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Principal's Blog #47 for Friday 13th January 2017
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Friday 13th January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back to what promises to be yet another busy and productive term.  I am delighted to hear of the university offers coming in for our sixth form students including news of an offer from Cambridge ... well done Adam!   We invite both potential and current Sixth Formers to attend our Progression Evening on Wednesday 25th January (6.00-8.00pm) to explore their own future study options.

Offers of a Lifetime
 
Offers have started to flood in for our sixth form students from universities across the country, but special mention has to go to Adam Liddle who has secured a place studying Natural Sciences at Christ's College Cambridge.  Adam is a hugely talented scientist who has passed the most rigorous application process in the country - we are immensely proud of him.

Among the many students who have secured excellent offers, three former Sandhill View students stand out.  Brandon Smith has been offered a place at Veterinary School in Liverpool while Bobbie-Jay Barnett and Dillon Scott are both heading to Durham to study Psychology and Physics respectively.  Many congratulations to all of our hard-working sixth formers!

New Club Menu

As reported last year we will be launching our new Club and Enrichment Menu for pupils next week. With the help of our staff and members of Sunderland Community Action Group, we have put together the biggest roster of clubs and activities we have ever had, with incredible variety available to our students. Posters around school will inform on what is happening at lunchtime and after lessons. You can also download our new menu from our website.
Cancer Awareness

On Wednesday, we were joined by our school nurse and local health practitioners to give our sixth form students important information about cancer awareness. Breast cancer is a major killer of women in the UK, whilst testicular cancer is one of the biggest causes of death in young men.  The session stressed the importance of regular self-screening and also outlined how crucial it is for students to have anything causing them to worry checked as soon as possible.

Options Open

All this week our Curriculum Leaders have been delivering assemblies to our Year 8 pupils about their GCSE option choices. The presentations included information about a range of subjects from Performing Arts to Media Studies, Physical Education to Photography plus many more.  We are also privileged to be one of the few schools in the north that offer a qualification in Psychology at this level.  Options booklets will be provided to our students within the next week.  Both this and the presentations by our staff will be available on our website soon.

Mock Exams Incoming

Exam season is fast approaching and as part our plans to prepare Year 11 students for their GCSE’s, we will be starting Mock Examinations as of next week.  We encourage our students to take these exams seriously, as they are an excellent indicator to our teaching staff as to how they might perform in their actual formal GCSE examinations. It is also a great opportunity for students to get a feel for the examinations themselves and fully prepare for what will come in May.

Principal's Awards

This week’s winners were Maddison Dodds for outstanding determination and resilience, Thea-May Sloanes for outstanding effort in German and Sam Scott, receiving his second award in as many months, for also demonstrating outstanding effort in German. Well done everyone!

What do you do at Southmoor?
 
I've just been appointed as Lead Practitioner in Maths. I've been teaching for 7 years and have recently moved from Walker School in Newcastle to Southmoor.  I'm a Sunderland fan, so I'm very happy with the change of venue! 

 
Who was your favourite teacher at school?
 
I had two favourite teachers, Mr Holt was my GCSE Maths teacher and Mr Clack was my History teacher. Both had very high standards but also a very dry sense of humour.  I try to model myself on these two teachers as I enjoyed their lessons the most. 

 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
 
I'm a keen golfer and play at least once a week.  I've also signed up for my first triathlon in May so I am currently doing a lot of training for that.  Watch out Mr. McBain, you have competition!

 
Who is your favourite musical artist or band?
 
My favourite band is the Stone Roses as I'm from Manchester, although I went to a festival this summer and I have since got into The Blossoms and Catfish and The Bottlemen. 

 
What's the best thing about Southmoor?
 
As I've only been in the school for a few days I'm still learning the ropes, so I must say my form, Pegasus A, are the best thing about Southmoor.  They keep me on the right track!

 
What's the one thing you could never be without?
 
My golf clubs. They are in my car most of the time just in case I can squeeze a quick game in. Roll on the summer!

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