Subject Focus on SMSC

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Year 7 

It was Muhammad Ali who said "He or she who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." The last couple of weeks in the UK we have seen courageous people stand up for what they believe to define the future of all of us. Year 7 took part in that process as well. I’m not a political commentator so I’m not going to comment but I have to say it was humbling to be involved with the CCA EU Referendum. Year 7 exercised a vote, as did every other year group. The CCA vote mirrored the national vote, 52% to 48%. Well done Year 7 for listening to the arguments, reading the literature and making an informed decision in a mature way. 

As I write this we have 3 weeks and a day until the end of term. Year 8 is fast approaching. Year 7, how are you going to ensure you have best possible grades, attendance and progress? 

Mr Davenport, Achievement Director 

Year 8 

Year 8 students have all been fully engaged in conversations since voting in the CCA EU referendum. It was very interesting result that, despite an overall academy vote to leave, Year 8 students voted to remain. 

I had the honour to attend the Speak Out Challenge on Monday evening. Five students in our year group showed resilience and courage to complete a talk in front of parents and staff. I would like to congratulate Bobby Scott, Chloe Dawson, Summer Brookes, Emmie Harrison and Roisin Fordham for their excellent performances on the night. 

Attendance is currently looking good for most students in Year 8. Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that if your child is absent from school you are required to telephone the Academy to inform us of the reason. 

All Year 8 students received CCA Activities Weeks booklets last week. Please can you ensure that your child has returned their choice of trip and Curriculum Day options as these are now overdue. 

Mrs Lowis, Achievement Director 

Year 9 

Year 9 had a wonderful opportunity recently. A group of specially selected students got to work with Clive Edwards at the Essex Boys and Girls Clubs on the Respect Project. The students selected; Reanna Lacey, Lauren Mullineaux, Rio Johnson, Sam Stephenson and Jordan Gosling worked together to complete two challenging outdoor activity days, followed by an eight week evening programme. This was followed by a residential activity week in the Lake District. Students had the opportunity to challenge themselves and conquer fears. Working on skills such as team work, self-discipline and showing courage. 

All students successfully passed the course and were awarded a certificate. Clive passed on how very proud he was of all students involved and that they were a credit to the Academy. 

Miss Rawlings, Deputy Achievement Director 

Year 10 

Students have been busily working away at their English and Maths exams this week. I think it is fair to say that for many, completing a full paper was somewhat testing, however a valuable experience in their preparation for the formal GCSEs with many able to reflect on what went well and what they need to address in the future. 

You will have by now received your child's end of year report giving you a clear indication of their progress half way through the GCSE course. I would urge students to ensure every effort is put in place so they are up to date with their learning ahead of Year 11. Students, who are behind with their learning, could have their Year 11 day extended to afford them additional study hours. With many classes and subject areas offering catch up and Google class-rooms, and the availability of the Study Centre after school, students have every opportunity to ensure they are up to date. 

A gentle reminder as we approach the end of the year to ensure our expectations of uniform and punctuality are successfully maintained. Please note: hoop earrings are not appropriate for school - subtle studs are fine. 

Miss Blagrove, Achievement Director 

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Year Team Spotlight

posted 26 May 2016, 06:09 by H Slim   [ updated 26 May 2016, 06:09 ]

Year 7 

I have received some excellent feedback on Year 7 from staff across the curriculum and from investigating on Go4Schools. As a year team, we are exceptionally proud of the hard work and dedication that the students are putting into their studies. 

Congratulations to Tutor Group 7JSH for their fund raising efforts for MIND. Absolutely superb work - well done! 

Mr Davenport, Achievement Director 

Year 8 

This has been a good week for Tutor Group 8DSM. There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of commendations that have been awarded to the group, especially for the 'Aspiring' category. I believe this shows the current mind-set of the group, who regularly discuss their future and unlocking metaphorical doors to success. The group have also proved to be very 'Accountable' this week as several of our students have volunteered to help in the reception area as duty students. The reports issued by the reception staff have been extremely positive and congratulatory. Alongside this, the tutor group has one of the lowest levels of pastoral detentions, with only 1 issued last week, this was for having a shirt un-tucked. As a tutor group we are proud of CCA and the sub community that is 8DSM. This coming week we were looking at Drug Awareness and we are looking forward to applying our mature attitudes towards this topic area. 

