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Headteacher’s Blog 23 – Friday 11th March

 An International Outlook

On Friday, 4th March we gave a warm welcome to year 3 and 4 students from local primaries who attended our International Roadshow.  Students and teachers from Netherton, Middlestown, Horbury Bridge, Horbury Primary, West Bretton and St Peter’s braved the snowy and cold conditions to take part in International workshops led by our staff.  We also had a group of Horbury Academy students who assisted in the workshops and really did us proud! 

Primary students had a great time in the vast variety of International activities which included; Salsa Dancing, African Wax Art, International Heraldry, a Drama workshop, rocket making for the International Space Station to name but a few.    It was sad to say ‘adiós’ and ‘au revoir’ to students as they left, dancing away with certificates, spice maps, shields, rockets and Easter baskets. 

A lovely time was had by all and we really look forward to running the event again sometime in the future. 

A big thank you to all involved!



Recent STEM Activities

Last week we had a very busy STEM week.  On Tuesday we took some Y8 and Y10 students to take part in the annual Rotary Club Tournament where they were faced with the challenge of having to design an electrical product that would clean debris from a drainpipe.  With limited time and resources both teams did an amazing job producing a high-spec portfolio of their product and then building their design.



Back at school our Year 7 STEM club students were treated to a presentation about Space and the Universe from Sohan Jheeta of Leeds University and they got to touch and look at some real Moon Rocks!

Then on Thursday we took 10 of our Y8 STEM club students to Doncaster to take part in the Teen Tech Challenge organised by Maggie Philbin.  We were one of 30 schools taking part and had a fabulous day getting involved in activities and workshops from local companies linked to technology, engineering and science.  Most of these students are currently working on Teen Tech projects where they have designed a product to improve something in our world and will be submitting these within the next week.  We wish them luck and hope they make it to the finals at Buckingham Palace!



 Netballing Ups and Downs

On Thursday afternoon we went to the year 9 Wakefield Schools Netball Tournament at Kettlethorpe. We played against Outwood, Silcoates, Castleford, Kettlethorpe and Wakefield Girls. We beat everyone but WGHS.

Wakefield Girls won the group and Horbury Academy came second, which meant we were in the semi-final against a very strong Silcoates team.

We lost in the semi and Silcoates who went on to win the tournament. We finished a very proud 3rd place. Mrs Beaumont told me, “The girls played some lovely netball and represented the Academy well.”

 Marvellous Maths!

On Wednesday some of our top mathamaticians competed in an afternoon of maths quizzes and puzzles. I popped into the hall to watch some of it and quickly left as I realised that I was way out of my depth!

Sadly, Outwood Grange and Ossett Academy came joint first although every team got a certificate for excelling in something, either one of the rounds or teamwork


 British Science Week

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. British Science Week 2016 will take place 11 - 20 March 2016.

As part of British Science Week, students at Horbury Academy will be able to participate in a range of activities.

Tutor groups will have a range of Science week themed activities in period 1.

KS3 (Year 7 & 8)  students  will have a themed Science week lesson; either investigating whether listening to music improves physical performance or how the Stroop effect can be used to determine how fast you process information.

There will also be a form competition and a chance for students in each year group to win an Easter Egg prize!

 Celebrating Student Success – Yet more cake!

Congratulations to the following students who were invited to come and enjoy some treats with me and receive their Headteacher Certificates. I certainly learnt a lot about their future ambitions and career choices.

Well done to – Emily Crookes, Sophia Juneja, Francesca Wainwright, Samantha Whitworth, Callum Medlock, Benjamin Brooks, Lily Barnsley, Alexander Butts, Ruby Wilson, Eve Hodgson-Whitworth, Carter Auty and Ahmed Zia.


Year 11 PPEs

 I spent the last lesson of today in the French and Spanish Reading PPE. I felt so proud watching the students as they battled through the complex papers. I just hope that they use this weekend wisely – remembering that the best preparation they can do for these exams is to revise!

Letters also went home this week about our Easter revision and coursework sessions. Make sure you attend to win some Easter treats!

 Pay to Participate – Raise Money for Sports Relief!

The “Final Countdown” has begun for our Sport Relief event on Friday 18th March.

Assemblies have been presented, sponsorship forms given out, students have chosen whether they will run /walk or Zumba and preparations for the event are being finalised.

All year groups have been allocated a time during the day when their event will take place and this information will be given to students next week.

On Friday 18th March, students need to attend school in their full their full Academy PE Kit.  They will still need their planners and five-a-day, exercise books and bags, as when they are not in participating in their event they will be in lessons as normal.

Just think - wouldn't it be fantastic if every single one of our students took part and brought in a donation, however small, to support those children in both the UK and abroad who are a lot less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you in anticipation of a wonderful day.

 PS: Have you seen this week's edition of "The Wakefield Express"?  It has a brilliant article with beautiful photographs of the Lion King.  Well done to everyone involved!  Check out the Express's website where you can see a slideshow of some of the pictures from the show as well.