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Headteacher's Blog 33 - Friday 8th June 2018

From Paris with love…

Courtesy of Mrs Fawcett-Gibson

Two very sleepy coaches set off from Horbury Academy on Thursday 24th May at 4am headed for Paris. Simmering underneath the morning chill was excitement and anticipation for the days ahead.

Our itinerary was as jam packed as a tin of foie gras but we had no idea just how much fun we would all have!... We experienced stunning views from the top of the sunny Montparnasse Tower; standing higher than the Eiffel Tower, we felt on top of the world! Lunch at the Eiffel Tower itself gave students chance to buy some souvenirs and taste some Parisian ice cream. There was the exquisite craftsmanship of Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as the delicious craftsmanship of the Hard Rock Café Burgers, not to mention the hair-raising craftsmanship of our coach drivers navigating through the 10 lane 12 exit roundabout near the Arc de Triomphe!

These photographs show just a few snapshots of this amazing experience that will, I have no doubt, have a lasting effect on the hearts and minds of both students and staff alike.



A night to remember…

Only three weeks to go until this year’s Prom, which will take place on Thursday 28th June at Cedar Court Hotel. It will be a night to remember, providing Year 11 students with the opportunity to celebrate the end of their exams and to say goodbye to friends and staff.

The Prom will begin at 7pm, although parents and carers are welcome from 6.30pm to watch the students arrive! The evening will run until 11.45pm and will include a buffet and everyone will be entitled to a free soft drink. Parents are responsible for making arrangements for travel to and from the Prom.

Tickets are priced at £20, however, students are able to use their My School Reward points to receive a discount of £1 per 100 stamps, up to a maximum of £5. The reward points will come to a close on Monday 11th June, enabling students to see their total points and what they are able to redeem. The tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 12th June until Wednesday 27th June during break, lunchtime and after 2.45pm. They will be available from the Finance Office and can be bought by either cash or a cheque, payable to Horbury Academy....I’m looking forward to it already!


Leavers’ Assembly

Year 11 students, parents and carers are also invited to attend their Leavers’ Assembly, which will take place on Wednesday 26th June from 2.30pm until 3.30pm in the Main Hall.

If you wish to attend the Leavers’ Assembly, please return the slip that has been posted out to you to Student Support, along with the number of seats you wish to reserve by Monday 25th June 2018.

Due to the event taking place during the school day there will be very limited parking available around the site and no onsite parking.


Apprenticeship vacancies for Year 11

To find out what apprenticeships are out there for Year 11s, take a look at GOV.UK’s Find an Apprenticeship search tool. You can also chat to our Careers Advisor, Mr Green, during his careers drop-in sessions, weekly on a Tuesday between 2.45pm and 3.45pm in the LRC.


Stay safe online…

With live streaming being a growing trend amongst children and young people, National Online Safety have created a free guide for parents and carers highlighting the dangers and offering advice on how to help to control the associated risks.

Volunteer Police Cadets are recruiting…

Aged 13 to 17 with an interest in policing and public services? Would you like to volunteer in the service of your community and have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award? If so, you may want to consider becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet. Find out more or apply here by Friday 15th June.



 Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Jake Balmforth, Luke Boxall, Adam Akhtar, Noah Brook, Benjamin Terrell, Caitlin McGrath, Ausaaf Khan, Charles Wilson, Ben Powell, Jack Fozard, Laura Thornton, Holly Driver, Kai Turner, Callum Jaques, Daniel Carragher, Lily Barnsley, Nathan Jackson, Robert Peaks-Woods and Iqra Ahmed. 


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Crawford Auty, Lewis Richardson, Jonathan Hanley, Mischa Spurr, James Hurdus, Lily Tate, Luke Spaven, Bethany Critchett, Daisy Ellis, Harvey-Joe Walker, Jacob Pitchforth, Anna Hall, Zachary Scholefield, Callum Fawcett, Farah Khan, Kelsey Peaks-Woods, Jessica Garmston, Rosie Ball, Matthew Loynes, Ella Craven, Eve Allen, Isabel Batchelor, Hollie Armitage, Samantha Kershaw, Nathan Byford, Oliver Hamilton, Yahyah Keita, Isabelle Lindley, Ciaran Jaime and Caitlan Wigglesworth. 


Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations Sarosh Zulfqar, Jasper Pidcock, William Fisher, Jemima Murray, Ariana Cossins, Kacey-Marie Harrison, Leo Jones, Amber Fenwick and Bryony Nicholls.


Headteacher’s Award!!

I also had the pleasure of presenting a Headteacher’s Award to Lara Buntin and Emily Garner!


PiXL Perfect!

Well done to; Amy Cook, Bradley Goodes, McKye Moore, Marina Nasir, Jacob Pitchforth, Oliver Proctor, Paul Woolley, Nafanyl Ellis, Daisy Ellis, Robert Thorpe, Amy Lovett-Johnson, Anna Hall, Bethany Critchett, Christel Benson, Amy Burchall, Laurence Cook, Malikah Hussain, Harry Levitt, Samuel Lyons and Archie Milner who received their PiXL Edge Awards this week!



Marvellous Mathematicians!

Congratulations to the following who also received their Intermediate Mathematical Challenge certificates this week… Isabelle Lindley, Toby Seaman, Zain Khan, Evan Dennis, Joshua Perkis, Holly Auty, Charles Shackleton, Rye Ward, Calysta Lockwood and Daniel Esmond.


Mouth-watering menus!

We’re celebrating the start of the World Cup next Thursday with a selection of Blinis (Russian pancakes!) to be available at morning break on both Thursday and Friday, priced at 90p, with a choice of the following toppings; strawberry and ice cream, chocolate and banana, or bacon and maple syrup.

And remember, as exams continue so do free breakfasts for year 11 to give them the power to perform!


And finally…

I was delighted to hear about Dan Rigby’s recent accomplishment up Ben Nevis last week! Dan’s talented grandad made a chair (featured below) that enabled his friends and family to carry him to the top! This was a huge challenge that required him to be bumped up and down for over ten hours. It just goes to show what can be achieved with love, support and determination!



Well done to Nicole Hirst and Archie Milner who attended STEMPlus at Wakefield College last week and successfully completed courses in maths and chemistry, respectively!