St Bees School Newsletter – Full Circle Issue 4

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Forwards with Confidence

It has been another action-packed week at St Bees. Sadly, I was laid low by a rather nasty bout of labyrinthitis – my world did literally spin in the most disconcerting way. I am now back on top form, but disappointed to miss the inspiring visit of Women in Nuclear for their Summer Suffrage Celebration. You can read more below.

Mark George Gareth Seddon Danny Wang St Bees SchoolAs I write this, members of the Full Circle team and School Trust are in school for the latest Trustees’ meeting. It is wonderful to see Danny Wang again in the school and to see at first hand just how the plans are all coming to fruition. We are very grateful for the dedication and commitment of the board.

Now for the first of a weekly challenge for our younger readers. And, of course, a prize awaits for the child who solves the conundrum! Do send in your answers to email above. Closing date is Wednesday 25th July.

A Wikipedia Challenge.
You may have come across these before. The idea is to start of a specific page of Wikipedia and then link article by article to a destination page. So if you start on the St Bees page of Wikipedia and then link article to article to reach a destination article of the Maori Haka – does that make sense?
Let me know how many steps you took to reach the destination and of course, the quickest one wins!
There will be one of these challenges each week to keep you on your toes!!

Next week sees the first of  Summer Fest, organised by our terrific Commercial Manager, Ann Stott. It will be so very interesting to see all that she has planned for the children. The school will be busy with laughter and fun!
Well, enough from me.

Mike Abraham

Summer Suffrage Flag Event – Women in Nuclear

On Friday 13th July the School was proud to be host to an event organized by WiN (Women in Nuclear) and the UK National Nuclear Lab (NNL).

The event saw the arrival of the Suffrage Flag, an iconic symbol of the movement to give women the right to vote. The flag is currently on a relay around the UK to celebrate 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act (which gave some women the right to vote and opened up voting on equal terms in 1928) .

Thank you to Adam Pearson of Adamedia for the footage of Suffrage Event. 

The arrival of the Suffrage Flag in the area opened up a unique opportunity to combine these celebrations with the Cumbrian branch of Women in Nuclear.

The day began with a networking opportunity for attendees with a  topic centered around the question ‘What challenges may we face over the next 100 years?’. Cherry Pie Catering provided an excellent buffet and mocktails, and Susan Lambert played the harp.

This was followed by a gathering in the School’s Salad room where Claire Gallery-Strong (Chair of Cumbria WiN), and Sheila Rae (NNL) welcomed those in attendance, and  shared their experiences and ambitions for women in the nuclear sector. Our Headmaster, Gareth Seddon, spoke of the School’s history, his commitment to gender equality in all that the school does, and exciting future as the doors open in September.

A reading of the WiN UK Industry Charter was carried out by Miranda Kirschel. Orano became the 54th company to sign the charter and pledge to address gender equality and inclusivity, with an open invitation for other companies to then sign this important charter.

140718 St Bees School Hosts Women in Cumbria Suffrage Flag Event_24Trudy Harrison MP was then introduced to the audience, where she talked about her experience and the

challenges she has overcome as a woman in politics, and as a woman working in this sector in West


The meeting was concluded and a further networking opportunity with tea and coffee was available.

As the flag was in the village, this was the perfect opportunity for a group of pupils from St Bees Village School to drop in for refreshments and ask any questions they had about the flag. A photo opportunity with the flag and members of staff followed.

As the day drew to a close the School provided the beautiful back drop for a photo of all attendees, School staff and the Suffrage Flag.

It was a pleasure hosting this event and seeing the School come alive full of people.


summerfest holiday club st bees schoolSummerfest is back again for 2018, managed by St Bees Leisure Team and full of activities for children aged 4 – 14! We’ve added an extra week this year due to popularity and requests last year.

The event will run for 3 weeks as follows:

  • 23rd July – 27th July
  • 30th July – 3rd August
  • 20th August – 24th August

The cost is £125 per week (5 days). An early and late club is available at an additional charge of £5 per session.

Each week will be full of activities for the children including:

  • Circus School
  • Bushcraft
  • Tri golf
  • Mini Olympics

For any enquiries or to book please contact Ann and her team on:

Or call us on 01946 828000.

NB: Middle week nearly full, but there are a handful of spaces for first and last week left.




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