pocketed another 4 goals leaving us at 14-9 and with hope at the end of the 3rd quarter.
With our new team structure working, we stuck with it and fought hard in the final quarter of the game. Alice made some great defensive interceptions and was key in getting the ball up to Kirstie and Grace in the attacking 3rd. Kirstie kept pulling back the goals but in the end we had too much to do following the 1st quarter's trouncing and the final score was 16-12 to the home team. Indeed, to only have a 4 goal deficit by the end felt like a triumph and the game was a great experience for this newly formed team.
Unsurprisingly, Kirstie Score Score Score Shiner was pronounced player of the match as she had scored every one of our 12 goals, intercepted well and been key throughout the game.
Well done girls on a great effort and show of sportsmanship.
Yarlet were hosts to Shrewsbury as they continued to try and extend our amazing winning run since September.
We had four additions to the squad in the guise of Alvaro, Jorge, Dani and Carlos our Spanish exchange students. The game started at a very fast pace with Yarlet penning Shrewsbury into their own half and having several early chances to go ahead. It wasn't long before Max Raine put us 1-0 ahead and soon after doubled the score with a fantastic shot. Jorge then made it 3-0 to Yarlet and it soon became a very one-sided game with the hosts completely dominating the match. Jon Cunliffe made it 4-0 just before half time and the half finished with our keeper Greg Beardsmore hardly troubled. The game continued in the same fashion in the second half with Joe Archer scoring with a superbly struck shot and Jon completing a great hat-trick with two more goals. Max did likewise and also ended up with a hat-trick. Sam Archer and all of our Spanish contingent were excellent throughout in midfield and all the rest of the squad made a good contribution as we ran out convincing 8-0 winners. Another fantastic effort and very well done lads.
Our U10s played at home against a strong Shrewsbury team.
This was a very close match highlighed by the score of 9 - 9 with three minutes left to play. However, the end result was a loss of 12 tries to 10. Ethan, Fraser and William were standout players but, as a whole, the team did extremely well considering the amount of rugby that we have played this term. We ran with the ball well and passed effectively, however our downfall was tagging the opposition. With practice tagging, however, this can easily be improved and should not be a problem in the future. Well done boys, good performance!
There was excitement in the air as the U8 boys began their first match of Tag Rugby this season.
Their opponents were Birchfield School.
With both sides ready to play, the whistle blew, and the game was on.
Within mere seconds of the blow, Robbie Holmes, captain, surged past the unsuspecting Birchfield players and scored a very quick try.
The opposition team were wary now, and unprepared. Yarlet took advantage of this and released the "secret weapon" - Henry Shaw, who dodged, ducked and weaved through the gaps of their defence to score two quick tries. By half time it was 3-1 to Yarlet!
Birchfield had a change of players for the second half, and they were ready for our attacks, bringing the score to 4-3 to Yarlet.
The atmosphere was tense. Parents leaned to get a better view. Coaches from both sides shouted, "Spread out!" Harry Clark took down important notes and scores to aid this report.
Henry Shaw, assisted by Izaak Bagshaw and Angus Lloyd, managed to evade the Birchfield boys and score his fourth try, moments before the end whistle blew.
It was a hard won match, and credit goes to all players for their teamwork skills, supporting each other throughout the game.
This was the best performance so far this season by our U11 team, with some excellent passing and some great tackling.
The game was a stalemate for most of the first half until right at the end when Birchfield scored. Yarlet started well in the second half. Some beautiful passing from the team led to an excellent try from Alfie. Birchfield however came back immediately with a well executed try of their own. Then Alfie caught the ball in the restart and tore down the pitch to score under the posts. Birchfield brought on some replacements to strengthen their team and subsequently scored four more tries. Yarlet were undeterred and continued their exciting play. There was some great tackling from Oliver who pulled another try back for us. Henry followed this up with a run from deep inside his own half to score a try of his own. Owen then added another try to the Yarlet tally. The game was very closely contested, but unfortunately for Yarlet, Birchfield scored two late tries to win the game by 8-5.
This was a great game. Each member of the team played exceptionally well. A special mention goes to Alfie for his fabulous running with the ball, to Ethan for playing so well in his first game for the U11 team, to Oliver for some great tackling and organisational skills, to Henry and Owen for good running and passing of the ball and finally to Aaron and Jamie for their non-stop tackling and running with the ball.
