ACADEMY NEWS Welcome to our New Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl
Madrid Football Tour 2014 Students tour Real Madrid’s ground Santiago Bernabéu Lincolnshire Road Safety Students see 2fast2soon performance
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy Newsletter Issue 91 May 2014
On the Front Cover
Welcome As we enter our final half term for this academic year, current year 11, 12 and 13 students are in the midst of their examinations and we continue to wish them all the very best of luck.
Congratulations to our new Head Boy Tom Brookhouse, Head Girl Beth Wingad, Deputy Head Boy Jake Hill and Deputy Head Girl Hayley Golton.
Thank you to the outgoing students; Ben Housam Head Boy, Georgia Denton Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy Liam Terry and Deputy Head Girl Somer Fufalko. We wish you all very well in your future studies.
Last half term was very short however full of activities. We have continued to offer a broad range of extra curricula activities for our students believing wider experiences enhance their education. Our two year Comenius project ended with all partner schools visiting SPRA and making their own video. Our trips to Madrid and St Petersburg were a huge success. It is great to hear about student successes outside of school and to be able to celebrate these too recognising the wide range of strengths and talents our students have. Congratulations to Lauren Rycroft, James Jolly and Jodie Hughes. Read all about these stories in this newsletter. I remain immensely proud of our students the way they conduct themselves on visits and trips and their true desire to get involved as shown by this year’s hustings for head boy and girl, where the standard was very high. I welcome our new new head boy, head girl and student leadership team and look forward to working with them over the coming year. As I look at the calendar of events for next half term I am looking forward to workwise day where local employers will provide our students with a taster of working life; our annual sports day and towards the end of the year celebrating student’s individual achievements in our awards evening to mention just a few. Helen Renard Headteacher
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June Monday 2
Start of Term 6
Wednesday 18 7pm Y12 Parents’ UCAS Info. Eve Tuesday 24
Y6 Induction Day
6pm Y6 Parents’ Eve
Thu 26 & Fri 27 Goals for Life Monday 30
6th Form Induction Parents’ Eve @NK
July Wednesday 2
Y5 Transition Evening
End of Term 6
We ask that no oranges, mandarins, tangerines or orange flavoured drinks are brought on to site. One of our members of staff is highly allergic to oranges; even their smell can be potentially life threatening due to anaphalactic shock. Thanks to everyone for your help and also for being understanding.
RP Showcase Finalists Congratulations to our Showcase finalists: James Kelly, Lauren Rycroft, James Jolly & Ben Janisch and The Statues. These students will be representing the school on 26 June in the final at the Terry O’Toole Theatre against other schools in Lincolnshire.
St Petersburg Visit We were all excited as the mini bus set off for Heathrow Airport in the middle of the night. In a few hours we would be arriving in Russia, somewhere we thought we would probably never visit. How would we manage with the Cyrillic alphabet and using our Russian in real life situation? It was fascinating! The architecture is so beautiful and there was so much to take in. We toured the city visiting all the famous landmarks. We were privileged to be able to enter an active church holding a service – a beautiful choir singing and am amazing atmosphere. Then we tried out lunch in a typical Russian pancake house ‘Teramok’ – ordering in Russian was quite a challenge. Some really yummy fillings. The afternoon
was a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress – part museum, part former prison – amazing. Next day it was off to the world famous Hermitage – even more amazing architecture and art work. We even managed to make our way there on the Metro – fast and efficient. Our afternoon slice of culture was a little more up to date and the best of fun. We were taken to the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games. You will probably have guessed that we had to have a go on all the machines, using old Russian kopeks. It became extremely competitive and such fun. The evening took us to a former palace for a Russian Folk Show. What amazing singing and dancing, all in traditional costumes. A fabulous orchestra with a traditional balalaika. In the interval we had our own table of hors d’oeuvres and drinks and an orchestra was playing. Quite surreal. Our last day involved much souvenir shopping, ordering a Subway in Russian – difficult enough in English!! The sun was shining and all was well with the world.
