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Posted on: 02/07/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 36

As we are now entering the final few weeks of what has been an academic year full of twists, turns and surprises. Team Hope are looking forward to celebrating our amazing students and their successes as we progress to the end of term.

COVID-19 Update

As you are aware, we are currently testing students in school once per week with a further test being conducted at home. The recommended timetable is below:

Testing in school day                      Recommend test at home day

Year 8 Monday                                  Thursday

Year 7 Tuesday                                 Friday

Year 10 Wednesday                          Sunday

Year 9 Thursday                                Sunday

We have had one positive lateral flow test in school and a small number from home testing this week. We will continue to ask students to wear face coverings in classrooms as well as communal areas to reduce the possible spread via non-symptomatic students or teachers. Please continue to support our additional control measure as this helps to keep our community safe and our children and teachers in school.  Click here for latest update for St Helens area. We are working closely with St Helens Test and Trace team to monitor positive cases on a daily basis.

Can I please ask that you do not let your child conduct the ‘at home’ tests on their way to school.  We have had reports that some students are conducting tests on school buses. The bus company had to remove their bus from service this week as a student had completed their test on the way to school and disposed of the testing kit on the floor.  Please remind your children of their responsibilities whilst our in the community.

Year 10 Mock Examinations and Future Focus Event

Year 10 have completed their mock examinations this week and I am really pleased to report that they conducted themselves wonderfully during what has been their first experience of ‘examination conditions’  We look forward to sharing their results with you before the end of term.

Save the date! You will receive information next week about the Future Focus event on Wednesday 14th July.

 

Graduation 2021

Graduation ceremonies will take place within the last week of this term. Further information to follow.

Year 7 - Monday 19th July

Year 8 - Tuesday 20th July

Year 9 - Wednesday 21st July

Year 10 - Thursday 22nd July

Relationship and Sex Education Policy (RSE)

We are currently reviewing our RSE policy (click HERE to access draft) and are consulting with you as parents and asking for feedback about the RSE curriculum. If you wish to submit feedback on this policy please email hopeacademy@sthelens.org.uk  

Year 5 Ethos Days

Year 5 Ethos days are a very important and enjoyable annual event.  Although this year we are unable to welcome our feeder primary schools to the Academy it has not stopped us preparing and delivering exciting PE, drama and RE sessions based around our core values of Respect – Courage – Ambition. We also had an ‘Introduction to the Day’ and Collective Worship delivered by our Chaplain Kasia. Pupils have had so much fun learning about our Values and feeding back about their experience and we’ve seen some brilliant qualities shine through! We look forward to them being part of Hope’s Class of 2027!

We would like to thank our primary partners for their very warm welcome.  The children have been a credit to their schools and have responded so positively to each session.  Their energy has been infectious – Miss Cosgrove and Mrs Banks have returned after every drama session totally buzzing!  I would like to thank Kasia, drama, PE and RE staff for their hard work planning and delivering the sessions.

Class of 2026 – Year 6 transition

From 5th until 13th July we will be visiting each of our large feeder primary schools as part of their transition programme.  We would normally be welcoming the children to spend 3 days with us but unfortunately the need to keep all events ‘COVID safe’ means that we have had to revise our plans.  The Hope transition team will spend time talking about ‘all things Hope’ after which the children will complete a transition project and then have the opportunity to meet individually with their Head of Year Miss Houghton Miss Brown who will be Assistant Head of Year.  Children will also have the opportunity to visit the Academy for a tour on an allocated evening – this is being grouped by primary school to preserve bubbles.  Children will also receive a copy of Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide written by Matthew Burton. This bestselling back to school handbook will support each child as they continue their education journey to secondary school.  Children need to bring the book with them on their first day at Hope Academy in September.

 

We are really looking forward to the next few weeks and are very proud to welcome the Class of 2026 to our Hope family.

 

Summer School

During the summer holidays (26th July – 5th August) we will be hosting a 2 week summer school for up to 140 children from the Class of 2026.  We have a wide range of fantastic fun and educational activities planned as well as off-site trips.  I look forward to sharing a review of summer school with you in September.

Below is a draft summary overview of some of the wonderful activities we have planned.

Summary of CATs, reading and maths testing

Students have recently completed end of year assessments and examinations in each of their subject areas.  In addition to these “in school” assessments, students in Years 7-10 will also be completing the following “Nationally Standardised” tests over the next two weeks.

These tests are important as they give us the ability to measure the progress of our students in comparison with students nationally in the key areas that make a difference to achievement – this enables us to pinpoint students who may need further support or challenge.

Students take the New Group Reading Test as at they join us in year 7, then annually, to enable us to monitor reading levels – which are vitally important to ensure that they can access the curriculum and ultimately perform to the best of their ability in their GCSE exams.

Students also take the Maths Progress Test at the start of year 7, then annually, to enable us to monitor their mathematical development.

CAT4 is an assessment of students reasoning abilities in areas known to make a difference to learning and achievement – namely verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning.  Students take this test as they join us in year 7 we are now following this up with testing in years 9 and 10 as they provide us with an accurate analysis of potential student achievement. 

The testing schedule is below:

 

Class 2022

Year 10

5th July

Class 2023

Year 9

6th July

Class 2025

Year 7

12th July

Class 2024

Year 8

13th July

New Group Reading Test (NGRT)

P

P

P

P

Maths Progress Test

 

P

P

P

CAT4 Test

P

P

 

 

There is no necessity for your child to do any preparation at home for this testing.

Sports Week and Sports Day 2021 - Monday 12th – Friday 16th July

Inspire a love for physical activity and develop physical literacy to enable lifelong participation!

During PE lessons next week we will focus on competition and fun including a tough mudder assault course.  Inter-year fixtures each afternoon and during extra-curricular time.  We will focus on sport, health and wellbeing during Inspire and collective worship which will be led by PE staff.

Friday

9th July

Monday

12th July

Tuesday

13th July

Wednesday

14th July

Thursday

15th July

Year 8

Football

Netball

Year 10

Football (Mixed)

Year 7

Boys – Football

Girls - Netball

Staff Sports

Year 9

Football

Netball

Basketball

Sports day will take place on Friday 16th July.Full details will be shared with students next week. The order of the day is as follows:

9.10:10.10am

10.40:11.40am

11.50:12:50pm

2.00:3.00pm

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Reading Challenge

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