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KEPIER SUPPORTING SHARP

Kepier were delighted to donate around 200 books from their staff library to SHARP (Shiney Advice and Resource Project). Many of Kepier's staff are avid readers who bring in, swap books and then post book reviews on their online Book Club site. As Kepier prepares to move into the new build, staff were keen their well read books went to a suitable home. Sylvia Copley from SHARP said "these books will add to our library here at SHARP, and we are very grateful to Kepier and its staff for their donation." Pictured are Miss Sood, Learning Resource Manager at Kepier, with Paula Pattinson and David Snowdon from SHARP.

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SISTER ACT

In the last week of our summer term, our fabulous learners put on their summer show, 'Sister Act'. In front of an audience of around 200 people on each of three nights, a cast and crew of well over 100 of our talented young people put on an amazing performance, with everyone who was there having a fantastic time. An awful lot of hard work goes into the show, not just from the learners but from the staff involved both directly and indirectly, with a special thanks going to Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Hall. Mrs. Jiggins and Mrs. Gill. Once again, many thanks to all the companies who supported us with donations for our raffles on the three nights. Click for more info! Check our Facebook page for more photos.

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RUTH'S FANTASTIC SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Ruth from Year 10 has made some fantastic strides in her ambition to compete to the highest level possible at Modern Pentathlon. Click for more info.

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COSYJO AT THE TALL SHIPS!!!

Cosyjo (The City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra), which is made up of learners from Kepier and other schools across the city, and conducted by our own Head of Music Mr. Hall, and who rehearse here at Kepier, performed in front of civic dignitaries and a large audience at the opening of the 'Tall Ships' event last week. As always, they put on a wonderful performance, playing a wide range of music and impressing everyone with their talent. Several of them also got to meet The Princess Royal!!! Well done to all involved!!!

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KEPIER PROM 2018

Kepier held it's Prom at Hallgarth Manor on Friday 13th July. In glorious summer weather, our learners all looked fantastic! Many thanks go to Mrs. Adamson, Mr. Van-Lindon and Mrs. Carter-Smith for organising such a great night, and to Hallgarth Manor for looking after everyone so well! Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the night!

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HENRY AND WILL COMPETE IN THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Henry and Will from Year 10 competed in the English Schools Athletics Association National Championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham (this is the stadium where the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held). over last weekend. The competition is often nicknamed the 'Schools Olympics', and over 2000 athletes will have competed over the weekend.

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KEPIER'S WORD MILLIONAIRES

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” So said Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler); in that case, the learners pictured here must be a trustworthy bunch! Ben, Jake, Alfie and Daniel are just four of Kepier's twenty eight pupils who have read over a million words. Our 'word millionaires' enjoyed tea and cakes with Mrs. Cooper to celebrate their reading achievements. This year, Kepier learners have read over 9,000 books including titles by Bear Grylls, Terry Deary and Helen Bailey. With our new build ready early next year, our Literacy Coordinator Miss Sood can't wait to get the fabulous new Learning Resource Centre up and running! Well done to all the learners who have read so well!!!

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HENRY AND WILL COMPETE IN THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Henry and Will from Year 10 competed in the English Schools Athletics Association National Championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham (this is the stadium where the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held). over last weekend. The competition is often nicknamed the 'Schools Olympics', and over 2000 athletes will have competed over the weekend.

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KEPIER'S WORD MILLIONAIRES

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” So said Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler); in that case, the learners pictured here must be a trustworthy bunch! Ben, Jake, Alfie and Daniel are just four of Kepier's twenty eight pupils who have read over a million words. Our 'word millionaires' enjoyed tea and cakes with Mrs. Cooper to celebrate their reading achievements. This year, Kepier learners have read over 9,000 books including titles by Bear Grylls, Terry Deary and Helen Bailey. With our new build ready early next year, our Literacy Coordinator Miss Sood can't wait to get the fabulous new Learning Resource Centre up and running! Well done to all the learners who have read so well!!!