Man of the Match: Oliver for steely determination.
On Wednesday 1st February Flash Ley came to Yarlet for a High 5 match instead of the U11 normal 7 aside game.
The girls had learned the changes within a High 5 match during Games weeks in advance so were ready and prepared for the challenge.
The game was split into 4 quarters of 5 minutes so the girls knew they needed to act quickly for the whole match, trying to keep possession and get as many opportunities to score as possible.
The first quarter was dominated by Yarlet with 3 goals in the first 5 minutes! Incredible! With this in mind the girls swapped to their opposite positions making them think about other areas of the court and using different Netball skills. Changing positions did not slow them down.
During the second and third quarters the girls were still scoring and controlling the game through Ellen, Alice and Sophie getting in front of the ball and into space, giving Ella lots of chances to score. Danielle had been watching from the sidelines after the ball hit her hand awkwardly. She was determined to come back on and show the team she was not finished yet.
The girls worked superbly together with Purdy and Tilly finding the gaps within the Flashley centre third and intercepting the ball beautifully.
Well done girls - a lot learned and great skills used during the fixture! (Final score 6-0)
Form 2 have had a wonderful day celebrating the Chinese New Year after learning all about China this half term. The day has included parading around the school with a Chinese dragon making as much noise as we could to scare away all the bad spirits! Which they most certainly did!! We have also been creating dragons and tasting Chinese food using chop sticks. Form 2 were also lucky enough to have a very special guest, Mr Smith who has recently visited China and very kindly came in to share his wonderful photos and tell us all about it. Thank you very much!!
The match against Birchfield was a frustrating game resulting in a loss of 12 tries to 8.
The boys were slow to start both halves of the match putting us behind straight away. When we had the ball in hand with William and Fraser we looked a good rugby team but, unfortunately, we couldn't maintain a tight defensive line to keep Birchfield at bay! Two tries in the second half by Joe Thorpe put us back in with a chance but this proved too late. A great positive from the match was that William led the team throughout the game and physically gave it everything he had and was outstanding. If the boys can gain confidence with their defending, I believe they can win matches in the future. Well done boys!
Form 7's annual invitation to Moreton Hall's Art Workshop took place on Tuesday 31st January.
Once again this yearly event proved to be an enjoyable and informative experience for our budding young artists.Inspired by the costume of their surprise visitor, Shrewsbury's Town Cryer (who incidentally is the tallest Town Cryer in the Guinness Book of Records and a body double in the Harry Potter films), our pupils carried out observational drawings of intricate brass costume buttons, experimented with photo stencil screen printing and mixed media in order to create their pieces of art work.A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a huge thankyou to all of the staff and pupils at Moreton Hall for their hospitality.
Last Friday, Form 6 and our Spanish visitors travelled to Wolverhampton's Art Gallery to view Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art exhibition which was on loan from the Tate Gallery.
It proved to be a wonderful experience for our pupils who were able to get up close to these fantastic pieces of Pop Art and to see how Lichtenstein used Benday dots, simple blocks of colour, black outlines and diagonal stripes to create such iconic pieces of art.Following on from an informative guided tour, the pupils took part in a Pop Art workshop where they were able to express their own interpretation of Pop Art on paper.Our pupils entered whole heartedly into this activity, producing work that would not have looked out of place besides Lichtenstein's.After lunch the pupils were able to view some of the other art rooms that the gallery has to offer.A huge thank you to the staff at Wolverhampton Art Gallery for making our visit so enjoyable.
This exhibition runs until the 26th February for anyone interested in attending.
Form 4 have been experimenting with the question 'can salt and sand be separated once mixed together?'
We were privileged to be selected as the host for this year's Faraday challenge designed to stretch our gifted and talented Form 8 pupils in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Teams from Yarlet, St Dominic's Priory School, Stafford Grammar, Walton High School and Walton Priory were introduced to the challenge by a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Teams were given the challenge of programming using microbits and designing a product to assist the Land Rover BAR race boat team to win the Americas Cup.The children worked well as a team, each child having specific roles such as an accountant, designer and product manager. Each team had a budget to work to and could buy resources from a shop. They then presented their product and ideas to the rest of the teams.Congratulations to Stafford Grammar for winning this heat, they now qualify for further heats in this national competition.
