Northgate Council – January Bulletin

Northgate Council – January Bulletin

We are pleased to introduce our January bulletin. In our bulletin this month you will find out all sorts of information and updates. There’s news about the re-launch of Bottle Free Friday, a visit from the High Sheriff of Norfolk and reflections on a busy term at Northgate.

We hope that you are able to take some time to have a look at all the goings on at Northgate from the last month and enjoy seeing what we’ve been up to. Please share with your friends and family via our Facebook and twitter pages.

Miss Theobald (School Council Coordinator) + Northgate School Council.

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Northgate News Team – Interview with Miss Breeze

Northgate News Team – Interview with Miss Breeze

Members of our Northgate News Team have decided to find out a bit more about staff at Northgate. Ayko, Izzy and Carrie-Ann, Year 10 met with Miss Breeze, Head of Drama and Dance for a quick chat.

Miss Breeze is sadly leaving Northgate after over 5 years of teaching here and will be missed by all of us. She made learning super positive and fun and we were lucky to be taught by such an interesting individual! On Monday, we got to sit down with Miss Breeze for a chat and asked her a few questions.

What has been your best highlight of teaching at Northgate?

Everything! From ‘Beauty and The Beast’ to ‘Matilda’ and also teaching lots of lovely students.

What are you going to miss most about Northgate?

Mrs Kaufmann-Ward and the focused students.

What are you most looking forward to?

The two-week holiday!

What is your favourite production that you have done at Northgate?

Beauty and The Beast because there were over 100 students involved or Matilda as it was the first KS3 only production.

Thank you, Miss Breeze, for all of the fun memories and all of the things you have taught us. Thank you for all your energy and enthusiasm that you have put into teaching, lunch time and after school clubs, trips and of course the amazing productions Northgate and Dereham Sixth Form has put on in recent years. We wish you lots of luck in your new school!



The High Sheriff visits Northgate High School

The High Sheriff visits Northgate High School

Northgate High School were delighted to receive a visit from The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Michael Gurney, recently.  Mr Gurney, who was accompanied by The Mayor of Dereham, wanted to discuss with students about their experiences as young people, particularly during the pandemic.

Mr Gurney met with a selection of students from the School Council and it was very interesting for our students to have an open forum and discussion with Mr Gurney who in return was very interested about how, students had coped with and continue to cope with the pandemic. Additionally, he wanted the students’ opinions on the provisions that are available to them within the local community and any ideas they have about activities and support that could be offered to young people.

Mr Gurney’s visit was a great opportunity for students to see how their voice is being heard and showing that they can make an impact.

Mr Gurney also spent some time with Heads of School, Dr D Hone and Mrs Galley, to discuss the daily routine of school and the changes that have been made to accommodate the pandemic while ensuring that students are given the best opportunity possible during their time at Northgate and Dereham Sixth Form College.

Mr MacDonald, Alternative Provisions Coordinator, arranged for the visit to take place and was very pleased that The High Sheriff, along with the Mayor, were available to give their time to the school and students.

The High Sheriff was delighted with his time spent at school and left extremely grateful of the opportunity to engage with students, particularly at such a challenging time for schools. On leaving Mr Gurney said, “What a fantastic school, you should be proud!”

Northgate News Team – Interview with Miss Breeze

Northgate News Team – Interview with Mr Mottley

Members of our Northgate News Team have decided to find out a bit more about staff at Northgate. Daniel, Year 8, met with Mr Mottley, in charge of Resistant Materials and KS3 Technology, for a quick chat.

Q1) Does designing run in the family?

Being practical and working with my hands, yes, as my dad was a plumber, however the designing part, no.

Q2) What made you want to go into teaching?

To inspire other pupils to design and make things and to have an impact.

Q3) What is your favourite piece of equipment?

I would have to say the laser cutter because it is quick and makes really well made and professional looking products.

Q4) Do you think students gave enough time in lessons to do their design?

Yes, I think there is plenty of time to go through the design and then making stage.

Q5) What is the aim for the new plastic recycling machine?

Really, it’s to make our school more sustainable and reduce the plastic in school. You’ll be able to use the recycled plastic in other projects.

Q6) Are you thinking of holding any design competition in the near future?

Potentially, yes, because it is always great to see how creative you can be outside of school as well.

Q7) Are you planning any design field trips?

Just for KS4 at the moment due to the current situation.

Q8) During lockdown I found doing practical subjects quite difficult. Are there any resources which can now help with that?

Perhaps in due course because we might have the recycled materials you can work with. You can also ask your teacher if you need help.

A big thank you to Mr Mottley for taking the time to meet with Daniel and answer his questions.

If you want to find out more about the new plastic recycling scheme, purchase with a £10,000 grant from Breckland Council, please speak to Mr Mottley. Everyone can get involved by bringing along their washed and clean plastic (see poster below) and putting in the black recycling bins near the Technology block. We look forward to seeing the recycled plastic being used in future projects.


Northgate gives generously to Foodbank collection

Northgate gives generously to Foodbank collection

Year 7 and 8 students and staff from Northgate High School were thinking of others last week as they collected items for the Mid-Norfolk Foodbank as part of a year group community project.

Form Captains and Vice Captains were joined by Miss Theobald, one of the Year 7 tutors and Dr Hone, Head of School. They proudly handed over the donations to a trustee of the foodbank. He explained to the students that The Mid-Norfolk Foodbank serves Dereham, Fakenham, Swaffham and surrounding villages. In a typical year, donations of 40,000 – 50,000kg of food are given by individuals, community groups, schools and churches and local businesses, including the 2 major Dereham supermarkets.

The food will be made up into food parcels, by volunteers, for individuals and families. The food parcels are designed to provide a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods. A typical food parcel includes: breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, baked beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, UHT milk, tea, coffee, sugar, tinned dessert and biscuits. In a typical year, 1,500 parcels are given out serving a total of 4,000 people.

All those who donated from Northgate hope the donations spread a little festive cheer this Christmas to those who receive them.