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TYCOON BAY Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 Students excel during local community programme. Nine Year 11 students at Whitley Bay High School recently completed a twelve week community engagement programme in partnership with North Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Fire Service and Northumbria Police. The focus of the programme was to help develop the students’ understanding of the local emergency services and the impact the services have in the community. The programme concluded with a student presentation which was attended by Councillor Paul Mason and representatives from the Fire Service. The students also took part in a mock interview with either the Fire Service or Northumbria Police and to prepare for this, the students did workshops in which they learned about key skills like presentation, body language, confidence and making a good first impression. Glenn Dudgeon (11IMT): “The interview was a good experience. I enjoyed wearing a suit and feeling mature and afterwards I felt like I had more confidence for future interviews.” Finally, the students did a research project on anti-social behaviour in North Tyneside. They worked in small groups to develop questionnaires and used these to gauge the opinions of local residents on the issue of anti-social behaviour. The students turned their findings into a 50page portfolio which was given to Councillor Paul Mason after their presentations to representatives from the local community at school. During the programme, the students engaged in three main activities: the Phoenix Project with the Fire Service, a mock interview and a research project. Two teams of students from Whitley Bay High School have made the final of this year’s ‘Tycoon in Schools’ competition. ‘Tycoon in Schools’ is an initiative created by the Peter Jones Foundation to build entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen amongst the next generation of young people. Teams of students from around the country are given a start-up loan by the Foundation to get their business off the ground and they then have to maximise their sales and profits before submitting an evaluation of their business. Mount, the team made up of George Peterson (12KEF) and Finley Stewart (12JEB), and CakeKara, the brainchild of Kara Riall (11JMB) have both seen off tough competition from around the country to make it through to the final nine! The students will now be heading off to Buckingham Palace where they will attend an illustrious awards ceremony and compete for the Key Stage 4 and 5 awards and the title of overall winner. The greatest thing about doing Tycoon in Schools so far was meeting HRH Prince Andrew at an event in Newcastle. We were so lucky because not everyone got to speak to him and we were the only ones who sold him a product! We have achieved more than I ever thought we would and we’ve gotten so much further. I still can’t believe we ended up 4th in the country for sales! “The programme allowed the students to increase their self-esteem and the practical activities were crucial in developing teamwork and personal communication skills. The Phoenix Project is an initiative for young people in Tyne and Wear to help build key skills like thinking independently, working in a team and exploring individual mental and physical limits. The students did this by taking part in activities run by the Fire Service which included guiding each other through the dark room and learning to use fire-fighting equipment. We want all our students to have a good skill set to partner a good set of GCSE results that enables them to secure a potential sixth form, college or apprenticeship place and this type of programme allows our students to enjoy success in a different learning environment.” Mr Lee, Head of Applied Studies It’s just amazing that we have made to the final at the Palace. We are over the moon!” Mr Cox, Business teacher here at WBHS, says: “We are really proud of the teams’ achievements to make it to through the final. To have two teams make it through to the final is really special. The students showed fantastic entrepreneurial skills throughout the competition and have gained a tremendous insight into what it is like to run your own business. We hope that this is just the start of what will be a very bright future in Business for the teams.” George Peterson (12KEF) is part of Mount, a team which sells hand-crafted, functional skateboards which also double up as wall art. He tells us about the competition and how he feels about going to the final: “When I heard about Tycoon in Schools, I thought it sounded like the most fantastic opportunity. Me and Finlay have had this idea of starting our own business for a long time and I’ve always wanted to be a businessman so we couldn’t turn down the chance. We got our inspiration from our love of skateboarding and cruising up and down the promenade and so we took it from there. Finlay is an amazing artist and I’m the brains behind the operation! 2 0191 200 8800 3
TYCOON BAY  Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  Students excel during local community programme. Nine Year 11 students a...
