When we changed our uniforms at the start of the year, we decided to donate old items to the charity Team Kenya.
Our uniforms were sent to a school in Ndhiwa, in the west of the country.
Colleagues from Longbenton High School had the opportunity to visit the area and observed a number of students wearing our uniforms.
Thank you to all of the students and parents who donated.
Friday the 13th brought Children in Need and the Sixth Form Spinathon, Year 12 against Year 13, all in support of Lucy Wox a previous Year 11 student who was completing the BBC One Rickshaw Challenge.
So 09:20 came and the Spinathon began. Each year group had different cyclists in each 10 minute slot of the school day. Year 13 took an early lead with some apparently keen cyclists, until a student withdrew with a bout of unexpected sickness. Then along came the Year 12 future Olympian with a burst of 42 mph which took Year 12 into the lead. While all this was going on the donations were flying in and the total was pushing £2000.
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A cheque was presented to Matthew Court for £560 for the ‘East African Playground’ charity.
Matthew is an ex-students who took a gap year in 2012 to travel to the Jinja region of Uganda to work for the charity for a year and help build playgrounds.
He is set to return in the summer of 2015 and needs to raise £700-£1000 for the charity. He will pay for his own flights, other travel and his accommodation will be school classrooms for four weeks.
Over the next week the Senior Students will be around school selling daffodil pin badges for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Get involved with the daffodil appeal and support terminally ill people and their families by looking out for the yellow box that will be around school in registration, break and lunch time.
The art department are collaborating with Groundwork North East & Cumbria to produce a set of tiled mosaic artworks to be used in a garden at Wansbeck hospital.
We would like to invite any student from any year group to take part in this project (which will run on Thursdays after school for 5 weeks).
This is an excellent opportunity to work with a charity and develop some new artistic skills.
Speak to Mr Connor in Art if interested.
Students and staff took part in a Charity walk to raise awareness and funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.
We have a sixth form student who has recently been diagnosed that we wanted to support and so far over £3,000 has been raised.
The 55 students and 16 staff walked from Blyth to Tynemouth on Sunday 14th December along the 9 mile coastline.
Five Year 9 Social & Ethical Studies classes were so inspired by a guest talk given by a Rwandan refugee survivor, that they decided to help out.
They all brought in one item of clothing or new toiletries to be donated to the West End Refugee Service (WERS) based in Newcastle.
This week, the 11 bags of clothes and toiletries will be delivered to their stores in time for Christmas.