Last week we were fortunate to have WatsonBurton for Yr 12 Sixth form studies session as part of our ongoing links with local employers through the Building My Skills programme.
The law firm offered an excellent presentation including answering student questions and making students away of the dangers of inappropriate content on Social media accounts. This is particularly relevant when evidence suggests 95% of employers will look at candidates online appearance before they interview. Students will be doing follow up tasks on their online appearance to ensure they recognise the dangers and ensure their profiles are suitable for employability in the future.
Simone and Jennifer outlined how they had achieved their current positions and what skills would be beneficial to anyone considering a degree in law.
On Tuesday 28th November as part of the Well Being Day programme HMRC came into school to work with some of Yr 12 and Yr 13 for a morning with a series of workshops and information sessions. Students were given information on paying tax, tax codes, budgeting, interview skills and career advice on the range of jobs available within HMRC. Students were surprised to hear of the breadth of opportunities as well as setting up their digital tax code, which everyone will have in the future.
We will be working with HMRC again in February and they have kindly offered to host interview practice with our Yr 13 students.
On Wednesday December 6th, A Level Art and Design students visited the Illuminating Colour exhibition at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. This is an exhibition of new works by Colin Rennie and Cate Watkinson, and has been the part of a collaboration between, Durham, Oxford and Sunderland Universities. The work has been inspired and stimulated by a collaborative and interdisciplinary project called;
which is about the work of the 12th Century Bishop Monk and polymath, Robert Grosseteste, whose thinking was exceptionally advanced for its time.
A staggering one in three children are classed as living in poverty and the prospect of purchasing Christmas presents can be daunting or simply unachievable for families in need. The Mission Christmas campaign aims to provide every disadvantaged local child with a present to open on Christmas morning, allowing them to still believe in the magic of Christmas.
Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy are now a registered drop off point for Metro Radios Mission Christmas and we welcome staff, students, parents and the wider community to get involved.
To take part, just follow these simple steps…
- Hit the shops and pick up a fantastic present suitable for children aged 0-18 years.
- Drop your gift off at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy reception – there’s no need for wrapping! We’ll make sure it gets delivered in time for Christmas morning.
Enjoy Christmas knowing that you have made a real difference in a child life.
Thanks and Merry Christmas,
On Thursday 16th November Lord Lawson played host to our 3rd annual academy awards where we paid tribute to the achievements of our students from year 7 through to year 13, with the sports hall transformed into a venue fit for an Oscar ceremony, complete with expectant award winners.
There were over 150 students present along with parents/guardians, teachers, representatives from the governing body and partners of the academy to celebrate many successes ranging from 100% attendance to exam achievement to resilience in Education to community awards and subject awards. The students who attended have demonstrated the Lord Lawson 5R’s+1 learning behaviours throughout their time at the academy and it was fantastic to see such commitment on display.
The entertainment for the evening was provided by our 6th Form performing arts students whose magnificent performance was a pleasure to behold and left the audience’s appetite whetted in exectation for this years academy performance of CAT’s.
A huge well done goes to the students who received awards and performed, along with staff who made the evening one which will live long in the memory.
Alex Rayner (Assistant Principal)
BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. As a school Lord Lawson has always supported the charity.
Sixth form again led the fundraising for Children in Need at Lord Lawson with our annual Fancy dress and loose change collection. Students and Sixth form staff paid £1 to wear Fancy dress. It was great to see so many students involved and several tutor groups or groups of friends, adopting a theme. We had everything from Flamingos to inflatable dinosaurs and from Jesus to super heroes.
We have raised more than £423.83
Last Tuesday Mrs Jacobsen and Miss Robinson welcomed 22 excited Primary school pupils from five of our cluster schools; Kibblesworth, Ravensworth, Barley Mow, Birtley East and Portobello for a singing workshop in preparation for the Birtley Winter Festival that takes place at the Cenotaph on Friday 24th November at 4.30pm.
The pupils were hugely enthusiastic and excited as they rehearsed some of our Christmas favourites and certainly gave lots of seasonal spirit, despite it being early November! They will surely set the Winter festival off with a brilliant atmosphere next week!
Students from organisations such as Scouts, Girl Guiding, Army cadets, Air cadets, St John Ambulance and Police Cadets took part in Lord Lawson’s Remembrance Service to remember the lives lost in past, and present conflict. Veterans from the Birtley Fellowship of the Services joined us in parade. HM Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear was also present for the duration of the service.
All students taking part had a vital role to play today, some in particular showed an outstanding commitment to deliver well rehearsed readings, lead the parade (of both students and veterans), lay wreaths, and bear a standard. The readings in particular played tribute to and thanked all of our fallen soldiers.
The service began at 10.40, with the parade marching up and standard bearers in front. Cadet CpL Sam Dawson led the wreath laying, following on by Poppy Orton, Ryan Wittanstall, and Rowan Henderson, and then any other guests who wished to do so. We were played a beautiful Last Post, and Revielle by our very talented David Ord on his bugle, before singing the National Anthem. Alex Moody, an Army Cadet, performed fantastically well today, leading all cadets and students through parade.
The students planned and delivered the whole service with the help of a member of staff. Students were incredibly respectful in the run up and during the service, helped each other, and have shown just how tremendous they truly are. HM Deputy Lieutenant made numerous comments regarding the standard and quality of all students involved today. A very well done to all students, and a huge thank you to any student and staff member who have all pulled together to help today’s service run.
Miss K Taylor