On 25th of April, Forms 4 and 5 went on their first residential school trip, to Kingswood Colomendy in North Wales. The children had an action-packed two days, with activities including the climbing wall, den building, nightline (a blindfolded obstacle course!), Jacob's ladder, obstacle courses, team building activities and orienteering. The activities developed the children's teamwork and resilience, and set a few pulses racing as they were challenged to face their fears. To wind down on their second evening we had a campfire around which we sang songs and played games to round off an amazing residential!
As part of our gardens topic, this week Kindergarten are learning about the Little Red Hen. We have read The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza and we thought it would be a great opportunity to make our own pizza. Yummy!!!!
Form 3 took their performance poetry practice outside this morning! Some budding rappers with some great moves!
Written by Scarlet:
The match started with an excellent bat from Lucy. She hit the ball and made it to second where she waited for Helena to start running. Yarlet later on got another half rounder from Lily M. Ava got half a rounder followed by Grace and Hannah. Ava got our first stunning rounder. Yarlet finished the first quarter with two more superb rounders from Eliza and Helena. We ended the first quarter with an amazing 5.5 rounders. Yarlet's fielding started with lots of backwards hits from Prestfelde. The team dealt with these hits beautifully. As Yarlet started their second quarter of fielding Isabelle chased the ball and got it back to the bowler as quickly as possible. The final score was 9-9. An awesome game with a fantastic outcome, well done U9s!
With a slightly different format, 9 v 9, and a strong team, expectations were high. But Terra Nova batted well and with Yarlet bowling a high number of wides, they achieved 141 off twenty overs with the loss of 6 wickets. Sadly the luck was not on Yarlet's side: Fraser, Henry and Reuben were all out early on, so the game was all about survival at the end! With this being our first hard ball game, it was a tough first match. But with everyone taking a role in the game, all the boys batted and bowled at least two overs, and it was good to see everyone staying involved in the match. Well done Izaak as well for taking a wicket - we all enjoyed that champagne moment!
It was a game of highs and lows for our U9 boys as they faced off against Tettenhall College in a close-quarters game of Kwik-Cricket on Tuesday.Captained by William H, our boys began by batting, and whilst the play was slow, points accumulated progressively, and pretty soon we had a good score for Tettenhall to contend with. This was down to some great batting from Elliot, Oliver and Gabriel, who threw caution to the wind and hit hard, landing a few 6's in the field opposite. Unfortunately a few rogue balls meant players such as William G and Harvey were knocked out, leaving the score at 23.When Tettenhall came up to bat, our fielding was good, and several balls which would have run across the boundary were saved. Good fielding from Archie P, Robbie, Oscar and Archie C helped to keep Tettenhall's score low. It quickly became clear however as the afternoon wore on that Tettenhall were great batsmen, and soon our boys were scurrying for the ball, giving the opponents plenty of 4's. Tettenhall won by a clear margin, but this provided our boys with a good learning experience in effective fielding and looking out for any surprises.Next time lads!
The sun shone yesterday as our U13 boys enjoyed an afternoon of cricket against Tettenhall in the wonderful Yarlet grounds.
Steve Proud and The School of Tennis will be holding sports camps at Yarlet during Half Term, from Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June.
Activities include a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and are suitable for children between 4 and 14.
The camps will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and cost £25 per day.
Camps will also take place for four weeks during the Summer holidays, from Monday 30 July to Friday 24 August and the following times and prices apply
9:30 am - 3:30 pm £20 per dayEarly drop off £5 per day (8:30 - 9:30 am)Late stay £5 per day (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
Report by Henry and Reuben (Form 5)
On Wednesday, Yarlet U11 boys took on Edenhurst at cricket. With Yarlet bowling first we made good progress with Reuben and Henry taking some wickets in the first four overs. Next up were Isaac and Cameron who bowled tremendously well and the batting pair didn't make many runs off them. Freddie and William followed and they both bowled very well too. William got two wickets. Bowling next were Jack and Robbie. They both bowled amazingly well. Whilst Robbie was bowling, Jake ran someone out. The last two bowlers were Elliot and Cameron. They were also amazing with Cameron bowling two people out. A big mention to captain, Fraser, who led the team as well as running two people out.
It was time for Yarlet to bat with Henry and Fraser batting first. Henry hit some sweet shots whilst Fraser was hitting fours after fours. Next to bat were Reuben and William. While William was hitting shots for lots of runs, Reuben was hitting shots which were causing havoc in the Edenhurst field. Up next were Cameron and Isaac who batted superbly well and both of them should be very proud of themselves. One of the last batting pairs were Freddie and Elliot who also were amazing. There were excellent bowlers against them but they were hitting bowls like a dream. The last batting pair were Robbie and Jake who also had an amazing game. The final score was 220 for Yarlet and 237 for Edenhurst. Even though we lost, we played superbly. Well done boys!
Well the U11 rounders girls are going from strength to strength with another away win.The girls lost the toss meaning with batted first. But our hitting was superb and the girls were certainly in control from the off making Edenhurst unsure where the next strike would land. After the first innings the girls were up 9.5 to 4.5. The U11s continued to add to that score with a final score of 20.5 to 10.5 rounders from Edenhurst. Star player was Sophie who bowled fantastically in the second innings. A special mention has to go out to Freya (2nd base) and Amelia (back stop) who managed to catch two people out, as well as Ellen and Scarlet who got many opponents out throwing from back stop to first base to stump out. A fantastic game to watch/umpire girls - very well done!
The senior girls were learning to dive for the ball in today's games session. Lots of giggles and fun had by all!
What a wonderful way to start the day! Form One were so lucky this morning to have a meet and greet with Florence's new family additions- 6 gorgeous Jack Russell puppies. We have loved hearing how cute they are, but it was so much better to see this fact for ourselves. A huge thank you to Mrs Busby for delighting us all with the tiny bundles of fun- you can never have enough cute puppy fun!!!
Form 7 were lucky enough to be invited to Shrewsbury School to get an insight into some exciting chemistry. Dr Briggs made flames, bangs and various colour changes to demonstrate just how exciting chemistry can be.
Following an arduous 3-hour trip, when we thought we were going to the moon, not just Leicester, we arrived at the National Space Centre. The children explored various galleries, making notes, dressing up and pushing lots of buttons! After lunch we discovered how astronauts cope in space. The journey home was a lot quicker and the children were superb, not a moan or groan the whole day, despite being hot and bothered and having to contend with an extra-long journey.
Yesterday, the U9 boys took on Edenhurst and narrowly lost to the old rivals, in a tightly fought match that ended in a close 48-36 loss to Yarlet.Captained by Oscar, the boys fielded first. Both Oscar and Henry bowled well, and kept the score down, followed by more skillful bowling from Archie P and William B. Angus once more stood out as a talented bowler, and gave two wickets to Edenhurst.Edenhurst pushed back, and some wide and no balls put Edenhurst in a comfortable position as our boys took to the bat.This time it was Harry and Freddy who delighted with their powerful strikes, and pushed up the score, with some impressive work from William G and William H too. By the last over, there was 16 points difference, and the boys pushed very hard to close the gap.Unfortunately, decent bowling prevented our boys from any successful shots, and Edenhurst left with a win.Better luck next time lads!
We are so proud of our budding photographers who won awards at this year's Staffordshire Rotary Photography Competition in which there were over 300 entries. Huge well done Elliot who won 1st place for the Primary Colour Category for his fantastic still life photo of a tea set. Big congratualions to Amelia, Katie, Raphie, Freya, Chloe and Adelaide for winning 1st prize with their Portfolio entitled 'our beautiful school'. Elliot's and the girls' photos have also won awards at the District final, we find out what place after half term...watch this space!
