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naith Wire
Plugged in, switched on...
Watts it a bird? Watts it a plane? No its Becky!
Bradley Marsden
THE recently departed year11 students were celebrating inAugust as their GCSE resultsarrived. This year, there weresome of the best results the schoolhas ever seen, and the pupils wererewarded for all their hard work throughout the year.After a nail-biting climax to 5years of hard-work, 156 studentsgot a total of 1,849 A*-G grades,an increase of 251 from the previ-ous year.The pupils themselves got somesuperb individual results.For example: (number of A*-C in brackets) Emma Gill (15);Samuel Morgan (14); LukeNicholson (14); Jason Wong (14).The Year 10 students also gottheir results in Maths, RE, Sci-ence and Statistics. These resultswere also some of the best in theschool’s history and are a tes-tament to the hard work thestudents have put in, not just inthe past year, but throughout theirSnaith School careers.I’m sure you’ll join me in thank-ing the teaching staff at school forall their hard work and encour-agement throughout the year, aswithout them none of this wouldhave been possible.
GCSE Success!
Local GirlGoing forGold…
Georgina Gallagher
REBECCA Watts, a pupil of The SnaithSchool and a resident of Snaith hasrecently been named the fastest girl inYorkshire. Becky, age 15, has been run-ning now for several years. When spo-ken to, Watts revealed how it feels tobe an outstanding national runner, her“strenuous” training routine and justhow good she really is!Not only is Watts the fastest girl inYorkshire, she is the 4th fastest girl inEngland, also one of the top ten fast-est girls in the whole of the UnitedKingdom.Recently Watts has competed in twomajor events, English Schools, in whichshe came 4th in the 100m but unfortu-nately got disqualified in the relay due toinexperienced team members. Howeverin the UK School Games held in Cardiff,she came 8th in 100m. To be at this levelat the age is a phenomenal achievement.Becky is also Humberside 100m cham-pion, and Wakefield 100m and 200mchampion for under 17’s.Watts told us how she has been injuredmany times due to her strenuous train-ing, and how she was injured quite seri-ously when doing long jump. Becky toldus that although she enjoyed doing long jump, she no longer does that sport infear of another serious injury.To maintain the standard she is at,Becky trains a total of three hours at herWakefield club a week, in two one-and-a-half hour lessons. She also maintainsa healthy diet and daily stretches. Whentalking to Watts about her weekly rou-tine, she insists that “It’s not hard work as long as you have got good concentra-tion.”Although Becky is highly recognised inthe athletic world, she is very modest of her achievements, saying “I don’t like tomake a big deal of it, because it’s not a bigdeal. Of course I like winning, but that’snot what I run for, I run because I lovethe feeling.” How extremely reservedof her! Fortunately she doesn’t have toboast for herself she has her friends todo it for her. Becky has an amazing per-sonal best in 100m sprint, 12.2 seconds,and 200m, 25.6 seconds. Also Watts hasa fantastic array of 19 trophies and 20medals.When we asked Becky what the dreamwas, she replied “Well the dream I guessis to be in the Olympics, either the nextone or the one after. It’s every athlete’sdream. But I don’t want to jinx it, so I’m just going to aim for that and see whereit gets me.” All I have to say is if you getthere Becky, I’ll be expecting a ticket forthis article.
Rebecca Watts fastest in Yorkshire
Happy faces all round on results day
Autumn 2009
Jasmine Wright
FORTY-SEVEN year-old comedianEddie Izzard is more comfortable onstage performing outlandish comedywearing fishnets and high heels, buton the 26th July he swapped these fora pair of shorts and sensible runningshoes.
