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Inspiring Britain: The 11-year-old Churchill Community College student who has turned a double family tragedy into a positive

When Harry Steel suffered a double family tragedy – losing both his father and uncle within a year – he chose to turn his energy to preventing other people suffering like his family.

Through fundraising efforts ranging from sponsored walks and scaling London’s O2 Arena to sitting in a pool of baked beans in Gateshead, the 11-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for cancer and heart charities. Harry is modest about what he has achieved, saying it is “not really a big deal”. But his mother Lisa could not be prouder of how he has overcome adversity.

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Churchill is supporting North Tyneside's Unplugged Day

Year 7 are taking part in a cross curricular Drop Everything and Read day on Monday 18th December 2017.

Year 7 will be reading 5 different chapters from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol - Stave 1
A Christmas Carol - Stave 2
A Christmas Carol - Stave 3
A Christmas Carol - Stave 4
A Christmas Carol - Stave 5

Across December we are going to demonstrate our kindness and giving; instead of a traditional Advent Calendar we are going to have a random act of kindness and a suggested give.

The act of kindness will be carried out in school or at home by everyone for example asking someone how they are.

Each day will have a suggested ‘give’.  We don’t expect every student to contribute each day – the suggested ‘give’ is purely voluntary.   Our suggested gives are food items, which will be donated to The Bay Food Bank, North Shields at the end of term.   

An additional ‘give’ is to donate a present/something towards a present which will go to a child who is in hospital over the festive period. All presents collected will go to the RVI where they will be shared amongst all of the young people there through Milo’s Christmas.  Please mark presents as being suitable for a boy or girl and the suggested age group.

Students should leave donations in their Tutor Rooms. Thank you for your continued support. #rippleccc

View a PDF version of our Powerpoint presentation

If you would like further information on the two charities we are supporting this Christmas please click the links below:-

Information on The Bay Food Bank

Information on Our Milo and their Christmas Collection for Great North Children’s Hospital

Churchill Fundraises for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). 

Today we held a cake sale in support of CRY.  This is a nationwide charity which raises awareness of sudden death in young adults. 

Once again our community showed their kindness and thoughtfulness by supporting this event and buying lots of tasty cakes. 

Thank you to Harry Steel,  our Year 7 Fundraising Group, Year 12 students and Mr Jacobs for organising this event. 

ICE Bridge visits North Shields and Wallsend

During this week Norham High School and Churchill Community College hosted the ‘ICE Bridge’ in conjunction with Lagan Construction who are lead contractors on the A19 developments.

The ICE Bridge is supported by the Institute of Civil Engineering and promotes raising awareness of careers in engineering, problem solving, communication, resilience and leadership.  Students learnt about what is happening at the A19, the importance of health and safety on site and how to correctly construct and dismantle a thirteen metre cable stayed bridge.

Young people from Norham High School, Churchill Community College and the following Primary Schools participated in the project - Collingwood, Percy Main, Battle Hill, Denbigh, Grasmere Academy, Hadrian Park and Stephenson Memorial.

David Baldwin, Executive Headteacher said, “ This is such an exciting opportunity for our young people. Our young people were able to demonstrate teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and leadership as well as find out about careers in engineering and construction.  To see young people from various schools and of differing ages working together to construct the bridge was outstanding. Thank you to Lagan Construction and Highways England for supporting this visit.”

See the pictures..

Churchill Students Abroad

Belgium - 2017

Last week 23 students from year 8 were able to travel to Ypres, Belgium to remember those who fell during the First World War.  Whilst in Belgium students visited a number of sites including Tyne Cot Cemetery, Talbot House, the German cemetery at Langemaark and were even able to experience the authentic WW1 tunnels at Zonnebekke which had been cleared for 100 days for the general public to commemorate the Battle of Paschendaele.

Students were guided by Simon Louagie and Koenraad Dumoulin over two days and during this time were able to learn a lot about how Belgium, a neutral country in the First World War, became an important part of the allied war efforts.

