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Issue 3 - Summer 2007

SPLAT (above)
painting, 90 x 60 cm 2007

To create her work, Laura mixed colours by spattering them on paper. She felt she demonstrated her personality - colourful and different. This work was created in several layers and took many days to complete. 

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Woodleigh pupils brave the lions

{ F E AT U R E S }


Treehouses and dens



A review of drama this year


Year eight present a startling menu



What would you most like to play?



A nail-biting finale to the House competition



Highlights from fixtures this year



With years three, four and five
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IN MARCH this year, the first ever Lions’ Lair event was held here at Woodleigh School. The idea was based on the TV show Dragons’ Den. We originally tried to see if we could go on the actual show, but they replied it was only an adult’s show – for 4 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term adult entrepreneurs. We then decided to create our own show, and called it Lions’ Lair. We invited two other schools- Sherburn High School, with their anti-spiking device Propper Stopper and Market Weighton School as Six-Star products with their revolutionary handmade guitar stands in the shapes of people, which can hold a guitar in two ways, leaning against them or as though they were playing them. They needed funding for a new welder and a “smart” welding mask. Woodleigh

were drawn to go second which was partly an advantage, but also a big risk: we got to see what the Lions were like, but if the first team put the Lions in a bad mood, we had much less chance. Luckily the Lions were in a good mood and we began our presentation confidently. Thomas Saunders and Ted Foster opened the presentation and then Ollie Dales presented the game, Ted Foster the market and Thomas Saunders and Antonia Selvey the finances, with Thomas presenting the main finances and Antonia the additional source of revenue, sponsorship. There was also a prize for the best presentation, regardless of investment. “All the presentations were really good” said Mike Oughtred, Lion. “It was hard to decide who should get the best presentation prize.” “It was brilliant!” said Thomas, “I was

really nervous but I think we did well.” The result of the presentation was that the Six Star got their investment, and we are in ongoing negotiations with two of the Lions. But nevertheless it helped promote Woodleigh’s new card game, EdStat Food Groups, an educational card game based on nutrition information. Year seven started a project with Mr England. It all started in a CDT lesson, where we decided to design a pack of playing cards based on nutrition panels from the side of food packaging. Once we had started to get into the swing of the game we added some colours that started off with green, to indicate that this had no limits, amber, to indicate know where your limits were and lastly red, to indicate do not go over the limit. Originally there were just two versions of the game, but eventually it came

to five. After a while we decided we would change the colour scheme to different shades of purple and blue but still representing the same things. The reason we did this was to make sure that the green, amber and red colours didn’t get confused with the traffic light system. At that time we also added the GDA, guideline daily amounts and put those on the right hand side of the cards whereas the actual scores of the categories were on the left. The final colours are gold, silver and bronze. They still represent the same things. We have tested these on children and they have been a great success. So far we have been to the Lions’ Lair, our version of the Dragons’ Den, and we also managed to get an article in the Grocer magazine. Soon we are hopefully going to go into production. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 

Fire station visit puts spark into PSHE
WHEN years seven and eight visited the fire station Mr Woolley told us about the types of fire fighter. There are two kinds of fire fighter, whole-timers and retained. Retained firemen are people like Mr Woolley who have another job. Whole-timers are people who stay on permanent duty at the fire station. We then went through and looked at the retained fire engine and saw what they used when they were called out. We saw the foot-controlled alarm, so the driver doesn’t need to fiddle around with switches. 6 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term We learnt that there are three ways for the firemen to get water in case of fire. The first is the most obvious – from the engine itself. There are 600 litres stored and it is all gone in two minutes. The next way is from hydrants. Yellow “H” signs show the presence of these; the bottom number represents how many metres the sign is from a hydrant. And then the third way is to take water from any available source. The retained firemen wear pagers, which sound an alarm if they are called out. They can change into their fire suit in 10 seconds. The high point was definitely watching a car door get chopped up. We also looked at the tags that they filled in when they took breathing apparatus and the electronic tagging system for fast rescuefor example, someone leaning out of a window. Year three and four also visited the fire station in September for PSHE. They learned about fire engines and specialist equipment. Mr Woolley dressed up in full fireman gear and both years three and four and years seven and eight hugely enjoyed themselves.

