Well done to Year 12 student Katherine Bell who has rounded off her indoor athletics season in impressive style.
Last month in Sheffield, Katherine competed at the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships in the Under 20 Women's 60m sprint, she qualified for the final in a time of 7:97 seconds, then in the final, she finished in 6th place with a time of 7:96 seconds.
Last weekend, Katherine ran the last race of the season, at the North East Athletics Championships held in Gateshead. Competing in the Under 20 Women's 60m sprint, she won her heat in a time of 7:94 seconds placing her as the fastest qualifier going into the final.
In the final, shown in the video below, she came away with the gold and a new personal best time of 7:88 seconds, making her the 2024 North East 60m Champion and placing her at the top of the North East rankings for the Under 20 Women's 60m sprint and 38th in Great Britain!!
Well done Katherine, what a great way to end the year, and much to look forward to next season!
Loads more great sporting news coming soon!
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Well done to Year 12 student Katherine Bell who has rounded off her indoor athletics season in impressive style.
Grease is the word!
The Rydell Prom is in full swing, with Highfield Middle School coming along this afternoon to watch our final dress rehearsal.
Tickets are close to selling out for both shows, a small number will be available on the door, but we would really encourage you to buy them in advance, get in touch with the main office tomorrow.
We can guarantee it really is Electrifying!
Our Sixth Form Open Evening is next Tuesday, from 5-7pm. This is a chance for prospective students currently in year 11, and their parents, to come and find out more about the courses we offer. Subject Teachers and current students will be on hand to answer your questions.
The evening is for existing PCHS students and also any who might wish to join us from other schools. No booking required - just come along. There are short presentations at 5pm and 7pm. and then you can tour round our faclilities.
Please do share this with friends and family, or anyone you know who might be interested, so they can come and see why we are all so proud of our school and especially our wonderful, friendly, inclusive sixth form.
Grease is the Word!
The glitterball is up, Greased Lightning has a fresh coat of paint and the dress rehearsals are fast approaching.
For two nights only, come along to Rydell High and follow the love story of bad-boy Danny Zuko and straight-laced Sandra Dee. Get ready for an evening of catchy tunes, lots of laughs, and dancing in your seat. This is our first full musical production in a few years so it would be great to fill out our hall, and showcase the wonderful talent we have in school
Tickets are now available and can be purchased from the main office or email [email protected] and we will get back to you with payment information.
We are happy to share with you all that our recent Ofsted report is now online, and can be read in full on the link in the comments.
We were delighted that the inspectors saw the school as we see it, and were especially impressed by the inclusive nature of the school, the strong relationships between students, staff and parents, and the high expectations we have for all.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the inspection, who filled out the survey, and who offered words of support and encouragement during the visit.
Thank you all for you words of support this week, they mean a lot to us all.
Support and counselling for students and staff is still available next week, please let us know of anyone who you feel may benefit.
The Carol Concert that was due to take place this week will now go ahead next Tuesday December 19th, Doors open at 5.40 pm for a 6pm start.
The event is free to attend, but there will be a voluntary collection towards the costs of our production of Grease in February 2024.
Dear Parents and Carers,
This morning we received the devastating news that Joanne Neal - one of our Pastoral Support Team, passed away suddenly during the night. Joanne worked with so many of our students as part of her role. I ask that you keep in your thoughts her husband and two children at this sad time.
The students have been given this news this afternoon and will be supported by staff in school. Please let us know if your child needs any further support.
We have cancelled all events scheduled for this week including the Carol Service this afternoon and the Carol Concert tomorrow.
We would just like to say a huge thankyou to the whole school community for their support over the last couple of days.
We have been overwhelmed with the many messages of support from parents throughout the inspection period.
We are so proud of our students, they represented our school beautifully (as they always do) and will continue to do this.
We will share the outcome as soon as we can, possibly before Christmas.
Unlocking the structure of DNA is one of the most amazing scientific discoveries of recent times, and the North East is leading in much of the new research.
Y12 have been studying the structure of DNA in their Biology lessons. They managed to successfully extract DNA from fruit and modelled semi conservative replication.
Last month our Year 9 Historians were asked to create their own versions of enlistment posters or propaganda, here are just a few of their wonderful creative responses.
Next Tuesday evening we are hosting a Winter Concert, which will feature musical performances from students across the whole school, many with a festive theme.
Doors open at 5.40 pm, tickets are free, but there will be a collection, with donations going towards the production costs of our next school show - Grease!
Please do come along, it is always a lovely night
This week we are collecting donations for West Northumberland Foodbank, which provides for over 130 families in our local area in the last 12 months.
Students can bring in donations of food and leave with their form tutors throughout the week.
