New service launched Monday 4th March
As part of the Early Help review a working group was established with the remit of developing a Help Point service for families and professionals to offer advice and guidance on universal services. This is part of the plan to inform families of the range of universal services they can tap into and to encourage them to start helping themselves under the strap line of “You can… we’ll help”. The Stockton Information Directory will be the main source of this information along with a telephone support help line and a web chat function on the directory. This service is called Help Point and sits within the Families Information Service.
Year 9 Parents’ Evening
Year 9 pupils have received a letter today about the Year 9 parents’ evening on Tuesday 5th March at 4pm. This is an opportunity to meet your child’s subject teachers to discuss the progress they are making in the individual areas of the curriculum. This evening is also a vital part in the next stage of your child’s schooling and could influence the options they choose. Therefore, your support to the school is very much appreciated and we expect all parents/carers to attend the evening. Please return the reply slip indicating your attendance as soon as possible. Thank you.
Youth Friday Celebration – 8th February 2019
On Wednesday, a group of pupils attended a service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle. Together with representatives from all Catholic Schools across the diocese, we celebrated the work of the Youth Ministry Team. Our pupils led The Examen, a traditional Catholic prayer and shared very openly and confidently their own thoughts and reflections.
Activities Day – Monday 18th February 2019
On Monday in half term, pupils are invited in to school for a day of activities together. Pupils are able to sign up for a workshop on the morning, including pizza making, cupcake decorating, study spaces and relaxation. We will then have lunch together followed by a movie in the afternoon. All pupils are invited to attend and there will be no cost for the day. Please encourage your child to collect a letter from their form tutor and return to Miss Cant no later than Monday 11th February.
Anne Frank Art Exhibition – 4th February 2019
A group of ten Year 9 pupils were given the opportunity to visit St Michael’s Catholic School on Tuesday 29th January to view an exhibition created by pupils on Anne Frank. We were led around the exhibition by a group of Year 9 pupils who told us the harrowing story of Anne Frank and her family, we saw images of Anne and her family before the Holocaust, and we also got to read excerpts of her diary. We were then shown a Holocaust memorial statue that had been specially made for the school, it was the Star of David. We got to place a rock at the bottom of the statue to symbolise that we would never forget the people who lost their lives and suffered through the Holocaust. We ended our day with a short liturgy in the chapel in which we asked God to help us make sure this never happened again.
Enrichment: Homework Club – 4th February 2019
Homework Club had another busy and successful week this week with numbers reaching a record breaking 63 pupils in total attending! Homework club was launched in Week 4 last half term and started as a little Tuesday lunchtime club but, due to popular demand, the club has now been extended to every Tuesday and Wednesday and is full every week! The club is led by three of our school council prefects, Abbie, Alex and Will who organise materials and support for pupils doing their homework. This week some pupils were making homework files to organise their homework whilst others were doing History homework and Science revision for a test this week.
Year 7 Netball – 4th February 2019
Both the A and B teams played against Conyers last Monday. Both teams put in there best efforts, with the B team winning their game 2 – 1. Players of the match were: Beth and Ella Rae. On Wednesday the girls played Egglescliffe. This was the best performance yet by both teams. Lots of great passing and moving, with the B team winning 6-2. Well done girls.
Our Lady and St Bede : 2 – Conyers: 7
Our Lady and St Bede: 2 – Egglescliffe: 3
Our Lady and St Bede: 2 – Conyers: 1
Our Lady and St Bede: 6 – Egglescliffe: 2
Holocaust Memorial Week: Film Night – 29th January 2019
A great night was had by all on the 29th January when a team of approximately 20 pupils and 5 staff viewed the very moving, French film: Sarah’s Key. The film is set in France in World War II and depicts the harrowing story of a young girl sent to the concentration camps. It is viewed through the eyes of a modern day journalist who uncovers more about the story of the French ‘rafle’. It was a timely reminder of the important event of the World Holocaust memorial day which took place on the 27th of January.
Year 7 Netball – 18th January 2019
Well done to our Year 7 netball team who had their first game of the season this week and for some it was also their first game ever!
Results: A team lost 22-2 and B team drew 2-2
Congratulations to our Year 9 pupil who qualified for the next stage of the Stockton District Cross Country Tees Valley Finals on Wednesday. The boys narrowly missed out by just one place but competed exceptionally well against pupils older than them and came 17th. Well done!
Mission Family Night – 20th December 2018
Some beautiful artwork on the theme of “unbroken”, on display at our Mission Family Night…
Mission Week – 18th December 2018
Mission week is in full swing….Year 11 had their YMT introductory session yesterday. This started with an introduction to the members of the team then they played a game of Emoji Run! This consisted of the pupils forming a circle and getting up, grabbing an “emoji” (a coloured ball) and passing it to the person on the right. There was some music playing and when it stopped the people with the “emoji” had to stand up and do a forfeit. This ranged from dancing like the backpack kid to spinning like a fidget spinner. After this we all calmed down and watched a YMT drama called “Good Morning Stockton” – it was a morning television parody that had similarities to Good Morning Britain. However it was adapted to fit the theme of unbroken by running parallels to the parable of the prodigal son. This parable was about a child running away from home with his father’s inheritance because he felt like he could make it on his own. The parodied version presented by YMT showed a character “Gary Styles” who felt he could make it on his own. Obviously, like in the parable, this wasn’t the case as he came home to seek forgiveness. However unlike the parable, our unsympathetic Year 11 students did not let him back! Afterwards, we listened to a very moving story from Phil, one of the main members of the YMT group who told us about the path which led him to be who he is today.
It was a really thought provoking morning that has set the tone for the week.
