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08 May 2015

Principal’s Letter - Friday 8th May 2015

Dear Parents and Carers            

Over the last two years we have worked hard to improve many aspects of the Academy and thus the life chances of our students.  With the support of many parents and members of the local community we have tried to celebrate the successes of our young people and to develop pride in the Academy and what is being achieved here.  Success is widespread and includes Performing Arts productions, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, overseas trips and excursions and most importantly progress in learning.  As a result, we have enjoyed a period of positive publicity which contributes to the wellbeing and morale of students and staff, supports and encourages everyone to give their best and helps build the reputation of the Academy and our students within Sheffield and far beyond.  We continue to deal with incidents of poor behaviour from a minority of students and take a hard line on breaches of school policy.  Any incidents which compromise aspects of health and safety are always dealt with swiftly and robustly.  If any parents or carers wish to raise any issues with the Academy they should contact reception in the first instance and seek assistance from relevant staff who will always try to resolve any concerns.  Senior staff, including the Executive Principal and Associate Principals are available to work with parents who require specific support.   

Music

Students from the 6th form, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have ventured for the first time into the world of graded music examinations. Working with their singing teacher Hillary Osborne and accompanied at the piano by Mr Egan, the students completed London College of Music Grade Examinations from Grade 2 right through to Grade 8.  Music examinations at Grade 6 and above are recognised nationally and provide students with additional level 2 and level 3 qualifications as well as university entry points.

Because this is a first for us (there will be more to come), Professor John Howard, Director of Examinations from London College of Music/University of West London, kindly offered to visit us and present the certificates to our students.  On Tuesday, we held a recital of the students’ work followed by a presentation ceremony where certificates were presented to students by Professor John Howard and Mr Heritage.   Suffice to say, Professor Howard was extremely impressed with the students' performance and was delighted to present the certificates to the students. He reminded students of the importance of celebrating their achievements in music and the positive benefits music can bring to the rest of their lives. Congratulations to:

Frances Corker                  Grade VIII            Voice

Emily Sidall                        Grade VII             Voice

Courtney White               Grade VII             Voice

Amy Daniels                      Grade VII             Voice

Megan Pinder                   Grade VII             Voice

Ruth Yedu                           Grade IV              Piano

Courage Weye                  Grade III               Voice   

Demi Farcas                       Grade II                Voice

If you are interested in taking vocal or instrumental lessons at the academy please direct your enquiry to Mr Egan.

Snooker

Last Friday after arriving at the Winter Gardens for some coaching with the world snooker coaches, students found the studio had been taken over by Radio 4.  This left just 30 minutes play on the table in the Winter Gardens.  On behalf of World Snooker and as an apology for not getting our full snooker session they offered us tickets to the VIP balcony in the Crucible to watch the semi-finals!  The students were taken into the Crucible and were able to watch 7 fames of the Shaun Murphy Vs Barry Hawkins semi-final.  The students were a credit to the school and it was even commented upon that they were the quietest part of the audience. 

Stars 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 an exemplary attitude:

Geography

Chelsea Hancox

Consistently excellent attitude to learning

Humanities

Bronwyn Johnston

Superb verbal contributions to class discussions

Science

Cheryl Waby

 Fantastic effort in science.

Science

Eriselda Rreci

Consistently superb approach to learning

Art

Juana Mohammad

For planning, organisation and excellent level of effort in art exam

Art

Ellie Nicholson

For planning, organisation and excellent level of effort in art exam

Drama

Saraya Goring

Mature approach to learning. Constantly works hard, creating an excellent standard of work

Drama

Alix Taylor

Positive approach to class work. Always works hard and creates some effective performances

English

Maddie Lindley

Works hard every lesson and always completes the work (and often extra) in the lesson

English

Harley Bullus

Works hard every lesson and always completes the work (and often extra) in the lesson

MFL

Mia Roper

An outstanding performance in French over the last two terms

Yours sincerely                                                     Yours sincerely                                                Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                                   Lee Morritt                                                       Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                             Associate Principal                                         Associate Principal

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