Principal's Blog #12 for Friday 15th January 2016
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Friday 15th January 2016

Tuesday evening saw a very strong turnout from Year 8 parents and pupils attending the pathways evening. Thanks to everyone for their patience when waiting to see busy staff. Your support is really appreciated and makes a huge difference. Our next big event is Pupil Performance Review, when all pupils and parents are invited to speak directly with tutors. We are hoping for a record turnout - so see you next Friday!

Celtic Crusaders

On Wednesday, our budding explorers and historians from Geography and History clubs, stepped outside the classroom and ventured north of the border, to Edinburgh.  Whilst there, they visited Dynamic Earth and embarked on a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of interactive exhibits, state of the art technology and a 4D encounter, they experienced the feel of the heat of a bubbling volcano, faced the chill of polar ice and flew across the globe, before crash landing in a tropical rainforest – Phew! 

On a calmer note, they headed to Edinburgh Castle, discovering its rich history, including venturing into the prison cells and marvelling at the Royal Palace.  Pupils are looking forward to injecting some of their newfound knowledge into club activities back at school.

And the Winners are...

Last week we reported on the progress of our Year 8 pupils taking part in the ‘Pupil Achievement & Engagement Challenge’, in association with the Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust. This week we held our celebration and awards ceremony, where we announced the 12 lucky overall winners, who received an all expenses paid trip to the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater, in February Half Term, courtesy of the charity. Trustee, David Grey, attended and helped present the awards and was delighted with the effort and enthusiasm demonstrated by the pupils. Well done to our winners and have a great trip!

Teachers of Tomorrow

On Monday, our Lead Teacher for Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PHSCE), Mr. Clark, was delighted to be invited to host a guest lecture at the University of Sunderland. As part of his seminar, he shared his knowledge and expertise in the field with our next generation of teachers and explained the vast array of things we do at Southmoor, demonstrating how this area plays a pivotal part in community life and learning.

New Year, New Clubs!

Calling all creative Year 7s, Miss Simpson has launched a creative writing club, taking part each Monday lunchtime in Room 71. We have no doubt this will be another popular choice of extra-curricular activities chosen by our enthusiastic Year 7s and look forward to reading some of their work.
Sticking with the creative arts genre, the popular film club has now been taken over by Miss Wilkinson, which still takes place on a Thursday lunchtime in Room 68. Popcorn at the ready!

What do you do at Southmoor?
As Post-16 Coordinator, in the Sixth Form, I offer crucial guidance and advice to students, as well as providing a shoulder to cry on when in need of support with any problems they might encounter. I also support our young people to help them progress on to an exciting university course, a fantastic apprenticeship or a good job. 

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

My History teacher Mr Lumsdon. He was extremely strict but an amazing storyteller. His catchphrase was “How rude” and he used to make us do jumping jacks at the beginning of each lesson.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

During the holidays I like to spend as much time as I can travelling. I have recently been to Barcelona, Paris, Budapest and Morocco.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?

Other than One Direction and Justin Bieber…?

What's the best thing about Southmoor?

The best thing about Southmoor is the fantastic students we have and the strong sense of community. Our cheeky sixth formers never fail to make me laugh.

What's the one thing you could never be without?

My dog. I have a Goldendoodle named Maisie and I couldn’t be without her. I’m also most definitely a Starbucks gal!

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Issue #9 Friday 11th December
Issue #10 Friday 18th December
Issue #11 Friday 8th January

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