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Y11 Exams start on Monday 14th May. All students must attend ALL lessons until May half term as specific exam technique is being addressed in these lessons.

After half term Miss Smith will give all students an adapted timetable.
Students will not be able to leave school until the set leaving date.

  

 


Principal's Newsletter 

4 May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,  

It has been a busy few weeks here at North Gosforth Academy with the final countdown on to GCSE and A Level exams, as well as various trips and aspirational activities taking place across all year groups.

Durham University Science Festival

At the end of the spring term a group of Year 9 students visited the Durham Science Festival held at the University of Durham. The aim was to raise student awareness of the pathways of Science and Technology beyond GCSE. The students were split into groups and visited a range of workshops, most with some hands on experience for the students. In the psychology workshop they looked at how the brain can adapt to different visual inputs; students tried a placement task wearing glasses with skewed lenses and did poorly. After a 5 minute acclimatisation session a marked improvement was made.  In the solar car session they learnt how students from Durham build solar electric vehicles and then get to race them in Australia! Mrs Johnson said it was a great morning and all came away having had a new stimulating experience.

Nissan Assembly

It was with great delight that we invited one of our ex-students, Jane Langton, to our school on Wednesday to deliver assemblies to our students on engineering and all the opportunities that are available. Jane was highly successful at our school at both GCSE and A Level and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University, staying on to complete her Masters. Jane now works as a project manager in the engineering department at Nissan helping in the design of new cars. She regularly travels to Japan and America as part of her job and we are really proud of how successful she has become. The theme of the assembly was very motivational and based on aspirations and being successful in getting to where you need to be in terms of your career. The students were really positive in their feedback and because of this Jane has agreed to come in to work with smaller groups in terms of mentoring in the future.

High Borrans

Students from Year 7 and 8 have enjoyed another action-packed weekend at High Borrans.

After arriving on Friday, the students set off on some hill walking and discovered some fascinating and picturesque views of the Lake District.  Students woke up on Saturday to some glorious sunshine. Throughout the day, students split into different groups and embarked on a range of exciting activities. Mr. Anderson took his group caving and was impressed with the level of teamwork shown by his group.  Miss Bell took a group ghyll scrambling while Miss Smith remained onsite to do a day of canoeing and abseiling. Both groups demonstrated some extremely positive attitudes and rose to the challenges they were given.

 

Sunday saw the groups rotate in their activities and enjoy more wonderful sunshine.  Mr. Anderson and Miss Bell took their groups canoeing while Miss Smith took a group ghyll scrambling.  The day was topped off by a fire (expertly assembled by our Year 7 boys) and some hot chocolate.

 

The staff were thoroughly impressed by the determination, resilience and positivity shown by all the students across the weekend and it was a real privilege to work with such an amazing group of students. Well done to you all!

John Muir Award

Our John Muir Award students have been very busy over the last few weeks.  Numerous litter / rubbish collections from the nature reserve have been undertaken with some very unusual items recovered…! 

The students have begun planning their allotment patches for their chosen produce – strawberry plants and raspberry canes have been planted for the whole group and seeds will be sown now that the frosts (fingers crossed) are over.

This week they have been planting willow saplings in the scrub land at the back of the nature reserve and have created a willow dome near the reserve entrance. Mrs Long’s group will be taking photographs regularly to show the growth and development of the willow and the dome and are looking forward to the annual supply of new willow stems for those basket weavers amongst us! We would like to extend our thanks to Fordley Primary School and Mrs Finlinson for kindly allowing North Gosforth Academy to trim the willow tunnel in their grounds to enable NGA to acquire the willow saplings – snow, rain and hail prevailed on the harvest date, but as you will see it was worth the effort. 

Mrs Long is loving every moment of her time with the students who she says never stop putting their heart and souls into their little piece of wilderness

School Council

Our School Council met up with Angela from North Tyneside council last week with regards to the funding that has been received to transform the older section of Lockey Park in Wideopen. Students were involved in the initial planning of equipment and layout. The work will continue and is a great opportunity for our students to get involved in our local community.

North East Book Awards

We have 15 Year 8 students currently reading all 5 of the shortlisted novels. After they have read them they will give each of them a mark which will count towards the final award. The winning novel will be announced at the award party on 18th June at Centre for Life Conference Centre.

Year 8 Parent's Evening

Finally I would like to remind Year 8 parents that it is parent's evening on Thursday 10th May from 5pm-7.30pm. We hope that as many of you as possible can attend as this is great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress. Also on Tuesday next week Year 8 students will have an assembly with Mrs Tully to discuss the options that they will be making for next year so this will be a good time to raise any questions that you have.

