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17th January 2014

Congratulations to our Year 11 Commitment to Excellence winners for the second half of the Autumn term 2013. The top three scorers are pictured and highlighted below Ahmad Seyar Tokhi 11DAS Chelsea Nicholls 11EGR Divancy Patel 11EGR Daniel Popiolek 11EGR Shannice Oakley 11SPE Richard Morson 11HMT Harrison Johal Hamish Billingsley Steven Wilkes Dipinder Singh Alex Warren Craig Ason Harris Hussain Shahbaz Rahman Kieron Poole Connor Williams Karandeep Singh Liam Guy

Our Orchard is well established now. Our first crop of apples has been gathered and used in Scotty G’s. The trees are now dormant for the Winter. The Fruit-Full Schools Project which funded the orchard development came to an end in December and the Academy was presented with a wooden plaque to display in the orchard to commemorate our involvement in the project. Pictured: The orchard with the plaque on display


Trishna Mistry Temeikha Phillip Nadia Ramzan Jessica Jones Caroline Fleetwood Elisha Allison Eleanor Harley Rhiannon Edwards Sophie Gibbons Tai Worwood Fatima Khan Eleanor Bartlett


Mr Nation, Director of Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Year 11 students received their early entry exam results last week. Well done to everyone who improved their grade. In particular Elisha Allison (11TAY) and Harrison Johal (11SPE) (pictured) who both gained an A*. There are fifty-five students that have now gained at least a grade C. There is still work to be done to improve your Maths results. What are you doing to make this a reality?

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Mr Ward, PE Teacher: Welcome back to a new term where the fixtures and training sessions come thick and fast for all years. Already we have seen our Year 9 boys basketball team play a hard fought match against Castle High. All training and fixtures start properly next week. Please view the extra - curricular timetable in your form room for the days your club and fixtures are on.

Our contractors, Deeleys, continue to make good progress with our new Sports Hall. The doors and w in d o w s are being fitted and the plumbers and electricians have The entrance to the Sports Hall started to install the electrical and mechanical services. We are still on target to open the building on 28 April 2014.

Upcoming Fixtures and Training Football Year 8 & 9 – Football Training Tuesday Year 7 & 9 – Futsal Tournament Thursday 23 January Basketball Monday 20 January - Year 10 boys basketball at Hillcrest Tuesday 21 January – All years girls basketball training Wednesday 22 January – U16’s girls basketball Home v Crestwood Thursday 23 January – U15’s girls basketball v Castle High

Mrs Milovsorov, Catering Teacher: Year 11 Catering students got to grips with making pasta from scratch. Great fun was had, both making and eating the fresh pasta. Pictured: Students using the pasta machine

DID YOU ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS LUNCH IN SCOTTY G’S? If so, why not try a roast dinner served each Tuesday? Next week – Tuesday 21 January we have a roast chicken dinner served with pigs in blankets, bread sauce and seasoning, roast and creamed potatoes, broccoli and buttered carrots, all followed by either homemade apple crumble with custard or cream, or chocolate mousse. All this for just £1.85 – and don’t forget, ALL OUR FOOD IS HOMEMADE IN OUR KITCHEN, AND IS BOUGHT FROM LOCAL SUPPLIERS. 14th March th

29th & 30th Jan

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evenings 6.30 - 8.30pm

31st January

Inset Day - Academy closed to students

3rd - 5th Feb

Year 9 Examinations

6th February

Intermediate Maths Challenge

12th & 13th Feb

Drama Production


14 February

Break up for Half Term

24th February

Academy Re-opens



10 - 12 March


PGL Residential (Dance)

