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Principal's Newsletter

08 March 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have had a very busy two weeks here at the academy since returning from half term break. Students and staff have come back refreshed and are working hard in the run up to Easter and the fast approaching GCSE examinations.

Raising Achievement Day

Yesterday was our Year 11 Raising Achievement Day where Tutors met with students and their parents to discuss practice exam results and worked on targets that will help them to prepare for their final examinations.   They also had the opportunity to speak to a Connexions adviser and the Progression Manager at Gosforth Academy in relation to ‘next steps’ and Post 16 options. I would like to thank all of the Year 11 parents who attended. It was a great event and we were delighted with the excellent turnout. Please email the staff member that you met with at school if you require any further information.

Careers Update

This week students at North Gosforth Academy have been taking part in a number of activities to enhance their careers education as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week.

We started off on Monday with a visit from representatives from the National Apprenticeship Service who delivered apprenticeship awareness assemblies to our Year 11 and Year 10 students. Our students were surprised to learn about the variety of apprenticeships that are available across most sectors of business and industry, as well as the number of vacancies that are available to us locally.  They were told that an apprenticeship can also be a route to a university degree.

Following on from the assembly, our Year 10 students spent part of the morning looking on the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website, www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.  They were shown how to search for the wide variety of opportunities available.  Students who are seriously interested in applying for an apprenticeship after Year 11 were advised to register early in Year 11 as vacancies are often advertised as early as November and December. The feedback from students suggests that they now have a better awareness of the opportunities that are available to them.

On Tuesday, our Year 8 students watched a performance from Gibber called ‘Why Care?!’ Delivered on behalf of Health Education England, the performance raised awareness of the careers available in healthcare and the variety of options available in the NHS.  Students were shown the website www.healthcareers.nhs.uk  and as well as being educated, we were all very entertained by the fabulous performance.

   

Year 9 Assembly on Tuesday was led by a representative from the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools team.  Our students heard about how the attitudes and behaviours they are taught and have to demonstrate in school are so very important to their future and finding employment or further education and training when they leave school. Time-keeping, attendance, and appearance are amongst some of the most important attributes that employers are looking for and our students get the opportunity to demonstrate these in school on a daily basis. 

Throughout the week, we have been running a whole school quiz for National Careers Week.  There is the chance to win a £10 gift voucher by answering a set of questions about the previous careers of members of staff in school.  The answers are located on signs that we have placed on classroom and office doors.

To further support the ongoing careers education for our students, we have a dedicated careers section in our library and students are welcome to look at the books in school. We were lucky to receive a number of free books from www.how2become.com earlier this year, and we hope to add more resources to this in the future.  We also have a careers noticeboard and we encourage students to regularly check the information we post on there.  Follow us on Twitter careers@NorthGosforthAcademy for any career related news, events and information or see the careers area on the school website.

If you have any queries or would like to make any suggestions on the development of careers education at North Gosforth Academy then please feel free to contact Mrs Kelso at sam.kelso@northgosforth.co.uk

Expedition Ecuador

Team Ecuador have been back on their fundraising mission and held a very successful ‘Flamingo Bingo’ evening at the Irish Club in Annitsford on the 1 March. All who attended had a brilliant time and managed to raise £655.10 towards Expedition Ecuador! Special thanks go to Miss Henderson for all her hard work. So far on their fundraising journey, with numerous bake sales and lots of event organisation, they have managed to raise a whopping £2,477.46! The students involved continue to work extremely hard and have been a real credit to the school!

  

Finally I would just like to remind Year 10 parents that it is Parent’s Evening on Thursday 21st March 5-7pm. As always we stress the importance of attending parents evening, especially with Year 10 at such an important point in their GCSE studies. This will be an excellent opportunity to bring up any concerns and discuss the progress of your child.

I wish you a lovely weekend,

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell 

Principal

 
 
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