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Posted on: 17/01/2020

Head of school Blog - Week 17

Students have experienced an exciting week of events at the Academy which I am very happy to share with you. Our year 11 students have continued with their mock examinations this week and have been absolutely fantastic.  A large number of students have been arriving at the Academy from 7.30am to enjoy breakfast in the LRC whilst doing their final preparations before their exams.  We look forward to sharing the results with both students and parents during the Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 5th February. On Tuesday we hosted the latest presentation in our Journey of Hope programme.  ‘Helping your Child to make the Correct Career Choices’ was supported by presentations from Carmel College, Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre and St Helens Chamber regarding apprenticeships.  Further information for future Journey of Hope presentations can be found on our website.  /1012/journey-of-hope-workshops-2019-20 Twelve year 9 girls travelled down to Oxford earlier in the week, supported by Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall, for the ‘It all adds up’ maths conference for girls at The University of Oxford. They spent Tuesday afternoon shopping and exploring the historical sights of the city. On Wednesday, they spent the day at the university exploring probability through Bayes Theorem, looking at career options involving maths, and learning what being a student at Oxford is all about. The girls’ attitude and behaviour throughout the two days was exceptional and they represented themselves and the Academy with pride.  I would like to thank Miss Brophy for organising this amazing opportunity for our students and also Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall for their support. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for year 9 students as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  I explained the options process to students on Wednesday and shared more detailed information regarding the timeline of events.  The Academy is looking forward to welcoming both parents/carers and students to our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January at 6pm.  You will have the opportunity to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  It is our expectation that all students attend this important event.  You can view the 2020 Options Booklet and timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 This week in Inspire time the theme has been Media and Democracy (Brexit). Students have reflected upon the impact the media and our government have on our lives, and how Parliament is run. We looked at the democratic voting system and then used it in a classroom vote after discovering facts about Brexit. We learnt about the danger of Fake News and how important it is to look for the real facts behind the opinions we are given. Finally, students read this week’s news stories to find out about what is happening around the world today. We prayed for our politicians and media to strive for justice and truth, and we prayed for peace in our world: If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. Amen Important diary dates Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams begin Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair 10.00am – 2.20pm (Yr9-13) Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25th February Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm – 6.00pm   I sure that you are all aware of the important work carried out in the local area by N.E.C.G (Newton and Earlestown Community Group).  Please click on the following link to find out their wonderful calendar of events for 2020.  tinyurl.com/NECG2020 #community Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 10/01/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 16

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and the festive break with your family and friends.  It has been great to welcome back staff and students this week for what will be a very busy and exciting half term. Our year 11 students made a fantastic start to their mock examinations this week, they will continue with these until Friday 17th January.  Students have displayed a high level of maturity during preparation and I am sure that this will be reflected in their individual results.  The mock examination timetable can be viewed on our website.    /950/year-11-mock-exam-timetable-january-2020 On Tuesday our Ski Trip students enjoyed their last visit to the Chill Factore before they leave for the slopes of Italy on Saturday 8th February.  There will be a final parent meeting on Tuesday 21st January. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for students in year 9 as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  Parents and students had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers during Parents’ Evening on Wednesday.  The most important event is our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January; parents and students will be able to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  Further information will be sent out next week.  You can view the 2020 Options Timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 If your new year’s resolution was to have a general tidy-up at home we would welcome any items of good quality uniform that you may have.  Items can be left at reception or student services.  We have a stock of re-cycled uniform for parents to view and take home.  Please contact your child’s Head of Year for further information.  I have mentioned in previous blogs the need for students to wear suitable outdoor clothing.  All our students are outside at some point during break and lunchtime, therefore please encourage your child to dress appropriately for winter weather conditions. This week in Inspire time the theme has been The Epiphany – ‘Los Tres Reyes Magos’.  Students have found out about Epiphany celebrations from around the world, what the three gifts signified, and the meaning behind the Christian tradition of blessing houses at the New Year.  During Year Group Collective Worship students reflected on what the Three Wise Men can teach us: to be committed to our journey wherever it may lead, even if it takes us into unknown territory. We meditated on a quote from Jeremiah about the plans God has for us.  Let us reflect on those words now: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.”’   Important diary dates Tuesday 14th-Wednesday 15th January Maths Conference for girls at Oxford University Tuesday 14th January Journey of Hope – Guiding your Child to make the correct career choices – 6.00pm Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25thFebruary Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening   Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 10/01/2020

