Principal's Blog #5 for Friday 13th November 2015
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Friday 13th November 2015

Remembrance has a strong tradition at Southmoor and as a school we take the opportunity to reflect on those servicemen and women who valiantly lost their lives during conflict. The presence of all our visitors in assemblies this year made the commemorations particularly special. Work on remembrance has also been apparent throughout the school, with wreaths created by Year 8s in their textiles lessons, and the pupils in art creating a giant poppy display which was placed in the school entrance. 

Lest we Forget

The Right Worshipful, Lord Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran joined us for the first of our Remembrance assemblies. We were also supported by Colour Sergeant Chris Hunter, a former Southmoor student, who spoke of the importance of remembrance and the tragic loss of his good friend and fellow former pupil, Sergeant John Amer, in Afghanistan. Our commemorations this week have also been supported by local veteran Mr G. Pescod and Canon Provost Sheila Barber.

Click Here to read the full coverage of the event in the local press.

Teacher Talk
Welcome to the first in a regular feature, where we pose questions to our members of staff, so you can get to know the faces behind the names. First up is Mr. Wake, our new Head of Key Stage 5 Science. We questioned him about a few of his favourite things...
Who was your favourite teacher at school?
Even though I turned out to be a scientist, it would have to be my English teacher, Mr. Watson! He made every book we read come alive with his unique and exciting narrative.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outdoor adventures! I'm a very active person, so I really enjoy things like camping, running and climbing.
Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I enjoy listening to Ben Howard.
How will you make a difference at Southmoor?
I want to maintain and strive for the highest standards in Science, whilst providing first-class support. I want to ensure our students not only excel within their chosen Science A-level but are also well prepared for life after school too. 
What's the best thing about Southmoor?
Without doubt, the best thing about Southmoor is the Sixth Form. I joined Southmoor in September and everyone, both staff and students in the Sixth Form made me feel at home instantly. It has such a great atmosphere!
What's the one thing you could never be without?
Definitely exercise, my wife tells me I get grumpy if I don't exercise!

Stars in the Making

Flying the flag for females in sport, Madison Craggs of Year 10, who currently represents the North of England in Rugby Union, has been selected to play at international level for England’s under 15 squad.
Talented footballer Emeraude Yembe of Year 9 has signed a schoolboy football contract with Newcastle United Football Club. Emeraude impressed the club’s Academy Coaches, following a series of trials and now joins an elite group of players who hope to become professional footballers.
Southmoor are immensely proud of the achievements of both pupils and wish them every success in the future.
A Helping Hand

Year 12s are now providing lesson support and mentoring for Year 7 pupils as part of their Sixth Form School Service. This includes homework support in The Sixth Form after school each Wednesday, with all Year 7s welcome and encouraged to attend!
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Issue #2 Friday 16th October
Issue #3 Friday 23rd October
Issue #4 Friday 6th November

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