The attendance campaign has continued. This week it was the most improved students who received a lunch voucher. I would like to congratulate Mikey Wilding, Scarlett Giles, Caitlin Harris, Brooklyn Hutchinson, Joseph Willis, Jimmy Wilkes, Chad Day, Katie Cardwell, Loucheio Devlin Walden and Emily Kirby for raising their attendance. 

Miss Lowis, Achievement Director 

Year 9 

We celebrated a number of significant mile stones this week in assembly. Firstly, Daisy Joy who has reached 500 COMENDATIONS this year so far! We have 10 students who have achieved over 100 for the first half term so they are all working towards the 150 target for the term. 

We also celebrated the students below on their fantastic achievements in dance and here is what was said. 

“On behalf of the Expressive Arts team, I just wanted to take the time again to congratulate the Year 9 dancers who were awarded in this week's assembly for their outstanding work in Dance. 

The following students have demonstrated grit and determination in both their Core and BTEC Dance studies and we would like to congratulate them on their outstanding progress in lessons: Jasmin Blackbourn; Sophie-May Bramley; Ellie Dawson; Katy Denney; Sarah Doherty; Jasmine Elliott; Keeley Faulkner; Chloe Harris; Megan Hazelwood; Daisy Joy; Jodie Kershaw; Linda Kmiotek; Amy Leeks; Lois Lloyd; Chloe Lott-Buzec; Eadie Mitchell; Chelsi Morris; Katie Noble; Melissa Pallett; Maddi Sargent; Brooke Shorter; Shannon Snow; Amber Stearn; Carol Taylor; Amy Thomas-Woolley; Kelsey Townsend and Ashley Vass. 

The following students were then individually recognised for their individual achievements in Dance: 

Faith Bulley-Lowe for her progressions in her spellings and technical ability demonstrating dynamic and passionate performances in dance particularly in the extracurricular Step into Dance programme. 

George Eastwood for upping his game in Dance and demonstrating individuality and commitment in his performances. George has also gone above and beyond in his written homework, showing a real artistic flair and commitment to dance. 

Mia-Rose Cowell has exhibited a stunning performance in dance this term through her dedication and determination in Dance. In particular, Mia has shown outstanding use of dance vocabulary during peer feedback and questioning, challenging herself both in and outside the classroom. This has enabled Mia to audition for the gifted and talented dance programme at Dance East. We wish you luck, Mia! 

Samantha Thurbon has blossomed into a stunning dancer this term showing a resilience and devotion in Dance that has really ignited her confidence. Sammie consistently applies feedback given during lesson time taking her dance from strength to strength, particularly in Core Dance. 

Chloe Dicks has demonstrated a positive attitude to her dance studies through her grit and desire to succeed. Chloe’s infectious personality has shone through and allowed her to progress so far that she is now being awarded some of the highest grades in the class. 

Well done Year 9 Dance students, it has been a pleasure to have watched you grow and progress this term! 

Miss Staveley - Dance 

Mr Hodge, Achievement Director 

Year 11 

I guess this will be the last entry from the Year 11 team as we prepare to say goodbye to Year 11. By the time you read this, we will have enjoyed shirt signing day and our annual Leavers' Assembly with the year group. We will have shared lots of stories, photos and awards with the students and every-body will have had a lovely time. 

The students have all been given their timetables for after half term now. It is very important that students look after these timetables and follow these closely over the next two weeks. There are still exams to complete, BTEC portfolios to complete and ECDL ex-ams to pass! 

May I take this opportunity to thank you all, as a group of parents and carers for the amazing support that you have shown to the year team and to the Academy over the last five years. It truly has been so appreciated and it is this level of support that will lead to some huge successes for our students in Au-gust on results day. They are a fine group of young people and, in school, they do you proud each and every day. It has been a pleasure to work with the Year 11 community - students and parents/carers alike. 

We look forward to welcoming lots of you as specta-tors of Year 11 Prom arrivals on Friday 1st July from 6.45pm - see you there! 


posted 19 May 2016, 06:18 by H Slim   [ updated 19 May 2016, 06:18 ]

Year 7 

Warmer Weather - As the summer months approach, I would like to remind students that they should be appropriately dressed, adhering to the Academy uniform policy. 

Attendance and Attainment - Last term saw the launch of the latest attendance initiative in which we strived for 100% attendance – it’s really important we continue to strive for 100% attendance to ensure students continue making good progress across the curriculum. We are now working towards end of year targets; I look forward to seeing excellent results. 

