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End of year exams


English: A typical Junior Certificate exam hall.

exam hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know if you can, but I can definitely tell the exams  are here! Students are getting homework in on time and seem to be staying awake really late revising. Sure, it’s good to revise but we need sleep as well. These tests are really important, they determine where you go, and what set you will be in next year. DON’T BLOW IT! Year Leaders will have probably sent out a sort of Ibooklet saying the best ways to revise, you need to keep looking back at this! You can’t risk messing up! Please please please revise for your exams. But remember, just try your best! 

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kids rule BGT

Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent (Photo credit: mrlerone)

Kids rule Britans Got Talent  don’t they? Now officials are complaining  that there is too much stress involved for the children, and that many may find it intimidating by being watched by millions of strangers. A lot of young people are for this, but not us.

Why, because many kids have incredible talents! if you watched this year’s show you will know what I mean! If a child has a talent and they want to share it with the country then they should be allowed to.  This is one of the only ways that this is possible.  Yet if they ban kids from BGT then some children’s talents could go unappreciated and to waist.  Silly people and bullies saying they’re rubbish risks ruining it for everyone.

Jack Carroll a star in the making?

Jack and Cormac – are they really going to make it at 13 and 14 years old. Is it the issue? Cant we and they simply enjoy their talent.

Malaki Paul struggles with stage fright. At only nine years old should he have been on stage?


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Be nice to people


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School can be difficult. People get judged for everything: from the way they look and dress to what they like and even having a boyfriend. People think it’s geeky and wrong to like school and reading.  Wearing braces and glasses doesn’t make you a geek. People are a lot different inside than on the out, so take your time to get to know them instead of judging them. As the saying puts it; you should never judge a book by its cover, and you shouldn’t judge a human by their appearance.  Secrets spread around the school like water, and they can create serious problems such as bullying, teasing and everybody knowing…that’s why school is so hard. How would you like it if everybody knew about your private life? Whether you’re fat, thin, tall, small, blonde, coloured, smart or ginger; YOU are unique.  If you are getting bullied the PLEASE tell someone, or if you know someone being bullied then please help them!

 “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one”-Bill Gates

If you are creative you can enter the ‘Find Your Voice’ competition run by Beat Bullying with  Amelia Lily.   The competition invites budding poets and songwriters to pen a short piece based on the subject of beating bullying, or finding your voice. The winning entry will be produced as a song performed by Amelia Lily, with the winner also given the chance to meet the star.

The closing date for the ‘Find Your Voice’ competition is 12pm on Thursday 18 April 2013. You can enter by for more info, or by  We will publish your entry on HGS Atticus so get to work.

Watch the video below


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My Big Idea

Over the summer of 2012, I, decided to start a business. So Snap Photography was born.


It started on a wet, cold, summer morning, and I was watching Dragons den on TV, and I thought; wouldn’t it be great to have a business, to have something to set a goal for, and to

This image shows a "Nikon Nikkor 18-70 AF...

This is the lens from a DSLR camera.

grow it, to try and get it to the top. So, I said to myself, I will start a business,and I will be the best, but what sort of business? After hours of pondering, I came to a conclusion. I’d have a photography business, after all, I’d won a big school competition, so it would be the perfect. I had saved up for the whole of my life and waited for the perfect investment. I thought this was that perfect one.


I went in to town the next weekend, and picked my camera; a Canon 1100d DSLR, it was fabulous,  the picture quality was unbeatable. The next day, I went to the stretch of grass outside Betty’s tea rooms and set up my tripod and camera.  As people walked past, I stopped them and asked if they wanted their photo taking for £2.50, and lots of people said yes (!!!) As a result of the hight demand I raised the price to £5.00, and people still paid.  The highest price I charged was £10.00! The total takings for the day was £50.50.

I’m very glad that I set up my business, because it helped me improve my self-confidence.  I hope I’ve inspired you to do something extra special, because the thrill is amazing, and it will be successful.

Jonathan Colquhoun,

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Uniform – but stylish?

