Two volunteers (Stewart and Diane), from the charity Skills for People came into school on Wed 25th of February to deliver a workshop to fifteen Y7 and Y8 students. They focussed on the topic of disability hate crime and explored the consequences of using hurtful language etc. Both volunteers have learning disabilities and told the pupils about bad experiences they've had in the past - the pupils were empathetic and sensitive. They had a brilliant time and have a deeper understanding of what a hate crime is. Stewart and Diane also had a great time and have asked if they can come back to deliver further sessions!
Click here for further details about Skills for People
On Wednesday 21st January, six Year 10 students travelled to Temple Park in South Shields to battle it out for the top spot against nine other teams from across Tyne and Wear. Connor, Callum, Adam, Eli, Joe and Brent qualified to the Tyne and Wear final as they finished in first position at the Newcastle round. The boys were a credit to the College; they gave it their all in their field and track events and come in 6th position overall.
‘Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading enjoyment and attainment.’ Department for Education. A new reading group for Year 7 was launched last week. Students are going to meet once a month to discuss a specific book. The group has been designed to celebrate reading for pleasure as a way of raising attainment and developing the skills required to make progress in all subjects. If you’d like to know more about reading opportunities at Walker Technology College, see Miss Almond.
Year 11 Travel & Tourism and Business Studies students are going to visit London with Mr Hogg and Miss Butler on the 13th and 14th February. They are going to visit the world famous Madame Tussaud's Waxwork Museum and the London Eye as well as taking in sights such as Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Oxford Street. The visit will prove invaluable in contributing to the case study needed for coursework and the summer exam.
Some of our Year 12 Sixth Formers have been fortunate enough to secure work experience time with Galliford Try Construction. The students attend one day a week and are working on the £44m redevelopment of Stephenson Quarter by the Clouston Group. Phase 1 of the project includes a 251 bed 4* plus Crowne Plaza hotel, 357 bay multi-storey car park and 35,000 ft2 of grade A office space. This is a great opportunity and one that in the future could lead to a career with this company.
Walker Technology College, Sir Charles Parsons School and St. Antony of Padua are working with digital practitioner, Jeremiah Alexander to undertake a residency with Newcastle City Council Arts team in Walker, in collaboration with ISIS Arts. Working with students from Walker Technology College, Sir Charles Parsons School and St. Antony of Padua, Jeremiah will fuse visual and media art with innovative digital gaming technologies to create a project that explores the heritage and cultural identity of Walker.
Year 7 students from Walker recently took part in the Regional Final of the first Lego League at the OpenZone CLC in South Shields. Students spent a lot of their free time producing a robot and programming it to complete challenges. This was the first time students from Walker attempted this competition and they did brilliantly, with their score being close to those in the semi-final places.
The Creative Writing Group has continued again this year and there has been some excellent work produced so far. The image to the right was used as inspiration to write two fantastic poems (click here to read them). Building on the success of previous years, there is another Writers' Retreat being organised for later this school year. Early plans are to spend a few days in June at Hutton Roof with professional writer, Sheree Mack. Students who come along to the Creative Writing Group will be chosen first to go on this trip. If you are an aspiring writer or just interested in writing for fun, see Mr Webster or come along fortnightly on Wednesdays!
On 19th November, some of our high-flying Year 7&8 students took part in an Architecture day. There were a whole range of challenges for the students including one which involved building massive structures with nothing but wooden sticks and rubber bands. Some of the structures almost touched the sports hall roof; that’s nearly 7 metres high! The day was great fun and we'd like to thank Sir Charles Parsons for allowing us to use their Sports Hall for the day.
Please click here for more photos from the day.
My name is Jack; I am currently studying A-Level History, Sociology and Psychology. I attended St. Vincent’s Primary school up until year 4 then went to Whickham until year 7 then moved back to Walker in year 8. Upon returning to Walker, I immediately felt welcomed and relaxed comfortably into the school’s curriculum. This was a massive relief; having moved school twice already, to feel at ease meant a lot.
My name is Lucy and I’m currently in year 13 studying English Literature, Sociology and History. After sixth form I hope to attend university to study History. I joined Walker Technology College as a year 7 in 2008 and naturally chose to join the Sixth Form due to the continued support I received throughout my time in the school.
Walker Technology College is the most improved school in the City so it's no surprise that places are filling up fast for entry to Year 7 in September 2015. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2014. Please contact the College, the City Council or your child's primary school for information.
Our cheerleading squad is always looking for new members. Training sessions are every Thursday from 3pm until 4pm.
All are welcome.
Like it or not, the internet and social networking is here to stay. As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much and it’s likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
What can you do to help your child stay safe online?
When it comes to GCSE examination success, parents have a right to expect the best teachers for their students; top quality support when they need it most with ambition to reach full potential. We settle for nothing but the best at Walker Technology College. Our starting belief is that every student can pass.
Walker is one of the few schools to have Advanced Skills Teachers in English, Maths and Science. We are also lucky in that we have an Advanced Skills Teacher leading 'The Works'. These teachers are nationally recognised as being in the top 10% of all teachers in the country. Students have achieved outstanding results in these most vital subjects including A* grades at GCSE, even in year 10.
Walker is the only school in the North East running focussed assertive mentoring for Year 11 students. Students are assigned a mentor to guide and support them through the crucial preparation to the final GCSE examinations. This involves regular quality time and support with an outstanding teacher and mentor to help manage the stresses and challenges of the examination season.
The government expects 3 levels of progress in English and Mathematics in secondary school. At Walker Technology College we want more. Our aim for all students is 4 levels of progress in English and Mathematics. What does this mean? If your child achieved a level 5 in their Year 6 KS2 SAT in English or Maths, at Walker we expect our teachers to aim for a grade A at GCSE for that student. Level 6 students will be encouraged to achieve A* at GCSE.
The students at Walker Technology College are better prepared than ever before for the competitive world that faces them following secondary school. Whether they choose to stay on in our own sixth form, move on to college, get an apprenticeship or employment we are confident our teaching, support and ambition will ensure they have the best start in their adult life.