24 May 2013
Friday 24 May: Half term commences at 4 p.m. on Friday 24 May. The school is closed until boarders return (after 5 p.m.) on Sunday 2 June. Please be aware that maintenance work often takes place during the holidays and during half term pupils will not be permitted into school.
Thursday 06 June: 12.40 p.m. Recital Room event: Student musicians. All welcome.
Saturday 08 June: 8.30 – 9.30 a.m. BSA coffee and croissants. All welcome.
Saturday 08 June: 11.30 a.m. BSA Book Club discussing The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay.
Monday 10 – Friday 14 June: Internal exams week, no activities.
Thursday 13 June: 12.40 p.m. Recital Room event: Dr Andrew Copestake 'Bulletproof feathers - drawing inspiration from nature for technologies of the future'. All welcome.
Saturday 29 June: BSA Midsummer Ball – don’t miss out on this popular event! See details in main newsletter on how to obtain tickets.
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Details of events for this term at Bootham Junior School are available here
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Six middle schoolroom students, who were chosen for their expertise in design and technology, mathematics and science, represented Bootham at the Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Challenge at the University of York last Thursday. The event was one of several challenge days organised across the UK and played host to six local schools from York and surrounding counties. Teams were given a scenario of an environmental disaster which had severed all communication links to town Beta and was in grave danger. The pupils in town Alpha were tasked with designing and building a prototype that communicated a coded message to Beta. Bootham produced an imaginative design using the basic resources available to them. The day was an excellent way for the pupils to use their skills practically outside of the classroom and discover future opportunities in engineering. Well done to all!
ACTIVITY CHOICES AT BOOTHAM JUNIOR SCHOOL
At Bootham Junior School there are a wide range of after school activities at for all ages. Sporting activities include cricket, rounders, judo and kayaking. Craft activities are offered for children who like to develop their creative skills such as lego,” Kids Crew”, cookery and gardening. There are lots of musical activities children can enjoy including bell ringing, musical productions, singing and orchestra. Dance classes are available for the very young (nursery) up to years 3-4. Language activities are held every term including mandarin.
BSA MIDSUMMER BALL: SATURDAY 29 JUNE
Parents, staff, College One and Two students are invited to the Midsummer Ball which takes place on Saturday 29th June at York Racecourse. The evening starts with a drinks reception at 7pm with a three course dinner and dancing until 12.30 a.m. Tickets cost £47 and further information is available here. There’s a delicious menu and the ticket request form should be completed and returned with payment by 7th June.
ISSUE FIVE OF BOOTHAM REVIEW AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE
Perfect Pitch is a fast-paced challenge open to Upper Schoolroom, Seniors and College students. Students will have the opportunity to build new friendships with students from other schools and take part in training workshops to build their skills in teamwork, presentation, creativity and leadership. The project brief is to Make York Fit For The Future. Teams will put together a slick presentation with the help of their team mentor and then pitch to a panel of high flying ‘Dragons’. The winning team will win a £50 prize each and there will also be runner up category prizes…but all take part will be winners anyway because you can learn a lot from this experience.
Previous winning ideas have been - sustainable green picnic machine (winning team pictured above) and York Edible Schools (now running in 16 York schools whose students grow and eat their own produce on site). Application forms are available here.
Dates: Saturday afternoons 8th, 15th, 22nd June (after the AS exam) from 11.30 a.m. - 2.45 p.m. and the final on Sunday evening 23rd June starts at 7.15 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Ennis.
Year One have been learning all about plants, growth and mini-beasts. Children have been observing their very own caterpillars growing and changing into beautiful painted lady butterflies. All five successfully emerged from their chrysalides this week and they have now been released into the garden area.
SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN
Students in Schoolrooms and Year 6 at BJS are taking part in the 'Send My Friend to School' campaign. This year the campaign focuses on the shortfall of 1.7 million teachers globally which deprives millions of children the opportunity to go to school. All student responses will be sent to Hugh Bayley MP to raise awareness of the issue.
