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FURNESS ACADEMY NEWSLETTER Spring 2014

Public Services Group and CoPe take part in voluntary work

In this issue

We were involved in an Insect survey around the school grounds. The survey was to see if the new school build had disturbed animal and insect habitats.

Conclusion From this survey for Cumbria Wildlife Trust we found out that the new build had disturbed animals’ habitats. The new build had cut down established trees and shrubs where animals and Insects live. Although trees and shrubs had been replanted they were not established so there is nowhere for them to go, so we noticed a mass reduction in animals and insects compared to last year’s survey. Hopefully in the future when the trees and shrubs have grown there will be habitats to bring back the insects and the animals. Also some students’ are building an allotment so this may bring insects and animals onto the land.

Library Success House News Table Tennis Champion Penny Wars Rotary Art Competition Science CSI Plug-in Plug-out

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Collectively, Furness Academy students read nearly 650 books in two months which will help obtain books for deprived students in Africa through Book Aid. The highest number of books read by one student, Natalie Cooke, was 88 and Natalie has been entered in the national prize draw for her outstanding effort. Well done and thank you to all students who participated in the completion. Your library salutes you!

We’ve had another term of high participation in our house events. We’ve had 21 house events since September which have included the spelling bee, football, netball, dance-mats, Art, languages, reading and of course the swimming gala for years 7 and 8.

• Langdale winning the most recent event which was the year 7/8 girl’s football, Wasdale coming a close second.

We have a number of competitions coming up including:-

• Borrowdale winning the year 7/8 netball competition

• Pizza bake-off

• Langdale winning the KS4 dance mats competition with Ellen Charnley getting the highest overall score • Hannah Bircher winning the German vocabulary competition for Eskdale and helping Furness Academy being placed 13th overall for the German Challenge Cup Medio. Thanks to Miss Rothnie for organising this.

Loren Hutton 7B1 won the Cumbria U13 Girls’ Table-Tennis Championships

650 Books

Penny Wars Tournament Rotary Art Completion Success Organised by the Rotary Club with a theme of “people”, there were 2 age categories – KS3 and KS4.

Borrowdale and Langdale are currently in joint first place, with Eskdale close behind in 3rd and Wasdale in 4th place.

Recent successes have included:

• Eskdale winning the KS3 dance mats competition with Rebecca Littlehales getting the highest overall score.

Tennis Champion

Thirty students from Years 7 & 8 were awarded prizes for the national reading competition, Read for my School.

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House News Spring 2014

Rebecca won the KS3 internal competition for Eskdale House. The winners were then entered for the Rotary Club competition which Rebecca won. Liam Watson was runner up.

• Bowling • Year 7 and year 9 boys football • Year 7 girls netball • KS4 girls football Taking part in house events are fun and we always aim to have as many students taking part as possible. If there’s an event you want us to run, then please let us know! From the house team Mrs Cook, Mr Leece, Mr Carton, Mrs Currie

Robbie Simpson and James Curtis counting the proceeds

The annual Penny Wars tournament ran this month, with Learning Groups collecting coppers in a jar, whilst trying not to be sabotaged by other learning groups putting silver coin in.

A huge thanks to all who took part in penny wars we raised a massive £470.92. The money will be split for our two school charities Build Africa and Alice’s escapes.

The overall winners are: Most points and most amount of money = 7B1 Mr Goodwin with £36.03 of Copper and £14.78 of Silver (points 3603-1478 = 2125)

Total £50.81

Congratulations Mr Goodwin!

FURNESS ACADEMY SPRING NEWSLETTER 2014

FURNESS ACADEMY SPRING NEWSLETTER 2014


Plug-in Plug-out Showcase Music Concert After the success of the Plug-in Plug-out 2013 Showcase, we decided to follow it up with a 2014 sequel. Classix Academy and Rock Academy have continued to grow and the students were all keen to perform to a live audience. There was a wide variety of musical styles represented, Beethoven to Metallica, Show numbers to solos, Ceilidh to Rock. Moods varied from reflective

through serious to hilarious! There was something for everyone. The students had prepared themselves well and maintained a high standard of performance aided by the atmospheric lighting and sound systems skilfully applied by Mr Kitchin and Shaun Elliott. Ode to Joy into Mr Brightside provided an excellent finale where all the students performed together.

The evening was ably presented by our well known dramatists, Joshua Read and Ryan McLeese who kept the items flowing nicely with entertaining banter and jokes between the numbers. The Music Department would like to thank all those involved in supporting the concert and helping to make it such a memorable event. Keep up the practice!

Science SCI at The Academy

Charity Fundraiser

Students had to plan and carry out a series of chemical tests to identify a number of unknown ionic compounds. The CSI suits and techniques they used were to ensure no contamination of the unknown samples.

Ronan Murphy presenting a cheque to St Marys Hospice in memory of his Nana.

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