Archive | May, 2011

Head Boy and Girl Appointed

This is an interview with Johnny and Annie, the new Head Boy and Head Girl. They talk about their hopes for the future, and give you tips if youare aiming to be Head Boy or Girl when you reach Sixth Form. We wish them all the best for the year in which they are going to be very busy representing Harrogate Grammar School. Good Luck!

Interviewed by Carla Barratt

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Rugby Final Heartbreak

Crunch Time

In the Press

The final was reported in the Daily MailCambridge News, Saffron Walden Reporter and on the RFU website.  Is this how you saw it? Let’s hear from you.  If you are interested in seeing some more images of the final you can view them at Split Second Images.  The Saffron Walden Reporter has a good photo slide box embedded in the article, with lots of images that are worth looking at.  If you have any photographs from the final send them to us and we will publish them for you.

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An evening with Carol Ann Duffy

Poet woos audience

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Feelings of violence

Violence has been in my life a lot, whether in the verbal or in the physical form.  Being a large family means a lot happens, such as when you fall out with brothers/sisters.  I know that my family are close together and that we do stuff together and that stuff may be said but it always ends up we are better again. But when someone starts name calling or inflicting stuff upon you, it hurts a lot more for me and it’s hard to block them out.  And I hate it when people say just walk away:  thoses words cause anger inside me.  I am not a person who is good with words and I resolve my problems with anger: it may seem dumb and stupid but it builds up and up until it explodes and releases the anger.  I feel that if anger wasn’t near me all the time I may be different.

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One of many wishes

I wished you were with me every minute of the hour

I wished to see you every day of the year

I wished you to be here forever and ever

I loved it when you looked at me with your proud old smile

I loved it when you’d kiss me goodnight

I loved it when you said a simple” I love you”

I wished you to be here for ever and ever

I hated it when you were angry

I hated when you were sad

But most of all I hated it when you walked through the garden gate

I wished you never left that day

but we must all keep wishing

For my hope will come some day

But for now I’ll keep wishing.

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I’ve always known there was something wrong with her.  Well, since, I’ve known her and I’ve known her since I was about five.  She worked with my gran and soon she got into debt, or something.  So my gran said she could move in with her and my auntie.  I found out when I was 11/12 that she had epilepsy.  She had a fit at work and was rushed to hospital.  She explained to me that she had epilepsy since she was 14.  Then, late in 2010, she had a really bad fit and the doctors at the hospital found that she had tumour on her brain.  Earlier this year after another fit, the doctors discovered that the tumour was cancerous.  She has a whellchair for when she needs to go a long way and a special bungalow because she can’t go up the stairs anymore.  She is only 27.

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Just take a breath and let them flow

The tears through which your strength does show

That you’ve soldiered through another day

Now, hear me out , just let me say:

Never let yourself believe

That weakness within is what you perceive

Inside you when you start yo cry

Shed just one tear from one eye

To your room and through the door

Your smiles not needed anymore

For your brave face has been so strong

Just cry, cry it all away

And with you, let this always stay:

Crying is not that you’re not strong

You’ve just been strong for far too long

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Family matters


 family matters

You would not be here without them

They make you happy

They make you sad

But they are meant to stick together

The moment,

 the moment you know it won’t ever be the same

everything changes

with one decision

just a few words


family loves each other

but there is a hole,

a hole that can’t be filled,

something missing


a wish is what I wish for

that I could change that one choice

turn back time and stop.


family that is now separated into two

no longer one

a whole halved forever.


I miss that feeling

the one where your heart is as one

it won’t ever be the same

but things can change

things have changed

and changed for the better.

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Your Song

This song is for you


Your Song by Emily Rennie, Kate Creeley, Athina Cooper, Hannah Liles and Shivani Palmer

Your Song lyrics

It’s a little bit funny
this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money
but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where
we both could live

So excuse me forgetting
but these things I do
see I’ve forgotten if
they’re green or they’re blue
anyway the thing is
what I really mean
yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen

And you can tell everybody,
this is your song
It may be quite simple but
now that is done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind
that I put down in words
how wonderful life is now your in the world

If I was a sculptor
but then again no
or girl who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but
it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and
this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody
this is your song
It may be quite simple but
now that is done
I hope you dont mind, I hope you dont mind
that I put down in words
how wonderful life is now your in the world

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Recently we went to visit the Photography enrichment. We found out lots about what photography is all about, and had a look at some of the work that the students were doing. Watch our video below!

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Carol Ann Duffy Visits HGS

On 23rd May, Carol Ann Duffy, the first woman poet Laureate, is coming to Harrogate Grammar School for an evening of poetry. Duffy’s works include ‘Valentine’, and the world famous ‘Words, wide night’.

The poet has been a keen reader since a young age, inspiring many young writers. It is a great privilege that she is visiting our school, and will hopefully be an evening greatly enjoyed by those who attend the event.

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