14 November 2016
Message from the Principal
GCSE Results update
We are proud to announce that Chelsea Academy has been placed in the in the top 14% of schools nationally for our Progress 8 score, according to the latest figures released by the Fischer Family Trust. Progress 8 measures how much progress students make during their time at Secondary school, and is one of the new measures introduced by the government. We are delighted with this news, as it is a testament to the hard work by our students and staff.
A busy week
Last week was a busy week for students at the Academy, with a number of events taking place. Mrs Tomlinson took a group of students to participate in an evening of poetry and prose to mark the Centenary years of the First World War, hosted by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea and Lady Borwick. Our students gave readings and recitals for guests from across the Borough, and attended a reception afterwards where they mingled with some of the guests. Mr Bereksi-Reguig accompanied a group of Sixth Form students to the Grocers Company Challenge event, in which they came second. Finally the Under-13 Boys and Under-15 Boys and Girls teams were all victorious at the first RBKC Handball Tournament. Congratulations to all those involved with these events. If you don’t already, please follow us on Twitter (@chelseaacademy) so that you can see updates of all the great things happening each day in the Academy.
Reminder about Road Safety
I wrote to you during October to ask you to remind your children about the importance of staying safe as the nights draw in. Please could you reiterate this message to your children especially if they cycle to school. We had an incident today which saw one of our students being knocked off his bike by a passing car; thankfully he was not seriously hurt but it reminds us of the importance of road safety and of wearing the correct equipment (a helmet and high visibility clothing) when cycling in Winter. It is also important that students always ride sensibly and follow the rules of the road. Our year 7 and year 8 have had a road safety assembly but it is important that older students are also reminded about this.
As always, please do remember that if you need to drop off or pick up your children from the Academy please do so at the front entrance (where our Reception is) so that they can walk round. This helps ease congestion by the Academy gates for our neighbours and helps make the area safer for everyone.
Parents’ prayer meeting and council - please sign up
The next parents’ prayer meeting (lead by our Chaplain) and parents’ council meeting are this Thursday 17th November. We would be delighted to welcome you to both events. The prayer meeting starts at 5.00 pm and the parents’ council starts at 6.00 pm. If you plan to attend the parents’ council, please RSVP using this link.
Sixth Form External Open Evening - Thursday 24th November 2016
On 24th November we will be holding an Open Evening for the Sixth Form, for external applicants. If your child is interested in attending the Sixth Form but missed the internal Open Evening, please ask them to see Ms Power or Mrs McNally about attending this event.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:
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 can we create a community where bullying isn’t tolerated?
Bosnia Trip Week (Our Kids- Charity Foundation)
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Key Question: Do you know about what the Our Kids Foundation do?
Website with more information: http://www.ourkidsfoundation.org/
The next parent’s prayer meeting is on Thursday 17th November 5-6pm
Please also feel free to contact me further on firstname.lastname@example.org
With every blessing,
Maths students have competed in two different maths challenges lately . On Tuesday 8th, eighteen year 10, 12 and 13 students sat the UK Mathematical Trust Senior Maths Challenge. We now await results to find out who will receive Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best in School and Best in Year certificates.
On Wednesday 9th, a team of four students traveled 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. There will be problem solving classes running after school from next week open to years 11, 12 and 13 so we can prepare for next years competition early (and with the added benefit of building skills for upcoming GCSE and A Level exams).
CAST Primary School visits
During CAST enrichment students have been exploring different experiments such as making crystals, different types of slime, chromatography, chemical reactions, forces experiments, etc to deliver to young primary school pupils. They are very excited to have Marlborough Primary School and St Cuthbert with St Matthias’ Primary School coming in the next few weeks for a tour of Chelsea Academy and are planning experiments related to their current topics of Forces and Earth & Space to deliver.
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here
Students in Year 8 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 Sports Science Zone of the competition, chatting to Scientists and Olympic athlete Andrew Willis.
Students in this class said it was a really good chance to talk to a sports scientist. One of the people we spoke to was an athlete who trained full time and one of the scientists measured how muscles work during exercise.
The Angry Gecko races to the final
Saturday night 15th October, 7:00 pm, Chelsea Academy Race Team (C.A.R.T) arrives to camp at the Rockingham International speedway circuit for the Greenpower International Final and the rain is coming down in buckets! Undeterred the team consume huge quantities of Domino’s in the school minibus and by the time supper is finished the downpour has stopped and we can get our tents up. Most of the students are hardened professionals having completed their DofE this summer and Ms Edge and Mr Wootton are on hand to make sure the tents are set up properly. Just time to go and meet some of the other schools and it’s time to try and sleep.
Next morning everyone has a fry up and we are ready to race just as the heavens open again!
Having qualified for the finals for the first time this year, everyone is on edge hoping that we will be competitive against the teams that have come from all over the country and some from as far afield as America and Poland.
The morning race starts in torrential rain but it’s clear that the Angry Gecko is competitive in the Kit Car class as Antonio passed six cars in the first lap. (see link here for a driver’s eye view of the first lap). After half an hour it’s clear we are in the top 6 kit cars but as the race progresses we realise we have got the gearing slightly high on the car and the Gecko starts to run out of puff in the final 15 minutes of the first race with Ras.I coaxing the car over the line just before the batteries give up the ghost!
With a one and a half hour gap before the afternoon race we decide there is just time to pull the motor sprocket and lower the gearing for the second event, sacrificing top speed for more endurance.
All hands to the deck and we get finished with 5 minutes to spare and the decision turns out to have been right as we fight it out with the other cars in the class ending up in 4th place overall. An amazing result for our first final.
So now it is back to the drawing board for the Electric car enrichment to figure out how we can squeeze out extra performance for next year to improve results.
Congratulations to the team: Skye, Nicolas and Zios in year 10 and Xavier, Ras.I and Antonio in year 11 and thanks to Ms Edge and Mr Wootton for supervising the camping and Mr Dy for the photos and videos!
If you are interested in more about the Greenpower competition there website is here.
Parents’ Council meeting – 17th November 2016, 6-7:30pm
The Parents’ Council gives parents and carers of Chelsea Academy students a forum to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Academy’s development and continuous improvement. In this meeting we will be discussing the following topics:- summer examination results, review of new student workbooks, communicating with parent and the future of Parental Engagement at Chelsea Academy. If you have any specific concerns about the progress or pastoral care of your children, the best route for raising these concerns would be via your child’s Learning Coach or subject teachers.
To RSVP for this event, please complete the survey here https://goo.gl/forms/kVtdshpTDmIm9puR2
Drama Club this year has proven to be a great success. From the modest beginning of 3 enthusiastic dramatists arriving to take their places as the founding members of this year’s club, we have now got a regular group of 12 to 15 students who attend every week, after school on a Monday. It has been wonderful to work with this group of energetic and creative individuals, and we continue to have a great deal of fun playing games, performing and developing acting and theatre skills.
So far this year, we in the Drama Department have enjoyed two pieces of theatre from very different ends of the theatrical spectrum.
Firstly, we had the pleasure of escorting a group of Year 7 and 8 students to the Lyceum in London’s West End to see Disney’s ‘The Lion King’. It was really fantastic to see these young students’ reactions to the amazing show. In particular, some students had never been to the theatre before, so it was a real privilege to give them this opportunity.
Secondly, we took a group of more experienced theatre-going students to see Headlong Theatre’s production of George Orwell’s classic ‘1984’. This was a challenging piece of theatre that really served to broaden students’ horizons. Amazing staging and performances really served to enhance the great story and we hope this experience will influence students’ own practical work going forward.