Year 7 Welcome Back
This term is all about preparing yourself for the end of the year. This means it’s about making sure as much learning, progress and achievement can be crammed in as humanly possible. Decisions regarding year 8 start now so your attitude and motivation really needs to be at the max going forward.
Keep pushing year 7, let’s make our best better and show other year groups how to do it! Mr Davenport
Year 7 Achievement Director
Year 8 8PIC 8IGHTS!
I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break and I welcome you back to our final term of 8PIC 8IGHTS!
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. We always find this time of year, where the girls have become taller, the skirts have become shorter! Please be aware that skirts should sit just above the knee and should be suitably tailored.
Attendance and attainment - Last term saw the launch of the ‘Busy Bee Attendance Campaign’ 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 milestone three, in which I look forward to seeing excellent re-sults.
Parents evening - You should have by now received a letter informing you of parents evening next Thursday, 1st May from 4.30 until 6.30. I hope you are pleased with your child’s pro-gress so far and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
End Of term trip - Our end of term trip has now been con-firmed for Thursday 17th July to Adventure Island, Southend. 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.
Keep it 8PIC!
Miss Blagrove Year 8 Achievement Director
Year 9 National Enterprise Challenge
Welcome back year 9, I hope you are all rested for what is going to be a busy term! This week we will be kicking off our next inter house battle, and team sheets will be coming round this week. We will also have our Spring term Oscars hosted by the students. On top of this we have a number of trips in the pipeline and the public speaking competition.
Before the break a small selection of Year 9 student took part in the national enterprise challenge. Aimed at getting your minds inspired to look at business and enterprise. It is supported by Dragons den member Theo Papthitis. The aim was to support Gandys Flip flops, a company that two young brothers started who were orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami.
The students started off by watching a short clip outlining the company. After the tragic experience Rob and Paul suffered in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 the brothers wanted to turn the ultimate negative into a positive. They created the Orphans for Orphans initiative, designed to ensure a brighter future for orphans in less developed countries - where help from friends and family isn’t always available. They were inspired by what they had seen and formed the company "Gandys". The team then talked about the 4 P's of marketing then launched into planning and brainstorming the initial designs. Students quickly broke away into different groups mixed with year 10 students. At the end of the day 5 teams were selected to give a presentation to the panel were the winners would go to the national final and present to “Gandys”.
Huge congratulations to Ryan Dunn and Danny Blueeyes for taking part in a pool and darts competition which has been taking place at the community centre since September. Well done to Ryan and Dan too who have both been helping out in the community centre during breakfast and lunch groups.
This week is really about hitting the ground running and working towards your green targets. You will soon be venturing into the world of KS4 and now is the time to prepare as well as imbed core knowledge for your chosen subjects. Not only that you should engage in all your lessons making sure you work to your maximum and achieve your potential. You can do it Year 9!
Mr Hodge Year 9 Achievement Director
Year 10 Celebrating Success
Welcome back to the last term of Year 10! I do hope that everybody had a restful Easter holiday and took some time to recharge their batteries and enjoy some time with family and friends. Time has really flown by this year and it’s hard to believe that we are in the last term, and edging closer towards exams and deadlines for this year.
It was great to celebrate the successes of so many students at the end of last term and to see so many Year 10 students wearing their onesies – an honour earned as a reward for their fabulous attendance.
Hannah Ross was the deserving raffle ticket winner and, her fantastic attendance earned her £100 of high street shopping vouchers. Well done, Hannah!
Also coming up shortly (May 6th) some of our Year 10 girls will be taking part in the football final at Weston Homes Stadium. This is a fantastic achievement and they have had to beat many teams to get to where they are. I look forward to watching them lift the cup! Good luck to Vicky Anderson, Faye Whitehouse, Alisha Blake, Lucy Cushway and Kelly Smith. I hope to also be able to report next week that our Year 10 boys have also made it through to the final as they have one more match against TTC at the end of this week.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents, carers and students that the KS4 Study centre is open each afternoon after school until 4pm for students to revise and ask for advice and support from teachers.
As the weather is getting nicer, please remember that full academy uniform should be worn every day. Skirts should be knee length and blazers must still be worn in and around the Academy.
Miss Wells Year 10 Achievement Director
Miss Froning Year 10 Deputy Achievement Director
Year 11 Exam Guidance
Our Year 11s are due to start their exams very shortly. Before entering in to any exam room, students should remind themselves of the rules below. We wish them the very best of luck over the coming weeks ahead.
IN THE EXAM HALL/ROOM THE CANDIDATES SHOULD:
BE SITTING IN THEIR CORRECT SEAT (FULL DETAILS ON EXAM DESKS)
NOT HAVE A MOBILE PHONE OR ANY ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT IN THE ROOM
NOT HAVE A PENCILCASE/GLASSES CASE ON THE TABLE
BE IN FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM
CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AWARE:
THAT THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF THEY ARE FOUND TO HAVE A PHONE OR ANY ELECTRICAL DEVICE (IPODS/MP3 PLAYERS ETC) WITH THEM
THAT THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF THEY DEFACE THEIR PAPER
THAT THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF THEY HAVE MOVED THEIR CANDIDATE NUMBER OR ARE IN THE WRONG SEAT
THAT THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF THEY COMMUNICATE OR DISTURB ANOTHER CANDIDATE
THAT CORRECTING FLUID IS NOT ALLOWED
THAT THEY MUST FACE THE FRONT AT ALL TIMES; TURNING ROUND CAN BE CONSTRUED AS CHEATING
CANDIDATES MUST REMAIN SILENT AT ALL TIMES
A CANDIDATE SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT IF HE/SHE SHOULD NEED TO TALK TO A MEMBER OF STAFF THEY MUST RAISE THEIR HAND AND WAIT SILENTLY
IF A CANDIDATE HAS FINISHED THEIR EXAM EARLY THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE ROOM UNTIL THE DECLARED FINISHING TIME.
CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AWARE THAT IF THEY REQUIRE TO GO TO THE TOILET, THEY MUST BE ACCOMPANIED TO THE TOILET BY A MEMBER OF STAFF
Mrs Starmer Year 11 Achievement Director
Mrs Barry Year 11 Achievement Director
Sixth Form Revision time!
The countdown clock for days to the exam is dwindling towards single figures!
The best approach now is ‘little and often’, but more often than little! Do not ‘binge study’ – your ability to learn by individual study declines sharply after 20 minutes, so change your activity. But don’t take a big break! Try changing subjects, then switch back again.
Past questions – there is no substitute for exam practice: knowing things is only half the battle – you need to be able to understand the question, and use your knowledge effectively. Now is the time to find out if you can do this. Ask your teacher for a past paper, or Google your exam. Ask your teacher to mark your answers.
‘Drill’! Meaningless repetition is not a good way to learn, but meaningful repetition is very effective. Flash cards are good – if you do not already have them try ‘Quizlets’ – a free on-line flash card maker. It also creates tests and printable revision sheets or cards. Many key words are already there, but check any definitions with your textbook or teacher. The sociology classes have ‘Quizlet’ sets for topics, and results are beginning to show for the students who use them the most!
Don’t forget Edmodo – many classes have revision material and activities on Edmodo, and general advice and revision material has been posted there too. Mr Morley Souter
- Sixth Form Achievement Director