Endurance challenge raises nearly £2000
THE CHEEKY monkey challenge raised over £193 for children with leukaemia. Fifteen people raised fifty pounds and there names are George Crawford, Zack Woolley, Edward Medforth, Charlotte Carr, Charlotte Horsley, John Soanes, Jay Mitchinson-Singh, Charles Saunders, Stephen Johnstone, Tom Milnes, Ellenya Smith, Georgina Barclay, Charlotte Firth, Tom Saunders, Tom Barclay and Jack Redfern. There were three choices of raising money - running, cycling, and swimming. The point of the challenge was to raise money for children with leukaemia and there was no doubt that we did that. Abdul Al Arifi did the biking all day, the amount of times he went round the school is unknown. A lot of people brought in their own bikes and kept them on the back lawn for storage. For the running and swimming, all the participants ran 6 laps of the school and swam 6 lengths of the pool. The star performers were George Crawford who raised £8, Edward Medforth who raised £, Tom Milnes with £63 and Jay Mitchinson-Singh and Ellenya Smith who each raised £60.

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Tom Lee falling into a bush with Dean Jackson Will Megginson ran over his water bottle with his bike Alex Miller spectacularly skidded off his bike. Dean had to borrow Ellenya’s pink bike George Crawford raised £78

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A Justin Birkett front flip Tom Barclay’s James Bond dive The Kyden Woodhead back flip Jack’s belly dance A Tom Horsley double 180 forward roll The Ollie Dales sideways somersault Ada’s leaping cartwheel

Flipping out over the new school trampoline
DURING the summer term the school was given a new trampoline from Mrs Ullyot. Many people have enjoyed this trampoline because it is very cool and exciting. It is a very bouncy trampoline with a green outside and black middle. We had a good idea to dig a hole to put the trampoline in at ground level. So now we’ll be walking and then suddenly bouncing. The children have also got plenty of time to play on it. It is in the area across the road from the woods and near the pool and the small gate to the games pitch. Most of the boarders go there in the morning. A lot of the school can burn off a lot of energy on it. I also asked a couple of people in the school what they thought of the new trampoline. Jessica Cheung said that she really enjoyed using it after school and at weekends. Harry Connell said that he and Abdul Al Arifi love it. I say it’s a fun trampoline that I love.

Year seven GPS project swings into action
IN SOME of then year seven English and IT lessons we have been making a small three hole golf course down at the games pitch. We started by planning our own golf course each on photoshop. The winning golf course would be built down at the games pitch. The winning designs were by Tom Horsley and Philip Johnston. One of Tom’s holes was used and two of Philip’s. The next thing we did was spray paint the games pitch with white red and yellow spray cans to mark out where to put the holes. The golf course is going to be built for the whole school to enjoy and play on. We used grass carrots to mark out where to put the tee positions when the lawn mower mows over the grass. We knew where to put the holes because we used GPS units so we did not put the holes in the wrong place, also they showed where things like the pavilion and fields and the school are. These projects will not interfere with any sport that is played down at the games pitch. This was part of the design remit. Already year two, three and four have used the course in games. Tom Saunders said “It’s great to have our own golf course”. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 9

Garden variety proves a hit
EVERY year at Woodleigh School there is a garden party organised by the Friends of Woodleigh. The most popular stall was the bottle stall which cost one pound to choose a mystery cardboard covered bottle. Prizes ranged from water and coke to wine and beer. It was the first stall to sell out. The newest stall was a Rugby kicking stall won by Tom Hoggard with five kicks. Millie-Jo Castleton, Ada Law, Grace Murkett and Georgina Barclay were offering very girly make-overs for 0p. Mrs Knowlson and Mrs Johnston ran a cake stall selling very delicious cakes. 10 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term Next to the cake stall was the pork and beef sandwich stall. First one was free second and third and so on was two pounds each. My favourite stall involved throwing wet sponges at the younger children and occasionally passing teachers. George Boyes and Alex Miller ran a catapult stall firing water balloons at man sized targets. The prize for the most direct hits was five pounds. Lewis Ryan and Justin Burkett ran an arm wrestling competition for both children and adults. The adult prize was a a can of Carlsberg, and the children’s prize was a rugby ball.

