At Malton School we saw the start of festivity, with the snow. On the 30th of November we built snowmen, threw snowballs and tried our hardest to stay warm. The school closed early at 3:15 rather than the normal 4:25 on a Thursday.

We interviewed Callum Scrase:

Reporter: What was the best thing about the snow?

Callum: Watching the snow come down was the best thing.

Reporter: What was the worst thing about the snow?

Callum: When I got snow in my ear from a snowball.

Thank You Callum!

It was a fun day for the students and hopefully it will snow again.


The Salem Witch Trials

What happened?

The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, 1692.  It began in spring, when a group of young girls in the village accused several local women of practicing witchcraft. Then a wave of hysteria started; more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft, and 20 were executed: 14 women and 6 men. The court was disbanded in October of 1692, when hysteria began to abate and public opinion turned against the trials. The Massachusetts General Court later apologised to the victims’ families in 1957. In 1992, 300 years after the trials, a witch trial memorial was set up in Salem, and it is now an attraction for tourists.

In 14th century Europe, people believed that the devil gave certain humans the power to harm others in return for their royalty. This was widespread to colonial New England, and people were very scared of witches. In 1641, the Puritan Legal Code was created to put crimes in a hierarchy, with witchcraft coming second, before murder.

In January 1692, 9 year old Elizabeth Parris and 11 year old Abigail Williams started exhibiting strange behaviour such as fits that included violent contortions of their bodies, uncontrollable outbursts of screaming, and throwing objects. Other girls in Salem like Ann Putnam began acting similarly shortly after. The local doctor attributed their behaviour to supernatural causes.

On February 9th, 1692, the girls accused three women of witchcraft: Tituba, Sarah Osborne, and Sarah Good. But the girls were pressured by magistrates into naming the people who were hurting them. Good and Osborne professed their innocence, but they died later because of the trials. However, Tituba actually admitted to afflicting the girls: she said “the devil came to me and bid me serve him”. Nonetheless, some believe Tituba’s testimony was a lie because she was forced to confess, although Tituba’s testimony was the longest in the Salem Witch trials. She spent 1 year and 3 months in jail, and was then released.

The court was stopped in October of 1692, when Increase Mather, the Puritan Minister, implored the court not to consider spectral evidence in the trials, and the superior court of judicature was set up, where they were not permitted to consider testimonies of spectral evidence. But by this point, 20 people had been executed.


Why are the Salem Witch Trials so famous?

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One of the reasons why this historic event is so famous is because of the crazy happenings in the trials themselves. For example, Tituba claimed to see eerie animals such as red cats, yellow birds, and black dogs during her testimony. She also said she went blind at one moment, and claimed it was the devil punishing her, showing she was at least trying to fight him.

Another example was the trial on May 27, 1692. 8 girls from Salem were afflicted with witchcraft. In the court, someone shouted that the witch was about to manipulate a victim, and then the victim would begin to act strangely. This was when Bridget Bishop was deemed guilty of witchcraft, and she was the first person to be executed in the Salem Witch trials.

Possibly the craziest happening was to one of the accused men named George Burroughs, who was a minister from Harvard, and was accused of other alleged witches of being their mastermind. The claims against him in court were extremely bizarre. The accusers claimed Burroughs was biting them in court during their testimony. Many people apparently saw spirits in the room, and claimed they were the faces of Burroughs’ deceased wives, but their faces were bright red. And last but not least, someone suggested that Burroughs had possibly used an invisibility cloak, given to him by the devil. The person that suggested this was the Chief Justice! Burroughs, however, recited the Lord’s Prayer with no mistakes off by heart just before his execution. Witches weren’t supposed to be able to do that, so it planted a seed of doubt in the crowd’s mind.

Another reason why the Salem Witch trials are so well known is because all of the accusers were women between 9 and 20 years old, which was unusual since most witch accusations came from men in the past. It is odd than an entire community based their decisions to execute 20 people around the decisions of some little girls.

