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There are always exciting competitions going on around Sir Jonathan North that you can get involved in.  Closing dates for this half term have now closed but check back here for the next competition opportunities. 

Like Design Technology? Then please read on ...

Calling all Year 7, 8 and 9 students: There is a great competition we would like you to enter!

Design a reusable bag to inspire people to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are plenty of great prizes on offer that celebrate great design and encourage young people to cook and eat healthy, fresh food.

  • Winning bag designs in Aldi stores nationwide – Winning designs will be in stores from Autumn 2018, inspiring Aldi customers to eat fresh food.
  • Special visit from a Team GB athlete – Winners will have a meet and greet with a Team GB athlete, who will also make a special visit to their school.
  • Vouchers for fresh produce and kitchen equipment – Winners will receive £50 of Aldi vouchers, and £200 of vouchers for their school.

Your tutor will have a PowerPoint to help inspire you and also you can look at details of the competition and a video on the this website:

Copies of the competition entry sheets are available in D1 or you can download them below:

Students must complete an Entry Template with their design and details. The template uses the correct ratios for the bag. Entries must be submitted together with a Cover Sheet for Entries. The Cover Sheet for Entries can be completed by a teacher, parent or carer. To ensure your entry is eligible please complete all the details on the Cover Sheet. Entries in to Miss Allen by 8.45am on Friday 4 May 2018.

Good Luck!

Miss Allen

DT Team

2018 International Women’s Day Competition

If you have done any write ups for IWD, you could use this to enter a competition being run by Penguin publishers for International Women's Day. You have to write, in 150 words or less, about a person who has inspired you and draw a picture of them. You could win a framed print of your choice from the book ‘Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History’, plus £250 worth of Puffin books for our school library. Entry forms can be picked up from the library and returned by Thursday 22nd March. Every entry will get a reward from the library!

Good luck!

Mrs Vyas

Space Tourism Poster Competition

As part of British Science Week we would like you to Design a Space Tourism Poster. It can be of a trip to any planet such as Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Tatooine (from Star Wars), or even a fictional planet made entirely from your imagination.

We would like you to create the poster from scratch based on your ideas and sketches which we will then develop digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator.

The chosen design will then be printed A1 size for the winner to keep.

The closing date for entries will be Monday 9 April.

For any further information please contact Mr Herickx in D17

POW – Puzzle of the Week – Week Beginning 4 June

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

Word of the Month – November 2018

October 2018 - Word of the Month ‘Episodic Memory’ – meaning Episodes in your life you’ll never forget. Prize draw was done by Mrs. Kellock and the winner Sabat (Year 7) won a book ‘Geek Girl’ by Holly Smale. Well done Sabat!

November 2018 Word of the month is   ‘Crytoscopophilia’.  Closing Date: Wednesday 28


Previous winners

Rotary 'Young Designer of the Year 2017' 

Six Sir Jonathan North students got through to the Rotary competition final held at De Montfort University on Saturday 17 June. 

The students were: Eleutheria, Chante, Aaishah, Evie, Danielle and Aafiya.  The best design work from state and private schools in the Midlands district was selected to go on display at the University.  All finalists were interviewed by a range of judges from design industries, the University and the Rotary club.  Their performance was excellent on the day.  All students received a certificate from Rotary as finalists.

Congratulations to Eleutheria who achieved an award for most commercial designer at school level. 

Congratulations to Chante who achieved first place at school level. 

A huge congratulations to Evie who achieved the award for ‘Most Innovative Designer’ at the District final!

Winning Harry Potter Magician! 

Congratulations to Rachel 7.4 who has won the Bloomsbury Children’s 2017 Harry Potter National Schools competition.   Rachel has won the opportunity for her and her form group to visit the Warner Bros. Studio – The Making of Harry Potter in London.  She will also receive a children’s hardback box set of the full Harry Potter series, a Harry Potter tote bag, poster, bunting and a Jim Kay signed print.

Mrs Vyas entered over 20 entries from Sir Jonathan North to the competition, following an activity session in the LRC.  Rachel’s winning Magical Professor was called Magical Careers Advisor and he advised young witches and wizards what to be when they were older. 