An excellent game, played with great sportsmanship and producing some outstanding play on both sides.
The teams shared equal possession for most of the game. The first half saw both sides scoring tries involving a couple of players running through the opposition without being tackled. At half-time Terra Nova were in the lead by 6-5. The second half was equally contested. Ethan, Morgan, Jake, Joseph and Elliot made many excellent tackles and Elwin and Henry in particular, broke through Terra Nova's defensive line on many occasions. Terra Nova added four more tries to their score line and Henry and Elwin for Yarlet added five leading to a final score of 10-10.The match was played with great spirit and the sporting conduct from both teams was a credit to all the players.A special mention should go to Elwin for his excellent tries and to Henry who in his first rugby match for the U10, produced a man-of-the match performance.
We are very proud to report that OY, Harry Flowers, has been offered a contract by Burnley Football Club following a successful trial this week.
Harry, now aged 20, was an all-round sportsman at Yarlet, excelling at both cricket and football. Harry paid tribute to his two footballing mentors, Mr Swift and Mr Millington, who helped to sow the seeds for his future success and made playing football so enjoyable.
Harry seems set to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ron Flowers, who himself is a footballing legend, helping Wolves to three top flight titles, an FA Cup and two Charity Shields during their golden age of the 1950s. He was also part of the England team who earned their place in history by winning the World Cup in 1966.
Our best result of the season, winning 12 tries to 8!
This was a tremendous team performance in which every member of the team played their part. Our magic man, Alfie Farrington, ran them tired but what was pleasing to watch was everyone defending and chasing down as they had practised in Games sessions. Zeb, Jamie, Noah, Owen and in particular Oliver Connell chased every single person and never lost speed. A truly magical performance boys - your hard work certainly paid off. The boys also deserve praise for their behaviour and sportsman-like conduct throughout the afternoon.
This morning Form 4 have made their very own lava lamps.
We observed how the fizzy tablet (Alka Seltzer) created the bubbles whilst dissolving.
Today in History, Form 4 embalmed and mummified Pharaoh Reuben I.
To do this, the embalmers had to remove Reuben's brain with a hook, slice open his sides and take out his stomach, liver, lungs and intestines, placing them into canoptic jars. (No pupils were harmed in the disembowelling of the Pharaoh!)The priests (Louiza and Evelyn) then had to bless Reuben's embalmed body with prayers and spells, before he was wrapped up in linen, to be preserved for the Afterlife (depending on how well he had behaved- otherwise he'll be the dinner of Ammet, the crocodile god!).The pupils learned a lot about the interesting and unusual Ancient Egyptian rituals, and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Form Three created their own Rain Gauges in Geography in order to measure the amount of rainfall that may occur in the following days.
As you can see, they took time and effort to create and decorate their rain gauges, which they can now hang proudly in their gardens, ready to report how much, if any, rain falls in the next week!
Lots of fun was had at the Friendship Disco last night - a fantastic way to round off this half-term.
On Monday 13th February the U12 Girls Netball team had a fixture versus Abbots Bromley instead of their normal Games session.
Despite the icy cold winds the girls were ready for action. During the first quarter the girls dominated the game with some speedy passing between Grace Darby, Kirstie Shiner and Harriet Bane. In the first quarter it was 5-1 to Yarlet with Jessica Cartmail and Kirstie Shiner working well together in the D.
In the second quarter Evi Rogers got the right idea by intercepting and passing well to Harriet Bane and Grace Darby. Sophie Beech defended well during the third quarter and made great runs up and down the wing with fast, sharp passes to Danielle Rotchell and Hannah Mutezo, who were getting into good spaces. By the end of the third quarter the score was 15-2. In the fourth and final quarter we shook up the positions to make it more challenging for Yarlet U12s. Grace Darby got into a tricky position as GS with only half her foot inside the D, she went for a shot and scored!The final score was 19-3. A superb game girls, very well played indeed!
Kinetic Theatre delighted us with their performance of Robin Hood where the children learned about habitats, it has never been so entertaining. This interactive performance tackled topics like Photosynthesis, Classification and food chains. It was great to know that Ava was certainly "ALIVE" and Alfie made a fabulous rabbit in part of a food chain.