Report written by Hannah Beamson & Jack Armitage (Year 11)
Afternoon Tea – 17th December 2018
On Monday 17th December the local community, parishioners and a group of Asylum Seekers were welcomed to the school for Afternoon Tea with some of our pupils. They were entertained by our school choir who were singing Christmas Carols and hymns to give a festive mood to the afternoon. There were sandwiches, fancy cakes and drinks provided along with Christmas crackers and an overall atmosphere of joy.
Christmas Carols at Sainsburys
On Monday 10th December 20 pupils from our school choir spent the afternoon in Sainsburys singing Christmas Carols. The community really enjoyed hearing our young people sing.The pupils raised almost £150 which will go towards our school Mission.
Year 7 Football Team
The Year 7 football team performed exceptionally well on Thursday evening. The boys played against Northfield in the league. They won 9-3 with one student scoring six of those goals securing himself the man of the match. Another scored a hat trick to make up the rest of the goals, whilst another one kept our opponents at bay with his impressive defending skills!
The win was even more impressive due to the fact that four of the nine players on the field had been out representing the school in cross country all afternoon.
Some of them were also going straight to training for their club afterwards as well.
Excellent commitment and team effort all round, well done boys!
As part of the lead up to our school mission, a coach full of young people and staff from Our Lady and St. Bede’s attended The Source on the 5th December. The evening was hosted by the band Expedition which was led by Cody Kettner. The evening was full of praise, worship, faith sharing and food. There were over 200 young people who attended the event and a good time was had by all! We are now looking forward to Expedition coming into school during our school mission week!
The Source is the youth event organised by the Youth Ministry Team, the youth service of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Source brings together young people aged 9 and above, together for an evening of inspiring talks, praise and worship and socialisation.
On Wednesday 5th December we took 52 students out to Preston Park, where we had a mixture of sports leaders and competitors.
The sports leaders did a fantastic job organising the course and ensuring all the competitors made it round safely. The competitors put in tremendous effort, thoroughly challenging themselves in the wind and rain to make it around the course. It was an extremely tough run.
A massive congratulations to James Skull, Jessica Dawson and Troy Bramley, who all managed to qualify for the next round.
On Monday 26th November 20 pupils from our school choir spent the afternoon in Sainsbury’s singing Christmas Carols. The community really enjoyed hearing our young people sing and one man mentioned that they had sung his wife’s favourite carol, this made him very happy as his wife had passed away 30 years ago. The pupils raised almost £200 which will go towards our school Mission in December. The choir will be back at Sainsbury’s for another performance on Monday 10th December.
5th December 2018 – Ahead of our Mission Week, and with this half term’s virtues being Faith-filled and Hopeful, Year 9 St Bede led our assembly today with a message about hope and faith…
Our Year 9 pupils were very lucky today (27th November 2018) to have Enact come in and perform for them about aspirations and ambition. Enact are a performance group commissioned by Future Me to help our pupils raise their aspirations and understand post-16 options available to them. Pupils really enjoyed the performance and one pupil said “I found it really helpful, I now know more about what I want to do after school”.
On Thursday 15th November, a group of students had been selected to be part of the first PE reward trip of the year to Infinite Air. After a short bus journey to Durham, students were welcomed by the Inifinite Air staff, given socks and a safety brief. All students were incredibly enthusiastic and excited to get started. Madeline Joynes demonstrated fantastic gymnastic ability on the spring boards which would not look out of place on the Olympic stage! Many students faced their fears and jumped off the highest platform onto the air bag. Meanwhile, Mr Everson was showing his dominance on the gladiator balance beam by putting Mr Healey to shame. Overall, a brilliant trip which was enjoyed by all.
Year 7 boys Football
Last night (21 November 2018) the Year 7 boys Football Team played in a 5-a-side tournament held at Northfield. The boys played three games to secure a place in the semi final. They beat Grangefield 1-0, St Michael’s 4-2 and then played Grangefield again where they beat them 6-2. This secured a place in the semi final of our group where they drew against St Michael’s 3-3 but unfortunately lost on penalties. Overall result: semi finalists, 3rd place out of 9 schools. Well done boys!
Remembrance Day 2018.
The whole school came together today for a very special and moving Remembrance Day Service.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
On Friday 19th October, a group of Year 7 and 8 went to the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, the wonderful Seven Stories.
When we arrived, the children experienced a marvellous exhibition centred around the brilliant author David Almond. The children looked at objects from David’s childhood, learned lots about his life and also had chance to look at original notepads that he used to write down all of his ideas. The children looked at the first drafts of his books and even saw letters to and from David’s editor so they could see the exact process of his writing. The exhibition was really interactive and inspiring, giving the children lots of ideas for the next part of the afternoon.
The second half of the afternoon was spent in a workshop. The children chose three special objects to write about including a treasure chest of shells, a little gold clock and a photograph. This inspired the children to write stories based around the objects and also choose three objects that they think summarised their life.
The trip to Seven Stories was a great, inspiring afternoon that sparked so many ideas in the minds of the group that visited.
Top in the North East for Computer Science – 13 September 2018
In January this year, 30 girls in year 8 took part in a cyber-security competition which was organised by GCHQ, the idea was to encourage girls to take Computer Science GCSE as women currently make up less than 10% of the workforce in computing. One of our teams came 18th in the country out of approximately 4000 teams, as well as top in the North East. The team was called AMGS. Topics in the competition included: cyber security, programming, networking and encryption, with beginner, intermediate and expert challenges for each section. The teams had to complete as many challenges as they could in the week. We were delighted to be recognised as the top school in the North East of England.
Well Done to Hanna Mills in Year 8 who represented her RAF Squadron yesterday in athletics. She was entered into three events and won Gold for the 1500 meters and Bronze in the long jump. An excellent achievement Hannah – well done!
Year 7 topic on: How did William the Conqueror keep control?
Pupils were given a homework project on castles. They could either make a model, board game, presentation or a booklet about different types of castles and how they were used by William as a way to keep Anglo-Saxons under control. Many students came up with very original ideas such as castle cakes, drama and pop up books.
Bake Sale – 9th February 2017
On Friday 9th February 2018, one Year 7 English class prepared a Bake Sale for the rest of the school with the help of their friends and families. With contributions from families, friends, teachers, pupils and local businesses, we had in excess of 1000 cakes!
The bake sale was for Barnardo’s charity. The Year 7 pupils were inspired by the story of Jim Jarvis, just like Dr Barnardo himself. Dr Barnardo set up his charity after meeting Jim and seeing how difficult his life was in Victorian England. Barnardo’s continues to raise money for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils all over the UK.
The Bake Sale was a huge success and we are delighted to say we have raised over £400 to help support the work of this amazing charity. This is another wonderful example of the generosity of our pupils and the school community. Thank you so much to all pupils and staff who helped with today’s Bake Sale.
We are so grateful!
Gratitude – 9th February 2017
This half term pupils have been exploring the virtue of ‘gratitude’. Pupils have had sessions on what gratitude is, how to give thanks, gratitude as an attitude and assemblies have included reflecting on Holocaust Memorial week and the virtues. Last week pupils explored gratitude through learning about volunteering. Pupils have considered ‘What do we have that we are grateful for and that we can share with others?’
St.Cuthbert form groups led our assemblies this week on the continued theme of gratitude. Pupils wrote their own bidding prayers, created resources and encouraged other pupils and staff to reflect on what we are grateful for. Next half term pupils will be exploring and focusing on the virtue: Generosity whilst taking part in our journey through Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday, 14th February. Pupils will consider what it means to be generous, not just through giving money but by giving our time and love for example.
“The Generous Will Prosper”
CYBERFIRST competition – 7th February 2017
28 girls competed in the CYBERFIRST competition last week, this was a week long cyber security competition for girls in year 8 organised by GCHQ. In this week, the 7 teams attended the computer room every day before school, breaktime, lunchtime and after school to complete tasks in cyber security, networking, logic and coding and cryptography. The aim of the competition is to encourage girls to consider the Computer Science GCSE and cyber security as a career path. The top team in our school was ‘Amazing mini geniuses’, they completed 63% of all challenges, the team members were: Abigail Mariano, Milly Davison, Gashirai Muyezwa and Sophia Serrano.
Indoor Athletics – 25th January 2017
Well done to the year 7 and year 8 boys who qualified for the Tees Valley Indoor Athletics Final. Year 8 finished in second place and year 7 finished in fifth place! Troy Bramley and Katisha Daka did particularly well in their events.
Peace Blanket Project – 24th January 2018
Two year 10 students have been involved in The Peace Blanket Project over the last few months which was devised in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, and sought to bring together women and girls in our community to tackle loneliness and explore our own ideas of peace.
Over several months in 2017, workshops were held in Stockton and Richmond, in shops, community centres, hospitals, and hubs where women and girls got together, explored their ideas, and all crafted one sewn/embroidered square each to become part of a large blanket. Each square represented that person’s view of peace.
Angel-Rose McGrogan and Jasmine McGee were involved from the beginning, attending workshops, creating squares, and writing descriptions. The finished blanket was exhibited at Arc Stockton over the Christmas period, with Angel-Rose and Jasmine at the opening night.
Year 11 pupil, Lauren Kilcullen, also attended one of the workshops and contributed a square to the blanket, although was unable to attend the events.
The sister and parents of Jo Cox visited the exhibition, and requested to display the project in Jo’s old constituency of Batley and Spen. Please find below a photograph of Angel-Rose and Jasmine with the Cox family (and some of the other participants).
The Cox family specifically tweeted Angel-Rose and Jasmine’s squares after chatting to them at the event.
Advent Services – 22nd December 2017
We have had a wonderful week of advent services at Our Lady and St.Bede. On Monday night families, friends and parents joined us for a beautiful Advent Liturgy and Carol Service which included music and singing from our school choir, dance and shadow theatre as well as a candle lit prayer in front of the nativity. Throughout the week all pupils have also enjoyed an advent liturgy and special celebration and achievement assemblies have taken place with pupils taking part in more singing, dancing, drama and prayer.
Thank you to all that have attended, took part and supported, it has been a very special week.
Christmas Hampers – 21st December 2017
We would like to thank pupils, parents and staff for the beautiful hampers which have been put together in school during this Advent period. Our hampers were delivered to their pick up places yesterday. We are so grateful for your generosity, kindness and support. We are sure that those who receive these hampers will be very moved and that it will make their Christmas very special. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Teesside Philanthropic Society – 20th December 2017
Aidan and Thomas Cross represented Our Lady and St.Bede by taking part in the Teesside Philanthropic Society’s charity event at Norton Hockey club on 20th December and were gifted the 3rd prize of £1500. Well done boys!
Art Club Enrichment – Monday 18th December 2017
A regular number of keen and budding artists attend art club every week with our PGCE Student Teacher Miss Leahy. This week we also had a few new members who made Christmas cards using water colour paints.
The Great British Geography Bake Off!
Look out Mary Berry, the geographers are here! This half term the members of geography club took part in a Great British Geography bake off and I think I can say, on behalf of all members, that it was a great success. Abbiegail and Ethan Jinks came in first position with an amazing volcano cake scoring a 28/30. 2nd place went to Josh Edmonds and 3rd place was awarded to Skye Webster. So much effort went into not only the presentation of the cakes and baked entries but also the way the students linked and spoke geographically about their creations was impressive. As their geography teacher I was a very proud! Due to the competitions success, future ideas include creating their own country with a flag, national anthem and traditions.
