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Spring 1 Issue, February 2018

School visit from from Standards Minister

On the day that the official school performance tables were made public, The City Academy, Hackney hosted a visit from the School’s Minister, Nick Gibb, the Jordanian Education Minister Omar Razzaz, representatives from the Department for Education and the Department for International Development. They toured the academy, escorted by selected year 10 prefects and students from the sixth form leadership team. They visited key stage 4 lessons in PE, French, geography and history and spoke to students and teachers in the classrooms. They were particularly keen to question students about the challenge of EBacc subjects, their predicted grades in English, maths, science, geography or history and French or Spanish and their experience of learning a wide range of additional subjects. They were very impressed with the welcome they received from the students, their politeness and professionalism and the engaging learning that they saw in the lessons they visited.

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Well done team Newgate!

During houseweek students get involed in a range activities and competitions in a bid to win tokens for their house. This term Newgate left the competition in the dust by earning a whopping 745 944 tokens.




This Half Term @ TheCityAcad

Ms Zembron earns the Academy Arts Award Status! After months of hard work and completing a bronze and silver level in advisor training, our own music teacher Ms Zembron has earned the academy the right to work as an Arts Award Centre. The Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England and develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Students may explore any arts, media or cultural activity, such as music, literature, film-making or drama, or technical and support roles such as arts marketing, stage lighting and web design. Starting with our Music Academy Scholars, students will have the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification in the Arts. To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Students will create a portfolio to keep a record of their journey and will be supported by Ms Zembron, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Year 11 students Ferdosi Abbott and Jakaria Uddin were given the opportunity to attend the London Government Dinner at Mansion House at the start of the year. Keynote speakers included the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. “Last month I was given the opportunity to attend the London Government Dinner at Mansion House. It was a very elegant dinner, where I was able to meet the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. I had the opportunity to develop connections with The Chair of London Councillors, the Sword Bearer and other well respected political members of parliament. The dinner was an amazing experience and gave me the chance to represent the school and interact with well-respected members of parliament.” - Ferdosi Abbott year 12. “It was interesting listening to Sadiq Khan’s speech - the process and potential outcomes of Brexit, followed by the memorable yet tragic event that occurred at Grenfell Tower. It was inspiring that The Mayor wanted to exemplify this opportunity of unity to continue through the upcoming year.” - Jakaria Uddin year 12.

KS4 Students sat a UKMT intermediate maths competition this half term. The competition is sat by many top students around the country and its aim is to stimulate mathematical thinking and problem solving. The top-scoring 40% of all participants will be awarded bronze, silver and gold certificates, winners will be announced in the next few weeks. “Fun, enjoyable, exciting and challenging” - Basil Year 11

In preparation for the Year 8 Science Fair students have been enjoying practical experiments. Investigating questions such as: How far does a paper aeroplane fly? How acidic is my drink? and Does sound frequency affect the taste of chocolate? As seen below, some students have chosen to test the conductivity of different fruits. Students will be collecting results and presenting them to the class.

Music Academy Scholars met their Guildhall school mentors for the first time this half term. As part of the new City Music Academy initiative, we have recruited current musicians studying at the Guildhall – a world renowned conservatoire in the City – to act as musical personal advisers for our scholars.

City Conferencing Business students pitched their Business ideas to the CEO of Inspire and his team. The Inspire team later commented on how impressed they were with the CCB students professionalism and the students secured a massive £70 to host their next meeting here at the Academy.

The first meeting proved very fruitful, and generated lots of ideas to expand our students’ experiences in the music world!

Student Council Food Tasting.

As part of our ongoing effort to engage and include students in all aspects of school life, the Student Council have been taste testing the new Spring menu. Students found the process ‘amazing’ and ‘enjoyable’ giving them a ‘good chance to rate the food and give feedback’. However also believed that there could be room for ‘more vegetarian options’. Head Chef Arno will be looking closely at the Student Councils feedback forms whilst considering the menu for next term.

Selected students participated in the Active Row East London Competition organised by London Youth Rowing and held at Sports Dock at UEL. Students rowed for a certain time and the furthest distance recorded won. Medal Winners: Year 7 Girls – Chemar Wagstaffe – Bronze medal Year 8 Girls – Jemima Yando – Silver medal Year 8 Boys – Festus Sunday – Gold medal Year 11 Boys – Finn Endres – Gold medal

Other sporting highlights In rugby, our year 7/8 team beat Skinners Academy 20-5. Top scorers being Charlie Ashcroft, Khareem Hamilton and Tom Dickson. In Netball our year 8’s won the Hackney League and the U14’s won the Essex Cup plate, beating Emmerson Park 14-12. In Saturday league football our year 8 team beat Mossbourne Victoria Park 7-2 and our year 9 team beat Mossbourne Community Academy 2-1.

Tomi Ojamomi 52 Niko Richards/ Imogen Sheaff 34

Accelerated Readers of the Week.

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Most Merits Earned in a Week

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Students read 57,254,225 words this half term!

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Dates to remember Monday 19th February - Year 9 & 10 Parent Day. Tuesday 20th - Thursday 22nd February - Consultation Week for 7,8 & 11. Appointments have been sent out in the post. Wednesday 28th February - No additional studies due to staff training. School will finish at 3.30pm. Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th March - English and Maths GCSE Mocks. Friday 30th March - Bank Holiday. School closed. Monday 2nd - Friday 13th April - Easter Holidays.

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