A serine calm descended on UAK in June while the whole of Year 7 were involved in a special day to learn more about Hinduism.
Students have been looking at Hinduism in Religious Studies recently so by meeting a practicing Hindu, Krishna Dasi, and participating in the activities the students could engage with what they had been studying with more understanding.
Among the activities, students were involved in dressing up in traditional Hindu clothing and taking part in dances and traditional greetings to show respect for each other. There was also a useful question and answer session were students could ask questions about other religions.
The students found the role play very exciting, lots of fun and learned a lot about the Hindu faith and culture.
The most memorable moment from the day was the dancing especially performing the Dandiya Raas where students used decorated wooden sticks to emphasise the rhythm. After one or two False starts everyone got the hang of it and had a lot of fun trying to remember which way round to spin and keeping time by beating the sticks together. Watch out Bollywood….UAK might have the next generation of dancers!
University Academy Keighley held its annual Celebration and Prize-giving Evening on the 12th July a night where we recognize the students, who through their commitment, help make the Academy such a special place.
Over 100 students received Academy recognition for achievements above and beyond the normal expectations placed on our students.
Prizes were presented by our Guest of Honour Nasheed singer and songwriter Ahmad Hussain, who spoke to our students with pride regarding their achievements and went on to talk about the importance of respect for each other. He rounded off the evening perfectly by performing two songs for us; a beautiful Nasheed titled ‘My Beloved’, dedicated to the mothers in our audience, and a foot tapping Reggie.
Prizes winners and proud parents were also entertained with student performances from student group Dance Nation, storytelling from the Academy’s award winning Literacy Club, guitar performance from Eric Beaumont and AJ Wilson, UAK’s Got Talent winner Sudhes Jabbar with magic tricks and tales of ‘Academy Life’ from Ahmed Choudhry.
Prizes were awarded for subject progress and achievement, sporting achievement including recognition of the Academy’s successful sporting teams, contribution within the Academy’s house system and Principal’s awards and Drake and Tonson awards for outstanding contribution to the Academy and Sixth form.
Lots of fun was had by Year 8 students during a special Circus Skills Day in the Academy’s June Enrichment Week.
Juggling, spinning plates, balances and all manner of crazy bikes, trikes, stilts and contraptions held everyone enthralled. Students were amazed just how quickly they got the hang of juggling and plate spinning and had great fun trying all the different things; learning lots of new skills too without even realising.
The team building event was designed to help students ability to work together, boost confidence and introduce a ‘Can do attitude’.