Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Skipping Festival

Kepier were delighted today to host a skipping festival for primary school children from across the region, organised by our School Games Organiser Dave Birch and Chris Corcoran from Skipping School Ltd.

This event, as well as being lots of fun for all those taking part, is a wonderful way for children to engage in physical activity and get fit. Around 150 children took part, and this was the first of seven events taking place over the next ten days in Sunderland and Washington, by which time over 1000 children will have enjoyed participating.

Chris said "for the eighth year running, I continue to be amazed with the continuing increase in skill levels and all round fun aspect of this project. The winners today were Easington Lane Primary School, who now go through to the city final on Friday 9th June at the CitySpace Sports Hall on Chester Road."

Friday, 24 March 2017

Young Achievers Award

Mitchell, from Year 7 at Kepier, was nominated for a Young Achievers Award, in the category of Personal Achievement. Mitchell has maintained a positive attitude to school despite some challenging situations over the last few months.  At the awards ceremony last night, he was awarded the Highly Commended category for Personal Achievement.  Kepier are extremely proud of Mitchell and wish to congratulate him on this fantastic success.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

If U Care Share

One of our Year 9 Tutor Groups decided that they wanted to raise money for a local charity, and did so by running a confectionery stall. Each learner picked a charity that meant something to them for whatever reason, and these were put into a hat for the beneficiary to be drawn.

The winning charity was 'If U Care Share' a local charity that helps people who have been affected by suicide bereavement. Our donation is going to help support their work with families who have been affected by such a terrible event.

The amount raised was £41.38, and David Brown, Fundraising and Events Manager of the charity said "the funds raised by the students will go directly to support our 'Support After Suicide Service', and their donation will provide up to ten people with packs to aid sleep and relaxation, something those bereaved often struggle with. Initially the charity was started by three young people and we are always inspired by the hard work and dedication young people are willing to put in to bring about positive change in their communities." For more information on what If U Care Share Foundation does visit their website at www.ifucareshare.com

Monday, 6 March 2017

World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day, and as always Kepier have celebrated this event with a week long literature festival.

The theme this year was 'Out of this World', and on Thursday staff and learners were encouraged to dress up as their favourite character to fit this theme. As well as this, Miss Hall, our Literacy Lead,
spoke in assemblies to remind learners how literature and reading can take you 'out of this world; ran literacy workshops throughout the week; and we had a 'Drop Everything and Read' session on Thursday, when all our Key Stage 3 learners spent one lesson reading a book of their choice.

With the modern world offering an ever increasing range of leisure activities for young people, we feel it important to remind children of the pleasures of reading, together with the benefits it brings, and the week long literacy festival is a fun way of doing that.