From September 2015, Persistent Absence rates have changed - please read this newsletter for more details.
Message from the Principal
Seaton Burn College is again proud of the excellent efforts of children and staff who have organised a range of activities for Children in Need today to raise money for this excellent cause. We were lucky enough again to have a special visitor to the college for the fifth year in a row. Pudsey visited the school in the afternoon and met with groups of students. We also had a range of activities in the Theatre at lunchtime and it was great to see the students enjoying themselves. Many thanks to Mr Brooks, Mrs Blenkinsop and Mr Davidson and their students for helping organise the day.
Year 7 Learning Behaviour
Over the next fortnight we are going to have a real focus on learning behaviours for our Year 7 students. This is an annual process in which we look at the skills needed to succeed at school and how a perfect lesson would look. This will be launched with an assembly on Monday and senior staff will be visiting a number of Year 7 lessons to see if we can identify students who have made a real effort to impress their teachers.
Year 10 Parents’ Evening
A week on Thursday (26 November 2015) is the Year 10 Parents’ Evening. The Parents’ Evening will run from 5pm to 7.30pm and during the evening parents are asked to attend one of the two study support presentations which Mr Cookson will deliver. The first will be at 5pm. If parents wish to attend the 5pm presentation, they should simply ask children not to make appointments until 5.20pm. If parents choose to attend the 6.30pm presentation they should block out appointments between 6.30pm and 6.50pm. At the Parents’ Evening Year 10 parents will receive a plan of preparatory activities to help Year 10 ready themselves most effectively for the independent revision they need to undertake in order to be ready to perform at the very highest level in their summer examinations.
Year 11 Practice Examinations
You will shortly be receiving a letter and timetable regarding the Year 11 Practice Examinations that start on Monday 7th December. Mr Cookson will be delivering assemblies on how to revise effectively and we will send a booklet home to parents explaining what they can do to help. During this week, we try to replicate their final examinations as much as possible and there will be time available for study leave in the afternoon so they can prepare for their examinations the following day. Please help support the college by encouraging your children to prepare for these exams as much as possible.
We have all been greatly impressed with the way in which our young people have engaged with the Remembrance work we have done with them this week. The extremely high levels both of enquiry and interest, but also of respect and sincerity which they have shown has been heartening. It was with great pleasure that I attended a Remembrance service led by our Chair of Governors, The Rev. Geoffrey Short O.B.E. at St. Columba’s in Wideopen. It was a joint service, along with St. Ann’s, and it was great to see how many people participated, including many of our young students. The service ended with a march to the war memorial to lay wreaths on behalf of those who gave their lives for the freedom of others.
I wish everybody a safe and happy weekend.
Seaton Burn College to grow seeds from space!
Students at Seaton Burn College are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
Seaton Burn College will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.
Mrs Johnson, Curriculum Leader for Science says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school and local community
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.
Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.
Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience
The full press release can be found here.