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Posted on: 3/09/2021

Principal's Blog Week 1

Today we welcomed our new year 7 students into our Hope family. We look foward to guiding them through their journey during the next 5 years. Students were greeted by academy staff as they arrived and were directed to their entrance gate where they were informed how to line up each morning and enter the building with their Inspire tutor.   Students have had the opportunity to spend extended time with their tutor and learn more about the expectations of Hope Academy students. Having spent some time visiting each of the Inspire groups I can honestly say they have made an exceptional start to the new academic year.  I hope our Class of 2026 students have enjoyed their first day at the Academy and are looking forward to meeting their subjects teachers next week. We have posted 2 letters to you today; your ParentPay login information and also Satchel:One homework app login details and user instructions. In my weekly blog we celebrate students successes and achievements and also share important news and events that have taken place at the Academy. Next week we look forward to welcoming students as follows: Return/start date​ Year Group​ Time PE day Monday 6th September​ (Week A) Year 8 8.40am Thursday Tuesday 7th September​ ​Year 9 8.50am Friday Wednesday 8th September​ Year 10 Year 11 8.50am 8.50am Monday Wednesday St Helens Council have asked schools to share a COVID update letter with parents and also a return to school leaflet. Please click here to access. One important addition to our student support network is the SHARP System (Student Help Advice Reporting Page System).  SHARP will allow our students to report any incidents which occur within the academy and local community anonymously and without fear.  Aside from the reporting tool SHARP delivers educational content to raise awareness on a wide range of subjects including: Bullying, Health, Community Issues, Weapons and Hate Crime. The  SHARP System promotes inclusion, safeguarding, e-safety and provides additional opportunities for students to report their concerns. I will write to you early next week and detail how students can access the SHARP System. God of Love, You have blessed us with goodness and love. May our work at Hope Academy this year be a worthy echo of Your Grace. Guide our forthcoming days in this new academic year with Your wisdom. Bless us with health, strength and joy for the journey ahead. Let us continue to grow in love for You and respect for each other. Help our relationships with fellow staff, students, and the wider Hope Community grow in understanding, value and care. Hold us close in our daily work, touch the hearts of students, and help us build a Civilization of Hope and Love. Amen. Have a wonderful weekend. Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Principal  
Posted on: 16/07/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 38

At the end of this penultimate week I would like to share details of events and celebrations we have planned for the final week of this academic year. Graduation and Rewards Assemblies  Next week we will be celebrating student achievements during our annual awards ceremonies. Nominated students from each year group will gather together in the hall to celebrate the success of the past year. All students will receive a graduation certificate and will be celebrated during Inspire time. We will be focusing particularly on Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.  Our students have been an inspiration during the past 12 months and we believe that each and every one of them has shone in a variety of different ways – we look forward to celebrating their uniqueness and achievements during this academic year.   COVID-19 Update Today every student has been given 2 test kits to bring home so that they are able to continue twice weekly testing during the summer break. It is really important to test to prevent the spread of COVID 19 following the relaxing of certain control measure on Monday 19th July.  The academy strongly recommends students continue to wear a face covering in all communal areas of the Academy. Due to local rates of infection remaining high we strongly recommend students continue to wear a face masks in lessons and all communal areas of the Academy.    Dedicated school transport From Monday 19th July all students, except those who are exempt, are still required to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport until further notice.   Year Future Focus Event – Wednesday 14th July On Wednesday we hosted a virtual event for our year 10 students and their parents to prepare them for the start of year 11.  If you were unable to attend the event, a recording of the main presentation can be found on our website. Individual subject presentations are also available.  Click HERE Class of 2026 – Year 6 transition By Tuesday we will have visited each of our large feeder primary schools as part of their transition programme.  We normally invite our new cohort to spend 3 days with us prior to their September start however unfortunately the need to keep all events ‘COVID safe’ has resulted in the revision of those plans.  The Hope transition team have explored ‘all things Hope’ after which the children completed a transition project and finally had the opportunity to meet individually with their Head of Year Miss Houghton and Miss Brown who will be their Assistant Head of Year.  