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

Chère ecole de Copenhagen
YEARS five and six have had French penpals since the start of the spring term. These penpals have made our French lessons much more exciting. It has improved our knowledge of French and taught us how to write letters in French. We write in French to them and they write in English to us. It is a French school in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. There are some interesting names like Lucas Ravn-Haren and Arnaurd Lavigne. The school has lots of different nationalities including French, English and Danish. We receive reasonably long letters but I don’t think they have had much help from their teachers. So far we have written two letters to them and have received one. We have prepared our third letter, so as soon as we receive our second letter we will send it off. On our third letters we have used postcards of our area; writing about where we live. We have told them where we live and what is in our village or town. This has been a great idea by Mademoiselle Schoukroun, extending our French and making lessons more exciting. Altogether it’s been a brilliant activity. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 11

Treehouse on top of the world
THE SCHOOL tree house has been climbed and walked on by Woodleigh students since it was built a few years ago. Built a few years ago, the treehouse is still as good as it used to be. It’s very sturdy and strong and I don’t see it breaking for a long time. The tree still looks healthy and strong. In the Autumn the platform collects a shedload of conkers that fall from the top of the tree. It also stops those below getting knocked out by falling conkers when the tree is shaken. You can face your fears if you’re scared of heights. Sometimes the tree house gets used as a look out when students are playing games. Another place students can hang out could be underground or in a building with no teachers or adults. There are two wooden dens. One is al1 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term most finished but the other one isn’t. The one that’s almost finished is about two metres tall. The one that isn’t finished will be about three metres. Students with the help of some teachers built them in PSHE. Both the dens are in the woods next to each other. We used slabs of wood to put around the den for the shelter. We use corrugated metal with foam inside it for the roof. We obtained the wood from a farm down the road. Building the wooden dens is an enjoyable joint effort. The other dens are underground using corrugated iron and soil as a roof. These dens are great as no-one can see you once you are inside. You may think they sound unsafe but we make a big effort to make sure the sides of the hole are level to stop it caving in.

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

Blades and bikes take over
PEOPLE are allowed to bring bikes, blades and skateboards in to play on in break and in their spare time. There is a big blue plastic ramp and you can ask to make a ramp out of wood yourself. You are allowed to ride anywhere on your bike in school grounds apart from down to the games pitch. You can blade in the courtyard and on the concrete outside, you can skateboard in exactly the same places as you can blade. Everyone has suddenly started to bring their bikes and blades in. Biking is the most popular of the three. You are allowed to borrow other people’s bikes if you ask. You can borrow blades and skateboards as well. It is really good fun going on blades and bikes and things. There are hills to go up and down on and bumps to go flying over on your bikes. You can have loads of fun but you just have to be careful about it. You can go through the woods on your bike and down the hill. You can ride up and down the drive and do tricks. On your blades you can do tricks off the ramps and you could ask somebody to help you learn to blade or skateboard. Or you could ask them to pull you up and down the hill in the courtyard. You could get taught to skateboard and get more confident and then have a go yourself. Children enjoy skidding and pulling wheelies. They would do the jump on the ramp then skid round the corner. On the way up to the top they might mess around doing tricks. All this excitement takes place in the courtyard. It is a fantastic area for these activities that are loved so much by students. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 13