Match Report: Yarlet vs St Austin'sYarlet gave an excellent account of themselves in this match. They were particularly well organised defensively despite never having played a tournament together before. For many in the team, this was their first competitive tournament. Jamie and Owen kept Austin's attackers at bay. Great interplays between Alfie and Noah produced three great goals. The game finished Yarlet 3-0.Man of the Match: Alfie
Yarlet vs St Anne'sThe second match in our group was against St Anne's. Yarlet enjoyed plenty of early possession with goal opportunities falling to Noah and Alfie with an excellent shot from Alfie who nearly scored from outside the box. As St Anne's began to increase their possession, Elwin and Jamie defended more rigorously, denying St Anne's several goal opportunities. Alfie scored a sumptuous goal from a cunning assist from Noah with Noah also scoring two minutes before the final whistle. Final score Yarlet 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Elwin
Yarlet vs St Patrick'sIn our third match against St Patrick's, Henry, who started the game in defence, produced an excellent interception to prevent the opposition from taking an early lead. This was followed by a great shot on goal from Alfie, which was unfortunately denied due to a strong save from the St Patrick's goalkeeper. However, after further counter attacks, Yarlet finally took the lead with a powerful shot from Noah. Henry, Elwin and Jamie were excellent in defence and were able to keep the opposing team at bay until the final whistle. Final score Yarlet 1-0.Man-of-the-Match: Noah
Yarlet vs St Leonard's BOur fourth game was against St Leonard's B, probably the strongest team in our group. We produced some of our best football in this game. The entire team played well and it was no surprise when Alfie produced an outstanding goal to give us a 1-0 lead. We managed to hang on to our lead, thanks to some excellent goalkeeping from Aaron and spirited defending from Owen. Final score Yarlet 1-0. We came top of our group and earned ourselves a place in the semi finals.Man- of- the-Match: Alfie
Semi-FinalsYarlet vs John WheeldonIn our semi-final match against John Wheeldon we shared equal possession, but were unable to convert our goal scoring opportunities into goals. Despite putting the opposing side under pressure, luck was not in our favour and we ended losing by 1-0. Yarlet demonstrated magnificent endeavour and team spirit throughout the tournament. Well done boys!Man-of-the-Match: Aaron
On Wednesday 15th February the U11 Girls Netball had their match moved inside due to a sudden downpour of rain. This was a good challenge for the U11s has they had not played inside before or on a smaller court.During the first quarter, the girls found it challenging as the passes between the Denstone Prep players were rapid!Roughly every 3 minutes a goal was scored either by Denstone Prep or Yarlet and during the second and third quarter Yarlet were playing a much better game and passing the ball over the tall Denstone players into space guaranteeing possession. Sophie Beech and Tilly Capewell demonstrated this beautifully throughout the match.The final quarter saw Yarlet in full speed ahead with Sophie and Ella Nash (GA and GS) having lots more opportunities to score thanks to the great defending from Freya Lloyd and Purdy Oliver (Captain). Our centre court players finished every quarter with bright, red cheeks and BIG smiles. The speed of Amelia Lucas, Scarlet Bryan and Ellen Clark was fantastic to watch! The final score 25-19 to Denstone Prep. A superb game girls you learnt a great deal. Well done!
Form 3 had a baa-rilliant time seeing the new lambs at Abbotsholme School this morning. Some of them were just 6 hrs old! Very cute!
Monday was an animal packed day for Form 4 starting off at Abbotsholme Farm, where we explored their Equestrian Centre and Lambing Barn, then on the way home we called at Amerton Farm, where we all had the opportunity to bottle feed Ant and Dec (newly born lambs). Despite the rain we all had a fantastic animal filled morning.
The dining room fell into an eerie silence at lunchtime - it could mean only one thing - the children were engrossed in pancake pandemonium as they devoured their delicious freshly made pancakes!
Our librarians excitedly awarded certificates and prizes today to the children who took part in the Extreme Reading and Story Model Competitions. All of the entries were fantastic and we're so proud of everyone. The lucky winners, who get 5 house points and £5 to spend at the school book fair are: Extreme Reading - Zebastian Ashford, William Goodwin and Maisie Game.
Story Model - Purdy Oliver, Nolita Thorley and Maisy James.
