PICTURES OCTOBER ‘15 OUR TERM IN www.whitleybayhighschool.org
PICTURES  OCTOBER    15  OUR TERM IN  www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Getting the wheels in motion for Year 9 As part of our Year 9 transition programme, students coming up to Whitley Bay High School visited our Learning Support department in the summer to take part in an innovative and interesting art-based project. Working in small groups with students from other schools, they were challenged to “upcycle” and decorate old bicycle wheels on a theme of their choosing. Along the way, students were asked to use their problemsolving skills to overcome the challenges of using different materials. The students’ work is displayed in B37 where they will be mounted on the wall as artwork. Here are some of the students involved in the project pictured with their work. Thanks also go to Whiptail Cycles, C.P. Performance Cycles and M. Steel Cycles for their kind donations of free wheels. Students pictured L-R: Hallie Tatters, 9SK/ Chris Porter, 9IMT/ Alex Rolls, 9ABR/ Harry McGuire, 9SD/ Sam Stephenson, 9LM/ Livvy Dryland, 9AML/ Eve Devereux, 9JIO/ Amar Halimic, 9LM. Student Success: Duke of Edinburgh Deajai Savage (11KPC) is one of a number of students who has completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award through the school. Deajai is now working towards her Silver Award and here she tells us about her experiences so far. “There are three required parts of the Award as well as the expedition: a skill, a physical activity and volunteer work. For my skill, I’ve been doing music, singing and song-writing, which is something I really love. I have been doing street and hip-hop dance classes at Northburn Sports Centre in Cramlington for my physical activity. For the volunteering part of the Award, I have been helping out at the Cramlington Volunteer Youth Project. I got the chance to work with younger children and do activities with them, as well as doing song-writing workshops and other fun things. We did the Bronze expedition out near Hexham and as a group we walked about fifteen miles over two days. The weather 2 was really changeable, going from sunshine to rain and back again! I decided to do the Silver Award because I wanted to make people proud. I’ve kept the same physical and skill elements but this time I am volunteering with another charity. The next expedition is happening soon and I will have to cover over twenty miles across three days.” Year 10 students have the opportunity to undertake both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards through the school. All of our students who are working towards their awards have immensely enjoyed the experience and have gained many skills from taking part. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Getting the wheels in motion for Year 9 As part of our Year 9 transition programme, students coming up to Whitley Bay High...
Our Term in Pictures | October 2015 Magic and Mystery Week The new Year 9 students were treated to a packed week of fun, magic-themed activities, including a visit by an actual magician. As part of their induction, the students were challenged to solve the puzzle of who disrupted their first ever assembly with their Head of Year, Mr Bland. Using their powers of deduction and the clues they were given for completing tasks, students had to work out which of the suspects was guilty of this magical crime. In the end, it was revealed to be Mr Bell who did the deed out of jealousy! “I really enjoyed collecting all the stickers! We were given them for showing effort, excellence, independence, resilience, asking questions and working as a team. My tutor group came second overall and we managed to collect 271 in a single week! We got a certificate for doing well. The best thing about starting at Whitley Bay High School has been meeting new people and making friends and I am looking forward to exploring more of the school.” Ella Fairbrother, 9SMA “My favourite thing about the first week was definitely doing magic in the hall. I learned how to do a trick with cards. I also enjoyed the lessons because they had a mystery theme.” Ewan Foster, 9ASK “I think that Magic and Mystery Week was great. I enjoyed the activities and I’m pleased I got to show people some of the magic tricks that I can do! I’ve made lots of friends already.” Matthew Heywood, 9CLL “Our tutor group guessed that Mr Bell was the one who disrupted assembly. We all worked together as a team to figure out the clues, but the bell in the hall gave it away in the end. I’ve come to Whitley Bay from Valley Gardens Middle School and I really like it here, especially because the teachers are nice.” Marnie Wall, 9REL 0191 200 8800 3
Our Term in Pictures   October 2015  Magic and Mystery Week The new Year 9 students were treated to a packed week of fun, ...
Year 12 Induction Day Thursday 3rd September saw the whole of Year 12 take part in a series of games and challenges as part of their introduction to sixth form life. Sports Round Up We have had some fantastic sporting successes recently at Whitley Bay High School and here are just some of them. Charlotte Pickering (10SMM) Just before the summer holidays, Charlotte was selected to represent Northumberland County at the English Schools Athletics Championships which took place in July. She was chosen to compete in both the shot put and the 4x100m relay events against athletes from all over the country. These activities included a limbo competition and “Hit the Rat” as well as doing a treasure hunt around school. Matt McCoy’s (12SMD) personal favourite was playing with the parachute. He said, “It was great fun! We haven’t played with one of these since first school!” Grace Storey (12SMD) thought that the induction activities were really beneficial. “I enjoyed getting to meet all the new people in our year group through doing these activities.” Many of the students also thought that the induction helped them to bond with their new tutor groups as well as allowing them to have fun. Here is a selection of snaps from the day! 4 Sophie Grigg (10BWC) & Molly Atkinson (11JAM) Sophie was also selected to compete in the same competition, taking part in the 100m and the 4x100m. Not only that, but Sophie has been picked for the regional Under 17 netball squad along with Molly Atkinson (11JAM). All of our students should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Sports Volunteers Not only did some of our students compete at the English Schools Athletics Championships, but some of them volunteered as well. Here is a picture of the group of Year 9 and 10 students who were kit carriers for the athletes participating at the event. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Year 12 Induction Day Thursday 3rd September saw the whole of Year 12 take part in a series of games and challenges as par...
