Staying Safe Online – Advice for Parents & Carers

As you all will be aware the requirement for our pupils to access the internet and use digital devices has increased significantly since they have been asked to complete school work at home.
Can I ask that all parents and carers take a moment to please read through the latest Government advice relating to keeping our pupils safe whilst working online. It provides useful advice about increasing security and privacy, managing screen time on your digital devices at home as well as useful website links to various supportive agencies. Please click on the link shown below to view this advice:

7S- Home Learning

This week Isabella from 7S has been working hard learning how to bake chocolate chip cookies at home. Here she is with her handiwork- She’s looking very pleased with herself and it’s easy to see why! Keep the photographs of what you have been up to coming!

Article of the Week – Article 2 Non Discrimination.

This week we are focusing on Article 2 Non- Discrimination.
Article 2 says every child is entitled to all of the rights in the Convention, regardless of any protected characteristic.
This article can provide a great entry point for discussions you might have with students and your school community around racism and the Black Lives Matter protests. But it is important to remember that Article 2 isn’t only about discrimination based on race, it applies to a range of protected characteristics including gender, sexuality and religion amongst others.
Please work through the activities on the attached Power Point. You will only need paper and a pen or pencil.
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Best wishes
Mrs Farrow

For any Sixth Form pupils requiring extra support

Nature Live Online

Meet our scientists and discover the fascinating work carried out behind the scenes at the Museum.

Hang out with the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 12.00 BST and Fridays at 10.30 BST for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research.

From meteorites to mammoths, evolution to the climate crisis, Nature Live Online is a great way to explore the natural world.

All events are free to watch online on the Museum’s website, YouTube channel or Facebook page. Please note you do not need to enter any personal information to watch these broadcasts, although you will need to log in to Facebook or YouTube in order to leave a comment.

Nature Live Online


I received a lovely surprise from The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme today. A certificate of thanks to all this years  Oaks participants !

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Our students in both Bronze and Silver groups undertook their Volunteering section of their award between September and December 2019 (the coldest months of the year) outdoors cleaning the full length of the Durham Coast beaches. The Heritage Coastal path runs for a total of 11 miles. Our students cleaned EVERY single beach along the length of this path!

They collected a total of just over 200 bin bags full of assorted rubbish plus some larger items including truck tyres, shopping trolleys and we even saw an abandoned car on one of the beaches?!

With the help of Louise Harrington from Durham Heritage Coast Partnership they also performed important data surveys on the rubbish found and learnt a lot about the environmental importance of keeping our coastline free of rubbish.

It is great to see how many hours we gave to this cause over a total of six months across both groups and the social value too.

All participants in this years cohort will receive a copy of this thank you certificate in the post to keep and we are proudly displaying it in school too – WELL DONE!

Mrs Irvine 😁👍

Read the story – The Ickabog

To coincide with the illustration competition Miss Fink mentioned, you can read the book online using the above link.  Keep calm, read a book.  Miss Swales.

Down syndrome charity Together 21 takes on lockdown challenges

YOUNG people from a Down syndrome group and their families have taken on personal challenges to keep spirits up and raise thousands of pounds.

Together 21 is a project managed by the Pioneering Care Partnership, in Newton Aycliffe, providing weekly education sessions for babies to teens with Down syndrome and their families – playing an essential role by giving families support, information, learning and friendship.

The Northern Echo

Art Newsletter

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Renaissance Online Reading

The Oaks has signed up to a new online reading programme with 7000 titles!  Passwords will be sent to you soon.

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