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Kepier Summer Concert

Last night Kepier held its annual summer concert, featuring learners and staff from across all our year groups, including some Year 11 learners who returned to us to take part! The hour long performance, in front of an audience of around 200 people, featured classical and contemporary music from our school orchestra and choir, conducted by our Head of Music Mr. Hall and supported by music teacher Mrs. Jiggins and our peripatetic music teachers. Mr. Hall said "all those who took part should be incredibly proud of themselves. Its not easy to get up on stage and perform, and for many it was their first experience of this."!

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Poppy in Print!

One of our Year 7 learners, Poppy, has had the story she sent in as part of the 'Young Writers' competition published in the 'Stranger Sagas' book. Young Writers was created in 1991 with the purpose of promoting creative writing amongst young people. For 'Stranger Sagas', they challenged secondary school pupils to write a mini saga - a story in just 100 words. They were given the choice of eight 'story starters' to give their imaginations a kick start. Poppy's story is all about a young boy who hears noises coming from the basement, and goes to in investigate. whilst there he sees a dark shadow and.....well, the rest is in the book! Everyone at Kepier is immensely proud of Poppy for this wonderful achievement, and she is pictured here with Principal Nicky Cooper and a copy of the book.

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World Cup Day

This Friday we are joining in the 'World Cup' spirit with a non-uniform day - see the photo for more information!!!

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KEPIER STAFF v BAM CONSTRUCTION STAFF FOOTBALL MATCH

Last week, staff from Kepier and from BAM, who are constructing our new school, faced off in a friendly football match on our 3g pitch. This was on Thursday, and formed our own prelude to the opening day of The World Cup (even if the football wasn't quite of the same standard!) In a well contested game, Kepier (in the orange tops) led 2 0 at half time, and despite a spirited comeback by BAM in the second half, eventually ran out 7 3 winners. Many thanks to all those who took part, we hope you enjoy the photos!!!

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Kepier Celebrates Royal Wedding

To celebrate the Royal Wedding on Saturday 19th May, Kepier had a 'Royal Wedding Day' today with our canteen being themed for the day and staff and learners selling cakes made by them at break and lunchtime - a huge thank you to Mrs. Dawla for organising this!

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Kepier Summer Show - Can you help???

We are looking for local businesses to donate items/vouchers to be raffled off during the interval of our fantastic summer show, 'Sister Act', this year being held on the evenings of July 16th - 18th.

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New School Update

Since Easter work on our new school has progressed at a rate of knots. The full shape of the new school is now clearly visible, and you can see the main entrance and foyer of the school becoming part of the structure. The external cladding is now starting to be attached, and internal stairwells and corridors are starting to be put in place. Keep on checking our page for more updates!!!

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Max's Wonderful Poetry

As part of his English work, Max from Year 7 has written the most beautiful, thought provoking poem, which Mrs. Cooper absolutely loved. She said "Max has such great potential in writing poetry and even musical lyrics; what a talent!" We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Click to read.

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Max's Wonderful Poetry

As part of his English work, Max from Year 7 has written the most beautiful, thought provoking poem, which Mrs. Cooper absolutely loved. She said "Max has such great potential in writing poetry and even musical lyrics; what a talent!" We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Click to read.

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London Mini Marathon

Both Henry and Will put up amazing performances in London on Sunday at the Mini Marathon. Henry did exceptionally well finishing 3rd with a time of 15.21, and Will was only 19 seconds behind him in 14th place with a time of 15.40. They were the first two North East boys home, and their team finished second overall, another great achievement. There were 240 runners in their race from across the United Kingdom, which puts their performances into perspective - from everyone at Kepier, well done lads!!!

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Portland School Visit Kepier

Kepier were delighted to welcome students from Portland School to enjoy an afternoon working with our Science Department. They carried out a range of experiments whilst here and both they and our staff enjoyed a lovely afternoon. Mrs. Fuller from Portland School said "thank you to everyone at Kepier for being so accommodating." Special thanks to our science technician Miss Jackson for giving up her time to prepare all the experiments and help the students.

