Posted on: 30/09/2019
Head of School Blog - Week 4The weather may have tried to dampen things last week but it definitely didn’t affect the busy week of events calendared for our Hope Academy community.
Year 7 students were inspired by the awe and wonder of a MAD Science show, some students were even courageous enough to join in! The Science departments are offering the opportunity for students to join a MAD science club every Thursday from 3.20pm until 4.20pm starting on 17th October until 12th December. Please contact Mrs Crean for further information.
Year 9 students participated in an outdoor adventure residential at Rock and River in Ormskirk as part of their OCR National in Sports Studies. Students participated in a range of activities and despite the weather, they thoroughly enjoyed the new challenges on offer and engaged enthusiastically with the different activities.
Year 10 students were given a full insight into what apprenticeship courses can offer them by Amazing Apprenticeships ahead of the National Apprenticeship Show in Bolton at the end of this month. Miss Davies has sent a letter home to parents with more details of a potential visit for interested students.
We are very excited to announce that we introduced a new teaching and learning software programme called Century Tech with our year 10 students on Wednesday. Century Tech is a powerful resource which uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience. The programme allows students to learn on a bespoke pathway and can be used as a home learning tool so that students can work independently to fill their gaps in knowledge.
We were inundated with donations of cakes from students, staff and the local community for our wonderful Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday. Despite torrential rain, the event was a huge success and we raised over £400. Visitors were beautifully entertained by our very talented musicians and a lovely time was had by all.
Our academy is literally bursting with talented students and on Friday four year 11 boys, more commonly known as ‘Crusade’ are representing us in the Plumbstock Battle of the Bands competition at the Tunza Centre in St Helens. Other schools in the local area will also be represented. Good luck ‘Crusade’ from all the students and staff at Hope Academy.
On Saturday, we welcomed nearly 700 visitors within a four hour period! Students and staff worked incredibly hard to ensure potential students and their families left the event feeling inspired. I look forward to sharing some of the feedback with you in next week’s blog. Our Head boy, Ibrahim and Head Girl, Lily were the headliners for the day, their presentations were simply outstanding. They are amazing ambassadors for our school community and embrace our core values in everything they do. A huge number of student ambassadors volunteered their time to support the event, many leading tours and activities within the faculties. They all interacted confidently with parents and students and spoke about the academy with great pride. We will be organising year group events during lunch over the next two weeks to show our appreciation of their dedication and support.
This week we are welcoming new year 7 parents to attend one of the most special events of the academic year. The welcome service will see each of our students blessed alongside their Inspire teacher as well as year 7 students courageously leading parts of the service. It’s a beautiful evening which celebrates our Christian values and gives our new families an opportunity to come together to celebrate the start of their child’s secondary learning journey. The event starts at 6.30pm, year 7 students should arrive by 6.00pm. Refreshments will be available before the service.
Punctuality was excellent last week, can I thank parents/carers for your support. I will be sending a letter via the Sims app this week regarding our expectations related to attendance and also information about absence penalty notices. The LA and academy are committed to providing the best possible future for your child.
Posted on: 27/09/2019
Chaplains' Corner - September 2019Welcome to the first Chaplain’s Corner of this school year, and the first from the new chaplain, Kasia Boydell! Kasia was a chaplain at Broughton Hall in West Derby, Liverpool before moving to Hope Academy. She is also on the Justice and Peace Commission as the representative for schools and Young People.
Our Mission Statement at Hope Academy is to “work together to inspire excellence guided by Christian values” and here in the Chaplaincy we aim to provide a variety of activities and opportunities that support this mission. We hope that amongst all our activities and events, our students, staff and community find something that inspires them and enables them to flourish!
Activities and opportunities open in the chaplaincy for our students this year are:
Meditation Mondays, Justice and Peace Club, Environment Club, Chapel Chat, Charity Club, and Faith in Action.
HOPE ACADEMY WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2024
Our Year 7 students have settled in wonderfully and have made a great start to their studies here at Hope Academy. To continue their successful induction, all Year 7 students will attend a retreat day between the 18th to the 22nd November. Each day different form groups will spend the day with the ‘Animate’ youth team. Animate is the Catholic Youth Ministry team for the Archdiocese of Liverpool and they work with around 9000 young people a year across the Archdiocese between the ages of 11 and 25. On their retreat day, students will explore our Christian ethos and Academy values using a variety of fun, interactive and reflective activities.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
On Friday 27th September, Hope Academy will be opening its doors to the community and inviting you to our Macmillan Coffee Morning. This will run in our school hall from 10.30-12.30 and will be hosted by our Hope Ambassadors. Pupils will provide a wide variety of cakes to enjoy and entertainment will be delivered by our Music Department. Please come along and support if you can. If you would like to help us by providing cakes, they can be dropped off at the Main Reception on Thursday 26th/Friday 27th – no fresh cream or nuts to be used please.