Yesterday our U13 girls played a very close and exciting game of Kwik-Cricket against Prestfelde, in a tight match that ended with a very close loss to our team.Captained by Jess, the team were fielding first. Grace and Kirstie held their own with very accurate bowls, making a hard playing field for the opponents to hit out into. The boundary was well fielded by Harriet and Evi, who kept the longer ranging hits at bay. As a nice surprise, Chloe joined us for the match and gave some good bowls, including a wicket, followed by Lucia who calmly delivered some great bowls too!With a score of 56 to beat, our girls took to the batting, and Grace opened with some powerful shots that soared into the cow fields and beyond. Danielle proved that might overcomes height and batted eagerly, whilst Hannah gave as good as she got also. Evi scored an impressive six into the field, followed by Kirstie and her powerful smashes, again into the cow field (the cows had realised that they were target practice and had vacated). By the last three bowls the U13's were in the lead by two points...unfortunately two quick wickets meant our girls lost by just 7 points; 56-49.Kirstie was nominated Player of the Match due to her amazing hits into the field...although the cows may have disagreed.It was a tightly fought match, but a brilliant sunny day, a fun atmosphere and a great learning curve for all involved - better luck next time ladies!
Currently in Form 4 we are looking at instructions, how to write them and what features need to be included. But first to learn something new.... tying a tie! Everyone had so much fun at trying to copy a tie, we knew what the end result should look like and continued until we created it. Once created we wrote clear, structured instructions. Patience and practise were key, well done for persevering Form 4!
The U9s controlled the game from the start.Captain Eliza made the tactical decision to field first, allowing Yarlet to see how many rounders the opponent obtained before they went in to bat.After the first innings to girls were up 10-0. Rounders scored by: Eliza, Isabella, Grace and 3 rounders by Ava!During the second innings the Edenhurst gained more confidence and scored 1 and a half rounders, however there was no stopping Yarlet's U9s adding another 8 and a half rounders to their total.An amazing home win girls well done! You all worked so well together.
Come and visit us at the Staffordshire County Show today.
The stand is located opposite the Staffordshire Pavilion.
As a reward for their hard efforts over this term, including an assembly on the importance of being a role model, supporting younger children in their studies and hosting a bake sale for Katharine House Hospice, the Prefects were taken to Frankie and Benny's for a delicious meal!As you can see, they were confident enough to show off their funny side too!
The Prefects held a bake sale on the last day of term to raise money for the Katharine House Hospice.From the sale of a variety of delicious and morish cakes, biscuits, shortbreads, cookies, donuts and cupcakes they managed to raise £233! This money will be donated to the Katharine House Hospice, a respite centre which helps those with terminal illnesses to enjoy life. They will immensely appreciate this donation, which will help them to continue to provide care, support and activities to those in need.A huge thank you to all pupils and parents who brought in so many delicacies, the tables were groaning under the weight of them all! And thank you to the Prefects for once again excelling in representing Yarlet School at the highest level and giving so much to others.
Today in History, Form 4 learnt about the bizarre and delicious origins of Chocolate, dating back to the Mayan / Aztec period.
They did this in the only way a child should...with a taste test! They discovered that chocolate comes in various textures, shapes, softness and tastes, and plotted their findings on a star-chart, which they compared with their neighbours.
It was interesting to note that each and every pupil had a different set of results, depending on personal preference. The Mayans used chocolate as a drink to cure headaches, and one Aztec emperor used to drink 50 cups of liquid "chocolatl" a day!
"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else" P. T. Barnum
Forms 3 and 4 have been marching on to the beat they drum this morning!
To help with reading comprehension, we have looked at the lyrics of 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman. As teachers of young children, it is always a privilege to listen to such a thorough and mature discussion. These children are amazing!
Of course, we finished off with a sing and a dance!
In lovely surroundings the girls were playing it safe and not risking runs to second base leaving the score 1 1/2 to T.C's 6 rounders in the first innnings. During the second innings the U11s were on fire! Our fielding was fantastic with Emily's fielding barriers, Freya's great work on second base with Sophie and Raphie bowling as well as Katie and Ella catching and throwing accurately and rapidly. It's such a shame the score does not reflect how fantastically you played girls ( 10-4.5 rounders). Well done!
Another hot day for the U11 boys' match against Tettenhall College. Yarlet won the toss and chose to field first. Unlike most weeks, we had less wides and more straight and on target. Star bowlers were Izaak and Will B. On the short boundary sadly we gave away several runs, therefore we will work on this in future games sessions. On the other hand, our batting is slowly improving although we still gave away too many wickets on the run chase.The final score finishing 45 to Tettenhall College 115 runs.Well played boys!
Parents are warmly invited to attend a Summer Art Exhibition in the Art Room on Thursday 14th June between 5.30 pm and 8 pm. On display will be the artwork of our talented Main School artists, but Pre-Prep parents and pupils are also very welcome to attend and hopefully the children will be inspired by the creative work that they see which they will be able to emulate in the years ahead.
Refreshments will be available and Mrs Hamplett hopes to see you during the evening.
On Tuesday 12th June, the U9s went away for a swimming gala against Tettenhall College. Both our U11 and U13 narrowly missed out in their galas, so it was down to the U9s to bring home a win... they did not disappoint!
Bella and Ella-Mae started off the gala with first and second in the front crawl one length, closely followed by Harry and Isabelle winning their races. The U9s captain, Robbie, showed us how he could swim nearly a full length under water when he raced, fantastic to see!
The most exciting part was the relays, where Yarlet won both!
A superb display of swimming from Yarlet's youngest swimming squad - well done swimmers!
On Wednesday 13th June, Yarlet's U10 girls had a break from exam week for the annual Packwood rounders tournament. With 4 matches played, the Yarlet girls went from strength to strength. Firstly, we started against the home team (Packwood) where we were very quiet but managed to get a win of 5-4, with our top scorer as Louiza during that match.After a team talk, the girls pulled together to play Birchfield with better communicating and backing each other up and a great catch from Raphie! However, this sadly wasn't enough to secure a victory and we lost 3 1/2 to 7. Our third game was against Moor Park who gave us a great deal of no balls but sadly with their tight fielding we couldn't beat their 6-3 win. Our final match was our best of the day (save the best til last!) against Foremarke B team where again our bowler (Raphie) caught one of their players out and Freya and Emily had great control between second and third base. Deep fielders Louiza, Adelaide and Katie covered between 3rd and 4th with Ava, Amelia and Hannah covering 4th base making sure we stopped the batters at 3rd! A great job today girls, very well done!
Yarlet U11s were involved in another highly entertaining game of cricket on Wednesday against Old Hall. Old Hall batted first and got off to a good start, despite some tight bowling from William and Henry. Sophie was making her first start for the team and quickly made an excellent contribution through some excellent fielding. Old Hall's batsmen were slowed down by some good bowling from Fraser, Reuben, Robbie and Cameron. When Sophie returned she collected a couple of wickets to help limit the Old Hall total even further.
In reply, Yarlet started positively, with Fraser in particular striking the ball well. Izaak added a few further hefty blows to move the score on, but despite some solid batting from the rest of the team, Yarlet fell just short of the opposition's total. A wonderful game, played in glorious sunshine in our idyllic school grounds. Glorious.
Player-of-the-MatchSophie for her tight bowling and Fraser for his batting and excellent running between the wickets. Well played!
We are extremely proud of our hard working Form 8 pupils who have been working with Mr Pass and Mrs Barron volunteering at the Katherine House Hospice in the gardens and with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Wolseley bridge. They really worked their socks off painting furniture and frequently themselves as well(!), clearing paths, tidying up areas, planting trees and plants and litter picking.
All of the children really made a difference, particularly at the Hospice where the staff were delighted with the results of their labours, in advance of their Royal Visit on Wednesday.
Well done Year 8s!
Friday was the day for the 'swimming cups competition'. Both the coveted diving and Sangelee (10 lengths) cups were up for grabs and the winners will be revealed on Yarlet's Presentation morning on Friday 6th July. Well done to all who competed - such a high standard this year!
Reception had 2 new recruits today, police dog Barry and police dog Cooper!
The U11s cricket team were on the road to Uttoxeter to play against Denstone College last Wednesday. The team departed in high spirits after a good performance in their last match. The stage was set for a fantastic encounter with glorious weather and scenic views in the grounds. Yarlet won the toss and decided to bat second. Denstone opened the batting.The game continued smoothly with very few runs being given away due to some fantastic bowling. The team's perseverance paid off with four lovely wickets from Izaak and Robbie. At the end of the innings Yarlet were left chasing 54 runs.