Well done Rachel! We look forward to hearing about the class trip to London.

First Prize in Chemistry Competition

The Midlands Salters’ Festival of Chemistry took place at Leicester University on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The purpose of the Festival is to:

  • Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
  • Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations ‘like a real Chemist’
  • Encourage team working and independent problem-solving skills.

We entered a group of four Year 8 students – Husna 8.4, Phoebe 8.3, Naomi 8.6 and Amy 8.6.

The students had to complete two tasks as a team in the university chemistry labs. The first task was a CSI investigation set by the Salters’ Institute and the second task was based on density which was set by the Chemistry Department at the University.

After completing the tasks, students were entertained by an exciting Chemistry Show whilst the judges deliberated.

The Sir Jonathan North team won first prize out of 17 teams from the Midlands in the Salters’ CSI investigation. They were commended for their excellent investigative skills, fabulous explanations and tremendous team work.

National Monologue Competition Winner

Jawhara 8.3 has won a monologue competition sponsored by the author Perdita Cargill with Simon & Schuster publishers.

This is what Perdita said about our students’ entries:

‘We were SO impressed with all your students' entries. We were very glad that it was up to Simon & Schuster to make all the hard decisions and not us because there were lots of entries and all to a really high standard. Massive congratulations to Jawhara Madani who was shortlisted for an exceptionally sophisticated and startling piece of writing!’                     

All four girls entered the competition having created very interesting characters and some quirky plot lines.  We are now looking at bringing them to life on stage.

Simon and Schuster is a large reputable publishing company and we look forward to them coming in to talk to the girls soon.

Young Investigator of the Year Award 2017

Amazing success for Sir Jonathan North!

For the second year running Sir Jonathan North has triumphed in the Lord Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year competition. A huge congratulations to Dibjeet 10.7 who won the Young Investigator of the Year Award. Dibjeet’s winning entry was a short film about the history of the Fielding Johnson Building at Leicester University, which served as 5th Northern Hospital during World War 1. Congratulations also to Amber 9.1 and Izzy 9.2 who were the only other two finalists in this category.

Each of our girls produced a unique piece of research of outstanding quality and presented their findings in an individual, creative form.  Their hard work was recognised and celebrated during the award ceremony that took place at Leicester County Hall on Thursday 27 April 2017. The girls have also been invited by Leicester University to access their archives to see the ‘Golden Book’, which contains records of the founding gifts from families in honour of their loved ones lost in WWI.

Well done girls! We are very proud of your fantastic achievement.

Reading Rampage - alternative book covers winner

Students are really enjoying the Reading Rampage initiative in the library.  They have been creating wonderful alternative book covers and we are proud to announce Simardeep 7.7 as the winner. 

Her fabulous multi-coloured, glitzy design for the book 'How to be a Blogger and Vlogger’ by Shane Birley won her a prize and some chocolate.

Well done Simardeep! 

Heritage Schools Award

Following Sir Jonathan North’s great success over the past two years in the historically-themed Young Writer and Young Investigator of the Year competition, the History Team has been recognised for its achievements and has won the Heritage Schools Award. 

Congratulations to all students and staff involved for their hard work!

‘I have enjoyed participating in the Lord Lieutenant’s award as it has allowed me to discover a fascinating side to Leicester that I never would have known about. Through this award I have definitely improved my technical and research skills by producing a short documentary on this subject,’ Dibjeet 10.7

SJN Poet Performs at Staffordshire Snap

Year 11 student Eleutheria was a finalist in the Staffordshire

Snap poetry competition and was invited to perform her poem earlier this month. As a result of her performance she has now been invited to a workshop ‘VERBAL’ to further her talent. VERBAL is a series of workshops with All-Star UK Poetry Slam Champion, Ben Norris taking place next month in Burton. Maya Whatton, Community Arts Management Intern at Staffordshire County Council who organised the competition, had this to say about Eleutheria’s poem:

'I really enjoyed your poem Nighttime, parts of it reminded me of Grace Nichol’s Hurricane Hits England, and it was beautifully read’.

Well done Eleutheria!