Nunnykirk News - Spring term 2012 
Dear Parents 
Welcome to the Spring Edition of Nunnykirk News. 
We have had an eventful term, as you will see from articles that follow. 
Thank you to all parents who took the time to fill in the Ofsted questionnaire, however, due to Mr. Hird our inspector being taken ill – we have no report as yet. When we receive it we will post it on our website and send parents a copy. 
Thank you also to all parents and friends who are using The Giving Machine when purchasing on line – it is so simple to use and has raised over £500 for the school so far – why not have it on the tool bar so that you don’t forget? 
I hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our Newsletter. 
Carol Hodgson 
Head Teacher. 
We welcomed Ms Usini Naidoo as our new Matron in January, and Mr Chris Bell as our new Kitchen Assistant in February. Unfortunately, we have had to say goodbye to Mrs Debbie Bolton our cleaner who has moved onto pastures new. Mrs Pat Glass our cook is retiring and we wish her all the very best for the future. However, we have been very fortunate in being able to find a suitable replacement in Mr Bell and have appointed a new kitchen assistant Mrs Vikke Parkin. The cleaning situation should be ‘ironed out’ soon – at the moment we have contract cleaners for two days a week and I will be appointing a new full time cleaner as soon as possible. 
Year 10 pupils took part in a week’s work experience from 12th – 16th March and found themselves in a variety of jobs. Joe Dennison joined an engineering firm for the week; Max Harrison Hamilton helped out with coaching young children at Newcastle United; Oliver Kerr worked in a private health club and gym; Dillon Anderson worked at Alnwick Leisure Centre and Joe McDonald worked in IT at Jigsaw Design in Newcastle. It was a very positive experience for all of them and for their employers who all provided glowing reports. 
Ashley Hutchinson and her brother Aaron Smith are aiming to raise £2000 for Cancer research by leaping out of an aeroplane. The skydive will take place on June 24th as Ashley has to be 16 before she can do the jump. 
A successful fund raising day at school raised £111 which Ashley made by selling cakes made for the event by the 6th form and her aunty. You may also see her with her collection box in Morpeth. 
So far Ashley and Aaron have managed to raise over £1000, well on the way to her target. 
If you would like to donate you can do so through – go to ‘sponsor a friend’ and put in Aaron Smith – you will then find Aaron and Ashley’s section of the site where you can make a donation. Please give generously. 
This half term Year 9 have been studying Judaism and were lucky enough to spend an afternoon at the Newcastle Reform Synagogue. 
Mr Benson, our host for the afternoon, gave a fantastic insight into the workings of the Synagogue. He was very informative and spoke with a great deal of enthusiasm. The pupils learnt a great deal from meeting him and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. 
Synagogue visit - Rabbi
Synagogue visit - Torah
All the pupils were encouraged to wear a Kippal and eat Matzah. Bradley was even able to get a sound from the Shofar (horn). 
The Memorial Plaque was a subject of great interest for Tom who asked lots of questions. Jonathon chatted to Mr Benson about historical events and Ellie’s favourite part was when Mr Benson brought the Scroll out of the Arc to show us.  
Mrs Blackburn 
We managed to raise £700 in total from our evening in Morpeth and a lot of past pupils attended so it was a nice get together as well. The Poor Boys Band seemed to be a success and the pie and pea supper was great. Thanks go to Mr Hutchinson for all his support in that area. I would like to thank all parents and pupils for their support in particular Mr and Mrs Kerr for their endeavours with the PTA.  
Mr Smith 
It would be much appreciated if parents could help with donations for the Fair Day Tombola in June and any physical support on the day would be much appreciated also. Could parents please drop into school any items for the stall as soon as possible so as to enable us to organise matters for the day.  
Mr Smith 
I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Brown for their kind donation of a VW Passat for our mechanics class. Hopefully we can restore it to a point where we will be able to sell it on for funds for the go-karts or just have some fun working on it. Again a big thank you.  
Mr Smith 
The mystery prize for the pupil that raised the most money for the Quadathlon went to Lewis Hague. I am sure he will enjoy his flight in the bi-plane this term. Well done to everyone who raised funds via their input in this event. 
Mr Smith 
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