On Wednesday 13th December the Geography department welcomed a Returned Volunteer who had spent a year teaching overseas in Guyana with a charity called Project Trust.
Catherine very kindly shared stories with our Year 8 and Year 9 pupils about her time abroad. The main focus of each session was on superstitions and beliefs within Guyana but the sessions also offered pupils to opportunity to try a local delicacy of mango, chilli and salt. Here is what our pupils thought of it:
“Yesterday I really enjoyed the lesson and I want to say thank you. It was really exciting finding out about Catherine’s experiences in a different culture and I found it really cool that she had to eat out of leaves. Thank you Project Trust.” Bryon – Year 8
“I really enjoyed Project Trust because it was really interesting learning about different Guyanese traditions.” Ciaran- Year 8
“I really enjoyed Catherine telling us about the spirits and what people in Guyana believe. I also enjoyed trying the mango, chilli and salt.” Rhianna- Year 8
“I found it really interesting as we got to hear stories about different cultures and we got to look at different objects that Catherina had brought in from Guyana.” Amie- Year 8
“I enjoyed learning about the different culture in Guyana and because Catherine had lived there it made the lesson even more fascinating listening to her first hand experiences. I would love to travel around the world and this really inspired me.” Jessika- Year 8
“I enjoyed learning about the spirits, curses and foods.” Mak- Year 8
Poetry Workshop with Maureen Almond – Year 7
Today, 27 Year 7 pupils had an amazing opportunity to take part in a Poetry Workshop based on World War One. The workshop was run by Maureen Almond, a successful poet who has had her work published. Maureen spent the afternoon discussing her life as a poet with the pupils and then invited the pupils on a journey of discovery, with facts, figures and historical knowledge about The Great War. This was really shocking for the pupils and their fascination with what Maureen was telling them was palpable.
The pupils then spent the afternoon crafting and creating their own Haikus! This was such an enjoyable experience for them and some of the poems they created are amazing. The pupils were all given the confidence by Maureen to share their poems with each other, reading to their audience in loud, clear and confident voices. We are creating a full class anthology of the work we have created today and it is really something to be so proud of. We will take away the anthology with each and every pupil’s work in and keep it forever as a memory of today.
A fantastic afternoon had by all. We are so grateful to Maureen for kindly giving her time to inspire us and help us with our poems! Thank you again.
Pupil comments about the workshop
Natasha Curran —”I absolutely loved this workshop. I learnt so much and also in a really fun way!
Sophie Cowley – I learnt so many new things today and I would recommend it to many other people”.
Francesca Law- “Maureen helped me develop new skills I never even knew I had. Thank you!”
Isla McGill: “I learnt loads of new things about poetry and I am fascinated by Maureen’s work”.
Alice Young- “I have really enjoyed today’s workshop! My favourite part was when Maureen told us about how she was inspired to be a poet”.
Haddie Mills- “I have really enjoyed this lesson as I have learned so many new things”.
Grace Degnan – “I have really enjoyed today and learnt lots – I can’t wait to finish my cinquain!”
Example Haikus written by Pupils
I sit there and sway
Petals blowing in the wind
Petals thick with blood
– by Demi McCabe
One, two, three I breathe
I’m taking the leap of faith
Too late to turn back
– by Isla McGill
Pop! Goes a balloon
War is here, yet I’m at home
Why am I haunted?
– by Francesca Law
Her touch is so warm
My officer is yelling
He heard them coming
– by Cameron O’Keefe
We had a fantastic afternoon and the pupils really enjoyed themselves. Their work will be made into an anthology which they will be able to take home.
Former Our Lady & St.Bede Pupil wins Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award
Tom Lingard, former pupil at Our Lady & St.Bede and Teeside University graduate topped the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2017 for his innovative generator system that could significantly boost the efficiency of an electrified car’s powertrain.
The Next Generation Award offers each year’s winner a platform on which to build or develop a career within the automotive industry. Tom, who was announced as winner at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders dinner last month, will now start a six-month work experience journey with award sponsors including Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Horiba MIRA.
Year 10 inter form – Half Term 2
17 year 10 students competed in this half terms inter form volleyball competition. St Cuthberts finished in third place and St Peter and Paul finished in second place, with English Martyrs winning all of their games, putting them in first place.
Junior Gifted and Talented Conference at Carmel College – 10th November 2017
A selection of Year 9 and 10 pupils took part in the Junior Gifted and Talented Conference at Carmel College on 10th November 2017. This was a day for bright ambitious pupils who are interested in ideas and big thinking. This year the focus was on philosophy and included some basic principles for clear thinking as well as an introduction to philosophy of science with a former CERN physicist from Oxford University. Pupils spent the day with like-minded youngsters all keen to reach the ceiling of their ability and share ideas. Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from Oxford University, Aberdeen University and London University challenged pupils to explore key questions and big ideas.
Stockton Parish Church
Stockton Parish Church Service of Remembrance, 8th November: a number of Year 10 and 11 pupils will take part in a service of remembrance at Stockton Parish Church.
Year 8 Inter-form Volleyball
Well done to all of the students in Year 8 who competed in last weeks inter-form volleyball competition. It was great to see you all working well in your teams and showing off your fantastic volleyball skills. Year 8 Saint Patrick were the champions!
Language Breakfast – 11th July 2017
FRANCAIS: Aujourd’hui nos élevés de year 7 ont participé au “petit déjeuner de langues” afin de célébrer la fin de leur première année d’enseignement de français ou d’espagnol. Pendant la première heure, les élevés d’espagnol ont participé et pendant la deuxième, ceux qui étudient le français. Le petit déjeuner consistait d’une sélection de nourriture française et espagnole typique comme les churros et les croissants, servit d’un jus d’orange. Les élevés se sont très bien amuses et ont même chanté et dansé à la fin du événement.
