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Posted on: 13/03/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 24

Year group celebration lunches have taken place every day this week.  Two students from each form were invited to lunch with their Head of Year – students are nominated for embracing our Academy values of respect, courage and ambition.  The celebrations take place each half term.  Well done to all students involved. On Tuesday we hosted the latest in our series of ‘Journey of Hope’ presentations on the topic of revision strategies.  Thank you to Miss McCulley for preparing such an informative evening. Six Primary schools visited the academy on Wednesday to take part in a basketball competition organised by St Helens School Games.  The organisation aims to encourage children and young people to take an active role in sport through varied competitive and leadership choices. Well done to all the children who took part and a special thank you to our year 8 and 9 sports leaders for refereeing and scoring the competition.  Newton Primary School were the overall winners with St Mary’s coming in 2nd and St Julie’s placed 3rd. On Thursday a group students took part in ‘Maths Feast’ which is a fun educational challenge for Year 10 students. The group were tested on their problem-solving and teamwork skills. There were several rounds which required different skills and strategies to succeed. Each event took between two and three hours, and awards were given for good teamwork and for the winning team of each round. Our first team of Ben, Sam, Alicja and Alexandra won the second round and came 9th overall out of 18 teams.  Our second team of Niamh, Maria, Tia and Georgia won the 1st round, came 4th in the 3rd round and were placed 4th in the overall competition. Thank you to Miss Brophy who supported the students during the day and said ‘The students were all fantastic and represented the academy with pride.  There was some tough competition and some really tricky maths involved but we all had a great time.’  For our second week of Lent, our #LiveLent campaign focus has been on water. Some of the challenges for pupils this week have involved researching how much water it takes to make our clothes, reducing water waste by only letting taps run when necessary, and taking shorter showers. If you would like to join in with the challenge, do so by clicking here. This week has also been Science week, and Y10 pupils have created and led Year Group Collective Worship throughout the week. Students have explored how Science has changed the world by focusing on inventions like computers, aeroplanes and lightbulbs. Finally, you will already have heard the recent announcements from the Government about new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. We will need your active and urgent engagement to implement this.  Any student with a new, continuous, cough or high temperature must self-isolate for seven days. Please keep your child away from school if they exhibit these symptoms. We have made arrangements in the registers to record such an absence so we can monitor the seven day absence period. If your child is in this position you should report their absence in the usual way, making clear the reason for that absence. If we feel that a student we are teaching is exhibiting these symptoms we will isolate them in school and contact you to collect them immediately. I am confident we can work together to implement this new measure and further our overall aim of ensuring that as many of the school community remain as well as they can be for as long as possible. With regards to future planned visits, we are currently in touch with the organisations and insurance companies of all planned overseas trips. We will of course update relevant students and parents when we have further information.  Please click HERE for the latest Government advice which we are following. A prayer of Faith and Action: Lord, help me Be prepared, but not anxious Be aware, but not desperate Be vigilant, but not in fear Be joyful, but not clueless Be faithful, but not careless Lord, be my hope and strength Amen.  Regards, Mrs Adams Important diary dates – Events in BOLD postponed 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: 6/03/2020

Head of School blog - week 23

Since returning from the half-term break we have been busily working with our year 11 students helping them to prepare for their final mock exams before the summer GCSE’s commence.  Their final mock exams commence on Monday 9th March – click here to access the timetable. Students have also received details of support material that has been placed on our website for them to access.  Click here to access the password protected pages; the password has been shared with students and sent to you via text.  Other subject resources have also been added. Click here to access. This week we have launched our Knowledge Organisers with students in years 7 and 8.  A Knowledge Organiser is a set of key facts, concepts, events or knowledge that students need to know, be able to recall, in order to master a particular unit of work or specific topic.  We have introduced this initiative to develop student’s skills of understanding, analysis, application and evaluation which will strengthen their resilience and independent learning skills. A typical knowledge organiser fits onto one page which helps students to visualise the layout of the page which, in turn, helps them to memorise the information more effectively.  Students will receive a new Knowledge Organiser Booklet at the beginning of every half-term, these should remain in the folder that has been provided.  They need to bring their knowledge organisers into school each day. Knowledge organisers will be used as homework for every subject in years 7 and 8 from next week.  Click here for further information. Whilst teachers and students were enjoying their half-term holidays, our premises team were working hard in the wind and rain to extend our secure bike shed.  This work was completed in time for the start of the new term and I would like to remind ALL students who travel to school by bike that they must use the secure bike shed located on the Academy site and not the bike shed opposite the Sports Centre entrance. Monday saw the launch of updated extra-curricular clubs including PE activities.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to try something new or continue to take part in activities they love.  Friends of Hope Academy have supported our extra-curricular clubs this academic year with a donation of £250 to help purchase resources.  Please remember when you support Friends of Hope Academy events you are helping to enrich the lives of students in our school community. Hope Academy has achieved National Online Safety School certification!  Massive thank you to Mr Bailey, Head of Computing for leading this initiative and supporting school staff, students and parents to keep safe on-line.  Following the success of the Perfect 30 challenge when 207 students achieved zero lates and behaviour points plus 100% attendance, we have decided to launch the Race to Easter challenge!  The challenge will start on Monday 9th March until Friday 3rd April.  Students will compete to finish in one of three medal positions.  All students that complete the challenge will be rewarded.  Let the challenge commence!! At the Academy, we continually review our processes to make sure that we are ‘Outstanding in all we do’.  With this in mind we have been sharing expectations with students this week with regards to punctuality to lessons and efficient lesson starts.  All students are expected to enter the classroom in silence with each lesson starting with a 5 minute independent task.  At the end of lessons students will stand behind their chairs in silence and wait to be dismissed by their teacher.  We have also reviewed the entry doors allocated to each year group which will be effective from Monday 9th March.  The Academy operate a keep left movement system in all areas which will be actively enforced to ensure that students and staff can move around the corridors in an orderly manner. This week has also been National Careers Week, and year groups have discovered ways to help choose the best career for them, but also to realise that while we always talk about planning for the future, we have to remember the here and now and remember ‘today’. It is ok to not know what you want to do right now, but it is important to grow, ask questions and try new things. To support National Careers Week we have had some wonderful activities happening around the Academy.  Miss Davies, Career Lead, supplied the following summary: We launched National Careers Week with our 3rd Careers in the Curriculum Day on Monday. This involves all lessons led by all subject teachers having an explicit careers link within them. The English Department did some fantastic work linking to careers involving supporting children as part of the Year 7 ‘Childhood and home’ Scheme of work. Year 8 focused on careers in TV and media, identifying job roles, skills, personality traits and qualifications and Year 9 researched careers such as a Reporter or a Broadcast Journalist, linking to how poets use their work to engage with critical issues around the world. Well done English Department! The Maths Department linked maths skills to the real world and identified specific jobs with students, they used real life problem solving activity with elements of competition and even a Lamborghini scaling problem to engage students in careers in Maths! In Computer Science we looked at technical and transferrable skills and what computational thinkers look like! We also investigated some popular job roles within the computing industry to see what they do and what they earn! There was lots of fantastic Careers based work going on across the Academy! Year groups have had Careers assemblies this week, identifying how sometimes it can be stressful trying to plan and think so far ahead and reminding students about what they can do to prepare them for the future in the here and now. We will be making our own video about how our students think about their careers, their worries, questions and confusion! Watch this space! The careers hub has been open at break time all week for students to drop in and get some careers advice or just to have a nosey at the prospectuses. In the Learning Hub, students have been thinking about their career aspirations and creating ‘I want to be….’ posters for display and thinking about skills we need for those jobs and how we can get them. We have some very ambitious students here! As we enter the first week of Lent, our #LiveLent campaign focus was on light and energy. Some of the challenges for pupils this week have involved making sure lights and plugs are switched off, and trying to make an extra journey on foot this week rather than use a car. If you would like to join the challenge with us, you can by clicking here. We also focused on reading as it was World Book Day on Thursday, and pupils took part in some literary based activities in Inspire Time. As we think about reading and careers, let us reflect on this quote from Malala Yousafazi: “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” The next workshop in our Journey of Hope series is Revision Techniques and takes place on Tuesday 10th March at 6.00pm in the main hall.  Click here to reserve your place. And finally, Newton and Earlestown Community Group (N.E.C.G) have organised a spring clean-up session in Mesnes Park on Saturday 7th March from 10.00am until noon.  It would be lovely to see our students and their families supporting this community event. Regards, Mrs Adams   Important diary dates Monday 9th – 13th March Year 11 Mock Examinations Tuesday 10th March Journey of Hope – Revision Techniques 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: 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      
Posted on: 24/01/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 18