SATURDAY OPEN DAY
Our annual Open Day takes place on Saturday 28th September from 9am until 1pm. This is a chance to see the school and experience the variety of subjects on offer. If you know any child in Y5 or Y6 please come and visit to see what Hope Academy has to offer.
HARVEST COLLECTION FOR ST. HELENS FOODBANK
The Autumn term sees a return to school from the Summer holidays, a chill in the air and the changing colours of the leaves before they fall from the trees. It also sees Harvest time - a wonderful time of year to reflect on all that we have, to be thankful for it, and to consider those less fortunate than ourselves. Each September, as part of our annual Harvest celebrations at Hope Academy, we put ‘love your neighbour’ into practice by collecting food for St Helens Foodbank, one of our five Hope Partner Charities. In September the Chaplaincy launched this annual Harvest Appeal and students and staff have been generously donating items throughout the month.
If you would like to make a donation to St. Helens Foodbank, we collect on their behalf throughout the year. Donations can be left at our Main Reception.
There are lots of exciting things happening in the Chaplaincy – to keep up to date with all our news and events, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/HopeChaplain
Posted on: 20/09/2019
Head of School Blog - Week 3Last week was an incredibly busy week at the Academy!
This week, we are going to be even busier in preparation for welcoming hundreds of visitors on Saturday 28th September from 9.00am to our Open Event. We are looking forward to meeting students from years 4, 5 and 6 and their families as they get to see all the wonderful opportunities we have on offer here at Hope Academy.
Our staff team and students are very proud to showcase the Academy and we have be inundated with requests from student volunteers to support our event. Our Head Boy, Ibrahim Miah and Head Girl, Lily Young will join the leadership team in delivering a presentation to prospective families about why we feel Hope Academy is a unique and special community to join. They will be supported by the year 11 Executive Team and prefects who will be guiding families around the different activities and introducing primary students to our year 10 students who will be supporting in faculty areas. I would like to thank all students in advance for volunteering their time to promote the Academy and for sharing their experiences with prospective students and their families.
I have been very fortunate during the past two weeks to have had the opportunity to visit our family of primary schools to promote this Saturday’s Open Event. Mr Robinson and I have taken two former pupils to each primary to speak with children and parents about their experiences during our transition programme and their first two weeks as Year 7 Hope students. They have been outstanding ambassadors for their primary schools and now, of course, Hope Academy. It has been wonderful to spend time with them and listen to them answer questions with such confidence and enthusiasm.
An outstanding start for Year 7 (Class of 2024)
Our year 7 students have been with us now for 3 weeks and have settled into our Hope family extremely well. Their head of year Mr Robinson has commented “Year 7 have made an outstanding start to their Hope journey and proudly walk into the Academy every day with exceptional ambition and confidence. As our largest cohort of students, they have adjusted to the transition fantastically and have fully embedded themselves into Academy life through their lessons and extra-curricular involvement. Feedback from staff, parents and members of the community has been stellar, with a large number of students already representing the Academy for events such as the Primary Roadshows and the upcoming Open Morning and Welcome Service. We couldn't be prouder of our year 7's and we can't wait to see the outstanding Hope students they become.”
Extra-curricular Clubs and Societies at Hope and within our Newton Community
We hosted our extra-curricular carousel in the Main Hall on Wednesday with students invited to learn about the amazing opportunities available at the academy and within the Newton community. Staff were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and number of students who are now signed up! You can see the array of activities on offer by visiting our website or clicking on the following link /436/clubs-societies. Two clubs are asking for your help - can you check your sheds and attics for un-used gardening equipment - spades, forks, plastic pots, seed trays etc? We would also be grateful for any musical instruments for our Irish Music group. Donations can be left at reception and will be gratefully accepted. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show my homework and timetables
To support students with their organisation, all subject homework tasks are uploaded to SHOW MY HOMEWORK. Year 7 student and parent logins were posted home week beginning
9th September. If you are experiencing any login issues please see instructions on our website /240/homework or alternatively email email@example.com . You can also see homework timetables for years 7-11 on the website. /240/homework
Standards and Expectations - Punctuality
As I mentioned last week, students are to arrive on site by 8.30am each day so that they are ready to go to their Inspire rooms when the movement bell sounds at 8.35am.
