We have been successful in securing the British Council International School Award once again. A big thank you from me to all of the staff involved. It is important to leaders and governors of the school that we maintain an outward facing curriculum which ensures that out students learn about other cultures and gives students a chance to learn about similarities and differences between different peoples and their beliefs. We place an emphasis on language learning at school and also because this helps students see the world through a different prism and to develop an understanding of culture through language learning. John Rolfe, from the British Council said, 'The school's fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they're doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Adding an international dimension to children's education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.'
We have had another exciting week at school. I hope you have a good weekend.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Year 7 should all have received letters about their trips to Durham Cathedral next week. Please remember that pupils need to bring a packed lunch on the day! Pupils entitled to free school meals will be given a packed lunch before we set off. Please could I ask that pupil contributions of £4 are handed in to the office by Friday 30th September?
In answer to a number of parental queries: shoes should be completely black, in accordance with the school uniform policy; entirely black trainers are therefore acceptable. Unfortunately, owing to the logistics of the day and number of pupils in attendance, we are unable to dismiss children to go home from anywhere other than school at the end of the day. The Met Office outlook suggests that it will be dry, but do note that the trips will take place regardless of weather. Please do contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.
We hope pupils are looking forward to an interesting and varied day! Please click on the following link for a copy of the information letter.
Miss McKenzie, History Department
The school photographer will be in school next week, Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October. Individual photos for students in Years 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 will be taken on Monday 3rd October. Individual photos for students in Years 9 and 10 will be taken on Tuesday 4th October, along with groups photos for Years 11, 12, and 13.
Year in Industry
Congratulations to ex-student Alexandra Meakin who has successfully completed her Year in Industry placement with Hydrock Hale in 2015-2016 Alex is about to take up a place at Sheffield University to study Civil and Structural Engineering.
The Year in Industry scheme provides students with invaluable practical experience, paid employment, training and support throughout the placement and enhanced degree results and graduate employment prospects.
The scheme is open to students who are interested in gaining a year of real world work experience.
Further information of the scheme is available on the Engineering Development Trust's website - www.etrust.org.uk
The Local Authority has asked us to make parents and carers aware that if a child is looked after by somebody other than close family for more then 28 days this is called Private Fostering.
By law the families involved must inform Durham County Council if this is taking place.
You can find out more at www.durham.gov.uk\privatefostering
Sixth Form Weekly Notices
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link! 26 September 2016.
Please click on the following link for updated information about Sixth Form Societies.
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form
Many thanks to those who have sent in cheques for this term, or even the whole year's instrumental/vocal tuition. If you haven't done so yet, please could you send it to the music department in an envelope marked ‘Music Tuition’? In case it has been mislaid, here is a copy of the original letter.
Please click on the following link for details of the concert schedule. Please put these dates in you diary/calendar now to avoid disappointment later in the year.
Mr Holmes - Subject Leader for Music
On Tuesday our Year 7, 8 and 10 football teams played their first league games of the season against Staindrop. It was an excellent start for all three as the Year 7’s won 7 – 1, the Year 8 team won 10 – 0 and the Year 10’s won 4 – 0.
Also on Tuesday our U13 girls football team travelled to Northfield in the English Schools Cup. After being 3 – 0 ahead Northfield staged a comeback but we managed to hang on for a 3 – 2 victory.
Wednesday was a very busy night as our girls played their first league netball matches against Parkview. It was also good news for them as our Year 7 team beat a very strong Parkview team 13 – 10, the year 9’s won 25 - 6 and the Year 10’s won 15 – 1. Our only defeat came for our Year 8 team who lost 3 – 11. Also on Wednesday our sixth form football team took on St Leonard’s. This is always an excellent game and this year was no exception finishing in a 3 – 3 draw. Also on Wednesday our Year 10 football team were in County cup action against Hurworth. This was a very close game which was decided by a penalty as we lost 1 – 0.
Last night our boys' football teams travelled to Greenfield for more league games. These we also straightforward wins as our Year 7 team won 5 – 3, Year 8’s 10 – 0 and the Year 9’s 10 – 1. Also yesterday our U13 boys' tennis team travelled to Sedbergh in the National Schools Cup. This was an excellent match which finished 3 – 3. We were therefore required to play a 10 point shoot-out which we unfortunately lost 10 – 6.
Finally good luck tonight to our Year 8 football team who are taking on Richard Coates Middle School in the English Schools Cup.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE