Message from the Head of School:
One of our key curriculum principles at Sirius North is "broadening horizons". We expect all of our students to get involved and to widen their learning. We want our students to value gaining new skills and learning about all different types of topics. Learning is not just about passing exams (though this is extremely important!).
Our Enrichment Programme allows students to join clubs, learn new skills and to work with other students from around the Academy. We allow students to continue to study as many topics as possible in order to give them access to the broadest possible knowledge. In meeting students this week, I was interested to hear how interesting they find Science in particular, that they would love to learn even more even after the exams were completed.
We hope that you can find time at home to talk about this learning with your children. Find out what is available before and after school and find out what they have been learning in each lesson. Working together we can reach the best possible outcomes.
Curriculum Area students of the week:
Desmond Duru- Outstanding manners and leadership skills
MacKenzie Kinsley- Outstanding commitment to extra-curricular sport
Drama - Charlie Lawrence and Cole Mallinson – Outstanding performances in lesson.
Dance - Artiom Trofimov – Great commitment to the subject, attending intervention in a morning striving for his target
Music - Marcos Najat for great effort in his piano lessons and in his recent African drumming unit.
Photography - Jamie Bell and Qnwan Altaib for their consistent extra effort and attendance of extra-curricular club!
Art - Natalia Swiecka for a positive approach to year 11
Kara Drury for her fantastic art work created in lesson.
Jack Wilkinson – positive attitude to learning and fantastic contributions to a character analysis.
Benyamin Dawoud – excellent attitude to learning and consistent hard work.
Lewis Ashford - received secure in geography test and presented some really good answers.
Naomi Harrison – Showing exceptional perseverance in maths
*Desmond Duru, Gabriela Surdyk, and Scarlet Rowland for superb presentations and contributions to the Governors meeting on 6th November.
*Well done to our year 11 and year 10 girls who picked up a bronze medal at their rugby tournament this week
Squad: Holly Agar, Liv Fowler, Chloe Smith, Amy Cunningham, Lucy Hayley, Maddie Wilson, Katie Day, Gabija Giedryt
*Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils in Art and Textiles have been working hard all week to create an exhibition using a variety of mixed media show casing the skills which they have learnt in the last half term. The exhibition is to remember the fallen. All of these pupils have worked really hard and should be really proud of their work and achievements.
Robert Stanis - Being helpful and polite
Stoyan Milanov - Being helpful
James Wilson - Being polite
Hot Choc Friday Students
These students are rewarded for their fantastic efforts both in and out of the academy. They are nominated by the staff and are rewarded with a hot chocolate and marshmallows during tutor each Friday. This week’s winners are:
The rehearsals for our Christmas production are starting next week. We are pleased to announce that we will be performing three short pantomimes condensed into one show. Staff and students will be working together and sharing the stage space.
Tuesday 26th of November will see the final of our voice competition. 10 groups will go head to head to be crowned 2019 champion. The event will start at 4pm
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
SWI- taking 10 students to inclusive sports event at Brigg (Thursday 14th November)
Year 10 Yorkshire CUP rugby Fixtures:
Tuesday 12th November- Home Vs Cas High 2pm
Thursday 10th December- Home VS Holmfirth 2pm
Year 11 football
Tuesday 26th November Away Vs St Mary’s
Year 9 football
Thursday 12th December Away Vs St Mary’s B team
Wednesday 18th December Away Vs St Mary’s C team
Well done to Jack Deyes, Innocent Okojie, Amelia Thompson-Egeh, Harry Coates, Great Davids and Thoriq Farras who all successfully auditioned for and gained a place in Sirius North's first band. Your rehearsals will take place every Friday from 3.15-4.05pm.
If you have any questions about any of the above activities, please come and speak to a member of the music department.
Team English very much enjoyed hosting a recent transition event – we have some budding poets in the making.
Our Year 11s have received their GCSE Language Paper 1 mock exam results - they now need to continue their exam preparations by working through the CGP workbooks issued previously to further enhance their skills.
Reading Plus: Testing and initial logins are well under way. This is the main homework for KS3 students. They are expected to complete 5 reading and 1 vocabulary challenge per week.
This year’s First Story enrichment experience is underway with our writer-in-residence, Russ Litten. A ‘What names are you called?’ exercise culminated in the production of ‘The Ballad of...’ poems. Will they make the final anthology cut? We are looking forward to seeing our creative writers next Tuesday in 1N11 with Mrs Mills.
KS3 students will have the opportunity to enter First Story’s ‘6 Word Story’ competition – Team English will issue more information from Monday.
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.
Upcoming events / activities
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 15 November 2019; enjoy the week
Mr G Bilton (Assistant Vice Principal, Student Experience)