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Teaming up to take on Kingswood

60 year 11 pupils attended the Kingswood residential before the Easter holidays to work on their resilience, problem solving and team work as well as study for their up coming exams. Despite the weather and mud we had a fantastic time in the outdoors, climbing, problem solving...
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Egg-cellent Designers

Mrs McDermott in Humanities ran an Easter Painted Egg Competition before the holidays. The theme was Music Superstars: Solo Artists, Musicians, Bands and Groups, and we had some egg-cellent entries! Sandhill View staff voted for the overall winner. Well done to: 1st Charli...
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Eggscellent Easter Fun!

Before Easter holidays we invited our students who had 100% attendance and 100% behaviour ratio down to our outdoor learning space for their Term 2 reward. They enjoyed an Easter egg hunt/quiz, hot chocolate by the camp fire and decorating boiled eggs. While students were...
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Biodiversity, Campfires & Fun at Boggle Hole

Two weeks go saw the return of the annual Geography Residential Trip, this year we returned to YHA Boggle Hole. The weather held off to enable us three days of spring sunshine. The first day students walked along the coastline learning about the history of smuggling in Robin...
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Fire Fighting Phoenixes

Ten year 10 boys had the opportunity to participate in the ASPIRE course last week, facilitated by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist PHOENIX team. The course aimed to cultivate essential skills including resilience, teamwork, communication, leadership,...
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Mental Health with the Mercians

Students in Years 7 – 9  were treated to a live music performance with up and coming Indie band, The Mercians. The Leicester-based band are currently touring UK schools to promote their music and raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of looking after...
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Terrific Triathletes

Students from Year 7 and 8 competed in the Sunderland school games Triathlon. The triathlon consisted of a swim, bike and run. The students raced against other schools and did a fantastic job representing SHV. The students showed great effort, determination and resilience to...
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Beauty and the Beast Enchants Audiences

Last week, over two nights, including two matinée shows to our Primary School friends, and evening performances for guests from our local community, our highly anticipated school production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast hit the stage. Our young actors, band members and stage...
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Fun with Family Cooking

Miss Greenwell has been running family cooking sessions since October, with students taking part alongside family members on Wednesday afternoons. A range of sweet and savoury dishes have been made and students and their families have thoroughly enjoyed cooking together. Students...
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Taking Our Students on a Magic Carpet Ride

Last week we journeyed to ‘a whole new world’ at the Sunderland Empire to see a showing of Disney’s Aladdin with students who were chosen to attend as a reward for consistently completing their English homework to a high standard. It was a fantastic show filled...
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Celebrating British Science Week

Last week was British Science Week, which saw Science Department putting on extra demonstrations and classes as well as linking Science topics across the other subjects in our curriculum to mark the occasion. There was even time for a spectacular bubble practical experiment...
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World Pi Day 2024

To celebrate Pi day, the whole school took part in circle-based activities. From rowing 314m in PE, to instructions on how to make a Spanish pie in MFL, all departments showed how maths is incorporated into so much of everyday life. Students created Pi-ems, made music to the...
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Beauty & The Beast This Week!

This week we’re excited to finally present our school musical with our Performing Arts Department’s rendition of ‘Beauty and the Best.’ Join us in school from TODAY, and Tuesday 19th March at 4:30pm for a magical production of this Disney classic. Our staff and pupils have...
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Sandhill Scholars Consider Criminology

Scholars had the pleasure last week of listening to Professor Hackett from Durham University. He spoke about his work in criminology and sociology which they found fascinating. They became mini sociologists and examined evidence, considering why problems in society may occur....
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Rehearsing For A Tale As Old As Time

As our latest school musical production approaches, we are intensifying rehearsals to perfect the show. Our pupils are working hard and last week began their first dress rehearsals with some of the fantastic costume creations used in the show brought to life for the first time. ...
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Year 10 Enjoy A Maths Feast

Two weeks ago, eight of our Year 10 mathematicians attended the Maths Feast event that was hosted by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme at Sunderland University. They competed as two separate teams of four against teams from several other schools around the North East....
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World Book Day 2024

We love to celebrate World Book Day at Sandhill View as we recognise the importance of instilling a love of reading within our students. World Book Day is an important date in our school calendar as we relish the opportunity to share our love of books and our favourite stories....
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Beauty & The Beast Tickets On Sale Now!