Children have also visited the Academy for a tour. Tours were restricted to one primary school at a time to preserve bubbles.  Children are also receiving a copy of Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide written by Matthew Burton. This bestselling back to school handbook will support each family as they continue their education journey to secondary school.  Children have been asked to bring the book with them on their first day at Hope Academy in September.  We would like to thank our primary partners for working closely with us to ensure that we are still able to meet all the children before they join us in September – we are very proud to welcome the Class of 2026 to our Hope family. Summer School During the summer holidays (26th July – 5th August) we will be hosting a 2 week summer school for 140 children from the Class of 2026.  We have some fantastic fun and educational activities planned as well as off-site trips.  I look forward to sharing a review of summer school with you in September. Sports Week and Sports Day 2021 - Monday 12th – Friday 16th July During PE lessons this week students have competed in different events including a tough mudder assault course.  Inter-year fixtures have taken place each afternoon and during extra-curricular time. Year 7, 8 and 9 each had separate times for their sports day on Friday! The competition was fierce – well done to all the students who took part and especially the winners of each event who received a gold medal!   Reading Challenge Word of the Week Kasia’s Reflection Ten Tonne Challenge - COMPLETE! New Permanent Clothes Bank! Thank you to everyone who donated clothing items to the Ten Tonne Challenge – the chapel was full! We managed to add 400kg to the total of clothing collected, which is a fantastic achievement! It was so successful, that we now have a permanent clothing donation bank in Hope Academy as part of the ‘Recycle 4 School’ Scheme. Please bring any clothes or paired shoes to the main reception in a bag! CHAPLAINCY REFLECTION - PUBLIC SERVICE Throughout this week during Inspire, we have been reflecting on the inspiring words, and actions, of sportsmen and women, and both pupils and staff have had the chance to get involved in different sporting activities! Today (Friday) saw the culmination of the week with our Sports Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. Many sports rely on teamwork, showing us that working together as a team can help us to reach goals that, on our own, we would not be able to achieve. A great team knows that they can achieve more together than they ever could alone. We are Team Hope, and have achieved so much together this year, even with all the disruptions that have occurred because of the pandemic. As we begin to look forward to our summer, let us remember how far we have come together: Lord, You have created us to strive for the best. Help us to always work together as a team, and remind us that sometimes we need team mates to help us to do things better.  May we not be afraid to ask for help when we need it,  and help us to realise that even when we feel alone, You are always on our team, cheering us on.  Amen.    
Posted on: 2/07/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 36

As we are now entering the final few weeks of what has been an academic year full of twists, turns and surprises. Team Hope are looking forward to celebrating our amazing students and their successes as we progress to the end of term. COVID-19 Update As you are aware, we are currently testing students in school once per week with a further test being conducted at home. The recommended timetable is below: Testing in school day                      Recommend test at home day Year 8 Monday                                  Thursday Year 7 Tuesday                                 Friday Year 10 Wednesday                          Sunday Year 9 Thursday                                Sunday We have had one positive lateral flow test in school and a small number from home testing this week. We will continue to ask students to wear face coverings in classrooms as well as communal areas to reduce the possible spread via non-symptomatic students or teachers. Please continue to support our additional control measure as this helps to keep our community safe and our children and teachers in school.  Click here for latest update for St Helens area. We are working closely with St Helens Test and Trace team to monitor positive cases on a daily basis. Can I please ask that you do not let your child conduct the ‘at home’ tests on their way to school.  We have had reports that some students are conducting tests on school buses. The bus company had to remove their bus from service this week as a student had completed their test on the way to school and disposed of the testing kit on the floor.  Please remind your children of their responsibilities whilst our in the community. Year 10 Mock Examinations and Future Focus Event Year 10 have completed their mock examinations this week and I am really pleased to report that they conducted themselves wonderfully during what has been their first experience of ‘examination conditions’  We look forward to sharing their results with you before the end of term. Save the date! You will receive information next week about the Future Focus event on Wednesday 14th July.   