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28 March 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 28th March 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

Many thanks to those parents who attended Monday’s Y10 parent’s evening.  As concerned and supportive parents I know you are aware that parent’s evenings are important to the education of our young people.  They provide a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and enhance the all-important school to home relationship.

Assemblies this week have focused on the theme of respecting others.  It has been impressive to see students in Y11 and Sixth Form leading on aspects related to this very important topic.  

On Wednesday morning Y11 and Sixth Form students along with many staff had the pleasure of listening to guest speaker Richard McCann.  Richard knows a thing or two about challenge.  Having suffered decades of deprivation, abuse, prison and a lost childhood he decided to step up and change his life.  He has endured and overcome insurmountable odds throughout his 40 years. He puts his success down to his attitude.  What he describes as his ‘iCan’ attitude. With an ‘iCan’ attitude, he believes, we can all overcome the challenges, obstacles and setbacks that life has a habit of throwing our way.  Setting goals, overcoming self-limiting beliefs and taking responsibility for change are just some of the strategies which he skilfully delivered in his surprisingly humorous and extremely thought provoking presentation.  We hope that by sharing his life story our students will find the inspiration to face up to the challenges that lay ahead and go on to fulfil the enormous potential they have.

Our Big Challenge journey has now reached an end for this year but congratulations must go to all the students who took part and showed real business and entrepreneurship skills.  Well done to Cameron and Holly Akers who picked up an early ‘Flying Start Award’ for their business “Cams Jams and Holly Pops” and congratulations to Katie Bell and Melissa Rhodes with their fantastic handmade candles.  Their business “Candle Creations” showed high profits and their final accounts impressed the Big Challenge team so much they were invited to present in front of a panel of 5 judges consisting of local business men and women from around the City, an achievement in itself as only 15 teams were selected from over 250 entrants. The feedback from the judges was extremely positive with all agreeing that the girls had a good head for business and would no doubt be successful in the future.  We are very proud of Katie and Melissa for their success in business and for representing the Academy in such a positive way.

This week our girls under 12 netball team travelled to King Ecgberts and secured a 9-1 win.  Well done to the team; Courtney Penney, Nkosi Dube, Holly Akers, Jackie Sibanda, Saraya Goring, Gerogia Evans, Eliza Pearson and Latima Chiranda. 

Last Saturday, five of our students performed at Sheffield City Hall as part of the Music Hub Celebration Concert alongside groups from other Sheffield Schools.  Rock band ‘Black Diablo’; Josh and Jack Walley, Izzy Brice, Oliver Daniels and Sam Longstone  performed two songs by Def Leppard and Green Day.  Media coverage involved an interview for BBC Radio Sheffield and a Sheffield Music Hub Tweet “Just listening to Black Diablo go lead singer Wooo”.  As ever, the students were a credit to the Academy.

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

PE

Jacob Marshall

Y8

Positive attitude towards all activities. 100% effort and always looking at ways in which to improve performance. They’re both a pleasure to teach and are an example to the rest of the class.

PE

Matthew Naylor

Y8

Positive attitude towards all activities. 100% effort and always looking at ways in which to improve performance. They’re both a pleasure to teach and are an example to the rest of the class.

Performing Arts

Izzy Brice

Y13

for her performance at City Hall on Saturday

Performing Arts

Oliver Daniels

Y10

for his performance at the City Hall on Saturday

Technology

Jacey White

Y7

Excellent making skills and detailed design work in Food Technology

Technology

Melissa Capps

Y10

Excellent making skills in Food Technology

Maths

Devon Holden

Y8

Great attitude to learning

Business

Molly Higgins-Bainbridge

Y8

for producing excellent work in Business, very focused on moving to the next level

Business

Cain Tankard

Y8

for producing excellent work in Business, very focused on moving to the next level

ICT

Josh Mayall

Y9

produced  excellent work and improved grades in ICT

ICT

Sira Stevenson 

Y9

produced  excellent work and improved grades in ICT

Yours sincerely                                                 Yours sincerely                                                   Yours sincerely 

 

Russell Heritage                                                Lee Morritt                                                         Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                          Associate Principal                                           Associate Principal

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