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Principal's Newsletter

15 February 2019

We have reached the end of a very busy half term with lots of activities taking place in school.

Y11 revision evening

This week we had our Y11 Revision Evening which was a huge success and the best turnout to date with the parents of over 40 students attending. It was great to see parents and students so invested in their focus to work towards the best exam results they can achieve. Research shows that the combined effort of teachers, students and parents working together can provide a huge boost in the final months of exam preparation. We really appreciate your support in ensuring that students revise properly for their exams. Parents went away with some invaluable techniques to help their son/daughter in their GCSE exam revision and feedback from both parents and students was excellent. If you couldn’t attend the evening but would still like to see the presentations then please contact Mr Ayres.

We have also been spending a lot of time working with Y9 and 10 students looking at further education options

The Buzz Personality Test

Last week our Year 9 and 10 pupils participated in a very special event hosted by David Hodgson, as part of our school's commitment to help our students to access further and higher education. Our students were guided through a series of questions to help them find out the most effective ways for them to learn, how they can reduce stress, and the type of jobs and courses that might best suit them in the future. The performance was very engaging and exciting, and helped our students to reflect on how they make decisions, take in information, gain energy, and their attitudes to life and learning. It was a really rewarding experience for both students and staff alike.

Peerz Online Mentoring launch event

Here at North Gosforth Academy we firmly believe that higher education is a right, not a privilege, and as such, 12 of our Year 10 students were selected to participate in an online mentoring initiative, in association with FutureMe. The sessions will help enable our students to achieve their goals and access higher education in the future. They were able to choose specific areas of content to study, and even chose the online mentor who would be most able to support and guide them. The launch was a real success, with students feeling that the program could really help them to perform better in exams, and boost their grades; enabling them to go on to further and higher education.

Performing Arts

Ellie Clark in Year 9 starred in a performance of ‘The Life of Reilly’ at the Northern Stage on the 8th February. The play was a massive success and received a standing ovation and great reviews. Ellie played a bully in this moving play about autism which has received critical acclaim with the possibility of further performances in Edinburgh and London. Well done Ellie!

Sports Success

Our students have also been doing really well in their sporting activities. Our Year 11 boys have reached the Semi-Finals of the ESFA National Cup after beating Winterton Academy 3-2 in Scunthorpe last week. The boys had to dig deep playing in front of 200 spectators in a rather hostile environment and with many getting cramp in the latter stages of the game due to the long day travelling to get there. It is a huge achievement to have made it so far in this national competition and we are incredibly proud of them. Good luck NGA!

Brooke Crawford in Year 7 will be competing in the Junior World Gymnastics Championships in Tennessee later in the year. This is a huge accomplishment and we wish her the very best of luck!

We have also had Cross Country success. Leo Kirsopp, Kate Rickerby, Lea Bommel and Joseph Rickerby were selected to run for Northumberland at the Inter counties competition. It was a tough, fast course on a cold day which made for a great competition against Durham, Cumbria and Cleveland counties.  Unfortunately on the day illness prevented Lea from running but our students performed amazingly with Kate 8th home for Northumberland, Joseph 10th for Northumberland (and selected as a reserve at the National competition) and Leo 13th for Northumberland, so a very successful day all round. Well done to all students!

Upcoming events next half term:

Thursday 07/03/19

Year 11 Raising Achievement Day (a letter has been sent out today)

Thursday 21/03/19

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 28/03/19

Year 7 Parents’ Evening

I hope you all have a lovely half term week,

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell


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