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9th May 2014


Richard Morson Alex Warren Harrison Johal Harris Hussain Kofi Appiah-Twum Rhys Bramley Karandeep Singh


Lima Wahidi


Dipinder Singh


Rebekah Ray


Caroline Fleetwood


Daniel Popiolek Bradley Franklin Kieron Poole Shahbaz Rahman Angrej Singh Liam Guy Ahmad Seyar Tokhi


Rhiannon Edwards


Shannice Oakley


Nadia Ramzan


Divancy Patel


Eleanor Bartlett


Bethany Lawson


Kalefa Cullum

Mr Webster, Assistant Principal: Congratulations to the Year 11 students who received ‘Commitment to Excellence’ certificates for the Spring second half term. The top scorers are pictured below.

Abigail Shakespeare 11YOR Paulina Biniek


Sarah Wilmot


Eleanor Harley


Mariola Piekos


More finishing touches were added to the new Academy Sports Centre this week, including bold lettering above the main entrance.

A warm welcome to Mr Rowbottom who joined Holly Hall last week as the Caretaker.

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Miss Westwood, Mathematics Teacher: Last week 60 students from Year 7 and 8 sat the Junior Maths Challenge. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is taken in school under normal examination conditions. They competed against thousands of students from around the United Kingdom. The results will be published as soon as we have them. Good luck to all who took part. Here is a sample question for you to have a go at. The diagram shows a rectangular envelope made by folding (and gluing) a single piece of paper. What could the original unfolded piece of paper look like? (The dashed lines are the fold lines)

Miss Thomas, Coordinator of MFL: On their last lesson of the Spring term, group 9S1 experienced a real taste of Spain – traditional Spanish tapas dishes! Students tucked into chorizo (spicy Spanish sausage), Spanish ‘queso’ (cheese), tortillas, pan (bread) and some even tried ‘aceitunas’ (olives) for the first time, though one student was definitely not a fan! Why not look out for some of these tapas classics next time you’re in the supermarket?

Pictured left: Zahra Hussain (9MCN) and Aisha Islam (9WES) Below: Cafe style tapas

Mrs Brookes, Senior Assistant Principal: Year 7 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st May 2014 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. You will meet with a member of staff who will provide details of your child's progress so far this year. You will shortly receive a letter in the mail detailing your appointment day and time. If you are unable to attend the appointment, please inform the Academy as soon as possible.

The MFL Department are running a French Club every Wednesday lunch time at 1.00pm in B1. Come along and watch French cartoons and read French comic books. Have fun and improve your French!

SCOTTY G’S WEEKLY SPECIAL – COME AND TRY A TASTE OF THE DEEP SOUTH! This week in Scotty G’s come and try our Louisiana Jambalaya, served with corn on the cob and coleslaw. Also on the menu is oven baked ham with parsley sauce and our crispy topped cheese & vegetable pie. ON THE WRAPS COUNTER – try our new value meal for £1.85 - a box including a choice from the spicy chicken selection, together with half a jacket potato, salad and a large drink carton. REMEMBER – all our meats and vegetables are sourced from local suppliers.

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The Academy allotment is alive with new growth. Ken Kelsall, who comes in each week to tend the allotment, and support staff using the allotment as a teaching resource has planted onions, broad beans, potatoes and beetroot so far this year. Tomatoes and cucumbers have been planted in the poly tunnel. All produce grown in the allotment and the orchard is used in Scotty G’s, which also uses the fresh herbs from our own herb garden.

Miss Haycock, Director of Teaching & Learning People & Places: The U14 girls netball team played a number of league fixtures over the season and although they had a few defeats from neighbouring schools, they were crowned winners of the South Borough. They were invited to the Dudley Borough Netball finals night on Thursday 1 May 2014 where they played a final match against the North Borough winners, Kingswinford. The girls fought hard against a very strong Kingswinford team and finished runners up. A good season all round, well done girls. Also, a well done to the U15 girls netball squad who also achieved some good results. I would like to make a plea for new players from Year 7 and 8 to make up teams to be entered into leagues in the next academic year. If anyone is interested they need to see Miss Haycock for more details.

Tue 20th & Wed 21st May 4.30 – 6.30pm: Year 7 Parents’ Evenings

Pictured: Back row - Miss Haycock, Caitlyn Franks (9CAL), Karyss Devine (9CAL), Chloe McNaney-Mills (9CDK), Divina Matonda (9STO), Zoe Phipps (9DHE), Charlie Heathcock (9STO). Front row - Radha Patel (9DHE), Emily Smith (9CAL) (C), Jodie-Rae Cotter (9STO)

Monday 30th June

6.30pm: New Year 7 Parents’ Induction Evening

Thursday 3rd July

Academy Prom - Year 11 Leavers

Wednesday 9th July

2.00pm: Year 7 Presentation Assembly

Wednesday 9th July

7.00pm: Governors’ Presentation Evening Y8 - 10

Friday 23rd May

Academy closes at 11.50am for Half Term

Monday 2nd June

Academy re-opens at 8.45am

W/c Monday 2nd June

Extended Homework Tasks:

Friday 11th July

Enrichment Day6/Sports Day

Year 7 Science

Tuesday 15th July

Attendance Reward Visits:

Year 8 ICT

Year 7 & 8 Drayton Manor

Year 9 PE Tue 17th & Thu 18th Jun

Year 9 & 10 Alton Towers

4.30 – 6.30pm:

Friday 18th July

Academy closes at 12.40pm for the Summer Holiday

Monday 21st July

Inset Day - Academy closed to students

Year 8 Parents’ Evenings th

Tuesday 24 June

Official end of Summer 2014 External GCSE Examinations

Mon 30th Jun – Thu 3rd Jul Humanities Trip to Krakow Monday 30th June

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Have a go at Mr Nation’s maths puzzle.

Did you know ..... A venomous snake can kill itself with its own

John can eat a pizza in four minutes. Jim can eat a pizza in five minutes. Their grandfather can eat a pizza in twenty minutes.


If the two boys and their grandfather all start eating the same pizza at the same time, how long does it take them to finish the pizza? Hand your answer to Mr Nation by the end of Tuesday 13 May 2014. The winner, drawn from all of the correct entries received will receive a £10 W H Smith gift voucher. Good luck!

Mr Nation, Mathematics Teacher: Year 10 and 11 revision classes are currently taking place in A12 every Tuesday at the end of the Academy day. The work focuses on practising examination questions for students aiming to achieve at least a grade C at the end of Year 11.

Congratulations to Mr Elliott, Year 8 Learning Mentor who recently completed and passed a course through the Institute of Child Education & Psychology ’Positive Psychology for Behaviour and Learning’. Mr Elliott has already started using some of the techniques he has learned from the course to help students in the Academy to improve their learning and motivation.

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