Aidan House Newsletter

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Mrs Ridley – Head of Aidan house

Dear Parents, Carers and Students 

It has been a fabulous first fortnight back in the Academy following our half term break and it has been great to see all of our students hitting the ground running in our second half term. I have been really impressed whilst walking around the corridors seeing the effort, application and endeavour shown by our students in the lessons, really maximising their learning opportunities. A special well done to all students who have received a star student shout it – teachers love nominating students for these and it gives us an opportunity to really reflect upon who has been going above and beyond in all aspects of Bede life. It has also been great to see high numbers attending the range of extracurricular clubs on offer and I hope this is something that will continue to grow throughout the academic year. Remember if you haven’t given an extracurricular club a try yet, ask your form tutor to see the full list of activities available and if there isn’t something that appeals to you come and let your House Team know some suggestions – we are always looking to provide new opportunities!

I am really excited about the upcoming House Fitness event. This event will be split into two parts, with an event inside the academy and one outside the academy. We are joining with the Blyth Park Run on Saturday 20th November at 9am to hold a Bede Takeover! Every student who takes part will gain points for Aidan and bonus points will be available for those who run in house colours. How amazing would it be to see a sea of red Aidan runners taking over the park run! You must visit the park run website to sign up for this and you can google ‘park run’ and register. The link for this was also in the weekly newsletter sent out last week but can be found later in this newsletter again as a reminder. The second part of our House Fitness event will take place in the Academy where there will be a range of Fitness Challenges held in the Fitness Suite and the Sports hall after school. Tuesday 16th November is open to Year 7 and Year 10 students and Thursday 18th November is open to Year 8 and Year 9 students. Everyone is welcome so please come along with your PE kit and get involved!

We have a range of different events taking place this month – more information can be seen below

EventYear GroupHow to Enter
Autumn Colours Photo CompetitionAll YearsUpload a photo onto the ‘Aidan House’ Team on Teams for this assignment
Senior Maths ChallengeYear 10, 11 and VI FormThis will take place online. Details shared on TEAMS
Remembrance Day PoetryAll Year GroupsHand in a handwritten poem to your form tutor or upload a typed up poem onto the ‘Aidan House’ Team on Teams for this assignment
House FitnessAll YearsPark Run on Sat 20th November at 9am
Tues 16th November for Y7 & 10
Thurs 18th November for Y8 & 9
Global Enterprise Week ChallengeYears 7-9Complete the assignment on TEAMS
Comic Strip ChallengeAll YearsCollect a comic strip from your PTE teacher and complete the comic strip about any bible story

I would like to thank every student and their family who has already contributed generously to our Shoe Box Appeal.  It has been great to see us building a wall of Aidan decorated shoeboxes that will help to bring joy to others this Christmas. Remember the deadline for this is the 18th November to allow for shipping in time for Christmas. There is also an opportunity to get involved in the Operation Elf initiative which is a local project that helps provide essential items to others this Christmas. Details of required items can be heard in our House assemblies or also from Form Tutors.

Can I please remind parents and carers to check your child’s study file regularly and sign it each week. This is an important part of our communication with you and for you and our students to keep up to date with events, homework and key dates. I would also like to remind students that our Bede uniform should be worn perfectly at all times, which includes both to and from the academy. All students are ambassadors for Bede both during and outside of the academy day and often our true character shows at times when we believe no one is watching. Which brings me to my final thought for this week, I would like to congratulate one of our year 11 students, Jacob in 11 Pickering. Jacob was commended by members of the public this week for the exemplary character he showed on his way home when he came across a lady who had fallen from her wheelchair. He helped her to get back in and carried her shopping home for her. Jacob didn’t know that this lady would contact us, he didn’t do it for recognition, he did it out of concern for the lady and because he was putting someone else before himself. We often say to students that our true character is usually that which is seen when we believe no one is watching. Well done Jacob, we are very proud of you.  

With very best wishes,

Mrs Ridley

Our Core Virtues

Our sixth virtue is “Humility.” We recognise that we are all learners, and are realistic about our strengths and weaknesses. We avoid arrogance and instead strive to be those who are willing to serve others. We encourage all students and staff to develop and grow this important character trait. Please watch the trust-wide Humility video, featuring students from all of the schools in our ESF family, with The Kings’ Academy leading this particular virtue.

Getting to Know You!

QuestionAnswer
What is your name?Mrs E Jones
What is your role at Bede Academy?Teacher
What subject do you teach?French and German
Which University did you attend and what did you study?I went to Hull University and studied BA Hons Degree in French Language and Literature with German, I then studied my PGCE for teaching at Leeds University. My love of French Art then lead me to study ceramics and complete a Masters Degree in Art and Design at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
What are your favourite hobbies?Making pottery, surfing but I’m not very good at it, kayaking, sailing and fishing. I love watching films, especially foreign films.
What is your favourite meal from the Refectory?Chicken curry
What is your one piece of advice to others?Try new things to find something you love doing.
Where is your favourite destination?Everywhere! I love travelling.
What is your favourite TV Programme?Great Pottery Throwdown.
What is your favourite Sports Team?Liverpool FC as my home town is Liverpool and all my family still live there.
When you were younger what did you want to do for a job?I wanted to be an air hostess because they travelled all over the world.

