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Posted on: 20/09/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 3

Last week was an incredibly busy week at the Academy!

This week, we are going to be even busier in preparation for welcoming hundreds of visitors on Saturday 28th September from 9.00am to our Open Event. We are looking forward to meeting students from years 4, 5 and 6 and their families as they get to see all the wonderful opportunities we have on offer here at Hope Academy.

Our staff team and students are very proud to showcase the Academy and we have be inundated with requests from student volunteers to support our event. Our Head Boy, Ibrahim Miah and Head Girl, Lily Young will join the leadership team in delivering a presentation to prospective families about why we feel Hope Academy is a unique and special community to join.  They will be supported by the year 11 Executive Team and prefects who will be guiding families around the different activities and introducing primary students to our year 10 students who will be supporting in faculty areas.  I would like to thank all students in advance for volunteering their time to promote the Academy and for sharing their experiences with prospective students and their families.

Primary Roadshow

I have been very fortunate during the past two weeks to have had the opportunity to visit our family of primary schools to promote this Saturday’s Open Event.  Mr Robinson and I have taken two former pupils to each primary to speak with children and parents about their experiences during our transition programme and their first two weeks as Year 7 Hope students.   They have been outstanding ambassadors for their primary schools and now, of course, Hope Academy. It has been wonderful to spend time with them and listen to them answer questions with such confidence and enthusiasm.

An outstanding start for Year 7 (Class of 2024)

Our year 7 students have been with us now for 3 weeks and have settled into our Hope family extremely well. Their head of year Mr Robinson has commented “Year 7 have made an outstanding start to their Hope journey and proudly walk into the Academy every day with exceptional ambition and confidence. As our largest cohort of students, they have adjusted to the transition fantastically and have fully embedded themselves into Academy life through their lessons and extra-curricular involvement. Feedback from staff, parents and members of the community has been stellar, with a large number of students already representing the Academy for events such as the Primary Roadshows and the upcoming Open Morning and Welcome Service. We couldn't be prouder of our year 7's and we can't wait to see the outstanding Hope students they become.”

Extra-curricular Clubs and Societies at Hope and within our Newton Community 

We hosted our extra-curricular carousel in the Main Hall on Wednesday with students invited to learn about the amazing opportunities available at the academy and within the Newton community. Staff were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and number of students who are now signed up! You can see the array of activities on offer by visiting our website or clicking on the following link /436/clubs-societies. Two clubs are asking for your help - can you check your sheds and attics for un-used gardening equipment - spades, forks, plastic pots, seed trays etc? We would also be grateful for any musical instruments for our Irish Music group. Donations can be left at reception and will be gratefully accepted. If you have any questions please email hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk.

Show my homework and timetables

To support students with their organisation, all subject homework tasks are uploaded to SHOW MY HOMEWORK. Year 7 student and parent logins were posted home week beginning

9th September.  If you are experiencing any login issues please see instructions on our website /240/homework or alternatively email hope.homework@sthelens.org.uk .  You can also see homework timetables for years 7-11 on the website. /240/homework

Standards and Expectations - Punctuality

As I mentioned last week, students are to arrive on site by 8.30am each day so that they are ready to go to their Inspire rooms when the movement bell sounds at 8.35am.

Students who arrive after 8.40am are issued with a break time detention.  This system is having a positive impact on the start of our working day and I ask for your continued support in ensuring that your child arrives to the Academy, on-time and ready to learn.  Good time management during their secondary school learning journey will ensure your child is prepared for the future - employers do not accept lateness. Creating a culture of good attendance and punctuality is key to your child's future success.

Standards and Expectations - Jewellery

I would like to remind parents and students about our policy and expectations related to Jewellery.  We do not allow any jewellery to be worn apart from a wristwatch. Students should not wear earring or piercings - it is not acceptable to have procedures done at a time that would prevent your child from removing a piercing for school. The year group leaders will be reminding students once again this week about this. 

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Please come and join us this Friday for a hot drink and a slice of cake from 10.30am until 12 noon. Our Chaplain, Kasia and her team of student volunteers are looking forward to meeting you all. Our KS3 musicians are excited to be providing musical entertainment as you chat and enjoy the refreshments on offer. Students and staff are being encouraged to support the event by donating homemade or bought cakes. This is a great event for a very important charity and we are looking forward to welcoming families across all years to enjoy the morning with us.

Finally, here's to another exciting week at Hope Academy!

 

Mrs Adams

Head of School

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