Nov 20

Children in Need

Sixth Form students have once again spear-headed our charity fundraising for this year’s BBC Children in Need event. Year 12 and 13 students held a bake sale in order to raise money for Prematurity charities and we have also been raising funds in the lower school with a sponsored non-uniform day.

Nov 13

Remembrance

Thanks to all our visitors who made such a valuable contribution to Remembrance assemblies, including Julie Elliott MP, the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight and her Consort, Mr Keith MacKnight and Reverend Andrew Dowsett of Sunderland Minster.  The poignant ceremonies included poem readings, musical performances, the playing of the last post and the laying of poppy wreaths hand-crafted by our students.

Nov 13

A Taste of Sixth Form Life

We gave Year 11 students the chance to attend short taster lessons after school in the A-level subjects they could study at Sixth Form. The snappy lessons were designed to give a flavour of subjects such as Sociology, English Literature & Language, Biology, Media, History, Health & Social Studies and Psychology to students eager to learn more about Key Stage 5 and beyond. Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be on Wednesday 29th November for anyone in interested in finding out more.

Nov 13

Discussing Art & Science

We welcomed Professor Tom McLeish from the Physics Department of Durham University.  He delivered a guest lecture to the Year 10 and 11 students participating in our Honours Programme at Southmoor and Sandhill View Academies. The lecture, entitled ‘The Music and Poetry of Science’, was about the connections between the Arts and Sciences. The students were interested, engaged and had lots of questions for Tom!

Nov 06

Student Support Returns

We have re-launched Sixth Form Lesson Support to encourage links between lower school and sixth form.  As part of the initiative Year 12 students will provide support to Year 7 pupils in lessons.  As mentors, the students will help pupils with everything from developing literacy skills to leading discussions and engaging in small group tasks.

Oct 16

On Our Minds

Sixth Form students Sophie Armour and Imogen Airson continued their drive to raise awareness of mental health as part of National Mental Health Awareness Week and to develop the Extended Project Qualification. The girls delivered assemblies to pupils discussing the importance of recognising and increasing awareness of mental health, something that we take seriously as a school. The girls also raised £120 from their cake sale in aid of the charity ‘Mind’.

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