Can you help us with British Science Week?

bsw2015Are there any parents or friends of the school would be willing to give up valuable time to work with our students in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

On the 13th March 2015 we will  be staging a range of events to raise the profile of STEM within the school community.

You could give a careers talk or simply talk about what your job entails or perhaps provide us with a link to an organisation. Thank-you in anticipation!

Please contact Mrs Razzaqi for further information.

Christmas Lunch

Christmas treeChristmas lunch is being served in school on Thursday 18th December.

The menu is:

Roast Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, seasonal veg
Veggie option:Vegetable Kiev
Christmas tree choc ice
Christmas pudding
Festive biscuit with juice

Year 8 Cinema Visit

Imitation GameIn Year 8 we have been looking at ‘The Origins of Code’ this term.

The students have been learning about the Enigma Machine and the cracking of the Enigma Code by Alan Turing and his team at Bletchley Park.

Earlier this month students had the opportunity to work with the outreach worker from Bletchley Park, who brought along an original WW2 Enigma machine.

This exact Enigma machine was used in the film The Imitation Game,starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The outreach worker who visited us, worked on the set of the film as an Enigma Machine expert informing the cast and crew.

As a grand finale to our topic forty Year 8 students all be visiting Vue cinema Cramlington on Wednesday 26th November to see The Imitation Game.

FutureChef Regional Finals Winner

We are all over the moon to announce that Julia Swinglehurst secured first place in this year’s FutureChef Regional Finals at Newcastle College.IMG_0365[1]

She produced an excellent main meal and dessert, which, according to the chefs’ judging, was ‘made to perfection’. She worked well under pressure and managed to beat off competition from other schools taking part; many of whom were students from high school.

We are all very proud of you and wish you all the very best of luck for the National Finals on the 25th February!

Congratulations Julia!

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Review of the Week Winner

boxtrollsCongratulations to Liam Day, 7R, for winning Into Film’s Review of the Week competition.

As part of the National Youth Film Festival, a group of Year 7s went to see the stop motion animation film ‘The Boxtrolls’ at the Vue Cinema in  Cramlington as part of their DLE.

Back at school the students were involved in a range of activities related to the film which included writing a review of the film via the Into Film website.

Into Film have awarded Liam with a Review of the Week for his review. He will be sent some goodies from Into Film which will be presented to him during a KS3 assembly.

You can read Laim’s review on the Into Film website here.


Y8 Codebreakers

As part of Remembrance Day, year 8 studentswere given the opportunity to do some code breaking and cipher work with Tom Briggs from Bletchley Park, who brought in an original WW2 Enigma machine.

The Morpeth Helard featured our story in 13th November edition and on their website. Read the story online here.

Care Home Visits

HOWARD_CASTLE_CARE_HOME_267_200_JPGIMG_0700As part of their DLE programme, 7A are continuing their visit to East Riding Care Home.

Students develop their skills of empathy and care, as well as having the opportunity to talk to people from different generations.

New friendships have been formed and the students have really enjoyed organising various activities for those living at the centre.

Well done 7A!

Remembrance Day

PoppyTo commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1 the Year 8 students will be taking part in a Cross Curricular Remembrance Day on Tuesday 11th November.

The students will experience a variety of different war themed activities on a carousel throughout the day.

The activities on offer include:

  • A session delivered by the outreach worker from Bletchley Park, who will be bringing an original Enigma Machine into school
  • An activity delivered by Newcastle University on World War 1 Artefacts
  • Trench Art activity
  • Creating Proggy Poppy Wreaths
  • Wartime Music Session

There will be a special Remembrance Assembly led by Val Cowen from the Mustard Tree Trust at 2.50pm in the main hall. Parents, carers and grandparents are more than welcome to attend.