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SPORTS ROUND UP! This term has seen some amazing sporting successes for our school teams, with some fantastic individual achievements to boot. U16 Girls Football Team U14 and U15 Netball Team Our U16 girls football team finished 4th in the North Tyneside/Newcastle CVL league. Meanwhile the U15 girls team reached the semi-final of the Merchant Navy Cup where they were beaten by Walbottle Campus (who later went on to win the competition). WBHS Netball Success: U14 and U15 Teams Net Titles Again. Individually, the following Year 9 and 10 students have been selected to play football for North Tyneside U15 team. Megan Smith (9SL), Lucy Maughan (10ST), Ellie Wilkinson (9AMP), Rebecca Jamieson (9SMC), Ruby Kelly (10KPC), Olivia Parker (10CAJ), Katie Sherrin (10KFK) and Beth Hawksworth (10DJL).   Lucy Maughan, Neve O’Donnell (10AKG) and Olivia Parker have been selected for Newcastle United’s Player Development Centre and Zoe Hornby (11ABR) has been selected to train with England Under 18s. Our Year 9 team competed in the U14 North Tyneside Netball Tournament at Burnside Campus this half term. Although the team were considered the favourites going into the competition, the girls did not get complacent. Throughout all their matches, defence was strong and the shooters were on top form and the team won the tournament without conceding any goals! The team’s success means that Whitley Bay High School holds the title for the seventh year running. This wasn’t our only success at the tournament- our U15 team won their age competition too and below is a selfie of them all on the day. The team comprised of: Molly Atkinson (10JAM), Zoey Brooks (10BPB), Lucy Burton (10ASJ), Caitlin Charlton (10NRA), Rachel Fox (10DEB), Jazz Orchard (10DEB), Steffi Parr (10REC) and Grace Rickaby (10DEB). U15 Football Team The boys U15 football team have had a storming season by coming joint 1st in the domestic league and also winning the league cup against local rivals John Spence Community High School. The U15 team continued their winning streak by seeing off their opposition in a 6-a-side football tournament organised by Capita. As a prize for winning the competition, the team will receive a new set of 11-a side strips from the company which the players were able to help to design. Not only that but the school’s U14 team are also on a roll. They remain unbeaten in the league and they defeated a tough team from St Thomas More Academy to win the Tom Sayburn league cup! An absolutely brilliant achievement. 2 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
SPORTS ROUND UP  This term has seen some amazing sporting successes for our school teams, with some fantastic individual a...
Our Term in Pictures | June 2015 A Wheely Big Achievement Richie Allen (11AML) is a future cycling star. Here he tells us about his experience: “I have been selected for the Olympic Development Apprenticeship (ODA) programme for road and track cycling. As part of this programme, I train five times per week then once a fortnight I train up in Glasgow. At these sessions, we typically start with a two hour road ride to build endurance and then we have a four hour session in the velodrome where we work on speed, power and endurance. My proudest cycling achievement is not an event that I won, but a race in which I performed really well at a national level. This was the London Grand Prix. The course went down the Mall past Buckingham Palace and speeds averaged at 27mph for forty-five minutes. I came 7th out of a national contingent and this year I hope to win the race.” Rowing for Gold This year, students from WBHS had great success at the North Tyneside indoor rowing competition. All the students who placed progressed to the North East finals and Georgia Cohen (9BWC) came first so she has made it through to the regional finals. Year 9: David Chandler (9CIJ), 2nd place Year 9: Georgia Cohen, 1st place in North Tyneside and the North East Year 11: Sinead Bishop (11JIO), 3rd place Year 11: Mia Wilson (11JIO), 2nd place Rugby The school has also had great success on the rugby pitch this year. Four of our students, Jacob Dunsdon (10EPO), Tom Wilcox (10DEB), Harry Cable (10KPC) and Nathan Henderson (10KPC) have all been selected to play for the Northumberland U15 rugby team. These four students are also members of the very competitive U15 school team. Starting Year 9 with a squad list of eighteen players, this has grown to a high of twenty-seven students this year which has enabled the team to be competitive in each of the three competitions they have entered. 0191 200 8800 3
Our Term in Pictures   June 2015  A Wheely Big Achievement Richie Allen  11AML  is a future cycling star. Here he tells us...
Mathsfest Mayhem This year, Whitley Bay’s Maths department held the very first “Mathsfest”, a celebration of all things mathematical and numerical. Lunchtime activities included Countdown, Deal or No Deal and a Pi recitation competition held in honour of “Pi Day” (which was also an excuse to eat a lot of pie…). It all added up to a great event and multiplied the students’ interest in maths. Here, Simeon Sayer (9SAC) tells us about his experience: “I really enjoyed Mathsfest. The lessons worked well and explored some topics that a lot of the time we don’t get to see, like maths in episodes of “The Simpsons” and in using Rubik’s cubes. I also helped the visiting Year 8 students during their Mathsfest sessions which was really fun. At first, I couldn’t work out some of the questions that they did straight away so it was really great to see future WBHS students having a good stab at them. Pi (ϖ) Day was also brilliant fun- I can’t believe the mind-blowing digits of pi that some people managed to memorise! As a whole, Mathsfest was brilliant and it gave me an insight into some of the crazier and more interesting sides of maths.” 4 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Mathsfest Mayhem  This year, Whitley Bay   s Maths department held the very first    Mathsfest   , a celebration of all th...
