This term Year 9 pupils involved in the Climbing Ladders, Smashing Ceilings STEM project have been busy learning about robotics and pipelines! The project has been developed to create a deeper understanding of STEM related subjects and careers, this includes all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
At the start of the term, pupils went to Marden CLC and continued their introduction to programming and robotics using Arduino software. By the end of the day, each group had built and programmed their own walking Ant! They will continue to develop these skills in an after school club next term.
Over half term, the pupils then visited GE Wellstream in Walker, a world leader in the gas, oil and subsea sector.
The pupils spent the morning on the GE site, meeting engineers and site managers and learning all about the industry. The pupils will be involved in future projects with GE Wellstream in which they will be working on real-life projects that will be introduced and undertaken within the company.
Along with the STEM project, pupils will be learning about how businesses work and developing their employability skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.
Writer brings past to life for Norham pupils
Historical writer Tim Lynch visited Norham High School in association with North Tyneside Libraries to celebrate The Northern Children’s Book Festival and to coincide with the 100 years anniversary of World War One. Tim was born in Yorkshire and left home at the age of 16 to join the army, serving in the Falklands War and Northern Ireland as well as tours in Berlin and Kenya.
During his visit Tim talked to year 9 and 10 historians about propaganda before and during the war and how it impacted on people’s lives here in the North East as well as in Yorkshire. He had an amazing array of replica army equipment and weapons of which the pupils got to try on and handle.
Lest We Forget
Mayor Norma Redfearn visited Norham High School as part the schools focus on Remembrance Day. During the visit The Mayor had afternoon tea with year 9 pupils from the STEM group and discussed the engineering opportunities available for both male and female pupils. She then moved onto a tree planting ceremony in the schools Remembrance Garden where a wreath had been laid earlier in the day by members of the school council. An opportunity to visit year 7 in Food Technology was next on the itinerary to see them making wartime Christmas cakes with ingredients that would have been available during the war. Next up was a visit to see the year 11 photography pupils who were showing some fantastic work they had been doing with The Mayors profile in photoshop. The visit concluded with The Mayor judging the year 4 Primary School Christmas card competition which had taken place in the morning at Norham.
Christmas card competition a cracker with year 4
Our primary feeder schools had a fantastic morning at Norham recently, taking part in our annual Christmas card competition. The Christmas songs were belting out with Christmas trees adding that lovely feel to the room to get everyone in the mood.
Each school produced some fantastic work and a winner and a runner have been chosen. Keep checking out our website for information of the winners.
Parents' drop in session at Norham on Friday 21st of November at 13:45-14:50
Open Event portrait competition winner revealed
Mr Gill drawn by Ryan Currie - Yr6 Percy Main Primary
Well done Ryan your prize will be presented soon.
Headteacher invites primary pupils to afternoon tea
Above : Waterville pupils enjoying afternoon tea with Norham pupil Luke Brunton and Headteacher Tracy Hush.
Waterville pupils were invited to a question and answer session to find out more about the great things Norham offers and the things that Luke has achieved since leaving Waterville and joining Norham. It was a lovely experience enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.
Come on Norham let's make a difference!
Introduction to Year 11 Parents Evening
Thursday 25th September 2014 at 5.15pm
We look forward to seeing all year 11 pupils and their parents on the night.
You are invited to attend our
Open Event 2014
Tuesday 30th Sept 5pm – 6.30pm
Norham hosts 3rd annual International Day
The 3rd annual International Day was hosted by Norham and it was a celebration of cultural diversity and integration in music, dance, and song. Representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, the Philippines and many others gathered in their amazing traditional clothing and enjoyed a fantastic day together.
Thursday 18th September 2014 - Year 5 and 6 PE Transition Day
Collingwood and New York
Thursday 25th September 2014 - Year 5 and 6 PE Transition Day
Percy Main - Riverside - Waterville
New garden with Give and Gain
Norham School Council in association with the North Tyneside Learning Trust came up with an idea for an outdoor space to be designed and created. As part of the Business in the Community Give and Gain scheme, workers from Black Horse Banking came along to Norham as volunteers for the day. These people downed tools at their normal jobs and came as landscape gardeners for the day. As you can see they done a great job in creating a lovely place for staff and pupils to enjoy.
GCSE Exam Results Day - Congratulations Year 11
Below just some of the Year 11 pupils who achieved 10 or more A* to C grades on results day.
Well done to all staff and pupils for all their hard work.
Family Fun Day 2014
Come along and have a fabulous time
Year 9 have a MaD Day Out
Some of our year 9 pupils visited Newcastle University recently to have a MaD day out.
The MaD Day allowed year 9 pupils to experience a day of interactive and informative sessions exploring Medicine and Dentistry.
Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a session in the Medical Clinical Skills lab and the Dental Learning Resource Centre in a series on hands on activities. They also spent time in the Faculty's lecture theatres, as well as interacting with current Medical and Dentistry students.
The aim of the MaD Day was to raise pupils’ aspirations by introducing them to Medicine and Dentistry and to increase their awareness of the different careers available through science subjects.
