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Summer Term Sports Round Up 1: 3rd May 2024

Although the start to the summer term has been peppered with ‘summer showers’ we have maintained as much of the fixture calendar as possible with both Tennis and Cricket fixtures taking place on the Astro, whilst the first junior athletics event took place at Bramcote.

Cricket

Weather aside the term started with our U17 cricket team travelled to Bradfield College for pre-season where they faced and defeated notable cricket schools including Radley and Trent College. The first round of the national cup for our U15 boys and girls teams and U18 teams have seen them progress through to the second round with convincing wins of Monkwearmouth School and Ripon Grammar respectively. In preparation for the their National Cup fixture the U17/2nd team defeated Yorkshire Gentlemen with fine performances from Tawana Marumani picking up 3 wickets on debut and Jack Redshaw scoring an unbeaten 106*.

Whilst rain has affected the start of the 1st XI girls teams season they did enjoy a good win against York University followed up by a convincing win against local rivals Pocklington and are looking forwards to putting all the hard work done in winter nets into practice in the National Cup.  Although most of their cricket thus far has taken place on the astro the U12 & 13 sides have not let this dampen their sprints, quite the opposite in fact when the 12’s and 13’s faced off against each other in a thrilling game that came down to the last over. The 12’s also enjoyed a good win against Tranby which puts them in a good position to play Caedmon in the first round of the cup.

Throughout the winter our Centre of Excellence students have worked tirelessly under the guidance of Mr Rinke and Mr Guy and it is fabulous to see the fruits of this hard work coming in representative honours for a number of students. Matthew Firbank and Joe Thompson have both been selected and played for Yorkshire 2nd XI with Joe scoring an unbeaten 56 on debut. Ibrahim Ahmed and Ben Squires both represented Yorkshire EPP in a convincing win against Worksop College with Ben also playing against Durham Academy this week. These are incredible achievements and hopefully the start of a long and successful summer.

Equestrian

Away from the cricket field, our Equestrian team, after a fantastic and successful year, are travelling down to represent the College at Royal Windsor. This is a hugely prestigious event and we are incredibly proud of the team and everything they have accomplished this year and wish them the very best of luck this weekend.

Athletics

An exciting term of Athletics lies ahead and after training through the wintery dark nights with wind and rain it was a delight to see the sun shining on the first Junior track meet at Bramcote Track which saw schools from the local area competing against our prep students. Following the district trials, 16 of our students have qualified for the County round qualifier in York another excellent achievement and congratulations to those students.

Tennis

The summer has started brightly for our U13 and U15 girls with our 13’s winning all their matches at the district tournament and the 15’s with a great win against Queen Margarets in their first LTA divisional match. The honours were evenly split this week against Pocklington in the U14 & 15 boys and girls fixtures whilst our U18’s travelled away to St Peter’s.

Golf

Golf continues to develop with more and more fixtures, this week our Junior Golfers travelled to play Rossall in an ISGA tournament. Both boys played superbly however, a single figure Spanish international proved too much in the end.

We are looking forward to an action packed summer of sport at Scarborough College and as always please continue to update me with your child’s endeavours and successes away from College.

Interview with Mr Alfonso Iannone

At the beginning of this term, we welcomed our new Assistant Head (Learning & Teaching) and Head of English, Mr Alfonso Iannone. Mr Iannone has an impressive background in teaching across the independent sector in Scotland for 16 years. He is joined in Scarborough by his wife and young daughter.

We took some time to speak with Mr Iannone to find out more about his career to date, and his plans for the future.

Q: Can you share a bit about your career journey so far?

I was born and raised in Edinburgh; a proud Italian-Scot. I completed both my undergraduate degree and PGDE at the Universtity of Edinburgh. My first teaching post was at George Watson’s College, where I spent nine years, holding various roles including English teacher, pastoral Head of Tier, and Second in the English Department. It was during this time that I was introduced to the IB programme, which opened up new avenues for me in the field of education.

From there, I moved to St Leonards School in St Andrews to take on the role of Head of English. The school’s goal of becoming only the second UK school to be accredited as an IB continuum school, offering all four of the IB programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma Programme and Career-related) was a major draw. I love the inclusive and outward-looking IB ethos and it was great to see this ingrained in students from the beginning of their educational journey. During my time at St Leonards, I took the English department through the Middle Years programme implementation and verification process, Diploma programme course review and was Acting Diploma/Career-related Programme Co-ordinator for a period, which was my first step into a senior leadership role.