TYCOON BAY Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 Students excel during local community programme. Nine Year 11 students at Whitley Bay High School recently completed a twelve week community engagement programme in partnership with North Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Fire Service and Northumbria Police. The focus of the programme was to help develop the students’ understanding of the local emergency services and the impact the services have in the community. The programme concluded with a student presentation which was attended by Councillor Paul Mason and representatives from the Fire Service. The students also took part in a mock interview with either the Fire Service or Northumbria Police and to prepare for this, the students did workshops in which they learned about key skills like presentation, body language, confidence and making a good first impression. Glenn Dudgeon (11IMT): “The interview was a good experience. I enjoyed wearing a suit and feeling mature and afterwards I felt like I had more confidence for future interviews.” Finally, the students did a research project on anti-social behaviour in North Tyneside. They worked in small groups to develop questionnaires and used these to gauge the opinions of local residents on the issue of anti-social behaviour. The students turned their findings into a 50page portfolio which was given to Councillor Paul Mason after their presentations to representatives from the local community at school. During the programme, the students engaged in three main activities: the Phoenix Project with the Fire Service, a mock interview and a research project. Two teams of students from Whitley Bay High School have made the final of this year’s ‘Tycoon in Schools’ competition. ‘Tycoon in Schools’ is an initiative created by the Peter Jones Foundation to build entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen amongst the next generation of young people. Teams of students from around the country are given a start-up loan by the Foundation to get their business off the ground and they then have to maximise their sales and profits before submitting an evaluation of their business. Mount, the team made up of George Peterson (12KEF) and Finley Stewart (12JEB), and CakeKara, the brainchild of Kara Riall (11JMB) have both seen off tough competition from around the country to make it through to the final nine! The students will now be heading off to Buckingham Palace where they will attend an illustrious awards ceremony and compete for the Key Stage 4 and 5 awards and the title of overall winner. The greatest thing about doing Tycoon in Schools so far was meeting HRH Prince Andrew at an event in Newcastle. We were so lucky because not everyone got to speak to him and we were the only ones who sold him a product! We have achieved more than I ever thought we would and we’ve gotten so much further. I still can’t believe we ended up 4th in the country for sales! “The programme allowed the students to increase their self-esteem and the practical activities were crucial in developing teamwork and personal communication skills. The Phoenix Project is an initiative for young people in Tyne and Wear to help build key skills like thinking independently, working in a team and exploring individual mental and physical limits. The students did this by taking part in activities run by the Fire Service which included guiding each other through the dark room and learning to use fire-fighting equipment. We want all our students to have a good skill set to partner a good set of GCSE results that enables them to secure a potential sixth form, college or apprenticeship place and this type of programme allows our students to enjoy success in a different learning environment.” Mr Lee, Head of Applied Studies It’s just amazing that we have made to the final at the Palace. We are over the moon!” Mr Cox, Business teacher here at WBHS, says: “We are really proud of the teams’ achievements to make it to through the final. To have two teams make it through to the final is really special. The students showed fantastic entrepreneurial skills throughout the competition and have gained a tremendous insight into what it is like to run your own business. We hope that this is just the start of what will be a very bright future in Business for the teams.” George Peterson (12KEF) is part of Mount, a team which sells hand-crafted, functional skateboards which also double up as wall art. He tells us about the competition and how he feels about going to the final: “When I heard about Tycoon in Schools, I thought it sounded like the most fantastic opportunity. Me and Finlay have had this idea of starting our own business for a long time and I’ve always wanted to be a businessman so we couldn’t turn down the chance. We got our inspiration from our love of skateboarding and cruising up and down the promenade and so we took it from there. Finlay is an amazing artist and I’m the brains behind the operation! 2 0191 200 8800 3
TYCOON BAY  Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  Students excel during local community programme. Nine Year 11 students a...