Almost all of the people executed were not given a proper burial, and nobody knows where their bodies are. It is possible that they are in Gallows Hill, which is a place known to be extremely haunted. This might be popular with people who are interested in ghosts.

Since it is most likely not possible that witches are or were real, people who are interested in conspiracy theories also like to study the Salem Witch Trials, because many people want to know exactly why it happened. Was it because of economic problems in that time period that led people to blame others for their hardships? Was it a medical condition that was affecting the girls accusing, which caused their ‘afflicted witchcraft’ or ‘supernatural possessions’? Was it for Samuel Parris’ (the father of Elizabeth Parris) socio-political gain, because he may have forced his slave Tituba to confess to create paranoia and seize power? Or were the people of Salem just in mass hysteria, perhaps because of the widespread fear of witches?

Although those mysteries remain unsolved, and some questions remain unanswered, the legacy of the Salem Witch Trials lives on.

By Lara Simpson

Diversity Week in PE

During Diversity Week in PE we played two games for people who are physically disabled or who are visually impaired. Sitting volleyball is where you are sat down and you can’t move and you play volleyball. Also we played goalball which is football for visually impaired people. We wore masks to obscure our vision. The aim of the game is to guard your goal to stop the other team scoring. You can only move sideways and you throw the ball at the opponents goal to score. The ball had a bell in it, so you have to listen carefully to know where the ball is. These sports are in the Olympic Games.

By Callum Scrase


Callum Scrase interviews Mr Bond (not James Bond)

Mr Bond

What made you want to come and teach at Malton?

“Very friendly atmosphere” said Mr Bond


What made you want to teach English?

“It was always my favourite subject at school and I love reading” said Mr Bond.



What would you do if you couldn’t teach?


“A lawyer” said Mr Bond.


What is your favourite book?

“The Rabbits series by John Updike” said Mr Bond.


What is your favourite year to teach and why?

“Year 7 because they are the most enthusiastic” said Mr Bond.


Reporter: Callum Scrase

Callum Scrase interviews Miss Davison!



What do you like best about being Head of Key Stage 3?

“The different challenges on a day-to-day basis, no day is ever the same! And i really enjoy working with the young people”.


What do you like about the school IPads?

“They allow young people use technology to enhance their educational journey”.


What is your favourite thing to see students do at Malton School?

“I like to see student achieve their personal goals”.


What makes you proud about Malton school?

“The students”.


Reporter: Callum Scrase

Summer Hits

Are you looking for some ideas for what to listen to on your summer holidays? Our Year 7 Student Reporter Alice Thompson has compiled a list of her favourites that are sure to get you in the holiday mood…


  1. Castle on the hill by Ed Sheeran
  2. Shape of you by Ed Sheeran
  3. Believer by Imagine Dragon
  4. Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran
  5. Just the way you are by Bruno mars
  6. Party in the U.S.A BY Miley Cyrus
  7. 7.shot me down by David Guetta
  8. Despacito by Justin Bieber
  9. September song by Justin Timberlake
  10. Don’t kill my vibe by Sigrid

Meet our Maths Teacher

Our Student Reporters Ellie Jackson and Rebekah Robinson went to chat to Maths teacher Mr Muir to find out more about how he makes maths fun, amongst other things…

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How do you make maths fun??

Maths is always fun. However applying it to real life jobs definitely helps. I’m trying to get students to use iPads in lessons more, for Kahoots, ping pong and Showbie. 

What do you like about Malton School and why?

Students, staff and parents are all polite and thankful and generally make my job straight forward. 

What is your favourite thing to teach and why?

Favourite topics are permutations and combinations (A level) and different equations – all quite complex topics and keep me on my toes when teaching. 

What other jobs did you have before teaching?

Bar work, this was mainly in my uninteresting days.

If you couldn’t teach maths what others should you teach and why?

PE, because I love football and when it’s warm teaching outside would be fun.