On Friday 15th November 2013 The Durham Federation hosted a committee meeting for the North East Chamber of Commerce at our Durham Community Business College site.
Members at the meeting included Managing Directors from local businesses, small business owners, local government officers and representatives from large national companies.
Prior to the meeting we requested that some of our sixth form students attend the meeting so that members could be given an insight into the Federation and how we work. On the day Year 12 student Pheobe Bradley welcomed the members to the Federation and gave them an overview of our sixth form facilities and the courses available to our students. This was then followed by a presentation from Grace Bulmer and Ashleigh Reed, two of our Year 13 Business Studies students on an event called ‘ Decade Dance‘ which they planned and facilitated for members of the local St Joseph’s Parish Centre Age UK club. Following the presentation a question and answer session took place with the girls receiving valuable advice from the members on what they are looking for on CV’s and essential items for their University application personal statements.
The girls then left so the meeting could continue but all of the ensuing conversation/discussions kept coming back to the girls and how well they had represented themselves and the Federation. The impact made by the girls was so impressive that they have been approached by Business Durham who were represented at the meeting by Dr Simon Goon to set up a pilot group for young people in the county in order to give their feedback and opinions on the Local Authority Durham Plan which is to be submitted to Government for approval and on what would attract them as university graduates to come back to the Durham area.
Well done girls we are extremely proud of you!
Dominic Lynn and Alex Campbell are runners up for the prestigious Lord Glenamara Award. This National Award recognises young people within the community and to have two runners up is an amazing effort.
Alex has had key roles within the Future Business Magnates and has helped organise collections fort Operation Christmas Chils as well as assisting with Sacriston Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. She has also been a Young Ambassador for Sport and is following a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She has recently returned from a World Challenge expedition to Malaysia.
Dominic is a leading light with College and across The Federation. He takes a leading role in Mentoring students and running the Peer support group. He has already clocked up over 200 hours volunteering in sport within the community.
Dominic has a great passion for the RAF Cadets and is currently working towards his silver Duke of Edinburgh and has been appointed a project leader in the Durham FA youth Council.
On Monday 11th November 2013, students from both FCC and DCBC, who travelled to Malaysia in July, got together for the final time to celebrate their achievements and memories of their amazing World Challenge expedition.
Parents, carers, governors and those who supported the students throughout the fundraising period and expedition joined the students to celebrate. Sacriston Parish Council (who gave very generous donation to the students) and local councillors were also there in support.
Miss Davison and Miss Powell, who organised the expedition to Malaysia, lead the Celebration Evening, guiding the students and guests through the 2 week expedition, and reliving many aspects though photographs and montages.
There was a special guest – the expedition leader from World Challenge: David Syme, who travelled from Edinburgh to speak to the students during the Celebration Evening. Students were thrilled to see David, who they grew very close to during the 2 weeks spent in Malaysia, and his speech even brought a tear (or a lot of tears) to a few eyes.
The night also allowed students to say a personal thank you to all of those people who supported them in their fundraising. All students had to raise a total of £1997 to travel to Malaysia.
The evening was a huge success and was a perfect way to bring the expedition to a close after brilliant 18 months of fundraising and treasured experiences that students and staff will never forget.
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Mrs Suddes and Mrs Pipes took 8 KS3 students to London to attend an Anti-Bullying Conference as part of the Diana Award.
The students had a great day and got to take part in dance and rap workshops where they explored the issues of bullying, led by top talent and celebrities.
The day also included a panel for questions and answers Chaired by Charlene White, ITV news presenter. The panel also included Simon Milner (Facebook Policy Director), Carrie Grant (vocal coach & judge) and Helen Beatie (service manager for Childline). The students could ask anyone of the panel a question.
Dragons Den - 3 schools were picked to enter a competition to win a prize of £200, they each had to come up with a fantastic idea to prevent bullying and try to sell their idea to the Dragons Den Panel.
Worksop leaders included:
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Phoebe Bradley Year 11 at Fyndoune Community College was recognised on Tuesday 29th January as an outstanding young person by winning runner up prize in the inaugural Lord Glenamara Memorial. Phoebe was recognised for her academic excellence and strong commitment to making a contribution to her local community.
The awards are in memory of Lord Glenamara who was a Head Teacher in Blyth before becoming an MP; he later served as Education Secretary under Harold Wilson. At the time of his death in May 2012, the 99-year-old was the longest serving member of the House of Lords.
Phoebe, her mum and Mrs Robbins were invited to attend the prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday, 29 January at Imperial College, London where Phoebe received her award from the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP. Also present were Mr Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, Lord Glenamara’s son Michael Short and several former Secretaries of State for Education.
Phoebe is on target to achieve highly at the end of Year 11 and even in Year 9 achieved an A* in English! She has just finished serving as Head Girl and Student Governor and has excelled in everything she has done. She went on a World Challenge to Morocco last year and is now planning her future. She has a place at The Durham Federation Studio Sixth Form to study a raft of A Levels; her dream is to become a famous writer.
"Phoebe is a fabulous young lady who truly deserves this award. We had a wonderful day in London and both Phoebe’s Mum and I were extremely proud." (Sam Robbins)
We have opened our doors to our new Sixth Formers in September 2012. The students are learning in a purpose built studio which is completely fit for engaging learning in the 21st century. Our students and staff are so excited about the opening of our new sixth form.
"The students are so pleased that we can now stay for another two years within The Durham Federation because we know that we will get the very best education with our teachers. They know us and they always make sure that we achieve the highest exam results possible"
Pheoby Bradley, Head Girl
"The new Sixth Form facilities are amazing. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to continue to learn in our Outstanding colleges"
Anne Lakey, Chief Executive