“The students were an absolute delight from start to finish. They were punctual to all meeting points – most, in fact, arrived early and were attentive when I gave out key information about the timings and organisation of the day. All English Language students were focused throughout the conference; I asked – and received – PowerPoints from the day to use as a follow-up with both classes from next week.
In terms of the four hours’ free time in the afternoon, I would vehemently argue the wider cultural value for the students. Most hadn’t been to London before: they hadn’t used the Underground, they weren’t familiar with newsstands displaying globally published newspapers, didn’t understand what ‘Do you wish to add a gratuity?’ meant on the debit card machine. I was careful to point out that when we came out of the conference near Holborn, the students were very welcome to walk with us to Covent Garden – where there were more shopping opportunities – and separate from that point. Only five or six took us up on the offer; the remaining students were keen to explore the city in their small groups, use the Tube and generally spread their wings.
I spoke with all students throughout the afternoon via the school mobile at various points. I was so impressed that Callum Whitby saw my missed call as he’d gone for the Tube and had called me back when he resurfaced, to check everything was okay.
In spite of all students behaving immaculately, I would single out Mason Hill and James Chapman as being particularly exemplary. Mason Hill spent his lunchtime perusing humanist and atheist books in the library situated within Conway Hall, where the conference was held. He and James ate breakfast in the diner where we were yesterday morning and could be heard wondering aloud if they should clear their own plates. The customers didn’t do this – is was part of the service, but James could be heard to answer, ‘Yeah, I think we should.’ That was such a heartening thing to hear – Mr Baillie will testify that I was beaming with pride by this point. Additionally, James – who hadn’t been to London before yesterday – helped Danni Bersantie when there was a risk of her not exiting the Underground Tube at a particular stop.
I have led this tip twice previously with students from Alsager School and am keen to stress that the behaviour of our students far outshines that of theirs. I’m proud to work at the Academy and yesterday crystallised that pride. Polite, jovial and open to the sense of newness at all times, the trip could not have gone more smoothly. Particular thanks to Mr Cartwright for offering to collect the vast majority of students in the morning via the minibus”.
Sixty students from years 7 and 8 enjoyed a special Reading Champions Breakfast in the Library this Friday morning. All our Accelerated Reader Silver and Gold award winners were treated to a bacon or sausage muffin, toast, tea, coffee and orange juice.
To achieve the Silver award students have read and passed between four and nine quizzes on Accelerated Reader during the half term January – February 2014. To achieve the Gold Award students passed over ten quizzes. These students will also be receiving a special Gold Award winners prize. Students also received a special certificate and chocolate bar in their House Assemblies to celebrate their achievements.
Well done also to our Bronze Award winners who read and passed three quizzes in the first half term of this year. These students have also received a certificate and chocolate bar in House Assemblies.
A special thank you to Anne and Barbara for the delicious breakfast. Many thanks also to Mrs Falconer and Mrs Aird for their continuing support.
This year the Academy teamed up with Asda to celebrate World Book Day. Many thanks to Caroline Cocklin and Ruth Houghton from Asda Winsford and Winsford Town Mayor, Michael Kennedy for their support with the event.
Year 8 students took part in a Library workshop and were invited to create their own book character, and consider what their character would look like and how they would behave. We had some very imaginative and creative entries ranging from characters such as ‘The Prophet of the Outcasts’ to ‘Glenda the Groovy Granny.’ Amy Gaskell was declared the winner and was awarded a book by Winsford Town Mayor, Cllr Michael Kennedy.
Students have also taken part in Asda’s short story competition, writing a short story in under 500 words. All entries from the Academy and other local schools have been displayed in Asda Winsford and customers have been voting for their favourites in the run up to World Book Day. Megan Taylor was declared the winner of the competition, receiving a £10 Asda gift voucher and a World Book Day book.
All students taking part in the workshop received a World Book Day £1 voucher and a free World Book Day book. Vouchers and books were also awarded to students who voted for their favourite book at lunchtime and further vouchers will be distributed to students during form time this week.
Many thanks to all those who helped support and co-ordinate the event including Michael Kennedy, Caroline Cocklin, Ruth Houghton, Charlotte Falconer and John Lewis. Thank you also to Winsford Town Council and local author John Malam, for the very kind gift of the book ‘The story of the First World War for Children 1914-18’ (Carlton Books Ltd, 2014) which was presented by Winsford Town Mayor Michael Kennedy to Charlotte Falconer on behalf of the Academy.
“Today, I had another lovely transition afternoon with year 5 pupils from St Chads. It was brilliant. It was made even better by me having three of our Human Utopia Heroes to help out, they went above and beyond. They set the room up, practised the skills before the session so that they knew where the issues would be for the younger kids, developed the project so it was even better, helped the kids, re-enforced health and safety and use of correct technical terms, I cannot praise them enough. I thought they would be good, but they were AMAZING! I was so proud of them. My heroes were Kieran Wright, Lewis Ruddle and Kai Hull. I have booked them for next time”. Mrs Harris (Director of Design & Technology)