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Castle Manor Academy Spring 2014 Newsletter 2 5th April 2014

Easter is upon us and now is an excellent time for students (and staff) to relax, recuperate and prepare themselves for the busy Summer Term. This coming term will see many students sitting exams, some of which have started already, many taking on new challenges and will see every member of our community taking on new experiences to make themselves feel proud. Partnership Leadership Team Meet & Greet - 6th May 2014 We will be hosting two informal sessions to meet with our extended Partnership Leadership Team. The events will be informal gatherings for tea, cake and a brief chat with leaders Easter is a time of change and for us a time to welcome lots from all three schools in the Castle of new staff to our partnership. It is also a time for us to say Partnership Academy Trust. goodbye to five members of staff. Ms Saddique will be leaving us These events will provide the perfect to join a school in South London, Mr Wills is leaving us to help an opportunity to talk informally about exam board create a new ICT curriculum and Ms Latto will also the excellent work that the Castle be joining an exam board. Additionally Mr Kimber left us during Partnership Academy Trust is doing the term and Mrs Cooper is starting her maternity leave. We wish to improve education in Haverhill and each of them every success in the future. beyond. I hope you enjoy your Easter break and we all look forward to 3:15pm - Place Farm Primary welcoming you back on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Academy, Playground/Hall Matthew Gibson 5:30pm - Castle Manor Academy, Head of School Business & Training Centre This newsletter is full of just a small selection of the excellent activities that have taken place this term, each of which gives us an opportunity to “Feel proud”. You will read about the trips, lessons, community events, opportunities and successes that make our community such a happy, vibrant place to be.


We have now finalised our plans for supplying uniform following the closure of Morley’s Leisurewear. Uniform will now be supplied via KiiWii clothing either online or at regular popup shops locally. KiiWii clothing have been supplying Place Farm Primary Academy for some time and work hard to ensure excellent quality, superb customer services and excellent value for money. Uniform will be available from a dedicated website ( from 28th April. They will also run their first pop-up shop at our next ATD day on Tuesday 29th April. At this event they will take orders for uniform items, to be delivered directly to your home as soon as it is ready, or to be collected from school on a set date. They will carry a full range of clothing to allow students to try on items. In the future these pop-up shops will also allow you to take uniform away on the day. We will run support sessions for parents to help with placing orders and using the website next term. We welcome any feedback and should you have any questions regarding this new service or the uniform in general please email

Feel proud

Suffolk’s Greenest School Castle Manor Academy has been recognised as Suffolk’s Greenest School for 2014. Staff and Students from the Eco committee attended an awards ceremony at Snape Maltings on Friday 28th March to mark the occasion. RSPB Minsmere The Suffolk Greenest County Awards started with a locally sourced Students spent the morning lunch in the Snape Maltings Oyster Bar. Students tucked into blue of the award ceremony at cheese and squash tartlets, local fish cakes and pork terrine, with RSPB Minsmere. The morning organic side salads. Encouraged by their teachers to try the grown gave them an opportunity to up menu and enjoy the experience, students tucked in and especially build Dens, visit the beach and enjoyed the chocolate layered mousse and cheese tartlets! consider the environment around Once in the auditorium students listened to key speaker Lord Deben us. An excellent introduction who spoke of the need for Suffolk to continue in its excellent efforts to to celebrating the excellent think green and embrace all things ecological. Following the key note ecological work around Suffolk. speech the “Greenest School” was announced first, with Castle Manor Academy’s animal garden, Eco Committee and plans to improve their local environment winning the judges over! The judging panel at Suffolk’s Greenest County awards were particularly impressed with the way Castle Manor had rehomed rescue animals such as the OAP guinea pigs and 8 battery hens. They were also impressed by the way the responsibility for the care of the animals had become part of daily routine. Students and staff were delighted to be recognized as Suffolk’s Greenest School and were pictured smiling, full of pride, with the award sponsor from Bauber. Mrs Baldwin, Lead Teacher for the Outside Learning Project, thanked the staff and students at Castle Manor Academy for their continued efforts and support in making their academy a greener place to be. She was pleased with the award “The students have put a lot of effort into this project. Their is always a huge number of volunteers to help make the academy a brighter, greener place and to look after all of our animals.” Mrs Baldwin pledged that their hard work and commitment to eco issues would continue. Mrs Baldwin also thank the Academy’s various benefactors “We couldn’t have done this without the help of our community, especially those at Community Action Suffolk, Paugers Plants, Alison Findlay from the Royal Horticultural Society and Kiiwii clothing for supporting their Eco projects.” Madeleine Vigar, Principal of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust was pleased with the result “Projects like this are the life blood of our academies and provide excellent learning opportunities for our young people. I cannot fail to smile each day when I walk past and see our youngsters engaged with their local environment.”

