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Posted on: 13/11/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 9

It’s been an extremely busy week for students, staff and parents this week with a number of events and meetings designed to support our community of learners and their parents/carers. YEAR 11 PREPARING TO PERFORM EVENT 1 Parents and students were invited to attend a virtual curriculum event on Wednesday. Before the live Q&A sessions they were asked to watch subject presentations which shared important information to help preparation for the mock examinations in December and also the 2021 GCSE summer series of exams.  Parental feedback was incredibly positive and recordings of subject sessions have been added to the website along with the presentation by Mrs Adams and Miss Houghton.  Subject information from the event is still available on our website.  Please e-mail hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk if you need a reminder of the username and password to access the section. Click HERE YEAR GROUP PARENT MEETINGS Microsoft was an essential member of the Hope family on Wednesday as its TEAMs platform enabled us to host not only our Preparing to Perform event for year 11 but also year group parent meetings for years 8, 9 and 10.  The meetings were well attended and allowed parents the opportunity not only to gather lots of useful information form their respective Head of Year but also interact using the Chat facility.  Once again, parental feedback was extremely complimentary.  Recordings of each meeting can be accessed via our website. COVID-19 We have had a number of positive cases confirmed this week and a letter to advise parents and staff was circulated on Tuesday. Click HERE for letter. TEMPEST PHOTOGRAPHY Tempest will be visiting the academy on Tuesday 24th November to take individual photographs of our year 7 and 11 students.  Further information to follow. NEWTON COMMUNITY CENTRE AND N.E.C.G’s TOY APPEAL We have been asked to help with the Toy Appeal for Newton-le-Willows community centre. As you are aware, there will be a number of families struggling to make Christmas happen this year. They are collecting new children’s toys (not second hand), and Christmas /foodbank food to give to families who need it.  If anyone has anything they are able to donate, please bring it to the chapel. We will be collecting until the end of November, then the Community Centre will collect it from us. HOPE SIXTH FORM CENTRE VIRTUAL OPEN EVENT On Tuesday 6th January the Sixth Form Centre will be hosting an open event for students and their parents/carers to find out more about what they will be offering in September 2021. This will include information about a T level transition course aimed at preparing students to enter T Level courses in 2022 (Business, Digital, Engineering & Health). The transition course will consist of employability/work skills, digital skills, work experience and functional maths/English alongside bespoke subject knowledge related to each students chosen T level route.  Also on offer is Hope Academy Sports where students will study a BTEC extended diploma programme (equivalent 3 A levels) with the opportunity to progress to university, higher apprenticeship or employment. As part of the course students will gain coaching qualifications and a fitness instructor’s course.  Look out for further details in the coming weeks and don’t miss the opportunity to meet the teacher who will be available to answer any questions you or your son/daughter may have. ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR Unfortunately, we have received a report of antisocial behaviour involving a small minority of our students in the local community.  This type of behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.  Senior staff will investigate and deal with any reports from local residents and sanctions will be issued accordingly.  We are very proud of our academy and students are aware of their responsibilities not only inside the building but also in the local community.  Your support with issues of this type is greatly appreciated. CARMEL COLLEGE Carmel are seeing a record number of applications this year, and have already interviewed over 500 students for September 2021 entry.  If your son/daughter is considering applying for Carmel College there is another opportunity to engage with the live Principal’s Presentations and Q&A this Saturday 14th November at 11.30am and 1.00pm.  Further information can be found on the college website. Kasia’s Reflection This week we remembered people who have served and sacrificed for and alongside the UK. Their sacrifice reminded us that wherever there is fighting, there is always human cost, both for the people fighting and the people living in the countries involved. Every year the nation unites in commemorating Remembrance Sunday and 11/11. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the risks posed, many events did not happen in the way they were first planned. Despite the changes this year, we still made sure that pupils and staff paid their respects by allowing all those who are in uniformed organisations, like the cadets, scouts and guides, to come in on the 11th in their uniforms, and we held a virtual reflection and 2 minute silence across the Academy at 11am. Jesus told us that.  ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ (John 13:15) For all of those people who have died for us or been injured for us, let us take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and service, and to thank them. God of peace, we pray for all those who have died in war -May they rest in peace. We pray for all those who are fighting in conflicts around the world - May they achieve peace. We pray for all those who suffer as a result of active service - May they find peace. We pray for ordinary people caught up in conflict - May peace be with them. We pray for those who grieve or wait for news - May they know Christ’s peace in their hearts. We pray for those who strive for peace - May you bless their peace-making. We offer these prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.   Kind regards Mrs Adams   Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December Tuesday 24th November Year 7 and 11 Individual Photographs Tuesday 24th November Journey of Hope Virtual Workshop 6.00pm – 7.00pm (further details on website) Monday 30th November Year 11 Mocks until 11th December    
Posted on: 6/11/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 8