Chaplains' Corner - December 2019

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER   December was a very busy month for the Chaplaincy at Hope Academy. Below are just a few of the highlights… Throughout December we had been collecting food for our Christmas Hamper Appeal. By the last week of term we had enough food to create nearly 50 hampers to be delivered to local families! Hampers were taken to families and to local primary schools in the last week of term. We were also able to deliver three big boxes full of toys to Warrington and Halton Hospital for their Christmas Present appeal. On Monday 16th December, we hosted our Carols by Candlelight service at Hope Academy. We enjoyed a number of carols led by our Hope Choir and Bible verses telling the Christmas Story read beautifully by our students. It was a wonderful evening to set the tone for our Christmas break. On Thursday 19th December Year 7-9 attended Advent services at St Peter’s throughout the day where staff and students enjoyed a time of carols, readings and prayer.  Thank you to Rev. Chris for leading our time of worship, and to St. Peter’s for allowing us to use your beautiful church for the day. The Chaplaincy at Hope encourages staff and students to put Faith into Action and just one of the ways we do this is through our charity and community work. I am delighted to share that in our first term we raised over £1000 for our partner charities, collected over 200kg of food for St. Helen’s Foodbank, and delivered nearly 50 Christmas Hampers to individuals and families across Newton-le-Willows. There are lots of exciting things happening in the Chaplaincy – to keep up to date with all our news and events by following us on Twitter @HopeChaplain                                                         
Posted on: 19/12/2019

Head of School blog - week 15

As we come to the end of this term I would like to share news of events from the last week with you. Once again this year, the Christmas Markets did not disappoint.  The Academy had a wonderful seasonal buzz about it and was crammed full with 45 stalls, all selling a range of items from Christmas baubles to hand-knitted baby cloths and blankets.  Father Christmas welcomed children into his grotto before rushing back to Lapland.  Thank you to everyone who attended this magnificent evening, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! On Monday 16th December, we hosted our Carols by Candlelight service. We enjoyed a number of carols led by our Hope Choir with a solo of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Grace Fisher (Year 8), and Bible verses telling the story of Christmas, read beautifully by our students. The evening closed with a lively performance of Jingle Bell Rock from the choir! Every Christmas Hope Academy donates food hampers to the local community. Our staff, local Parishes and Primary Schools nominate families they believe would benefit most from receiving the hampers.  Kasia and her chaplaincy team have spent this week delivering the hampers to families within our community.  I would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity, we delivered over 30 hampers in total which were gratefully received. Year group celebration lunches have taken place every day last week.  Two students from each form were invited to lunch with their Head of Year – this is a reward for students who have been outstanding in a particular area eg attendance, positive attitude or LORIC skills.  The celebrations take place each half term and this time included students who have taken part in recent events and helped during the Christmas markets.  Well done to the students who went above and beyond this half term. Years 7-9 students attended Advent services at St Peter’s Church, where staff and students enjoyed a time of carols, readings and prayer. It was a beautiful time spent reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you to Dr Rev. Chris Stafford for leading our time of worship, and to St. Peter’s for allowing us to use your beautiful church for the day. Our year 11 students have been developing revision skills to help them prepare for their mock exams starting on 6th January.  During Inspire time we have been showing them a number of revision techniques which can be found in the protected area on our website.  The login and password details have been given to students and also posted home.  Students have been introduced a new teaching and learning software programme called Century Tech. Century Tech is a powerful resource which uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience.  The programme allows students to learn on a bespoke pathway and can be used as a home learning tool so that students can work independently to fill their gaps in knowledge. Century Tech is a great resource for our students to use over the Christmas break in preparation for their mock exams. Christmas is an exciting time, with a whole lot going on in the world, so it’s all too easy to let our fascination with the online world distract us from what’s really important – spending time with our families. National Online Safety provides parents with advice and support (and hopefully a few laughs) with a new song for parents all about not spending Christmas glued to our phones! Please click on the links below to watch the video on various social platforms:  https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety/videos/618627542214453/  https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1205497016379465729  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edc08Jlm1MA&feature=youtu.be   Important diary dates January Monday 6th January 2020 Year 11 Mock Exams commence (6th Jan-17th Jan) Tuesday 7th January Chill Factore – 3.45pm Wednesday 8th January Year 9 Parents’ Evening – 3.00pm   Year 10 Sports Science/Sports Studies Exam – 9.00am Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams – all week Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Evening – 6.00pm   Finally, I would like to wish you all a merry and restful Christmas and look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday 6th January 2020!   Season’s Greetings Mrs Adams - Head of School Lord, When we celebrate the day when you came among us, help us to remember that life isn’t about status or power or wealth, but about being with the people we love. Help us to serve others in humility and generosity. Amen
Posted on: 29/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 12

