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Posted on: 05/11/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 8

I hope you all enjoyed a restful half-term break; Students have returned full of energy ready for another busy half-term.  I look forward to sharing news and events and celebrating student successes with you.

12-15 covid vaccination at Hope Academy

We have been advised by St Helens Immunisation Team that they will be coming into the academy later this month as part of the 12-15 COVID vaccination programme.  Please click HERE to read the letter to parents.  To enable your child to receive this vaccine in school, you will need to complete the electronic consent form by SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER. The electronic consent form is embedded into the letter.

If consent is not completed and your child approaches the school-aged immunisation team whist they are at the Academy and they express a wish to be vaccinated, you will be contacted at a later date to discuss you and your child’s wishes. Please be reassured that the COVID-19 vaccine will not administer to your child in this instance.

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

Thank you to all the parents and students who were able to attend the preparing to perform event on Wednesday.  Recordings and presentations will be uploaded to the website today for those who were unable to attend.  We will also be updating the revision advice section on our website to support students as they prepare for their mock examinations starting on Monday 29th November.  Mr Clark has shared lots of useful revision advise with Year 11 during Inspire sessions.  Please do not hesitate to contact the year 11 Pastoral team if you need any help or support.  Click HERE to access recording and presentations.

Year 11 Mock Examination Timetable – 29th November

Click HERE to access mock examination timetable and draft Summer GCSE timetable.

Homework at Hope Academy:

Homework helps students by complementing and reinforcing classroom learning, fostering good lifelong learning and study habits, and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.

Regular homework contributes to the development of self-responsibility, independent learning and resilience in children. It is a valuable means of supporting understanding and communication between home and school.  It also provides the opportunity for parents / carers to interact positively with their children and be involved with their learning journey.

At Hope we use Satchel One for all students and parents to monitor homework tasks set by their teachers.

We would welcome your opinions and thoughts regarding student homework at Hope Academy. Please complete the survey by clicking on the following link by Friday 12th November.

Uniform Standards

We appreciate that during school holidays students may have their nails painted or have false nails put on, but can you please ensure that your child’s nails are natural, and any nail varnish is removed before returning to school following a holiday period. Also, no jewellery is to be worn apart from a wristwatch.

Sporting Update

On Wednesday 3rd November, our year 7 and 8 girls school football teams participated in the Wigan Athletic EFL Utilita u13s Girls Cup at the Academy. This was a great experience for the girls who showed great passion and courage throughout the matches and our Year 7 team went on to reach the quarter final but unfortunately lost 2-1 against a very good side. The girls should be very proud of themselves and we look forward to attending the tournament again next year.

Christmas Market and Music Concert – Tuesday 14th December

The Enrichment programme - launch imminent!

Students in years 7-9 have received invitation letters via Satchel:One inviting them to attend a programme of enrichment sessions. Some parents will also have received the letter via e-mail.  The sessions will be focussing on small projects which will help to improve students’ LORIC skills in different ways.  Each student will have the opportunity to take part in the full range of sessions available during the academic year.  Please encourage your child to take part in this programme.  If you have any queries, please e-mail

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!

Hope Houses and POINTS update

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

Hope Library News

This week in our Library lessons Year 7 have continued reading Nowhere on Earth and developing their reciprocal reading skills. They have enjoyed doing a scavenger hunt for facts about aliens. This activity has tested students’ skills in working as a group as well as their fact-finding and reading skills. There has been quite a split of opinion about whether aliens exist or not and what they look like!

Year 8 students have been reading Patron Saints of Nothing. They have been creating comic strips about the war on drugs in the Philippines which is a central theme in the novel. This has tested their summarising skills as well as revealing some fantastic graphic artists!

Our Year 11 student librarians, Nikita and Rebecca have been out and about selling raffle tickets for the Christmas Book Prize draw. Students can buy a ticket for 20p when the girls come round during form time or from the library. Students get a free raffle ticket when they borrow a book from our library. We have new fiction, information and comic novels so do come in and have a look. This runs to 19th December and the prize is a copy of The Christmas Pig by J K Rowling and a selection box. A perfect combination of chocolate and reading!

We have been busy during break and lunchtimes. As well as book borrowing, some students have been working on a short short story for the Young Writers Twisted Tales competition. The 100-word limit is quite demanding but it has been great to see our student writers working together to edit their work. There is also now a girls Uno group – watch out boys!

We have invaded the canteen area this week with our new Hope library weekly newssheet! This is designed to give students some news articles to read and to spark discussion. COP26 was our top news item this week.

Word of the Week

Student Book Review