Q: So, what has brought you to Scarborough from Scotland?

Part of the draw of Scarborough College was that it also has a strong IB ethos. And of course, the opportunity to take on a permanent senior leadership role was very appealing. The College has an incredibly friendly and community-driven atmosphere, and my family and I have received such a warm welcome from staff, students and parents alike – even those who are struggling to pronounce my name! The location in Scarborough was also attractive, being equidistant between my wife’s side of the family down south and mine in Edinburgh.

We did not know a lot about Scarborough initially, but after some research and preliminary visits, we have really grown fond of it and its people. Since I accepted the role, it’s amazing the amount of people who have contacted me to share their childhood memories of treasured holidays in the town and how lovely Yorkshire is overall.

Q: What is your vision for learning and teaching at Scarborough College?

I think that I have arrived at a really exciting time for the College. There are lots of plans already in motion for taking the school forward, and I am looking forward to sharing my views and the benefit of my experiences.

Overall, my vision is centred around creating a happy, healthy, and high-performing teaching culture and learning environment. I want to ensure that we continue to support all students to the best of our abilities, to provide a curriculum that caters to diverse interests and abilities, and position Scarborough College as a standout institution in the educational landscape.

Longer term, I would like to further embed the IB learner profile across the school, developing our students into inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who move on from Scarborough prepared for the challenges of the modern world and a lifelong love of learning. More immediately, my goal is to support the well-being and professional development of our academic staff by implementing a robust professional development process, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, and creating co-curricular opportunities that support the learning environment.

Q: What are you most looking forward to over the next year?

Initially I have a dual role, so life will be very busy. As Head of the English Department, I look forward to building a strong offering in terms of the study of quality literary works and non-literary texts, ensuring our curriculum is fit for purpose at all levels, and reinvigorating colleagues and students alike with a genuine passion for language and literature. In my Assistant Head role, I am excited about the opportunities to contribute to the school’s growth and success at a whole-school level, as one of its cultural architects. Ultimately, my goal as Assistant Head (Teaching & Learning) is to make sure that staff believe they are the most valuable asset in the school, which will enable them to provide an exceptional educational experience for all our students.

Meet Our Prefect Team for 2024-25

Our new Head of School and Prefect team for 2024/25 has just been announced and we are delighted to introduce them to the school community. 

Head of School for 2024-25: Toby McTurk

Toby joined the Prep School as a Y6 student in 2017, and has played a huge role in the College community ever since, from school productions to Model UN ambassador. 

He has great plans for the year ahead: “During my time as Head of School, I hope to promote the House System, increasing the house spirit, making each and every pupil feel an important part of their academic House. In my opinion, Houses, and House Competitions, are an integral part of the Scarborough College community, and I hope that I can make this experience enjoyable for every student. I also hope to promote performing arts, and create more performance opportunities for students.

“There is a brilliant team of Deputy Heads of School, Senior Prefects, House Captains, Sports Captains, and Heads of Boarding working with me, and I strongly believe that we will work together to make Scarborough College life even more exciting for all!”

Deputy Heads of School – Hannah Smith, India Heron, and Kat Xenoudakis

Each of our deputies is responsible for a specific area of the school. Below is a quick introduction to the deputy team and their goals for this year.

Hannah: I have been at Scarborough College since year 7 and through this time the College has helped me develop massively. I feel very privileged to be in this role and to be given the opportunity to be a voice for my fellow students. Over this year I will be overseeing the arts with great help from our amazing senior prefects. I hope to inspire other students to embrace the creative arts as it can lead on to many unforgettable experiences. As a whole leadership team we will work together to make sure we maintain the family atmosphere which is so prominent within the College.

India: My motivation for leadership application stemmed from my goal to make our school something that every pupil is grateful and proud to have – Scarborough College has been an immeasurably important factor in my personal development and for that I will one day wear my alumni status with pride and gratitude. But for now, I am excited and enthused for the plans of both myself and the leadership team for the upcoming year. I am personally looking forward to my role in overseeing the pastoral side of the school along with a portion of our amazing prefects. Let’s have an amazing year!

