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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

 

 

 

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