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On Wednesday 15th October, the new cohort of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) club students were invited to Nissan Schools’ Engineering Discovery event. The event was held to inspire young people to consider careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering.
During the visit students got to hear how engineers are adapting to an ever-changing world; engineers who studied traditional technologies such as petrol-powered vehicles are now learning about electric vehicle technology.
Students took part in different activities based around petrol powered cars and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. They were then able to walk around the production line to see current Nissan cars being built.
The students really enjoyed the trip and were impressed with engineering jobs that are available in their local area.
“On the STEM trip I enjoyed walking around and looking at the cars being built. The quiz about engineers was fun and I enjoyed building the highest paper tower.”
“I enjoyed looking at the manufacture of the cars, it was really good to see the robots doing different jobs!”
Over the last couple of weeks, sixteen year 9 students have been trained as peer guides by The Anne Frank Trust and have been escorting their peers around the Anne Frank presentation whilst teaching them about her life and inspirational message.
The aim of the Trust is to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred by drawing on the power of her life and diary.
The students spent Monday being taught about the life of Anne a Frank and the atrocities of the Holocaust as well as being educated about how to deliver the information to their peers. They have been extremely impressive in their conduct and presentation of the story of Anne Frank and have expressed how rewarding they have so far found the experience.
Inspired by the Year 11 trip to War Horse at The Lowry Theatre in Salford and to coincide with the World War One commemorations, Northfield School and Sports College present The Thankful Solider; a story of hope, human nature and sacrifice.
England and Wales are home to the ‘Thankful Villages’ from which all of their men returned from the war. Ralph McPherson is a Thankful soldier who returns from war but is haunted by his memories of loss.
Written and devised by staff and performed by Northfield School’s Drama club, The Thankful Soldier is a devised piece not to be missed!
This week Year Seven have held the first of their inter-tutor sports competitions; a fierce three day football tournament. The rationale behind this competition was to enable all tutor groups in Year Seven to develop team spirit and make new friendships. The competition allowed the newly elected Sports Captains to select their 7 a-side teams, with both girls and boys taking part.
The competition began on Monday with 7TN, 7TO, 7TR, 7TT and 7TH competing for a place in the semi-final. Battling ominous clouds and October breezes, players made a prompt start and the competition began in true Northfield style with players immediately taking up their positions and making a powerful start. In particular, Isaac Howell’s excellent goal keeping stood out along with Kian James’ excellent defending skills. An excited 7TT made it through to the final on Friday. Miss Murphy, Mr Clayton, Mrs Moore and Mr Roberts braved the miserable Monday weather and supported their tutees from the side-lines, with an impressive range of banners!
Wednesday saw 7TF, 7TI, 7TE, 7TL and 7TD compete for their place in their final, to compete with 7TT. This round was equally as exciting, which saw some excellent refereeing from Lachlan Cogan and Harry Errington from Year Ten. Mr Auton and Mrs Comley’s tutors were in fierce competition with both teams, 7TL and 7TF, making it through to Friday’s final. It’s harder to say who was more competitive, Mr Auton and Mrs Comley or their tutees!
Finally, the sun came out just in time for the final on Friday 17th October. Mrs Comley’s tutor group came in in third place with Megan and Beth Shaw showing outstanding footballing prowess. 7TF showed resilience and were proud to come in third place. 7TT and 7TL now began their nail biting final, culminating in a fiercely competitive penalty shoot out. The match saw some excellent footballing from Ben Goodall, Michael Halliday and Sonny Fisher; despite this, the match ended 0-0 in overtime. A penalty shootout began with over 200 pupils watching from the side-lines. The atmosphere got more and more anxious, as each team matched the other in goals until the final two penalties. A victorious Alex Snaith scored at the last minute to bag a win for 7TT! The crowd were in uproar with many pupils running onto the pitch to celebrate with 7TT and commiserate with 7TL.
All pupils showed fantastic sportsmanship, shaking hands after every match and congratulating each other on their great performance. A huge well done to all teams for competing, especially: 7TF in Third Place; 7TL in Second Place and 7TT in First place. 7TT consisted of: Jacob Thomspon (Captain), Alex Snaith, Evan Thompson, Michael Halliday, Adam Carter, Niall Morell, Ryan Coleman, Halle Crooks and Thomas Ferguson. Jacob Thompson commented “It was really exciting- I loved every minute of it.” Joshua Thornton reported, “It’s been amazing, when can we do another one?”
