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  • Nokuphila Challenge Update 1st July 2020
    Hello everyone,

    We have now covered over 2,600 miles, almost a third of our way to Nokuphila.  This would take us to the Oasis town of Ain Salah in the Algerian Sahara Desert.  (No, nothing to do with the Liverpool striker Mr Thelwell!)  Roughly translated it means ‘spring’ or ‘oasis’ of ‘prayer’.  I imagine finding an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert would indeed be an answer to prayer.

    And watch out for camels.  I don’t think anyone has used camels to cover any of their pledged miles!  If you have, upload your pictures.

    The Sahara Desert has an intense beauty with its dunes and rocky mountains; the palm trees of the oasis looking like they are being tossed around in the waves of a great sandy red ocean.  But along with its beauty is the reality of its punishing heat and lack of water, a picture that reminds us of the stark beauty of the continent of Africa, its natural richness but also the hardships faced by many of the people who live there.

    Of course this is why we are raising money to help Nokuphila provide food parcels for those who are struggling in the punishing lockdown for Covid-19 in Tembisa.

    On one occasion in John 6:31, Jesus reminded some of the Jewish people, “Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”  When they were lost in the desert, hungry and desperate, God had provided for them in their need.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could be servants of God and help to provide for the needs of his people, our friends, in Tembisa, by raising money for food parcels?

    If you have yet to add your miles to the total, now is the time to do it.  After some sensational performances by students and staff last week in Sports Day why not add that to the Nokuphila total?  Not many have added their Sports Day totals, so we may well be a lot further than we imagine!

    And don’t forget to raise some money for your efforts.  You can transfer your donations and sponsorship by using the Bede Academy bank details, or give it to Reception in an envelope marked ‘Nokuphila’.  Students and their families can transfer via ParentPay.

    Thank you for all you have done and are doing.  We will make a real difference to those in need.

  • Cuthbert House Assembly Song Revealed
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    As you will be aware, this week all students in Cuthbert House at Bede North were provided with a list of the songs that are commonly performed in assemblies and they were asked to vote for their favourite.  I am pleased to announce that ‘My Lighthouse’ was the clear winner, receiving more votes than the rest of the songs combined!

    My Lighthouse will now be the Cuthbert House assembly song from September.  Remember that you voted for it, so I am hoping to hear lots of you singing it on a Tuesday morning during our assemblies.

    Regards,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House Newsletter 26 June 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Here is our latest Cuthbert newsletter with all the information and updates about what has been going on for Cuthbert House. Please click on the image below to open the newsletter:

    Have a lovely weekend and as always, stay safe.

    Mr Hardie.

  • Nokuphila Challenge Update 22nd June 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Once again thank you for all your support and enthusiasm for the Nokuphila Food parcel fundraising.  By the end of last week we had already reached and gone through Ghazaouet, Algeria, 1,817 miles from Bede, having crossed the Mediterranean by ferry, and are now past that total heading for the Sahara Desert.

    The Sahara Desert is up to 2,000 miles for us to cross so we are going to need to pile on the miles.  This is a great week for all students to be adding miles as they compete in Sports Day.

    Thank you once again,

    Mr Williams.

  • International Olympic Day 2020
    As part of this years Sports Day, we invite you to explore the International Olympic day website and take part in some of the Olympic day challenges.  We suggest you watch the campaign video first to get a taste of what this is about.

    Have fun!

  • Cuthbert House Green Fingers Challenge Entries
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    I am delighted with the entries we have received for the Green Fingers Challenge so far, I was unaware that we had so many talented gardeners at Bede Academy!  Please take a few minutes to have a look at the entries that have been received so far:

    Kanushanth – 7 Read

    Euan – 7 Read

    Jessica – 7 Read

    William – 7 Read

    Daniel – 8 Maughan

    Ms Stonebanks

    Mrs Normanton

    Please do continue to submit your entries via your tutor page on Google Classroom.    I will continue to update this page as I receive entries, the closing date for entries is Monday 29 June.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Nokuphila Challenge Update 16th June 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Mr Williams has provided the following update with regards to the Nokuphila Challenge to raise money for families in need in South Africa:

    First of all, a huge thank you all for your support and encouragement of students in pushing this fundraiser.  It is easy to not realise that the money we raise from this fundraiser will actually make a huge difference to a lot of real families and children some of whom are right now at this moment really struggling to get by.  What we do now to raise money will actually make a difference.

