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Posted on: 29/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 12

Students and staff at the academy have enjoyed another full programme of events this week. The BBC Bitesize School Tour came to Hope Academy on Tuesday 26th November to talk to years 8, 9, 10 and 12!  The sessions focused on careers in the creative industries and featured a panel of 3 professionals from TV, Radio, Journalism, Gaming and Music.  The aim was to offer an inspiring insight into the world of creative work and shine a light on routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of the audience might not have considered.  We welcomed some amazing creatives for the panels who were very excited to share their stories and advice for breaking into creative industries.  Each session was hosted by presenter Kate Thistleton (from BBC Radio 1) and the opportunity for students to Q&A at the end. This is what our students had to say after the Bitesize event; “There are lots of crazy fun jobs around the world that I didn’t even know existed” Y9 “I learned about how famous hosts take their steps to becoming what they want to be” Y8 “I couldn’t believe the amount of jobs and opportunities that I didn’t know were even a real thing!” Y9 “I learned that even when you get a job, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with that job forever” Y9 “You could use your hobbies or skills to get a job you enjoy” Y8 On Tuesday, Kasia and six year 8 pupils who are working towards their silver Faith in Action Award, spent the day volunteering at All Saints Church.  They helped our local primary schools take part in the ‘Christmas Journey’ – a wonderful walk through the meaning of Christmas starting from Mary being visited by the Angel Gabriel to discovering the gifts brought by the wise men.   Our students accompanied groups on their story walk, assisting the storyteller in their work and helping the younger pupils find out more about the birth of Jesus. All those involved got a lot out of it! Our students’ then supported their groups create a Christmas craft. Kasia said that it was a lovely way to focus minds on the true meaning of Christmas. The Year 11 Executive team met with senior members of staff on Thursday to give their feedback on a number of topics.  The main areas for discussion were: Feedback from the recent Preparing to Perform Event New wet lunch procedures Executive team roles and Prefect Responsibilities Year 11 study zones From Monday we will have a number of designated year 11 study zones in various areas of the academy.  Study Zone One (Library) will be open for year 11 students from 7.30am until 8.30am every morning.  This area will also be available for independent study each evening from 3.20pm-5.00pm.  Next week during Inspire time, students will be informed of the other areas available to them at lunchtime.  May I take this opportunity to remind you that the academy closes on Thursday 19th December and does not re-open until Monday 6th January 2020.  If you are planning to order new items of school uniform you will need to place the order and collect before 3.30pm on Thursday 19th December. Whilst on the topic of uniform, we are very proud of how smart our students look; I would like to thank you for your support in ensuring students arrive in full academy uniform and ready to learn.  I have noticed recently that a number of skirts are much shorter than the requirement stated on our website - Skirts and pinafores should be no more than ONE INCH above the knee.  Please bare this in mind when purchasing replacement items. Finally, I am pleased to confirm that our whole school Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day will take place on Friday 13th December.  If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper on this day, please ensure they bring a £1 to school which will be donated to Save the Children. Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December. Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Music Concert at 6.00pm – solo and ensemble performances by our talented students Peter Pan Theatre trip 5.30pm-10.00pm Wednesday 4th December Year 7 Parents’ Evening 2.45pm until 6.30pm Monday 9th December Christmas Markets 6.00pm until 8.30pm Tuesday 10th December Year 11 Mock Interviews Friday 13th December Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumper day Thursday 19th December Christmas services – St Peter’s Church Academy closes – 3.20pm   Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 22/11/2019

