PICTURES NOVEMBER ‘15 OUR TERM IN www.whitleybayhighschool.org
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Year 9 Dance Club Led by Ms Lawson, a group of dance enthusiasts in Year 9 meets every Thursday lunchtime to explore and choreograph different dance genres. In recent weeks, the students have learned about Bollywood dancing in a session led by Ms Karn. Ms Karn said, “The moves I taught the students come from a Punjabi background in Bhangra dancing. Students may be familiar with this, with artists like Punjabi MC and Jay Sean featuring regularly in the charts over the last few years. All of the moves involved in Bollywood/Bhangra dancing are extremely high energy with big movements making it a really good cardiovascular workout to increase fitness and dance ability!” Whitley Bay’s Skating Star Amy Smith (10SMM) has recently returned from her first international figure skating competition in Croatia. Amy took part in the Golden Bear competition in Zagreb where a field of 25 figure skaters aged between 8 and 20 years old were competing for the title. Here she tells us about the experience: “Prior to going to Croatia, I had never done an international competition before so it was a great experience. I had to perform a three minute routine which contained five jumps and two spins and I finished the competition in 15th place. This means that I am now 12th in the UK as a result. My next competition is the British Championships in Sheffield where I will be competing in the under 15 age category. After that, I have another international competition in Belgium in February.” Amy started figure skating at the age of nine at Whitley Bay Ice Rink where she now trains four mornings a week before coming to school. She also trains in Sheffield on a Saturday with some of the top figure skaters in the country. We wish Amy all the luck with her upcoming competitions. 2 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Year 9 Dance Club Led by Ms Lawson, a group of dance enthusiasts in Year 9 meets every Thursday lunchtime to explore and c...
Our Term in Pictures | November 2015 Sports Round Up! Under 16 Netball Big congratulations must go to our under 16 netball team who came second in the county competition. They beat teams from Dame Allan’s Girls School, Royal Grammar School, Westfield School and Gosforth Academy to progress to the regional final. Year 9 Boys Rugby Our under 14 rugby team has also had a fantastic start to the year. The team beat four local schools, including Cramlington Learning Village, to progress to the regional final of their most recent competition before beating Cramlington again as well as another school from Gateshead in the county round. Tyne and Wear Coaching Academy Congratulations also go to Isabelle Davis (9JIO), Beth Hawksworth (11DJL), Georgia Widdas (11KPC), James Mole (12RCE), Emily Davis (12SRF) and Kara Riall (12LSB) who have been selected to be a part of the Tyne and Wear Coaching Academy. One of our former students, Jonathan Allman, has also been selected. The Academy is for students who have shown talent and commitment to sports coaching outside of school. All of our students have done fantastically well to be selected especially as applications were open to all schools in Tyne and Wear but with only thirty places available. It is a real achievement that one in five members of the Academy will be representing Whitley Bay High School. 0191 200 8800 3
Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  Sports Round Up  Under 16 Netball Big congratulations must go to our under 16 netbal...
Year 12 Enrichment Round Up As part of the Sixth Form curriculum, Year 12 students are given the chance to try their hand at something new, develop their skills and take part in activities beyond the classroom through the Enrichment programme. Here is a snapshot of just some of the things that our students are involved in this term. Charity Cycle Ride With intentions to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust, a number of students have mounted their bikes, swotted up on their cycling safety and planned an adventurous route in order to pedal their way to victory. Not only helping to promote awareness for a worthwhile cause but also get fit and healthy whilst doing so, these outgoing pupils will be setting off on their mission sometime next year. Team leader Mr Berry will be supporting the group of inspirational teenagers on their journey across England. When asking pupils their reason for getting involved in the charity bike ride, the most common responses were to “have an adventure” and “to get in shape”. Good luck to those doing the bike ride and don’t hesitate to get involved with sponsorship in order to support this admirable effort. by Lucy Clayton (12SRF), Emily Lamberth (12JPA) and Fiona Smith (12TRR) British Sign Language The British Sign Language (BSL) module, run by Miss McKeown, offers students an introduction to signing. Some hearing people are not aware about deafness and some don’t realise what life can be like for deaf people and the introduction to BSL can give students a better awareness of what it is like. It’s problematic that hearing people can’t communicate with others who have profound hearing difficulties. Through learning simple conversational techniques such as signing the alphabet, it becomes a lot easier for deaf people. by Ruby Peterson (12STM) Students are involved in a number of other Enrichment options including the Community Sports Leader Award and a Certificate in Financial Studies (both pictured). 4 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Year 12 Enrichment Round Up As part of the Sixth Form curriculum, Year 12 students are given the chance to try their hand ...