First into bat were William and Freddie. They opened really well, getting runs and hitting some really lovely shots from some impressive bowling. We carried on well with a good partnership with Henry and Robbie and other significant contributions from Izaak and Cameron and Elliot and Morgan. Unfortunately we gave away too many wides and no balls which meant that we, at the end, fell just short of the opposition's total. All in all, a very enjoyable and very good performance from the team. I enjoyed every second! Well done!!
Man-of-the-MatchIzaak for his incredible bowling and Henry for his excellent batting.
On Friday both Forms 3 and 4 enjoyed an afternoon of relaxation with one of Mrs Jones' Relax Kids taster sessions. At the end of the lesson there was a great deal of yawning, relaxed bodies and minds.
The finals of our Young Musician of the Year competition took place on 21 June. With over 30 performances in the first round our 12 finalists had done extremely well to reach the finals and it was obvious that it was going to be a very tough decision for the judges. Whilst performing, the children were greeted with a warm and friendly judging panel: Nick Parrans-Smith, Director of Music at Denstone College and Mrs Tarling, one of our sponsors for the competition. There was such variety in performances from high speed french horn playing to funky drumming which made the audience rock out! We were treated to some show stopping songs alongside perfectly executed, highly classical piano pieces. All our children performed with such professionalism and played with confidence and fluency. After a short interval filled with Pimms and entertainment, the judges came to a decision. They awarded every contestant with highly commended and commented on the standard being so high throughout both the junior and the senior competitions. Our winners on the evening were Katie playing 'Allegretto' on the piano for the junior competition and Scarlet singing 'When somebody loved me' in the senior competition. It was lovely to see two rows of supportive faces from all the children when the winners were announced and lots of well dones all round. I am looking forward to next year's competition already as I know it will be a good one! For now children, just keep practising!
What a wonderful way to start the week with an exciting and hilarious assembly from Circusology! Main School children (and staff!) then had the chance to have a go at juggling, balancing diabolos, walking on stilts, swishing ribbons and even riding a unicycle. Lots of fun and lots of skills developed, we have some talented jugglers!
Main School children have shown their artistic flare this afternoon creating beautiful art in the style of Andrew Goldsworthy, using nature to inspire them.
Main School enjoyed learning a fun street dance which they then performed in their houses. There was flossing and dabbing galore! Well done Bishop who won the 'Dance off'. The children also took part in Team Building games and Mayan football. Historically the losers of the ancient game were sacrificied to the Gods!
Main School have enjoyed a great morning competing in the Inter House Relay competition. The obstacle course was by far the favourite with nets, hurdles, javelins and footballs...all whilst carrying sponges of water! The event finished with a surprise water gun attack from the staff, although the children loved it and were happy to be soaked! A fun packed morning.
Yarlet 88- 71 The Royal
With the sun at our backs and the heat playing with our minds, the boys took to The Royal School yesterday to play against their U9 squad in their final match of the season.
The team was led by Captain Henry, who had a keen eye for perfection, constantly readjusting his batting order and fielders to suit the game. Supporting him was Vice Captain Elliot, who again made sensible choices throughout the game.
The Royal batted first, allowing our boys to field in an intense playing field, where 4's and 6's could be scored easily, heightening the tension and possibility of big runs.
It was Harvey who stood out among the fielders, catching one player out and subsequently becoming Man of the Match for this and other feats when batting.
The Royal scored 71 runs, an impressive target to beat.
Then, it was Yarlet's turn. Strong batting took place as a result of the boys quickly realising how easy it could be to obtain 4's and 6's, and once they had judged the potential of the ball going wide, they soon took the lead, with 77 runs by the 10th over out of twelve.
Some impressive batting by William H and Oscar, and defensive work from Oliver, Archie and William G that secured a strong win for the boys, with a score of 88 runs.
All boys played very well under the tight and hot conditions, and deserve to be commended, along with the other players in the U8 and U9 teams, for their wonderful effort all this season.
Well done lads!
Today Reception to Form 5 children have been intrepid adventurers and travelled all around the world! With the essential passports in their hands they have visited: Hawaii to make grass skirts, Bahamas for relaxation on the beach, Mexico to make and taste spicy salsa, China to learn how to make origami animals, Havana to draw street graffiti, America to line dance, Australia to create aboriginal art, Canada to go on a bear hunt and London to be challenged with puzzles!! What a journey! Leaving each country the children have had their passports stamped and luckily only a few were deported! We all enjoyed a fabulous lunch which was a variety of foods from around the world for the children to experience. A wonderful day indeed.
U11s girls second to last match was against Tettenhall College where the girls narrowly lost 12-10, due to a change of bowler. The girls fought hard in both fielding and batting. Star of the fixture was Freya. Rounders scores by: Louiza (3.5), Ella (1), Freya (2), Katie (1) and Scarlet and Amelia scoring a half each. Well done girls.
What a wonderful way to end our fabulous team week. The sun was shining, the sea was glistening and the children had a superb time making sandcastles, running in the dunes and playing games on the beach.
Religion can come in many forms, beliefs, practices and cultures as our investigative Form Seven's found out today in Derby.
They headed firstly to a Hindu mandir (temple) where they witnessed Arti (worship)- the constant ringing of the bells helped to clear their minds of any negative thoughts, ready for meditation. They learnt that God comes in many forms, and each Hindu may worship a different face of God.
Then, Form Seven travelled to the Derby Jamia Mosque, where they were enthralled to hear about the similarities between Islam and Christianity. They discovered that Muslims face Mecca when praying, and the five pillars hold the central core of their beliefs.
Finally, they visited the Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, and were given a very informative talk on the 5K's, signs that "baptised" Sikhs wear to demonstrate their faith in their religion. This was followed by a delicious langar meal of chapatis and lentil curry- we sat on the floor and enjoyed this vegetarian meal as a show of unity in the values of equality that Sikhs strive to uphold.
It was a very informative and interesting visit, and Form Seven now have a much clearer and indepth understanding of the world around us!
We have pleasure in attaching information about the summer camps which will be running at Yarlet during August. If you would like any further information, please contact Mr Steve Proud either by email or on the number given above and he will be pleased to help.
Form 8 enjoyed a wonderful helicopter flight experience yesterday thanks to AA Helicopters at Wolverhampton Business Airport. All Form 8s took part in groups of 3, flown by expert pilot Captain Dearn. They all loved their adventure and what a beautiful day for it, with excellent visibility and glorious sunshine. AA Helicopters is one of the UK's leading helicopter training schools and offers trial lessons as well as private and commercial pilot training . (www.aahelicopters.co.uk)
Another fantastic day for cricket! With Yarlet batting first, we amassed 65 runs playing a 20 20 format playing a team with 5 county players and gave our best performance yet! During batting, Fraser carried his bat and retiried at 25 runs but everyone played their part in a sizzling performance. Both Izaak and Cameron batted well adding onto the runs and, with Elliot, Reuben and Robbie performing well in the field, things were looking good! A super game of progression boys very well done!
The riders had a lovely day at the stables. Starting with catching their pony, then grooming and cleaning their tack and even some learnt how to apply bandages. Of course no pony day is complete without best turned out (won by Zeb and Archie, runners up Ellen and Izaak), riding lessons and pony games.
The traditional Leavers' Dinner with the Headmaster went al fresco this year as it was such a wonderful summer evening. The pupils were lovely company as always and this was another marvellous event to mark their final week at Yarlet School.
Congratulations Castle for winning the trophy for the most house points last year. To celebrate, Castle enjoyed a Pool Party in the sunshine - a fabulous time was had by all!
Fabulous cakes and refreshments were available for parents this morning as a welcome back from the summer break. It was a perfect opportunity to do something charitable, so we linked up with the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan. It's not too late to make a donation if you were unable to attend, all you need to do is text JAM KDN2 to 70550 to donate £5 or pop in to the school office before the end of the week.
Form 7 have begun their studies in new subject Theology, Philosophy and Religion with an investigation into the belief that we should provide the greatest good for the greatest number.
Developed by Jeremy Bentham, the principle of Utilitarianism argues we should save the greatest number of lives, even if it means losing a few. To assess this, Form Seven pupils played out various scenarios where they were train conductors, deciding which way to direct the train on a track that either led towards four strangers, or their friend. Who should live and who should not? Such decisions were not easy to decide...and within this conundrum Form 7 have learnt how perplexing and diverse Philosophy can be!