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Owen's Community Spirit

We have had a lovely phone call from a member of the public regarding a young learner who had helped a lady cross the road in Houghton. Jennifer, who works at Lloyds Bank, telephoned the school to praise the learner. She said 'the boy, with no hesitation, passed his bag to his friend and politely helped the lady cross the road.' During assembly, Mrs. Cooper asked if anyone knew who the learner was, and Owen raised his hand. Mr. Turton, Owen's coach said 'I'm not surprised that Owen has done this good deed, as he is an excellent learner, who is very thoughtful." Well done Owen, we are all very proud of you!

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Citizenship Awards March 2018

The Easter term saw Mrs. Cooper award prizes to learners from each year group who were chosen by their Year Managers as having made a real difference not just in school but also in the local community by their actions. Click for more info.

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ENGLISH CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Will and Henry represented County Durham in The English Cross Country Championships held in Leeds last Saturday. In bitterly cold conditions and the occasional blizzard, Will finished 39th and Henry 180th out of 339 runners. Will was the first Durham runner home and Henry the third. From everyone at Kepier, well done to both of you!!!

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SUNDERLAND YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARDS 2018

This years awards were held on 22nd March at The Stadium of Light. We were delighted that Emily, who left Kepier last year, was the winner of the 'Academic Achievement' award in the 14 - 20 Years category. Emily achieved 100% attendance during her five years at Kepier, and her hard work paid off when she achieved Level 9 grades in English Language, Literature and Maths, plus seven A* grades in her other subjects! Click for more info.

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TALL SHIPS RACE

Kepier are delighted that four of its learners have been awarded places on the Tall Ships event in Sunderland this year. Daniel, Lewis, Jayne and Yonela will take part in the event, representing both Kepier and young people from across the city.

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KEPIER AT NISSAN!

Sixteen Year 9 learners took part in the Industrial Cadets scheme at Nissan. The 6 day programme involved meeting a number of young graduates and apprentices from different departments and a tour of the plant, before completing the 'Try-Z' course where they were split into two teams to compete against each other setting up a production line. Click for more info.

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ANNUAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Kepier's annual Literature Festival celebrates books and literature. This year, we had a theme of Science Fiction V Fantasy and had many themed activities going on in the library including graphic novel workshops, Sci Fi workshop, Fairytale workshop, Dystopian Futures workshop and a creative writing workshop for a group of 25 year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools. Click for more info.

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NEW SCHOOL BUILD LEARNER GROUP

Our New School Build Learner Group have been busy documenting progress on our new school since work began. Kieron and Ethan, two of the group, said "over the short 11 week period, the new school build has progressed drastically; from the tennis courts being removed, the worker’s cabins being built and now finally the framework of the new school being visible. The BAM team have made excellent progress over this short period and are well on schedule."

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Kepier Learners Supporting Cancer Charity.

A group of ten learners at Kepier decided they wanted to raise money for the 'Clic Sargent' charity, which supports young people and their families who are going through the trauma of cancer. This came about following the death of the son of a former pupil at Kepier, and the learners involved held a coffee morning in school, selling home made cakes and also ribbons which again they had made themselves. Ellie, who led the fundraising, said "we wanted to help and support those children who are going through cancer, and are so grateful to everyone, staff and learners, who came along and helped us raise almost £100 for this cause." Pictured with the cheque are Ellie, Katie, Taylor and Grace, four of the learners involved.

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Kepier works with Erasmus+ Project

Kepier have been delighted to host a teacher from our partner school in France. Click for more info.

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More Football Success!

Our U12's Girls Football team have won the English Schools Football Association Area A Finals, held at Soccarena in Durham, defeating teams from South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cleveland and Northumberland. The girls now go on to represent Durham County in the National Finals in March which will be held in Birmingham. Teacher of PE here at Kepier Miss Cullen said "this is a fantastic achievement by the girls, and they should be very proud of themselves."

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School Games Platinum Mark

Kepier are delighted to announce that we have been awarded The School Games Platinum Mark. Click for more info.

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Kepier through to the final of the ESFA Playstation Elite Schools' Cup.

Kepier's U14 Elite Academy, in partnership with Improtech Soccer, hosted Thomas Telford School from Shropshire in the semi-final of The English Schools Football Association U14 Playstation Elite Schools' Cup. Click for more info.

