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20 December 2018

We have had a very busy last few weeks of term in the run up to Christmas and have managed to fit in some fun activities between the hard work!

World of Work Day

On Thursday we had a World of Work day for Year 9 and 11 students. Students spoke with a number of external guests about careers and higher education. All the guests mentioned how well behaved and engaged both year groups were, which is really pleasing to hear.

Year 7 Science project

Hat’s off to our year 7 students. Year 7 have been working on a 4 week project on Edison and Swan and their respective contributions to the discovery of the light bulb.

Tasks included; annotating a map to show the events in the life of Joseph Swan and preparing an argument as to why Edison or Swan should be credited with the discovery of the light bulb. The hats are typical of the era and have been decorated with key facts about one of the scientists.

As you can see from the photos Year 7 clearly demonstrated the academy’s RICH values of industriousness and curiosity and lots of points were earned towards claiming the prize of being one of our next RICH champions.

History Project

Congratulations to the members of Mr Ayre's History class who have put so much effort into their project this half term. We have a model of a Medieval Village by Ellie Hawdon, Sophie Bell and Holly Rutherford and a fantastic (and delicious) Motte and Bailey Castle cake by Matthew Knowles. Well done to all the students' involved!


John Muir Group

Yet again the John Muir Award Group took great advantage of the good weather on the 7th December and planted another 80 trees that were donated by the Woodland Trust.  The species planted included beech, birch, oak, hazel and the hedge varieties blackthorn, hawthorn and holly.  We have approximately 100 saplings left to plant.  It is very exciting to see the scrubland area at the back of the nature reserve dotted with new life – it will transform the area and develop the species diversity significantly over the next 10 – 15 years. 

The students have been fantastic by organising themselves into working teams.  They have developed their skills in clearing the area of weeds for the saplings, used the guidance from the Woodland Trust to plant using T / or slit cuts and have supported the saplings with canes and protected them with plastic covers to prevent the deer from eating the young shoots.


A Christmas Carol Theatre trip

Yesterday, as a festive treat, 60 students from Year 10 and 11 went to see a brilliant performance of Dickens' classic tale, and GCSE set text, 'A Christmas Carol' at The Northern Stage.

“I looked back at where our students were sitting midway through the second half and will not forget the glowing faces of our awe-struck students as they watched. This sounds like an exaggeration but it was one of those moments when you understand why you do the job. It was the best theatre I have seen in a number of years - colourful, dynamic and physical - and was very faithful, almost to the word, to the original text. The students couldn't stop talking about it on the way home!” Mr Fryer

It was a fantastic day out, our students behaved impeccably and it was extremely valuable for the students to develop their understanding of the text with exams on it coming up in June. It also helped them get into the Christmas spirit as they sang along to Christmas carols! Thanks must go to Miss Bell for organising it.

We have also been getting into the Christmas spirit around school! On Thursday staff and students enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch and later that afternoon we all enjoyed hearing our Choir performing pop-up Christmas carols around school.


We have always been proud as a school of the fundraising staff and students achieve. The last few weeks have been very busy with lots of money raised for good causes.

Expedition Ecuador 2020 Fund Activities

Students and staff over the last few months have been working very hard to raise funds for Team Ecuador.  Each team member has to raise over £4,000 for their expedition and they are doing this by individual fund raising and as NGA Team Ecuador.  Students have attended church sales, undertaken sponsored activities, been involved in catering events and have worked hard in the community to raise funds.  Recent school activities have included a table at Sparkles Christmas Fayre, Staff Christmas Ceilidh and several bake sale events.  There are many more activities being planned for 2019 – bag packing, student disco, bake sales, bongo bingo and sponsored events.  We all look forward to having some fun whilst raising funds for Team Ecuador.

A HUGE thank you must also be extended to the parents of Team Ecuador, without their fantastic support we would not have raised over £1,100 so far. Well done to everyone who has dug deep and supported us either financially or with their time – an equally valuable commodity. 

