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Posted on: 8/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 9

It's great to be back at the Academy after a well-earned rest for students and staff.  We have lots of events planned for this half term starting with our Year 7 Welcome Service on Wednesday 13th November at 6.30pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening.  If you have not already done so, please confirm your attendance by returning your reply slip to the Year 7 pastoral office. Due to the change in seasons and the onset of dark nights I would like to remind you of our adverse weather procedure.  The academy will remain open unless absolutely necessary to close it.  If the weather is too bad for the academy to open, a notice will be put on the academy website (www.hopeacademy.org.uk) and the Hope Twitter account (https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy).  A recorded message will be left on the academy’s telephone system and you will also receive a text message.  Wire FM and Wish FM will be notified and will put out regular bulletins. In the event that the academy needs to close during the course of the school day, you will be informed by text and by e-mail.  PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE ACADEMY UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Your child will be kept safe in school until you are able to collect them.  If snow settles on the ground, a route will be cleared from the road to the main entrance. With the change in weather in mind, please ensure your child is suitably dressed for winter when travelling to school.  Unless it is raining our students are encouraged to be outside during break and lunchtime. This is also an opportune time to discuss safety with your children now that evenings are getting darker.  Please remind them to: Encourage your child to return home before it gets dark Advise them to try and stay in well-lit areas, stay on main routes and avoid dark short cuts Make sure they advise you where they are going and what time they will return and to keep their mobile phones charged and with them Encourage your child to stay in groups rather than walking on their own They should inform you or a member of staff straight away if they see anything that makes them feel uncomfortable May I take this opportunity to remind you that uniform items are grey tights or white socks for girls; black tights or grey socks are not permitted.  Uniform items can be purchased from our Uniform Shop; we have winter PE tops available priced at £18.00.  Your sons/daughters are also permitted to wear sports skins underneath their Academy PE top during PE lessons.  Thank you for helping keep our students smart! We welcomed senior leaders from Archdiocese schools to the Academy this week as we launched Century Tech.  Century Tech uses learning science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to analyse how individual students learn best; it constantly adapts to provide support and challenges.  Year 10 students have been trained to use this powerful software and are currently using it to support their learning in science and English.  This exciting new resource will be extended to other subject areas and year groups during this academic year. During the holidays we have been reviewing, updating and adding information to our website.  We have added a new section in the curriculum area called subjects; you will find curriculum information for each subject and year group here /216/subjects.  We are also working hard creating a section on Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) which we will launch this half term. In my last blog I asked for your support in completing a parent voice survey; I would like to thank all the parents and carers who were able to take the time to complete the survey.  Your comments and feedback will form part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible opportunities for our students and ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’.  I look forward to sharing the positive results with you in next week’s blog. We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. Finally, I would like to share the following government link to parent guides relating to relationships, sex and health education which have been published by GOV.UK.  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812594/RSE_secondary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 24/10/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 8

We have come to the end of a very successful half term at the Academy.  Our students and staff have achieved so much during the last 8 weeks and I am sure they are looking forward to a well-deserved half term holiday.  Our Year 11 Executive Prefect team met for the first time on 8th October to help plan for the coming academic year.  They will be supporting and leading on key areas of our academy development plan including; student voice, student well-being, charity, sport and transition work.  They are a very committed and inspiring group to work with and we are looking forward to the opportunities that their hard work will bring to our student community. Students and staff continue to work hard daily to ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’. Can I please ask for your support in completing the parent voice survey using the link below. Your feedback will be used to celebrate good practice as well as helping us to focus on areas of priority. We are incredibly proud of our school community and we look forward to your engagement. Parent Voice link: Parent Voice - Hope Academy 2019 (Deadline: Monday 4th November) I am pleased to confirm that the Year 7 Welcome Service, which was postponed earlier this month, will now take place on Wednesday 13th November at 6.00pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening. During the next half-term we will be hosting the following events at the Academy: Remembrance Commemoration – Monday 11th November Year 7 Welcome Service, Retreats and Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 13th November, Monday 18th November, Wednesday 4th December Year 11 Prepare to Perform Event 1 – Wednesday 20th November Music Concert and Carols by Candlelight – Tuesday 3rd December and Monday 16th December We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. I would like to remind you about my recent letter regarding attendance which can be viewed on the website (Link to Letters Home).  The Academy attendance target is 97%.  As attendance is closely linked to academic success, please make sure your son/daughter is on target for 100% attendance by not taking holidays during term time and avoiding routine doctors and dental appointments during the academy day.  If you have any questions regarding attendance please do not hesitate to contact your child’s pastoral manager or head of year. Finally, I would like to thank you, our parent community for your continued support which is, as always, very much appreciated.   Kindest regards, Mrs M Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 17/10/2019

