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05 July 2019

With only two weeks left to go until the end of this academic year things have been very busy here at North Gosforth Academy!

Y11 Prom

On Thursday last week we said a final farewell to our Y11 students at their Prom at St James Park. All of our students were fantastically behaved and it was a fun, sophisticated evening enjoyed by all.

Big thanks go to Mrs Blenkinsop who as always put in a lot of time and effort to make sure our Year 11 students had a good send off. A selection of photos from the night will be put on the gallery page of the website.

Year 10 Mock exams

Our Year 10 students completed a week of Mock exams as part of their preparation for their GCSE exams next year. Our students worked really hard and handled these practice exams very well. They will have the opportunity to discuss how these went with their teachers before the end of term.

Year 10 Food Tech Trip

Students from our Year 10 Food Tech class paid a visit to Newcastle College’s catering department last week. They had a brilliant time and the college staff were very welcoming.

Library News

GCMS Author Visit

On Monday 1st July we were invited to take a group of students to Gosforth Central Middle School, to celebrate the publication of Simon James Greens’ new book, Alex in Wonderland.  Our students listened to a hilarious, but inspirational talk by the author about life’s ups and downs, learning to enjoy life whatever comes your way and working out who you are and what you want.   The students really enjoyed this and laughed from start to finish! They also had the chance to meet the author, ask questions and buy and get their books signed by him.  We will be getting all the books into the Library for students to borrow from September.

Library Reading Challenge

Last October the battle of the Y8 Library classes commenced.  5 classes read over 500 hundred books and the winner by over 50 books was Miss Marshall’s class 8BR.  As well as the class prize there was also a prize for the student that individually read the most books, this was won by Katie in Mr. Fryer’s library class.  All these students enjoyed a party in the Library with Miss Marshall and Miss Pike as a special treat, it was a lovely relaxing way to celebrate such a fantastic achievement.

Family Fun Day

Tomorrow we have a fantastic Family Fun Day event taking place at North Gosforth Academy to raise funds for Expedition Ecuador. We have lots going on from car washes, car boot sales, stalls, bouncy castles, refreshments and much more! The event will start from 10am and runs until 2pm.

Any donations for tombolas, bake sales (bought or baked!!) would be greatly appreciated. 

We look forward to seeing many of you there. So far the weather is looking good!!


Student Success

I am delighted to share good news about some former NGA students. Dillon Robson who completed his GCSEs and A-Levels here with outstanding success has now been accepted onto his Medical Degree at Newcastle University. Dillon has agreed to come in to speak to our students at times over the next few years whilst he is training to become a Doctor.  

Jessica Lowes has just received news she is a First Class Honours Student in Psychology from the University of Durham and she is beginning her Teach First placement at Southmoor Academy in Sunderland to become a Science Teacher.  Well done both!

Sports Success

NGA students represented North Tyneside in the County Athletics on Saturday 8th June 2019 at Wentworth. These championships included East Northumberland, North Northumberland, Tynedale, Newcastle and North Tyneside schools. 

Junior Girls:

Kate Rickerby - 10th in 800m

Kate Rickerby - 6th in Shot

Silipa Kotoitacirua - 12th in Shot

Silipa Kotoitacirua - 9th in Javelin

Junior Boys:

Reece Slater - 7th in 800m

Leo Kirsopp - 9th in 1500m

Lucas Davidson - 6th in Shot

Our students performed brilliantly and we are very proud of them!

 

Operation Encompass Domestic Violence Workshops - Tuesday 16th July

We are pleased to share with you the news that our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new Home Office approved project. It is being led by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird in partnership with Barnardo’s and Operation Encompass. The project, named 'Operation Encompass the Next Steps', aims to form part of a wider strategy to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse through education and support.

The project will help all children in the North East to learn about friendships, relationships, emotions and rules so that they can live and work together safely.

Our school will also benefit from having one of twelve School Safeguarding Liaison Officers who will:

  • Work with our teachers to deliver an age appropriate session exploring aspects of Domestic Abuse/friendships /relationships/emotions 
  • Be available in school at specified times so that children and parents can talk about issues that they may have around relationships and Domestic Abuse.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for children and the whole school community.

Our School Safeguarding Liaison Officer, PC Tim Cousins, will be in school on Tuesday 16th July and will be available alongside Mr Findlay between 8.30am and 9.00am to speak with any parents who wish to come in to discuss issues around domestic abuse. PC Cousins will then be working with Year 7 pupils as part of a morning carousel of PSCHE and tutorial activities.

If you have any questions about this then please contact Mr Findlay.  

Transition Evening

Last night we had a lovely transition evening for Year 6 parents where we talked about the exciting times ahead for their children at NGA. It was a really positive evening with the highlight being our Y7 guides talking to parents and showing off their work.

 

Last two weeks of term

As always at the end of term we always have lots of events taking place;

Our annual Sponsored Walk is on Friday 12th July. Please make sure that children come to school wearing comfortable clothing for the walk. They should have a jacket preferably waterproof, trainers or flat sturdy shoes are essential, as are trousers/tracksuit bottoms (bare legs may be stung by nettles). Students should also be wearing sun-cream and insect repellent and be carrying water.

Our London trip takes place Wednesday – Friday next week and in the following week we have our trips to Berlin, Paris and Beijing. We are delighted to offer these opportunities to our students to experience exciting new places and cultures  

In the last week of term we also have Year 6 transition Monday - Wednesday and Y10 students out on work experience. For Y7-9 students still in school there is a trip to Flamingo Land on the Wednesday and Sports Day on the Thursday.

I’d like to remind all parents that school ends at 1.00pm on the last day – Friday 19th July. As usual students will be finishing early and buses have been rearranged to arrive at 1.00pm.

There will be a final newsletter before the end of term to update you on all of these events as well as important dates for next year.

I wish you all a lovely weekend,

Steve Campbell 

Principal

 

 

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