My favourite thing about Bede

My favourite thing about Bede is the sense of family and how staff and students are willing to go above and beyond to support the needs of others.

Mrs Reed

Stars in the Community

Stars in the Community!All About… Newcastle Hockey Club
What is your name?Alexis
What Tutor/House are you in?VI Richardson/Cuthbert
What club are you involved in outside of Bede?Newcastle Hockey Club
How long have you been attending this club?Since year 7 – More than 5 years!
Do you have a specific role/position at this club?I’m just a player on the ladies team but I worked my way up through the age group teams
What has been the biggest event you have been involved in?I’ve played in county tournaments when I was younger
What do you like about this club?I was able to meet new people and new friends
Can anyone attend this club?Yes – there are teams for all ages
What days and times is this club on?Wednesday nights roughly (times are different for age ranges and teams) 7:30-9
Is there a website or a page where we can find out more info?https://www.newcastlehockeyclub.com or speak to Mrs Stewart
Alexis – Year 13

Contour Model

In year 7 Geography this week we have been taking part in the contours model competition where all students have been asked to create a contour model showing their learning on understanding how height is shown on a map. As in previous years the quality of the models is exceedingly high with students able to combine creativity with understanding of maps. There are colourful ones, tall ones, lego ones and even a cake one.

Please see below a flier we have been asked to share by a local community group, in case it is of interest to any parents.

House Remembrance Day Poetry Competition

As you know on the 11th November every year the UK pays its respects to all those soldiers who have died while serving in the British Army, Navy and RAF.

We are inviting you, as part of a House Competition, to write your own poem remembering and paying respects to all those men and women who have lost their lives fighting wars on behalf of the United Kingdom.

Please submit your poems on your relevant House page on TEAMS or by hand in a written copy to your tutor by Friday the 19th November. The competition begins the 8th November.

I look forward to reading your poems.

Miss Broadway

Sixth Form Info

This is a busy time for our Sixth Form students, with our Year 13 students getting ready to do their Autumn examinations, which will take place between Monday 15 and Tuesday 23 November. This is a key moment for them, with these papers being completed in the Main Hall to ensure an authentic experience is had. I know the students have worked very hard this term so far, and with the revision they have done I am looking forward to some good results and crucial experience developed of completing examinations formally.

Our Year 12 students are currently completing their target setting. This is an opportunity to discuss their target grades and agree on them with their Academic Tutors, who are then speaking with parents and carers to assess how well students have settled in to Sixth Form life. I am immensely proud of how our Year 12 students have settled, and am looking forward to great success in the coming terms.

Finally, I am excited to share with all parents and carers via email links and opportunities for students in both virtual and physical university and career opportunities. From this week, I am trialling the sharing of events with families so that they too can discuss options and opportunities with students in preparation for leaving Sixth Form. I really hope this gives parents and carers the chance to explore more closely what is on offer as students in Year 12 and 13 consider their next steps.

House Fitness

We are all looking forward to House Fitness next week.

There will be 2 parts to the competition.

  • After school fitness challenges on Tuesday 16 November (YR 7 and 10) and Thursday 18 November (YR 8 and 9). These will take place in the sports hall and fitness suite lasting for one hour at the end of the academy day. All students are welcome.
  • The second part of the challenge is to take part in the Blyth Links Park Run on Saturday 20th November at 9am. It will be great to see students doing this with family members. Bonus points will be available for those who run in house colours. Students must visit the park run website to sign up for this at the following link

register | parkrun UK

Global Enterprise Week Challenge

KS3 students are taking part in an Enterprise Challenge – throughout this challenge they need to come up with a new juice drinks that is inspired by a country of your choice. The drink must be original, with an original name and logo. It must be presented in a bottle, carton or any way you choose. It must include some home-grown fruits and/or vegetables from the country of your choice. Extra credit will be given to ideas that make your product environmentally friendly.

All students can access the materials for this on their Computer Science Team, where it will be set as an assignment names “Enterprise Challenge” the deadline for entries is Friday 26th November, after this date as a department the Computing team will be deciding upon their top 3 entries.

A Study File Reminder

Recommended Reading

Key Stage 3

After the Fire – Will HillReview
Echo Mountain – Lauren WolkReview

Key Stage 4

The Boy I Am – K. L KettleReview
Concrete Rose – Angie ThomasReview

Key Stage 5

The Volunteer – Jack FairweatherReview
The Nickel Boys – Colson WhiteheadReview