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Headteacher's Blog 36 - Friday 29th June 2018

Goodbye Year 11s!

This week we’ve bid farewell to Year 11 - at their Leavers’ Assembly on Tuesday and last night at their Prom, which they did in style!

Good luck with everything you choose to do from here….we’re routing for you and we’re looking forward to seeing you all on results day!



From Barcelona with love

Courtesy of Miss Bates

Despite a very early start, last week 29 students set off from Horbury for the most amazing time away…

Upon arriving in Barcelona, the students were eager to explore and spent some time in the city centre and the Port trying out the Spanish language before a Flamenco show and tapas in the evening.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and were happy to follow the dancer's lead and copy her moves as well as try some typical dishes of the country.  The following day the students set out exploring again taking in the sites of La Rambla and La Boqueria followed by a trip to the best ice cream parlour in Barcelona. Later in the evening there was a visit to the beautiful Sagrada Familia where students contributed to the ongoing of Gaudi’s work. Our students didn’t think we could top the fun they’d had at the flamenco but little did they know!... Friday was spent at the top of the bullring seeing the views of Barcelona before heading up to Poble Espanyol to discover the architecture of the different regions of Spain all before the Magic Fountains of Montjuic. Thousands of people come to the Fountains to watch the show and they were worth the visit as some of the students described seeing them as the best moment of their lives. As the night set in, our students came together singing and dancing in the ‘rain’ of the fountains as one big team and it was great to see! I think the photo below says it all.  Sadly, all good things must come to an end and our final day was like every other day during our trip, full of fun and laughter. Students got to see the impressive Camp Nou before taking in some interesting views on the beach where they were happily burying each other in the sand or playing football. This was followed by some last minute souvenir buying and dinner at the Hard Rock Café.

Barcelona is one of my favourite places to visit and I’ve really enjoyed being able to share all that the city has to offer with students. From start to finish the Year 9 students we took were brilliant and we as staff could not have asked for anything more. Year 9 - your behaviour was impeccable and each and every one of you were a credit to your family and the Academy in the way that you tried everything, were responsible and reliable and more importantly, how you all came together as a team and made sure that every one of you was included and had fun. Thank you Year 9, Mr Lloyd, Mrs Roberts and Ms Higgins for the best trip ever!

Esther Greenwood had the following to say on behalf of the students…. 

“I just want to say a massive thank you to all of the teachers on the Barcelona trip. I didn’t think that any trip could surpass Paris, but it was even more amazing. I didn’t feel like I was on a school trip, I felt like I was on a proper holiday. I feel very lucky to have been part of it. Thanks, Barcelona 2018.” 



Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

On Monday our Year 10 geography students spent the day in Hornsea on the East Coast. The purpose of the trip was to prepare for the fieldwork element of their GCSE paper three exam, in two contrasting environments. Students spent the morning collecting data on the beach, then looked at housing inequality in the afternoon and luckily for them, the sun was shining all day! 



♫This is the greatest show!♫

Yesterday we had a lovely day, working with students and staff from some of our Primary Pyramid of schools to create a musical performance based on The Greatest Showman.  Despite the heat, the students presented to a packed hall during the afternoon!

The Pyramid Music Day is always special, but this year’s was without a doubt the best yet.  Tears filled my eyes to see ex-student Beth Rosamond singing alongside the Pyramid Choir.  A special thank you to our very own Mr Ray, who co-ordinated the event, ensuring that it was the “greatest show.” 



Up and away!...

Earlier this month we welcomed five caterpillars into the LRC where we’ve fed them, monitored their progress and watched them transform into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies…. and this week it was time to release them to the skies! Good luck out there little ones – don’t forget to “fly high”! 



Step Up to Year 11

Tuesday 17th July is a date to remember for our current Year 10 students and their parents/carers… 

During the day, we’ll be holding a Tie Award Assembly which parents and carers are invited to attend from 2pm to celebrate their entry into their final year at the Academy. We’ll be presenting our new Year 11 cohort with their brand new ties as well as announcing our Prefects. 

In the evening, we’ll be hosting a Step Up to Year 11 Party, from 7pm to 9.30pm at The Space in Wakefield. The event is free for all students who met the criteria to attend and each student will receive one free drink token and an opportunity to visit the sweet buffet. Find out more here


The unveiling of our Masterchef finalists!...

Our Masterchef Heats have been taking place over the last two weeks and we’ve seen and sampled some wonderful, delicious dishes! The standard has been very high so a big well done to everyone who has taken part and in particular to our finalists who will be representing their House in the final on Monday 16th July!... 

  • Europe - Emily Garner
  • Asia – Sarah Kirby and Louise McStay
  • Americas - Fran Howard and Mason Auty
  • Africa - Leah Beckett, Jemima Murray and Nancy Whitehead.



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Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Mitchell Riley, Elise Waddington, Tyla Dallimore, Harrie Hemingway, Aimee Sockett, Harriet Churchill and Daniel Esmond. 


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Abigail Bottomley, Alfie Pickering, Rohaan Khan, Kian Smith, Ethan Cooper, Chloe Dickinson, Jake Green, Bailey Wood, Matilda Littlewood and Alex Copley. 


Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations Rhys Noble, Zak Haigh, Joshua McIntosh, Max Drew, Madeleine Wilkinson, Taiba Azhar, Alyssia Hall, Jasmine Hampshire, Madison Holford, Ana Taylor, Joseph            Wild and Samuel Royston. 


Headteacher’s Award!!

I also had the pleasure of presenting a Headteacher’s Award to Daniel Rigby. 


PiXL Perfect!

Well done to; Isabel Sandom, Ella Palmer, Usman   Khan, Rhys Kirby, Chloe Kaye, Reece Sykes and Charlotte Woodhouse.       


 Mouth-watering menus!

Next week we have some scrumptious World Cup themed sandwich and wrap meal deals on offer with a choice of the following fillings: Mexican chicken; Portuguese piri piri chicken; Spanish chicken and chorizo; English egg, bacon and sausage; Danish prawn rejemad or Russian egg salad! Choose between a wedge sandwich, ice lolly and water/juice (£2.10) or a wrap and water/juice (£2.10). 


End of term arrangements…

As always at Horbury Academy, the end of term is a busy one! Please check the following information carefully so that you are clear about what’s going on….

  • Wednesday 4th July: Year 10 Taster Day - Wakefield College
  • Monday 9th July: Year 7 Belgium trip (Asia and Europe)
  • Tuesday 10th July: Year 6 Taster Day, Year 6 Welcome Evening, Year 7 Belgium trip (Asia and Europe) and Year 7 visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Americas and Africa)
  • Thursday 12th July: Year 5 Taster Day, Year 10 Taster Day - Ossett Sixth Form, Year 7 Belgium trip (Americas and Africa) and Year 7 visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Asia and Europe)
  • Friday 13th July: Year 10 Taster Day - Pontefract New College
  • Tuesday 17th July: Year 10 Tie Award Assembly and Step Up to Year 11 Party
  • Thursday 19th July: Year 9 London Visit and whole Academy bike-a-thon charity event
  • Friday 20th July: Non-uniform day. Students will enjoy an International Celebration and final assemblies. The day will end at 12.15 p.m.


And finally…

Well done to Matthew Duncan, Oliver Hamilton and Celia Brook who had a successful day at the Teentech Finals on Monday!

Matthew and Oliver were awarded first place in the digital skills category whilst Celia, who was one of the youngest competitors in the wearable technology section, made a contact that could enable her to develop a prototype of her product! What an achievement for each of you, well done! 




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