Staying Safe Near Open Water.

We have been asked by the Local Authority to share the following safety information.

Being suddenly immersed in cold water can cause you to have a heart attack and die. The change in temperature can also lead to a gasp response where you could breathe in water, get into a panic and drown.

Drowning is one of the major causes of adolescent deaths worldwide. An estimated 57,000 ten to nineteen-year-olds drowned across the globe in 2015 – two thirds of them boys.

Fourteen year old Cameron Gosling never came home after jumping into the river without acclimatising, while playing with friends one sunny day. The lives of those closest to him will never be the same again.

His family has no routine or structure and his brother goes to sleep every night listening to Cameron’s funeral music.

Some of his friends have been taken out of mainstream school, friendships have suffered and there have even been thoughts of suicide.

Cameron’s mum Fiona has been left wishing she had spoken to her son about ‘cold water shock,’ believing he would still be here if they had had that chat.

Do your children know about the dangers of jumping into rivers? Do you?

Please learn about cold water shock and have the conversation with your children that Fiona will forever regret not having with Cameron.

You can find out more at  www.durham.gov.uk/dyingtobecool and www.durham.gov.uk/article/7833/Stay-safe-in-or-near-open-water

Crime & Safety Awareness Day

We were pleased to welcome the “No Way” Trust team into school recently. The Trust  is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Our students had a fun and informative day whilst hopefully gaining skills on how to stay safe, deal with life challenges and lead law abiding and positive lifestyles. Student Jenny Piercy said ” It was an awesome experience and would go through it again any time, as I absolutely loved it”.

The volunteers who came into school to deliver the sessions were very complimentary of our students. Phil Wilson, Director of Community Liaison, said “The students in Year 9 were a credit to themselves as well as the school and it was good to see all abilities rewarded in the closing session, which just goes to show that with a little encouragement and a unique approach, everyone can benefit. Let’s hope that some future difficult choices and decisions the students will invariably have to make have been made just a little bit easier knowing the consequences that could await them”.

 

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Term 3 Assessment Week 2017: Information for students, parents & carers

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Assessment Week 3 Dates

  • Year 7: Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May
  • Years 8, 9 + 10: Monday 19th – Friday 23rd June

NB:

  • Year 7 English assessments are on Wednesday 2nd June
  • Year 8 English assessments are on Tuesday 27th June
  • Year 10 have additional Maths and English assessments on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Friday 30th June

Key Assessment Information and Support

In order to support students to prepare for their next Assessment Week, a document has again been produced for each year group, which specifies:

  • Subjects being assessed
  • Dates of assessment
  • Topics to revise
  • Resources, further information and support (web-links are underlined in the document in blue and can be accessed directly by clicking on them)

Each document can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Assessment Timetables

Following feedback from our students, we have also created timetables that detail the exact date of each subject’s assessment for each group, which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Year 10 students have also been issued with individual revision schedules, containing daily revision tasks to complete.  Students can download an electronic version of their plan at www.revisionplan.com/myPlan

Revision Strategies

As well as WHAT to revise students also asked us to share tips on HOW to revise.  A presentation on the Top 10 revision strategies informed by research can be accessed HERE.

All students will be e-mailed an individual copy of these documents.  Students are also encouraged to take their exercise books home to help them prepare for their assessments.

Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners are banned

The latest craze in school is ‘Fidget Spinners’. 

They are a distraction during lessons so staff in school are already having to remove the Fidget Spinners from students for safekeeping.

Fidget Spinners in school will be confiscated, secured safely and returned to parents/carers if they come to school to collect them.

This decision has been made in the best interests of the education, safety and well-being of all students.

Thank you.

Key Stage 4 Options 2017 – Year 8

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It will soon be time for our Year 8 students to choose which subjects they wish to study as options in Years 9, 10 and 11.

To support students, parents and carers in doing this, we will be holding our annual Parents’ and Options Evening in school on Wednesday 3rd May, between 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

Today, we have also published our Key Stage 4 Options 2017 – Course Details Booklet which contains further guidance and information on courses.

Students will need to complete an Options Choice Form signed by parents/carers and return it to their Form Tutor no later than Wednesday 10th May.

All students have been e-mailed an electronic version of the Course Details Booklet and Options Choice Form today.  Both documents can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links above, or via the Curriculum section of the ‘STUDENTS’ or ‘PARENTS’ menu on our website homepage.  Hard copies will be issued to students after the Easter break.

Campus Parking

We have had a number of concerns raised over the last few weeks regarding parking on the Belmont Campus prompting us to send a letter home, read more