St James’ Park Day Taking a leaf from The Apprentice boardroom, students from Year 11 got suited and booted for their visit to St James’ Park where they got stuck into a whole myriad of activities. The aim of the day was to get students thinking about the future and to develop them as learners as well as getting them out of their comfort zones. From an “off-the-wall” memory session with motivational speaker Dave Keeling (involving much hilarity on all parts) to a game of ‘Guess the Teacher’, and from revision sessions to a group project to improve Newcastle United’s catering, technology and away strip, the students threw themselves into the day with great enthusiasm. Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 “The motivational speaker was fantastic. He was really funny and it was clear he knew how to relate to his audience without being patronising or anything. I really got the meaning of everything that he was saying. I was a bit nervous about the job interview part but actually, it wasn’t as daunting as I thought it would be. In fact, it was a really good experience and I got good feedback from it.” Marcia Mills, 11AMC “It was a really enjoyable day and there was a nice social aspect to all being out of school and taking in part in all the activities together.” Chris Charlton, 11SB “I think the best thing about the day at St James’ Park was having to dress the part. It made me feel really grown up and gave me an understanding of what it would be like to go out and work every day.” Millie Young, 11MSB Miss McKnight, Assistant Head of Year 11, said of the day: “It was clear that the students got a lot out of the experience and it was wonderful to see them all dressed up, looking smart and mature. All the activities showed what fantastic students we have here and how they all pulled it together on the day, making us all very proud of them.” “I feel like the interview part of the day in particular has helped prepare me for the future when I have to go out and do job interviews or things like presentations in sixth form or at university.” Jonny Thistleton, 11JPA It’s clear that the students loved their day at St James’ Park and here are some of their highlights: Guess the Teacher As part of their day at St James’ Park, Year 11 students had to guess the staff from their baby photo and here is your chance to see how well you can recognise WBHS teachers! 1 2 4 5 3 6 7 8 9 10 Answers: 1. Miss S Lackenby 2. Miss S McKnight 3. Dr G Rosbrook 4. Mr M Bland 5. Miss A Robertson 6. Mr A Clark 7. Mr D Thurlow 8. Miss J Langthorne 9. Mrs S Brewis 10. Mr S Kelly www.whitleybayhighschool.org 0191 200 8800 5
St James    Park Day Taking a leaf from The Apprentice boardroom, students from Year 11 got suited and booted for their vi...
St James’ Park Day Taking a leaf from The Apprentice boardroom, students from Year 11 got suited and booted for their visit to St James’ Park where they got stuck into a whole myriad of activities. The aim of the day was to get students thinking about the future and to develop them as learners as well as getting them out of their comfort zones. From an “off-the-wall” memory session with motivational speaker Dave Keeling (involving much hilarity on all parts) to a game of ‘Guess the Teacher’, and from revision sessions to a group project to improve Newcastle United’s catering, technology and away strip, the students threw themselves into the day with great enthusiasm. Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 “The motivational speaker was fantastic. He was really funny and it was clear he knew how to relate to his audience without being patronising or anything. I really got the meaning of everything that he was saying. I was a bit nervous about the job interview part but actually, it wasn’t as daunting as I thought it would be. In fact, it was a really good experience and I got good feedback from it.” Marcia Mills, 11AMC “It was a really enjoyable day and there was a nice social aspect to all being out of school and taking in part in all the activities together.” Chris Charlton, 11SB “I think the best thing about the day at St James’ Park was having to dress the part. It made me feel really grown up and gave me an understanding of what it would be like to go out and work every day.” Millie Young, 11MSB Miss McKnight, Assistant Head of Year 11, said of the day: “It was clear that the students got a lot out of the experience and it was wonderful to see them all dressed up, looking smart and mature. All the activities showed what fantastic students we have here and how they all pulled it together on the day, making us all very proud of them.” “I feel like the interview part of the day in particular has helped prepare me for the future when I have to go out and do job interviews or things like presentations in sixth form or at university.” Jonny Thistleton, 11JPA It’s clear that the students loved their day at St James’ Park and here are some of their highlights: Guess the Teacher As part of their day at St James’ Park, Year 11 students had to guess the staff from their baby photo and here is your chance to see how well you can recognise WBHS teachers! 1 2 4 5 3 6 7 8 9 10 Answers: 1. Miss S Lackenby 2. Miss S McKnight 3. Dr G Rosbrook 4. Mr M Bland 5. Miss A Robertson 6. Mr A Clark 7. Mr D Thurlow 8. Miss J Langthorne 9. Mrs S Brewis 10. Mr S Kelly www.whitleybayhighschool.org 0191 200 8800 5
St James    Park Day Taking a leaf from The Apprentice boardroom, students from Year 11 got suited and booted for their vi...
Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 OLIVER! We spoke to some of the students who For three nights only, Whitley Bay were involved in the production and this High School was transformed into is what they said: the murky world of Victorian London with the school’s production of “Playing the Artful Dodger was an amazing Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! experience. Being able to play such a well-known, eccentric character was a really exciting challenge With amazing scenery and lighting and featuring all of the most iconic songs like “Oom-Pah-Pah”, “Food, Glorious Food” and “Where Is Love?”, the audience was treated to a veritable musical feast and was swept along by the gripping tale of Oliver, the young orphan who is dragged into the criminal world of Fagin and his gang. for me and I have loved every stage of the production process, from the intense rehearsals to the amazing feeling after the last show. I think that the reason the entire production was such a success is because the whole cast and crew were totally committed to making the show amazing. I will take away many great memories from being part of Oliver! and it’s been one of the highlights of my time at Whitley Bay High School.” Ross Whyatt, 13STM “I got to shoot Bill Sykes at the end of the show, so I made sure it literally ended with a bang! The whole experience was great fun and although it was very tiring, it was totally worth it.” Chris Charlton, 11SB 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org “It was truly a thrilling experience to be involved in a production like this. This year there was such a massive team involved and by the end of it, we were all really close.” Melina Notidou, 12AFW “I was involved with the tech team and it was a great experience to help out with a show like Oliver! I learned a lot and I got a lot out of being involved.” Jack Summerson, 9HLS It’s clear to anyone who saw Oliver! that everyone who worked on the production gave it their all to make every night a night to remember. Miss Moody, who helped to produce, direct and choreograph the show said, “I am very proud of all the students involved. All of their hard work and dedication paid off and they put on a fantastic performance!” Mr Baldwin, who directed the music, and Miss Medhurst and Mrs Reith, who also produced and directed the show, all expressed what a brilliant experience it was. “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with such hard-working and talented students. We’ve been thrilled to see them all progress over the four months of rehearsals and put in such great performances. They should all be very proud of their achievements.” 0191 200 8800 Judging by the reactions of the audience, Oliver! was a resounding success: “It was fantastic!! The show was really professional and I think it was the best WBHS production I have ever seen.” Libby Ivison, 9ADR “I really enjoyed Oliver! I went along to support my friend who was in it and I was really impressed by how good the whole cast was.” Hamish Watt, 11JPA “I thoroughly enjoyed the production of Oliver! There is a history of putting on amazing productions at Whitley Bay and this one lived up to that.” Sarah Donkin, 13SMJ
Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  OLIVER  We spoke to some of the students who For three nights only, Whitley Bay were...
Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 OLIVER! We spoke to some of the students who For three nights only, Whitley Bay were involved in the production and this High School was transformed into is what they said: the murky world of Victorian London with the school’s production of “Playing the Artful Dodger was an amazing Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! experience. Being able to play such a well-known, eccentric character was a really exciting challenge With amazing scenery and lighting and featuring all of the most iconic songs like “Oom-Pah-Pah”, “Food, Glorious Food” and “Where Is Love?”, the audience was treated to a veritable musical feast and was swept along by the gripping tale of Oliver, the young orphan who is dragged into the criminal world of Fagin and his gang. for me and I have loved every stage of the production process, from the intense rehearsals to the amazing feeling after the last show. I think that the reason the entire production was such a success is because the whole cast and crew were totally committed to making the show amazing. I will take away many great memories from being part of Oliver! and it’s been one of the highlights of my time at Whitley Bay High School.” Ross Whyatt, 13STM “I got to shoot Bill Sykes at the end of the show, so I made sure it literally ended with a bang! The whole experience was great fun and although it was very tiring, it was totally worth it.” Chris Charlton, 11SB 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org “It was truly a thrilling experience to be involved in a production like this. This year there was such a massive team involved and by the end of it, we were all really close.” Melina Notidou, 12AFW “I was involved with the tech team and it was a great experience to help out with a show like Oliver! I learned a lot and I got a lot out of being involved.” Jack Summerson, 9HLS It’s clear to anyone who saw Oliver! that everyone who worked on the production gave it their all to make every night a night to remember. Miss Moody, who helped to produce, direct and choreograph the show said, “I am very proud of all the students involved. All of their hard work and dedication paid off and they put on a fantastic performance!” Mr Baldwin, who directed the music, and Miss Medhurst and Mrs Reith, who also produced and directed the show, all expressed what a brilliant experience it was. “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with such hard-working and talented students. We’ve been thrilled to see them all progress over the four months of rehearsals and put in such great performances. They should all be very proud of their achievements.” 0191 200 8800 Judging by the reactions of the audience, Oliver! was a resounding success: “It was fantastic!! The show was really professional and I think it was the best WBHS production I have ever seen.” Libby Ivison, 9ADR “I really enjoyed Oliver! I went along to support my friend who was in it and I was really impressed by how good the whole cast was.” Hamish Watt, 11JPA “I thoroughly enjoyed the production of Oliver! There is a history of putting on amazing productions at Whitley Bay and this one lived up to that.” Sarah Donkin, 13SMJ
Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  OLIVER  We spoke to some of the students who For three nights only, Whitley Bay were...
Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 NETBA (North East Teenage Book Awards) Poetry By Heart The fate of some of the country’s most exciting writers for young people was in the hands of their readers this term as the result of the student-judged NETBA was announced. Having a great memory is such a bonus in life and learning techniques to improve your memory by reciting verse is something students at Whitley Bay have come to love over the last year or two. Since the beginning of the year, a group of students from Years 10 and 11 have been reading all the books nominated for this year’s award and it all culminated with a celebration event at the Centre for Life. Young people from around the region got the chance to hear from the authors themselves and to hear the announcement of the winner. Students have been taking poetry to heart by participating in Poetry By Heart, a national recitation competition founded by the Poetry Archive and former Laureate, Andrew Motion and on Saturday 7th February, staff and students from the school descended upon Newcastle City Library to watch Eleanor Davison (11JEL) and Sophie Pitches (12HJR) take part in the regional heat of the competition. Annis Britton (11GOR) says of the experience: “I really enjoyed doing NETBA because I got to read a wide range of books that I usually would never have read. I really liked that we [young people] got to decide who won the award and getting to discuss the books with other people was really good fun as well.” Eleanor and Sophie memorised, rehearsed and perfected renditions of three poems from the Poetry By Heart anthology and went head to head with other students from schools in the area. This year’s award was won by James Dawson for his novel, Say Her Name, a spooky and witty horror story about the summoning of an evil, malevolent spirit called ‘Bloody Mary’. All of the contestants gave amazing performances which, in some cases, brought the audience to tears and after a nervous wait, it was announced that Eleanor was the unanimous winner. Eleanor tells us about her experience: “Poetry by Heart has led to some of the best experiences of my life. The feeling of walking onto that stage was both empowering and terrifying. You don’t feel like that in any other situation. Everyone should give it a go to discover a side of themselves that they never knew existed.” Mr Ellis and Ms Lindow have worked with all of the students who have taken part in the competition so far to help them learn, understand and inhabit their chosen poems. Mr Ellis says, “We are absolutely delighted for Eleanor. She deserves this success because she has worked so hard. Her performance on the day was just fabulous. All of the students who have been involved in the competition have been amazing. It has been a pleasure for us all to work with them.” Eleanor will now go on to compete in the national finals at Homerton College, Cambridge in March, following in the footsteps of another WBHS student, Matilda Neill, who went on to win the competition. We wish Eleanor the best of luck. Knit and Natter Students from the school’s knitting group, “Knit and Natter”, have been busy stitching for charity! As well as taking part in Innocent’s “The Big Knit” campaign to raise money for Age UK, the group is now making crocheted squares for the Knit A Square campaign (www. knit-a-square.com) where people from around the world send in squares to make blankets for AIDS orphans in Africa. The group is attended by seasoned stitchers and knitting novices alike. Year 13 students Mark Blyth, and Joe Foreman decided to join the group on a complete whim, having never picked up a pair of needles before and were completely hooked by the end of their first session. Veteran knitters Ross Butcher (13LSB) and Holly Pitches (13 IAC) also jumped at the chance to join in the fun when Mrs Watson first set up the group. Holly says, “Knitting is really fun. It’s a totally underrated activity and it really helps to de-stress.” All the contestants and judges at the regional heat. 8 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 0191 200 8800 Our contestants Sophie (L) and Eleanor (R) 9
Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  NETBA  North East Teenage Book Awards   Poetry By Heart  The fate of some of the cou...
Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 NETBA (North East Teenage Book Awards) Poetry By Heart The fate of some of the country’s most exciting writers for young people was in the hands of their readers this term as the result of the student-judged NETBA was announced. Having a great memory is such a bonus in life and learning techniques to improve your memory by reciting verse is something students at Whitley Bay have come to love over the last year or two. Since the beginning of the year, a group of students from Years 10 and 11 have been reading all the books nominated for this year’s award and it all culminated with a celebration event at the Centre for Life. Young people from around the region got the chance to hear from the authors themselves and to hear the announcement of the winner. Students have been taking poetry to heart by participating in Poetry By Heart, a national recitation competition founded by the Poetry Archive and former Laureate, Andrew Motion and on Saturday 7th February, staff and students from the school descended upon Newcastle City Library to watch Eleanor Davison (11JEL) and Sophie Pitches (12HJR) take part in the regional heat of the competition. Annis Britton (11GOR) says of the experience: “I really enjoyed doing NETBA because I got to read a wide range of books that I usually would never have read. I really liked that we [young people] got to decide who won the award and getting to discuss the books with other people was really good fun as well.” Eleanor and Sophie memorised, rehearsed and perfected renditions of three poems from the Poetry By Heart anthology and went head to head with other students from schools in the area. This year’s award was won by James Dawson for his novel, Say Her Name, a spooky and witty horror story about the summoning of an evil, malevolent spirit called ‘Bloody Mary’. All of the contestants gave amazing performances which, in some cases, brought the audience to tears and after a nervous wait, it was announced that Eleanor was the unanimous winner. Eleanor tells us about her experience: “Poetry by Heart has led to some of the best experiences of my life. The feeling of walking onto that stage was both empowering and terrifying. You don’t feel like that in any other situation. Everyone should give it a go to discover a side of themselves that they never knew existed.” Mr Ellis and Ms Lindow have worked with all of the students who have taken part in the competition so far to help them learn, understand and inhabit their chosen poems. Mr Ellis says, “We are absolutely delighted for Eleanor. She deserves this success because she has worked so hard. Her performance on the day was just fabulous. All of the students who have been involved in the competition have been amazing. It has been a pleasure for us all to work with them.” Eleanor will now go on to compete in the national finals at Homerton College, Cambridge in March, following in the footsteps of another WBHS student, Matilda Neill, who went on to win the competition. We wish Eleanor the best of luck. Knit and Natter Students from the school’s knitting group, “Knit and Natter”, have been busy stitching for charity! As well as taking part in Innocent’s “The Big Knit” campaign to raise money for Age UK, the group is now making crocheted squares for the Knit A Square campaign (www. knit-a-square.com) where people from around the world send in squares to make blankets for AIDS orphans in Africa. The group is attended by seasoned stitchers and knitting novices alike. Year 13 students Mark Blyth, and Joe Foreman decided to join the group on a complete whim, having never picked up a pair of needles before and were completely hooked by the end of their first session. Veteran knitters Ross Butcher (13LSB) and Holly Pitches (13 IAC) also jumped at the chance to join in the fun when Mrs Watson first set up the group. Holly says, “Knitting is really fun. It’s a totally underrated activity and it really helps to de-stress.” All the contestants and judges at the regional heat. 8 www.whitleybayhighschool.org 0191 200 8800 Our contestants Sophie (L) and Eleanor (R) 9
Our Term in Pictures   February 2015  NETBA  North East Teenage Book Awards   Poetry By Heart  The fate of some of the cou...
