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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 8

I would like to start by congratulating our students on the incredible start that they have made to this academic year.  The resilience they have displayed and continue to display each day, along with their determination to succeed, is a credit to themselves and to you, their parents.  I wish all our school community a restful half-term break and encourage you to recharge your batteries for the term ahead.

COVID Update

We have received a number of parental requests for an update regarding the school’s vaccination for 12 to 15 year olds.  As I write my blog, we have not received an update form St Helens Local Authority regarding the proposed start date for the vaccination programme at Hope Academy.  The Department for Education has announced that NHS England will begin to offer 12 to 15 year olds the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine at local vaccination centres which will run in parallel to the in-school programme.  Children who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days will not be eligible to receive the vaccine. For further information click HERE.

I will update you before school re-opens on Monday 1st November regarding the wearing of masks in communal area and restrictions on visitors to the Academy.

Please ensure that your child continues to test every Sunday and Wednesday evening during the holidays.  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.

Year 7 Retreat and Welcome Service

I would like to thank Kasia and the Animate team for all their hard work organising and delivering retreat days this week. Kasia planned a beautiful welcome service with Rev. Chris Stafford and Fr. Benedict.  We were so pleased to welcome over 100 parents and carers who were able to join us - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Kasia has prepared the following summary of the retreat days and the service.

This week we have had the Year 7 Retreats, which culminated in the Year 7 Welcome Service on Thursday afternoon. The retreats were a time for Year 7 to step back from the everyday school life and take a moment to see how far they have come on their Hope Journey.  Students explored our Core values of respect, courage and ambition through interactive and fun games, looking at how they find Jesus in the everyday. Students saw how our Core Values can give us armour to cope with all the things life can challenge us with, and that we can ‘let our light shine’ throughout it all.

Our Welcome Service carried on this theme of ‘letting our light shine’, where we explored how each of us is called to stand up and share our gifts with our community and the world. I am so proud of the amazing start our Class of 2026 has made with us, and I have enjoyed getting to know them better over this past week!

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.  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’. Hopefully this year will be our year to win! The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place at the iconic Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 19th November. Good luck Team PE and thank you for all your hard work.

On 19th October the newly formed Year 7 Rugby team competed in the St. Helens school’s festival at Cowley High School. The team played brilliantly, winning 3 out of their 4 games. Stand out performances came from Ryan, Adam and Aaron. This outstanding team performance has made them the second seeded team from St. Helens and now qualify to compete in the North West Champion Schools competition.

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 and eclectic mix of music performed by our wonderfully talented students and you 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. 

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)

This week year 11 students watched an induction video from Wigan and Leigh College during inspire. They also had the opportunity to sign up for a taster day at Warrington & Vale Royal in November – we have over 100 students interested in attending so far!

Year 8 enrichment notice

Miss Davies is pleased to announce the launch of a new enrichment opportunity for year 8 students in collaboration with Amazon. It is a National Competition called AWS-Get IT and students can join in with sessions every Monday lunchtime in the Hope Centre after the half term break. The competition will enable students to work in competitive house teams to design a new app for young people. The top two teams will get entered into the National Competition alongside other schools. Get Involved!!!

Hope Houses and POINTS update

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

Hope Library News

Students are making good use of the library during breaks and lunches. The Year 7 Uno group has become a fixture and it is great to see students teaching new recruits how to play the game. Our library stock continues to grow. When we come back after half term, look out for our new set of gorgeous picture books for November Non-Fiction Month. Our Year 11 student librarians, Nikita and Rebecca will be running a Christmas book raffle after half term. The raffle prize is a festive themed copy of The Christmas Pig by J K Rowling and a selection box. Nikita and Rebecca will be selling raffle tickets to students across all year groups after half term. Students can get a free raffle ticket when they borrow a book from our library.

This week in our library lessons Year 7 students have continued to read Nowhere on Earth while starting to take on reciprocal reading roles of clarifier, questioner, summariser, and predictor. Students have also been doing an alien fact scavenger hunt! Students have enjoyed hunting around the library for books and have used their skimming skills to find the facts they needed from each book. Working in table groups, this task required cooperation within groups and there was a bit of friendly competition between groups too. We will continue with this after half term.

Year 8 students have continued reading Patron Saints of Nowhere while developing their skills as clarifier, questioner, summariser, and predictor. Students have been discussing the context of president Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines. They have also been creating a comic strip interpretation of events in the novel. We have some talented artists and storytellers! I am looking forward to seeing how creative our other Year 8 students are after half term.

Word of the Week – 1.11.21

Chaplain’s Blog

As we prepare for our half term break, let us remember how we are all called to let our light shine:

Matthew 5:14-16

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”


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