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    The Torch

    The Torch May/June 2018
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    May/June 2018

    These pages contain highlights from the latest issue of The Torch, the student newspaper of Wath Comprehensive School.

    The full newspaper is available to view by selecting the cover.

    Previous editions (going all the way back to 1930) are available on the back issues page.


    This half term has witnessed the largest number of students to ever receive an ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) qualification for their chosen musical instrument.

    A huge well done to the following pupils for all their hard work:

    • Lori Grainger: Grade 4 Piano (Distinction) and  Grade 4 Flute (Distinction)
    • Abigail Darrell: Grade 5 Singing (Pass)
    • Rebecca Swift: Grade 5 Clarinet (Merit)
    • Leah Saxton: Grade 2 Singing (Distinction)
    • James Jones: Grade 4 Acoustic Guitar (Merit)
    • Ben Maguire: Grade 2 Guitar (Distinction)
    • Simone Moore: Grade 7 Violin (Pass)
    • Caitie Swallow: Grade 4 Violin (Pass)
    • Alicja Hopko: Grade 4 Violin (Pass)
    • Abi King: Grade 2 Violin (Merit)
    • Kate Harrison: Grade 3 Saxophone (Merit)
    • Isobel Buttigieg-Cook: Grade 6 Clarinet (Pass)
    • Niamh Hazlewood: Grade 4 Clarinet (Pass)
    • Holly Moore: Grade 4 Clarinet (Pass)
    • Georgia Clarke: Grade 4 Clarinet (Pass)
    • Emma Walters: Grade 4 Musical Theatre (Distinction)
    • Kirin Howat: Grade 5 Theory (Merit)

    Special praise should go to Lori Grainger, who managed to receive Grade 4s for two separate instruments, and also to Isobel Buttigieg-Cook and Simone Moore, whose respective Grade 6 and Grade 7 qualifications translate into UCAS points they can use to get into university!

    It is always important to celebrate achievements in creative subjects such as music and recognise the importance that such creative individuals can contribute to a vibrant and balanced society.

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