County Cricket Champions, Maths Challenges and Careers Festival take centre stage

Although our Year 6 Transition week took place a couple of weeks ago we are still receiving feedback form our primary school colleagues about how we can refine the process to make it as useful and worthwhile as possible. This week we received the following comments from a Year 6 teacher at a local school:

“I just wanted to say a big ‘Thank you’ for our transition week. It was so well organised – it was very clear the amount of work which went into organising everything for us”

“The children and staff were friendly and helpful and the experience was a very positive one for our children. I am sure that there will be far fewer worries over the summer holidays as a result. Please pass on our thanks to Gaby and Libby, who were wonderful year 7 ambassadors”

This one of many positive comments and we have really enjoyed working with our feeder primary schools to de-mystify the transition for primary to secondary and reduce any anxieties that may have previously existed.

On Wednesday some of our Year 8 students undertook a day of live reporting in and around the Academy. These pupils were vey ably led by some of Year 12 students as they acted as journalist for the day. I was interviewed by an excellent team that was led by Curtis Oldroyd and was asked some searching questions about my sporting career and the links to my current role. All of the reports are being finalised before being published. Thank to Mrs Pounce (Head of English) for her work with this project.

There was an early end of term strawberry party for our Academy Gardeners who have such a great job of growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year as well as working with Westwood Primary School. I was able to dig up the new potatoes that were planted and enjoy the company of this very affable group of students. Mrs Holdich continues to lead this initiative with passion and enthusiasm and I am very grateful for her work in this area.

Mrs Poole (Maths Faculty) organised a Primary Team maths challenge with all of the local primary schools taking part. Children from Year 5 and 6 competed in the challenge and it was a huge success. Our Sixth Form students were exceptional as they assisted each of the schools that were taking part. Head Girl Beau Bain was particularly competitive as she urged on Westwood School. The overall title was won by Burrowmoor Primary School and Mrs McCarthy (Headtecaher) was impressed with the performance. We hope that this inaugural event will take pace annually in the future.

The Race for Life has been well documented over recent weeks but the final amount raised by students and staff was just over £4000. This is an outstanding achievement.

On the sporting front our Girls cricket teams have bene very successful. The Year 9 Girls’ team become Cambridgeshire county champions this week. The county finals were held at Clare College Cambridge and the full details are on our News & Events section of the website. To become county champions in any sport is fabulous achievement and I look forward to having a celebratory cup of tea and piece of cake with the successful team.

Today (15/7/16) over 250 of our Year 10 students and 30 Year 12 students attended The Skills Service Careers Festival at the Peterborough Show ground. The festival was showcasing apprenticeships at all levels and degree qualifications. There was huge range of representatives from all sectors including food and drink, sport, health, armed forces and banking and law. All of our students had a good time and they learnt a great deal about the options that exist once statutory education is completed. Thanks go to Mrs Parks (Careers Advisor) for all of her hard work organising the transport and access to the festival.

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