Principal's Assembly 22nd June 2021

I really enjoyed researching the life of Marcelo Bielsa for last week’s assembly. As you know, I’m not a Leeds fan and so knew very little about the man aside from the part he has played in the team’s recent success. I did finish by saying that it could be considered a frivolous choice in comparison to great historic leaders who have changed the direction of history. Football really isn’t that important. I had also recorded the assembly before the game involving Christian Erikkson, another reminder of what really does matter.

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Principal's Assembly 15th June 2021

Last Tuesday, I asked you to consider the qualities that outstanding leaders possess and then agree as a group on the one figure – current or historic – who best demonstrates those traits. That’s not necessarily that the chosen leader will have shown all of those characteristics – leaders are humans not saints and consequently share the same human frailties as you and me.

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Principal's Assembly 25th May 2021

In some ways it is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the murder of George Floyd. As we watched the video of his brutal final moments, we might have done so with as much fear of what violence might erupt as a consequence of the police actions as optimism for a brighter future.

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Principal's Assembly 18th May 2021

FA Cup Final Day is no longer the national tradition it used to be, but what a goal it was to win the cup last Saturday! That was the stuff footballers’ dreams are made of. In fact, what Leicester City has achieved over the last 5 years in winning the premiership and now the FA Cup is beyond the wildest dreams of most the Foxes’ fans.

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Principal's Assembly 11th May 2021

Further to the end of last week’s assembly, I would like to tell you that the one time I was sent off at football was a case of mistaken identity. Or, at least, a handball to save a goal in the dramatic end to a nail-biting cup final. But I can’t.

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Principal's Assembly 4th May 2021

On Sunday 18th April, it was announced that 12 football clubs from England, Italy and Spain - including six of the Premier League's biggest - had agreed to take part in a new European Super League.

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Principal's Assembly 21st April 2021

Good afternoon everyone, A new location for today’s assembly: a change is as good as a rest, as they say! Inevitably, the death and funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has dominated the media and many people’s thoughts over the last few days.

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Principal's Assembly 13th April 2021

Welcome back everyone. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed your Easter break, though I know that our Year 11 and Upper Sixth students will have had less chance to relax. As I’m sure their teachers will be telling them this week, the mini-tests for our second round of assessments did arrive during the holiday and my colleagues will be busy preparing them for their next chances to impress.

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End of Season Football and Netball Update

As we come to the end of the football and netball season, we reflect on the progress and improvements made over the last few months. Although there have been no competitive fixtures, the time has been invaluable to rebuild and set the foundations for the 2021-22 season and the future of Netball and Football at Fulneck School.

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Principal's Assembly 9th March 2021

For the last year, we have been told regularly that the Government is “following the science”. 12 months ago, very few of us would have heard of Professor Chris Whitty, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer and somewhat fortuitously an epidemiologist by trade, or his deputy, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, now known affectionately as JVT.

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Principal's assembly 1st December 2020

If your school’s name has almost become a by-word for upper class privilege and eight of the last ten years have seen former pupils running this country, any kind of controversy is bound to attract media attention.

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Principal's assembly 3rd November 2020

On the Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years, the American people go to the polls to elect their President – their Commander-in Chief and the leader of the free world.

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Virtual Harvest Festival

Even though we have not been able to celebrate in the church, the children and their teachers have worked hard to put together a montage of harvest poems and songs which I hope you will enjoy.

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Principal's assembly 13th October 2020

I will tell anyone who listens that The West Wing is the best drama ever made for tv. Aired between 1999 and 2006 (but all available on Netflix), it follows the fictional presidency of Democrat Jed Bartlet, played by Emmy and Golden Globe winning film star Martin Sheen.

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Principal's assembly 29th September 2020

“This week, aim to: learn new things; encourage others; be grateful; laugh more; reach out to others; be compassionate; look for the small daily wins; stop worrying and start trusting in yourself more; and, be positive.”

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Principal's assembly 22nd September 2020

Last month, the BBC sent a survey to 1068 elite sportswomen in 39 different sports. It covered many different topics, including how much they earn, the level of coaching they receive, whether they have witnessed sexism or racism in their sports and whether they felt the media covered men and women’s sport differently

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Principal's assembly 15th September 2020

New York was a very different place in the 1960s to the city you know today. Crime, for example, was a persistent problem in certain parts of the city. In the early hours of March 13th 1964, 28 year old Kitty Genovese was returning home from work in the Queens district. As she approached her apartment, she was attacked and killed.

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GCSE Results Day 2020

At Fulneck School, our expectation is that all our pupils work as hard as they can. We expect our learners to leave no stone unturned in preparing for their GCSEs and consequently we celebrate all their achievements.

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A-Level Results 2020

There was a very different atmosphere at Fulneck School today as the Upper Sixth students received their A Level and Level 3 Btec results.

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Mr Potts Assembly - Statues

For the past week or so one subject seems to have dominated the news bulletins and been the topic of public debate: statues. For most of our lives we’ve probably all walked past statues in our town centres and public spaces without really giving much thought to who the people are and why they’ve been commemorated in this way. All of a sudden though, we all seem obsessed with statues and we all seem to have an opinion about who should – and shouldn’t – have a statue erected in their honour.

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