Principal's Blog #55 for Friday 17th March 2017
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Friday 17th March 2017

One of Southmoor’s advantages over so many ‘new build’ schools has been the abundance of space.  This has certainly helped accommodate our wonderful Sixth Form and all the additional pupils wishing to join us.  Despite this, we have had challenges with access to a building designed in a different era.  However this week we have taken a significant step forward by installing a new lift.  This means both visitors and students requiring this facility can now gain access to the hall and second floor.
Michael is ARTiculate

Sixth Form student Michael Beattie successfully competed against 4000 applicants to achieve third place in the prestigious ‘ARTiculation Prize’ held in association with Cambridge University at Clare College, Cambridge. The ARTiculation Prize has been designed to give young people a forum in which they are able to express their own ideas on art.

The competition was an extraordinary event with some truly outstanding presentations.  This year’s adjudicator was Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, who expressed just how impressed he was by Michael’s presentation on Hélio Oiticica, Tropicália.

Revision Retreat

Students from the Sixth Form and Year 11 recently visited the idyllic Lake District on a revision retreat.  There was a focus on stretching students from across the Multi Academy Trust in their GCSE English Literature studies.  A Level students were on hand to support and share their experience of Sixth Form so far.

'Eggstravaganza' Update

Our Spring attendance initiative continues with lots of students achieving 100% attendance and therefore gaining entry into the prize draw.  This week’s winners were; Surann Emmerson, Emily Harrison, Luke Allison, Daisy Carroll, Sophie Valente, Katie Adams, Nathan Freeman, Mark Stiles.  Well done to our winners and everyone who continues to have good attendance this term!

A Healthy Start

Southmoor’s newest additions to our ‘Young Health Champions’ set straight to their role as peer mentors and presented a staggering assembly to all our pupils about ‘living a healthy lifestyle’. 

They discussed smoking, diet, and lack of sleep.  They also presented facts and figures, along with information about the effects of these lifestyle factors.  There enthusiasm and passion to present their messages was fantastic to see especially since this was the first time presenting to a large audience for many of the girls.  Well done!

In support of motivating Year 11 pupils in the lead up to their crucial exams, we now get their week off to a great start with a ‘Motivational Malteaser Monday’ assembly.  As part of this pupils are nominated each week by their teachers for their efforts and achievements and are rewarded with a bag of Malteasers. This week’s winners were Jak Wright, Polly Stuart, Daniel Pull, Czarek Zalesinski, Fletcher Forster, Joseph Cuthbert, Paige Wilson, Oliver Watson, Courtney Oxley, Sam Norman and Tyrum Urban.  Well done!

Helping Out the Hospice

Congratulations to pupils in Triton K who, for the third year running, raised money for St Benedict's Hospice in Ryhope.  They organised a ‘Guess the name of the Teddy’ competition and collected £80 for the Hospice.  Catrina Flynn, a representative from St Benedict's, visited the form during registration and was presented with the cheque. 

Spectacular Science

Our Science staff treated students to a spectacular set of experiments to brighten up their Thursday lunchtime and celebrate National Science Week.  The experiments focused on the potential of chemicals to release huge amounts of energy.  This included burning jelly babies, expanding elephant's tooth paste, Mentos in cola and exploding methane bubbles!

Curtain Call for Students

This week saw a hat-trick of theatre visits for Southmoor students ...

Firstly, English and Drama Sixth Form students went to Northern Stage in Newcastle to see an excellent updated interpretation of Henrik's Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’.  A few days later, A Level Drama students returned to Northern Stage to see an adaption of Mary Shelley's ‘Dr. Frankenstein’.   Then finally, 45 English and Drama students from Years 9 -11 visited The Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see their set GCSE text, ‘Blood Brothers’, by Willy Russell.

Students agreed that the live theatre experience is extremely helpful in preparing for their exams. 

Staff were once again very proud of the conduct of all students involved.  Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Wright were even stopped by a member of the public who wished to complement our students on their 'exemplary behaviour'.

Principal's Awards

This week's winners are Sheena Lough, Year 8 for Personal Development in being a great ambassador for the school, Josh Jobling & David Matloch, also of Year 8, for Sporting Achievement in Rugby as well as Alzbeta Kapurova for Personal Development in improving her attendance, attitude and behaviour.

An award also goes to Natasha Stobbard of Year 9 for Academic Achievement thanks to her outstanding effort in Geography lessons and Aidan Mutch of Year 10 for Academic Achievement in OCR Sport.  Finally, we have Michael Beattie from Year 13 for Academic Achievement in attaining 3rd place at the ARTiculation competition and representing the school at a national level. Well done to all of our recipients! 

What do you do at Southmoor?
I am an apprentice Graphic Designer at Southmoor Academy, I help make many of the displays and posters that are used around the school.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of good teachers but my favourite was definitely my Year 4 teacher, Mr Linstead.  His lessons were never boring and he made learning new things fun and always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like spending time with my friends and family, walking my dog and going to the cinema. I’ve also started to cook more at home which I really enjoy and I love to try new recipes.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I have always loved Oasis and also enjoy listening to The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and The Last Shadow Puppets.
What's the best thing about Southmoor?

The range of activities and clubs that are on offer is truly amazing, there is really something for everyone here.  I enjoy making unique posters for each of them as no two are the same.  The talent in the school is also spectacular, most recently seen in the stage production of 'The Wizard of Oz'.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
That would have to be my dog, Stella.

Tell us something unusual about yourself...
Believe it or not, I have never been abroad!  I plan to go very soon though.

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