Greenhead Charity Week: Pride and Success!

_51A8876.JPGGreenhead’s illustrious Charity Week hails another spectacular success as on the 20th and 22nd of November the college assembled to raise as much money as they could for charity. The chosen charity this year was CALM, an organisation campaigning to better support male mental health and the college’s combined effort managed to raise an impressive £2,851.

The week began with a widely anticipated staff horse race featuring many of Greenhead’s well-known figures all competing in a balloon-popping, fiercely competitive sprint around the college in an effort to be crowned winners, with the blue team David Greenwood and Charlotte Twigger emerging victorious. The sale of raffle tickets for the event contributed fantastically to the final sum raised and the general buzz of excitement present throughout the week. There was also a superb bake sale with a large number donations of baked goods from students, staff and local businesses. Thank you so much for your generosity – both baking and buying!

With Thursday came the main event – the array of costumes was so impressive this year, with students and staff alike, crowding into college in the guises of costumes portraying countless characters, creatures and the odd obscure references. With lunchtime came Battle of the Bands with incredible performances given by all six performers. The band Mud Mask were chosen as the winner by our judges, with their version of Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’. The true spirit of Greenhead College; community, togetherness and an overarching mutual support for all was epitomised by the performance of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, where Mud Mask invited all the musicians to join them in a final performance in which the whole student body sang along in a euphoric rendition.

Article written by Greenhead College Student Officers.

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Hooked on Books: Natives – Akala (reviewed by A2 student Zahrah)

As part of the enrichment programme ‘Hooked on Books’, students from Greenhead College review various books throughout the year and would love to share their reviews with you. 

This Q&A style review is of the book ‘Natives’ by Akala and was written by A2 student Zahrah. 


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It’s so relevant, and I was watching a TV show and Akala was a guest on it, and he was so well spoken, and seemed well educated on the issue of race relations and politics in Britain today. So I thought it was really thought provoking.

Why do you think this book will appeal to students in college?

I think it’s because as students, and the new generation, we’re growing up in a very heavy globalised world. This is really reflective on the state of how our communities interact in Britain, and black history in Britain is something that’s been washed over. I think its highlighting how much we have in common, and trying to improve social cohesion.

Did you learn anything from the book?

I always thought that black history had its roots in the civil rights movement in America, and I didn’t realise how close to home the violence to black people was. It was quite humbling to think about how as a young Asian woman in Britain today I’ve faced some adversities related to my race, and it was so much worse 30 years ago, and it institutionalised racism in Britain. 

How did you find out about the book?

He mentioned it on the TV show. I was also in a bookshop and I remembered that he published the book, so I asked when it would be available to buy, and when the date arrived I went out and purchased the book.


Genocide survivor Rešad Trbonja visits Greenhead to share his story

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On Tuesday 20th November Rešad Trbonja came into college to deliver a harrowing talk to over 140 students about the time he had to fight to save his family and friends during the Siege of Sarajevo.

Rešad was just a teenager when the war broke out in 1992 and during his talk he described the horrors he faced in the conflict, which lasted the best part of four years.

Prior to the war, Sarajevo was a culturally diverse area where no attention was paid to the religion or ethnicity of the residents. That all changed in the space of a day, when Sarajevo found itself under attack by the Serbs. An army was quickly created in Sarajevo, in order for them to defend themselves and fight for an independent, multi-ethnic Bosnia, where people could live freely, as they had done for many years.

Over 11,000 people died over the few years of the Siege, including Rešad’s best friends from school.

Rešad said:

“I hope by sharing this today hopefully a Sarajevo won’t happen to anyone else in the world again.

“Once ‘us and them’ is created it leads to a genocide.

“Challenge people. Please don’t take things for granted. Don’t agree that something is black when it’s obviously white…

“Reject hate. Hate takes an effort. Liking something is so easy; it comes very naturally”.

Students Kate Hanss and Roshni Parmar-Hill were inspired by Rešad’s talk.

Kate said:

“It was amazing. It was something I had never heard of. It’s quite alarming we didn’t know more about it.

“It was inspiring that someone can be in a situation of hatred and be so full of love.”

Roshni added:

“I found it very moving.”

It was a really thought-provoking and emotional talk. Thank you, Rešad for coming in and sharing your story.

