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E Safety Assembly – w/c 8th February

To highlight Safer Internet Day on the 9th February, all students across KS3, 4 and 5 shall receive an E Safety assembly to reinforce the message of how to keep safe online, both at home and at school. Advisory posters have been displayed next to every computer as a checklist to help remind students of their responsibility to be safe online.

Students know, that should they feel unsafe at school, they can speak to any teacher, in particular anyone from the school safeguarding team:

Mrs Bowen (Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Brown (Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mr McHale (Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mr Bayne (Head of Year, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Slater (SENCO, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Macklon (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Nichols (Governor Link for Safeguarding)




Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – “Don’t Stand By”

Today St Robert’s students have participated in a unique experience to listen to a live webcast of the testimony of Holocaust Survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer. This is the first time that the Holocaust Educational Trust has offered this and St Roberts was one of hundreds of school that signed up to take part in this opportunity to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this year. Find out more about the Holocaust Educational Trust here.

Rudi Oppenheimer, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen, regularly shares his testimony in schools through the Trust’s Outreach Programme, and was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 New Year’s Honour List. Rudi has already spoken over 1,600 times but the online streaming resulted in him talking to his largest audience to date. Read more about his biography here.

As time passes, survivors of the Holocaust are less able to travel across the country to share their stories so the Trust is seeking to bring interactive testimony sessions into the classrooms through modern technology. The event was broadcast live from Pimlico Academy and those watching remotely were able to ask Rudi their questions electronically after hearing him speak.
Participants who weren’t able to have their questions answered today are invited to take part in a live Twitter Chat with Rudi from 2pm-3pm on Sunday 31st January through the Trust’s Twitter account (@HolocaustUK).

Students from Y7-10 will experience special tutorial sessions on 28th January to allow them to think about the significance of the Holocaust and what it means to them as young people in our community. Look out for more to come from our students…

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has produced a short film from Susan Pollack, a survivor of the Holocaust, telling a unique story of surviving genocide for the first time. Watch the video below:



Our 6th Form is one of the North East’s Top Ten!

Top ten schools in the North East for A Level (or equivalent):

Data as published in the Chronicle, 2016

(Average points per student)

1. Durham High School for Girls, Durham, all girls C of E independent, 937.7

2. Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, mixed independent, 914

3. Dame Allan’s Senior School, Fenham, Anglican independent, 902.8

4. Newcastle High School for Girls, Jesmond, all girls C of E independent, 898.7

5. Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham, mixed comprehensive, 884.9

6. St Robert of Newminster Roman Catholic School, Washington, mixed Roman Catholic comprehensive, 871.2

7. Seaton Burn College, Newcastle, mixed comprehensive, 862

8. Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, community school, 855.7

9. St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form, Lanchester, mixed Roman Catholic comprehensive, 854.2

10. St Leonard’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School, Durham, mixed roman catholic comprehensive, 828.8

 Source: Evening Chronicle – click here

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