'LEST WE FORGET'
Pupils have been having Remembrance assemblies over the past week and a number of students have been making poppies for the display at the front of the school for all those that have fallen in combat since the First World War. The full school marked this significant event with a moment of silence here in Benfield at 11:00am
Lest we Forget.
BENFIELD DESCENDS ON DOWNING STREET
Benfield was invited to take 25 students for a tour of No.10 Downing Street last month, followed by students receiving an inspirational careers talk. The panel compromised of the speech writer for the Prime Minister, the Head of Policy and a degree apprentice who is currently working as assistant to the PM’s office.
The panel were all state school educated and surprisingly none were interested in politics as teenagers but all became involved in activities outside and inside school and gave examples to our students of these along with a pen picture of their own career journey.
Benfield students were also asked to raise the issues which they felt were important to them and these included the Northern Powerhouse and how can we close the north/south gap, civil rights, lowering the voting age and engaging young people in politics. Students were encouraged to be pro-active in order to make progress in their future pathways.
"Noone is going to knock on your door. You have to find opportunities. Don’t let NO put you off, try somewhere else. Be prepared to learn something new everyday. Don’t aim too high too quickly and be willing to take positions with little responsibility and prove you can do so before you work your way up. Read a newspaper every day so you know what’s going on in the world and always have things to talk about when you meet people." Panel member
Despite a very tiring day and a very long journey, the students who were selected to go on the visit can now say that they have been into the Prime Minister's office.... something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
'YEAR 5 & 6 OPEN EVENING'
Late September saw Benfield open its doors to students in Year's 5 and 6 who are being asked to consider which school they would like to attend to complete their secondary education.
Once again a huge turnout to the event saw large numbers of parents and guardians with students from our feeder primary schools and beyond, come through the front door and experience first hand just what makes Benfield the school of choice for students in the East End of Newcastle.
Students were able to have all of their questions answered by speaking to students and staff on the night, as well as see for themselves how lessons take place across all subjects. Visitors were also able to sample examples of our healthy food menu.
We look forward to seeing many of those who attended the event next September when they begin the next phase of their education here in Benfield.
'BENFIELD PRIDE CHAMPIONS 2018-19'
October saw our annual celebration event 'PRIDE CHAMPIONS' which sees the school rewarding the successes of students across a range of categories for achievements in the previous school year.
This year saw the ceremony moved to an earlier afternoon slot and Benfield was delighted to have Karen Wight of 'Steve & Karen's Breakfast Show' on METRO Radio as our guest presenter who issued certificates and prizes to our worthy winners. Karen also delivered an aspirational and motivational speech to the audience, with the message of working hard and having ambition in order to be successful and achieve your goals. Benfield is grateful to Karen for both her support and time and we have had very positive feedback from parents and guardians about the successful event.
CELEBRATING BENFIELD'S HEADTEACHER AWARDS
Well done to our Transition Team who were all presented with Headteacher Awards for their efforts in visiting our Primary feeder schools and delivering assemblies abut Benfield and moving to secondary school to every Year 5 and 6 student. Every winner receives an engraved Headteacher Award pen.
The photograph to the left shows Grace Cowell and Darcy Johnson receiving their awards.
'SPECIAL SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT'
Elijah Parsons and Lily Ketteringham completed a Children’s Triathlon on 29th September.
'Reason To Children’s Disability Triathlon' is a fantastic inclusive event which takes place at the David Lloyd Centre in Newcastle each year.
Well done to Lily and Elijah who completed all the activities (swimming, running and a multi sports section) so very enthusiastically and were a real credit to themselves, their families and the school.
DJ EXPERIENCE 'TRANSFORM'
Students in Years 7 to 10 were recently an active audience with Transform DJ’s from the UK and America.
They have been looking at ‘Identity’ as part of the engaging work with the transform team and the event proved a huge success with student feedback highly positive and high levels of student engagement in the session too.
Over the first half-term of the current academic year, the Student Council have continued to monitor life in school and gather and seek the views of their peers which they have then fed back to senior leaders here in school across three key strands.
The focus of these councils' three key areas in school remain:
Look out for the next issue of the Blog where an interview with a number of our Council representatives will feature.
PRIMARY TRANSITION TEAM AMBASSADORS
OUR TEAM BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN PRIMARY STUDENTS!
A huge well done to our confident and talented members of our primary Transition Team who have now been in to all of our feeder Primary schools to speak to students in Year's 5 and 6 in order to tell them all about the move to Benfield from Year 6, offer advice and most importantly, answer every question put to them from out future Year 7 students.
OUR NEW KEY STAGE 3 FOOTBALL ACADEMY KICKS OFF
Following on from the success of our Sixth Form Football Academy, this September saw the launch of our brand new key stage 3 Benfield ELITE Football Academy.
Over twenty students in Year's 7 and 8 have opted to work on this new curriculum opportunity with fully qualified coaches who are educating the group on all aspects of the footballing industry from rules, health and nutrition as well as the physical side of playing and conditioning.
The Academy also has a team which is taking part in competitions this season against others.
Look out for updates on the outcomes of fixtures as well as regular interviews with members of ELITE in the next issue of the Blog.