- Starter – 20 mins of tricky True/False questions, in which the team can work together.
- Main – A 20 min comprehension task in which the students had to work in pairs, not allowed to confer with the other pair. The theme was “tables of squares”, giving the students some idea of the difficulties previous generations of students had to go to before calculators were commonplace.
- Dessert – 20 mins. 6 problems. 4 full solutions required, worth 5 marks each.
- Petits Fours – A 16 question relay. Again the students work in pairs, with no conferring between pairs. The answer to one question (marked and corrected instantly) acted as an input to the next. This proved the most enjoyable round, and has given Mr Lewis plenty of ideas for his lessons – watch out 8yY!
On Wednesday the 8th of March a team of Business students from year 12 and 13 attended the prestigious regional ICAEW BASE competition. The day provided students the opportunity to meet employers and learn about a variety of careers within the accountancy sector. This provided students with an insight into a number of different career paths within business. On the day of the heat the students were presented with a scenario that outlined a number of business issues which they had to analyse and propose solutions to. The students were supported for the day by a professional mentor to help them prepare their final presentations. The task allowed students to develop their communication, team work, decision making and problem solving skills.
The students were in competition with a number of schools across the region to secure a place in the National Final to be held in June. Competition was fierce and the students worked extremely hard to prepare a professional presentation. At the end of the day, the team presented their analysis and advice to a panel of highly respected judge’s form the Accountancy sector, who decided the best proposal.
The hard work and determination paid off with the students securing 1st place with one judge commenting “what a superb presentation well done”. A great result for the Business students who took part.
A huge congratulations to the following students who took part and represented the Academy
I look forward to the final in June where the students will compete to become the National BASE champions of 2017.
Once again this year we have returned from the ski trip full of pride for the 80 students who were both great company and fantastic Ambassadors for the Academy.
We had an unusually high number of beginner skiers, 43, but as usual they made dramatic progress and all were able to complete the tricky slalom race at the end of the week. Our advanced group enjoyed a fantastic week under the guidance of Instructor Chrissi, covering as many as possible of the 760km available on their lift passes. We also had 1 week and 2 week skiers who benefitted from the good conditions to make incredible progress.
Our students received praise for their manners, their attempts to regularly speak German and their attentiveness during the lessons. The instructors, the staff at the ski-hire, the Hotel staff, the coach drivers and our reps, Daryl and Chrissi all commented on how they were a credit to the Academy.
I would like to thank the staff; Mr Surtees, Mr Richards, Mr Wyllie, Mr Prest, Mr Parkin, Mr Earle, Mr White, Miss Johnson and Miss Henderson, who gave up their holiday time to help make the trip such a success and enable the students (and the staff themselves!!) to create memories for life.
Thanks, Mrs Simpson
Tuesday 14th February saw the launch of our ‘Hearts for Hearts’ campaign to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. In the main hall at break and lunchtimes staff and students showed their support for this worthy cause. They bought delicious baked goods, entered cake competitions, tried their luck on the tombola and raffle, guessed the name of the bear and estimated the number of hearts in a jar.
The atmosphere was amazing. One student commented, ‘I can’t believe I have won a prize… I am not usually very lucky!’ The student volunteers literally ‘sold their hearts out’ helping to raise an amazing £659.01 for this worthwhile charity. The Sixth Form also did their part by wearing red and donating a £1.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help, donated a cake or bought a raffle ticket.
A special thank you to Andrew McMeiken and his family who organised this event.
Mrs Donna Bell
On Friday 27th January twenty-six brave year seven students took part in the annual Lord Lawson Academy Year 7 Spelling Bee.
Each student took turns battling spellings for complex words, and as the rounds progressed, the words became much more challenging at difficulty levels surpassing previous spelling bee events and ultimately leaving only two students standing.
The year’s winner is Katie-May Eastland of Fleet house block, who triumphantly takes the Spelling Bee Champion title from last year’s winner Jennifer Stead also of Fleet.
Owen Haygarth, another Fleet student, who kept calm under pressure performed admirably throughout the competition and was this year’s runner up.
Congratulations to both Katie and Owen for an excellent battle.
Thank you to all students who participated. It was wonderful to see such commitment to and enthusiasm for the event.