ESPANOL: Hoy nuestros alumnos de year 7 han participado al “desayuno de idiomas” para celebrar el fin de su primer año de aprendizaje de idiomas. Durante la primera hora, los alumnos d’espanol han participado y luego durante la segunda hora, los que estudian el francés. El desayuno consistía de una selección de comida francesa y española típica como los churros y los cruasanes con un zumo de naranja. Los alumnos se han disfrutado mucho y han cantado.
Theresa Munoz Poet Visit
Theresa Munoz is a young poet who came to our school to complete a creative writing workshop and share her own poetry with us. She began her visit by introducing herself and her poetry collection, Settle. She gave the class some insight regarding her background and family life, which are both key aspects of the inspiration behind many of her poems in this book. Munoz also shared with us some of her views on social media, a topic which she writes poems about. We engaged in a class discussion upon whether or not we collectively felt that the modern day social media attracts us or repels us. One class member shared their personal opinion, an idea in which I feel is very current and valuable to the 21st century. She said ‘social media distances us from our close friends but brings us closer to friends that without it, we probably would never have known.’ Both Theresa and the class found this suggestion valid.
Theresa and her team continued their session by handing out stones on which read various words, ranging from colours, to physical features such as: rivers, mountains and directions. We then were asked to use this word to construct a poem of any sort which related to this. Some pupils chose to share their work with Theresa and the rest of the class. This idea was particularly important as it helped students to gain a knowledge of using their imagination to produce a poem fitting of this theme, in limited time. Theresa then asked us whether we found this activity difficult or easier than writing without a prompt and the class appeared to show split suggestions upon this. Answers ranging from, ‘it is hard to limit ideas to one thing’ and ‘it is easier having a key feature to focus ideas upon’.
To finish her workshop, Theresa nudged the class to come forward with any itching questions they had regarding her work or creative writing in general. The pupils asked multiple questions to Munoz with reference to her personal novel, suggestions and advice for new authors who are wanting to begin their journey. The class found Theresa’s answers to be very helpful and interesting, some of the tips given I guarantee will be used by the majority of the class in times following this task.
Overall, Theresa’s ideas towards poetry and writing were fascinating to hear. Her poetry was emotive and the class really related to Theresa’s personal touch within her work. One student fed back to the teacher following Theresa’s departure saying, ‘This helped us gain confidence and receive valuable feedback on our own work which allowed us to improve’. Many students also described Theresa as ‘friendly’ and ‘easy to talk to’ which are adjectives I believe really capture Theresa’s characteristics within the time she spent at Our Lady and St Bede.
Mia Ainsley and Maisie Kennedy, Year 9
Walk of Witness
On Wednesday 22nd March all pupils and staff at Our Lady and St Bede Academy took part in our ‘Walk of Witness’ for our chosen charities. This is an essential theme of Lent whereby we remember the sacrifice that Christ made as he himself walked with his cross, in our small yet humble gesture we too walked to remember and support our charities.
Catholic Partnership Activity Weekend
From Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th March five year 7 pupils took part in the Catholic Partnership Activity Weekend which was held at Ford Castle in Northumberland. The weekend included, Jacobs Ladder, assault courses, Night Trail and many other great activities. All pupils and staff enjoyed themselves and our pupils made some new friends from our different schools. We can’t wait until next year.
Catholic Partnership Lent Liturgy
On Wednesday 15th March, seven year 7 pupils took part in the Catholic Partnership Lent Liturgy, which was held at St Joseph’s Church in Hartlepool. The theme for the service was ‘At The Foot Of the Cross’. Each school was given a station of the cross to interpret and this was brought together with music and readings. Our Lady and St Bede were given the 14th station. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Pupils processed down the aisle holding a white cloth above their heads and laid this at the front of the altar. This was a very moving service and an opportunity for us all to share this special time together.
Flame 2017 10,000 Reasons – 11th March 2017
On Saturday 11th March over 800 young people form the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese traveled by coach to the Flame 2017 congress in Wembley Arena. We left Stockton at about 4.30.am and returned by 11.00.pm.
The Day was full of drama, first class music and inputs from great speakers. We came home full of hope for the future. The theme of the day was that God needs our hands and feet to spread his message of love and hope throughout the world. To fan our gifts and talents into a burning flame for everyone to see. We remembered the 10,000 people who lost their lives as they tried to cross the Mediterranean last summer for a safer life and we gave thanks for those who made it safely to our shores. We all had an amazing day and we look forward to Flame 2019.
Cyber First Competition – March 2017
Last week 4 female students in year 9 and year 10 entered an online competition called Cyber First with NCSC – part of GCHQ. The competition was for girls aged 13-15 with the aim of encouraging girls to think about a career in cyber security, the challenges were on logic and coding, networking and cryptography. The girls worked extremely hard, we worked every lunch-time, stayed back every night after school until 6 and worked at the weekend as well. Although we did not make the final round in London, we had great fun and would be keen to enter again next year!