Students have experienced another week of exciting and informative events at the Academy which I am very happy to share with you. On Tuesday, Tempest Photography arrived at the Academy bright and early to set up for year 11 photographs.  They photographed the whole year group together as well as taking individual photographs of students.  Further information regarding the procedure for placing orders will be sent to you by the pastoral team. Two year 7 students took part in the second round of The Rotary Young Chef competition at Bolton High School on Wednesday.  Holly prepared a Rack of Lamb and Tiramisu, whilst Keira’s menu consisted of Prosecco Chicken with fresh pasta and a Mango Cheesecake to follow.  The girls were accompanied by an extremely proud Miss Sargent and were an absolute credit to the Academy.  After each contestants menu had been tasted by the judges, the eagerly awaited results were announced.  Holly came in 2nd place and Keira was runner up – Holly will now go through to the regional final which will be held at Hope Academy.  Well done to both girls, we are extremely proud of you.  Good luck to Holly in the regional final; I will keep you all informed of her progress. One of the most popular events in the calendar is our annual Career Fair for students from years 9-13.  We welcomed over 25 providers to the Academy on Thursday. Students had the opportunity to spend 30 minutes in the hall gathering information and advice that will help to support them in the future.  I am aware of a number of students who found career opportunities that they had not previously considered or even been aware existed!  We would like to thank all the organisations who attended and look forward to continuing to grow this event and supporting our students in the extremely important area of CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). We have reached a very important point in the academic year for year 9 students as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  Curriculum Option Recommendation letters have been posted home and are also available via the SIMs Parent app.  You can view the 2020 Options Booklet and timeline on our website. /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020.  The Academy is looking forward to welcoming both parents/carers and students to our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January at 6pm. You will have the opportunity to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  It is our expectation that all students attend this important event.  As you are aware Halton Travel, operators of the 725 school bus service have been experiencing difficulties.  We have received the following update from Merseytravel this afternoon: Halton Transport have ceased to operate bus services.  Merseytravel has secured emergency provision and school services previously operated by Halton Transport on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will now be operated by Stagecoach from Monday 27th January 2020.  This is an interim measure whilst we secure more long term provision.  We would ask schools, students and parents to work with us during this transition period as there may be some initial teething problems.  For up-to-date information on affected services visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travel-updates.  For alternative ways to make your journey visit www.jp.merseytravel.gov.uk. This week in Inspire time the theme has been Unusual Kindness – Christian Unity. From the 18-25th January the whole of the Christian World joined together in prayer for Christian Unity.  We are in the privileged position of being a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy, which spearheads the work of Christian Unity to develop closer relationships and better understandings of all Christian faiths.  We prayed for our Christian family around the world and for peace and understanding between faiths, so that we may always try to show ‘unusual kindness’ to everyone around us. God of unity and peace, Your Son Jesus prayed that his followers might be one. Make all Christians one with Him as He is one with You. Amen Important diary dates Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25thFebruary 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   Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 17/01/2020

