Nunnykirk News - Summer term 2011 
Dear Parents 
Welcome to the Summer term edition of Nunnykirk News.  
We had a very busy term as the newsletter highlights and it ended with the publishing of a very positive report from Ofsted which you can read about on the website. 
I hope that you enjoy reading the newsletter. 
Carol Hodgson 
Head Teacher. 
All the students who worked in GCSE and A level Fine Art and Photography produced exceptional displays this year. The school hall and balcony, upstairs corridor, stairs and cellar were all converted into art and photography exhibitions where moderators and visitors expressed their delight at the range and quality of the work to be seen. Much work went into the production of these exhibitions and I would like to thank and applaud all concerned on a sterling effort. Jake Cooper’s magnificent HDR work from Nice, France and his excellent film-noir portrait studies were matched with Patrick Burman’s striking (literally) images from France and Derbyshire. Ian Cowan’s large scale diagonal project from Monaco and Provence matched with Michael West’s splendid night photography from Nice and seated moody portraits rounded off the A2 photography work. 
Art Gallery 1
Alex Beal created multitudes of glamorous studio-based model photographs alongside colour studies from France, while Bradley Owen’s colour studies were based around Chinatown in Manchester. Bradley’s cut-up and panoramic landscapes were of both local and distant vistas. Michael Atherton created huge panoramas from Monaco and Australia as well as studies of airplanes and flight while Molly McWilliams created a projected display and exhibition of fine portraits and figures alongside thoughtful black and white interior work to round off the AS photography work. 
Jake and Bradley converted one of the cellar rooms into an art gallery with their Fine Art A level landscapes, portraits and topical installations to great effect. James Ford and Elliot Barron meanwhile, with their GCSE Fine Art work used the entire hall to display their paintings and drawings. 
Art gallery 2
Molly also had some Flag portraits of teachers and students to support her GCSE photography work, while James created a stunning set of cut-up, enlarged, re-scanned, time-based, Warhol-themed food photo studies. Sacha O’Connor shot in train stations, airports and cars to create blurry time-based large-scale images and Elliot overlaid multiple images of bandstands, houses and Venus De Milo’s to create amazing images. Jake Augur created a wonderful set of family portraits overlaid and manipulated to create strange and interesting hybrid photography portraits. Special mention must go to Ashley Hutchinson who, in year 10, completed a general Art & Design GCSE course using her lovely street photographs from Spain alongside a wide range of artwork, but overall everyone must be commended for their splendid creative efforts this year. 
Jake Cooper has a place on the Art & Design Foundation course at Newcastle College, while James joins Bradley and Alex in the sixth form studying A level Fine Art and Photography. Elliot is hoping to gain a college place to study art and photography. 
Lauren Black and Alex Duncan, who both achieved maximum marks in their A level Photography courses at Nunnykirk, gained places on the Contemporary Photographic Practice Degree course at Northumbria University three years ago direct from Nunnykirk. They have now achieved First Class Honours in their photography degrees and Nunnykirk students from years 10 through 13 visited Northumbria to see the final exhibitions. Alex also won a £200 prize from the university as the student who had made the most progress during the course. Well done to both Alex and Lauren! 
The term started with Year 10 attending Broomley Grange activity centre near Stocksfield, this as part of Year 10 Skills Week. They took part in a day’s team building activities. This involved high wire courses, tunnels, zip wire, spider’s web and a blindfolded rope walk through a cold river! The students thoroughly enjoyed the day putting a great deal of effort in. Well done to Year 10. 
Year 12 students Alex Beal and Michael Atherton both completed their one hour of leadership coaching to gain their Sports Leadership Level 1 Certificate. This took place at Willowburn Sports Centre in Alnwick. Students coached swimming to pupils from first and middle schools in the Alnwick area. In addition Jake Cooper and Ian Cowan from Year 13 have completed their Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership. They also completed their ten hours of leadership coaching in swimming at Willowburn Leisure Centre. Congratulations to all Sports Leadership students. They were a great advert for the school whilst completing their placements. 
Thirteen students went to the Wanderers Athletics event on Wednesday 15th June. This took place at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. Pupils competed in a variety of track and field events gaining 18 medals in total. Well done to the following pupils for their effort and commitment on the day; Rhys Jefferson, Sam Hutchinson, Luke Bullerwell, Lance Kerr, Andrew Brook, Tom Stretton, Jonathon Docherty, Dillon Anderson, Max Harrison-Hamilton, Oliver Kerr, Joe Dennison, Ashley Hutchinson and Paul White-Smith. 
On Monday 20th June the annual Swimming Gala took place at Willowburn Sports Centre in Alnwick. Coquet and Wansbeck houses competed in the usual stroke races, relays and diving. What was most noticeable was how well all pupils swam and put so much effort in for their respective house. Well done to all pupils, a tremendous gala with Wansbeck winning with 94 points to Coquets 86. 