Form 6 had a wonderful day at Engenuity, designing bridges using computer software. They then followed the plans and made their bridges and finally tested them until destruction! It was fabulous to see the children so engaged and the creative ideas flowing. Well done Form 6.
In this Autumnal weather, Yarlet still looks beautiful thanks to our dedicated grounds' staff, Mike and Adam. We just love these beautiful flowers by the Chapel and, moreover, their dramatic name - amaranthus caudatus - Love Lies Bleeding! If you get a moment, do pop up to the Chapel to see them, they are simply stunning.
We are so proud of Zebastian who has achieved an amazing A* in his G.C.S.E Spanish at the age of 10; a first for Yarlet! Well done Zeb, a fantastic result!
Yarlet 1-1 Packwood
For the very first match of the season the U9 boys travelled to Packwood.
In an exciting match that saw falls, feints and fantastic shots, Yarlet managed a respectable draw against old rivals Packwood.
Led by Captain William D, the boys were slightly nervous in anticipation of their first match, and quickly conceded a goal due to uncertainty around the ball. The sudden change in score however spurred the boys to push themselves harder, and soon overcame their first-match jitters.
During the second quarter of the game, Ben scored an impressive goal with a strong kick, evening out the game and putting Packwood on the back foot.
It was a closely contested match from then on, with both sides nearing goal shots, but thankfully Harvey proved an impenetrable wall of defence in goal, without letting in a single shot. He was helpfully assisted by Oliver, Freddy and William G, who took every opportunity to send the ball forwards, towards great attackers Ben, Henry and Archie.
A thrilling first match and good preparation for what should be an exciting and eventful season! Well done lads!
Once again our children have performed extremely well in their recent exams, a huge well done to all!
Henry - Singing Grade 1 - DistinctionKatie - Piano Grade 2 - DistinctionFreya - Drama Grade 3 - DistinctionFraser - Drums Grade 1 - DistinctionEllen - Flute Grade 5 - MeritSophie - Flute Grade 4Eliza - Violin Grade 1Jamie - Piano Grade 2Ella Mae - Singing Grade 1
Form 8 recently participated in a special boarding night to develop their friendships and leadership skills.Throughout the course of the evening, Form 8 pupils were thrust into situations where working together to find a solution is key, including using each other for support both physically and mentally!They also enjoyed pizza before listening to a talk on the values of leadership and being a role model by Mr. Raybould and Mr. Pass, before winding down the evening with marshmallows by the fire.It was a successful and productive evening, and cooperation was fantastic. Well done future leaders and role models!
On Friday, 11 Form 8 pupils travelled to Telford Shopping Mall to conduct vital research for their fieldwork in Common Entrance Geography.With their hypothesise in mind, each pupil had the aim of proving or disproving their theories based on transport methods and shopping trends. They had compiled questionnaires for the public, and carried out the surveys with the politeness and dignity expected of our Form 8 pupils, with members of the public commenting on their, "excellent communication skills" and for being, "polite and efficient".They now face the task of analysing their data and finding out how and why people really travel to Telford.
Form 4 have had a wonderful time at the Balaji Temple near Birmingham. They have experienced Hindu beliefs and culture, and immersed themselves in the rich and diverse history of the religion!
Many congratulations to Henry P who has been awarded a Michael Palin Scholarship to Shrewsbury School. This is an All-Rounder Scholarship and Henry was assessed in Sport, Music, an interview, an IQ test and a written exercise. Scholarships are fiercely contested and Henry's success is testament to his skill, dedication and determination. Well done Henry!
Our Prefects visited Pre-Prep to play with the children, aged 3-7, during their break-time. The Prefects enjoyed spending time with the little ones, and it was both a reminiscent experience, and a wonderful example of the traditional family values we hold at Yarlet!
Form Six were given a thrilling, lively and very informative tour of World War One and World War Two, including a fascinating glimpse into the past, and a chance to experience replica trenches, which provided an eye-opening insight into the terrible and terrifying living conditions of soldiers during the wars. They travelled to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, where they learnt more about propaganda during the wars, medals awarded to those who went above and beyond the call of duty, and the horrifying reality of the Blitz when sitting in a model shelter.
In the final week of half term Fraser D was selected for the U11 District Cricket Team. Huge congratulations Fraser on this tremendous achievement!
All of the children at Yarlet have played a part in producing this fitting tribute to those that have lost their lives to make our lives safer. Each child has made an individual poppy which our groundsman, Mike, has carefully attached to this beautiful display.
We are delighted to report that Sophie Beech has been selected for U13s County Cricket Squad and both William Betteley and Robbie Holmes have been selected for U10 District Cricket Team. Congratulations to all on their wonderful success.
Yesterday in Clubs, pupils honoured the late Stan Lee, creator of iconic characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man and Wolverine, by creating their own pop-up superheroes!Lots of fun and their efforts were truly "heroic"!
Freya has been selected for one of the three U13 county hockey squads that compete in tri county festivals against Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. What an incredible achievement as she is only 11!This weekend Freya played an outstanding 6 games (a total of 4 hours!) Amazing effort Freya!
Huge congratulations to Jonathan on winning an Art and Drama Scholarship to Ellesmere College! This is a tremendous achievement which reflects his determination and hard work. Well done Jonathan!
Last week was Yarlet School's Anti-Bullying week, and our Prefects gave a very informative two-part assembly on the dangers of spreading rumours, and the value and meaning of showing respect, a key theme for anti-bullying this year. They also held a poster-competition for Forms Three and Four, and announced the winners for each class, although it was a very hard choice as each poster submitted clearly showed how strongly pupils care about preventing bullying. Thank you to our Prefects for showing our younger pupils the importance of respecting others and being kind!
Fun Science for Form 3 up in the lab this morning! Thank you, Mrs Barron!
Today, Form 3 created Christingles, a traditional Christian symbol associated with St. Nicholas and Christmas, as part of their learning on Symbols in Religious Studies. They carefully assembled the Christingle, and along the way learnt about how each piece represented a different aspect of God's love and Christmas.
Form one have loved starting their new art topic - Landscapes and Cityscapes. It begins with us looking at the start of the impressionist movement and we have had a wonderful time exploring the many beautiful works of Monet. The children couldn't believe that a picture could become clearer simply by moving further back from it. Today we tried to recreate one of Monet's masterpieces by using his technique of thickly applying the paint in small areas by using our fingertips. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable experience for all.
Many congratulations to Izaak, who found out just before Christmas that he had achieved a position in the Shropshire District cricket team - well done Izaak!
Form 7 travelled to Birmingham's Symphony Hall and had the privilege of an up close experience with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra treated us to a varied performance featuring pieces from Star Wars and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The concert accompanied a recent scheme of work in which Form 7 studied each family of the orchestra, their role within the music, how each instrument produces sound and what makes it unique. The CBSO were dissected on stage so that we could experience each family individually and then hear how it plays its part in the bigger orchestral picture. All our children watched on in fascination whilst the instruments were showcased - for lots of them this was an opportunity to see their own instrument being played to the highest standard. As always, our children behaved impeccably throughout the visit and it was a pleasure to spend the day with them. Well done Form 7!
On Friday 18th January, Form 7 pupils travelled to Shrewsbury for their annual musical theatre day. On arrival, the pupils were split into three groups and then took part in workshops on music, drama and dance where they learned part of a scene from the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' which the Shrewsbury students will be performing this coming February. Following a day of fun and hard work, the groups all worked together to put on a stunning performance for parents and visiting guests culminating in an all cast performance of the legendary song 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. We would like to thank everyone at Shrewsbury for another educational and fun-filled day.
Form 3 have been working hard in teams to create the ideal Saxon settlement, as part of their learning on the Anglo-Saxons in History.
The pupils had to decide on an ideal location to build a village (close to a water source, the woods, and in a defensive position), and then to build their houses, halls, churches and stables.
A very good effort shown, and Form 3 have learnt a lot about the importance of choosing the right area to live!
Form 3 and 4 Science clubbers are investigating all things sticky this term. They have mended leaky cups and are currently making and testing glues. Later on, things will get very messy when we investigate slime!
Nursery were very excited to welcome a John Deere tractor to Yarlet. Our topic has been 'On the farm' and we all had a go at sitting in the enormous tractor. A huge thank you to Mr Turner for bringing it in to see us, we loved it!