Our school music is now just a few weeks away. On Monday the 18th and Tuesday 19th March our talented cast and crew of young performers will be bringing the Disney Classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to life. You can purchase your tickets now for £2 per adult and £1 per child. Tickets...
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Wates Considers Conviction

Last week, Year 10 and 11 students were given special assemblies by representatives from the Wates Group. In Washington, Wates are involved in the biggest construction project in their 125 year history, by building the new AESC Car Battery Gigafactory which will be operational by...
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Progress Evening Reminder

Year 11 Progress Evening is after school this Wednesday! We encourage all Year 11 parents and carers to attend to support their child.
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ASK About Apprenticeships

Last week, ahead of National Careers Week this week, we had a special workshop with a representative from ASK Amazing Apprenticeships. Year 10 students had the chance to learn a great deal more about apprenticeships, with many of the myths and misunderstanding around them being...
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SHV Ski Looking to Andorra

Our ski trip has been launched for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. There are three scholarship places on offer. To be considered for this fabulous opportunity the students have to write a letter of interest (one side of A4) explaining why they would like to attend the trip and why they...
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Introducing Family Hubs

The Department of Education are providing funding for 75 local authorities to set up family hubs in their areas as part of the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme. Family Hubs aim to Bring together local services and advice for babies, children, young people and their...
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Scholars Take the Pulse of Careers in Health Care

Last week Year 10 Scholar students attended Northumbria University to gain experience in possible career routes in healthcare. It was an incredibly engaging day which saw students learn about opportunities at the university including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and...
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SHV Ski Returns!

Our always popular annual Ski trip to Andorra will be returning next year. Dates have been set for 9th – 15th March 2025. More information will follow in assemblies the week after half term as well as in this blog, so watch this space!
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Bright Spark Brilliance

Last Friday, our fantastic Year 10 mathematicians attended another Bright Sparks event at the Common Room of the North, hosted by the Royal Grammar School. They worked through binomial expansion from first principals and learned how to make use of Pascal’s Triangle to find...
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Year 9 Subject Options Evening Success

Thank you to all of the Year 9 parents who joined us on Wednesday evening last week for our subject options evening 2024. We had a fantastic turn out and it was wonderful to see so many parents and carers joining us to support their child in making the important decisions about...
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From School to Space!

Last week year 10 and 11 Art and Photography students visited Kielder Observatory as part of our Astrophotography partnership.  Kielder Observatory is situated in Kielder Forest under some of the darkest skies in Europe. We arrived in the daylight and were given a tour of the...
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Understanding an Enigma

On Thursday 1st February Mrs McKinnell and ten Year 10 students were invited to spend the morning at Enigma Interactive. Enigma is an award winning digital development agency based in Newcastle; they design and build websites, online services, apps and eCommerce systems. When...
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Lego League

On Tuesday 6th February Mrs McKinnell accompanied five Year 10 students to Nissan to attend the First Lego League Discover and Explore Event. The students had been tasked to build and code a Lego robot which would go around the course to complete a range of tasks. The students...
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A Tale as Old as Time

Our performing arts club students have recently been hard at work on our school’s rendition of the classic Disney musical ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Our production of Beauty and the Beast premieres next month on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March. Don’t miss out on this enchanting...
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Police Awareness on Anti-Social Behaviour

Last week we were joined by representative from Northumbria Police who spoke to Year 10 students discussing the topic of anti-social behaviour, with particular focus on illegal nuisance motorbikes as this is an increasing issue locally. Antisocial use of a vehicle is more than a...
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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Last week in assembly we were joined by a representative from South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trust as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. Our guests spoke to students about the importance of wellbeing and mental health, siting examples such as signer Lewis Capaldi who has...
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National Apprenticeship Week 2024

Last week, we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week in school – an opportunity for students to learn about the world of apprenticeships as a possible future pathway. We had ASK apprenticeships deliver an assembly and workshops to our Year 11 students whilst Year 8, 9 and...
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Exploring Architecture at Farrell