Head of School Blog - Weeks 5-7

Our community has experienced a difficult few weeks.  It was with great sadness that we informed students that Mr Brooker passed away on Tuesday 1st October.  Mr Brooker was a History teacher in his third year of teaching and was a much loved and respected member of our community.  He will be sorely missed by all at the academy.  We will be holding a staff memorial service on Wednesday 16th October to celebrate Mr Brooker’s life.  This will be led by Kasia and Rev Dr Chris Stafford.  We are also making arrangements for students to reflect and I look forward to sharing these plans with you. Staff and students have been sharing memories throughout the week, which we have sent to Josh’s family along with the many Mass cards and sympathy cards we have received.  We pray for Mr Brooker’s family and friends at this very sad time. I am pleased to inform you that Crusade, a group of extremely talented year 11 students, won the Plumbstock Battle of the Bands competition.  The event was held at the Tunza Centre in St Helens.  As winners, Crusade played a full set to open the Plumbstock Festival.  I think we will be hearing much more from this group in the very near future! Well done boys and thank you for representing the Academy and being ‘Outstanding in all we do.’ Mr Crook, Head of Year 9, had an extremely successful weekend playing in the Promotion Final for Oldham RLFC. The ‘Roughyeds’ ran out 18-14 winners in a nerve-jangling game which was their 11th win in 12 matches.  They have now achieved promotion to the Championship.  It was sadly his last game for Oldham as he moves on to pastures new taking on the role of Reserve Team Assistant Coach at St Helens RLFC.   Last year our students, led by Mr Kelly, researched, designed and produced pieces of artwork using images depicting the history of the Chat Moss line from the 1830s to 2019.  The project was designed to encourage children and young adults to understand and appreciate the historic relevance of the Chat Moss Line and showcase the newly refurbished Newton-le-Willows Station.  We have been informed that the impressive 20 metre piece of art, which is displayed at Newton Station, has been awarded second place in the Involving Children and Young People category at the Community Rail Awards 2019.  Congratulations to all the students who took part in the project and massive thanks to Mr Kelly for supporting them with their designs.  Mr Kelly was able to secure a copy of the artwork which is now displayed in the academy main entrance corridor.     Last week during year group collective worship, Mrs Hible (SENCo) spoke with students regarding World Mental Health Day.  It was a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.  Mrs Hible concentrated on how to manage stress in school, home and socially.  The Academy has a number of ways they support students with the pressures of life and they were asked to think of other ideas which they feel would support them further.  YoungMinds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.  To find out more about them click the following link https://youngminds.org.uk/ Finally, you will be receiving an important parent text this week regarding our updated Attendance Policy. Kindest regards Mrs M Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 30/09/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 4

The weather may have tried to dampen things last week but it definitely didn’t affect the busy week of events calendared for our Hope Academy community. Year 7 students were inspired by the awe and wonder of a MAD Science show, some students were even courageous enough to join in! The Science departments are offering the opportunity for students to join a MAD science club every Thursday from 3.20pm until 4.20pm starting on 17th October until 12th December. Please contact Mrs Crean for further information. Year 9 students participated in an outdoor adventure residential at Rock and River in Ormskirk as part of their OCR National in Sports Studies. Students participated in a range of activities and despite the weather, they thoroughly enjoyed the new challenges on offer and engaged enthusiastically with the different activities.  Year 10 students were given a full insight into what apprenticeship courses can offer them by Amazing Apprenticeships ahead of the National Apprenticeship Show in Bolton at the end of this month. Miss Davies has sent a letter home to parents with more details of a potential visit for interested students.  We are very excited to announce that we introduced a new teaching and learning software programme called Century Tech with our year 10 students on Wednesday. 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. We were inundated with donations of cakes from students, staff and the local community for our wonderful Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday.  Despite torrential rain, the event was a huge success and we raised over £400.  Visitors were beautifully entertained by our very talented musicians and a lovely time was had by all. Our academy is literally bursting with talented students and on Friday four year 11 boys, more commonly known as ‘Crusade’ are representing us in the Plumbstock Battle of the Bands competition at the Tunza Centre in St Helens.  Other schools in the local area will also be represented.  Good luck ‘Crusade’ from all the students and staff at Hope Academy. On Saturday, we welcomed nearly 700 visitors within a four hour period! Students and staff worked incredibly hard to ensure potential students and their families left the event feeling inspired. I look forward to sharing some of the feedback with you in next week’s blog. Our Head boy, Ibrahim and Head Girl, Lily were the headliners for the day, their presentations were simply outstanding. They are amazing ambassadors for our school community and embrace our core values in everything they do. A huge number of student ambassadors volunteered their time to support the event, many leading tours and activities within the faculties. They all interacted confidently with parents and students and spoke about the academy with great pride. We will be organising year group events during lunch over the next two weeks to show our appreciation of their dedication and support. This week we are welcoming new year 7 parents to attend one of the most special events of the academic year. The welcome service will see each of our students blessed alongside their Inspire teacher as well as year 7 students courageously leading parts of the service. It’s a beautiful evening which celebrates our Christian values and gives our new families an opportunity to come together to celebrate the start of their child’s secondary learning journey.  The event starts at 6.30pm, year 7 students should arrive by 6.00pm.  Refreshments will be available before the service. Punctuality was excellent last week, can I thank parents/carers for your support. I will be sending a letter via the Sims app this week regarding our expectations related to attendance and also information about absence penalty notices.  The LA and academy are committed to providing the best possible future for your child.  
Posted on: 20/09/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 3

Last week was an incredibly busy week at the Academy! This week, we are going to be even busier in preparation for welcoming hundreds of visitors on Saturday 28th September from 9.00am to our Open Event. We are looking forward to meeting students from years 4, 5 and 6 and their families as they get to see all the wonderful opportunities we have on offer here at Hope Academy. Our staff team and students are very proud to showcase the Academy and we have be inundated with requests from student volunteers to support our event. Our Head Boy, Ibrahim Miah and Head Girl, Lily Young will join the leadership team in delivering a presentation to prospective families about why we feel Hope Academy is a unique and special community to join.  They will be supported by the year 11 Executive Team and prefects who will be guiding families around the different activities and introducing primary students to our year 10 students who will be supporting in faculty areas.  I would like to thank all students in advance for volunteering their time to promote the Academy and for sharing their experiences with prospective students and their families. Primary Roadshow I have been very fortunate during the past two weeks to have had the opportunity to visit our family of primary schools to promote this Saturday’s Open Event.  Mr Robinson and I have taken two former pupils to each primary to speak with children and parents about their experiences during our transition programme and their first two weeks as Year 7 Hope students.   They have been outstanding ambassadors for their primary schools and now, of course, Hope Academy. It has been wonderful to spend time with them and listen to them answer questions with such confidence and enthusiasm. An outstanding start for Year 7 (Class of 2024) Our year 7 students have been with us now for 3 weeks and have settled into our Hope family extremely well. Their head of year Mr Robinson has commented “Year 7 have made an outstanding start to their Hope journey and proudly walk into the Academy every day with exceptional ambition and confidence. As our largest cohort of students, they have adjusted to the transition fantastically and have fully embedded themselves into Academy life through their lessons and extra-curricular involvement. Feedback from staff, parents and members of the community has been stellar, with a large number of students already representing the Academy for events such as the Primary Roadshows and the upcoming Open Morning and Welcome Service. We couldn't be prouder of our year 7's and we can't wait to see the outstanding Hope students they become.” Extra-curricular Clubs and Societies at Hope and within our Newton Community  We hosted our extra-curricular carousel in the Main Hall on Wednesday with students invited to learn about the amazing opportunities available at the academy and within the Newton community. Staff were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and number of students who are now signed up! You can see the array of activities on offer by visiting our website or clicking on the following link /436/clubs-societies. Two clubs are asking for your help - can you check your sheds and attics for un-used gardening equipment - spades, forks, plastic pots, seed trays etc? We would also be grateful for any musical instruments for our Irish Music group. Donations can be left at reception and will be gratefully accepted. If you have any questions please email hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk. Show my homework and timetables To support students with their organisation, all subject homework tasks are uploaded to SHOW MY HOMEWORK. Year 7 student and parent logins were posted home week beginning 9th September.  If you are experiencing any login issues please see instructions on our website /240/homework or alternatively email hope.homework@sthelens.org.uk .  You can also see homework timetables for years 7-11 on the website. /240/homework Standards and Expectations - Punctuality As I mentioned last week, students are to arrive on site by 8.30am each day so that they are ready to go to their Inspire rooms when the movement bell sounds at 8.35am. Students who arrive after 8.40am are issued with a break time detention.  This system is having a positive impact on the start of our working day and I ask for your continued support in ensuring that your child arrives to the Academy, on-time and ready to learn.  Good time management during their secondary school learning journey will ensure your child is prepared for the future - employers do not accept lateness. Creating a culture of good attendance and punctuality is key to your child's future success. Standards and Expectations - Jewellery I would like to remind parents and students about our policy and expectations related to Jewellery.  We do not allow any jewellery to be worn apart from a wristwatch. Students should not wear earring or piercings - it is not acceptable to have procedures done at a time that would prevent your child from removing a piercing for school. The year group leaders will be reminding students once again this week about this.  MacMillan Coffee Morning Please come and join us this Friday for a hot drink and a slice of cake from 10.30am until 12 noon. Our Chaplain, Kasia and her team of student volunteers are looking forward to meeting you all. Our KS3 musicians are excited to be providing musical entertainment as you chat and enjoy the refreshments on offer. Students and staff are being encouraged to support the event by donating homemade or bought cakes. This is a great event for a very important charity and we are looking forward to welcoming families across all years to enjoy the morning with us. Finally, here's to another exciting week at Hope Academy!   Mrs Adams Head of School
Posted on: 13/09/2019

Head of School Blog

Dear Parent/Carer I wrote to you at the end of the last academic year and it seems hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the new term!  I am delighted to welcome students new and old to our fantastic community. Your positive support and dedication to excellence in education is very much appreciated and I look forward to working with you and your children.  Students have made a very positive start to the term and are looking forward to the year ahead. Our skilled and dedicated staff is already planning and preparing for another busy year.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new members of staff: Kasia Boydell, Chaplain Mr C Wignall, Industry Co-Ordinator Miss S Brookfield, Head of Geography and Miss A Barsyte, Geography Teacher Miss S De Boer, Lead MFL Teacher and Mr P Davis MFL Teacher Miss J Barnett, History Teacher Dr L Wilson and Mr S Harding, Science Teachers Mr G Logan and Miss N McGill, Learning Support Assistants I would like to update you about a number of important matters: Outside Catering Hub Your children may have mentioned our new outdoor catering facility which will enable students to get their lunch quickly and make the most of their lunchbreak.  Extra-curricular Carousel We will be hosting a launch event in the main hall next week to showcase our extra-curricular opportunities to students.  Please encourage your son/daughter to take part in the activities – there are lots of wonderful clubs which will enrich the curriculum. Parking and Safeguarding During the first week of term a message was sent to parents with regards to drop-off and pick-up traffic on the academy site.  I kindly ask that you do not park in the bus lane or turning circle at the bottom of the car park either during the morning or afternoon.  Parents should not wait at the student exit gates to collect their children, please arrange to meet your child at reception.  Working together we can ensure the safety of our school community and avoid any possible accidents.  Please note: car park gates are locked at 3.15pm and are not opened until the site is clear of students Start of the Academy Day We are encouraging students to arrive by 8.30am to ensure that they are on site and responding to the movement bell which sounds at 8.35am. Equipment Please make sure you child arrives at the Academy with the following equipment each day: Black/blue/red pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, scientific calculator.  All stationary items can be purchased from pastoral offices during Inspire time.  Scientific calculators are available from the maths department. Home School Communication - SIMs Parent App As previously notified, we are moving away from sending correspondence via post where possible and are encouraging you to sign up to the SIMs Parent App.  This allows you to see your child’s timetable in real time, as well as receiving alerts about achievements and any behaviour points.  You will also receive alerts when your child’s report is available.  For further information please see our website. /970/sims-parent-app News Blog I will be posting regular updates on our website News Blog and encourage you all to visit it regularly. /231/news-blog Key Events this half term Friday 27th September McMillan Coffee Morning Saturday 28th September Open Event Wednesday 2nd October Year 7 Welcome Service Wednesday 23rd October Year 11 and Year 13 Awards Evening   Finally … As we strive to provide outstanding opportunities for our students it is heartening to know that we have your support; working together we will achieve our Academy Vision ‘Outstanding in all we do’. Yours faithfully   Mrs M Adams- Head of School  

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  • 11/11/2019 Fantastic rehearsal for the showcase next term ! Thanks guys you were fab 💃🏻 Read more
  • 11/11/2019 Every year I study this poem with students. The brutality and suffering is unimaginable but sometimes poetry is the closest we’ll ever get to trying to understand the pain experienced. In War, there are no unwounded soldiers. Lest We Forget. We Shall Remember Them. ❤️ Read more
  • 10/11/2019 Hugely proud of you all 🙏 Read more
  • 10/11/2019 The community turned out to commemorate our Armed Forces community in Earlestown this morning. Watch to see more from the service ⬇️ Read more