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World Book Day – 2017

On Thursday 2nd March the school celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. The English department and Library staff transformed into famous literary characters for the day and students guessed the characters, as they identified them around school.

Students participated in a World Book Day themed quiz in tutor groups, with a particularly impressive score from 7W1, who achieved 37 out of 38, the highest result out of any tutor group in school. Well done.

As part of the celebrations, staff and students shared their experiences of reading with each other and discussed their favourite titles. Students also received a World Book Day £1 token to spend on a new book at their nearest participating bookshop.

The librarian hosted a World Book Day event for our year 7 students. The event was a great success and students enjoyed a variety of creative activities from designing their own book covers, to competing in a Harry Potter themed drawing challenge and adopting the role as an inventor, as they tried to devise a way to escape from a well with limited resources. The group thought of some very interesting ideas!

Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Great Debate Competition


Kieran Hannam and Bradley Logan competed in the regional heat of the Historical Association’s “Great Debate Competition” at Durham High School. Competitors had to present a speech to a panel of judges about World War One and its impact on our community. They were scored on the accuracy of their presentation as well as their delivery and ability to answer follow up questions. They were up against some excellent competitors but Kieran Hannam was chosen as the overall winner.

Kieran will now progress to the National final held in London in March where he will represent our school and the region against competitors from all over the country. He will be competing for prizes for both himself and the school.

His chosen topic was the Usworth and Washington Primary School strikes which took place in 1917 due to regional poverty caused by the low wages of the mining families. Bradley presented on the 1600 Belgium migrants who settled in Birtley for the duration of the war.

Both boys represented the school exceptionally well.

European Day of Languages 2016

To mark this day, the MFL department decided to record non language teachers showing off a language they know. You can see the results here!

Form tutors competed against each other to score full marks in the annual EDL quiz. Staff wore badges telling pupils which languages they can speak and prayers were said at the end of the day in French, German and Spanish.

European Day of Languages 2016 from St Roberts on Vimeo.





My Student Events


My Student Events is a dynamic platform helping you to find open days, tasters, study days and other events in seconds. Search 100s of university open days and study events across the UK and Europe.


How do I navigate around the site?
Put it simply, you don’t really need to. Just type it (e.g. Feb, Leeds, Science, Summer School) and MSE will find you some fantastic event options to look at.


So do you just have University events on there?
Absolutely not. MSE is packed with Uni open days and tasters but includes a large volume of non-university events such as apprenticeship fairs, skills shows and specialist listings.


Are all events on MSE free?
We have 100s of free events and some that do charge to attend. The cost of each event is clearly stated or you can filter for free or paid events.


Can I book my place at events online?
Not at this stage. MSE takes you exactly when you need to go to secure your place.


What is MSE buzz?
MSE buzz provides some entertaining and informative supporting content for MSE. Take a look at our initial batch of quizzes, lists, polls and videos. There’s loads more where that came from.



Fire Safety Advice

It’s no game playing with someone’s life warns the fire and rescue service in its latest campaign

During the spring months of April and May, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately.

Most of these fires occur on grassland, woodland, waste land, in fields, parks and playgrounds. They are usually started by young people setting fire to rubbish, grass, fly tipping, hedges and fences.

Not only do these anti-social behaviour fires cause damage to property, the environment and tie up firefighters unnecessarily but they can also cause injuries and deaths; what may seem like a bit of fun can quickly spread and endanger lives.

The Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents to support them by finding out what their children are doing if they go out during the lighter nights. They want parents to back the campaign by making children aware of the dangers of setting fires deliberately – it’s no game playing with someone’s life.

Fire is unpredictable and dangerous, not only can it kill but deliberately setting a fire can leave you with a criminal record and scar you for life.

Please follow the link to view our short film which highlights that fire crews cannot be in two places at The film shows a young person being dropped off by his mum to play with his friends in a park. They decide to set a fire which is put out by fire crews who also receive a call to attend a road traffic collision (RTC). A fire crew from another station attends the RTC whilst the local crew is busy putting out the rubbish fire started as a bit of fun. After they arrive to support the fire crew at the RTC the driver of the vehicle dies.

For more information on how to stay safe from fire please visit or, or search for ‘twfrs’ on Instagram.