Principal's Blog #10 for Friday 18th December 2015
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Friday 18th December 2015

A sense of community is always at its strongest in Southmoor at this time of year. It’s wonderful to have welcomed so many visitors and to have enjoyed all the Christmas activities together. Always popular, the carol service had extra sparkle, with so many  pupils from feeder primaries participating alongside Southmoor’s talent; and of course this year our oldest students have now turned 18! Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful break this Christmas!

Santa Sleighs into Southmoor

On Tuesday, we welcomed 160 Year 1 pupils from our local feeder schools, to take part in fun Christmas workshops.  With activities ranging from making glittering reindeer dust, to festive party games and even a visit to our very own Santa’s Grotto, the children, as well as the staff, had a truly magical time.
Oh Yes They Did!

As part of our continuing festive celebrations, the staff staged their annual pantomime this week.  With sterling performances, re-enacting the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, the Pastoral Team and teaching staff had great fun entertaining the pupils.  A big thank you to Phoenix House Leader, Mrs. Roddam, for her wonderful efforts, from script-writing and casting, to creative costume design, all of which were certainly appreciated by our audience of pupils.
Christmas Choir Brings Seasonal Cheer

Southmoor’s Annual Carol Concert took place on Tuesday evening.  After indulging in Christmas cake and mince pies, guests filled the School Hall and were entertained with readings, singing and drama performances from Southmoor students, as well as guest choirs from Hill View Junior and Valley Road Community Primary Schools.  Bringing a real festive feel to the event was the amazingly talented live orchestra, led by Miss Nichol and including staff, pupils and friends of Southmoor.

Unwrapping the Written Word

Mr. Wright treated Year 11 students this week, with the gift of a novel, further encouraging their passion for reading. Continuing with the literary theme, our early morning readers in the lower-school were also rewarded with a reading book of their own and further prizes were awarded for good attendance and punctuality.

In the Can!

We are delighted to have smashed our 2014 record of collecting 1400 tins of food, with a whopping haul of over 2000 this year!  These were gratefully received by Cherrie Hanson of the Salvation Army and Reverend Richardson of St. Cecilia’s Church, who will distribute these to the local community. A huge thank you to pupils, parents and staff for their support and generous donations.

To Balance or not to Balance?

This is the question that Southmoor Academy’s very own ‘Young Health Champions’ asked the Year 5 pupils of Grangetown Primary School this week. With ever-growing issues relating to our diet and its effect on our health and well-being, our students mentored the younger pupils, where they raised awareness and offered guidance to make improved meal choices.


This Week in Southmoor Sport

Congratulations to our swimming team who, this week, won the Sunderland Schools Christmas Swimming Gala to be crowned city champions! Well done to the entire team. Year 7 dodgeball was part of our festive fun with girls with 1st place going to Griffin House in this inter house competition.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

I can't decide between two teachers, both as equally inspiring and dedicated to teaching. One was obviously my PE teacher, Mrs Hay, who really influenced my career choice. She had a firm but fair approach and she relished encouraging students to take part in extra –curricular activities.  She was a true inspiration. The other was my English teacher. She made texts come to life and I thoroughly enjoyed her lessons.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As many of the students will guess, I'm a huge fan of fitness. I enjoy going to the gym and playing netball for a team and I'm currently doing the T25 fitness challenge! I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family and I’m often found on the beach taking the dog for a walk.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?

I like to listen to chart music, especially anything from Adele, Little Mix and Rudimental. I never used to like Justin Bieber but now also enjoy his music and am a fully-fledged fan!

What's the best thing about Southmoor?

The pupils are the best thing about Southmoor. I can definitely say no two days are the same. The best part of my job is being able to take students out to matches and fixtures. You get to see the students in a very different light.

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

I regret to say, it has to be my phone!


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