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  • Head Teachers Blog June 2018 28 June 2018

    The summer is upon us and, as we come out of hibernation, the urge to get active (or at least watch The World Cup) takes over. Hence much of this blog is taken up with sporting achievements, although other areas of the school do get a look in.



    Congratulations to Matthew Ward on being selected for the Irish Rugby Football Union Exiles to be held in Ireland throughout the summer.

    Oliver Lovell received his award end of April for being the most successful 4.7 National Laser sailor for the North East 2017, an incredible achievement for one so young.

    Chris Perkins astonished everyone by winning the London Mini-Marathon-one can only gasp at his ability (and humility!)

    Philippa Ellis has become North East U17W 80m Hurdles Champion, North East Silver medalist in the 100m & Durham Schools 80m Hurdles Champion.  She is also representing Durham Schools in the Combined Events Regional Championships and she’s been selected for Durham Schools for the English Schools Championships in Birmingham in July. Its going to be a busy summer as she recently won the English Schools Regional Combined Events Champs and now qualifies for the ES National Final in Bedford in September.

    Her sister, Lexie Ellis, is proving to be equally talented winning the Bronze medal in the U13G Shot Put at the Scottish National Indoor Championships, plus the Silver medal in the Shot at the NE Championships in May.

    Both girls are ranked in the top 15 in the country in their favoured events for their age group-a truly dynamic duo!

    Our swimmers continue to astonish. Lewis Maxwell competed at Sheffield in the Northeast Open Regional Championships – his first time at the Long Course Senior meet. It was a busy weekend as he had 7 individual races and made the Open finals in 3 of them. A great achievement for his age & he finished top 15 year old in several events. He also took part in 3 relay events in the 14-16 age group, along with Aaron Beckford, Joshua Savage and Thomas Adamson, all from Park View. The boys had great swims up against the top regional teams but now have to wait until the end of the month to see if their relay’s qualify for the Nationals.

    At Glasgow, Lewis had 6 events over the 3 days and reached finals in 4 of them, while achieving 2 more National qualifying times. He made the Junior final (17 & under) for his 200 IM finishing top in his age group. He made the Senior B finals for his 200 back finishing 3rd & came 2nd in his 400 free. The highlight of the weekend though was him reaching the Senior A final for his 400 IM where he finished 9th overall, a fantastic achievement for a Junior swimmer and an amazing experience for him.

    He has now received his invitation to the British Summer championships where he qualified for 8 events this year along with a further 3 at the English Nationals.

    Aaron Beckford, whose season has been blighted by injury and who has also been studying for his GCSE examinations, came back to competition with a bang. He won the junior 100 backstroke final and made the final in the 50 back.  He has Qualified for the 50m backstroke for British Summer Championships and 100m & 200m Backstroke for English Summer Champs, a considerable achievement, particularly given all that has been against him.

    Luke Robinson was selected to represent Durham County on Friday 25 May in an all day game at Philadelphia Cricket Club.  This was very special for him as The Glenn Robinson Memorial Trophy is played each year between Durham and Cleveland Under 14 teams in memory of his uncle, who died from Meningitis in 1997 at the age of 16.  He was an amazing cricketer and played for Durham.

    As our partnership with Pro:Direct and Nike grows, we were delighted that Matty Parker and Scott Robson from the Post 16 Sports Academy were selected for the National Pro:Direct select football team to face Derby County Under 18s in a showcase game in front of a number of scouts. Both did exceptionally well!



    At the District Athletics Championships, our Junior boys and Intermediate Girls were both victorious in the team competition against rivals from Biddick, Oxclose, St Roberts and Washington.

    The boys’ team were then comfortable Overall Team winners in the District Competition, with no student being placed lower than 4th in any event – this is an amazing achievement and we are very proud of all of them! Individual champions were Ben Davidson, Jonah Burdon, Isaac Jowett and Ford Bentham. Mr Wilson commented, ‘Absolutely fantastic effort and attitude from the boys. They really worked hard for each other and competed in the spirit we would hope for. I could not be happier for them!’


    Rounders continues to go from strength to strength. Most recently, a fabulous night saw teams from Year 7/8/9/10 playing Framwellgate Moor. Year 7/9/10 all won & Year 8 drew! Players of the Match were Erin Nichols, Ella Hall, Grace Oaks.

