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Please donate second hand uniform Parent Staff Association second hand uniform shop This academic year - alongside the events they run each term our Parent Staff Association (PSA) has set up a second hand uniform shop to help support our lowincome families. This is a fantastic initiative and one parents/carers are already supporting and benefitting from. Are you a parent of a student in year 11? Please donate their blazer and/or any uniform items in good condition to the PSA second hand uniform shop. Sales take place at events such as Parent Days and during Consultation Week, and this summer we would also like to offer some items to the new families joining us in September. All items are made available to parents at the lowest possible prices (covering cleaning costs etc.) and any profits are put towards the running costs of PSA events held throughout the year including our Subject Evenings, meetings, International Food Evening and quiz nights.

What’s in a name? Our annual Key Stage 3 Shakespeare production: Romeo and Juliet We ended this half term, as we do each year, with our annual Key Stage 3 Shakespeare production. Having previously presented Othello, played out on the basketball court, this year saw Romeo and Juliet receive the Bollywood treatment. Our cast of more than sixty students, predominantly from year 7, welcomed some familiar faces from our local primary schools to watch a preview performance in the afternoon before the main show for parents and students in the evening.

With a story so familiar and a cast so large, each act of the play saw two or more young performers switching roles, each taking their turn in playing the part of either Romeo or Juliet. The abridged and adapted script incorporated Bengali and Sylheti words and phrases as well as Bollywood dance routes and Indian drumming performed live by our talented, accompanying musicians. Thank you to all the parents/carers who came to watch the show, and to our Parent Staff Association for providing the cakes and refreshments for the evening.

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Thanks also go to our drama staff: Ms Rajoo, Ms Obi and Mr. Thomas. Most importantly, thank you and well done to all the actors whose talent, dedication and commitment helped deliver another memorable performance.

For more information please contact the Chair of the PSA, Stephen Webster, or visit the Parents section on our website: www.thecityacademy.org.

More photos from the show can be found on our website and Flickr photo gallery (listed below). Still to come between now and the end of the academic year: our first year 8 music recital; sports day; our end of term music, Little Shop of Horrors. Please refer to the list of key dates (reverse) or the Events page on our website for details.

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Half term highlights

Top merit winners this half term

Our first exam season

Top achievers from our weekly merit report

The first summer term of 2014 was yet another in a series of firsts for The City Academy, Hackney. This half term our year 11 students were the first to begin taking their GCSE exams. Two more weeks and ‘exam season’ will have ended for another year and we look forward to some excellent results this summer.

Congratulations to all of our top merit winners from each week of this half term. Parents/students - don’t forget you can track all behaviour events (both positive and negative), attendance, punctuality and timetables by logging in to your ePortal account. Follow the links from the Students or Parents pages on our website: www.thecityacademy.org.

Although year 11 will soon be leaving - many of whom will return to our Sixth Form in September - there are lots of events to look forward to between now and the end of the academic year including concerts, musicals and sports day.

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Students race to read one million words

All students are expected to have a reading book with them at all times - as part of their essential equipment - and students in Key Stage 3 are also set reading targets assessed through Accelerated Reader quizzes.

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Well done to all the students awarded Accelerated Reader of the Week this half term. A record of all previous winners plus further information about our library services, competitions, resources and links to our online catalogue can be found on the Library page: www.thecityacademy.org/students/library.

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Accelerated Readers of the week

Good luck to all those students entered into our first prize draw at the end of the year.

In addition to the merits and awards offered to those who meet their reading targets each term, Ms Towers and the library team have introduced ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire.’ Any student who manages to read one million words or more in a term (there’s already one and we’re only half way through the term) gets entered into a prize draw to win a Westfield shopping voucher.

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So what does one million words look like? How many books would you need to read? Well, even though one student has already reached the target, it certainly isn’t that easy to achieve. All seven Harry Potter books would get you there. Whereas, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit combined wouldn’t quite be enough.

Reading forms a very important part of life and learning for our students at The City Academy, Hackney. As a result, our staff and library team always look to encourage reading for pleasure.

