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SHV Student Running Her Way Into The Top 10

Well done to Lexi Brown who has been selected to run for county Durham in the inter counties rounds of the school cross country championships. Lexi recently represented Sandhill View Academy and Wearside last Saturday and finished an amazing 7th out of 74 runners....
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New Music Clubs Sound Out

We saw the introduction of some brand-new music clubs to our roster of performing arts activities that students can enjoy during and after school. This includes a drumming club, a beginners guitar club and a keyboard club, available to all students who wish to tune up their...
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Polish Pencil Pals

Students in 7A and 7B had the exciting opportunity to share work with a Polish Pen Pal from Kaska Szkola School in Opolu. Students created portraits inspired by artist Julian Opie and shared their hobbies, pets and brief information about themselves. Students from both schools...
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Autumn Term Activities Day 2022

Just before the Christmas break, students had the chance to take part in a roster of interesting and exciting activities both in and away from school as part of our Activities Award Day for the Autumn Term. Students had the chance to enjoy trips to the Christmas Markets in...
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Careers in Geography Week

Careers in Geography saw pupils become part of the Immediate Response Team in Nepal in charge of making on the spot decisions of where and when to send relief and rescue teams during the disastrous earthquake there in 2015. Pupils worked in groups to decide which...
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Sandhill Scholars Investigate Newcastle University

Scholars’ students have had a very busy week! They spent a day at Newcastle University where they experienced lectures in actual lecture theatres, looked around the campus to see what it would be like to study and live there and had a lovely lunch time in the city...
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Cross Country Champs

Sandhill View students put their running trainers on to take part in the Sunderland Cross Country championships. It was a very cold wintery morning but that didn’t stop our student’s effort and determination. All the runners performed well, and we had students who...
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It’s Christmas!

We get into the Christmas mood today by holding special Christmas assemblies for all year groups. The assemblies involved Christmas based carols and performances from our school choir and Performing Arts department. Keep an eye out for our first blog of the new year for more...
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The Spirit of Giving

We will be supporting our local community food bank again this year for those families who would benefit from a little extra support this winter. Staff and students have already started to generously donate tinned items to go towards this cause.  We are also working...
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Freaky Forensics with Sandhill Scholars

Scholars were exposed to the life of a forensic scientist, looking at a crime scene, collecting evidence and analysing it. They had the luxury of taking their own fingerprints and designing a key ring souvenir. Lots of fun had by all!
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Field to Fork

The Eco Team as we celebrated World Soil Day on the 5th December. We discussed the importance of soil and looked at how we can be more sustainable in our growing methods to build a healthier soil. Students have also picked Brussel Sprouts to be used in the Christmas dinner, which...
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Year 7 Progress Evening Success

We welcomed in Year 7 parents and carers for an after school catch-up with tutors. This was their first chance to hear directly from the people that educate their children how they are performing in each subject as well as their strengths and areas for improvement. Face-to-face...
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Celebrating Christmas Jumper Day

We took part in Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day. Pupils were asked to attend school wearing a suitably seasonal jumper alongside their usual school uniform as well as make a voluntary donation to the charity. Thank you to everyone that got into the festive spirit...
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SETA on Engineering

We were joined in a special assembly by Seta. Seta is a long-established, not-for-profit engineering and business training provider based in Northeast England. They deliver accredited, industry recognised training, including apprenticeships, up to an advanced level particularly...
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Riot Act on Road Safety

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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Terrific Trampolining

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 competed in the Sunderland schools Trampoline competition. All of our students performed well and made Sandhill View proud. Our KS3 boys came first and KS3 girls second in the intermediate team category. All the students showed great sportsmanship and...
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Sandhill Scholars

The scholars were greeted by Izzy from Newcastle University who spoke to them about what a degree in Politics would be like and the requirements to study at Newcastle. They also completed their very own debate at the end of the session.
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SHV Girls Make Their Dodgeball Debut

Girls form Year 7 and 8 travelled to Monkwearmouth for the Sunderland School Games Dodgeball competition. They competed against several teams from Oxclose, St Anthony’s, Kepier and Argyle House. This was the first competition some of our students had attended. The girls did...
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Wear Here for You

We were visited by one of the fleet of buses that have taken to the roads of our local area as part of an ambitious plan to transform mental health support for young people over the next five years. The programme, known as ‘Wear Here for You’ includes creating a safe space for...
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The Power of Science

The Royal Institute descended on Sandhill View to inspire and entertain the students and community by telling a story of power. Multiple demonstrations of fire and loud bangs helped to engage and spark students’ imaginations. The experiments performed told the story of...
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Keeping Children Safe Online with Northumbria Police

Exposure to online pornography and violent material from a young age can lead a child to seek out more extreme content, including images of children who are being sexually abused. Police nationally are seeing a rise in this activity.   This year, Northumbria Police have...
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New Displays Brighten Our Building

Our school building is looking much more colourful this term thanks to yet more displays along our corridors. Our design team have been hard at work creating bespoke educational displays that have just been installed by our site team in locations across the school. These wall to...
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Art That’s On Point

In our artist workshop, Year 9 pupils learnt how to do drypoint etchings using tools to scratch into plastic to copy some of the patterns and pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels. Shiori Naruse brought a printing press into school and we printed our own etchings using different...
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Enriching Drama

Following the huge success of Matilda The Musical last July we are ‘dramatically’ back at work here at Sandhill View. The Performing Arts Enrichment Group, led by Mr. Sanderson and our West End Superstar practitioner Katie Brace, have been working on a new...
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Myths & Legends with Sandhill Scholars

Scholar students were delighted to hear from Hannah again, all the way from Oxford university. The students received a student taster session on Greek Mythology. It was very interesting and was fabulous to see the students look so excited about the interesting stories and...
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Teach Meet 2022

We participated in our annual ‘Teach Meet’ event at Southmoor Academy during staff training, where Sandhill View staff joined their colleagues from Southmoor Academy to host insightful discussions on the teaching and education of pupils across the Academy Trust. This year’s event...
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New Head Students Elected

We celebrated the democratic process by electing our new Head Students for the rest of the academic year. Every pupil was given their chance to cast their vote from a list of candidates and we are delighted to announce that this year’s representatives are Lara Dickson and Callum...
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A Touch of Frost for the Eco Team

Temperatures have certainly dropped, the polytunnel thermometer reading -1.1 recently! The Eco Team have planted their first tree of the 2022-2023 tree planting season, around the forest classrooms.   Students have also begun splitting the exiting rhubarb crown in the...
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Sandhill View at the Sixth Form!

The Sixth Form at Southmoor welcomed a group of our Year 11 students for a sixth form taster day. Students had the chance to see what our sixth form can offer. This includes not only the facilities available to them but also a chance to try out some of the...
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New Aspire Hub Opens its Doors

The Aspire Hub officially opened. Our Key Stage 4 pupils told us they wanted a quiet area in which they could study and boy did we deliver! We have re-fitted the old motorvoc room, transforming it into a warm, inviting and purposeful learning space. The Aspire Hub has also become...
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Poems for the Planet Winners

We announced the winners of the Poems for the Planet competition that we launched following the National Poetry Day lessons in English and Geography. This year the theme was the environment and students were asked to write their own poems that encourage others to act on the...
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Examining A&E with Sandhill Scholars

Scholars this have been finding out about working in A&E. They spent time looking through what 24hours would look like in this section of a hospital they were challenged to consider what treatments an A&E doctor might carry out to assist people in need. They had some...
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A Big Book Buzz

Year 7 and 8 received their very own book as a gift from the school through the Book Trust Bookbuzz programme. This year we are encouraging students to use their Bookbuzz book to take part in a Sponsored Readathon for the charity Read for Good. Read for Good help to raise money...
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Printing Perfection with Year 7

