We have a visitor in our classroom at the moment! Frodo the rabbit from 6th form is helping us with one of our ASDAN challenges. We are all helping to look after him by giving him fresh food and water each day, and cleaning out his hutch. Most of us love brushing his fur, and even the pupils that were unsure are becoming much braver around him. We will really miss him when he goes back to 6th Form!
A huge thank you to our leavers from July 2017 who came back into school, on Monday to receive their exam certificates and their coursework. We also had some ‘Student of the Year awards’ for those students who have made huge improvements over the past year. Each teacher nominated someone from either their class or their curriculum area for an award. These ranged from improved behaviour to students who had made great academic progress over the past year. It was a great evening and it was lovely to see so many of our alumni who have progressed onto further education and are continuing to do well at college. Well done everyone.
To continue our project on coal mining, pupils in 11D today enjoyed a trip to the recently-opened Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland. Here we saw lots of different pieces of art work relating to coal mining, including work by local artists Norman Cornish and Tom McGuiness, among others. We all found it very interesting to think about other aspects of a miner’s life – not just the time they spent underground. We were made to feel very welcome by all the staff, and were happy to hear that people thought our pupils were impeccably behaved. Well done, 11D – you should be very proud!