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Hospitality Evenings

68 Year 11 learners over four nights converted the library and the canteen here at Kepier into restaurants that catered for over 100 guests as part of their GCSE Hospitality coursework. Click for more info.

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Poppy Pattinson

Kepier were delighted to welcome back Poppy Pattinson, who left us in the summer of 2016 after five years here, and have her present us with a signed England shirt which will be on display in our community reception area. Click to read more

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Supporting Cancer Charities

Charlie from Year 7 has raised over £1000 for cancer charities in the past year. This included a mini triathlon for Swimathon UK, and doing The Race for Life. Charlie was asked to be a mascot at The Stadium of Light in recognition of his efforts, and as it was a day when the stadium were supporting The Bradley Lowery Appeal even more money was raised for charity. Charlie is having a few months off from his charity work, but intends to raise more money from this spring. Everyone at Kepier is incredibly proud of him!

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Kepier Chronicle

Kepier Academy have launched a school newspaper which has been put together by the students. The newspaper team decided on the type of stories to include, interviewed people themselves and even agreed on the name, fonts and colours of the final issue. The plan is to create a new issue every term at first, however if we have more to write about then we may need to move to half-termly issues. Click on the above to enjoy this issue.

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Kepier in partnership with 'Space4'

Kepier are proud to be working in partnership with Space4 in Houghton-le-Spring. As part of this work, staff, parents and learners have been donating food to take to Space4 this Christmas, and today we delivered these donations. Pictured here are Christine Britcliffe from Space4 and teacher from Kepier Mrs. Read with the food donations.

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Kepier Christmas Concert

On Monday of this week Kepier hosted its annual Christmas Concert, featuring our school orchestra and choir. This is an event which has become part of the fabric of the school, and is enjoyed by around 200 of our learners families and friends. Head of Music Mr. Hall said "its a really lovely evening, both for those taking part and the audience. Many of those involved had never performed in front of an audience of this size before coming to Kepier, and they should all be really proud of themselves for putting on such a great show."

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Kepier Primary Carol Concert

Last week Kepier were delighted to invite our partner primary schools in to perform Christmas Carols and songs in front of an audience of around 200 parents/carers and families. As well as Kepier's own choir, we had those from East Rainton, Eppleton and Newbottle Primary Schools singing a mix of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs. This is an annual event here at Kepier, much loved by both the children and those attending. It's a lovely way to begin the countdown to Christmas for all involved!

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Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy v ST Aidan's CE High School Harrogate

On Friday December 15th the quarter final of the English Schools Football Association Elite Cup was held here at Kepier. Click for more info.

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Kepier Christmas Concert

On Monday of this week Kepier hosted its annual Christmas Concert, featuring our school orchestra and choir. This is an event which has become part of the fabric of the school, and is enjoyed by around 200 of our learners families and friends. Head of Music Mr. Hall said "its a really lovely evening, both for those taking part and the audience. Many of those involved had never performed in front of an audience of this size before coming to Kepier, and they should all be really proud of themselves for putting on such a great show."

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Kepier Dance Show

Don't miss The Kepier Dance Show on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December 2017! Tickets cost £2 concessions & £3 adults, and are available from Miss Chambers in the PE Department. Start time 6pm.

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Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy vs Dyke House

Match report by Ethan and Ryan (Kepier Elite Academy Players). This was another inspiring win for the boys. The team played like there was no tomorrow when they took on Dyke House in the third round of The English Schools Football Association National Cup.

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Young Writers Awards 2018

As part of the Lit & Phil's Young Writers Awards 2018, on Monday of this week a group of Kepier's learners took part in a writing workshop with their mentor, Jessica Wortley from The Lit and Phil Library Newcastle. The session involved a number of creative exercises which allowed learners to explore a variety of stimulating writing techniques and find inspiration for their competition entries. Miss Cassidy, Teacher of English at Kepier who is coordinating the competition entries, said "it really inspired the learners having Jessica in school for the morning to work with them. I have no doubt it will help them create wonderful stories for the competition."

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Artist of the week

Keira (Year 8) recently submitted work to be exhibited in the Year 11 'Beware of the Plants' exhibition. Our Art Department was very impressed with the quality of Keira's work and exhibited it along side the best of our current Year 11 Work. The Exhibition showcased the hard work and dedication of our learners and was a great success! Click for full size image.