Whitley Bay Speaks Up A group of students from Whitley Bay High School recently participated in a public speaking competition. Sam Bailey (11JIO), one of the contestants representing WBHS tells us about the experience. “A tasteful smattering of claps made for the final applause of the evening. By this point, the audience had seen speeches on topics ranging from cat videos to God and it’s fair to say that they’d been educated and entertained in equal measure. Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 This was the English Speaking Union (ESU) Churchill competition, hosted here in our very own Library in which competitors worked in tandem as speakers, chairpeople and questioners with the aim of realising the best speeches possible. Although the competition was very close, and various awards were given to several teams, the deserved winners on the night were the team from King Edward VI School from Morpeth and they will be moving on to more speeches and applause in Leeds next month at the next round of the competition.” It’s been a busy time in the school’s MFL department! 5. “A group of Year 11 Dance students were involved in an amazing workshop with Crimson and the Rovers, an exciting new dance company from Cambridge who have will be working here in Newcastle with Dance City. Students worked with the professional dancers to develop their choreography skills and they left the workshop with a whole new range of creative tools and methods to help with their GCSE pieces.” Miss Lawson Students from Year 9 are also putting pen to paper and have been writing letters to fellow students over in a school in France. They have been exchanging correspondence since last term and our students here at Whitley Bay have translated all the letters and put them into a scrap book for everyone to see and enjoy. This term, they will be taking the “hi-tech” route and using Skype and FaceTime to speak to the French students face-to-face and practise their conversation skills. Art 3 So what does 2015 have in store for the staff and students at Whitley Bay High School? • • • www.whitleybayhighschool.org 4 5 6. Whitley Bay continues to storm the world of sport with students from across the year groups being selected to represent Northumberland in the next round of the cross-country competition. If that’s not enough, students from Year 9 have also represented North Tyneside at a recent indoor athletics competition. • The day was based around the exhibition, “They Used to Call it the Moon”, which explored iconic images of the moon and how the moon produces ideas in the artists’ imaginations. 10 2 4. Year 9 students got the chance to try their hand at stop-motion animation and to great effect! Mr Cole has helped to organise this opportunity, with the whole project being sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus project to help students travel within EU countries. A group of Year 9 students recently visited the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts to spend the day working with a resident artist and develop their talents outside of the classroom. The students worked with Louise Bradley, a visual artist who specialises in printmaking, experimental drawing and sculpture and this inspired them to make some exciting sculptures themselves! 1. Team Kenya organised another fabulous “Quizmas” for staff and students. 3. The amazing ’12 Wishes’ campaign saw our Sixth Form students take on the challenge to raise as much money as possible in only two weeks for the children’s wards at the RVI hospital. All of the students thoroughly embraced the challenge and through their ventures, they ended up raising over £2,700! Firstly, some of our sixth form linguists have been taking part in conversational workshops with students from Lycée Sophie Germain in Thionville, north-eastern France. The students from Sophie Germain have spent a month in the region undertaking work experience as part of their vocational school qualification. Maddy Eagan (12DBC) took part in the workshops and she says, “All of the French students were really nice and I found it really helpful to develop my speaking skills. Hopefully we managed to help them with their English in return!” 1 Here are some of the highlights from the end of 2014… 2. Our second annual Whitley Wonderland was a roaring success, featuring music and dance performances from our students and from the middle schools as well as many stalls selling lovely Christmas gifts, including fantastic decorations made by some of our Applied Studies students. Parlez-vous français? Year 9 Get Smart with Whitley Bay High School - A Busy Year So Far! 6 The Art and Media trip to New York Our annual Literature and Performing Arts Festival, taking place in May n. Year 10’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expeditio tion. Whitley Bay’s very own (mock) General Elec 11
Whitley Bay Speaks Up A group of students from Whitley Bay High School recently participated in a public speaking competit...