Two Year 7 classes worked with a visitor from the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. They learnt about the Lindisfarne Gospels and made their own versions of illuminated letters inspired by drawings reflecting their emotions. We even got to handle some real objects, like calf hide...
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Careers Fair 2022

Our annual Careers Fair was held in school once again for our pupils. Students had the opportunity to speak to a vast range of employers, educational providers and training providers including Milltech, Seta, Liebherr, Hays, all sections of our armed forces, a large variety of...
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Investigating Lindisfarne at the Laing

Students in Year 9 went on a trip to the Laing Art Gallery. This trip is to support their practical workshops with Shoiri Narause in response to the Lindisfarne Gospels. Students started off with some activities in Newcastle City Library discussing storytelling, then moved onto...
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Crime Solving Sandhill Scholars

Students had the pleasure of meeting Professor Hackett yesterday from Durham University. He discussed with them what a degree in Sociology and Criminology would obtain, how they themselves could get there and told some fabulous stories of how he found himself inspired to go into...
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Autumn Term Key Dates

To help build communication between home and school, we have created a leaflet full of the key dates between now and the end of our Autumn Term in December. Please take the time to read it as it may have important information for you on upcoming in-school events. There is...
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Autumn in Full Swing for Our Eco Team

Autumn is in full swing, and the Eco Team have been harvesting some of the cabbages and the last of the pumpkins. As the nights draw in now is the perfect time to plant garlic, as garlic needs one to two months of cold temperatures for the bulb to form cloves. Students have...
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Commemorating Remembrance Together

Students have been commemorating Remembrance Day together. In assembly Miss Jobes spoke to students of why we recognise Remembrance Day each year and shared some of the inspiring stories of bravery and heroism of those who have given their lives at war protecting our way of life....
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Poppy Appeal Begins

Members of our student council have started to collect donations from staff and students for our annual poppy appeal. We have also begun to work on a school-wide project where students will help us build and decorate a model cenotaph as a place to centre our respects as a school...
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Lindisfarne Gospel Art Project

Year 9 students started their workshop project with artist Shiori Naruse. Students are responding to the Lindisfarne Gospels which have returned to the North East and are on display at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle until December. Students were taught a range of different...
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Sandhill Scholars Examine Medical Professions

Scholars students received a lecture from a representative of Newcastle University. They were learning what was involved in the medical profession and how they themselves could get there. The students enjoyed playing the role of a doctor by practicing CPR, listening to heart rate...
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Engineering in Nissan

A group of Year 10 students had a tour of Nissan with the aim of being introduced to an engineering problem. They now have the opportunity to come up with a solution to the problem and present it to Nissan in June.
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Student Enjoy a Half Term London Adventure

Over the half term, students from Years 9-11 experienced a four day trip to London. Students had a fun packed itinerary visiting landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. The following day they immersed...
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Treat Over Trick This Halloween

Halloween is a great night for children to get dressed-up and go trick and treating. For a group of 6 friends it was no different. Owen Stephenson, Jaden Barnett, Riley Walton, Charlie Johnson, Poppy Snowdon and Abigail Buck went out to enjoy the festivities and collect lots...
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Eco Team Back at Work in the Garden

Before half term, the Eco Team have been working extremely hard preparing the garden and polytunnel for Autumn and Winter. Members have also completed a session on tree identification and health checks on the existing trees that were planted last year. Members of the Eco Team...
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Academy Trust Derby

To celebrate the start of a new football season, our Year 11 students hosted a warm-up friendly Trust derby before half term against their counterparts from our sister school, Southmoor Academy. Our lads had a wonderful and friendly game that also managed to...
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Before half term, Year 7 and 8 students took part in a Mental Health Workshop with IF You Care Share. During these sessions students explored the importance of looking after your physical and mental health in order to be the best that you can be, they discussed strategies we can...
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Careers in Art

For Art Careers week we have been exploring the work of local street artist Frank Styles and have encouraged students to try and spot his artwork around the area when they are out and about with their families and friends over half term. We have also talked about the importance...
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