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Reading Quest Reward Assemblies September 2016

Well done to all of the students rewarded in assemblies in both colleges last week for their outstanding efforts in the Summer Term Reading Quest. Students who had read and reviewed 3 books received a Bronze Award and Quest Badge, students who had read and reviewed 6 books received a Silver Award and Quest Badge and a £10 gift voucher and students who had read 12 books or more received a Gold Award and Badge and a £15 gift voucher. The Quest this term has started again with all Y7 – 9 students involved and receiving their passports this week – out theme this term is mystery.

Jasmine Richardson Year 7 was also rewarded with the first Y7 Student Librarian Badge at FCC and rewards were also given out to students who took part in a Young Writers Bookmark Design Competition.

Well done to all!!



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Year 5 and 6 DCBC Open Evening

Year 5/6 Open Evening at DCBC on Thursday was a great success; thanks to the families, students and staff involved.

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DCBC Year 7 & 8 Celebration Assembly – July 2016

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Congratulations to all students who received awards last week in the end of year celebration assembly.  They were all well deserved.  Thank you to school choir and Leah Hyde for providing first class entertainment.  Well done to all students but special mention to trophy winners Mikey Donnelly, Brooke Meale, Shannon Gallagher, Joe Summerson, Thomas Park and Kersey Coxon.  Congratulations also to 8PB who won the tutor group achievement trophy and an afternoon of bubble football as a reward.  Well done to Mrs Newman ‘s literacy group who all received awards. A great afternoon celebrating much success. Well done everyone.

Bubble Three Peaks Challenge

Just an update on our Three Peaks Challenge, we have already raised a staggering £1,600 but we would love to reach out £2,000 goal.

It is less than ONE week until we undertake this huge task!

All of the team have been training hard for the past 7 months and are all looking forward to striding out next Friday and starting up to the summit of Ben Nevis, onwards to Scafell Pike and lastly Mount Snowdon. We really appreciate everyone’s support so far it means a great deal to the team and the Bubble unit at the RVI Newcastle.

Check our website for more updates and Phil’s story and our just giving page

Thank you to everyone that has supported us so far!

We are hoping to live stream part of our walk so add me on facebook and you will be able to watch us climbing the three highest peaks in the UK LIVE.
Mr A Robinson
Data & Exams Coordinator
The Durham Federation
0191 373 0336

The Federation Snowdog@

SNOWDOG Competition Winners

The following students have spent this week designing and painting the Federation Snowdog – which they have named HOPE.

FCC: Alicia Fay Bremner, Luke Elliot, Caleb Hinnigan

DCBC: Amber Emery, Ellie Gillies, Brooke Meale, Millie McGuckin, Thomas Park (Kathryn White from Yr11 also completed a design and has offered to come in to help with the project)

Once completed and varnished it will be sent back to St Oswald’s Hospice and then be displayed somewhere in the North East as part of the Great North Snowdogs Trail.

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Year 11 GCSE Art Work

SNOWDOG Competition Winners!

SNOWDOG Competition Winners

KS3 Students across the federation have been getting involved in the Great North Snowdogs design competition to raise awareness for St Oswald’s Hospice.

The following students have been chosen by myself and Mr Donaghy as the winners of the competition. They will spend time on Thursday and Friday painting the giant Snowdog sculpture. (Details to follow)

FCC: Alicia Fay Bremner, Luke Elliot, Caleb Hinnigan

DCBC: Amber Emery, Ellie Gillies, Brooke Meale, Thomas Park (Kathryn White from Yr11 also completed a design and has offered to come in to help with the project.)

Thank you

Emily & Paul

Our Great North Snowdog!

Our Great North Snowdog!

The Durham Federation have joined forces with local charity St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice to be part of an exciting new venture. In partnership with Wild in Art we are involved in Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – The Great North Snowdogs!

The interactive trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. During Autumn and Winter 2016 students will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our dedicated app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.

