Residential & Educational Visits

We offer a number of residential opportunities for students in school.
These range from Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, trip to Derwent Hill, Football trip to Manchester, theatre trip to London, ski trip to Italy and camping trip to Holland.
These residential opportunities develop independence, life skill , emotional intelligence and resilience.

In addition to this, our curriculum offers vast opportunities for or students to take part in a wide range of educational visits.

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Please see below to find out what we have been up to.

Visit to the New Wear bridge – 20th September 2017

 

Lucky students from year 9 and sixth form had a visit to the new wear bridge which will be opening in Spring!

Ski Trip 2017

Fourteen 6th form students and staff from Barbara Priestman Academy and HopeWood Academy are going to Courmayeur, Italy 18th March – 26th March 2017 for our annual Ski trip.

As part of the City of Sunderland’s celebrations to commemorate 1300th anniversary of the departure of the Codex from St. Peter’s Monastery on June 4th 716, a new Codex was created using contributions of all significant texts from every school in Sunderland and Jarrow.codex certificate

Nathan wrote a wonderful story about the night Angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her that she was going to have a baby, which was then illustrated by Megan.

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Our school was chosen as one of the few to take the new ‘Codex 1300’ to Westminster to be signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Dominic was given the privilege of travelling to London to represent our school. The Codex then made its way to the Pope in the Vatican City, Rome, where it will now remain as a commemoration of the original Codex sent by Ceolfrith 1300 years ago.

There have been two extra copies made, which remain in both St. Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth and St. Paul’s Church in Jarrow.

The whole project provided an excellent opportunity for our students to take a closer look at a document that will hopefully be as momentous as the original was 1300 years ago! We are lucky enough to have a replica in school, please feel free to ask if you would like to take a look.

A big thank you goes to Nathan and Megan, who produced our contribution.

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What was the Codex like?

The scale of the Codex is huge, unlike anything else made at the time. Its pages are approximately half a metre in height and two thirds of a metre across when the book is open. It is approximately quarter of a metre thick when shut and was once described as weighing approximately the same as a female Great Dane!

The Codex pages were made from vellum, which is prepared hides of sheep, cows or goats. They are so large that each double page would have required one whole animal hide. The whole book has over 2000 pages! The fact that Wearmouth-Jarrow was able to obtain this quantity of animal hides, for just one project, shows how well resourced the monastery was.

Analysis of the manuscript shows that it was the work of about six scribes. It shows that the monastic scriptorium was highly organised and very skilled. Other’s who worked in the scriptorium would be mixing and creating inks and preparing illustrations.

 

Ceolfrith

Ceolfrith had intended to dedicate the Codex to Pope Gregory I in Rome, where he also planned to spend his last days. Ceolfrith knew that he was coming to the end of his life, unfortunately he died en route, in Langres monastery in France on 29th September 716. Some of his followers then took the Codex on to Rome, and presented it to the Pope to fulfill Ceolfrith’s wishes.

If you would like to read more about the Codex and Ceolfrith, you can click here.

This Monday 16th May we had nine excited students and four staff setting off for Derwent Hill.

Derwent Hill is an outdoor education centre in the heart of the Lake District National Park and overlooks Derwent Water and Borrowdale, which is widely regarded as being the most beautiful of the Lakeland valleys.
It is a powerful learning experience which helps young people to be ready for the challenges of school, work and life.  Young people develop confidence, resilience, personal and social skills and teamwork.  They widen their horizons, develop their character, and take away a reservoir of experience from which they draw back at home and school.

Should you have any questions you can take a look at the Derwent Hill website by clicking here.

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After our journey down to Derwent Hill we were ready to jump straight into the action, starting off with an afternoon on the low ropes, followed by a night time walk in Hope Park, Keswick.

Tuesday we spent the day canoeing, first of all learning basic skills on the lake, before putting them into practice on the Derwent river.

Wednesday a gorge walk put us through the paces, followed by climbing ‘Catbells’ on Thursday. The perfect end to the night was a rave, complete with neon glowsticks!

On Friday we faced the terrifying death swing!

We hope you enjoy some of the snaps from our week!
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Euro Disney 2016

On 17th October a group of excited students and staff set off on an extra special journey to an extra special place.

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A fantastic time was had by all, the students (and staff) displayed excellent behavior and were a real credit to the academy.

We hope you enjoy our photos taken from a wonderful time at the magical Disneyland Paris.

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Liverpool Residentials

Liverpool Residential 11th-12th April 2016

In April we took a group of students down to Liverpool, on an overnight arts residential. Whilst there, we visited ‘The Beatles Story’. This was a fantastic learning experience, where we found out information about the Beatles from their early days in Hamburg, all the way through to their solo careers. We also watched a performance of ‘Thriller Live’ at Liverpool Empire Theatre and participated in a visit to the Cavern Club. We all had a fantastic time, seeing so many famous sights in a short space of time.

 

Liverpool Residential 26th-27th April 2017

On 26th April a group of staff and students travelled down to Liverpool for a two day arts/theatre trip. Whilst there they visited the world famous Cavern Club, discovered all about the Fab Four at ‘The Beatles Story’ exhibition, watched ‘How Sweet it is – Motown’s Greatest Hits’ at Liverpool Empire Theatre and explored Penny Lane Community Centre. In between all of this they managed to fit in eating at two restaurants and visiting two Beatles memorabilia shops! Everyone enjoyed the two fun-packed days and are looking forward to next year already. Thanks to everyone involved, especially Ken Johnston for volunteering to drive the mini-bus for us and for acting as a tour guide!

Manchester Residentials

On 13th February 2017 a group of staff and students will be travelling down to Manchester for an exciting two day sports trip!

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They have a range of fantastic opportunities to look forward to such as; A tour of the National Football Museum, a visit to Sport City, a visit to Lancashire County Cricket Ground, and a tour of Manchester United including an educational work shop.

 

2016 Trip

On 8th February a small group of 6th form students headed to Manchester for a 1 night football residential. On day 1 students had the opportunity to visit the world famous football museum in the city centre where they took part in various footballing activities. Well done Jack for beating Richard at the penalty shootout competition. On the evening students went to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United u21’s V Norwich u21’s. The group thoroughly enjoyed cheering all of the goals as United won 7-0. Students stayed at the Salford Quays Travel Lodge and enjoyed a mighty breakfast before heading to a tour of Old Trafford Where we had the opportunity to walk out onto the pitch and sit in the dugout. Following the tour, the group had a Q&A session with a MUFC teacher and had the opportunity to try on some players’ shirts and boots.

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The students represented Barbara Priestman Academy with maturity and demonstrated excellent behaviour throughout this residential. Richie and I look forward to running this event again next year.
Dan