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17 October 2016

Message from the Principal

As we approach the end of the first half term, I would like to congratulate our students on a successful and purposeful start to this Academic year. It has been a busy half term, with Open Evenings, Year group specific events and our Annual awards evening. You can read more about the evening further on, but I would like to thank our Guest Speaker, Dr Mark Richards for an excellent talk.

Dates to note

Students finish at normal time (3.20 pm) on Friday 21st October for the half term break and are expected back on Monday 31st October 2016; as always, students must arrive by 8.35 am.

Road Safety

A reminder that with the clocks changing at the end of Half Term, it will be a lot darker in the evenings when the children leave the Academy. Please do remind your children about sensible behaviour on the streets and when travelling home in the evenings. Year 7 and 8 are having a road safety assembly on Monday 17th October 2016. As it gets colder, please do make sure your children are appropriately dressed for the weather, with coats and Academy jumpers if necessary.

Parents’ prayer meeting and council

The next parents’ prayer meeting (lead by our Chaplain) is on Thursday 17th November 2016 from 5.00 pm to 5.55 pm, followed by the parents’ council meeting on the same day from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm. We would be delighted to welcome you to both events. Please do look at the events calendar on our website for other upcoming events.

Awards Evening


Congratulations to many of our students on yet another successful awards evening that took place on Thursday 13th October.   Awards evening is about all those young people at Chelsea Academy who have excelled academically last year.  It is an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise their talents and their absolute commitment to learning.

The evening would not have been possible without the hard work of many staff.  Thanks to all the teaching and associate staff at the Academy for their total dedication to every student.

We were delighted to welcome Dr Mark Richards from the Physics Department at Imperial College as our guest speaker this year. Mark studied Chemistry for his degree and then went on to complete a PhD in Physics before working in finance. He returned to academia and is now a senior fellow at Imperial, and works in Outreach work for the Physics Department. Mark spoke about how he got interested in Science whilst at school and the importance of being true to yourself rather than how others perceive you. He talked about his research into spectroscopy, and how through understanding waves in the context of light waves it improved his skills and abilities as a DJ when mixing audio tracks. You can find out more about Mark Richards here and listen to his remixes here

Royal Society Science Matters – Climate Change Panel


On Saturday 8th October, Mr Gilchrist and Mrs Holgate took 14 students from Yr 11-13 to Reading University for a Q&A event on climate change chaired by Professor Brian Cox. A panel with expertise drawn from a variety of disciplines, including geoengineering, biodiversity and the social sciences, took the audience’s questions on climate change, an issue that requires the collaboration of the scientific community, the public and governments across the world to face the challenges it presents. Our students were interested to see how the Science they are learning in school is related to the big questions currently facing scientists and policy makers. We were also very excited to bump into Prof. Cox after the event and managed to get a quick photo and his autograph for our LRC.



Dear Parents and Carers,
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:

Autism Awareness Week
Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Key Question: Why is it important that we are all aware of autism?

Operation Christmas Child
Galatians 5:22-23
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Key Question: Is it worthwhile to make a difference to one child’s life?

The next parent’s prayer meeting is on Thursday 17th November 5-6pm
Please also feel free to contact me further on

With every blessing,

Tim Richards
Academy Chaplain

Upcoming Events


Half Term Break
Oct 24 – Oct 28

Parents’ Prayer Meeting with Chaplain
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Parents’ Council Meeting
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sixth Form External Open Evening
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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