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Posted on: 30/04/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 28

I’m sure you are all looking forward to the bank holiday weekend – let’s hope that the sun shines.  This will be a busy half-term for every year group and I look forward to sharing important news and celebrating student achievements with you. Mr Joe Ellis – Vice Principal We are excited to welcome Mr Ellis to our Hope community as Vice Principal. He joins us on Tuesday and I’m sure you will join students, staff and myself in showing him a very warm Hope Academy welcome.  Year 11 Parent Information Event 2 – Wednesday 28th April 2021 We hosted an information event from parents, carers and students on Wednesday which was an opportunity to emphasise the importance of the remaining four weeks of this half-term.  If you were unable to attend you can find the meeting recording HERE. Year 11 Terminal Assessments As advised last week, year 11 will sit final terminal assessments from 10th May until 28th May.  No grading decisions have been made so this will be another opportunity for your sons and daughters to complete outstanding pieces of work which truly reflects their subject knowledge.  The assessment timetable can be found HERE. Students will receive individual timetables next week.    Assessment Dates We have made a number of changes to key assessment periods for KS3 and KS4. Please see below: Key Stage 3 – Assessment Week (Years 7, 8, 9) Year 10 – Mock Examinations Year 11 – Terminal Assessments 26th April until 25th June 21st June until 2nd July 10th May until 28th May The Brilliant Club – Year 10 Scholars In September, 12 Year 10 Students were selected to be part of the Scholars Programme run by The Brilliant Club.  The project selected for this year was science based (from a choice of Science or Humanities).  Following the launch event, students took part in 7 tutorials with a PhD student and then had to submit an essay to be assessed using the University grading system.  The tutor assigned to the academy was Elizabeth Trinh from the University of Manchester. Students were given until mid-January to submit their final essay for evaluation.  Students were able to complete the programme despite the difficulties of COVID-19.  The standard of the essays received was extremely high and the tutor complimented the academy in the standard of work and exemplary behaviour of our students throughout the programme.  Student’s received their assessment grades and feedback in their final tutorial in February 2021. The highest achieving student was Tom O’Rourke who achieved an equivalent 1st Class grade for his essay.  Student attended a virtual Graduation ceremony this week and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who took part – you truly embodied our core values of Respect, Courage and Ambition. Journey of Hope workshops – Teenage Health and Wellbeing This week we hosted another Journey of Hope workshop this time concentrating on Teenage Health and Wellbeing.  The feedback from the parents and students who attended was fantastic.  Thank you to Mr Robinson for presenting and Mrs Hible for organising and promoting the workshops.  If you were unable to attend the presentation is on our website where you can also find out more information about Journey of Hope workshops. Click HERE. Reading Challenge Word of the Week St Helens Library Services As well as access to our wonderful library, there are also opportunities to join a number of libraries in the local area. 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 18th 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 We have been looking at Ecumenism this week – about being one Christian church. At Hope Academy we have a number of pupils from different Christian faith backgrounds, different religious faith backgrounds, and from no faith background at all. Where do you class yourself? Do you think about faith often, if at all? It can give another reason to your life – a reason to try and be the best you can be, and see the good in others, and help those around us. Basically, it’s a path to show us how we can bring out the best in ourselves and others.  One of the most important things we have in a joint faith school is the opportunity to make friends with people of different backgrounds, so that the burden of past divisions and arguments aren’t on your shoulders, and you get to see people for who they are rather than what you are led to believe. We are lucky that we do this every day – it is not something we should take for granted, and is something that if it happened worldwide could stop a lot of violence and war! We get to reflect on the Gospel and pray together during Inspire and in our special services like the Y7 welcome service and the Christmas service at St. Peter’s when we are able to go, bringing together our distinct Christian backgrounds. However small and humble these steps may be, they are steps towards a greater unity between Christians, and you should feel proud to be a part of it. Jesus wanted us to be together – not explicitly teaching unity in his disciples, but in his prayers to His Father. He also wanted to bring unity to others. Being part of an ecumenical community is something really special, and the faith filled things we do together: pray, reflecting each morning, using our Hope core values of respect, courage and ambition, our academy mission of working together to inspire excellence guided by Christian values, our charity work, all work towards the unity that Jesus himself prayed for in his followers. Let us pray together for Christian Unity: Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one, We pray to you for the unity of Christians, according to your will. May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division, And to hope beyond all hope. Amen.    
Posted on: 1/04/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 26