In an effort to raise funds for Team Ecuador at the same time as getting in the festive spirit NGA staff enjoyed a Christmas Ceilidh on Friday evening organized by Mrs Long. The Berking Mad Ceilidh band were a great success and staff had a great time displaying bad timing and a lack of coordination or knowledge of their left from their right, but all with good grace and great humor! The evening was put together by the staff of Team Ecuador and Mrs Long would like to thank Mr. Coulter, Miss Henderson, Mrs. Curtis, Miss Raistrick, Mrs. Breeze, Mrs. Blenkinsop and Mr. Dicker for their fantastic support.

The event made a small profit from the ticket sales and together with the raffle and sales on the night raised a fantastic £320.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and who joined in with the dancing.

Team Ecuador wish you Feliz Navidad y feliz año nuevo.

Sparkle Salon Christmas Fayre

On Thursday 6th December we had Sparkle’s annual Christmas Fayre in school. Year 10, 12 and 13 Health and Beauty students worked really hard to help run a brilliant event, while also gaining valuable experience in customer service, business and hospitality skills. Thanks to support from governors, staff, students and members of our community a fantastic total profit of £745 was raised. Team Ecuador also never ones to miss a chance to fundraise also managed to raise £52.50 on their stall.

Helpings Hands Christmas Fundraiser

During enhancement time the Helping Hands of North Gosforth Academy decided to fundraise for the Great North Children’s hospital at the RVI. Students have been planning this event for the past 8 weeks and they held their event last Friday. Students organised stalls including; hot chocolate, donuts, milkshakes, guess the name of the teddy and others. Students worked exceptionally well throughout the day using their entrepreneurial skills to upsell their products. They raised roughly £300 for their chosen charity. A brilliant end to the term!

Staff and students were also extremely generous in their donations to the Newcastle West End foodbank. It was really lovely to see the donations grow and I am sure that there will be lots of worthy people very thankful of our efforts.


Sports News

We are very proud to have some outstanding young athletes at NGA who have achieved great success in their respective fields. Fin Bell in Year 9 has recently played in the English Counties Doubles golf tournament, winning the semi-finals. He will be playing the finals in March.

Kate and Joseph Rickerby ran in the North Eastern Counties cross country championship. Both ran incredibly well, coming 28th in their respective categories. Both were the first runners back for Gosforth Harriers in their categories.

Georgina Hakin in Year 8 has been nominated for the Lifeguard and Swimming Club National Award. The award will be presented on 27th December when Georgina will receive this prestigious award. Georgina is one of the youngest winners from around the whole country.

Jamie Bundy in Year 10 has recently passed the course to be an FA qualified football referee.

Well done all!

Last Thursday our Sports Leaders enhancement group ran another great session with Year 6 students at Hazlewood primary school. The activities led by NGA students, were enjoyed by all that took part!

2019 Important dates

Staff Training Day - 7th January 2019 – school closed to students

Spring Term starts – 8th January 2019

Y11 mock exams - 21st January – 1st February 2019 – see attached timetable

Y9 parents evening – Thursday 7th February 2019

Y11 revision evening – Wednesday 13th February 2019

Y11 Mock Exams

Year 11 mock exams will happen over two weeks starting from 21st January 2018. Already this term departments have been running after school preparation classes which have been well attended by students. These will continue in January and students are expected to attend these really useful sessions. Mock exams are vital preparation for the real exams in the summer and should be taken seriously by students. We recommend that as well as enjoying a well-deserved Christmas break students also allocate some time to revision so they can achieve the best they can.

Consent forms

It is really important to us to celebrate student success and we love to be able to share with you events that your children have taken part in. With this in mind please can we urge parents to return the photo consent form (sent out at the end of summer term last year) indicating if we have consent to include photos of your child in the newsletter, on the website etc. If this form has been misplaced please collect a new one from front reception. Thank you in advance for your support.

Finally I would just like to remind you that students will be dismissed from school at 1pm tomorrow and that it is a non-uniform day. Students are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper and a donation of £1 to the school charity fund is suggested.

I would like to end by thanking parents for your support this term and wish you all a wonderful Christmas break and Happy New Year celebrations!!

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell


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