Graduation 2021 Graduation ceremonies will take place within the last week of this term. Further information to follow. Year 7 - Monday 19th July Year 8 - Tuesday 20th July Year 9 - Wednesday 21st July Year 10 - Thursday 22nd July Relationship and Sex Education Policy (RSE) We are currently reviewing our RSE policy (click HERE to access draft) and are consulting with you as parents and asking for feedback about the RSE curriculum. If you wish to submit feedback on this policy please email hopeacademy@sthelens.org.uk   Year 5 Ethos Days Year 5 Ethos days are a very important and enjoyable annual event.  Although this year we are unable to welcome our feeder primary schools to the Academy it has not stopped us preparing and delivering exciting PE, drama and RE sessions based around our core values of Respect – Courage – Ambition. We also had an ‘Introduction to the Day’ and Collective Worship delivered by our Chaplain Kasia. Pupils have had so much fun learning about our Values and feeding back about their experience and we’ve seen some brilliant qualities shine through! We look forward to them being part of Hope’s Class of 2027! We would like to thank our primary partners for their very warm welcome.  The children have been a credit to their schools and have responded so positively to each session.  Their energy has been infectious – Miss Cosgrove and Mrs Banks have returned after every drama session totally buzzing!  I would like to thank Kasia, drama, PE and RE staff for their hard work planning and delivering the sessions. Class of 2026 – Year 6 transition From 5th until 13th July we will be visiting each of our large feeder primary schools as part of their transition programme.  We would normally be welcoming the children to spend 3 days with us but unfortunately the need to keep all events ‘COVID safe’ means that we have had to revise our plans.  The Hope transition team will spend time talking about ‘all things Hope’ after which the children will complete a transition project and then have the opportunity to meet individually with their Head of Year Miss Houghton Miss Brown who will be Assistant Head of Year.  Children will also have the opportunity to visit the Academy for a tour on an allocated evening – this is being grouped by primary school to preserve bubbles.  Children will also receive a copy of Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide written by Matthew Burton. This bestselling back to school handbook will support each child as they continue their education journey to secondary school.  Children need to bring the book with them on their first day at Hope Academy in September.   We are really looking forward to the next few weeks and are very proud to welcome the Class of 2026 to our Hope family.   Summer School During the summer holidays (26th July – 5th August) we will be hosting a 2 week summer school for up to 140 children from the Class of 2026.  We have a wide range of fantastic fun and educational activities planned as well as off-site trips.  I look forward to sharing a review of summer school with you in September. Below is a draft summary overview of some of the wonderful activities we have planned. Summary of CATs, reading and maths testing Students have recently completed end of year assessments and examinations in each of their subject areas.  In addition to these “in school” assessments, students in Years 7-10 will also be completing the following “Nationally Standardised” tests over the next two weeks. These tests are important as they give us the ability to measure the progress of our students in comparison with students nationally in the key areas that make a difference to achievement – this enables us to pinpoint students who may need further support or challenge. Students take the New Group Reading Test as at they join us in year 7, then annually, to enable us to monitor reading levels – which are vitally important to ensure that they can access the curriculum and ultimately perform to the best of their ability in their GCSE exams. Students also take the Maths Progress Test at the start of year 7, then annually, to enable us to monitor their mathematical development. CAT4 is an assessment of students reasoning abilities in areas known to make a difference to learning and achievement – namely verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning.  Students take this test as they join us in year 7 we are now following this up with testing in years 9 and 10 as they provide us with an accurate analysis of potential student achievement.  The testing schedule is below:   Class 2022 Year 10 5th July Class 2023 Year 9 6th July Class 2025 Year 7 12th July Class 2024 Year 8 13th July New Group Reading Test (NGRT) P P P P Maths Progress Test   P P P CAT4 Test P P     There is no necessity for your child to do any preparation at home for this testing. Sports Week and Sports Day 2021 - Monday 12th – Friday 16th July Inspire a love for physical activity and develop physical literacy to enable lifelong participation! During PE lessons next week we will focus on competition and fun including a tough mudder assault course.  Inter-year fixtures each afternoon and during extra-curricular time.  We will focus on sport, health and wellbeing during Inspire and collective worship which will be led by PE staff. Friday 9th July Monday 12th July Tuesday 13th July Wednesday 14th July Thursday 15th July Year 8 Football Netball Year 10 Football (Mixed) Year 7 Boys – Football Girls - Netball Staff Sports Year 9 Football Netball Basketball Sports day will take place on Friday 16th July.Full details will be shared with students next week. The order of the day is as follows: 9.10:10.10am 10.40:11.40am 11.50:12:50pm 2.00:3.00pm Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Reading Challenge Word of the Week St Helens Library Service Consultation Garswood Library will reopen on Monday 5 July 2021, offering a click and collect service and essential IT access.  