As ever, Kepier's students fully embraced National School Sports Week in the last week of June. Over 150 students took part in a wide range of sports, both at school and at a range of external venues, including Climbing, Dodgeball, Frisbee Golf,Tomahawk Throwing, Crossbow Shooting,Paddle Boarding, Pier Jumping, Dance Masterclass, Trampolining and a visit to Laser Quest. For the vast majority, it was the first opportunity they had had to experience these sports, and everyone involved had a great time. Mr. Dixon, Deputy Department Leader for PE said "a lot of work goes into the organising and planning of the week, but when you see the enjoyment gained by those taking part then it is well worth the effort."
On Monday 10th July Kepier hosted it's annual Summer Concert featuring around 60 learners from across all our year groups, including some of our Year 11 learners who have just left us but came back to take part in the event.
To encourage one of our Year 7 coaching groups to become more involved in reading, a 'million words' challenge was set for them. With the help of our Literacy Coordinator Miss Sood and their Form Tutor Mr. Mason; and with the promise of edible rewards! - the learners encouraged each other to read more and take book quizzes which they did at break and lunchtimes, as well as at home.
Learners from Kepier worked alongside tutors Stephanie Sykes, Dawn Routledge and Margaret Daglish from MBC Ceramics on a heritage inspired fused glass workshop to commemorate the importance of The Stephenson Trail in the Coalfields area of Sunderland. Participants learned about the important part the local area played in the history of locomotion in mining, as well as taking part in practical glass cutting and design activities.
A group of Year 7 learners from The Excellence and Innovation group at Kepier were awarded a £10 gift voucher from Principal Mrs Cooper. Learners were given the task of creating a superhero character, based on key teaching and learning themes across the curriculum. The standard of their work was excellent and will be show-cased in the form of posters and stickers around school, to be used by staff in September. Winners included: Kiera, Jasmine, Maisie and Jake, pictured here with Mrs. Cooper and their work.
Miss White and a small group of our Year 7 learners have been working through the rounds of Sun FM's 'Next Generation Water Safety Campaign 2017'.
Four very special Learners at Kepier School achieved a rare commendation this year at their Leaver’s assembly. They all maintained 100% attendance for their five years studying at Kepier, never a day off in all of their secondary education.
Just before half term, Kepier were delighted to welcome Ian Drummond from Team 3Sixty, a bicycle stunt team based in Houghton-le-Spring. Ian performed numerous stunts for a group of our Sports Leaders from Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) and talked to them about how he got into the world of bicycle stunts and displays.
Last Friday, Kepier hosted their annual Tri - Golf Festival for our local primary schools, with some 200 children from Year 3 and Year 4 taking part in what is always a fun and entertaining event. This festival gives the young people the opportunity to try out numerous fun golf activities whilst developing social and personal skills, and also allows the children to experience the game in the hope that they may want to take up the sport.
Kepier Sports Academy are proud to publish the second edition of the school newspaper which has been put together by the students. So, if you have anything you want to talk about - a school-related issue, an achievement, an event - write about it and be part of the school newspaper.
Hetton Lions Cricket Club. I dont like cricket... i love it!
Harry, one of our Year 8 learners, has recently achieved incredible success at the Scottish Swimming Championships, held in Aberdeen from 29th - 31st March 2017.
Kepier has this week hosted it's annual dance show, a much loved and enjoyed part of our school year.
Easter Coffe Morning, with raffle and cake stall! Bardard Cafe at the Hetton Centre. Monday 10th April - 10am - 12 noon
Kepier were delighted to have five of it's young people recognised at this years Sunderland Young Achievers Awards. Mitchell from Year 7 won his award in the Highly Commended Category for Personal Achievement; Tom from Year 8 won the 8 - 13 years old Music and Performing Arts Award; and Dylan, Frazer and Brandon, together with Olivia from St. Anthony's school, won the 14 - 20 years old Music and Performing Arts Award with their band 'Saturn Highway'.
Kepier were delighted today to host a skipping festival for primary school children from across the region, organised by our School Games Organiser Dave Birch and Chris Corcoran from Skipping School Ltd. Click for more information.
Kepier dance students present 'Once Upon A Dance'. Tuesday 4th of April & Wednesday 5th April. Kepier Main Hall, 6pm.
One of our Year 9 Tutor Groups decided that they wanted to raise money for a local charity, and did so by running a confectionery stall. Each learner picked a charity that meant something to them for whatever reason, and these were put into a hat for the beneficiary to be drawn.
Mitchell, from Year 7 at Kepier, was nominated for a Young Achievers Award, in the category of Personal Achievement. Mitchell has maintained a positive attitude to school despite some challenging situations over the last few months. At the awards ceremony last night, he was awarded the Highly Commended category for Personal Achievement. Kepier are extremely proud of Mitchell and wish to congratulate him on this fantastic success
Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day, and as always Kepier have celebrated this event with a week long literature festival.
