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Weekly Newsletter


23 March 2012

Upcoming Events

Saturday 24 March: 8.30-9.30 a.m. BSA coffee and croissants in the Committee Room. All welcome.

Saturday 24 March: OS Sports Reunion from 11.30 a.m. Click here for further details

Wednesday 28 March: 7 p.m. Charity Fashion Show – see details below in the newsletter

Thursday 29 March: 12.40 p.m. Recital Room event: Sarah O’Keeffe speaking on Economics & Business. All welcome.

Friday 30 March: Last day of term. Registration is at 8.40 and final Meeting at 11.55. Please note this is a non-uniform day and school finishes for the term at 12.30. Students must not be in school during the Easter holidays. Boarders return on Monday 23rd April; day pupils return for normal registration on Tuesday 24th April.

For end of term arrangements, please click here.

For full details of events, please click here to view the calendar. 

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College Two student Jamie Green was interviewed by Radio York on Monday about being selected as an Olympic torchbearer. He was nominated by Whizz-Kidz, a charity which provides mobility equipment for disabled young people. Jamie is the Children's Patron for Whizz-Kidz and represents them in various campaigns and political events. He will be carrying the torch in Scarborough on Monday 18th June for anyone who would like to support him. To hear the interview, click here and the interview can be found 2hrs 17 mins into the broadcast.


Please remember that Bootham Row will be closed for resurfacing works on the evening of Friday 23rd March between 7 and 11 p.m. and we will therefore be closing the exit gates to Bootham Row prior to 7 p.m. On Saturday 24th March there are a number of events happening at school and parking may not be possible. We would encourage parents, visitors and Old Scholars to use neighbouring car parks at Bootham Row, Union Terrace or Marygate.


Schoolrooms and Lower Seniors will choose their Summer Activities this coming Monday afternoon. Please follow the link for the menu of Activities for the new term. We are especially excited about the first Bootham archaeology club which is stating next term and the many drama and art activities available as pupils prepare for the Art Unleashed Festival at the end of the summer term.


This coming Wednesday sees the U14 basketball team travelling to Bradford College to represent North Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Basketball finals (10am) and also the U14 football team playing at York City’s training ground in the district cup final (5.30pm kick off, £1 entry).


Bootham School Charities Fashion show takes place on Wednesday 28th March. Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for students and includes a buffet. The fashion show “Runway to the Future” features outfits made from recycled materials and charity shop clothes and have been made by students from Bootham Senior and Junior School. All proceeds go to Arclight, the charity which provides support to homeless men and women in York. Click here for full information and details of how to purchase tickets for this worthy cause.

Inclusive Zone Basketball teams


On Wednesday a team from Bootham went to York College to play in the Inclusive Zone Basketball (IZB) Yorkshire Schools Competition. IZB is a game designed to allow wheelchair users and running basketball players to play together. Each team has four players, two in wheelchairs and two without, and the court is divided into separate zones to pit the wheelchair players of one team against the wheelchair players of the other, and the running players against the running players. This was the first time Bootham played this game, but we have previously run a very popular wheelchair basketball activity. The team did wonderfully and comfortably won all of their six games, against York High, Selby High and Hemsworth. The team received gold medals as the best team in North Yorkshire! The players, all of them excellent, were: Jamie Green (Year 13), Habib Purves (Year 13), Ewan Morrice (Year 8), Yang Niu (Year 13), Benjamin Lam (Year 13) and Kane Curtis (Year 8).


On Wednesday, Kitty Acton from College One was interviewed by Radio York about the wide range of voluntary work she has been engaged in over the previous year, and her decision to apply for the “Lord Mayor’s Young Volunteer Award”. To hear the interview click here, and the interview can be found 1 hour and 12 minutes in.


On Monday 26th March Bootham is fortunate to be hosting a Historical Association lecture by David Palliser, Hon. Visiting Professor in History at the University of York and Leeds Emeritus on the Harrying of the North. This will begin in the hall at 7pm. Whilst this is directly focused on College OneI's English history course this will be of interest to anyone who enjoys History so please come along.


There are still a couple of spaces left on the watercolour courses on Tuesday 3rd April and Wednesday 4th April. Please click here for full details and booking form.

Pitching Tents for Duke of Edinburgh Award


Time is running out. Please get your medical forms back to school as soon as possible for your expedition at the end of this term.


An Old Scholar, James Thistlethwaite, has made it into the top 10 for the New York Times summer movies cover. See their website to have a look at his work (number 4). James finished at Bootham in 2007 and is majoring in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design.


The Ceilidh went off smoothly and fast! Some of the dances were easily equivalent to a serious workout! Nearly 60 people attended and the headmaster was presented with a Leprechaun hat to mark his birthday. Many thanks to the housekeeping and catering staff had helped prepare the room and cooked a fantastic meal and spare food was taken home in doggy bags. The hall was transformed by Luke into an atmospheric ‘smoky’ pub with dim lighting (his brief was to make it look like an old, smoky, Irish pub but without the use of alcohol or smoke!). Tables were decorated with tulips and tablecloths with snippets of Irish poetry. The Bad Bargain Band were fantastic with an excellent caller.
PLEASE NOTE – there will not be a second hand uniform sale on Saturday 24th March at lunchtime. The next sale will be in the second half of the summer term.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE - The BSA is urgently looking for more people to join the committee and help at events, please could you contact Emma Bonnar on  if you would like to find out more.


Passports and European Health Cards should be handed in to Elizabeth McCulloch on Monday 26th March.

Richard Barnes painting


As part of the York Open Studios Exhibition, Tim Morrison and Richard Barnes will exhibit paintings in Bootham school hall and on Friday 23rd March, from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., Richard is giving a pre-show talk explaining his new work. This is open to all students, staff and parents. Details of some of Richard's work may be seen at The exhibition times are Friday 23rd March 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 24th March 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Sunday 25th March 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 31st March 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1st April 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that parking for the Open Studios exhibition is only available on Friday 23rd March after 5 p.m. and the exit gates to Bootham Row will be closed prior to 7 p.m. For full details of the exhibition and other York artists see


On Saturday the Mount visited the Bootham to play hockey and netball. The U12, U13 and U14 hockey teams all played 7 a-side matches. The U12 team won 7-0 (with a double hat-trick for Maddie Pope), the U13s drew a nail-biting match 1-1 and the U14s won 1-0. Whilst the hockey was being played the U15 netball team drew 21-21 in a well battled match. The U12 hockey team played in their round of the York and District Tournament at Huntington astro on Wednesday and played 6 matches, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2. They came a very creditable 4th place out of 10 schools. The U15 hockey team played their final match of the season away to Manor on Thursday evening – a narrow loss for our team by a single goal. Ella Winfield hit the post in the last minute of the game, connecting with a cross from her sister Libby who beat a number of defenders on a fantastic run up the wing.
Football: The 1st XI played against St Peter’s on Wednesday in a very competitive game. Bootham dominated the first half, hitting the woodwork twice and were also unfortunate not to have been awarded a clear penalty for a hand ball. The deadlock was broken in the second half with George Winfield scoring an absolute screamer from 35 yards. Unfortunately Bootham could not hold on, with St Peter’s equalising with ten minutes to go and the game finished 1-1. The U14 team had a comfortable win against Ackworth on Tuesday. Jonah Tomlin-Kent scored five goals in a 6-1 victory.
Basketball: The U15 and U16 teams were invited to play against the Hambleton and Richmond area representative teams on Tuesday. Bootham won the U16 game 41-28, whilst the U15 game proved closer with Bootham managing a 32-31 victory. 


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