To read all about Rešad’s story, click here:




Yorkshire has got its own Charity Christmas Carol!


‘Carol for Yorkshire’ is an exciting new competition run by Greenhead College in collaboration with Musica Kirklees, which saw students from schools across the district compose their own Charity Christmas Carol.

Thom Meredith, Head of Musica Kirklees, judged the competition and in September 2018, Greenhead College’s Louis Enright was announced the winner with his composition ‘What Would Jesus Say’.

Louis’ carol is to be recorded and released, in aid of raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a children’s charity who make the wishes of seriously ill children become reality.

It will be performed by approximately 125 singers from the Greenhead College Choir and three Huddersfield based primary schools; Mount Pleasant Primary School, Spring Grove Primary School and Reinwood Junior School, and will also feature in the Greenhead College annual Christmas Carol Service.

At the end of the summer holidays, music students were challenged to write a new Christmas carol, winner Louis decided to enter because

‘[he likes] composing and it would give [him] something to do in the 11-week long summer break.’

He says:

‘I was very excited to hear that I won the contest and I can’t wait to see the finished result.’

The recording of the carol is scheduled to take place at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield on 21st November and the official launch will be held on Monday 3rd December.

As well as raising money for this incredible fund, the aim of this festive endeavour is to bring together children of all backgrounds and experiences using music and the Christmas spirit.

The release will be accompanied by a locally produced music video and all proceeds from the single will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Carol will be available to download on ITunes and Amazon Music.

Simon Jacobs, Head of the Music Department at Greenhead College commented:

“We are really excited about the Carol project and it is fantastic to have three local primary schools working alongside us. It will be wonderful to see our sixth form students performing with younger students on a large scale project such as this one. The Carol written by Greenhead A1 student Louis Enright is a really challenging piece with some magical harmony. I can’t wait to see what the public make of it when we release the single on 3rd December.”

Congratulations Louis! 

You can track the progress of this on Twitter using #carolforyorkshire and by following Greenhead College and it’s Music Department @MusicGreenhead and @greenheadcol.

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History trip 2018

As part of our Medieval History A Level studies we were given the exciting opportunity to attend the annual history trip, staying at Bernieres-sur-Mer and visiting many interesting historical sites including Château Gaillard (Richard I’s so called ‘cheeky’ castle) and Omaha beach where many American soldiers lost their lives during the D-Day landings in 1944. This trip improved our knowledge and put many historical events into perspective, as well as teaching us about the many influences of history on today’s world. We had plenty of time to explore key Norman cities including Rouen and Caen- where the traditional market allowed us to immerse ourselves in French culture and practice our language skills. We even managed a rather competitive Rounders game in the beautiful setting of Juno beach.

Our favourite visits included the birthplace of William the Conqueror, Falaise, where we used virtual reality screens to view the castle as it would have been at the time. This gave us great insight into how the royals lived and also told us a lot about the architecture and defences of a medieval castle. We also visited Bayeux where we viewed the spectacular source, the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Norman conquest of 1066. We also visited Bayeux cathedral where we saw the amazing gothic architecture and we were also given some free time to explore the beautiful city and some went off to enjoy a crepe in the sun.

On day two we arrived at Château Gisors and learnt about the role it played in Phillip II‘s attempt to extend his French possessions at the expense of England’s Angevin rulers. Following this visit we travelled to our favourite castle, Chateau Gaillard. This beautiful monument, overlooking the River Seine, uses early principles of concentric fortification and was one of the earliest European castles to use machicolations. In the early 1200s this castle played an important role in John’s embarrassing loss of his continental possessions.

The History trip was invaluable to us as students as we learnt lots about our course, made many new friends, experienced a new culture and saw many beautiful sights.

Written by students Nathaniel Norcliffe and Alice Lambert.

A Brilliant Day of Buddhism

On Wednesday 14th November, 50 Greenhead Philosophy, Religion & Ethics students visited the Triratna Buddhist Centre in Sheffield for a great day recapping central tenets of their A Level Buddhist Course, with established Buddhist practitioners.

A fresh look at the Four Noble Truths including lectures, discussion, reflection and poster making followed by Meditation and ending with a Q and A session was very well received by the A1 students. It has really made a difference to their understanding of the topic and they all had a brilliant day.