Thank you to Mr Crofts and Mr Sturrock in PE for organising the event. Additionally, thank you to all players’ parents for allowing them to compete and providing a packed lunch. The next Year Seven inter-tutor competition will be basketball, which will take place next half term.
On Thursday 22nd of September, Northfield school welcomed Silverwood Band and the Saltburn Songsters Ladies choir to take part in a charity concert alongside Northfield Dancers and Solists to celebrate the end of numeracy week. The theme was a night at the movies, with songs from the latest blockbusters such as Superman and Frozen; to the older and well known songs of Grease and Beauty and the Beast. We were lucky enough to have ex pupil Tom Wells return for the evening to perform a show stopping performance of ‘bring him home’ and the fabulous junior leadership team did a marvellous job comparing the evening. The finale of the night was that of Les Miserables with the band, choir, singers and dancers all coming together waving flags and singing the audience into a standing ovation. It was truly a night to be remembered. The most important aspect was the fundraising, which managed to raise just under £500 to be shared between the Butterwick Hospice and Cancer Research.
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At the end of the September Northfield School had its first ever numeracy week, with a theme of ‘Maths in the Movies’. Throughout the week, students in all subjects completed numeracy tasks within lessons. A few examples of this are: English where the pupils designed tension graphs; history where students made human timelines and PE where the students calculated the speed of their shots In hockey. There was a buzz of activity around the whole school, with students being excited and talking about numeracy across the curriculum throughout the week.
We were visited on the Wednesday by Dr Katie Steckles, from ‘Think Maths’, who gave interactive talks to pupils from year 7 to 9 on Freaky Probability. Within these talks, she managed to solve the rubrics cube in 1 minute and 27 seconds; the year 7 students were particularly in awe with this. Within years 10 and 11 she delivered a talk on Maths in the Simpsons to our higher examination pupils. Students were entranced by this talk and with several students saying they “can’t help but look for maths” every time they watch The Simpsons.
There were also competitions and events happening throughout the week, with numeracy mazes in the library, the 1-100 challenge and the Mavatar competition for the Maths Twitter account launch (@mathsnssc). I am pleased to announce the winner of the mavatar competition is Katelyn Williams (10TD) and the runner up was Ethan Max (8TD).
Pictures from the week below
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Year 8 student Sarah Walls held a pop up bake sale last week, and her delicious treats were a real hit with students and staff alike!
Sarah raised £90 for her older brother Jack, and ex-Northfield student, who is raising money to travel to Uganda to do some voluntary work in an orphanage. Well done Sarah, and good luck Jack!
- Year 11 Won 3-1 v Egglescliffe (League)
- Year 11 Won 6-4 v St Michaels (National)
- Year 11 Won 5-3 v Kings Academy (County)
- Year 11 Lost 8-0 v St Leonards (National)
- Year 10 Lost 12-2 v Egglescliffe (League and County Cup)
- Year 10 Lost 3-1 v St Michaels (League)
- Year 10 Won 4-3 v Wellfield (National)
- Year 10 Lost 7-0 v Conyers (League)
- Year 9 Lost 4-3 v Shotton Hall Academy (National)
- Year 9 Won 9-1 v Grangefield (League)
- Year 9 Won 3-2 v OLSB (League)
- Year 8 Lost 3-1 v Macmillan (National)
- Year 8 Lost 2-1 (League)
- Year 8 Won 8-0 v High Tunstall (County)
- Year 7 Lost 5-0 v Nunthorpe (National)
- Year 7 Won 4-1 v OLSB (League)
- U15 Girls Won 5-0 v High Tunstall (National)
- U13 Girls Lost 1-1 on penalties v Biddick (National)
- U13 Girls Won 5-4 on penalties (National)
- U13 Girls Won Hartlepool United FC 6 a side competition at Dyke House School
District Team Honours
- Year 8 – Terry Stephenson
- Year 9 – Matthew Adamson, Damien Scott, Ben Metcalf, Logan McGregor
- Year 10 – Jordan Jacques
U14 Girls Lost v Teesside High
- Joe Clark won the Junior u17 singles
- Will Dobinson won the u14 Cadets singles
- Robert Forrest qualified for the National finals.
Yesterday, Wednesday 15th October, our brand new Year Seven Football team played at home against Our Lady and St Bede’s.
Charlie Docherty, team captain, awarded man of the match to Matthew Geddes who played extremely well. Mr Mckeown and Mr Wallace, the managers of the team, reported that all pupils played very well and represented Northfield School spectacularly.
Despite the chilly October weather, pupils were enthusiastic and excited to represent Year 7 at Northfield. Congratulations to all pupils who participated.