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25th October 2013
Mr Webster, Assistant Principal: Congratulations to the Commitment to Excellence winners for Autumn first half term. Top fifteen boys Harrison Johal 11SPE Richard Morson
Ahmad Seyar Tokhi
Pictured are the top scorers: Above left to right: Harrison Johal, Richard Morson and Dipinder Singh Below left to right: Shannice Oakley, Nadia Ramzan and Divancy Patel
Top fifteen girls Shannice Oakley
Mr Lloyd, Principal: Work on the new Sports Hall continues unabated despite the weather! The concrete floor has been poured this week and work continues with the roof around the brick and block work.
Year 11 students have been showing real commitment to their learning this week by attending pre-lesson Mathematics revision classes. Students spent their tutorial time preparing for their GCSE exam which takes place in November 2013.
Miss Westwood, KS3 Curriculum Coordinator: Primary Maths Day took place on Wednesday 23rd October 2013. Ninety Year 6 pupils from the local primary schools were invited to a galactic day of maths challenges. Princess Leia and Darth Vader encouraged each team to work together and solve the challenges. All of them worked extremely hard and the results were: 3rd place Team R2D2 2nd Place Team Anakin Skywalker 1st Place Team Bobba Fett (pictured below with Miss Westwood and Mr Lloyd, Principal)
Here is what the children said about the day: Danyal Hussain, Northfield Road Primary School "I loved the challenges. You should be proud of your students." Amy Jones Russells Hall Primary School "I really enjoyed today and met three new friends." Vinesh Patel, Jessons Primary School "I enjoyed all the challenges, everything was great. I would love to come again."
A message from Mrs Williams, Attendance Welfare Officer: To enable us to monitor attendance punctuality efficiently please help us by:
Calling the Academy as early as possible if your
child is absent. Sending in a note stating the reason for their
absence when they return to the Academy. Providing us with up to date contact telephone
numbers. Ensuring that your child is at the Academy by
sure that your child informs Mrs Williams or Miss Woodall if he/she is late and misses registration.
Mr Ward, PE Teacher: It has been an exciting week of Football and Netball fixtures; in action were our Year 8, 9 and 10 teams. Their hard work and determination throughout this half term is finally paying off and there has been some fantastic individual displays and outstanding team performances.
Miss Edwards, D i r ec t o r of Teaching & L e a r n i n g English: Over the summer break, twenty five students from Years 7 and 8 were set the challenge of completing several tasks in English in order to practise their skills and meet their target level. Eight students successfully completed their booklet and returned them the first week back. All were entered into a prize draw and the winner of the £10 voucher for Merry Hill was Arsan Khan (9WES) (pictured above) Well done to all students that took the time to improve their levels over the summer. You have shown commitment, hard work and perseverance in improving your own skills.
Mr Denham and I were overjoyed by the Year 8 Football team who played an exciting game and achieved a 2-0 win against Castle High. The Year 10 Football team impressed Mr Taylor and Mr Hallam with an 8-0 win over Castle High. The U14s Netball team performed well in a hard fought contest with Pedmore, and the U15s Netball team got a fantastic result with a 13–2 win against Leasowes. A special mention goes to the following students for their outstanding performances and contribution during these games: Chad Colesby (8ARE), Gary Cooper (8ARE), Kane Mighty (8STN), Alex Price (10THO), Erjon Rrahmani (10BRO), Reece Spence (10WRD) and Shavai Stephens (10POW) We would like to give a big thank you to qualified referee Jacob Maybury (11YOR) who has given up his own time to referee and assistant referee many of our games across all year groups, home and away. Well done to every student who represented the Academy during the last half term, keep it up! Page 3
Miss Rawlings, Learning Mentor: On Friday 18th October 2013 Miss Rawlings, Mrs Turton, Dr Cox and eight students from Years 9, 10 & 11 took part in Dudley Twilight Race for Life at Himley Hall. It was an amazing experience and so far we have raised over £200 for Cancer Research from the collection of spare change and sponsorship. Everybody finished the race in under 45 minutes, which was a fantastic achievement. Well done ladies and a big thank you to Mr Nolan who drove the minibus for us!
Dudley Parent Partnership Service Offering impartial, confidential information & guidance to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs
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A Dudley Local Authority event for Parents & Carers to outline SEN reforms focusing on the development of Dudley’s Local Offer on Wednesday 13th November 2013 Registration 9.30 a.m. 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 at Saltwells Education Centre Bowling Green Road, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9LY
17th & 18th Dec 20th December
Academy closes for half term break Half term Academy re-opens at 8.45am English GCSE Examination Full Governing Body Meeting Maths GCSE Examination Senior Maths Challenge Maths GCSE Examination HPV2 Injection for Year 8 girls Enrichment Day2 GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening 7.00pm
Staff training day. Academy closed to students Drama Production - Cinderella Academy closes for the Christmas break 12.40pm
The event is free, however, spaces are limited. Please telephone Dudley Parent Partnership on 01384 236677 to reserve a place.
The purpose of the ‘Local Offer’ is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. The offer will include provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 across education, health and social care. Page 4
combined length of the roots of a Finnish pine tree is over 30 miles.