The foodbank would like any of the following items -
Cereal, dried or tinned soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, other cook in sauces, tinned meat, tinned ready meals, tinned fruit and veg, tinned desserts, UHT milk, tea and coffee, biscuits and toiletries such as deodorant and shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary products.
In the lead up to Christmas they would also especially like treat items such as After Dinner Mints, Sweets, Chocolate Oranges and Selection Boxes.
You can also still help Mrs Rushmere as she tries to raise extra money to buy selection boxes by trying to guess the name of her knitted dog - at £1 a guess.
Thanks you all for the support in this appeal, if you need any more information, or support from the foodbank, the link and contact details are in the comments
Exams and Cover Manager
We have an exciting opportunity for a well organised, and enthusiastic administrator starting as soon as possible. The role involves arranging appropriate cover for absent staff via Supply agencies and taking responsibility for the organisation of all external and internal examinations.
Experience of working in a school would be an advantage but is not necessary as full training will be given. For further information and an application form please visit:
Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students made a brilliant variety of dishes displaying a wide range of vitamin rich foods in their lesson this week.
A protein rich diet helps your body grow and repair itself. and is especially important for muscle and bone development in young people.
Not only are these meals very good for you but the presentation was amazing too!
Our sixth form Digital Media students were lucky enough to attend an exclusive screening of the documentary 'Tish' today as part of the national Into Film Festival. They also got to meet the film's producer Jen Corcoran, who gave them some great insights into the production, and how she had managed to make her way in such a competitive industry, having grown up and gone to school in Stockton.
Our students asked some really thoughtful questions, and then were interviewed after the event, and as always, were a credit to the school. Some of them are hoping to work in media in the future, and it was a real inspiration for them to meet Jen and see that it is possible to succeed, despite the many barriers like those Tish Murtagh had faced, and sadly haven't gone away today.
The film tells the story of Tish growing up in Elswick, Newcastle and then going on to photograph many of those living in the area through the 70s and 80s. She never received the recognition she deserved for her work during her lifetime, but the film tries to put that right. If you have friennds or family who grew up in the North East around that time, then it is really worth seeing if you get the chance.
Thanks to for hosting us at the Everyman Cinema, a very luxurious cinema to visit
Some more great sports results this week.
Our boys volleyball teams took part in a tournament earlier this week. The year 11s won all 6 of their matches with Thomas Azhli and Thomas making up the winning team. The year 10s won 5 of their 6 matches and ended up in second place.
On Wednesday in the county league our Under 19 Boys Football team beat RGS Newcastle 5 nil, Jago scored a hat trick, Billy and Liam scored one each, and Matty was man of the match.
Another great start to the season for PCHS teams!
Earlier this week a group of our year 12 and 13 A level students spent the day at The Sill, meeting staff from Northumberland National Park. They were there to learn about the role they play in helping farming practices become more sustainable in terms of their environmental impact. This linked in with aspects of the A level biology and geography course.
As you can see they had all come well prepared for the weather. Here's hoping for some blue skies next week, but it's not looking promising at the moment.
Lots of great sports results recently.
In Netball the U14s beat Blyth Academy 10 - 0 whilst the U15s won 10 - 7, both teams beat Astley High too.
Meanwhile the U16's finished 1st place in the Northumberland County Schools Netball tournament and will go on to represent Northumberland in the North East Regional Netball tournament in Feb
In Football the U14 girls beat Cramlington Learning village 3 -1. in the English Schools FA second round. They then unfortunately lost against Kings Priory 4 - 2 in round 3
The U16s beat William Howard 5 - 1 and are through to round 3 of the English Schools FA whilst the U15s won the first round of the Merchant Navy Cup against Jesmond Park Academy and are into the next round of the cup.
If you're free next week then the y9 boys are playing QEHS Hexham on Tuesday at home, and then the Y9 and 10s go to play KEVI Morpeth on Thursday. Full results next week, and from the Rugby too.
It's the end of the official Mountain Biking Season now, but over summer Katie in year 10 has been busy.
Katie is ranked number 1 in the country by British Cycling in the Juvenile Female (U14) category for mountain bike downhill.
She was also second at the National Downhill Championships in Wales in the Juvenile Female category and took the overall third place in the British Downhill Series in the Under 16 category and was the top Juvenile rider in that series as well.
And this after being unwell over summer, so not feeling she was at the top of her game! Look out everyone next season!
Here are some images of Katie racing in Wales and Scotland, and on the podium celebrating her series ranking.
Well done from us all - we're super proud of you!
Is it too early for a Christmas themed post? We don't think so.......
