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Posted on: 11/12/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 13

YEAR 11 MOCK EXAMINATIONS  Year 11 have come to the end of their mock examinations today. I am extremely proud of how they have prepared for their mocks and I’m sure that this will be reflected in their results.  Student’s behaviour and attitude has been amazing and I would just like to thank you, as parents, for supporting your sons and daughters at this important time.  The year group enjoyed juice, hot chocolate and pastries this morning to celebrate the last day of exams.  HOPE ACADEMY – AUTHORISED VOUCHER DISTRIBUTORS The academy are now an authorised distributor of food vouchers which means we are able to support struggling families much easier as we do not need to refer them to other agencies to obtain food vouchers which can be used at foodbanks throughout the borough.  There will also be a new foodbank opening at Newton Community Centre as of 4th December.  This facility will be open each Friday from 11.00am – 2.30pm. Please see Kasia for further information. COVID-19 UPDATE As we come to the end of the Autumn Term 2020, we would like to inform you of the relevant arrangements, should your child test positive for COVID-19 after we close at the end of the day on Friday 18th December 2020.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and displayed symptoms (at least one of the following: a high temperature, a new or continuous cough, a loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste) on any day that they were in school, and/or Saturday 19th December and Sunday 20th December, you should email school to notify us on hope@sthelens.org.uk as we may be required to ask members of our school community to self-isolate.  Also, if your child tests positive for COVID-19 following a test on Saturday 19th December or Sunday 20th December and your child did not display symptoms (asymptomatic), please also notify school as above.  Please include the following information in your email:  Your child’s name and class  Date and time of the onset of symptoms (if applicable)  Date of COVID-19 test  Date of positive outcome  School will respond to emails confirming positive COVID-19 cases until 24th December as directed by the Department for Education.  Should your child display or develop any symptoms after Sunday 20th December, you are required to follow the national test and trace procedures. For further information, please visit:  www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  WORD OF THE WEEK – w/b Monday 14th December   KASIA’S REFLECTION As we travelled through the second week of Advent, pupils have been keeping up with their Kindness Calendar by spreading Kindness throughout the Academy, and staff have been using their courageous Kindness Calendar to take part in campaigns in the wider world. Many of these campaigns look to spread Justice and Peace, and Peace is the theme of the Second Week of Advent. Not surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say about peace, as it attributes peace to Jesus himself: the ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6). In fact, the word peace appears somewhere between 200-400 times in the Bible. The peace of God grants us a tranquillity you cannot find anywhere else, and offers a light to others who do not yet know that peace. Loving God, We thank you for the peace you give us through Jesus Christ. Help us prepare our hearts to receive Him. Guide us in all that we say and do. Amen. Kind regards Mrs Adams Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December Monday 14th December Year 7 and 9 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Year 11 Carmel College assembly Tuesday 15th December Year 8 and 10 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Rewards Assembly’s for all year groups   Wednesday 16th December Year 11 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Whole School Inspire Time with Rev’d Chris Thursday 17th December Whole School Christmas Service Friday 18th December  Last day of term    
Posted on: 4/12/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 12

Churches across St Helens will gather on Monday 7th December to pray for the town and give thanks to school staff for their dedication and commitment to the children of the borough. We received a lovely letter from the churches thanking schools for supporting children and families through challenging circumstances. Can parents and carers please contact your child’s pastoral team if your family have suffered a recent bereavement or are dealing with issues that could affect your child’s wellbeing or mental health.  Academy staff are here to help and will put plans in place to support your son or daughter. YEAR 11 MOCK EXAMINATIONS Year 11 are now half way through their mock examinations. I am extremely proud of how they have approached their mocks including attendance at raising achievement sessions before and after school and the maturity they have shown during this week.  Their behaviour and attitude has been amazing and I would just like to thank you, as parents, for supporting your sons and daughters at this important time.  Exams continue next week and I am sure that our Class of 2021 will continue with their fantastic attitude and work ethic.  Thank you to all staff especially Miss Houghton and Miss Brown for supporting year 11 during the week. Click HERE for daily exam arrangements.  The Hope Study Zone will be open each morning from 8.15am throughout the mock examination period. Breakfast snacks and drinks will be available. MINDFUL MONDAYS Here at Hope we appreciate that during COVID our students may find things difficult and hard to understand and manage.  We are delivering student wellbeing sessions during our Inspire Programme each week and have been since September to support our students. We are now pleased to be launching our new student wellbeing programme that we have named “Mindful Mondays”. We are sending a survey via Satchel One to all students across all year groups each Monday morning for them to complete by asking them a few quick questions.  We can then help and give our students any support they need through these times.  722 SCHOOL BUS SERVICE – DIVERSION MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER On Monday, 7th December 2020, Sefton Street, Earlestown will be closed in both directions at its junction with Harvey Avenue. This is to carry out repairs to a defective manhole in the carriageway. The closure is expected to be in place for ONE day which will mean that our 722 bus service has to re-route.  Click HERE for further details. HOPE ACADEMY – AUTHORISED VOUCHER DISTRIBUTORS The academy are now an authorised distributor of food vouchers which means we are able to support struggling families much easier as we do not need to refer them to other agencies to obtain food vouchers which can be used at foodbanks throughout the borough.  There will also be a new foodbank opening at Newton Community Centre as of 4th December.  This facility will be open each Friday from 11.00am – 2.30pm. Please see Kasia for further information. St Helens SEND Short Breaks Playscheme Christmas Break 2020 Hannah Sweeney, Integrated Children’s Commissioning Manager has confirmed that St Helens will not be in a position to offer a playscheme over the Christmas break this year.  Please click HERE for further information. WORD OF THE WEEK – w/b Monday 7th December KASIA’S REFLECTION Advent Sunday was the first day of the Advent Season when we begin the waiting and joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth as our Saviour.  After a tough year, Christmas brings comfort and joy to a world that is weary and hurting. The message of the baby born in Bethlehem is that God comes to us, walks with us and stays with us. As our nights grow longer and our days grow shorter, we think about the light of the Advent Wreath and remember God’s promise to our world. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. Each candle lit reminds us of the hope, peace, joy and love that we can spread throughout the world. How can you use Advent to bring light into the world? God of Light and Hope, Fill our lives with courage and strength to journey through Advent in a positive way, Bringing the light of your message of hope to those around us by our words and actions. Amen Kind regards Mrs Adams Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December   Monday 7th December Year 11 Mocks until 11th December Monday 14th December Year 7 and 9 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Tuesday 15th December Year 8 and 10 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Wednesday 16th December Year 11 Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Whole School Inspire Time with Rev’d Chris Thursday 17th December Whole School Christmas Service        
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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