    Increasingly Park View is becoming the home of Futsal. The Year 7 Boys ended a very long season with their second trophy of the season – winning the Tyneside Schools U12 Futsal Title by beating Whickham 5-4 in a fantastic final.   Congratulations to: Ethan Hopkinson (GK), Jenson Jones, Scott Bailey, Charlie Loveday, George Thompson, Ryan Cook and Dan Robinson

    Individually, 7 Park View students were then crowned as District Champions in their event(s) and 5 had the chance to represent West Wearside at the County Championships, becoming County League Champions.

    Finally, in the U16 Tyneside Futsal Finals, Park View defeated opposition from Heworth Grange and St Roberts.  The boys were a credit to themselves and to the school – quite apart from the overall result that was an extra bonus on top.  We defeated St Roberts 6-3 in the final and were absolutely deserving of the title. The team were: Luke Smith, Matthew Whiting, Aaron Trotter, Bailey Mitchell, Jackson Ward and Alfie Simpson.

    In the Premier League VAR Under 19 tournament held at the prestigious St George’s Park, home to the England football teams, our Academy team is so far unbeaten and, having won 3-1 against the tournament favourites and National League winners  in the semi-final, are within an inch of glory. An truly remarkable effort, given that some of the team are Under 16 players!  The players are a credit to our school and have conducted themselves impeccably.  Even the premier league officials commented that we are playing the best open expansive football so hopefully class will pay off!


    A superb Performing Arts night saw students from all year groups lighting up the Church Chare theatre with their solo and group performances. Drama from Year 9 saw Gogol’s ‘Government Inspector’ re-ignited into a comic masterpiece and the orchestra, North Lodge Singers and Chamber Choir were superb. Amongst standout performances, who could forget the African Drummers?

    We are all set now for the school musical, ‘Sister Act’, which will be performed in the week beginning 9th July. Tickets are on sale and are sure to sell out.

    In terms of our solo performers:

    • Ebneet Cheema, Morgan Beck, Amy Caygil and Grace Paige have qualified to compete in the World Freestyle Dancing Championships 2018 in Blackpool. To qualify is a great achievement and we are very proud of them for this. Ebneet has also qualified to attend the ICON Championships in Stoke-on-Trent. A competitor with a golden future!
    • Caitlin Hedley and Kate Brinton have been accepted into the BBC Proms Youth Choir, a stunning achievement.


    Well done to year 8 students, who completed their first experience of formal exams. The students’ attitudes to revision was excellent with many students and parents attending after school revision workshops. Students also approached the whole experience in a mature way and are to be commended for this.

    Well done to Year 11 and 13 who are coming to the end of a gruelling examination series – their conduct and attitude have been impeccable throughout.


    The Duke of Edinburgh students came through their expedition with flying colours. Tents were erected with ease, cooking led to no cases of food poisoning or burnt bottoms (of the pans that is) and the weather for once was ideal, cool and overcast with a chilly overnight. Hadrian’s Wall never looked more beautiful.  The second day allowed students the opportunity to put their map skills to the test by going on a section independently, one team found it more tricky than the rest but all back safe and sound. The students were amazing and did really well, especially Tess Hamilton who lost the soles of her boots yet soldiered on.

    Year 7 Charity Day
    Year 7 took charity day to new heights this year, as they rose to the challenge to raise money for If U Care Share, a charity very close to our hearts. They have all spent time within their tutor groups thinking about ways to do this and the results were simply stunning: there were games, competitions, cakes, ice creams, nail painting, skittles and lots more  A representative came in from If U Care Share and said how magnificent their efforts were, with the overall total exceeding £360.


    Fair Trade
    Year 8 completed their work on Fair Trade by expertly manning their stalls and delivering some fantastic speeches. There were some fantastic individual achievements and some great group work as well as some delicious cakes on offer! 8v2 were the eventual winners in a hard fought contest judged by our visitors from the Coop. As ever, the students did themselves and the school proud!


    Year 7 Future Author
    Skye Johansen entered the 500 word short story competition run by Radio 2 …. and won a much sought after Golden Ticket, which led to her being invited to London for the award giving ceremony. Here is her account of a very special day:
    ‘We got the tickets and we went on the train to London.  We went onto the underground to get to the hotel.  We had some dinner which was lovely and then an early night.  We woke up at 4.00 am because you had to get there by 5.00am.  It was held at Hampton Court Palace and we waited in the line for 20 mins.  Chris Evans came in to tell us what to do when the show went live.  The performance started including bands.  David Walliams came on and started reading stories and giving awards out and then the Duchess of Cornwall came in sitting in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.  She did a speech about adventure and then all the children who had won prizes were allowed to go for a tour around the castle and personally meet the Duchess.
    I loved it – it was really exciting and I would love to go to London again.  This was my first time in London and David Walliams is my favourite.’


