Last Thursday, all of our Sixth Form students attended a driving safety presentation at Newcastle High School for Girls.
The presentation was led by the Road Sense Common Sense initiative, aimed at young and newly qualified drivers. The presentation included talks from Northumbria Police motor patrols, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and the North East Ambulance Service. Speakers also included family members who had lost loved ones in traffic accidents as a result of dangerous driving.
The boys felt the talks were extremely thought-provoking, and really encouraged them to consider how careless actions when driving can have serious consequences.
The Sixth Form students have been involved in a wide variety of different workshops and talks over the past few months as part of their enrichment lessons.
Last half term the boys welcomed Gavin Watt from Nuffield Health who delivered a talk on health and wellbeing. In subsequent weeks, Mrs Snowdon delivered a workshop for the boys on personal finance, and Mr Brash on political engagement. This term the boys have enjoyed sessions on internet safety with Mr Hallam, and interview techniques with Mr Newman.
All of these sessions provide our students with a variety of essential skills, helping to equip them for life both in and beyond Sixth Form.
Mrs Maunika Gowardhan – ‘The Business of Food: A journey into this creative industry and the world of Indian cuisine’
And what a journey it was!
On Tuesday 21 March, the Newcastle School for Boys open lecture 2016-17 series opened with an incredible talk from professional chef, food writer and NSB parent Maunika Gowardhan.
The audience of boys and parents were taken on an immersive journey to Maunika’s roots in Mumbai and given a flavour for the influences and experiences which led her ultimately to break away from the traditional corporate path and towards the world of food, at that time very much in its embryonic stage. Her experiences of the food industry and the ways in which she built up her business and brand through positive engagement and hard work were many and varied, though the underlying theme throughout was the significant driving influence of her Indian culture and passion for authentic regional food. It was fascinating to hear how the British brand of Indian cuisine differs so much from the reality and how Maunika’s main motivation for doing what she does is to educate people on the authentic version. She had some excellent advice for the boys and was a real example of what can be achieved if you put your mind and talents to it. Thank you once again Maunika!
The next lecture in the series is due to be held after Easter on Tuesday 9 May at 18.30pm in the Hall at The Grove and will be delivered by Dr Robert McFarland who is Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research. He is going to update us on his current work, following on from a previous visit from his team in 2015.
As always, tickets are free and all are welcome to attend.