Our Term in Pictures | October 2015 WBHS takes on the Great North Run Sunday 13th September saw several members of staff at Whitley Bay High School take on the Great North Run along with 57,000 other runners. Mr Hall, Mr Cox, Mr Convery, Ms Medhurst, Ms Levin, Ms Clarke and Mr Brettell all finished this year’s race on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day. Not only that but Maya Leyden (9CLL) did her bit to keep the runners motivated at mile 10 of the race where she spent the day drumming with her Samba band. She said, “The best bit of the day was seeing Mo Farah run past but I really enjoyed helping to keep everyone’s energy up.” Adam Downie (10HLW) was one of many young people Sports Day We also had another fantastic Sports Day before the end of last term which saw students in Years 9 and 10 partake in a whole range of activities from rounders to bootcamp, complete with tyre flipping, to literally ‘monkeying around’ in Zuu Fitness sessions (an animal-based fitness craze). taking place in the Great North Junior Run, a 4km race along Newcastle’s Quayside which took place the day before the main event. He said, “I’ve never done the Junior race before, but I used to do the Mini run. The weather was really bad to begin with but once the race started, it was roasting! It was a good experience and I would recommend other people to do it next year.” Many of our new Year 9 students also took part in the run. Sam Ratcliff (9SD) came 100th out of around 6,000 runners. He said, “Mum and Dad told me I had to do the run, I didn’t really get much choice! I enjoyed the running element of the day and I am pleased with the time I got.” Louise Murray (9ASK) also enjoyed the race, so much so that she has done the Mini and Junior runs eight times previously. Maddie Gwillim (9LM) was signed up to the race by her mum and in turn, she dragged Meg Robinson (9CLL) along to do it with her! Both of the girls said that the atmosphere on the day was amazing. Ruby Davison (9ANR) and Samantha Jenkins (9CLL) both raised tremendous amounts of money by doing the run: £380 for Macmillan and £300 for Leukaemia Research respectively. Well done to all who were involved in this fantastic event. 0191 200 8800 5
Our Term in Pictures   October 2015  WBHS takes on the Great North Run  Sunday 13th September saw several members of staff...
Year 10 Tackle Hawkhirst A group of students starting on the school’s Work Related Learning programme were thrown in at the deep end with a great trip to Hawkhirst, an outdoor activity centre in Kielder Forest. The students embarked upon a whole range of activities, including climbing and zip-lining, many of which they had never done before. Mr Lee, Whitley Bay’s Applied Studies coordinator, said that it was a fantastic trip during which the students embraced all the challenges thrown at them and they really stepped out of their comfort zones. 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Year 10 Tackle Hawkhirst A group of students starting on the school   s Work Related Learning programme were thrown in at ...
Our Term in Pictures | October 2015 Love of Learning Leads to GCSE Success! Over the summer, happy, confident and successful Whitley Bay High School students collected the best results since league tables began. 87% of students achieved a total of 5 or more A*- C grades with 80% achieving 5 or more A*- C grades including English and Maths, the highest of all the schools in North Tyneside. The number of A* grades went up by 4% to 12% and A grades up to 22% meaning that 34% of grades were right at the top end. Two thirds of all grades were A* - B. A huge 90% of a year group of 350 students achieved A*- C in English Language and 87% achieved A*- C in Maths. Science results were equally impressive with 87% achieving at least two A*- C grades. Students arrived at school to collect their results with an air of excitement and anticipation. Alice Bull was delighted with her 10 A*s and 1 A. “I was hoping to do well but I was surprised by some of my grades so I’m really happy. I am going to stay on at Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths and I hope to go to Cambridge University to read Natural Sciences.” The stories of success, hard work and excellent teaching were replicated across the school. Michael Milburn bagged 3 A*s and 8As: “I am really happy with my results because they mean that I can go on to do all the subjects I intended to study at Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form. Come September, I will be taking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and will hopefully go on to do something with engineering or science at university. My teachers were so helpful all the time and were always offering help and feedback.” And like many of her fellow WBHS students Grace Storey also had lots to celebrate after achieving 5 A*s and 6 As. “I am absolutely elated.” Grace is also staying on at the school’s nationally recognised Sixth Form, alongside many other successful Year 11 students. “When I leave school, I would like to be an Art Historian so in Sixth Form I am going to study Art, English Literature, French and History.” Steve Wilson, the Headteacher, said: ‘These results reflect a stellar year for the school. We are so pleased for our students who have achieved outstanding results; it reflects both their massive efforts and the incredible teaching, guidance and support offered by our staff. All students were supported and encouraged to aim for their personal best grades and I am so pleased that students of all abilities have been so successful. In the end relationships are what matter most and a really powerful learning ethic drove us on this year. Confidence and self-esteem, and a genuine engagement in lessons make our students happy to come to school. We consciously foster a love of learning—there are no gimmicks here; it’s all about making yourself the best learner you can be.’ Mr Wilson added: ‘ I want to congratulate all our students and their families on a first-rate year. I am delighted for you all.” 0191 200 8800 7
Our Term in Pictures   October 2015  Love of Learning Leads to GCSE Success  Over the summer, happy, confident and success...
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