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Posted on: 28/02/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 22

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back our students and staff for what promises to be an exciting half term. A group of year 11 and 12 students are taking part in a series of outreach sessions with the University of Cambridge.  The first session took place before the half term break and focused on living and studying at high-tariff universities.  The sessions are designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding ‘Oxbridge’, and detailing how A-Level choices can affect what subjects you can apply for at university. Year 12 have started their programme with sessions focusing on how to choose courses and universities and how to make their applications as strong as possible. On Monday we were honoured to host the District Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.  Holly Stazicker from year 7 represented the Academy and was the youngest of the seven contestants.  Although Holly did not progress to the Regional Final to be held in Leeds, she was a very creditable runner-up with a menu consisting of Cavolo Nero potato and black pudding stack served with mustard sauce followed by Thai green curry with vegetables and mussels served with coconut rice and finished off with Banoffee Pie with salted caramel and toffee pieces.  Well done Holly, your family are extremely lucky to have such a talented chef to cook for them; thank you for representing our Academy. Mr Gent took eleven year 10 students, who are members of our Scholars Programme, to the University of Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon to attend their Graduation ceremony.  The programme is organised by The Brilliant Club and places university researchers (PhD tutors) in schools to teach university-style tutorials to small groups of students.  This has been a unique opportunity for our students to experience university-style teaching and mentoring whilst producing a 2,500 word final assignment. Congratulations to all involved. Students taking part in the programme are identified as having the potential to make a successful application to one of the most selective universities in the country and give them an experience of university learning to help them make informed decisions about their future.  As part of the programme the group have visited the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool. Following the success of this year’s programme we will continue to work with The Brilliant Club to make sure that our students have the best opportunities to enrich their futures. This week we also held the first of many activities for our year 7 and 8 Scholars Programme students.  Year 7 will embark on a study of Japanese Samurai culture and how it was removed by Japanese Imperialism.  They will take part in five one hour sessions and complete an essay discussing the clash between modernity and traditionalism. This term year 8 scholars will be studying the various ways we can conserve the environment and the economic issues associated with this.  They will have the opportunity to look at issues that are not included in the year 8 geography curriculum.  This 6 week block will culminate with a visit to Knowsley Safari Park. As part of the Archdiocesan Confirmation Program, ‘Animate’, the Catholic Youth Ministry team, had been asked to introduce the subject of the Sacrament of Confirmation to all year 8 pupils in every Catholic and Joint Faith High School in our Diocese. As such, the Animate team visited Hope Academy on Tuesday and spoke to Year 8 about Confirmation and Faith Journeys. This is also part of the RE Curriculum for Year 8. All eligible students were given a letter about Confirmation and how to register for it.  If your child is baptised Catholic and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please visit https://www.liverpoolcalled.co.uk/  to register. It has been a busy week in Inspire time and Year Group Collective Worship. Our focus has been on Fairtrade Fortnight, but we have also: Celebrated Ash Wednesday. Launched our #LiveLent challenge to Care for God’s Creation. Had guest speakers from the mental health ‘State of Mind’ deliver a presentation to Year 11, 12 and 13. Had guest speakers in from Nugent with Years 7 and 8 to launch their Good Shepherd fundraising appeal. Twelve members of our Faith in Action team in Years 8 and 9 distributed ashes to each year group around the academy during a reflective Ash Wednesday Liturgy. It was beautiful to see so many students coming to receive ashes during Inspire time. This Lent, our challenge as an Academy is to join with both the Catholic and Church of England’s campaign to care for the environment. Pope Francis has asked us to ‘care for our common home’ and The Church of England has launched the ‘Care for God’s Creation’ challenge. If you would like to join us in this challenge, please click here to visit the #LiveLent appeal. As we begin our journey into Lent, Lord, nourish us with Your Word of life and make us one with You in love and prayer. Amen Regards, Mrs Adams   Important diary dates Monday 2nd – 6th March National Careers Week and Curriculum Day Wednesday 4th March Train to Teach Taster Day Thursday 5th March Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre Option Evening 6.00pm-7.00pm Monday 9th – 13th March Year 11 Mock Examinations Tuesday 10th March Journey of Hope – Teenage Health and Wellbeing 6.00-7.00pm Monday 16th March Year 12 Mock Examinations   Dance Showcase 6.00pm Tuesday 17th March Year 10 HA Trip to Carmel College/Liverpool University Friday 20th – 22nd March Year 7/8 Netball Tour Tuesday 24th March Year 11 Drama Practical Examination 10.00-1.00pm Wednesday 25th March Year 10 Parents Evening 3.00-6.00pm Wednesday 1st – 3rd April Year 10 Rock and River Trip Wednesday 1st April Year 11 Preparing to Perform Event 2 6.00pm Thursday 2nd April Friends of Hope Academy Easter Bingo 6.00pm      
Posted on: 14/02/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 21

