Principal's Blog #20 for Friday 18th March 2016
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Friday 18th March 2016

This week we have had a world class professor visit the sixth form inspiring students on to greatness! Some lucky Year 8s have been to Beamish and we celebrate the considerable achievement of our black belt Taekwando champions. We also got a fleeting glimpse of sunshine, which made all the difference to our outdoor active lunchtime programme. Fingers crossed for more of the same!

Back in Time for School

Last week Mrs Garwood, Mr Ireland and Mrs Lee took a group of 25 enthusiastic Year 8 historians on a trip to Beamish Museum where Year 8s took part in a Special Police Investigation to uncover the truth about a mysterious incident from May Day 1942, in which 8 people died. It was a great day all around and the pupils received praise for their excellent behaviour from both the Beamish Staff and other visiting school groups. Well done Year 8!

Money Talks

Year 12 and 13 history students were privileged to experience a lecture on financial history from the highly distinguished Professor Michie. With forty years experience of teaching and research at Durham University, his advice and encouragement to our prospective history undergraduates was as fascinating as his account of financial instability in the 1930s and the more recent past.

Taekwando Triumph

Three Southmoor pupils have achieved black belts in Taekwando. Members of Bede Tigers TKD Taekwondo Club, are celebrating reaching the standard after four years of training. As reported in the Sunderland Echo, Hannah Smith, 14, Max Heskett, 13, and Jake Dutson, 13, are all now proudly sporting black belts, as well as 11-year-old Rebekah Lowes, daughter of the club’s lead instructor Andrew Lowes.

'Rustycoats' Reunite

A Southmoor school reunion is set to be a class act. Former Southmoor pupils from the 1970s and 80s are invited to attend the get-together.
Southmoor became known for its brown blazers in the 1970s, which earned students the nickname of ‘Rustycoats’. Former pupil Paul Ricketts, was so inspired by the nickname that he set up a Southmoor School Rustycoast Facebook page. So far over 160 former pupils have expressed an interest in the reunion, which will be held on March 25th. 

Anyone interested in attending the get-together can contact the organisers via Facebook, texting their name and school leaving year to 07530 586 900, or by email

Our ‘Easter Attendance Eggstravaganza’ is still going strong, with this week’s lucky winners; Eve Cuming, Hassan Islam, Kirsten Heydon and Jasmine Dowson who were all rewarded with high street and cinema vouchers. We also gave away a whopping 105 pairs of tickets for the Sunderland vs Leicester game taking place over the Easter Holidays.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

Our very own Mrs Twine taught me English and Drama at Farringdon School. She was my favourite teacher, as she was so enthusiastic about literature and I still remember the first book we read in class in year 7! I have to say that although I am a Computing teacher, I wasn’t really into IT at school. However, my dreams of becoming an archaeologist were shattered when my dad told me, “There is no future in archaeology, get into computing…”. I had completed my degree before I realised it was a joke!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read (thanks to Mrs Twine) and I spend as much time as possible with my family. I recently took up a new and dangerous hobby – Roller Derby. It’s a contact sport on roller skates that started in America but is becoming a huge UK sport, for both men and women. I’m part of a great team of girls at Sunderland Roller Derby and if anyone is interested, check out our Facebook page for details of our next intake.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
It has to be Take That! I remember balancing on a wall outside of TV studios in Newcastle in 1992, screaming for them! I have to admit things have never changed and I still do that at every Take That concert.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?
The range of courses available at Southmoor are amazing and the staff are so passionate about their subjects. The extra-curricular activities and trips enrich the lives of the pupils and I really like seeing the other side of them. We’ve had some real success stories when pupils leave this school and it’s great to think we may have had a part to play in that. 

What's the one thing you could never be without?
My family of course but if you ask anyone, they will probably say my morning coffee!

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