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Brass Ho! at Bede

Film favourites given a blast of brass hit the right note with children at a Northumberland academy.

Brass Ho!, a band compromising members of Northern Sinfonia, visited the Primary Years Bede Academy, in Blyth, for an afternoon of music and learning.

The band members explained their instruments – trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba – to the children and entertained them with themes from Wallace and Gromit, Star Wars and Frozen.

Tuba player Dave Nesbitt told the children:

“The best thing about brass instruments is that they’re fun to play.

“In this school you are very, very lucky because you have lots of instruments available to you. When you get the chance to learn one you should because you’ll have such great fun.”

Primary Years head teacher Irene Watson said:

“Music is an integral part of life at Bede Academy, led at Primary Years by our music lead David Tallent, and this was both a learning opportunity and a lot of fun for the children.

“The whole school, from nursery to Year 6, got the chance to hear Brass Ho! in two sessions and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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ESF Olympics 2015

ESF Olympics 2015 (3)Students upheld their academy’s reputation for sporting talent and competitive spirit in an annual four-way tournament.

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation ‘Olympics’ saw Northumberland, Yorkshire, Teesside and Tyneside competing for the honours.

Bede Academy, in Blyth, hosted the event, welcoming players and runners from The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, Emmanuel College in Gateshead, and Trinity Academy, Thorne, near Doncaster.

Teams from across the year groups competed in netball, hockey, volleyball, football, rugby and cross country, held on the sands at Blyth beach in a biting coastal wind.

ESF Olympics 2015 (2)In the team games, all the schools played each other in two hours of matches held in Bede Academy’s sports hall, on its pitches and multi-use games area as well as at its rugby ground in Plessey Road, Blyth.

And the hosts did themselves proud, winning four out of the six disciplines – cross country, football, hockey and netball – being runners-up in the rugby to Emmanuel College, and coming third in the volleyball.

Bede’s director of sport Simon McAree said:

“It was our turn to host our sister schools in our annual ESF ‘Olympics’ and our pleasure to welcome students from all over the north to Blyth for a day of sport and friendship.

“The wind and cold tested everyone but the competitors weren’t put off and everyone put in fantastic effort in the name of their school.

“It’s a big day for our PE departments and it’s also a great opportunity for staff to come together, to share ideas and cheer on their students in our friendly but competitive contests.”

Next year, it’s the turn of The King’s Academy to host the ESF ‘Olympics’.

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The Happy Puzzle Company at Bede Academy Primary Years

Puzzle Evening at Bede South (3)Parents and students from a Blyth academy teamed up for a ‘puzzling’ evening of mind-bending challenges.

Families from the Primary Years Bede Academy were invited to join a session with The Happy Puzzle Company designed to involve parents more in school life and to show that education is fun.

Five hundred and forty children spent two days with Happy Puzzle presenters Jenni Russell and Sharon Ross tackling a host of conundrums.

Numeracy lead at the academy Martin Lee then invited parents to join their children after school so students could share what they had learned and help find out if the grown-ups were up to the challenge.

Mr Lee said:

“It is so important to the students’ education that families take an active interest in their schooling – it really does make a huge difference.

“Education will have changed a great deal since the adults were at school and offering an insight into the way their children are educated benefits everyone.”

Denise Knox, who attended the session with her daughter Holly, 10, said:

“It has been really good fun and I do appreciate the benefits of taking an interest in school.

“Holly is doing fantastically well at the academy. The teachers are really focussed on the children’s abilities to make sure they get the most out of their education.”