Students who arrive after 8.40am are issued with a break time detention. This system is having a positive impact on the start of our working day and I ask for your continued support in ensuring that your child arrives to the Academy, on-time and ready to learn. Good time management during their secondary school learning journey will ensure your child is prepared for the future - employers do not accept lateness. Creating a culture of good attendance and punctuality is key to your child's future success.
Standards and Expectations - Jewellery
I would like to remind parents and students about our policy and expectations related to Jewellery. We do not allow any jewellery to be worn apart from a wristwatch. Students should not wear earring or piercings - it is not acceptable to have procedures done at a time that would prevent your child from removing a piercing for school. The year group leaders will be reminding students once again this week about this.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Please come and join us this Friday for a hot drink and a slice of cake from 10.30am until 12 noon. Our Chaplain, Kasia and her team of student volunteers are looking forward to meeting you all. Our KS3 musicians are excited to be providing musical entertainment as you chat and enjoy the refreshments on offer. Students and staff are being encouraged to support the event by donating homemade or bought cakes. This is a great event for a very important charity and we are looking forward to welcoming families across all years to enjoy the morning with us.
Finally, here's to another exciting week at Hope Academy!
Head of School
Posted on: 13/09/2019
Head of School BlogDear Parent/Carer
I wrote to you at the end of the last academic year and it seems hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the new term! I am delighted to welcome students new and old to our fantastic community. Your positive support and dedication to excellence in education is very much appreciated and I look forward to working with you and your children. Students have made a very positive start to the term and are looking forward to the year ahead.
Our skilled and dedicated staff is already planning and preparing for another busy year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new members of staff:
Kasia Boydell, Chaplain
Mr C Wignall, Industry Co-Ordinator
Miss S Brookfield, Head of Geography and Miss A Barsyte, Geography Teacher
Miss S De Boer, Lead MFL Teacher and Mr P Davis MFL Teacher
Miss J Barnett, History Teacher
Dr L Wilson and Mr S Harding, Science Teachers
Mr G Logan and Miss N McGill, Learning Support Assistants
I would like to update you about a number of important matters:
Outside Catering Hub
Your children may have mentioned our new outdoor catering facility which will enable students to get their lunch quickly and make the most of their lunchbreak.
We will be hosting a launch event in the main hall next week to showcase our extra-curricular opportunities to students. Please encourage your son/daughter to take part in the activities – there are lots of wonderful clubs which will enrich the curriculum.
Parking and Safeguarding
During the first week of term a message was sent to parents with regards to drop-off and pick-up traffic on the academy site. I kindly ask that you do not park in the bus lane or turning circle at the bottom of the car park either during the morning or afternoon. Parents should not wait at the student exit gates to collect their children, please arrange to meet your child at reception. Working together we can ensure the safety of our school community and avoid any possible accidents. Please note: car park gates are locked at 3.15pm and are not opened until the site is clear of students
Start of the Academy Day
We are encouraging students to arrive by 8.30am to ensure that they are on site and responding to the movement bell which sounds at 8.35am.
Please make sure you child arrives at the Academy with the following equipment each day:
Black/blue/red pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, scientific calculator. All stationary items can be purchased from pastoral offices during Inspire time. Scientific calculators are available from the maths department.
Home School Communication - SIMs Parent App
As previously notified, we are moving away from sending correspondence via post where possible and are encouraging you to sign up to the SIMs Parent App. This allows you to see your child’s timetable in real time, as well as receiving alerts about achievements and any behaviour points. You will also receive alerts when your child’s report is available. For further information please see our website. /970/sims-parent-app
I will be posting regular updates on our website News Blog and encourage you all to visit it regularly. /231/news-blog
Key Events this half term
Friday 27th September
McMillan Coffee Morning
Saturday 28th September
Wednesday 2nd October
Year 7 Welcome Service
Wednesday 23rd October
Year 11 and Year 13 Awards Evening
As we strive to provide outstanding opportunities for our students it is heartening to know that we have your support; working together we will achieve our Academy Vision ‘Outstanding in all we do’.
Mrs M Adams- Head of School