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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Mr Potts Assembly - BLM & Pride Month

I know that over the past week or so that many of you have – like me – been moved by the media coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement and the disturbing images that have appeared on the news, night after night.

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Mr Potts Assembly - June 2nd 2020

The last few months have challenged us all as we’ve been separated from our families, our friends and our normal routines. To fill this void we’ve been forced to get creative, whether that has involved creating exercise routines, reading lots of books or completing TikTok challenges! Like a lot of you, I suspect, it’s also involved lots of ‘binge watching’ on Netflix.

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VE Day

75 years ago today, the war in Europe came to an end. The nation celebrated, energised no doubt by relief and tinged certainly with sadness for the many who had lost loved ones. Horror unimaginable to my generation was over.

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Mr Potts Assembly - 4th May

As you know, I love sport and it’s often tempting to take inspiration from sport when writing assemblies. Looking back over the years, there are so many sporting events that are seared into my memory and continue to provide me with inspiration.

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Principal's assembly 21st April 2020

George “Bud” Day flew planes. Well, Major George Day flew planes over Vietnam during that conflict in the 1960s. Until, that is, August 26th 1967 when he was shot down, breaking his arm in three places and badly straining his knee.

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Principal's update - Broad Shoulders

According to Greek mythology, the king of the gods Zeus punished Atlas by making him carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. For daring to lead the Titans into battle against the Olympian gods, Atlas was condemned forever to carry this burden.

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