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Message from the Principal

(updated 20/5/16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we move in to the last week before Half Term you will understand that I wish to focus largely on examinations.

Public Examinations

Our older students, mainly Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13, although some other year groups are engaged in public exams as well, have made an excellent start. Their attendance, punctuality and presentation in the exam rooms has been of the high standard we would expect.

It is, however, paramount that revision and independent preparation at home for the remainder of exams is carried out in the rigorous way which is always required for maximum success.

Please ensure that all the best conditions over Half Term help students to stick to their revision schedules.

School Based Examinations

As the exams system nationally becomes more challenging, we are, as I am sure you would expect, placing increasing emphasis on the examination practice we provide for students in the younger years.

In Years 8 and 9 end of year assessments will take place in most subjects, but these will be conducted largely in timetabled lesson times.  Some Year 9 assessments will be conducted in the Theatre and Gym to replicate exam conditions.  Year 7 will see assessments in a few selected subjects.  Year 10 students will face a full replica examination schedule, based in the Theatre and Gym, in which they will sit a formal paper in every subject they study.  It is vital that Year 10 students face this experience and learn lessons from it.

The Timetable for these exams are as follows:

Years 7, 8 and 9: Week beginning 27 June

Year 10: Week beginning 20 June

Students have had assemblies recently with Miss Smith to help them understand the impact of effective revision: how to revise; why revision is important; and what we expect to see in terms of effective preparation for the examinations. Next week in tutorial students will undertake preparatory work to ensure that they have a revision timetable and are able to embark on serious, planned revision between now and the examination series. This includes spending a significant amount of time revising over Half Term.

We cannot impress upon you enough how critically important it is that students lay down the correct habits now in preparing for examinations. This can make a significant difference to their performance in final exams. We ask that parents try to make this as satisfying and positive an experience as possible: purchasing special revision stationery and planning tools is often a great encouragement!  Please also make sure that students have quiet places to work made available to them, ideally without the distractions of TV, music or mobile internet enabled appliances.

Football Success

Congratulations to The North West Federation 6th form football team, made up of Seaton Burn, George Stephenson and Longbenton, who were crowned victorious in this year’s U19 League Division 3.  This has been a great achievement and I would like to say my thanks to each player as well as the coaches Mr Ayres and Mr Coulter. 2nd Division Champions next year!

 

Royal Navy Youth Engagement Team Visit to Seaton Burn College

On Wednesday 18th of May we had the privilege of another visit to the College by the Royal Navy Youth Engagement Team.  The team delivered an informative, fun and physically challenging event to all our Year 9 and 10 students! Students attended sessions within their tutor groups and moved around 3 different activities as follows:

Activity 1 – An introduction to life in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines with Chris.  A detailed account of the day to day role of our Navy and Marines, how they protect our shores and also support other nations to keep the oceans and world a safer place.

Activity 2 – A fun filled, educational and physically challenging PT session with Dizzy, a Royal Navy Leading Physical Training Instructor, where our students were ‘put through their paces’ and learnt about the importance of team work and the need for good physical fitness when serving at sea, but also for a long and healthy life.

Activity 3 – A culinary display with Royal Navy Chef, Bungee, who has worked with many celebrity chefs, cooked for the current Prime Minister and has also cooked for and met Her Majesty the Queen on 3 separate occasions!  Bungee demonstrated how quick, easy and cost effective it is to make your own meals.  Cooking up a storm, making a spectacular chicken curry dish inside of 30 minutes, including using a surprise secret ingredient, a bar of bounty.  All students sampled the dish and it was met with great approval, many asking for the recipe so they could make it at home.  Josh Goodfellow enjoyed the curry so much, he praised it as ‘proper naughty!’

A superb day, thoroughly enjoyed by all.  I hope we are lucky enough to enjoy future visits from the team, who were all great ambassadors for the Navy. We thank them for their time, dedication and service.

Gosforth Academy

There was a meeting on Tuesday 17th May between the Local Authority and The Department for Education to try to move forward on the proposals for Gosforth to become our sponsor.  There was governor representation from both schools.  The DfE explained that as the process can take up to 8 months to complete, then there would be no prospect for a September start.  In the interim, Gosforth has agreed to second two members of their leadership team to Seaton Burn College, to support and work with us while the formal processes continue.

Head Lice

We have been alerted today that there have been some occurrences of head lice among Year 7 students. Please be extra vigilant and treat any cases as soon as possible. Please read the NHS advice for further information.

Safety Works Year 9 Assembly

Safety Works is an interactive safety centre that schools can visit. They also have Police officers who deliver work in schools, throughout the North East. 

