7 March 2017
Message from the Principal
Welcome to this latest edition of the CA Update. This will be a short message from me as there is so much to include in this edition, as you will see. I hope you enjoy reading about our students’ most recent activities and opportunities.
We look forward to seeing all parents and carers of our Year 8 students on Thursday 9th March 2017 for the Parents’ Consultation and Options evening. If you have not already done so, please sign up for appointments using this link. You have until 4.00 pm on Wednesday 8th March to do so.
British Science Week at Chelsea Academy – Mrs Holgate
This year we are very excited to be running Science Week activities over two weeks from 6th March until 20th March. This includes welcoming volunteers from Imperial College, STEM ambassadors from international engineering, finance and computing companies, and guest speakers from the Centre of the Cell. We look forward to showing you more in the next edition of the Chelsea Academy Update, but here’s a summary of what happened on Day 1!
Imperial Spectroscopy in a Suitcase – Yr 12 Chemistry workshops – Miss Edge
Year 12 Chemistry students all attended a spectroscopy workshop on Monday from Imperial College London. As well as fitting in with their AS chemistry course the workshop covered how analytical techniques are used in Formula 1, medicine, the Olympics and even music festivals such as Glastonbury to identify chemicals. The students got to analyse real spectra as part of a problem solving task and got to use a state of the art portable IR spectrometer worth £56,000! Everyone enjoyed using the exclusive equipment and gained essential skills for their AS course.
7Mars chat online with Scientists – I’m a scientist get me out of here! – Mrs Holgate
Students in 7Mars at Chelsea Academy have been interacting with scientists from across the UK in an online public engagement event aimed at getting students excited about science. I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here sees students putting scientists through their paces through online live chats in which they can ask the experts about anything, from climate change to coding. The aim of the event is to get students excited about science. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science.
We look forward to taking part in I’m a Scientist every year; it’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to understand the work of real scientists, and be able to put their own questions to them about their career choices and interests. This year we were delighted to participate in the Organs Zone of the competition, chatting to Scientists including Neuroscientist Natalie Doig (see photo).
World Book Day
Book loving students at Chelsea Academy celebrated the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day with a week of literary events.
Students kicked off the celebrations on Tuesday lunch-time by getting crafty with spoons: using card, paint, glitter & glue to bring their literary heroes to life. We spotted Harry Potter and the Gruffalo, amongst others! On Wednesday, the fun continued as students used their storytelling skills to triumph in games such as Dixit, Storycubes and Gloom.
On the day itself, a group of the Academy’s biggest bookworms had fun reading with a Year 3 class from Marlborough Primary. Our students loved seeing all the creative costumes, and enjoyed having the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for books with the next generation of readers. Staff were also keen to get in on the act, with Thursday seeing the likes of Matilda, Dorian Gray & ‘Map Man’ popping up in classrooms and corridors across the school. The day wrapped up with a World Book Day quiz in the LRC, where students pitted their literary knowledge against each other. The competition was fierce but glory was ultimately claimed by team Blue Squadron, who celebrated with chocolate, achievement points, and a free book each!
We finished our World Book Day week of activities in style with a series of talks about Books on the Underground by our resident ‘book fairy’, Miss Allen. Students were excited to learn how they could get involved in the scheme and help other Londoners get hooked on reading. Chelsea residents should definitely watch out for a sudden surge in books appearing on the underground and overground soon!
‘Curious Incident’ trip.
Last week, the Year 11 Drama cohort went to see the wonderful ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ at the Gielgud Theatre. This excellent show has been running for a long time now but will be completing its West End run in June so it was fantastic that the students got to see it before its closure. With breathtaking movement by Frantic Assembly and a mesmerising set, many of the students said that it was the best thing they had ever seen. They are now working on a review of the production for their coursework folders. A really successful trip!
Drama Residential to Greece
During 9th – 13th February, the Drama department ran a residential trip to mainland Greece to see the seat of ancient theatre. During the 5 days of the trip, students took part in physical workshops where they learned classical Greek chorus movement as well as fantastic ways that actors can lift each other to perform amazing physical work. These were all run by a specialist, Claire, who came out on the trip with us. We also got to visit some beautiful sites such as the massive theatre at Epidauros, the Temple of Poseidon and the Acropolis in Athens – all of which we were guided round so that we got the most out of our visit.
Our students got to perform self-devised pieces to each other both in Epidauros and in the indoor theatre at Loutraki. It was an amazing trip and one which both staff and students alike will remember forever. Thanks to all the students who participated and who conducted themselves as phenomenal ambassadors for Chelsea Academy.
School Nursing Services
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Academy Production – Back To The 80’s
Next week, the Academy will be putting on our annual production, and this year the show is “Back to the 80s” which promises lots of opportunity to tap your feet along to the music! The show will have 3 evening performances, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March, and we would like to provide refreshments in the intervals again. Tickets are available from Reception and cost £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. The show starts at 7pm, so the interval will be around 8pm and the evening should be finished by approximately 9:30pm.
At the Parents’ Council meeting last term, it was agreed that some of our parents would like to get more involved in supporting the events that take place in the Academy. Our first foray into serving refreshments at the Christmas concert was a success and we were extremely busy serving teas, coffees and mince pies.
Many thanks for your support,
Dear Parent (s) / Carer (s),
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:
International Women’s Day
Proverbs 31:30-31New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Key Question: What makes a woman great?
National Science & Engineering Week
Jeremiah 10:12-13New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
But God made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
Key Question: What is truly special about the world we live in?
Please also feel free to contact me further on email@example.com
With every blessing,
Sport and Wellbeing Update
We have had an extremely exciting time at Chelsea Academy for sports teams and individuals alike.
On Tuesday 28th February and Thursday 2nd March, we saw very competitive activity in the form of our Inter-house Basketball Tournament. Y7, 8 and 9 competed for the title on Tuesday, with Einstein leading the way to win overall. Y10, 11, 12 and 13 took to the court on Thursday with Lister being the House to make a clean sweep into the finals and going on to win. A special ‘well done’ is due for Quincy in Y13 who couldn’t be kept away from the basket as he dominated the finals.
Chelsea Academy are also delighted to share the news that we have two of our students who will be competing in the London Youth Games in July. Nicholas (Y10) and Antonio (Y11) both won their qualifiers for the Games and will now go on to represent the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for Rowing in the summer. Congratulations!
Dear Parent (s) / Carer (s),
Don’t forget that all students have free and unlimited access to SAM Learning, which is particularly helpful to go back over and master topics they have covered. SAM Learning can be particularly useful if your child is absent for any period of time, allowing them to stay in touch with relevant topics covered in lessons. The login details for all students are as follows:
Centre ID: SW1CA
User ID: Your child’s date of birth, followed by their 2 initials in capital letters
Password: the same as their User ID
Example – Charlotte Church, whose date of birth is 23rd March 2005
Mr.Cragg can reset passwords if required, so please do email firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any issues.
In addition, it is worth noting that the highest SAM Learning users in each year group (also known as SAM Learning champions!) will receive £10 Amazon vouchers.
We would like to remind you that exams week for years 7-10 is from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March, and will be based around the contents of the whole term’s work, so it is worth students’ while beginning their revision well in advance.