New Norham rugby shirt unveiled live on TV
As 82,000 fans stood silent and the England and Welsh teams lined up before the RBS 6 Nations clash kicked off on Sunday, 100 secondary state school students from across England took a deep breath as they prepared to perform the National Anthem alongside Laura Wright, England Rugby’s official anthem singer.
Norham pupil Jamie Barber from Year 9 was one of the 100 students on the pitch.
The pyrotechnics illuminated their distinctive rugby shirts which they personally designed at a Canterbury kit design workshop as part of All Schools, England Rugby’s programme to help more secondary state school students play rugby. Their shirts eventually seen their debut appearance on Twickenham’s hallowed turf.
As a passionate ambassador for All Schools, Laura attended one of the workshops to meet the students aged between 12 and 18 years and designed her own rugby shirt that she also wore on Sunday.
Laura said: “It’s always a special moment when I sing at Twickenham, but this week will be unforgettable. My personalised Canterbury shirt is completely white with a red rose to represent England, musical notes from the opening of the National Anthem on one sleeve, and the name of my rugby team hidden at the bottom. All Schools gives children, who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity, the chance to play rugby. Pulling on a shirt knowing they’ve designed it will give them a real boost on the pitch.”
All Schools, of which Prince Harry is Patron, was set up by the Rugby Football Union in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation to get 750 new state secondary schools playing rugby by 2019 and to encourage new players to join local clubs. Schools that are new to rugby are supported over three years, with kit and equipment, as well as coaching and young leaders training. Over 200 schools are already participating in the programme.
World Book Day 2014
Staff and pupils get into the spirit on WBD.
North Tyneside Dance Festival
Pupils from years seven, eight and nine danced their routine from the Newcastle Eagles match at the annual dance festival at The Parks in North Shields. The pupils danced for two out of the three nights and really did Norham proud.
Annie the Musical
Norham pupils along with a selection of primary feeder school pupils performed four shows for over 400 people on Monday 10th Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February 2014. An amazing effort.
Norham Pupils at Phoenix Project
We are a group of students from Norham High School. Over the last 5 weeks we have been doing a project with Phoenix Detached Youth Project. We have done a range of different things-
"My favourite thing was the balloon session and making stress balls, it was fun and I have been using the stress ball instead of punching people or a wall."
"I liked the bottle activity where we shook bottles of lemonade to show how different people deal with anger and came up with our own top 5 ways to positively deal with anger"
"I liked the umbrella activity as we wrote down things that make you angry and because it was on an umbrella it was a way of protecting myself from getting angry."
Some of the other points we learnt were;
Above video - Norham staff and pupils entering into the Christmas Spirit with a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sing-a-long. This video was requested and used by the News Guardian on their website.
Norham Cheerleaders perform at Eagles game
Twenty four Norham dancers all from Key Stage 3 danced before, during and after the Newcastle Eagles Basketball Game on Friday 6th December 2013. The match between Newcastle Eagles and Surrey Heat was a roaring success for the school with over 100 of the crowd being made up from Norham staff and the dancer’s family members.
Mrs Petherbridge who organised the whole thing was very excited about the event if not a little nervous. The girls performed superbly and really done themselves and the school proud.
Above video - a snippet from a few of the Cheerleaders performances.
GCSE early entry update
As a school we continue to drive up standards of attainment and progress for all of our pupils. To do this we use a range of appropriate strategies, one of which is early entry.
The recent government announcement on early entry has implications for all schools and our senior team are considering carefully what is the right response and our actions in the best interests of our pupils. Decisions will need to be taken very quickly and we will keep parents and pupils informed of the outcome of our discussions.
Please find the link below that explains our early entry policy. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Early entry policy (word doc)
Tarzan Author Inspires Norham Pupils
Andy Briggs, screenwriter, graphic novelist, author and conservationist - writing on movie projects such as “JUDGE DREDD”, “FREDDY vs JASON” and “FOREVERMAN” visited Norham for a morning full of vine swinging Jungle Fever.
Andy hosted an interactive session with Year 7 and 8 pupils showcasing his New Adventures of Tarzan books which finished with a Jungle Quiz with lots of cheering and roaring.
Andy spoke passionately about the work he is also doing with charities to save wildlife and create a better life for children in the Congo. Norham pupils bought lots of books which helps with this as a percentage of all profits goes to the charity.
Andy’s latest feature film (which he wrote and Executive Produced) - LEGENDARY - starring Scott Adkins and Dolph Lungdren is out later this year.
OPEN EVENT PORTRAIT COMPETITION WINNER
Collingwood Primary School
NORHAM PUPILS MEET MAYOR
Year 8 pupils who are part of the Norham Book Club were invited to attend the Official Opening of North Shields Library. The pupils were invited because of their work with the North Shields Library User Group.The group met several times to discuss how the library should look, what events should be offered and what books should be available.
The group went to Waterstones book store in Newcastle and selected £1500 worth of children's fiction. These books were on display with a sign to say that they had been selected by Norham pupils. The pupils met the Mayor and MP Alan Campbell among other dignitaries who all commented on how smart they looked and how pleased they were with the work they had done.
Paige Crosby and Chloe Reed showing off the
books selected by Norham Book Club.
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