Ponteland Community Middle School Awards
Ponteland Middle School’s involvement in overseas projects and teaching of global issues have been significant and are ongoing. Staff at Ponteland Middle have forged links with organisations in Kenya and the school community supports teachers and pupils at Wanga Primary School, a Water for Women borehole project in Maasai Mara and a Viagenco Clinic for HIV/Aids in Mbita. Headteacher Caroline Pryer said: “This award is a testament to the consistent kindness, love and financial support given by trustees, parents, teachers and children to our friends in Kenya. We are grateful to the charity Development Direct for their persistence in opening our eyes and hearts.”
ESFA Danone Nations Schools’ Cup for Girls
Congratulations once again to Ponteland Academy on becoming National Champions 2018 in the ESFA Danone Nations Schools’ Cup for Girls competition at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 19 May 2018. The winners of the Inter District cup have also taken part in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals in various locations around the world, competing against other Nations’ winners as Team England. Next year is Danone’s centenary celebrations, because of this the 2018 Danone Nations Cup World Final event will be held in the summer of 2019 as part of an epic double Danone Nations Cup World Final! Hosted in Spain (Danone yogurt’s historic birth place), this brilliant sporting event will bring together two Danone Nations Cup World Finals (2018 & 2019, district and girls). Meaning that for the first time ever, Team England will be represented by four teams and the PCMS team will be one of them and also the first ever English Girls’ side to represent at a World Final! What’s more, it will pay tribute not only to the thousands of young athletes from around the world battling it out on the field, but also to Danone’s 100 years of bringing health through food to as many people as possible.
It is always inspirational for PCMS to invite successful past pupils into school to speak to current pupils about their achievements. On Wednesday 26 September, Kelland Watts provided that inspiration. Whilst in the school, as a pupil, he worked extremely hard in all subjects and was polite, modest and a positive role model for his peers. He was successful at GCSE level, despite having to combine this with Newcastle United academy commitments, understanding fully the value of a good education. Last season, as captain of the Newcastle’s Under 18 team, he had a call from the England Squad for the U19 European Championships. A year young and one of only three players from the North East, he was invited down to St George’s to train. Four days later he was given the news that he would start the first game against Turkey in Finland. At a whole school assembly, he presented the school with the shirt that he wore against France and spoke to pupils. His message was clear. Work hard and be kind and great things can happen. One class has already adopted this simple message as their tutor group motto. After assembly, Kelland met and spoke to the U11 girls football team who are national champions and will go on to represent England at the Danone world cup in Barcelona later on in the year. He then met our Head Boy and Head Girl who are two of our latest positive role models. We all wish Kelland every success in his footballing future.