Nunnykirk News - Autumn term 2010
Welcome to the Christmas 2010 edition of Nunnykirk News.
Another busy term, although somewhat disrupted by snow. Unfortunately the Christmas play has had to be postponed for another year – a real disappointment, but I am sure that Mr Nicholson’s planned sing song on the last day of term will go some way to making up for it.
Our CReSTeD inspection went well in November – thank you to the parents who talked to the Consultant by phone before the visit. We are expecting an Ofsted inspection in the New Year and would appreciate it if parents would complete their questionnaires when they receive them. Communication with parents via email has been very important during the school closure – we have been easily able to let parents know what is happening and send work home.
Our updated web site will be online from January – more user friendly and with more content. Please refer to it for school calendar dates. We are planning to distribute the newsletter to parents via the website where it will be published for you to download.
All at Nunnykirk wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
The first football match of the new term took place in early September. This was a home match against Oakfield School. The new look team worked hard but ended up losing 5:1. Year 10 pupil, Paul White-Smith scoring Nunnykirk’s goal. This was then followed by a home defeat against Southlands school. Paul White Smith scoring both goals in the 6:2 defeat.
In October the return fixtures took place against Oakfield and Southlands. At Oakfield both schools split into two teams and a small sided tournament was played. Nunnykirk won two and lost two. Games being played on an Astroturf pitch so pupils enjoyed this experience.
In mid October an U14 team played in the Wanderers football tournament at Complete Football next to Newcastle Racecourse. Playing eight games they won two and lost six. All pupils enjoyed the tournament at this plush new venue. The team members were Muaz Badahdah, Sam Hutchinson, Lance Kerr, Andrew Brook, Jonathon Docherty, Bradley Meadows, Dillon Anderson and Max Harrison Hamilton.
On Wednesday 20th October the senior pupils gained their first win of the season against Southlands. This was again played at Complete Football. Our pupils enjoyed playing on the smaller pitch and put together their best performance by far of the season to run out 3:1 winners. Goals from Sacha O’Connor and Dillon Anderson, who scored twice. Dillon actually playing goalkeeper but scoring with the benefit of his huge kicks bouncing over their goalkeeper and in. Well done Dillon and the rest of the team, a fine performance. Matches follow later on this term against Atkinson House, both home and away. Then we look forward to the Spring Term which will feature the Wanderers Swimming Gala and more fixtures. All weather permitting of course!
Sixth Formers Lost in France
Sixth form students along with Mr. Hodgson had a somewhat extended Fine Art / Photography visit to Nice & the Cote d’Azur in October. Due to a general strike in France the students ended up with a 10 day stay – this caused obvious expense and anxiety but everyone returned home safely and with a sun tan!
Patrick Burman, Jake Cooper, Ian Cowan, Michael West, Michael Atherton and Alex Beal visited every Art & Photography gallery and attraction in Nice and surroundings as well as visiting Monaco, Monte Carlo, also Vence and St. Paul in the mountains of Provence. Luckily the weather was excellent and the students even had time for some relaxation on the beach! The group took photographs on the promenade, at the viewpoints, at the Russian Cathedral and Flower Market, in the Old Town and in the medieval walled town of St. Paul.
They even managed to visit the Chapel Rossaire near Vence designed entirely by Matisse and view the famous artworks at the Foundation Maeght near St. Paul, as well as working in the luxurious surroundings of Monte Carlo where we were moved on by the security guards as our cameras were ‘too big’! During our stay there were numerous street demonstrations and, of course, our students documented these as well! The students worked really well on their art & photography tasks and we have seen some excellent results already back at school. I very much look forward to viewing their completed projects and thanks once again to all the parents for enabling and assisting in this extended visit abroad.
Art & Photography Exam Reminders
The GCSE exams in Fine Art and Photography are given out to the students in Year 11 when we return in January. The students then have a month of prep time to sort and develop their ideas for a supervised exam starting in February and lasting 10 hours (but spread out over the weeks after an initial session).
The AS and A2 exams are given out in February for a month of prep time before a start in March. The AS students have 5 hours of controlled development time with unlimited time afterward to complete the unit of work, while the A2 students have 15 hours of supervised time and the exam work ends at the end of the 15 hours.
Tuesday Night Photo Hobby
This term we have had a good mixture of older and younger photographers in Photo Hobby. It is very good for the younger pupils to have a taste and practice in photography and they have come away with some really good images. We have been jumping at Rothley Crags, Swan spotting at Rothley Lake, posing at Fontburn Reservoir and trekking at Simonside. When the weather has been bad we have utilised our new white photo studio in the cellar for portraits and figure work including light painting using small pen lights and laser beams. Eventually we had some fireworks and sparklers to try out some photo techniques with as well!
GO KART TRACK FUND RAISER
We are on target for starting Phase 1 of our all weather go-kart track in February 2011. Funds have been trickling in hence the delay. However various trusts and charities and with pupils/parents support we have eventually managed this first stage. Well done everyone.
WEIGHT TRAINING GYM
Our new extension to our gym, which has doubled the original size, has been very popular and pupils are very keen to use it, as it he PE department. Well done to everyone involved in the fundraising.
Christmas turkeys were dispatched and prepared in the last week of term and all achieved a good weight, unlike last year’s collection of lightweights. Students that were outstanding in their participation in the activity were Brad Meadows, Andrew Brook, Tom Stretton, Max Harrison-Hamilton, Jake Cooper and James Ford.
THE LAST CHRISTMAS
The current yuletide epic was again postponed due to the inclement weather. Rumours of poltergeist interference and alien intervention have spread throughout the theatrical community, meaning that henceforth it will be referred to as “The Northumbrian Play”. The Christmas Fairy has been informed!
S.O.S. TO PARENTS
If any parents have any large sweet tins left over from Christmas that they don’t want, could they please send them into school for cookery. I can then use them to send the produce the pupils make home safely.
ALL THE STAFF AT NUNNYKIRK WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
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