Dear parents and carers,
Our assemblies this week have been led by sixth formers, and have focused on the holocaust. Our hall will be used for Year 11 mock exams later in January.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year. It is a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
As taken from the Holocaust Memorial Trust, ‘HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it is a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We are mostly fortunate here in the UK. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process’. There was an opportunity this week for students to reflect on this.
Have a restful weekend.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Ski Visit Leaving Saturday January 16th
Please can I remind parents whose children are going on the January ski visit that the party are to meet in the departure lounge at 0430 on Saturday 16th. The flight leaves at 0655.
Daily updates and photographs of the visit will be posted on Twitter.
Mrs Hopper 2 i/c PE and Ski Visit Co-ordinator
Year 7 Parents Information Programme
The final session of the Year 7 Parents Information Programme will take place on Wednesday 20 January and will begin at 6.00 p.m. The focus of the session is e-safety and Mr Garside (Computing) and Mr Weaver (Assistant Head i/c Pastoral and Behaviour) will aim to highlight the dangers young people face when using technology. The session will also give parents some practical advice on how to help their children use technology safety and how to make them aware of the dangers.
This is a very busy term for the maths department; a team from Durham Johnston will be travelling to London on 2nd February to take part in the Senior Team Challenge and approximately 100 pupils will be taking the individual intermediate challenge on Thursday 4th February.
British Mathematical Olympiad
Congratulations to Yuriy Tumarkin (Year 11) who has been awarded a bronze medal and a book prize for his recent performance in the Round 1 of the BMO. This result places him in the top 60 young mathematicians in the country. Yuriy will now go forward to Round 2 later this month.
Well done to Matthew Edge (Year 11) and Cameron Bain (Year13) who have both been awarded certificates of merit in the Senior Kangaroo.
Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Mathematics
Students have shown real creativity and logic. Well done Year 7!
Miss Forbes, Subject Leader for Computing
GCSE Performing Arts students welcomed Claire Webster Saarmets into school on Monday 11th of January. Claire is the Artistic Director of her own Newcastle based company Skimstone Arts.
She gave the students a great insight into the joys and practicalities of being an Arts professional and provided recommendations of how students can prepare for their own productions.
Claire then led both classes in a practical workshop related to their current productions. These are exam pieces based on the theme of dreams for the Year 11 group and gender rights for the Year 10 class.
Ms Ayrey, Subject Leader of Drama
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are to have the opportunity to take part in an international chess learning project. There are 100 places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Students who are interested do not need to be able to play chess. Students who are interested in signing up to the project should let their form tutor know. We have emphasised to students that if they do sign up, they must be prepared to commit to project and not drop out after the first couple of sessions.
Students will be given an individual login to a computer game type programme to practice and improve their play through both whole games and problem-solving situation play. They will receive feedback with tips and prompts. Lunchtime sessions will be held in Pod with sixth form students on hand to support. Students will be able carry continue the sessions on line in school and at home.
Mr McArdle, Assistant Head (Director of Sixth Form)
6th Form Notices
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link! w/c 18 January 2016.
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form
On Tuesday our Year 9 A and B basketball teams were taking part in the Bishop Auckland Schools tournament. Unfortunately Ferryhill withdrew so our only opposition was Belmont. Both our teams beat them easily. The best game of the night was our A v B teams which our B team won by 6 points. We now go forward to the final which will take place just before half-term.
On Wednesday our U19 basketball team travelled to Fulford College, York for an English Schools north-east region play-off. This was an excellent match which was close throughout. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get in front during the final quarter eventually losing by 7 points.
It was the turn of our Year 10 basketball team on Thursday. They travelled to Biddick for the Tyneside Cup semi-finals. We beat the hosts in the first game 22 – 16 and then qualified easily for the finals with a 20 – 6 victory over Emmanuel College.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader, PE