Kat: I applied for a leadership role because I wanted to give back to a school that has given me so much through the opportunity to come to Scarborough from Surrey to improve my hockey and complete the IB. The amazing community and family atmosphere at Scarborough College is one that I have never experienced at my previous schools and as deputy head I will strive to ensure this continues. I am overseeing the academic senior prefect team and hope to introduce greater support between the upper end of the school and the lower end of the schools academics, to further build and improve on the already strong relationships between the whole schools community and year groups. 

Our team 

  • Head of School: Toby McTurk
  • Deputy Heads of School: Hannah Smith, India Heron, and Kat Xenoudakis
  • Senior Prefects – Sophia Ibbott-Cook, Lucy Milburn, Markus Miklauschina, Ellie Pick, Nathan Valentine, Hannah Chaplin, Ted Kellock, Alessandra Amatucci, and Will Cross. 
  • Heads of House – Armstrong: Lucy Russell and Tom Hazledine
  • Heads of House – Cooper: Molly Rothwell and Nicola Keulder 
  • Heads of House – Crews: Nathaniel Baumann and Holly Thornton
  • Heads of House – Hornby: Seb Holloway and Mary Obafemi
  • Heads of Boarding: Pearl Mason-Smith and Markus Miklauschina 

 

We will announce the sports and committee captains very shortly. 

 

Oddballs Foundation visits SC

On Friday 26th April, Scarborough College invited Steffan Douch, a member of the OddBalls Foundation, to speak to all the Year 12 students on the interesting and thought provoking subject of testicular cancer.

On average, four men every day are diagnosed with testicular cancer. If caught in time, this type of cancer may not have fatal repercussions on the patient’s health. However, as our guest speaker explained, to catch this disease in time it is crucial to raise awareness about this topic and break down the social barriers that exist around talking about men’s physical and mental health.

The OddBalls Foundation was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of testicular cancer through their ambassador programme. Alongside many other companies in the UK, they also fundraise money through their products and events, money which will later on be donated to hospitals all over the UK. 

Our guest shared his experience with a testicular cancer scare, creating an open and safe environment for everyone in the room. He spoke in depth about not only the charity and the cancer, but also the importance of spotting the signs – encouraging us to ‘be proactive’ through his own personal experience. 

We were kindly given OddBalls awareness posters on the importance of regular checks for testicular cancer which we have since put up around the school. The Charity Committee now looks forward to fundraising and raising awareness of the charity during men’s health awareness month (November) in the next academic year, drawing inspiration from the talk we were given. 

Alessandra Amatucci & India Heron, Y12 – Heads of the Charity Committee

Planting Seeds of Change with Sustainable Visits

In an era where environmental consciousness is paramount, Scarborough College is proud to announce its commitment to holding sustainable school visits.

Stepping up its efforts to reduce plastic waste and nurture a greener future, the College has implemented a series of eco-friendly initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of environmentally conscious students.

One of the most significant changes is the College’s decision to stop ordering and giving out plastic merchandise during school visits or educational fairs, as we recognise the detrimental impact of single-use plastics on our planet.

Instead, Scarborough College is focusing its efforts on meaningful initiatives such as tree planting. For every school visit we host, the College will plant at least one tree in the Yorkshire area. This collaboration with White Rose Forests underscores our commitment to taking real action to safeguard our environment.

What sets Scarborough College’s approach apart is the integration of student involvement in these eco-efforts. When they join the school, students may have the opportunity to participate in tree planting volunteering days.

In addition, the student-led Eco Committee is also taking steps to make life at College a little bit greener. From reusable personal mugs in the sixth form cafe to a bigger focus on recycling, our students are ensuring that there is a strong focus on environmental issues across the campus.

Remco Weeda, Director of Marketing and Admissions, said: “Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond just words. This is a pledge backed by action, and our partnership with White Rose Forests will allow us to make a real impact.

“We believe in leading by example. By eliminating plastic freebies, we are not only reducing waste but also instilling values of environmental responsibility in our students, and enabling them to get hands on and connect with the impact we are making.”

Prep School News April 2024

It’s been a busy start to this term for our Prep School staff and students. Here’s just a taste of some of the activities that we have been enjoying so far. 

