I loved seeing the photos on the front cover of this newsletter from English lessons where staff and students show how creative English can be.
I visited All Saints Church on Monday to speak to Cannon Graham Morris about using the church for our Awards Evening. Last year was the first time we did a proper awards evening and I was so proud of all the students who were nominated. It was lovely to see parents come along and celebrate their child’s success. We wanted to build on that by having a better venue than our hall and Cannon Morris has kindly allowed us to use the church to hold the event on Wednesday 5th July. More information will follow later in the year.
Some of our Student Council attended Ryde Town Council’s Commonwealth celebrations.
I am always pleased when we are able to take part in community events and it’s such a
valuable experience for students.
The Student Council will be visiting the site of our new school next week. They have been involved right from the start in terms of some aspects of the building design and this is a great opportunity for them to see the progress McAlpines have made.
Some of you may have heard me mention STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This is an area that has become increasingly important within education and careers and will also be a big influence in the new building with specially created STEM areas. We have also this week appointed a STEM co-ordinator who is our very own
John Nicholson, Teacher of ICT, who will lead this important work.
Have a lovely weekend.
I had my first opportunity to have a look at the site of the new school this week and I am so pleased with the progress that the builders have made. We have included some images on the front page of the newsletter and as you can see the interior of the building is really beginning to take shape. The next group to visit the site will be the Student Council.
The construction company will be confirming by Easter a completion date for a hand over of the new building and we remain optimistic that we will move into our new buildings in September 2017. I will confirm details with you as soon as I am in a position to do so.
Thank you to the Year 9 parents and students who returned their options forms. We are now working through them and we will be writing to parents with their child’s options in the coming weeks.
The Year 11 mock exams for English, Science and Maths are starting next week and you can find a copy of the timetable on the website under the Exams tab.
Have a nice weekend.
Welcome back and I hope everyone had a relaxing break.
Although it has been a difficult week for all involved in the Academy, I have been proud of the response from staff and students and I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support.
Well done to all the students who came in for the Wembley dance rehearsal for four days over the half term. Miss Seaton said they worked incredibly hard. It was also fantastic to see lots of students in for the GCSE revision sessions we held over half term. These sessions can make all the difference.
The Rock Challenge team were at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday performing their showcase. The feedback I have had is that they were brilliant and are ready for the final in April. You can see images from the day in the Newsletter.
World Book Day was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped organise it. The students had great fun and again raised some significant funds for their House charities.
Our next Parents’ evening is for Year 10s and is on Thursday 9th March.
Have a lovely weekend.
As well as the Year 11 revision sessions in the half term (the timetable of sessions can be found on our website) we also have the ProExcel choreographers in to work with the students who will be performing at the Rugby Union Opening games at Wembley in April.
Thank you to the Student Council who spent their break time on Tuesday meeting with designers from McAlpine to look at the colours of the student toilets for the new school. They put a lot of thought into the process and I am sure their chosen colours will look great. Watch this space…..
We have a busy start to the term beginning with a production dealing with the issues of sexting by Hampshire Police. This will be on Monday 27th February and is for our Years 9 and 10.
On Wednesday 1st March the Rock Challenge team will be performing their showcase in Portsmouth and we would like to wish them all the best. You can find out more about their performance, and see photos from a rehearsal, in the Newsletter.
On Thursday 2nd March we are celebrating World Book Day. It will be a mufti day for all students. The day is taking elements from the book ‘Hunger Games’ and will introduce students to the idea of dystopian fiction. Students will be able to wear non uniform based on their House colours in exchange for £1 for their House charity. Year 11 students should use the House colour they had when they were in Year 10. Each of the House colours will represent a ‘district’ as per the ‘Hunger Games’. There will be a number of activities in the run up to and on World Book Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a relaxing half term.
X Factor was brilliant! There was some fantastic talent on display and the night was a sell out! Well done to the Year 10 boys who won with their band ’Radio Silence’. We had five finalists which were chosen by the judges and the winner was then voted for by the audience. They all made me so proud and it was lovely to see the support they received from the audience.
Futures Fortnight has begun and our 6th Formers have been working in a variety of organisations all over the Island including Wight Media Services, Cats Protection and A R Ball Engineering. You can see some of the photos in the Newsletter.
We have definitely had our share of fog this week!
Our next Parents’ Evening is for our 6th Form and is on Thursday 26th January at Haylands.
Good luck to all the students taking part in the X Factor auditions after school on Tuesday 24th January. The final performance will be on Tuesday 7th February and tickets will be on sale soon!
Following on from the success of Futures Week last year, we are doing it again and have extended it to run over a two week period. This will include work experience for our 6th Form as well as a careers fair for our Year 11s. A list of the events taking place can be found on our website under the Student tab.
Mock exams have now finished and students will receive their results during tutor time on Wednesday 1st February.
Don’t forget our next INSET day is on 17th February which is the Friday before half term. I hope this gives some of you the opportunity to get away earlier if you are going on holiday.
Have a nice weekend.
Well the long anticipated snow never settled!
The new term has been a busy one so far with mock exams and the Year 9 Parents’ Evening. Thank you to all the parents that completed our questionnaires. We appreciate your feedback and the students earn valuable House points!
Our next Parents’ Evening is for 6th Form and is on Thursday 26th January.
We are also holding the Year 9 Options Evening on 2 February which has been planned to run during the first week of Futures Fortnight. A number of activities will take place during Futures Fortnight and once confirmed we will send further details.
The Year 11s have been sitting their mock exams and I have received lovely feedback from staff about the attitude and maturity displayed by students. Don’t forget we have lots of revision resources on our website and students are encouraged to attend the lunch and after school revision sessions put on by subjects.
I have received some lovely letters in the last few weeks congratulating the Academy on our Good Ofsted rating. It’s heart-warming to have the support from the community and for people to take the time to contact us.
Have a nice weekend.