SUMMER TERM 2009
SUMMER HOLIDAY School will end for the summer on Friday 17th July and students will return for the Autumn Term on Monday 7th September 2009.
Welcome to our Summer newsletter. The Summer Term is a time of change for us with the Year 11 students reaching the end of their courses and getting ready for their ﬁnal examinations. Many students have already taken examinations in Mathematics and English and have completed BTEC courses so we know that they are on target to do really well in their examinations. Our timetable rolled into the new academic year in June so the current Year 9 students have started their GCSEs and our new curriculum structure means that more students are taking courses in subjects they really want to take and this should lead us to even better results in 2011. Year 7 went through a big change as they moved into Year 8 in June and swapped their yellow ties for red, blue or purple and were welcomed into their colleges. While it is all change for the students, as a school we are continuing to build our reputation. The new Business Centre has proved to be a great success. It has been used by a large range of people from schools, local and national businesses and community groups. All have been impressed with the centre and with the school in general. Amongst our visitors were Councillor Piggott, Councillor Punshon and Peter Cutts the Head of Social Inclusion and Achievement. The councillors had been invited to the school following concerns raised by parents. The visit included a tour of the school and meetings with students, staﬀ and governors. Both Councillors were happy with what they saw and I heard Councillor Piggott congratulate the staﬀ on their hard work and determination to get the school established following the merger. Councillor Punshon was also impressed by the plans for the new build. The planning process for the new build is proceeding well and we hope to hear soon that work will start on the site earlier than expected. It is almost a year since our OFSTED inspection last summer and it is clear from our monitoring of students progress and behaviour and from the comments of visitors, that we have made good progress since then. With your continued support the school will continue to improve. Wishing you all an enjoyable summer break, I thank you for your ssupport. sup upp ppo orrt.
Dr W J F Frain D i Headteacher
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Partnership for Parents The February 2009 Newsletter sent to parents, invited parents to join our P4P (Partnership for Parents) support group. Three parent governors with support from staﬀ, meet with parents to oﬀer support regarding school issues, community issues, and ICT. PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO JOIN
Lloyds TSB meet Year 11 Students Staﬀ from Lloyds TSB Bank came into school and delivered daily sessions over the period of one week in March to our Year 11 students. This helped prepare them for managing their ﬁnances after school.
Feel for work scheme Since our designation as a Business and Enterprise College in June 08, planning has taken place to introduce literacy and numeracy for adults and U25s. Meetings have taken place with adult and community learning and funding has been secured to deliver courses during the summer. Two voluntary work placements have been oﬀered to local U25s, under the SSCS Feel for Work scheme. These voluntary workers are currently supporting our students with the Making Good Progress pilot whilst getting a feel for schools as an environment in which to work. Two male U25s have been appointed to the
Barclays have agreed to come into school and deliver similar sessions this term. It is envisaged that parents/carers will also be involved in these sessions. NEWSLETTER SUMMER TERM 2009
ICT Modern Apprenticeship scheme. They will gain their NVQ2 by the end of the course. It is envisaged that we will expand the oﬀer of apprenticeships to Graphic Design by September 2009.
Glen and Karl cement a bright future Stewart Coates, Rhys English and Aaron Donnelly went to visit Costumes with Character in Stockport. The group went to see how the mascot designed by Stewart for NOMAD E5 was made. Costumes with Character who design mascots for Football clubs like Sheﬃeld Wednesday and also design costumes for Kellogg s and Harrods, kindly showed us around their factory and let the boys try on any of the costumes that were there.
Well done to two of our Year 11 students for coming 1st and 2nd respectively in the Bricklaying Guild Competition 2009. Glen Johnson - 16 - is hoping to build on his success after he scooped ﬁrst place at the Guild of Bricklayers Northern Regional Competition. And classmate Karl Roberts - also 16 - picked up second place. The contest was held at the National Construction Academy in Newcastle, with stiﬀ competition from schools and training providers across the region. The Year 11 students are currently attending construction courses. Glen, from South Shields, said: I was really worried before I got to the competition, as I didn t know the standards from the other schools. My head of department and the Head kept telling me that I was in with a good chance, and my parents supported me as well. Once I got started, I just concentrated on the task, and had
a good feeling things were going well. I am really pleased at winning the competition. The skills learned through the school have enabled me to secure an apprenticeship with a local ﬁrm. Headteacher John Frain added: The Guild of Bricklayers competition provides a great opportunity for apprentices to demonstrate their skills, both to the industry and the wider community. All staﬀ and students at the school were rooting for the boys to do well. We were astounded and delighted when we received the call to say the boys had came ﬁrst and second. They are a credit to themselves and the school. Awards were presented by Colin Stott, director of the National Construction Academy, and Julian Walden, president of the Guild of Bricklayers.
