Students crowned European Dance Champions

This week started with the absolutely brilliant news that two of our students had been crowned as champions of Europe in the doubles street dance competition. The championship was held in Germany and Emily Roberts and Ellie Belger finished first in the elite competition. Both dancers have been working with their dance teacher Sarah White who is a former student of the Neale-Wade. I was given news just before our weekly Monday morning staff briefing and it gave all of our staff a lift. I am constantly reminding our students of the need to be aspirational and to strive to be the best that they can, Emily and Ellie have  done just that and I am extremely proud of their achievements. In a similar vein Freya Molloy continues to excel in her chosen sport of Tai Kwon Do and we look forward to her competing in the World Championships. The achievements and potential of these young ladies confirm that the town is full of talent that we must nurture and develop.


We  held our first  Year 5 Open Evening on Thursday and it was a resounding success with over 300 people in attendance. The evening was organised to help our potential students and parents with the very difficult decision about secondary schooling. The feedback from those who attended was very positive and they felt that we had done a good job of demonstrating what we represent and our aims for the future. The Neale-Wade Academy is on a journey  of improvement with the aim of becoming an outstanding educational establishment. The staff from the Academy put on some interesting workshops for the Year 5 children with the dissection of rats in Biology proving very popular.



On Friday I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of  Parent Point at March Library. The idea of Parent Point is give our parents the opportunity to access information about the Academy from the library. The main instigators of the initiative have been the members of our Parent Forum. They have worked extremely hard to produce a very informative area within March Library. The information will be updated on a regular basis and we hope that this is another way in which can embrace the local community in the work of the Academy. I am very grateful for the work of our parents in establishing this excellent facility and I am confident that this is a area for future development.


On Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending the ninety fourth Reunion Dinner of  March Grammar and Neale-Wade former students association. As a former old boy of the school it was good to talk to former students and to hear how well they have done since leaving the school. All of them have been highly successful and they share my desire to demonstrate to our current students that being aspirational is the first step to being successful. The stories of work ethic and commitment were legion and there was an overwhelming sense of support for the new Academy and all that it represents. Whilst talking with the current President, Mr Mike Pattrick, it became obvious that there is the potential for mentoring sessions from the old boys and continued financial assistance through academic and sporting bursaries. I enjoyed a fantastic evening that promises much for the future and it rounded off another great week at the Academy.  There were once again many things to be proud of this week from the student who asks a very challenging and interesting question of their teacher to the student that shows genuine support for one of their peers. I witnessed both this week along with the achievements that I have already mentioned and it  has made for another excellent week as the Principal of an Academy that goes from strength to strength.


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