Rocket Scientists

Castle Manor A c a d e m y ’ s Science Team hosted two afternoons of rocket building with Year 4 students from Place Farm, Burton End, Clements and St Felix primary schools during National Science and Engineering Week. Nearly 200 students designed built and flew Stomp Rockets in and around the main hall at Castle Manor. Made from pipe insulation and powered by a hefty stomp on a 2 litre drinks bottle, the students were able to reach distances of up to 14 metres! Team Leader for Science, Gareth Marks, was pleased with the events and the efforts of the budding young scientists “We have had some really exciting sesisons with the Year 4 pupils and seen some excellent thinking. We had fun and learnt a little about the scientific process too.” Mr Marks is encouraging other youngsters to get involved too “We made our rockets out of scrap material and we think you can do the same too. Why not give it a go over Easter?” Stomp rockets can be bought from many different retailers but all of the parts could be found around the home or are available for a few pounds in a hardware shop. Castle Manor Academy are encouraging you to have a go yourself over the Easter break! You will need: • A 2 litre fizzy drink bottle • A piece of foam pipe insulation about 20cm long • An egg box • A piece of plastic or rubber hose about 15mm in diameter and 60cm long • Cardboard to use as fins and wings • Sellotape First job, ask a responsible person to make a hole in the lid of the drinks bottle and push the rubber tube through the hole. There needs to be a tight fit between the lid and the hose (a glue gun could be helpful here). Seal one end of the pipe insulation with tape. Add some fins and wings to your rocket. The more aerodynamic your rocket the further it will fly. To make the rocket fly screw the lid onto the bottle, push the rubber hose into the hole in the insulation. Angle the rocket and then stomp onto the middle of the bottle. The rocket should fly off. Change your design to see if you can make the rocket fly further. Add some wings to see if your rocket can glide. Try and keep your rocket inside your garden! Tweet your efforts: #Stomprockets @Castlemanor

CB Sixth Futures


Students Castle Manor Academy’s sixth form, CB Sixth, took part in a Y O U R J O U R N E Y T O S U C C E S S wide ranging careers day last Friday. The event, a joint effort between Castle Manor Academy, Suffolk’s Raising the Bar and ONE Haverhill, took place in the Academy’s Business and Training Centre. Several employers were in attendance, along with representatives from the organisers. The day started with a visit from Skills Minister and local MP Matthew Hancock. He spoke to the students about the opportunities on offer locally. He then ran a question and answer session, focused mainly on education and training available once students leave school. Matthew Hancock was buoyant about the opportunities, particularly the expanding popularity of apprenticeship schemes, “It was great to all with very articulate and well planned students. They clearly have a good idea of where they are going and what the future holds for them.” Mr Hancock was also excited about the Academy’s recent commitment to training three apprentices and to the news that they are now able to offer apprenticeships directly. “I am not aware of any other school that can offer apprenticeships directly, Castle Manor are, I think, the first.” The students spent the rest of the day in various workshops, focused on their future plans. These included sessions on CV writing, about apprenticeships and interview techniques. There were also opportunities for students to talk with employers about their requirements, future opportunities and what they can do to improve. Daniel Course, Pathways Manager, was pleased with the event, “Students have obviously used the opportunity to access the broad range of advice and guidance available as part of CB Sixth and have made clear, well informed decisions about their future. Student feedback has been very positive and they appreciated the opportunity to speak with such a wide variety of people.”

Our Student Digital Leaders are doing a fantastic job of driving forward the Digital Learning Project. They will be advising us heavily over the next few weeks as we finalise our plans for our new Year 7 students and aim to ease the process of using their iPads. We are absolutely certain that the Student Digital Leaders will be a vital part of this, as will the rest of the existing Year 7 students. Recently our Student Digital Leaders have been running more Genius Bar sessions to help share skills and ideas, working out how they can make the best use of their resources and thinking about how the project may change in the future.

New Staff After Easter we will have a number of staff taking promotion within the academy or joining us from elsewhere. New Partnership Staff Both of these roles serve all schools within our partnership. Stephen Watts - Director of Families, Community & Admissions Eleanor Taylor - Director of All-Through Curriculum New Castle Manor Staff Ashleigh Burns (Teacher of English/Media) Darragh Ruhane (Teacher of Geography/Philosophy and Ethics) Rosa Pereira (Teacher of Maths) New Roles (These will commence over the next few months) Andrew Barratt (Deputy Head of School) Vicky Horne (Assistant Head of School - Intervention) Jen Jones (Team Leader for Humanities) Julie Morse (Team Leader for KS4/5 English) Jo Read (Head of House - Helions) From April Giulietta Cianciola (Head of House - Wilsey) From April