First camp adventure for years six and seven
FIRST camp was situated in and around Whitby. Luckily it wasn’t raining, but it was a bit foggy. We set off and, on the way we stopped off for lunch at Hole of Horcum. It was hot and the boys and some of the girls went down the hill and Sam Megginson fell down quite far, he looked a bit rough when he got back up the hill! We landed at the campsite and set up our tents. Then we went down to the beach and Tom Hoggard and George Mewburn found a ball in the big rocks, so we had a game of volleyball. We went into three groups; the cool dudes, the pirates of the Caribbean and the football-annoying nuts. On Monday everyone went fishing far out to sea. Altogether 1 fish were caught. Charlotte Firth caught the most fish on one boat, Georgina Barclay caught the most on the other boat. Sam Megginson caught the biggest fish. It was a whopper. Afterwards everyone went on a 16mile bike ride to Ravenscar but not everyone went the whole way. In the evening the campers ate the fish on a barbecue. On Tuesday we went on a long walk to a rock climbing centre. The campers each had a harness and helmet for safety. Then we started rock climbing and there were three climbs. We were split into three groups. We kept on swapping the climbs. After rock climbing we went to the beach for the last time. On Wednesday we woke up early to pack up the tents. Then we went to Dalby Forest. We went on a big walk and after we went back to school. We had to stay back and unpack the buses.

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

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l The amazing views overlooking the hotel

Sestriere hard to beat
THIS YEAR about 40 people from the school travelled down to Sestriere in Italy for our ski trip. It was a great success. There were some good instructors called Franco. Both of them. We stayed in a wonderful hotel called Villaggio Olimpico, in the Olympic village. It had lovely en-suite rooms but the quality of the staff in the dining room was poor. The weather on the slopes was good except for two days; the first day was foggy and the second last day was foggy, snowing and freezing to the bone. Otherwise the weather was spectacular sunshine. The skiing was good in the newly fallen snow; apart from one day when it was icy, and hard to control. Most of the days we stopped at the same restaurant for lunch. The slopes ranged from not very steep to quite steep. It was excellent skiing apart from there was a great big haul back to the boot room at the end of the day, along flat ground. The hotel was a fantastic maze and you could explore it madly, although you got used to it after staying in it for a week. The village that the hotel was in was superb as well, with shops ranging from sweet shops to sport and perfume shops. Altogether I think it was a fantastic place and I would recommend it to anybody. But it would be fun to go somewhere else next year.

l The stunning snow which was perfect for skiing. l An amazing football match between AS Roma and Manchester United,
with all of Woodleigh supporting Manchester United

l An impressive crash between Becky and Freddie l The children’s party with huge pizzas l Tom Horsley lost a ski which followed him down the mountain
leading an intrepid l Mrs Murkettthe black run Women’s party down downhill course. Unfortunately a number of children overtook her ... fantastic weather l Thewhole holiday which lasted the Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 1

Year seven conjure magical illusions in their
YEAR seven have been making exciting sculptures that create optical illusions. The objects stay up by a weight that is under the model hanging from the wooden block. The model uses physics to stay balanced. Gravity pulls down the weight, which is attached to the wire, which is attached to the wooden block. The wire 16 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term  goes underneath the table or surface and the weight pulls down so the sculpture stays balanced. The longer the wire the less weight is needed to keep it balanced, but the smaller the wire the more weights are required to keep it balanced. The artworks appear to be hanging in mid-air without any form of support. This year’s year sevens produced some models, which create an illusion. These were made with the help of Mr England in CDT, who has planned to make a bigger model to put on the stone block on the front lawn. This was to replace the old statue,

