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Principal's Blog #29 for Friday 17th June 2016
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Friday 17th June 2016

I was delighted to welcome Julie Elliot, MP for Sunderland Central this morning. Mrs Elliott spoke in assembly about her experience of the democratic system. Her visit was all the more poignant given the recent events surrounding the death of Jo Cox MP. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues that they felt were important to them and yes it did include the Referendum!

House Captains Wanted!

We are on the campaign trail again and are seeking to appoint four worthy captains to represent each of our pastoral houses.  Mr. Clark is looking forward to receiving letters of application from interested pupils, the deadline for which is Monday 20th June.

A Taste of Southmoor

Yesterday morning, we welcomed four delightful young ladies from Grindon Hall Christian School and Sunderland High School for a taster morning.  Chaperoned by two of our wonderful Year 7 pupils, the girls had fun making salt in science and solving a murder in maths! The girls are looking forward to joining the Southmoor family in September.

Rio Rewards Winners

Keeping in the spirit of the upcoming Olympic Games, our first crop of lucky award winners are; Gold for Ayshia Clough, Silver for Lexi Taylor and Bronze for Shumana Begum. Our 100% Attendance winners were Matthew Brookes Thomas Batters, Mya Lo and Roop Kang. A huge well done, enjoy spending your shopping vouchers!

Year 9 Students get the Drop on Water Conservation

On Tuesday, four Year 9 pupils took part in an assessment day for an engineering charity project by EDT.  This 3 month project cumulated with a presentation to the EDT panel with our pupils exhibiting on how water is used in the school.  The team worked really hard and the project judges were very impressed with the work they had done.

Crowning Glory

Congratulations to Year 13 student, Isla Laidlaw (pictured right), who was awarded the title of First Runner-Up in the coveted Miss Sunderland final last weekend.  This achievement entitles Isla to an automatic place in the semi-final of Miss England 2017.  As part of her fundraising efforts, Isla organised a non-uniform day last week which raised over £400 for the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ charity.  Well done Isla!

Primary Links

As part of our support initiative in the transition between primary school and pupils joining us here in Year 7, Mr. Marr and his fleet of current Year 7 pupils have been out and about this week giving our new recruits a further taste of what life is like as a pupil at Southmoor. We look forward to welcoming all 215 of our new recruits on their next transition day at Southmoor on 12th July. 

This Week's Principal's Awards

Congratulations to Emily Watson and John Turner who were awarded this week’s Principal’s Awards, nominated for their outstanding efforts in Academic and Personal Achievement. Special thanks to Julie Elliott MP for helping with the presentations of the awards this week.

What do you do at Southmoor?
I arrived at Southmoor as a supply teacher for one week just over four years ago ….. I am now an Art and Photography teacher.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
This is a hard question… I didn’t enjoy school very much as I went to a strict traditional boy’s grammar school.  I’d obviously have to say without my Art teacher, Mr. O’Donnell, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am therefore eternally grateful.
 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love renovating properties; doing some design work whilst getting my hands dirty is something I thoroughly enjoy.  Living by the beaches in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, I also like a good walk or the occasional run on the seafront.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
Almost anything, I love live music.  I especially like finding new music and going to festivals.  The most recently played tracks on my phone are by The Foals, Ian Brown, Beyoncé, Catfish and Mumford & Sons.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?
I suppose the obvious thing is the pupils, our little Southmoor stars. I have to say, having no experience of schools without sixth forms, I found Southmoor strange at first, however I’m extremely happy that we now have what is shaping up to be a very successful Sixth Form.  It’s great for the lower school to see pupils become young adults and pave their futures within our school.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
My wife Laura and our dog Clodagh!  I know that’s two but it’s family and being Irish, the family unit is very important.  My wife keeps me grounded and the dog keeps me fit… well they both try!

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