Year 7 Data Conference
On Tuesday 29th all year 7’s in the Academy had an opportunity to review their key performance data for term 2. They looked at the current levels in comparison to their milestone targets, their attendance figures, their behaviour scores and discussed their personal qualities.
As a form tutor it was incredibly rewarding to see that our year 7 students really take pride in their achievements and engage with the data in a mature way; really looking at what needs to be done today in order to secure the future they have chosen for themselves.
Well done year 7, make sure your final few months of this term really count.
Year 7 Achievement Director
Year 8 8PIC 8IGHTS!
Parents Evening - I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents/ carers who attended parents evening this week. I was delighted to hear such pleasing comments from staff, parents and students. It was a very positive evening and I was delighted to see so many proud, beaming faces! Thank you for your continued support. If you were unable to attend the evening and would like a summary of how your child is progressing across the curriculum, please call in and I will call you back with an update.
Speak Out! On Tuesday, we had 10 student representatives perform their speeches in front of the whole year group! The speeches were outstanding and I was thoroughly impressed by the variety of topics covered, some light hearted and some demonstrating real mature issues. The year group voted for their winner, who will now compete against Years 7 and 9 in the final Speak Out challenge. Congratulations to all who were involved; Emma Saunders, George Wolton, Laura Tibbles, Charlie Campbell, Lorna Sharpe (winner), Jack Hake, Chloe O’Reilly, Saffron Heffer, Bethany Taylor, Callum Robinson-Rickard, Amber Walsh, Amiee Lawrence, Chloe Righelato, Jenita Johnson, Charlie Powell, Kia Oliver, Liam Batchelor-Price, Lewis McKuur, James Whitear and Mia Headford.
Keep it 8PIC!
Year 8 Achievement Director
Year 9 Uni Trips
On Monday we took 15 students to Essex University as part of an outreach project. Students got to visit the new Southend Forum building which is a joint project between ECC, Southend College and Essex University, costing 26.7 million pounds. Whilst there they took part in the book club with other schools from around Essex, they reviewed the book, created a blog, and found out more about university life. Essex University has just been voted 2nd by students for student wellbeing. They also had the opportunity to look round the new library, specifically designed for teenagers. The next opportunity for these students is to involve parents in a visit to the Wivenhoe and Southend campus.
On Thursday I took 14 students to look around TESS to find out about what its like they can make an informed choice for their options. The feedback was very positive saying that the teaching style suited them as well as the courses on offer. I look forward to visiting again soon.
I would also like to say well done to everyone who came on these visits for their excellent behaviour.
Mr Hodge Year 9 Achievement Director
Year 10 Celebrating Success
Once again, I am able to celebrate the success of Mitchell Thorpe as he gained yet another gold medal for his karate at a national competition in Scotland. Quite a haul now for Mitchell and we are all very proud of him and his achievements!
This week we welcomed, Keith Warren to CCA. Keith has visited the Academy on a number of occasions over the last few years and he delivered a fantastic seminar to Year ten students this week. The seminar was aimed at motivating the students and asking them to think about their dreams for the future and how they can help themselves to achieve their dreams and make them a reality. The students responded very maturely to the seminar and were actively involved throughout.
Some sad news……they played fantastically and fought hard, but the Year 10 boys football team lost narrowly in their last football match of the season. A win would have seen them in the final at Weston homes community Stadium but sadly, it just wasn’t to be. A goal from Steven Bruff was enough to put them in the lead for much of the game, but two late goals from the opposition meant a 2-1 defeat. I’m sure you’ll be back looking for revenge next year! Well done to the whole team.
The catering students in Year ten were also out this week visiting an exhibition. I understand that this was a very successful visit and the catering department were extremely impressed with the attitude shown by our students. He remarked that they were ‘an absolute pleasure to spend time with and they did the Academy proud.’ Well done, Year 10!
Miss Wells Year 10 Achievement Director
Miss Froning Year 10 Deputy Achievement Director
Year 11 Exam Programs
After the Whitsun half-term holidays:
All lessons must be attended until each subject has completely finished i.e. there are no more exams. ‘Tutor time’ will take place daily until all exams are complete!
There will be police attendance sweeps in the local area - students are legally obliged to attend school until Monday 30th June 2014 unless they have been signed off all BTECs / GCSE’s are complete in advance of this date.
Students will receive their personalised ‘Exam Program’ fortnightly via their form tutor. Each exam program will cover the following two weeks and will show which exams, lessons and revision sessions your child needs to attend.
BTEC lessons must be attended until Mrs Starmer/Mrs Barry have received your child’s sign-off slip.