The run, which is the equivalent of astaggering 43 marathons, took him 52days to complete and had him admir-ing the sights of England, Northern Ire-land, Scotland and Wales. Armed with aselection of British flags and only fiveweeks training, he set off from Lon-don’s Trafalgar Square at 6am. Izzardadmitted that the furthest he had ever run in preparation was 5 miles, which isa mere drop in the ocean when it is com- pared with the mean feat of the 1110miles which lay ahead of him. Beforehe embarked on his running mission hetold his supporters via his website that,“I am off on a great adventure.”He ran at least 27 miles a day, sixdays a week. Izzard explained to report-ers that people are having a hard time believing his phenomenal achieve-ment. However his countless blisters,the absence of his toenails and a totalof 14 pairs of worn out trainers act asevidence of his 1110 mile journey. Notonly did he endure the pain of havinghis feet bandaged before running but heafter he finished each day of running hewas forced to have an ice bath.His aim was to raise thousands of  pounds for Sport Relief and hoped inthe process to raise public support for the looming London 2012 OlympicsGames.He received enormous public sup- port from an ex-marine who ran along-side him for a few miles, to a manwho presented Izzard with a bottle of Glenfiddich whisky. The blog on hiswebsite where he updated fans abouthis progress was bombarded with mes-sages of encouragement and support for the comic.The amount raised currently stands at£20,000 but as donations are still beingtaken in this figure is set to rise. Nowwith 1110 miles under his belt, Izzardis digging out his heels and is preparingto take to the stage for a new 44 datetour, a setting which he feels more athome with.
1110 Miles, 51 Days, 45 Marathons, 1 Man
Rebecca White
IT isn’t something everyone has heardabout but these things are cropping upacross the continent; ginger festivals!
Over the past few years ginger appre-ciation festivals have been appearing incountries such as Wales and the Nether-lands with gingers gaining free entry tothe event and in most bars around thehost town getting free drinks. Surpris-ingly more non-gingers have been goingto these events than regular gingers!Mr Rowenhourst, a non-ginger whostarted the annual festival in the SouthEast of the Netherlands, dreamt up thefestival after looking for ginger modelsto paint and after receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications he decidedto create the festival for the flame haired people to come together and talk abouttheir experiences; most of which are bul-lying.Others come here to share ideas suchas Brigitte van Hengel, who has a suc-cessful all ginger modelling agency butis also looking to add an all ginger thea-tre company to that list. Another ideawas an all ginger community, based in,where else but the world’s capital for gingers, Scotland! This idea was born because some people at the event weredisappointed about not passing their gin-ger locks to their children and believedthat if a pure ginger colony exists thenall their offspring would be ginger them-selves.So what is with the current love of gin-gers? In previous years they have beenthe butt of many jokes but now the worldhas gone ginger crazy with national ‘Huga Ginger Day’ (11
March) and ‘Ginger Appreciation Day’ (25
May) croppingup on some peoples calendars. This gin-ger reporter loves the whole new loveof gingers and can’t wait until we shallsoon be ruling the world!
Gingers Take Over!
school is not ginger-ist!
Charlotte Ambler
RECENTLY, Snaith Sports Hallhas changed its name to Snaith &District Community And SportsAssociation.
The committee is run by severalmembers of the public who want tosupport, use and promote the SportsHall to benefit the community.Although the Sports Hall is on Schoolgrounds, it is completely independent.Every month there is a family disco,a farmer’s market and bingo. Theevents that take place are supposedto be aimed at every age group in thecommunity, so what is there for teen-agers?Many activities are provided for teenagers in and around the Snaitharea, including; roller discos and cheer leading.The cheer leading lessons were pro-vided by outside dance teachers. Theroller disco takes place a few times ayear, which hopefully could be moreoften with a greater support from the public.The committee were hoping to starta ‘Band Night’ similar to those held by Selby Town Hall. Room Taken(consisting of Jordan Bagguley, JamesSafford, Jack Hargreaves, AnnabelleLeetham and Rick Womersley) vol-unteered to play: however there wasnot enough interest in this idea and notenough bands wanted to play.The Hall can also be hired out for  private functions and this is where theYear 11 Dinner Dance is held.For more information visit: www.snaithsportshall.co.uk.
Snaith Sports Hall:for the community?