Practitioners of the Buddhist Centre said

‘It was such a pleasure to work with such fantastic students’

Thank you to all students who took part for representing the college so well.

Greenhead Remembers

Today, Friday 9th November 2018, the students and staff here at GC joined together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

An incredible number of students and staff all turned up to the service, which took place in the College hall at 11am. Members of the GC Student Association, Charlotte Armstrong and James Fishwick, read aloud a short reading which was followed by 2 minutes silence completed with a playing of ‘The Last Post’.

A number of staff and students then walked across the road to Greenhead Park to lay our poppy wreath at the war memorial. Student Equality and Diversity officer, Simone Dawes, laid the wreath whilst another moment of silence was held.

The reading from our students follows:

This Sunday marks the 100th year anniversary of the Armistice and the ending of the First World War.

Greenhead College would like to remember the fallen from this conflict and all subsequent victims of war.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

(Audience Repeat): We will remember them.

We would now like you to join us in observing a 2 minute silence.

Principal’s November 2018 newsletter

A warm welcome back to students and their parents and carers. I hope everyone has had an excellent half-term break.

The second half of the autumn term is usually our busiest period of the year and this online newsletter aims to highlight a few upcoming events and sources of information to look out for.

Open Events

Greenhead College’s Open Morning took place on Saturday, 20 October 2018 and was a huge success, with close to 1000 prospectuses issued on the day.  I spoke to many prospective students and their parents/carers who told me they were hugely impressed with the way teachers and students spoke so enthusiastically about the College.  We have two further Open Evening events – on Thursday, 8 November 2018 and Thursday, 20 November 2018 (6.15-9.00pm) – and I am sure we will be just as busy.

A2 Progression

Second year students are currently considering their options post-A Level.  A reminder that support is always available from the personal tutor and careers team.  You may find it useful to consult the latest Careers Newsletter which was emailed to all students and parents/carers before half-term.  This contains information on support available in College and upcoming events.  Whether your destination is higher education, gap year, apprenticeship or employment, you will always find something of interest in this newsletter. 

Upcoming Events

There are a number of exciting College events taking place in this half of the term:

  • Our annual Charity Day takes place on Thursday, 22 November 2018. Students and staff are encouraged to come to College in fancy dress. There will be a Battle of the Bands Competition at lunchtime in the main hall. This year, the Greenhead College Students’ Association has chosen to raise funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.
  • The Music department will be holding its Autumn Concert on Wednesday, 28 November at St. Pauls Hall (7.30pm). This is always a well-attended event which brilliantly showcases the musical talents of our students.
  • The College’s Drama and Theatre Studies department will be performing ‘The Further From The Path’ on Tuesday, 4, Wednesday, 5 and Thursday, 6 December 2018 (7.30pm). The standard of acting and backstage production work are always exemplary in these productions and I am sure this one will be no exception.
  • Another annual event is our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service, which will take place on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 (7.30pm) at Holy Trinity Church. All are welcome.

College Information

Could I remind all students to check their emails on a daily basis to ensure they are up-to-date with key messages concerning life in College. Students may find it useful to refer to their Student Planner and to check the Student Calendar in the Key Dates section of the website, which lists upcoming events, such as assemblies, and important deadlines. Parents and carers may find this calendar useful as well. There is also a Parents’ Information section on the website which provides information on topics including student bursaries, the College day and progress monitoring.

A reminder to all students and their parents/carers that College will be closed on Friday, 23 November 2018.

Term Dates

Term will end at 1.05pm on Friday, 21 December 2018 and resume on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 at 8.45am. 

Parents’ Evenings

We will be holding a number of Parents’ Evenings early next term: Thursday, 10 January 2019 (surnames A-G), Monday, 14 January 2019 (surnames H-O), and Tuesday, 22 January (surnames P-Z), all 5.30-8.30pm. Students will be given booking sheets in early December to start making appointments. 

Support Available

Finally, could I remind students and their parents and carers that support is always available.  Our staff, including teachers, personal tutors, the learning support and careers teams, College counsellors, and the senior team, are here to help with any matter of concern. Our doors are always open. 

Best wishes,

Simon Lett