More than 100 students received recognition for achievements above and beyond the normal expectations placed on UAK’s students. Prizes were awarded for subject progress and achievement, sporting achievement including recognition of the Academy’s successful sporting teams and contribution within school’s house system.
Special Recognition Awards from the Academy’s sponsors The University of Bradford were presented by the Chair of Governors, Joanne Marshall and Students of The Year received an extra mention from the Principal, Bernie Addison.
The Academy’s Sixth Form were also recognised with the Drake and Tonson Foundation award for Outstanding Contribution to the Academy and for the first year The Paul Cotton Award for Exceptional Achievement in Mathematics, given in memory of the former teacher.
Performance-Poet Imran Hafeez was the guest of honour, he gave a talk that was in part inspired by poetry produced by students at the Academy entitled ‘A Message to my Younger Self’. Imran encouraged students to take every opportunity that life presents and performed his own piece entitled ‘Not in my Name’ speaking to the students about taking pride in their achievements and the importance of respecting each other.
Prize winners and their parents were also entertained with performances from a student drumming group, Radek Bily on keyboard, Luke Scott reading a collection of student’s poems and Isma Ali performing an Urdu Naat.
UAK held its first Family Fun Day on Saturday, 15th July. It was a fantastic event and over 1,000 people came to take part in and try some of the activities on offer such as face painting, mehndi henna, sports and movies. Children could also play on inflatables and meet some Disney characters.
Food was provided by Northern Leaf. UAK staff organised a delicious barbecue. All monies raised were in aid of The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund and Airedale Hospital.
Thank you to everyone who came along.
For the whole of Year 9 the academic year ended on a high point in their educational journey, with their graduation from Key Stage 3.
The graduation was an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge achievements so far, through Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards and to mark the next step in their education. The years ahead will see a shift in emphasis and ways of learning and the graduation was as much to prepare them mentally for this as it was to celebrate. Parents were also invited and took great pride watching their child dressed appropriately in a mortar board.
Students were also treated to a party afterwards where some more fun awards were issued such as: ‘best hairstyle’, ‘most creative’ or ‘most likely to become a millionaire’.
Our, soon to be, Year 7 students visited the Academy on Wednesday, 5th July for their first taste of life at UAK! They had a great day but don’t just take our word for it see for yourselves.