A REAL Learning Experience – Sikh Gurdwara Visit

Our year 7 REAL students had the opportunity to visit and have a guided tour around Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Newcastle last week. This was an amazing enrichment opportunity designed to motivate and inspire our pupils, enabling them to get a better understanding of the subjects they were studying.

As religion is weaved into the fabric of our society, and has been for many centuries, providing REAL opportunities for our students to experience and learn about the different religious groups within our local community can help us to enhance and engender a more tolerant society for us all.

The students and staff were treated to a kind, friendly and informative welcome from our Sikh guide, Mr Cloud Singh who took us around the Gurdwara, gave us all a drink and a biscuit in the langar hall (which he explained that the Sikh community believe that serving others is their way of serving God) and allowed our students to ask questions about the Sikh community, the role of the Gurdwara and the Sikh faith and rituals.

We are proud to be able to report that he commented on the respectful behaviour and eloquent speaking from our students and that he was delighted to be able to give them an insight into their Sikh faith. The Gurdwara was a wonderful place to see and our students benefited greatly from this ‘REAL’ experience.

Does Chocolate Have Any Virtues?

Our year 8 students are coming to the end of their first REAL project this year which has had the driving question, ‘Does Chocolate Have Any Virtues?’ As part of their authentic outcome, they have arranged a pop-up shop in our social area in school at break time, three time a week.

Christmas Concert

Kingsmeadow hosted its first annual Christmas concert last week, showcasing a wide range of talent from our students. Musical performances were interspersed with drama performances from our youth theatre group and the evening was topped off with a performance by our teachers band!

A huge thank you to all of our performers and to everyone who bought a ticket and came along to support on the night. Special thanks should be given to Miss Tindall for organising and facilitating the event.