The photos and models will be displayed in our gorgeous new library. Your photos and models are still very much welcome even if you missed the deadline.
A brilliant first first day!
Beautiful sunshine and deep blue skies this morning although it snowed this afternoon, the children probably preferring the latter. (They have been playing in the snow at every opportunity!)
Everyone has made solid progress and although we were in groups for most of the day, we skied together for the last run of the day and everyone looked great.
On Wednesday 1st March the U11 girls had a netball match against Edenhurst. The first quarter was tough as within the first few minutes Edenhurst scored their first goal. Grace D scored our next goal and by the end of the quarter the score was 4-2 to Edenhurst.The second quarter we switched up the positions and this allowed the girls to show their skills in different areas of the court. Alice and Tilly were getting into great spaces and intercepting the opposition's passes with great determination and trying their hardest to get the ball into our attacking D. With some great shots from Sophie the score at the end of the second quarter was 7-4 to Edenhurst.As we went into the third quarter we were determined to equalise the score, now making it 9-5 to the opponents.During the final quarter the girls didn't give up and closed the score to 11-6. A well fought game girls, well done!
At the start of a new month and after a miserable week of wet weather the sun shone on the U9 girls in Birchfield's Sport Festival.
The festival allowed Yarlet to play a round robin so the girls got to play all the other schools starting with Birchfield Bs. Yarlet U9s dominated the match with a 3-0 win. The girls played fantastically passing the ball cleanly and quickly across the court. Their second match was against The Royal where it was more challenging and Yarlet had to put the pressure on. The match finished 2-1 to Yarlet. In our third match we began to struggle and got tired making passing errors leaving the score 4-0 to Birchfield A team. Having a break after this match allowed Yarlet to regroup and fight during their last two matches (Packwood and Shrewsbury). Yarlet U9s knew these teams were strong. Within the fourth match all the girls kept putting the pressure on. Packwood, however, were just as good as Yarlet with a final score of 2-2. In the final match of the round robin, with tired legs, the girls did not give Shrewsbury time to think about passing and intercepted some long passing. The final score was 2-1 to Shrewsbury but with longer than 8 minutes the girls would have made it a draw!
Well done girls you were fantastic to watch in every game!
Very snowy but the children loved playing in the deep snow! The group has skied together all day and have competently tackled some red runs in powder snow.
We are going for a walk this evening and we will be building snow sculptures followed by a few games back at the hotel.
Everyone enjoyed fish and chips for lunch.
The football match against Denstone was a closely fought match finishing 4-3 to Yarlet.
It required the whole team to play at their best to stay in front until the end. In the first half Yarlet were dominant and even though Alfie created lots of goal scoring opportunities, Yarlet couldn't find the goal. The boys did not get frustrated. In the second half it was a lot closer and Denstone started to play some good football with accurate passing and scored their goals. Therefore this required Aaron to be at his best to make a few match winning saves and Owen was supporting Aaron by blocking and making vital tackles. Overall, the performance was great and goals from Henry and Noah to steal the win.A great game to watch boys well done!
Another fabulous day in the mountains. The weather improved and the skiing conditions are now excellent. Stefano, our instructor, is delightful with your children and is giving them individualised feedback and targets. We have covered miles of piste, including some steep red runs.
This evening we have been bum-boarding and they all had such amazing fun and played very well together. We finished the day in a lovely cafe with hot chocolate and biscuits.
In science, Form 4 are currently exploring the force of friction in everyday life. Today we timed each other moving jelly cubes from one plate to another. Then we added oil and timed again to see if it would take more or less time to transfer the jelly cubes.
Gorgeous sunshine today which gave us some stunning views of the mountains.
It was also exam day when their skills were graded (results at the presentation tomorrow).We are going up the mountain again tonight, this time in a skidu which will be an adventure in the dark.
Everyone is well and we are all looking forward to a great final day. We are going to ski over to France and have lunch as a treat.
As soon as Denstone Prep U9 team arrived onto the court every Yarlet player was amazed by how tall they were, but the team did not let this change their game plan. U9s had practised quick passing in Games sessions and this certainly showed when they had possession.Denstone Prep had shots on goal, however with the pressure of Emily Cumberbatch and Freya Lloyd in defence they kept missing giving possession back to Yarlet. Using this, our GK (Emily) started at the back line of the court and within a matter of seconds it had been passed to Freya, Katie, Clementine, Raphie, Amelia and then Yarlet's GS (Louiza), who scored a DOUBLE hat trick!Despite their size, Yarlet's U9 girls were not intimidated and used other ways to get around them: speed, agility and fast passing. It was a fantastic game to watch and umpire girls, very well done! The final score was 7-5 with Louiza Rae Wilcox as star player.