From Mardi Gras to Kids in Space
FOR cabaret in a day we did Mardi Gras, it was great fun and interesting to do because we had never done anything like it. Here’s a bit of information about Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival which is celebrated on 0th February in 00. Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of ‘self-denial’. Mardi Gras means ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French. There were dancers who were: Charlotte Firth, Laura Robertson-Tierney, Ada Law, Jessica Cheung, Georgina Barclay, Grace Murkett, Charlotte Horsley, Charlotte Carr, Rachel Robson and Guy Welch. They danced to ten songs these included: Swing low sweet chariot, Mambo dance, the country dancing song, whole lotta lovin’ and the umbrella dance. There were about 130 people involved in the Musical in a day, maybe even more and about 100 people came to eat and watch the performance. On musical in a day we performed ‘Kids in space’. Kids in space was written by Debbie Campbell, I am assuming she is a very creative writer. It was a performance about a group of kids that went to space and found some androids that were broken. There was an android called Specks, he was the one that fixed the other robots but they were mean to him in return. The song selection included, getting around, first kids in space, blast off, out of control (sung and danced by the androids), I am different (sung by specks), the space café, Moon-hopping, Planet round (danced by planets), Under control (sung by androids), I know a man, good-bye moon, Blast off and Kids in space. The Christmas play, was about Mr Partridge’s amazing troop going to see and sing to Santa and Mrs Claus, but Mr and Mrs Grimgrump interfered because they wanted Mr.Partridge’s amazing troop to sing to his family rather than the Claus’, the Grimgrumps and the Claus’ hated each other! George Crawford who played Mr Grimgrump said: “I enjoyed being the mean person, it brings out the mean side of me!” He also added, “it was funny when the crowd booed it made me laugh”. The choir: 1 lords a-leaping,11 ladies dancing, ten drummers drumming, nine maids a-milking, eight pipers piping, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and Mr Partridge in his pear tree!) was the whole school. There was a lot of work put into it and it showed in the amazing performance!

CDT lessons
which was called Michaelmas this was taken back by it’s designer Michael Iwons The statue will be made from wood and metal. It feature a string of balls starting with a basketball then a rugby ball all the way to a shuttle cock. It is hoped to be finished by Founder’s day. There are currently finished sculptures in the front hall and they are well worth a look. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 1 

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summer term 2007

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

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A WINDY DAY (right)
autumn term 2006 poetry by Fred Austin

The wind howls like a werewolf baying. It blows the leaves off trees like an elephant. The wind goes and comes like day and night. It blows branches down like bulls running into trees. The wind thunders like a herd of antelopes stampeding. It quietens like people sleeping. 

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spring term 2007 before lessons

One cold night, in the middle of January, a snow storm arrived. The wind howled then the snow swirled around and gently fell to the ground. In the morning there lay sprinkled a soft sheet of white crisp snow. Further away trees dangled icicles from their drooping bare branches. Over the hills and far away the snowstorm blew its final breath, waiting for another day.


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

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

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summer term 2007 recipe writing by Justin Birkett & Clayton Hill

Ingredients: Raspberries Cherries Blueberries Blackberries Orange Kiwi Pineapple Watermelon Apricot Strawberries For the pour over glaze: Juice of one lemon Juice of one lime Orange extract 33ml Almond essence 5ml 3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar Draw a line with a knife 2/3 of the way up and around the melon. Then draw lines to the top of the melon, but leaving room for a 5 cm wide handle. Cut out the melon flesh in blocks. Peel and seed the seasonal fruits then mix all the fruits in a bowl. Take out all of the watermelon in cubes or in balls. Mix the lemon juice with icing sugar and the liqueur, then put the mix over the fruit. Cover with foil then leaves to chill in the refrigerator for about one hour.

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And the most unusual instrument is ...
WOODLEIGH school has a variety of unusual instruments. Mr Ogram plays the baritone saxophone and the recorder, he says he could play the piccolo if he had one. The Baritone Saxophone is a huge long saxophone, which is rather hard to play. When the teachers show their instruments the baritone saxophone was shown but nobody wanted to start learning it. Charles Dales plays the cymbals, and the harmonica. He says his grandpa, who can play almost every instrument, teaches him. When asked what he can play he said: “I don’t play songs on them I just use them to annoy my sisters.” He started playing cymbals about a 4 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term year ago, he began to play because his grandpa was singing once and he said to get something out of his drum kit and join in. Charles chose to play cymbals. He started playing the harmonica about two years ago, when his grandpa gave him a harmonica as a present. Mademoiselle Shoukroun can play glasses of water. She can play Do, ré, mi la perdrix. It is a French song that has a very catchy tune. She started playing it at the international school in Burma, where it was cross-linking with a science experiment. When asked how to get the notes right she said, “you put more or less water in depending on the size of glass. It works better with crystal glasses though.”

