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10 October 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 10th October 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

We would again like to stress the importance of regular attendance to school.  It is imperative that if students are to make progress with their learning that they attend school every day and on time.  We expect all students to be in school for 8.35am. The number of students arriving late to school continues to fall and we would like to thank parents for their support with this matter.  If your child arrives late to school without good reason they will receive a 30 minute detention after school on the same day.

On Tuesday evening we welcomed Y7 students and parents into the Academy for our settling in evening.  This is an annual event at the start of each academic year to ensure the transition phase between primary and secondary school is effective.  Staff really enjoyed the discussions with parents and it is clear there are many positives relating to this year group already.

We were very excited to welcome two of the founders of 7billionideas (including the CEO) into the Academy today to speak with Y9 students.  They attended to promote a competition which will encompass the entrepreneurial spirit across all United Learning schools. As well as entrepreneurialism, the competition will teach students about true innovation, working together and introduce them to the world of coding.  Y9 students were invited to form think tanks of up to 4 and given the whole of November to come up with an idea for an educational App which could have a national or global impact.  They will submit a 7 page workbook outlining their idea.  The 10 shortlisted students will present their ideas to the panel of judges and the winning App will be built by the think tank.  Twitter users can follow them @7billionideas and @unitedlearning.

Our Y7 fundraising group got off to a flying start with their first event.  All over the country people were taking part in the Macmillan cancer support coffee mornings.  Our students, not wanting to be left out, put on a cake sale.  Staff donated buns/cakes for our fundraisers to sell during lunchtime on Friday 26th September and we raised a fantastic £77.00.  We would like to thank all Academy staff including catering  staff who donated buns/cakes and of course the staff and students who bought the products.  Well done team!

The Y9 boys football team have performed wonderfully well in their last three games. They played King Edwards School in the English Schools Cup and won 7-1. In the Sheffield School’s League victories at High Storrs School 10-1 and Stocksbridge 7-1 have placed them at the top of their league. Well done to all of the boys involved for producing some outstanding team performances.

On Thursday 12 students from Y10, Y12 and Y13 went to the Palace Theatre in Manchester to watch Swan Lake. This was a classical ballet performance by the English National Ballet.  The purpose of this trip was to inform students' understanding of a traditional dance style as well as the classic story that is told. 

Congratulations to last week’s “Stars of the Week”, the following students were presented with certificates for displaying particularly high levels of commitment to their learning and showing exemplary attitude:

Music

Cheryl Waby

Brilliant focus and excellent team work

Drama

Nichelle Moyo

Excellent focus and contribution to group work

Drama

Casey Foster

Excellent focus and contribution to group work

Art

Amy Robinson

Always working hard and trying her best

Art

Daniel Grabowski

Having such a natural talent and helping others

Dance

Maisie Turner

Supporting with the Y6 open evening, performing to parents and prospective students

Dance

Ashley Robinson

Supporting with the Y6 open evening, performing to parents and prospective students

Design and Technology

Shelby Gibbons

Really focused and determined effort in GCSE assessment

Design and Technology

Emily Crofts

She has made an excellent start in food technology lessons, especially in terms of effort, attitude and organisation

Maths

Michael Knowles

His work ethic has become a revelation and now completing all extended learning tasks and attending period 6 on Thursday

Maths

Jenny Grice

Continued hard work and effort

Maths

Saqab Hussain

An excellent approach to learning, neat work and excellent progression in maths

MFL

Callum Kirk

An outstanding approach to learning.

Computing

Riley Mason

Excellent focus in lessons

Computing

Amber Cheetham

Completing extended Learning to the best of her ability  

Yours sincerely                                            Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                          Lee Morritt                                                         Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                     Associate Principal                                          Associate Principal

 

 

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