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Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy

On an autumnal November afternoon here at Kepier, our Year 9 Kepier Elite Football Academy team took on Whickham High School in the second round of The English Schools Football Association National Cup. Click for more info.

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Quicksticks Hockey Tournament

Quicksticks Hockey is an introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey. It is a 4-a side game and can be played on any surface, and is a fun, safe and exciting game to get children involved in sport.

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Artist of the week

Our Year 10 GCSE Art and Design candidates have visited the Oriental Museum in Durham so as to learn about the Art and Cultures of the middle-east and Asia. Click for more info.

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Beware of the Plants'........

On Monday evening Kepier hosted a 'Beware of the Plants' Halloween Exhibition showcasing a Half Terms work in response to the theme. It celebrated the hard work of Kepier's Year 11 Learners, and featured a variety of 2D and 3D work.
Head of Art at Kepier, Lincoln Lightfoot said "the exhibition was a spooky look into the world of horticulture with our Year 11 Learners using their talents to change one of our garden areas into a themed display for the night. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers come along to enjoy the display, as well as staff from the school."

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Carole Wright

Carole Wright, one of the road crossing patrol staff who are based at Kepier, retired last Friday after more than 33 years of service, the last 10 of them based with us. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional day both for Carole, staff and learners here, and our Principal Nicky Cooper was delighted to present Carole with gifts and a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her years of supporting the school and the thousands of young people she has safely seen across Dairy Lane! Mrs. Cooper said "Carole will certainly be missed and on behalf of Kepier, I thank her for her devotion to our community for over 33 years. We wish her the very best in her retirement."

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Artist of the week

Emily has created a beautiful yet frightening response to the 'Beware of the Plants' project title. She has been looking closely at the work of artists such as Jeff Proctor. We look forward to seeing her develop the work once is has been fired in the kiln!

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Artist of the week

Emma acrylic painting for the 'Beware of the Plants' project. This piece is in response to the artwork of Jeff Proctor an artist that combines the gritty look of skulls and teeth with the pretty look of flowers and petals.

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Emily's outstanding GCSE results

One of our Year 11 learners who has just left us, Emily, achieved outstanding results in here exams here at Kepier, gaining 3 Grade 9's, 7 A* plus an A in Further Maths, results which place her in the top 0.4% in the country. Click for more info

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Tyne Wear Sport

Golf club targets schools to inspire a new generation of golfers. Click for more info.

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Kepier Summer Show - 'Rock of Ages'

Over three nights this week Kepier hosted it's annual school show, this year the wonderful 'Rock of Ages'. In front of an audience of between 150 - 200 each night, learners from right across our year groups - including Year 11's who have just left us - performed a two hour show filled with great songs and even better performances! Over 100 learners, including cast and back stage staff, took part in what is very much a staple part of our school year and much loved by the local community. Head of Music John Hall said "all those involved, both on stage and behind the scenes, should be proud of their commitment and performances. Rock of Ages is a great show and they certainly did it justice! Many thanks to everyone, both learners and staff involved, who made the three nights so memorable."

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Big Walk

This year’s Active Sunderland BIG Walk will take place on Sunday 1st October 2017, at Herrington Country Park. This year, there really is something for everyone with a choice of 3 different circular routes all starting and finishing at Herrington Country Park. It’s the perfect chance to get off the beaten track and discover some of Sunderland’s finest but least well known countryside.

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Kepier Chronicle Issue 3

Kepier Sports Academy have launched a school newspaper which has been put together by the students. The newspaper team decided on the type of stories to include, interviewed people themselves and even agreed on the name, fonts and colours of the final issue. The plan is to create a new issue every term at first, however if we have more to write about then we may need to move to half-termly issues. So, if you have anything you want to talk about - a school-related issue, an achievement, an event - write about it and be part of the school newspaper.

