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Principal's Blog #56 for Friday 24th March 2017
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Friday 24th March 2017

Chance encounters with Beyonce, sponsored leg waxes and a visit to an Oxbridge Conference all feature this week!  Well done to our fund raisers.  More charity work is planned before the end of term.
Oxbridge Conference

On Tuesday, a group of Year 12 students attended the Oxbridge Conference held at St James’ Park, Newcastle. The one-day event gave an insight into what it would be like to study at the country’s most historic institutions with students attending sessions such as ‘Oxford and Cambridge Explained’, ‘Making a Competitive Application’ and various other subject related talks.  Now let’s get applying!

Fundraising Fun

Sixth Formers donned their pyjamas today to raise money for Comic Relief as well as holding a bake sale at break time and challenging Mr. Ireland, Mr. Lavery and Mr. Wright to have their legs waxed in aid of charity! Congratulations to all involved for raising £300!

'Eggstravaganza' Update

This week’s winners with 100% attendance are Ola Barszczewska, Joshua Cook, Yaseen Wahid, Sophia Dar, LeToya Olito & Thomas Wilkinson.  Don’t forget, we are approaching the end of the term where everyone with 100% attendance will also be entered into our grand prize draw for a special prize!

Our ‘Motivational Malteaser Monday’ assemblies continued this week for Year 11.  Once again pupils were nominated by teachers for their efforts and achievements and are rewarded with a bag of Malteasers. This week’s winners were Katherine Galley, Karl Churchill, Michael Hall, Megan Cruddace, Jessica Nesbitt, Aaron Potts, Katie Wilson, Dontai Laverick, Hannah Stephenson, Cameron Wales & Ben McKendrick. Well done to everyone, keep up the hard work!

Year 11 On Cue

As part of our aim to provide more activities and enrichment, we provided Year 11 with a brand new pool table for their Common Room.  Students have been very keen to show off their skills around the table, enjoying the friendly competition with their peers over breaks and lunchtimes. 

Principal's Awards

This week’s winners were: Beth Carney (Year 7) for Sporting Success for performing at the ‘Move It’ Dance competition in London; Alyssha Mort (Year 8) with an Academic Achievement award for submitting outstanding R.E homework; Ellie Cook (Year 9) for Personal Development for portraying a positive attitude towards her Maths work; Christina Dzurbanova (Year 9) for Personal Development in being a great ambassador for the school on a recent trip; Katey Riseborough (Year 10) for Personal Development; Alana Wallace (Year 11) for Academic Achievement in Science. Well done to all our winners this week!

What do you do at Southmoor?
I’m very lucky as I work alongside some fantastic colleagues in the English Department; I also work as an Assistant Director in the brilliant Sixth Form.  I love both my roles equally!


Who was your favourite teacher at school?
In infant school we had a Headteacher called Mr Chicken (honestly), who knew everyone by their first names and would always have time to talk to pupils.  In High School, I had quite a few teachers I thought were great and got on with really well even though – funnily enough and I can’t think why – they all joked about how much I talked!


What do you like to do in your spare time?
Shopping, shopping and more shopping!  No, seriously, reading books and the cinema. I also, occasionally, like to chat with friends over the odd glass of wine.


Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I love all genres of music; everything from Stereophonics to Elvis Presley!
 
What's the best thing about Southmoor?

It’s becoming a cliché, but I have to say the students.  There are so many lovely pupils and they make every day different.  Now I’m part of the Sixth Form I get to see students mature into lovely young adults.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
Again, another cliché, but my family. I have a gorgeous grand-daughter but I only get to see her during school holidays as she lives all the way up in Inverness!

Tell us something unusual about yourself...
I once met Beyonce and was actually personally invited by her to an after-show party … and I didn’t go!

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