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Posted on: 07/02/2020

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

 

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

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

 

 

 

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