Head of School blog - Week 11

This week has been a week of celebration for our community!  As mentioned in last week’s blog, Twitter is a great way to keep up-to-date on the daily activities throughout the academy.  https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy.    This year’s Year 7 Retreats took place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  The Animate Youth Team from Lowe House in St. Helens delivered sessions which incorporated a number of fun activities with insightful reflections on scripture. The theme of the retreat was Community, and it focused on our three core values of Respect, Courage and Ambition. The day was based around a piece of scripture from Corinthians 12:27 which highlights the importance of us all being part of the same body with different skills. Students took part in a variety of tasks, ranging from a ‘Crystal Maze’ team game to a ‘Game of Life’ individual task, and a number of others in between! Students had a fun time and got the opportunity to reflect on how to treat others and how to live out our academy core values. On Wednesday evening we welcomed nearly 200 parents/carers and students to our year 11 Preparing to Perform event.  Teachers from each subject area shared important information to support our students in the build up to their mock examinations in January.  Feedback was extremely positive and I would like to thank year 11 families for attending this event.  All subject presentations and handouts will be added to the website early next week – you will receive a text to confirm when they are available. Year group celebration lunches have taken place every day this week.  Students from each form have been invited to lunch with their Head of Year and Pastoral Manager– this is a reward for students who have been outstanding in a particular area, such as; attendance, positive attitude to their learning, LORIC skills and achievement points.  These celebrations will take place each half term.  Well done to all 86 students! We have been working hard reviewing and updating our website. The CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) section has lots of information regarding the support provided for each year group.  It also has a section specifically for you, our parents/carers.  Please follow the link and take some time to look at the wonderful opportunities your children are being offered at the academy. /1367/careers-education-information-advice-guidance-ceiag If you have any questions regarding CEIAG please contact Miss L Davies (louise.davies@sthelens.org.uk) As the days are getting colder and wetter, Kasia, our Chaplain has launched the ‘Collect A Coat’ appeal. If you have any old coats lying about the house that are too small for your children, or you have a new coat and the old one is taking up space, please bring it to the chapel!  Once we have a rail of coats, we can encourage students we see without a coat to come to the chapel and find one that fits! Students may borrow these coats at break and lunch to keep them warm and dry during the winter months. Year 8 parents – all year 8 reports have now been uploaded to the SIMS app. Please have a look if you haven’t already done so. Finally, we are busy planning events for December including dates for our whole school Christmas dinner and the ever popular Christmas jumper day.  I look forward to confirming arrangements in next week’s blog.  I have added important calendar events taking place from now until the end of December.   Monday 25th November Careers and Curriculum day Tuesday 26th November Journey of Hope parent session – Coping Strategies for Teenage Anxiety (delivered by Dr Blake, Educational Psychologist) 10.00am – 11.00am Tuesday 26th November Year 10 sports studies/science mock examination BBC bite size school tour y8/9/10 Thursday 28th November Executive student meeting 12.30pm – 1.20pm Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Music Concert – solo and ensemble performances by our talented students 6.00pm – 8.00pm Wednesday 4th December Year 7 Parents’ Evening Peter Pan Theatre trip 5.30pm-10.00pm Monday 9th December Christmas Markets 6.00pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 10th December Year 11 Mock Interviews Thursday 19th December Christmas services – St Peter’s Church Academy closes – 3.20pm Kindest regards,   Mrs Adams Head of School
Posted on: 15/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 10

Staff and students have had another busy week at the Academy and I would like to share a selection of events with you.  To keep up-to-date on a daily basis please follow our main Twitter account https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy.   I have also added a list of department twitter accounts at the end of my blog. During last week’s year group collective worship we welcomed Army veteran Sue Hughes to the Academy.  Sue was a nurse in the army and spoke movingly of her time in the armed forces.  She also volunteers with the veterans association. She shared the story of Ray, a 96 year old veteran who was one of the first soldiers on the beaches during the D-Day landings.  We would like to thank her for sharing her experiences with our staff and students.  On Remembrance Sunday, students from the Academy joined pupils from our local primary schools to take part in the Newton-le-Willows Remembrance Parade in Earlestown.  Kian (Year 10) laid a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the students, staff, parents and governors of Hope Academy. Kasia, our Chaplain commented that it was wonderful to see so many of our students, both in and out of uniform, involved in this special event.  On Monday 11th November at 11.00am the Academy fell silent to remember those who lost their lives during World War I and II and also those serving and caught up in armed hostilities around the world today. They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. The Year 7 Service this week was very well attended despite the weather.  Parents and carers were welcomed by our Principal & CEO, Mr Patrick Ferguson and the service was celebrated with Rev. Chris Stafford and Fr. Vincent Fedigan. The theme was ‘Let Your Light Shine’ and students read bible readings and prayers on this theme.  Miss McCulley and her form 7A shared a lovely reflection and it was wonderful to hear them share their own prayers and poems.  Families were also entertained with a solo from Grace Fisher in year 8, who sang a beautiful rendition of somewhere over the rainbow. Mr. Robinson, Head of Year 7, reflected on the last 9 weeks and shared a video of their Journey from transition day to present day. This can be found on the Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hopeclassof2024. The highlight of the service was when each year 7 student was blessed by both Rev. Chris and Fr. Fedigan, and lit their candle to let their light shine.  The candles had a uniquely decorated guard which each student had made during Inspire time. The Service ended with year 7 holding their lit candles and forming a semi-circle around their families. It was a very special evening for all involved. Further to last week’s blog and the continued onset of cold and wet weather you may wish to buy a school jumper.  Our uniform shop has a stock of grey Hope Academy jumpers costing from £15.00. You can order on-line or alternatively purchase uniform items from reception.  Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for winter when travelling to school.  Unless it is raining our students are encouraged to be outside during break and lunchtime. As you are aware I have recently asked for your support in completing a parent voice survey; we are pleased to share the very positive results and our intended actions for the future. You can view the summary here /1501/parent-carer-questionnaires-parent-voice.  We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. I would like remind parents of our Class of 2020 students about the Preparing to Perform evening on Wednesday 20th November.  A reminder letter was sent home yesterday and can be viewed on our website. (/249/letters-home).  This event will help your son/daughter to prepare for the mock examinations starting on Monday 6th January 2020   We will also be sharing lots of information which will support you and your child in the run up to the GCSES’s in May – just 20 school weeks away! Finally, you will have received an important text from us on Monday regarding a change in term dates.  We will now close for the Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.  The letter can be found in the letters home section of the website.  /249/letters-home   Kindest regards,   Mrs Adams - Head of School   @hopeclassof2020 @Hope_science @Hope_Music_Dept @Hopeclassof2021 @hope_religious @hope_careers @Hopeclassof2022 @Hope_drama @HopeAcademyPE @hopeclassof2023 @HopeHumanities @HopeChaplain @Hopeclassof2024 @dt_hope @Hope_Volunteers @Hope_englishKS3 @HopeArtsDept @FriendsofHopeA @Hope_Maths @Hope6thForm    
Posted on: 8/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 9