18 & 19 Mar

Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evenings 6.30 - 8.30pm

21st March

Sport Relief


25 March

Enrichment Day4

2nd - 4th April

Year 7 Examinations

9th & 10th April

Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings 6.30 - 8.30pm

11th April

Academy Closes at 12.40pm for Easter Break

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BILLS? FIRST TENANCY? FILLING IN FORMS? DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TURN? Then come along to our advice session. We may be able to help with matters such as:  Budgeting & managing finances  Claiming welfare benefit  Advocacy & communication  Safety & Security in the home  Move-on inspirations  Setting up home & maintaining tenancy  Personal safety risk  Physical health & hygiene  Emotional well being & mental health  Family & social contacts  Social & leisure interests An advisor will be available at various locations throughout the borough. They will listen to your requirements and offer advice and guidance on your specific topic. The advisors are in an informal, comfortable environment and they will maintain confidentiality at all times. Leaflets detailing venues are available from the Academy.

Mother and Father sent to prison for failing to ensure their child attended school At the Magistrates Court in Dudley on Wednesday 8 January 2014, the District Judge sentenced a mother to twelve weeks and the father to fourteen weeks imprisonment. Education Investigation Officers prepared proceedings against both parents because they had consistently failed to ensure a child attended school. Both parents had a number of previous convictions but the mother was given some credit for her guilty plea.






evaporation from a large oak or beech tree is from ten to twentyfive gallons in twenty-four hours.

Mr Moseley, Healthy Living Teacher: Over the last six weeks, my Healthy Living group have been learning the different aspects of Healthy Living. They have learnt the importance of healthy eating and how, through poor choice, eating, drinking and smoking can have negative effects on both our body and our life. The students below have worked particularly hard in their homework which is set every two weeks. They have been a pleasure to work with and are perfect role models for other students. Their creative approach to their work just goes to show their enthusiasm for Healthy Living. Well done Year 7. Keep up the hard work! Pictured with Mr Moseley: back - Ali Raza (7MSL), Ross Hawthorne (7KSM), Charntae Bennett (7KSM), Priyankaa Patel (7MIL), Izza Ahmed (7SSH), Arsens Burkevica (7KSM) front Charlie Causer (7VJH), Jordan Lester (7MIL)

Meanwhile in Miss Haycock’s Healthy Living group, Paige Morgan (7VJH) and Amelia Davis (7SIM) wrote an excellent poem about the effects of alcohol. Before you have that extra drink, Please just stop and have a think, Do you know how much is enough, In the morning It will be tough, At first you'll be cheerful and talk a lot, The next minute coordination you will drop, After another, the room starts to spin, That's a bad situation to be in, Down another and you can't walk straight, Do you have the wits to get you to the garden gate, You're at home now, collapse into bed, You also have a migraine in your head, If you think that's bad, fast forward to tomorrow, You're wallowing in your sick and sorrow, Don't have so much to drink on a Friday night, Trust me, you'll regret it, come the morning light. Page 3

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS Next Friday Scotty G’s will be celebrating Australia Day with a menu from down under to include Aussie Burgers, Bonza BBQ Chuck and delicious Chocolate Lamingtons. January 26 is Australia Day and a day of celebrations for Australians. It is recognised with a public holiday when schools are closed many people have a day off work. In some places public firework displays are held and th people have time to celebrate their country and its achievements. The day is held to commemorate the “First Landing Day” when the first fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain arrived at Port Jackson, near Sydney in 1788.

Have a go at this puzzle. The solid cube opposite contains 125 little black or white cubes. Two cubes of the same colour never share a common face. How many black cubes are needed to build this? How many white cubes are needed? Hand your entry to Mr Nation by the end of Tuesday 21 January 2014. The winner, drawn from all of the correct entries received, will win a W H Smith gift voucher.

Miss Yorke, Coordinator of Performing Arts: Rehearsals for the Academy production of Cinderella are well under way: actors are being fitted for costumes and are working hard to learn their lines. You can expect to see a tiny snippet of the show in assembly next week but if you want to see the whole performance then you need to get your tickets fast! Both adult and children’s tickets are available to buy at breaktime and after the Academy day from Mrs Hill is B3. Performances will take place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February 2014. This year we will have a live band performing as well as some extra special guest stars... watch the show to find out who. Page 4

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