Principal's Blog #40 for Friday 4th November 2016
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Friday 4th November 2016

Part of our commitment to raising awareness is to ensure pupils have experience of life outside of school.  This week was packed with visits and activities to inspire.  We look forward to seeing all Year 11 parents and pupils from 4.00pm on Monday to discuss their mock exam results.
Sage Speakers

Sixth Form students took part in an audition for the Sage Business Partnership National Competition, hosted by the Old Vic in London.  Ten students were successfully selected from the 30 who took part to represent Southmoor Academy in the public speaking project later on in the year. Well done to all those who took part!

RAF Land at Southmoor

Officers from the Royal Air Force invested some time with our Year 11 students. They gave the pupils a valuable insight into the vast array of employment opportunities available within this branch of the military and gave advice and information regarding their apprenticeship programme. Pupils were then given the opportunity to test their interview skills, where the officers engaged in one-to-one meetings with the potential candidates. 

First Aid First

Year 10 Health and Social Care students have completed a two day First Aid training course delivered by MF Health, as part of a Health and Well-being enrichment coursework project.

The course covered aspects such as bandages/slings, recovery position, CPR and choking. Students thoroughly enjoyed taking part and have all received an accredited certificate.

A Burning Issue

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are urging local people to enjoy bonfire night safely, as they prepare for their busiest night of the year this Saturday.  We helped emphasise this in assemblies this week by impressing upon our students the importance of staying safe around fireworks.

Students watched a video provided by the Fire & Rescue Service which highlighted the risk to individuals should they not take proper care and also showed the dangers that come with mishandling fireworks.  You can see the video for yourself below.

Auschwitz Visit

With the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day fast approaching, the History Department along with Year 13 students recently visited Auschwitz.  The trip involved students attending seminars that investigated the Holocaust and the impact it has had on the Jewish community, as well as hearing first hand experiences from survivors who were sent to concentration camps during WWII.  Students also visited Poland, where they were given the opportunity to visit and pay their respects to those who perished at both camps.

Southmoor Star has the Genfactor

Congratulations to our superstar Year 7 pupil, Samuel Scott, for reaching the final of Gentoo’s ‘Genfactor’ competition, which aims to give talented young people the chance to shine, build confidence and grow.  Sam is an enthusiastic music theatre performer who plays the drums as well as singing and dancing.  Well done Sam!

A Spooky Spectacular

Our Sixth Form students did a sterling job organising and hosting our annual Halloween ‘spooktacular’ for Year 7 and 8 pupils on Wednesday.  The event was a huge success and great fun was had by all who attended.

What do you do at Southmoor?
I'm a Maths teacher and have also taught early morning numeracy classes.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
I had the same Maths teacher for all of the five years at secondary school and she was called Mrs Taylor. She was a very big-hearted, inspirational lady who brought maths to life - hence my reason for enjoying the subject!


What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have two sons, two dogs and four chickens.  Between them all they keep me very busy!  But when I'm not outdoors, walking and exploring or watching the boys play football, I like to cook and relax with a good book!

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I listen to everything and anything!  When I was growing up, my family had such a broad taste in music that I listened to all types of bands and artists; from Motown to Country music, and now from Adele to Bruno Mars. However, I never remember the correct lyrics to songs and so my family find it hilarious to turn the radio down mid-song to hear the words I'm making up!

What's the best thing about Southmoor?
The pupils.  No two days are ever the same. They can be very hard-working and determined to do well, and it is a joy to see and be part of!

What's the one thing you could never be without?
I couldn’t live without a good supply of tea!

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