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Anti Bullying Conference October 2015

Anti Bullying Conference

    ANTI BULLYING CONFERENCE – Wednesday 14 October 2015

Today the Anti-bullying mentors have had an opportunity to attend an anti bullying conference to complete workshops and collaborate with other schools.

Firstly we hopped on our mini bus and made our way along to Washington School. When we entered we got complemented with a free wristband and a badge containing our school details. We listened to the A-Z of bullying and talked about what to post and what not to post on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter and Instagram. We now know that not everything is stored safely and about on-line bullying.

Then we moved into workshops where we first participated in an activity trying as a group to answer questions about bullying, then we participated in another activity about how everybody is different by completing a table answering things like ‘what is your favorite food’, comparing our responses with everyone. There is beauty in diversity!

The next activity was related to scenarios about what would happen if you lost a competition, we used thinking hats to help us jot down what we had learnt and the ideas that we had. This helped us to understand how to deal with difficult situations.

Overall today has been great! All 15 of us have had an excellent time and learnt a lot of interesting things about bullying and how to prevent it. We are now a little bit smarter about this subject.

Written By Jude Taylor (Anti Bullying Mentor)

Anti Bullying Conference October 2015


European Day of Languages 2015


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.

Sainsbury’s in Washington are donating croissants for the department pastry giveaway at break time in return for them asking for it in a language other than English.








For further information about the European Day of Languages, click here


Year 6 Open Evening

Year 6 Open Evening

Thursday 1st October 2015

There will be a presentation by the Headteacher, Mr D. Juric, and an opportunity to visit subject areas and speak to staff and students.

We welcome parents and their children as follows:

6pm: St Bede’s and Our Lady Queen of Peace feeder primary schools as well as all other non feeder primary schools.
7pm: St John Boste, St Jospeh’s and St Michael’s feeder primary schools.

Whilst we have recommended time slots in order to accommodate numbers, we welcome our prospective non feeder parents and children at either presentation.


Great Languages Bake Off

Recently in Languages we have been competing in the Great Languages Bake Off, a competition run in the North East for Year 9 students by Routes into Languages. Following in the footsteps of the Great British Bake Off, a programme many of us will be familiar with or at least have heard of, we were tasked with creating a short video showing the production process whilst narrating it in French, then providing a running commentary on the key language points we worked on in the video. This year we have decided to created the much-loved sponge cake, using a low fat sponge recipe with crème fraiche in the middle and raspberries and kiwi fruit on the top. We have now entered the competition and are looking forward to Wednesday 22nd April 2015, when we will be visiting Sunderland University to present our video to other schools and join the running for this year’s Great Languages Bake Off trophy. We will also take part in some language learning activities lead by university staff and student ambassadors, so there is a lot to look forward to.

If you haven’t already, we’d recommend viewing our entry where you can see just how interesting and enjoyable languages can be. We’ve had a thoroughly great experience this year and can’t wait to see how we do!