Parenting support

Parenting and juggling the complexities of families can be really hard. There is a new Time Out course that deals specifically with Handling anger within the family. There are four sessions and are held at The Storehouse, which is next to Morrisons.

Have a look at the flyer below for further information.

Image of a child being held and hugged with the text: Time out for Parents: handling anger in the family,  7.30-9.30 Thursdays 14th/21st/28th March & 4th April, The Storehouse, for more info contact

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York Civic Youth Choir ‘Lights on the Lake’

The York Civic Youth Choir have once again been invited by St Leonard’s Hospice to perform for them at one of their fundraising events. “Lights on the Lake” in Rowntree Park will take place on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm. This is a new event for 2019, there will be a short service (similar to “Light up a Life” at Christmas) followed by lanterns being floated on the Lake in Rowntree Park.

Click to visit the St Leonard’s Hospice website

The plan is to light the way to the lake with a lantern procession to the lake and the choir have been invited to lead the procession with lanterns and then sing some songs before lanterns are floated. We would love for as many of the members of the choir old and new to be involved with this as it promises to be a really magical event.

We will be having ONE rehearsal only on Saturday 16th March from 10am-3:30pm at St Aelred’s School, including an informal performance for parents and family at 3:15pm. Please sign up below to take part.

Forest School Maintenance

Recently, Fishergate families and staff, as well as students and staff from the Blueberry Academy, have been pitching in to carry out some maintenance to the wonderful Forest School Area, on the school field (originally built by Fishergate family volunteers, and students from the Blueberry Academy). Some people have been able to secure Ward Funding for the area, green token donations from Waitrose, as well as donations of goods from local businesses and environmental charities. Persimmon delivered 10 tonnes of topsoil to the field, which the enthusiastic band of volunteers barrowed in, to build up the climbing mounds. The willow tunnel was trimmed and the whips from it were used to build a woven hurdle fence, in place of the hedge, which didn´t survive last summer´s drought.

Some volunteers were able to use the volunteering time allowed to them by their employer. Does your employer have a scheme like that? Maybe you can help next time.

There is often tea and cake involved, too. There will also be opportunities to get involved with smaller-scale jobs, such as ongoing maintenance- weeding, willow pruning, general tidying up. You don´t have to know the first thing about gardening, it´s a very simple, and enjoyable way of giving back to the school community, if you have a little bit of time you can allocate.

Young Voices 2019 Photos!

Fishergate Choir had another great day at Manchester Arena for Young Voices 2019!  The day was long but very enjoyable and we all got to see the amazing Beau Dermott, Tony Hadley and Sharlene Hector (of Basement Jaxx fame) perform.

 We spent the afternoon rehearsing…

 …and then the big performance was at 7pm. We had lots of favourite songs including Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’, the ‘Moana Mashup’ and of course the ‘Pop Medley’. The song we particularly enjoyed was a medley of songs from the Greatest Showman that we got to sing with all the soloists, including Tony Hadley. There was even a message from Hugh Jackman wishing us all luck! A highlight of the evening was seeing the dance group ‘Urban Strides’ perform, they were amazing and really had some great moves! Our parents even got to ‘do their thing’ when they danced to a number of great songs, we loved watching them and dancing the night away ourselves.

Finding our coach at the end of the evening, along with 6000 other children, is always a task in itself, but we did it! The journey to and from Manchester was smooth and we are really thankful to York Pullman for providing another great coach driver and service on the day.

Choir News

Well done to all of our fantastic choir members – and a massive thank you to the staff and volunteers who helped to make our Young Voices trip such a success!  

We will be taking a short break from practising to give everyone a chance to recover so there will be no more choir sessions now until after the half term break, but we look forward to seeing (and hearing!) you all after the holiday.  

More photos coming soon !