For all new Year 7s joining us in september we look forward to meeting you. We will be inviting you to bring your parents/carers, brothers and sisters to enrol on our laptop scheme. After attending a training session you will be issued with a laptop for your homework and your parent/carer will be shown how to access your records of attendance and behaviour.
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By Emilia Reed (Year 9) I ve been on many school trips before but the one to see the Queen Musical We Will Rock You at the Sunderland Empire was the best one ever! It began with the journey on the bus; we were all singing Queen songs at the top of our voices. The driver must have though we were mad. When we arrived there were rumours that Robbie Williams was there to see his friend Johnathan Wilkes who was starring in the show. But Robbie is no member of the mighty Queen; he s no Brian May! But...
Brian May WAS there! At the end of the play he shocked the crowd by coming on to the stage and playing in the encore. The crowd went wild for the Rock Legend. People just went crazy, screaming and chanting his name. I couldn t believe it. BRIAN MAY. Miss Carney would be so jealous! It was one of the best nights ever. South Shields Community School and Brian May. It was really, really fun. He totally Rocked Us!
In May three Year 11 students took part in South Shields Community School s ﬁrst National Pool Lifeguard Course. South Shields Community School is the only secondary school in South Tyneside with the approved Trainer Centre status to be able to run and organise this NVQ level.2 course. The following students were all trained in Swimming pool supervision: • • •
Gillian Scott Sam Raper Antonia Keys
The course consisted of: Supervison of specialist acitivites and equipment Roles and responsibilities of a lifeguard Communication skills Spinal injury and incident management First Aid and Life Support skills Health and Safety Law After completing 40 hours of training, the three students took part in a two hour practical and a theory examination which was assessed by an external National Pool Lifeguard Trainer/ Assessor. After the assessment, the three students successfully achieved their NVQ Level 2 National Pool Lifeguard Qualiﬁcation. Congratulations and well done to Gillian, Sam and Antonia.
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Over 40 students performed in this Year s School Show Romeo and Juliet, The Musical which was performed to packed houses over three consecutive nights. The show provided ample opportunity for students to show oﬀ their talents in singing, playing instruments, acting and in Media skills. Featuring music from artists such as Queen, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, Gary Jules and songs plundered from other musicals, all who saw it agreed it was an ambitious attempt to re-write Shakespeare for the 21st Century. Head of Expressive Arts, Dean Moore, commented: This show is a credit to all who contributed to it, students, staﬀ and, of course, our wonderful audience. We were never concerned about tackling Shakespeare. Some stories and ideas are just timeless and Romeo and Juliet is one such story. It was such fun ﬁnding music that would reﬂect the action on stage. In the end though it s the cast that does the work and our cast was just fabulous.
Rumours abound concerning what next year s show will be, but there has been no conﬁrmation yet. An announcement is expected shortly. Watch this space!
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Congratulations to everyone at SSCS! On Fruity Friday 15th May 2009, we raised a total of £602.94
L2 Journey School The school has become a Journey School in conjunction with Alite, a prestigious Teaching and Learning company.
for the World Cancer Research Fund Fruity Friday is an annual awareness and fundraising campaign, held by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK), to increase public awareness of the links between diet, nutrition and cancer prevention, and to raise valuable funds for our cancer research and education programmes.
This is because of our work in Learning to Learn and our developing eﬀective Teaching and Learning strategies. Recently we hosted a training day which was attended by teachers from all over the region. The day included observation of a number of our L2L lessons. Students in these lessons were a credit to the school and the deligates were pleased and impressed by the work done by both students and staﬀ. Well done and thank you to Ms Tones, Miss Collins and Mr Wallace for their work and of course to our students.
We took delivery of two new mini buses in June. Our students chose the colours and interiors and the outcome was to have one silver bus and the other black. A group of students were the ﬁrst passengers on the new buses and were taken on a tour of South Shields in recognition of their hard work throughout the year. NEWSLETTER SUMMER TERM 2009