Principal's Blog #36 for Friday 30th September 2016
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Friday 30th September 2016

This year Southmoor will be doing more than ever to raise awareness of charitable causes, whilst having as much fun as possible doing so! It’s something we all recognise to be worthy and it’s even more gratifying knowing that the School Council recently identified charitable pursuits as being one of the most important priorities for our pupils. Jeans for Genes and the Macmillan Coffee Morning have certainly got us off to a flying start... and the cakes were great!  

Jeans for Genes

Today our pupils donned their denims to fundraise in support of the national Jeans for Genes charity.  This superb cause raises money for children with genetic disorders where it’s estimated that 1 in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder.  Mrs Maloy hosted assemblies to raise awareness and our pupils went on to work together considering the issue during personal development sessions.  Due to the impressive generosity of our pupils, we smashed our target from last year, raising a whopping £641!

We are gearing up for exam season, with the Year 11 mocks just around the corner.  English kick-started this with their own spin on revision classes.  In a fun and relaxed environment, with lots of rewards and incentives on offer, pupils can work with their English teachers to help them reach those top grades!

Cake & Coffee for a Good Cause!

On Wednesday, our sixth form students hosted a Macmillan coffee afternoon to raise money for Cancer Research. The event, organised and delivered by Year 12 student Charlotte Padgett, raised in excess of £250. Thank you to all the students who helped decorate the café, set up the stalls and to all those who came along to sample the many lovely treats!

Cambridge Calls

Last week four of our high-flying Year 13 students visited Cambridge University as part of their Outreach Programme.  Students spent 48-hours as a Jesus College undergraduate, finding out just what it takes to study at Cambridge.  They were involved in subject specific sessions, personal statement workshops and underwent grueling interview practice.  After advice from Admissions Tutors and tips on the best accommodation from Graduate Ambassadors, these early applicants are now fully equipped for the Oxbridge journey ahead!

Dive in at our swimming club, which currently takes place on Monday and Friday lunchtimes from 12:45pm and from 2:15pm on a Wednesday.  Pupils can practice their skills including stroke technique and diving as well as learning to swim and gaining confidence in the water.

Also in swimming, pupils from Year 7 to 10 headed down to Sunderland Aquatic Centre yesterday to participate in the School Games. Boys from Years 7-10 did particularly well, managing to get through to the finals of their events, with the best result being 2nd place!

Well done to all who represented our school at the gala!

The Write Stuff

James Whitham, a local author and playwright, visited us to work with English and drama classes across KS3 and KS4 and develop their writing skills. James is scripting a pilot episode of a radio comedy to be broadcast on Spark FM and asked Southmoor students to help him with their ideas for a script. He was so impressed by our students and their work, he wants to continue his links with the Academy for future projects. In the meantime, year 10 Perfroming Arts students are visitng Spark FM to record and edit sections of the script! We will let everyone know when the show will be aired so you can hear our talent broadcast across the airwaves.

What do you do at Southmoor?
I teach Psychology as well as some Health and Social Care and a small amount of Geography.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
Mr Tainsh, my secondary school geography teacher was absolutely fantastic. His energy and enthusiasm made each lesson fun, creative and engaging.  His infectious positivity brought the subject to life for me and it's something I have always looked back on since becoming a teacher myself.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My biggest passion is travelling, so whenever I can, I hop on a plane and go and explore somewhere new. I spent the summer holidays travelling around Germany and Prague and for a part of the upcoming Christmas holidays, will be visiting Iceland, to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!  I also quite like to run, but I confess, I don't cover much ground.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?

My number one favourite artist would be Adele, but my music taste is quite varied and I like a bunch of different musicians. I love Snow Patrol, Usher, Boys 2 Men and I never thought I would admit it, but I also quite enjoy some Justin Bieber tunes.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?

Absolutely, the students! I teach pupils from Year 8 through to Year 13, and every one of them is fab!  Since I started at Southmoor, the kids have been incredibly welcoming and they work so hard day in, day out. They are an absolute delight to work with and make each day unique and very entertaining.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
Tragically, my phone.  I use it for everything and I really think I would be lost without it.  Oh and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - they are as important as the phone!

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