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Mar
21

Sports Relief fundraising leads the way and Louis triumphs in Young Musician event

Sports Relief and fundraising was at the forefront of our activities this week as our children undertook a series of activities to raise much needed funds under the Sports Relief banner. Ms Pearce (PE Faculty) led the way with a series on one mile run/walk challenges. Our students were running in their onesies during their PE lessons and on Friday afternoon there was the opportunity for both students and staff to run side by side. Ms Pearce and her tutor group baked cakes and organised, the one mile challenges along with tug of war competitions. Ms Pearce’s efforts raised an oustanding £821 for the cause. There was also a non-uniform day on Friday (21/3/14) and this was ironic given that there was a strong emphasis on checking uniform this week. I am delighted to be able to inform you that the standard of uniform was outstanding this week and I would like to thank our parents for their support in helping us to reinforce the need for full uniform to worn at all times. The uniform helps to emphasise the strong community spirit within the Academy.

 

On Tuesday (18/3/14) a significant number of our current Year 11 students were interviewed by the Sixth Form team, led by Mrs Lamb (Head of Sixth Form) and the Academy Senior Leadership Team for a place in the Sixth Form starting in September 2014. I was impressed with the nine students that I interviewed as they discussed their plans and aspirations with passion and desire. They all appreciated the need to focus on their GCSE examinations as they see the choices that a good set of results will give them. It was a pleasure to be able to talk to them and help them plan for their future.

 

On Wednesday there was a Young Musician of the Year competition at the Academy. There are many highly talented musicians at the Academy and they play together in the orchestra, Fenland Youth Swing Band and other ensembles. This week they were in competition against each other   in an event organised by Ms Griffin (Music Department). I was unable to attend as I was at a conference but Mr D’Cunha (Vice Principal) stepped in and attended what was a fantastic and vibrant event . He was impressed with standard of each individual performer but the overall winner was Louis Stanhope. Louis won the competition with a flawless performance on the saxophone that was appreciated by all who were present. Louis is the first student to ever win the competition twice and he has been offered a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire. We have never had a student achieve this before and this clearly shows just how talented a performer Louis is. The Birmingham Conservatoire is an international conservatoire and a major concert venue. Teaching exists in  wide range of options including solo performance, composition, chamber music, orchestral playing, music technology and jazz. Louis will hopefully be the first of many from Neale-Wade to attend  the conservatoire and we wish him all best in his musical training and development.

 

 

This week I was informed that Jack Howe in Year 11 has been selected to take part in “The Big Music Project” where students get the opportunity to be live on the radio, write music, help produce and have to organise gigs. Only 1,000 young people in the whole country are involved and March Town hall is a hub for the project.   Jack is working with Ms Brownhill (Head of Music) to organise some gigs within school so this means that we can promote music within the school as well and organise extra gigs within the school year.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Jack and I am delighted that he is  involved in the project as Jack has shown that he is a hardworking and talented student who is doing well in all aspects of his work at the Academy.

 

 

I received some very positive feedback on Friday (21/3/14) about one of our most impressive students. Shannon Barrow (Year 12) is the Chair of the Fenland Youth District Council (FYDC) and she spent time this week judging grant application on behalf of the FYDC.  Shannon was, as usual, a fine ambassador for the Academy as she conducted herself in a highly professional manner as she reviewed over 10 individual bids for funding from the FYDC.  Shannon has a bright future and she will be a success in any area that she chooses to specialise in. She has asked me to highlight the Fenland Jobs and Skills Fair that is taking place on Wednesday 9 April 2014 at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech from 10.00am to 6.00pm. There will be lots of information on offer along with a large number of major local employers attending. Further information can be obtained by phoning 01945 429300 or by email at octaviareception@luminus.org.uk

 

 

In recent the weeks the Academy has featured on national radio on both BBC Radio Three and Radio Four and this week the Academy appeared in the national Secondary Education Magazine. David Hilton (Active Learning Trust) has written a very informative article on the use of student performance data in schools. The Academy featured highly throughout the article and it emphasised how we are utilising data in “real time”. A special mention must go to Mrs Brenchley (Assistant Principal) who coordinates and analyses the data making it accessible to students, parents and staff on a daily basis. The article can be found at:  http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/using-data-to-lift-the-lid-on-your-school/

 

 

Our Year football team took part in the district football tournament this week and both the boys and girls team were successful. Both teams played some good football to go undefeated throughout the tournament. Wins were posted against Thomas Clarkson Academy, Ely College and Witchford Village College. Despite the very windy conditions all played well and were a credit to Neale-Wade. Full results are below:

 

 

ELY Ac

NWA

TCCC

WVC

Win

Draw

Loss

Points

For

Against

Position

ELY C

L

W

W

2

0

1

9

8

4

2nd

NWA

W

W

D

2

1

0

10

7

2

1st

TCA

L

L

L

0

0

3

3

1

10

4th

WVC

L

D

W

1

1

1

7

3

3

3rd

 

 

 

I spent two days this week at the Cambridgeshire Secondary Headteacher Conference. All of the Heads of the secondary schools from across the county were in attendance and it was an excellent opportunity to share good practice and discuss the key challenges that we all face. It was clear to me that we are offering a great deal to our students and some of my colleagues were impressed with the early morning, lunchtime, after school and weekend opportunities that Neale-Wade are offering. I was very proud of the comments that were made about the Neale-Wade regarding the progress that we have made over the last two years.  Once again it has been a great week to be Principal of an Academy that is on a journey of improvement

1 comment

  1. Maxine Sandman says:

    It’s fantastic to see and hear about the range of musical opportunities on offer and success of all musical students at the Academy. I’d like to mention the major contribution of Neale-Wade students to the Rotary Concert on Saturday 15th March. The Academy Concert Band and Orchestra joined with the Fenland Music Academy ( based at Neale-Wade) and the Fenland Youth Swing Band (based at March Education Centre) to provide a high quality, local concert at St Peter’s Church. The concert was very well attended and it is great that the Rotary Club support Fenland Music Academy with this fundraising event. My thanks to Ceri Griffin and the students for such a wonderful, rich sound and their undoubted talent and hard work. It was a great success, very enjoyable and the best that I have heard the Academy groups play in the past few years. I look forward to the next concert.

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