Space Expo Winners
Two of our students came away as competition winners from the 2015 Great North East Space Expo held at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle.
The annual event, organised by the Ashington Learning Partnership, involves over 15 schools from the region and attracts space scientists and engineers from around the country who demonstrate the very latest innovations in astronomy, astrobiology and the hardware and software behind the exploration of the universe. Students are given a chance to see how they could develop careers in this exciting and important area.
Anti Bullying Accreditation
Hirst Park Middle School are proud to have been awarded Accredited Anti Bullying status.
This prestigious award demonstrates our commitment to creating a learning environment where our students can feel safe, happy and supported.
An enormous amount of work and effort has gone into achieving this award and we invite you to find out what it means, how we worked toward it and how we plan to maintain our outstanding results in the future. Click Here for more information.
500 WORDS: THE SECOND ROUND!
Hirst Park Middle School is very proud and excited to announce that one of our Year 8 pupils, has got through to the second round of the ‘500 Words’ story writing competition.
This is a huge achievement. Out of 120,000 entries, Her story, entitled ‘You will meet me again’, is now amongst the 3,800 currently being judged by a panel of professional writers.
If she makes it through this next round of judging her work will be in the final 50 stories. Everyone at Hirst Park Middle School have their fingers crossed and wish her lots of luck!
For more information on the ‘500 Words’ story writing competition click here.
STEM - Building a Hovercraft
You may wonder why our students are fixing a garder chair to a circle of wood. Meet STEM!
Science, technology, engineering and maths are combined in an exciting project. Build a working hovercraft from plywood and leaf blowers!
Click Here to find out more and watch a video of the project in action!
A POEM BY LUKE JONES - 8TN
Some pupils in Year 8 have been studying the book ‘Wheels’ by Catherine Macphail. The story is a powerful one. Its main character, 12 year old James, finds himself dealing with life in a wheelchair after a horrific car crash.
To complement their work, pupils have been writing poetry entitled ‘It’s only a Wheelchair’. Luke Jones in 8TN has written a fantastic piece of poetry, which captures James’ voice and character in a sensitive and moving way. I hope you enjoy reading his work.
It’s only a Wheelchair
I’m not repulsive, no need to flee.
Look at me closely; I am just like you,
I have my own opinions, my own point of view.
I’m not so different than all you lot
I have feelings, don’t think I have not.
It hurts me when I am ignored,
Or people don’t look at me in the face-
Bury their heads in a book.
Please, please listen! Don’t make me scream!
I could do it, honestly, be on your team.
I could try harder than anyone you know,
Give me a chance, let me have a go.
I know it won’t happen, it’s not very fair.
My life is manipulated by this wheelchair.
Luke Jones 8TN
Dynamic Druridge Media Crew
The second of two student media crews has begun shooting the second in a series of videos in collaboration with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The films will be an ongoing look at the Dynamic Druridge project and will feature the building of the new visitor centre at the Low Hauxley nature reserve just south of Amble on the Northumbrian coast.
The Yes Programme
Hirst Park Middle School is continually looking at how we can help our children make the connection to the subjects we teach them in the classroom and the wider world.
We're delighted to let you know that the school has recently brought in the Yes Programme; a collection of 90 films across English, Maths and Science, for years 3-6.
We think the children will benefit enormously from the teachers having this additional learning resource to use in their lessons helping re-enforce that the skills we are teaching them in the classroom are relevant and important outside of school.
The Yes Programme also gives the children an early insight into the world of work that we know they find engaging and motivating. Click Here for an example of one of the films on the service to give you a taster of what it is all about.
Kaims Video Production Under Way
Students from Hirst Park have been duplicating copies of the Learning Partnership DVD created in association with Ashington High School and the Bamburgh Research Project.
The students have also been busy printing the DVD labels and boxes.
Copies of the finished DVD will be available in all of the Northumberland libraries as well as commubity centres and schools throughout the region.
SENRUG Film crew Invited to Parliament
Northern Rail displayed this notice along their East Coast stations in December.
The display marked our trip to the Palace of Westminster where we were given a tour of Parliament before our meeting with Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery in Portcullis House.
The media students, winners of the SENRUG film competition, presented a copy of the film to Mr Lavery who showed us around areas of the Palace of Westminster not open to the general public.
To find out more about this and to see our winning film Click Here.
Year 5 Scary Podcast
Our Year 5 Literacy students have been working on short podcasts. An example can be heard below from one of the groups who have said, "Click below and you may faint when you hear it. Be scared!"
PARENT / Carer QUESTIONNAIRE 2014
Thank you to all parents and carers who took the time to complete our October questionnaire. Your thoughts and suggestions are invaluable to us to help raise standards and move our school forward.
Although our 'in house' questionnaire is now off-line we would welcome your continued support by completing the 'Parent View' survey for raising standards and changing lives by clicking on the link below.
Film Crew Working With the NWT
Our Year 8 Media Crew are working for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Following our success with the Rescued From the Sea videos the Trust have asked our crew to create a series of short films which will follow the planning and building of a new visitor centre at the Hauxley nature reserve. The crew have just returned from the filming of the first video in the series.
