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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!



Our School has, by using our water coolers, helped save the lives of many children in Africa.

With every water cooler and bottle of water we obtain from AquAid, a donation has been made on our behalf to The Africa Trust. These funds are used to directly build fresh drinking water wells in areas in Africa where it is needed the most, like in schools and villages.

Our Water Coolers
are from AquAid
project trust

Project Trust – Peru

I am pleased to be sending you my first volunteer update, with Project Trust. Read it here now!

I would like to say a huge thank you for all your help! I really wouldn’t of made it here without the schools incredible support, throughout the whole of last year!

The next update i will be sending you will be in February.

Amy Coulson (ex Year 13 student)


Operation Christmas Child 2014

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.



‘Get the Buzz’ Careers and Skills Event

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!

Miss Robson



The ‘Skype’s’ the Limit for our new Reading Group

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.

Mrs Lillie