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Kepier Summer Show - 'Rock of Ages'

Over three nights this week Kepier hosted it's annual school show, this year the wonderful 'Rock of Ages'. In front of an audience of between 150 - 200 each night, learners from right across our year groups - including Year 11's who have just left us - performed a two hour show filled with great songs and even better performances! Over 100 learners, including cast and back stage staff, took part in what is very much a staple part of our school year and much loved by the local community. Head of Music John Hall said "all those involved, both on stage and behind the scenes, should be proud of their commitment and performances. Rock of Ages is a great show and they certainly did it justice! Many thanks to everyone, both learners and staff involved, who made the three nights so memorable."

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Bradley Lowery Foundation

Last Friday, we managed to raise over £750 towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which is amazing.

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Kingswood Trip

Last weekend learners from year 7 and 8 at Kepier embarked on a trip to Kingswood, Hexham. Learners were involved in all sorts of activities including the zip wire, leap of faith and 3G swing, and even got an opportunity to cover the teachers from head to toe in mud! The weather was really kind, and a fantastic time was had by all. Mr. Mayer, who organised the trip, said "I'd like to thank the learners for taking part and behaving well - they did the school proud. I'd also like to thank Miss Rhodes and Mr. Ambridge for giving up their weekend...roll on next year!"

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National School Sports Week

As ever, Kepier's students fully embraced National School Sports Week in the last week of June. Over 150 students took part in a wide range of sports, both at school and at a range of external venues, including Climbing, Dodgeball, Frisbee Golf,Tomahawk Throwing, Crossbow Shooting,Paddle Boarding, Pier Jumping, Dance Masterclass, Trampolining and a visit to Laser Quest. For the vast majority, it was the first opportunity they had had to experience these sports, and everyone involved had a great time. Mr. Dixon, Deputy Department Leader for PE said "a lot of work goes into the organising and planning of the week, but when you see the enjoyment gained by those taking part then it is well worth the effort."

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Kepier Summer Concert

On Monday 10th July Kepier hosted it's annual Summer Concert featuring around 60 learners from across all our year groups, including some of our Year 11 learners who have just left us but came back to take part in the event.

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Year 7 Reading Challenge

To encourage one of our Year 7 coaching groups to become more involved in reading, a 'million words' challenge was set for them. With the help of our Literacy Coordinator Miss Sood and their Form Tutor Mr. Mason; and with the promise of edible rewards! - the learners encouraged each other to read more and take book quizzes which they did at break and lunchtimes, as well as at home.

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The Stephenson Trail Project

Learners from Kepier worked alongside tutors Stephanie Sykes, Dawn Routledge and Margaret Daglish from MBC Ceramics on a heritage inspired fused glass workshop to commemorate the importance of The Stephenson Trail in the Coalfields area of Sunderland. Participants learned about the important part the local area played in the history of locomotion in mining, as well as taking part in practical glass cutting and design activities.

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Excellence and Innovation

A group of Year 7 learners from The Excellence and Innovation group at Kepier were awarded a £10 gift voucher from Principal Mrs Cooper. Learners were given the task of creating a superhero character, based on key teaching and learning themes across the curriculum. The standard of their work was excellent and will be show-cased in the form of posters and stickers around school, to be used by staff in September. Winners included: Kiera, Jasmine, Maisie and Jake, pictured here with Mrs. Cooper and their work.

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Sun FM's 'Next Generation Water Safety Campaign 2017'

Miss White and a small group of our Year 7 learners have been working through the rounds of Sun FM's 'Next Generation Water Safety Campaign 2017'.

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100% Attendance for 5 years!

Four very special Learners at Kepier School achieved a rare commendation this year at their Leaver’s assembly. They all maintained 100% attendance for their five years studying at Kepier, never a day off in all of their secondary education.

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Visit from multi Guinness World Record Holder, Ian Drummond

Just before half term, Kepier were delighted to welcome Ian Drummond from Team 3Sixty, a bicycle stunt team based in Houghton-le-Spring. Ian performed numerous stunts for a group of our Sports Leaders from Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) and talked to them about how he got into the world of bicycle stunts and displays.

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Tr-Golf Festival

Last Friday, Kepier hosted their annual Tri - Golf Festival for our local primary schools, with some 200 children from Year 3 and Year 4 taking part in what is always a fun and entertaining event. This festival gives the young people the opportunity to try out numerous fun golf activities whilst developing social and personal skills, and also allows the children to experience the game in the hope that they may want to take up the sport.

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Kepier Chronicle

Kepier Sports Academy are proud to publish the second edition of the school newspaper which has been put together by the students. So, if you have anything you want to talk about - a school-related issue, an achievement, an event - write about it and be part of the school newspaper.

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Hetton Lions Cricket Club

Hetton Lions Cricket Club. I dont like cricket... i love it!

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Scottish Swimming Championships

Harry, one of our Year 8 learners, has recently achieved incredible success at the Scottish Swimming Championships, held in Aberdeen from 29th - 31st March 2017.

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Kepier Dance Show

Kepier has this week hosted it's annual dance show, a much loved and enjoyed part of our school year.

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'Age UK Coffee Morning

Easter Coffe Morning, with raffle and cake stall! Bardard Cafe at the Hetton Centre. Monday 10th April - 10am - 12 noon

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Sunderland Young Achievers Awards 2017

Kepier were delighted to have five of it's young people recognised at this years Sunderland Young Achievers Awards. Mitchell from Year 7 won his award in the Highly Commended Category for Personal Achievement; Tom from Year 8 won the 8 - 13 years old Music and Performing Arts Award; and Dylan, Frazer and Brandon, together with Olivia from St. Anthony's school, won the 14 - 20 years old Music and Performing Arts Award with their band 'Saturn Highway'.

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Skipping Festival

Kepier were delighted today to host a skipping festival for primary school children from across the region, organised by our School Games Organiser Dave Birch and Chris Corcoran from Skipping School Ltd. Click for more information.

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Kepier Dance Show

Kepier dance students present 'Once Upon A Dance'. Tuesday 4th of April & Wednesday 5th April. Kepier Main Hall, 6pm.

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If U Care Share

One of our Year 9 Tutor Groups decided that they wanted to raise money for a local charity, and did so by running a confectionery stall. Each learner picked a charity that meant something to them for whatever reason, and these were put into a hat for the beneficiary to be drawn.

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Young Achievers Award

Mitchell, from Year 7 at Kepier, was nominated for a Young Achievers Award, in the category of Personal Achievement. Mitchell has maintained a positive attitude to school despite some challenging situations over the last few months. At the awards ceremony last night, he was awarded the Highly Commended category for Personal Achievement. Kepier are extremely proud of Mitchell and wish to congratulate him on this fantastic success

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World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day, and as always Kepier have celebrated this event with a week long literature festival.

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Football Academy Trials

Trials for those wishing to attend Kepier as part of the Kepier Elite Football Academy in September 2017 will commence on Wednesday 1st March 2017.
Click for more details.

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Kingswood 2017

This year Kepier are running their annual trip to the Kingswood Centre in Hexham. The weekend away is always packed with activities and good fun.
We plan to go on Friday 7th July and return on Sunday 9th. The cost of the trip will be £105 which includes coach travel, all activities and all meals.
If you think your child would be interested in going please ask them to see Mr. Mayer, Mr. Forsyth or Miss Rhodes for more details. Alternatively, contact Mr. Mayer at t.mayer@kepier.com.

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February 2017 Half-Term

Do you have a child aged between 0—11 years? Looking for something fun to do with them this February half term? Then why not take a look at the sessions we have to offer. Come along and join in the fun!!
Click for more details.

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Primary Hockey Festival

Kepier today hosted a Primary 'In2 Hockey' festival for schools from across the coalfields area. This is part of our work to encourage young people into all forms of sport, ending with city wide finals in the summer of 2017.

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Kielder Observatory Trip

Just before Christmas our Head of Science Mr Devlin took a group of learners to the 'Dark Skies' observatory at Kielder to allow them to study the night sky using the excellent facilities there. The trip was made possible by funding obtained from The Institute of Physics, without which the trip could not have taken place.

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Weekly Walking Programme

Please feel free to check out our NEW Programme leaflet and poster. Please feel free to forward this onto your family and friends, and to add us on Facebook if you haven’t already (Active Sunderland) so you can follow walk updates and photos from our walks.