Recently many negative comments have been scribbled in year seven student planners about uniform; short ties, top buttons undone, skirts rolled up, and make-up. Harrogate Grammar Students complain and hide from teachers in case they spot their improperly worn uniform. Its not just in year seven though, I see many  year 10 and 11 students  with heavy out lined eyes and 3 stripe long ties, but they hardly ever get stopped. I think the skirts for girls should be shortened by a couple of cm to satisfy girls and save them from getting ‘negs’. Our ties should be allowed to be shorter because they look ridiculous so long. I agree no make-up should be worn because it might damage the image of our school.

If you went around school assessing how many HGS students were wearing correct uniform, you wouldn’t find many because no teenager wears skirts around their knees or ties touching the top of their skirts or trousers. I asked “normal” year seven students their opinion, “it isn’t fair that we have to stick by rules, we should be allowed to express ourselves for who we are.”. To make sure it wasn’t just girls who thought this I also asked a boy in my form who said “I think its a good uniform as it is very formal and is suited for special occasions, I don’t think there is much problem with it but it would be better if we could wear hats and coats”.

So there are mixed opinions about Grammar uniform but there seem to be more wishes than stars.  My opinion of the uniform has already been expressed through my article but I have to admit they are very smart and make us look more efficient  The question though, is what is Harrogate Grammar going to do?

Articlewritten by Emily Louise Spurling :mrgreen:

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My first day at HGS

Harrogate Grammar School, rear view

Harrogate Grammar School, rear view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first started HGS I felt scared that I would get lost in such a big school.  But as soon as I walked through the doors I felt confident  that I would make lots of friends and that I was going to be OK .  I needed some help finding my way around the school and a kind year 9 helped me find my way to geography.

I enjoyed my first day, it went to fast . I now know a lot of teachers and everyone in all my classes.   My favourite subject is English because I have fun and  learn new words and learn how to spell them.   I’m glad that I can do a bit of homework in school and get help with the things I don’t understand or know.

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Girls Football Wanted!!


Girls playing Soccer.

Girls playing Soccer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Girls should be allowed to play football because it is fun and a great sport to play. If boys are allowed to play football then so should we, girls. We have just as much right to play football as the boys. Whilst the school hasn’t banned girls football there aren’t any girls football clubs or teams.

I think we should encourage everyone to play sport and give them the chance to try out a different sports. Some Girls might not want to play football but some I’m sure many would like to try it.

In 2012 we should give girls the opportunity to play football as well.




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School Council issues


Lunch Trays

Lunch Trays (Photo credit: PinkMoose)

In last weeks School Council meeting we raised the following issues.  We are keen to get your feedback.  If you have any ideas please email me.

  • Upgrading the girls toilets
  • People pushing people out of the line
  • Smelly school lunch trays!!!
  • Hot meals – Not many of Year 7 are buying hot meals because they cant be bothered to line up in the massive queue
  • Gum under the table really disgusting!!
  • Making the drinks be included in the meal deal at lunch
  • Teachers letting pupils out of class at different times.  We need every teacher to apply  the same rules

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Mouse In The House!

Русский: Мышь домовая Mus musculus

Русский: Мышь домовая Mus musculus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night at 7pm, Francesca had moved into her new house, her and her family were moving boxes in and out of the house when suddenly a little brown mouse ran across the floor, Francesca and her brothers spent all night trying to catch the mouse… Which failed…..? A lot… badly… It was unspeakable… While Francesca was trying to catch the mouse in her hands it leaped up and jumped on her face! Savagely attacking her and causing her to scream the house down! (Not literally) Of course her mum went to go get the dog so that the dog (Rio) could capture it and kill it. Rio just fell asleep on the job…. Good old Rio. Francesca has not yet found the mouse and was too scared to sleep because she thought the mouse would climb on her in her sleep….

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Ipads for year 7′s


English: iPad 2 with Smart Cover running iMovie.

iPad 2  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All years but the year 7’s have iPads. This is hardly fair! Every teacher who teaches us (the year sevens) always says “Right get out you iPads, oh wait! You don’t have them, too bad!” or “We will have to do another activity because you don’t iPads!” Should we really have to change our learning just because we don’t have iPads! We should have the same advantage as the rest of the school. We deserve iPads because we have settled in very well and we are the year with the most stamps in the whole school! We also have the least amount of negatives.  That is a great achievement; shouldn’t we get a reward for doing so well? Don’t you want us to have the same opportunities as the rest as the school? I think that I have made my point clear; year sevens deserve iPads! Please take this into account when deciding what to do next year.

