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The Academy’s Sixth Form find inspiration at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.

Etihad UCAS fairOn Wednesday the 8th of February, a group of boys from the Academy’s 6th Form visited the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, to attend the UK University Search Fair.

This was an excellent way for our students to learn more about university life and understand what opportunities are available to them.  The fair brought together a vast array of exhibiting Universities, Colleges and Higher Education (HE) institutions, within an exhibition space overlooking the pitch.

Post 16 Progress Coach, Andy Romaniuk said of the day: “It was a very valuable experience.  The lads practised writing their UCAS Personal Statements, attended a workshop about student finance and were introduced to the Oxbridge application process.”  He added: “They were excited to be visiting the Etihad Stadium to start with and then having all these universities on hand, they were excited about their futures too.”

This was the fourth UK University Search Fair held, giving youngsters an opportunity to meet a UK wide selection of universities, higher education and apprenticeship providers, in order to gain vital advice for their UCAS applications and HE decision making.

 

Students from Years 7 and 8 were taking part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event earlier this month and were tasked with designing and building towers, using only dried spaghetti and marshmallows.

The youngsters, who were working in teams and timed against the clock had to identify the best way of building a tower, in order to qualify for a prize.

The categories being: Tallest tower, Coolest looking tower and Strongest tower.

The students really engaged with this task and came up with some amazing designs, especially those trying to make the coolest looking tower.  Staff who were judging the competition saw some ambitious designs, some collapsing in the final moments, with the tallest tower reaching a height of 47cm. The most fun was had when the towers were tested for strength; if the tower could support the weight of a chocolate egg, then the team won one each to eat, that created moments of tension in itself!

The activity helped the youngsters explore structural forces, such as compression and tension, as well as develop their analytical skills by testing and developing their ideas.  Some teams explored their ideas on paper first, whilst others adopted the trial and error approach to the task.

Number Day proved a successful first event for our new Student Leadership.

Members of the Academy’s new Student Leadership Team- representatives for Charity, Events and Numeracy, managed to crunch the numbers for the NSPCC on Friday 3rd February.

IMG_6536The student team organised a day of events to raise money for the charity’s Numbers Day appeal, starting with a morning bake sale and sweet stall that raised £105.  Students were also asked to collect spare change, for donation, and a penny stacking competition took place in the afternoon.  In ‘addition’ students were encouraged to test their mathematical skill with a number quiz devised by Sixth Former, Faiza Asghar.  This involved students not only answering mathematical equations but then locating the member of staff displaying a badge for the correct answer.  Our winners for this were Radiyah and Nadiyah Iqbal.

4 buckets of coins were collected so it may be sometime before we manage to get that all counted for a grand total!

With thanks to:

Ibrahim Iqbal, Ifrah Ashraf, Iqra Hussain, Junaid Nazir, Ruhul Abedin, Shamile Qamar, Sohail Farooq and Zeba Tariqu.

Year 11 have a taste of the future.

On the 3rd of February the Academy’s Year 11 students were suddenly transferred to a possible future via a Mock GCSE Results event.

The youngsters who sat Mock Exams in January were given the results from these to provide them with an indication of how they may fair in the real GCSE exams, which start in May.

There was a mix of nerves and excitement as the students opened their envelope to see the results.  Staff were on hand to provide information and advice, and every student had been provided with a projection to give them a better idea of what a little perseverance could result in.

The Students, who last month also took part in a special Revision Skills Day, were given some key messages of inspiration and aspiration in a presentation from Vice Principal, Anthony Simpson.

Mr Simpson told the youngsters: “Your mock results are designed to give you a taste of reality, whereas your projections are where your teachers believe you could get to in the summer.  Whether you get there depends on how much you want it now.”

There was no rest for our Year 11 however, as they were straight back to class, striving for those higher grades!