PRIZES NEEDED FOR GLOBE DAY – 2ND JULY
You may already know about the coming Globe Day when the whole school will come together to engage with global issues. Students will be playing The Dangerous Game, a simulation of what may happen to the world and its environment over the next fifty years. Players who come off badly in the game will have a meagre lunch in the refugee tent. However, we would like to have strong incentives for players to perform well so that the game represents the real driving forces in the world. So we are asking if there are parents who may be able to offer prizes for students (possibly prizes your business could offer). Please contact Mark Robinson in the next week or two if you may be able to help.
Nursery and Reception classes enjoyed a concert from Jack Fry, an ex pupil of BJS. The children found out about the parts of a violin and how the sound is made. Jack played lots of lively tunes and everyone enjoyed singing some favourite songs to him.
SUMMER TERM ADVENTURES FOR YEAR 5
Year 5 have had a very enjoyable, but extremely busy term. On the first day of back after the Easter holiday the children set off for Helmsley Youth hostel for a one night Outdoor Education residential visit. They walked the Hole of Horcum, played detective around Helmsley on a murder mystery hunt and orienteered around Dalby forest. Two weeks later they visited Teesmouth and explored types of industry, past and present, around the River Tees. Their history trip was to York city centre to visit The Sweet Story to discover how chocolate is made and the influence of the chocolate industry in York. The pupils finished their busy schedule with a relaxing cruise along the River Ouse to compare its use with that of the River Tees.
Parents of those students who are going on the Malaga trip are reminded that passports, consent forms and EHIC cards should be brought in and given to Paul Irvine on Monday June 3rd.
LATE REMINDER FOR D-DAY LANDINGS TRIP
There are still some places available on next Easter's WW2 field visit to Normandy. Any students who wish to join us should bring in their slips as soon as possible to secure their place.
Athletics: Congratulations to Jonah Tomlin-Kent, Kane Curtis, Eddie Greenhill, James Widgery, Rolf Marr, Tristan Parkin, Joe Hudson and David Yu who have been chosen to represent the York and District athletics team in the forthcoming North Yorkshire Schools Cup on the 8th June. A fantastic achievement!
The school also competed in the recent combined events competition at Huntington stadium. Athletes took part in five events and produced some brilliant performances with Kane Curtis winning the junior boys and Kishori Young finishing second. Well done to all the competitors.
Girls’ Tennis: On Monday our U14 tennis team played at league match against St Peters. They found the low bounce of their astro surface quite challenging and lost the match.
Rounders: An U14 and a combined U14B+U15B team played St Peters at rounders on Tuesday. The matches were competitive, with the combined age team having a fantastic second innings and narrowly losing by just 2 rounders, whilst the U14A team were beaten 11-6. A trip to Manor on Wednesday to play rounders resulted in two fine wins by the U12 and U13 teams; 18 – 8 ½ and 13 – 7 ½ respectively.
On Thursday the U15 rounders team competed in the York Schools Rounders competition at York High and this is the highlight of the week. The team played superbly with excellent fielding, batting and team work. They won all of their group matches and went on to play Jo Ro in the final. The result was victory for the Bootham side who now qualify for the North Yorkshire round. Very many congratulations to the team of: Nicole Langedijk, Kishori Young, Domenica Cox, Lois Van Der Voort, Lily Monkman, Clem Hyde, Sophie Brooks, Vicki Lai and Gaby Vaux.
Cricket: The U12 team had a fantastic win against Archbishop Holgates on Tuesday. Bootham scored 102-4 in their innings and then reduced the opposition to 48-7. The U13 lost to Tadcaster on Tuesday but managed a close victory against Huntington in a league match on Thursday. Ben Exall batted well to secure the win. A depleted U15 team lost to St Peter's on Wednesday despite Elliot Long removing their opening batter in the first over.
Boys' Tennis: The U15 team beat Joseph Rowntree School (6-0) on Monday evening to secure a place in the North Yorkshire finals competition at Ampleforth. An extremely young U18 team beat Bishopthorpe tennis club (5-1) on Wednesday. Hanjun Kim, Alex Noon, Tom Myers and Oliver Finch all played some good tennis in the victory.
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