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24th May 2019
Mr Landers, Principal: It has been a fast and furious half term here at Pegasus with lots of exciting things going on. Firstly, I am immensely proud of how our Year 11 students have approached their examinations. They are nearly half way through and, supported by our fabulous staff, have really given it everything they have got. With three more weeks of examinations after the break, half term is vitally important, not just for some key revision but also to relax and spend time with friends and family. Year 10 are beginning to step up with improved attendance and punctuality. This will be vital in ensuring their success this year. They also have the prospect of a weeklong college experience with our sponsor Dudley College next half term, where we will be working closely with them to explore their next steps. Year 9 students not only have been working hard in lessons but have participated in many out of school events including a Business Speed Networking session at Wolverhampton Racecourse, charity work for the White House Cancer Trust and the Big Bang Science event at the NEC. Year 8 have now completed their GCSE pathways and we will send out confirmation letters after the holiday. I have been pleased with the maturity shown when considering options with students on the whole making good decisions on what to study at Key Stage 4. Year 7 have yet again had an action packed term with pupils having opportunities to go on the Ingestre Hall Arts Residential and take part in a project run by the Welsh National Opera. The schedule for next term is already filling up with the whole of Year 7 going to Ludlow Castle as part of their Literacy for Life work and a range of exciting activities including visits to theme parks as part of our enrichment week. Once again, can I thank all parents and carers for your continued support and wish you a great bank holiday weekend and half-term.
Mrs Lawson, Vice Principal: WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT PARENTS DO NOT BOOK A FAMILY HOLIDAY DURING TERM TIME As a school we do not authorise any holidays during term time. It is important that children get their full entitlement of education as this can impact significantly on their learning and life chances. Every day counts in school and missed learning is difficult to catch up. It is a proven fact there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. If you are planning on taking your child out of school during term time you will need to complete a Leave of Absence Request form providing your intended dates, before your child takes any time off school. This is available from the Academy upon request and completed forms should be returned there. This is then passed to the Principal for consideration and approval. Term time holidays will not be authorised and you may be liable to a fixed term Penalty Notice if you chose to take your child on holiday during term time.
Miss Griffiths, Assistant Principal: During assemblies and form time all learners have watched footage and have had discussions around the risks, triggers and what to do about CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and CCE (Child Criminal Exploitation). As this has been in the news a lot recently it is important to openly discuss matters such as these with our youngsters. In addition to this all Year 10 learners participated in some interactive workshops and sessions addressing the issues of anti-extremism and radicalisation. The sessions were led by an external agency called Creative Saltmine, a group aimed at addressing up-to-date issues with young people. The response from our Year 10 learners was measured and quite insightful. Please be reminded that if you have anything you wish to talk to us about that is safeguarding in nature there is a dedicated team in school who are happy to listen or help.
Mr Landers, Principal: To
assist our Year 11 students with their examinations, a number of revision sessions will take place over the half-term break. All students have been given a timetable and below is a copy as a reminder. Please encourage your child to attend all relevant sessions.
Mrs Lawson, Vice Principal: The Year 10 Geographers headed to Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire this week to do the physical field work component of their GCSE. They measured parts of the river and got to experience geography in action! A good time was had by all; the pupils were incredibly positive about the day out and were superbly behaved. The sun even came out for us too! Jake Smith said “Carding Mill Valley was an amazing place and I would recommend it for another Geography trip. It is an educational goldmine for river data and field work.”
Mr Landers, Principal: I am pleased to announce that we have again secured £1.6 million to upgrade our school buildings through a successful Condition Improvement Fund. Following on from lasts years’ improvements in A block, this new funding will be used to replace the heating and windows in B Block which houses English and mathematics. This alongside the renovation of our current humanities floor for our Year 8 Literacy for Life pupils will really make a much needed difference to the school environment.
Mrs Turton, AIG Career and Aspiration Advisor: A group of Year 9 students attended a Careers Speed Networking event with the aim of gaining a clear picture of the array of career opportunities available to them. They had the opportunity to be involved in up to sixteen speed networking sessions lasting five minutes each. During this time they had the chance, using their prepared questions, to speak directly to industry experts about routes into careers, general work activities, and opportunities for employment and apprenticeships across key sectors. Nikita-Jorja Johnson and Katie Hadley wrote: “We met BBC presenter Jay Blades who gave a speech about his charity and how he helps young people. We interviewed various people with different careers and we learnt a lot about different post 16 pathways. We really enjoyed the experience.”
As part of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Festival a group of Year 10 students visited local business Thomas Dudley. Prior to the visit they spoke to students about how they thought businesses could help them prepare for the world of work. During the visit they put the students’ ideas to business leaders. These ideas included how businesses could provide mentoring, assemblies, help with business skills and work taster sessions. Nital Patel wrote: “We presented our ideas of how businesses could help students to get prepared for work. At the start I was quite nervous to speak in front of all the people but my confidence soon grew. I would be happy to do it again. I had a wonderful day.”
Year 10 students from Pegasus, Beacon Hill and St James attended a ‘Business in a Post Brexit Britain’ event at The University of Wolverhampton Science Park. The event was based on the ramifications of Brexit on businesses. The students asked a variety of education based questions to the panel which included Adam Marshall - Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce. Our students were excellent ambassadors for the Trust.
Congratulations to Darren Omobogie who cracked the code - 042. Darren has won a WH Smith gift voucher.
Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: A group of Year 7-9 students have been attending rugby coaching sessions after school on a Wednesdays, which have been excellently run by Dudley College students. This week the students went to Dudley College to take part in the first ever DAT Mixed Touch Rugby Tournament where all four schools competed. It was a pleasure to see all the students enjoying themselves and putting their new skills into practice by scoring loads of tries.
Here are some of the students who represented the Academy: Daniel Bains, Katie Criddle, Jack Drabble, Paige Drabble, Parmasher Grewal, Dylan Newman, Sam Shorthouse, Lewis Walker and Emily Wingrove-Malpass.
Mr Simpson, Music Teacher: Over the past three months Year 7 students Sameer Abbas, Sophie Blatchford, Ella Homer, Joslin Omobogie and Rehaan Sulaiman have been working with the other schools in the DAT putting together their very own opera. Last night they had the fantastic opportunity to perform with the world famous Welsh National Opera at the University of Wolverhampton. All the students worked extremely hard to learn challenging songs and remember scenes they had devised themselves. This has been the first of many collaborative musical performances we will be putting together. Watch this space for the next exciting opportunity! Well done to all the students involved.
24th May 3rd June 24th June 1st - 5th July 5th July 12th July 16th July 15th-18th July 18th July
Half term commences Academy re-opens Year 10 examinations Y10 College Taster Week Year 11 Prom DAT Sports Day Year 9 College Taster Day Enrichment Week Paris/Barcelona Trip End of term
Parents of Year 10 students will have the opportunity to meet with their child's subject teachers on Thursday 13th June. Letters will be sent home shortly informing you of the online booking process.
Mrs Lawson, Vice Principal: We continue to have a number of students arriving at the Academy without ties. If this occurs, it is the students responsibility to obtain a loan tie prior to attending lessons. This should be returned at the end of the day. Ties not returned will be charged at ÂŁ5.00. If students lose or break their own tie, they must purchase a replacement from the Academy shop.