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

Warm regards

 

Steve Campbell

Acting Principal


Further Information

 

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is one of our key college priorities as for the past 2 years we have been below the national average.  Our attendance currently sits at 93% and we need to ensure that we can get this to over 95%.

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will still miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive.

Children returning for a term time holiday are also unprepared for the lessons that build on the teaching they have missed. When teachers have to give more time to help individual children catch up on missed work, other students in the class may miss out on help, and under-achieve as a result. This is a situation that we all have a responsibility to avoid.

In the past we have indicated that if holidays are taken during term time that they will not be authorised. However, we have never, before, prosecuted for term time holidays. Please note that as from January 2018 we will consider prosecution should students be taken out of school during term time if the holiday leads to a student falling below the 90% threshold set by the Government for Persistent Absence. 

As a school, we are working hard to raise standards and attendance is an integral part of that. I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment.

 

Mrs Cassidy

Lead for Attendance and Child Protection


  FOOTBALL RESULTS SO FAR

Year 7

Monkseaton Middle 2 - Seaton Burn College 6

Norham 0 vs Seaton Burn College 5

Berwick 0 vs Seaton Burn College 7


Seaton Burn 5 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Year 8 

Seaton Burn College 4 - Marden High 5

Ovingham 5 - Seaton Burn College 1

Year 9 
St Thomas More 4 -Seaton Burn 3


Seaton Burn College 9 - Marden High 1

Seaton Burn College 2 - St Aidan's (Sunderland) 5


Seaton Burn College 5 vs George Stephenson High School 3

Year 10 

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Newcastle School for Boys 2

Seaton Burn College 1 vs Bede Academy 1

Upcoming Fixtures

 Wednesday 15th November - 4.00pm ko 

Year 9 - Whitley Bay vs Seaton Burn College 

Thursday 16th November - 4.00pm ko 
Year 7 - NCEA vs Seaton Burn College (County Cup) 
Monday 20th November - 2.00pm ko
Year 7 - Gosforth Central Middle vs Seaton Burn College (ESFA national cup) 
Tuesday 5th December
Year 9 - John Spence vs Seaton Burn College

 


 

YEAR 11 - KEY DATES CALENDAR

2017/2018

                                    

Week beginning

Week

Key Dates

Exam Intervention

Other

PSCHE

04/09/17

1

 

New Tutor groups

 

Review year 10 / Data

11/09/17

2

 

 

 

Careers and IAG

18/09/17

3

 

 

 

 

25/09/17

4

Data 1

 

AM Launch

 

02/10/17

5

 

 

 

 

09/10/17

6

Parents Evening

 

AM Meet parents

 

16/10/17

7

 

 

 

 

23/10/17

Half-term

 

 

 

 

30/10/17

8

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

Revision and Learning

6/11/17

9

Data 2

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

13/11/17

10

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

20/11/17

11

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet

 

27/11/17

12

 

Mock Exam Preparation week

 

 

04/12/17

13

 

Year 11 Mock (full)

 

 

11/12/17

14

 

 

AM check in

 

18/12/17

15

 

 

 

 

25/12/17

Christmas

Holiday

 

 

 

01/01/18

 

 

 

 

08/01/18

16

Data 3 and full report

 

 

Making Choices and Job prep

15/01/18

17

 

 

 

 

22/01/18

18

22/01/18 Raising Achievement Day

 (with AM input)

 

 

 

29/01/18

19

 

 

IAG programme

 

05/02/18

20

 

 

IAG programme

 

12/02/18

Half-term

 

Coursework focus - subjects

 

 

19/02/18

21

 Year 11 revision evening (21/02/18)

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

IAG programme

Revision and learning

26/02/18

22

Data 4

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

Food Tech Practical Exams

IAG programme

 

05/03/18

23

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM meet / Positive week

 

12/03/18

24

 

Positive exam week

 

 

19/03/18

25

 

Year 11 Mock Exam (short)

 

 

26/03/18

26

 

Review of mocks

 

 

02/04/18

Easter

Holiday

 

Subject revision sessions

 

 

09/04/18

 

Subject revision sessions

 

 

16/04/18

27

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

23/04/18

28

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

AM check in

 

30/04/18

29

Year 11 Final Est Grade 5

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

07/05/18

30

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

14/05/18

31

Exams begin

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

21/05/18

32

 

Exam prep time – compulsory revision classes

 

 

28/05/18

Half-term

 

 

 

 

04/06/18

33

 

 

 

 

11/06/18

34

 

 

 

 

18/06/18

35

 

 

 

 

25/06/18

36

 

 

 

 

                     


OPERATION ENCOMPASS

Seaton Burn College is an Operation Encompass school - a project aimed at supporting children affected by domestic violence. Please keep an eye out for a letter containing more details of how the project works. 

 


 

 


  

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