l Ukulele l Sousaphone l Electric Mandolin l Didgeridoo l Piccolo trumpet l Mongolian gong l Theremin l Glass harmonica l Bouzouki l Wurlitzer organ l Bamboo xylophone


l Theme from Titanic l Cool Calypso l Rush hour l In the pink l Get in step l Andante l Ode to joy l Balleto l The bee l Garage sale l The entertainer

Piano is the most popular to play at Woodleigh
THIS YEAR many children have started playing instruments, such as flute, trumpet, and saxophone. All of them have learned very fast and will probably do a grade soon. Lots of people already play instruments and the most popular instruments are very close together. The most popular instrument is the piano. There are 14 pianists and there are a couple in most year groups. The people who play piano were asked why they liked it so much, and why they think other people like it. Antonia Selvey said “I think the reason people like playing the piano is that you can play all different types of music on the same instrument and you can play well with all of the other hand held instruments. You can improvise with any music, like turning a happy song into a sad, upsetting song or turning a jolly song even jollier using swing.” Georgina Barclay said “It’s a good hobby and it’s fun. Plus you also learn about music.” Ollie Dales said “I think the reason is because it’s nice that when you know how to play you can go anywhere and impress people.” Charlotte Firth said “I like it because it makes you concentrate on hand-eye coordination, and it’s fun.” Grace Murkett said “I think it’s because you can play any style of music, plus you can listen to a song and pick the piano, then figure out by ear what to play, because it is an obvious note.” Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 

North win the House Cup
Competition winners
THIS TERM, Woodleigh School has had the annual house tournaments, which were: Music, Cross Country, Biathlon, Hockey, Swimming, House Quiz, Rounders, Cricket and Sports Day. At Woodleigh School there are four houses, each person in every house played a part in the tournaments. The house music winners were East singing, John The Builder. Everybody found the song amusing, funny and exciting. The person in East who thought of the idea was Laura Robertson-Tierney .After winning the house plays all of the East members were very thrilled. In the Woodleigh Cross Country, South came first, West came second and North came third. In the Biathlon West did very well scoring ninety points. East and North got the same amount of points a hundred points each. North did very well as well scoring ninety points. The House Hockey referees were Mr Woolley and Mrs Johnston; the winners of the house hockey were East, scoring twenty points. In second were West with fifteen points while North and South drew with ten points each in third place. In the Swimming tournament, East were the winners scoring twenty points. In House Quiz the winners were north, scoring twenty points. In the individual school tournaments, the contestants had to pass four stages, the Knock out round, Quarter Final, Semi Final and The Final. This year’s results are featured to the right.


Music - East Cross Country - North Hockey - East Swimming - East Quiz - North Biathlon - North Rounders - West Cricket - West Sports Day Drama - North 