Garswood Library is the 11th library to re-open following Covid restrictions easing over the last few months.  St Helens Borough Council has also launched a twelve-week consultation on the draft Library Strategy, which brings forward a vision for the future delivery of a 21st century Library Service, responding to the needs of library users and embracing community involvement.        Paper copies are available from all open libraries, or you can complete the online version, link below. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/J4CQWT/ As well as the online and paper consultation, the council has arranged for independent social enterprise, PLACED, to deliver several workshop-style events for anyone to share their thoughts and ideas for a modern, inclusive Library Service Events have been planned to take place on the following dates:   Online workshop: Tuesday 13 July, 12.00pm - 1.30pm   Workshop for key stakeholders and interested parties which will explore how local people could be more involved in the future of the library workshops through different delivery models.  Booking required via https://sthelens-library-consultation.eventbrite.co.uk   Earlestown pop-up event: Friday 30 July, 10.30am - 2.30pm  PLACED will pop-up in Earlestown Market with their campervan for an informal drop-in session for which bookings are not required.  St Helens pop-up event: 26-27 August, 10.30am - 2.30pm  PLACED will pop-up in St Helens town centre (Church Street, outside Burtons) with their campervan for an informal drop-in session for which bookings are not required.  Online workshop: Thursday 2 September, 6:00pm-8:00pm  This workshop will be an open session, where PLACED will feedback some of the key messages they have heard and give participants an opportunity to highlight anything that has been missed.   Booking required via https://st-helens-library-consultation-feeding-back.eventbrite.co.uk  St. Helens Youth Open Art Competition 2021 Our next Youth Open Art Competition takes place at the end of the year so we will be accepting submissions at The World of Glass during October half term. With this in mind, you may want to review the artwork produced by your students this year and store it at school ready for submitting in October. You could also set your students the task of creating a submission over the summer holidays. I will be able to share the entry forms in September, but the usual categories and prizes will be on offer, along with a special category for work exploring light in relation to health and wellbeing. CATEGORIES Artwork may be submitted into one of the following categories: Nursery/Reception Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Light, health and wellbeing Secondary Photography/Graphic Art/Digital Media (sponsored by Vinyline Graphics) Prizes will be awarded in each category and all exhibitors will be presented with a certificate. All submitted artworks must be original works of art Artists must be aged up to and including 16 years at the time of submission, and live or study in St Helens.   Due to space limitations, artwork must not exceed A3 for pieces submitted by Key Stage 1, 2 or 3 pupils and A1 for Key Stage 4 pupils Only one entry per person will be accepted Up to 20 entries per school - please do not submit whole classes but select the best. Kasia’s Reflection Ten Tonne Challenge - COMPLETE! New Permanent Clothes Bank! Thank you to everyone who donated clothing items to the Ten Tonne Challenge – the chapel was full! We managed to add 400kg to the total of clothing collected, which is a fantastic achievement! It was so successful, that we now have a permanent clothing donation bank in Hope Academy as part of the ‘Recycle 4 School’ Scheme. Please bring any clothes or paired shoes to the main reception in a bag! CHAPLAINCY REFLECTION - PUBLIC SERVICE This week in our Inspire sessions, we have focused on the great work that the Public Services do for us, especially during the Pandemic. Society has benefitted from the work of so many who have answered the call to a public service vocation. For many who work in it, public service is more than a profession; it is a vocation, and a noble calling. A calling to do good. When carried out faithfully, public service enables us to grow in wisdom, integrity and personal fulfilment. Jesus constantly showed us how to serve God and one another by His loving example. He gives us the opportunity to do for others what we would like to do for Him – to put our love into living action. Loving God, We place into your care all our Public Service workers. Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. May they know your protection and peace. Bless them in challenging days and bless their families. Amen      
Posted on: 18/06/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 34

