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Posted on: 30/09/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 4

The weather may have tried to dampen things last week but it definitely didn’t affect the busy week of events calendared for our Hope Academy community.

Year 7 students were inspired by the awe and wonder of a MAD Science show, some students were even courageous enough to join in! The Science departments are offering the opportunity for students to join a MAD science club every Thursday from 3.20pm until 4.20pm starting on 17th October until 12th December. Please contact Mrs Crean for further information.

Year 9 students participated in an outdoor adventure residential at Rock and River in Ormskirk as part of their OCR National in Sports Studies. Students participated in a range of activities and despite the weather, they thoroughly enjoyed the new challenges on offer and engaged enthusiastically with the different activities. 

Year 10 students were given a full insight into what apprenticeship courses can offer them by Amazing Apprenticeships ahead of the National Apprenticeship Show in Bolton at the end of this month. Miss Davies has sent a letter home to parents with more details of a potential visit for interested students. 

We are very excited to announce that we introduced a new teaching and learning software programme called Century Tech with our year 10 students on Wednesday. Century Tech is a powerful resource which uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience.  The programme allows students to learn on a bespoke pathway and can be used as a home learning tool so that students can work independently to fill their gaps in knowledge.

We were inundated with donations of cakes from students, staff and the local community for our wonderful Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday.  Despite torrential rain, the event was a huge success and we raised over £400.  Visitors were beautifully entertained by our very talented musicians and a lovely time was had by all.

Our academy is literally bursting with talented students and on Friday four year 11 boys, more commonly known as ‘Crusade’ are representing us in the Plumbstock Battle of the Bands competition at the Tunza Centre in St Helens.  Other schools in the local area will also be represented.  Good luck ‘Crusade’ from all the students and staff at Hope Academy.

On Saturday, we welcomed nearly 700 visitors within a four hour period! Students and staff worked incredibly hard to ensure potential students and their families left the event feeling inspired. I look forward to sharing some of the feedback with you in next week’s blog. Our Head boy, Ibrahim and Head Girl, Lily were the headliners for the day, their presentations were simply outstanding. They are amazing ambassadors for our school community and embrace our core values in everything they do. A huge number of student ambassadors volunteered their time to support the event, many leading tours and activities within the faculties. They all interacted confidently with parents and students and spoke about the academy with great pride. We will be organising year group events during lunch over the next two weeks to show our appreciation of their dedication and support.

This week we are welcoming new year 7 parents to attend one of the most special events of the academic year. The welcome service will see each of our students blessed alongside their Inspire teacher as well as year 7 students courageously leading parts of the service. It’s a beautiful evening which celebrates our Christian values and gives our new families an opportunity to come together to celebrate the start of their child’s secondary learning journey.  The event starts at 6.30pm, year 7 students should arrive by 6.00pm.  Refreshments will be available before the service.

Punctuality was excellent last week, can I thank parents/carers for your support. I will be sending a letter via the Sims app this week regarding our expectations related to attendance and also information about absence penalty notices.  The LA and academy are committed to providing the best possible future for your child.


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