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Year 7s play the Ukulele

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You may remember a few weeks ago the post about the Year 8 Reggae band, well this time it was Year 7s turn. This time the instrument of choice was the Ukulele.  7B1 strummed the musical stylings of Bruno Mars as a group, taking it in turns to play the…

Being bold for change; International Women's Day 2017

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As part of this year's International Women's Day celebrations we were lucky enough to be invited to an event organised by Northern Powerhouse Briefings, Inclusive Employers and Rullion.  Four of our Year 10 girls went along with Mrs Kaur to see what the event could teach them. With a day of…

Acts of Global Unity

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Mike Haines' brother David Haines was a British Aid worker who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014. Since then Mike has travelled the world spreading a message of unity, tolerance and understanding. We were lucky enough to have Mike at the Academy last week sharing this message to some of our…

Getting into character for World Book Day 2017

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So World Book Day 2017 was our best yet! Staff pulled out all the stops with their costumes (even making it into The Guardian) and the students got involved with activities throughout the day.  The students took part in a whole school treasure hunt, having to work out which book…

Duke of Edinburgh Award treasure maps

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Last week our bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award students tried their hands at creating some maps.  Navigation skills are very important when going on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, as if you can't read a map you'll probably get very lost!  Miss Stewart led the session showing students what is important to…

Power2 award celebration

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Just before half-term some of our Year 8 and 9 girls completed their Power 2 (formally known as Teens and Toddlers) placement. As a celebration of their achievement we invited the girls' families and course co-ordinators Tracey and Marcus to the academy.  It was quite the celebration, with the girls creating…

THRIVE mini lessons

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We had mini-lessons across the Academy today as part of our new THRIVE initiative, introducing the first letter of the acronym 'Thinking Positively' .  It was wonderful to see THRIVE being put into action and hear the discussion created around it. The lessons opened up conversation about what this attitude to…

Year 8 trip to Beamish Museum

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On Wednesday Miss Young's Year 8 History class went back in time... Beamish Museum is an open-air museum in the North-East. It was created as a way to preserve the industrial heritage of the area. Its founder Dr Frank Atkinson wanted to use the museum to show the lives of the…

'My Former Life' Foundation for Peace workshop

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The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was set up following a 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington that killed three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry. The incident shocked the nation and gained worldwide publicity.  Tim Parry's parents, with the support of the Balls, formed a charitable trust with many…

Be the change! Safer Internet Day 2017

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Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day 2017. This year the motto was "Be The Change: unite for a better internet". The day is celebrated globally to promote safe and positive uses of the internet.  The day gave us a chance to chance to highlight the positive uses of technology and…

Year 8 Reggae band

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Last week Mrs Shaw's Year 8 class performed the musical stylings of Bob Marley.  Working in pairs the talented lot played the chords on the keyboard and sang a rendition of Three Little Birds.  And whilst some were more than ready to be the star of the show, it was great…

A celebration of 'Project Positivity'

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Yesterday evening we showcased work created by our students in collaboration with local art collective East Street Arts. It was a celebration of Project Positivity, centered around the idea of turning negative/unsafe spaces into positive/safe ones.  The name Project Positivity was decided after a discussion with students, giving them ownership of…