Year 9 Parents’ Evening is taking place tonight from 3.30pm.
Eppleton Cricket Club Indoor Junior Coaching will start on Sunday at Hetton School in the new sports facilities. The sessions are open to all junior players from seven to 15 years old. The indoor sessions will run until Sunday, March 26, from 10am to noon and cost £2 per person. Players of all ages are welcome. For further information, contact junior officials at firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of Leadership
After over 6 years of leading Hetton School as Headteacher, Mr Keay has explained his decision to voluntarily leave his post as Headteacher of Hetton School to seek a new professional challenge elsewhere, to parents, carers, staff, governors at the school and to the council. In letters to students and parents on Wednesday he states,
“Over the past few months, I have come to the difficult decision to resign as Headteacher. My decision is not because of the students or staff of Hetton School – I love being in school every day and will miss this. I am in my tenth year as a Headteacher and, for me, it is time for a change. I thank the Governors for the support they have given me. Our new building is the start of the next phase for Hetton School. Thank you for your support in working together with the School, always in the best interests of our young people.”
In accepting his resignation the board of governors has asked Deputy Headteacher, Mr Craig Knowles to become Acting Headteacher until such a time as a permanent Headteacher can be appointed. Chair of governors, Margaret Young states,
“We have complete faith that Mr Knowles and the existing Senior Leadership Team have the capacity to continue the excellent progress begun under Mr Keay. We will continue to provide support to the senior leadership team and Acting Headteacher, Mr Knowles, who has served as Deputy Headteacher for six years, to ensure continuity during this transitional period for everyone at the school.”
Mr Knowles’s first task as Acting Headteacher was to inform the students of the change, including the words,
“Although Mr Keay’s resignation will come as a shock to you, I want to offer my assurance that as Acting Headteacher my focus will remain on putting you first. You will see little change in your day to day education and your fantastic teachers will help to ensure that it is business as usual. As a school our expectations remain the same. We expect you to: Respect yourselves, each other and the staff of the school; challenge yourselves to Learn to the best of your ability; and strive to Achieve the very best you can in every stage of your school life. I will work tirelessly to help you achieve these things and I will always be ready to listen if there is anything that we can change to improve your life chances.”
Last year was the 1300 year anniversary of the first bible in England and for this every school in Sunderland had an opportunity to rewrite and illustrate a section of the Bible to go into a competition to recreate the Bible. This was then sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury who signed it and it was then sent onto the Pope to read.
Verity Parker won our section, she recreated the story of Samson and Delilah.
The book is now touring schools in Sunderland and we received it today and it’s getting picked up tomorrow night.
If you want to come and see her work in the book, it’s in my room.
I’ve attached some pictures of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope with the bible too.
Please congratulate Verity too when you see her!
MP Officially Opens the Doors of Hetton School’s New Buildings
(left to right) Chair of Governors, Margaret Young, Headteacher, Phil Keay & Bridget Phillipson MP proudly unveil the plaque opening the new school buildings
This afternoon MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson officially opened the new buildings of Hetton School. She was joined by a host of dignitaries including the mayor and representatives from the Education Funding Agency and the builders, Galliford Try. Visitors were given tours of the new school by students taking the chance to show off their new building and some of the amazing work they and the other students do.
Headteacher, Phil Keay said, “Since September the students and teachers have found a very different learning environment to that which they left – one which is clean, fit for purpose, modern and provides the very best chances for all our learners for many years to come. New facilities and furniture can be seen in most areas of the school, not least with new tables, chairs and equipment storage in every classroom. New fold-away dining tables allow larger friendship groups sit together at break and lunchtimes, and mean that the dining hall feels more like a social area. “
Hetton School, which was founded in 1912, moved into the new buildings in September 2016 and already the state of the art buildings have made a difference, with students such as Head Girl, Beth Laybourne saying, “I am so proud to represent Hetton School. The new buildings provide me with even more opportunities to pursue my academic dreams, but it is the amazing teachers that really make the difference.”
Chair of governors, Margaret Young stated, “I am so happy to be able to welcome everyone to our new home. I’m also very proud to be part of the Hetton School community. I firmly believe that our students are at the heart of our school in our new buildings, as the saying goes, ‘home is where the heart is’.”
Hetton School was one of the 261 schools nationally who were successful in being part of the new Priority Schools Building Programme. Before the project was confirmed Bridget Phillipson MP spoke to the House of Commons emphasising the desperate need for new buildings. Now seeing the facilities she remarked, “This has been a long journey to get here. I am delighted for the staff, students and the whole Hetton community. This new building is well deserved and I’d like to wish the school and its students every success in the future. “
Sunderland College are holding two open evenings on Monday 16th January at Bede Campus (4.30 – 6.30pm) and on Tuesday 17th January at City Campus (4.30 – 6.30pm)
We would like to issue an invitation to Hetton area residents, and especially parents of current students, to our Official Opening Ceremony on Friday 13th January at 3.30pm. We look forward to the chance to show our wonderful new building and some of the amazing work our students do here. Entrance will be via the Hazard Lane main entrance only.
New York 2017
Winning Raffle Tickets
1st (iPad) 5631 A.J.Parker
2nd (£200 Metro Centre Vouchers) 3555 Gemma Dickinson c/o t Parkinson
3rd (Ramside Spa Package for 2) 5764 Kaisha Richardson
Additional prizes – £10 Nike Gift Cards
2200 James Birbeck
3091 Ian Hall
0744 Ron Akenhead c/o Meg Maddison
2682 Julie Smurthwaite
Prizes will be available for collection from the main school office from Friday 6th January. It is important that you bring along the winning counterfoil showing the ticket number for the prize to be collected.
Thank you for your continued support of Hetton School and our fundraising efforts.
Stephen Ferguson, Senior Leader