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SSIA RU TRIP In October half term, a group of students and teachers from Whitley Bay High School visited Russia to learn more about the rich and complex history of the country. Will McPherson (13SMD) gives us an account of his experience. “Going to Russia with the school was one of the greatest adventures I have had so far. The trip started with a very early 4am flight from Newcastle to Amsterdam before we caught another plane on to Moscow. After a long day of travelling, we finally arrived at the imposing, Soviet-era Cosmos Hotel. Over the next few days, we took in the stunning scenery of Moscow, including such sights as St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and the Red Square plus a number of memorials and decorative metro stations. Moscow is definitely a city to be seen at night when all the iconic landmarks are illuminated. We ended our time in Moscow by leaving the city on an overnight train which took us to St Petersburg. Despite being different from Moscow and arguably more traditional, St Petersburg was still a sight to behold. We visited many of the palaces once owned by the Tsars and we were dazzled by the gold leaf that seemed to cover every inch of the interior of the palaces! For me, the trip to Russia was an unforgettable experience and I would thoroughly recommend that everyone should visit if they get the chance, if only to see the amazing scenery! I think that the most enjoyable aspect of the trip for me personally was being in Russia with all the other students and sharing these great moments together.” 2 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 2 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 03/12/2014 13:02
SSIA RU TRIP In October half term, a group of students and teachers from Whitley Bay High School visited Russia to learn m...
Our Term in Pictures | December 2014 Geography Field Trip Recently, Y12 students from the Geography department went on a field trip to Seaton Sluice to test out theories about sand dunes. For some of the groups, the weather was distinctly rubbish and Alex Calder (12MPM) was one of the students who braved the inclement conditions. He tells us about his trip. “On the trip, we used different types of geographical equipment and methods like transects and quandrats to look at the height of the dunes, the vegetation coverage and also the pH of the sand. Now we are looking at our findings and trying out different ways of presenting this information. I really enjoyed going out and doing field work. Luckily for us, the weather wasn’t too bad and unlike the other group of students, we didn’t get soaked!” Another student, Laura Baty (12SG) said, “It was a really useful experience because I feel like it has put all the things we’ve learned about into context. It was a fun day out for everyone and I think the funniest moment was getting stuck in all the vegetation!” Edinburgh Art Trip “As part of the AS/A2 Art course, students are expected to research and look at the work of contemporary artists. Looking in books and browsing the internet cannot match the magical experience that a first-hand encounter offers. “We went to several different galleries aroun d Edinburgh and my favourite was the National Portrait Gallery. It was just really cool to see all the different styles of art and if you didn’t like one of them, you could just move on until you found one that you did like. I think going on the Art trip has opened my eyes to different styles I’d never thought about before and made me think about all the different things you can do with art. We did also get some time to explore the city on our own and we decided to pop into the Fudge House... It was all very delici ous!” Joe Lawrence, 12DBC With this in mind, we took our students to a selection of galleries in Edinburgh: the National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery and the beautiful City Art Centre. Some of our celebrity sightings included Tilda Swinton and Billy Connolly who have been immortalised in a lively exhibition by Scottish artist John Byrne. All galleries are set against the breathtaking historical landscape of Edinburgh, which only added to the excitement and enriched their experience.”  Miss Tyley, Art Technician 0191 200 8800 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 3 3 03/12/2014 13:02
Our Term in Pictures   December 2014  Geography Field Trip Recently, Y12 students from the Geography department went on a ...
Y10 Bridge Project Students studying BTEC Engineering at the school took part in a bridge building workshop with representatives from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The students worked together in teams to put construct viable bridge models from the materials provided and one of their models is pictured here. Liam Burns (10DJL) said, “It was a difficult task at first because we had to connect all the parts together correctly but it was amazing to see the finished product and what we managed to build.” Jed Payne (10ST) also took part in the workshop and he said, “The day was really well organised and I enjoyed doing the activities.” Y12 Engineering A group of aspiring engineers in Year 12 visited Newcastle University for the launch of the Engineering Education Scheme, a national project designed to link groups of students from schools all around the country with local companies to work on real scientific, engineering and 4 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 4 technological problems. Students from over twenty schools around the North East attended the event where they did activities to develop their project management and team working skills (as pictured here). www.whitleybayhighschool.org 03/12/2014 13:02
Y10 Bridge Project  Students studying BTEC Engineering at the school took part in a bridge building workshop with represen...
