At the Beacon Centre we are Proud to be working towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses on positive LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTphobic bullying.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that we work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in our care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members.
Students at secondary school have been paying their respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Students have also, took part in an assembly which identified they huge role the Queen played in our country as well as the rest of the world. Student wrote a message on the bottom of a candle to share a message and remember the Queen. Some students from secondary have also visited the Town Hall to sign the book of condolence. A lovely message was left on behalf of all staff and students at The Beacon Centre Secondary.
This has been quite an eventful half term, considering it has also been a relatively short one! From the start of GCSE season to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations it has been all systems go at both Beacon Centre sites!
Primary pupils visited The Word. They listened to stories read by the librarian, and learnt how the books were organised and where they could find extra information on the things they love!
Our KS2 pupils took part in another inter-school bowling tournament organised by our wonderful friends at Panathlon today. 11 schools took part and we came in third place winning bronze medals and another trophy to add to our collection. 2/3 of our team scored over 100 so will be getting an extra ‘100 Club Member’ certificate too. All of the children were fabulous ambassadors for the school. They demonstrated teamwork and resilience, excellent manners and sportsmanship.
Young people from both Beacon Centre sites took part in a fantastic Jubilee party including quizzes, afternoon tea and garden games. God Save the Queen!
Jubilee in the Community!
As part of the wider celebrations for the Queen Jubilee, young people along with Miss Brennan donated saplings to a local primary school!
Having examined the nature of shelters in different habitats and the ability of animals to camouflage into their surroundings, young people were challenged to build a hidden shelter, can you spot them?
A note from me!
It has been fantastic to see the young people at our school once again pulling together and showing everyone what they can achieve. They have made a fantastic start to their GCSE exams, those year 6’s who completed their SATs did so in a way that they should be proud of.
At the Beacon Centre we are always proud of our young people and eager to show off what they can achieve when they believe in themselves. I hope you will join me in congratulating them all on an amazing half term.
The young people at Beacon Secondary have been completing a project over the course of the autumn term about knife crime and its affects.
The young people are engaged extremely well with the project and produced some excellent work. They had the opportunity to speak to uindividuals from the emergency services as well as relatives of victims of knife crime.
This experience has culminated in a showcase of work, which included sculpture, art work, music and poetry, to the school and wider local community including the Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness and the Mayor of South Shields.
We are all very proud of the young people for the work they have completed as well as for their excellent behaviour during the showcase.
KEY was the first charity in South Tyneside to run a food bank, when people from local churches began making food bags for young people in 1992. They work in partnership with Churches Together, to collect food donations and distribute them across South Tyneside to anyone who is experiencing hardship. The bags contain enough food for up to 3 days. They also include toiletries and other household items depending on need. In March 2019, the food bank moved to its new home on Boldon Lane and was rechristened KEY 2 Life. They have a team of 35 dedicated volunteers who welcome people, offer support, sort and pack food bags, collect donations from local churches, supermarkets and schools.
Beacon Centre’s New Head Shows His Support.
The Beacon Centre’s new and energetic Head Teacher, Mr Gray, took time out of his extremely busy schedule to help sort food packages with young people from the Secondary site. All involved found the experience rewarding and worth while with one young person stating “It’s nice to be able to do something to help others”.
The group who attended with Mr Gray spent their time sorting packages of food, organiasing products and ensuring that they were in date order and organised to make putting hampers together as easy and staightforward as possible.
The Beacon helps in Santa’s Workshop.
Earlier in the day, a group of young people from the secondary site attended the food bank to support in the sorting of Christmas gifts. Staff and young people spent a rewarding morning sorting LEGO packs for children to open on Christmas day. Again, students found this experience rewarding stating they hoped “the kids like opening their Christmas toys”. The students were so enthusiastic about helping sort the gifts that the job was completed quickly and efficiently meaning that they could do more to help by transporting donations to the storage room.
Aspens and Redwoods went to Blyth beach on Friday 24th September. The visit was inspired by the book ‘Holes’ which Key Stage 3 are currently studying in English; students were tasked with attempting to dig a five foot wide and five foot deep hole just as the characters were made to do in the book. We didn’t make it to five foot deep but we certainly have sympathy for the characters following our experience!
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