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Posted on: 12/02/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 20

Introduction

Congratulations to all of our students (and to you, their parents) on a successful ‘remote learning’ half-term.  We are very proud and impressed by the attendance, engagement and commitment of our students. I would ask you to reassure your children not to worry when they hear or read reports on social media and in the press about the impact of the current ‘closure’ on their learning.  We have been working hard as a team to ensure that we have a robust plan in place to support students on their return in March.

Thank you!

We hope your children enjoyed last week’s Screen Free Friday in support of Children’s Mental Health week. Please make sure that any ‘Hope Flowers’ created are kept somewhere safe until we are able to welcome back our students as we will be creating a display in the main corridor to remind us of the importance of looking after our mental health. Here is a celebration of challenges students completed on Screen Free Friday.

As you are aware, Kasia, our Chaplain has been collecting examples of work each week to create a celebration of their work – I hope you enjoy this week’s compilation

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your children to access remote learning and encouraging them to follow their daily lesson timetable.  We appreciate that this has not always been easy as you may be working from home or travelling to your place of work as a keyworker.  Miss Gallagher has put together a THANK YOU from all the staff at Hope Academy.  Without your support we would not have been able to achieve what we have this half term.

#Respect

Our students were set a secret mission on Monday and have responded as we knew they would.  They were asked to send in messages of thanks to their teachers and inspire tutors who have supported them during remote learning – we were inundated with replies! (I advise tissues are on hand!)

We have celebrated ‘Lockdown Legend’ Remote Learning awards with all year groups today to acknowledge outstanding dedication and commitment to remote learning.  I hope each and every student enjoys their well-earned half-term break.  There may be a little surprise dropping through your letterboxes during the week!

Leadership Appointments

I am delighted to announce that following interviews on Thursday we have appointment Mr Joe Ellis as Vice Principal.  Mr Ellis will be joining our senior leadership team from Deyes High School in Liverpool.  I am really looking forward to working with Mr Ellis and continuing our journey to Outstanding!

Road to Wembley update

This week, has been the first week to complete the ‘Road to Wembley’ exercise challenge. The challenge is for both students and staff to exercise their way from Hope Academy across the UK to visit a host of different sporting landmarks and finish at the home of Football and this summer’s European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium. Or, even go beyond… Once they’re at Wembley, they can even exercise their way across Europe and to different locations such as the Nou Camp and the Alps Ski resort. Students and staff travel 1 mile for each minute of exercise that they complete over the next 4 weeks.  Towards the end of week 1, we have had some amazing submissions, with both staff and students exercising their way across the UK map. Well done to Mr Harrison, Miss Green, Mr Loeb and Mr Clark who have been posting their efforts on Twitter @HopeAcademyPE. Make sure to find all resources on Satchel One!

Careers Noticeboard

Well done to all students who engaged with National Apprenticeship Week! There have been so many opportunities for you! Let’s see what we have been up to:

  • The BIG Assembly was accessed across the academy on Tuesday 9th February along with hundreds of other schools across the country! The focus was about apprenticeships, traineeships, and other exciting career opportunities with a panel of experts! The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed it! If you would like to view the assembly on demand please visit: https://www.bigassembly.org/on-demand/
  • IGD Feeding Britain’s Future Employability Workshop was live for year 10, 11 and 13 on Wednesday 10th February. Students thoroughly enjoyed the live webinar with a number of experts from the food and grocery industry. The webinar included insightful information about joining the industry straight from school, what employability skills are needed and how the food we buy gets onto the shelves!
  • The Russell Group Virtual University Event also took place on 10th February which involved a large number of universities and included virtual tours of campuses and accommodation, student finance, courses and webinars on the purpose of EPQ qualification, how to apply, employability links and student life! If you missed it please visit: https://russellgroup.vfairs.com/ where you can view all the recorded events.
  • The National Apprenticeship Show was also on 10th February and all content can be accessed via the website for 30 days. Register here to find out more: https://nas.vfairs.com/
  • This week has also seen a number of events with Liverpool Football Club Foundation – these have been listed on the noticeboard on Satchel One for all Year 11 and 13 students. There are some webinars running next week including; Hospitality Industry and Disability and Inclusion Careers. To sign up please visit: www.lfcfoundation.eventbrite.co.uk
  • On 11th February Warrington and Vale Royal College offered our year 11 students a webinar on Apprenticeships – I hope those who attended found it very useful!

REMINDER TO ALL STUDENTS: There is a short survey on Satchel One for you to complete about all of the Careers activities you have participated in during this half term. Please complete it and thank you in advance!

Dates for your diaries:

1-6th March National Careers Week: https://nationalcareersweek.com/

This week will see assemblies and activities on Satchel One plus inspire sessions focused on Careers. Students will be accessing startprofile.com – our careers platform and there will also be a Careers Quiz and a competition! Watch this space!

You can get free careers resources here: https://ncw2020.co.uk/

Resource Bus!

Wednesday saw the first scheduled journey of our RESOURCE BUS and what a huge success it turned out to be.  Kasia and Mr Foy travelled to 8 different locations over a period of 3 very cold hours.  The bus will be out and about again on Wednesday 24th February for any stationary items your children may need.  Watch out for confirmation of locations and timing.