Drapers’ Academy Newsletter Spring Term 2014 Diary Dates
7th April—21st April
Message from the Principal, Mr Slater
As you are all aware – my time as Principal of Drapers’ Academy is quietly drawing to an end. The five years I have worked on this project have gone by in a blur. My children are all older and taller. Alas my daughters have made my hair go even greyer.
2nd May Inset Day
The last five years have been amazing – with highs and lows, great days and not so great days. Children here have come and gone, teachers have come and gone, old buildings knocked down and new buildings have emerged from the rubble. The standard of education has remained high throughout this period – in fact it has gone from strength to strength. This has been helped by many things. Brilliant teachers, supportive parents, challenging governors, dedicated staff, inspirational teachers, talented heads of faculties and relentless senior leaders. All those elements have come together and created what we know as Drapers’ Academy. A wonderful institution that I will forever hold fondly in my heart, will forever remember with immense pride.
5th May Bank Holiday Monday
12th May Start of Summer Exams
I am but one man, surrounded by an amazing team of staff, we have created something quite special – a legacy for future generations. I wish all the very best of luck in the years to come.
Havering Young Chef of the Year Over the past term Viktoria Dera has been competing in the Havering Young Chef of the Year competition. Her initial dish of a potato rosti with chicken, fresh green bean and peppers has earned Viktoria a space in the finals. For the next challenge Viktoria has to create a two course meal for two with a budget of £14. We wish Viktoria the best of luck in the finals.
Jack Petchey Awards In a recent morning assembly Year 11 pupil George Jones and Year 12 student Charlotte Cook, were each presented with a Jack Petchey Award. They are both outstanding members of the Academy community which is highlighted through the extra curricular activities they are a part of. We hope their achievement inspires others. www.drapersacademy.com
26th May — 30th May Half Term Holiday
Dame Angela Watkinson DBE MP visits the Academy Local MP Dame Angela Watkinson who represents Harold Hill visited the Academy in February. Dame Angela is a supporter of the Academy having recently discussed our success with Prime Minister David Cameron during Prime Ministers Questionâ€™s. During her visit the MP discussed in detail the work of the Academy with Mr Slater and received a tour of the facilities whilst observing lessons. Dame Angela had the opportunity to listen to students from the Sixth Form and the School Council. During this time pupils and students questioned her about local and national issues. Students discussed the rising tuition fees compared with the free University places available for residents of Scotland and Wales. Pupils then got the opportunity to discuss issues relating to Harold Hill such as the condition of the footpaths and the current sport and drama facilities available in the area. This was a great opportunity for the School Council and other students to meet a current MP. We would like to thank Dame Angela for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit the Academy.
Sixth Form students visit CERN Written By Shawn Harvey, Head Boy and Year 13 student. Sixth Form students who are studying physics, visited Geneva during January to see the Large Hadron Collider facilities of CERN to support part of their A Level curriculum. The understanding of particle and nuclear physics are core themes for both the AS and A2 exams, that students will sit later this year. The students were taken on a tour of CERN's Cryogenic facilities and the Large Hadron Collider, which last year received the Nobel Prize for physics, and was of huge media interest upon its completion in 2008. They also learnt how the collider works accelerating particles to near the speed of light to discover much about the universe in the moments after the big bang. During the visit, students also had time to take in the sights of Geneva and visited several museums around the city.
Pupils visit WWI Battlefields 28 pupils led by Mrs Little and Mr Aukett left early on a cold Friday morning ready to spend a weekend experiencing the Battlefields of World War One. This was the largest number of pupils the Academy has taken on the visit and is the third year in a row pupils have had this opportunity. After time settling into their accommodation for the weekend, pupils were out experiencing what the Battlefields had to offer. The first stop was walking through the trenches at Sanctuary Wood. The rain was pouring down and created conditions that were similar to the war. They all experienced walking through the muddy trenches; this first-hand experience gave the pupils real exposure to the conditions the soldiers had to cope with. On the first evening of their stay, they watched the Last Post Ceremony, which has been performed every night since the end of WWI. The humbling experience of this iconic tune is one which will be remembered by all. On the second day the pupils visited further war memorials. The Thiepval memorial was created for the British and South African men who died in the Battles of Somme. These soldiers which are estimated at a total of 74,000 are said to have no remains as their bodies were never found. Pupils searched through the long list of names to identify if they could see their family name. After they visited the Thiepval memorial they moved onto to see Tyne Cot. Tyne Cot is another war memorial, which is dedicated to the British Empire to highlight the sacrifice made by the Empire defending Belgium. Mrs Little who organised the visit said, “I was very keen to make sure the trip went ahead this year with it being the 100 year anniversary. It is the largest number of pupils we have taken to the Battlefields and they all came away with a memorable experience.”
London Chamber Orchestra On Wednesday evening 22nd January Year 9 pupil Emily Hitchcock attended a special event hosted by the London Chamber Orchestra at St James Palace. The event was attended by the orchestra’s patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The evening was to celebrate the orchestra’s education project – ‘Inside the Orchestra’ which has been supported by the Academy for three years. Emily was chosen to attend this prestigious event as she has been involved with the project from the beginning and has grown to become a mentor for the younger musicians involved in the project. The evening was a great success with Emily being a fantastic ambassador for the Academy whilst also meeting The Duchess of Cornwall.
Sport Relief at the Academy Several activities have been held at the Academy to raise money and awareness for Sport Relief. Two house basketball competitions took place, where Einstein won the Year 7-9 tournament and Franklin were victorious in the Year 10-11 event. The main contest however took place on a Wednesday lunch time where the staff took on the Sixth Form in a much anticipated netball game. The staff, to the students surprise, got off to a very strong start scoring two early goals. Mrs Monk, Vice Principal and Mrs Brown, EAL Co-ordinator, worked well together in attack to take their chances, both getting on the score sheet several times. The Sixth Form team competed well and deservedly got on the score board before half time, when Patrick Siasat used his basketball talents to get their first score. In the second half, PE Teacher, Miss Saville came off the bench to take her position at centre and continued the attack for the staff. The final score of the game was 16-2 to the staff. After the first game, they then mixed the teams and played again. The week was a great success with pupils and students all doing their part for the charity and raising close to £100.
Under 16 Boys Hockey Final On Tuesday 11th March the Under 16 boys’ hockey team played in the Havering Cup Final against The Brittons Academy. The team got off to a very strong start and applied pressure on Brittons defence. Drapers’ began creating chances, attempting to score the first points of the game. Brittons defence was proving difficult to beat, however Damian Best broke the deadlock after ten minutes, due to an excellent pass from Jack Ostermeyer. The final score was 2-0 and meant the team retained the title and became Havering U16 Boys’ Hockey Champions for the third year in a row. Congratulations to the whole team and the player of the match was awarded to Stephen Stapleton.
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