Sports Round Up! Our Term in Pictures | December 2014 Cranston’s Champs Take the Trophy One of Whitley Bay High School’s netball teams was recently crowned U16 champions in the North Tyneside netball tournament. The school was represented by: Victoria Shepherd (Goal Keeper), Katy Matthews (Goal Attack), Hazel Smith (Centre), Jarine Bushra (Goal Shooter), Emily Davis (Wing Attack), Hannah Saunders (Wing Defence), Megan Butler (Goal Defence), Tilly Whitelock (Centre) and Josie Glascott (Wing Attack/Defence). All of the students are in Year 11 and have played netball for the school since Year 9. Hazel Smith (11JMB) writes about the experience: “Going into the tournament, we weren’t sure about our chances of winning the title because we were due to play Marden High School’s team. They are our strongest opposition and our local rivals, so the match between us was pretty tense but we have a reputation for being one of the strongest teams and we came out on top! Over the course of the tournament, we beat all the teams in the local area and scored 52 goals collectively! We are very proud to say that we haven’t lost a match as a team since Year 9! #cranstonschamps” Sixth Form Footballers Top the Table In other sports news, Mr Clark’s U19 football team are having a great season so far. At the time of going to print, the team is sitting at the top of the league and far above local rivals Monkseaton. Josiah Riley (12MPM) is the team’s leading goal scorer so far as well as providing the greatest number of assists. The team is also through to the second round of the Chronicle Cup, having put in a barnstorming performance against Churchill Community College. Noah Summers (13IAC) netted two goals during the game and was given ‘Man of the Match’. 0191 200 8800 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 5 5 03/12/2014 13:02
Sports Round Up   Our Term in Pictures   December 2014  Cranston   s Champs Take the Trophy  One of Whitley Bay High Schoo...
Remembrance Day “To mark one hundred years since the start of World War One, a special commemorative service was held at the school on Remembrance Day. The whole school was involved, with drama and music performances taking place before the outside ceremony which featured marching from cadets and the laying of wreaths, and the new commemorative garden was unveiled. The garden features crosses representing each of the local servicemen who died in the war. Children from four first schools and two middle schools watched a short drama performance given by talented students from Whitley Bay High School. Students read out letters from servicemen who fought in the World Wars and the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as letters from their families and loved ones. The true loss and devastation of war was highlighted when it was revealed that of all six servicemen who wrote letters, only one survived. The performances were emotional as the men talked of missing their families and home, and facing the truth that the arrival of their letter meant they had not survived. 6 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 6 This was followed by the outdoor service with involvement from Navy, Air, Army and St. John’s Ambulance cadets, the school choir and the school band. The mood was sombre as two trumpeters played the Last Post and proud cadets saluted as a mark of respect during the two minute silence observed by everyone on site, even as it began to rain. A poignant performance of ‘Abide With Me’ from Robert Wilson Baker (12HEH) was followed by a heartfelt rendition of the Military Wives’ Choir song ‘Wherever You Are’ which was performed by a quartet of Sixth Form girls. Jess Ivison (13KJE) commented, “It was a pleasure to be a part of the remembrance service. I believe it is important to show respect for our country’s fallen soldiers and those still fighting today.” It was wonderful to see the whole school come out and get involved in the service and learn about such a huge part of our country’s history, and to pay their respects to all soldiers who served then and who still serve today.” Emily Davey, 13SMD www.whitleybayhighschool.org 03/12/2014 13:02
Remembrance Day    To mark one hundred years since the start of World War One, a special commemorative service was held at...
