Year 7 7uper 7’s 

As we approach the end of the calendar year I wanted to take this opportunity, as Achievement Director for Year 7, to write a piece in the newsletter to celebrate the first term for Year 7 here at the Academy. 

It is with a great sense of pride and privilege that I tell you that the amount of achievements seen so far this year has been outstanding, here are just a few; 

 The most commendations of any year group, 

 the most positive comments of any year group, 

 the highest number of positive points of any year group. 

I’m sure you will agree with me that the information above is humbling and very encouraging as we enter 2015. 

It would be remiss of me, at this point, to include some thoughts from others on Christmas; 

Bing Crosby, American singer and film actor said, "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it ‘white'." 

Washington Irving, American short-story writer and essayist said, "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." 

Andy Rooney, American writer, producer, humorist said, "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly." 

Keep up the good work 7UPER 7’s 

Miss McCluskey 

Year 7 Deputy Achievement Director 

Year 8 Uni Trip 

Well what a difference a week can make. Year 8 are back on top. We have seen a massive push this week on commendations once again. 15 students reached the 100 commendations mile stone before Christmas which is fantastic. I am very much looking forward to celebrating a very successful term in our end of year assembly. We have around 40 awards to give out next week ranging from the courage to care awards to the launch of our student choice awards "the 8scars" where students have been nominating in 5 categories. 

Dodgeball will be next week on Wednesday 3-4:30, please bring in your kit if you want to take part. 

This week myself and Miss Rawlings took around 40 students to Essex university to take in student life. They had a tour of the campus, looked around the living accommodation and then looked at what Essex had to offer with regards to courses and various clubs and societies. Students also looked into the cost of living and how the fees are not that scary. I think It left many thinking about what their future could be. To quote Robert Parry "I am coming here and living in the towers". 

Miss Rawlings said: “I had the pleasure of attending a school trip to the university this week with about 40 year 8’s. I have to say I couldn’t be any prouder of how they represented the Academy. Their behaviour was exemplary. The trip was for the students to gain a wider understanding of what it takes to be able to go to university. We looked at how much it would cost, the accommodation and what universities offered what subjects. 

It put into perspective that the hard work starts now. It is the decisions you make from here on in that are going to decide your future. As a year team we will support you with whatever you decide to do, but only you can really make it happen. “ 

Mr Hodge 

Year 8 Achievement Director 

Year 9 Mighty! 

A mighty end to a mighty term! As we draw close to the end, I'd like to pass on my congratulations on a successful term! Students have been working hard towards their end of term assess-ments. I was particularly impressed by the high level of engagement and dedication in Science this week when I performed my Spotlight. I look forward to the progress made. 

I've been delighted with the progress made by Liam Barthelmy, Bethany Taylor, Tyla Attard, Elis-Rose Devlin-Walden, and Brooke Coleman; their positive behaviour for learning has enabled them to produce some fantastic work - well done! 

Year 9 Mighty! 

I am growing increasingly concerned by our attendance figures. We are continually striving for 100%. If a student is off for three or more days, medical evidence will be required. I would encourage students to think about their absence - if it's a headache, can you make it in later on in the day? Please remember all absences must be reported on the Year Nine absence line. 

A special mention to our MIGHTY Mollie Cook who has been working alongside the Salvation Army for our Christmas Present Appeal, and a thank you to all who donated generously. 

Don't forget next Wednesday you are invited to come into school in your Christmas jumpers and enjoy a delicious traditional roast dinner. We have an early dismissal on Thursday - Year nines will be dismissed after their assembly at 12.20. 

Keep it mighty! Miss Blagrove, Year 9 Achievement Director 

Year 10 Students of the Week 

“I’d like to recommend John Haylett for his fantastic achievement in his first piece of English coursework. He is hard-working and dedicated; he also listens to the feedback and acts upon it.” 

Mrs Fry - English 

“I nominate Carla Bond in 10Y4 Science for consistently completing her work on time and for her determined effort to understand all that is being taught.” 

Mrs Brooks-Dickens - Science 

Mrs Starmer and Mrs Lowis 

Year 10 Achievement Directors 

Year 11 Mock Exams 

Well the Mocks are now over and I speak on behalf of all staff members when I say how very proud of Year 11 students we all are. They have conducted themselves marvellously over the last two weeks and I am sure that we will see some fantastic results on January 14th for Mock Results Day. 

For those students who don't get the results that they were hoping for, the Year team and subject teachers are on hand to offer support and advice on how to move forward. It is so important that students make the most of these results and ensure that they move forward towards the 'real' exams, making any necessary changes to their revision schedule. There will still be revision and catch up classes every night after school after Christmas and it is vital that students continue with the fantastic, diligent attitude that that they have displayed over the last two weeks. 

Well done, Year 11. You've made your year team very proud! 

Miss Wells, Year 11 Achievement Director