If you are a fan of a chocolate orange, or know anyone who is, then Mrs Rushmere is currently creating the perfect gift for you.
To help raise funds to go towards Christmas Selection Boxes for West Northumberland Foodbank these one-of-a-kind hand knitted 'Choclocate Orange Cosies' are available for £5 each. Pupils can order them directly from Mrs Rushmere, or you can order one from the school office, or in the comments below.
Also if you would like to donate selection boxes, or chocolate oranges then we will be doing our annual collection after half term. We will let you know of any other specific items that the foodbank are looking for then too.
If you would like to donate directly to the foodbank, or if you need their help, their website and contact details are in the comments.
A Level Biologists and Psychologists were challenged and inspired last week during their Brain Day with Dr Guy Sutton.
The workshops introduced students to degree-level concepts and research on the very latest studies in neuroscience, providing an insight into what is current and exciting in brain research.
Each session included a brain dissection and considered topics such as how nerve cells work, drugs and the brain, functional neuroanatomy and research methods (including fMRI, EEG, ERPs, post-mortem and connectomics).
Thanks to Dr Sutton, lots of food for thought in these workshops
On Monday our Girls Under 14s and Under 16s both beat QEHS Hexham 8-0!
The Under 14s played again last night, and beat Cramlington Learning Village 3-1 so are now through to the third round of the English Schools Cup.
Well done team, a flying start to the season.
Many thanks to everybody for our Great European Bake off and Cake Sale! Our Sixth Form Linguists chose the winning cakes….
In 1st place was Dan Hall’s (Year 9) delicious Greek Chocolate Orange Cake
In joint 2nd place was Mr York’s Northumberland Rice Cake with a European twist and Mrs Grange’s Apple Strudel!
So far we have raised £89.71 to go to Macmillan Cancer Support! Thank you again to everyone involved!
If your child would like to start music lessons then please use the link in the comments to sign up, or you can contact Music Partnership North directly - full details are below
"We are the main instrumental/vocal tuition provider across Northumberland, delivering
individual/group tuition on woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, voice, guitar and keyboard."
Instruments are available to hire. (excluding guitars, keyboards , drum kit)
Lessons usually take place duringthe school day, after- school online lessons are possible subject to tutor availability.
Any questions please get in touch using the information below.
Telephone - 01670 624045
Email - [email protected]
Congratulations to fomer student Samantha Macbeth who has just landed her literal 'dream role' as a cast member at Disneyland Paris.
Samantha took every chance she could to sing and perform whilst here at PCHS, she also starred in Prudhoe's own Dragon Tale Theatre Company community pantomimes.
Watching Sammy we could see your star potential, so it is the best news to hear you are taking this huge step forwards in your career. Good Luck from all of us, and do say hello to next years PCHS Disneyland visitors in July!
To celebrate European Day of Languages 2023, and the new series of Bake Off, the Prudhoe MFL department is hosting a European themed baking competition which is open to all year groups and staff.
The competition will take place on Wednesday 27th September. Your cakes will be judged by Sixth Formers and the MFL department with prizes awarded for the best cakes! We'll post the photos on here too. Have a look back on facebook for inspiration from last years amazing entries.
Please bring your cakes to Miss Stockley(103) or Mrs Ward (109) on Wednesday morning when you get to school.
The cakes will then be sold in a bake sale across both break-times on Thursday and all money raised will go towards Macmillan Cancer Research. Please make sure your cake has a cover so it can be stored overnight!
If you have any questions at all, speak to the MFL department.
On Tuesday the Army Careers team spent the day with Year 12 and 13 setting them a variety of teamwarking and problem solving tasks.
We also heard about the different training and professional opportunities within the army, plus how and when to apply.
Thanks to the team for making it such a fun day, and to all of the sixth formers who really got into the spirit of the day, as you can see from the photos.
The NCC school admissions portal is now open for Year 8 into Year 9 applications until October 31st
All of the details are on the link in the comments, if you have any problems accessing the site then contact the admissions team on 01670 624889
Did you manage to see the Northern Lights last night?
You could just make out the green patterns with the naked eye, but most phone cameras are sensitive enough to make out the hidden colours.
These photos were just after 9pm in Wylam. If you managed to take any photos put them in the comments, we'd love to see them.
We always like sharing the achievements of former PCHS students.
Here is Bronwen Davies-Jones with her band Howay The Lasses, who have just released an album celebrating some of the amazing women pioneers from the North East. The BBC have full story on a link in the comments below.
If you have managed to see NUFC Women's team play at home you may have heard one of Bronwen and the band's songs playing before the team come out. We've also put a link to listen to or buy their new album below.
If you have any good news stories about PCHS'ers past or present, please let us know
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