Principal's Blog #49 for Friday 27th January 2017
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Friday 27th January 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended our second Sixth Form open evening. Supported by the best universities in our region, it was a great opportunity for pupils to consider their next steps. Sixth Form applications from across the city are already at record levels. Most Year 11 pupils really are showing commitment by attending lots of after school revision. Good luck to all in the mock exams which start next week.
Codex in the Classroom

As reported last year, our students took part in a collaborative project to re-create the historical ‘Codex Amiatinus’, a bible produced by monks in Wearmouth over 1300 years ago. The new ‘Codex 1300’ was then sent to Westminster to be signed by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, before recreating the original bible’s journey to the Vatican City in Rome. The Codex has now returned to our region after being received by the Pope. This week it was Southmoor’s turn to host the Codex as it tours Sunderland’s schools and provided an excellent opportunity for our students to take a closer look at a document that will hopefully be as momentous as the original was 1300 years ago.


Articulation is a national public speaking competition, where students deliver a presentation on a piece of art that they have personally experienced.  Michael Beattie, of Year 13, represented Southmoor 6th Form and won the North East round, beating off competition from The Royal Grammar and Whitley Bay High Schools. He now goes on to the national final held at Cambridge University in March. Well done Michael!

Holocaust Memorial Assembly

In assemblies this week, Mr. Ireland took our pupils on a poignant journey of remembrance in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which takes place annually on 27th January. Our students watched and listened respectfully and were clearly moved by the extent of the atrocities and suffering experienced. The assembly also helped our students realise that the same kind of hardships are still happening in the world today and that we must be careful not to turn our backs on those who are in distress.

Project Perfection

Students have been presenting their extended projects to a panel of Sixth Form staff. From a photographic project on the changing nature of women's fashion, to an experiment in altering the genetic makeup of wheat, via a fully functional computer game, the things our students have achieved independently are truly breathtaking. Well done!

Practical Performing

As part of their A2 Practicals, our performing arts students created an original piece of theatre. Their goals were to create an original play, which they called ‘Blame’, that challenged their audience, forcing them to ask questions of themselves and provoke thought about their own accountability as an individual. The performance was well received by the staff and students who watched it. Well done to everyone who took part!

Hays Travel Pay us a Visit

Today we welcomed representatives from Hays Travel. Over lunch, they talked with students who were interested in learning more about apprenticeships in business admin, marketing, web design, travel agency and other jobs in the leisure industry. Our pupils were very keen to hear about the many different career options available on this path. Thank you to Hays. Next week we look forward to hosting Carillon, as they speak to our students about trade-based apprenticeships.

Principal's Awards

This weeks winners are Daniel Swaine for outstanding efforts in PSHCE, Katy Hay & Courtney Mullen from Year12 for outstanding efforts in Law, John Brown in Year 9 for outstanding effort and enthusiasm in the ‘Sound Around’ project, Will Talbot in Year 8 for excellent progress in a recent writing assessment, Alice Ward also from Year 8 for outstanding achievement in English and Morgan Dunn of Year 10 for embracing the Year 11 mentoring program to help improve her maths skills. Congratulations to all of this week’s winners!

What do you do at Southmoor?
I have recently joined Southmoor as a Lead Practitioner of Maths

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
Mr Friezer, my chemistry teacher. He was such a nice fellow, I still remember the fantastic school trip to Switzerland my class went with him very fondly. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Apart from shopping (I’m a bit of a shopaholic), I like to run and go to the gym, although I've had no time in last few months! I plan to get back on track and start training for this year’s Great North Run.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I like most types of music as long as its not Rock! I really enjoy ‘Take That’ and Robbie Williams when they are in concert, they're very entertaining.
What's the best thing about Southmoor?

Vibrant with a great atmosphere, the students are friendly and welcoming. Some of them have looked after me and kept me right in my first few weeks.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
Apart from my lovely children who mean the world to me, the one practical thing I could not survive without is my phone!

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Issue #46 Friday 16th December
Issue #47 Friday 13th January
Issue #48 Friday 20th January

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