Trials for those wishing to attend Kepier as part of the Kepier Elite Football Academy in September 2017 will commence on Wednesday 1st March 2017.
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This year Kepier are running their annual trip to the Kingswood Centre in Hexham. The weekend away is always packed with activities and good fun.
We plan to go on Friday 7th July and return on Sunday 9th. The cost of the trip will be £105 which includes coach travel, all activities and all meals.
If you think your child would be interested in going please ask them to see Mr. Mayer, Mr. Forsyth or Miss Rhodes for more details. Alternatively, contact Mr. Mayer at email@example.com.
Do you have a child aged between 0—11 years? Looking for something fun to do with them this February half term? Then why not take a look at the sessions we have to offer. Come along and join in the fun!!
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Kepier today hosted a Primary 'In2 Hockey' festival for schools from across the coalfields area. This is part of our work to encourage young people into all forms of sport, ending with city wide finals in the summer of 2017.
Just before Christmas our Head of Science Mr Devlin took a group of learners to the 'Dark Skies' observatory at Kielder to allow them to study the night sky using the excellent facilities there. The trip was made possible by funding obtained from The Institute of Physics, without which the trip could not have taken place.
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The City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (COSYJO) performed at the civic centre in front of an audience consisting of the Mayor, civic leaders, council staff and members of the public. Cosyjo is made up of pupils from several secondary schools across the city, including five learners from Kepier. They are rehearsed and conducted by our Head of Music John Hall, and come into Kepier on Sundays and evenings throughout the year to practice, all of them giving up a great deal of their free time.
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week Mr Lightfoot and Miss Bell took two groups of Year 10 learners to visit The Oriental Museum in Durham as part of their Art coursework and to allow them to view and be inspired by the exhibits on display. All those who went had a fabulous time, as can be seen from the photo! Many thanks to Mr Lightfoot and Miss Bell and to the learners involved for their excellent behaviour whilst on the trip.
As always, in the last week of our Christmas term Kepier hosted a free concert for the community, with carols and Christmas songs performed by both our school orchestra and choir.
A group of our Year 11 learners have been sitting their Hospitality exams at Kepier, part of which involves them planning, preparing, cooking and serving a three course meal in a restaurant environment. This is the first time that we have undertaken this type of exam for our learners.
Kepier Sports Academy have launched a school newspaper which has been put together by the students. The newspaper team decided on the type of stories to include, interviewed people themselves and even agreed on the name, fonts and colours of the final issue. The plan is to create a new issue every term at first, however if we have more to write about then we may need to move to half-termly issues. So, if you have anything you want to talk about - a school-related issue, an achievement, an event - write about it and be part of the school newspaper.
We were delighted to have our school orchestra invited to play a Christmas Carol Concert at Eppleton school on Thursday December 1st. In front of pupils and staff our orchestra played a selection of Christmas songs and carols, and Eppleton's school choir sang along with them on one song - we even had a couple of the pupils getting up to conduct the orchestra! Our Head of Music Mr. Hall said "it was a lovely way to start off the Christmas season, and we hope to be invited back to perform again."
2016 has been a fantastic year for British sport and Active Sunderland. We've had BIG events, area sports festivals, brand new city events, new partnerships, new participants, new clubs and not forgetting a record breaking Olympic and Paralympic Games (including more athletes than ever from Sunderland!) and a British Wimbledon win.
As part of UNISON's annual national celebration day for all school support staff, I along with the branch's Local Organiser, Jo Spires, visited the catering staff at Kepier Academy. Mrs Cooper, the Principal, invited us to meet with the catering staff, whom she called 'wonderful'.
As ever, Kepier learners and staff did their utmost to raise money for Children In Need on Friday gone. Organised by Miss Allen, but with the learners helping out both before and on the day, we managed to raise over £1300
This week at Kepier our learners have been taking part in 'Inter Faith Week', the aim of which is to increase understanding between people of non religious and religious beliefs to celebrate diversity. At Kepier during Inter Faith week our learners have been involved in a number of events.
Our Design and Technologies teacher, Miss Holden, has been working with learners from across our year groups on a project to show them how to run a small business, designing, making and selling to other learners and staff a range of products.
The Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K will take place on Sunday 7th May 2017 at Keel Square after a successful move into the City centre in 2016.
Kepier school presents a week long exhibition celebrating art students work (2016). Houghton Library. 20th October - 4th November 2016
One of our Year 9 classes have been looking to improve their grasp of French by becoming pen pals with a school in Saint-Nazaire in Brittany. With the help of our Head of Languages Miss Macey, our learners contacted the school telling them about their lives and what life is like at Kepier.
With the help of funding from The RFU, we have been able to purchase new equipment, and they, together with Houghton Rugby Club, have supplied us with a coach to come in once a week for a morning, and after school to work with our learners, develop their rugby skills and increase participation.