Former students graduate with honours

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Newcastle University has written to inform us of some of our former students who have graduated with honours:

graduateChristina Bondi – Biology
Stephanie Pym – Geography
Lisa  Curry – Marketing and Management
graduateIvan Seed – Computer Science
Amy McHugh – Marine Biology
Jay Turner – Biomedical Sciences
graduateJoseph Mould – Chemical Engineering
Alice-Rose Wallace – Psychology

Congratulations!, and we wish them all good luck for the future.

St Thomas More Seismometer detects UK earthquake

If you’ve ever wondered what the device is in the glass case in reception, it is our Science department Seismometer (or Earthquake detector).  Seismometers are “instruments that measure motion of the ground, including those of seismic waves generated by earthquakesvolcanic eruptions, and other seismic sources. Records of seismic waves allow seismologists to map the interior of the Earth, and locate and measure the size of these different sources.” (Wikipedia)

On Tuesday evening between 18:48 and 18:49, our Seismometer sprung into action, picking up this spike caused by the 3.9 earthquake off the coast of Yorkshire:

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For more information on the earthquake see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-38505158

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Food Bank

At this time of year, we are often struck by how lucky we are, particularly in the challenging economic times in which we live.  Over the past few weeks of term, students and staff at St Thomas More have been aware of this, and have taken the opportunity to support two local food banks, the Bay food bank and the Salvation Army food bank.  food bank 001

We hope this will bring a little Christmas joy to local families.  Thank you to all who have contributed to this very worthwhile cause. food bank 003

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Advent Liturgy

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On 1st December, schools from across the Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Partnership gathered in St. Mary’s Church, Blackhill for a peaceful, candlelit Advent Liturgy. The evening reflected on the key themes of Advent; hope, peace, joy and love and allowed all those who attended a chance to focus on what is to come… the birth of Christ… the true meaning of Christmas.

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The music was led beautifully by singers from St. Thomas More, who sang individual pieces as well as leading the carol singing for the other parts of the liturgy. The music was provided by Mr Teoh and a group of very talented musicians

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A special evening had by all – it really set us up for Christmas!

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End of Term Advent Mass

On Tuesday, 13th December, students from across the entire student body – from Year 7 to Year 13 –  gathered together to celebrate our End of Term Advent Mass. Around 250 students from across every form in the school attended.

 

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The Mass was presided by Fr Martin Stempczek, one of our school family priests from St. Mary’s and St. Oswin’s in Cullercoats and Tynemouth. Music was once again led by our talented chamber choir, readings were provided by Year 9 students and our Closing Song was led by students in Year 7 who performed liturgical sign language to the song “Love Shine a Light” in preparation for the Fourth Week of Advent: the love week!

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The theme of the Mass helped our students continue along the journey of Advent which we are currently exploring through our morning prayers in registration time. How can we patiently wait for Christmas-time when we are bombarded with images every day of Christmas parties and present buying? How can we make the most of the special season of Advent? And how can we be people of hope, peace, joy and love for those around us?

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