Steve Proud and the School of Tennis will be holding a sports camp at Yarlet during February half-term, details of which are below:
Dates: Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th February
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: £25 per day
Activities are suitable for pupils aged 4 to 13.
Please can your child/ren bring a packed lunch.
If you would like any further information, please contact Steve Proud by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Form 4 had a baketastic time finishing off their cookies, complete with decorated box.
On Friday 15th February, Forms Seven and Eight visited Tutbury Castle to meet Elizabeth I, Tudor queen and pioneer of the famous Golden Age of England.Pupils were immediately enthralled by the electrifying performance of Elizabeth I, who gave a mesmerising and informative talk about her turbulent life, including her powerful and callous father, cruel half sister, beheaded mother, rebellious half cousin and dealings with the infamous Spanish Armada.Elizabeth commented on the politeness and linguistic skills of our pupils, and remarked how they were a true credit to the school.This was followed by a pomander craft session and a tour of the half ruined castle itself, including the splendid views of the countryside.
Form 4 have had a lot to DIGEST at the start of our new science topic (Animals including Humans). All the children can locate the key digestive organs within their bodies.
Form 1 had a fabulous afternoon learning how to make Guacamole. They learned how to be hygiene food heroes and then practised a range of safety techniques to dice, slice, mush and stir all the ingredients together. We all agreed that our Guacamole was far tastier than the one we tried before half term that we had got from a shop.
A contingent of enthusiastic pupils from Forms 7 and 8 set forth to take part in the STEM Challenge at Walton Priory School. The details of the challenge remain secret as it is a national competition, although the children enjoyed putting their design and construction skills to the test. The girls in particular demonstrated their abilities as potential engineers for the future – well done everyone!
Year 8 put their dissection skills to the test in this morning’s biology lesson when they investigated the structure and function of hearts and lungs - the first step into their journey as potential cardiothoracic surgeons!
Steve Proud and the School of Tennis will be holding a sports camp at Yarlet during the Easter holiday, details of which are below:
Dates: Monday 15th - Thursday 18th April
If you would like any further information, or to book, please contact Steve Proud by email: email@example.com
Forms 7 and 8 attended the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC, Birmingham. This is a showcase event for all things 'Science' with many major employers, such as JCB, the NHS and HM Forces were represented. The children were able to experience science in action and watch some amazinG demonstrations. The children left armed with goodies and lots of exciting scientific ideas.
Pre-Prep have had a lovely morning raising awareness for World Downs Syndrome day 2019 by donning some super odd socks. They all also completed a challenge for 213 seconds which included press ups, standing completely still, slow walking, break dancing, writing letters to name just a few.
Ms Morgan would like to extend her thanks to all pupils who have embraced awareness day and their parents for their kind donations. You may still donate by texting DOSH213 to 70070.
We still have a small number of places in some classess (including for April starters) so please share this with your friends and family so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to visit us during our Open Week between 9am and 12pm on Monday 1st to Friday 5th April. Thank you!
The football match between Yarlet pupils and our Spanish visitors from Madrid has become quite a tradition and is a match that is full of friendly rivalry and played with enthusiasm. The match was entertaining with a total of 7 goals made, including 2 own goals (one from each team) resulting in a final score of 3 - 4 to our guests from Spain. A well fought match and well done to all who took part!
Once again, Yarlet musicians dazzled their audience when they took to the stage in a concert that was not to be missed. The evening showcased the diverse musical ability that is being nurtured at Yarlet and our children performed with confidence and poise. The Yarlet orchestra kicked off the evening with an exciting and explosive performance of 'In the hall of the mountain king' - known by the children as "the Alton Towers theme tune". The orchestra were followed by duets performed by Bella and Minnie on the cello, Emily and Katie on the flute and Adelaide and Ella Mae, who sang a beautiful rendition of 'Somewhere only we know'. We also heard from our other school ensembles: flute, choir, samba band, cello group and choir. The audience were invited to join in with the final performance as Jazz band treated them to an ABBA medley with actions taught beforehand by its members.
Our children work extremely hard on their instruments all year and our termly concerts are a brilliant opportunity for them to showcase what they have been learning. This would not be possible without the on-going support from our parents and instrumental teachers, so thank you for all you do to encourage your children and this valuable side of their school life. We hope to see you all at the next performance!
Congratulations to Henry on being awarded a Headmaster's Exhibition to Repton School and Ellen Clark for winning a CB Fry Scholarship to Repton. These are hugely prestigious awards which reflect the exceptional quality of our senior pupils and Yarlet's ability to prepare candidates at the highest level for successful entry to top public schools. Well done Henry and Ellen!
More exciting news about senior school awards as Danielle wins her second scholarship to Denstone College; she now has an Art Scholarship to go with last term's Sport Scholarship. We are also delighted to announce that Jamie has also been offered an All-Round Exhibition subject to his Common Entrance performance. Competition is fierce for these awards so congratulations go to Danielle and Jamie and all at Yarlet who helped to prepare them!
We are very proud of our Form 8 leavers who will shortly be embarking on their senior school careers. Alongside the news about pupils' success to Repton and Denstone, we are pleased to report that, following recent entrance examinations, Owen and Aaron have both gained a Year 9 place at Adams' Grammar, which is notoriously difficult to enter, so particularly well done to them on this wonderful achievement. Congratulations must also go to Noah, who has secured a place at Newcastle-under-Lyme School and Isabel, who has guaranteed her place at Shrewsbury School, after successfully passing Year 9 entrance examinations. With the recent news that Elwin and Nathan have also been offered places to the senior schools of their choice, our Form 8 pupils are all looking forward to a bright and happy future.
Thank you to Repton School for organising a marvellous choral day for our young choristers in Forms 4 and 5. Aside the enjoyment of participating in a great concert, we were treated to some excellent performances from Repton which showcased the exceptional standard of music at the school and helped to inspire Yarlet pupils. We had a wonderful time and thank you to the parents and grandparents who came along to support us.
Mr Mackridge and Mr Walters, from Shrewsbury School, visited Yarlet to deliver two very entertaining and informative historical workshops to all pupils in Main School.Mr Walters delighted Forms Three to Six with a lively and eccentric retelling of some of the most gruesome and fascinating murders in Ancient Greece and Rome, whilst Mr Mackridge led his ever popular and deeply useful Common Entrance workshop to Forms Seven and Eight. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed and more importantly gained a lot of important knowledge from both workshops, thank you to both Mr Mackridge and Mr Walters!
Form Seven travelled to Derby to explore the multicultural environment and discover and examine the variety of faiths present here.
Form Seven were able to visit and receive educational and thought-provoking talks from several places of worship, including a Mosque, a Mandir and a Gurdwara. They learnt that religion can come in many different shapes and forms, and that, deep down, there isn't any difference between human beings, only respect for mankind, and the willingness to do good.
Such lessons are vitally important in helping pupils to grow into tolerant, mature and sensitive adults, and to see the world through a wider, more understanding perspective.
On Wednesday afternoon Reception, Form 1 and Form 2 dazzled their audience when they took to the stage to share what they have been learning in their instrumental and music lessons. Each class shared a song that displayed their learning throughout this term. Reception demonstrated their rhythmic skills in an energetic performance of 'Rat-a-tat-tat'. Form 1 mastered rests within notated music this term and demonstrated this through their performance of the playground game 'Bow-wow-wow'. And Form 2 educated their audience on eating a healthy diet by singing '5 portions a day'.
We also saw individual and small group performances from our recorder, violin, piano and cello players, along with a solo song sung beautifully by Clemmie Lloyd. Although incredibly young to perform in front of a large audience, all of our pupils took it in their stride and delivered a confident and professional performance. There were lots of smiles, lots of giggles and huge amounts of rapturous applause! A wonderful afternoon was had by all!
We are delighted to report that Zoe in Reception did extremely well in her piano competitions at the Alderley Edge Music Festival last Friday. Zoe, being the youngest contender, finished first in the Piano Solo - Year 1 & 2 group - and won the Astridge Award. She also finished in third place in the Piano Solo - Grade 1 group. We are all incredibly proud of Zoe's achievement and hopefully this will boost her confidence of playing in front of an audience and encourage her to learn and practise even harder in the future.
