Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Skipping Festival

Kepier were delighted today to host a skipping festival for primary school children from across the region, organised by our School Games Organiser Dave Birch and Chris Corcoran from Skipping School Ltd.

This event, as well as being lots of fun for all those taking part, is a wonderful way for children to engage in physical activity and get fit. Around 150 children took part, and this was the first of seven events taking place over the next ten days in Sunderland and Washington, by which time over 1000 children will have enjoyed participating.

Chris said "for the eighth year running, I continue to be amazed with the continuing increase in skill levels and all round fun aspect of this project. The winners today were Easington Lane Primary School, who now go through to the city final on Friday 9th June at the CitySpace Sports Hall on Chester Road."

Friday, 24 March 2017

Young Achievers Award

Mitchell, from Year 7 at Kepier, was nominated for a Young Achievers Award, in the category of Personal Achievement. Mitchell has maintained a positive attitude to school despite some challenging situations over the last few months.  At the awards ceremony last night, he was awarded the Highly Commended category for Personal Achievement.  Kepier are extremely proud of Mitchell and wish to congratulate him on this fantastic success.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

If U Care Share

One of our Year 9 Tutor Groups decided that they wanted to raise money for a local charity, and did so by running a confectionery stall. Each learner picked a charity that meant something to them for whatever reason, and these were put into a hat for the beneficiary to be drawn.

The winning charity was 'If U Care Share' a local charity that helps people who have been affected by suicide bereavement. Our donation is going to help support their work with families who have been affected by such a terrible event.

The amount raised was £41.38, and David Brown, Fundraising and Events Manager of the charity said "the funds raised by the students will go directly to support our 'Support After Suicide Service', and their donation will provide up to ten people with packs to aid sleep and relaxation, something those bereaved often struggle with. Initially the charity was started by three young people and we are always inspired by the hard work and dedication young people are willing to put in to bring about positive change in their communities." For more information on what If U Care Share Foundation does visit their website at www.ifucareshare.com

Monday, 6 March 2017

World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day, and as always Kepier have celebrated this event with a week long literature festival.

The theme this year was 'Out of this World', and on Thursday staff and learners were encouraged to dress up as their favourite character to fit this theme. As well as this, Miss Hall, our Literacy Lead,
spoke in assemblies to remind learners how literature and reading can take you 'out of this world; ran literacy workshops throughout the week; and we had a 'Drop Everything and Read' session on Thursday, when all our Key Stage 3 learners spent one lesson reading a book of their choice.

With the modern world offering an ever increasing range of leisure activities for young people, we feel it important to remind children of the pleasures of reading, together with the benefits it brings, and the week long literacy festival is a fun way of doing that.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Primary Hockey Festival

Primary Hockey Festival

This is part of our work to encourage young people into all forms of sport, ending with city wide finals in the summer of 2017.

We had over 100 children from the primary schools in attendance, the event being organised by our PE and Primary Sports Link Teacher Miss Cullen, but refereed and supported by Kepier's Young Sports Leaders, who are vital to ensure these events can go ahead.

The event was won by Newbottle Primary School, with their second team and Hetton Lyons and Shiney Row schools qualifying for the next stage of semi-finals. However, all those who attended had a great time and all of them are winners!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Kielder Observatory Trip

Just before Christmas our Head of Science Mr Devlin took a group of learners to the 'Dark Skies' observatory at Kielder to allow them to study the night sky using the excellent facilities there.

The trip was made possible by funding obtained from The Institute of Physics, without which the trip could not have taken place.

Mr Devlin said "we took a group of Year 9 learners to Kielder Observatory, for a personalised session on the Solar System and the physics of stars.  They used the telescopes to observe the Moon, Venus, Mars and a binary star system.  The learners were also able, due to the unique black sky environment, to see the Milky Way that we are a part of.  Everyone enjoyed it and was wowed by the sights they saw - and were delighted that the skies cleared just in time for our arrival. We are extremely grateful to The Institute of Physics for funding this trip."

Performance at Civic Centre

Today, the City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (COSYJO) performed at the civic centre in front of an audience consisting of the Mayor, civic leaders, council staff and members of the public.

Cosyjo is made up of pupils from several secondary schools across the city, including five learners from Kepier. They are rehearsed and conducted by our Head of Music John Hall, and come into Kepier on Sundays and evenings throughout the year to practice, all of them giving up a great deal of their free time.

In the hour long performance today, they played a range of Christmas favourites, with Kepiers peripatetic music teacher Andy Moon playing and singing.

As well as Cosyjo, the day featured performances by Ryhope Infants School choir, and pupils from Barbara Priestman school who played and sang.

It was a fabulous event much enjoyed by all who attended.