New logo

Logo RBG

We’re excited to announce that The Three Rivers Learning Trust brand has had a transformation to give it a more modern feel. Over the coming months you’ll see this logo replace the existing one on letterheads and other documentation.

There will also be a new website, containing all of the information about the Trust and the schools who are part of it.

This week Mr Young shares his top 3 favourite books

My 3 favourite books are The Great Gatsby, Brideshead Revisited and Bright Lights, Big City.

All 3 share the same story of a young, likeable hero drawn into a society that is above them in some way but which intrigues and excites and then ultimately spits them out into the real world with a new perspective born of their experience.

Flowers for Algernon

flowers of algernonThis week’s book recommendation is from Mr Astbury:

The book I recommend is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

The story begins with the concept that Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told as a series of progress reports written by a man named Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled. The book uses some words to describe Charlie that are no longer deemed acceptable but you have to put that aside as a show of time and not a modern author being insensitive. It employs a very clever use of literacy that you only have to read the first few chapters to understand and appreciate.

Wreath Making

Thank you to everyone who attended the Wreath Making Event on Monday. We raised over £800 for the PTFA.

The Christian festival of Advent

Nick Rowark 2016Chaplain to King Edward VI school in Morpeth, Nicholas Rowark presents a series of Podcasts exploring religious festivals and their meaning for us today.

The Sense of an Ending

TheSenseofanEndingThis week’s book recommendation is from English teacher Ms McKay:

I recommend ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2011, ‘The Sense of an Ending’ is a book I’ve read three times now. It is narrated by Tony Watson, a man in his sixties, who reflects back on previous events of his life, and in particular one key event involving a lost love and a recently acquired diary. What begins as a seemingly ordinary look back at school and teenage memories quickly becomes something much more interesting and mysterious. It is a novella about the ambiguity of memory and self-reflection. Prompted by hearing about the suicide of an old school friend Tony begins to question his irresponsible actions as a teenager and discovers a terrible tragedy which is both shocking and difficult for us as readers to understand exactly who was responsible.