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25 October 2019

We have come to the end of a long and very busy first half term. I am pleased to say that students are focussed and working hard. Year 7 students have made a fantastic start to their secondary education and we have been really pleased with how well they are adopting the school’s R.I.C.H ethos. When we return after half term, Year 11 students will have 4 weeks before their first set of Mock Exams and information about extra exam preparation sessions will be given out soon. I hope that you all have an enjoyable half term week with the children at home and that our students come back suitably refreshed, ready for the hard work to come.

Y10 University Visit

At North Gosforth Academy we understand the importance of further and higher education, and the benefits that such a path has on the futures of our students. On Thursday our Year 10 students took part in a trip to Northumbria University in conjunction with Northumbria Outreach. There they were taught study skills to help them revise for exams, and note taking techniques, before being taken on a tour of the fabulous facilities that the university has on offer; from the library (second only to Cambridge University), to the restaurants, outstanding sports facilities and learning spaces. Our students were full of questions and we hope that this will encourage them to study hard and enable them to progress onto the next path in their educational adventure.

 

RICH Rewards for Year 7 Scientists

Mrs Hodgson and Mrs Long were privileged to be joined by 15 year 7 students to visit the National Trust estate of Cragside on Tuesday 22nd October.  The visit was to reward the students for their hard work this term with their research on the ground breaking work of Lord Armstrong.  Lord Armstrong is celebrated for his industrial work in the 1850’s - he built Newcastle's Swing Bridge and the hydraulic mechanism that operates London's Tower Bridge. He created Cragside in Northumberland, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, and planted in its grounds seven million trees. 

The students had a great opportunity to visit the pump house where the hydroelectric pump is sited, the house to see how the Armstrong family lived in the 1800’s and had a great walk through the estate’s ground to appreciate it’s vastness.

The students were a credit to the academy and should be congratulated on their RICH approach to their science studies.

 

   

John Muir Award Ecology Group

The new academic year has started well with the new Ecology Group.  They have been very positive in their research of who John Muir is and what his ethos is.  They have worked well to observe the wild life around them in the Nature Reserve, especially when researching the native birds of the UK. 

The students have also been very productive in the nature reserve by clearing rubbish, removing debris from the pathways and have renewed the seating area with the newly acquired tree stumps donated by Gibbside National Trust.  As a reward for their efforts over the half term the group enjoyed a fun Conker Tournament activity with a campfire, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.  Everyone had a great time and our worthy winner was Faye Beckwith with Joe Flaherty a very close second – well done to everyone for their efforts so far this year. 

 

 

On our return in November we will be looking after our feathered visitors to the nature reserve by planning and making bird feeders from recycled rubbish.  The feeders will be distributed around the reserve in the coming weeks in preparation for the winter.  The students will be monitoring the bird species that use the reserve over the winter months.  Work will also begin on setting up six weather stations in and around the site for us to monitor the rainfall and temperature throughout the year.

Book Buzz

Christmas has come early at NGA for our year 7 students! 

Just in time for half term all our Year 7 students will receive a new reading book.  This is a gift from NGA, and is part of our drive to instil a strong reading culture with our students.  The books were chosen by each student in September and supplied by Book Trust.  

The Book Buzz reading programme is a scheme that the school subscribe to every year and this enables us to give each Year 7 student a book, to start them on a new literacy journey from the onset of joining NGA.

Student Safety

As always I would like to remind students about the importance of safety with Halloween and Bonfire night in the next few weeks.  I don’t want to be the voice of doom and gloom but there are reports every year about children suffering injuries so please discuss this with your child to make sure everyone can enjoy the festivities safely.

Likewise I’d like to pass on another safety message in relation to the Metro. The school holiday period is traditionally a time when the Metro can see a rise in Anti-Social behaviour and also instances of trespass on the system.  Unfortunately, what may seem like harmless fun is in fact very serious and sadly there have been in the past the tragic consequences of children ignoring the warnings and taking risks, so please make your child aware of the dangers posed by the railway.

Sports news

Students have been busy enjoying the range of sports clubs run by the PE department.

Football results 

Year 11 League 

Kings 5 NGA 3

Year 11 ESFA National cup round 1

NGA 4 Monkseaton 1 

Year 11 fixture - ESFA National cup round 2 

Whitby vs NGA (8th Nov)

Year 10 ESFA National cup round 2 result

Benfield School 5 NGA 3

Year 9 League game 

Burnside 5 NGA 4

Year 7 League game 

Monkseaton Middle 1 NGA 7

Other fixtures to be confirmed 

After School Sports Clubs:

Monday

Year 7 Boys Football

Year 11 Boys football

KS3 Girls Rugby

Wednesday

Girls Football (any year)

Thursday

KS4 Netball Games

Friday

KS3 Netball

Meetings

I would like to remind parents that if you would like to speak with a member of staff you must first make an appointment. We will always make time to address any concerns that you may have and will endeavour to meet or arrange a phone call as soon as possible. However, if you just turn up to the school it is often the case that the staff you would like to speak to will already be in other meetings. The school office can be contacted on 0191 236 1700 or email admin@northgosforth.co.uk.

Key Dates

I’d like to remind parents about some key dates in the first few weeks back.

Monday 4th November - Operation Encompass drop in session 8.30-9am

Friday 8th November – School Photos – all year groups

Monday 11th November - Parents Forum 6.30-7.30

Thursday 14th November – Year 11 Parents Evening 5-7pm

Thursday 21st November – Year 7 Tutor Evening 5-7pm

Friday 6th December - Staff Development Day – school closed

I wish you all a wonderful half term break!

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell

Headteacher

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