“…first we heard a sound like thunder echoing across the playground. I looked up to see a shell hit a building across on the Westside, sending slates and masonry flying. Our teacher, clearly petrified, ushered us back to the classroom. That was the first we knew that the Germans were attacking Whitby!” Just one eyewitness account of the German gunboat attack on Whitby in 1914.
Eskdale students recently completed a combined First World War Centenary tour around Whitby, where they examined the impact and aftermath of the 1914 German gunboat attack. Students also considered the other event of significance from 1914, the SS Rohilla tragedy.
Our tour started at the cemetery where students gathered to leave a small token of flowers at the Rohilla memorial. Then on to observe the remains of the Rohilla wreck, followed by a visit to the current Rohilla exhibition at Whitby RNLI Lifeboat museum. On route areas hit by the shelling were pointed out.
A great day was had by all. Special thanks to Jordan Wilson, tour photographer and not least Victoria Garden Centre branch shop in Church Street for the ice creams!
On Monday our local Police Community Support Officers came into assembly to tell the school about the Lifestyle Challenge they are running over the holidays.
It is encouraging pupils to get involved in making a difference to their community in groups of 2-5. They will need a supporting adult. The DVD showed some of the winning groups from last year.
Click on the link to take you to their webpage and then you will be able to sign up and get active. There are some great prizes up for grabs and I hope many of you will get involved.
Eskdale Under Fourteens Cricket Team played in the final of the district cup on Monday 7th July at Scarborough Cricket Club. The boys including two Year 8s were losing finalists to Whitby Community College, whose team included four former Eskdale students. A big thank you to Rich Davis for organising the venue and to the venue staff for enabling the final to take place. Well done to WCC who were too strong scoring 157 to Eskdale’s 63.
Mr Raw was impressed with the standard of cricket played on the day by both teams but Lewis Brearley’s strong knock of 68 was the difference.
On the 17th of June we took a group of 8 students to a Science and Technology Challenge Day at Teesside University.
The Science and Technology Challenge Days are arranged across the U.K Year 8/9′s. Within mixed-school teams, they undertake practical applied-science / technology related challenges led by students recruited from leading local universities.
The winning teams are presented with awards by the Deputy Lieutenant. The overall winning team compete in Challenge Finals. In 2014, the Finals are being hosted for our region by the Universitiy of Sheffield.
All our students did very well and Frances Quantrill was part of the mixed school team that won the event and will go on to represent the Teesside area in the finals for the North and East Region later this year at Sheffield University.