Principal's Letter - Friday 16th January 2015
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Dear Parents and Carers
Year 11 Information
Yesterday Y11 received their externally moderated
examination results and personal learning checklists. With only 70 school
days left until the start of their GCSE examinations it is essential that
students learn important lessons from these results as to how they can improve
their grades in the summer examination series. The personal learning
checklist directs them to the appropriate revision and intervention sessions
which run on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays every week. During February
half term many curriculum areas will be providing additional support sessions
for Y11, further details will be provided nearer the time.
Y11 Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 22nd January. The evening will run from 4:00pm until
6:30pm and will provide a timely and very important opportunity to discuss your
child’s progress and identify the actions that need to take place from now
onwards in the build up to the summer examinations. Pie and peas will be available to attendees
in the dining room.
Thank you to the parents/carers who attended the
Guided Pathways meeting on Wednesday evening.
Further information will be available during the Y9 parents evening
which will take place on Thursday 29th
January. Parents will also be able
to schedule a meeting during this event to discuss their son/daughters guided
you will be aware we now expect all students to arrive at the Academy for no
later than 8:35am. Students have
made a positive start with this new expectation and the vast majority are
meeting our expectations. Please ensure your child arrives on time, in correct
uniform and with the right equipment for the day ahead.
focus on assemblies this week has been on attendance. We expect 100% attendance from all our
students for the academic year. During the assemblies we launched our
attendance leagues. Form groups have been divided into three leagues and
students will work as a team in their tutor group to try and finish as high as
possible in their league. The leagues
will be reviewed each half term. Please
ask your child for further details as we hope they will be excited by this new
initiative and the exciting prizes on offer.
We have a number of avid
readers at Sheffield Springs Academy and our Learning Resource Centre is
well-used. In order to ensure the range
of books on offer is varied and plentiful, we are seeking your support to
ensure that overdue books are returned to the Academy. Some books have been on-loan for a
considerable period. There will be a
Book Amnesty next week during which any students who return books to the LRC
will be awarded 10 Vivos. Students who
have overdue books have had reminders from form tutors and English teachers
this week. Thank you in anticipation of
Tuesday evening we welcomed primary colleagues to the launch of the common
calculations policy. Sheffield Springs
Academy and other schools within the family have collaborated to design a
strategy to benefit our students. It will
mean that all our students within the locality share a common understanding,
knowledge and experience of mathematics. We will launch this to our Y7 students shortly
and all Y7 parents will receive a policy through the post. Should you have any further questions please
contact the maths department.
In order to support families in crisis, a food bank
has been created here at the Academy.
Staff were asked to donate any spare essential food items, the response has
been overwhelming. We would now like to raise the profile of our
food bank with your support. If you are
able to donate, please provide essential items such as; milk (UHT or powdered),
sugar, fruit juice (cartons), soup, pasta sauces, sponge pudding (tinned), tomatoes
(tinned), cereals, rice pudding (tinned), tea bags/instant coffee, instant mash
potato, rice/pasta, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bar.
Your child can deliver items to the Academy shop
during opening times (before school, break and at lunch time). More information will follow on how to access
this service once it is established.
Last Thursday the Y8 netball team had a late fixture
against Sheffield Park Academy. Down in
numbers due to illness we set off to face a team with an unbeaten record. As the four quarters went on we gained in
confidence and found we had a good chance of winning! We went into the
last quarter two points down. The girls pulled together and we eventually
beat Park Academy 10-8. The game was of a very high standard, fast and
very physical but our girls stood the test. Well done to Sophie Fiddell,
Georgia Evans, Eliza Pearson, Saraya Goring, Courtney Penney, Nkosi Dube, Holly
Akers and Georgia Evans.
On Tuesday we took a group of Y7 and Y8 students to
Hillsborough to compete in the Sportshall Athletics School Sports Games.
They competed with determination and represented the school brilliantly – well
done to all involved.
Yours sincerely Yours
Russell Heritage Lee
Executive Principal Associate