    Update:

    So we have covered at least 1,677 miles so far (if everyone covers the distances they have pledged to do!).

    This would take us from Bede Academy, Blyth to Rioja, Spain.

    While we might be tempted to stay a while and maybe sample some of the local produce, we need to press on.

    Rioja is 13 miles north of Almeria which is the port from which the ferry takes us from Europe across the Mediterranean to Africa and Ghazanaouet, Algeria.  So we are in touching distance of the continent Africa, the same landmass Nokuphila are on.

    If we raised £1 for every mile covered we would have already purchased 168 food parcels for disadvantaged families struggling under lockdown in Tembisa Township, Johannesburg.  Lets get fund raising and encourage our students to do the same.

    In future weeks I hope to have the miles broken down into House totals as well, so lets see which House has the best distance athletes and don’t forget Sports Day miles count for Nokuphila too!

    Thank you for all you are doing for this important cause.

  • Cuthbert House Newsletter 12th June 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Here is our latest Cuthbert newsletter with all the information and updates about what has been going on for Cuthbert House. Please click on the image below to open the newsletter:

    Have a lovely weekend and as always, stay safe.

    Mr Hardie.

  • Calling all Cuthbert House Musicians!
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    The Young Musician of the Year is always one of the highlights of the Bede Academy calendar and this year is no different.  Just because we are currently unable to be in school does not mean that we cannot enjoy and celebrate the many musical talents that our students have.  This year the Young Musician of the Year is going to be a virtual event.

    Full details of how to enter can be found by clicking on the file below:

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    The closing date for entries is Friday 26 June.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House Photography Competition Entries
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    I am delighted with the entries we have received for the House Photography Competition so far, I was unaware that we had so many talented photographers at Bede Academy!  Please take a few minutes to have a look at the entries that have been received so far:

    Libbi-Mae – 7 Read

    Mya – 7 Read

    Thomas – 7 Read

    Ellie – 7 Read

    Euan – 7 Read

    William – 7 Read

    Ben – 8 Haley

    Joseph 8 Maughan

    Daisy – 10 Birdsall

     

    Grace – 10 Thompson

    Blake – 10 Thompson

    Emily – VI Richardson

    Jamie – VI Drury (Stonebanks)

    Jessica – Year 6

    Mrs Jolly

    Mr Hardie

    Mr Wadsworth

    Mrs Read

    Ms Stonebanks

    Mrs Street

    Please do continue to submit your entries via your tutor page on Google Classroom.  The themes for the contest are ‘nature’ and ‘community’, so your pictures should reflect one of those themes.  I will continue to update this page as I receive entries, the closing date for entries is Monday 15 June.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • House Photography Competition Inspiration
    Hello everyone,

    As you will be aware, the House Photography Competition was launched during yesterday’s whole-school assembly.  Students who wish to participate have the choice of two themes for their entry, they are ‘community’ or ‘nature’.  You will all know Mr Hunter, Bede Academy’s Facilities Manager, but you probably weren’t aware that he is a very talented photographer who enjoys photography in his spare time.  In order to provide some inspiration, Mr Hunter  has provided us with some amazing nature photographs that he has captured:

    We are sure that you will agree that those photographs are brilliant.  Please do congratulate Mr Hunter the next time you see him to let him know that you enjoyed looking at his photographs.  If you would like to enter the House Photography Competition, then please submit your entries through your tutor group’s Google Classroom, the closing date for entries is Monday 15th June.

    We look forward to seeing your entries!

    Mr Hardie, Miss Lee and Mrs Ridley.

  • Cuthbert House Newsletter 22 May 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Here is our latest Cuthbert newsletter with all the information and updates about what has been going on for Cuthbert House. Please click on the image below to open the newsletter:

    Have a lovely weekend and as always, stay safe.

    Mr Hardie.

  • Have a great half-term!
    Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to recognise your achievements and to say well-done to everyone who has engaged with their learning over the past few weeks. There have been numerous challenges, but this has to be expected when it is a completely new way of working.  I am very proud of the resilience that you continue to display during these unprecedented times and I am delighted that we have managed to maintain a sense of community, which has been evident through your participation in the various house events.

    Over the last half-term, we have all encountered problems and had to find new and innovative solutions to these problems.  Some of the work that is being produced at home has been outstanding and I would like to draw your attention to just a few examples of what is possible when you put your mind to it:

    Alex – 7 MacKinlay: Outstanding Geography work

    This outstanding piece of work has received excellent comments from numerous teachers.  Just because we are not in school does not mean that we cannot produce outstanding work.  What a fantastic effort!

