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30 November 2018

We have had another busy two weeks and everyone is working hard in this run up to the Christmas break.

We had a fantastic transition event on Monday with Y5 students from Burradon, Fordley, Greenfields and Hazlewood all spending the day here for a S.T.E.M. event. Feedback has been excellent and we are delighted that the students really enjoyed their time at North Gosforth.

Thanks to all the Year 7 parents that attended the Tutors evening last Thursday. Turnout was excellent and it was great to be able to update you all on how well Year 7 have settled into their new school.

Road Safety

I’d like to remind parents and visitors to the school about road safety as there have been some occurrences recently of people being parked on the school grounds in undesignated areas. Please can you make sure when dropping off or collecting your child from school that when you enter the school you turn left and follow the one way system. In the morning students can be dropped off at the gate where a member of staff is posted, as long as you take care not to block other vehicles.  Alternatively you can park in the visitor car park (the one on the left as you come in) to drop your child off. Please do not stop on or near to the zebra crossing.

At 3:10pm parents must be parked in a bay in the visitor’s car park and can only collect students from there. There are no other collection points, and again there must be no stopping on the zebra crossing. Thank you for your cooperation with this as I am sure you’ll agree that the safety of our students is of the utmost importance.

Year 11 Exam Preparation

The Pre-Exam preparation period for Year 11 starts on Monday – please see the timetable below. These sessions are a really valuable opportunity for students as they will support their revision for the important Mock exams, which begin on Monday 21st January 2019.

PRAISE Rewards

This week we were delighted to award over 190 Intu gift vouchers to those students in Years 8-11 who, in the last academic year, had attendance above 90% and received over 1,200 stamps during the year. It was excellent to see so many students earning this reward and we hope that even more students achieve it this year. The end-of-year award for this year will be awarded to any student who:

- has attendance at school of around 96% (missing fewer than 8 days of school);

- achieves their Gold PRAISE certificate by receiving 1,200 stamps;

- is punctual to school in the morning;

- is not involved in repeated serious behaviour incidents during the year.

We have just ordered our Christmas end-of-term rewards and I'm delighted to say that even more students will be on track to get the end-of-term reward which is attendance above 90% and achieving their Bronze PRAISE certificate (400 stamps). Also, keep an eye on the post as some students will receive PRAISE postcards for their efforts from their subject teachers to recognise the good work being produced in lessons.

Sports update

We are very proud to have some excellent sports success to share with you!

Cross Country

The North Tyneside cross country championships were held at Churchill playing fields in Whitley Bay on Friday 16th November. There were some fantastic team and individual performances and the Academy were very proud of all the students that took part. As always, the competition was of a high standard with many elite club runners taking part on a very challenging course.  All students demonstrated superb courage and resilience to achieve the best time possible.

In the inter boys category Joe Rickerby finished an amazing 3rd place and Kieran Watson an equally impressive 14th to ensure qualification for the next round.

In the junior girls section (Year 8 and 9), Lea Bommel finished 6th and Kate Rickerby 14th against a particularly strong field. In the same race there were also some great performances by Lucy Pederson (27th) and Faye Beckinton, Isobel Whitfield, Emma Louise Taylor and Emily Manderville.

Leo Kirsopp finished an incredible 3rd in the junior boys section, with Reece Slater (12th) and Jamie Dean (16th) also qualifying for the next round. In a race with over 100 competitors Cameron Headley finished 27th, Lewis Oxborough 46th, Lucas Davidson 47th and Reece Moore a creditable 51st. Ethan Cole, Matthew Owen, Jo Flaherty, Jamie White and Harry Hobson were close behind.

The minor girls (Year 7) were represented by Teagan Farrier, Tayla Wilson, Grace Wilkinson, Katie Slater and also Brooke Crawford who was first home for North Gosforth Academy finishing 24th overall.

Layton Dodds qualified for the minor boys by finishing a fantastic 14th place. Kane Richardson, Jack Appleton and Callum Rutherford also represented the team with distinction. 

Competitive Swimming

Alexa Ball (Year 8) represented Newcastle Swim Team and competed in the Tynemouth Swimming winter Gala over the weekend. She won an amazing 2 gold medals and 1 bronze against swimmers from all over the North East of England. On a personal note, Alexa also achieved 8 personal best times from her 8 swims. This is an absolutely fantastic achievement over a long weekend of highly competitive and gruelling swimming.

Alexa deserves enormous credit for the commitment and dedication she gives her sport. The constant hours of early morning and late evening training gives her the skills to compete against the elite swimmers in the North East of England. The Academy are very proud of her achievements and wish her all the best in her next gala.

Alexa Ball’s individual results 16/11/18 – 18/11/18

400m SC

Individual medley

5.46.58

Personal Best achieved

Bronze Medal

50m SC

Backstroke

36.85

Personal Best achieved

6th

100m SC

Breaststroke

1.22.05

Personal Best achieved

Gold Medal

50m SC

Freestyle

31.54

Personal Best achieved

7th

50m SC

Breaststroke

37.36

Personal Best achieved

In top 25 in North East

Gold Medal

200m SC

Backstroke

2.45.13

Personal Best achieved

7th

400m SC

Freestyle

5.01.69

Personal Best achieved

4th

50m SC

Fly

35.53

Personal Best achieved

6th

Volleyball

Our Volleyball teams took part in the North Tyneside Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday night. The boys played really well but unfortunately lost in the semi-final to St Thomas More.   Our Year 9 girls won the tournament - they defeated Whitley Bay in the final. Well done to all!

Year 11 Football - Appleby Grammar 1 North Gosforth Academy 3!

Our Y11 boys football team played in the 3rd round of the ESFA National Cup last Friday in Appleby. At 1–0 down with only 20 mins to go the boys had to dig deep and work as a team. Nathan Best scored the equaliser with a cross/shot which caught the keeper out, followed by a goal from Kieron Watson to give us the lead. Ronnie Hutton scored the final goal and took us through to the next round! The 4th round draw is on Monday 3rd December at 1pm, we are proud to be the only North East team left in the competition – good luck boys!

PAN Consultation

The postponed PAN consultation has now started and will run until Wednesday 9th January 2019. All of the information can be found on our website under Admissions. We will be having a PAN consultation evening on Monday 10th December 5-6pm if anyone has questions they would like answered in relation to the reduction in PAN for Year 7 from 2020.

Christmas Performance

As you may know our music teacher, Mr Wilson, has been off school for a considerable amount of time and has just returned to work on a phased timetable. Unfortunately this means that we will be unable to put together a Christmas performance this year. We all know how fantastic the Christmas shows are and how well they are attended and loved by our parents. Mr Wilson would therefore like to put on a show in spring time instead and I will let you know the details as soon as we have a date.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell

Principal

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