20 Dec Year Group Update – Year 8 – December 2019
Year 8 have had a fantastic first term with some amazing individual achievements from an impressive cohort of young people.
It’s been a busy start to the year with the election of our student reps and the establishment of various student council committees that Year 8 students are an important part of. This allows students to have a voice as well as giving young people responsibility towards each other and the wider Academy community. Year 8 students are taking this role very seriously and contributing well as well as ‘working on’ the Academy and ‘‘working in’ the Academy. Year 8 students have also been amazing and given a superb account of themselves when being used as guides at Open Evening. They were extremely helpful and responsible guiding Year 7’s around the Academy at the start of the year.
We have a large amount of Year 8 music scholars who have been as busy as always, performing beautiful performances during Open Evening and the Christmas Concert, as well as going out this week to sing carols in the local area.
Some amazing Year 8 students were involved in the Book Fair that happened earlier in the year as well as providing winning entries for a poetry competition with some quite outstanding work which genuinely is very impressive.
There have been some amazing trips for our young people as well as external speakers coming into the Academy to enrich their curriculum. Year 8 students went to Wembley stadium to see England play. They also visited The Science Museum earlier in the year and our artists displayed their art work at an exhibit at Cadogan Pier which was an enormous success. They also had a STEM session recently, exploring the wonders of science which I know they really enjoyed.
You may have noticed, attached to my correspondence, the launch of our new Year 8 charity which is Parkinson’s UK. We will be hosting fund-raising events in the new year to raise awareness as well as money for this charity.
Looking ahead we have the term 2 Learning Coach Consultation day after the Christmas break. It is also really important that we start to focus our attention on our options choices for Year 9 which will come around fast! As a start, please discuss with your child what they feel they want to choose. Nearer the time I will be sending out more detailed information in the lead up to our Parents’ Consultation Evening on March 5th, which is when the final options will be decided.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you for all of your support to both our young people and the Academy. It is an enormous pleasure to be your child’s Head of Year and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and here’s to a fantastic 2020.
Head of Year 8