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13th December 2013

Congratulations to Iqrah Shokat (8STN) who has won £10,000 for the Academy for a new healthy living outdoor activity area. Iqrah was among a group of students who created a healthy recipe as part of National Obesity Awareness Week 2013. Iqrah’s recipe was chosen as the winner. She is off to 10 Downing Street in January to be presented with the prize by the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron. Iqrah’s delicious healthy recipe is shown opposite. She said that the Raita makes the chicken flavoursome. It is an Asian condiment made with yogurt and seasoned with coriander, cumin, mint, cayenne pepper, and other herbs and spices.

Baked Chicken Roasted Peppers Cous Cous Raita sauce

Well done Iqrah!

Congratulations to Amarae Ewers (7SIM) who has produced some outstanding extension work for Healthy Living. Amarae created a poster to promote healthy eating and warn of the dangers of smoking. Her teacher, Mr Moseley told INsight “I am so proud of Amarae. Her work and the extra effort she puts in are excellent.”

Mr Lloyd, Principal: The last day of term on Friday 20th December 2013 will be a non-uniform day in aid of ‘Save the Children’. If you have a Christmas jumper please wear it, otherwise wear something with a Christmas theme or at least something that is red and white. The cost is £1.00 which will go to helping children who are less well off than ourselves and the day will help us all to get into the Christmas spirit.

Mrs Waters, Learning Mentor: Small toys are on sale in B4 at break and lunch time for £1.00. All proceeds will go to Mary Stevens Hospice. Please support this very worthwhile cause.

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Miss Yorke, English Curriculum Development Coordinator: You will have probably noticed some posters around the English Department and in other areas of the Academy of some teachers and students posing with one of their favourite books. Underneath you will see a paragraph explaining why this person enjoyed that particular book or why it was such a special part of their life. In the English Department, we believe that a good book should always be shared. That’s why we want you to tell us about the book that ‘made you’.

the white box in B14. Step Three Look out for your name in INsight. The box will be emptied every term and the winners will be announced in INsight. If your story is chosen, it will be downloaded onto the Academy kindles for others to enjoy and you will receive a £10 gift voucher.

Pictured: Lima Wahidi (11YOR) reading her favourite book, Dream Chaser by Joan O’Neill

If you’ve read a story that was so exciting that you couldn’t put it down or one that made you laugh, cry, or made you think about things differently, then we want to know about it! Tell us about your most recent read and why you loved it so much so we can spread the word and get everyone else reading it too! What to do… Step One Take an orange postcard from under ‘The Book That Made Me’ display in B14 (Miss Yorke’s room) and write about why you loved the book on the back. Make sure you provide your name and form. Step Two Post your story or comments about why you would recommend your book for other readers in

Mrs Hammett, Health & Social Care Teacher: On Thursday 5th December, the Association for Care Training (ACT) organised a workshop to the Year 11 Health and Social Care group. They learnt about the fundamental skills needed to care for adults, along with details of apprenticeships. The activities allowed the students to try what it is like to be cared for and to feed someone who can’t do it for themselves. All the students enjoyed the workshop and were inspired for future careers. The leaders commented on how engaged the group were and loved working with such an enthusiastic group. Well done to all involved, certificates to follow.

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Mr Ward, PE Teacher: We are now into the penultimate week of sporting fixtures.

A special mention goes to the following students for the extra effort they gave and their individual displays:

Seven Year 9 and 10 students took part in a Table Tennis tournament at Ellowes Hall Sports College. They had developed and practised their skills during Table Tennis Club with Mr Giles and this really paid off. They all displayed excellent effort and were a credit to the Academy.

Josiah Bennett (9PAL), Osime Brown (10HAL), Jordan Colley (10TOW), Callum Gutteridge (10HAL), Harris Hussain (11SPE), Archie Jackson (11YOR), Lewis James (9BEA), Jay Lamb (9KEL), Ryan Portman (10BRO), Ben Shaw (11DAS)

The Year 11 boys Basketball team showed good team spirit and character with their best performance of the season so far. They fought hard against the Wordsley School, with a mixture of good individual and team displays throughout.

Upcoming Fixtures and Training Basketball Year 9 boys training – Monday lunchtime All Years training – Monday at the end of the Academy day Tuesday 17th December: Year 9 away at Kingswinford

Mrs Milovsorov, Catering Teacher: The 'Foodies' leadership group organised a bake sale to raise money for Wallace and Gromit's Children's Charity. We made over one hundred cookies that proved very popular and sold out, making almost £50 for the charity. Pictured right: Rebekah Ray (11HMT), Sally Rollinson (11SPE) and Melissa Bennett (11YOR)

Ending Knife Crime in the West Midlands To try and prevent the terrible loss faced by families who are touched by knife crime, West Midlands Police have joined up with two local mothers who are facing their first Christmas without their children. They invite you to reflect on these mothers’ words in the hope that they will play a part in educating our young people to prevent further tragedy. Kathleen Harris’ daughter Christina Edkins was stabbed to death on a bus in March. Kathleen says: “I can’t explain the feeling ... it is an emptiness. Christina was my youngest child, she was such a good caring girl.

If we were out on our own shopping and she saw an old person carrying their own shopping she would say ‘Ah bless, they should have someone helping them’. Christina was murdered before her school prom ... I thought we would see her going off in her beautiful prom dress. Instead she wore it in her coffin and we cremated her in it.” Alison Cope, mother of Joshua Ribera - who was stabbed to death in Selly Oak, Birmingham in September says “That day, the most beautiful son a mom could ask for was taken from

me. All who know me know he was my world, my everything. I loved him with every bit of my heart and my heart is now broken. He was kind, caring, funny, affectionate, beautiful and talented. My life, as I knew it ,has now ended for me.” When asked, young people say that they carry a knife for ‘protection’ or because they believe it is ‘fashionable’. Knives end lives and the simple fact is that if someone carries a knife in public, they are likely to hurt another person or be hurt with it themselves. We urge you to talk to your child to ensure that they understand these messages and encourage them to confide in you or some other responsible person if they have concerns about someone who they know carrying a knife. In law, it’s not just the person carrying the knife who may be punished - those who were present when a crime was committed can also face the same serious charges as the person with the knife. For more information go to or visit the ‘Fearless’ website:

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20th December

MENU 18th December 2013

Roast Turkey with Sage & Onion Seasoning & Cranberry Sauce Pigs in Blankets or Brie & Cranberry Crowns Served with Herby Roast Potatoes Creamed Potatoes Honey Glazed Roast Carrots & Parsnips Buttered Peas Dessert Christmas Pudding with Custard Sauce Mince Pie Diamonds Christmas Tree Ice Cream

Academy closes for the Christmas break 12.40pm Mufti Day - all proceeds will go to ‘Save the Children’

Mrs Brookes, Senior Assistant Principal: Tony and his friends from the Gideons visited the Academy recently and spoke to the Year 7 students in their assembly. Tony, through his amazing magical tricks, explained the background of the Gideons and how they have been there for many people, for many years. He left us all wondering how he managed to escape those handcuffs??? Pictured with Tony: Walker (7MIL)

Jade Holt (7SIM) and Jahiem

Did you know .....

A single rye

plant can spread up to 400 miles of roots underground. Page 4