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Principal's Blog - Friday 9th December

posted 9 Dec 2016, 05:44 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 9 Dec 2016, 07:14 ]

Congratulations to all of our sixth formers who represented the Academy so well in the Mock trial last Saturday. Both the prosecuting and defending teams gave an excellent performance with their strong presence in the courtroom being commented upon by the judge. They had clearly prepared their material well and had great confidence in delivering their respective roles. Other participants included witnesses, clerk, defendant and jury. All students played their part admirably and are to be highly commended. The final outcome was delivered at 3.30pm and although our students were not placed they received high praise from the competition organisers for their professionalism and confidence.

Taking part in the mock trial is an excellent experience for students to enhance their confidence, skills in public speaking, critical thinking, teamwork and independence. I recommend students currently in year 12 consider putting themselves forward for this next academic year. It is an impressive addition to their CV and provides useful evidence for their personal statements for those applying to university.

The Academy also has opportunities for younger students to improve their public speaking skills and confidence through the debate club. Please see Miss Taylor or Mr Rouse if you are interested in signing up.

I was delighted to meet with a group of students this morning who had been nominated to come and have a hot chocolate with me. They were nominated by teachers for a wide range of reasons including improved attendance, going above and beyond in lessons, for resilience and for mentoring other students. Congratulations to all of these students, and I look forward to meeting lots more over the coming weeks.

Year 11 Catering students cooked some amazing dishes for their practical exams this week. There were a range of International foods from Greece to India with many students achieving A and A* grades.

Students in Years 10 and 11 watched a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ this week. This is a set text for GCSE English Literature and was very useful for revision. Students were very engaged and well behaved during the performance.

Thank you to all students for participating in mufti day today. The money raised will go to Save the Children and to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Thank you to Year 7 students who brought in items for our Christmas Fair next week. It is set to be a fantastic event so please encourage your friends and family to come along.

Our canteen are selling Christmas dinners from Monday to Thursday next week. Each year group can purchase a Christmas dinner on their allocated day.

Monday – Year 10 & 11

Tuesday – Year 8

Wednesday – Year 7

Thursday – Year 9

Friday 16th December is the last day of term, school finishes at 1pm. School buses leave at 1.10pm.

Enjoy your weekend.

Claire Charlemagne