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12 December 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 12th December 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

Important Dates

Last day of term: Friday 19th December (students will be dismissed at 2pm – please note the early finish time)

INSET day: Monday 5th January 2015 (Academy closed to students)

First day of term (for students): 8:30am Tuesday 6th January 2015

Attendance

Our attendance figures have been hit by high numbers of student illness over the last week.  Please support us by ensuring that your son/daughter is suitably dressed with an outdoor coat for travelling between school and home during poor weather. 

Detentions

The Academy is no longer obliged to give parents 24 hours’ notice of a detention and parental permission to detain a child is not required.  Parents will not normally be informed of any detention that is of 30 minutes duration or less.  A text message will be sent to inform parents of their child being entered into Academy or SLT detentions.  Please ensure you contact Reception if you change your mobile number.

In giving detentions, the Academy will ensure that the impact of the detention on the student’s travel arrangements is reasonable.  The welfare of each student will be considered along with factors such as any caring responsibilities held by the student.

By law, the permitted times for detentions are:

  • Any school day when the student does not have permission to be absent

  • Weekends but not those at the beginning and end of half term holidays

  • Teacher training days

Events

During the past two months some of the Y10 students have been involved in the Connecting Communities social enterprise project via Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Enterprise Pipeline.  Our students worked together with staff from Whirlow Hall Farm to develop new ideas to promote the farm to Sheffield schools with the aim of increasing the numbers of visitors of school age.  We started with five teams across Y10 who came up with a variety of ideas to help Whirlow Hall Farm.  Two of those teams were chosen to go forward to the final presentation event at the University of Sheffield Arts Tower on Tuesday 9th December. The teams to go forward were ‘Farmers’ Little Helpers’ led by Sam Longstone, Luke Loosemore and Luke Wilde, their idea being an interactive primary school assembly and ‘Aspire’ comprising Zahava Nmezi, Louisa Smith, Tyler Doman and Daniel Wallis.  Their idea was themed tractor rides around the farm.

Sam, Luke and Luke won the day for Sheffield Springs Academy and their idea will now go forward to be developed into an industry standard product by students at Sheffield University.  It will then be rolled out to all the local schools in the area to promote the farm. We are really looking forward to seeing the final product later in 2015.

Well done to all the year 10 students who took part, they showed outstanding commitment and energy.  

The BiG Challenge continues, with teams developing products for their micro businesses.  First sales have already happened and there will be further opportunities to buy the products on Monday 15th at 6pm during the Performing Arts Showcase event. Also, on Tuesday 16th there will be a BiG challenge trade fair during lunch time outside the main hall.  

Star of the Week

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:

English

Cheryl Waby

By far the best prepared for what she needs to do

Inclusion

James Willmott

For his enthusiastic contribution during lesson  time and encouraging others to take part

Inclusion

Kalan O’Farrell

Positive approach to learning and supporting other students.

PE

Nike Allen

A pleasure to teach, always acts mature and is eager to progress in all sports

PE

Alex Watson

Always focussed on learning and is very keen to improve. 100% participation with correct kit in every lesson

Maths

Chloe Broadhead

For demonstrating a positive and mature attitude towards her learning and taking an active role in her Mathematics lessons.

Maths

Kira O’Dale

Excellent effort to improve her grade and general understanding of maths.

MFL

Isabelle Donnelly

For writing and developing excellent opinions

Dance

Anna Turner

For effort and commitment to improve in dance

Dance

Ellie Stevens

For effort and commitment to improve in dance

Art

Luke Rusling

Excellent presentation and positive contributions to class discussion

Art

Eshher Shee

Excellent presentation and positive contributions to class discussion

ICT

Jessica Booth

Developing leadership skills in her Computing lesson.

ICT

Victoire Weye

Developing leadership skills in his Computing lesson.

Geography

Finley Nicholson

Outstanding approach to learning

Big Challenge

Brooklyn Moore

She hesitantly agreed to give the Big Challenge a go and last week completed her first sale.

Big Challenge

Danielle Brown

She hesitantly agreed to give the Big Challenge a go and last week completed her first sale.

Yours sincerely                                           Yours sincerely                                              Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                         Lee Morritt                                                     Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                   Associate Principal                                       Associate Principal

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