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The sky’s the limit Year 11 high fliers take to the skies with the Air League At the end of last term, a squadron of our top achieving year 11 students were treated to a day’s flying. Thanks to the Air League, whose aim it is to promote aviation and aerospace career opportunities,

20 lucky students were invited to a taster day which included a trial lesson and flight in a glider over the Oxfordshire hills.

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Having already finished second in the national league our team of students ‘argued’ their way into the finals, placing them in the top 8 of all the (200+) schools participating in the competition across the country. When it comes to literacy and oracy skills, public speaking is equally as important as reading regularly and, in most cases, a lot more nerveracking too.

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Now in its second year, congratulations go to Emmanuel (pictured, above) who impressed our panel of teachers, sponsors, governors and catering staff.

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Key dates for the half term ahead Monday 2 June Year 9/10 Parent Day, 1.30 - 8 p.m.

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Parents/Carers and students should attend during their allocated time. The academy is closed to all students in years 7 and 8. Year 11 students must attend their exams and revision classes as planned.

Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 June Year 7/8 Consultation Week, 3.50 - 5.30 p.m.

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Parents/Carers and students in years 7 and 8 are invited to meet with their Personal Advisers during Additional Studies on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are no Additional Studies classes this week as appointments take place between 3.50 - 5.30 p.m.

Thursday 12 June Last Additional Studies

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Monday 16 June Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly, 8.25 a.m.

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Friday 27 June Year 11 - Class of 2014 Prom

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Thursday 3 July Year 8 Project Band music recital, 5.30 p.m.

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Thursday 10 July Year 6/12 Induction (academy closed)

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All year 11 students should arrive at 8.25 a.m. in formal attire. Years 7-10 have a late start and should arrive at 10.40 a.m. on this day. 27

Our year 11 students - having finished all their GCSE exams - say farewell at our Class of 2014 Prom at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 3

All parents/carers are welcome to join us to celebrate the end of the first year of our year 8 music project. 10

Our new, year 6 students, joining us in September, will be visiting for the day along with those attending our Sixth Form. The academy will be closed to all other students.

The best team won Mixed netball: year 11 take on the teachers What better way to end the half term and mark the midpoint of our year 11 students’ GCSE exams than challenging them to a game of netball? Heading into the game - with what turned out to be some clearly unfounded confidence - our teachers were sure they could cause an upset and challenge for the win. With a year 11 squad comprising Academy Cup winners, as well as individual players who have had borough and national team call-ups,

Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 July Little Shop of Horrors

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Tickets for our end of term musical production will be available on www.ParentPay.com from the beginning of June.

the result was only ever going to go one way. Despite a mini comeback thanks to the late scoring of supersub, Mr. Goulbourne, the students won convincingly, 16-7. The teachers might have had a better chance if they knew the rules!

Thursday 17 July Sports Day

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The match was a lot of fun. Students lined the Sports Hall on Friday afternoon, cheering on their team of choice (an obvious choice). Thanks go to the PE department for organising the event and Ms McClennon for refereeing the game fairly and firmly.

Friday 18 July Last day of term / Achievement Assembly

We end the day and the term with our annual Achievement Assembly, celebrating academic attainment, sporting success, our top merit winners, and top readers. Students will be dismissed between 3.20 and 3.40 p.m. for the school holidays.

More photos from the match can be found on our Flickr page.

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The academy ends every academic year with Sports Day. All 900 students will participate in a range of track and field events at Lea Valley Athletics Centre, earning points for their House. 18

Start of the 2014/15 school year Friday 5 September Year 7 and 12 Induction only

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All other students return on Monday 8 September. 2

This is a late start to the year to allow our staff to prepare for the opening of our Sixth Form. The City Academy, Hackney is sponsored by KPMG and the City of London Corporation. The City Academy, Hackney is a registered company. Registered in England No. 6382192 Registered office: The City Academy, Hackney, London, E9 6EA. Registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Charity No. 1121963

For an up-to-date list of events and term dates please visit the Events page on our website: www.thecityacademy.org/events.


The City Times - June 2014