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Principal's Newsletter

19 July 2019

We have come to the end of this academic year and what a fantastic year it has been! We have launched our new RICH ethos which has been a huge success as well as our new enhancement programme which students and staff have really enjoyed. It has been great to be able to give students new and varied experiences as part of their curriculum. We have also offered our students more trips this year than ever before. You will see below details of trips to London, Paris, Beijing and Berlin and we are proud to be able give our students such wonderful opportunities. We couldn’t have made it to where we are today without staff, parents and students pulling together, we genuinely appreciate the support that our families and friends have given us and look forward to some excellent exam results next month. 

For Year 11 students, a final reminder that results day is on Thursday 22nd August from 9.30am onwards.   We look forward to celebrating the success of our students on this day. Year 12 enrolment at Gosforth Academy is on Friday 23rd August, students should have details of this already.

The last two weeks, as always, have been extremely busy with various trips and end of year activities taking place.

FutureMe Enterprise Challenge

Last week a team of Year 9 students took part in the final for the 'Newcastle United Enterprise Challenge' at St James' Park where they presented a business proposal to an expert panel of judges. The boys were victorious and returned with the cup as worthy winners!  This was the culmination of weeks of hard work by the team, and everyone here at North Gosforth Academy is extremely proud of them, and their achievements.

"It was clear how much work they had put into their pitch and they presented incredibly well. I was so proud to watch them talk about their ideas and how they envisioned their video coming to life. It was a unanimous decision for myself and the other 3 judges to choose them as the winners for the Northumbria area and I hope they are really proud of themselves and how hard they have clearly worked."

- Kirsten Lovell (NECOP Project Coordinator and Competition Judge)

The team have now been put forward to the regional final, and we wish them every success!

Villiers Park Award Winners

On Wednesday night our Year 10 students who have been taking part in the Villiers Education Trust Scholars Programme this year were presented with their INVOLVE award.  

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with them”.

- Katrina Moffat, Programme Manager, Tyneside STEM Scholars Programme

NUFC Rewards Day

Over the year, a group of our Year 7 students have been working hard with the Newcastle United Foundation and the Prince’s Trust as part of a pilot programme set up by both organisations. The programme has seen students develop key team-building and communication skills while working towards a recognised qualification. As a reward for their efforts, students attended a rewards day at St. James’ Park on Tuesday 9th July.

The day began with a VIP tour of the stadium before sitting down for takeaway pizza at lunchtime. Students then took part in a series of team-building activities before being rewarded.

Our Year 7’s have worked incredibly hard with both organisations across the year and thoroughly deserved their day. They have been a credit to themselves and the school. Honourable mentions must also go to Mckenzie Bradshaw and Luke Cramman who received additional rewards for their efforts. Mckenzie won a £10 gift card for the most improved student while Luke won a signed Newcastle United shirt for his outstanding attitude and effort levels across the year. 


London Trip

Last week, students were given the fantastic opportunity to visit our capital city. Students saw and visited a number of key landmarks such as Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, the British Museum and Leicester Square. Students also had the opportunity to experience the sights of London whilst on board the London Eye and were lucky enough to watch an amazing performance of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, which all found to be an incredible experience. The trip was enjoyed by all and many, although a little scared at times, found the London and Alton Towers Dungeons particularly thrilling! All students were impeccably behaved and did the school proud.

Paris Trip

The Paris trip this week was a great success and students were a credit to the school. The group visited the Stade de France, Notre Dame, The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe and Montparnasse tower. Students also had a full day at Disneyland and Disney studios and ended the day watching the firework and light show on the Disney castle. Everyone, including staff, had a great time and it was lovely to see so many students practising their French and enjoying themselves. 

Also this week we have had students in China and Germany along with other students from Gosforth Academy. These have been incredible experiences that our students will never forget!

Student Success

Brooke Crawford

Back in February I announced that Brooke would be competing in the Junior World Gymnastics Championships in Tennessee. I would like to share the great news that Brooke placed 7th on floor in her category and 9th overall. This is a fantastic achievement, well done!  

Leia Wilson

I would also like to share the wonderful news that our student Leia Wilson is a North West Rotary Community Volunteer Award Winner.

Leia has just completed her GCSE exams and is enjoying a deserved rest! During the year she has managed the demands of preparing for her exams whilst also fitting in a lot of voluntary and fundraising work. These have included packing bags at Morrisons to raise funds for a new minibus for Air Cadets, where Leia is a member. She has assisted new members of the squadron to gain knowledge and confidence in their roles and has assisted with gift boxes for overseas service men and women to raise their spirits. She has also volunteered at Wideopen library to work on creating a wildlife area and the work she did helped her achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze level. Leia is also one of our students going to Ecuador in 2020 and as well as all of the cake sales throughout the year she has recently helped to arrange a school fair to raise funds for the trip, where students will spend 4 weeks working with local communities. 

Leia hopes to attend Gosforth Academy 6th form next year. I am sure she will continue to work hard in the community, volunteering and putting time aside to help others. We are really impressed and proud of how Leia has managed to put the time aside while also preparing conscientiously for her important GCSE exams.

Work Experience

This week Year 10 students have been on work experience and we have had some great feedback from employers:

“kids are doing great, helpful and supportive” - Fordley Primary School

“students very helpful” - The Gym Club

“very good, always on time and doing as asked” - K9 Group  

Year 6 Transition

For the first 3 days of this week we had Year 6 students in as part of their transition to secondary school in September. They were a delight to have in school and we are excited about them joining NGA in September.

Sports Day

Yesterday we held our annual sports day in school and a great time was enjoyed by all!

Important Dates

Monday 2nd September – Staff training day, school closed

Tuesday 3rd September – School open to Year 7 only

Wednesday 4th September – School open to all year groups

Finally.  I would like to wish all students, parents, staff and friends of the school a great summer break.  I hope you all have time to relax and spend some quality time together.  We look forward to seeing Year 7 students on Tuesday 3rd September at 8.40am, and remaining years on Wednesday 4th September at 8.40am.

Warm Regards,

Steve Campbell




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