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Fight Against The Allerton Incinerator

Artists impression of proposed plant

NYWAG is an organisation opposed to incineration as a waste solution anywhere in the UK with a focus on the planned construction of an incinerator site at Allerton Park Quarry, between Harrogate and York.
They aim to persuade the council and others (and the public inquiry when they get it) that this is an unnecessary and costly proposal for which there are much cheaper, greener alternatives:
320,000 tons of waste will be transported by road to Allerton Park near Knaresborough where up to 80% of the waste will be incinerated and 12% will be fed into an AD. (only about 5% will be recycled!)

Reasons against the incinerator

  1. The incinerator will cause harm to the landscape, the environment and the wider economy.  If approved the incinerator will reduce re-cycling: the need to feed the incinerator will discourage re-cycling.
  2. Need is not demonstrated and the plant is too big: it is designed to burn 320,000 tonnes of waste a year – much more than North Yorkshire currently produces. It’ll be too big in future, because volumes of waste are going down as re-cycling increases and packaging is reduced.
  3. The case for a single site is not made.  The council’s own public consultation reveals residents would prefer to have smaller local facilities – including at Allerton Park – to reduce the number of lorries on the roads. But the incinerator proposal would put many tens of thousands of lorries on to our roads bringing in waste from all over the county. As well as adding to traffic congestion and to road deaths and injuries, lorry fumes will add to pollution and increase our carbon footprint.
  4.  There’s nothing nearby that could make use of heat from the plant.
  5. It will have big climate change impacts:  Incineration is one of the worst performing methods for waste disposal when carbon dioxide costs are calculated. Electricity-only incinerators produce 33% more fossil fuel derived CO2 per unit energy generated than a gas fired power station. By 2020, with increases in recycling and improved technology, these incinerators will be 78% worse than new gas power stations!
  6. Visual Impact: Despite the height of the main incinerator chimney stack being reduced to 70m from earlier designs, this chimney, together with the surrounding high buildings, will dominate the landscape for many miles around and will constitute a significant visual intrusion on the immediate and wider countryside area. This is the gateway to Yorkshire and will be the first you see when entering this county, which relies on tourism.

North Yorkshire County Council has backed this scheme in principle because it failed to develop a better plan for meeting targets to reduce landfill. Now the council will be judge and jury on the planning application, unless we can get the planning application ‘called in’ and decided at a public inquiry.

Things you can do:

  • You can still write to your MP to object.
  • Fund Raising – please organise events to help fundraise and spread the message!
  • Or simply just sign the online petition (and forward onto your friends)!
  • NYWAG are having their annual sponsored bike ride to raise money for public inquiry. If you are interested please see the links at the bottom of this article.

Sign the petition at:

Contact Steve about NYWAG or the bike ride or to ask for a sponsor form:

Telephone: 01423 330639


Written by: Ailsa Mummery

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Trainers – the real story



The Year 9 extended performing arts class have been working on a play called Trainers  which is about the low wages of the people who make big brand name trainers.  It is focused on the poor working conditions of the sweat shops that these people work in and the amount they are paid.  This story is set in the far east.  It starts with a girl called Laura who’s mother tells her that she can no longer afford to send her to school, and that she has to go work at the Oriental Footwear Company. Laura meets the unkind boss Mr Lee who tells her, after a long hard 12 hour day, that she has only earned £3.80 . The year 9s have been working very hard to pull these productions together with the help of their teacher Miss Sargison. 

The facts:

  • Almost half the toys in the US are produced in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries in sweatshops.
  • 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25
  • No health insurance is provided
  • On average, a migrant worker works about 12 hours a day, 26 days a month.
  • In a sweatshop in Capetown, there were only 3 toilets for about 2,000 workers
  • 200,00 children die annually due to the hazardous conditions in the sweatshops.

So where were your trainers made and how?  What responsibility do we have?

Trainers and shoes in Harrogate Grammar.  An international issue at our feet.






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