Day 1After a short journey to Shropshire, we finally arrived at PGL - Boreatton Park. We were first introduced to our guide for the next two days, Holly. She took us on a tour of the site and then the children had some time to settle into their cabins. After lunch, we then went on our first two activities - High Ropes and Quad Biking. In the evening we all had our first dinner together at the centre and got ready for the evening Disco. We were all looking forward to the next full day of fun.
Day 2After a good night sleep the children had an action packed day. We built rafts in teams, went on a very frightening giant swing, and learned surviving skills in the wood. The children were eager to try everything despite being nervous. Heights are not everyone's cup of tea! In the evening the children enjoyed a traditional campfire where they joined in with the catchy songs which I am sure they have already share with you since our return.
Day 3No sunshine yet! However, despite the very wet conditions, we have all enjoyed our last activities including Zip Line and Basic Caving. All groups loved trying new activities - we've got some real adrenaline fans with us but we've also got those who were bravely stepping out of their comfort zones - they should be proud of themselves!
Four of our talented Form 7 pupils have recently taken part in the National Salters Chemistry Challenge at Keele University. The students had to carry out a number of experiments to identify a mystery powder using the fantastic laboratories at Keele. Later they were given a tough university challenge that even the teachers struggled with! Considering that our pupils were a year younger than most of the other competitors, they did exceptionally well to come third in the Salters Competition - well done to Ellen, Sophie, Scarlet and Freddie.
Form 5 were set a scrap heap solar challenge to make a car run by solar energy. We were joined by 12 pupils from Walton Priory Middle School. Mr Scott Walker, the Ogden trust leader from Keele University, introduced the Challenge. All of the groups managed to make a car and time it over 2 meters. The winning time was recorded as 13 seconds and this is going towards an inter-school challenge against five other Ogden partnership schools. Let's hope this time cannot be beaten!!
Yarlet entered two teams of four to the inaugural Shrewsbury Maths Challenge at Shrewsbury School on the 14th of May, consisting of Amelia, Katie, Reuben and Henry from Form 6 and Ellen, Sophie, Freddie and Iqra from Form 7.The competition from other schools also in attendance was intense and students were challenged with three separate mathematical tasks which involved problem solving, complex calculation, lateral thinking and team work.Yarlet Form 6 did exceptionally well in the first task to come fourth overall, but the honours went to Yarlet Form 7 who actually won the challenge which was a fantastic result. The task itself involved firstly completing a difficult mathematical puzzle and then matching the correct answers with famous mathematicians in numerical birth order.The third task, "empty the pool", involved some very complex mathematical calculations and exceptional teamwork. It required the students to calculate how many cups of water would be needed to fill, or empty, the Shrewsbury swimming pool. Form 7 were exactly correct with their answer, after 30 minutes of measurements and swimming, of 1.5 million cups. One other school also arrived at this answer and so Yarlet were joint winners on this occasion which again was excellent work.Everyone enjoyed the day immensely and both our teams performed exceptionally well. Very well done Yarlet!
Yarlet Nursery's topic has been all about food this half term and today the children listened to the story 'Oliver's vegetables'. Oliver was a little boy who only ate chips until he visited his Grandpa's vegetable patch. In the spirit of this, all our children went to Yarlet's vegetable garden and picked rhubarb, beetroot, cabbage and asparagus. It was wonderful to see them all try the different types of vegetables and give them the 'thumbs up', just like Oliver in the story!
Form 6 took to the roads of Stone to learn how to ride safely. The children learnt how to turn left and right at junctions, how to look for hazards and overtake parked cars.
After some initial apprehension and wobbly moments, all pupils were confidently cycling around the busy industrial estate and quieter roads in Stone. They all did really well to master the techniques being taught and enjoyed the experience. Well done Form 6!
Wednesday 15th May saw the annual poetry recital take place in the school room and included every single member of the Yarlet community. There were many and varied poems recited on the day and the judges had a terrifically difficult job in choosing their winners - so much so, that they awarded four winners in the class categories: Nursery, in the EYFS section with their rendition of 'Little Turtle'; Form 2, reciting 'The Spider and the Fly' in the KS1 category; Form 4, with their version of Edward Lear's 'The Jumblies' in the KS2 contest; and Form 8, in the KS3 placings with their emotive rendition of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Tennyson.
Our solo winners this year were Dillan, Form 2, with his most entertaining performance of 'Tiny Spiny Dinosaur' in the Pre-prep contest and Form 6's Amelia (main school) with 'A Mother's Confession' - the contents of this poem being something which Mrs Lucas strenuously denies! Well done to all of our participants and winners and many thanks to my co-host this year, Form 8's Elwin.
See you next year!
Form 5 visited Trentham Gardens Shopping Village in order to find out more about this local attraction, as part of their studies on Local Investigations in Geography.To discover how people view this area, Form 5 had created some questionnaires, with the aim of interviewing members of the public, collating their responses and finding out what people truly think of their local attraction.The findings were positive, with many people complimenting both the area, and the immaculate behaviour and politeness displayed by our Form Fives. The pupils learnt that speaking to the public isn't always easy but, with each rejection, they became braver and more confident, completing their questionnaires independently and demonstrating the excellent values and ethos our school holds in the public eye!
Form 2 had an electrifying afternoon yesterday making electrical circuits. The children were given wires, batteries, light bulbs, buzzers and switches. They worked in pairs with the instruction of "make light and sound then turn if on and off".
All the children rose to the challenge with great enthusiasm and perseverance and all successfully made the lights bulbs shine and the buzzers buzz! Well done Form 2!
Yarlet boarders made the most of the beautiful weather this evening by having great fun on their home made Slip and Slide.
Looking forward to seeing you at the County Show where a glass of Prosecco awaits you whilst fun activities are provided for your children. Thank you Mrs Barron for setting up the slime making station! Please share with all your friends and family.
Just before half-term, the Prefects hosted a Bake Sale in aid of Katherine House Hospice.
The variety of cakes baked and brought in was astounding and the Prefects thoroughly enjoyed helping pupils from Nursery up to Form 8 choose and eat some delicious treats.
They managed to raise £162 for Katharine House Hospice - thank you Prefects!
Things are beginning to sprout (along with the weeds!) in our patches of garden. Some of the children have harvested their first radishes and although the rain made for soggy children, it is great to get some of the more stubborn seeds germinating. Most of the the children can see some peas, beans, carrots, lettuce, rocket, spinach and spring onions growing in their garden. We have even started to plant up our jeans with tomatoes and herbs!! The children have also grown cress inside egg shells with hydrogels (nappies!) and have had great results! Well done to our green fingered gardeners.
Form 3 and 4 pupils were excited to welcome their parents into the classrooms today and really enjoyed the opportunity to show off the outstanding work they have produced this year.
On Monday, our Year 5 pupils visited Ironbridge to take part in the 'Build a Bridge Workshop' at Enginuity as part of their DT curriculum. The pupils had a very informative day, learning about how compression and tension affect the design of a bridge. Working in teams the pupils designed a truss bridge structure following a list of specifications using CAD software. 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 their visit the pupils were also able to fully explore the interactive environment at Enginuity.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.
Today, Form Five visited St. Mary's Church in Stafford for a wonderfully interesting tour of this fascinating, 800-900 year structure, and to take part in a divergent host of activities, including brass-rubbing, bell-ringing, cross-stitching and pyrography!The pupils were enthralled with the generosity of the church wardens and volunteers, who put on a varied series of workshops designed to increase knowledge of both the Church, and the Christian belief system also.Form Five showed very impressive and excellent behaviour, and the vicar commented in particular on Lily and Phoebe's attentiveness and politeness - well done Form Five!
Key Stage One headed off for our annual jaunt to Ainsdale beach yesterday. We were thoroughly prepared for more of the wet weather with our macs and a back up plan for it being too rainy. Imagine our increasing joy at seeing the skies clear the closer we got to the beach! What a fabulous day was had by all, from looking for mermaids purses and crabs, to having fun on the sunny sands. Fun was had by all, especially when the ice-cream van was spotted. How lucky we are!