    Elise – 10 Birdsall: 2nd place in House Cutest Pet Competition

    We received many entries for this competition and the pictures were brilliant.  We had our first ever online vote to decide upon which pets would represent Cuthbert House in the the final.  Elise’s dog won the vote and then came 2nd overall in the final.

    Andrew – 11 Fisher: 1st place in House Easter Egg Competition

    We received some very creative designs for the Easter Egg Competition, but it was Andrew’s Asterix and Obelix eggs that did enough for him to win the competition for Cuthbert House.  An honourable mention must also go to Grace from 10 Birdsall who came 3rd with her entry.

    Supporting NHS staff and other key workers

    Way back at the start of the lockdown, we asked for students to draw rainbows to show support for NHS staff and other key workers.  I was really impressed by just how many students showed their support, but an extra special mention must go to the students in 10 Birdsall, not only for the number of rainbows they created, but also for their artistic interpretations – I wonder who could have influenced them with that!  These rainbows were created by Daniel in 8 Maughan:

    The Great Bede Bake-Off

    The final event that students participated in was The Great Bede Bake-Off.  We won’t find out the results of this competition until after half-term, but the quality of entries was excellent.  My only disappointment was that I could only look at pictures of the creations and didn’t get to taste any of them. In these times when a person has been unable to visit Greggs for several weeks, I found Ben from 8 Haley’s entry particularly cruel!

    There are many new events coming during the next half-term, including the Creative Writing competition which has already been launched and the half-term holiday could prove to be an ideal time to prepare your entry for this competition.  It is really important that you take some time to rest and re-charge your batteries over half-term, but if you still have tasks to complete then please do so, as I do not want there to be any gaps in your learning when we do return to school.

    In the meantime, I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful half-term when it arrives.

    Enjoy!

    Mr Hardie.

  • Year 10 student support survey
    Hello everyone,

    All Year 10 students are requested to complete a short online survey about how they are engaging with their online learning.  The results of this survey will help to identify what additional support students need, so it is important that students complete the survey honestly.  The survey can be found here:

    There will be follow-up meetings during the next half term for students and more details about these will be provided in due course.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie, Miss Lee and Mrs Ridley.

  • Cuthbert House Great Bede Bake-Off Entries (Updated)
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    We have received some fantastic entries for the ‘Great Bede Bake-Off’ competition.  It is just a pity that we can only look at the pictures of the entries and not be able to taste them!

    Check out these fantastic entries:

    Charlie – 7 Read

    Neave – 7 Read

    Ben – 7 Read

    Abigail – 7 Read

    Corrie – 7 Read

    Euan – 7 Read

    Ruby – 7 Read

    William – 7 Read

    Sophie – 7 MacKinlay

    Ben – 8 Haley

    Ian – 8 Haley

    James – 8 Maughan

    Daniel – 8 Maughan

    Lilia – 9 Jolly

    Bridget – 9 Jolly

    Grace – 10 Birdsall

    Andrew – 11 Fisher

    Cory – 11 Fisher

    Alice – VI Drury (Stonebanks)

    Emily – VI Drury (Stonebanks)

    Mrs Read

    Mrs Street

    I am sure that you will join me in congratulating everyone who entered the competition.  The entries have been forwarded to Mr Thelwell, who will announce the winners in due course.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House Great Bede Bake-Off Entries
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    We have received some fantastic entries for the ‘Great Bede Bake-Off’ competition.  It is just a pity that we can only look at the pictures of the entries and not be able to taste them!

    Check out these fantastic entries:

    Charlie – 7 Read

    Neave – 7 Read

    Ben – 7 Read

    Sophie – 7 MacKinlay

    Ian – 8 Haley

    James – 8 Maughan

    Daniel – 8 Maughan

    Lilia – 9 Jolly

    Bridget – 9 Jolly

    Andrew – 11 Fisher

    Cory – 11 Fisher

    Alice – VI Drury (Stonebanks)

    Emily – VI Drury (Stonebanks)

    Mrs Read

    Mrs Street

    I am sure that you will join me in congratulating everyone who entered the competition.  The entries have been forwarded to Mr Thelwell, who will announce the winners in due course.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House Newsletter 7th May 2020
    Hello everyone,

    Here is our latest Cuthbert newsletter with all the information and updates about what has been going on for Cuthbert House. Please pay particular attention to the page on VE day where you can spend some time reading and learning a little bit more about what VE day is and why we celebrate it.

