Academy News 28th November

This week has seen the year 8 complete their maths exams in preparation for Parents’ Evening next week. The fire alarm on Monday caused a number of issues owing to the poor weather but as the alarm was set off in the lab, response is required despite weather. Pupils were able to change into their alternative kit or dry their jumpers and texts were sent home to inform parents. Changes to the system have also been made for wet weather procedures.

On Tuesday, the Y7 and Y8 girls travelled to Newcastle under Lyme School to play some 7 a side hockey matches. The Y8 team played some of the best hockey Miss B has seen from them this season and won the game 1-0 with a beautifully struck shot at goal by Lauren Barratt.

In the Y7 game, Newcastle scored first and looked very strong indeed, with a couple of really skilful players, breaking through our defence early on, to set up what looked like a tough game. Finally, out team won 6-1. The team included three Y6 girls so this was indeed a fantastic effort.

Well done to both teams. We rarely beat Newcastle so Miss Batigan enjoyed this victory.

Further health educator training took place this week for Year 8.

On Wednesday the Parent Forum was attend by 35 parents and this was led by Shelley Nicolson the Staffordshire police CSE officer. She gave both facts and answered questions. Shelley will be in next week to talk to year 7 & 8 and in the last week of term for Year 5 & 6. Online safety is an urgent issue at the moment and one where the information constantly needs updating. We are using this as part of our Anti Bullying month activities, as image sharing can often lead to pressure from others.

On Friday Year 5 went to the New Vic theatre to see the Snow Queen. It was an excellent morning with the wonderful spectacle of the play so close to our pupils at the theatre in the round. Their faces were a picture as the story evolved and the special effects rained on us! It was also good to see two of our pupils Maddie Forbes and Emily Sanzeri on stage taking part. Liam Shepherd one of our former pupils is one of the special effects crew and came to speak with some of our pupils. Huge thanks to Mrs Aston for organising the event.