Author’s epic escape to freedom life story inspires Excelsior pupils

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.

The incredible story of one man’s escape from the terror of life in war-torn Afghanistan captivated Excelsior Academy students in a presentation on World Book Day. Gulwali Passarlay’s life-threatening journey to freedom from his Afghan home to his eventual arrival in Britain is the subject of a heart-rending biography ‘The Lightless Sky.’ He told Excelsior... Read more »

Brandon earns his stripes

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.

Attention! Newly-promoted Staff Sergeant Brandon Winkworth reporting for duty. The dedicated 16-year-old pupil is making rapid progress through the ranks of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force – now promoted to Staff Sergeant of Y Company, one of only two cadets operating at that lofty rank. Brandon is in charge of 120 young cadets in the... Read more »

Excelsior Chess champions rewarded

Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Four pupils who went head-to-head with an international master standard chess champion were rewarded by him for their skills. Rainbird Primary Academy pupils Charly Hobson and Gray Smithson, both aged nine, Mohammed Tabish, 13 and 15-year-old Ana-Maria Miron impressed Malolaprasath TS so much with their strategy, that he gave them their own chess sets as... Read more »

Checkmate! Chess master in grand Excelsior challenge

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017.

A leading chess expert will play up to 30 Excelsior Academy pupils, parents and teachers at the same time in a grand challenge of his skills. Malola Prasath, Director of the Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, will need all his renowned tactical nous to take on all comers in a celebration of the cerebral game... Read more »

New youth councillors make big plans for change

Monday, February 6th, 2017.

Excelsior Academy’s newly elected Newcastle Youth Council members are already planning to raise the issues that matter to young people across the city. Stephanie Downs, Earika Karki and Zara Rizwan will gather with their fellow councillors for their first full meeting later this month. Excelsior pupils cast the most votes in the council election and... Read more »

Kids V Nature

Friday, February 3rd, 2017.

Excelsior pupils were at one with nature today as they went down to the woods and learnt some skills for the great outdoors. Read about their exploits here: Today we got ready and wrapped up. We headed off to the Dene slowly dragging an enormous trolley of stuff behind us. First we made a den... Read more »