All students and staff had a great time and we were proud that Churchill Community College were involved in the memorial celebrations at the Menin Gate on Thursday 9th November.

Calling all parents/carers.... We have 3 Parent Governor vacancies

Lindsey Adams, Lowri Clasper, Sarah Kendall and Colwyn Wilson have all put their names forward to be our parent governors and need your votes.

All students have brought home letters with the candidates personal statements on and the ballot paper. PLEASE VOTE

Closing date is 13th November 2017.

Happy Retirement George.

George Jackson bid an emotional farewell to staff and students after 16 years as Crossing Patrol Warden for Churchill Community College.

George and his wife were invited into College during the Thursday morning staff briefing, for tea and toast. George was presented with a plaque commemorating his time as Warden, and his lovely wife was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Headteacher David Baldwin who presented George with his plaque said "The college has been blessed for 16 years by someone who has not only looked after our students, but done it with a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone".

George and his wife plan to use their bus passes to the max and explore the North of England of the next few years.

Thank you George have a long and happy retirement.

Do you have any old pound coins lying around? If so please would you donate them to Children in Need by bringing them into College ASAP. Thank you!

RAF, Royal Navy and BAE Education Programme Visited KS3 students

Today students from Years 7, 8 and some Year 6s from Denbigh Primary Schools attended a Roadshow led by the RAF, Royal Navy and BAE Education Programme. ​

Students explored the world of drones, the technology behind them and the multifarious uses that they are currently put to and their possible uses for the future. We also learned about computing and control systems that all modern technology is built around and the whole range of careers relating to STEM in the armed services and BAE systems.   

A few of our students for to fly the drone and control the robot who visited.   This was really fun and interesting.

Schools Go Smarter visits Year 7

Today the Schools Go Smarter theatre show visited Year 7 at Churchill to  to inform, educate and entertain us about the positive benefits of travelling sustainably.  Sustainable Travel could be walking, cycling, running or using a scooter. 

The workshop was really lively, engaging and allowed  students to get involved.  We learned that Sustainable Travel  is greener, healthier and cheaper than travelling by car or bus. 

Thank you to Schools Go Smarter for visiting Churchill Community College 

Year 10 students Art and Design Ella Corker, Jessica Lilley and Kia Surrey were thrilled to be presented with their winning designs for the Urban Regeneration project in Assembly today. The project has seen over 60 students working collaboratively with Ravensworth/ who are based in Cramlington to plan, research, design and develop an outdoor space in our college grounds.

All students had to present their proposals to the 4D design team and competition was fierce. The winning design will now be exhibited in the college and printed in 3D to form a small scale model.

Today the best state-funded secondary schools in the North East are revealed in a comprehensive new guide.

The Real Schools Guide 2017, compiled by Trinity Mirror’s data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.

It takes into account 50 different data points - including not just GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.

The guide, now in its fifth year, has been praised by ministers and education experts alike. Former schools minister David Laws called it “public-service journalism in the best tradition”.

North East top 10

1. Emmanuel College, Gateshead
2. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
3. Whitburn Church of England Academy, South Tyneside
4. Gosforth Academy, Newcastle
5. St Cuthbert’s High School, Newcastle
6. St Leonard’s RC Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School, CD
7. Churchill Community College, North Tyneside
8. Marden High School
9. Queen Elizabeth High School, Northumberland
10. Bede Academy, Northumberland

On Thursday night, students baked for the final time this school year in the after school club with Mrs Huggins. This time with a difference; they brought along a family member to bake with them. 

The group made some beautiful carrot cakes and the effort was fantastic from everyone - there was even a one year old helper came along!

Afterwards we had a little tea-party to sample our products. 

Thanks to everyone who came along and to all the budding food club members - keep cooking over the summer holidays!

GCSE Artists

"Come and help us celebrate our wonderful GCSE artists from 4.30pm-6.00pm on Thursday 6th July. Stay for an extra treat and watch our amazing production of Beauty and the Beast"

Artist Gallery