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Stay Safe Online Over Summer

School’s out … for summer!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: around six weeks at home for our youngsters. For many young people, a bumper stint off school means a welcome chance to spend even more time with their games console, phone, tablet or smart TV. So whether your children are likely to be scrolling on Snapchat, nestling in front of Netflix or frying foes on Fortnite, we’ve put together some top tips to help you keep them safe online this holiday.stay safe over summer

In the guide, you’ll find tips such as setting a screen time limit, setting a good example and limit social audiences.

Online Safety Tips for the Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are almost here! That means no school for over a month, more sunny weather to enjoy and extra chances to have fun online. ONLINE SAFETY stay safe this summer
Whatever your child enjoys doing online, our #WakeUpWednesday guide has some top tips for helping them to stay safe in the digital world this summer! In the guide, you’ll find tips such as reporting bad behaviour online, making time for other hobbies and not giving out personal information.

8R Hindi Creation Story

In religious education, we have been learning about one of the Hindi creation stories.

We decided to make an art display about the story; we stamped different fluorescent paint onto black paper to depict the universe forming; we used long brush strokes to blend colours to represent the scales of the giant cobra, Shesha; we made tissue flowers and coloured petals to illustrate the lotus flower that grew from Lord Vishnu’s belly button; we decorated petals to relate to the sky, earth and stars; we printed leaves to portrait plant life; and coloured animals faces.

I hope you like our final presentation…

Until next time.

11C Low Barns

On Friday, we visited the Durham Wildlife Trust reserve at Low Barns.

We started the day with butties, toast, cake and a drink, at their cafe.

We then walked around the reserve looking at the different forms of wildlife; we identified different types of tree…

We hunted for different types of minibeast…

We went in the hides, looking for different birds…

We enjoyed our door walking around the reserve…

We looked for dragonflies and damsels on the river, and saw swifts and a buzzard…

Until next time.

Bronze Qualifying Expedition

Our Year 10 Duke of Edinburghs Award Students completed their qualifying expedition this week. They used all the skills they practiced last week and as they were under assessment conditions,   were expected to be much more independent. Every student stepped up to the tasks given to them over the 2 days and successfully completed the expedition including answering some assessment questions on the second day checking their understanding and knowledge of the countryside code, navigation, safely cooking outdoors, local flora and fauna and teamwork.

We are very proud of the hard work and effort the students have put in over the last year and are delighted to say that all who attended this trip have passed the section, which in turn sees them complete their full Bronze Award!

We also have a small number of students who couldn’t join us on expedition however have been awarded a certificate of achievement for completing their physical, skills and volunteering sections of the award.

Congratulations to all!




6th form water fight

We had so much fun today in 6th form soaking our friends and staff. Afterwards we all enjoyed an ice-cream.

End of year guitar performance

Nicole has been practicing guitar every week and has made excellent progress. She gave 9D a special end of term treat showcasing her talent.

PCSO visit

Some year 10 pupils have enjoyed a visit from the PCSOs this  afternoon. We had a brief session and video on the importance of consent in many different situations, then we had the opportunity to meet Jet, the beautiful police dog.


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