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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 213 - Wednesday, 27th August 2008
NEWS - Major Breakthrough for Flood Alleviation Scheme - What Happened
to Peach - Post Office Closure]
Performers - Bayliss Reunion - Vintage Road Run for Macmillan -
Wyenot Supporters - Sk8 Park Opening]
Today - Thousands speak out about phone box closures - A great night
at the White Lion]
Tunnels Approved - River Wye Levels - Conservatives and Lib Dems
on Post Offices - New Roles for Disadvantaged People - Learn to
research your family - Successful Regatta - Raising Olympic Flag
issue warning over stolen artillery part and the rest of the news
from around the region]
Medal GCSE Performance from John Kyrle
Sonn who did well in art despite having CP.
record 71% of students gaining 5+ A*-C grades, at GCSE,
with an overall pass rate of 98%, followed last week's outstanding
A Level results at John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form
higher grades 5+ GCSEs included 60% with Maths and English
which is another best performance for the school. Results
at A*/A were, once again, above the national average.
performance completes a very successful year at John Kyrle.
An Ofsted grading of 'Outstanding' in January was based
upon results that have now been eclipsed.
Nigel Griffiths, said he was delighted for students, parents,
staff and governors, all of whom had worked very hard to
achieve this standard. He pointed out that within the results,
areas such as Maths, Technology and Science were particularly
high scoring. Also worthy of note is the fact that when
many other schools are allowing students to drop Modern
Foreign Languages, John Kyrle has compulsory languages at
GCSE with Spanish, for example, having 90% of students gaining
a higher grade at GCSE.
Griffiths noted, 'The school's excellent performance needs
to be seen within this context of students achieving in
traditional subjects, which are considered more difficult.
Very well qualified and hugely committed staff support my
relentless pursuit of high performance and this has allowed
us to exceed our previous best by a considerable margin.
I am sure that parents of Year 11 students would confirm
our view that close partnership with home is a key driver
in our continued success.'
Brent Vinall, Deputy Head said, 'This is a year group which
has taken every opportunity to participate in the wider
life of the school. Areas such as music, drama and sport
have benefited greatly from their participation and students
have been ambassadors for the school on many overseas trips.
Members of the year group have played a key role in the
School Council and were the first group of students to participate
in interviewing new staff. They have been a credit to the
school and these excellent results are fully justified and
number of John Kyrle students are worthy of individual praise.
These include Jake Colvin with 10 A* and 1A; Brittany Davies:
9A* and 3A; Amy Jackson: 8A* and 3A; Georgina Watling: 7A*
and 5A; Louise Stowell: 7A* and 4A; Emma Gibson: 6A* and
6A; Christina Ireland: 6A* and 5A; Helen Parry: 6A* and
5A; George Miles: 5A* and 4A; Jack Lambert Taylor: 4A* and
7A, and James Priest: 4A* and 5A.
Headteacher, Rob Wallace, said that the results augured
very well for the large number of students returning to
John Kyrle's Sixth Form.
Jake Colvin achieved 10 As.
A group of JKHS students who did particularly well.
to be had and Prizes to be won at Sk8 Park opening
long awaited official opening of Ross-on-Wye Skate Park
is to take place on Saturday, 6th September and will be
a celebration for the young people and those who have supported
them over the past few years to raise the money for such
a high specification park.
There will be competitions for skateboarders, bladers and
BMX riders, alongside an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and
acoustic music in a marquee set just behind the park. The
first band will be on stage at 12pm with the official opening
at 12.30pm that will feature a display by professional skaters
'Tribe', before the competitions begin. The final band will
finish at 7.30pm with the competitions, prize presentations
and bands spread throughout the afternoon and evening.
LIVE, a rock and hip hop gig, will showcase the best of
young and local musical talent, including bands Controversial
Minds and the Mirror Kissers to name but two. The event
will be headlined by Rupert and the Robbers, upcoming Herefordshire
band, already receiving rave reviews in the music press.
Soul Syndicate Sound System will be hosting a great hip
hop and rap line up.
skate competition will include three categories (BMX, Skateboarders
and Bladers) and participants will compete within their
own age group. The competition is open to anyone from 10
to 25 years old and prizes from Flipped street sport outlet
will be up for grabs. Registration for the competition starts
Skate Park is funded by the Barclays' Spaces for Sports
fund. GROUNDED LIVE and the regular music sessions in Ross
are made possible with support from The Basement Youth Trust,
The Courtyard, New Roots (the Youth Music Action Zone for
Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin), The Music
Pool, The Herefordshire Council Community Youth Service
and Extended Schools/Ross Partnership.
Family and Friends Looking Forward to Reunion
Due to the success of their family get together in 2006,
the Woolhope / Fownhope Bayliss family and friends are all
set to repeat the experience on Saturday 6th September.
All members of the Bayliss family and their friends are
invited to meet up in a marquee in the beautiful grounds
of Brockhampton Cricket Club from mid afternoon until late.
Apparently there will also be a cricket match going on.
is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and
family, and to dance, sing and eat!
mobile caterer will be in the grounds from late afternoon
until late in the evening selling a range of hot and cold
food and drinks, using local produce and from 7:00 pm there
will be music, dancing and Karaoke in the marquee until
midnight with How Caple Grange disco. The Cricket Club bar
will be open until 11.00 pm.
organizers are asking for donation of £4.50 which
will go towards both the cost of the disco and a donation
to the Cricket Club for their generous offer once again,
to use the club, grounds and marquee.
come along if you know or are related to the Bayliss family,
and spread the word to anyone who also may be! For further
information contact Pat Downes - 01938 554155 or 07521 295577
Terry Sanderson - 07824 455367.
Great Run for Border Counties Vintage Club
The Border Counties Vintage Club held their fourth annual
road run on Monday and attracted a lot of attention as their
lovely old vehicles made the 40 miles round trip of Herefordshire
caught up with this year's participants at their mid way
stop at How Caple Grange, where organizers Colin Davies
and his wife Joan told us how the event was progressing
were countless old tractors and Jeeps along with many beautiful
vintage cars and motorcycles and the sight of the 'convoy'
leaving for the return journey to the Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow
was impressive to say the least.
in the afternoon, we paid the Yew Tree a visit and took
a closer look at some of the vehicles, stationary engines
and stalls that were there for visitors to enjoy. Colin
told us that fifty per cent of the profits were going to
be donated to the Ross Macmillan Cancer Support group, who
also had an attractive stall on the site.
can see some of the footage of the vintage run in this week's
WNTV News programme.
AND WAYNE WILLIAMS
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