The Fed Snowdog, appearing in assemblies this week, will be on show for 10 weeks from September 2016, in locations across the North East. Our students have been set a challenge over half term to come up with the best design and the winning ones across both Colleges will then get to work with Mrs Nolan on painting the sculpture.For more information please visit :

The PE and Art Departments

Thanks and Well Done to Year 11 (April 2016)

Thanks from Durham Sixth Form Centre

I wanted to thank you and also to have the opportunity to praise the students I met yesterday for their interviews on both sites, what an AMAZING bunch of young people. Everyone turned up, everyone was smiling and chatty and they ‘virtually’ all remembered to bring their predicted grades with them.

Every student arrived on time, which I have to say doesn’t normally happen!

I really enjoyed meeting them and hope that we can see them all here with us in September. Many thanks for organising the day for me which ran really smoothly.

Please do ensure that my praise reaches the students too!

Many thanks and see you again soon

Sidra Bruce

Rebecca Mortimer – Plays at The Sage Saturday 19th March 2015

Rebecca Mortimer – Plays at The Sage

Well done to Rebecca Mortimer (FCC) who had the fantastic experience of playing her violin at The Sage on Saturday evening as part of a Durham Music Service Showcase. The orchestra she plays in, Durham First Orchestra, formed part of Strings United alongside orchestras from Chester-Le-Street, Darlington, East Durham, Sedgefield and Weardale. Strings United was the single biggest gathering of musicians at the event.

Other bands featured as part of the Showcase included brass, wind and guitar bands, The Durham County Youth Orchestra and The Durham County Youth Big Band amongst others. The quality of the performances and the obvious talent displayed by all was outstanding. Well done Rebecca we are really proud of you.

Year 9 & 10 Celebration Evening – 15th March 2015

On Tuesday 15th March both of our colleges hosted their Year 9 and 10 Celebration Evenings with students receiving awards for attainment and effort from every Curriculum Area. We were very privileged to have a special guest at both sites as the Mayor of Durham and Leader of the Council Jan Blakey spoke to all students and presented some awards. The events were a real celebration of the fantastic work that our students have done so far this year and there were some very proud parents and families as well as very proud students.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award. Key Stage Leaders at DCBC and FCC

Sean Ball – ex DCBC student – Marketing Executive at Forfusion Ltd

 ex DCBC student - Sean Ball

See what former DCBC student Sean, a 2014 BA (Hons) Public Relations with Marketing graduate, has developed using market-leading Microsoft technologys for the PR industry here

Watch Sean debate the changing nature of the relationship between PR & Journalism and how to manage the increasing pressures and shrinking time scales on both sides – factors which have led to the development of Pragmatist here

This link shows you how it looks and works here

Ex DCBC Student Chole Castro Successfully Auditions on the Voice – February 2016

 The Voice - Feb 2016

Click here. to read why The Voice judge Ricky is put into a spin by ex pupil Chole Castro.

Skills to Shine – Enterprise Project

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Skills to Shine engages young people in world-of-work project-based learning. The Enterprise Project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and works with disengaged young people aged 11-16 from South East Northumberland to increase their aspirations and motivation, enhance their employability and enterprise skills and introduce them to various future options and careers.

What we did

Young People from Durham Federation and Career College North East participated in the Skills to Shine manufacturing challenge from September to October 2015. Teams from the participating schools went head-to-head to design a manufacturing process for a K-nex car and in doing so, learnt about manufacturing and engineering.

The project was launched at South Tyneside College, where the young people explored manufacturing processes for everyday items, before building in teams their K-nex car and competing against each other in time and distance races.The teams then visited Ford Aerospace, New College Durham and Dicksons the Butchers, where they gained a better understanding of different manufacturing processes and used this information to design their own process for their K-nex car. Their ideas were presented at the showcase event at South Tyneside College in front of a panel of people from the manufacturing industry.

Their ideas were presented at the showcase event at the showcase event at South Tyneside College in front of a panel of people from the manufacturing industry, who were particularly impressed with all their hard work and knowledge about the industry.

Name the Bear Competition – February 2016

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The Year 11 Prom Committee have been raising money all term in preparation for their big night in June. Students have been selling tickets for a “Name the Bear” competition which was drawn this afternoon. The worthy winner was Year 8 student Alfie Richardson. Thanks to everyone involved for their help and support with this fundraising; we raised £229.04 but with money owed counted in we raised £240.54. A huge well done to all Year 11.

Congratulations to all involved especially Alfie for being the Winner!!!