The Academy Newsletter
Primary Liaison Activities
We have on offer everything from IT, Food Tech and Media to Mini World Cup Five-a-side Football competitions. We will keep you updated with these events as they happen.
Literacy for Fun
‘Literacy for Fun’ is one of the workshops we run for primary school students at BA. This week was the turn of Year 5 students from Hargreaves class at Upland Primary School. They came in on Monday afternoon to the Lower School Library where Mrs Sutton from the English Department was joined by Mrs Eldridge the Librarian and myself. Students were split into groups of six and we started off testing their literacy skills, in between rounds the students each took a turn on ‘Jenga with numbers’, this adds in a cross curricular element as students were then tested on their times tables as a way of increasing the team scores. The students were a fantastic group and as we approached the end of the workshop the anticipation grew as the Jenga tower started to wobble, and finally gave way amidst cheers and excitement. Thank you to the students of Upland Primary for being such a delight.
Girls' World Cup Competition
We hosted the first of our Mini World Cup Five-a-side football competitions. This one was for Year 4 girls and we were joined over at Goals by teams from Bursted Wood, Gravel Hill, Normandy, Pelham and Upton Primary Schools. All the teams were mixed ability, some had never even played together before, but they came out on to the pitches full of enthusiasm and determined to give it their all. All the teams played against each other on a round-robin rotational basis and as the sun came out, the heat started to get to some of the players, substitutions were made, which gave everyone a chance to have a turn. Shouts of encouragement could be heard from the supporting parents that turned up to cheer the teams on. A good two hours later the competition drew to a close, the teams gather together and Mr Sheehan finally announced that Bursted Wood were today's winners. Mr Steel presented the team with their ‘World Cup’ and all of the students received a certificate to congratulate them on taking part. It was a good fun competition. Thanks go to all of the Primary Schools for taking part and bringing the students over and to Mr Sheehan, the PE Team and the Sports Leaders who supported the event.
Miss J Freeman - Primary Liaison and Transition Coordinator
He's Got The Power...
Powerboating, that is. Not often that the splash story actually creates one however, this weekend (9-10 June) sees Jamie Attlee, Year 7, travelling to Traben Trarbach in Germany to take on the world’s best junior drivers in the UIM World GT15 Powerboat Championship
We wish Jamie all the best of luck and hope he enjoys his first World Championship competition and look forward to hearing how it all went
The event will be live-streamed on Sunday, and we understand that you can tune into the action at the link below
The Future's Bright at BA and ellenor
Two of our wonderful Sixth Form, Azeezat and Smriti have completed an Exploring a Career in Care Placement with ellenor hospice. The two each committed one evening per week volunteering on the ward at the ellenor Gravesend hospice for six months, gaining both a valuable certificate in care that will help them to pursue their dream careers - whether that be a nurse, paramedic or even neuro-scientist - and the valuable experience of working in a hospice.
Azeezat described her time spent there as "eye-opening and a real privilege because, as teenagers we don’t get to see and experience things like that but I’m so glad that I did it. I have learnt so much about myself. It’s extremely gratifying and I’m now far more informed about prolonging life.“
Smriti added that the "experience was extremely rewarding. The one to one levels of care is much more hands on than I thought it would be and, although it was nerve-wracking to start, you get good closure with the patients as well.”
ellenor Chief Executive Claire Cardy was "immensely proud" to present the youngsters with their certificates, and said: "We hope that we have provided the experiences that will help you in your careers by having exposure to the work we do. These memories will stay with you for the rest of your lives." Congratulations to you both. If you would like to know more about the courses and placements at ellenor, get in touch with email@example.com. Credit for article: https://en-gb.facebook.com/ellenorcharity/posts
Sports Relief UK Torch Relay
Whilst many of us see our New Year resolutions fall by the wayside, one of our wonderful students has stayed firmly on track and has succeeded in running 52 miles (the equivalent of 4 half marathons) for Sports Relief in the month of February, alone.
BT finished the UK Torch Relay Run, in which Year 8 student Luke had been participating, on Friday 2nd March. The wider press and BT Sport were in attendance and they specifically requested Luke's presence so that he could collect an award and be part of the wider celebrations for Sports Relief.
He has been absolutely amazing and has raised over £700 so far by running in the evenings and even during the recent half term. A BT Group management team had been so impressed with his exploits and determination, that they have decided to present him with an award to mark his achievement in the pursuit of helping others - he is a credit to both his family and the Academy.
In light of the closure of the Academy at the start of the month, due to inclement weather, we are even more thrilled to hear that one of our own will not be resting on his laurels and will be representing Bexleyheath Academy by attending this event.
Luke participated in the final part of the event which entailed running the Torch into BT HQ with Senior BT Managers with the BBC filming and Luke will appear on BBC sport relief on March 23.
Should you wish to contribute to this fantastic cause, please feel free to click on the link below.
Students improve road safety
Road safety has always been a major concern for our students and neighbouring residents along Woolwich Road and, having recently experienced a few ‘near-misses’ whereby some of our students have narrowly escaped serious injury from speeding drivers, we wanted to take direct action. Our GCSE Citizenship class elected to raise the awareness of road safety among our students by creating a PSHEE lesson for all tutor groups to encourage students not to use their phones when crossing the road. Part of our qualification for GCSE Citizenship required us to engage with the community directly to make a positive impact and sustain a change that will benefit the wider community. Our class conducted primary and secondary research to help build our case and gather support for having Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) installed: we interviewed local residents to get their feedback; petitioned in the Broadway and ran an online campaign – in total gaining over 1000 signatures. We presented our ideas and suggestions to a member of the Bexley Traffic Team, Mark Bunting who was kind enough to meet with us to discuss our request. We are pleased to announce that our hard work paid off as we successfully gained a SID on the corner of Woolwich Road and Russell Close to alert drivers of their speed to help reduce the dangers for all road users.
We are looking forward to future positive engagement with the community to give back to society to make it a safer, healthier and more inclusive community for everyone. We would like to thank: the BA Parent Forum (for the purchase of our banners); the local community who engaged with us and signed our petition; students of Bexleyheath Academy; Senior Leadership Team; Executive Principal, Mr Szynal; the staff and our Citizenship teacher Mr Faci, for all their hard work and support.
Year 11 GCSE Citizenship Team