Our Term in Pictures | November 2015 Arts Award A number of students are doing their Arts Awards, an accredited qualification that inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. Students have the choice of doing either their Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. The award covers the creative aspects of life and leads students to complete a final project at the end of the year which can be based around any artistic output from mime to painting or photography. Mrs Reith, Ms Tyley and Miss Lawson are assisting the students with the process. Elle McMahon (12VAJ) opted to do the Bronze award and this is what she said: “To achieve the award, each of us has to record what artistic activities we’ve been involved in during the past seven days. I’m finding it very interesting as I get to express myself through art and drama alongside other students who are equally interested in the creative arts. The best part of the course so far has definitely been reflecting on our past and writing the seven day diary.” Bethany Garrick (12JPA) also gave us an insight into the course. She said, “I chose this course as I thought I’d be able to express myself, and that’s exactly what I’m allowed to do. I get a lot out of the creative freedom.” by Jade Patterson (12DNT) and Ruby Peterson (12STM) All of the stories and photographs have been taken by students doing the Journalism option. Students are working with staff to develop their writing, photography, editing and design skills to create an Enrichment brochure by the end of the year. 0191 200 8800 5
Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  Arts Award A number of students are doing their Arts Awards, an accredited qualifica...
EDINBURGH ART TRIP A group of Year 12 students spent the day immersing themselves in the art scene of Edinburgh on a recent trip to the city. Starting with an exhibition of David Bailey’s photographic work at the Scottish National Gallery, students then went to the Fruitmarket Gallery where they saw sculptures by the Newcastle-born artist Phyllida Barlow. After a guided walk around the City Art Centre which houses a large collection of Scottish art, the students had a private viewing of Pippa Young’s exhibition at the Arusha Gallery where they met the artist herself. Tia Shek (12DNT) said, “I thought the City Art Centre was very interesting because the tour guide interacted with all of us and gave us a better understanding of the art. It was also really valuable to see the reaction of my peers to different works. And of course I loved meeting Pippa Young. For me, it was a very important experience to meet and interact with a practising artist.” Art against the Clock A group of students took part in an innovative art project in collaboration with Northumberland College and Breeze Creatives where they were challenged to create a size-specific art installation in only four hours. Following on from a taster workshop in school, the students attended an all-day session at Breeze Creatives’ HQ in Newcastle. The students went on a full tour of the building, taking in all the studio and exhibition spaces as well as going up to the top floor for a 360 degree view of the city. Once students received their brief, they set to work turning a pile of assorted materials into art. They worked as a team to decide on the theme of clouds and dreams which in the end gave their final installation an ethereal quality. The next day, students got the chance to attend the opening of the gallery where they met and talked to artists and members of the public about their work. Ms Tyley, who worked with the college and Breeze Creatives on the project, said, “I’m really proud of what the students achieved in such a short period of time and to see them grasp the opportunity to showcase their creation in a professional exhibition space. The show was beautifully curated by the students.” 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
EDINBURGH ART TRIP  A group of Year 12 students spent the day immersing themselves in the art scene of Edinburgh on a rece...
Our Term in Pictures | November 2015 Art Lectures Mr Gregory, our Community Co-ordinator, has delivered a series of Art History lectures over the course of the autumn term. Students have learned about a whole spectrum of artists, movements and themes, including German Expressionism and Bauhaus, the artists George Bellows and Marsden Hartley and topics such as depictions of the Home-Front USA during the 1940s. Mr Gregory has a lifelong passion for art, both making it and learning about it. Here he tells us about it: “Making pictures has been important for me since I was very young and I’m sure I was influenced by the elaborate shop window displays created by my Dad. I studied Fine Art, first at Newcastle University and then as a postgraduate student back in my home town of Manchester. Just recently, I’ve relinquished the use of photographs, and the images in my paintings have instead started to surface out of my imagination and memories. I enjoy painting in oils on canvas and I am also re-discovering a long-dormant capability in pencil drawing. I also have an incurable addiction to buying art books online and for me, finding out about other art and artists is infinitely exciting.” Year 12 STEM Two teams of Year 12 students attended the recent launch event for the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) at Newcastle University. The EES is a project in which students and teachers work with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The two Whitley Bay teams have been paired with Technip, a company that does project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, and they met their project engineers. As part of the EES, students will be able to work on a real project with Technip and use facilities at Newcastle University’s engineering department to develop, build and test solutions. The six month project will conclude with a written technical report and a formal presentation to a panel of senior engineers, by which time they will hopefully have earned a CREST gold award from the British Science Association. 0191 200 8800 7
Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  Art Lectures  Mr Gregory, our Community Co-ordinator, has delivered a series of Art ...
