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Principal's Blog - Friday 16th October

posted 16 Oct 2015, 04:44 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 16 Oct 2015, 08:48 ]
We have had an exceptionally busy week in the Academy and a week to be very proud of so many of our students. Monday saw the start of the ambitious Cross-Atlantic Rowing Challenge; the challenge was to cross the distance of the Atlantic Ocean on our indoor rowing machines, rowing 2575km in 5 days.  Students, staff, parents and members of the community all pulled together to complete this enormous challenge. Starting at 6.30am each day, students have embraced the challenge with high levels of enthusiasm and an incredible work rate, despite the blisters and aching limbs. Almost 500 students from Year 7 right up to Year 13 have taken part in this fantastic event. Well ahead of schedule they completed the distance at 9.10am this morning. This did not stop the students, they are continuing to row to reach the distance of Nova Scotia in Canada by the end of today.

Thank you to parents who have supported this cause by sponsoring students; the money will go towards Seaflex, an island company donating life rafts to help Syrian refugees and to help fund students attending the National Rowing Championships later this term.


There were a huge range of activities taking place on Tuesday for Curriculum Focus Day. Year 8 and 9 students watched a powerful production about bullying and the dangers about making the wrong choices with how you treat people. This was followed by a carousel of PSHE activities with the theme of relationships and choices. Year 7 students had an exciting day of Inter House activities, including flag making with the Carnival Company, competitive sport, performing arts and outdoor adventure activities. Year 10 students had targeted support and workshops on revision techniques. They also took part in enrichment and PSHE activities. Year 11 students were supported to complete coursework in key subject areas and also had the opportunity to work in small groups to develop revision schedules and share practical tips and techniques for effective revision.

It was lovely to see so many families at our Open Evening last night. Our student helpers did a fantastic job and it was great to see how proud they are of their school. We are holding an Open morning next Wednesday; if any parents would like to come and have a look around the Academy during the day then please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.


Please make sure students are looking extra smart on Thursday and Friday next week; Bentley's the photographers are coming in to take photographs of students in Years 7, 9, 11 and 12.

Enjoy your weekend.

Claire Charlemagne