Children in Need 2014

On Friday 14 November, students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 took part in an event to raise funds for Children in Need.

The audience were treated to a range of performances from singers, musicians and dancers – and what a talented bunch they are!

Everyone felt tremendously proud of the young people taking part, both on stage and behind the scenes, and a total of £500 was raised.

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Pink Day

Our annual fundraising event for Breast Cancer Campaign took place before half term. Sixth form students all paid to spend the day dressed in pink, and there really were some weird and wonderful sights!

In addition to this there were quizzes and a pink party photo booth, in which staff and students could dress up and have their photograph taken.  A great success was the ‘Great British Booby Bake Off’ where students made enormous cakes that were then purchased by departments. This was in addition to the three cake stalls held as usual at break and lunchtimes.

It was a fantastic day and the grand total raised was an amazing £1208! 

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Year 9 and the Big Draw!

At the beginning of October a group of talented artists from Year 9 spent a day at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art taking part in the Big Draw Day, along with other schools from the diocese. Activities included drawing each other’s portrait whilst blindfolded and drawing each other through transparencies, inspired by the work of Daniel Buren that is currently a key exhibit at the gallery.

Students also had the opportunity to look around the galleries and respond to the artwork they saw. It was an amazing day with wonderful students!

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Year 7 visit Vindolanda

Thirty of our Year 7 students recently visited the Roman fort at Vindolanda. As well as investigating the Roman Fort to decide whether life was better as a Roman soldier or a Civilian, they enjoyed a lively talk from an archaeologist and found out lots of grizzly details they wouldn’t have known before.

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Year 11 ASDAN Success!

Ten students in Year 11 were recently presented with certificates for having successfully completed their Bronze Asdan award.

As well as activities such as organising the annual Macmillan coffee morning and spending a day at the Murton Equestrian Centre, the students had to give presentations to members of the Leadership Team and complete a portfolio of work.

Mrs Forsten and Mr Wright were very proud of them.

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German Exchange Visit

Our students have just returned from the German exchange return trip to Oer-Erkenschwick, which is North Tyneside’s partner town in Germany. The German students had already visited us and now it was time for 28 students from St Thomas More to stay with their partner and their family. A full programme of events and trips included a climb to the top of Cologne cathedral, a visit to a chocolate museum, a trip to Schalke football stadium, and a chance to do some shopping in the big CentrO shopping centre. Students also spent a morning at the Willy-Brandt Gymnasium to experience a German school, and had an official welcome at the town hall. As usual the German families made their visitors feel very welcome and all were sad to say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’.

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