    North Lodge Science Day
    A murder was committed at North Lodge on Friday 25th May and our year 7 students had to use their scientific investigative skills to determine who the criminal was. This involved solving riddles from witness reports, analysing blood splatters, comparing inks from pens using chromatography, and chemically testing different powders found at the crime scene. All teams worked incredibly hard and most were successful at identifying the criminal!
    Meanwhile the year 8 students were heading off to space – making spaces suits out of bin bags, launching bottles into the sky, making exploding rocket fuel, dropping parachute re-entry pods for eggs out of windows & navigating robotic rovers around Mars. Students and staff involved had a great day and the opportunity to be able to use science in these real-life situations allowed all students to have a challenging but fun-filled and exciting day.


    Year 9: Future Me Enterprise Challenge
    During the Summer Term, fifteen Year 9 boys are taking part in a regional competition in collaboration with the Foundation of Light.
    Students will be given the opportunity to find out more about the business side of our local football clubs through Premier League Enterprise, from finance to marketing, media to management – all delivered by people who work at the club itself! They will also be able to explore the range of career opportunities available to them and how further and higher education can support them in their journey to achieving their future goals.
    As part of this programme, the boys will create a unique advertising campaign, competing against North East schools for the opportunity to display their creation in their local area. The aim of this programme is to have them feeling enthused and informed about the options available to them and to continue to succeed in their current studies.


    Year 10-11: Mentoring Scheme
    A selection of students in Year 10 and 11 have been chosen to take part in this new program through North East Collaborative Outreach Programme using the Peerz Online platform, to provide further support in English and Maths GCSE and also provide further information on higher education. Each student is provided with a headset and 20 sessions that they can undertake online, which cover a wide range of their current curriculum; with their teachers support the students can choose to work on areas they feel least confident with. This mentoring is delivered online at any point between 8am and 9pm at night by current undergraduate students from the universities, who have received enhanced DBS checks and extensive training that will allow them to provide the best possible experience for the students.


    Year 7-13 Presentation Evenings
    We have just completed this year’s Presentation Evenings, all of which were massively attended by students and parents alike. These represent the school’s opportunity to thank students who have gone above and beyond during the course of the academic year. On an average night, we have handed out 500 certificates across a whole range of achievements and have had special subject awards at all of them. The most moving moments have been the presentation of the If U Care Share Award to the incredibly courageous Alex Graves at the Year 10 evening and the Year 13 Graduation Evening, at which we said goodbye to the loveliest human beings one could ever hope to meet. Tears were shed by all!


    Year 12: Cambridge Residential King’s College
    A group of Year 12 students took part in a residential to King’s College Cambridge; the purpose of the visit was for our students to find out more about Cambridge University, courses, application process and a first-hand experience of what it would be like to be a student at this college.
    During the visit, our students were given subject taster session from Fellows that are top researchers in their field. They also found out about entry requirements and interview techniques, realising that with hard work Oxbridge is not out of their reach of study. This was a superb trip, one on which our students showed themselves to be a class apart.


    Year 12: St Chad’s Scheme
    The St Chad’s scheme continues to go from strength to strength, with students visiting the college on a half-termly basis and also getting access to the Bill Bryson University Library. This term, they have worked upon their Extended Project Qualification with Dr Alex Barber, who has been mentoring them on how to get their titles right, how to research effectively and how to write formally for this type of report. They also spent an afternoon meeting their Chad’s student mentors and working with them to counter a zombie attack on Chester-le-Street, a simulation put together by the fiendish Dr Eleanor Regan-Spencer.  All are benefitting from the scheme, which has been fully funded by Durham University.


    And those yet to come to us……
    Transition for our new Year 7 students is well underway, with Mrs Scott and Mrs Danby making weekly visits to our local primary schools and the planned transition days, and dreaded transition disco, fast approaching. We look forward to welcoming them to join us at Park View in September as they seem a lovely bunch. I am particularly enjoying reading their introductory letters-there certainly seem to be some characters!