The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We always give shoeboxes to children based on need, regardless of their background or religious beliefs. It’s an unconditional gift of love.
Yet again, our Sixth Form students have shown incredible generosity in donating 247 shoeboxes to the appeal. I’m sure they’ll be very gratefully received. Well done.
Our Sixth Form application form for joining us in September 2015 is now available.
Click here to access the form. Please read the terms and conditions at the top of the form.
On 8th October Year 10 and 11 CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) students attended an event at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus. This skills and careers event gave students the chance to gain valuable hands-on experience in numerous sectors including agriculture, construction, engineering, hospitality, tourism, health and social care, and many more.
We started our visit by looking at various stalls run by colleges and employers. It was an excellent opportunity for students to make enquiries about prospective courses, and certain jobs and apprenticeships. There was a wealth of practical activities on offer. One student tried his hand at motor engineering; another practised her hairdressing skills on a real model; a few students identified animal skulls and tracks, and completed a wildlife quiz; and most students had a go at handling a very life-like baby doll (luckily, it didn’t cry).
The visit ended with some time at the zoological gardens. There was so much to see – snakes and spiders; pigs and ponies; meerkats and mice; rabbits and reptiles! It was fantastic to just spend time enjoying these wonderful creatures and, who knows, one of our students might have been so inspired that they will become a zoo-keeper!
A group of year 7 pupils have embarked upon a new reading project this term. The Skype Reading Group will focus on a different novel each half term and after reading their chosen text the group will Skype another school to discuss their ideas and responses to the reading. It is an exciting opportunity that has created a buzz throughout year 7.
Luke Robson, a member of the Skype Reading Group commented “I enjoy reading. It will be nice to read with friends and new people.”
Lily Masters, who is also one of the founding members of the group said, “I’ve joined the book club because I like reading a really good book. It will be nice to share our opinions about the books with different people.”
The group has decided that their first novel will be The Hobbit and they will aim to read and discuss this novel over the course of the next half term.
The English Department hosted a wealth of Roald Dahl Day themed activities earlier this half term which were enjoyed by staff and students alike.
Pupils were invited to be involved in competitions, themed lessons and were also asked to write their own ‘Revolting Rhyme’; members of staff were even invited to dress up and teach their lessons for the day as their favourite Dahl characters.
Pupils from across KS3 entered the competition to write an utterly revolting rhyme with a range of different highly ‘revolting’ takes on classic stories. The winning entries will be display throughout the English Department this term .
Last week, year 10 students from St Robert’s started a weekly before-school activities club with St Michael’s; and, speaking as one of the participants, it is going extremely well! Every Tuesday morning, at eight o’clock, twenty students from year 5 and year 6, come in for forty five minutes of activities to get them energised before school. So far, our focus has been on bench ball, multi-skills games and team building activities. The club is a lot of fun for both the year 10 students who are running the club and the children participating! Every week the two pupils who we feel have given the most, in terms of effort and good sportsmanship, gets some sort of reward for their efforts. We hope that this will inspire the other pupils next week and keep standards high. This programme will run for the whole year in St Michael’s and is getting better and better each week. We are really excited to see how it progresses and can’t wait to implement all of our ideas.
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.
For further information about the European Day of Languages, click here
After achieving excellent results in GCSE and A Level this summer, we’ve got something to shout about. The school is the highest performing in Sunderland on the national benchmark of 5 or more A* to C grades (including English and Maths) at GCSE, with 73%. A Level results are again very high, and in the top 8% nationally. Head Teacher Nick Hurn said, “We are really thrilled with these results, which are just reward for the hard work and dedication of our outstanding teachers, the commitment and effort of our students, and the excellent support of their families. We start the new school year with renewed enthusiasm, knowing that St. Robert’s is going from strength to strength.”