With two of the U11 team out having a brilliant time skiing, the U11s had to make some changes to their positions but this didn't unsettle the team at all.
Within the first half it was clear that Yarlet's U11 had a game plan to move the ball quickly once we'd got possession giving Sophie Beech and Ellen Clark (normally Centre) a shot on goal. This meant that Alice Beardsmore (Centre), Purdy Oliver (GD) and Tilly Capewell (WD) had to work hard in the centre third intercepting passes and throwing the ball into space for their teammates to run onto.During the last two quarters Denstone Prep started to read where our passes were going and intercepted them frequently. This made it more challenging for the girls as their plan worked so well during the first half. Talking after the third quarter, the girls were reminded to dodge their player making their opponents confused where they were running to. Tilly Capewell demonstrated this beautifully and because of this was the star player of the match. Well done girls - this game made you think about using different tactics.Final score: 15-5 to Yarlet.
The weather was kind to us again providing a wonderful final day of sunshine and clear skies. We had a great time in France where we ate lunch in a restaurant next to the piste.
Tonight the children have been given the results of their tests and have been presented with the corresponding medals.
Perhaps most importantly, we have made it through the week without any major injuries although you will notice a few bumps, scrapes and bruises!
Today, Form Four went on an exploration into magical woods, enchanted forests and mystical ponds, as they navigated their way throughout Conkers, an outdoor activity centre. They have been studying Map Skills in Geography, so this exercise was a perfect opportunity to apply their hard-working skills and put them to the test! They were split into two teams, with the challenge to locate and solve the various riddles around the expansive park. Miss Davies' team emerged victorious, whilst Mr. Pass' team came a close second, but enjoyed getting lost in the maze! The team at Conkers were very complimentary of our pupils, and Mr. John, our ranger, said, "What a polite and well mannered class, a real credit to your school." After our orienteering challenge, we boarded a train to a huge playground, the perfect way to round off a fun day.Well done Form Four, a very exciting and adventurous day!
It was the perfect sunny evening for a Tag Rugby Tournament at Stafford Manor.
The team had been training together for the last few games sessions and were ready for all four games.
Yarlet was grouped onto Pitch 2 where we played against Stafford Prep (lost 3-2), St Patricks (won 4-2), St Leonards (won 2-0) and our final game against St Andrews B (won 3-1).
The team only had 5 minutes per match to make every spin and tag count. After every try Yarlet's U9s were sprinting to restart the game in the middle again - it was superb to watch you all sprint and grabbing tags off the opponents and the heat of the evening made it far more challenging for you all. You all played fantastically well! Yarlet finished second in their group, which is an excellent achievement.
Form 3 used their class assembly this morning to teach Main School all about St Patrick's Day! Super narrating, and amazing acting! Well done guys!
Today Mrs Pauline Swift is celebrating a very special birthday!! Congratulations Pauline, from everyone at Yarlet.
Tuesday 14th March saw the long-awaited opening of Yarlet's new library and it was a wonderful day full of fun-filled activities.
The staff and children all dressed up as much loved story characters and local storyteller, Alan Barrett, entertained each and every child during a range of bespoke lessons including interactive storytelling, drama and debating.
At the end of the day, our official opening took place with a poetry recital including pupils from years 3, 5 and 6 and a poem penned specifically by Alan for our library.
Following the cutting of the red ribbon, parents and children visited our book fair and book tasting rooms as well as taking a tour of the new library.
Thank you to everyone for their support and we hope you get as much pleasure from the library as we have had revamping it.
Thursday 16th March was the official reporting day for the BBC Schools Project and some of our year 7 girls grabbed the opportunity to be journalists with both hands.
Ethan Squire and his dad, Steve, very kindly agreed to be interviewed about their recent Barlaston Hoard finds and Steve even bought in some of his coin collection to show us.
