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01 February 2019

Today is the end of our Y11 practice exams and I must praise Y11 students on their conduct which has been excellent and commented on by all of the exam invigilators. Students will be given their results on the 7th February and we can then use those to focus our work in the run up to the real thing in May/June.

Fitness Suite

North Gosforth Academy are proud to announce the opening of our new fitness suite. The PE department are delighted with the new facility which offers a new dimension to the PE curriculum and further extends their extracurricular opportunities. Students from all year groups will benefit from the specialist equipment which consists of several cardiovascular machines (treadmills, rowing machines and fixed bikes) and resistance machines. Staff will also be able to make use of the facilities outside of school hours so those New Year’s resolutions to exercise more can now easily be achieved!

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

It is the 40th year of The Big Garden Birdwatch.  It was started by Blue Peter and the RSPB in 1979 and has turned into the world’s largest garden wildlife survey with nearly half a million regularly taking part, North Gosforth Academy’s Ecology group included.

Over 130 million birds have been counted since 1979 with over 8 million in 2018.  The findings of the surveys are giving scientists insight into how our wildlife is coping with our changing environment.  The last 40 years have seen many native bird species decline dramatically - song thrush 70%, house sparrows 57% and starlings 80%.  It has also seen the increase of less common species, long-tail tit, goldfinches and siskins.

The Ecology group spent an hour in the nature reserve this week recording all those birds that landed on the ground or in the trees.  There were no real surprises but everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to sit, wait, listen and feel the calm of the reserve.  The main species that were recorded included, blackbird, house sparrow, blue-tit, carrion crow, coal-tit, starling, magpie, robin, pied wagtail, woodpigeon and black-headed gull.  All the data has been uploaded on the RSPB website where you can find lots of information about the survey, the work of the RSPB and lots of great activities the whole family can do.

Y9 Volleyball

Congratulations to our Year 9 girls and boys volleyball teams who represented North Gosforth Academy in the NT tournament last night at Whitley Bay.  Both teams demonstrated a high level of skill and tactical ability in their performance, winning all of their matches in the rounds and then the semi-finals. In the final our girls beat Whitley Bay to win the U14 girls section and the boys played point for point eventually losing to St Thomas More (whom they had beaten in the earlier rounds) placing them 2nd in the U14 boys section.

In addition to their performance and their fantastic representation of the academy, they were complimented throughout the tournament for their standard of play and teamwork.  We are very proud of them!!

Students involved: Lea Bommel, Laura Jardine, Abi Lane, Kate Rickerby, Fin Bell, Lucas Davidson, Jamie Dean, Cameron Hedley, Kieron Redpath, Reece Slater. 

ESFA National Cup Quarter Finals

After their incredible 7-0 victory in the 4th round of the ESFA national cup, our Y11 boys will be facing strongly fancied Winterton Academy in Scunthorpe on Thursday 7th February. Kick-off is at 6.15pm and the match is to be played at the ground of Winterton Rangers FC, a semi-professional team. We are really proud of our boys making it this far in the national competition and wish them the best of luck!

Upcoming Events

Year 9 Parents Evening

It is Y9 Parent’s evening on Thursday from 5-7pm. We hope that as many of you as possible can attend this really important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. Students are busy making appointments for you with their teachers.

Y11 Revision Evening

On Wednesday 13th February between 5.30-6.30pm we have a GCSE core subject revision evening for Year 11. We are inviting parents of our Y11 students to a session where members of staff from English, Maths and Science will provide some input about how you can support and help your child at home. The input will be both subject specific as well as looking at some generic revision techniques, which you may find useful to complete with your child as part of their independent learning and revision. Our Academy SENDCO will also be present to discuss any specific learning needs and strategies. 

The evening should provide you with some helpful insights so that you can confidently work with your child and question them about their revision to ensure it happens in a timely and detailed manner. It is proven that carefully planned, early revision has a direct link to examination success and so I am sure you will share our view about the importance of this. If you have any specific questions to ask on the evening you will also have the opportunity to do so, as well as request any further resources which you feel may be of help to your child. This is always a very successful event and we hope that many of you can attend.

Year 11 Raising Achievement Day

Another very important event coming up for Year 11 students and parents is our Raising Achievement Day on Thursday 7th March.  At this event Tutors will be discussing practice exam results with students and parents and working on targets that will help them to prepare for their final examinations.  Letters will be sent out shortly with further details.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell

Principal

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