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Posted on: 05/02/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 19

Introduction

After another extremely busy and successful week of remote and on-site learning we have ended the week with Screen Free Friday in support of Children’s Mental Health Week.  I hope your children have enjoyed taking part in the challenges and embraced the opportunity to be free of PC, laptop, tablet and mobile phone screens!

I am delighted to announce that we have made the following internal appointments to the Academy senior leadership team:

Assistant Principal – Mr Steven Clark

Associate Assistant Principal – Miss Amy Green, Mr John Hough, Miss Kirsty McCulley and Mr Steve Robinson. I’m sure you will join me in congratulating them on their new appointments.

Remote Learning:

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week.  It is important that we all look after children’s mental health by reducing the amount of time that they are spending looking at a screen.

We are very proud of the incredible amount of learning that our students have all been doing daily online.  Attendance to live lessons and the work our students have uploaded has been outstanding.

So today is a day where we have asked our students to shut down their computers and have asked them to participate in the challenges that we have set for them instead.

Our challenges include:

  • Launch of the 4 Week Challenge - The Road to Wembley
  • Poetry Challenge
  • Photography Challenge
  • Mindfulness Challenge
  • One Line Drawing Challenge
  • Kindness Challenge
  • Distortion Drawing Challenge
  • Flower Hope Challenge

We cannot wait to see all the student’s photographs of them competing in these challenges, please encourage them to upload their pictures to Inspire Tutors.  We will welcome their feedback from the day on Monday morning where they will complete their wellbeing survey as usual but also a few more questions about their day during Inspire Time.

Students on Site

The students we have on site at the moment have also been taking part in challenges for Children’s mental health week today. 

They have been taking part in challenges too all day off screen.  Some of their challenges have included:

  • Launch of the 4 Week Challenge - The Road to Wembley
  • Mindfulness Challenge
  • Movie Challenge
  • Flower Hope Challenge

Remote Learning

Kasia, our Chaplain has been collecting examples of work and created a video celebration – I hope you enjoy this week’s compilation.

Please continue to send in your photos of the great work your child is completing remotely, so that we can include this in our weekly celebration of successful learning.  Photos can be emailed to kasia.boydell@sthelens.org.uk

Student engagement continues to be good across all year groups.  Please make sure that you contact your child’s pastoral team if they are struggling to engage or are experiencing any barriers to learning.  We are here to help and support you and your children in exactly the same way as when we’re fully open.

Year Group

01.02.2021

02.02.2021

03.02.2021

04.02.2021

Year 7

98.6%

98.3%

97.6%

97.3%

Year 8

95.7%

97.7%

95.4%

96.1%

Year 9

91.3%

92.4%

91.2%

90.8%

Year 10

94.6%

93.3%

92.0%

93.7%

Year 11

95.0%

94.9%

93.8%

96.0%

Whole School

95.2%

95.6%

94.2%

94.9%

Exercise Books

Make sure you come and collect a new exercise book if your child has nearly filled their current one. We have stock available for you to collect from reception.  I look forward to sharing the locations of our ‘Resource Bus’ with you so that you don’t need to collect exercise books and items of equipment from the Academy – we appreciate that this is not possible for all our families. The ‘Resource Bus’ will make its first journey next week.

Sixth Form Centre and T-Level Launch

On Wednesday 3rd February we invited Year 11 students and their parents to the exciting launch of our sixth form offer for September 2021.  The event was well attended and received positive feedback.  The limited places available on both the Transition and Sports courses are already being filled.  The deadline for applications is Friday 19th March.  Further information is available HERE.

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team via email on hopesixthform@sthelens.org.uk

REMINDER - February Half Term arrangements

The government have announced that schools will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week.  Therefore, the Academy will close at 3.00pm on Friday 12th February and re-open on Monday 22nd February.

Educate Awards!

Last Friday, the PE department were involved in the Educate Awards following their nomination for the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School’ category. This is the second time the PE department has been shortlisted, following their nomination in 2018. Normally, the black tie and red carpet event takes place in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, however this year the awards were streamed live on YouTube. The PE team were honoured and immensely proud to be shortlisted once again, with their range of lockdown challenges, remote learning and extra-curricular provision highlighted as real strengths. The awards ceremony included schools from across the North West, with a host of performances, guest speakers and sponsors to entertain the thousands of viewers. Shortlisted within the category were fellow St Helens school Rainhill High and Ridgeway High from the Wirral. On the night, Hope Academy were announced as ‘Runner Up’, with Ridgeway High declared the winner. We are hugely proud of both staff and student efforts that contributed to being shortlisted and achieving runner up. With the challenges faced during this difficult period, our students have gone over and above with their live PE lessons and to remain physically active. Every day, they embody our main aim of creating a life-long love of physical activity and sport. The PE team would like to thank @Educateawards and @Liverpool_SSP for an outstanding awards evening.

REMINDER - Instructional Video Day – Wednesday 10th February 2021

On Wednesday 10th February, all timetabled lessons will be in the form of instructional videos. This will teachers involved in the year 10 Parent Consultation event. We have increased consultation appointment times to 4 minutes in response to parent and staff feedback therefore, allowing staff to prepare instructional videos for all classes will support them to prepare for this important event.  Student engagement will continue to be monitored and pastoral staff will contact parents where necessary.

Remote Learning Parent Voice - summary

Following the recent parent survey I have included a snapshot of your feedback.  The full results can be accessed HERE.

Year 9 Options

Options Evening was scheduled to take place at the Academy on Wednesday 17th March. As we do not know if schools will fully re-open by then I have taken the decision to bring the event forward to Wednesday 24th February. I will write shortly and explain the format of the event.  The Option booklet will be available on the website week beginning 8th February.  Click HERE to view timeline.

Careers Noticeboard

8th-14th February is National Apprenticeship Week.

During this week all year groups are participating in The BIG Assembly (9th Feb) during their period 2 classes and we also have an ‘Employability Workshop’ from IGD Feeding Britain’s Future for all Year 10, 11 and 13 students! This will run on Wednesday 10th February during their Period 3 lessons. Details on Satchel One!

There are some virtual events this week, find out more here:

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/naw2021/

https://nas.vfairs.com/

https://russellgroup.vfairs.com/

Careers opportunities don’t stop for half-term. Information about a number of virtual careers sessions with LFC have been placed on the Satchel One Noticeboard for students in years 10, 11 and 13. This is focused on Disability and Inclusion Careers – all free and taking place during half term!

As part of our Careers provision, we need help from you, our parents and carers! If you could spend a few minutes completing the Parent/Carer voice questionnaire, it would be hugely helpful in our mission to improve the information, guidance and opportunities we give our young people and their families. Click HERE to access questionnaire.