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20th December 2018

It’s been a long and fast paced first term for Pegasus Academy, with lots of new initiatives that are really starting to show an impact on improving our school for the young people. Year 11 are leading the way with fantastic attendance at after school ‘Upgrade’ sessions, increased use of our online learning platforms including nearly 4000 streams on GCSEPod and engagement in ‘Elevate’ sessions at Dudley College. The vast majority are now well on their way to successfully securing college places for next year, fully supported by Mrs Turton. It was also pleasing to see that attendance at our Year 11 parents evening was over 70%. Our drive on collaborative learning is also making a dramatic change to the way we teach. There is still a lot to do but we are seeing students taking ownership of their own learning which will ultimately benefit them in the future. I would like to thank all teaching staff for the work they have put into planning new styles of lessons and sharing good practice across all our Trust schools. We know we are moving in the right direction as highlighted by our Ofsted visit earlier in the term. Year 7 have settled into life at Pegasus extremely well underpinned by ‘Literacy for Life’. It has been a pleasure to see them develop and some of the fantastic work produced through their ‘Big Write’ activities. I have also been impressed with the effort shown in their fairy-tale castle homework project. In our true work hard, play-hard spirit, it was

fantastic to celebrate the hard work of both Years 7 and 8 at our recent Christmas disco. We continue our core value of ‘Rewarding Effort’ with our very first whole school rewards assembly at the end of this term. Congratulations to all students who have received rewards for number of merits they have achieved this term including our Bronze award winners with over 100 merits each. Equally important is attendance. Every day counts and it is no surprise that students with 95% attendance and above achieve at least one grade higher than students with attendance below 90%. Once again well done to all students who have received a prize for outstanding attendance this term. Our buildings have also undergone a significant amount of improvement and this will continue into the new year with the renovation of the ground and first floors of A Block. We have also seen investment into our ICT facilities and computer networks. Finally, we have had lot of visitors to the Academy this term including two visits by Ofsted. All have made positive comments about the direction the Academy is moving in. We can’t do this without the support of parents/carers and I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have shown us. Can I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

On the 11th December some of our Year 11 leavers returned to collect their examination certificates at our GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening. Jo Higgins, CEO of Dudley Academies Trust and Andrew Logan, Creator of the Pegasus sculpture, were in attendance to present subject and special awards to our students. Congratulations to all of our students in particular our Special Award winners: 100% attendance over 5 years: JR Palmer and Jessica Bullock Progress: Zahra Khan and Ivan Ermidys Achievement: Amelia Davis and Alex Clare Outstanding Commitment: Krystal Burudi, Nathanael Kondo, Paulina Krupa, Priyankaa Patel and Jake Rowe Principal’s Award: (outgoing Head Boy / Head Girl) Charlotte Thomas and Yousaf Bhatti Overcoming adversity: Maymunah Basir

Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: This week in PE, Year 7 students have been taking part in an intra-form bench ball tournament and here are the results: 4th place 7SDI/7RAL (8 points), 3rd place 7SDY (14 points), 2nd place 7KTU (20 points), 1st place 7DGL (26 points) A massive well done to all the students for taking part and representing their forms so well.

Mr Nation, Maths Teacher: Congratulations to Year 8 student Abdul Wadood, the winner of Mr Nation’s Calculations. Abdul submitted a correct answer of ‘10’ and his name was drawn from all of the correct entries received. Abdul has won a W H Smith gift voucher. Have a go at this Christmas puzzle. Answers to Mr Nation after the Christmas break.

8th January

Academy re-opens for term 2 at 8.40am 9th January Year 8 Reward trip to the Pantomime 17th January Year 8 Parents Evening 23rd January Sleeping Beauty Pantomime for Years 7&9 1st - 4th Feb Astley Burf for Year 11 students 4th February Positively Mad workshop for Y11 15th - 22nd Feb Ski Trip 18th - 22nd Feb Half term break

On Tuesday we held our first school disco for students in Years 7 and 8. The Academy hall was lit with disco lights and Mr Landers was DJ. Students had a super time dancing the evening away. Due to the success, we will be holding another disco later in the year.

Everyone at the Academy wishes students, parents and carers a merry Christmas and a happy new year. The Academy re-opens to students on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Students should arrive at the Academy in time to start their first lesson at 8.40am.


Tuesday Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding Quorn Cottage Pie

Wednesday Chicken Balti Potato & Chickpea Curry Chicken Balti (H)

Thursday Beef Burger in a Floured Bap Spicy Bean Burger in a Floured Bap Chicken in a Floured Bap (H)

Friday Breaded Cod & Tartar Sauce Cheese & Onion Pasties Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings available daily. Assorted chicken (H) wraps available daily. (H)- Halal option available

INsight - 21st December 2018  
INsight - 21st December 2018