28 November 2016
Message from the Principal
The last two weeks have seen two well-known visitors to Chelsea Academy. On Monday 14th our Food Technology hosted a visit from Heston Blumenthal, and our year 9 students joined him in a filmed piece for TV about the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE specification. All those involved in the visit had the highest of praise for our students, and I was very proud of how they represented the Academy. Last week we have been visited by the actor Will Poulter, who delivered an anti-bullying workshop to some of our year 8 students, training them to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. It was a great day and we are very pleased that Will could join us.
One of our Christian values has been particularly evident in the Academy over the last two weeks; we have had a huge amount of charitable activity taking place. Our Operation Christmas child appeal was amazingly successful, and we collected 250 boxes in total. Thank you to those of you who brought boxes in, including members of the local community and Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School. Thank you also to staff and students who have been arranging activities to fundraise for Children in Need, Movember, National Diabetes Awareness day, the Our Kids charity in Bosnia and to support refugees living in camps in Greece. We’ve had bake sales, ‘keepy-uppy’ and ‘beat the keeper’ challenges, collections, guess the number of sweets in the jar… the list goes on. Well done to everyone who has taken part.
End of term arrangements
This year’s Christmas concert is taking place on Thursday 15th December from 7 pm onwards. Please do come and join us to celebrate this special time of year. The last day of term is Wednesday 21st December 2016, and students will be dismissed at 12.00 pm. Tuesday 3rd January 2017 is an INSET day. The Academy reopens to students on Wednesday 4th January 2017 and students are expected in the Academy at normal time (by 8.35 am).
Year 11 start their mock exams on 7th December; all students should have brought a letter home detailing the arrangements, and this can be found on our website. Years 7 to 10 will be completing the majority of their end of year assessments between Monday 12th and Monday 19th December. Year 12 and 13 will have mock exams after the Christmas break.
Some important dates to note - INSET changes
Please note that there has been an change to our INSET days for the year. The planned Easter INSET day on Tuesday 18th April 2017 will now be a follow up Learning Coach Consultation Day, and there will be an INSET day after February half term instead. This means the remaining INSET days for the year are as follows:
- Tuesday 3rd January 2017
- Monday 20th February 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
Key Question: What can you do this Christmas to help people in need? What were the origins of Christmas?
House Charities Week
Do you know which charity your house is supporting this year?
Recently we have fund-raised for the following charities:
- Operation Christmas Child: We collected 255 shoe boxes.
- Remembrance: We collected £40 for the Royal British Legion.
- Children in Need: We raised £25 through a football challenge.
- Movember: we have collected £50 so far through cake sales.
- Our Kids (Orphanage in Bosnia): we have collected £30 so far.
- Chelsea & Kensington Foodbank: we collected 150kg of food at Harvest.
- Refugee camp in Greece: we collected warm clothes for the winter.
Thank you very much for your support!
Please also feel free to contact me further on firstname.lastname@example.org
With every blessing,
St George’s Medical Students
Aspiring medical students in year 12 were excited to have students from St George’s University that are studying for a degree in Medicine or Biomedical Sciences, visit their enrichment ‘Getting Into Medicine’ last week. The university students provided a session on radiotherapy and how different techniques can be used to diagnose patients when they enter A & E. Chelsea Academy students were then able to read information from a case study and work together to decide the radiotherapy used to determine the problems of each patient. The year 12 students are now more aware of how multi-disciplinary teams work together in the NHS and have learnt more about the demanding nature of A & E.
Heston Blumenthal at Chelsea Academy
Students taking the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course had an early start on 14th November when world famous chef Heston Blumenthal visited with a film crew from ITV’s Good Morning Britain and a reporter with the Telegraph. The purpose of the visit was to promote the new OCR course and its focus on scientific understanding of food as well as high quality cooking skills. Students in Year 9 have been studying this course since the beginning of September and our visitors wanted to find out about what we have been doing and how the students are enjoying it.
The students made one of Heston’s soup recipes and two types of bread. They carried out an investigation into how yeast works when making bread rise. Nuri was a star of the show when he demonstrated and explained how the yeast works. Angela told the journalists that she wants to have her own business and thought the visit was exciting and although it made her nervous it was fun. Waqas enjoyed talking to the film crew, told them that he aspires to be a chef and thought that meeting Heston was very exciting and he wants to be like him. Amir said it was a great experience meeting someone who has achieved a lot in cooking.
The students were amazing and were great ambassadors for the Academy as well as for our new GCSE course. We were shown how to chop an onion at superfast speed and all of us agreed that the mushroom soup was amazing!
The ITV footage is available on the ITV Hub in the Good Morning Britain programme of 28th November and appears at 2hours 4 minutes into the show.
Sixth form maths students have competed in two different Maths challenges. Eighteen year 10, 12 and 13 students sat the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Maths Challenge. One student was awarded a Silver Certificate and five students were awarded Bronze Certificates. A team of four students also travelled to Pimlico Academy to compete in the Further Maths Support Programme’s Senior Team Challenge. The students worked exceptionally hard on some really difficult maths problems and placed 12th out of 18 London schools – not bad for our first attempt at the competition.
Battle of the Bands
Wednesday 16th November saw the borough preliminary rounds of the Tri-Borough Battle of the Bands competition, hosted at Chelsea Academy. We welcomed 6 acts from various schools within RBKC and were treated to fantastic performances. Jointly representing Chelsea Academy and the Rhythm Studio, was Tiarnan (Y11) who gave a wonderful performance which gained him a place in the Grand Final which will take place at Bush Hall on 25th January 2017: the second year in a row that students from Chelsea Academy have made it to the final. Congratulations to everyone who took part and those who qualified for the final!
Year 11 Mock Exam Fortnight
Dec 7 – Dec 20 all-day
Year 7 to 10 Assessment week
Dec 12 – Dec 19 all-day