YOUR TERMLY UPDATE FROM HARTON ... Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New
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NEWSLETTER YOUR TERMLY UPDATE FROM HARTON TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
DECEMBER 2016/ ISSUE 68
HARTON DECK THE HALLS The school never fails to pull out all the stops for our Christmas display and this year is no different.
Staff and students came together to create a stunning Harry Potter- themed dispay in the school’s main hall. The display features a number of recognisable faces and scenes from the popular film series, including a model of the famous Hogwarts Express.
Also getting in the Christmas spirit was Miss Brunniche and her art students who took part in a Christmas card competition.
Some fantastic art designs were entered into the competition but ultimately there could only be one winner.
Year 9 student, Kate Emmett, walked away with the first place prize of £20. Her beautifully detailed robin Christmas card showed her fantastic artistic flare.
Runners up in the competition were Nikita Deponeo and Kirsten Connelly, both from Year 7.
WELCOME... Welcome to the Christmas edition of Harton News, the termly newsletter for parents, students, staff, governors and members of the community.
The academic term leading up to the Christmas holidays, as always, has been very busy this year with a huge number of activities continuing to be a welcome feature of school life, together with lots of additional ‘festive’ events!
Our Christmas Carol Concert is being held on Thursday 15th December at 7.00pm and I very much hope that you will be able to join us.
We break up at 12:15pm on Friday 16th December and all students return to school after the Christmas holiday on Wednesday 4th January 2017. With regard to academy conversion progress, the Governing Body has taken the decision to proceed with the submission of an application to become
an Academy and form a Multi Academy Trust at their meeting on 14th July 2016. Please follow this link to access the ‘consultation response letter’, together with further information on our website: www.harton-tc.co.uk/main-school/ academy-status-update I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to everyone for your tremendous support which continues to make Harton the ‘outstanding’ school that it is.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas break with your families and I look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Wednesday 4th January.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Sir Ken Gibson Executive Head Teacher
IN THIS ISSUE ISSUE 68 / DECEMBER 2016
CONTACT INFORMATION Harton Technology College
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HOLIDAY DATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/17
SPORTING ACTIVITIES GIRLS’ RUGBY JUDO SWIMMING TRAMPOLINING SPORTS CADET OF THE YEAR
HARTON SPORTS CENTRE FOUNDATION OF LIGHT BASKETBALL CLUB
SPECIAL FEATURES YEAR 11 GCSE MOCK EXAMS UK SENIOR MATHS CHALLENGE
STUDENT ACTIVITIES YEAR 8, 9 & 10 CREATIVE WRITING TRIP YEAR 11 FILM STUDIES TRIP HISTORY AND POLITICS TRIP TO PARLIAMENT SCIENCE CHRISTMAS COMPETITION
6TH FORM ACTIVITIES BRONTE TRIP
HARTON TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT STARTING A NEW CAREER IN TEACHING
PASTORAL REMEBRANCE SERVICE HARVEST FESTIVAL MEDICATION IN SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING STUDENT CHARITY BOARD TRAFFIC AT SCHOOL GATES
Year 11 GCSE Mock Exams Two weeks commencing 9th January
Week 2 Period 1
Period 2 (9.55-
Period 3 (11.15am- 12.15pm)
Period 4 (1.15-2.15pm)
Period 5 (2.15-3.15pm)
Monday 9th English Language 1 (105mins) Business (60mins)
Tuesday 10th R001 (60mins)ICT1 (60mins) Sci 1 (60mins)
Wednesday 11th H&S (60mins) RE (90mins)
Thursday 12th Art (All day)All DT subjects (120mins) Art (All day)
Friday 13th English Literature 1 (105mins) Sci 2 (60mins)
Week 1 Period 1
Period 2 (9.55-
Period 3 (11.15am- 12.15pm)
Period 4 (1.15-2.15pm)
Period 5 (2.15-3.15pm)
Monday 16th Geography (105mins) Sci 3 (60mins)
Tuesday 17th English Lit 2 (135mins) French (50mins and 30mins)
Wednesday 18th History (105 mins)
PE (90mins) Film Studies (90mins)
Thursday 19th English Lang 2 (120mins) Media (90mins)
Friday 20th Statistics (120mins)DT Products and Textiles Catchup Sci 2 (60mins)
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal Big thanks to all staff, students, parents, and their family and friends who have kindly contributed to the annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.