Geography Club – March 2017
Over the last half term Geography Club have started to build a relief model of Stockton-on-Tees. This model is going to show the high and low areas of land within the local area. Pupils started off by studying a relief map showing the height of land before transferring this onto cardboard and colouring coding the different areas. We have begun to make the model 3D by building the areas of high and low land. I would like to remind all pupils in Years 7 -9 that Geography club takes place every Wednesday in G2. We will keep you updated on the progress! Miss Mason
Comic Art Masterclass – Thursday 2nd March 2017
On Thursday 2nd March, 10 year 7 pupils went to an extremely exciting Catholic Partnership event at Darlington Library. The trip was designed for Comic Art enthusiasts and pupils were invited to dress up as their favourite comic characters, in celebration of World Book Day. The talented Kev F Sutherland ran the extremely exciting event, who has drawn for a variety of publications, including The Beano! Pupils were taught how to draw comic characters and even produced their very own comic to take home. He also drew a caricature of each pupil which was very entertaining and a lovely reminder of the afternoon for pupils to take with them. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, spending the bus ride home talking about how wonderful the trip was. A fantastic opportunity for Our Lady and St. Bede pupils. With thanks, Miss Cant.
Year 7 Achievement Assembly – Friday 17th February
Congratulations to Year 7 on yet another successful half term. The year group celebrated in our achievement assembly and again, as Head of Year, I was extremely proud. 27 of our students celebrated maintaining their 100% attendance. There were many sporting achievements to celebrate from football, cross country and the Catholic Partnership Swimming Gala. Congratulation to all the students involved in these team events and for representing our school with such pride. Head of Year Commendations also recognised students who are currently rehearsing for a production of Jane Eyre at Billingham Forum next week, and one student for her beautiful poem that is to be published in a Young Writers Poetry Book. The highlight of the assembly was the Head of Year Commendations for Citizenship in the Local Community which were awarded to two students for a nomination received from the Local Sainsbury’s store. – Mrs Stephenson
Smithfield Timber Logo Competition
All year 9 competed in a LOGO competition in conjunction with Smithfield Timber to design them a new company logo. After much deliberation there were 3 winners. Hopefully the final design will eventually be used by the company in its rebranding. Congratulation to all who took part – Mr Plaice and Miss Wrightson.
French Spelling Bee – round 2 winners – Thursday 16th February
Three students have been have been chosen to represent the school at the Spelling Bee regional finals in April. Having regularly attended French club on a Monday lunchtime with Mr. Riddle, the three have vastly improved their French spelling skills.
The competition consists of year seven students spelling as many words into the target language as possible in one minute. These 3 students came out as the top three students from the group of students regularly taking part.
If successful at the regional finals in April, they will have the chance to compete against students from across the country at the national finals in Cambridge. A fantastic achievement from our year seven students and a great opportunity for them!
Year 7 St Bede – Form Assembly – Friday 3rd February 2017
For the past few weeks, 7 St Bede have prepared for their assembly based on ‘differences’. They have explored how we are all special and unique, realising that this is something to celebrate. During the assembly, 7 St Bede shared their thoughts on being different through prayer and reflection. It was also a chance to celebrate their different talents, including dance, music, public speaking, teamwork and self-confidence. Well done 7 St Bede! Miss Best.
The Source – Thursday 2nd February
The Source is a monthly youth event organised by the Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and is held in St Mary’s Cathedral.
This event brings young people, Year 9 and above, together for an evening of inspiring talks, praise, worship and socialisation. During our meeting last night Bishop Seamus Cunningham shared with us his own faith journey.
Assembly Year 9 St Bede – 1st February 2017
With thanks to our pupils in Year 9 St Bede who led assembly this morning and reflected on the diversity and richness in our world today.
Form Assembly led by Year 10 St Bede – Tuesday 31st January
Thanks to Mrs Lowe and Mrs Harrison and the pupils of Year 10 St Bede for leading our assembly this morning.
Reflection – Let us never let people put us down because of who we we are or what we look like. Each of us is unique and special. There is something in this world that only we can do. God loves us as we are and after all, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same! God has a special plan for each of us.
Catholic life music group – Friday 20th January
Photos from the trip to Tees Valley Music Centre on Friday evening to record some of their songs. Months of hard work and dedication paid off with two tracks on CD now.
Catholic Partnership Exhibition: Monday 23rd January 2017
Year 11 Art pupils exhibited their ceramics and mixed media drawings at the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership Exhibition last night within the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle.
The work was produced in response to St Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” known also as “Laudato Si”.
Yr10 Achievement Assembly – Tuesday 20th December 2016
It was wonderful to meet today as a year group for our final Year Group Assembly of 2016, where we recognised the achievements of our wonderful students. As Head of Year, I was extremely proud to award certificates to 49 students who had each achieved 100% attendance in Half Term 2. We also recognised Alicia, Matthew, Leon and Matthew, Melissa, Luke and Thomas as the students with the most improved attendance in each form class. Form Teachers were also very pleased to see the following students recognised as the Star of their Form Class – Amy & Stephen 10 St Bede; Shawnalee & Oliver 10 St Cuthbert; Bonny & Olivia 10 English Martyrs; Luke & Amy 10 St Mary; Emma & Mikey 10 St Patrick and Charlie and Andrew 10 St. Peter & Paul. It was also wonderful to award the hard work of Thomas, Charlie, Matthew, Sam, Abbie, Luke, Jake, Lewis, Carter, Bonny and Matthew for receiving the highest number of positive points on Class Charts during the Half Term.
Thank you to all of our Y10 students for their hard work and cooperation throughout the Half Term. We look forward to another successful term after the Christmas break.
The students were also issued with their Mock Exam timetables for the week beginning Mon 16th January and reminded to spend some time revising over the holiday period whilst still managing to enjoy time with their families and friends at this special time of year. Mr York, Head of Year 10
Science Club – Using the pH scale to create a Christmas tree – Monday 19th December 2016
A group of year 7 pupils have been attending Science club since September/October and have been carrying out various practicals that are part of the curriculum. Year 7s have been taught about acids & alkalis and it was one of the pupil’s idea to create a Christmas tree based on the pH scale from that unit. The pupils were asked to design the tree and then make it using equipment in the lab. Pupils carried out “neutralisation reactions” to get the pH correct at each stage of the tree to mimic the pH scale. Once the tree was complete pupils then decided to decorate the tree with coloured card. Some decorations are classic Christmas ones but others are more scientific. This took the pupils a total of 3 weeks (3 Science clubs) to make.
