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14 June 2019

The last two weeks since half term have been very busy in school with the last of the GCSE examinations taking place this morning. Our Y11 students have conducted themselves brilliantly throughout, we wish them a well-deserved rest after what has been the most intense period of their educational life so far and luck with whatever their next steps will be.

Parents Forum

This half term started with our second Parents Forum which took place on Monday 3rd June. The purpose of the Parents Forum is to discuss how the academy is moving forward and to allow parents to ask any questions and give feedback. These events are really important in allowing parents to contribute to how we develop our academy together. Feedback from parents was extremely positive and there was a lovely feeling to the evening. One issue that was raised was to do with communication and parents asked if we could send out more detailed information on forthcoming events, but also any clubs or activities that are run at lunchtimes or after school. We are happy to announce that this will be put in place for the new academic year.  Parents also asked if there were any ways in which they could volunteer to help with activities in the school and I’m delighted to say that we are currently looking for volunteers to help with our reading programmes at school; please see further details below. The last issue that was discussed was the change in uniform and parents highlighted concerns that there had been two uniform changes in the last two years. I explained that this was to do with the Multi Academy Trust making changes across all of their schools. I can reassure parents there will be no further changes to the uniform.

Join the great North Gosforth Academy Reading Revolution!

Calling all parents and carers! We want you to become part of a new, major reading initiative at our academy designed to encourage young people to rediscover, or even ignite, a love of reading.

Recent research has found that young people who read regularly for pleasure are less likely to encounter mental health problems or depression, are more like likely to develop empathy and successful relationships as well as to obtain higher grades across all subjects. For these reasons, we would like to invite expressions of interest from parents or carers to join our exciting new reading initiative at school, led by Mr Anderson and Mr Fryer. This will involve reading with Year 7 students for 15 minutes, a few times a week and could change young lives for the better!

If this sounds like something you would like to take part in please send an email detailing your availability to Mrs Davies at admin@northgosforth.co.uk and we will get back to you.

Year 7 and 8 Online Safety Workshop

As part of the tutorial programme, all Year 7 and 8 students had an extended assembly on e-safety. Jason Cochrane from Clennell Education Solutions came into school and delivered a superb hour-long workshop which covered a whole host of online safety topics including:

-          E-safety

-          Fake News

-          Sexting

-          Gaming Addiction

-          Social Media presence

The assemblies required audience participation and as you will see from these photos, students showed great courage in taking part in front of the whole year group. One Year 8 student even managed to “meet” Donald Trump as Jason showed us how easily our photos can be manipulated to create fake news. Jason showed students loads of really useful tips about how to stay safe online including how to keep your social media profile safe, how to protect yourself from extreme videos on YouTube and what to do if something does go wrong online. It was a great event and we look forward to welcoming Jason back to school next year.

For parents, if you want advice on e-safety then Jason recommended the following websites:

Internet Matters

www.internetmatters.org

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

Childnet

www.childnet.com

He also recommended these top tips for parents:

1.       Talk to your child, early and often

2.       Explore online together

3.       Know who your child is talking to online

4.       Set rules and boundaries

5.       Make sure content is age-appropriate

6.       Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor and report content

7.       Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools

If you have concerns about your child’s online safety or any safeguarding worries about your or any child at our school then please contact Mr Findlay who may be able to provide advice and direct you to further support. 

 

 

North East Book Awards

Following on from the success of our NETBA (North East Teenage Book Awards) book club, in April the shortlist for the NEBA book awards was released.  NEBA is geared towards younger students and a group of our Year 7 and 8 students have been reading, reviewing and judging the books.  Again this culminated in a trip to the Centre for Life to meet, greet and get our books signed by the authors. The book that our students had chosen as their favourite was voted to be the overall winner.  The book awards are annual events and we are already looking forward to September to start our reading groups again.

Cat & Dog Shelter visit

Yesterday during Enhancement our ‘Helping Hands’ student group had a visitor from the Cat and Dog shelter. Students discussed how charities such as the Cat and Dog shelter rely on fundraising to care for the animals they have in their shelter. Our students had some good fundraising ideas and really enjoyed the visit.

Team Ecuador

Team Ecuador are all still working really hard on their fundraising for the trip in 2020. Please see the poster below for an event being held by one of our students on Friday 28 June. We are also excited to announce that we will be holdeing a Summer Fair at the school on Saturday 6th July between 10am-12pm to raise more funds for the trip. Look out for an update on this in my next newsletter.

I hope you have a lovely and dry weekend!

Warm Regards,

Steve Campbell

Principal

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