The school runs the project in conjunction with the Samaritans Purse Organisation. In total we have received 85 donations
Thank you very much!
The school’s Governing Body has decided to progress with the request to become an Academy.
The learning experience and opportunities our students recieve is, as always, the main priority. Therefore we are working to ensure that a structure is developed that allows for high quality of teaching and learning. We wholeheartedly believe that this is the right way forward.
We hope to convert as a multi academy trust in April 2017. Discussions have started with a number of schools who wish to join the trust, including Jarrow School and Boldon School.
To keep up to date with information regarding the academy conversion, please visit the school website at:
Academy Status Update
In November, several students studying Maths or Further Maths took part in the Senior Maths Challenge organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.
The top 60% of students nationally receive gold, silver or bronze certificates, with the top 10%
receiving a gold certificate, the next 20% receiving a silver certificate and the next 30% receiving a bronze certificate.
So, congratulations to the following students who achieved awards:
Student Year Type of certificate(s)
Amy Briggs 13 Best in school, Best in Year + Silver certificates
Adam Ward 13 Silver
Shannon Thompson 13 Silver
Ben Millwater 13 Bronze
Elizabeth Robertson 13 Bronze
Taylor Hetherington 13 Bronze
Philip Bell 13 Bronze
Alex Hutchinson 13 Bronze
Sophie Weightman 13 Bronze
Ryan Ogden 13 Bronze
Anna Carter 13 Bronze
Meaghan Gemmell 12 Best in Year + Bronze certificates
Leah McKenzie 12 Bronze
James Ingoe 12 Bronze
Year 8, 9 and 10 students get creative in London
New Writing North are hoping to establish a creative writing group in South Shields. This will start from Saturday 19th November and be held weekly on Saturdays at The Word from 1pm - 3pm.
To encourage pupils to attend, New Writing North contacted the school to ask if any students would be interested in a writing workshop with a professional writer. As a result, a number of volunteers from Years 8, 9 and 10 had the exciting opportunity to work with a professional writer on Wednesday 16th November.
Poet and playwright, Susannah Pickering helped pupils create a memorable setting before asking them to create an intriguing backstory for an object of their choosing. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the session and produced some fantastic work.
GCSE Film Studies pupils from Year 11 were fortunate to take part in a curriculum enhancing visit to London from Friday 11th to Saturday 12th November.
As well as seeing the sights of London, the group took a visit to the BFI IMAX to see blockbuster film Doctor Strange. Not only did pupils enjoy the film, they also found the screening to be useful preparation ahead of their exam in June, which includes an exploration into the superhero genre.
To support their work exploring the mechanics of the film industry, pupils also attended a seminar at the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) where they learned more about the film classification process.
To round off their trip, pupils went to the “Bond in Motion” exhibition at the London Film Museum. The exhibition had a number of extravagant vehicles from James Bond films on show, including the iconic Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in Bond favourites Goldfinger and Skyfall.
Year 11 Film Studies Trip
Year 11 and 12 History and Politics trip to parliament History and Politics students from Years 11 and 12 visited parliament during an unprecedented time in British political history.
The students took the train to Westminster just three weeks after the referendum to discuss the big topic of whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. At the same time, Parliament was in the depths of the Labour Party leadership contest and Theresa May took on the role as the new Prime Minister, the day before the group arrived in London.
Heading straight to the Palace of Westminster and the Downing Streets gates, they were able to witness the arrival of the ministerial cars as the new Prime Minister unveiled a completely new look cabinet. Later, the students enjoye