Chick Watch

Year 1 has had a special delivery in class – an incubator with seven unhatched eggs! Following on from our narrative work on the Little Red Hen, the students will be creating non-fiction fact files all about chicks. A few of the eggs have already hatched and we look forward to 

Beach School – Y1 & 2

During the first week of term, our Year 1 and 2 classes enjoyed a fun filled Beach School morning at Cayton Bay. The team regularly runs these days, taking advantage of the beautiful beaches on our doorstep. 

Activities included an alphabet scavenger hunt, beach bowling, beanbag target practice, team races and some imaginative free play. A fun morning was had by all! 

River Study trip – Y3

The Y3 Geography field trip started almost at the source of the River Derwent, in the North Yorkshire Moors. Here, pupils were shown how to measure the depth, width and velocity of the river in three areas to get an average.

The children then meandered along the river bank and observed tributaries, confluences and erosion (but no meander ironically).  We walked further downstream below Jugger Howe Beck and the rather gruesomely named Bloody Beck. From here we repeated our measurements to compare how the river had changed – it became faster, wider and deeper.

Lots of wet socks, a few fish in our wellies and a game of pooh sticks later, the team made it back to school wind swept but having missed any rain!  A totally successful day all in all.

Exam Season: The Dos and Don’ts of Revision

The dreaded exam season is upon us, and the pressure is on for all our students. From Y7 end of year tests to our IB Examinations, the breadth and depth of revision can feel like a lot to deal with. 

So, to get through this time we have put together some simple dos and don’ts to help you get the most out of your study sessions and to get the success you deserve.

Do: Start Early

Procrastination is the enemy of effective revision. Start early and give yourself plenty of time to review the material for each subject. Break down your study sessions into manageable chunks, and create a timetable to ensure you cover a broad range of topics per subject. Just remember to be realistic and to schedule in enough breaks along the way. 

Don’t: Cram All Night

Pulling an all-nighter might seem like a good idea if you’re running short of time, but it’s not the most effective way to revise. Lack of sleep can impair cognitive function (i.e. stop you thinking properly) and make it harder to recall information. Instead of burning the midnight oil, aim for regular and consistent study sessions leading up to the exams – it is all about that timetable organisation.

Do: Use Active Learning Techniques

When it comes to revision, it is better to engage with the material actively. You can use techniques like summarising the information on flashcards, quizzing yourself (or getting someone else to quiz you), or teaching the material to others. By actively processing the information, you’ll improve your understanding and retention in the longer term.

Don’t: Rely Solely on Highlighting

While highlighting can be a helpful tool for drawing attention to key points, it is not enough on its own. Simply colour-coding your notes won’t deepen your understanding or help you connect concepts in a memorable way. Instead, use highlighting sparingly and focus on more active methods of revision.

Do: Mix Up Your Study Methods

Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also the key to effective revision. Mix up your study methods to keep things interesting and engage different parts of your brain. Try using flashcards, watching educational videos, or working through practice problems to reinforce your learning. Learning in a group can also help – although take care not not to get too distracted!

Don’t: Stick to One Subject for Too Long

Spending hours on end drilling into one subject might seem like a time efficient and effective approach, but it can actually be counterproductive. Your brain needs time to process information, so take regular breaks and switch between subjects to keep your mind fresh and focused.

Do: Practise Past Papers

One of the best ways to prepare for exams is by practising past papers. This will help you familiarise yourself with the format and style of questions, and give you a confidence boost on exam day. Plus, it is a good way to look at trends and identify any areas where you might need to brush up on your knowledge.

Don’t: Ignore Feedback

When you do practise papers or quizzes, pay attention to the feedback. Use it as an opportunity to identify your strengths and weaknesses, then adjust your study plan accordingly. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if there are areas where you’re struggling – your teachers are there to help you.

Do: Get some exercise 

Staying focused for extended periods can be mentally exhausting, so make sure you get regular exercise breaks. Talking scientifically, exercise stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), promoting the growth of brain cells and improving memory and focus. Exercise also breaks the monotony of study sessions, giving you a renewed focus and energy when you hit the books again.  

Same goes for your eating habits. Eating healthy and nutritious foods – like nuts, fish, berries, and even dark chocolate – will help boost your studying abilities. Filling up on sugary snacks and fast food might give you a temporary high, but once this wears off, you’ll feel even more fatigued and stressed than before.  

