Celebrating our students’ achievements is one of the most important, and one of the most rewarding, things we do at Kingsmeadow. Our Academic Award Evening, held on 16th November, is the biggest and most exciting of our wide range of celebration events and activities. It celebrates the efforts, resilience and achievements of our students for the whole preceding year and is a great opportunity for us to publicly recognise the hard work that our students put into their studies at Kingsmeadow.
The hall was beautifully presented, with table decorations and (almost) festive lighting. A buffet and refreshments welcomed our guests which included students, their families, school staff, governors and the Worshipful Mayor of Gateshead, councillor Pauline Dillon. A stage and lighting set the tone for a very special, memorable occasion for the forty four students who were receiving their awards.
As part of their current project with the driving question ‘Does chocolate have any virtues?’ our Year 8 students and been learning about poverty around the world and how Christian charities respond to poverty. They have studied a charity called The Samaritan’s Purse who carry out an operation called ‘Operation Christmas Child’ which involves sending a wrapped shoebox full of new ‘gifts’ to a child in a country who, as a result of poverty, would not receive a gift this Christmas.
Our REAL Year 8 students responded to this by each class donating gifts or postage money and putting together a shoe box for the appeal. Miss Harris took all 6 boxes to a drop off point in the Metro Centre and our students all went home with a feeling of Pride knowing they’d all been responsible for making a child smile this Christmas.
A reminder that school will be closed to students on Friday 17th and Monday 20th November for staff training days.
School will reopen as normal on Tuesday 21st November. All students are expected to be onsite by 8:30am.