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.
Every Friday afternoon, Mrs Dixon leads outdoor learning which develops our children’s ‘soft’ skills such as instruction following, resilience, listening, turn-taking and evaluating. On Friday, the children learned how to tie poles together for building dens. The children worked as part of a team to travel across the ‘swamp’ to exchange some den building equipment with a different team. After the children had completed the ‘swamp challenge’ they worked as a large group to start building a den and evaluated how well they worked together. The children described each other as good listeners, good communicators, helpful and good at sharing and taking turns. Bear Grylls has nothing on Beacon Primary!
On Thursday 30th September the children at Beacon Primary were incredibly lucky to be invited to an inter-school bowling tournament, which was arranged by our friends at Panathlon. The children were absolute superstars.
They were winners of the tournament and their behaviour was so good that other schools complimented our staff. #TeamBeacon
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!
Primary had an amazing turnout for their MacMillan coffee afternoon on Thursday. Lots of parents and carers, our friends from Asda, secondary pupils and staff, and even governors attended.
School Council were very impressive hosts and our children manned their stalls professionally. Thanks to everyone’s generous donations we were even able to have a raffle and guess the weight of the cake competition. Overall, we raised a whopping £65! Thank you to everyone for making it such a special event.
Staff and students have been thinking about what they like about The Beacon Centre. From the amazing Staff team we have to the school’s dogs or the relationships between staff and young people.
Sometimes it’s great to take a minute to be grateful for the things that make you feel happy, in our case it’s being like a family and creative a supportive and caring environment for staff and young people.
We are so proud of all of our staff and young people. We strive to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve all they can and that everyone is able to be the best “them” that they can be….. Most of all…. “We are family!”