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Headteacher's Blog 25 - Friday 23rd March 2018

Busy raising money for Sports Relief!

We’ve had an action packed day at the Academy today in honour of Sports Relief, with a series of competitions at lunchtime testing; strength, flexibility, power and co-ordination.

We’ve also sold some Easter buns for the cause, held dodgeball play offs during PE lessons, and we were lucky enough to be visited by two Castleford Tigers coaches who have been coaching girls’ rugby! Thank you to everyone for your contributions!



Careers Day for Year 8

Written by Courteney Robinson

Yesterday, four Year 8 forms participated in Careers Day and learned about different jobs through different team challenges. We competed against each other using our skills, knowledge and experience of scenarios that might happen in the World of Work. This helped us to understand how the subjects we learn in the Academy help us in the future, even though we can’t see the relevance sometimes now. Students had to complete feedback which was positive. All other remaining Year 8 forms will get this opportunity in April. We would like to thank Jon from Panjango for spending time with us.



The Riot Act present ‘Deadly Distraction’

As part of their ‘Deadly Distraction’ theatre tour, the Riot Act, visited the Academy on Wednesday to deliver a production to Year 7, focussing on key road safety messages including distractions (like phones and music), identifying and coping with peer pressure, and personal responsibility and behaviour.

It was a powerful, engaging production which aimed to challenge perceptions and stimulate critical thinking and behaviour change. Thank you very much to the Riot Act for taking the time to visit us!



Year 10 Maths Fest

On Tuesday we hosted the FMSP Regional Year 10 Maths Fest for the fourth consecutive year. The event is comprised of a series of Maths Challenges for teams of Year 10 students, where schools of each region compete against each other. The other schools taking part were Holmfirth High School, Cockburn School, Kirk Belk Academy and Woodkirk Academy. 

We had two teams take part and were delighted when our boys’ team were crowned overall winners! Well done Ruby Wilson, Faye Ambler, Lucy Squires and Isabelle Lindley…and to our winning team; Evan Dennis, James Emeny, Will Asbery and Mustafa Arshad!  



Success at the Wakefield Schools’ Netball Tournament

This week Ms Beaumont took two teams to the Wakefield Schools’ Netball Tournament and the results were as follows!... 

Our first team defeated Freeston Academy, Wakefield Girls’ High School’s B team, Castleford Academy and Outwood Academy, placing them in the semi-final where they played Kettlethorpe High School and won! In the final they lost to Wakefield Girls’ High School’s A team and so finished a very respectable second place! 

Our second team lost to Ossett Academy, Kettlethorpe High School and Wakefield Girls’ High School but won against St Wilfreds, The Kings School and Ackworth School. I’ve heard both teams played some great netball so a big well done to Team 1 - Sophie Clucas, Alice Waters, Ashleigh Jones, Georgia Field, Emma Cheverton, Bella Haigh and Jane Chambers, and to Team 2 - Polly Jackson, Georgina Slade, Emily Garner, Emily Hall, Amy Cook, Marina Nasir and Leonna Tipping. 


 Easter Revision Sessions for Year 11

To help Year 11 students with their GCSE exam preparation we’re hosting revision sessions throughout the Easter break. For more information, take a look at Mr Brook’s recent letter and timetable…. Rumour has it, the Easter bunny will be making an appearance with some chocolate gifts! 


Year 10 Parents’ Evening – 19th April

Since it was necessary to reschedule the recent Year 10 Parents’ Evening, due to the adverse weather conditions earlier this month, we have now set the new date as Thursday 19th April. We’ll be in touch with Year 10 parents and carers about this next week. 


Tickets on sale for High School Musical!

Tickets are still available for our production of High School Musical, to take place at 7pm on 27th, 28th and 29th March…find out how to get yours here! Hope to see you there! 



One EGG-citing competition!...

Remember to decorate your boiled eggs over the weekend to be in with a chance of winning our LRC Decorate an Egg Competition! Just hand your book character creations to Mrs Fisher by Monday 26th March to be in with a chance of winning a prize! 


