U12 County Rugby Victors

U12 County Rugby Victors
The Under 12 rugby squad played some superb rugby to win the County tournament for the third year in a row on 20 March. After a long day the team faced Queen Mary's GS Walsall in the final. Newcastle completely dominated the game but could not find a way past the resolute Walsall defence. Eventually, though, Dylan Brownson crashed through a gap...

Health Fair

Fitness instructors put pupils through their paces at a Health Fair held by Newcastle-under-Lyme School.

The fair was designed to get pupils aged 14 and over to think about healthy living and lifestyle.

Fun fitness sessions were hosted by instructors from well known local health club group, MClub.

Head of PSHE at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Tim Jowitt, said: “This is the first time that fitness classes have featured in our health fair programme at the school. We have targeted pupils in Years 10 and 11 and the Sixth Form and have linked up with a wide range of health experts.

“Stalls have themes such as relaxation, healthy eating, mental health and how to check for signs of breast or testicular cancer.

“The MClub instructors ran four classes throughout the day. While Newcastle-under-Lyme School is well known for its sporting excellence, we recognise that there are pupils who do not always enjoy formal sports and believe that some of those pupils may be inspired to take up exercise classes normally found in gyms.”

MClub has a well established fitness centre on Festival Park and has recently opened a second centre at Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent.

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 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.

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