Advent Charities Appeal – Monday 19th December 2016
Thanks to our pupils for supporting our Advent Charities Appeal through the Christmas themed day!
Students from Our Lady and St. Bede opened their hearts to those in need. The whole school came together to create over 200 Christmas food hampers to help four charities, Stockton Hope Project, Bridge House for the Homeless, Daughters of Charity and families within the community.
Hour of Code
Pupils use their skills to manage the ‘Hour of Code’. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
Advent Charity Appeal – 16th December 2016
Year 9 students in English Martyrs form collected a total of 20 food hampers for various charities and families in the local community, charities included Bridge House, the Stockton Hope project and Missionaries of charity. Contributions were made by pupils in the form as well as a a generous donation of 9 bags of food and £60 to spend on additional items was made by the family of one form member and a local church group. With 20 food hampers, we were able to donate at least one hamper to each family and several boxes to the charities. – Miss Wrightson
Thursday 15th December – Year 8 Achievement Assembly
Congratulations to our year 8 pupils who were rewarded today in assembly. We are proud to celebrate their hard work and dedication during this last half-term.
Arts Award – December 13th 2016
Well done to Abigail and Megan in year 9 who participated in the Arts Award weekend event held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The girls worked with artist Paul Merrick and, using BALTIC’s exhibitions as a focus, they experimented with different visual arts techniques, they explored arts inspiration and shared techniques and skills with each other. We would like to congratulate both students on passing their Bronze Arts Award which is a nationally recognized Level 1 Award with a QCF credit value of 6.
Year 11 Achievement Assemblies – Monday 12th December 2016
This morning we celebrated another fantastic half term with our Year 11’s. I was proud as Head of Year 11 to present our students with their rewards. These students have shown total dedication to their studies been relentless on their journey to excellence. Students received rewards for 100% attendance and certificates for ‘attitude to their studies’. We also presented students with their rewards which they gained for photographs entered in the HNCP photograph gala. Students had time at the end of the assembly to socialise with their peers and listen to some Christmas music. Well done all. Mr Bedford
Advent Reconciliation Service – 8th December 2016
With thanks to our students who helped lead our Advent Reconciliation Service today.
On Thursday 1st December all of the schools came together from the Diocesan Catholic Partnership to celebrate our Advent Liturgy at St Mary’s RC Church, Blackhill, Consett. This was a wonderful occasion and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who took part. St Thomas More who sang and played so beautifully, and all the readers from each school who read so well. It truly was a lovely service. – Elizabeth Welsh, School Chaplain
Many congratulations to the art students who were nominated for awards at the Media Oscars. Everybody had a fantastic time celebrating at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on Monday evening.
Four of our year 7 pupils attended the Catholic Partnership Spelling Bee at St. Joseph’s school. The pupils enjoyed an exciting range of activities, from anagram challenges to shiny shapes, before spending the afternoon battling it out in rounds of an intense spelling competition with eleven other teams. The pupils made it through the first two rounds and in to the quarter finals. The pupils were extremely positive and commended the winning team in a very admirable fashion! We had an extremely enjoyable day out, learning new spellings and socialising with pupils from other partnership schools. Abigail also won the ‘Spirit of Spelling’ award for her amazing effort during the competition. A huge well done to all pupils who attended, they were a credit to Our Lady and St. Bede’s!
Feedback from the pupils of the day:
“I love how Spelling is scary”
“I learned new words”
“Next year they better ‘bee’ ready for us”
“I am proud to be from Our Lady and St Bede’s”
This week has an amazing week for Year 7 students who have fully participated in very energetic and outstanding residential retreat with the Youth Ministry Team, at the Emmaus Youth Village. We have taken time to reflect and remind ourselves that sometimes we need to rediscover our God-given potential. We are all like a mustard seed that has been planted to become a large and magnificent tree and the challenge is not to be afraid and place our trust in God to not only grow individually but also to make a difference in with world with our God given gifts. #ymt
Natasha – Year 9 English Martyrs
I was very proud to have taken a wonderful year 10 GCSE group down to London for some project inspiration. The students had a fantastic time experiencing work in the Tate Modern. A great day, thank you to all involved.
The students said:
‘The architecture ignited my aspiration to become an Architect’
‘I’m inspired for my Art project and have many more ideas for my future endeavours’
‘The Tate Modern gave me ideas about how creative I can be if I put my mind to it’
Year 7 have had an outstanding first half term, at Our Lady & St Bede and this morning’s achievement assembly was the perfect way to celebrate both their talents and achievements in their contributions to whole school life, learning and our school community. 131 students in the year group received a certificate in recognition for their 100% attendance, followed by a random draw for one lucky student to win a £10 high street voucher. St Joseph’s received the award for the tutor group with the highest attendance this half term at 99% and St Mary’s gained the award for the tutor group with the highest positive points at a whopping 956! St Patrick’s tutor group also gained a shout out for their dedication, hard work & thoughtfulness in preparing mass and an assembly this term. Seven Year 7’s were awarded a Golden Ticket by subject staff this term for an outstanding piece of work, again each received a certificate and one lucky student was drawn out to win a £10 high street voucher. Well done to two of our year group who received a £10 high street voucher & certificate for having the highest individual positive points over the last seven weeks. We also celebrated some school trips to see authors, along with outside achievements and talents, including one young lady for her stunning performance with the English Youth Ballet. Well done Year 7 – keep turning that magic on and glistening like those precious diamonds we can all be!
