Thank you to Year 8 parents who took the time to complete our feedback survey about parents’ evening. It was our first face to face event for what has been too long, so all suggestions are useful to us. It was also a pleasure to read such positive feedback, which I will take delight in sharing with staff. Amongst your other lovely feedback were comments such as “brilliant parents evening, all teachers were very friendly and made me welcome”, “refreshingly surprised by the passion and excitement of the teachers” and “all the teachers were informative, lovely and very motivated”. If you would like to share feedback about the academy with us please follow this link https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Year 11 GCSEs
As you will be aware the summer GCSE examination series begins on Monday 16th May until Thursday 23rd June.
Students are expected to attend every day during the exam period and a free breakfast will be available from 8.00am each morning, for students wishing to revise before school. During the exam period students should adhere to the following expectations:
As Year 11 exam preparations enter the final phase, useful support for positively managing any anxieties can be found HERE.
It is also important to note that all Year 11 students should ensure they spend all their money on their cashless accounts before leaving us at the end of June.
Fun was had this week during break time with a student bake sale and a lunchtime staff v student tug of war, all proceeds going towards this year’s Prom. Thank you for supporting the event.
To celebrate the Queen’s’ Platinum Jubilee, we are opening our doors to any alumni who studied at our school at any time since our Queen succeeded to the throne on 6th February 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. Join us on Thursday 26th May 2022, between 5.00pm and 6.00pm, take a trip down memory lane and see some of the many changes to the academy. To book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Equipment for Schools Campaign
We are trying to raise some additional money for extra sports equipment for all our students and have signed up for the Sports Equipment for Schools campaign. To win this equipment, schools must collect tokens which will be available daily in the Eastern Daily Press (two on Saturday), weekly in the Beccles & Bungay Journal, Lowestoft Journal and Great Yarmouth Mercury. The first token appeared earlier this week, but this will run until Saturday 16th July. The two schools with the most tokens (as an average per student) will win the main two prizes. Mrs Sutton is leading on this for us, so if you could collect as many tokens as you can and ask your children to bring them in to Mrs Sutton. We shall let you know how we get on.
A reminder that Suffolk County Council have confirmed there is a discretionary grant available to support low-income families over the May half term. The grant will be issued as a £15 Edenred supermarket voucher for each eligible child and is designed to help families with their essential living costs during the holiday.
Mental Health Week Resources
As part of mental health week this week, students have had assemblies, form time activities and drop in lunch sessions to support their wellbeing. It has been a privilege to meet so many students keen to discuss their wellbeing and how they can support one another. In addition to the extra strategies for keeping calm and breathing techniques included in last week’s letter, our website has now also been updated with distress tolerance (TIPP), progressive muscle relaxation and other grounding techniques.
Our safeguarding and welfare team are on hand should your child need any support. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Further details of the support on offer can be found HERE.
Attendance and Punctuality
With examination season in full swing, it is ever more important we keep attendance and punctuality as a focus so that students can benefit from the full range of breakfast, pre-exam preparation and revision boosters on offer. Did you know that arriving…
As the saying goes…it’s “Better late than never, but never late is better”
We are currently preparing for our next set of attendance and punctuality rewards for this half term and look forward to seeing as many students as possible at our next VIP golden ticket event in a couple of weeks’ time. Every minute, of every day matters – “Be In To Win”!
This week Mrs Rachel Read is stepping down from her role as Head of Year 8 but will continue as a teacher of English until the end of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Read for all she has done to support this year group. Mrs Turpin continues to provide pastoral support to the year group and Mrs George and Ms Bramble will share responsibilities for the year group until the end of term.
Have a wonderful weekend
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NCS will be in school lunchtime tomorrow, 15th March to talk to students about their summer activity programme. They will be located in the entrance hall, so please come along and to find out about this great opportunity taking place in the summer holidays!
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Congratulations to two of our Year 7s who received a French breakfast and a certificate in assembly today to celebrate their amazing efforts in their weekly MFL vocabulary tests last half term! Out of over 400 students in Key Stage 3, Bradley and Daisy got the highest scores over five weeks. Excellent work!
Our senior leadership team led the way on World Book Day with their Horrible Histories themed outfits! Lots of other staff around the academy made our students smile by dressing up too!
Today is International Mother Language Day and we are so proud of the diversity of languages we have here in our academy!