What’s New At Northfield?

February 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Northfield

Students return to school Tuesday 22nd April

Parents letter regarding recent Ofsted inspection

Do you know you can now view your child’s homework? Do you know your username and password to access the Show My Homework website? Need help? Just email ShowMyHomework@northfieldssc.org and we will do our best to assist you.

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At the end of this term Mr Dix retires after 41 years in teaching, 33 years serving the students and families of Billingham.

What can you say about Mr Dix, a man who is Northfield through and through. I think that the reference the school received about Mr Dix from one of his Headteachers sums him up perfectly:

‘He is a personable young man with great presence and with a bluntness and abrasiveness that makes people sit up. He has an incisive, quick mind and an awareness of all things educational and political. He favours the direct approach and usually gets things done by force and strength of personality’.

Mr Dix retires very much ‘at the top of his game’. He has been instrumental in bringing about the extensive building programme. It is fitting that he should retire with the new build now complete. Parents and carers will have an opportunity to view the new build next term.

As a keen cyclist, amateur motor mechanic and financial expert, I have no doubt that Mr Dix will have a busy and enjoyable retirement. Everyone at Northfield thanks Mr Dix for his outstanding service to the school. Well done Sir!

Teacher of the Year Award

We are also celebrating the success of another teacher this month. Mr Burgess, Associate Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Leader for Science has been nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award 2014. I am delighted to say that Mr Burgess has progressed to the final round of candidates. Judges from the awards panel have visited the school to talk to members of staff, governors, students past and present, and parents about Mr Burgess, as well as watching him teach. If successful, Mr Burgess will be invited to the national final, an event that we can all watch live on television later in the year. Good luck Mr Burgess!

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‘Look North’field!

April 2, 2014 in Front Page News, Physical Education by Northfield

Look North

Our student table tennis teams will be featured on today’s ‘Look North’.

Episodes at 1:30pm and 6:30pm!

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National Triathlon Success

April 2, 2014 in Front Page News, Physical Education, Year 10 by Mr D Crofts

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Congratulations to Harry Ward in Year 10 who finished an impressive 13th in the National Triathlon Championships in Milton Keynes last month. A future Olympian in the making ?

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening

April 2, 2014 in DofE, Front Page News, Year 10, Year 11 by A Taggart

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On Wednesday 26th March, Northfield held its inaugural Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening. This saw successful Bronze Award students:  Jack Bloomfield, Alicia Percy, Olivia Conner, Dylan Rathbone, Georgia Rich and Sophie Smith presented with their D of E badge and certificate. This was a glamorous affair with Bucks fizz (non-alcoholic!) being served alongside an array of cakes to welcome the students and parents of the accredited Year 11 students, along with our current Year 10 cohort of 16 and the prospective Year 9s to start in 2014-15. Mr Walker rolled back the years to proudly display his own Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and recount some anecdotes of what the experience was like before mobile phones, GPS systems and with some questionable Health & Safety guidelines! The event was a huge success and celebrates not only the tremendous achievement of the successful Northfield students, but also the hard work put in by Miss Bowes, Tom Simpson and the extended D of E teaching team. We look forward to next year’s event already!

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Year 11 Geography Visit

March 31, 2014 in Front Page News, Geography, Year 11 by Mr M McNally

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Year 11 Geographers have been visiting the East Yorkshire coastline to study coastal erosion and management strategies. Students stayed overnight in Boggle Hole Youth Hostel then travelled down the coast visiting several locations including Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough, Flamborough Head and Hornsea. Our courageous students braved the cold misty weather and an enjoyable time was had by all. Everyone worked extremely hard in their preparations for their exams in May.

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Year 10 Raising Attainment Launch

March 28, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 10 by Mrs C Richardson

All year 10 students and parents are welcome to attend the Raising Attainment evening Monday 31st March 2014 at 6.30pm. If you require more information on the event please see the attached letter or contact the year 10 guidance team. You do not need to have responded to attend. Hope to see you there.

Launch letter to parents

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Home School Association Quiz Champions 2014!

March 28, 2014 in Front Page News, Home & School Association by Mr R Henderson

Quiz Winners 2014

Many thanks to staff, parents, governors and friends for attending last night’s HSA Quiz Night.  Congratulations to Mr Crofts, Mr Wells, Mr Martin, Mr Usher, Mr Sheahan and Mr Watton who were winners for the second consecutive year.  Work has already begun in preparation for the defence of their title in 2015!  The next date for your diary is Saturday 28th June 2014 which will be our Summer Fair, further details to follow on our website.  We do appreciate your support at our fund raising events.

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English Exam Preparation

March 28, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 11 by Mrs S Story

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Y11 boys working hard on a saturday morning in preparation for their English exams supported by Mrs Barnfather and Mrs Story. A constructive time was had by all. A lot of good work was produced….. and a lot of cake was eaten!

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BBC School Report 2014

March 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Kirkbride

An investigative group of Year 8s have spent the day creating their own news report for the BBC, the report can be seen below. Thank you to all who participated and to those who gave up their time to be interviewed.

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Teesside University Visit

March 27, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 8 by Miss C Dickinson

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On 21st March, 30 Year 8 students set off on a trip to Teesside University with the aim of finding out what University is all about. Working closely with the University ambassadors, students navigated their way around campus and experienced The Students Union, the School of Health and an array of lecture theatres. Students soaked up the University atmosphere by watching Teesside University students go about their day in the bustling part of Middlesbrough that is Southfield Road, before taking part in a Univeristy Challenge style quiz, which resulted in ‘The Scientists’ being very competative, but losing to ‘The Nurses’.

Students designed and made their own University; all designs underpinned what our Northfield Students had learnt throughout the day. Students then presented their University to the rest of the group and included information about the courses Teesside offered.

A fantastic afternoon had by all!

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Y8s Meet Bradley Walker

March 27, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 8 by Northfield

Brad & Northfield

 

As you might be aware, one of our ex-students, Bradley Walker, signed a professional contract for Hartlepool United in September 2013, and Northfield School has proudly sponsored his away shirt this season.

On Saturday 15th March, Mrs Harvey and Mrs Lamb took some Year 8 students to watch a live match at the Vic and meet Brad after the game.

The students loved the afternoon and it was fantastic to see Brad meeting the students and passing on his experiences.  He also scored a fantastic goal during the 4-0 win.

If that wasn’t enough, Brad then travelled down to London on Sunday 16th March to attend the National Football League Awards 2014.  He had been nominated as the League Two Apprentice of the Year….and out of a strong field won!

Brad’s career is going from strength to strength and Northfield School will be there to support him whenever and wherever we can.  Hot off the press…Mr Walker has given permission for the school to sponsor Brad’s home kit next season!!  Watch this space!

Mrs Harvey