Don’t: Be tempted by your phone 

Research from King’s College London has revealed that we check our phones around 80 times a day! The effects of this constant distraction can be detrimental to your studies. For example, constantly checking your social media stops you from concentrating effectively. Moreover, social media can be linked to shorter attention spans and later bedtimes due to excessive screen times, making you tired and even compromising mental health. However, rather than locking your phone in a box, why not try these more manageable tips: 

 – Re-organise your apps to make them less visible

 – Use time-limiting apps or phone features, monitoring screen time

 – Don’t pick up your phone as soon as you wake up – start the day without the usual bombardment of notifications, emails and messages.

Finally, we know that the upcoming exams can be a stressful time for many, so please remember that you are not alone. If you have any queries or problems, make sure that you contact your tutor, subject teacher or Head of Year and we will do our best to help you.  

Your hard work over the past year or years will pay off – we wish you the best of luck and every success in your exams.

Eskdale Festival Diaries

Written by Mr Richardson

Thursday 7 March

The day literally began with Layla Young who was first up in the ‘Year 7 and under Piano Solo’ class, confidently plating The Entertainer. There were several in her class, and so we were delighted with her very creditable 2nd place!

Next SC up was Aryana Javaherian in the ‘Year 9 and under Piano Sonata’ class. Aryana played really confidently and achieved first place with her performance of Haydn’s Sonata in G, HOB XVI:37 (1st movement).

Aryana was on again for the ‘Year 9 and Under Piano Recital‘ class, this time performing Debussy’s Arabesque No2 and Mozart’s variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”. Sadly, Aryana’s only contender in this class had withdrawn due to illness, but her playing showed her typical brilliance and was rewarded with a 1st place (not guaranteed, even when the only performer), and more importantly, a mark from the adjudicator in the ‘Outstanding’ category, meaning 90% or more. This is extremely rare! 

Not surprisingly, Aryana has been invited to perform at the gala concert on Saturday 16th March. 

In the afternoon, Hugo Williamson performed Mr Tambourine Man on the electric guitar, coming in third against some stiff opposition in the ‘Year 11 and Under Instrumental Solo’ class. 

Friday 8 March

A brighter day for the drive over to Whitby this morning.  We started with Molly Hill (Year 7) competing in a Vocal Solo class for girls in Year 9 and under, alongside Blossom Harrison (Year 9).  Molly took a creditable 2nd place with Pulled from Andrew Lippa’s ‘The Addams Family Musical’, with Blossom taking first prize with Distinction.  Blossom was lauded for her outstanding breath control in Still As The Night by Carl Bohm – a particularly technical sing which had several audience members in tears! (for the right reasons!)

A busy morning followed with Scarborough College senior students competing in most of the classes throughout the morning.

In the ‘Songs from the Shows’ Class for singers in Year 9 and under, Ellie Quigley gained 3rd place with a heartfelt rendition of She Used To Be Mine from the musical ‘Waitress’ and Molly Hill achieved another 2nd place with The Lamest Place In The World from ‘13 the Musical’.

Next up, 1sts from Blossom and Ellie in the Vocal Duet Class (Evening Prayer from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’).  Blossom took to the stage once again for the Recital Class and gained yet another 1st with Skinny Love by Justin Vernon and On My Own from ‘Les Miserables’.

Following a patient wait, Libby Robson finally shone on stage with her renditions of Someone Else’s Story from ‘Chess’ and I Have Dreamed from ‘The King and I’.  Two more firsts in the Vocal Solo – Year 11 and under class and ‘Songs from the Shows’ – Year 11 and under.

Kendall Burrows joined Libby on stage for our final offering of the morning with a beautifully blended duet For Good from ‘Wicked’ by Stephen Schwartz.  Having started the day with a Distinction from Blossom, we closed with yet another for Libby and Kendall.  Excellent work Scarborough College girls! 

Let’s see what the Juniors can do next week…

Monday 11 March

A rather grey and overcast start to our choir day.  However, all the Prep School children were ready to set off promptly and we made our way to Whitby in a coach and several minibuses.

Our Infant Choir (Years 1 and 2) opened our day of singing with two insect-themed pieces – Caterpillar Munch and The Flea Song.  Many of the Infant parents had a sneak preview last Friday afternoon as part of the Infant Mother’s Day Assembly in Lisvane Hall.  Needless to say, their singing was well received by all present.

