It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that Newcastle School for Boys will be opening a new, dedicated sixth form centre in September 2017.
The School has secured on a leasehold basis the property at 1 Moor Road South, directly opposite our Senior School site at The Grove. The new building offers a great learning environment and facilities for our sixth formers comprising classrooms, study space and a large common room.
The property is already in a very good condition and work will begin shortly to ensure the very best design and provision for our sixth formers. We will keep you up to date as the work progresses.
Whilst our sixth formers will, of course, remain an integral part of the senior and whole school, moving their base to 1 Moor Road South will also allow us to generate some additional space and facilities for boys in Years 7 to 11 at The Grove.
The addition of a new sixth form centre is a significant development in the continued growth and development of Newcastle School for Boys and the realisation of our ten-year vision.
By Izzan , Year 12
On Friday 9th December, we received a talk by Mr Caulfield on stress and the ability to cope with challenging situations such as the upcoming exams. Stress is often inexplicable, stemming from academic, interpersonal (such as arguments with friends) or intrapersonal factors (such as physical health or depression).
To cope with stress, you need to keep it simple, have a pragmatic approach by having a positive outlook on life, and stay committed to the task in hand. Those who truly triumph can let go of control and limit self-importance, along with having the ability to adapt to change around them.
This led us on to a discussion about the fundamental idea of mindfulness, which can be achieved by having an increased self-awareness and being aware of the present moment, allowing you to take a break from everyday life. By giving only ten minutes of your day to relax your mind, and focus on your breathing, you can feel refreshed – this could be through using an app such as Headspace. Mindfulness can simply be achieved through doing something that you enjoy, such as physical exercise, reading or socialising. Mindfulness can give us much needed clarity in times of stress.
By Ben , Year 12
Last week in enrichment, two graduates from Newcastle University came to talk to us about studying law. During the first part of the presentation, they talked to us about why we should consider studying law, including many enticing reasons such as the fact that a law degree is really respected by employers. They then went onto help us understand more about personal statements, and what you should include if you want to get into a top university.
This really helped me and other students register that we should get into as many co-curricular activities as possible before we apply to any university. For the second part of the presentation, we learned more about how you would be taught if you studied law at Newcastle University.
For the final part of the session, we were introduced to a quiz, similar to the game show Million Pound Drop. This was entertaining as we learned about weird and wacky laws in the world. We then finished the session with a debate on whether children should be sentenced the same way as an adult would. This was an excellent team-building and cooperation exercise. I found this session very educational and relevant.
By Haider K, Year 12
Last month, a number of Sixth Form boys finished a six-week course of ‘mini medical school’ lectures organised by Newcastle University.
Lectures covered a range of current topics including the risks of liver disease and how to identify skin cancer, and were presented by leaders in the field. Practical sessions on medicine, bio-medicine, pharmacy, and psychology were also available.
Two sixth formers attended the medical practical session where they were introduced to several key surgical skills such as tying a surgical knot around a blood vessel to stop blood loss. In the biomedical sciences session, serial dilutions were practised and students gained expertise in using specialised lab equipment.