Friday, 19 December 2014


Six of our Year 10 and 11 learners were chosen to represent SAFC at the above competition, held at Wembley Stadium. Accompanied by Miss Booth and Miss Wardle, the girls had a long weekend in the capital, and were also lucky enough to watch the England Ladies’ team play the German Ladies, and despite seeing England lose 3 - 0 they had a fantastic day.

In the competition itself, which saw 31 teams from across the country taking part, SAFC beat Crystal Palace 3 - 0, defeated Birmingham and Exeter 4 - 0 and 6 - 3 respectively, and drew 3 - 3 with Tottenham Hotspur. This put SAFC level on points with Tottenham, and the resulting penalty shootout saw Erika Warren make two great saves to see SAFC through to the quarter finals.

Here, SAFC played Manchester City, and great goals from Brittany and Poppy resulted in a 4 - 0 scoreline, which was not as comfortable as it may look on paper as Chantelle in goal pulled off several tremendous saves.

Facing Crawley Town in the semi-finals, the game was goalless at full time and sadly SAFC lost the resulting penalty shootout. Crawley went on to win the competition, whilst SAFC finished in third place after defeating Bristol City 3 - 0 in their final match.

I’m sure you will agree that this was a wonderful performance by all involved, who can feel very proud of themselves.

Friday, 21 November 2014


Since 2009 Gentoo have held ‘Genfactor’, a talent competition which gives schoolchildren across Sunderland the opportunity to showcase their talents, be it singing, dancing or comedy. ‘Genfactor’ is something Kepier have been involved with heavily over the years as in the early stages Dave Brennan, our Community Development and Marketing Manager was involved in the organisation and promotion of it, and Kepier have in the past held some of the auditions for the show.

This year, two acts from Kepier made it through to the final at The Sunderland Empire on Wednesday 19th November from the hundreds that entered – ‘Supersonic’, a five piece band with influences of Green Day and Fall Out Boy and Connor, a solo guitarist who plays his own take on anything from modern pop to timeless classics. Despite not winning the event both acts received fulsome praise from the judges, and should be proud of making it through to the finals. Well done!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Remembrance Day

"This year's commemorations have been particularly poignant with it being one hundred years since the start of the Great War. Learners in Year 7 started their study of the First World War last year on the 28th of June to mark the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo 100 years ago. This week, assemblies focused on how the conflict has been remembered across the country throughout history. In the school the two minutes silence was perfectly observed by both learners and staff. One learner, Jonathon travelled down to London during half term to help plant poppies at the Tower of London."

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Class Act

Last week we had a theatrical group called 'Team Players Theatre Company' come into school to perform a show entitiled 'Super Cyber Safe' aimed at our Year 7 - 9 Year groups around subjects such as the use of social media, trolling, uploading inappropriate photos, leaving mobiles and laptops logged on, etc.

The feedback from our learners was extremely positive, and the performance was both fun and interactive, very important with these age groups. Comments included that 'I've learnt an important lesson in a really enjoyable way

Miss McGrath's Year 7 Science

Miss McGrath’s Year 7 science class spent a morning learning about how organisms live in different habitats and how they evolve and adapt. They looked through a pile of leaves, twigs etc. (very kindly collected by Miss McGrath the previous night!) and then searched through this to see how many different types of organisms they could find.

It’s fair to say that hunting for creepy crawlies wasn't to everyone’s delight, but all the learners had a go and produced some wonderful work.

Friday, 7 November 2014

In the summer, some of our learners and staff went to Tanzania on a project to support a small village there.

Those involved had a fantastic time, working in the village of Mwambani. The work included building houses for those in the community who are destitute, and providing a community and educational resource centre and kindergarten.

This work is vital – in Tanzania, around 70% of the population are living below the poverty line, with no access to proper sanitation, healthcare, clean drinking water or education.

Those involved also enjoyed the thrill of climbing Mt. Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain at 4566 metres,, and on their final day climbing trekked to the crater rim to see a spectacular sunrise over Mt. Kilimajaro.

All those involved – staff and learners – agreed that the whole trip was the experience of a lifetime! Mrs Henderson, the teacher in charge of the trip, said "The learners were an absolute credit to themselves and their families. It was a shock to the system to be living in very basic conditions, but they took it all in their stride and their attitudes throughout the trip were amazing."

The Big Draw

Year 7, 8 and 9 learners had great fun producing two large-scale jungle artworks in the school hall as part of The Big Draw campaign. Learners looked at Henri Rousseau's paintings for inspiration and used graphite, ink and charcoal in response to this year's theme ’It’s Our World'."

Our Head of Art, Miss Bell, also organised a ‘Draw my Dinner’ competition as part of The Big Draw, which ran throughout October.  Learners and staff were simply asked to draw their dinner in their own choice of media.

Daniel in Year 7 won the learner prize - some Staedler coloured pens, a 24 pack of coloured pencils and some chocolates.  Miss Rudge won the staff prize, producing a fantastic A2 still life in pencil and was awarded some chocolates and a hardback sketchbook; Mrs Ward reproduced her favourite chocolate pudding using the sewing machine as a drawing tool, with fabric paints.  Many thanks to all the learners and staff who took part, and to Miss Bell and Mr Lightfoot for their hard work in organising the whole event.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Year 111 English and Maths Information Evening.

We are holding a Year 11 English and Maths information evening on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 6pm. There will be a short presentation by the Mr Giles - Vice Principal, Mr Farley – Department Leader for English and Mr Anderson – Departmen
t Leader for maths. In addition, members of the English and maths departments will be available to discuss any matters that arise. Mrs Ward and Mrs Norton, our Progress Leaders will also be attending this event should you wish to discuss any concerns about your child's progress. Please support your son/daughter in their preparation for GCSE English and maths by attending this event.

Friday, 10 October 2014

School is open on 14/10/2014

Just to confirm that that proposed industrial action on the 14th October 2014 has been postponed and that school will be open as normal to all learners.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

School closed Thursday 10th July 2014

Due to industrial action, Kepier will be closed to learners on Thursday 10th July 2014.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Sunderland Under 13s Double Cup Success

Sunderland Under 13s Double Cup Success

Learners from Kepier were part of the winning sides Football Association Playstation Inter Association Trophy and the A.F. Hardy Trophy

Monday, 31 March 2014

Kingswood adventure 2014

An update from Mr Mayer on the recent Kingswood Adventure

On Friday 28th March 18 learners from year 7 and 8 took part in the latest Kingswood adventure. It was a great success and as the photographs illustrate, we had a very busy and fun weekend.  As usual the learners from Kepier did themselves, the school and their teachers proud.  All the Kingswood staff commented on how lovely they were.
Thank you to all involved with the trip especially Miss Foster.

I'm already looking forward to next year!