House system to be revived at Academy

Berwick Academy is set to revive its defunct house system to encourage in-school competition between students.

Monday, 18th February 2019, 07:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 16:15 pm
Dylan Newton, Francesca Hall, Scott Tindall and cllr Kerry Beresford at Berwick Academy. Picture by Jane Coltman

Sports, arts and music competitions are envisaged from the start of the summer term.

Head boy Scott Tindall said: “We wanted to create something where all students were involved in the same thing.”

The houses are provisionally (Eric) Lomax, (LS) Lowry and (Lyn) Irvine – names with strong links to Berwick.

The school has been promoting mental health awareness through its involvement in the Emma Freud Project.

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Deputy head Steve Wilkes said: “We’re a pilot school for that. It’s a national project set up by this organisation to work with schools in taking two very different approaches in helping students with their mental health. They are going to look at the impact across both samples and see which one had the biggest impact.

“We have been very lucky to get ourselves involved in that because it involves some national level training and some expertise coming up to audit the school and help us to see where we are at.

“We also make sure we talk about it regularly at assemblies because it’s an area of huge concern, not just here but nationally.”

The school council is also keen to try to organise an event on mental health which also involves the wider community.

Efforts are also being made to revive the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which had also lapsed.

The school council has also been having an input at meetings of a new-look governing body and is keen to work towards improving the school’s image in the local community.

In recent months, students have done two collections for Berwick Food Bank and the senior team volunteered for a collection at Tesco.

Pupils also acted as marshals on Bloodwise’s Forget-Me-Not walk on Holy Island.

Next month a fund-raising non-uniform day is being held with the proceeds to be split between Comic Relief and Berwick Cancer Cars, the chosen charity of Tweedmouth Salmon Queen Emma Cairns.