Monday, 6 November 2017

Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy

On an autumnal November afternoon here at Kepier, our Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy team took on Whickham High School in the second round of The English Schools Football Association National Cup.

In a close and hard fought first half, Kepier had large periods of possession, but struggled to find a breakthrough due to some excellent and spirited defending from Whickham. However, after 15 minutes of play a lovely through ball found Max in space just inside the penalty area, and an excellent strike saw the ball nestle in the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Whickham continued to defend as a team, but the increasing pressure told as the first half was drawing to a close, with Kepier's second goal coming from Keallan.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Kepier having the bulk of possession. Inevitably, having spent the first half working so hard Whickham began to tire, and as space opened up Kepier ran in another five goals, from Lewis, Harry, Lucas, Harry for his second of the match and Dan. 

Although the 7 0 scoreline makes it sound a routine victory, it was anything but due to the hard work of the Whickham team right until the final whistle.

Kepier now progress into the third round, and await the draw to see who their next opponents will be.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Quicksticks Hockey Tournament

Quicksticks Hockey is an introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey.  It is a 4-a side game and can be played on any surface, and is a fun, safe and exciting game to get children involved in sport.

Over 100 children took part from schools throughout the Houghton / Hetton Cluster. Teams that excelled on the day were from Bernard Gilpin Primary, Shiney Row Primary and Newbottle Primary, and they will now progress on to the city finals to represent their school on the 21st November.

Siobhan Cullen, PE Teacher at Kepier and our Primary Schools Sport Link, said "its great to see so many children from our partner primary schools enjoying themselves taking part in a sport that for many would have given them their first taste of hockey. All those who took part had a great time, and Kepier's Young Sports Leaders were vital in helping to organise and officiate the event."


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning

As always here at Kepier, staff and learners were keen to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday by bringing in a wide range of home made cakes.

These were then sold at break and lunchtime, with the efforts of all those involved raising £190 for Macmillan, with prizes award for the cakes judged to be the best of those brought in.

Mrs. Stephenson, Head of Science here at Kepier who organised the event, said "its great to see so many staff and learners making the effort to bake items to be sold for this wonderful cause, and all the cakes were clearly enjoyed as it didn't take us long to sell out!"

K J Dowell, a former pupil and now apprentice in our Catering Department, won first prize for his cake and is pictured here with Mrs. Cooper.

Visit to Oriental Museum, Durham

Our Year 10 GCSE Art and Design candidates have visited the Oriental Museum in Durham so as to learn about the Art and Cultures of the middle-east and Asia. They gathered information in the form of sketches and photographs so as to inform their emerging portfolio works, and were treated to introductions by the museums experts, who answered their questions on the subject and told anecdotal stories.

The Curator invited our learners to exhibit their work upon completion in January, and we will be exhibiting the 5 portfolios that in their opinion show strong influences from their chosen culture.
The resulting work forms part of the assessed portfolio of the students GCSE Art and Design.

Mr. Lightfoot, Head of Art here at Kepier, said "this was a wonderful opportunity for our young people to spend a day developing their thoughts and ideas for their portfolio of work. The staff at The Oriental Museum were wonderful, and the event will be of huge benefit for our students going forward."

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Emily's outstanding GCSE results

One of our Year 11 learners who has just left us, Emily, achieved outstanding results in here exams here at Kepier, gaining 3 Grade 9's, 7 A* plus an A in Further Maths, results which place her in the top 0.4% in the country.

Emily is now moving onto Durham Johnstone 6th Form, where she is going to study Maths, Geography, History and French.

Emily said "although it was really hard work, I was helped so much by the teachers at Kepier, I don't think they realise how much difference they have made to me."

Principal Nicky Cooper said "we are all extremely proud of Emily. She has achieved such fantastic results, and we are over the moon for her. These grades represent some of the highest not just in this region but across the country as a whole."