Technology Trip A group of Sixth Form students studying Technology and Textiles recently descended on London. Accompanied by Ms McKnight, Ms Medhurst and Mr Brown, the group had a fantastic time taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Touring the Victoria and Albert Museum provided the students with plenty of inspiration for their coursework and see theories put into practice. The textiles students had the chance to tour a real fashion house whilst the technology students visited the Science Museum where they explored a number of exhibitions relating to materials. The group also went on a design walk of London during which they saw some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Hamish Watt (12RCE) said, “The design walk was my favourite because we got to see so much in a really short space of time.” The evenings were spent enjoying a performance of Wicked and going to the famous Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Ms McKnight said, “London, as always, was an inspiration with creative window displays, wonderful Christmas lights and plenty of opportunities for selfies (at least amongst the students)!” She also commented, “It was a great trip with a brilliant group of students. I can safely say a wonderful time was had by all!” 8 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Technology Trip  A group of Sixth Form students studying Technology and Textiles recently descended on London. Accompanied...
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WHITLEY GOES TO THE WEST END Sixth Form students studying English Literature and Drama embarked on a London adventure to explore the city’s literary and theatrical history. The group’s first stop was the Globe where they were given a tour that provided a fascinating insight into Shakespeare’s theatre. From there, they were wowed by an evening performance of the musical Matilda. The next morning, the group went on a walking tour of London. Stops on the tour included Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square and the Cenotaph before enjoying the atmosphere in one of London’s oldest outdoor performance spaces, Covent Garden. The whistle-stop trip concluded with a performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the National Theatre before they jumped on a train to bring them back to Newcastle. Here are some of the students’ views. Sophie Pitches (13DBC): “I thoroughly enjoyed going to the Globe. Not only was our guide absolutely fantastic but it was incredibly interesting to learn about the theatre’s history. I think it was probably my favourite part of the whole trip apart from the shows.” Melina Notidou (13HEH): “As clichéd as it sounds, it was really thrilling to experience the theatrical culture in London and to see first-hand the amazing talent of the actors. Matilda in particular was so, so good! The girl who played her, to be eight years old and have that much talent is just astonishing.” Charlie Milne (13JEB): “It was a completely new experience for me to see the West End first hand and London itself was a real eye-opener. I also really enjoyed learning about the Globe because it is so different from any other theatre. Where else can give you a snapshot of Renaissance theatre?” 10 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
WHITLEY GOES TO THE WEST END  Sixth Form students studying English Literature and Drama embarked on a London adventure to ...
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Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  0191 200 8800  11
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Year 13 students studying A-Level History went on the trip of a lifetime to Russia over October half term. After a 4am start at Newcastle Airport, the group flew down to Heathrow and onwards to Moscow, finally landing late in the afternoon. Katie Stephenson (13HEH) commented, “After travelling all day, when we went out to see the Red Square at night and St Basil’s Cathedral was there in front of us, it made us all realise that we were finally there in Russia and that was really cool.” The group took in many of the main sights of Moscow and St Petersburg, like Lenin’s Mausoleum and Catherine’s Palace but the group also ventured to some new experiences too. Whilst in Moscow, the staff and students visited a Cold War bunker, taking them 18 flights down beneath the city where they saw a vast expanse of underground tunnels and Soviet hideaways. The group experienced a simulation of what would happen during a nuclear attack, including students getting to press the big red button! Also on the itinerary was a trip to an ice hockey match. Nick Lion (13DBC) said, “I really enjoyed seeing the ice hockey between Moscow and Sochi (which was unfortunately won by the visiting team). It was fantastic to watch a sport that we’ve never seen before and where there was such a lively atmosphere.” With other activities like seeing a performance of Swan Lake at the Hermitage Theatre and taking in a folklore show, the group embraced all aspects of Russian culture, including the food and the language. Ms Britland said, “The students were an absolute credit to the school. 7am starts and late nights were never a problem and each new place that the students visited was met with enthusiasm and interest. They asked so many questions and got so much out of the trip.” Joe Nelson (13JEB) remarked, “I couldn’t pinpoint one favourite thing from the trip. It was just an amazing experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed.” 12 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE  Year 13 students studying A-Level History went on the trip of a lifetime to Russia over October hal...