Head of school Blog - Week 17

Students have experienced an exciting week of events at the Academy which I am very happy to share with you. Our year 11 students have continued with their mock examinations this week and have been absolutely fantastic.  A large number of students have been arriving at the Academy from 7.30am to enjoy breakfast in the LRC whilst doing their final preparations before their exams.  We look forward to sharing the results with both students and parents during the Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 5th February. On Tuesday we hosted the latest presentation in our Journey of Hope programme.  ‘Helping your Child to make the Correct Career Choices’ was supported by presentations from Carmel College, Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre and St Helens Chamber regarding apprenticeships.  Further information for future Journey of Hope presentations can be found on our website.  /1012/journey-of-hope-workshops-2019-20 Twelve year 9 girls travelled down to Oxford earlier in the week, supported by Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall, for the ‘It all adds up’ maths conference for girls at The University of Oxford. They spent Tuesday afternoon shopping and exploring the historical sights of the city. On Wednesday, they spent the day at the university exploring probability through Bayes Theorem, looking at career options involving maths, and learning what being a student at Oxford is all about. The girls’ attitude and behaviour throughout the two days was exceptional and they represented themselves and the Academy with pride.  I would like to thank Miss Brophy for organising this amazing opportunity for our students and also Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall for their support. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for year 9 students as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  I explained the options process to students on Wednesday and shared more detailed information regarding the timeline of events.  The Academy is looking forward to welcoming both parents/carers and students to our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January at 6pm.  You will have the opportunity to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  It is our expectation that all students attend this important event.  You can view the 2020 Options Booklet and timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 This week in Inspire time the theme has been Media and Democracy (Brexit). Students have reflected upon the impact the media and our government have on our lives, and how Parliament is run. We looked at the democratic voting system and then used it in a classroom vote after discovering facts about Brexit. We learnt about the danger of Fake News and how important it is to look for the real facts behind the opinions we are given. Finally, students read this week’s news stories to find out about what is happening around the world today. We prayed for our politicians and media to strive for justice and truth, and we prayed for peace in our world: If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. Amen Important diary dates Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams begin Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair 10.00am – 2.20pm (Yr9-13) Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25th February Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm – 6.00pm   I sure that you are all aware of the important work carried out in the local area by N.E.C.G (Newton and Earlestown Community Group).  Please click on the following link to find out their wonderful calendar of events for 2020.  tinyurl.com/NECG2020 #community Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 10/01/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 16

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and the festive break with your family and friends.  It has been great to welcome back staff and students this week for what will be a very busy and exciting half term. Our year 11 students made a fantastic start to their mock examinations this week, they will continue with these until Friday 17th January.  Students have displayed a high level of maturity during preparation and I am sure that this will be reflected in their individual results.  The mock examination timetable can be viewed on our website.    /950/year-11-mock-exam-timetable-january-2020 On Tuesday our Ski Trip students enjoyed their last visit to the Chill Factore before they leave for the slopes of Italy on Saturday 8th February.  There will be a final parent meeting on Tuesday 21st January. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for students in year 9 as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  Parents and students had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers during Parents’ Evening on Wednesday.  The most important event is our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January; parents and students will be able to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  Further information will be sent out next week.  You can view the 2020 Options Timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 If your new year’s resolution was to have a general tidy-up at home we would welcome any items of good quality uniform that you may have.  Items can be left at reception or student services.  We have a stock of re-cycled uniform for parents to view and take home.  Please contact your child’s Head of Year for further information.  I have mentioned in previous blogs the need for students to wear suitable outdoor clothing.  All our students are outside at some point during break and lunchtime, therefore please encourage your child to dress appropriately for winter weather conditions. This week in Inspire time the theme has been The Epiphany – ‘Los Tres Reyes Magos’.  Students have found out about Epiphany celebrations from around the world, what the three gifts signified, and the meaning behind the Christian tradition of blessing houses at the New Year.  During Year Group Collective Worship students reflected on what the Three Wise Men can teach us: to be committed to our journey wherever it may lead, even if it takes us into unknown territory. We meditated on a quote from Jeremiah about the plans God has for us.  Let us reflect on those words now: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.”’   Important diary dates Tuesday 14th-Wednesday 15th January Maths Conference for girls at Oxford University Tuesday 14th January Journey of Hope – Guiding your Child to make the correct career choices – 6.00pm Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25thFebruary Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening   Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School

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