Commander honoured at Founders' Day service

Nick Carter received the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire’s Award during a ceremony on Founders’ Day on Wednesday, 24 October. Mr Ian Dudson CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire presented the award at the Founders’ Day Service at St George’s Church, Newcastle.

Mr Carter has been Commander of the Combined Cadet Force at the school since 2003. He began his association with the CCF 21 years earlier in 1982 after joining the school as a biology teacher. Mr Carter, who is now Head of Year and Head of Lower School Houses, said: “It has been a great privilege to have served the Combined Cadet Force and I have been proud to witness how pupils have flourished through working with the CCF and learning its values of service and honour. “I see this award as recognition for all the hard work carried out by CCF officers at the school over the last 30 years.”

Commander Carter, who has lived in North Staffordshire for the past 30 years, comes from a Forces family and spent his early years in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Malta as his father served in the Royal Navy. Highlights of his CCF career have included planning over 50 cadet camps and taking cadets to sea in 2003 on board HMS Scott. He has run a National CCF Warfare weekend for CCF cadets at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth since 1999.

Nick Rugg, Headmaster at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, said: “Commander Carter has worked tirelessly over 30 years in the service of our pupils through the CCF and the Lord Lieutenant’s recognition is a deserved award for his dedication and leadership.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme School’s CCF currently has 135 cadets and 10 officers or instructors.

Economics Trip

On Monday 4th February, a class of Lower Sixth Economists gained an invaluable insight into the workings of a highly successful multinational company when they visited SCA at Salford Quays. The pupils learned about the strategy of the international paper products company, and witnessed first hand the way in which SCA is caring for the environment whilst still competing in a very competitive business environment. The pupils had a great time and are very grateful to Sally Barker the Managing Director of Velvet for organising the trip.

UKYP Elections

This year, for the first time NuLS will be hosting a polling station for the elections for UKYP. On Friday 25 January 3 of the 4 candidates who are standing as potential Members of UKYP came to meet with the Student Council. They talked to us about the important role that UKYP plays in representing the views of young people in this country. Pupils in the school will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite candidate and also outline issues that are important to them when the polling booth opens at 12.45pm on Monday 11 February.

Christmas Greetings

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Christmas Cakes

The amazing results of the staff Christmas Cake Club!

GCSE Drama Performance

A very cold Wednesday night and School Drama hits Town. Well done to everyone involved!

Senior Maths Challenge Success 2012

Pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School achieved 4 Golds, 6 Silvers and 3 Bronze awards in this year's UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. Over 98,000 pupils from across the UK entered the Senior Maths Challenge with the top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the next 20% silver and the next 30% bronze. Three students have now qualified for the “Senior Kangaroo”, a competition for the top 4,000 students nationally. The Senior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and aimed at pupils in Years 13 and below.

Hobo stoves

The Scout group cook some dinner on their homemade 'hobo' stoves.

Shoebox appeal

Once again this year we were able to take part in the Christmas Box campaign run by Samaritan's Purse. 87 boxes were collected from the school and are now on their way to a child overseas. This is a simple, personal way for one child to give a gift to another needy, child.

School Trips Overview

Trip

Year offered to

Organising department

Optional/ Compulsory?

Cost

Time of year offered

Normandy Trip

Year 8 and 9

Modern Languages

Optional

£300

June 2016

German Exchange

Year 10 and 11

Modern Languages

Optional

£400

Easter 2016 (tbc)

French exchange (Staffs Limousin Experience)

Year 9 upwards

Modern Languages

Optional

£370 (approximately)

English in France April 2016 (tbc); French in England  July 2016 (tbc)

Junior Rugby Tour 

U13 & U14 squads

Disneyland Paris

Optional

£400 (approximately)

Next tour Easter 2017

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze

Year 10

 

Optional

£250 approximately (dependent on number of participants)

Autumn Term 2015

Sat 10th October  - 09:30am - 4:00pm Bronze Day Walk Group 1

Sun 11th October  - 09:30am - 4:00pm Bronze Day Walk Group 2

Sat 17th  October - 09:30am - 4:00pm Bronze Day Walk Group 3

Sun 18th October - 09:30am - 4:00pm Bronze Day Walk Group 4

Sat 21st November 1pm - 5pm Bronze training in school

Sun 22nd November 10am - 2pm Bronze training in school

Spring Term 2016
Sun 27th March - 10:00am - 4:00pm Bronze Training at Apedale

Summer Term
Sun 1st - Mon 2nd May Bronze Practice Expedition Group 1

Sun 8th May - 10:00am - 2:00pm Bronze Route Planning in school

Sat 14th May - Sun 15th May Bronze Practice Expedition Group 2

Sat 4th June - Sun 5th June - Bronze Qualifying Expedition Group 1

Sat 11th June - Sun 12th June - Bronze Qualifying Expedition 2

Duke of Edinburgh Silver

Year 11

 

