Headteacher’s Blog #38 20/07/2018
- Diary dates for next week
- Tuesday 24th July – Last day of term
- A reminder that the last day of term is Tuesday 24th July and the school will close at 12:30. Students who usually arrive via buses will be collected at 12:30.
- Tuesday 24th July is also a non-uniform day with a suggested donation of £1 which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Clothing restrictions are as follows:-
- NO mid-drift (belly showing)
- NO spaghetti straps
- NO extremely short shorts
- NO belly tops
- NO clothing with offensive language or symbols on
- ALL skirts close to knee length. Add an extra touch by wearing something green to show support and raise awareness for cancer (this is optional).
- The PE department hosted a Year 6 Sports Festival on Friday 13th July. The following students organised teams, umpired rounder’s and mat ball games, looked after students, acted as positive role models and ambassadors for the Academy; they were absolutely fantastic and the day would not have run as smoothly without them :-
- Please look out for the inaugural edition of The Downham Market Roar,coming to the school website Monday 23 July 2018. The magazine is entirely student-run, and features pieces on exciting academic and extracurricular events around the Academy. Roar All About It!
- We are asking all our Year 10 students about to embark on their OCR GCSE English Literature course to prepare themselves over the summer by getting to know their first text: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Please make sure that all students start the term well by having read or listened to the text over the summer holiday. They can do this by purchasing their own copy of the text, or by downloading for free from the internet. It may be useful to listen to the text on audiobook, which is also freely available. English teachers have a link if needed! Thanks for your support!
- On Monday 16th July the top “above and beyond points” scorers went to Alton Towers to reward them for all their hard work and exemplary behaviour this academic year. It was a pleasure to take such a lovely group of students out for the day and this reward for their outstanding behaviour and fantastic efforts throughout the year was very well deserved!
- Year 10 students will all be given a booklet of Holiday Homework to complete over the summer. They have been allocated tasks depending on their performance in the end of year mock. Where students didn’t quite achieve their potential in a subject they have been given tasks that will help them to address any misconceptions or areas of weakness. These tasks will be due in during their first lesson back in each subject.
- Year 9 students will all be issued with a Religious Studies workbook. This should be completed over the course of the summer, ready to hand in on their first lesson back, in order to prepare for the GCSE course of study that they will all now be undertaking. It is vital that they complete this work and they will be expected to stay after school to complete any unfinished work until the booklet is completed.
- Some students in Year 9 and 10 enjoyed an activity session today with the team from “Camouflaged Learning”. This focused on developing resilience and independent learning as well as encouraging team work and communication skills. Everyone had a great time and we hope that other students will benefit from these sessions in the new year.
- 11 Year 8 boys have had afternoons, challenging their teamwork, communication and leadership skills. This included a session led by a team from RAF Marham. Today the boys have organised, advertised and run a football tournament and raised some money for MacMillan Cancer Support in the process those involved are:-