23 January 2017
Message from the Principal
Communicating with home
It is becoming increasingly common for schools to choose to communicate with home through text message and email. As an Academy we are starting to communicate with parents and carers this way more often; this is faster, cost-effective and more reliable than paper communication. For digital communication to work we do need to have up to date contact details for you, so please do ensure that if you change your email address or phone number that you let your child’s learning coach or head of year know. Please also make sure you are checking your emails regularly to stay informed of important news.
Parents’ consultation evenings
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the recent Year 11 Parents’ Consultation evening; the evening was very well attended and provided an opportunity for students to discuss their recent mock results. Year 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening is this Thursday (26th January) and we are using a new online booking system which allows you to book appointments directly with your child’s teachers. Letters explaining more about this have been sent home with Year 7 students. Year 12 and 13 Parents’ Consultation Evening will be taking place on Thursday 9th February 2017. I encourage parents and carers to make every effort to attend these evenings as they provide a valuable opportunity to get a broad picture of your child’s attainment and progress.
Other dates for your diary
The half term holiday is fast approaching and is from Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February 2017. Monday 20th February 2017 will be an INSET day. This means all students will return from the half term break on Tuesday 21st February 2017.
Term dates for 2017-18
We are in the process of finalising the term dates for next year at the moment, and hope to be able to share these with you in the coming weeks. Please can I ask you to avoid booking any holiday at the start or end of the holidays for next year until these dates have been confirmed to avoid your child inadvertently missing out on learning.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:
Holocaust Memorial Day
18 ‘“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.
Key Question: How much do I stand up for the rights of others?
Student Leadership Week
1 Timothy 4:12
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Key Question: What does true leadership look like?
Please also feel free to contact me further on email@example.com
With every blessing,
Exam week follow-up for parents of students in Years 7-10
Dear Parents / Carers,
In order for you to support your son / daughter in their studies, we would suggest that you take the following steps to ensure that they have benefitted as much as possible from the revision, assessment and feedback process:
- Ask them what their results were, and how that relates to their target grades, so basically, are they on track?
- Ask them to summarise what their key areas of development are in each subject area.
- Ask them if they think they need to change the way they are working or how much they are working in advance of their next exams.
The next exam week is from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March, so look out for revision materials, which will be given to all students by their teachers a week in advance of the exams. The key questions students should be asking to support them with their revision are:
- Exactly what do I need to revise?
- What resources do I need to revise?
- What strategies will help me to revise each subject (these may differ)?
Best of luck to all students with their exams, and generally with their on-going work.
Economics & Business are Booming
Exciting times at Chelsea Academy in the Economics and Business department with plenty of trips and visitors as always. Our students performed brilliantly in this years Grocers’ challenge and came in a commendable second place (picture above). Our A-level students had the opportunity to meet and talk with the CEO of the largest online community for car enthusiasts Car Throttle.
Year 10 will soon be visiting Cadbury which is always a fantastic trip and Year 11 will visit the Coca Cola factory.
We have received the visits of the director of the multinational management consultant Bain & co, the creator of Asterisk Revision guides, a former chief examiner for AQA and Edexcel as well as the up and coming artist Whisper.
Chelsea Academy Drama
On 12th December the wonderful Year 10 drama groups travelled to Christ Church Primary School to perform self-written plays to the students from Year 1 to Year 6. Three groups performed and all had genuine learning messages: hygiene in the kitchen, kindness and internet safety. After their performances they also ran workshops to ensure that their audiences had understood their messages and enjoyed the performances.
The students acted extremely well and gained mock exam marks for their hard work in devising the pieces as devising is a large part of their final GCSE grade. The drama department was extremely proud of them.
Year 7 programmers – BBC Micro:bit
This term will see all of Year 7 students beginning to programme in their Computing lessons using the new exciting BBC Micro:bit device. A collaboration between 29 partners, the Micro:bit is the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers. The UK currently faces a critical skills shortage in the technology sector and the BBC and partners aim to help change that.
In the 1980s, the BBC Micro introduced many children to computing for the first time and the BBC Micro:bit, part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative, will build on the legacy of that project for the digital age. It aims to inspire young people to get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering.
We are excited to launch this new project which will give all Year 7 students at Chelsea Academy the opportunity to learn programming skills and the science behind it. All students will be allocated a device each and will be working towards a project of their choice where they will allow users to interact with the device.
This project will enable our learners to understand the basics of programming and then to go on and further study this area within their Computing lessons. This will be the first step at helping the UK close the skills gap when it comes to programming.
Year 7 Parents Consultation Evening
Jan 26 @ 4:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Year 13 Devised Drama Performance
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Year 12 & 13 Parents Consultation Evening
Feb 9 @ 4:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Half Term Break
Feb 13 – Feb 17 all-day
INSET day – Academy closed to students
Feb 20 all-day