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely spell of warm weather we are having.  As we continue to experience hot weather, it’s really important that your child brings a water bottle to school each day.  They can be re-filled with cool water from a number of fountains based around the building during break and lunch.  COVID-19 Update Due to the increase in new positive cases in the local area, the Academy will be re-introducing a number of controls measures from Monday 21st June until further notice. Click HERE to read my letter to parents. The Delta variant is believed to be up to 60 per cent more transmissible, and therefore the wearing of face coverings in communal spaces and on school buses remains crucially important. From Monday 21st June students will also: be required to wear face coverings in classrooms during lessons and in all social areas throughout the Academy undertake twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) which will be conducted during the school day by Academy staff.  If your child is absent for a non-covid related reason they should continue to test twice weekly at home. Testing kits are available from pastoral offices. The aim of the re-introduction of the above control measures is to help contain the spread of the virus and help keep students, teachers and our local community safe. The local authority have issued updated COVID-19 Community Safety advice – click here to access. Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has today written to secondary school and college parents and guardians in England to talk about the importance of regular testing when it comes to keeping covid out of the classroom. Click HERE to access the letter Goodbye Year 13 Today we said goodbye to our Year 13s. We held a ceremony in the Academy Garden which included reflections and prayer, a speech about the stories from their last seven years here, farewell messages from staff, and a presentation of gifts.   It was a beautiful morning and a lovely way to say our goodbyes and offer our well wishes. We wish all our Year 13s the very best on their future paths. Year 10 Mock Examinations Year 10 students will begin their mock examination on Monday.  Students have received copies of their individual timetables last week.  The full timetable can be found HERE. Please remind students to bring a bottle of water, their equipment and to have a healthy breakfast to kick start their day. Good Luck!! The Brilliant Club I have previously celebrated in my Blog (week 28) how year 10 students had successfully taken part in The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme and that Thomas O’Rouke achieved an equivalent 1st Class grade for his essay. We have now been informed that his final assignment is going to be included in the next edition of The Scholar (The Brilliant Clubs academic journal of outstanding pupil’s work). Huge congratulations to Thomas! We will receive a copy of The Scholar to share with Thomas when it is published. Megan Glanister – Year 7 I am extremely pleased to share some exciting news with you all.  Megan (pictured left with her sister and brother) has recently won first prize in a Diabetes UK competition. The competition asked children and young people affected by diabetes to show what the condition meant to them. Megan prepared a video detailing how diabetes effects families. Thank you to Kasia for supporting Megan’s entry.  Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Megan on her winning entry.  It was wonderful to see the effort and care she has taken to share her experiences and awareness of diabetes.” Megan will be organising fundraising events for Diabetes in school in the coming weeks and months. Megan appeared on the front page of our local St Helens Star.  Click HERE to read the article. Well done Megan – our Hope community are very proud of you and we look forward to supporting your fundraising efforts in the coming weeks. Year 11 CEIAG Blended Learning The first 2 weeks of our 3 week blended learning timetable has been a huge success with our year 11 students! A jam-packed timetable of live, recorded and in-house sessions has been running through the week. These sessions have supported students with their future planning and transition to the next stage of their career pathway. A huge THANK YOU to all of the external providers involved; St Helens College, Warrington & Vale Royal College, Winstanley College, Priestley College and Edgehill University, WellSaid Education and Liverpool John Moores University! The online live sessions have also been attended very well by our students; this week’s live zoom sessions have included CV Writing, Key Roles in the NHS, Construction and how to find part time work. Class of 2021 – make sure you tune in for next week’s sessions! Student voice: “I found both sessions very interesting and informative. The University session helped me to learn new things about money management and student loans. The college session gave me an introduction to taster days coming up and how to view and amend my courses online” Jess Ratcliffe “I really enjoyed the Liverpool John Moores session, it opened new understanding about how university works and the use of Kahoot was really fun” George Ramsden “Liverpool John Moores University provided a really helpful insight into universities and allowed me to explore options as well as identify the pros and cons” Tamara Moreno “I really liked how friendly and open the presenter (Andrew) was. The session was informative and reassuring – he talked about the importance of choosing the right university for you” Aleksandra Sopel Year 10 Careers Opportunities: Deadline for completion 31st August VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE – YEAR 10 with Springpod Open to all year 10 students! As work experience cannot run in its usual way, we have a solution! You can sign up to one of many virtual work experience opportunities! Springpod are working with a variety of top employers in the UK to