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Posted on: 08/10/2021

Principals blog - week 6

A letter has been e-mailed to you today regarding increased COVID-19 measures within the Academy.  We have experienced an increase in confirmed positive cases and following a meeting with St Helens Public Protection Team, we have made some changes to school practices which are detailed in my letter which can be accessed HERE.  Please make sure your child is testing every Sunday and Wednesday evening – further test packs are available from year group offices.  If one member of your family tests positive via PCR but siblings test negative via LFT it is advisable for the whole household to get PCR tested and not just reply on a negative LFT.

By taking action now we can break these chains of transmission and return to lower case rates.

Year 11 Parent Consultation Event.

Due to the increase in Covid cases, we unfortunately had to change our year 11 parents evening from onsite to via the Schoolcloud. Can I thank you for your support in this matter as I know you will have been looking forward to meeting with your child’s teacher face to face as much as we were looking forward to welcoming you here.

In order for us to improve any future events, can you please take a moment to complete the short survey below:

Open Morning celebrations

This week, students from all 4 Houses have been celebrated for their contribution and support during our recent Open Day. Students enjoyed a hot chocolate and some treats to thank them for their help for welcoming potential new students and their families to the Academy. We are very grateful to them all for giving up their spare time.

Also this week, students with the highest Reward Points across the Academy have been rewarded with a special lunch as we remember and celebrate the lasting legacy of our special and much-loved colleague Mr Brooker. Mr Brooker was always positive and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the successes of our students, therefore we thought it fitting that students are celebrated, two years on, in loving memory of Mr Brooker.

Year 7 Retreat and Welcome Service

The Year 7 Retreats will take place week beginning 18th October, culminating in our Year 7 Welcome Service on Thursday 21st October at 2pm!

Our students will take part in a full day retreat on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with Animate. The Animate Team are a group of young people aged between 18 and 25 who live in community and work with young people in the Diocese. They have led retreats at Hope Academy for a number of years.

During the Retreat day, students will engage in fun and interactive ways with our Core Values of Respect, Courage and Ambition. They will also explore how they can live out these values in their time at Hope Academy and beyond.

Students will also prepare for their Welcome Service by creating images to show how they can ‘let their light shine’ and bear witness to the gifts and talents they bring to our community.

The retreats and Welcome Service are always a wonderful time for us to get to know our Year 7s that little bit better, and for us to formerly welcome them to our Hope Family. We look forward to the event and also to welcoming our Year 7 parents too!

Harvest Foodbank Appeal

Thank you so much for those who have already donated to our foodbank appeal. In just one-week students have already donated a fantastic amount, which will be an enormous help to families in our local area. We will be collecting until the last week of term, so any non-perishable food or hygiene items that you can spare will be gratefully received.

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award!

During our Open event, I had many visitors to the D of E stand to have discussions about the programme.  It was amazing to hear how many of our parents have completed the award and how it was a great experience for them and the memories they still have from their expedition.

Since then, I have had many questions from our students about how they can get involved.  The programme will be launched after half term with Year 9 and year 10 students.

Staff are also talking about it and how they want to be involved…So your experience of D of E, will be guided by people you already know and trust to give you the right advice.

I am so excited to bring the programme back to Hope after all the disruption over the past 18 months and I am looking forward to opening the wider community to our students.  We currently have an expedition planned for 16th October with the current year 11, so they can complete the award prior to them leaving us in the Summer.

There are many benefits to completing the D of E programme…are you ready for them? 

Please see Mrs Crean in Science for further information.

Road Safety

Can I politely remind you to be considerate of our local community when dropping off and collecting your children from school.  There has been some incidents of dangerous parking on the academy site and in surrounding areas.  Please do not block the crossing at the front entrance or any of the exit and entry roads or park up on footpaths.  This request is made to keep your children safe as they enter and exit the site.

Weekly Careers Update

Please click HERE to read this week’s Careers Newsletter.  If you have any questions or need support, please email Miss Davies or Mr Wignall.  (Careers Leader) or  (Careers Advisor)

Hope Houses and POINTS update

The current House standings, for Reward Points, this week are as follows:


House & Position

Total Reward Points

1: Corrymeela


2: Taizé


3: Othona


4: Iona


A huge well done to Corrymeela House who have jumped into first place this week and Taizé House who have moved into second place!

Hope Library News

This week in our Library Lessons Year 7 have been reading Nowhere on Earth and finding out about how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Students have been bringing their own knowledge of camping and the outdoors to our discussions. We have been using our new knowledge of survival techniques to explore the characters’ responses to being stranded in the Alaskan wilderness following a plane crash. Year 8 students have continued to read Patron Saints of Nowhere. They have been exploring Filipino-American culture to understand the character Jay, a Filipino boy living in America, and to compare real life experiences to literary representations. Students have been creating a Fakebook status page to summarise events so far and to identify how a character might be feeling at this point in the story.

Book Review

We have had a delivery of new books this week! From Marcus Rashford and the Guinness Book of World Records 2022 to Coraline and Code Name Bananas, our new books have been flying off the shelves. Look out for more new books over the coming weeks.

Word of the week

Chaplain’s Blog

I have been blown away by how many students have answered the call to feed the hungry. Thank you for supporting our Foodbank Appeal; it will make such a difference to so many people’s lives in our community. If you are struggling to buy food, please contact us, as we are able to give foodbank vouchers to families in need.

This week has also been a week of celebration as we were able to say ‘thank you’ to all the pupils who helped out on our Open Day on the 25th September! Over two days, pupils have been able to come to the chapel to have a treat of hot chocolate, toast and sweets. It’s been wonderful to see so many happy faces! We are also remembering Mr. Brooker on his 2nd Anniversary by using his legacy to celebrate the top achievement point winners in each house with a lunch on Friday in the Hope Centre. Mr. Brooker loved pizza, so that will be the food of choice to say ‘well done’.

Let us end this week in thanksgiving:


Thank you for seeing us through this week.

Thank you for the love and grace you’ve shown us

and for the many ways you’ve blessed our lives.

Help us to love others with your love and kindness

and to be a source of kindness, comfort and encouragement to those around us.


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