It's great to be back at the Academy after a well-earned rest for students and staff.  We have lots of events planned for this half term starting with our Year 7 Welcome Service on Wednesday 13th November at 6.30pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening.  If you have not already done so, please confirm your attendance by returning your reply slip to the Year 7 pastoral office. Due to the change in seasons and the onset of dark nights I would like to remind you of our adverse weather procedure.  The academy will remain open unless absolutely necessary to close it.  If the weather is too bad for the academy to open, a notice will be put on the academy website (www.hopeacademy.org.uk) and the Hope Twitter account (https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy).  A recorded message will be left on the academy’s telephone system and you will also receive a text message.  Wire FM and Wish FM will be notified and will put out regular bulletins. In the event that the academy needs to close during the course of the school day, you will be informed by text and by e-mail.  PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE ACADEMY UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Your child will be kept safe in school until you are able to collect them.  If snow settles on the ground, a route will be cleared from the road to the main entrance. With the change in weather in mind, please ensure your child is suitably dressed for winter when travelling to school.  Unless it is raining our students are encouraged to be outside during break and lunchtime. This is also an opportune time to discuss safety with your children now that evenings are getting darker.  Please remind them to: Encourage your child to return home before it gets dark Advise them to try and stay in well-lit areas, stay on main routes and avoid dark short cuts Make sure they advise you where they are going and what time they will return and to keep their mobile phones charged and with them Encourage your child to stay in groups rather than walking on their own They should inform you or a member of staff straight away if they see anything that makes them feel uncomfortable May I take this opportunity to remind you that uniform items are grey tights or white socks for girls; black tights or grey socks are not permitted.  Uniform items can be purchased from our Uniform Shop; we have winter PE tops available priced at £18.00.  Your sons/daughters are also permitted to wear sports skins underneath their Academy PE top during PE lessons.  Thank you for helping keep our students smart! We welcomed senior leaders from Archdiocese schools to the Academy this week as we launched Century Tech.  Century Tech uses learning science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to analyse how individual students learn best; it constantly adapts to provide support and challenges.  Year 10 students have been trained to use this powerful software and are currently using it to support their learning in science and English.  This exciting new resource will be extended to other subject areas and year groups during this academic year. During the holidays we have been reviewing, updating and adding information to our website.  We have added a new section in the curriculum area called subjects; you will find curriculum information for each subject and year group here /216/subjects.  We are also working hard creating a section on Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) which we will launch this half term. In my last blog I asked for your support in completing a parent voice survey; I would like to thank all the parents and carers who were able to take the time to complete the survey.  Your comments and feedback will form part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible opportunities for our students and ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’.  I look forward to sharing the positive results with you in next week’s blog. We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. Finally, I would like to share the following government link to parent guides relating to relationships, sex and health education which have been published by GOV.UK.  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812594/RSE_secondary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 24/10/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 8

