King James I Academy News

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Music Goes Back to the 80's!

April 2014

Music students in Years 11 and 12 have been reviving the sounds of the ‘80s in preparation for a themed concert, which will be held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall in May. ‘Back to the ‘80s’ will feature classics such as Madonna’s ‘Get into the Groove’, Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give you Up’ and Womack and Womack’s ‘Footsteps’; combined with a themed disco it will certainly be a night to remember!

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Dedicated Student Gardeners make Incredible Edible a Success

April 2014

Following last year's harvest, our 'Incredible Edible' fruit and vegetable garden is now fully prepared and ready to be re-stocked thanks to a dedicated team of students gardeners.

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BATH Making a Difference in Jamaica

April 2014

During the Easter holidays, following an exhausting 36 hour journey, 21 members of BATH in Years 9-13 arrived in Montego Bay for the annual Jamaica Difference visit. This trip saw the culmination of the inspiring BATHroom Project, which involved building and decorating toilet and washroom facilities for pupils at Brightley Beam Pre-School. Previously, the school had none at all.

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High Flying Mathematicians

April 2014

Our students have enjoyed considerable success in the UKMT Challenge over the past two years and last term saw even more join the ranks of the top Maths students in the country.

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Music Theory Exam Success

April 2014

Last term, 11 students in Years 9-13 took the ABRSM Grade 1 Music Theory exam for the first time at King James and all passed with flying colours

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Coming soon! Work Experience at Glastonbury for Sixth Formers

April 2014

This year, eleven of our Year 13 students will be working at Glastonbury Festival thanks to a new initiative by Mr Longstaff, our Assistant Head Teacher and Director of Learning for Business Studies.

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Daylight Star Gazing Inspires Interest in Astronomy

April 2014

Earlier in the year, our Sixth Form and Year 11 Physics students visited the Observatory at Durham University as part of the university’s outreach programme. The thought-provoking experience was so popular that Mr Lawton, our STEM Co-ordinator, working with Durham University’s ‘Physics into Schools’ Ambassador, Sam Watson, organised an in-school event which saw a portable planetarium erected in our gym.

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Coming soon! Get Ready for the Flavour Wars

April 2014

This term, an exciting competition will be taking place in school for ice-cream lovers. The Flavour Wars competition will see four staff-led student teams, including ones led by Mr Grieveson and Mrs Babington, compete to invent a unique flavour for homemade ice-cream.

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Framework for our New Building is Fast Emerging

April 2014

The groundworks for our multi-million pound new building are now complete and every day sees rapid progress as the steelwork emerges and our state-of-the-art academy takes shape.

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Vision - Issue 17: April-May 2014

April 2014

The Durham Food Charter... we’re going for gold!

Inside: Portable Planetarium experience, Outstanding Mathematicians, BATH in Jamaica, New Build Update, Bringing Shakespeare to Life, Outward Bound at Watermillock and much more.

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King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