Whitley Bay Speaks Up A group of students from Whitley Bay High School recently participated in a public speaking competition. Sam Bailey (11JIO), one of the contestants representing WBHS tells us about the experience. “A tasteful smattering of claps made for the final applause of the evening. By this point, the audience had seen speeches on topics ranging from cat videos to God and it’s fair to say that they’d been educated and entertained in equal measure. Our Term in Pictures | February 2015 This was the English Speaking Union (ESU) Churchill competition, hosted here in our very own Library in which competitors worked in tandem as speakers, chairpeople and questioners with the aim of realising the best speeches possible. Although the competition was very close, and various awards were given to several teams, the deserved winners on the night were the team from King Edward VI School from Morpeth and they will be moving on to more speeches and applause in Leeds next month at the next round of the competition.” It’s been a busy time in the school’s MFL department! 5. “A group of Year 11 Dance students were involved in an amazing workshop with Crimson and the Rovers, an exciting new dance company from Cambridge who have will be working here in Newcastle with Dance City. Students worked with the professional dancers to develop their choreography skills and they left the workshop with a whole new range of creative tools and methods to help with their GCSE pieces.” Miss Lawson Students from Year 9 are also putting pen to paper and have been writing letters to fellow students over in a school in France. They have been exchanging correspondence since last term and our students here at Whitley Bay have translated all the letters and put them into a scrap book for everyone to see and enjoy. This term, they will be taking the “hi-tech” route and using Skype and FaceTime to speak to the French students face-to-face and practise their conversation skills. Art 3 So what does 2015 have in store for the staff and students at Whitley Bay High School? • • • www.whitleybayhighschool.org 4 5 6. Whitley Bay continues to storm the world of sport with students from across the year groups being selected to represent Northumberland in the next round of the cross-country competition. If that’s not enough, students from Year 9 have also represented North Tyneside at a recent indoor athletics competition. • The day was based around the exhibition, “They Used to Call it the Moon”, which explored iconic images of the moon and how the moon produces ideas in the artists’ imaginations. 10 2 4. Year 9 students got the chance to try their hand at stop-motion animation and to great effect! Mr Cole has helped to organise this opportunity, with the whole project being sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus project to help students travel within EU countries. A group of Year 9 students recently visited the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts to spend the day working with a resident artist and develop their talents outside of the classroom. The students worked with Louise Bradley, a visual artist who specialises in printmaking, experimental drawing and sculpture and this inspired them to make some exciting sculptures themselves! 1. Team Kenya organised another fabulous “Quizmas” for staff and students. 3. The amazing ’12 Wishes’ campaign saw our Sixth Form students take on the challenge to raise as much money as possible in only two weeks for the children’s wards at the RVI hospital. All of the students thoroughly embraced the challenge and through their ventures, they ended up raising over £2,700! Firstly, some of our sixth form linguists have been taking part in conversational workshops with students from Lycée Sophie Germain in Thionville, north-eastern France. The students from Sophie Germain have spent a month in the region undertaking work experience as part of their vocational school qualification. Maddy Eagan (12DBC) took part in the workshops and she says, “All of the French students were really nice and I found it really helpful to develop my speaking skills. Hopefully we managed to help them with their English in return!” 1 Here are some of the highlights from the end of 2014… 2. Our second annual Whitley Wonderland was a roaring success, featuring music and dance performances from our students and from the middle schools as well as many stalls selling lovely Christmas gifts, including fantastic decorations made by some of our Applied Studies students. Parlez-vous français? Year 9 Get Smart with Whitley Bay High School - A Busy Year So Far! 6 The Art and Media trip to New York Our annual Literature and Performing Arts Festival, taking place in May n. Year 10’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expeditio tion. Whitley Bay’s very own (mock) General Elec 11
Whitley Bay Speaks Up A group of students from Whitley Bay High School recently participated in a public speaking competit...
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Whitley Bay High School Deneholm Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear NE25 9AS T.  0191 200 8800 E. whitleybay.high northtyneside.gov...