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Senior tournaments


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

Junior tournaments


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

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AS I write this article the rain is pouring down outside – it should be sports day! Usually we don’t let the weather dampen our appetite for sport and over the past twelve months children from Woodleigh have represented the school at rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, rounders, cross-country, athletics, swimming and tennis. We have made tremendous progress in all of these sports and it never fails to amaze me how competitive we often are against schools that have a much larger pool of children to draw from at each different age group. Twelve months ago Rhys Smith represented the North East Prep Schools at the national athletics finals in Birmingham – a superb feat. The autumn term brought football and rugby together for the last time. So many schools are now doing rugby exclusively in the autumn term that for the 00-08 season we have now joined the band wagon. Both the under 9 and under 11 rugby teams proved very competitive. The under 11 rugby team never quite got their act together in the 1 a-side game but proved a real force as a seven-a side team. I had the pleasure of refereeing them in the final of the Hurworth House tournament and although they lost against Cundall Manor the actual game itself was a brilliant advert for under 11 rugby. The under 9s played in some excellent matches and it was good to see the year 3s being involved in some way in all of the games. The year 4 group improved throughout the season and will add a strong younger dimension to the under 11s next year. Mr England and I took the under 13 seven-a-side team to the Merchiston Castle tournament in Edinburgh. The team itself had struggled in the smaller sided game , not because of a lack of talent but often due to a failure to understand how very different the tactics are compared to the 1-a-side game. The day itself was great success and the improvement in the style of play was palpable. Particular improvements were shown in defence and in the last match of the tournament it would have been very easy for the boys to allow an excellent St Olaves team to run amok. This never happened and is a reflection of the progress made throughout the day. I am surprised to see that Mr Horsley was not in the summer honours list having stoically spent most of the day sitting between two argumentative members of staff in the front of the mini-bus! Our own under 9 and under 11 football tournament was a great 8 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term

success and, once again, the standard of football has improved through the enthusiastic and meticulous tutorship of Mr Tolkien. It will be interesting to see how the move to the spring term will affect football fixtures and I hope to create an even more varied sporting calendar by introducing two or three boys hockey fixtures in the second term next year. Our cross-country was an excellent event. I was delighted when my friend from the fire-service volunteered to ‘hare’ each race, I myself struggled round the games field five (yes five) times! I thank Dan Gilbank for his support but particularly thank all of the children who ran in spectacular fashion. The biggest improvements this year have been in cricket. I knew that the missing ingredient in previous years was our lack of practice in the run up to the season. I hired the cricket nets in York in the hope that it would not only encourage some better cricketing skills but also generate a cricket culture. It worked! I thank both boys and parents for their support for these Sunday afternoon sessions. The 1st XI have shown a much stronger back bone and games have been much more competitive. We should have given a strong Bramcote side a much better game, and we were unlucky against Cundall Manor – a game that was played in appalling conditions. Rob Mewburn managed 3 against St Martins Ampleforth nd XI, Rhys Smith 64 against Ampleforth College under 14 ‘C’s, Ted Foster bowled a hat trick in this highly entertaining and high scoring match as well as batting extremely well in the Worsley Cup the following day. This tournament allowed some of the stronger year 6s an opportunity to play. The under 11s have had a very good season and I am already looking forward to further improvements in cricket next year. I am delighted to say that we have received a cricket bag for next season from the Lords Taverners. So what for the future? More Tennis – we had two very good matches at Terrington! More swimming – we struggled against a much stronger Terrington under 9 team, but importantly the children very much enjoyed the event and I now know the level we need to reach to be competitive. More sports – I have made contact with the English Basketball Association, our football tournament this year will be for local primary schools and form part of our sustainable schools week in October, boys hockey, girls cricket, more structured house tournaments and leagues – see you in September. Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 9

Transition season for Rugby team
AT THE risk of sounding boring, injuries again plagued this season’s performance, with barely the same side turning out twice in a row. However, there were some very close matches, in which the narrow line of victory or defeat was decided by a single score. The season started well enough with a victory against Red House, sadly followed by a close -0 defeat by Cundall. Things picked up again with a win against Terrington. The next match against Hurworth proved interesting in as much as we had run out of props and they kindly lend us their spare prop, although the injury during the match made me offer him back. However it was another close match being decided in their favour by two points. It does not pay to miss a conversion in front of the posts! Aysgarth beat us quite convincingly, which was then followed by the return match against Cundall. What a match! 1-0 down at half time, to come back and win 6-1. Howsham Hall was the next fixture: defeat again. Sadly we later learnt that Howsham Hall was to close, which brings to an end a fixture with one of our closest and dearest neighbours. I once said I would retire once we beat Howsham, so now am doomed to a limbo-like existence. Poor weather and a mix-up over fixtures brought an end to the first half of the season. The second half saw a victory over Bramcote, defeat by Pocklington. Lochinvar House, on tour from the south, gave us,not only a close game, but also an encouraging win, as no fewer than  junior players had been brought into the side and all performed well. Finally, we saw off the season with a win against Fyling Hall, which, for those who like statistics, means the side won more games than it lost. As usual there were not only some good team performances, there was some stirling work from quite a few individuals. Finally I would like to thank all the team’s supporters for turning out whatever the weather and also for the advice some of them so freely offer. It is always taken in, fully analysed and then acted upon in the appropriate manner.

