From September 2015, Persistent Absence rates are changing - please read this newsletter for more details.
Message from Principal, Alison J Shaw
The school year, as you know has drawn to a close and I begin by wishing all of our students a restful, enjoyable and – above all – safe summer break. We had an excellent last week of term – busy as ever, but full of fun, excitement, hard work and reward.
Year 6 Transition Visits
Year 6 students were with us for the majority of the week and we are very much looking forward to their joining Year 7 in September. A significant number of our new Year 7s will be joining our Summer School which runs from the 27th July to 7th August. Mr Davidson and his team have organised an amazing programme which combines fantastic summer holiday visits with the development of a whole range of skills. It will make for a brilliant two weeks. All of the activities over the two weeks are free of charge - all students are asked to bring is a packed lunch. Students who have applied to be on the summer school will already be looking forward to it. Any enquiries which need to be made should be sent to email@example.com
Seaton Burn College Nature Reserve
Last Thursday saw the unveiling and formal opening of our newly designed and completely upgraded nature reserve, which is now perfectly set up as a superb learning resource and safe haven for wildlife. Our profound thanks go to ISOS Housing for funding and supporting this incredible undertaking and to other partners including the Friends of Ashington Woods and Groundworks who have worked with the College to realise the vision for this unique school and community resource. Mr Cookson is to be thanked for his relentless effort, as are other staff, notably Mrs Long, colleagues from Newcastle University and a number of Seaton Burn students.
Our concert last Wednesday night was second to none: the audience and the performers rose to what was a wonderful occasion, celebrating the arrival of the summer holidays and, most importantly, the talent, skill and enthusiasm of our fantastic young performers. Mr Wilson is warmly thanked, along with the team of staff who helped him, for ensuring it was a brilliant evening.
Sports Day was again a great success last Tuesday. Thanks go especially to Miss Pearson whose organisational skills are second to none and who ensures that Sports Day is blessed with good weather! Spirit House triumphed this year, winning overall by a close margin.
Results Days: GCSE Results Day – Thursday 20th August 2015 (collection of results from 9.30 a.m. in the theatre)
A Level Results Day – Thursday 13th August 2015 (collection of results from 8.00 a.m. in the LRC)
Arrangements for the beginning of next term
All parents will receive a letter over the next two weeks confirming arrangements, but some key points are as follows:
•Expectations in September - expectations of children will remain extremely high in September. We intend to begin as we mean to carry on: children must be in full correct uniform; properly equipped; and ready to follow all of the rules and instructions which make for an orderly environment in which everyone can thrive and succeed.
•Attendance will be a key focus next year. It is essential that parents minimise any absence: no child should stay away from school unless they are seriously ill. Holidays must not be taken in term time.
•Homework expectations will be explicitly laid out and we hope that parents will regularly check not only that their child has done their homework but that it has been done to a high standard.
Term begins for Year 7 on Wednesday September 2nd.
For Years 8 to 11 term begins on Thursday 3rd September.
(6th Form students are already aware of arrangements for induction and the start of timetabled lessons).
As you know already, a number of our staff have left us at the end of term. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to them but we wish them well in their next endeavours:
We send our love and very best wishes to Ms Barnett, Ms Deakin, Ms Lewis-Ledger, Mr Robinson, Mrs Shaw (Teacher of MFL), Mrs Weedy and Ms Walker.
Mrs Rowe, Mrs Forster and Mrs Nicklen also left during last term and we send them our good wishes.
We very much look forward to welcoming a number of new staff in September, whom we will introduce at the beginning of term.
Changes to school leadership for the next two terms
For the Autumn and Spring terms, Mr Campbell will be taking on the position of Acting Principal. During this time the Governors have asked Ms Shaw to undertake a special project working with our Primary Schools. This is in order to strengthen our already powerful partnership so that our children’s journey from the very earliest stages of their development right through to their transition into work or higher education can be as coherent as possible. This is a “cradle to career” journey which is a very special part of what the Seaton Burn Partnership of Schools offers its young people.
Ms Shaw will continue to work extremely closely with Mr Campbell over these two terms to ensure continuity in the day to day running of our school.