Heartwarming thanks

At the Academy, we love to hear about successful students:

Dear Mr Day

My daughter attends The Northumberland Church Of England Academy and she is a member of the NCEA Cadet Force and cadet band within the school.  She marched in the parades over the weekend as the bands bass drummer and she is currently learning the side drum too.

I was privileged to be able to attend the remembrance parades at the weekend and the lovely service the cadets performed at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth.  Proud does not even come close to how I felt seeing the cadets march together and seeing the private service they held at St Mary’s Church where the pipers played and all the cadets lit candles for all the lost Polish/ Belgium soldiers.

My daughter is a changed young lady since joining the cadets.   She is a lot more focused now and her school work and her recent school report was outstanding and I believe that this is down to the help, support and inspiration she gains from the cadets.  She has been on a lot of weekends away with the cadet force and has learned a lot of new skills. She is currently working towards the silver award for her Duke of Edinburgh award.

This email is mainly to thank the school and cadets for giving our children this fantastic opportunity.

Kind Regards

Year 10 Parent

A Vocal Celebration

A large audience greeted the performers for a night of songs from the charts, stage, screen, and more.

Featuring Killingworth Community Choir, Wallsend Community Choir, the Josephine Butler Secondary Choir and the Josephine Butler Secondary Rock Singers, The choirs were joined on stage by our singing teachers Aaron Bayley (Pop Idol finalist) and Beth Macari (Sky TV’s Bring the Noise).

The choirs, conducted by the NCEA Director of Music and Performing Arts, Mr Selwyn Thompson, presented a range of songs to suit various musical tastes.

CCF Pipes and Drums Support Regimental Dinner

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Members of the NCEA CCF (Combined Cadet Force) went to perform at a special dinner for the 101 Regiment Royal Artillery on Saturday.  The pipes and drums are increasingly popular in the region, with a number of events and activities taking place for them to attend and invitations to perform.  For further information, please speak to Major Parker at the Academy.

JBVI Car Wash!

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JBVI Students braved the cold today in a mass car-washing exercise in the staff car park.  A number of staff members were happy to part with a few pounds to have the winter dirt washed away, and at the same time to help the sixth form to fundraise towards their trip to Sri Lanka.

Inter-School Rugby Competition at JBS

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A wet, cold and muddy welcome awaited teams from across the region competing in a Year 7 and 8 RFU Rugby Festival hosted at Josephine Butler Secondary Campus.  Around 20 teams gathered together at the Academy to play in the tournament, which was an excellent event.  Our own JBS Y7 and Y8 Rugby teams played in the tournament, with the Y8 team remaining unbeaten throughout.  Our older rugby players also helped out on the day with organisation and refereeing.

Y7 partnership with BALTIC

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A number of Year 7 pupils are currently involved in an art project exploring sound and vision, in a collaboration between the Academy and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.  As part of the project, a film crew visited JBS on Tuesday to document how the pupils are getting on.  Further information about the project will be shared on the website as it becomes available.