Mrs A Stephenson, Head of Year 7
Year 8 were rewarded this morning for their achievement this term. 74 pupils have 100% attendance, and using a random number generator one of the students received a £10 high street voucher. St Cuthbert’s form class achieved the highest attendance at 96.6%. They are looking forward to enjoying the chocolates they received as a reward! English Martyrs have the highest number of positive points in the year group and were also treated to some chocolate for their hard work. Every form tutor nominated two star pupils for the half term with a certificate and the pupils went into a prize draw with 2 of them winning another £10 voucher. A final prize of £10 was awarded to one of the 54 pupils who have had no negative behaviour points this half term. It was a fantastic way to end the half term and well done to year 8.
Miss H Brooke, Head of Year 8
Year 9 were rewarded this morning for their achievement this term. 65 students have 100% attendance, and we used a random number generator to award one of the students with a £10 high street voucher. St Cuthbert’s form class achieved the highest attendance and St Patrick’s have the highest number of positive points in the year group. Every form tutor presented their two star pupils for the half term with a certificate and the students went into a prize draw for another £10 voucher. Two more vouchers were won, chosen from the top 10 individuals with the highest points, and from the 5 students who have had the biggest impact on class charts over the last 6 months.
Mr J. Burns Head of Year 9
Year 10 had a wonderful Celebration Assembly today in Hall A. Drinks, biscuits and sweets were provided for all members of the year group in recognition of a fantastic first half term in Year 10. Certificates were awarded to the many students who had achieved 100% attendance, with one lucky boy and one lucky girl being randomly chosen to receive a £10 High Street Gift Voucher. Students with the most improved attendance from last year were also formally recognised together with the fantastic Year 10 helpers from Open Evening. A group of 6 Year 10 girls were also recognised for successfully applying to attend a nationally accredited weekend cause at Cleveland College of Art and Design. Finally all students without any negative behaviour points in this first half term were entered into a draw for another 2 £10 High Street Vouchers. As Head of Year I was extremely proud to celebrate the success in our year group this half term.
Mr S.York Head of Year 10
We celebrated the achievements of our wonderful Year 11 Students during assembly this morning. Students were rewarded for their attendance at school with four lucky students winning vouchers for high street stores. We also rewarded students with “attitude” awards, for those who strive to be the best person they can be each and everyday. Students’ out of school achievements were also recognised, including one student who had won Cadet of the Year and another for her amazing performance in the English Youth Ballet. Students were then treated to chocolate and drinks after being presented with their awards by Mr Hammill.
Mr Bedford Head of Year 11
We would like to thank parents, pupils and staff who supported open evening. The evening was extremely well supported and we are flattered that so many parents and pupils are interested in our school community. If you are making an application for a place and need any guidance please do not hesitate to contact the school in either of these ways:
phone: 01642 890800
Our Year 11 students worked with Stockton Sixth Form College on their future aspirations. The students had chance to ask question regarding courses and spend time with tutors from the college. The students valued this experience and this has helped them develop their knowledge regarding higher education. The college provided our students with many different resources to enable them to make an informed decision about their life after school. We thank the college for taking the time to work with our students.
Please watch this video to see an overview of how pupils have the opportunity to enrich their French and Spanish education whilst at Our Lady and St Bede
On Thursday 29th September fifteen Year 7 pupils were fortunate enough to be able to visit Conyers School in Yarm to hear author Liz Kessler, speak about her writing. The group were treated to an exciting hour of music and pictures as she discussed the creative process which she undergoes when writing her books. From places to people and song lyrics to dreams; she discussed each magical stage of bringing her characters to life. The pupils were treated to an interesting journey in creative writing which they thoroughly enjoyed. Afterwards, they were able to get their books personally signed before posing for a group photograph. They are looking forward to trying out her techniques in their own writing.
Please click here to read the Northern Echo’s article on the visit.
St John’s Secondary School and Sixth Form College held a special event to celebrate the European Day of Languages in which 8 of our school’s year 8 language students were selected to take part in.
The day started in true European style with a lovely continental breakfast of hot chocolate and croissants for the young linguists. Shortly after, students were allocated groups named after famous European cities, with pupils from other schools within the partnership. This was followed by several language workshops including: Russian, Portuguese, French Fairy Tales, Spanish music and Japanese.
During the first session, students were quick to get to grips with the unusual Russian sounds and alphabet. By the end of the workshop, they were able to decipher famous brand names in Russian and have short conversations. When asked how they found this, the students replied, “Kharasho!” (great).
One highlight in particular was the Japanese lesson during which students and teaching staff alike were amazed by the fact that Japanese students must bow and say, “teach me oh wonderful teacher” at the beginning of each lesson. This proved a very popular idea amongst the teaching staff at the event! Some students even got to imagine themselves as Japanese, having been the only two in the group to try on a traditional Japanese outfit.
The director of the partnership closed the event with a motivational speech about the importance of languages, especially in light of recent political events. This was followed by a short awards ceremony where one of our pupils. As expected, Our Lady & St Bede students did themselves proud by getting involved and making the most of the opportunity. Their excellent behaviour and attitude to learning was praised by one of the teachers who helped to organise the event.
Upon return to Our Lady & St Bede, the students expressed how they enjoyed the event – in a variety of different languages! A big thank you to St John’s for running the event and to the students that attended and represented our school.
On Thursday August 25th the class of 2016 received their GCSE examinations results. Congratulations to all our students who have achieved so very highly – all the staff are extremely proud of their results.
86% A*-C English and Maths – a record high for Our Lady and St Bede.
Students achieved 1 grade higher on average in all subject areas – putting our school among the very best in the country.