The Junction - a new direction for Goole
Katharine Oliver
SIXTEEN students from year 11 receivedan amazing opportunity to visit the PressAssociation in Howden; PA is the UK’sleading multimedia news and informa-tion provider.Over the past month the students have been working on individual articles andtheir hard work has resulted in the pro-duction of this newspaper.This is the third year that students have been able to create a newspaper for their school and community. It is part of theEnglish Gifted and Talented Programmeso students have been selected on their interest in this subject. The project is run by Mr Williams, the head of English.Last year the students who worked onthe newspaper did excellently, the news- paper was read by many and was enjoyed by all pupils and teachers as well as thelocal community.This year the students have promised tomake their newspaper the best one yet.The pupils assigned themselves roleswithin the newspaper ranging from Edi-tor to features writer. They met everyWednesday and Friday lunchtime toget the articles finished, with each pupilwriting at least two articles for the news- paper. Once they arrived at PA Newsthey experienced what the writers do ona daily basis.Pupils included Rebecca White, AnnaHinchcliffe, Jasmine Wright, CharlotteAmbler, Katharine Oliver, MeganTaylor, Sophie Johnson, Alex Millward,Ryan Esley, Jonny Crossley, TomSefton, Jess Holmes, Georgie Gallagher,Gareth Baker, Brad Marsden and JamesThornton.
Snaith School students write up a storm
The PA News Crew
Jessica Holmes
THE Junction is to be a fantastic new facilityfor the people of Goole. The plan to convertthe market place into a new arts centre wasn’toriginally very popular, but when some of the features Goole Town Council wished toinclude in the building became clearer, thenews led to people beginning to warm to theidea.
Such ideas include showing films more suitedfor autistic children and special showings for  babies and toddlers so that the parents wouldn’tworry they are disturbing other filmgoers.The Junction is undoubtedly going to be anamazing place especially after the demolition of the stage at Goole High School and the closingdown of The Gate Theatre. Countless differentarts groups around the area needed somewhereto put on shows and this has everything theywill need under one roof. It’s going to have a170-seat auditorium with more comfort than isalready available, a café bar, a large workshoparea and meeting rooms.This place will be great for Goole because it provides everything that it is lacking. Many peo- ple especially teenagers have struggled in the past to get to places like the cinema in the holi-days because the closest one would be either inCastleford or Doncaster; not anymore, as therewill be films showing in the main auditorium.On the café walls, space will be left for bud-ding local artists to showcase their work - thisshows the appreciation the Junction’s foundershave for the local community.The Junction is due to open this autumn andan open day will be held on November 7
, fea-turing tours and taster sessions in the workshop,and then more officially to mark the opening,ticketed shows will be held involving mainlylocal performers.The people of Goole and the surrounding areaare very privileged to have such a well-rounded building, it contains a variety of fabulous thingsthat Goole has long needed.
Wired into... The community
Medd in the Middle
WHAT has Mr Medd and anaked man with a chicken got incommon? They are both subjectsof Antony Gormley’s livingsculpture!Since 1841 the fourth plinthin Trafalgar Square has neverhad a permanent sculpture.Instead several artists have donetemporary sculptures such asMark Quinn’s controversialsculpture;
 Alison Lapper  Pregnant.
A portrait of disabledartist Alison Lapper when shewas 8 months pregnant, the 3.5mhigh sculpture was carved out of asingle block of white marble.As well as Thomas Schütte’ssculpture,
Model for a Hotel 2007 
 has been situated on the Plinthsince November 2007. It is builtof specially engineered glass inyellow, red and blue which collectsthe light, reflecting it through theedges.But now a new sculpture has beenstarted and one of our teacherswill soon be part of it! Mr Meddwas one of the 33,900 applicantsbut unlike most of them he becamepart of the 2,400 that will begetting not just fifteen minutesof fame but a whole hour! On hisapplication Mr Medd describeshimself as competitive, creativeand moody. (You can make up yourown mind about the latter!)When this paper went to printour art teacher didn’t have anidea what to do but was thinkingof “running a competition withinschool to come up with an idea.”So far the other plinthers haveall done some outrageous, thoughtprovoking and down-right weirdduring their hour up on the plinth.Some people have used the plinthas a soap box to voice their politicalviews, others to just get naked! Thebrains behind the living sculptureproject, Antony Gormley who alsomade the Angel of the North, saidbefore the event “I would be veryupset if somebody didn’t take theirclothes off.” Luckily for him, andunfortunately for the passers by,his wish wasgranted.The artdepartment hasalso managedto integrate thefourth plinthproject into thecurriculum.Mr Medd told us “With the yearsevens we have begun a newidentity project and within thiswe have got the pupils to researchabout Gormley and also tell mewhat they’d do if they had an hourup on the plinth.” Maybe we couldsee Mr Medd using these ideaswhen he’s up there!The sculpture project started inJuly and culminates in October, thehighlights of the week have been onthe Sky Arts channel or you can geta live feed on www.oneandother.co.uk.If you are interested in watchingMr Medd become a piece of artwatch on line on October 13
 between four and five pm. I hopeyou all join me and the rest of thestudents on the paper in wishingMr Medd the best of luck and thathe doesn’t make too much of a foolof himself!
