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Headteacher’s Blog 37 – Friday 6th July 2018

One tasty reward!!

We made award history this week with ten students achieving the prestigious Governors’ Awards (!!!) and we decided to mark this special occasion with afternoon tea! 

Thank you to our Academy Governors, Mr Dennett and Mrs Jenkinson, for taking time out to present these awards and huge congratulations to our fabulous recipients; Daniel Rigby, Nicole Hirst, Samuel Lyons, Harry Hibbins, Holly Brook, Katie Armitage, Lara Buntin, Emily Garner, Lyla Hodson and Olivia Oldroyd. What a fabulous achievement! 



Year 10’s taste of Wakefield College…

On Wednesday, Year 10 visited Wakefield College for a taster day where they experienced a wide range of subjects, from Law and Psychology to Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Sport! 

The aim of the day was to help students gain a better understanding of the courses available to them once they leave the Academy. 

I’ve had some great feedback from the college tutors about how well our students conducted themselves throughout the day which is always wonderful to hear! 



Horbury’s hockey success!

Match report courtesy of Miss Tyrrell 

On Tuesday, staff teamed up with students for a Horbury Academy versus Ossett Academy hockey match at Slazenger’s Hockey Club. The first half saw Ossett dominating with their staff being strong, experienced hockey players in comparison to the Horbury newbies; Kaur, Lloyd, Walmsley and Craig. The Horbury students supported our newbies well, but Ossett continued to put the pressure on with shot after shot on goal, but nothing was going past the surprisingly skilful Mr Walmsley in goal!...After a tense first half, the score remained 0-0. 

Following a change at half time (as Mr Walmsley had to leave) and an ever growing crowd of supporters, Horbury came back fighting - ‘Competitive Craig’ was not going to let us lose! Shortly into the second half, Ossett made a break on goal and scored, but this only spurred us on more and within minutes, we had equalised thanks to Owen Bland and Will Gascoigne. 

Ossett attacked some more but were kept at bay by our amazing defenders; Aaron Hunter, Nicole Hirst, Josh Swallow and Mollie Gilbert. Ossett then managed to sneak another one in before Horbury came into their own and began to dominate, with a strong midfield of Bethan Elsworth, Ben Mace, the Bland Brothers and the Gilbert Sisters, not forgetting the super staff Kaur, Craig and Lloyd. A penalty corner was won and Miss Tyrrell's attempt was saved but Owen Bland was there for the rebound to score the equaliser! 

Mr Lloyd had glory in his sight and after a short time on the subs bench, brought himself back on to assist the final goal, deflected in by Lily Gilbert! 

Full time: 3-2 to Horbury with ‘Super Goalie Walmsley’ crowned Man of the Match! 



LRC’s Summer Reading Challenge

This summer holiday, Mrs Fisher is running an LRC Summer Reading Challenge for which prizes and reward stamps will be on offer! 

If you fancy taking part, collect your challenge form from the LRC, complete as many challenges as you can over the summer holiday and ask a parent/carer to sign the form, then return it in September to collect your stamps!

Important water safety message

During such unprecedented hot weather, I wanted to share with you this important message about water safety. 

In hot weather, people are often tempted to cool down by taking a swim in our reservoirs, however, cold water can be a killer. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks, plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter. 

Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard and fight the cold water, but when people fight it, chances are they lose. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning. 

If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, the message is to float until the cold water shock has passed and you will be able to control your breathing and have a far better chance of staying alive. 

Take a look at Yorkshire Water’s ‘Cold water kills’ video and the Royal National Life Saving Institute’s ‘Float to Live’ video for information and advice. You can also find water safety advice from WF Youth here

We’ll also be working with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wakefield Youth Work Team to highlight dangers and raise awareness of water safety in the coming weeks. 


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Katelyn Briggs, Rhys Miller, Samuel Alderson, Stanley Anodin and Watisoni Leleavono. 


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Bella Haigh, Gabriella Mitchell, George Yelland and Nathan Kujawinski. 


Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations; Danny Wall, Isabel Sandom, Jacob Bates, Leonna Tipping, Mitchell Kattenberg, Ruby Edgar and Dylan Sanderson. 


Headteacher’s Award!!

I also had the pleasure of presenting a Headteacher’s Award to Ellie Austin! 


Marvellous Mathematicians!

Congratulations to the following who also received their Intermediate Mathematical Challenge certificates this week; Alice Whitehead, Amy Cook, Ariana Cossins, Ashleigh Jones, Eloise Paull, Luke Spaven, Matthew Loynes, Max Taylor, Megan Clinch, Rhys Kirby, Sam Lyons, Scarlett Karch, Tom Roberts and Usman Khan. 



Mouth-watering menus!

As we’re in the middle of Wimbledon, we’ve opted for a traditional British menu for our Year 6 Taster Day next Tuesday. 

£2.10 will get you roast beef or Quorn sausage with yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots and peas, plus strawberries and ice cream and water or a juice cuplet……and if the weather is too hot, there’s always a beef baguette! 

Our Catering Team will also be selling homemade strawberry and cream scones, priced at 90p, during break and lunch next week!...If that wasn’t enough, Year 7’s Leon Gibson has also requested sausage sandwiches which will be on sale at £1.30 during break on Monday and Tuesday! 


End of term arrangements…

Here’s another reminder about what’s going on between now and the end of term….

  • 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
  • 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 our INNOV8 competitors; Aaron Hunter, Hateam Zulfqar, Kobe Jobson, Nathan Byford, Sam Spiers and Adam Luke who came third in this week’s enterprise competition! I’ve heard from Kirklees College that this was a fantastic event and our students were a pleasure to have on site! 



We’ll be celebrating Careers Week across our Multi Academy Trust next week, with careers lessons planned in both Horbury and Ossett Academy.

Students will learn about different careers and their progression routes from the subjects they study and will hear from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership about expanding job markets and the 'booming industries' across our region. I’ll let you know how they got on next week!