Academy News 19th March 2018

Dear All,

This week has seen the loss of one of the greatest minds the modern world has ever seen and a person who also demonstrated how anyone can achieve with a positive outlook. Stephen Hawking not only opened the minds of many people to the possibilities of parallel universes, but also highlighted the fact that physical disabilities (in his case caused by motor neurone disease) should not be regarded as a limiting. A former pupil, Tilly Griffiths, who also faces her own battles with disability, has gained a place at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States, clearly demonstrating that with a positive frame of mind and a healthy dose of determination, success is possible. We are overwhelmingly proud of her achievement and she is a shining example to our current pupils of someone who is living her dream and celebrating her talents.

We have also finally celebrated World Book day, which was cancelled due to the impact of the Beast from the East. On the day, some pupils simply wished to donate to our chosen charity, Cancer Research UK, and came in home clothes or house colours, but others chose to dress as their favourite characters, ranging from a very convincing Dobby the house Elf from Harry Potter to an almost life size Gruffalo. Well done to all who took part.

In school, we have celebrated Science week with assemblies being delivered by Miss Torr, the Faculty Leader for Science. Additionally, a number of activities have taken place within lessons, and at break and lunch times relating to plastics and the impact of single-use plastics on the world. I had the pleasure of helping some pupils to make decorative jewellery using single-use PVC shopping bags – a clear example of how rubbish can be recycled and turned into something glorious.

House Point totals for week ending 16th March 2018.

I am going to end my blog with two quotations, one from Ken Dodd, singer and comedian, who also sadly died this week, and the other from the scientist, Stephen Hawking:

“Laughter is the greatest music in the world.”

Ken Dodd

“Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Stephen Hawking

God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson