Monthly Archives: March 2017

Do Teenagers still read in today’s world?

Student Journalist Lauma Viksna, Year 10, has been researching how much reading today’s teenagers do…plus some recommended reading…


Just take a walk down the street or a glance in the local shopping mall. How many young people do you see who seem to be attached to their mobile phones?

It’s no wonder popular belief has it that books will no longer be a thing in the future – however, novels are still being written and bought. So there must still be somebody reading them, right?

We decided to delve in and find out whether the book still appeals to the younger generations.

We asked two students from our book club to tell us about their reading habits. The first question we asked was which authors they like, and why.

“My favourite author is Roald Dahl because his creative writing style is really individual; nobody else writes quite like him. Dahl isn’t afraid to try new styles and techniques in his stories,” said Adam Newsam.

Another student, Kayla Cleworth, told us that her favourite writer is Paige Toon.

“I really like that teenage girls can relate to Paige’s books. Characters in her books often deal with anxiety, school drama and generally the whole process of discovering who you are.”

We then asked the two students why they joined the book club for our Personal Development Activity (PDA) sessions. Adam said, “I joined because I want to improve my reading. On average, it takes me about three months to read a single book – and I want to work on that.”

As for Kayla, she too enjoys reading and tells us that she became part of the book club for the opportunity to read so more often.

If you too enjoy reading but are short for ideas, we have put together a list of the best Young Adult novels for you.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Young Sherlock by Andrew Lane
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner



Something new for PDA

Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, has been finding out about some new PDA sessions for next term…


You could choose nature rambling

Malton School has recently added some new personal development sessions for KS3, 4 and 5 that are options for next term. These include table tennis, softball, rounders, nature rambling and chat-up lines: growing good relationships (this session is for Ks3 and is run by Hope Central). Archaeology is also back where students will get a chance to get out to do some digging.

The personal development activities (PDA) take place on a Thursday. There are about 30 different activities to do. We do PDA to develop skills outside of lessons, such as sport skills, working independently and to also work as part of a team. The PDA sessions are for STUDENTS ONLY!!

By Lawrence Houghton 7L

It’s Red Nose Day!

Student Journalist Ben Coyle, Year 7, tells us what’s happening at Malton School for Red Nose Day today…


Last time it was Sports Relief.. This year it’s Red Nose Day!

Last year’s Sports Relief made £72,505,165!  This year could be even better. As usual, Malton School will be helping raise money for the charity , Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day which takes place today, March 24th, is always fun, and there is always lots of excitement. It is great for students to have the chance to raise money and support the world-famous charity. It gives you experience for a possible future job; the chance to know you’re helping out a charity that helps people around the world and just gives you the chance to have fun and know you’re helping people get a better life around the world.

Red Nose Day started in 1988, and has grown ever since. In the first year they made £76,610 in total. They hope to make even more this year.

As a Year 7, I can’t wait for the opportunity to help people around the world and participate in Malton School’s fundraising. It is a great opportunity for all year groups to have fun and be able to participate in helping people that need help and who don’t have the same lives as us around the world.

This year Malton School is helping to raise money for Comic Relief. You can wear red to school if you bring in £1. At break time there will be a cake sale at the West Wing Reception. At lunchtime there will be a football match between staff against the sixth formers on the 3G pitch. Then on the field from 1:10 there will be a tug of war… After the football, the losers have some sort of losers’ punishment coming their way…watch this space!



All go for Joseph!


With our production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat opening next week, Year 10 student journalist Katie Hardy tells us about the show…


Finally after months of hard work; weekend rehearsals; line learning and set building; the school is ready to showcase its production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat! The cast and crew have put in a huge amount of effort over the past few months and I’m sure this will be evident when the production is shown (29th-31st March).

To see the progress of the show over the past few months, why not take a look at the blog? You can find it at  where you can see the development of the play; from the very first entry in November to the most recent update.

Tickets are available from West Wing reception or you can phone 01653 692828 to book a place. If you are interested you’ll have to get tickets soon as they are selling out fast – Friday’s show has sold out but places are still available for Wednesday and Thursday.

Everyone involved has worked amazingly hard and put in a huge amount of effort over the past few months. Do come along and watch all their hard work pay off!


Muskets and medals

Our student journalists Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, and Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10, paid a visit to the Beyond A Level History PDA session recently and got to see some real artefacts from The Battle Of Waterloo.