Sports Day quickly followed the Swimming Gala, this taking place on Wednesday 29th June. Again there was great competition between the two houses in all the running, throwing and jumping events. Despite the rain coming down and delaying proceedings pupils created a great atmosphere, supporting each other throughout all the events. Wansbeck winning on the day by 149 points to Coquets 143. Despite losing sports day and the swimming gala Coquet still win the House trophy by 9 points to 5. This was confirmed when Coquet won the House Cricket, again another eagerly competed event. Well done to all pupils who have competed in this years house matches. 
Students were immersed in the undersea world on a visit to Tynemouth Sea Life Centre. From watching seals swooping and diving in their large tank, to colourful tropical underwater habitats, the students seem to have a splendid time jumping from fish to fish and monkey to monkey! Time for some photographs, a trip to the gift shop and lunch watching the seals perform! Then it’s off to catch sea life in the rock pools of St. Mary’s Island! (We put it all back of course!) 
What’s that strange creature lurking behind the rocks? – The elusive Bradfish! 
Tripods, lenses, cameras, rucksacks, drinks and packed lunches – we were off on a summer’s day to Hadrian’s Wall to photograph the gnarly wall and landscape. First, to Steel Rigg and that view along the Wall to Crag Lough in HDR (high dynamic range – you merge three different exposures together) then a troop up and down the hills to that tree place on the Wall – you know, the one in the film – for more HDR and photographs of that tree from just about every angle possible. Troop back – it was hot at times – to the minibus and back – whew! That went quick – hope the photos come out! They had better after all that work! 
Roman Style!
The photographers explore the ancient Roman stile! 
And then it’s off to Lindisfarne for more photographing! Up in the minibus, getting there before the tide comes in and to the church and priory, down to the harbour and carefully set up for more HDR – moving anchors and ropes, setting things up like still life! An RAF helicopter flies in to assist an injured person and the cameras take photos. Troop to the rocks near the castle for long exposure shots – just look at those wooden pier things looking great with the coast behind – the tide flows out so we drive over the causeway back to the mainland – another swift day passes – all in the cause of photography! 
Lindisfarne break
Some of the photo crew take a break from all this hard picture taking! 
On the Friday of Activity Week all pupils and staff headed off to the beach at Warkworth for a day of fun in the sun! Thankfully the sun did shine all day; all the pupils enjoyed much paddling in the refreshing North Sea. 
After a morning of running in and out of the sea, pupils and staff enjoyed a delightful barbecue. The burgers, sausages and chicken fuelling up people for the afternoon’s activities. 
The afternoon saw pupils help Mr Hooton in flying his mega kite whilst more paddling was done as the beach expanded due to the receding tide. 
By 2.30 we all packed up and headed back to the minibus after a superb day barbecuing and paddling in the Northumberland sun! 
All group of six juniors went climbing with Mr Hooton and Mrs Hodgson, during activity week, at Sunderland Indoor Climbing Wall. 
Some had been climbing with Mr H before, but not to quite such a high wall and there were a few nervous folk asking if they’d have to go to the top of the 26m wall. 
Lots of attempts at different problems on various walls were tried. I was really impressed by some of their tenacity and how they rose to the challenge of some difficult and very high routes. 
Everyone had a great time scrambling around (some upside down) on the bouldering wall. 
It is evident that there are at least a couple up-and–coming little monkeys among the younger pupils. 
After a gruelling 26 hour journey on the coach, pupils immediately began activities. They involved themselves in a wide range of activities from canoeing, windsurfing, catamarans, toppers, fun boats, abseiling, climbing wall and the favourite – the banana boat. After canoeing down the Ardeche for three days, which was fantastic – particularly as Mr Smith did not break any ribs this year - we moved to camp site 2 where all pupils involved themselves in the above activities and were really excellent out on the water. Well done. Evening fun activities, particularly the disco, allowed pupils to strut their stuff, even Mr Smith did his Saturday Night Fever dance. Mrs Blackburn surprised us all with her 5 a-side football skills and put a lot of our budding young footballers to shame. An excellent week. Well done everyone. 
Everyone who didn’t make it to France took a day trip to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle during Activity Week. Accompanied by Mr Hooton, Mr Hinchcliffe and Mrs Leonard, the group got to explore a variety of different floors in the museum containing; one of the first steam turbine driven ships, the Turbinia (in which we could peer into the engine), the history of life on Tyneside, fashion on Tyneside through the ages, military history, the story of ship building and of course the science level. 
It was all really interesting. There are some absolutely fantastic model ships in there. Some of our boys also rather enjoyed getting dressed up in period costumes (both mens and ladies!). 
And where did everyone want to spend the most time? The shop, of course, at the end! 
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