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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      

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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