Students and staff at the academy have enjoyed another full programme of events this week. The BBC Bitesize School Tour came to Hope Academy on Tuesday 26th November to talk to years 8, 9, 10 and 12!  The sessions focused on careers in the creative industries and featured a panel of 3 professionals from TV, Radio, Journalism, Gaming and Music.  The aim was to offer an inspiring insight into the world of creative work and shine a light on routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of the audience might not have considered.  We welcomed some amazing creatives for the panels who were very excited to share their stories and advice for breaking into creative industries.  Each session was hosted by presenter Kate Thistleton (from BBC Radio 1) and the opportunity for students to Q&A at the end. This is what our students had to say after the Bitesize event; “There are lots of crazy fun jobs around the world that I didn’t even know existed” Y9 “I learned about how famous hosts take their steps to becoming what they want to be” Y8 “I couldn’t believe the amount of jobs and opportunities that I didn’t know were even a real thing!” Y9 “I learned that even when you get a job, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with that job forever” Y9 “You could use your hobbies or skills to get a job you enjoy” Y8 On Tuesday, Kasia and six year 8 pupils who are working towards their silver Faith in Action Award, spent the day volunteering at All Saints Church.  They helped our local primary schools take part in the ‘Christmas Journey’ – a wonderful walk through the meaning of Christmas starting from Mary being visited by the Angel Gabriel to discovering the gifts brought by the wise men.   Our students accompanied groups on their story walk, assisting the storyteller in their work and helping the younger pupils find out more about the birth of Jesus. All those involved got a lot out of it! Our students’ then supported their groups create a Christmas craft. Kasia said that it was a lovely way to focus minds on the true meaning of Christmas. The Year 11 Executive team met with senior members of staff on Thursday to give their feedback on a number of topics.  The main areas for discussion were: Feedback from the recent Preparing to Perform Event New wet lunch procedures Executive team roles and Prefect Responsibilities Year 11 study zones From Monday we will have a number of designated year 11 study zones in various areas of the academy.  Study Zone One (Library) will be open for year 11 students from 7.30am until 8.30am every morning.  This area will also be available for independent study each evening from 3.20pm-5.00pm.  Next week during Inspire time, students will be informed of the other areas available to them at lunchtime.  May I take this opportunity to remind you that the academy closes on Thursday 19th December and does not re-open until Monday 6th January 2020.  If you are planning to order new items of school uniform you will need to place the order and collect before 3.30pm on Thursday 19th December. Whilst on the topic of uniform, we are very proud of how smart our students look; I would like to thank you for your support in ensuring students arrive in full academy uniform and ready to learn.  I have noticed recently that a number of skirts are much shorter than the requirement stated on our website - Skirts and pinafores should be no more than ONE INCH above the knee.  Please bare this in mind when purchasing replacement items. Finally, I am pleased to confirm that our whole school Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day will take place on Friday 13th December.  If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper on this day, please ensure they bring a £1 to school which will be donated to Save the Children. Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December. Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Music Concert at 6.00pm – solo and ensemble performances by our talented students Peter Pan Theatre trip 5.30pm-10.00pm Wednesday 4th December Year 7 Parents’ Evening 2.45pm until 6.30pm Monday 9th December Christmas Markets 6.00pm until 8.30pm Tuesday 10th December Year 11 Mock Interviews Friday 13th December Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumper day Thursday 19th December Christmas services – St Peter’s Church Academy closes – 3.20pm   Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School

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  • 21/01/2020 Thank you for sharing some great ideas today. Lots of good practice to take back and share with the team. Read more
  • 21/01/2020 Superb breakout today from on Leadership in the final sprint. Can’t wait to put the ‘gains on the train’ into action with team tomorrow. Thank you!
  • 20/01/2020 The last Ski meeting is tomorrow at 6pm in the Chapel! Bring your passport and your EHIC card too ....if you have it! Read more