Archive | March, 2013

Breaking News: Skye Wins National Taekwondo Championship

Breaking news Skye Donoghue wins National Taekwondo Championships. 

picSkye (7RRF) competed in the nationals on the 26 March in Coventry and came first in her age group.  Over 1000 people competed in the tournament. To win she beat two thirteen year and two twelve year old girls,  even though she was actually ill that weekend! Her inspiration is Jade Jones who she wants to emulate by becoming Olympic champion.  If you didn’t already know Jade Jones is a Welsh Taekwondo athlete who represented Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics.  She won Britain’s first ever Taekwondo gold medal in the women’s 55kg category.

Jade Jones

Jade Jones (Photo credit: Welsh Government / Llywodraeth Cymru)

Skye has been doing  martial arts since the age of three including Kick Boxing  MMA (Mixed martial arts), Points Karate and Judo. Originally she was inspired by the Power Rangers and still has all her old kit.  The reason she decided to focus on Taekwondo was because it is in the Olympics and she wants to one day win a gold medal. To become champion she had to win 5 fights, including two semi-finals and the final. Next Skye is going to the World Championships in Coventry. What you may find hard to believe is that Skye only competed in her first Taekwondo event in September, but she was very prepared with a second degree black belt already on her record.   She trains an hour and a half every night except Sunday and she trains at the GABT in Leeds. But if she wants to be an Olympic contender she has another 60,000 people to compete with. Best of luck Skye!!

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Harrogate Grammar School attended Battle of the Books at Harrogate Ladies College for the annual competition against the surrounding secondary schools. The evening quiz master was Curtis Jobling the author of the Wereworld series, designer of Bob the Builder and creator of Frankenstein’s Cat . The teams battled against one another over six rounds with Harrogate Grammar School wining one round and the overall winners being King James School. Curtis entertained the audience with his illustrations and stories of how he became involved in animation in particular with Bob the Builder. It was lovely to watch a group of teenagers talking about books and answering questions relating to different genre. The school team made a valiant effort and fun was had by all involved. 

Our team for BATTLE of the BOOKS consisted of Jack Hennighan, Albert Jennings, Will Giddings and Eleanor Watkin all of year 9.

Battle Of the Books 2013

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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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Charities week 2013

diabetes-uk-bodyThe always successful charities week has been here again! This year it’s for the school charity Diabetes UK!


 The week kicked off on Friday with the famous StayAwake! You can read all about it in James Clark’s story.  According to Mr Stockton, the organiser of the event, we raised £4,500 if everyone brings the money promised, which will make it was one of the most successful events yet. Mr Stockton did admit to finding a few people dosing off , but “they were soon awake again!” The StayAwake was great fun the best bits being karaoke in the jamming room and just dance in the wii room!

On Monday was the Bizarre Bazaar and it went down a storm! At the centre there was a raffle with some great prizes including:  a jump to the front off the lunch que pass, a snood and many more! There were also games like whack a rat and plenty of cakes and sweets to be bought.

The variety performance on Tuesday lunch time this was brilliant. It was non-competitive and enormous fun. One of the best acts was Harry Murray and Heidi Goddard who sang turning tables by Adele.  Despite Harry admitting to feeling nervous, shaky, anxious but excited, they were excellent.

Then on Wednesday it was time for the Quiz with a 2012 theme. The quiz was composed of four rounds:  music intros, pop culture, an observation round and a puzzles round. Music intros included ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Somebody that I used to know’.

The popular culture round featured questions like; who played at the interval of the Super Bowl?’ This quite clearly was Beyonce! The third round was the observation round.  We were taken on a video of a tour of the school and then got asked questions like ‘how many fire extinguishers where on the stairs? The fourth and final round was the puzzles sheet round.   There were two winning teams, “Angles and Demons” (the maths teachers), and a group of year 10s who’s team name is too complicated to spell! The teachers kindly gave the Mama Doreen’s and the cinema vouchers to the other team!