    Have a lovely weekend and as always, stay safe.

    Mr Hardie

  • The Great Bede Bake-Off
    Hello everyone,

    It is now time to start thinking about our next house competition, which is the ‘Bede Bake-off’. To enter, all you need to do is:

    1. Bake a treat for your family
    2. Take a photo of yourself making it
    3. Take a photo of the finished result
    4. Submit the pictures via your Tutor Group’s Google Classroom page

    The best entries will go forward to the final, which will be judged by Mr Thelwell.

    All entries must be made by Monday 18th May.

    We look forward to seeing your entries,

    Mr Hardie, Miss Lee and Mrs Ridley.

  • Cuthbert House Cutest Pet Finalists
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    I am pleased to introduce you to the 3 pets who are representing us in the final of the House Cutest Pet Competition:

    Elise Hay – 10 Birdsall

    Bridget Wood – 9 Jolly

    Grace Legender – 9 Jolly

    Mr Thelwell will be announcing the winners during assembly on Monday morning, let’s hope he likes dogs!

    I look forward to sharing the results with you,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House News Update 1
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    I hope that you are all well and are staying safe.  In order to keep you up-to-date with Cuthbert House related news, we have produced our first ever newsletter.  Please take a few minutes to find out about what’s been happening in Cuthbert House.

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    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House Cutest Pet Vote
    Hello Cuthbert House,

    The entries are in and we now need to decide on the cutest pet from Cuthbert House.  Please look at the images below and vote for your favourite.  The top performing pets will move forward to represent Cuthbert House in the final.

    Voting will close on Monday 4 May, so let’s get voting!

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    I look forward to seeing which pet is voted the cutest,

    Mr Hardie.

  • House mascots are keeping busy
    Good morning everyone,

    I would like to share some images of Timmy, the mascot from VI Drury (Stonebanks) to let you see how Ms Stonebanks has been keeping the Cuthbert House spirit alive.

    Please have a look through the slideshow below to see what Timmy has been up to:

    It would be great to be able to share more images of what the mascots have been up to, so please share them with me and I will share them with the rest of Cuthbert House.

    Thanks,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Eggstraordinary Easter Eggs!
    Hello everyone,

    I am pleased to be able to showcase some of the ‘eggcellent’ entries we have received for the House Easter Egg competition.  The 3 entries below have been sent to Mr Thelwell, who will decide on the winner.  A huge congratulations must go to the following for their efforts:

    Isabelle Tinlin – 8 Maughan

    Grace Brown – 10 Birdsall

    Andrew Mather – 11 Fisher

    A special mention also goes to Mrs Maughan, who created this masterpiece with the help of her grandson:

    Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who participated and I look forward to sharing the results with you all soon.

    Regards,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Happy Easter!
    Good afternoon everyone,

    On behalf of the Cuthbert House team, I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter.  I hope that you are all safe and well and are enjoying spending some quality time with your families.

    Try not to over indulge with the Easter eggs!

    Mr Hardie.

  • Cuthbert House students applaud key workers
    Cuthbert House students were set a challenge earlier in the week to create a rainbow to show their appreciation of NHS staff and other key workers during these difficult times.  It is fair to say that they did not disappoint!

    The tutor group who made the most rainbows was 10 Birdsall.  It is clear to see that Mr Birdsall’s artistic genius has influenced his tutees, who have provided some very creative interpretations. Here are some of the excellent efforts by students in Cuthbert House:

    Well done to everyone who participated, I am delighted with your efforts.

    Have a great Easter,

    Mr Hardie.

  • Showing our support for NHS staff and other key workers
    Good afternoon everyone,

    We have a challenge for you – you may have seen that some people have been creating drawings in support of NHS staff and other key workers. We would like as many students as possible to create their own rainbow image at home to show our support.

    All you need to do is create your image and then upload it in the comments section below. Your tutor will award 1 GOLD mark to each student who participates. The deadline for this is Friday and GOLD marks will be awarded afterwards. The best entries will be selected by your Head of House to be uploaded to the Bede Academy website.

    We look forward to seeing your efforts,

    Mr Hardie, Miss Lee and Mrs Ridley.