The Brilliant Club, a group of students from Y7 and Y8, have been enjoying a number of seminar style sessions, from a Literature tutor, Princess Bywanya from Newcastle University. During these sessions in the Autumn Term they learnt about feminist literary theory and Horace’s theory of literature. This knowledge was then applied to one of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes about Little Red Riding Hood. Their final essay submission was titled: ‘Critically evaluate either Cinderella or Red Riding Hood using Marxist, Feminist or Horace’s theory in English literature‘ and the students rose to the challenge drafting and re-drafting their ideas until submission day. The following excerpts are from a couple of the students’ final essays:
In the classic version, the wolf can be associated with evil; Little Red Riding Hood can be related to a damsel in distress, as she needs rescuing and is quite helpless compared with other characters. Also, the woodcutter who frees Little Red Riding is perceived as a father figure, as in many variations, the father of Little Red Riding Hood is often not present. The woodcutter is seen like this as he performs all the fatherly acts: he rescues the less powerful characters and protects the women (2). However, in Dahl’s variation, it is the opposite end of the spectrum. Little Red Riding Hood is now more of an independent woman with a fresh dose of superior intellect, so she can be compared with the hero.
In conclusion, Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood is a new more modern look at a strong more independent Red which is more appropriate to the modern era whereas the original is a lot more sexist. The new Little Red Riding Hood will give a less defenceless view of women and a more independent and strong one. Also, in the original she wore a red cloak which portrays that she is innocent and not harmful however Roald Dahl has her wearing a wolf. Roald Dahl’s version teaches us a strong lesson on how women are strong and can be independent no matter of stereotypes. In Roald Dahl’s version we can interpret that he is telling us that we cannot think women as harmless as they actually pose a threat.
The students attended a graduation ceremony at Durham University at the end of January. Here they experienced a campus tour with the opportunity to question a Year 2 Law undergraduate, engaged in a study skills sessions and thoroughly enjoyed their certification ceremony. It was a proud moment for the students, parents and staff. Ms Bell has been organising and supporting The Brilliant Club and there are plans to continue working with these students, expand the group and to look at developing extended project ideas.
On 20th November 2016, I played trombone with the Band of Durham / Northumberland Wing Air Training Corps. We won first place in the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) National Band Championships at RAF Halton. I was one of the 21 cadets who play in the band.
This is me in the picture being inspected playing my trombone.
I have also recently been informed that I have been selected to attend the National Concert Band of Air Cadet Organisation in February 2017. This is a very prestigious honour and I will attend a working band camp at RAF Cranwell. The week will end with the Band performing a concert at Whittle Hall. I am so excited to have been chosen.
Year 12 and 13 Chemists benefitted from a talk given to them by Magnus Bebbington, a lecturer at Heriot Watts’ School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Chemical Sciences last week. Magnus’ research is aimed at developing new methods of synthesising one type of molecule where two mirror images are possible. These are known as optical isomers. This branch of chemistry is especially important in the development of drugs, as one mirror image can be beneficial while the other can cause serious problems. The most well documented example being thalidomide.
Magnus’ lecture introduced the topic to our year 12 students in an accessible manner, using Alice Through the Looking Glass as a context. What would looking glass milk taste like? For our year 13 students it was a useful revision session, with additional examples and information to those they had discussed in their usual chemistry lessons. Students were given samples of the two optical isomers of limonene to smell. One is the scent in lemons, the other the scent in oranges.
Magnus was then happy to answer any questions our students had, either about the subject of chirality or about student life, followed by interest in postgraduate studies.
Year 13 Performing Arts Dance Students Visited Shadon House, Birtley on Tuesday 6th December as part of an ongoing Community Arts project. Working in collaboration with Equal Arts, Lord Lawson dancers have brought to life the creative writing of the Shadon House residents.
Over the past term the students have been exploring two stories based upon a fictional character named ‘Bella Stella’ devising an impressive physical theatre performance piece based on the ideas in the stories. The students premiered the piece at the Academy Christmas Coffee afternoon event and again during the Shadon House visit.
This performance was captured by local TV Channel Made in Tyne and Wear and featured on the daily news show the Lowdown over the Christmas holidays.
In case you missed the feature please follow the link below to view.
Join us in May at our Syllabus to stage showcase to view the final ‘Bella Stella’ Performance.
Subject Leader Performing Arts
On Thursday and Friday last week, 160 Year 8 students participated in a visit to Safety Works in Newcastle.
Our students participated in several workshops led by Tyne and Wear Fire Service, St. John’s Ambulance and Tyne and Wear Police. These workshops included: fire safety in the home, drugs and alcohol awareness, first aid and railway danger.
The students took part in many interactive sessions. By the end of each workshop they had learned: the basics of first aid, how to look after each other in challenging situations, how to stay safe on the Metro system and how to avoid anti-social behaviour. They were given a talk by the Tyne and Wear Police Force who led a question and answer session on the realities of taking drugs in society.
Our Year 8 students really enjoyed these workshops. They were given lots of information to help them keep safe, including dealing with challenging situations. Thank you on behalf of all the students and staff who participated in this unique experience.