On the actual day of the project, we were lucky enough to go to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC and were able to use Mrs Barron's link with Stefan Gates to get our very own backstage tour of his show 'Body Hacking'.
Both of these interviews can be seen on Youtube via a link from the Yarlet School website.
Now that the girls know what's involved, they're eager and raring to go on next year's reports.
There might not have been "love all around", but the day was definitely Wet Wet Wet as Form 7 travelled to Conkers for an orienteering challenge, as part of their Common Entrance studies in Geography.
Departing School in the pouring rain, we were soon at Conkers, an outdoor activity centre and already the class were excited to get into the rain and navigate the beautiful countryside.Form 7 were split into two teams, headed by Mr Pass and Mrs Burrows-Berry. Ranger Carl gave the signal, and we were off! Using their newly learnt and refreshed Map Skills, the two teams located the clues on the map, found the area and recorded the solved riddles. Mrs Burrows-Berry's team were victorious, due to Harriet and Charlie B's leadership, with my team a narrow second (some of us took a tumble in a flooded ditch!).I was so proud and impressed with the enthusiasm, dedication and maturity Form 7 showed throughout the trip, and particularly with Oliver, Evi, Charlie C and Kirstie, Sam and Jess for their sensible and thoughtful interest shown. It was a wonderful birthday treat to spend the day with such a diligent and hard-working class!
Form 5 and 6 pupils had a beautiful sunny and fun packed day at Warwick castle courtesy of British Science Week and the Ogden Trust based at Keele.
After a tour of the castle we joined forces with students from Keele University and Stoke Sixth Form College to make our Trebuchets; all the students completed the task and produced a working catapult capable of throwing a tennis ball. It was great fun putting science principles into practice in this unique environment and thanks go to Scott Walker from Keele who organised the day's events.
After weeks of planning, designing and making their own wind turbines, Science Club have created electricity!
There was actually enough electricity generated to power a light bulb and there were whoops of delight and 'oohs' of amazement as the lights came on when the turbines whizzed round. Brilliant science, well done!
During a miserable wet Wednesday when we all thought the cross country would be cancelled, Shrewsbury High Prep confirmed it was going ahead, but shortened courses. This was a relief to some of the Yarlet competitors.Everyone did fantastically well in awful, sticky conditions and weren't fussed how much mud they were covered in! Additionally, it was a joy to see was the non-runners supporting those participating in their event by running alongside them encouraging them to the finish line.
Final Results:U11 Boys:Jamie Bettley- 11th, Oliver Connell-39th, Alfie Farrington-47th, Elwin Adhami-75th.U11 Girls:Alice Beardsmore-20th, Ella Nash-27th, Ellen Clark-27th, Purdy Oliver-41st.
U9AsAs soon as we arrived, the U9s showed great maturity in getting warmed up and grouping themselves to warm up in shooting, passing and defending, which is superb to see at this age! The girls were ready for their game against Terra Nova's U9As and, for a change, we were much taller than them! From the off the girls dominated the game meaning our defenders (Freya, Emily and Katie) worked really well together to stop TN from getting anywhere near Yarlet's goal. The final score was 12-0. Amelia and Louiza worked brilliantly well together and in the final quarter Freya scored one and Katie scored two. Another excellent game girls, well done!
U9BsThe U9Bs played Terra Nova's U8As and Bs. Firstly, the U8As played our Yarlet U9s which allowed the girls to get used to the court and High 5s positions, which gives the girls more of the court to get into space. The girls gained confidence as the game went on and Ava Flavell scored a great goal leaving the score 4-1. Their second game against the U8Bs was fantastic to watch with Jessica Baines using the space on the edge of the D to support the shooters and Ava and Hannah McNulty working well together to make the final score 1-0 to Yarlet. Well done girls!
Forms 3 and 4 have made it into the newspaper with the superb drawings of their mummies! Well done.
During my first term as Musical Director I have been blown away by the musical talent and participation at Yarlet.