Hirst Park are SENRUG Video COMPETITION Winners..!
In a packed town hall in Morpeth a team of four Hirst Park media students were chosen as winners of the SENRUG video competition to promote the case for the opening of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne railway line to passenger traffic.
We were up against some impressive work from the Northumberland Church of England Academy, King Edward VI School Morpeth, Cramlington Learning Village and our old friends at Collingwood Arts and Media College, Morpeth.
Our video was planned, filmed and produced by the winning students who have won £250 for the school and a trip to the Houses of Parliament in London to present a copy of their work to our local MP Ian Lavery.
We are extremely proud to present for you our winning entry for the SENRUG film competition. Click the picture or click here to watch the winning video.
Summer School 2014
2014's Summer School at Hirst Park was even BIGGER & BETTER than ever before!
We challenged our Year 7 pupils to develop a range of practical Secondary English and Maths Skills by creating Hirst Park's Very own Summer School Comic Book, and our pupil's did themselves proud during an action packed 2 weeks.
Click on the comic book to find out more, visit our blog and look at our Summer School Gallery!
Pearl of Africa Children's Choir
Following this year's visit from the amazing Pearl of Africa Children's Choir, who never cease to amaze, entertain and inform, we have, so far, raised an impressive £1158.21 in their support.
Donations are still coming in. This figure is bound to be even more impressive this time next week so please drop by to check.
Crew One - Summer Reunion
In a unique twist on the usual summer school projects we have reunited members of one of the original Hirst Park media crews, from almost seven years ago, to work on a new video project.
Find out more about the project and watch the finished video which has been very well received.
Click on the link on the left of this page or on Kaims Video Project to find out more...
Senrug Crew film Ian Lavery
Some of our media students were filming in Ashington today as part of a project to create a promotional video for the South East Northumberland Rail User Group. As well as interviewing a number of members of the public the crew conducted interviews with Dennis Fancett, the SENRUG Chairman, and our old friend Ian Lavery MP. The picture shows Brian Cosgerove, our Media Manager (left) and the crew with Ian Lavery MP (centre).
Big Jack is Back!
Football legend and former Hirst Park student Jack Charlton has been back to his old school to meet the staff and students. The 1966 World Cup winner was in demand for autographs from staff and students alike. Jack had a look around his old school and was keen to give some words of advice to students playing football in the school yard. The visit was part of a World Cup year documentary feature being filmed by the BBC One Show.
A bright future for education in Ashington
The Governing Body of the Ashington Learning Partnership (ALP) is proposing a change of school organisation. The rationale behind the proposal is that of extending provision and driving continuous and sustained improvement for the benefit of families across Ashington and the surrounding areas, not just for the next few years but for many years to come. The ALP recognises that it cannot stand still and must lead change in partnership with local people and other organisations. The proposed change involves moving from a 3-tier system of schooling to 2-tier by using all existing main school sites and with effect from September 2015.
The Ashington Learning Partnership is committed to delivering the best possible education for children and young people. This is an exciting time for the Partnership with already good school provision and a fierce determination to improve further by creating 'outstanding' schools. The ALP will involve as many people as possible in the forthcoming consultation process.
Chris Smith Chair of Governors, Ashington Learning Partnership
Media Crew at St James' Park
Our media crew was invited to St James' Park, home of Newcastle United, to record a football match between the mighty AkzoNobel team and a 'mystery' opponent.
As well as recording the match our students filmed a series of interviews with the players, spectators and AkzoNobel staff.
Everyone enjoyed the trip - even though the AkzoNobel team were narrowly beaten with a final score of seven, one to the opponents!
You can see the finished video on the link below.
Return to Low Hauxley
Our student film crew have made an unexpected return to the Northumberland coast to catch up with Dr Clive Waddington and the team as the recent storms have revealed some exciting new archaeology on the site.
You can see this latest video on the link below as well as the rest of our videos in the Rescued from the Sea series. These videos have now been seen worldwide and we have attracted over 100,000 hits to our Rescued from the Sea pages and videos.
Wansbeck Music Festival 2014
As you can no doubt guess from the rather happy looking students in the picture this year's Wansbeck Music Festival has been another resounding success for Hirst Park Middle School.
To find out more about what we have been up to, and view our Festival gallery, click the link on the left or simply click the one below!
Our AkzoNobel Projects
Hirst Park Middle School are proud to be working with AkzoNobel on a number of exciting projects.
Our media crews are creating a series of videos about the new recruits to the multi-million pound manufacturing plant AkzoNobel are building on the outskirts of Ashington. AkzoNobel, best known for their 'Dulux' range of paints, are behind our 'Design a Bus' project. Click on The AkzoNobel Project to find out much more.
Class 6SB (aka. 6SBeatz) became a literacy flashmob, invading classrooms, offices, labs and almost everywhere in school to get their poem, Drip Drop (written by class member Brooke), out there and heard! This film could not have been made without the help of assistant cameraman Jared (also from 6SB).