Our Term in Pictures | November 2015 Philosophy Conference “What is God? What is the universe? Why do we exist? These light questions were merely an opening for the apt and effervescent theologian Dr Peter Vardy, who guided A-Level philosophers through the profound and often complex world of contemporary philosophy of religion.” Sam Bailey (12STM) reflected on a recent trip to an A-Level Philosophy and Ethics conference in York with his fellow students and their teacher, Mrs Brown. “ St Peter’s School proved pertinent as it had once educated Guy Fawkes, a man whose gunpowder plot was almost as revolutionary as Dr Vardy’s arguments, all of which proved convincing, nuanced and rational, thus giving all the students new reflections on our perceptions of philosophy.” 0191 200 8800 13
Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  Philosophy Conference     What is God  What is the universe  Why do we exist  These ...
Auschwitz Visit Four students from the school recently visited Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s 150th visit to the site. Daisy Dobson (12SPM), Devon Harrison (12SJM), Grace Storey (12SMD) and Sinead Bishop (12SRF) were among two hundred students from the North East who visited the camp. Whilst in Poland, the students saw Auschwitz 1, the concentration camp, Auschwitz 3, the factory at the site, plus Birkenau and the children’s block which has remained completely unaltered from the day it was abandoned. Sinead described the stark contrast between murals painted on the walls and the gas chambers where the children were sent. Remembrance Day 2015 On Wednesday 11th November, staff and students gathered for the school’s annual Act of Remembrance. The service opened with a student reading ‘Christmas Day on the Somme’ by Rob Ruggenberg and saw involvement from Navy, Air, Army and St John’s Ambulance cadets. Matthew Baty (11AKH) and Simeon Sayer (10SAC) played the Last Post before the two minutes’ silence was observed. Following a reading by Mr Clark, a group of students sang a poignant rendition of ‘Abide with Me’ and two students performed an instrumental version of ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’ as the cadets left the quad. 14 During the visit, the students saw the piles of suitcases and other possessions taken away from the victims as well as photographs and the book of names, listing all the individuals who were sent to Auschwitz. Grace explained that the students tried to re-humanise the victims and focussed on turning numbers into people to remember. Sinead said, “What was remarkable was that even in the worst conditions imaginable, when they had been stripped of everything, the victims still had hope and that means the Nazis didn’t win.” The students will be doing a series of assemblies in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January and will be sharing their experiences with other Whitley Bay students. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Auschwitz Visit  Four students from the school recently visited Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Educational Tr...
Our Term in Pictures | November 2015 The People’s Kitchen Mr Rochester, Assistant Head of Year 10, worked with students in his year group on a recent charity challenge. Here he tells us about it: “Last half term, Year 10 did a fantastic job of collecting food for homeless people living in Newcastle. The food was gathered on behalf of the People’s Kitchen, which provides 40,000 hot meals per year to those living on the streets. It is particularly important at this time of year as the nights draw in and the weather is getting colder and wetter. For many homeless people, this is the only hot meal they eat each day. Each tutor group was given a shopping list of 20 useful items and set the challenge of getting all of them as a minimum, but also to collect as many extra items as possible. The response from students was overwhelming with several tutor groups collecting in excess of 50 items. As you can see from the pictures, the amount of food collected was unbelievable and it took a long time to get it all boxed up ready to be collected by the People’s Kitchen. Miss Welch and I would like to say a massive thank you and well done to every Year 10 student for their contribution to the project from us and from the People’s Kitchen.” Whitley Gets Green: Our Pollinator Project Ms Archer, principal science technician, is working with a group of Year 10 students to make Whitley Bay High School a more bee-friendly place. Here she tells us about the project: “Globally we are witnessing a huge decline in pollinators, such as wild bees (the bumble bee and solitary bees), honey bees, hover flies, butterflies and moths. Their decline is due to numerous reasons including the loss of 97% of our wildflower grasslands. As part of our aim to increase bio-diversity and provision for wildlife within Whitley Bay High School we are transforming three parts of the school to create some wildlife friendly areas. These areas will include a wildflower meadow containing flowers like sneezewort and knapweed, a shrub area that will bring fantastic colours to the school especially during autumn and a mixed tree and wildflower area where we will be planting rowan trees. To help us create these wildlife-friendly areas, we have five students are giving up their Monday lunchtimes to bring the project to life, as well as helping them complete the volunteering section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. These students are Emma Dalhuijsen (10BWC), Jack Patterson (10BWC), Olly Harrison (10SMM), Dan Jackson (10AMB) and Matty Walker (10SL).” 0191 200 8800 15
Our Term in Pictures   November 2015  The People   s Kitchen Mr Rochester, Assistant Head of Year 10, worked with students...
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