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13th January 2017
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Mrs Alam, Head of History: Tours of The Anne Frank Exhibition began on Monday this week. Eighteen Year 9 Peer Guides received their training before leading the exhibition for the rest of the week. During their training the students, along with the rest of Year 9, were able to listen to a talk by Holocaust survivor Janine Webber who had travelled from London to meet our students for the day. The exhibition was then presented to Key Stage 3 students from the Academy as well as 14 Year 10 students from Hillcrest School and Community College who visited the Academy with two members of staff to hear our Peer Guide presentation. Week 2 of the exhibition begins with 3 days of workshops for students from Holly Hall Academy, The High Arcal School, Hillcrest School and Community College, Castle High School and Dudley College. The exhibition will end with a VIP Event on Friday 20th January from 3pm5pm. The final event will be hosted by the Academy and those attending will include staff from local schools, Waqar Ahmed MBE (former student), The Anne Frank Trust and Holocaust Survivor Mindu Hornick. We hope to see you there!
Simplify 5a - (2a +6)
Put brackets in this calculation to make it correct
Wednesday -3 2
Simplify (f )
Thursday What is the square root of 100 million
5 - 3 x 12 รท 4 = 6 You can find the answers on the back page
Friday A square has an area of 64cm2 What is the perimeter?
Ms Milovsorov, Head of Food Technology & Catering: To link with 'National Obesity Awareness Week' and 'Blue Monday' this weeks assemblies delivered by the Wellbeing team provided messages about Obesity and Mental Health. Mental Health is a condition that can often be overlooked, however the pressure of secondary school and every day life can mean that students can develop a range of mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. A report published this week by the Prince's Trust states that young people don't feel in control of their lives due to a wide range of factors. For example, about 12% claim they don’t know anyone who ‘really cares’ about them, 45% feel stressed about body image and 37% feel stressed about how to cope at work or school. Of those young people who don’t feel in control, 61% feel a lack of self-confidence holds them back. It is important that students remain focused on all aspects of their health in order to be successful. We encourage all students who feel like they need support to speak to their Form Tutor, Intervention Coordinator or the Academy Nurse.
Mrs Turton, Intervention Coordinator: During the next few weeks representatives from local colleges and apprenticeship providers will be in the Academy to assist Year 11 students in preparing for the future. Dudley College will be in the Academy on Friday 20th and 27th January. Year 11 students are invited to come along to A4 at lunch time to gain advice about Post 16 provision and see what further education opportunities are on offer.
Mr Sharp, Coordinator of Art & Design: Congratulations to Nathan Glear (Year 9) and Sara Shakespeare (Year 11) who have been selected to have their art work displayed in Sandwell College’s 2017 calendar. Their work was selected from a wide range of entries from different schools and each received a £50 Amazon voucher for their efforts. Not only will their work be professionally printed, it will also be seen by a wide range of people and organisations associated with the college. Congratulations and well done to you both!
17th January 23rd - 27th Jan 1st February 2nd February 14th February 16th February
Year 10 Parents Evening 4.30 - 6.30pm Examinations Year 9 Meningitis ACWY injections Intermediate Maths Challenge Year 9 Parents Evening Year 11 photographs
YEAR 7 WINNERS 7ALM 98.7%
YEAR 9 WINNERS 9MCK 100%
17th February 27th February 9th March 13th - 17th Mar 15th March 4th April 7th April
Break up for half-term Academy re-opens Enrichment Day4 Examinations Parent Forum Year 8 Parents Evening 4.30 - 6.30pm Break up for the Easter holiday
Congratulations to our ‘Attendance Superstars’ for the Week ending 6th January 2017. YEAR 10 WINNERS 10SPE 96.8% Page 2
YEAR 8 WINNERS 8JAB 94.7%
YEAR 11 WINNERS 11ADM 97.5%
Mr Townley, Enrichment Coordinator: Enrichment Day 3, on Tuesday 10th January saw the students take part in a busy day of activities. Year 7 - Pantomime Year 7 students visited the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to watch Aladdin. Here’s what some of them said about the Pantomime. Evelina Arnasiute: The production was amazing. The cast made us clap and sing and made us laugh. I wish it had lasted even longer!” Chelsea Grazier: “The trip was amazing. It was so much fun. The actors got the audience involved.” Katie Hadley: “The theatre visit was fun. I liked the part where the actors flew on the magic carpet. I liked Aladdin.”
Year 9 - Holocaust Memorial Day Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27th January. Year 9 spent their day learning about the Holocaust They gained a better understanding of these complex and harrowing events. In the afternoon students listened to a presentation from holocaust survivor, Janine Webber (pictured). Brayden Bayton-Kilmurray: “The lessons increased my knowledge of a very serious subject. I have learnt some very valuable life skills.”
Year 8 - Raising Funds Year 8 worked with the Design Team and helped to produce a range of products including felt hearts, bird boxes, badges and popcorn. The popcorn was sold to students during break and lunch time. The other items will be sold in the student shop to raise money. We have already raised over £40! Students also had presentations from West Midlands Fire Service about awareness and safety and Brook about relationships. Fahad Ali: “It was a great day. I have learnt new skills.” Grace Devere: “I enjoyed making badges for Cancer Research. The day was very enjoyable.” Atheeq Younis: “We made different types of popcorn and sold some to students. The popcorn was delicious!” Year 10 - Healthy Futures Year 10 had an explosive day of activities learning about dry ice and its properties, with a range of experiments in Science. They learnt about bank accounts, credit and debt and the dangers of phishing in Maths and received post sixteen pathway guidance from local business representatives. They also reflected on how they have been settling into their option subjects. Yousaf Bhatti: “We learnt about different types of fraud. This is to help protect our money in the future.” Krystal Burudi: “I found the day very enriching and I am now more aware of my future prospects”
Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: We are keen to promote rugby within the Academy. We are hoping to start a Year 7/8 girls tag rugby team ready for the Dudley schools tournament in March. Tag Rugby is a minimal contact team game in which each player wears shorts with velcro patches with two tags attached to them. The mode of play is similar to Rugby League or Touch Rugby with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by "tagging" - pulling a velcro attached tag from the ball carrier. Seven players in each team are allowed on the field at a time. The attacking team has six plays or tags to try to score a try or take the ball down field as close to the line as possible. Tries are worth one point and there are no conversions. If you are interested in joining please see Mr Biddlecombe in the PE office.
Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal: Year 10 Parents’ Evening takes place on Tuesday 17th January between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. The evening will provide the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in their GCSE subjects and discuss any concerns you may have. Appointments can be made using our online booking system. You will have received a letter providing instructions on how to use the system. Appointments can be made and changed until 2.00pm on Tuesday 17th January. If you have any difficulties with the booking system please contact our Year 10 Intervention Coordinator, Mrs Turton.
A little Bit of Maths Every Day Answers: Mon: 3a - 6
Every Tuesday in Scotty G’s, a delicious roast dinner forms part of the menu. This week, beef and Yorkshire pudding were served. Both staff and students enjoyed the dish, particularly welcome on such a cold winter’s day! Next week’s roast is chicken breast with sage and onion stuffing. Come along and try it for yourself. You can have a main meal, pudding and a drink all for just £2.
It is very important that the Academy is able to contact parents/carers, particularly in the case of a medical emergency. All students were given a letter and data collection sheet last week. The letter requests that you check the details we have recorded for your child and amend if necessary. Could we please request that all forms are returned by Monday 16th January 2017 at the latest.
Tue: (5 - 3) x 12 ÷ 4 = 6 Page 4