Archive | February, 2011

Un Echange avec une francaise

 As languages are Harrogate Grammar School’s speciality, the school did a French exchange, inviting a 15 year- old girl to experience the English culture and to observe the English language. She has told the News team of her experience in an English school. She is happy that people have treated her well throughout the duration of her visit and has made many friends. She hopes to tell her friends back home in France of her time in England. She states that in her school within France, no uniform is worn. She does not like the fact that schools have a set uniform here in England. She thinks that you should be free as for what to wear for school lessons. She likes the food here in England better than France. She also presumed that the teachers here in our school would be much stricter than in France. Surprisingly, she did not miss her family too much but did miss her friends at school in France. From interviewing her, she has certainly improved and has picked up the English language more than she hoped. Overall, she has enjoyed her experience in the exchange and hopes to visit England again soon.

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Starter-Garlic Bread

Serves 2-4
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 15 min

3 large garlic cloves
100g softened butter
2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 ciabatta or 1 small baguette


Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C/gas mark 6. Peel the garlic and finely chop. Mix with the butter and stir in the parsley. Using a sharp knife, make diagonal incisions about 3cm apart, as if you were slicing the loaf but without cutting right through. Take a sheet of tinfoil large enough to parcel the loaf and place the loaf in the middle. Use a knife to smear the garlic butter between the slices, close up the parcel and bake for 10 minutes. To achieve a crusted top, open the foil and bake for a further 5 minutes.


Main Course- Tuna Pasta Bake

Serves 6 | Prep 10 min | Cook 40 min

600g Rigatoni  

50g Butter  50g

Plain Flour   

600ml Milk 

 250g Strong Cheddar (Grated)

2x 160g cans Tuna Steak in Spring Water (Drained) 

330g can sweetcorn drained

 large handful chopped parsley



Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Boil the pasta for 2 mins less time than stated on the pack. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, and then gradually stir in the milk to make a thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese. Drain the pasta; mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, then season. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Cake


175g Self raising flour

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda

150g Caster sugar

2 Eggs Beaten

150 ml (1/4 pint) Sunflower oil

150 ml (1/4 pint) Semi skimmed milk

2 Tbsp Golden syrup


For the Coating and filling

75g Unsalted butter

175g Icing Sugar

3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Drop of Milk




Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins. Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.  

To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable. If the cake has risen a little to high then use a serrated knife to even off the top, now sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing.  

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The Future of Fashion?

Eco Friendly Fashion Show

       Last weekend, Saturday the 22nd of January, a unique and exciting fashion extravanganza took place at Harrogate’s Royal hall.The idea of the fashion show was to create new and inventive fashion designs using recycled items and materials. There were also collections from charity shops which had been taken straight off the shelves, proving that secondhand and redisigned, recycled matecrials can be very fashionable and create unique styles.

The fashion show was also a competition, split into three categories:  Best fashion designer collection, Best college or school collection and best charity collection. The winners were : Kate Horsefield for best fashion designer, Harrogate college part one for best school or college and the best charity was oxfam.

there were seven students from harrogate grammar who took part in the show : laura whiteley, Izzy Lee, Georgie Simister,  Emily Lamb, Sophie Grazier, Rosie Hilton and Katie Hampton who came back from leamington for the show. The clothes was inspired by four seasons and they came up with the collection ’4 Seasons Gaga’ The seven girls worked hard in the lead up to and on the day of the show to ensure that their collection was succesful and despite not winning in their category they came only two points from it.

The show was hosted by Dick Strawbridge and was a great success with performances from established dance groups and singers. Everyone enjoyed it and there will be another show next year at a different venue.



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Mr.Sheriff’s LWV interview

For the second year in succession, Harrogate Grammar School transported itself to Lightwater Valley for the day. Molly Allan and Megan Walmsley interviewed Mr Sheriff at LWV.

Molly (MA): Why did you organise LWV as a trip for students?

Mr Sheriff (RS): LWV is more than just any old trip, it’s there to celebrate the achievements of all the young people in the school that have done really well in the last year and that have reached the minimum requirement of a bronze certificate.  They must also have avoided getting into serious trouble at school and basically they have just done the right thing. It’s wonderful that over 1100 students qualified for it.

Megan (MW): What was different from last year?

(RS): Well the new ingredient was of course ‘Light Fest’ perhaps it was an alternative for those students who don’t particularly like rides. It’s also something different and it gives people a chance to perform in their bands or groups to be able to show what they can do to a bigger audience.

MA: What do you intend to change next year?

(RS): Next year we want to develop further Light Fest in which we have an outdoor auditorium in the centre of the park where everyone can see.

MW: So, did you end up going on any rides?

(RS): Well, I was badly battered on the dodgems by Miss Williams. I went on the Eagles Claw, and I have to admit I did feel very sick for a while afterwards. My favourite ride was the Ultimate but there were all these children in the way so I couldn’t get on.

Overall, Mr Sheriff enjoyed his day at LWV and took great pleasure in seeing other students enjoy their rewards trip. Hopefully, LWV will continue to be a great success and grow further to give students

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