Optional

£300 approximately (dependent on number of participants)

Autumn Term

Sat 10th October & Sun 11th October 09:00am - 4:00pm each day Silver & Gold Training in school


Sun 22nd November 10am - 2pm Silver & Gold Route Planning Day in school (canoeists and walkers)

Mon 26th & Tue 27th October – Silver Canoe Taster Session at Ross on Wye

Spring Term
Wed 23rd - Fri 25th March - Silver Practice Expedition (walking) in Peak District

Sat 26th - Mon 28th March - Silver Practice Expedition (canoe)

Summer Term

Sun 8th May - 10am - 2pm Silver & Gold Route planning in school (walkers & canoeists)

Thur 23rd June – Sun 26th June Silver Qualifying Expedition (walkers)

Mon 27th - Wed 29th June Silver Qualifying Expedition (canoe)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold

Lower 6th & Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£350 approximately (dependent on number of participants)

Autumn Term

Sat 10th October & Sun 11th October 09:00am - 4:00pm each day Silver & Gold Training in school


Sun 22nd November 10am - 2pm Silver & Gold Route Planning Day in school (canoeists and walkers)

Spring Term

Wed 23rd - Sat 26th March  - Gold Practice Expedition, Howgill Fells

Summer Term
Sun 8th May - 10am - 2pm Silver & Gold Route planning in school (walkers & canoeists)

Sun 17th – 21st July Gold Qualifying Expedition.

CERN in Geneva

Lower 6th 

Physics

Optional

£250.00 approximately

Dependent on the cost of flights and coach to the Airport

CCF Courses : All sections: Including leadership courses, scholarships

Year 9 to Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£30 to £100

Easter and Summer Holidays.

CCF Weekend training

Year 9 to Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£5 to £15

During course of each term

RN Summer Camp

Year 9 to Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£80.00 approximately

July

Army Summer Camp

Year 9 to Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£80.00 approximately

July

RAF Summer Camp

Year 9 to Upper 6th 

 

Optional

£80.00 approximately

July

Ambleside Team Building

Lower 6th 

 

Compulsory

£60.00 approximately

September

Condover Hall

Year 7

 

Compulsory

£100.00 approximately

September

USA (New York, Washington, Philadelphia)

Years 10 - 13

History

Optional 

£1600.00 approximately

October

Normandy - WWII battlefields, Caen

Year 10

History

Optional 

£360

23-26 March 2016

World Challenge Expedition 

Year 11 to Upper 6th

 

Optional

£3,699.00 approximately

July 2017 (approx.) and every 2 years.

Preston Montford

Upper 6th

Geography

Compulsory

£255.00 tbc

End of September

Laches Wood Outdoor Educational Centre

Year 5

 

Optional (but prefer children to attend)

£186.00 approximately cost

February

Girls' Netball & Hockey Tour

Years 9, 10 and 11 (NB: they will be years 10, 11 and 12 when the tour takes place).

 PE

Optional

Region of £3650

Next tour 16th July 2016 – 5th August 2016, Australia

Senior Rugby Tours

Year 10

 PE

Optional (but most go)

£3500 approximately dependent on country visited

July / August 2016 to Honk Kong / Australia 

Bilbao, Spain

Priority to Lower and Upper 6th

Modern Foreign Languages

Optional

£550 approximate cost - includes all activities

October 2016

Ecology Field Course

All Upper 6th Biologists attend

 

Expected

£300.00 approximately

October Half Term

Scouts Autumn Expedition

Year 7 and above

 

Optional

£60.00 approximately

October

Rome, Italy

Years 8-12

History

Optional

£595

22-25 October 2015

Rome, Italy

Year 10 & 12

History

Optional

£595

20-23 October 2016

Science Live Lectures in Manchester

Year 10

Sciences

Compulsory

£28 approximately

Annual

Scouts Autumn Expedition

Year 7 and above

 

Optional

£45.00 approximately

October

Scouts Winter Walking

Year 7 and above

 

Optional

£45.00 approximately

February

Scouts Summer Camp

Year 7 and above

 

Optional

£170.00 approximately

July

Golf Tour

All year groups

 

Optional

Cost-dependent on location, duration, numbers

Next Tour August 2016

Normandy or Flanders

Year 10

History

Optional

£360

March/April 2017

Be aware that the Biology and Geography (Swansea) field trips are considered a key part of the curriculum and that therefore the bursary fund pays assistance to those on bursaries in proportion to the fee bursary. The same applies for the Year 7 and Lower 6th year group trips. 

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