Principal's Blog #50 for Friday 3rd February 2017
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Friday 3rd February 2017

Year 11 mock exams are now underway and continue until half term.  Many pupils attended our revision sessions so we hope to see this pay off with some fantastic results!  It’s lovely to see the new photographs of our students at work.  I’m sure you will agree they all look smart in their uniforms and it’s wonderful to see the wide range of activities happening at Southmoor every day.  
Picture Perfect Pupils

This week Mr Milne, our resident photographer / Curriculum Leader of Art & Photography, along with School Designer, Mr. Davison, have been out and about in school taking images of our pupils as they work hard and enjoy their lessons.  The images they have gathered (a small sample of which you can see below) will be used to show off to the world just how great Southmoor is as well as to refresh some of the displays around the school buildings.  We would like to thank staff for welcoming us into their lessons to take the pictures and, above all, our fantastic students, whose enthusiasm really does shine through.

What Makes Britain Great

Would you know how to define British Values?  Could you sum up ‘Britishness’ in four words?  This interesting topic was discussed in assemblies delivered to lower school by sixth form students. Pupils learnt that being British is defined in four categories: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Tolerance of all faiths and beliefs.  Students identified ways in which these values were evident in Southmoor Academy from electing a Head Boy and Girl to following school rules.  In a time where these principles are challenged around the world, it is crucial that they are upheld and supported in our school community.

School Rocks!

Our after school clubs and activities continue to prove popular.  One club in particular, hosted by Mr. Lewis and Mr. Shaw, is really rocking our students’ world!  ‘Rock School’ is an enrichment time club that invites pupils who are passionate about rock to try their hand at guitar, bass, drums, vocals or even just share their love of the genre.  Pupils enthusiastic about rocking out with the club are welcome to join them in the Performing Arts Block after school on Wednesdays.

Getting Connected

As part of our commitment to supporting our pupils as they embark upon the next phase of their life after school, we are hosting personal advisors from Connexions Tyne & Wear all this week and next. Connexions offer statutory careers information, advice and guidance services to 13-19 year olds throughout and are an excellent resource for young people considering moving on to sixth form, college, apprenticeships or new careers.  We hope that our students get the most out of their interviews with Connexions and that it gives them a good idea about their prospects as they approach the end of Year 11.

This week our Year 12 students received some fantastic and appropriate information regarding sexual health and well-being.  Our very own Miss Summerside and Miss McCourt took on the challenge of discussing issues regarding sexual consent, diversity, relationships and partners.  Students were focused and really appreciated the continuation of this essential issue for their personal development and are looking forward to part two next week.

Ship Ahoy!

Matthew Snaith and Danielle Winch are off to Blackpool on 12th February to take part in a further Brass Band competition, playing with the Houghton Area Youth Band.  The theme for the band this year is ‘Pirates and the Sea’.

It is the 33rd Youth Brass Band Championship and the 2nd Junior Brass Band Entertainment Festival of Great Britain to be held in the Opera House at Blackpool Winter Gardens. There are 9 bands taking part this year.  As always, we wish Matthew and Danielle the best of luck!

Principal's Awards

This week's winners are Cameron Heskett, Year 7 for Academic Excellence in Science, Todd Wilkinson, Year 8 for Academic Excellence in contributing to his Geography lessons, Megan Armstrong & Caitlin Burrell of Year 12 for Personal Achievement in representing themselves and the school excellently during a placement in a Primary School and Chloe Hunt also of Year 12 for Academic Excellence and working above her target grade in Film Studies.  Well done to all of this week's recipients!

What do you do at Southmoor?
I am Head of House for Triton.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
My favourite teacher at school was my P.E teacher.  I loved P.E and was always doing extra-curricular sporting activities.  I’m a very competitive person so I always did everything I could to get first place on sports day!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I run my own dance school.  I also still love to dance myself.  I recently performed on stage at Disneyland Paris and I’m also performing in London later in the year. I like swimming and going to the gym for fitness as well as the social side of it as my best friend trains with me.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I usually listen to whatever is on the radio though I do love Disney music!  I am obsessed with it because I’ve always loved choreographing dances to it.  I saw Beyonce last year at the Stadium of Light and she was fantastic!  I’ve just got tickets to see Ed Sheehan in April and I can’t wait!
What's the best thing about Southmoor?

The ‘Bin it to Win’ chocolate in the House Leader office, haha!  Seriously though, I would have to say the students. Getting to know the pupils in Triton House as well as the other three houses has been fantastic.  We really have some characters in this school (in a good way) and it’s great to see them around school every day and catch-up with how they are doing.

What's the one thing you could never be without?
That is such a hard question!  I’d have to say my phone as it’s how I keep in contact with my friends and my dance school parents.

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Issue #47 Friday 13th January
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