Matilda Following the success of the school production of Hairspray the musical, 42 cast members went to London’s West End to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit show: Matilda! Having entered the theatre, it was amazing to see the stage already set for what would be a real spectacle. As the show began it was clear to see why this show has received so many rave reviews, including several from members of our group. The show followed the Roald Dahl novel and swept us along as we watched Matilda and her friends settle into school, meeting the lovely Miss Honey and suffering the dreaded ‘Phys Ed’ run by the terrifying
Miss Trunchbull. From torturing students to wheeling around on her very own scooter, you could not help but like the horrid head of the academy. The cast featured many young performers, similar in age to many of our own students, all of whom performed to the highest of standards. It was a real treat for our students and a well deserved reward for all their hard work in the school show. As teachers it gave us a fantastic opportunity to spend more time with the students who got involved both on and off stage. With Hairspray now firmly behind us, it is with great anticipation that the next school production is in our sights, with auditions being held in the summer term.
So what’s the next production I hear you ask? Well, we’re still keeping that under wraps for now, but watch this space…
Sport Update Athletics A number of students attended the district athletics trials on Wednesday 22nd May. The following students qualified to represent the district at the county championships on Saturday 14th June: Will Brewer Megan O’Connor Cross-country Ben Jones Congratulations to Amber Owens, Joe Jones Mya Webb, Joe Green, Adam Lilley, Lewis Tinsley Joe Jones and Ben Jones who qualiSian Jones fied for and competed at the County Amber Owens Athletics Championships. From this Amber Owens, Joe Green Tilly Owens competed at the Anglian Cross Lauren Owens Country Championships (Adam was ill). Anyone interested in taking part in Amber Owens and Adam Lilley athletics should attend the practice qualified for and competed at the sessions on Mondays. National Championships, this is a huge achievement – well done! Cricket & rounders Amber finished 303rd and Adam Leagues are now underway for 290th. This is the 3rd year in a row Sir Robert Pattinson Academy have Years 7-10. Don’t forget to attend had students compete at a national the practice sessions on Tuesdays. level in cross-country.
Year 7 Trip to Boulogne
Football & netball Easter saw the end of the football and netball leagues. This year we have competed in the A leagues and displayed some very good performances. The Year 7 football team and the Year 11 netball team finished 3rd in their respective leagues.
Jodie Hughes (8.1) Jodie rides weekly at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Kesteven group based at Hough on the Hill http://www. kestevenrda.co.uk Jodie was selected as one of eight from the group to enter the Regional RDA competition at Somerby Leicestershire on the Horse Emily. Jodie condition of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) allows her to compete in 16 and under Class, where she was ranked 1st receiving her rosettes from triple gold Olympian Mr Andrew Hoy OAM. Having won her Regionals Jodie has now qualified for the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College in Gloustershire 18-20 July which is the biggest event of its kind anywhere in the world for disabled riders.
Year 7 students are currently on a trip to Boulogne here are the first two entries from their blog... The end of a very long day... 21 May 2014 We’ve all just got back from our sweet factory adventure.... We had a few volunteers to help make the sweets and plenty who were willing to try them! We are all very full after our lovely dinner and now off to bed ready for another busy day tomorrow. Night all! Day 2.... 22 May 2014 Our day started with a shopping trip to the market where the students practised their French to purchase items and even haggle! After buying a selection of nibbles for lunch, numerous hats and a bundle of sunglasses we headed to the park for a picnic and luckily had nicer weather than back in England to enjoy our food! The trip to the aquarium was great fun.... We all enjoyed the sea lion show, stroking the sting rays and admiring the penguins! Check out our website for more news.
Madrid Football Tour 2014 43 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 took part in a football tour to Madrid in April. When in Madrid students received expert coaching at the Spanish FA headquarters by Spanish FA coaches and played fixtures against local opposition.
technical aspects of their games. When training and travelling students looked extremely professional in the tour kit, kindly provided by RAF Careers.
