The past two years have resulted in our Armistice Day service in school, being restricted in a socially distanced way. This year however, we returned with a special service and showed our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, during The Great War (WW1), along with (WW2) and every campaign to date. The school fell silent at 11am as students and staff paid their respects. The service, at the front of school, was attended by a number students representatives, those in uniformed organisations and also by staff.
The service was coordinated by Mr MacDonald, who made sure it involved representatives from both sites – Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form.
A poppy cross was placed along with a commemorative poppy pebble, by students from all year groups from Year 7-13.
Lewis, Head Boy, alongside Freya Head Girl, read “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon.
Mrs Graves, Head of Year 7, read the poem “In Flanders Fields”. Music to accompany the service was played by two students, Emmanuel Year 9, playing the piano beautifully and Dexter Year 10, who played trumpet and the Last Post.
Mrs Galley and Dr Hone, Heads of Northgate and Dereham Sixth Form College, placed a cross on behalf of staff and students, and they also paid tribute to former pupil of Northgate – Private Lewis Hendry.
Mr Hambling, (CEO) of Unity Education Trust also paid tribute to the late Mr Mike Salt (Governor), closing the service with the reading Kohima Epitaph.
The Year 11 Geographers headed on a field trip at the beginning of November as part of their GCSE course. Prisha and Elizabeth tell us about what they got up to.
‘For our Geography GCSE course, the Year 11s journeyed to Winterton-on-Sea for their fieldtrip. On the 4th and 5th of November we travelled along the A47 to study and measure sand dunes. Our main objective was to measure whether the dunes were being affected by human activities. We set off at 9:30am and arrived promptly to see the golden sand and the on-looking sea. With the equipment unpacked and the groups formed, we started on our mission; to gather as much information as we could. After 2 hours of active working and a lively lunch, we trekked along the cliff to see the erosion that took place and some of the local affects it had. We did a little bit of seal spotting before heading home in time for the bell.’
The weather over the course of the two days was extremely varied with a number of downpours as well as wind and sunshine. However, this did not hamper the spirits of the keen geographers and they managed to collect all the data needed.
Dr Barrett, Head of Geography said, ‘The trip to Winterton was designed to enhance learning because it gave pupils the chance to consolidate their learning on the coasts and fieldwork sections of the course . This meant seeing how sand dunes changed dramatically from desert-like conditions at the front to a small wood at the back. We also got the chance to see the effects of coastal erosion on Winterton itself. We also practised fieldwork skills such as sampling and being accurate with use of equipment.
The pupils stood out for their resilience (especially on Thursday) and their readiness to work well from the start.
A big thank you to the Geography Department for organising the trip.
Mrs Mottley, Head of Art and Design, tells us about a recent trip some of our GCSE students embarked on.
‘Our current Year 11 Art & Design pupils visited the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts back in October. The Sainsbury Centre lies in the beautiful parkland campus of the University of East Anglia, south west of the historic city of Norwich. Pupils were very impressed that the building had been used as a location for the film The Avengers.’
‘Pupils were given the freedom to roam around the impressive collection within the gallery to select artefacts to observe and draw. The intention of the visit was to inform and allow pupils to record artefacts from direct observation to develop their African Art project. Every pupil gained a valuable insight into other cultures through the vehicle of Art. The collections at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts represent some of the most remarkable works of art assembled in the United Kingdom, spanning some 5,000 years of human creativity.’
‘Pupils created confident sketches within their sketchbooks and this will contribute significantly towards their GCSE submission. It is intended the final exhibition of all our Art & Design Year 11 pupils’ work will be on display in the main school foyer from June onwards. A private view for friends and families of our Year11 pupils usually takes place in in June to celebrate their success and showcase their amazing work. The Design Department look forward to seeing you there.’
Jess, who went on the trip gave this insight.
‘We arrived at the art museum by coach and found out it was filmed for the Avengers film! There were some statues from different countries and we had to draw three or four of them by hand. We found the exhibits really interesting and exciting to look at. We thought that it was an amazing trip for our GCSE Art course as all of the exhibits were based on African countries. This helped us pick a good range of statues to draw.’
Thank you to the Art Department for organising the trip which will no doubt have been invaluable to our pupils and their upcoming GCSE work.
You can click on the gallery below to see photos taken by Amber S and Jess A.
On the 6th October, the Year 8 Northgate Rugby team participated in a rugby tournament taking place at Norwich Rugby Club. As it was our first tournament as a team we were very nervous and truly excited to play other Norfolk schools. It was great to be playing as part of a team, despite the cold and wet weather. Schools attending included Neatherd, Wymondham High, Wymondham College and a number of other teams.
Unfortunately, we lost most of our games, but we did tie with Neatherd and had a lot of fun being part of this tournament. Playing in this tournament has given us some ideas of areas of our game that we need to work on in our training ahead of future games. We are looking forward to our next games as a team and hoping we can come away with a win!
By Northgate News Team members Daniel A and Callum R
Members of our Northgate News Team have decided to find out a bit more about staff at Northgate. With that in mind, our intrepid reports Mirren, Corey and Max, met with Mr Everett, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, for a quick chat.
What made you choose languages as a teaching subject?
I would think because all my teachers from when I was in secondary school told me to do Science. I also think that it was just really interesting because it wasn’t just from a textbook, you had to learn it properly.
Why is it important to learn foreign languages?
I only have one answer; it makes us human.
What is your favourite language to teach?
Well, right now it’s Spanish because I lived in Mexico so it’s pretty interesting.
What is the worst thing to teach about languages?
Sometimes when people say “I can’t do it.” But it is physically possible because the human brain is flexible and can definitely learn a foreign language / languages.
So, I heard you’ve written a few textbooks. Is that right?
I have written a couple textbooks, yes. I have written for the Oxford University press, KS3 Spanish and A level Spanish.
Do you enjoy teaching languages?
Were there any other subjects you wanted to teach?
Science probably, but they wouldn’t let me.
Have you ever lived in any foreign countries?
Yes, I lived in France for 1 year and I lived in Mexico for 4 years.
A big thank you to Mr Everett for taking the time to meet with us and answer our questions. If you want to know more about languages or the opportunities available in languages at Northgate, such as being an International Leader, Duo Lingo or the competitions run by the department, please see Mr Everett or another member of the department.