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18 March 2016

Principal’s Letter - Friday 18th March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Dates for your Diary

Friday 18th March 2016 – last day of Spring Term

Monday 4th April 2016 – first day of Summer Term (all students return)

Year 11

A timetable of support sessions taking place over the Easter break was posted home on Wednesday of this week.  With only 21 days until the first exam, it is vital that students take advantage of the opportunities on offer at this crucial time.

Free Revision App

Available on App Store and Google play or online at  www.gojimo.com

This app and website gives you access to revision quizzes for all your subjects, is suitable for Y11’s who are preparing for their GCSE’s and for Y10 who want to revise the learning they have done so far.  Make sure that you check details of the exam board with your subject teachers.

Attendance

The target for every student is to achieve 100% attendance.  Our reason for this target and the relentless focus is due to the clear link between attendance to school and students making good progress with their learning.  Students will only learn and make progress if they come to school.  We would like to remind you that any student whose attendance is below 90% will be classed as a “persistent absentee” by the Department for Education.  Students should be aware of their current attendance level.  Please take time to discuss this with them. 

Uniform

All students are expected to attend the Academy complying with all aspects of the Academy's uniform policy. All students are required to attend with plain black trousers, white shirt, Academy tie, blazer and plain black shoes.  Any student who does not meet these standards will be expected to borrow uniform; this will include footwear. 

Rewards Day

On Wednesday 16th March approximately 200 students participated in our termly rewards day event.  Activities included cycling, dance and climbing in celebration of student achievement.  We look forward to welcoming even more students to our final rewards day in the summer term.  To be invited, students will need at least 95% attendance, no late marks and less than 20 behaviour points for the summer term. 

BiG Challenge

Students have worked incredibly hard to set up their business.  Three teams submitted reports to the judging round and one team made it through to the presentation stage.  ‘5 Leaf Clover’ consisting of Shereen Manla Ali, Courage Weye, Maissa Aroub, Saluni Aberwickrama and Ebony Tagizadeh made it past the judging round at DLA Piper and to the final awards night.  Together with their parents and some members of staff, the team attended the Oscar style awards night at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn on Wednesday 9th March.  They achieved two prizes, the ‘Champions Award’ and first place in the Key Stage 4 category, one of the main prizes of the competition. This team worked incredibly hard to make it to the final night and competition from all Sheffield schools was very intense. Well done!

Well done to all the teams that took part, especially those teams who submitted a final report. Entrepreneurial teams to look out for in the future are ‘The Sweet Shop’ (Sophie Wild and Katie Broadhead) and ‘Eight Stars’ (David Carpenter, Paris Sedgewick, Carly Boldy) who worked incredibly hard. No doubt we will see them at the awards night next year.

Debate Team

Last week saw the Academy’s first external debating competitions take place. A team of Y9 and Y10 students; Danielle Bennett-Pitts, Ben Ullyatt, Adam Thornely, Jack Warwick,  Raygan Collins, Danen Crabtree and Kieran Wright took on Park Academy, Barnsley Academy and John Smeaton Academy (Leeds). They debated such topics as ‘should companies and individuals be taxed if they don’t cut down on CO2 use?’ and ‘Should the UK exit the EU?’  The students did really well, winning three out of six debates. 

At another competition, a group of Y10 girls; Courage Weye, Maissaa Aroub, Shereen Manla Ali, Ebony Tagizadeh and Valmyne Sicott debated against Tapton School’s Sixth Form students and drew their match. Their subject was ‘should assisted suicide be legalised in the UK?’ As you can imagine, this was a very emotive subject however the students handled it very professionally and persuasively with plenty of facts, points of law and case studies. A huge ‘well done!’ to all the students who took part.

Cheerleaders

Wednesday 9th March was a fantastic day for performing arts.  A number of our students competed at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in the South Yorkshire cheerleading finals. They came second! An absolutely brilliant achievement after fighting off some tough competition.

English Performing Opera Company

Friday 11th March saw the visit from the English Performing Opera Company (EPOC) who ran an hour long workshop for all of Y7 and selected students from Y8 and Y9.  The interactive workshop explored the genre of opera in a fun and engaging way, giving students an opportunity to act, sing and participate alongside professional opera singers. Students fully enjoyed the experience which opened up new horizons for many.

AMP Awards Project

Well done to all the bands who competed in the in-school heat but in particular well done to ‘DISTORTION’ who represented Sheffield Springs Academy on stage at the O2 Academy. The business team have also worked extremely hard, creating the programme for the event and working with representative students from the other Sheffield schools and colleges involved. They sold tickets and talked to members of the public about the project at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre on Saturday 12th March. Thanks to Claire Farmer from Crystal Peaks who has worked really closely with the business team on the project.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an enjoyable break and remind you that all students should return on Monday 4th April on time, in correct uniform and fully equipped for learning.

Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely                                                   

Russell Heritage                                                Lee Morritt                                                        

Executive Principal                                           Principal             

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