Principal’s blog – 1 October 2018

To all of our QEA family, I would like to welcome you back to the new term and to introduce some of the exciting things we look forward to this term.

Our wonderful year 7 students have settled in well. Staff are working hard to ensure that they are clear about our expectations of and for them, and we have been very pleased with their happy and positive attitudes – they are a delight to have!

Family-style dining

We have introduced our family-style dining, students are split into two sittings and are now able to sit and eat a meal at a table with their friends, and we are delighted that there has been a huge increase in numbers of students eating hot meals as a result. Students report much smaller queues, less time waiting for their food and a much calmer, lovely environment.

Social media detox

You may be aware that we have challenged students to undertake the QEA social media detox challenge – students choose to swap their phones for our Nokia 3310 for two whole weeks. If five students take the challenge, in return we will hold a non-uniform day to raise money for a local mental health charity. Those students who have applied to undertake the challenge have been very brave as they are hoping to change their reliance on social media – if your child would like to take part, they must message us via our Facebook page explaining why they want to do it (the irony of this sentence isn’t lost on us!!).

Hagg Farm

A large group of our year 11 students have spent this weekend at Hagg Farm studying revision techniques and strategies, ready for the challenging year that they have ahead of them. This is a heavily subsidised trip which the academy funds to ensure that students can attend and benefit from without any economic barrier. Our staff team have been very proud of the work ethic of all students and we feel sure that they feel more prepared for their exams as a result.

Halloween disco

Once again we are looking forward to our Halloween disco which is fast approaching on 24 October 2018 between 7-9pm. Last year our students went the extra mile with some incredible costumes, so I am looking forward to seeing what they will come up with this time!

Remembrance

In November we have remembrance for all of our fallen soldiers in wars past and present. All students and staff join our service on the field in front of the War Memorial and we observe our silence all together. We always invite our local primary schools, ex-students of the academy, our Rotary Club friends, our local brass band, and this year we would also like to invite parents and family members. This is a community event which we will be proud to host. If you would like to come along please sign-in at reception by 10:30am on Friday 9th November. We look forward to seeing you.

MyEd

If you have yet to download the academy app ‘MyEd’, please do. You will be able to view important information about your child and how they are doing at the academy, their timetable, any reward points they might have, together with key dates that you will need throughout the year. We also have a Facebook page which we use to keep parents up to date with weekly news, and you can follow us on Twitter.

And finally…

I would like to close by saying that I am incredibly proud of the hard work undertaken daily within Queen Elizabeth’s Academy and any parents/carers are very welcome to come along and see what we do during any academy day.

Come and see the level of challenge that we are putting to the students, the excellent behaviour for learning within every classroom, and the expert teaching that our students enjoy. Or, if you would just like to join us for lunch, we do have a guest table which we would be very happy for you to join us – please email rdobb@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk to book in.

Miss Brothwell
Principal

Queen Elizabeth’s Academy