After nearly a week of fun came the big Gig on Thursday. This was a rock style concert which included performances from Oblivion, winners of the Battle of the Bands and Talent Show finalists. Many of the talented performers went to the extra effort of writing their own songs. The Gig was a great place to go listen to modern day rock music and a fantastic experience.


Unfortunately the teacher’s clothes show was postponed due to the snow! Watch this space to hear about the teachers clothes show once it happens and how much money was raised!


If you have any photographs of these events please send them to us.

By Alicia Kernaghan

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Stayawake 2013

narcolepsy-schoolWell I’m still awake.  It is 3am and so far Ive been to the tuck shop, played on the computers, played chess, bridge and connect 4 but all I want to do is sleep.  Its Stay Awake 2013 and we are raising money for Diabeties UK.  Its crowded there are over 240 year 7 and 8 students crammed into Music Block.

So how easy was it to stay awake.  I interviews three excited participants:  Ben Eastwood, Andrew Burchell, and Edward Malone.  Ben thought it wasn’t going to be problem, “I often stay awake late” he said casually. The key challenge for Ben was to avoid staying in the computer room playing computer games all night.  He was clear that roaming around with his friends was going to be key.  In the event Ben stayed nearly all night in P15 chatting and playing Truth or Dare.  Clearly I can’t divulge the details of Ben’s conversation but I don’t think he will be featuring on the best of Gangham Style any time soon.  Luckily for Ben Ipads were banned, or you could now view him on YouTube.

I have to be hones t I expected to find a few people asleep hidden in corners, but I didn’t   The atmosphere was excited and there was plenty to keep you awake.  There was Disco, Dodgeball, Table Tennis, Badminton and Basketball.  If you dint like these you could do additional maths and read Shakespeare.

So was  it worth it? Yes, yes, yes, I had a lot of fun and discovered some worrying things about my friends and we raised over  £4,000 FOR Diabetes UK.

By James Clark

Photos coming soon.


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Horses for courses


Basashi (raw horsemeat) from Towada.

Raw horse meat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you shop at Tesco or any supermarket? Well, if you do, don’t buy the beef products! On the package it might say 100% beef. But you will be shocked to find that in some cases 60% of it is horse!

If you’re a horse lover that is the last thing you want on your plate.   Beef products containing horse meat have been found in a number of European countries including France, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany.

But I bet you didn’t know that horse meat is a lot more expensive than beef. So you could find that you might be paying more than you bargained for.

Harrogate Grammar School has NOT got horse meat in it so please do not worry!


Written by Maddy Hinchcliffe and Julia Dabrowska.




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New generation of Xbox?

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The XBox 360 wired controller.

There has been rumours of a new generation of Xbox, the Xbox 720.  Microsoft has not released any news about the new console apart from that it might be released after the play station 4.

Our research has suggested that it might be equipped with Skype.  Lots of people are still questioning why you would need Skype to improve your gaming experience.  I think that the option to see who you are talking to would reassure gamers parents  and would help you to expand your social skills.  Maybe the real purpose of introducing Skype would be to get more people using Skype which Microsoft also owns. Apart from the rumours there is nothing  from Microsoft about the  progress of the Xbox 720.   In my opinion, Microsoft should just tell us, the fans.  if  and when they are releasing the nest Xbox.  After all it is only polite.

What features would you like to see on the next Xbox?  Let me know in the comments below.




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HGS got talent!


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Year 7 and 8 look out because the talent is coming to town! Within the next few weeks there will be a series of talent show auditions for each house. The Ignis audition was on Monday the 28th of January and boy there was some great performances.  Amy Collins from form 7LJW sang the A-Team by Ed Sheeran and was absolutely  fantastic.  There will be two acts chosen from each house,  for years 7 and 8,  and Amy is definitely in the running. The winners will get the privilege of representing  their house.  I for one am very excited about meeting the next Lady GaGa! 8-) If you can sing, dance, act, make people laugh or even juggle, in fact do  anything that  will entertain the judges  then you are ready for the competition.  I will be updating you with news from the  Aqua auditions on the 5th March so get practising.

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