Georgina Gallagher
THE chance to change!Recently the Speaking andListening room has had excellentopportunities to change and expand.Miss Montague, the head of healthyschools, Miss Mallinson, the school’scoordinator, Kenny Ingram, aformer pupil and myself have beenworking hard to provide moreservices for our school.Before the change, the Speakingand Listening room offered a varietyof help and advice, but that’s all itdid offer.Now with the help of the governorsand the sexual health committee, JoBamford the school nurse, can offeran even larger variety of advice, andpractical help.The newly refurbished Speakingand Listening room has now addedbereavement counselling, condomdemonstration, condom distribution,pregnancy testing and chlamydiatesting, to the original services suchas, advice on how to stop smokingor taking drugs, advice on sex, peermentoring and many more.This change means that we are nowup-to-date with many schools.Jo Bamford runs the Speaking andListening room, and is there everyTuesday lunch time. But as soon asthe new services are up and runningsmoothly, both Miss Mallinson andMiss Montague have decided that amore frequent visit would be bettersuited.Until Tuesday 22
not many peopleknew about the campaign, howeveron Tuesday a letter went out toall pupils, teachers and parents toinform them about the change andconfirming the new plans.Also, on Thursday 24
after schoola “positive choices” meeting washeld, at which if any parents haddoubts, they could go and speak toJo.So far it has been agreed that someof these new services are only goingto be available for students in year 9or above.However these decisions are notonly based on age, they are based onmaturity also. A private record willbe kept of anybody who visits theDrop-In centre.The sexual health team have puta lot of effort into this and it’s greatthat they can finally see a successfuloutcome.THE time of year has come around againwhen the Snaith School reopens its doorsafter a long summer break, and with thenew school year comes new pupils, mostof whom seem eager to start their life atsecondary school.If you’ve ever been in year seven youknow what it’s like and how strangestarting at a new school can be. A few yearsevens have kindly agreed to tell me whatthey think of the Snaith School.STEVEN Bellamy: I think that the schoolis lots bigger and much easier to get lostin than my old school but I think that theteachers are much better and I also likethe fact that you get more freedom than atprimary.PHOEBE Parrish: I like the schoolbecause you don’t have the same teacherfor the whole day and also the food ismuch better and there is loads more spacethan at primary.BRODIE Keelty: I like having more spaceand the uniform is nice I also like the factthat P.E is more sport based and thatscience is much more interactive.THOMAS Rennie: I really like how cleanthe school is and how all the teachers makeyou feel welcome and involved in things. Ialso really like the science lessons as we getto do our own experiments which we neverdid in primary.MOLLY Parr: I think that the food hereis so much better than at primary andthis place is so much bigger than I’m usedto, to be honest I can’t really think of anything I don’t like about it.After talking to these new pupils it seemsthat the Snaith School has impressedmost of them and it appears that they areall very happy to be part of the SnaithSchool community. Let’s hope they stay asenthusiastic through the rest of their timehere. It is apparent that the Snaith Schoolreally is the place to be when you’re asmall fish in a big pond.
New Faces, New Places
Time for Change
Gaz Baker
Wired into... School
New year sevens
Mr Medd training for October 13th
Mairead Rodden duringher hour long spot inTrafalgar Square as partof the One and Otherexhibition.
Rachel Wardellpictured with AntonyGormley, standing infront of the fourth plinthin Trafalgar Square incentral London as sheprepares be the firstmember of the public to
Rebecca White

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