Paul Brunyee from the Waterloo Association came in to talk to the beyond A level history PDA session. He brought in a musket, medals, certificates and photos. The students were fascinated to see real artefacts from the battle.




The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18th June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The Duke of Wellington, with his British allied army, and Napoleon with his French imperial guard stood face to face on the battlefield.

The British defeated him at Trafalgar in 1805, but Napoleon went on to invade countries across Europe before being forced to abdicate. …

The Duke of Wellington may have been British but the army he led into battle was a multi-national force. Heavy rain fell upon the region  around Waterloo on  the night before the battle.

Within hours of the battle’s end, locals used pliers as well as small hammers and chisels to remove the front teeth from tens of thousands of soldiers lying dead on the battlefield. It was a gruesome end.

By Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, and Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10

Karate Katie!

Here Year 10 student Katie Hardy tells us about her passion for karate…


For about five years now I’ve done a karate class a few times a week (I started when I was 9). The class runs various days in and around Yorkshire, but the one I go to is on a Saturday afternoon (from 5-6:30pm) at St Michael’s Church Hall in Norton. I love going, and the community feeling within the group is fantastic.

The grading system works as follows: You start off with a white belt, and as you progress you move through the eight coloured belts and up to black. The gradings get further and further apart as you increase in rank, and the black belt grading is usually about six hours. When you get to black belt (which is a huge accolade within the system) you don’t stop – after this belt there are 10 more grades and it can take years to move between the grades the higher up you go. I’m currently on my first black belt grade out of these 10, and I probably won’t grade for another year or so.

The style itself is a fairly uncommon style from Japan, and as part of the class we learn the Japanese phrases for the techniques we do, as well as basic Japanese phrases.

I absolutely love going – last year there were a few months where I didn’t go due to illness, but I love being back and as I said, the community atmosphere within the club is great and we all get on well (Obviously as well as all this it is very good exercise!).

By Katie Hardy, Year 10

How iPads help in our lessons

Student journalist Isaac Durber-Hocking, Year 7, tells us about why iPads are a great resource in lessons…


The school iPad is a remarkable supplement to the school day. It can be used in various ways and using different techniques. Students can use it for school work; for out-of-school work such as homework and responding to teachers via apps such as ‘Showbie’.

The iPads contain a camera plus microphone which can be used for multiple subjects. An example for a subject is PE were you can record your movements and assess them later thanks to the iPad’s camera.

Another app that the students can use is PowerPoint, which is a good app for when it comes to presentation as it allows the user or student to create a slideshow about a subject that he/she is learning about.

Here are some other ways we use it at school:

Internet research

The iPad is great for surfing the web and researching topics in or out of the classroom.

Making videos

Video creation and editing is simple on the iPad. This can be a great group activity to encourage collaboration. Unfortunately Flash is not supported on the iPad, so watching videos (except on YouTube) is not always possible. Videos can be watched on the interactive whiteboard if required.

Taking notes during class

The iPad is portable and easy to carry around with books making it the ideal tool to take notes and store all of a teacher’s lecture material.

Art classes

The iPad has changed art lessons for good – there are so many fantastic art apps which allow drawing and painting.

With the combination with Showbie plus the camera to take pictures of a student’s work – it’s a great combination.


Making music

It’s easy and rewarding to make music on the iPad, using a variety of different instruments using apps such as ‘GarageBand’ by Apple.

Also the teachers can view the student’s iPad screen with an app called ‘Classroom’ by Apple themselves.

When purchasing an iPad from school the iPads are equipped with a profile device management called ‘LightSpeed MDM profile’. This profile tracks the iPad’s location, installs apps that school choose, and it puts restrictions on the iPad. When on the school network the restrictions are:

  • Passbook Not Allowed
  • Erotica in iBooks Not Allowed
  • Adding Game Center Friends Not Allowed
  • Erase Content And Settings Not Allowed
  • iMessage Not Allowed
  • Siri Profanity Filter Enforced
  • Game Center Not Allowed
  • FaceTime Not Allowed
  • Establishing Untrusted TLS Connections Not Allowed
  • Safari Fraud Warning Enforced
  • Explicit Content Not Allowed

But when at your home or not on the school network the restrictions are reduced. If requested school can add more restrictions for home network use if necessary.

By Isaac Durber-Hocking, Year 7