Nunnykirk News - Autumn Term 2012 
 
Welcome to the autumn edition of Nunnykirk News. 
 
This has been yet another weather affected term – this time flooding and not snow. Our new mini bus was featured on the front of local newspapers in danger of floating away in the Morpeth floods in September – now replaced by a new 14 seat Ford Transit. 
We have had our annual Ofsted inspection of the boarding provision and yet again have received a judgement of Good overall, with Outstanding for outcomes for boarders. The full report will soon be available for all parents to view on the website or on Ofsted’s website, although parents of boarders will already have received their copy. 
There has been the usual variety of visits and trips out, as well as two visits into school from Zoo Lab and The Magic Lantern. Our 6th Formers visited Auschwitz and Nice with Mr. Hodgson, whose report you can read below. 
Fundraising through the Quadathlon has enabled development of the Go-Kart hobby. 
The PTA has developed into The Friends of Nunnykirk who meet termly and are responsible for fundraising at the BBQ and the Christmas Play. Everyone is welcome so please come along to the next meeting. 
Please read on for more details of what your children have been up to this term. 
All at Nunnykirk wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year. 
ZOOLAB 
 
Zoolab came into school in November to introduce the children to a range of creatures from all over the world. 
The focus of the sessions was to look at how the different animals were adapted to survive in their various habitats. 
It was a hands-on experience, and the entire school got to see the animals, with everyone getting the chance to hold and handle if they wanted. 
We met; Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Land-Snails, Giant Millipedes, a tarantula, a Horsefield Tortiose, Corn Snakes. At the end of all that, would you believe the fluffy, little bunny proved the most popular. 
Hissing cockroaches
Giant MIllipede
Horsefield Tortoise
WE ARE SAILING 
 
Congratulations to some of the junior school pupils who have achieved a variety of dinghy sailing awards. 
Robert Dye, Harry Bracken, Nicholas McLaren, William Fotheringham, Luke Bullerwell, Branden Blom and Rhys Jefferson all took part over the six weeks of sessions. Some passed with flying colours, after learning to sail with the Coquet Shorebase Trust during activities lessons on a Thursday afternoon. They enthusiastically braved a mixture of gales, becalmed and icy waters and one or two even managed to sail for an entire afternoon without capsizing and falling in! (Except on purpose)... 
Sailing
ART and PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS 
 
Fine Art / Photography Visit - Cote d’Azur, France – Nice and Provence 
St Paul du Vence
Medieval Walls of St. Paul du Vence, Provence 
Sixth formers James Ford and Michael Brown as well as year 11 students Joe McDonald and Dillon Anderson went on a five day Fine Art and Photography visit to the South of France in October. Staying in the centre of Nice, the students visited many art and photography galleries including the Matisse Museum, the Chagall National gallery and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and many small independent galleries. 
Museum of Modern Art, Nice
Museum of Modern Art, Nice 
The students visited all the main parts of Nice as well as paying visits to Cannes and St. Paul and Vence in the foothills of the Alps. Some wonderful places were visited which should enable some quality art and photography work from the group. The weather was excellent – warm and sunny – and the students worked very hard throughout their visit. All the students are presently working on their art and photography studies based upon this visit and this work will be displayed in May and June in their exhibitions. Thank you to parents, grand-parents and all involved for their support for this creative visit. 
At Marc Chagall's grave
At the grave of artist Marc Chagall, St.Paul 
Promenade d'Anglais, Nice
Promenade d’Anglais, Nice – Le Negresco 
Lessons from Auschwitz - Poland visit – Auschwitz and Birkenau 
James and Michael at Oswiecim
James and Michael at the site of former synagogue – Oswiecim 
James Ford and Michael Brown went with Mr Hodgson on a day’s journey to Poland to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau in November. Working with the Holocaust Educational Trust the group flew from Newcastle to Krakow and visited Oswiecim and the site of a former synagogue as well as a museum and synagogue in the town. A visit to Auschwitz concentration camp and museum was followed by a tour of Birkenau and the Nazi death camp. James, Michael and Mr Hodgson went on a 4 hour orientation seminar in Newcastle before the day’s visit, which was followed up by a debriefing day a few weeks later. James and Michael really enjoyed the visit and thought it was a very interesting trip and an experience not to be forgotten. 
Guard Tower at Birkenau
Guard Tower at Birkenau 
Banana Photo Studios, Newcastle 
 
A number of A level and GCSE Photography students have undertaken work at Banana Studios this term. Michael Brown has attended many Creative Circle events with Mr Hodgson on Wednesday evenings throughout the term, photographing a wide range of models – linking with his work from Nice with a Matisse theme. James Ford has also visited Banana studios to carry out some portrait work. 
Joe McDonald and Andrew Brook visited the studios on a studio Open Day while Max Harrison–Hamilton visited with Mr Hodgson on a special Hallowe'en night event. 
Model shoot
Joe McDonald photographs a model with the £8000 Kinoflo lighting set-up at Banana Studios Open Day in Newcastle 
Magic Lantern Art Day 
 
In September Margaret Bodley Edwards visited the school and presented the students with history of art slide shows for analysis and discussion. All the classes at Nunnykirk enjoyed some interesting and rewarding discussions based around projections of artworks in the cellar. Many thanks to Margaret for organising this and for her hard work throughout the day. 
Photo Hobby 
 
This term on Tuesday night Photo Hobby the students – Joe Dennison, Joe McDonald, Dillon Anderson, Tom Stretton, Brad Meadows, Andrew Brook, Sam Hutchinson, Harry Bracken and William Fotheringham –had a wide variety of photography visits and experiences. 
Trewitley Owl Centre
We photographed owls and birds of prey at the Trewitley Owl Centre, used neutral density filters on the Coquet River at Pauperhaugh, photographed hay bales and landscapes at Burgham and long exposures on the River Font near Nunnykirk as well as a big firework session at school. In the cellar studio at school we made laser and glow stick portraits and used finger lights and Christmas lights to create light patterns with portraits. In the final session of the year we went to Longhorsley to photograph Christmas lights and to create light orbs on the green with sparklers and light sticks. 
Fine Art and Photography Exams 
 
The GCSE exam papers will be given to students the second week of the New Year. Students will be advised and guided to an appropriate topic choice and will then have one month to carry out preparatory work and studies prior to their 10 hour controlled test in February. 
AS and A2 papers are given out in February for an exam start in March. 
 
Mr J. Hodgson 
TRIP TO ALNMOUTH BEACH 
 
A blustery October day saw a joint curriculum visit to Alnmouth beach. The Year 5s had been working on Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile for literacy with Mrs Adams, as well as studying coasts alongside Year 7 with Mrs Blackburn. 
The trip enabled both year groups to explore and identify key features of our coastline with a great deal of interest being shown in the contents of the rock pools. Finding crabs proved to be extremely exciting! 
Once we had identified all the geographical features it was time to turn our hand to beach combing to collect suitable objects to help us create a sand sculpture of the Enormous Crocodile. 
Both year groups worked well together and a monster croc was soon born. Watch out for special tricks and cunning plans! 
 
Mrs Blackburn 
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