PC Claire Jones delivered an assembly to all year 9 students based on staying safe; making students aware of taking unnecessary risks in their day to day lives, both inside and out of the home; Internet safety including mobiles; as well as making them aware of everyday dangers and how they can be avoided.

Year 11 Prom

This year’s event is on Thursday 14 July at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn. 7pm-11pm. Tickets are on sale from room 5 priced at £20.00, this includes disco, buffet and transport home.

End of year Summer trips Wednesday 13 July

Your child has recently received a letter from school in relation to the end of year trips.  These include Flamingo Land, a Cinema trip and more. Letters and money need to be returned to room 5 no later than the 17th June.

Stay and Play

Our weekly Stay and Play sessions on a Wednesday have been very successful over the last 6 weeks. They are now on hold until after the exams finish but we will have two sessions for 0-10 year olds on the Wednesday and Friday of the half term holiday. 

Space Seeds

On a final note, I’d like to mention that Miss Raistrick's space seeds (which travelled on Tim Peake’s rocket) are now on day 21 of growth and Year 10 students are taking an active part in looking after the seeds and recording all the measurements. If you remember, Seaton Burn College were involved in a UK-wide live science experiment to contribute to our knowledge of growing plants in space. After participating in a classroom experiment in May and June 2016, pupils will be asked to enter their results in a bespoke microsite so that results from schools across the nation can be collated and analysed by professional biostatisticians. We will report the findings as soon as we get them…

I wish you an enjoyable weekend.

Warm regards,

   

Steve Campbell                   

Acting Principal        

 


YEAR 11 PRE-EXAM REVISION TIMETABLE 2016

NB  For afternoon exams, Year 11 students will have lunch at 12.15pm – 1.15pm (Tues 12.10pm – 1.10pm)

 

DATE

TIME OF REVISION SESSION

TIME OF

EXAM

EXAM

Yr

Group

Staff

&

Rooming

 

Staff

&

Rooming

 

Staff

&

Rooming

 

Staff

&

Rooming

 

Tuesday  3 May

8.15am - 9.15am

1.30pm

First English Language – Core & Extended

 

 

LBE

66

(extended)

JDO

69

(core)

EMA

67

(core)

 

Tuesday   17 May

 

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

French Units 1 and 2

 

 

SPL

55

HTU

50

(KST)

 

 

10.45am-12.10pm

1.30pm

Biology Unit 1

 

Y10 & 11

ALI

42

SLO

40

RRA

43

 

Wednesday 18 May

11.30am-12.15pm

1.30pm

VTCT (H+B)

 

JCU

22

JCO

 

 

Thursday  19 May

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Chemistry Unit 1

 

Y10 & 11

ALI

42

SLO

40

VCA

46

RRA

43

Friday

 20 May

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Spanish Units 1 and 2

 

 

SPL

55

KST

52

 

 

10.45am-12.10pm

1.30pm

 

PE Unit 1

Y10

& 11

NJO

Theatre

CAY

89

MPE

87

 

Monday   23 May

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

English Literature 1

 

 

MLA

64

JDO

69

LBE

66

EMA

67

Tuesday  24 May

10.40am-12.10pm

1.30pm

Geography Unit 1

 

JGR

25

DFR

26

 

 

Wednesday 25 May

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Business Unit 1

 

 

CBU

33

 

 

 

11.30am-12.10pm

1.30pm

Physics Unit 1

 

Y10 & 11 (HT)

ALI

42

HJO

44

RRA

43

Another staff requested

Thursday 26 May

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Maths Paper 1 – Foundation & Higher

 

GMA

60

NCR

61

AHO

08

HVE

62

Friday 27 May

8.15am – 9.15am

(1.30pm – 3.10pm)

9.30am

English Literature 2

History revision

 

MLA

64

SDU

28

JDO

69

LBE

66

EMA

67

Monday 6 June

8.15am - 9.15am

9.30am

History B Unit 1

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 7 June

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

English Language – Higher

 

MLA

64

 

 

 

Wednesday 8 June

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Enterprise

 

 

DFR

26

JCO

26

 

 

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Computer Science

 

 

DPA

32

 

 

 

10.45am-12.10pm

1.30pm

Geography A Unit 2 – Foundation & Higher

 

JGR

25

DFR

16

 

 

Thursday     9 June

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Maths A Paper 2 – Foundation

 

 

GMA

60

NCR

61

HVE

62

AHO

08

Friday 10 June

(Thurs 9 June 10.45am – 1.00pm all students

1.40pm – 3.10pm Triple group only)

 

 

HJO

44

 