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Performance at Civic Centre

The City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (COSYJO) performed at the civic centre in front of an audience consisting of the Mayor, civic leaders, council staff and members of the public. Cosyjo is made up of pupils from several secondary schools across the city, including five learners from Kepier. They are rehearsed and conducted by our Head of Music John Hall, and come into Kepier on Sundays and evenings throughout the year to practice, all of them giving up a great deal of their free time.

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Oriental Museum Visit

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week Mr Lightfoot and Miss Bell took two groups of Year 10 learners to visit The Oriental Museum in Durham as part of their Art coursework and to allow them to view and be inspired by the exhibits on display. All those who went had a fabulous time, as can be seen from the photo! Many thanks to Mr Lightfoot and Miss Bell and to the learners involved for their excellent behaviour whilst on the trip.

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Kepier Christmas Concert

As always, in the last week of our Christmas term Kepier hosted a free concert for the community, with carols and Christmas songs performed by both our school orchestra and choir.

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Year 11 Hospitality Evenings

A group of our Year 11 learners have been sitting their Hospitality exams at Kepier, part of which involves them planning, preparing, cooking and serving a three course meal in a restaurant environment. This is the first time that we have undertaken this type of exam for our learners.

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Kepier Chronicle

Kepier Sports Academy have launched a school newspaper which has been put together by the students. The newspaper team decided on the type of stories to include, interviewed people themselves and even agreed on the name, fonts and colours of the final issue. The plan is to create a new issue every term at first, however if we have more to write about then we may need to move to half-termly issues. So, if you have anything you want to talk about - a school-related issue, an achievement, an event - write about it and be part of the school newspaper.

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Kepier Orchestra at Eppleton Academy Primary

We were delighted to have our school orchestra invited to play a Christmas Carol Concert at Eppleton school on Thursday December 1st. In front of pupils and staff our orchestra played a selection of Christmas songs and carols, and Eppleton's school choir sang along with them on one song - we even had a couple of the pupils getting up to conduct the orchestra! Our Head of Music Mr. Hall said "it was a lovely way to start off the Christmas season, and we hope to be invited back to perform again."

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Active Sunderland

2016 has been a fantastic year for British sport and Active Sunderland. We've had BIG events, area sports festivals, brand new city events, new partnerships, new participants, new clubs and not forgetting a record breaking Olympic and Paralympic Games (including more athletes than ever from Sunderland!) and a British Wimbledon win.

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Stars in our Schools

As part of UNISON's annual national celebration day for all school support staff, I along with the branch's Local Organiser, Jo Spires, visited the catering staff at Kepier Academy. Mrs Cooper, the Principal, invited us to meet with the catering staff, whom she called 'wonderful'.

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Children in Need

As ever, Kepier learners and staff did their utmost to raise money for Children In Need on Friday gone. Organised by Miss Allen, but with the learners helping out both before and on the day, we managed to raise over £1300

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Kepier Inter Faith Week

This week at Kepier our learners have been taking part in 'Inter Faith Week', the aim of which is to increase understanding between people of non religious and religious beliefs to celebrate diversity. At Kepier during Inter Faith week our learners have been involved in a number of events.

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DT Creations at Kepier

Our Design and Technologies teacher, Miss Holden, has been working with learners from across our year groups on a project to show them how to run a small business, designing, making and selling to other learners and staff a range of products.

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2017 Run Sunderland events now open!

The Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K will take place on Sunday 7th May 2017 at Keel Square after a successful move into the City centre in 2016.

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Kepier Art Exhibition

Kepier school presents a week long exhibition celebrating art students work (2016). Houghton Library. 20th October - 4th November 2016

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Kepier Pen Pals

One of our Year 9 classes have been looking to improve their grasp of French by becoming pen pals with a school in Saint-Nazaire in Brittany. With the help of our Head of Languages Miss Macey, our learners contacted the school telling them about their lives and what life is like at Kepier.

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Kepier Tackling Rugby Development

With the help of funding from The RFU, we have been able to purchase new equipment, and they, together with Houghton Rugby Club, have supplied us with a coach to come in once a week for a morning, and after school to work with our learners, develop their rugby skills and increase participation.