Year 6 enjoyed an amazing morning as part of the PIE (Primary Inspiration through Enterprise) project. This is one of the largest simultaneous STEM and Enterprise based activities taking place across a number of primary and middle schools. Firstly, boys spent time reflecting on what enterprise is and then took part in a number of hands on activities to develop their repertoire of enterprise skills including building and flying model gliders and playing a very challenging coding game.
We were delighted to be joined by Professor Roy Sandbach who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for the morning and talk to the boys about enterprise and its importance locally and nationally. Boys were fascinated to hear that Professor Sandbach had been to 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament earlier in the week as part of his wider work in promoting the North East on the national stage. On meeting the boys, he said “I have to say that I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the boys and their interest in some of the enterprise stories that I recounted.”
Boys believe that they posted some competitive scores in the challenges and are hopeful of some success there. Well done Year 6.
Both sets of boys performed extremely well at the county rugby sevens tournaments before the Easter break, held at Bede Academy and Dame Allan’s.
The boys played some excellent sevens with the emphasis being on ball movement, support and creativity. Both sides scored a great number of tries in a variety of ways.
Star men for the Under 13s included James A, Max B and Will T. The Under 12 star men were Bruce D, Thomas N and Nicholas S.
Well done to both squads who represented NSB with pride
On the final weekend before the Easter break, ten boys from Year 11 took part in their silver Duke of Edinburgh's award practice expedition. As well as two nights camping at Akenshawburn in the heart of Kielder forest, the boys spent Saturday paddling on Kielder improving their canoeing and navigation skills.
On the Sunday, they embarked on their first river paddle on the North Tyne. During the day they encountered a lot of wildlife including deer crossing the river and an otter playing around the canoes. They also encountered their first rapids, which they all managed to negotiate without mishap. They are now looking forward to their final expedition in June on the River Tweed.
Thank you to Martin and Kirstie from Simonside Outdoor Activity Centre for their invaluable support over the weekend.