Last week a small group of students from Year 8 and 9 visited the Farrell Centre in Newcastle University. Students visited an interactive contemporary art exhibition called ‘The Architect has Left the Building’. It’s an exhibition revolving around a large-scale...
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IT Exploration with the Altitude Foundation

Altitude Foundation visited Computing classes throughout the day on Friday 26th January delivering engaging physical computing sessions to help develop the student’s coding skills. Altitude Foundation are a charity who support students in Y8-11 to engage with programming,...
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SHV Alumni Inspires Our Scholars

Year 11 and Year 10 Scholars all attended a lecture with a guest speaker last week. Curtis is one of our very own Alumni who graduated SHV in 2013. Curtis is working on a PHD at St Andrews University. He graduated from the university as a Geologist and has been working in this...
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Girls’ Team in Tournament

Last week our girls football squad were on the pitch at Kepier for a local schools’ tournament. The girls played four games at a 7-aside tournament held at Kepier. They managed two wins, one draw and a loss. Mention must go to Amelia Cooney’s excellent technique which led...
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Promoting Positivity

Last week in assembly we were once again happy to welcome back Andy from Wearside Youth for Christ. Andy gave one of his typically animated assemblies about positivity, optimism and hope. After challenging our student volunteers to a tricky task of using chopsticks to lift...
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Myths & Legends with Sandhill Scholars

Scholars and a group of Year 9 students were given a lecture by Oxford University last week. The session involved critical thinking involving the study of Greek Mythology. They listened to stories and looked at artifacts. In addition to this they learnt about Oxbridge and routes...
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Holocaust Memorial Assembly

In last week’s assemblies, students embarked on a poignant journey of reflection, as we commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the six million Jewish people who tragically lost their lives at the hands of the...
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Science Live Workshop

Last week Usmaa from the Royal Institute came back for a second year to present an interactive and engaging show about cells. Year 7 and 8 got to see how diseases spread and how antibodies and vaccines work. Families were then invited to an explosive rocket based show. All shows...
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DesignLab Pizza Perfection

Last Wednesday afternoon students who took part in the DeisgnLab Nation trip to London were rewarded with a Pizza Party and Movie afternoon. For all of their hard work, dedication and maturity, it is only right we treat the students to a celebratory afternoon. Their attitude...
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Astrophotographers

We have partnered with Kielder observatory to offer Year 10 and 11 students a once in a lifetime experience to explore Astrophotography with professional Astronomers and Astrophotographers. We began by attending a Photography lecture where students were introduced to photography...
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SMART Scholars

Scholars students enjoyed another session with Molly from Durham University last week. Molly was talking to the students about SMART targets, how to write them and why they are important. The students spent time looking at examples and then wrote their own SMART targets based on...
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Robotics at Nissan

For the first year Sandhill View entered a team into the VEX Robotics IQ competition held at Nissan. Nine Year 7 students who have been working tirelessly in their lunchtimes to design, build and code a robot went to compete. They held their own competing against 15 other schools...
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Year 10 Progress Evening

Our Year 10 Pupil Progress Evening will take place at Sandhill View Academy on Wednesday 24th January 2023 from 4.00pm to 6.30pm, where subject teachers will be available to discuss your child’s current progress, performance and behaviour for learning. This is an excellent...
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Smashed Live

Last week we were joined by actors from the ‘Smashed Live’ tour. Smashed Live is an inspiring live theatre experience touring schools with interactive workshops for students. Smashed empowers young people to explore the themes raised through a natural fascination with the...
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Healthy Heads in January

January can be a tough time for everyone, including young people. The Health Heads Mental Health Support Team are here to support children and young people who are struggling with Mild-Moderate Mental Health Difficulties. The Healthy Heads Team is a Mental Health Support Team...
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Josh Green Performance

Year 8 took part in a live theatre-style performance by The Riot Act called ‘Josh Green’. This lively presentation gave students the opportunity to explore pedestrian safety, including on public transport, raising awareness of pedestrian dangers such as distractions (phones,...
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