We have come to the end of a very successful half term at the Academy.  Our students and staff have achieved so much during the last 8 weeks and I am sure they are looking forward to a well-deserved half term holiday.  Our Year 11 Executive Prefect team met for the first time on 8th October to help plan for the coming academic year.  They will be supporting and leading on key areas of our academy development plan including; student voice, student well-being, charity, sport and transition work.  They are a very committed and inspiring group to work with and we are looking forward to the opportunities that their hard work will bring to our student community. Students and staff continue to work hard daily to ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’. Can I please ask for your support in completing the parent voice survey using the link below. Your feedback will be used to celebrate good practice as well as helping us to focus on areas of priority. We are incredibly proud of our school community and we look forward to your engagement. Parent Voice link: Parent Voice - Hope Academy 2019 (Deadline: Monday 4th November) I am pleased to confirm that the Year 7 Welcome Service, which was postponed earlier this month, will now take place on Wednesday 13th November at 6.00pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening. During the next half-term we will be hosting the following events at the Academy: Remembrance Commemoration – Monday 11th November Year 7 Welcome Service, Retreats and Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 13th November, Monday 18th November, Wednesday 4th December Year 11 Prepare to Perform Event 1 – Wednesday 20th November Music Concert and Carols by Candlelight – Tuesday 3rd December and Monday 16th December We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. I would like to remind you about my recent letter regarding attendance which can be viewed on the website (Link to Letters Home).  The Academy attendance target is 97%.  As attendance is closely linked to academic success, please make sure your son/daughter is on target for 100% attendance by not taking holidays during term time and avoiding routine doctors and dental appointments during the academy day.  If you have any questions regarding attendance please do not hesitate to contact your child’s pastoral manager or head of year. Finally, I would like to thank you, our parent community for your continued support which is, as always, very much appreciated.   Kindest regards, Mrs M Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 17/10/2019

Head of School Blog - Weeks 5-7

Our community has experienced a difficult few weeks.  It was with great sadness that we informed students that Mr Brooker passed away on Tuesday 1st October.  Mr Brooker was a History teacher in his third year of teaching and was a much loved and respected member of our community.  He will be sorely missed by all at the academy.  We will be holding a staff memorial service on Wednesday 16th October to celebrate Mr Brooker’s life.  This will be led by Kasia and Rev Dr Chris Stafford.  We are also making arrangements for students to reflect and I look forward to sharing these plans with you. Staff and students have been sharing memories throughout the week, which we have sent to Josh’s family along with the many Mass cards and sympathy cards we have received.  We pray for Mr Brooker’s family and friends at this very sad time. I am pleased to inform you that Crusade, a group of extremely talented year 11 students, won the Plumbstock Battle of the Bands competition.  The event was held at the Tunza Centre in St Helens.  As winners, Crusade played a full set to open the Plumbstock Festival.  I think we will be hearing much more from this group in the very near future! Well done boys and thank you for representing the Academy and being ‘Outstanding in all we do.’ Mr Crook, Head of Year 9, had an extremely successful weekend playing in the Promotion Final for Oldham RLFC. The ‘Roughyeds’ ran out 18-14 winners in a nerve-jangling game which was their 11th win in 12 matches.  They have now achieved promotion to the Championship.  It was sadly his last game for Oldham as he moves on to pastures new taking on the role of Reserve Team Assistant Coach at St Helens RLFC.   Last year our students, led by Mr Kelly, researched, designed and produced pieces of artwork using images depicting the history of the Chat Moss line from the 1830s to 2019.  The project was designed to encourage children and young adults to understand and appreciate the historic relevance of the Chat Moss Line and showcase the newly refurbished Newton-le-Willows Station.  We have been informed that the impressive 20 metre piece of art, which is displayed at Newton Station, has been awarded second place in the Involving Children and Young People category at the Community Rail Awards 2019.  Congratulations to all the students who took part in the project and massive thanks to Mr Kelly for supporting them with their designs.  Mr Kelly was able to secure a copy of the artwork which is now displayed in the academy main entrance corridor.     Last week during year group collective worship, Mrs Hible (SENCo) spoke with students regarding World Mental Health Day.  It was a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.  Mrs Hible concentrated on how to manage stress in school, home and socially.  The Academy has a number of ways they support students with the pressures of life and they were asked to think of other ideas which they feel would support them further.  YoungMinds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.  To find out more about them click the following link https://youngminds.org.uk/ Finally, you will be receiving an important parent text this week regarding our updated Attendance Policy. Kindest regards Mrs M Adams - Head of School

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