Principal's Blog #17 for Friday 26th February 2016
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Friday 26th February 2016

After months of hard work and preparation ‘Grease’ was seen this week by packed out audiences over three nights. It was certainly worth the wait! Our talented pupils were ably supported by staff, parents and friends of the school to produce something very special indeed. Thanks to everyone who came to see the show. Your support makes all the difference. 

Anti Bullying Campaign Gains Recognition

It is with much fanfare and great satisfaction that we can report our Anti-Bullying Campaign has won Sunderland City Council’s Anti Bullying Competition 2016. Despite fierce competition and intense deliberation by the judging panel, Southmoor triumphed as overall winners in the Secondary School category.
As winners our students will now work with Sunderland University to develop and film their entries in Sunderland University studios and produce a DVD to be used as an anti-bullying resource. What a fantastic result! Well done to all our students who were involved!

Baltic & Beyond

Our current ‘A’ level Fine Art students ventured to the Baltic Contemporary Gallery to kick start their own examination projects. Students were met by a member of the Baltic team and given a guided tour of the exhibitions, which gave them a deeper insight into the work of the artists exhibited. This generated some meaningful and interesting conversations relating to the artists’ work and it certainly helped the students generate and develop their own ideas! 

Health Champions on Tour

Our Year 10 ‘Young Health Champions’ have been out spreading the word again. With the challenge of persuading Hillview Junior School’s Year 6 pupils to design their own perfectly balanced meal. It was great to see Southmoor students inspiring the next generation of younger peers.

A Bit of Ingenuity

The Business Computing Department at Southmoor are expecting a very special delivery! Every pupil in Year 7 will receive a pocket sized, code-able computer, with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology! The aim is to inspire our pupils to develop core skills in science, technology and engineering and create a new generation of tech pioneers! Southmoor will be using the BBC micro:bit in Computer Science lessons.

RAF Visit Takes Off

This week representatives from the Royal Air Force joined us in school to teach students about the values and ethos that come with serving in the armed forces. After a brief presentation the group were given the opportunity to use their own communication skills in one-to-one mock interviews. They went on to undertake team building exercises designed to challenge problem solving abilities and encourage them to work together effectively.

Southmoor Tops the Tables

We are proud to report that Southmoor has come out top of the league for Sunderland in the recent Daily Telegraph School League Tables Supplement. We have worked hard as a school to improve both the quality of education we offer and the enjoyment of school life for our pupils and are proud that this had been reflected in our standings. Rest assured that we will continue to work hard as a school to make further improvements so that more of our students can achieve their full potential.

Students Take on the Challenge

Our intrepid Year 8 adventurers and winners of the Sir Tom Cowie Trust Pupil Achievement & Engagement Challenge headed off to the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater during the February Half Term break for an all expenses paid trip as part of their reward. Over the course of the week, the pupils took part in a range of activities. Colleagues from the Trust were so impressed that they have once again selected Southmoor to run the challenge for 2017.

Royal Vet School Success!

We're thrilled that all of our UCAS applicants have now got a place or an interview, and even more delighted that some of our high fliers have offers from the best and most selective courses in the country. Not only do we have seven students holding conditional places at Durham, but Tabitha Bonallie has become the first Sixth Form at Southmoor student to receive an offer from the Royal Veterinary College. Congratulations to everyone involved - and if this is our first year of university applications, imagine what might be to come!

Meanwhile it’s great to see record applications to The Sixth Form. A particularly warm welcome to all the Sandhill View Academy students, and to the applicants from eight other schools across the city who’ve decided to enrol with us.

We will continue to accept applications throughout the summer, but to ensure students have the best range of options applications should be in as soon as possible – places will fill up!

When did you join Southmoor and what do you do?
I joined Southmoor three years ago. I am an English teacher (the best subject obviously)!

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

That would have to be Mr Dereza, my Drama teacher. We all thought he was incredibly cool as he came to school in black jeans and converse trainers. He was also hugely inspirational and a creative teacher. I really enjoyed his lessons.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Being an English teacher, I obviously enjoy reading! I also like to go to the cinema, walking (in the Lake District if I can) and I am a trained singer.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
It has to be Taylor Swift - amazing songs and she is a strong, powerful woman and a great role model for all us ladies.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?
I love being part of the English department. We are all good friends and take every opportunity to get dressed up and get involved with anything that is going on around school.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
I have to say it would be my cat, Matilda! She is very clever and also incredibly cute.

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Issue #14 Friday 28th January
Issue #15 Friday 5th February
Issue #16 Friday 12th February

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