Sir Ian McKellen wows WBHS! Our Term in Pictures | June 2015 Just before half term, Sir Ian McKellen, legendary actor and activist, visited Whitley Bay High School on behalf of Stonewall, the gay rights charity. During his visit, Sir Ian spoke movingly to packed houses of students and staff about his career not as an actor but as an activist. Sir Ian explained how initially he became involved in gay rights in the late 80s, following the infamous Section 28 which made it an offence for state maintained schools to ‘promote homosexuality’. Sir Ian noted the absurdity of this law commenting ‘you might as well make it illegal to promote red hair or left handedness - there’s not a thing the person concerned can do to change it!’ Sir Ian spoke about growing up at a time when gay people were called ‘queers’ which he said made them feel “abnormal, unusual and second rate”. At school he never talked to anyone about sex or sexuality and was astonished to discover later in his life that his best school friend was also gay. Sir Ian also talked about his acting career and working in films. Sir Ian made everyone laugh when he had a word of advice for students about to start their examinations, “One thing is for sure – if you haven’t worked hard, revised carefully and got yourself fully prepared I can tell you ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS!’” “It was just amazing having Sir Ian McKellen in school and I feel very lucky that I got to meet him. Despite being so well-known, he was incredibly down to earth and really inspiring. I feel like his visit has had a really great influence on all the students at WBHS.” Alina Mironova, 13JJB “He was really passionate when he was speaking and what he said was really useful in helping us better understand the issues that he talked about.” Megan Rice, 9CIJ WBHS Mock Election Round-Up To coincide with this year’s General Election, students at Whitley Bay held their own mock election to see who they would choose to be their elected representative. Four students from year 12 stood as candidates: Jamie Clark (12ACC) representing the Liberal Democrats; Katy Curry (12HJR), Green Party; Nick Lion (12DBC), Conservative Party; and Isaac Sidney (12PJB), Labour Party. It was a hard-fought election battle with the candidates taking part in assemblies as well as poster campaigns. Mr Williams, in the guise of David Dimbleby, presided over a tough Question Time in which the candidates tackled such topics as the NHS, the gender pay gap and reversing the deficit. In the run-up to Election Day, some of candidates standing for election in Tynemouth came to the school and spoke to students. The talks, given by Alan Campbell (Labour), Glenn Hall (Conservative) and Julia Erskine (Green Party), were well attended and Miss Milburn, who organised the events, expressed her admiration at the way the students had engaged with the candidates and responded so intelligently to their remarks. “I am pleased that the students have shown such interest in the key political issues and I am really impressed at their engagement with this election.” On May 7th, the whole student body had the opportunity to take to the polls and have their say. Turnout was 61% with 970 votes were cast and the results were as follows: 4th place: Jamie Clark, Liberal Democrats (82 votes) 3rd place: Nick Lion, Conservative (165 votes) 2nd place: Katy Curry, Green Party (321 votes) 1st place: Isaac Sidney, Labour Party (361 votes) Thanks must go to the candidates who stood for election and to all the staff and students who helped to make the election happen. 0191 200 8800 5
Sir Ian McKellen wows WBHS   Our Term in Pictures   June 2015  Just before half term, Sir Ian McKellen, legendary actor an...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK! A-Level students studying Art and Media descended on the Big Apple again this year. They took in the spectacular views of New York City with a night-time trip up the Empire State Building as well as exploring Times Square (complete with “selfie sticks”) and going ice skating in Central Park. Staff and students enjoyed a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as seeing a fabulous production of Matilda on Broadway. Not only that but they had the chance to explore such memorable venues as Radio City Music Hall and galleries like the Metropolitan Museum of Art from which students drew inspiration. Here is a selection of photos from their trip… CERN Trip Earlier this year, a group of A-Level Physics students visited the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva in Switzerland. Staff and students got the chance to learn more about this vast and intricate experimental facility. 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
NEW YORK, NEW YORK  A-Level students studying Art and Media descended on the Big Apple again this year. They took in the s...