During this last two weeks of this half term we have had some wonderful events and trips happening in the Academy which I am pleased to share with you. On Monday a group of weary travellers arrived back from the trip of a lifetime to Iceland.  The trip was organised by Mr McGeown who supplied the following commentary. Year 9 students visited Iceland from 6th-10th February, when we landed our first stop was the Blue Lagoon, this was a magical experience, sitting in the lagoon as the sun went down. Over the duration of our trip, we explored the land of fire and ice, we visited Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss Waterfall. Students learnt about the formation of these natural wonders and also admired their beauty. We also visited the Black Beach, here the waves travel all the way from the South Pole uninterrupted and when the break on the beach at Reynisfjara Beach, they are incredibly powerful. We also spent the day exploring Reykjavik, we had a walk along the coast, visited the Cathedral and has some free time to buy souvenirs and Icelandic chocolate. We also went swimming each evening in an outdoor geothermal swimming pool with slides, hot tubs and a steam room. It was particularly invigorating when it is -2 degrees and snowing and students are sitting in the outdoor hot tubs.  Also as part of the Icelandic Winter Festival students enjoyed a pool party on our last night. Iceland is a spectacular trip and I would like to thank our amazing students, they were a credit to Hope Academy and their families. This trip is also open to any student currently in Year 8 for February 2021, the letters are available from Mr McGeown or on the school website.  On Tuesday and Thursday this week we made our annual visit to The University of Liverpool organised by the University’s Widening Participation and Outreach team.  The visits are the final part of the transition programme for our year 7 students and aims to raise awareness of higher education and to inspire young people to achieve and elevate their aspiration to study at this level.  Getting a taste of university life can have a big impact on a young person and their motivation for study.  Students attended workshops dealing with student finance and budgeting as well as enjoying a tour of the campus.  The trips were led by Mr Robinson, Head of Year 7 who praised the engagement and behaviour of our students.  We look forward to the final visit on 25th February. Our year 11 students were under the spotlight on Thursday 13th February as they practised their interview skills in front of a host of local employers.  Over 15 employers from several organisation spent the day at the Academy as part of our first ever Mock Interview Day in association with The EY Foundation.  The idea of the experience is that students are given the opportunity to practice their interview technique and etiquette with representatives from the world of work.  This was a great opportunity for our students who each experienced an individual real-life interview.  Feedback from students, employers, volunteers and staff was incredibly positive.  For many of our students this was the first time they had taken part in a formal interview – quite a daunting experience.  All in all the mock interviews were a resounding success and we are incredibly proud of all our year 11 students. The year 11 Mock Interview event will now form part of our annual academic calendar as we continue to help prepare students for future interviews whether this be at our Sixth Form Centre, alternative further education, for an apprenticeship, or employment. Today, we have welcomed staff from The University of Cambridge’s Widening Participation Team who delivered a workshop to year 10 and 11 students.  The workshop covered all aspects of the admissions process, course information and entry requirements.  They also shared stories about life and studying at this prestigious University. We also hosted a session for current year 12 students from colleges in the local area who are interested in applying for a place at the University of Cambridge. This week we have been confirmed as one of the NCS Silver Award Champion Schools for 2019!  This award is in recognition of our outstanding engagement with the NCS Trust (National Citizen Service) who are a not-for-profit social enterprise providing voluntary personal and social development programmes for 15-17 year olds.  The programme is funded largely by the government and our certificate was signed by Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Prime Minister.  For further information on the NCS programme please see Mr Harrison, Head of Year 11 or NCS website www.wearencs.com As you are aware, the Academy attendance target is 97%. I would like to thank parents/carers for their co-operation during the recent meetings which are aimed at supporting families to improve their children’s attendance and address any barriers that may exist.  A child’s attendance is directly linked to their academic achievement.  Higher overall absence leads to lower attainment at KS4.  If you are struggling with any issues relating to your child attending school please get in touch with their Head of Year who will be happy to support you.  I have added a letter, which was originally issued in October 2019 at the end of my blog. Can I take this opportunity to congratulate all of those students who achieved their ‘Perfect 30’ Certificate for successfully completing 30 consecutive days of 100%, 0 late marks, above average achievement points and 0 behaviour points! This is an outstanding achievement and we are looking forward to launching this again next half term. Last week in Inspire time the theme was Respecting Ourselves and Others. It was also Children’s Mental Health Week, so we looked at how we can take care of our mental health in order to respect ourselves and what value this adds to our life. The theme for Children’s Mental Health week this year is ‘Find Your Brave’ and we explored how we can do this through our Year Group Collective Worship. Being brave builds our confidence, and we saw how it is brave to be able to reach out to others when we need help. https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ This week in Inspire time the theme has been LGBT+ History Month. We have looked at the importance of treating everyone with respect and being mindful of people’s feelings and relationships. It was also Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11th February, so we spent time in ‘Inspire’ learning about how to make sure our time online was spent safely. We prayed this week that all people are recognised for their worth: Dear Lord, We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of caring for each other, whatever our differences. Help us to be free of discrimination. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the middle of our wonderful diversity, that we offer up this prayer today. Amen I would like to wish all students an enjoyable and restful half term. Regards, Mrs Adams Important diary dates Monday 24th February Young Chef Competition Tuesday 25th February Year 7 Liverpool University Visit   Year 8 Confirmation Talk 1.20-2.20pm (Main Hall) Monday 2nd – 6th March National Careers Week and Curriculum Day Wednesday 4th March Train to Teach Taster Day Thursday 5th March Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre Option Evening 6.00pm-7.00pm Monday 9th – 13th March Year 11 Mock Examinations Tuesday 10th March Journey of Hope – Teenage Health and Wellbeing 6.00-7.00pm Monday 16th March Year 12 Mock Examinations   Dance Showcase 6.00pm Tuesday 17th March Year 10 HA Trip to Carmel College/Liverpool University Friday 20th – 22nd March Year 7/8 Netball Tour Tuesday 24th March Year 11 Drama Practical Examination 10.00-1.00pm Wednesday 25th March Year 10 Parents Evening 3.00-6.00pm Wednesday 1st – 3rd April Year 10 Rock and River Trip Wednesday 1st April Year 11 Preparing to Perform Event 2 6.00pm Thursday 2nd April Friends of Hope Academy Easter Bingo 6.00pm    
Posted on: 7/02/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 19

Students experienced another week of exciting and informative events at the Academy which I am very happy to share with you. We had an excellent turnout for our Year 9 Options Evening on Wednesday.  Students and parents/carers had the opportunity to visit all subject areas and speak with specialist staff.  On Wednesday 5th February each student will have a coaching meeting with a member of staff to support them during this important stage in their education.  You can view the 2020 Options Booklet and timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020.  The link to the Option Selection forms can be found as follows /1314/link-to-year-9-option-selection-forms.  The closing date for submission of option choices is WEDNESDAY 12th FEBRUARY. On Friday we hosted our first Justice and Peace Day in collaboration with the Liverpool Archdiocese. Twelve other schools came to Hope Academy bringing over 50 Y9 and 10 pupils to take part in workshops themed on ‘The Environment’. The workshops were hosted by the charities Oxfam, Mary’s Meals’ Nugent and Cafod. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, and feedback from students included: - ‘we discovered that by helping a charity you can also be helping to reduce climate change’. -‘I enjoyed socialising with others and finding out their opinions on climate change. We swapped ideas about what we are going to do about it’. Last week in Inspire time the theme has been The Holocaust, as on the 27th January 2020 it was 75 years since Auschwitz was liberated. We have used this year’s theme ‘Stand Together’ to discover more about those who did what they could to help the Jews who were being persecuted. During Inspire time we have found out about people like Sir Nicholas Winton, who helped to save nearly 700 Jewish children, and in Year Group Collective Worship we discovered the amazing story of Stanisława Leszczyńska - a Polish midwife who was imprisoned at Auschwitz where she delivered over 3,000 children. A group of Year 8 students also represented Hope Academy at St. Helens Town Hall for the Annual Holocaust Commemoration Service on Monday, where they saw performances, heard readings, and prayed together with fellow Christians and Jews on this year’s theme of Stand Together. A quote we have reflected on this week comes from Sir. Nicholas Winton: ‘Don’t be content in your life to just do no wrong; be prepared every day to try and do some good’. Important diary dates Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25th February Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8/12/13 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm – 6.00pm Thursday 13th February Year 11 Mock interviews   I would just like to reiterate a message that was sent to parents last week and shared with all students during Inspire regarding children who ride their bikes to the Academy.  Can you please remind your child that they must lock their bike in the secured Hope Academy area within our car park.  Students should be reminded that the bike area opposite the Leisure Centre is not a secured area as this is accessible to the public.  We have invested in the secured bike enclosure to prevent bikes being stolen or damaged. Please see the following message from the Department for Education: The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.  The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate.  However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area.  This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china   Latest information and advice can also be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Advice for parents/carers You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or further education setting as normal. What action you can take A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.  Please see the information poster at the end of my blog. e Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) will be hosting a workshop to be held at St Helens College for parents/carers and young people on Tuesday 11th February at 6.30pm.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information please call 01744 675605 or e-mail ypdaat@sthelens.gov.uk. Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School      

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