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Ciaran Jaime, Abigail Bottomley, Trinity Jones, Ellie Birks, Abigail Hesslegrave, Amber Gilbank, Charlotte Moffatt, Hope Leighton, Finlay Milnes, Alfie Pickering, Abigail Tate, Adam Luke, Alex Lumsden, Alfie Tolson, Amy Burchall, Annice Harrison, Arbaaz Khan, Bethany Critchett, Bradley Wilmott, Cameron Noble, Charlie Bland, Ciaran Costello, Daniel Menzer, Edward Hill, Ella Beaumont, Ellie Tomlinson, Ewan James, Gabriella Thornber, Gemma Marshall, George Yelland, Harry Levitt, Holly Smith, Jack Billing, Jake Green, James Churchill, James Sherwood, Jasmine Bowden, Joseph Kendall, Joshua Barrett, Joshua Colley, Kobe Jobson, Louisa Wood, Lucy Bragger, Malikah Hussain, Marshall Coates, Martyna Sosnowska, Matthew Duncan, Mason Auty, Matthew Cooper, Max Tudor, Max Taylor, Melissa Walker, Nathan Westbury, Oliver Wilby, Oliver Hamilton, Rachel Stevens, Rebecca Riley, Ruby Newbould, Scarlett Karch. Seth Wilson, Sophie Speirs, Sophie Clucas, Thomas Kaye, Thomas Carbutt, Lucy Rushforth and Nahum Laryea. 


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Phoebe Coss, Alyssia Hall, Dan Lowther, Isabel Sandom, Oliver Neild, Jospeh Wild, Josef Summerscales, Jay Hargreaves, James Genty, Phoebe Wilson, Daniel Finegan, Charlie Cookson, Ana Taylor, Benjamin Sharrock, Lucy Hyde, Katelyn Watson, Danny Wall, Alice Waters, Archie Milner, Courteney Robinson, Declan Costello, Ellie Austin, Jacob Bates, Jane Chambers, Leah Philip, Megan Clinch, Mitchell Kattenberg, Rishie Patel, Ronaldas Urbonas, Ruby Edgar, Safina Akhtar, Samuel Royston, Ashleigh Jones and Harry Hibbins.



Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations Samuel Lyons!



PiXL Perfect!

I also had the pleasure of presenting PiXL Edge Awards to; Andrew Senior, Holly Brook, Sophie Gelder, Lucy Rushforth, Nahum Laryea, Ashleigh Jones and Harry Hibbins. 



Mouth-watering menus!

From Monday to Wednesday next week, our Catering Team will be offering Oreo doughnuts as a lunchtime treat, priced at £1….Or as a healthy (delicious!) alternative, try a free sample of one of the smoothies we’re thinking of adding to our summer menu - berry burst or strawberry split - at break time on Tuesday!

On Thursday, visit our Great Hall to sample one of the following from our Great Feast menu in honour of World Book Day….Ministry of Magic Pasta, Gillyweed Soup with Golden Snitch Rolls, or a Butterbeer Acid Pop, all washed down with some Hogsmeade Fizz!....Remember students can come to school dressed as their favourite book character on Thursday - just bring a copy of the book cover with you on the day to be in with a chance of winning our competition! There’s no charge for the day - just lots of activities, including; guess the teacher, find the character, Scratch Club animated games and a photo booth …to name just a few.


Dates for your diary

Here are a few upcoming dates for your diary….

  • Tuesday 27th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Wednesday 28th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Thursday 29th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Thursday 29th March: World Book Day
  • Friday 30th March: Bank Holiday
  • Thursday 19th April: Year 10 Parents’ Evening


And finally…

Nicole Hirst received some more exciting news yesterday in the form of an invitation to attend The Broadcom MASTERS International, taking place in Pittsburgh, America in May! This prestigious event brings together the world's brightest 12 to 14 year olds - chosen for their excellence in science, engineering and leadership. They are rising stars who come together to represent their nations for this international exchange.

Nicole will participate in specialised programming, fun and engaging hands-on science and engineering activities, and will also attend activities at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Well done Nicole, you’re certainly flying high!!



Good luck to our Accord Multi Academy Trust Team running the Wakefield 10k on Sunday for Wakefield Hospice! If you’d like to contribute, you can do so here. The company who raises the most sponsorship for the event will win £300 of sports related vouchers which would benefit students across the MAT should they win!