Year 11 Challenge Our Year 11 Challenge has continued as the students edge ever closer to the exams. We have seen some excellent motivational assemblies to focus our minds, including a visit from former student and Castle Partnership Academy Trust Director, Paul Donno. He spoke about preparing yourselves to do your very best. We also had a very memorable assembly from Mr Barratt, who was trying to find his way on his bike! Of course the very best assembly we have seen so far was delivered by our very own Sixth Formers, who shared their top tips, pitfalls and “We wish we had...” moments. Students are preparing well and we have seen a selection of “Walking, Talking” mocks happening, which help to focus students revision. This week Mrs Jones distributed student revision packs which provide tools to help you along. Easter is a key time to finalise your revision and concrete some of those ideas in your minds. Use the time wisely and come back to the Summer Term fresh and ready to hit the exams running.

WAKING up early on Friday morning, an excited buzz went around the minibus as 12 students headed to Wembley for the first We Day event. Attendees were selected from Castle Manor Academy after they pledged to tackle a local and global project to make a difference. All of the students and staff have been involved in charity work, fundraising and volunteering before. We Day is about motivating young people to do good through inspirational speakers and performers. The event also gave us ideas for two projects in House Charities Week. People had travelled across the country to be at the event, and some even came from as far as Canada. Our students were among 12,000 young people who had been selected to go. It was very exciting to hear Malala Yousafzai who explained the importance of education; Martine Wright, who lost her legs in the 7/7 bombings, and taught us that is possible to overcome impossible odds; and Prince Harry, who talked about how good it is to help other people. There were also amazing performances from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Birdy, Sam and the Womp and Dizzee Rascal. It was an amazing and inspirational day!

This term we have been continuing to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care who are just completing a new outreach centre in Haverhill. They have taken over running the Burton Centre, from where they will be offering practical, medical and spiritual support to local people and their families living with an illness that is life threatening. They can offer everything from a soothing head massage, to advice on benefits to specialist clinical care. Between our non-uniform day and Quiz Night we have raised ÂŁ430.62 to help support their work.

Primary Sports Events This half term has seen us host a variety of sports events for local primary schools. A regular fixture at every event is our fantastic team of Sports Leaders who give their very best to make sure that everything runs smoothly. These Sports Leaders provide services by directing traffic, herding guests, marshalling routes, looking after primary pupils, leading warm up sessions, refereeing, coaching and generally making sure that everything runs smoothly. These events wouldn’t be possible without their help, so well done for all of the effort that you all put in. This half term competitions have included: • Netball • Football • Basketball • Tag Rugby Feedback from our local Primary schools is excellent and reflects the high level of effort that everyone puts in.

Dance Show Students studying dance at Castle Manor Academy treated us to a special performance on Thursday 27th March. The show was excellent with inspirational pieces coming from students of all ages. The pictures on this page give you a small taste of what was on show. Why not come along to the next event you see advertised and see the high quality of work that students produce.

This newsletter was produced by Castle Manor Academy. If you would like another copy or would like to provide feedback please contact Jason André at or 01440 705 501

Sports Relief - Haverhill Mile The Haverhill Community were out in force on Sunday 23rd March to support the Sport Relief Haverhill Mile. The event was hosted at Castle Manor Academy as a joint venture between the academy and Haverhill Running Club. The event saw competitors running a 1 mile, 3 mile or 6 mile route around the campus and taking in the excellent community atmosphere. Competitors included a huge selection of young people, parents and even some grand parents. Many pupils, students and staff from around Haverhill entered, along with keen runners from Haverhill Running Club and even our local MP, Matthew Hancock, along with his whole family. Nick Kirkham from Haverhill Running Club said “This was a fantastic event, bringing together our whole community to raise money for those less fortunate. The venue was perfect, with an interesting route in a friendly safe environment.” Sunday’s Haverhill Mile saw local businesses come together with Ali and Wendy Yagir from Star Burger in Haverhill High Street providing an excellent barbecue, Sweetie Sweets Treat Gifts providing a sweet treat, Bouncy Rascals providing a bouncy castle to keep the children entertained, Oscomms for supporting communication and Jason André of Eagle Eye Imaging capturing a record of the event from the air. Students from Castle Manor Academy joined with volunteers from Haverhill Running Club to ensure the event ran smoothly and that the course was well signposted. This was an excellent event that our Academy can be proud to have been part of. We have already committed to supporting the Haverhalf Marathon and the Sport Relief Haverhill Mile in two years time.

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7th to 21st April Easter Holiday 22nd April PD Day 23rd April Students return 29th April ATD Day Uniform Pop-up Shop (Comms) 6th May - 3:15pm and 5:30pm Partnership Leadership Event 9th May Non-uniform Day 26th to 30th May Half Term @CastleManor

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