provide free and live experiences in some of the most sought after industries. Experiences include; Journalism, Dentistry, Fashion, Law, Hospitality, Veterinary, Business Management, NHS medical and non-medical and TV and Film to name a few – something for everyone! Details also on Satchel One under Personal Development for students to access. All students need to do is go to: https://www.springpod.co.uk/work-experience/ and search for an experience/insight day of interest. Sign up, parental/carer consent on application and include teacher details if requested: Miss L Davies: Career Lead and email: louise.davies@sthelens.org.uk The benefits of work experience are: Meet professionals in interactive workshops Real work with real teams – work on projects/assignments to show employers what you can do Get ahead with new knowledge and skills Build your profile and portfolio, earn certificates that will assist with you creating a stand out CV and personal statement A huge well done to all students who have completed the virtual work experience so far – keep going!!! Congratulations to Faith Riddell for completing a work experience at Bannister Solicitors during the May Half Term! Faith made a fantastic impression. Faith was very proactive in organising a real life work placement in addition to the virtual ones. REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS: Please can I request that you complete the very short parent voice survey on Careers – this will hugely help in terms of improving our careers provision across the academy. You can find this here: https://forms.gle/BN7RPrFgsYEZ4fAs6 Thank you in advance! Reading Challenge Word of the Week  
Posted on: 28/05/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 32

Covid has been a global tragedy, the likes of which I hope we never experience again, but history shows us that we can draw lessons and character from adversity. Our young people have truly developed a growth mindset throughout the last year. They have risen to the challenge, embraced or even directed change, they have developed news skills and have demonstrated a fortitude and resilience that many of us never had to at their tender age. They have been brilliant and now they can harness these experiences as well as new skills to Bounce Back Better - all the while supported and cared for by us all at Hope Academy and indeed in our wider community. Covid-19 updates As you are aware our year 9 bubble were asked to self-isolate as a result of positive cases linked to the Indian variant (variant of concern). I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parent community for your support and congratulate the year 9 cohort on their commitment to their learning and positive engagement during remote lessons. I would like to extend my gratitude to the wider parent community for your support with students continuing to wear face coverings in school whilst there have been concerns about the local rate of infection. During the half term break I will consult with the local Public Health Team regarding levels of infection in St Helens to determine whether we would like students to continue to wear face covering in classrooms as well as communal spaces on their return to school. I will write to confirm our decision at the end of the holiday period. In the meantime, I would ask that all students continue to self-test using LFD tests twice per week during half term and that any positive results are reported to school by emailing hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk This email address will be monitored whilst the academy is closed. Continuing to self-test is vitally important as around one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms and spread the virus without knowing, including those who have been vaccinated. Arrangements for next half term As Year 11 and 13 students are not required to attend daily next half term (please click here for Blended Learning Timetable), our capacity to refocus on the younger year groups has increased considerably we have decided to make a few changes to bubble arrangements. We also have more space in the building which will allow us to relax some of the stringent coronavirus restrictions. Students have been informed this morning of their new tutor bases and entrance doors. This will allow us to use the full capacity of the building. All year groups will now be taught within subject faculty areas and, as such, will move around the building to access specialised teaching rooms. I was delighted this week to see year 7 students excitedly being led on tours around the building. This was to support students in their transition to moving safely between areas. We will continue to adhere to the control measures which have supported the academy community in keeping safe. Year groups will continue to start and end the school day at staggered times as well as moving between lessons and having lunch at staggered times. We are lengthening lunch from 30 minutes to 40 minutes as a result of year 11 moving to a blended learning timetable. As such the following school finish times will be in place from Monday 7th June; Year 7 and 8 – 3.10pm Year 9 and 10 – 3.20pm All of the above changes can be made without impacting on the integrity of year group bubbles whilst enabling lessons to be taught in specialist subject areas. The Academy’s guidance document will be updated and uploaded to the website w/c 7th June. Year 11 and 13 Students I want to say a very big well done to our current Year 11 and 13 students