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 CVs 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 NationalDepartment for Education Award recognises academic performance and efforts of young people within the community; to have two runners up is amazing.
Alex has had key roles within Future Business Magnates and has helped organise collections for Operation Christmas Child 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 across The Durham 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 Award 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 a 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, led 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, whom they grew very close to during the 2 weeks spent in Malaysia; 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.
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.
Workshop leaders included: