Hard-working students were rewarded for their attendance and commitment to their studies with an invitation to a special evening hosted by their teachers.

Students take part in the chocolate tasting challenge

Students spend their Bede pounds to buy balloons to build a couch in the final challenge

Ellie Anderson, nine, tries her hand at welly-wanging at the Bede Academy Principal’s Race Night


Children from Years 5 and 6 joined senior students at Bede Academy, in Blyth, for the evening of fun and games, organised to reward them for their efforts at school.

Teachers ran activities including welly-wanging, basketball, beat the goalie, with vice principal Dr Andrew Middleton in the net, and a film observation round.

The favourite game among many students, who could leave their school uniform at home for the party, was a chocolate tasting challenge.

Divided into teams, the students could earn ‘Bede pounds’ for their performance in each of the games, with the currency used to ‘buy’ materials for their final challenge.

After a tea of pizza and chips, the last activity was a test of teamwork and creativity as they had to make a couch for a teacher to sit on from purchases of balloons, tape and string.

Head of School Julie Roberts explained: “The students were nominated by teachers and tutors for an invitation to our Principal’s Race Night, which is just reward for hard work, excellent attendance, good behaviour and a commitment to playing their part in academy life.

“Every student who came thoroughly deserved it and we all hope they had a fun time and enjoyed the evening.”

Leah Davison, nine, said: “My teacher says I’m really brave and I like getting involved in activities so I think that’s why I was chosen.”

Ethan Norgrove, nine, added: “It’s been really fun with lots of different activities and it was nice to be chosen to represent my house, Aidan.”

A NEW group of students are continuing their academy’s association with a South African community by volunteering to work with AIDS orphans in a local school.

Bede Academy sixth formers (L-R) Jamie Watson, Josh Aisbitt, and Louis French, who are preparing to do voluntary work in South Africa

Bookworms (L-R) Martha Halsius, Poppy Turner, Isaac Neave, Gabriel Wilson, Grace Oates, Jude Cunningham, Joe Cooper, Mia Stewart and Nathanial Allan, students at Bede Academy South, in Blyth, get ready for their readathon to raise money for South Africa












The group of six from Bede Academy, accompanied by vice principal Andrew Middleton, will spend two weeks at Nokuphila School, in the township of Tembisa, near Johannesburg.

Drawing on their talents developed at the academy in Blyth, the students will teach music, games and art to children orphaned by the disease. It is estimated that 3.8 million children in South Africa have lost both parents to HIV/AIDS.

The Bede Academy students will join others from Emmanuel Schools Foundation schools – The King’s Academy, in Middlesbrough, Trinity Academy, near Doncaster, and Emmanuel College, Gateshead – in a group expedition that leaves on July 1.

The students had to apply for a place, stating what qualities they felt they could bring to the work and what they hoped to learn from the experience.

Musician Christie Wilce, 18, said: “All through school the only trip I ever wanted to go on was this one. I’m expecting it to be life-changing and really rewarding but it will be a mix of emotions I’m sure.”

Jamie Watson, 17, who plays football for the academy and Blyth Spartans, is hoping to share some of his sporting skills with the children, whose education is provided by the charity Love Trust.

Louis French, 17, said: “I think it will be quite difficult because of they life they’ve had, but it will be good to try and help.”

Josh Aisbitt, 16, added: “It’s a chance to give something back to the school and to help other people. The conditions and their quality of life compared with ours might be quite a shock but it’s important that we do what we can.”

As well as helping in the classroom and on the sports field, the students may also get involved in some construction work.

Dr Middleton said: “The group were selected for their aspirations to work in the field of care or to serve  the community, for their spirit of getting involved and for their commitment. It will be an incredible experience for them and, as well as providing an opportunity to serve, will also teach them a lot about themselves.”

The students have to raise £1,000 each for the expedition and have already taken part in a gym-based sponsored bike ride and car washes, and have organised a Nokuphila fundraising concert at the academy.

Younger children at Bede South have also got involved by taking part in a sponsored readathon to raise money for the South African school.