who have worked tirelessly to show their very best face through the process of Teacher Assessed Grades and Summer Assessments. It's a time like none before and they have responded with a maturity and focus that betrays their years. Colleagues and parents have also been fantastic in their approach. We are confident that the GCSE grades awarded to this year group will reflect the hard work they have done and the way they have applied themselves has been inspirational. We have said this to you before but they are a credit to their families and to their community. We look forward to seeing them all again for their celebrations in June, and again when results are issued in August. ​Although this may feel like the end, it is only the beginning. All the staff, students and Governors at Hope Academy would like to wish year 11 and 13 students every success in the future and we hope you stay in contact. ​Remember, believe in yourself because we believe in you! ​ ​Take care, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.​ Year 10 Students During Inspire in recent weeks, Mr Clark, Assistant Principal, has spoken to our year 10 cohort about the year ahead and the changes ahead. From next week they will be the leaders in the academy and will really step up to the plate as it heralds the start of their ‘Exam Year’. We are looking forward to welcoming applications for prefects, the executive team and of course Head Boy and Head Girl when we return after half term. In my inbox this week I received an email from the Department for Education confirming that public exams will take place next summer with a clear message that they will be ‘as close to normal’ as possible. Although, of course, it is completely impossible to make predictions about next year, it is right that the Government are currently giving consideration to how students in year 10 can be supported to achieve the qualifications which they deserve, despite the disruption of the pandemic. The important message for the time being is that students should continue to work as hard as possible on the planned content and assessments, and teachers will continue to deliver all programmes of study as originally scheduled. Mr Clark went through all the ways we will support, care for and accelerate their learning over the next 359 days (yes we’ve counted!) to prepare them for their GCSE exams in May 2022. I urge you now, year 10 parents, to get into the mindset of the ‘exam year’ with our year 10 students. It's time for revision timetables on the fridge, to find (if you can) a quiet space for their study, to start thinking about revision books and of course to work with us to make the year ahead one of progress and focus.  The year 10s will commence their two-week Mock Assessments on 21st June until 2nd July. Road Safety As, eventually, the weather begins to improve, please encourage your child to walk or cycle to school to prevent traffic congestion. I would like to reiterate again our focus on Road Safety - it presents as a clear and present danger to our wonderful young peoples’ health. Please remind your children to wear cycle helmets, to be mindful of others when they are on either public or personal transport and to be very careful when crossing roads. Lockdown has meant that we all have crossed roads less and encountered fewer cars. Let's remember the basics of ‘stop, look and listen’. Keeping our young people safe is all of our job. Word of the Week – 7th June Reading Challenge – 7th June St Helens Youth Service haft-term Activities Please see below the activity timetable for the Whit half term holidays.  These activities are aimed at children who are eligible for benefits related free school meals and run from Tuesday 1st June to Friday 4th June.  If you would like your child to take part in any of the sessions you must pre-book by following the instructions below: To reserve a place on any of the Children’s Centre activities, please call Central Link Children’s Centre on 01744 673444, Parr Children’s Centre on 01744 671788 or alternatively message us via our Facebook page: - www.facebook.com/STHCCentres To reserve a place on any of the Youth Service activities, please email youthservicebookings@sthelens.gov.uk or call 07710848252. It has been a marathon half term and I am sure students will appreciate the opportunity for a well-earned rest. They deserve congratulations for the resilience, enthusiasm and good humour they have shown this half term. For now, take care, stay safe and enjoy the sunny weather. Mrs Adams Principal Dear Lord, Over these summer months, may our trust in you be strengthened and renewed, as we take time to recharge from our normal rhythms.  Please provide renewal and refreshment for those weary from a busy half term. May this summer be a time of renewed creativity and of increased connection with you and with others. May our families and communities flourish and grow, and be light and hope to those around us. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and loving hearts to engage with those who need an encouraging word or a listening ear. As we prepare and look forward to the new half term, may our minds be fixed on you and your work in us and through us. We ask that learning and activities be filled with your joy and your presence, that you would give us insight and wisdom as we write, as we teach, and as we mentor others. May our lives reflect the grace, hope and peace found when we trust in you. Amen    
Posted on: 21/05/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 31