'Little Mess Staffordshire' came in today to provide fun, sensory play for the Nursery Children at Yarlet. It was all based around our nursery rhyme topic. The children squelched their way through slime with five little speckled frogs, made porridge for the three bears, poured real tea for Polly to put the kettle on and found lots of foamy spiders in water pipes amongst other things. The children absolutely loved it! A big thank you to Felicity Allchin for coming into provide this wonderful 'messy' experience.
Today, Form Eight have continued their learning in Religious Studies with sessions from a typical GCSE course, studying Prejudice and Stereotypes. They learnt that it is sadly all too easy to mislabel a person based on their heritage, culture, beliefs or background, and how Christians respond to such interpretations. Vital learning not just for upcoming GCSE lessons, but in life generally!
Main School pupils have had a fantastic day in glorious weather at the Crocky Trail - a wonderful treat to end a wonderful year!
Form 2 had a wonderful time this morning performing their yearly puppet show to the rest of Pre-Prep.
The children decided which characters they would like to be, then designed and made their own puppets. They did brilliantly and everyone really enjoyed the show - well done Form 2!
The Cast of the Form 2 Puppet Show:
Martha - Queen MarthaMason - PikachuFlorence - ToadHarry - TareroIsaac - Charizard 2Maisy - Miss DeweyHadley - PsyduckLogan - Mr BeanClemmie - SparkleMegan - CarolineEllie - Ginger RabbitHenry - AbamiangAngus - CosemonSusie - DolphinaLottie - PearlBertie - Charizard 1
Year 6 girls were invited to a 'women in engineering day' at JCB academy. The girls took part in various activities includingmaking a crash seat for an egg to sit on a trolley and run down a ramp and hopefully survive intact and making the tallest tower with just marshmallows and spaghetti! Our two teams of girls made some fabulous designs and both eggs survived!!Hopefully one or two of them will think about engineering as a possible career in the future.
If you go down in the woods today...Another year has whizzed by and the Pre Prep had a wonderful day on Wednesday celebrating the end of the school year. The whole of Pre Prep enjoyed a yummy teddy bears' picnic in the sunshine. This was followed by Form 2's teddy bear games and a marvellous puppet show, it was such fun!Happy Summer holidays to all!
Finally the weather was on our side for the annual Parents vs Leavers matches. The afternoon was full of cheering, risk taking and laughter. Thank you to all the parents and family members that joined the leavers to make a memorable afternoon!
Well done to Joseph Thorpe for being awarded the Headmaster's Cup at today's 2019 Prize Giving Ceremony and for his recent outstanding Common Entrance performance which has secured his place at Denstone College!
Adam has been busy during the holidays! Thank you for painting the tennis courts and getting them into tip top shape before the new term!
Playground Buddies is officially up and running this term! All our buddies have been trained and are excited to begin their duties to make our playground even more friendly and fun!
Today, Form Three explored the unusual and often exotic eating habits of the Romans, as part of their learning on this topic in History.
The Romans were known to dine on flamingo brains, horsemeat sausages, dormice and parrots. One Roman statesman even served rocks in wax to imitate fruit to his guests!
The children designed their own Roman menu, which they are proudly showing off in the photo above!
Last Friday, all pupils in Form 8 took part in a series of team building and reflective activities designed to develop mutual respect, understanding and an appreciation of their school and senior roles.The pupils particularly enjoyed the "Cross the Bridge" challenge, the pizza and toasting marshmallows underneath a beautifully starry sky.Such activities enhance the senior years' experience at Yarlet School, and has now become a much anticipated and exciting tradition here.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many grandparents this afternoon for what is definitely a favourite event in the Yarlet calendar. Luckily the weather held out and grandparents were able to watch children taking part in fixtures as well as visiting classrooms, touring the grounds and all the facilities enjoyed by their grandchildren. A delicious afternoon tea was well received and rounded off a perfect afternoon.
We had a fabulous time on Friday morning as part of the Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Children and parents provided some delicious cakes and we raised a whopping £207! Thank you to everyone for your support!
Form One have loved learning about the sculptor Michelle Reader. She uses found materials to create wonderful sculptures such as a jaguar made out of satellite dishes and remote controls, or a life sized postman made completely out of junk mail! Some children got so inspired by these wonderful pieces of art that they made their own found material monsters at home and brought them in for us all to enjoy
Yarlet attended the annual Wrekin Maths Challenge for Form 6 and entered two pairs into the competition; Robbie and Will with Eliza and Lily. Problem solving, fast mathematical calculation and teamwork were required in spades as there were over 40 teams present from different schools. Both of our pairs did fantastically well and a very enjoyable day was had by all despite us not making it into the medal positions. Excellent work Yarlet mathematicians!
Form 3 enjoying a march around Roman Chester this morning!
How lucky we are at Yarlet to have such a wonderful historical resource in the form of Mr Mike. Form 1 were enthralled by Mr Mike's talk about his childhood toys and experiences. It is so hard for children to think about life before they were born, let alone trying to understand that Mr Mike's teddy was 106 years old!!! We even held a coin that was 109 years old and got to hold a pottery hot water bottle!!! Mr Mike represented the arrow of time with a long tube and the children had to guess where each object that they were shown would be on it. A great time was had by all!
Last week, Form Eight pupils investigated the town of Telford as part of their Fieldwork studies in Geography. Each pupil had their own hypothesis on what they hoped to see / discover in Telford; from the amount of electric cars to the decline of the traditional high street shops.Each pupil came armed with a questionnaire and posed various questions to the variety of members of the public. Once again we were commented on the credit our pupils were to our school, and Form Eight now have a large assortment of answers and observations in which to analyse and continue their studies!
The Yarlet Food Committee chose a Mexican theme for today's lunch and enthusiastically decorated the dining room in a complementary style. Huge thanks to Shirley and the team for providing a yummy Mexican feast for us all to enjoy.
On Wednesday afternoon, pupils in Main School went "Down Under" to explore the wild and wonderful life of Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter".Famed for his intense love of animals, this larger than life hero was a champion for animal rights, and spent his life helping others to understand the sheer beauty of nature, even the snakes and sharks!Pupils created some lovely conservation enclosures for Steve's favourite animals - the Crocodiles!
Four current Yarlet pupils had the privilege of meeting an Old Yarletian today. Sophie and Freddie, Head Boy and Head Girl, were accompanied by Monty and Annabel from Form 2 on a special visit to see Mr Gordon Hewitt at his home in Stone. Gordon was a pupil at Yarlet and left in 1932 aged 13. He is pictured here alongside his brother in a Football team photo which still hangs in the hall at the school. Mr Hewitt will be celebrating his 100th Birthday tomorrow and the children took him gifts and a card signed by all the current pupils at the school. They were astounded about the number of cards that he has already received but he is yet to receive one from the Queen!
The children were very interested to hear about Mr Hewitt's experience during World War 2 and were saddened to hear that he lost both his brother and his best friend, both OYs, in the same war. On returning to school they took the opportunity to visit the school chapel and find the names of Mrs Hewitt's brother and friend, R Stubbs, on the remembrance plaque. Both men, along with other OYs that lost their lives in the Great War and World War 2, are remembered each year in the Yarlet remembrance service and a wreath is laid in their memory by the Head Boy and Head Girl. This year's service will be especially poignant for Freddie and Sophie having met Mr Hewitt.
Pupils in Form 5 and Form 6 delighted and educated their Main School audience with a dramatic recounting of the important acts of Jesus as depicted in the Gospels. Led by the Question Mark drama group, Kate and her team helped our pupils to step back into Biblical times, as they travelled around and even across the Sea of Galilee learning about the important miracles and parables of Jesus, including the Paralysed Man, Feeding the 5000, and the story of Zaccheaus and the Good Samaritan. More importantly, pupils learnt and showed others that Jesus was a perfect friend, and we should all learn from the morals of his life.It was wonderful to see how pupils could rehearse and perform a play in just under two hours, and all children enjoyed their experience!
In Science Club, pupils have been learning moreabout wildlife and nature and, after a visit to the school's wildlife pond, turned their hands to a spot of den building!
Yesterday, Form 4 visited the Balaji Temple near Birmingham, to experience the unique and very interesting culture and beliefs of Hindus in the area.They visited various shrines across the temple, and learnt about many gods, including Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Parvati.Form 4 were amazed at the bright array of colours, and their senses were truly evoked by the wonderful sights, smells and noises of the temple.Thank you to the Balaji Temple staff for their kindness, helpfulness and passion for their religion!