The small primary school choral classes followed (those for schools with less than 100 children on roll).  When the time came for our Prep School Choir to sing in the Recital Class, we wowed the audience with Put A Little Love In Your Heart (originally sung by Jackie De Shannon in 1969 and reprised as part of the Scrooged movie soundtrack in 1988 by Annie Lennox and Al Green).  This was followed by a jazzy arrangement of Lullaby of Broadway from the hit musical 42nd Street.  We were awarded our first 1st of the day!

Despite one school having dropped out of the competition, we had competition in all our classes. Despite this, we gained another two 1sts in the Folk Song Class, singing J’Entends Le Moulin (a traditional French Canadian folk song) and the Sacred Music Class with I Give You A New Commandment by Peter Aston.

The Prep School have managed to retain their crown at Eskdale Festival for another year! Thanks should go to all those parents who turned out to support the children for the morning.  It was greatly appreciated.

Out of 14 competitive classes entered so far, we have come away with eleven 1sts, three 2nds and two 3rds.  Let’s see what the rest of the week brings….

A brief, but very important addendum to Monday’s blog entry.

A return to Whitby in the evening saw Ben and Hugo Guthrie competing in the Family Class.  This is a competitive class in which Scarborough College has never entered.  The boys performed their own composition Where Am I Gonna Go Now?  It is not an exaggeration to say that an intense ‘hush’ descended across the room as the boys performed. This silence was commented upon by the adjudicator, who had no hesitation in awarding them 1st place.

It should be mentioned that this was certainly not a walk in the park.  This particular class has been contested closely for many years and the standard of music was high across the class, with a variety of musical styles from Bartok violin duets to family close harmony singing.  A truly impressive win for the Guthries and another feather in the cap of Scarborough College.

Tuesday 12 March

Another fruitful day for the Prep School students!  There were some closely contested rounds in today’s competition.  The piano and vocal classes always seem to see the highest number of entrants…

Brandon Young (Year 3) started the day off with a well earned 1st in the Piano Solo – Year 3 and under class – no mean feat against 9 other competitors!

Emily Volkova was next, playing in both the Piano Solo – Year 6 and under class and the Piano Recital class, gaining a 2nd and 1st respectively.  The adjudicator complimented her on her choice of repertoire for the recital class and also for the technical prowess displayed in Greig’s In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Gregor Robertson rounded the day off in the guitar class.  In spite of his nerves being a first time soloist at Eskdale Festival, Gregor gave a wonderful performance of La Colombina accompanied by Mr Tacon.  His assured playing lengthy and effusive adjudication from Mr Marsh who clearly enjoyed this final performance of the day!

Drummers and singers tomorrow…  Seven more students are competing in five more classes.  Let’s hope we can go out on a high!

Wednesday 13 March

Last day, drummers and singers!

We started bright and early with both Nancy Buxton-Tilley and Aurelia Ibbott-Cook competing in the Drum Kit Solo – Year 6 and under class.  Both played beautifully – Nancy, playing unaccompanied for her own composition Exploring Rhythm and Aurelia playing to a backing track for the rock hit I Want To Break Free.  We couldn’t have achieved any better with Nancy taking 1st place and Aurelia taking 2nd.

Nancy continued our slew of 1sts by singing Defying Gravity and accompanying herself at the piano in the Two Skills class.

Our singers took to the stage for the remainder of the day.  Our Infants started the ball rolling with CeCe Thomas-Hogarth, Raffety Wilkinson (both Year 2) and Alice Hutchinson (Year 1) competing in the Vocal Solo – Year 2 and under class.  Alice took 2nd place with CeCe pipping her to the top spot.  However, special mention should be given to Raffety for her first solo performance at the Festival.  While she may not have been placed on this occasion, she certainly did the school proud and sang Castle On A Cloud beautifully.

The junior singers rounded off the Festival in some of the largest classes of the week.  There are always plenty of singers who are keen to share their talents in this competition.  Toby Hutchinson (Year 6), Emily Volkova (Year 6) and Nancy Buxton-Tilley (Year 5) all competed in both the Vocal Solo class and the ‘Songs from the Shows’ class.

We had a clean sweep in the Vocal Solo class with Toby getting 1st place for his performance of Different from the Stiles and Drewe musical ‘Honk!’.  Emily came in 2nd with Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Birds Lament – especially complimented on her effective use of dynamics in this piece.  Nancy completed the full house in 3rd place singing How Far I’ll Go from ‘Moana’.

