On Friday 27th January twenty-six brave year seven students took part in the annual Lord Lawson Academy Year 7 Spelling Bee.
Each student took turns battling spellings for complex words, and as the rounds progressed, the words became much more challenging at difficulty levels surpassing previous spelling bee events and ultimately leaving only two students standing.
The year’s winner is Katie-May Eastland of Fleet house block, who triumphantly takes the Spelling Bee Champion title from last year’s winner Jennifer Stead also of Fleet.
Owen Haygarth, another Fleet student, who kept calm under pressure performed admirably throughout the competition and was this year’s runner up.
Congratulations to both Katie and Owen for an excellent battle.
Thank you to all students who participated. It was wonderful to see such commitment to and enthusiasm for the event.
During Enrichment last Wednesday our Reading Champions were treated to an afternoon of Japanese Manga drawing. Andy and Sandra from Gateshead Central Library generously gave up their time to come into school and talk about all things Manga related, including the huge choice on offer of this popular genre.
In Japan, people of all ages read manga. These colourful comics appeal to boys, girls, teens and adults. One of the features of the comics is that- in keeping with the Japanese originals – they are printed backwards.
They appeal to so many because they are more accessible for readers, and in the Japanese style of storytelling, they actually speak to the reader.
Experts Sandra and Andy also hosted a drawing masterclass where students got creative and had a go at drawing some popular manga characters. Even our student teachers couldn’t resist getting involved and showing off their talents!
Students were resilient and keen to build and improve on their artwork, resulting in work being praised and judged, and prizes given for the best three.
Well done and thanks to all on this enjoyable event!
For fans of manga and new-comers to the genre, Gateshead Library have a large selection of manga books to try.
Also at Gateshead Library is ‘Anime Attacks’, an event this Saturday 22 October, celebrating all things Japanese – arts, crafts, music fashion, food, games for all to enjoy.
This December staff were treat to a festive array of tasty Christmas delicacies through a competition devised by our Reading Champions.
Students across Key Stage three were asked to be creative in designing, baking and descriptive writing in a ‘bake off’ style competition. The winners would receive a fantastic hamper of Christmas reading containing books from authors such as Michael Morpurgo and Suzanne Collins.
Judging was difficult as the entries were all of a very high standard, and so beautifully crafted. Much thought had gone into the design of the cookies as well as the descriptions that accompanied them. The judging panel had a mammoth task in deciding the winners, but after much cogitation and deliberation two winners were declared, Jacqueline Duncan and Abby Harris.
Our thanks go to the Reading Champions for overseeing the competition and to all of our wonderful students who took the time to participate. Each student has shown incredible resourcefulness in researching their ingredients and recipes and a certain flair for culinary creativity.
Congratulations to Eve Lowery 7JPN who is winner of our Year 7 LRC Halloween Competition.
Eve’s spectacularly spooky short story has spread the spirit of Halloween across the Academy.
To be spooked by Eve’s story read on or call into the LRC to see this story on display.
“On October 31st, Katie Steel didn’t want to go trick or treating. She wasn’t in the mood. Instead she had a nice, warm bubble bath. With the shower curtain round, she couldn’t see anything behind it when, all of a sudden, she heard something rummaging around in the cabinet under the sink. Katie wasn’t scared of anything! She stood up and grabbed her towel to put around her. She tentatively pulled the shower curtain aside and…she found her best friend Emma sitting on the sink.
But it wasn’t the ordinary Emma, it was the ghost of Emma. “Hi” Emma said. Katie blinked and rubbed her eyes. “E-E-Emma w-what h-happened to you?” Emma said “I don’t know. One minute I’m asleep, the next minute I can walk through walls!” Emma replied. “Are you d-dead?” Katie asked. “Well I did find a lot of blood on my chest when I woke up.” Emma exclaimed. “WHAT!?” Did you get stabbed or something? Katie asked.
Suddenly Emma started to vanish. “WOAH!” Emma screamed. Then, Emma had gone! Katie called “EEMMAA!? Silence.
Katie fell onto her knees and started crying uncontrollably. “Nooo! She’s gone!!!! Katie thought and hoped it must all be a dream. She closed her eyes and thought of unicorns and rainbows. As she opened her eyes she found a note on the floor. It read ‘Dear Katie, as you have seen, Emma is now dead. Don’t worry you will be next. I’ll kill you too’………..”
As part of the Year 6 parents opening evening our Reading Champions were asked to produce a short opening to a story. The story was based on the first chapter of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.
Here are the winning results
Imagine you were Lucy entering the wardrobe for the first time and discovering Narnia. What can you see? What can you hear? Who do you meet?
Well done to
Sophie Ovington 7SPS
Alicja Szymkowiak 7SH
Please read the winning entries below
Miss Leigh/Mrs Bell
Our super six students, Harvey Williams 7BG, Eve Brunskill 7 SSY, Harriet Wellington Brown 7SSY, Jennifer Wilson 7AROB, Caitlin Burrell 7 AROB and Morgan Cutter 7JMN have been carrying out some paired reading with the students at Ravensworth Primary School.
This involved reading with Reception students to Year 5. Our students demonstrated all of the 5R’s. They were also patient, kind and very encouraging to the younger readers.
Congratulations and well done to our students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who have each read well over ONE MILLION words since September 2014!
Last Friday the students met in the LRC to be presented with their certificates, cupcakes and prizes, in recognition of their outstanding contribution and positive attitude towards reading.
Who was LLOB’s favourite author?
Year 7 students were asked to vote on their favourite author telling us why these authors are so popular. Students were asked to enter competitions based on these popular authors.In the ‘blue corner’ we had David Walliams. This award winning author and TV personality has sold millions of copies and is a firm favourite. In the ‘red corner’ we have Jacqueline Wilson. She has sold over 35 million copies of her