The Chapel is looking beautifully autumnal, all ready for the Pre Prep Harvest chapel service and Form 3 and 4 Harvest Festival Service. Thank you to Mr Mike for his fabulous decorating efforts and to Shirley and Tracy for the wonderful bread offerings.
Many thanks to all parents for your wonderful support of the Alice Charity and their 'People's Pantry'. We were delighted to welcome Kayla Poole who visited on 15th October and spoke to Main School pupils about the work of the charity and how they support local families through times of hardship.
Yarlet School and all of the pupils were extremely pleased and very excited to welcome staff and players from Stoke City F.C. Ladies' football team for a coaching session on Monday the 21st October. James Knowles, the manager of the team, was accompanied by Tash Tezgel, Becky Arnold and Hollie Gibson, all of whom regularly appear for SCFC Ladies in the red and white stripes.Forms 5 to 8 were split into two groups and had excellent separate coaching sessions instructed by the Stoke City ladies, which included passing exercises, skills and dribbling and a small sided game to finish off. Everyone involved had a fantastic time with all of the pupils enjoying every minute of the afternoon.Due to the overwhelming success of the day, the tie-up between Yarlet and SCFC Ladies will become a regular event and different players will attend to give coaching sessions for all age groups in the future at half termly intervals.Thanks once again to James, Tash, Becky and Hollie and all at SCFC Ladies team for the great afternoon!
Pupils in Form 7 and Form 8 took part in a friendly football match playing for their teachers' favourite teams; Stoke City for Mr. Shaw, and Welshpool Town FC for Mr. Pass.
The playing was fast and at times humorous, and all players who took part had a wonderful time. It was Stoke City that emerged victorious with a 3-0 win, although there was some terrific defending and attacking from players in both teams.
A thrilling and bonding way to spend the afternoon, well done everyone for some wonderful team spirit!
Form 7 and 8 pupils took part in a most enjoyable clay workshop at the Potteries Museum on Friday 25th October. The children were inspired to work in groups to produce a clay scene from a movie or children's story of their choice. It was fantastic to see our pupils work together, drawing upon their creativity in order to transform and manipulate their clay into some imaginative and detailed scenes. The pupils also learnt about the history and importance of flat backed pottery in the Potteries and were each given the opportunity to paint a miniature piece.
The pupils' work will be on display in school once they have been fired.
A huge thank you to all the staff at the Potteries Museum, the British Ceramics Biennial and Emma, our workshop's clay expert.
Form 6 were honoured to welcome four feathered friends to Yarlet School. Three species of owl, along with their carer, Andy, visited Form 6 to share his impressive knowledge about birds of prey. Did you know the longest living owl is 65 years old? And that there are 5 species of owl in the UK?
Form 6 enjoyed handling and stroking these magnificent creatures, and learning about threats to their ecosystem, and the importance of conservation.
Today, outstanding and confident Prefect, Scarlet, led an assembly in front of the whole school on the impacts of using palm oil, and the negative effects this has on the rainforests and their inhabitants, in particular the orangutan community.Scarlet delivered a bold and passionate assembly, with visual aids and interesting hand-outs, to help raise awareness of using palm oil, which sadly still remains in a lot of everyday products.Furthermore, Scarlet invited Yarlet to wear an item of orange clothing to support her cause to rebuild and support an orangutan sanctuary.This was a very noble effort for an invaluable cause, and Scarlet's dedication to help the planet was admirable. Let's hope a lot of money is raised to support our ever-changing world!
On Thursday 7th November we had the pleasure of taking Form 5 pupils to a 'Chemistry at Work' event at the Black Country Museum. This was a fantastic, fun-packed day focusing on Chemistry, which began with the children watching a Chemical Magic Show by the University of Birmingham, as well as participating in a variety of workshops and a chemistry trail around the museum to see how the Victorians used science. A great day was had by all!
Both Form 7 and 8 girls participated in a very different sports festival, which allowed them to experience boxing, curling, volleyball, basketball and ultimate frisbee. All the girls smiled and giggled throughout the afternoon, whilst learning new sports.
Last week, Form 8 Prefects led a competition for pupils in Form 3 and Form 4 to design the most bizarre and creative pair of odd socks.
Odd Socks were an essential part of Anti-Bullying week, and served to remind that we are all unique and we should embrace our differences.
Our Prefects chose some lucky winners on Friday, and they are pictured with their award-winning socks, which are now presented throughout the school corridors.
Form Seven delegates took to the podium in an informal Model UN style debate, to discuss and debate key issues in our world, the focus this time being overpopulation. With world figures set to rise to over 10 billion by 2050, pupils were tasked with the difficult role of deciding and debating some solutions for sustainable population, which included a levy on multiple children, building subterranean settlements and a two-child policy with greater focus on health care. All pupils brilliantly put forward their ideas, and debated their decisions with passion and clarity. It was a very tough competition, and our judges were overwhelmed with the extensive research and confidence each child demonstrated. Mr Pass, Mrs Burrows-Berry, Head Girl Sophie and Prefect Scarlet decided that the delegates from the USA (Natasha and Reuben) and the delegates from Japan (Areti and Reggie) made the most sensible and informative arguments, and their solutions were awarded the most marks.
Excellent work Form Seven, bring on the next debate!
Steve Proud and his sports team have organised a holiday sports club for the week beginning Monday 16th December. If you would like to 'drop and shop' to enable you to do your last minute Christmas shopping, the club will be open for children aged 4 to 13 from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm and the cost will be £25 per pupil per day. For further information, or to book, please contact Steve Proud on 07976 293752 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, Form Three learnt about the symbolism of a Christingle, a traditional Christian church creation. They made wonderful Christingles using a large orange, red ribbon, a candle and dolly mixtures (their favourite!). Along the way they discovered the many symbols of the Christingle, including the cocktail sticks representing the four corners of the world, and the candle symbolising the light of Jesus.A very merry Christmas from Form Three!
Huge congratulations to Ellen on her Music Tuition Award on Flute awarded by Repton School. This is an amazing achievement and accompanies the CB Fry Scholarship Ellen was awarded last year. Well done!
The first of our two Christmas carol services took place last night and, set in our beautifully decorated main hall, was a wonderfully atmospheric occasion. The children sang beautifully and our readers performed with aplomb. Thank you to parents of pupils in Forms 3, 4 and 5 for joining us and we hope you had a lovely evening.
Pre-Prep have put on another fantastic Nativity performance this year. It is amazing to see children aged 2-7 taking such delight in entertaining us all. From the singing (angelic), to the speaking (Oscar worthy) and the dancing (it's a 10!!!), it left us all full of festive cheer. Well done to all 🌟
We are delighted to announce that Sophie, our Head Girl, has been awarded a Sports Scholarship and Music Exhibition at Denstone. Very well deserved for such an 'All Round' young lady. We are very proud!
Thank you so much for all your contributions to the Christmas Fair, it was a great afternoon and with all your support it was very successful. We have made a little over £2800, which is incredible. We would also like to announce the winners of the Christmas cake, Kevin and Katie the carrots.Mr Raybould is the lucky winner of the beautiful Christmas cake. The winners of the carrots are Dillan winning Kevin and Lily winning Katie.Congratulations to you all.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas!Best wishes,Yarlet Fundraising Committee
Following a rigorous assessment at the end of last term, we have just heard that William Betteley has been offered a Year 7 Sports Exhibition to Denstone College. After much deliberation, William and his family have taken the decision to remain at Yarlet for Years 7 and 8 but this is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of him. William is looking forward to joining his older brother at Denstone in Year 9.
On Wednesday 15th January we were invited to host this year's Faraday Challenge. Along with two teams from Yarlet, we invited four other teams to join us from Walton Priory and St Dominic's schools. This year's challenge was sponsored by Airbus although details of the competition cannot be fully divulged, as it is a national competition. The children were asked to demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills in designing and making an object of their design on a budget using limited resources that they could buy from a shop to make a prototype. The children were marked on their planning, budgeting, teamwork, design and final presentation.Well done to all those taking part!