Principal's Blog #32 for Friday 8th July 2016
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Friday 8th July 2016

The end of our academic year may be approaching but we are squeezing every last drop of time available! Our personal development day was a huge success, the new timetable started on Wednesday and there were plenty of extra–curricular activities to boot.

Delving into Durham Uni

On Wednesday Year 12 pupils set off to the Bill Bryson Library at Durham University where they were given an excellent lecture on research skills which was as funny as it was informative. Staff and students were blown away by the easy tips and tricks shown to our group for referencing and accessing information.  Armed with their project proposals and newly acquired research skills our group were set loose for an hour to delve deeper into their EPQ topics.  After a successful day of learning and researching, students are another step along the way to competing their EPQ. 

Rising Science Star

Outstanding young physicists from across the North East were recently rewarded for their enthusiasm and progress in physics at Durham University’s ‘Ogden Schools’ Physicist of the Year’ event.  Matthew Young was the proud winner from Southmoor Academy, cheered on by both his parents and his science teacher, Miss Mather.  Here he is pictured with Professor Carlos Frenk.  Very well done Matthew!

Out in the Field

Well done to Year 11 pupils who completed their expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  The bad weather did not dampen spirits with the fantastic scenery of the Roman Wall more than making up for it.

A Day for Development

This Monday, our regular timetable was dropped and pupils attended lessons which covered subjects important to every pupil’s own personal development.  The whole day covered a wide range of topics including health, relationships, democracy, religion, personal finance, sexuality and responsibility. In addition, our Year 9 ‘Young Health Champions’ bravely delivered a lesson to every Year 7 pupil on ‘The issues of body image and how we feel about ourselves’. The day was a fantastic success with fabulous feedback from pupils…

‘ helped us to understand some of the issues in the world outside of school ...’

‘... we should do this more often ...’

Rio Rewards Winners

Congratulations to our most recent winners of our Rio Rewards campaign!  This week gold goes to Charlotte Smith, silver to Cameron Pugh and bronze to Oliver Bullock.  Well done!

Nuffield Foundation

Every year Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 Year 12 students with the opportunity to work on a research project alongside scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians during their summer holidays.  Two of our students have been successful in their application to the scheme and are looking for a Psychology/Biomedical Sciences based placement for 4 weeks this summer.  Can you help?  If you are able to offer a placement, please contact the Nuffield Foundation, their Regional Coordinator, Claire Willis, would be delighted to hear from you.

Teach Meet

Wednesday afternoon had a splash of summer added to it, where our annual ‘Southsands Teach Meet Event’ took place.  The seasonal theme saw colleagues from Southmoor and Sandhill View Academy getting into the spirit, donning everything from Hawaiian leis to tropical shorts and shirts, while sharing ideas and good practice on teaching and learning. Dr. Ingram even wheeled out the ice cream cart! 

Fun at the Fare

After being impressed by the musical talent of the Southmoor Academy Orchestra at last year’s Carol Service, Mrs Bevan, Headteacher at Hill View Juniors, invited us to headline at their Summer Fare relaunch!  The atmosphere was buzzing, with a huge number of students and their parents, many of whom stopped to listen and spoke highly of our young performers.  Well done to all students who took part – you are really building a reputation for yourselves!  If there are any other students hiding their musical talent please see Miss Nichol to join our team.  Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs Bevan and all at Hill View for the fantastic opportunity.

Principal's Awards

Our winners this week are Joseph McQuillan for Personal Achievement and Ethan Brown and Jennifer Potts for Sporting Success.

Further congratulations to Oliver Green of Year 8 (Triton E) who was awarded the Victor Ludorum Award by the PE department for Excellence in Sport.

What do you do at Southmoor?
I’m the newly appointed ICT Technician for Southmoor.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?
I'd probably have to say that my favourite teacher was Mr. Russell, my old geography teacher; he was a true inspiration to me.  He taught me how to knuckle down and work hard.  He would regularly say to the class 'If you want the grade, then work for it!'.  Not to mention he often took us out on field trips in the beautiful countryside – usually in icy cold rivers and knee deep in mud!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family.  I regularly attend the gym. I keep telling my self it's worth the effort … no pain no gain. I also enjoy cooking, watching movies and motor sports.

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
I like just about anything in the charts and artists from Coldplay to AC/DC.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?
Every day is different and exciting.  I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

What's the one thing you could never be without?
Shamelessly I'd have to say my iPhone but more recently I have started using a note book!  Who would have thought it, an IT Tech using pen and paper.  It's the future!

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Issue #29 Friday 17th June
Issue #30 Friday 24th June
Issue #31 Friday 1st July

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