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GREAT NORTH RUN 2014 The Great North Run is the world’s biggest, most popular half marathon and this year many staff and students from Whitley Bay High School were involved, either running or volunteering at some of the events and on the day. Sarah Hylton (10NRA) ran in the 4km Junior Great North Run, held on Saturday 6th September. She said, “It was an amazing experience to complete the race and I really enjoyed it.” was going to be! The atmosphere on the day was great but I think I couldn’t have gone the distance without the crowds cheering everybody on.” The half marathon took place on Sunday 7th September in unexpectedly hot conditions, which made it much more difficult for all the runners. Holly Dawson (12MPM) played a pivotal role as a volunteer by handing out water to runners at the start. Also running for the first time this year were Miss Levin and Miss Medhurst. Miss Medhurst said, “I just aimed to finish and enjoy the experience (if possible!) and in the end I absolutely loved it.” Holly Pitches (13DDT) ran the race for the first time this year. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it Despite the sore legs for days afterwards, everyone who ran the race thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they should be really proud of everything they achieved. 2 114954_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_OCT14.indd 2 13/10/2014 15:13
GREAT NORTH RUN 2014  The Great North Run is the world   s biggest, most popular half marathon and this year many staff an...
Our Term in Pictures | October 2014 Battlefields Trip Miss Britland accompanied two students from Whitley Bay High School on a recent trip to the battlefields of WWI. Here she writes about the trip: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One and the government has offered two students from every school the opportunity to visit the historic battlefields. Students interested in representing WBHS had to write a letter explaining the importance of remembering the war. From this, the History Department picked the top six students, all of whom then had to deliver a presentation on why they personally wanted to be chosen to go on the trip. Out of these six students, Emily Screen (10KPC) and Callum Willson (10LCG) were selected. “My most memorable moment of the trip was visiting Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery on the Western Front and Langemark German War Cemetery. It was incredibly interesting to explore how both sides of the conflict remember the war. At Tyne Cot, the number of graves was overwhelming. Miss Britland asked us both to imagine that a soldier was standing at each grave. It is so vast that from where we were stood, we couldn’t see the end of the cemetery. Some of the graves there had messages from the soldiers’ families and loved ones, but so many more graves were those of unknown soldiers. Because I only knew two other people on the trip, Callum and Miss Britland, I learned how to walk into a room and make friends with other people and through the different activities I have learned new study skills too. The whole trip was an incredibly emotional experience which has given me a new perspective on World War One beyond the facts and figures you learn in school.” Emily Screen, 10KPC The trip was a fantastic experience for all of us. As a teacher, I learned more about the battlefields, the ways in which servicemen were remembered and how their memory is kept alive to this day. As students, Emily and Callum came away with much more in-depth knowledge of the war. It was an extremely informative and emotional experience which both Emily and Callum handled with maturity. “I really enjoyed the trip because it was really different from anything I have experienced before. The trip has really helped me to learn more about WWI from both sides of the conflict and it has also given me a better understanding of the personal stories of the soldiers who fought in the war. Like Emily, my most memorable part of the trip was visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth cemetery for any conflict, anywhere in the world and seeing how big it is first hand put the loss of human life into perspective.” Callum Willson, 10LCG 0191 200 8800 114954_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_OCT14.indd 3 3 13/10/2014 15:14
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Windsurfing Aaron Hobb (10CAJ) Aaron Hobb (who features on our front cover) had a pretty remarkable summer holiday. Having only taken up windsurfing three years ago, Aaron was part of the team that represented Great Britain at this year’s Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships which took place in Brest, France in July. This year’s World Championships was the biggest ever with over 500 young people competing and Aaron came a very respectable 142nd. He has written about his experience: “I was really pleased when I was selected to represent Great Britain. To help me prepare for the World Championships I competed in lots of windsurfing events around the UK over the last twelve months, 23 to be precise. This has meant I have had 23 weekends away and my dad has driven over 6,000 miles to take me to them! All of these events have been really important in helping me gain experience in racing in large fleets and also in rough water and tidal conditions. Racing took place over 6 days with up to three races per day, meaning I was racing up to 15 miles each day. My category (Under 17 Boys) was the largest with 200 sailors taking part. This meant the start was really busy with everyone trying to get the best position! It was really challenging as 6 114954_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_OCT14.indd 6 I am only 14 and I was racing against more experienced 17 year olds. During the competition, it was sunny and with light winds which was ideal for me as I usually train in these types of conditions and I know how to keep the board stable. I am really happy with my performance as I finished twice in the top 30 for a race. It was a fantastic experience to compete against older windsurfers because it has helped me think about where I can improve for next time. I am continuing to compete at a national and international level and preparing for winter training. I can’t wait for the 2015 season!” www.whitleybayhighschool.org 13/10/2014 15:14
Windsurfing Aaron Hobb  10CAJ  Aaron Hobb  who features on our front cover  had a pretty remarkable summer holiday. Having...
National Poetry Day “Poetry: the best words in the best order.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge On 2nd October, Whitley Bay High School celebrated this year’s National Poetry Day with a lunchtime event hosted by the Library. Nineteen staff and students read out poems both new and old to the assembled audience of over 75 representing all year groups. The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day was ‘remember’ and three teachers from the History Department, Mr Rule, Mr Wright and Miss Britland paid tribute to this by reading poetry from the First World War. Philip Larkin was the poet of choice for both Mr Clark and Nick Lion (12AFW) who did a poignant rendition of ‘The Mower’. We also had a number of Year 9 students read out poems this year, including Georgia White who recited her poem entirely off by heart. With a number of students from Creative Writing Group reading out original compositions and a delicious buffet lunch to boot, the whole event was great fun for everyone involved. ‘It was a fantastic event. I loved all the poetry, particularly the original pieces.” Kate Treumann, 11AMC “The food was the best part of National Poetry Day… I’m only joking! The poetry was the best part of the day.” Annis Britton, 11GOR “Celebrating National Poetry Day at school was a really memorable and unique experience. I liked that both staff and students read out poems and some of the poems, particularly the ones from World War One were really quite emotional.” Cameron Ogilvie, 12PJB 7 114954_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_OCT14.indd 7 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 13/10/2014 15:14
National Poetry Day    Poetry  the best words in the best order.    Samuel Taylor Coleridge On 2nd October, Whitley Bay Hi...
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