Students also had the opportunity to visit the national football museum, tour Real Madrid’s ground Santiago Bernabéu and attend a Primera División fixture at Vicente Calderón between newly crowned champions Atlético Madrid and Villarreal. Students performed very well in training and matches, developing
Comenius Update A group of 22 students at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy have completed a two-year long international media project which took them across Europe. They have worked alongside pupils from Italy, Finland Romania, Turkey, Poland and Slovakia to create newspapers and videos. The EU-funded project, called TIME Comenius, is designed to create better understanding between European countries of each other’s cultures, languages and values.
partners in Europe. We hope to develop these connections to continue the development of the school.” Dana Moraru, from the Gheorge Lazar National College in Bucharest, who has the original idea for the project, said the work had helped build bridges between the different communities involved. “There were a lot of different approaches and points of view among the students but they have quickly learnt to overcome those differences of culture, nationality and language and have learnt to work together with understanding and tolerance,” she said. “It’s been a very positive experience for everyone.” The pupils visited Romania in November 2012, Italy in February last year, Finland in April 2013, Slovakia in September 2013, Turkey last November and Poland in February this year before finishing in Lincoln last week. The programme is just the latest in a series of international projects undertaken by the school. It has already established a partnership with a school in Lebanon and is about to embark on a PE-based project involving schools in Spain, Italy and Turkey.
Students and staff from each of the six schools involved travelled to each country to complete a series of media development tasks, staying with host families. The final stage of the project took place in Lincoln with 43 teachers and youngsters visiting the city to produce a final video report to summarise the programme. The pupils have learnt interview techniques, production skills, the ethics of journalism, the latest media developments and writing. “It’s been a fantastic programme which has not only taught the pupils 21st century media skills but has exposed them to different cultures, languages and experiences,” said Nadia Grishchenko, the teacher at Robert Pattinson who has led the Lincoln team. “The project has enriched the personal and educational lives of our students but also helped forge links between our school and potential
“The school is committed to giving our pupils opportunities for lifechanging experiences and to ensure we develop our facilities and skills by learning as much as we can from schools across Europe,” said head teacher Helen Renard.
LSSG Revision Day
Big Think Competition
The mathematics department held their annual LSSG GCSE Mathematics Revision Day on Wednesday 23rd April. The day was a huge success, with over 100 students attending from five different secondary schools, including over twenty of our own students.
After much deliberation and cross curricular marking, the winners of The Big Think KS3 Essay writing competition are as follows:
The day involved revision of key topics, developing examination techniques and preparing students for their GCSE. Students were able to appreciate a range of approaches to solving problems after discussing ideas with students and teachers from different schools.
Ist Place, winning £40 of vouchers was Josiah McNeil of 8.7. The three runners up, each winning £10 of vouchers are: • Ryan Watson 9.6 • Jack Whittam 9.3 • Jessica Greatwood 7.4 Congratulations to all the
As well as all the hard work, the students had the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day for their participation and effort in both written work and game based activities. The day ended with everyone coming together for a quiz that consolidated everything they had learnt and developed that day.
entrants who will receive an “Independent Learner” award: • Thomas Davey • Summer Clark • Annie-Mae Haines • Grace Peace • Daniel Davies • Holly Ringland • Kieran Read • Leah Baker • Lauren Owens • Tilly Owens • Jacob Mansfield
At the end of the day, as a reward for all their hard work, the students were able to take advantage of the Showroom facilities, including arcade games and the pool table.
House Update Females into Engineering These Y8 students spent two days, split between Siemens and Lincoln College undertaking engineering activities. Students had to apply to take part in the event and the 6 successful applicants are named below. The event is to raise the profile of engineering with female students in order to promote STEM type
subjects and engineering careers in general and specifically as an option beyond the age of 16. From left to right. Lily Clark, Sophie Luckcuck, Emily Traves, Jodie Morgan, Hannah Exton, Leah Schofield
Latest scores; 1st Windsor 2nd York 3rd Tudor 4th Stuart
This term they have competed in the House ‘Pub’ Quiz and bowling.
