Principal's blog - a lot to tell you!

1st October 2017

Miss BrothwellWelcome to my latest blog. The academic year has started brilliantly here at Queen Elizabeth's Academy and there is much to tell you about. Thanks to our parents and guardians for their support so far - hopefully you will find this update interesting.

Attendance and homework
I am delighted to report that our attendance has improved from last year and students have made a strong start to the year. I expect it to keep on improving as our students show their resilience and grit, working through minor colds and coughs to ensure that they do not miss out on vital learning.  (Students can bring in medicine with their name written on it and leave it in the office - we will support). You may be aware that Mr Millar is now in charge of attendance – working with Mr Beastall, he will continue to raise the profile of this important element of academy life.

Students have daily homework which is to learn information from their knowledge organisers - families can support students by testing them, asking them to write sections out, make a spider diagram or mind map, or read it aloud several times.  All of these revision techniques support students to cement important key facts into their long term memory, leaving their working memory (which can only hold 3 or 4 things at one time) free for new content.  Repetition really works - we highly recommend this for helping students to process large amounts of information.

Hagg Farm trips
Year 11 students will find out on Monday which Hagg Farm trip they are booked onto and their accommodation arrangements.  The visit is an excellent revision and development opportunity for students to learn revision skills to support them with digesting and processing information quickly and effectively. However, we also intend to have a lot of fun! Students will get involved in some adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities including abseiling off a large bridge. Funded by the academy, it will be a very positive experience and we ask that all students ensure they attend.  We know what an important bonding exercise it will be and how much it will support their educational development.

Please email me on hbrothwell@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk if you have a preference for dates that I have not been made aware of already - the two available dates are 17-19 November and 24-26 November.

Halloween disco
Students in years 7-10 can get their spooky dance moves on at our Halloween disco on Monday 30th October 2017. Attendance is by invitation only as a reward for gaining a certain number of reward points – invitations will be sent out shortly. There will be prizes for the best costumes and a team will be there early to support with scary stage make up.

Head boy and girl
I have been delighted with the applications for head boy and girl and look forward to hearing those students campaign over the next week or so. Applications were received from students across our year groups, with six individuals shortlisted for these important roles. They play an important role in representing their fellow students, and I wish all well in the voting process.

The King and the Miller
Auditions for The King and The Miller have also now started in earnest. We look forward to filling most of the parts by next week with rehearsals commencing the week after, ready to stage the production before Christmas. I cannot wait to see it!

A busy half term!
So a busy first half term with lots to be proud of already, especially the magic happening in classrooms every single day. If you are yet to download the MyEd app, it comes highly recommended with over 50% of parents using this - If you want to know exactly what your child is up to at the academy, this is a must.

We have welcomed almost 300 families through the doors in the past week through a variety of events at the academy including our open evening, year 11 parents' evening and Academy in Action days. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive and our staff have done what they do best - making each and every one of those visitors feel special.

Finally, together with our website and our app, you can also find out updates through Facebook and Twitter, so go and follow us on these platforms.

This year we shine.

Miss Brothwell
Principal