Headteacher’s Blog 19/07/2019

 

Year 12 Science Celebration

On Wednesday 17th July we held a Celebration of the Year 12 Science students at the Academy’s Sixth Form. The students have all been working exceptionally hard on independent research projects as part of their Practical Endorsement for their Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Level’s. The calibre of work was exceptional and the skills the students have developed in online research, critical thought and articulating very difficult concepts will be invaluable as they move into Year 13, their future academic careers and indeed real life. 

 

Congratulations to all the students that contributed, and especially to our Runners Up: Tarisai for her project on “What is special about the D-block transition metals?” and Georgia for her project on “How does the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s differ to a person with a healthy brain?” and our overall First Place winner: Millie for her project on “Can the bees save themselves?”. 

 

Many thanks to Simon Prior, our Vice Chair of Governors for judging, Waterstones King’s Lynn for donating our prizes, the parents and siblings who helped us celebrate and all of the Academy Sixth Form staff who supported the students.

 

Year 6 Transition

This week Year 6 students from a wide range of primary schools visited us for three transition days. Students enjoyed a variety of lessons including PE, Drama, Design and Technology, Art, Geography, History, English, Maths and Science. The students were impeccably behaved and really positive, we can’t wait for them to start in September and by the sounds of their comments neither can they

 

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Year 12 chemistry students completed a workshop on Friday 12th July run by chemists from the University of Cambridge in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry. They worked on activities looking at infra-red spectroscopy as part of an initiative called Spectroscopy in a Suitcase. The students thoroughly enjoyed the activities and were a credit to the Academy.

 

Visiting Van Gogh

This week Year 10 art students visited the Tate Britain in London to view an exhibition about Van Goghs time in Britain. It was an excellent opportunity for students to view work from an artist who is studied in art lessons as a lot can be learned from his creativity in colour and mark-making. The images and information students gained on this trip will form an important part of their GCSE coursework, and will no doubt give them inspiration for their own art. The students behaved impeccably throughout, and were a credit to the Academy.

 

Celebration of Art Success

The Private View of the Academys GCSE and A Level artwork was a very happy celebration of the completion of the course. The exhibition was very well attended, and even the Mayor of Downham came along to admire the work. Friends, family, staff and students enjoyed the opportunity to view the results of all the hard work the art students had put in over the two years. The Art Department is extremely proud of all our students, and we are optimistic that their commitment and effort will be rewarded on results day in August.

 

Rewards Trip

On Friday at DMA our hardest working model students, will have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual rewards trip. This year students will visit the Sea Side at Hunstanton, making use of the arcade, mini golf and hopefully enjoying an ice cream along the way!

 

BUD, Girls in Tech Day 

On Wednesday 17th, six Year 10 girls visited a Tech company in London called BUD. They design and produce financial apps for banking companies to use with their clients. The girls went through the whole process from the conceptual idea using APIs, the imaging and presentation of their app and the functionality of it ending in a presentation to nearly half the members of the company in their central pitching area. It was an amazing experience that I’m sure will resonate with them as they make higher and further education, and ultimately career, choices.

 

Rewards Trip

On Friday 19th July students who received the highest number of above and beyond point had the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual rewards trip. This year students will visit the Sea Side at Hunstanton, making use of the arcade, mini golf and hopefully enjoying an ice cream along the way!

 

Year 7 Samba workshop

Year 7s rhythmically hit out a samba beat on Monday. The students experienced workshops throughout the day as they learnt key components of samba rhythm. The pupils were playing an array of samba drums to ensure the full spectrum of sound with deep bass and higher tenor pitched drums. Whilst many students had never played a samba drum before, they found their

inner rhythm and with fantastic band leadership from Ms Wilson – and her whistle – the pupils were able to perform a samba piece at the end of each session

 

Buses 1 and 4 

Please be aware that from September the routes for bus 1 and bus 4 will be amended slightly. Other routes may not be changing but may have a slight time difference due to the change in your start time.

Some students will need to be moved between the buses due to the current boarding point they use being moved to the other route.

Any students being moved will receive a new pass in the post over the summer but it is best that all parents check the school bus times map to check their bus route and times.

The link for the bus times map is http://schooltravel.norfolk.gov.uk/schoolbustimes/

 This will be updated over the holidays as times shown at present are for the current school year, not next year when the school times change.

 

English Update

Year 10:

In order to support our pupils with the next stage of their learning, we are asking all Year 10 pupils to complete their Summer homework six weeks is a long time to not do any work on quotes/plot/context and general knowledge of the texts.  They have been given a paper copy; however, you are also able to access it on our website:

https://downhammarketacademy.co.uk/homework-booklets/

 

In order to support your child in their final year of their English GCSE course, we have suggested a range of revision guides and materials that will benefit every pupil. You are able to find a list on our website:

https://downhammarketacademy.co.uk/revision

 

Additionally, the English department is keen to ensure that all of our Year 11 students are well prepared for their examinations and able to fulfil their full potential when studying with us in the coming academic year. As such, we are hoping that you will support us in ensuring that current Year 10 pupils acquire and read a copy of J B Priestleys An Inspector Calls.

 

Please could you ensure that all pupils start the term well by having read or listened to the text over the summer holiday. They can do this by:

Year 9:

At DMA the English department are keen to ensure that all of our Year 10 students are well prepared for the GCSE and able to fulfil their full potential when studying with us in the coming academic year. As such, we are hoping that you will support us in ensuring that current Year 9 pupils acquire and read a copy of Robert Louis Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde over the summer holiday.

 

Please could you ensure that all pupils start the term well by having read or listened to the text over the summer holiday. They can do this by:

 

Year 8:

You will be able to find some of the highlights from last weeks Poetry Protest performance on our website:

https://downhammarketacademy.co.uk/life-at-downham/highlights-student-work/

 

 

 

 

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