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

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Team captains give their views on the sporting year

THE CAPTAINS have had their say on this season’s success, from rugby and hockey in the winter to cricket and rounders in the summer, and everything in between. For football the under elevens captain, Tom Hoggard, was interviewed for an overall view on the season. “It was a good season for the team, we won most of our matches, passed well and played properly as a team. Our best win was in the Bramcote tournament, where we beat Minster 6-1.” Overall it looked like a good year for all of the football teams and they even let a girl in the under thirteens team. 3 | the woodleighan | No. 3 | Summer term  In hockey there weren’t many matches on the grass, but, although it was only practised on the new court, the few matches played were very good. The captain, Laura Robertson-Tierney, explained what happened. “We had a very good season for hockey, with Ollie Dales, Georgina Barclay and Antonia Selvey for the forwards, Lottie Simpson as centre half and with our amazing Charlotte Horsley as our sub ready to come on to the pitch at anytime during the game. “Charlotte Firth and I were backs and Elenya Smith and a

sweeper or goalie. One of the highlights of the season was when we beat Saint Martin’s Ampleforth’s 16- when they had a goalie and four players and we played with our five players on the pitch, and no goalie or sweeper.” In rugby the under nines captain, Matthew Procter, was asked what he thought of this years’ rugby season. “We won most of our matches. Overall Ted Weeks was the best tackler and I probably scored the most, it was a pretty good season.” For netball the under ten and under eleven captains say what they thought of this year. “We did quite well,” said Charlotte Horsley and Lottie Simpson, “The best score was 10- against Bramcote. We en-

joyed this match the most.” In the summer there is cricket, which the under nines captain, George Ullyot, talks about their season. “It was a good season, and we won about two thirds of our matches with amazing catches” Also in the summer is rounders, which the under thirteens captain, Charlotte Firth, describes this season. “This year we were recovering from the loss of some of our players, but we did extremely well with me as backstop and Laura at first base, who were our main way of getting people out. “Everyone in the team was very good they deserve to be proud. With big hits, risky but lucky running and good catches.” Summer term | No. 3 | the woodleighan | 33 

Editors: Ollie Dales & Tom Saunders Sub editors and writers: Georgina Barclay, Andrew Chapman, Charlotte Firth, Tom Horsley, Dean Jackson, Philip Johnston, Louis Knowlson, Ada Law, Thomas Lee, Grace Murkett, Antonia Selvey, Kyden Woodhead, Design and layout by Mr Tom Tolkien Photo credits: Mr Tolkien: pages 1, 3, 4, 5, 6-10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20-34, 36 Mr Barclay, page 11-12 Miss Howitt & Mrs Hayes: page 18. Mrs Murkett: page 15-16 . Mrs Gillingham: page 16 Many thanks to: All the staff and children at Woodleigh School All text © Woodleigh School 2007. Woodleigh School - Langton - Malton - North Yorkshire. Y017 9QN 01653 658215 (tel), 01653 658423 (fax),

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mixed media on paper, 150 x 85 cm 2007

To create their work Edward, Will & Matthew drew an outline in pencil and completed the image in paint by tracing leaves, and etching details using the reverse end of a paintbrush. They were very pleased with the bright colours.

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