On Friday 26th January Police Community Support Officer Darren Miles visited Staindrop Academy to deliver a presentation to year 9 and 10 students highlighting the importance of online safety. The presentation focused on the dangers of online grooming, as part of this presentation students were shown a film called “Kayleigh’s Love Story”, a true story of a 15 year old girl who was groomed online. The presentation also focused on Child Sexual Exploitation; making it clear to students what this is, how it could affect them, the signs to look out for and where to go for help and advice if they have any questions. PCSO Darren Miles will be returning to Staindrop Academy to deliver presentations to year 7 and 8 students about how to stay safe online during the course of this term.
What is Girls Active?
Staindrop Academy has recently been accepted to take part in a nationwide campaign to increase involvement of girls in physical activity. The campaign is called Girls Active and it supports schools to understand what motivates girls to take part in physical activity. It enables teachers to work with the girls – through consultation and leadership – to make the necessary changes to their physical education (PE), sport and physical activity provision. We have already completed over 100 questionnaires from our KS3 girls which will generate a report that will be sent to us to determine the barriers that are specific to the girls of Staindrop Academy.
Over the next few weeks we will be recruiting girls to form our G.L.A.M squad who will meet regularly, discuss ideas and create an action plan to engage more girls in physical activity. At the beginning of February we will receive our report, generated from our questionnaires, to give us an insight into which areas we can develop further within our department. We have had a great start to the academic year with participation at after school clubs and results for our teams, but our overall aim is to get everyone more involved in the activities we offer. Physical activity is very important for overall health and well-being; research has shown pupils with better health and wellbeing achieve better academically with more effective social and emotional competencies.
Year 11 parents evening is Monday 22nd January. Appointments can be made using Parentmail. We are looking forward to seeing you to discuss your child’s progress during the final months of their secondary education.
Any problems ring or email Miss fowler.
Our girls played their first netball games of the season on Wednesday against Sedgefield.
The year 8 girls played very well for their first game back but they unfortunately lost 12-1 against a very strong team. Sedgefield selected Tia Race as Staindrop’s player of the match for her performance- well done Tia!
The year 7 girls had an amazing first ever game together. Everyone played their part and done the PE Department and whole school proud. The Sedgefield teacher praised the girls for the talent they showed throughout the game. The opposing team selected Rosie Redfearn as ‘player of the match’ for her brilliant performance as shooter in a 19-4 win- well done Rosie!
Thank you so much for the gift donations so far for Cash for Kids. We will be dropping all gifts off on Fri 22nd Dec! The gifts need to be new, unwrapped and suitable for children ages between 0-18 years old. Thank you again for your support!
As part of our Christmas celebrations, Years 7 and 8 will be walking down to St Mary’s Church in Staindrop for the Academy’s annual Christmas service. The service will be held on Tuesday 19th December, 13.20 – 14.20. The programme for the afternoon will include the Reverend K Steventon addressing the students, some of our students performing readings and all students singing carols. The Academy extends an invitation to all parents and carers of Y7 and 8 to this event and would welcome your attendance.
We are once again looking forward to this lovely annual event within the Academy’s calendar and hope to have every student in Years 7 and 8 attendance. All students will be back in time to catch transport home. Any donations to St Mary’s church will be welcome.
Assemblies this week have been held by Mr. Gibbon, with a focus on anti-bullying.
Take a look at the PowerPoint here if you would like more information.