RRA

43

SLO

40

VCA

46

ALI

42

8.30am – 9.15am

9.30am

Biology Unit 2 & 3

 

Yr11

HJO

44

 

RRA

43

SLO

40

VCA

46

ALI

42

10.45am-12.10pm

1.30pm

Business Unit 3

 

CBU

33

 

 

 

Tuesday 14 June

(Mon 13th June 1.40pm – 3.10pm)

10.40am-12.10pm

1.30pm

History B Unit 2

 

 

SDU

28

 

 

 

Wednesday 15 June

8.55am – 10.25am

1.30pm

Chemistry Units 2 & 3

Yr11 Triple only

ALI

42

 

 

 

10.45am-12.15pm

Yr11

HJO

44

RRA

43

ALI

42

SLO

40

Thursday 16 June

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

DT – Resistant Materials Technology Unit 1

 

SGI

11

 

 

 

8.15am – 9.15am

9.30am

Principles Of Food & Nutrition

 

 

CHU

21

 

 

 

Friday 17 Jun

(Thurs 16 June normal lesson time and tutorial)

8.30am – 9.15am

9.30am

Physics Unit 2 & 3

Yr10 and Yr11

HJO

44

RRA

43

SLO

40

VCA

46

ALI

42

 


 

 

  


 

 

 


 

Politeness: let’s make it the norm and not the exception!

 

We all know that manners cost nothing, and even when we’re having a bad day we all feel better when faced with a simple act of courtesy such as having a door held for us, seeing someone smile at us or hearing the words “hello” or “good morning”. Sometimes these simple acts get lost within the environment of the school and it’s a shame that they can become the exception rather than the norm. We would like to enlist the help and support of our parents and guardians in encouraging all students to be polite and courteous throughout their day. This should include when they are speaking to other students as well as when they are speaking to members of staff. 

  1. The words “please” and “thank you” should be used when talking to other members of the school community.
  2. The act of holding the door open for those behind you should become second nature.
  3. Students should always knock on classroom doors before entering and it is never acceptable to disrupt lessons that have not yet finished by pushing into the door or staring through the window.
  4. Smiling should be standard practice as often as possible.
  5. Students should politely wait to speak to staff when they are engaged in other conversations and avoid interrupting. 

Politeness is an important attribute for all people to have within society because it makes other people feel good and it changes the way people perceive you. If you treat people with respect, they will return the favour. Let’s work together to make sure we equip our young people with the skills that will see them being successful in the ‘real world’. 

A number of posters to reinforce a polite mind-set will be appearing around college in the coming weeks. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Mrs Amanda Lawson

Head of English


 

 


 


 


Other news: 

Y11 English Newsletter

Y10 English Newsletter

 

HALF-TERM BULLETIN: Our new bulletin is now available to read here.

 

The Chronicle has ranked Seaton Burn College in the Top Ten North East schools for A Level. Link

 

 

CHILD SAFETY ONLINE - Parents and Carers please read this guide on children using social media 

Y7 and Y8 Parent Guide is available


From September 2015, Persistent Absence rates have changed - please read this newsletter for more details

 

I just wanted to offer my support following your recent Ofsted Report. I know this will be a difficult time for the staff and obviously their morale will be affected. My child has had wonderful support during his time at Seaton Burn and the quality of teaching has been brilliant... The staff have motivated him and offered him support whenever he has needed it.  I am sure things will improve for you all over the coming months. Please pass on my comments to the staff. 

 

I was a little shocked and obviously disappointed to read the letter that arrived on Friday in regards to Seaton Burn's latest Ofsted report.  I have however, taken the time to go online and read the Ofsted report in detail and it sounds as though you have put the correct things in place to turn it around, but time is needed to see if they are effective strategies.  I shall not be attending the parents even for answers to questions as I have every faith that you will do whatever it takes to turn it back around. If you need any support from a parents point of view, let me know what I can do. The school, in my opinion, have always been amazing with my child, particularly through difficult periods of his life... 

 

We would like to offer you and the staff our full support for Seaton Burn College. Our three children have attended the college for a total of nineteen years. During their time at the school they very much benefited from the cultural aspects of College life as well as acheiving academic success. This, together with the caring and nurturing ethos of the school allowed our children to mature into confident and happy young adults.  We wish you and the College every success in the future.

  

Hello Wonderful Teachers!

We apologise for not attending the recent parents evening to discuss the Ofsted results. We were both at work and unable to make it.

However we would like to say that our son, has always been happy at school and we believe he receives excellent teaching and care. There is certainly no evidence in his performance that there has been any problems at school and for that we are very grateful.

We would like to wish all the staff in school our very best wishes and that you have our full support.