Latest NewsPosted on: 16/07/2021
Principal's Blog - Week 38
At the end of this penultimate week I would like to share details of events and celebrations we have planned for the final week of this academic year.
Graduation and Rewards Assemblies
Next week we will be celebrating student achievements during our annual awards ceremonies. Nominated students from each year group will gather together in the hall to celebrate the success of the past year. All students will receive a graduation certificate and will be celebrated during Inspire time. We will be focusing particularly on Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. Our students have been an inspiration during the past 12 months and we believe that each and every one of them has shone in a variety of different ways – we look forward to celebrating their uniqueness and achievements during this academic year.
Today every student has been given 2 test kits to bring home so that they are able to continue twice weekly testing during the summer break. It is really important to test to prevent the spread of COVID 19 following the relaxing of certain control measure on Monday 19th July. The academy strongly recommends students continue to wear a face covering in all communal areas of the Academy. Due to local rates of infection remaining high we strongly recommend students continue to wear a face masks in lessons and all communal areas of the Academy.
Dedicated school transport
From Monday 19th July all students, except those who are exempt, are still required to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport until further notice.
Year Future Focus Event – Wednesday 14th July
On Wednesday we hosted a virtual event for our year 10 students and their parents to prepare them for the start of year 11. If you were unable to attend the event, a recording of the main presentation can be found on our website. Individual subject presentations are also available. Click HERE
Class of 2026 – Year 6 transition
By Tuesday we will have visited each of our large feeder primary schools as part of their transition programme. We normally invite our new cohort to spend 3 days with us prior to their September start however unfortunately the need to keep all events ‘COVID safe’ has resulted in the revision of those plans. The Hope transition team have explored ‘all things Hope’ after which the children completed a transition project and finally had the opportunity to meet individually with their Head of Year Miss Houghton and Miss Brown who will be their Assistant Head of Year. Children have also visited the Academy for a tour. Tours were restricted to one primary school at a time to preserve bubbles. Children are also receiving a copy of Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide written by Matthew Burton. This bestselling back to school handbook will support each family as they continue their education journey to secondary school. Children have been asked to bring the book with them on their first day at Hope Academy in September.
We would like to thank our primary partners for working closely with us to ensure that we are still able to meet all the children before they join us in September – we are very proud to welcome the Class of 2026 to our Hope family.
During the summer holidays (26th July – 5th August) we will be hosting a 2 week summer school for 140 children from the Class of 2026. We have some 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.
Sports Week and Sports Day 2021 - Monday 12th – Friday 16th July
During PE lessons this week students have competed in different events including a tough mudder assault course. Inter-year fixtures have taken place each afternoon and during extra-curricular time. Year 7, 8 and 9 each had separate times for their sports day on Friday! The competition was fierce – well done to all the students who took part and especially the winners of each event who received a gold medal!
Word of the Week
Ten Tonne Challenge - COMPLETE! New Permanent Clothes Bank!
Thank you to everyone who donated clothing items to the Ten Tonne Challenge – the chapel was full! We managed to add 400kg to the total of clothing collected, which is a fantastic achievement! It was so successful, that we now have a permanent clothing donation bank in Hope Academy as part of the ‘Recycle 4 School’ Scheme. Please bring any clothes or paired shoes to the main reception in a bag!
CHAPLAINCY REFLECTION - PUBLIC SERVICE
Throughout this week during Inspire, we have been reflecting on the inspiring words, and actions, of sportsmen and women, and both pupils and staff have had the chance to get involved in different sporting activities! Today (Friday) saw the culmination of the week with our Sports Day for Years 7, 8 and 9.
Many sports rely on teamwork, showing us that working together as a team can help us to reach goals that, on our own, we would not be able to achieve. A great team knows that they can achieve more together than they ever could alone. We are Team Hope, and have achieved so much together this year, even with all the disruptions that have occurred because of the pandemic. As we begin to look forward to our summer, let us remember how far we have come together:
You have created us to strive for the best.
Help us to always work together as a team,
and remind us that sometimes we need team mates to help us to do things better.
May we not be afraid to ask for help when we need it,
and help us to realise that even when we feel alone,
You are always on our team, cheering us on.