End Of Term Trip - Our end of term trip has now been confirmed for Thursday 22nd July to Colchester Zoo. Letters, outlining expenses and further details will be sent out shortly. 

The Year Team very much look forward to a positive and pleasing term ahead. 

Mr Davenport, Achievement Director 

Year 8 

This week’s report is from Tutor Group 8NLE 

In mentor time, students having been planning a talk for the Speak Out challenge with subjects ranging from bullying through to hobbies and favourite football teams. Initially a couple of students put their names forward to speak in assembly but at the moment they need to summon more COURAGE to do so. 

Filling in their logs for the CCA Way, it is encouraging that many students have felt they meet the targets. They have ASPIRED to improve their grades and many have seen their attendance percentage rise as we log attendance each week. Students have also shown that they CARE with many helping students around the academy and also we have quite a full tin for the loose change charity collection. Students are showing a good sense of COMMUNITY with many asking to be duty students and fulfilling the role conscientiously The attendance challenge is continuing. Last week Y Band students who obtained 100% were placed in a prize draw for a free lunch voucher. Congratulations to Leo Arnold, Katie Cardwell, Charlie Cullinane, Bethany Doy, Jordan Goodall, Weronika Jaruzel, Zuzanna Mirga, Luke Watson, Syke Williams and Alfie Young who were drawn. 

Miss Lowis, Achievement Director 

Year 9 

Students of the week. 

Mr Vickers shared with us some fantastic news via email this week. His class were given the challenging task to fillet a fresh Plaice. Reanna Lacey demonstrated exceptional skill and care throughout the task on par with professional caterers. Her mature and professional approach to the task was everything we love to see in Catering; passion, care and enthusiasm. I quote "made an old chef smile to see that level of skill!" 

Within Design Engineer Construct we have been working on REVIT skills and developing our understanding of the built environment. This week I have selected Bailey Byers and Zachary Starkey who are the students of the month. They have completed all tasks to a high standard and made me very proud of the work they have produced. 

The Essex Boys and Girls Club trip was a real success. The organiser had this to say about our students. “All of the group achieved everything we set for them to do during the week. Compared to some of the groups we take they really stepped up and out performed them. All of the group performed superbly well and overcame is-sues along the way. Sam, Rio and Jorden stepped up at various times to show they could be responsible and ma-ture. However, the one that stood out above the rest was Reanna. Despite having hurt her toe on the first day’s activity she remained positive and keen to participate. She worked well within the group and often tried to keep the peace”. 

Well done all and Reanna, it seems like you have had a fantastic week, keep up the good work. 

Mr Hodge, Achievement Director 

Year 10 

All the students are talking about Work Experience! The number of those interested in pursuing a placement this year is exceptional! The website is now live for you to browse and apply by visiting the IAG link on the 

Academy homepage. 

The aim of the process is to provide students with a flavour of working life within our community. As students make their way into the VIth Form, placements will 

become much more tailored to their personal interests. Please remember, students need to select from our data base where placements have been health and safety checked, and there is a substantial insurance in place to ensure your child is safe when out in the working environment. 

Applications need to be submitted by 24th May. There was ‘Speak out’ success this week as our wonderful Megan Knight, brought CCA into the top three placings at The Jack Petchy Speak Out Challenge. Her beautiful, brave speech left everyone moved - well done Megan! 

Miss Blagrove, Achievement Director 

Year 11 

Our very own Ellie Chilver was given an amazing opportunity at the beginning of this week. Ellie has been a Sea Cadet for the past year and has been working hard as part of the team in her unit. 

As part of this unit, Ellie and her peers were invited to make a vlog which was judged in a national competition. Ellie's vlog was chosen as one of 150 semi-finalists out of over 1,000 entries - an amazing achievement. Ellie was invited to London to take part in a conference with Youtubers in the Google headquarters building. Ellie thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learned a lot about media and the world of vlogging! 

It's always great to be able to celebrate the successes of our Year 11 students outside of school as well an in school - so many of them have talents that we rarely get to hear about it. 

In school, the students are working well and are getting closer to the end of Year 11. The next two weeks are extremely busy with external exams and we must remind students that they should still be attending all revision sessions after school and working hard to complete any outstanding BTEC work. Students must complete BTEC work before they will be considered for a reduced timetable. 

Miss Well, Achievement Director 

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