  Welcome back It has been lovely to see our students return back to the Academy after the half term break. They have arrived back with enthusiasm and eagerness. Students are wearing their uniforms with pride and they are showcasing Hope Academy to the highest standard within the community. Blended Learning Plan and Tier 2 (Rota Plan) Within Section 5 of 'Guidance for Full Opening of Schools', the DFE sets out its expectations for what a school’s remote learning offer should be if a class, group or small number of students need to self-isolate, or if there is a local lockdown. The government tiers for local areas are spoken about in a different context to the education tiers that we are to use. Please see below for a description: Tier 1 - involves remaining fully open, as the government has been clear that ensuring schools and educational settings remaining open should be prioritised over other areas when restrictions are considered. Tier 2 - asks secondary schools to adopt a rota system and further education (FE) colleges to limit on-site attendance, whilst all other settings, including alternative provision (AP) and special schools, remain fully open. Tier 3 - requires secondary schools and FE colleges to limit on-site attendance to just vulnerable children and young people, the children of critical workers and selected year groups, other settings remain fully open. In the event of tier 3 local restrictions being implemented, the Department for Education will issue operational guidance for the affected area that will confirm which year groups should be prioritised. Tier 4 - goes further to limit attendance to just vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers at all settings, excluding AP and special schools. Where there are no local restrictions in place, education provision should continue to remain fully open to all, and these tiers do not apply. A page has been created to guide parents and to share the Tiered plan and Blended Learning Expectations. Please click here for further information.     Year 8, 9 and 10 Virtual Information Events We would like to invite parents/carers of years 8, 9 and 10 to attend a Virtual Information afternoon hosted by each Head of Year.  The meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 11th November. The meeting times and links for the event have been emailed out to parents. Heads of Year will be sharing important information about the year ahead, including guidance on your child’s report, the format of Parents’ Evenings next term and the Academy’s ‘Blended Learning’ Plans. We look forward to seeing you next week.       Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event On Wednesday 11th November, we will be hosting the first of our Year 11 GCSE Preparing to Perform events between 3pm and 5pm. The purpose of our Preparing to Perform event is to give parents and students the opportunity to participate in subject specific workshops that you feel your child needs to focus on and which will then help them to prepare for the mock examinations commencing on Monday 30th November 2020. Subject staff have pre-recorded sessions which were added to our website on Tuesday 3rd November. It is imperative that families watch the workshops before they attend any of the live Q&A sessions. Each workshop will cover revision strategies as well as useful information for the mock examinations. To ensure that we are able to address as many questions as possible. We ask that questions are submitted prior to the meeting using the google form on our website. Click Here  to access website.   Extra-Curricular Timetable update Unfortunately updated Government guidance this week has confirmed that we cannot continue to offer our afterschool provision for extra-curricular activities. Only facilities which provide a child care function for working parents are allowed to continue.  We are still however able to offer the Year 11 Raising Achievement Sessions related to exam preparation as this supports students with their forthcoming mock exams. Please encourage your children to still attend. Please see below timetable:         Remembrance Day – 11th November We will be selling poppies at the academy up until the 11th November. To ensure we are selling these in the safest way possible, we will be distributing a poppy box and collection tin to each year group bubble. Poppies will be sold during Inspire time. Students will put their money in the tin and collect their own poppy. Please ensure students have the correct change as no change can be given. The poppies cost £1.  On Wednesday, 11th November, students are welcome to come to the Academy wearing their cadet uniforms/scout uniforms. Can you please ensure that the uniform has not been worn for 72 hours prior to Wednesday to allow for the quarantine period. The Academy will have a 2 minute silence at 11am that will begin with a reflection to remember the soldiers that have fought for our country, and to appreciate the soldiers that still fight today.   Harvest Collection I would like to say a huge thank you for all your donations for the Harvest Food Collection. We were overwhelmed with your generosity, we gave a massive 430kg this year!     Collecting Students Safely Can I please remind all parents who drop-off and collect students at the end of the academic day to remain in vehicles. If for any reason you need to get out of your vehicle, please ensure that you wear a face mask. Please avoid parking or dropping off at the front of the school in the laybys close to the zebra crossing. It’s important that the area remains a car free zone for the safety of all students. Kasia’s Reflection Our first week back after the half term saw us reflecting upon the Saints. All Saints’ Day took place on the 1st November.  It is also known as All Hallows’ Day which is why Halloween takes place on the 31st October. In the Christian church it is a day where we remember all the saints of the church, both known and unknown, who have reached heaven, and all our deceased relatives and friends. Saints, broadly speaking, are all people who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teaching. Throughout the New Testament, ‘saint’ is used to refer to all who believe in Jesus Christ and who followed His teachings. In other words, sainthood refers not simply to those who had faith in Christ, but more specifically to those who lived lives of virtuous action inspired by that faith. We ourselves can be saints in our lives by thinking of others and doing what we can to help those in need. It is these little actions of kindness that can bring the big effects of love into the world. God of the Ages: We praise you for all your servants who have done justice, loved mercy and walked humbly with you. We praise you for all apostles and martyrs and saints of every time and place, who in life and death have witnessed Your truth and love. Help us to live a life of goodness, where we can be saints in our everyday lives. Amen Dates for the diary Please see important dates from now until the end of December Wednesday 11th November Y8/9/10 Parent Information event 3.00pm-4.00pm Wednesday 11th November Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event 1 3.00-5.00pm Monday 30th November Year 11 Mocks until 11th December Tuesday 24th November Y7/11 Individual Photographs Tuesday 24th November Journey of Hope virtual session – 6.00pm-7.00pm (Details on our website) W/C 7th December Y7 CATS/KS3 Progress tests  

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