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19 December 2013

Principal’s Letter - Thursday 19th December 2013

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support during the first term.  We have made improvements in a number of key areas.  Our focus remains on raising attainment and progress; improving attendance; behaviour, and the quality of learning experiences for our students.  We aspire to be an outstanding school.  We remain on course to meet some aspirational targets; however, we still have a distance to travel.   At the start of next term we will continue to set high expectations for all our students and ensure that basic standards are reinforced. We expect all students to fully comply with punctuality, uniform, equipment and behaviour standards and be “ready to learn”.  I have set out below some “headlines” which you will find useful as you continue to support us: 

Punctuality

Students should arrive and be inside the Academy no later than 8:35am. 

Uniform

We expect the highest standards of Uniform.  The vast majority of students wear their uniform with pride, we expect all students to look smart in appearance at all times.  Shirts and ties should be worn with top buttons fastened with tie knots positioned with the collar.  Black shoes only are permitted.

Equipment

All students will be issued with new planners next term.  All students will need to have their target grades located within their planner.  Students must have a black or blue pen, pencil and ruler.  It is an expectation that all students bring their PE kit on the appropriate days. 

Behaviour

We expect the highest standards of behaviour at all times.  Any student who prevents others from learning will receive the appropriate sanction.  

am sure that you will be aware of the tragic road traffic accident which occurred last week on Prince of Wales Road in which a student from Sheffield Park Academy died.  I have sent our condolences to both the family and to Park Academy and also offered our support at this very difficult time.  Our thoughts are with the Park Academy community. Any accident involving a young person is particularly distressing, please continue to reinforce the importance of staying safe particularly when crossing busy roads in poor weather conditions.  We will continue to stress the need for our students to be extra vigilant. 

This week the Sixth Form students participated in the Great Springs Christmas Bake Off.  Students showed off their baking skills with entries including, ‘Santa at Stonehenge’ and a 3D Christmas tree cake.  The winners of the bake off were Grace Hustler, Nicole Simmonite and Alana Poole with their ‘Santa got stuck in the chimney’ cake.

Also this week within the Sixth Form, female students took on staff in a game of festive Rounders.  After a very close event the students came out on top. 

Congratulations 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:

Art, Design and Technology

Amber Cheetham

Y8

Excellent focus and effort in Food

Bethany Howard

Y8

Excellent progress in her “making” skills in Food

Geography and Spring Board

Komal Zafar

Y10

A* in a spoken presentation to the UN, persuading them to help the Sahel region

Emmanual Obadipupo

Y10

Joel Pashley

Y9

Going the extra mile with his assessment on extreme environments

Jacey White

Y7

For moving up almost 2 levels since September

Inclusion

Robbie Brown

Y9

Always tries his best in all of his lessons all of the time

Rajpal Hunjan

Y7

Always trying his best, moving on a level in Lexia and reading with expression in group reading sessions

Molly May

Y8

For fantastic work on vampires, and going above and beyond what she was asked to do

Maths

Lincoln Parks

Y11

For sustained improvement and high quality work in mathematics

Maddison Hunter

Y11

Excellent work in mathematics all term

MFL

Daniel Dickinson

Y9

Anexcellent approach to learning throughoutthis term

PE

Emily Bradbury

Y10

Excellent effort, endurance and enjoyment when participating in the Zumba lesson

Ellie Nicholson

Y10

Performing Arts

Ellie Stevens

Y9

Contribution to performance in assemblies and performing arts showcase

Finally I would like to confirm that our Main Reception will be open until 12noon on Friday 20th December to deal with any enquiries.  We hope that you have a very enjoyable Christmas and look forward to welcoming all students back to the Academy on Monday 6th January 2014.

Yours sincerely                                         Yours sincerely                                              Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                       Lee Morritt                                                     Jeremy Richardson

Principal                                                     Associate Principal                                       Associate Principal

 

 

 

 

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