This week sees the conclusion of the Spring Term 2021, and it has again been a time filled with numerous unexpected challenges. However, as with so much this year, the most difficult of times has brought out the very best in our school community and thank you for playing such an active and supportive role throughout. The uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has not been able to stop us and it has been a joy to see our students return to the school this term, ready to embrace the opportunities of a great education at Hope Academy. Hope Academy consultation period regarding the closure of the Academy Sixth Form provision The Governing body of Newton Academy Trust (trading as Hope Academy) is to commence a formal consultation period for the proposed closure of its sixth form provision. As you are aware, we are located in an area that is surrounded by outstanding colleges and have found it increasingly difficult over the years to recruit students to the sixth form. We have created an extremely nurturing Sixth Form environment and students who have attended our provision have been successful in achieving their goals and I would like to thank them all for choosing us for their post-16 education. Information regarding the consultation, which runs until Friday 14th May, can be found on our website. Lateral Flow Testing during the Easter holidays We are asking students to continue lateral flow testing and reporting during the Easter holidays.  Students will be issued with extra test kits today.  It is imperative that you register the result of each home test via www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or call 119.  We also need you register every test result by completing the following form (click HERE to access) this will ensure that we have full details of home testing.  Please ensure that you inform karon.lamb@sthelens.org.uk immediately if your child tests positive between Friday 1st April and Wednesday 7th April so that we can advise any student or staff identified as being in close contact. Further information can be found HERE. All students should make sure that they complete a test on Sunday 18th April BEFORE returning to school on Monday 19th April. From Friday 1st April, NHS Test and Trace is reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing for positive LFD tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools and colleges.  This means that all staff and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at school should get a confirmatory PCR.  The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days. Staff and students who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance  while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff member or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can end their self-isolation. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding effort and professionalism of the staff involved in the organisation and implementation of the testing programme at the Academy. Since 8th January they have completed a total of 6,142 tests!  This immense undertaking and the continuing home testing of students and staff ensures that we are able to keep our community safe during these challenging times. I would also like to thank you, as parents and carers, for your continued support. If we continue to work together as a team, there will be no difficulties that we cannot overcome. Roadmap out of Lockdown As we move to the next stage in the roadmap out of lockdown the main message from the Government is ‘let’s take this next step safely’.  I’d like to share the following important messages with you: Free School Meal Vouchers (FSM) Vouchers to the value of £30 have been issued by local authorities to cover the Easter holiday period.  These have now been processed and posted to the home addresses of eligible families. Remember that Hope Academy are also able to issue foodbank voucher to families who are experiencing difficulties. Please contact kasia.boydell@sthelens.org.uk if you require further information on foodbank vouchers. The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is aimed at providing nutritious food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefit related free school meals during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays.  Throughout the Easter holidays eligible children can access a variety of free virtual and face-to-face sessions. The sessions will include a nutritious meal and a variety of exciting activities and sports.  Please click here to see the exciting activities and opportunities available. If you are interested in your child attending the programme follow the booking instructions included in the link to reserve your place. Remember, places are limited so booking before Sunday 4th April is strongly advised. Year 11 Information Event We took the decision to postpone the preparing to perform event planned for 31st March due to delays in receiving further information from examination boards. I will write to you when we return from the Easter holidays; working together we can make sure that your children achieve the GCSE grades they truly deserve.  Click HERE to access the latest information from Ofqual. Year 11 Raising Achievement Sessions Edu Kit – Student Wellbeing app Edu-Kit is an online platform and app to support our students’ mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. This is being launched to students after Easter and they will then be able to login and create their account. Students will have access to videos, activities, surveys and a wide range of resources, all linked to wellbeing. Students will be able to download the phone app to access the platform. Following the launch of the Edu-Kit app, student wellbeing ambassadors will also be selected for each year group. School Transport We have been contacted by the operator of the 722 school bus service regarding students refusing to wear face masks.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that students are required to wear face masks on ALL school transport unless they have a valid exemption.  From Monday 19th April, students will NOT be allowed access to this, or any other school service unless they are wearing a face mask or have an official exemption card. Please ensure your children are wearing face coverings when accessing school or public transport.  Year 8 and 9 Immunisations As you are aware, we have recently distributed consent forms on behalf of the immunisation team.  If you have not yet returned your child’s signed consent form please do so when we return on Monday 19th April. Restful Holidays! I hope that you manage a refreshing and relaxing break and that you and your families are able to take advantage of some of the easing of restrictions to see friends and loved ones.  Thank you for all of your support so far this year and let’s look forward to what may or may not be a serene and tranquil summer term! Kasia’s Reflection This week is Holy Week, the last week in Jesus’ life when we travel with Him on his triumphant journey into Jerusalem, to his capture, questioning, carrying of his cross, and His crucifixion on Good Friday. But His death was not the end. For Christians, the Easter story and Jesus’ Resurrection represents hope. The Resurrection teaches us that ‘The darkness will never put out the light’. During our Year Group Collective Worship this week, we have followed The Way of the Cross by following Jesus’ last moments via the Stations of the Cross. It is the wonder of God that we can still relate to those moments in Jesus’ life to the times we are experiencing today. Look to God to always give us a way to cope. We have seen a lot of darkness over the past year, but with the beginning of spring, the easing of lockdown restrictions, and warmer, longer, days, the light is returning to our lives. As we remember the despair of Good Friday, the waiting of Easter Sunday, and the Glory of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, let it be a reminder to us that whatever the pandemic puts us through, whatever despair we experience and waiting we undertake, ‘the darkness will never put out the light’; the glory will come. Lord, We remember the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure. He paid the price to offer us the gift of eternal life. Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you have done for us. Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting. Amen    

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  • 28/06/2022 This was astounding tonight! 🎶 I was blown away by the amount of talent on show. What musically gifted students we have, so pleased we have the music summer show back! A superb evening of entertainment 🎶❤🎶 Read more
  • 28/06/2022 A truly remarkable and inspiring woman Rest in peace ❤️ Read more
  • 28/06/2022 So proud of our students! and I loved tonight’s Summer Concert. 🎸🎻🥁🎼 Read more
  • 28/06/2022 THE COUNTDOWN IS ON ⏰ We have less than 1 week to go before we welcome our new Year 7 students into our community for Transition Week 😃 We have an amazing week planned! 🌟 Read more