Student update Craig Hopkinson is doing work experience at The Mail on Sunday. Lauren Rycroft is through to the second round of The Voice. James Jolly has got a record contract. Cadet Flight Sergeant Stephanie Nock was presented with her G2 award which means that she is now a graded pilot on the Viking glider and can go solo! She’s now working towards her G1 to take up visiting cadets and teach the basic Gliding Induction Course. Jordan Strathon’s time of 2m17s earnt him 5th place in the Midland’s District Swimming Championships 200m backstroke event. He trains with Lincoln Trident Swimming Academy but represented Lincoln Vulcan’s Swimming Club in what is a high level event in the sport. Congratulations and well done to all our students.
2Fast2Soon The 2fast2soon programme is aimed at educating, training and protecting drivers aged up to 24. The hard-hitting 2Fast2Soon initiative presents emotive messages in the form of an educational drama based on real events, combined with follow-up workshops and practical training to alter dangerous driving behaviours. Phase one of the programme is a realistically-presented educational drama, this was performed in the school hall. The team, from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, came with the latest theatre equipment. The team of six people set up within the hour ready to perform the production ‘Kirsty’s story’ to the audience of students. Sir Robert Pattinson Academy student Craig Hopkinson, who won first prize in the Baillie Gifford & Financial Mail Young Writers’ Competition 2014, wrote a review of the production. Please see our website. “The 2fast2soon show and workshop were very powerful and were a real eye opener to us all. The hard hitting true story moved us all and when Kirsty’s father spoke to us all I thought that was incredibly brave of him and it really put the message across that speed is real and life
Exam Results GCE results are received on Thursday 14 August 2014. GCSE results are received on Thursday 21 August 2014. Students will be able to collect results, on production of valid ID, in person between 09:00 am and 12:00 noon. Any results which have not been collected at that time will be put in the first-class post to the home address we have on file. (It is your responsibility to ensure that we have your correct address and contact details.) If you want results collected by someone other than yourself or if you want them posted to a different address, please collect, complete and return the relevant form from the Exams Office. Results will not be given to any other person without this written consent. Please note: these results are only provisional, your actual results are on your certificates which usually arrive at the centre by the beginning of November. You will be sent notification of when these are ready for collection – so, plase keep us up-to-date with your contact details.
Lincoln Music Festival
changing. I loved how interactive the workshops were and I didn’t think it would be as useful as it was. Even though I am not driving yet, when I do I will be a lot more aware of the dangers involved.” In 2010 2fast2soon received the acclaimed Prince Michael of Kent International award for road safety education! 2fast2soon has greatly contributed to reductions in those killed and serious injuries (KSI) for young drivers and their passengers!
School Sailing It must be the end of the winter weather as school sailing has started! We have had fabulous weather thus far – although a distinctive lack of wind had not stopped the students from enjoying themselves. School sailing is open to all year groups and we sail on a Wednesday after school until 6.00 p.m. at the Hykeham Sailing club. Any students who are interested in learning to sail, or any students who have experience and wish to sail, please contact Mrs. Sallis in the science department.
Some of our students competeted in the Lincoln Music Festival 2014. Our heartfelt congratulations go to DonnaLea Miller for achieving 1st place in the Piano Repertoire for the second year running, and also to Sam Swannack for achieving 1st place in the Brass Solo.
Science - Year 10 visit “The Big Bang” Fair Year 10 students visited the Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham where they were able to experience how the subjects they are studying can lead to future careers and highlighting the exciting opportunities that exist for young people with a science, technology, engineering and maths background. Students not only met inspiring role models, but they were able to interact with all the exhibits. They found out about out about ‘snot’ and immunology, used forensic science to solve a crime, got hands on with the engineering behind a rally car and Formula 1 and demonstrated their skills when building bridges from chocolate.
This Month’s Artwork This month’s artwork is a painting created by Josephine Bennie 11.3, for her final GCSE Art exam. The painting was created in reaction to the title ‘Dental Care’ which was set by the exam board. Jo has ten hour to complete the painting which is inspired by the work of James Rosenquist. Jo is a gifted artist and has been successful in her application to sixth form to study A Level Art.