Principal's Blog #11 for Friday 8th January 2016
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Friday 8th January 2016

Our first week back after the Christmas break may have seen some gloomy weather but pupils have certainly returned with plenty of energy and enthusiasm for the new year! The visit to Germany was a huge success. This term is packed full of events and hopefully we will see all parents visiting the school on at least one occasion. We start next Tuesday with Year 8 Pathways Evening. Please see our calendar for the full line up. Happy New Year!

Weihnachten in Deutschland

In this second school visit to Germany, seventeen GCSE and A Level language students, embarked on a five day cultural, historic and culinary journey to the capital Berlin. After a short flight from Manchester, students explored the city's numerous Christmas markets, where pupils got a taste of local crafts and foods and practised their German.

Over the course of their stay, the group took part in an orienteering challenge and a visit to the German Bundestag. Students saw parts of the old Berlin Wall, the famous Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, to broaden their knowledge of German history. On the last evening, the group also enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant, where pupils rose to the challenge of ordering their food in German. All students were excellent ambassadors for Southmoor during the trip and everyone embraced the culture and surroundings in a fantastic and positive way.

In Tom we Trust

On Wednesday, 48 of our Year 8 pupils took part in a activity day as part of their involvement in the ‘Pupil Achievement & Engagement Challenge’, in association with the Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust. Since its launch in September, disadvantaged pupils have worked towards academic and attendance targets and participated in fun numeracy, literacy and sporting challenges along the way. The initiative comes to a close on Tuesday, with a grand awards ceremony, where the lucky 12 overall winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater, courtesy of the charity. Check back next week to find out about the lucky winners!

Super Heroes Wanted!

Pupil’s opinions are extremely important to us at Southmoor. This term, we are further strengthening our School Council Team, inviting applications from our new Year 7s. With so many talented and enthusiastic pupils in this year group, we expect tough competition for places and look forward to working and sharing ideas with some of our younger pupils.

Such a success is our School Council, we are also delighted to have been shortlisted for a Young Achievers Award and have been invited to attend the award ceremony at the Stadium of Light in March. Good luck to the team!

Tell us a little about yourself!
Having graduated as a Geography teacher at the Institute of Education in London in 2012, I started my teaching career at a school in Watford. After my first year of teaching, I spent the subsequent two years as a Head of Year in Sixth Form and a Head of Geography. Southmoor Academy is my second school and I'm excited about leading the Geography team here and bringing the subject to life for our pupils.

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

My favourite teacher was Mr Weaver, who was my Head of Year. He was extremely supportive in helping me to manage my studies. He also had a great sense of humour!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I do a lot of running and regularly entered competitions around London when I lived there. I've moved back to the North East recently and I'm looking forward to competing here too. Some of the staff at Southmoor are avid runners, so I look forward to some healthy competition! 

Who is your favourite musical artist or band?

My favourite band is Muse, I've been to see them a few times and I always enjoy listening to them no matter what mood I'm in.

What's the best thing about Southmoor?

The best thing about Southmoor Academy is how nicely the students have welcomed me as their new teacher. I’m really looking forward to getting to know and work with them further.

What's the one thing you could never be without?

I could never be without chocolate! I've got a big problem!

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