Headteacher’s Blog #36 06/07/2018
- Diary dates for next week
- 10th July – Sports Day
- 13th July 4-6:30pm – GCSE and A Level Art Exhibition
- On Tuesday 3rd July 25 year 9 students visited the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London. They interacted with scientists working in areas ranging from the James Webb telescope to innovations in prosthetic limbs. The students also attended a talk on Unsolved Maths problems such as the maths behind pancake flipping. It was a fantastic day and all the students were a credit to the Academy.
- On Wednesday 4th July two members of science staff, Dr Bidd and Dr Paine, attended the Inspiring Teachers conference at the Institute of Education in London. They completed laboratory sessions on physics and chemistry as well as engaging in panel discussions about diversity in science. It was a great event and both teachers have come away with a wealth of ideas that they are going to use in lessons next year.
- On Wednesday 4th July a number of students were selected to help out at the Area Athletics at Hilcrest Primary School and I am delighted that feedback received from the organizers were that the students were of great help, organizing and leading and acting as fantastic ambassadors for DMA. Well done to:-
- Katie Drew
- Rebecca Fysh
- Sophie Fulljames
- Katie Hickin
- Phoebie Layn
- Daisy Neal
- Tilly Jones
- Amber Scott
- Sophie Whiskens
- Skye Woodhouse
- A huge well done and thank you to all involved in last week’s colour run at Ryston. It was great to see our younger students at getting involved in 6th Form events and raise money for a fantastic charity One To One.
- On Thursday 5th July 11 Year 12 Geography and Biology students took part in a Biodiversity Conference at Norwich Castle. The keynote speaker was Dr Jeff Price who worked alongside Nobel Peace Prizewinner Al Gore when writing An Inconvenient Truth. The students were so inspired by the day that they have set up a Biodiversity group whose aim in the make Downham Market Academy 6th Form a greener and more biodiverse environment. Their plans include a bee and butterfly garden, increased recycling and a habitat model.
- On Thursday 5th July, over 80 students took part in a Performing Arts event named One Night Only. Sold out after just 5 days of selling tickets, it was a full house of family and friends who had come to watch DMA’s talented dancers, actors and singers perform in a celebration evening.
With acts introduced exceptionally well by Lewis Cross (Year 10), highlights were Alysia Hawes in Year 7 who stunned the audience with an acrobatic gymnastic routine and Genevieve Wright who performed in 7 dances!
There were also outstanding performances from Year 9 dance students and Year 7 more able and talented male students.
The audience thoroughly entertained despite a very hot auditorium thanks to the weather!
- On Thursday 5th July DMA had the pleasure of hosting the Blue Skies Graduation Ceremony. RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Townsend, RAF personnel and members of the Jon Egging Trust (JET) joined the parents of Level 1 and Level 2 students who graduated from their relevant Blue Skies courses.
|Level 1 (Teamwork)||Level 2 (Leadership)|
|Josh BAKER||Claire DREWERY|
|Leah COX||Mia DICKERSON|
|Sinead DARBY||Harry DUNGEY|
|Maddie KENT||Emily GROBBELAAR|
|Carey MCCAFERTY||Blake HARRUP-DACK|
|Tom OWEN||Adam HILL|
|Josh THOMPSON||Alexa JORDAN-SHORJA|
|Jamie VICKERSTAFF||Spencer MCCABE|
|Luke WHILEY||Ryan PAIN|
|Demi YIANNI||Maddie THOMPSON|
The students have worked with Simon Taylor, JETLO and Blue Skies Regional Manager, over a course of 8 weeks at RAF Marham on various tasks to gain Teamwork and Leadership skills. The students gave a presentation describing various activities which they had taken part in at RAF Marham, including the MET Office, Air Traffic Control, the Rolls Royce department, the dog section and go-karting. The students have gained many skills from their time at RAF Marham and have always presented the Academy with great enthusiasm, commitment and passion and are a credit to DMA, themselves and their parents. We would also like to extend our thanks to Su Knott for taking the students to Marham and for her involvement. A big congratulations to all involved.
- On Friday 6th July Mrs Cornelius will be accompanying students Leah Cox and Tom Owen to the USA to attend space camp at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville Alabama. More on that trip in next week’s blog!
- It’s time for our annual Summer Exhibition of GCSE and A Level Artwork, celebrating the talents and hard work of our Year 11 and Year 13 students. We’re so proud of their achievements that we’d like to invite you to enjoy the exhibition Private View with us on: Friday 13th July 4-6:30pm at the 6th Form at Ryston. If you would like to come along, or need any further information, please contact the Art Technician Mrs Nicholson, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th July.