Message from the Head of School:
The highlight of the week this week was being awarded the Headstart Quality Mark on Tuesday. The award was recognition for the work we do in supporting our students when they need it the most. This award emphasises the incredible amount of support the Academy offers from Peer Mentoring to counselling to specific group work.
The award also recognises that our students support each other through the Peer Mentoring programme, as our Peer Mentors were recognised with a separate award on Thursday.
We are extremely proud that twice in a week, we are recognised as providing support in a range of ways for our students. We are the first Secondary School in Hull to receive the Headstart award. The award was all the more special as it was awarded to us by our very own Year 11 student, Gabi Surdyk - Hull's young mayor.
Our third curriculum principal is "Support". Support could be for emotional health, literacy, Year 11 or many other reasons. This week showed that we are moving towards providing the best support we can for our students.
Curriculum Area students of the week:
Alfie Milnes- Outstanding performance in y11 football.
Drama - Taylor Bibby- Great film noir style performance.
Dance – Wanessa Daszkowska and Mellissa Jones
Music - Jayden Dennison for big improvements in his music lessons and enthusiasm for playing the drums.
Photography - Aleksandra Fido and Sandra Szaja- creative year 11 coursework!
Alan Kaniewski continued effort and care; producing perceptive responses when analysing texts.
French – George Firth for his wonderful approach to lessons
German – TJ Lawrence for asking some good questions.
Olivia Moore - yr 9 amazing attitude to learning and interest in history.
Madalina Enache – Great attitude in Y10
HegartyMaths homework club Monday and Wednesday mornings. KS4 intervention Tuesday morning.
Olivia Parda for fabulous classwork and homework
Rhuben True for much improved Attitude to Learning
George Firth for fantastic resilience when the going got tough 😊
Brajan Fabisiak for great engineering theory work
Courtney Hendey for fabulous classwork and sewing skills
Masie Woollons for much improved Attitude to Learning.
House Cup Position
Top Reward Points in Each House
Well done to all students who took part in our Voice competition. Our final 12 acts competed in fantastic battle which saw Sara Wazydrag in 3rd place, Meg Grzibovska and Amber Jackson in 2nd place and Triumph Epie John taking 1st place.
Last week 16 Students received certificates to acknowledge their Reading Plus achievements – keep up the good work.
100% Attendance Draw Winners
Y11 Football success
Well done to our y11 team as they produced an outstanding performance beating St Mary's 6-3. Four goals for Alfie Milnes and goals from Dec Wilds and Josh Russel
Skye Chessman - Being mature
Finley Richmond - Helping staff
Charlie Smith - Picking up litter
Hot Choc Friday Students
Year 11 Mock Exams -
Monday 2d December- Friday 13th December. Please ensure students have full attendance throughout this period and are prepared for each of their mock examinations. Students and parents have received copies of their timetables which they need to follow.
Our staff and student pantomime has changed date and will now be performed on Tuesday 17th December at 5pm. A musical Christmas performance will also be taking place from 4:30pm before the start of the panto. Our Pantomimes are Blue Steels and the Seven Students, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk.
CAPA - Extra-Curricular Activities (all to take place in 1R4):
Orchestra will be running on a Tuesday after school. All instrumentalists are invited to attend. This will run from 3.15-4.05pm.
Ukulele Club takes place on a Thursday after school from 3.15-4.05pm.
Vocalize also takes place on a Thursday after school from 3.15-4.05pm.
PE and Sport
Inclusive Sport GLOW festival
Year 10 Yorkshire CUP rugby Fixtures:
Thursday 10th December- Home VS Holmfirth 2pm
Year 9 football
Thursday 12th December Away Vs St Mary’s B team
Wednesday 18th December Away Vs St Mary’s C team
Our Year 7 and 8 groups have started their end of unit assessment. These include a recall question, language analysis and creative writing based on Power & Conflict or 19th Century text, Oliver.
Year 10s are preparing to complete a GCSE Language Paper 1 mock exam with Year 11s preparing to complete GCSE Language Paper 1 and 2 mock exams.
Later in the month Year 9s will complete their end of unit assessment linked to the Dystopian fiction novel they have read.
This coming week, local author, Russ Litten will work with our Year 7 students to their creative writing strategies.
Reading Plus: This is the main homework for KS3 students. They are expected to complete reading and vocabulary challenges each week.
This year’s First Story enrichment experience is underway with our writer-in-residence, Russ Litten. This week the group worked with Russ to produce poems describing a new type of dance. The dances included: Potato Walk, Bouncing Marshmallow, Twisted Potato, Fairy Step and The Hawk. Will these pieces make the anthology cut?
MFL – Half Term 2 KS3 topics:
Year 7 – Will learn how to describe people and will ultimately design a superhero
Year 8 – French/German - Year 8 will learn how to talk about TV, cinema and books.
Year 9 – French – students will learn how to talk about healthy lifestyles
German – students will learn how to talk about music
MFL – Half Term 2, KS4 topics:
Year 10 – GCSE French and German. Our Year 10 will start their GCSE courses – French is focused on family relationships and the qualities of a good friend whilst German is all about school.
Year 11 – GCSE French. Our Year 11 students will be learning how to talk about their aspirations in terms of work and future plans.
HegartyMaths homework club on Monday morning from 8am in 0N1, and on Wednesday morning from 8am in 0N3. KS4 drop in maths session on Tuesday morning from 8am in 0N1.
Year 7 have been discussing the different types of hospitality and catering establishments
Year 8 are looking at factors that affect food choices looking in particular at lactose intolerance
Year 9 are continuing on with their mini project researching how the hospitality and catering industry affect the environment
Year 10 are understanding how food could make customers ill, focusing on the many different types of food poisoning. They are also developing their scone baking skills.
Year 11 are continuing with their mock coursework, this week looking at what influences menu planning
Upcoming events / activities
Year 7 French – design a superhero – competition for the best superhero – more details in lessons.
“Wake up, smile, and tell yourself today is your day”
The next parental bulletin will go live on Saturday 7th December 2019; enjoy the week
Mr G Bilton (Assistant Vice Principal, Student Experience)