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Posted on: 15/10/2021

Principal's Blog Week 7

As we come to the end of the penultimate week of this half term, I am really pleased to share with you news and events from around the Academy.

Inset Day

A polite reminder that school closes for the half-term holidays on Thursday 21st October – Friday 22nd October is a Staff Inset Day.

COVID Update

Information was shared with you last week with regards to increased COVID-19 measures within the Academy which came into force on Monday. I am pleased to confirm that the number of confirmed cases has not risen, and St Helens Public Protection Team are happy that the measures are working well.  We will continue with these increased measures until we break up for the half term holiday when I will meet again with St Helens Public Protection Team.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and also thank our wonderful students for taking the changes in their stride.  Last week’s letter can be accessed HERE

Please make sure your child continues to bring a mask to school and also tests 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 test and not just reply on a negative LFT.

Year 7 Retreat and Welcome Service

The Year 7 Retreats will take place at the Academy week beginning 18th October, finishing with our Year 7 Welcome Service on Thursday 21st October at 2pm!  Students will take part in a full day retreat on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with Animate. 

The Welcome Service will take place in our main Hall at 2.00pm.  Parents/Carers are invited to attend. To ensure that we can safely accommodate the service, this will be limited to one representative from each family.  Please complete the booking form to indicate your attendance. Click HERE to access booking form.  The service is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know our Year 7s that little bit better, and for us to formerly welcome them and you to our Hope Family.

Year 11 Preparing to Perform Event 1 – Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

We will be holding our first preparing to perform event for year 11 parents and students during the first week of the new half-term.  This event will be held virtually but if we are able to, we will move this to a live event at the Academy.  An information letter has been emailed to parents/carers and the booking form can be accessed HERE.

Sporting Update

I am very pleased to confirm that our amazing PE team have once again been shortlisted for this years Educate award - ‘Outstanding commitment to sport in secondary school’.  Good luck Team PE and thank you for all your hard work.

Last week was a busy sporting fixture week as you can see from the results below:

On Monday Y10/11 Girls Rugby started the week with a victory over Rainford (12-4). Tuesday saw our Y10 boys attend a Rugby League tournament at Cowley High School. As the tournaments was a festival of Rugby and not a competition results were not recorded.  On Wednesday the Y8 Girls Netball team beat St Cuthbert’s with both our A and B teams winning their games and Y8 Boys Football also took part in the St Helens Football Festival. Finally on Thursday Y8/9 Girls Football team played in the English Schools Cup against Wirral School.

Clubs and Societies Launch

Following Wednesday’s launch, we have had 1,128 sign ups so far from our students in a large variety of clubs and societies.  Clubs will start from Monday 18th October. If you child missed out on the launch event there is still time to sign up – just go and see the member of staff leading the club.  The most up to date list can be found HERE.

Save the Date!!

Tuesday 14th December - with Christmas only 10 weeks away why not add the date to your diary and join us at our Christmas Market and Music Concert. You can enjoy an eclectic mix of music performed by our wonderfully talented students and you may find those last few elusive presents! We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to book a stall, please e-mail or telephone 01744 671930.  

Harvest Foodbank Appeal

The foodbank will be collecting our donations on Tuesday. If you would like to bring in any last-minute items, please bring them in by the end of Monday.

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


Hope Library News

This week our Hope library has been a hub of activity both in and out of library lesson times. Students have been coming in at break and lunch to find books and to have a sit down and a read. There has also been some book blether going on, especially around our last book of the week, Coraline! Students are very willing to get involved in running the library and there are always plenty of offers to help tidy shelves and help to create new book displays. Students have been enjoying the cosy reading corner. It was lovely to see some students reading fairy tales out loud to each other – I was very tempted to sit down and listen too. We have even had an impromptu Uno club start up!

Year 7 students have been continuing to read Nowhere on Earth. They have been finding out how to survive the Alaskan wilderness. From our discussions we have discovered that we have some survival experts in Year 7 – watch out Bear Grylls!

Year 8 students are continuing to read Patron Saints of Nothing. Students have been comparing a real-life experience of being Filipino-American with the fictional version represented by the character Jay in the novel.

In the library lessons next week, we will continue to develop reciprocal reading skills while enjoying reading both novels. Year 7 will be using a range of written resources in the library to complete a scavenger hunt for facts about aliens. Year 8 will look at the war on drugs in the Philippines context and be creating a comic strip version of events so far in Patron Saints of Nothing. I can’t wait!

Word of the Week

Book Review – Awaiting Joanne Ashcroft

Chaplain’s Blog


Have you ever found yourself not knowing what to say when someone cheerily said, “How are you?” Perhaps you felt awful, but didn’t like to say so?

A friend of mine had this experience once. She decided to be honest and said that she felt terrible. The reply back to her was “Oh – that’s good!” Sometimes it’s difficult to listen to others when they’re in need of help, but this week we have been looking at Mental Health Awareness and finding out ways we can look after ourselves and others.

Unlike God, human beings cannot see what is in someone’s heart – unless they share their thoughts. However, if we ask, we need to be ready for honest answers, and honest answers make vulnerable people more vulnerable. If we join in with God, in searching out one another’s vulnerabilities, we need to get more like him in loving and accepting what we find.

There is a practice in Japan of mending broken pieces of pottery with melted gold. This makes the pottery stronger and even more beautiful than before. I’m sure we have all experienced being cracked and broken at some stage. How can we mend ourselves like the pots so that we can come back stronger?

Psalm 139:1 reads “O Lord, you have searched me and known me”.

God loves us and really knows us, scars and all.

Help us to be comfortable with who we are, sharing our vulnerabilities and offering sincere help to those who need it.



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