As we move towards the last week of this half-term, I would like to remind you to keep following government advice with regards to social distancing – this will ensure that we keep our community safe and our children in school. Please remember to report your child’s LFT results to the NHS and the Academy via the google form HERE.  Further information can be found on our website. Click HERE. COVID-19 Update This week we have had 3 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed within school, one in year 9 and two in year 8 (2 students are siblings). We are engaging with Public Health to help break the chains of transmission of the virus and as such a number of children across both year groups who were identified as close contacts have been asked to self-isolate. Year 11 Terminal Assessments Our Year 11 students have once again been fantastic during their terminal assessments this week – keep up the good work, your efforts will be rewarded! Miss Brown and Miss Houghton are available each morning from 8.00am to support revision and have numerous breakfast items and juice available. The assessment timetable can be found HERE. Parking around Academy site We have received a number of complaints from local residents/parents and sports centre users about parking around the Academy site during drop-off and pick-up times.  The issues are concerning inconsiderate and dangerous parking on Ashton Road, zebra crossings and the pavements on-site and surrounding the sports centre. I will be contacting the local authority to discuss support from parking enforcement representatives.  It is imperative that parents and family members park safely and do not infringe any parking laws whilst waiting to collect their children from school.  I’m asking that you keep the safety of your children and our student community at the forefront of your minds when choosing a place to park-up and wait for your children to leave school. It is also important that you remember to respect local residents and do not block driveways or pavements. Thank you in advance for your support with this serious matter. Enrichment Clubs and Societies Timetable – Summer 2021 The summer term enrichment timetable can be found on our website HERE.  I have also included a copy below.  If your child is attending a club after school please make sure that they are able to get home safely. Reading Challenge Word of the Week TEN TONNE CHALLENGE As part of the Ten Tonne Challenge, we are participating in a textile recycling scheme and we’re looking for your support. We are holding a textile collection at school on 23rd June. We are asking all families to collect together any unwanted clothes, which can be brought to the chapel. Bag2School is a scheme that collects unwanted textiles from the UK, diverting the clothes from landfill and feeding into the circular economy. Bag2School take the clothes to places in Europe and Africa where they sell them on at a price that is affordable for the local people. Bag2School reward the schools by paying up to £500 per tonne of clothing collected. Any money raised by our participation in this scheme will go towards our Environmental projects. The textiles that are accepted are as follows: Clothes (including school uniform) Shoes  Belts  Bags Hats  Curtains  Duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases  Towels The donations need to be in a wearable condition– i.e. not covered in mud or paint. Donations can be put in any type of bag, like a plastic bin bag, but please tie the bag. If you have any questions please do contact me at kasia.boydell@sthelens.org.uk Kasia’s Reflection The weather has been unpredictable for May so far, but there still have been days where the sun has shone and the birds were singing! We have been looking at the positives of nature on our Mental Health this week, and here are three tips to bring nature into your everyday life: Find Nature Wherever You Are. Nature is all around us. It might be a garden, a local park, a nearby beach or open countryside. Look out for the unexpected – an urban fox, changes in the weather, or birdsong outside your window. Try to notice nature wherever you are, in whatever way is meaningful for you.  Connect With Nature Using All Of Your Senses. Taking some quiet time to reflect in natural surroundings using all your senses can be a real boost to your mental health. Whether you’re relaxing in the garden or on your way to school, try listening out for birdsong, look for bees and butterflies, or notice the movement of the clouds. All of these good things in nature can help you to find a sense of calm and joy.  Protect Nature. Taking care of something can be a really great way to feel good. And what better thing to take care of than nature?  Nature is truly amazing – do what you can to look after nature - in your actions and choices. This can be as simple as recycling, to walking instead of using a car or bus. Taking care of nature can help you feel that you're doing your part, and that can make you feel more positive all round. Lord, You created our bodies and minds and you love us. We pray for those people throughout the world who struggle with their mental health. Help us all to play a part in encouraging one another to talk honestly about our mental health. Help us all to act as trusted individuals who can respect and show empathy and kindness to others. Help us to make the most of our natural environment, and feel peaceful in nature. Amen  

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