Our Term in Pictures | December 2014 WBHS Remembrance Garden This half term has seen the creation of a new Remembrance garden in the quad to commemorate the loss of life during WWI and also to remember those soldiers from the local area who lost their lives fighting for the country. The garden was designed by students from Miss Britland’s Enquiry Based Learning project in the summer. Following on from visits to other war memorials, the students developed a number of designs for the garden and together they chose the best one. Their final design is pictured below. The new Remembrance garden has a wreath of living flowers at its heart. Each plant has been selected for its significance and meaning such as rosemary for remembrance and pink roses for friendship. With the help of Dominique, the school’s groundsman, it will feature flowering plants all year round. Anne Wu (10AKH) who was part of the group that worked on the project said, “I feel really happy and proud to see our idea come to life. I think by having the wreath of flowers, it will help us to remember all year round not just those men and women who died in the war, but those who came back injured and their families as well.” In the centre of the wreath is a dedication to the soldiers of WWI. This dedication was written by the students and engraved by Miss Levin. The crosses placed in the garden each signify a local serviceman who fought and died in WWI. During the Enquiry Based Learning project, the students came up with the idea of encouraging the whole school to learn more about the impact of WWI on the local area, and so each tutor group worked together to research and learn more about these servicemen. As a result we now feel we know personally some of those men who make up the shockingly impersonal statistics of WWI. 0191 200 8800 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 7 7 03/12/2014 13:03
Our Term in Pictures   December 2014  WBHS Remembrance Garden This half term has seen the creation of a new Remembrance ga...
Comic & Manga Club Miss Noël runs the school’s Comic and Manga Club. It meets every Monday night after school in the Library. Here she tells us about the club: years “The Comic and Manga Club has been running for seven this is my third year in charge of organising it. I really and e who enjoy running the club because it is a group for peopl and graphic novels. enjoy comics, manga the It is an opportunity for students to spend time in people where you can chat about company of like-minded comics and the things you like and don’t like in the world of es and students manga. Often we talk about the new releas come can recommend books to one another. Students who new manga books and graphic novels for along can select lling Man in the Library stock and last year we went to Trave Newcastle to choose these. developing We do lots of drawing and students can work on which are showcased new characters and stories, some of out in in the Literature Festival magazine when it comes r. Every week, there are different activities that the summe phere students can do and it is just a really lovely atmos and be creative.” where students can have fun is the variety “My favourite thing about Comic and Manga Club you can do, like reading or drawing and reviewing of stuff ng and manga books and doing quizzes. I really like drawi characters.” coming up with my own Libby Ivison, 9ADR e who have “Comic Club is a great place to hang out with peopl similar interests.” Jack Sutherland, 10KFK Computing Club Run by Mr Johnson, the school’s Computing Club offers students the chance to learn new programming skills. The students have built a website, www.wbhs.co.uk, where they can upload the files they’ve developed and see how they work “live” on the web. Each week the students learn a new skill and take part in ‘challenges for chocolate’! “I decided to come along to Computing Club because I want to learn about how to programme. I think it’s really important because technology moves on so fast and I want to stay ahead of the game. I would like to use the skills that I learn to build my own website.” Kai Latz-Greener, 9LPW “I really enjoy doing stuff with computers and I have done a bit of programming at home, but I wanted to do more. I really like learning about different types of code and working out solutions to problems.” Harry James, 10ASJ “I want to study ICT at GCSE and I think doing all of the stuff at Computing Club will help me prepare for this. Outside of school, I really like gaming and I think that all the activities we do with Mr Johnson help me understand how computers work.” Simeon Sayer, 9SAC 8 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 8 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 03/12/2014 13:03
Comic   Manga Club Miss No  l runs the school   s Comic and Manga Club. It meets every Monday night after school in the Li...
