The end of half-term was more exciting than usual for two groups from Spalding High School who were looking forward to trips abroad.
Students from Year 8 to 13 were off skiing in Italy, while others were visiting New York.
The annual ski trip once again went to the spectacular resort of Passo Tonale in Italy.
This was the school’s sixth trip to this resort and 53 students and seven staff from both Spalding High School and Bourne Grammar School went.
Skiers of all abilities attended, and were due to benefit from the excellent ski school and fantastic instructors who inspire confidence in all students. The group departed last Friday and is due to return on Saturday.
Students and staff were due to enjoy an action-packed week of skiing/snowboarding and après-ski activities. The snow conditions are usually perfect and as it is a glacier resort they were guaranteed snow.
* Sunday saw Spalding High School art students leave for an exciting trip to New York, returning today (Thursday).
The students were due to experience a packed schedule including visits to the famous Empire State Building, Wall Street and The Stock Exchange, partaking in a statue cruise and lunching in Central Park.
Art gallery and museum visits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
* Back in Spalding, the school had a fantastic inaugural ‘Fringe Friday’ last week which was enjoyed by students and staff across the lunch time period and inspired by the school’s recent Arts Council Gold Arts Mark Award.
Fringe Friday was a fun-filled arts extravaganza, with drama and dance performances, buskers, opportunities to participate in dance, craft, art, instrument making, and photography and iMovie workshops.
Students also had the opportunity to watch films, animations and choir rehearsals, devise musical pieces, have a caricature of themselves, make a ‘fringe’ and throw darts at paint filled balloons creating a colourful masterpiece!
This was a truly rich and varied showcase of talents from the whole school and one which also captured everyone’s enthusiasm.
Fringe Fridays will continue to be a termly whole school celebration of the diversity and experiences of the arts within Spalding High School.
* Spalding High School is celebrating its position in this year’s government performance tables.
At both GCSE and A level, the High is the most successful school in South Holland and also third in the county amongst grammar schools.
This is a similar performance to that sustained over many years, with 96 per cent of all students attaining five A*-C GCSE’s, including English and maths.
At A level, the average points score per A level entry was 232.8, equivalent to a grade B.
A spokesman said: “The achievement of our students is much more than these numbers can represent – fantastic sporting success at individual and team levels; opportunities and outcomes in art, music, dance and drama resulting in an Artsmark Gold award; leadership and confidence building activities which equip our young people for their current and future lives.
“All of our successes are built upon the partnership of students, staff, parents and governors working together to achieve the highest standard possible.
* Some 220 students have applied to join Spalding High School’s sixth form in 2015 which represents one of its largest potential intakes in recent years.
Last year, 84 per cent of its Year 13 students applied to university and 85 per cent attained a place at their first choice university. Other students in the year group went on to college courses, apprenticeships, work placements or decided to take a gap year. So far this year, students have received some exciting university offers, with the majority of students gaining an offer from all five of their chosen destinations.