Nunnykirk News - Summer Term 2012
Welcome to the summer edition of Nunnykirk News.
Another busy term; with exams, activity week, skills week, an open morning and Morpeth Fair Day ensuring that time has flown by. Still there has been plenty time to concentrate on learning and pupils’ achievements have been very pleasing across the curriculum; as those who were present at our annual prize giving will have seen.
Pupils have also attended a variety of sporting events, both as part of the Wanderers Association – taking part in athletics and football events; and our own Swimming Gala and Sports Day.
Enrichment activities have continued on into the evening with go-karting, cooking, fishing and cadets being very popular this year. Please read on for more information on what your children have been involved in this term.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer break and look forward to seeing everyone in September.
We said hello and goodbye to our second Fair Day in Morpeth to raise funds for sports equipment. I would like to thank all the parents and organisations who contributed to the tombola stall either through donations or support on the day. As well as raising people’s awareness of Nunnykirk we also raised £720 in funds. Thank you again to everyone involved.
GOOD LUCK TO OUR LEAVERS
This year we are saying goodbye to Alex Beal and Bradley Owen from Year 13 who have been lucky enough (and skilled enough) to secure themselves employment. Ashley Hutchinson, Paul White Smith and George Stevens from Year 11 are all leaving to take courses at their local 6th form colleges and Connor Anderson is leaving to attend a mainstream school. We wish them all well in these new stages in their lives. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.
Year 10 benefitted from our annual Skills Week this year – taking part in a variety of activities. They planned and executed an extension to the go-kart track which involved cementing using a mixer – not an easy thing to do in the rain. They decorated the photography studio part of the cellar and had team building exercises at Broomley Grange.
For his excellent contribution to the work of the week Joe McDonald was awarded Pupil of Activity Week.
We all went to the Great North Museum in Newcastle where we had lunch together and then split off into groups. We started by looking at all the fossils, some were huge dinosaurs others were small leaves and all were of great interest. We then had great fun looking for fish and crustaceans in the marine tanks before moving on to the Anglo Saxon collection where we saw the Nunnykirk Cross which was found just up from the school and later moved into the grounds before being given to the museum. The pupils then enjoyed the natural history displays where they were able to use the interactive elements of the area to access information themselves. The trip was enjoyable and informative.
Supporting the Olympic Torch
Friday 15th June – a day of monsoon like rain was the day Nunnykirk pupils went to support the Olympic Torch relay through Morpeth. Toting our new flag and hidden underneath layers of waterproof clothing, our pupils and staff braved the weather to encourage the torch runners on. Despite the weather there was a fantastic turn out and they enjoyed this once in a lifetime occasion, returning to school for towels and hot chocolate.
Orienteering at Druridge Bay
On Tuesday of Activity week we headed for Druridge Bay to take on the orienteering course. Luckily it proved to be the only really dry day all week!!
The sun shone and we split up into four groups to follow our maps and collect letters at different points around the country park.
After quite a long walk and some intense searching it was year 10 accompanied by Mr Hooton who succeeded in collecting the most letters and completing the course. We even managed to spend some time playing cricket on the beach with no sign of rain to stop play.
On Wednesday 13th June a mixture of years 8, 9 and 10 participated in a Wanderers athletics event.
The event that took place at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow had an Olympic feel and allowed an opportunity for pupils from a range of schools to take part in field and track events.
Nunnykirk carried off a clutch of medals with Tom Stretton achieving medal places in all but one of his track events.
Eleanor Brooks collected medals in two events and the under 16 four x 100m relay team put in an exceptional performance to take the gold medal.
All the pupils who went to the event put in excellent individual performances and showed a rallying team spirit when encouraging and congratulating their team mates
Kitted out for climbing
We have managed to acquire a set of 6 helmets, 6 harnesses and a 50m climbing rope.
This is great news as it allows the children attending climbing club to save money each time they go to the wall, as they don’t need to hire harnesses AND they will be able to get out onto real rock to try climbing and abseiling outside from September!
As part of their Skills Week activities, Year 10 and guests, Year 9, went to the outdoor activity centre at Broomley Grange, Stocksfield. They took part in team building activities (won by Year 9!), a high ropes course through the trees, giant zipline, assault course and underground, flooded tunnel system.
The day was great fun, despite near constant rain, and it was lovely when the Instructors commented, at the end of the day, on what a pleasant and well behaved group ours had been.
SAUSAGES, SAUSAGES, SAUSAGES
The school sausage project came to a successful conclusion during the summer term when the pigs boarded the train to Green’s Butchers in Longhorsley via the Spennymoor dispatch service. Now with extra fine sausages in the freezer, the land will be allowed to recover till the spring when more livestock will arrive.
ART and PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS
Weeks of preparation and years of work went into the displays of Fine Art and Photography work at Nunnykirk and once again the main hall, balcony, rooms and corridors were filled with students’ artwork. The visiting moderators for GCSE and A level enjoyed their visits viewing the excellent displays that the students had assembled.
Alex Beal and Brad Owen have completed their Photography A2 courses with work based on portraits, hands, architectural layers and fashion models. Brad also has completed his work in Fine Art A2 where he studied Monet’s colour patterns and also Ancient Mycenaean designs. In fact, Brad has been in contact with TV historian Bettany Hughes and his finished canvas may well be displayed alongside an exhibition of Ancient Greek Art.
James Ford completed the AS part of his courses with work involving dying flowers and stitched portraits in photography, while for his Fine Art he made a project about dreams and designed and created a Soviet room environment.
In GCSE, students – Paul White-Smith, Ashley Hutchinson, George Stevens and Michael Brown –created excellent displays of work for both their Fine Art and Photography courses from HDR landscapes, to ballet dancers, Fibonacci based work to light spirals; they deserve much credit for their sterling efforts.
Many students attend the Tuesday night photo hobby to visit local environments or to work in the studio at school. This term we have been working with flash in the cellar, using the coloured backdrops and light curtain, outside in yellow oilseed rape fields for colour work, at Pauperhaugh bridge for rivers and landscapes, and Rothley Lake and Rothley Crag for landscapes and wide angle/ fisheye shots.
Ingram Valley – Cheviots
With inclement weather forecast all week we knew that there was a risk of rain, but surely it couldn’t rain all day could it? Well perhaps it could - as the Nunnykirk students and teachers had a day out in the Cheviots on the day when flash floods hit the North of Britain! It more or less rained all day so luckily we were at a place where it didn’t really matter to the students – playing in the river! After visiting the information centre and learning about the history of the Ingram Valley, the students had a couple of opportunities to build dams, skim stones and splash around in the river. Everyone was very wet – whether in or out of the river, though everyone seemed to have a great if rather damp time!
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