The final class of the Festival was ‘Songs from the Shows’.  Once again, all Scarborough College students being placed in the top three – Emily taking 1st place this time with Alone In The Universe from ‘Seussical the Musical’.  Toby and Nancy in joint 2nd with Middle Of A Moment from ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and Slipping Through My Fingers from ‘Mamma Mia’ respectively.

Another great year for Scarborough College.

In summary

Out of 25 competitive classes entered, we came away with 20 1sts, nine 2nds and three 3rds.

Huge congratulations to all who performed in whatever capacity.

Unlocking Opportunities with the Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar

On Friday 1 March, top performing Year 11 students from across Scarborough are being invited to attend the College’s Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar Day, a gateway to unlocking their full academic potential.

For over 120 years, Scarborough College has provided a first class education for deserving students in the area who demonstrate obvious academic potential. As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering talent and reaching out to the local area, the College holds two scholarship events each year – the Scarborough Scholar (Years 7-9) and the Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar (Year 11) – offering scholarships to those who achieve standout results.

The Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar Day is designed to showcase the range of opportunities available at Scarborough College. The day will feature two assessments followed by an interview with our upper school teaching team. It’s a relaxed atmosphere where students will have the chance to interact with our current cohort, explore our modern facilities, and eat lunch in our Sixth Form cafe – a literal taster day of the vibrant academic life at Scarborough College.

At Scarborough College, our Sixth Form students thrive in the globally recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is unique in the local area. To explain the differences between the IBDP and A Levels, and to offer insights into the Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar initiative, we have prepared a guide to the IB, which you can view and download

If you would like to register to attend the Sixth Form Scarborough Scholar day, please do so by using our application page. In addition to the registration form, we will also require the student’s latest school report, GCSE grade predictions, and a brief reference from the school.

A word from our students 

The IBDP is a very different system to A Levels, ensuring that students take a broader range of subjects up to pre-University level. We asked some of our former IBDP students to give their opinions on the qualification. 

Why the IB? 

Ivan: “I could gain more advantages from doing the IB, for example in my writing skills. People still don’t know how to cite in university. However, having done the IB I already have experience in how to do this, giving me an advantage over many other students.” 

How does the IB prepare for academic life? 

Megan: “Very well I would like to think. Time management is super important in balancing all the work and coursework at university and I learnt many of these skills whilst doing the IB. Many universities have a six module structure (mine does) and so the IB six subjects almost creates perfect practice for this.” 

Is the Diploma Programme flexible in terms of choosing your course? 

Hattie: “I wanted to do Graphic Design originally and changed my mind at the last minute. Because I had Geography as a higher level subject, it was no problem to switch to apply for a Geography degree.” 

If you had to give advice to someone starting the IBDP? 

Chris: “Your learning style will need to be more active than GCSEs. Show that you understand your subject rather than just remembering it.”

Astrophysicist Inspires Next Generation of Scientists

A group of Year 10 and 12 students were recently given a brilliant opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the fascinating world of astrophysics when research scientist Dr Mick Denton visited the College. 

During the session, Dr Denton spoke about his ongoing research project involving the launch of weather balloons into the Earth’s atmosphere, equipped with data-capturing instruments. The students were shown the instruments used by his science team, demonstrating the advanced technology employed in capturing crucial atmospheric data.

The focus of the project is to analyse various environmental factors, including altitude versus temperature, ozone concentration, radiation levels, and concentrations of different gases. The goal is to discern the impact of human activities on climate change compared to the natural influences exerted by solar phenomena and the collected data will provide scientists with valuable insights. 

At the end of the session, the students were invited to actively participate in the initiative by building their own data-capturing instruments for the upcoming balloon launch scheduled to take place in Finland in June.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience in the field of astrophysics and climate science. We are really grateful to Dr Denton for the opportunity he has extended to our students to contribute to the project,” said Mr Peter White, Head of Physics.

During the upcoming launch, students will have the freedom to choose the type of instruments they want to create and the specific data they wish to collect. This unique hands-on experience will not only help them get some hands-on scientific experience, but also empower them to make meaningful contributions to ongoing research.

As part of the collaboration, participating students will have access to all the data collected during the project.

“This initiative is a brilliant way to engage the next generation of scientists and inspire them to take an active role in understanding and addressing the challenges posed by climate change,” concluded Mr White. 

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