Our Term in Pictures | December 2014 Students Take to the Stand! A team of Sixth Form students represented the school in the annual Bar Mock Trial competition which took place on Saturday 22nd November. This competition gives students from around the country a unique insight into the workings of the British legal system as well as experience of a courtroom setting. Students take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors and compete against other schools in a live format with one team prosecuting and the other defending. Mr Brettell, one of the staff who worked with the team, has written about the competition: “Firstly, the staff would like to say congratulations to the team who worked so hard and represented the very best of Whitley Bay High School in competition. It is impossible to single any student out of the crowd for their effort, commitment and enthusiasm. We all had a superb time preparing for it and the day itself was one to remember when the whole team shone. On behalf of all the staff involved, we would like to say thank you to all the students for making it such a fun experience.” “I wanted to get involved in the Mock Trial competition because I was really interested in the subject material which was a court case looking at rioting and civil disobedience. I took the role of the prosecution witness and I took to the stand to provide evidence against the suspect. It was a really fantastic experience and I couldn’t believe how smoothly the whole day ran and how professional it felt. We competed against twelve other schools from around Tyne and Wear and came third overall which is a great achievement.” Cameron Ogilvie, 12JEB “It was a brilliant experience that I won’t forget. I am interested in pursuing a career in law and I think being part of the Mock Trial competition has given me a better understanding of the legal process as well as helping me develop important skills like communication.” Brodie Mulvaney, 12SG The West End Comes to Whitley Bay Hold on to your hats because this year’s musical is…. Lionel Bart’s classic, ‘Oliver!’ Taking place from 3rd to 5th February in A Block Hall, audiences will be treated to a spectacular performance of this West End hit, featuring all of the best-known songs including ‘Oompah-Pah’, ‘I’d Do Anything’ and ‘Food Glorious Food’. So ‘Consider Yourself’ invited to the highlight of Whitley Bay’s theatrical calendar and keep your eyes peeled for more information and ticket news, but just to whet your appetite, here is a sneak peak of the cast rehearsals. 0191 200 8800 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 9 9 03/12/2014 13:03
Our Term in Pictures   December 2014  Students Take to the Stand  A team of Sixth Form students represented the school in ...
ystery Night Murder M This year, six Year 13 students from Whitley Bay High School have been involved in several murder mystery performances at Whitley Bay Library. The students who took part in the performances are Aidan Walker, David Jackson, Ellie Armstrong, Jess Ivison, Rosa Garland and Ross Whyatt. They rehearsed monologues which were written in the style of traditional detective stories by local crime writer Ann Cleeves and performed them at the library in front of an avid audience of local people. Everyone was rapt by the students’ performances and after a brief interlude featuring a crime-themed quiz, the audience was asked to answer the question of “Who did it?” After the success of the first mystery evening in July, the students were asked to perform again in October with a different script. This time the story was set in a remote Shetland hotel where the body of a visiting business woman was found in the Library. Both the students and the members of the public thoroughly enjoyed this interactive experience which brought people of the community together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. By Miss Noël WBHS School Ambassadors Commit Random Acts… of Kindness! One of our school ambassadors Imogen Green (13CEA) tells us more: “The school ambassador scheme is a way of improving links with the local community and as part of this we were challenged to commit random acts of kindness! Mr Clark let some of us loose in Whitley Bay public library armed with little notes like ‘Have a nice day! From WBHS’ which we then slipped into books at random. The idea was that people would find the notes when they took the book out and hopefully spread a little cheer. Previously we have done things like a litter pick and next we will be working with local charities to do some new projects. I am really happy I applied to become a school ambassador because it is a lovely way of giving something back and spend more time in the community.” 10 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 10 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 03/12/2014 13:03
ystery Night Murder M This year, six Year 13 students from Whitley Bay High School have been involved in several murder my...
Our Term in Pictures | December 2014 Alfie Blincowe wins a prestigious award A former Whitley Bay High School student, Alfie Blincowe, has won a prestigious award from the United Nations for a video he made promoting the organisation’s recent education initiatives. Alfie, who is studying screenwriting and creative writing at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan), made a video about how the United Nations has managed environmental issues in Fiji. He wrote, directed and edited the film and was assisted by fellow Uclan students to translate the script into French and Chinese subtitles. Alfie’s film beat entries from students all around the world and he was invited to the UNESCO world conference on education for sustainable development to pick up his trophy. Mr Bland taught Alfie for Media Studies during his time at Whitley Bay High School and he said, “It’s a fantastic achievement and we are all really proud of Alfie.” Mr Convery worked with Alfie a lot when he was in Sixth Form and he is delighted by Alfie’s success. “Alfie always had a passion for screenwriting and he worked incredibly hard outside of school to produce his own screenplay whilst he was in Year 13, which was in itself absolutely brilliant. I am thrilled to see him win recognition for his talent and hard work and I am sure he will have a long and successful career ahead of him.” You can watch Alfie’s winning video on his website, http://alfieblincowe.wordpress.com 0191 200 8800 119089_WBHS_Term_In_Pictures_DEC14.indd 11 11 03/12/2014 13:04
Our Term in Pictures   December 2014  Al   e Blincowe wins a prestigious award  A former Whitley Bay High School student, ...
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