It is a delight to see how well supported the children are in their musical lives by both parents and staff. The Form 5 and 6 recital evening went down a treat! The young musicians provided high quality entertainment while family were able to enjoy a glass of wine in the cosy atmosphere. We heard a wide range of music from medieval singing to West End musical numbers! All pupils performed brilliantly and the evening was a joy throughout.The main school concert gave a platform for some of our Yarlet ensembles and soloists to demonstrate what they have been working so hard on over the past months. The string group brought back wedding memories for some parents in the audience as they played Pachelbel's canon. The clarinet and sax group got the audience tapping their feet with their jazzed up rendition of Happy by Bruno Mars, and the orchestra rounded off the concert with a Disney favourite of mine, Waltz from Sleeping Beauty.I would like to thank all the performers who were involved in both the recital evening and main school concert this term, I have loved working with you and am very proud of what you are achieving. And finally I would like to thank all the parents who support their children's musical development by helping them practise at home, preparing them for performances and coming to watch them in the concerts. It means so much to the children and I know it encourages them to keep playing!
The day was gloriously sunny and the children were excited to explore beyond the classroom as we headed into the Peak District to visit the Peak Wildlife Park.
This nicely concludes their studies on Ecosystems in Geography, a topic where they have studied different habitats and biomes that animals survive and humans live in. Form 5 were immediately greeted with the sight of two otters, the new couple to the park, and as Kalisha, our keeper, gave us a tour of the park, we were awe struck by the beautiful array of endangered and fascinating animals, including a zebra, a warty-pig and a tortoise! By far the most enjoyable part of the trip was the opportunity to get up close and personal with these creatures, and the children loved being able to feed and stroke the wallabies, the pygmy goats and the lemurs. Both the keeper and the manager of the Park complimented Yarlet on our polite, respectful and inquisitive pupils; very proud and deserving praise for the girls and boys who worked hard and showed genuine enthusiasm and interest.
Form 1 have been learning all about life for Victorian children.
We visited the Victorian school at Ironbridge earlier in the term and wanted to replicate the experience at Yarlet. Miss Dewey led the history lesson as a strict Victorian teacher and all the children had to behave appropriately. The cane and dunce's hat were dolled out for badly behaved children who did not follow the rules. We all really enjoyed it, but we were glad to be able to chat, laugh and smile again at the end of the lesson. A most memorable experience for us all
A great time was had by everyone who stayed for our special boarding night last Friday when we organised lots of special activities, including a pamper session for the girls, floodlit football, an Easter Egg hunt, freshly popped popcorn and an opportunity to watch Comic Relief.
U9AsOn a sunny afternoon (for a change!) the U9As again showed how well they are performing as a team. They knew where everyone was on the court, moving the ball brilliantly and using the space accordingly. It was beautiful to watch. Despite the tall players, the girls were quick to take control and dominate the match with Freya, Raphie, Katie and Ava dictating the centre third which allowed Amelia and Louiza to do what they do best, score! The final score was 8-2 (4 scored by Louiza Rae Wilcox and 4 scored by Amelia Lucas). A fantastic game girls to finish the season - well done!
U9BsThe U9Bs weren't expecting a game on Tuesday however, Denstone Prep brought along their B team to observe a netball match. So Miss Davis quickly decided to change Year 3s Games lesson into a match. The girls were very excited and having shown great potential at Terra Nova the girls were ready to prove it on home ground. The girls used the space on the court well and towards the end of the match the girls marked tighter and tighter to their opponents. Well done girls you played so well! It was lovely to see you all develop your skills as the match went on.
Straight after the U13 7 aside match versus Abbotsholme 3 of the players (Alice, Sophie and Ellen) then took part in a High 5 Festival at Stafford Prep alongside Ella, Purdy, Tilly and Freya.
Yarlet were placed in Group 2 which consisted of Leasowes A, Cooper Perry B and SPS B Team. Our first match was versus Copper Perry B and with 5 minutes each side the girls knew they had to act fast to control the game. At half-time the girls had to rotate their positions two of which they were new to (Timekeeper and Scorer). However as always the girls dealt with the different rules and roles confidently and maturely.
The scores of the tournament were: Cooper Perry B 1-3 Yarlet, Leasowes A 3-0 Yarlet and Stafford Prep B 0-5 Yarlet.
The girls did so well and were quick to respond to their new positions. It was a joy to watch our Captain, Purdy Oliver, leading the Yarlet U11 team through the tournament. We all wish you the best of luck in Devon Purdy!
What a hoot of a morning for Forms 3 and 4! Thanks to Helena Rawlings, Form 3 has adopted Lilly the Barn Owl for the next twelve months! Twit-Twoo!