Our Term in Pictures | June 2015 MEDIA OSCARS Glitz and glamour abounded at this year’s Media Oscars, the awards that honour the work of A2 Media students and showcase their incredible music videos, created as part of their coursework. Around two hundred people were in attendance at this year’s event, which started with a reception in the pop-up cinema before staff, students, friends and family all descended upon the Tyneside cinema for the main ceremony. Ruth Lacey (13STM) and Ross Whyatt (13STM) kicked off proceedings with a brilliant introduction, before the audience was treated to the students’ preliminary music videos which they filmed at the end of Year 12. These videos mainly consisted of (according to Mr Convery, the Media technician) “mucking around in wigs”… The audience then watched the fourteen spectacular videos which were up for awards including ‘Best Narrative’, ‘Best Editing’ and ‘Top Teamwork’. This year’s ‘Best Video’ award was voted for on the night and Utopia, a group consisting of Sophie Atkin (13JS), Abby Davidson (13CEA), Iona Pollock (13CEA) and Emily Wright (13SMD), walked away with the top prize. It wasn’t just the students who received accolades. Mr Convery was given an honorary Oscar for being “Top Technician” and Mr Bland, the Head of Media, was presented with a video featuring current and exstudents thanking him for all his help and guidance whilst he has been in the role. And now the red carpet has been rolled up for another year, but the glamour of the night will hopefully inspire the next generation of Whitley Bay filmmakers. 0191 200 8800 7
Our Term in Pictures   June 2015  MEDIA OSCARS Glitz and glamour abounded at this year   s Media Oscars, the awards that h...
WBHS Students take on Duke of Edinburgh Since September this year, students from Whitley Bay High School have been working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Young people who take on the challenge have to complete a number of stages, including participating in physical activity, volunteering (like coaching or helping in a charity shop) and a skill-based activity. One student even took on the task of creating a giant patchwork quilt for her skill. 8 In addition, students have to complete practice and real expeditions and the group met every Thursday after school with staff to work on the key skills needed to prepare for these. They worked with Mr Abrahams to learn more about essential first aid and well as practising their map reading and navigation skills. They also got to have a go at using camping stoves (which were bought through the school’s Trust Fund) and putting up the tents. The tents were purchased following the receipt of a generous grant from the Community Foundation. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
WBHS Students take on Duke of Edinburgh Since September this year, students from Whitley Bay High School have been working...
Our Term in Pictures | June 2015 Staff and students embarked upon their practice expedition in the Northumberland National Park back in April and conditions on the first day could not have been much worse. According to Miss Britland, one of the staff on the expedition, it rained from the moment the students assembled at the starting point until they arrived at the camp site several hours later. However, the students took it all on the chin and soldiered on regardless. The day took a turn for the better when the weather finally improved and the sun began to shine as staff and students put up their tents. They all received a shock the next morning when they realised that the tents had all frozen overnight! Students will undertake their final expedition in June when their routes will take in the glorious terrain around Hadrian’s Wall, before finishing their weekend at Allenbanks. 0191 200 8800 9
Our Term in Pictures   June 2015  Staff and students embarked upon their practice expedition in the Northumberland Nationa...
LITERATURE AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL Whitley Bay High School’s annual Literature and Performing Arts Festival took place the week before May half term. The school welcomed a whole range of creative people, from the 1623 Theatre Company to a rapper, a street dancer and the noted authors Anthony McGowan and Jeff Norton as well as the hugely popular Book Art workshop run by our very own Miss Tyley. During the Festival week, nearly all of the students in both years 9 and 10 participated in an event. The week culminated in our annual Poetry Slam on Friday lunchtime followed by a performance poetry workshop. Molly Glover (10EPO) took part in both events and she said, “[The workshop] was great fun and I got the chance to express myself in a way I don’t usually.” All in all, it was a fantastic, action-packed week that everyone enjoyed. Jonathan Davies (9AMB) went to Anthony McGowan’s talk and he said, “I really enjoyed the event and I liked all the stories he told us. In fact, I am already looking forward to next year’s Festival!” Miss Noel, one of the Library staff, said, “It’s always a great privilege to host the Festival and I enjoy meeting all the different writers and performers that come to our school. Even as a member of staff, I always learn a lot from their talks and workshops. It is definitely one of the most exciting and inspiring weeks in the school calendar!” One particular highlight for both students and staff was our very own “Cluedo Day” where students had to unravel the mystery of who killed Doctor Black (known usually as Mr Wilson). Working as a team, the students had to solve puzzles, collect clues and present the findings of their investigation to a panel of tough-talking detectives (Ms Lackenby and Mrs Mays). At the end of the day, the real answer was revealed and it was… Reverend Green in the gym with a heavy book! Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the day and Rachel McMenzie (9CIJ) simply said, “It was fabulous!” The 1623 Theatre Company have been coming to the Literature Festival for over five years and during this year’s residency, they not only delivered amazing performances to every Year 9 class but they took Shakespeare out to the masses with flash mobs during registration and workshops in local first and middle schools. 10 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
LITERATURE AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL Whitley Bay High School   s annual Literature and Performing Arts Festival took pl...
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