CRA Newsletter - 09.07.2021 Half Term 6 - July 9th 2021

Principal's Update

Academy life continues to be busy with staff and students working hard and maximising learning time right to the end of term. We are coupling the continued hard work with some fun activities and this week we had the MasterChef house competition. Emily and Daisy won and did a fantastic job demonstrating their wonderful culinary skills. We also had our first tutor group who completed their Houseopoly board travelling round to the principal’s reward. This means that they have worked well together as a team focusing on good attendance, good behaviour, involvement in house competitions, bringing all their equipment every day and always striving to live by our academy values. Students from Caeli 8 were asked what they would like for a three-course meal. They chose garlic bread and sweetcorn for starters, fajitas and chips as their main course and ice cream with sauce and sprinkles for the dessert. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) served the food and enjoyed seeing the students and tutors enjoying their reward.

Next week we have Sports day which we are all looking forward to. Unfortunately the DRET Summer cup has been postponed till September but our CRA event on Tuesday 13th July should be a wonderful spectacular. All students will be involved in numerous activities throughout the day including creative arts, dance and music activities in addition to the usual sporting events. The houses will be making banners, writing house chants and dances so that they can really get behind the sporting competitors and all feel that sense of belonging that is so important.

We then have our long-awaited Lip Sync battle on Friday where students and staff work together on a performance that will be judged by Mr Webb and myself. Please follow CRA on twitter and/or Instagram so that you can keep up with all our news and exciting events.

I hope you have a great weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

Please visit the CRA website to review the updated term dates for the next academic year.


Another week of tasty treats form the Caterlink team at CRA. We even had our pizza day that the students and staff all seemed to love...so much so there was nothing left to take any photos of!

Please click on the link below to have a look at the rolling 3 week menu below.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the catering service at the Academy please dont hesitate to contact us so we can discuss with Caterlink.

If you need a Parent Pay login so your child can add monies to the payment facility, please contact the office for a username, then follow the notes in the attachment below

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

Home Lateral Flow Testing

As you may have read in the press this week, record numbers of school pupils are having to isolate due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus in school settings since lockdown has eased.

The government have now confirmed that we will have to mass test all students twice on the return to school in September.

I cannot impress upon you the importance of keeping our community safe by continuing to perform lateral flow tests twice per week on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting the results via these links to both the NHS and also CRA.

If you require further kits, students can collect these from reception.

Did you know that parents and support bubbles of school children, as well as anyone who has to leave home to go to work, can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now here.

Further guidance from the Government and Department of Education in respect of home testing can be found below:

A copy of the risk assessment and privacy policy relating to Lateral Flow Testing can be found on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

CRA Values

We would love you as students and families and members of our CRA community to get involved in this DRET wide competition to design a logo which represents the Trust's commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. RESPECT is one of our CRA Values and encompasses not just the day-to-day respect for our environment, others and ourselves, but also our wider community.

Last week, we spoke about PRIDE and this competition follows on from that as DRET proudly launch our new policy which shows our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion regardless of any protected characteristics; age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, sex or sexual orientation.

Uniform expectations

It is vital that we ensure everyone is adhering to the Academy Uniform Policy - details of which can be found here.

Students without a medical note will go into IE for incorrect uniform.

Outdoor coats

Outdoor coats can be worn during breaks and before and after school, but should not be worn when walking inside the academy. May we also remind you that hoodies are not appropriate, and shouldn’t be worn as a replacement for an outdoor coat.

Face Masks

Masks are required to be worn on all school transport, during transitions between lessons and in communal indoor spaces. Please ensure you have a spare mask just in case it requires changing throughout the day. We appreciate that communication whilst wearing a mask can be tricky, so please see the poster below for tips on effective communication whilst wearing a mask.

Wearing a mask at school is compulsory, unless your child has a medical lanyard. Masks should be blue or black and plain and worn at all times whilst inside the school buildings. If a child refuses to wear their mask they will be sent to the COVID isolation room and parents will be called to collect them. This is a non-negotiable and for everyone's safety.

Parent Governors

The role of Parent Governors in schools is vital in supporting the school leaders offer the best possible experience to the students.

Their role is one of offering a high level of support and challenge to the Academy Leadership team, with the aim of developing the setting to offer the opportunities to students to achieve their best possible chances in life.

If you would be interested in becoming a school governor, please review the attached document that will give you a little more information, and contact the admin team to discuss the possibility further.

For all the information about CRA and DRET Governors, please visit the Governors page on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

Careers' Corner

Today we have been delighted to have held a house competition - Masterchef. The students have been absolutely brilliant when displaying our core values of Resilience and Courage when attempting a new challenge. They showed confidence when faced with a challenge which they had not faced before, and were able to work together as part of a team to triumph.

We are delighted that our students have these core values at the heart of everything they do and it is vital that they learn about these transferable skills which they will then take into the world of work – Please take the time to look at the skills section of the Unifrog program this week and think about the skills that you have, and how they can be used in the world of employment.

Well done to all who take part in all of our house competitions.

Please visit the Careers' page on the CRA website for this weeks update and details of previous publications.

Mrs Rees - Careers' Lead

Thinking Ahead – My Future, My Choice

Attention Year 8 & Year 9!

  • What are your future plans & career possibilities?
  • What plans to do you have after you have completed your GCSEs?
  • Do you plan to go on to further/higher education? If so what courses might you study?
  • What career ideas do you have for the future at the moment?

In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be learning new skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to help you plan your next steps. This process starts with your careers education in school which will encourage you to think about your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. You will also start to make some important decisions that could influence your future career path as you will be choosing your subjects to study for GCSE. This process will begin for all Year 9 students early next year.

Each week we will show you examples of the various careers linked to the subject you are studying. This week’s career idea is ‘Jobs related to Physics'

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal


Celebrating weekly Tutor Group attendance 5th July-8th July 2021

Terra7 are leading the way with amazing attendance of 100% this week – in school every day.

Year 7 are leading the year group attendance with this week with 98.91%

Terra House had the highest attendance this week.

We are so proud of this achievement and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups are showing all our CRA values, but especially RESILIENCE and AMBITION.

The importance of education and attending school every day

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.

Achievement and Attendance are linked

Your attendance will affect the number of GCSEs you will pass at Grade 4. The number of GCSEs you pass at a minimum of Grade 4 will affect the amount of money you can earn as an adult and Post-16 opportunities.

The importance of education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family. Attending school every day is a critical part of educational success, and it is important to take your responsibilities seriously, including going to school.

Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass assessments than students who do not attend school regularly.

Opportunity: For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about school and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important examinations they need to build a successful academic record of achievement.

Exposure to the English language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately, even in other subjects!

Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

Holidays during term time

Holidays during term time are not authorised. If you wish to seek approval for any request of absence for your child from school, then you must apply in writing to the Principal, at least four weeks in advance of the request for absence.

The Holiday Warning letter has been sent to all parents/carers via email, MCAS and is on our school website.

If you then choose to take your child out of school during term time and it is not deemed to be exceptional circumstances and/or has not been approved by the school, then this will be coded as an unauthorised absence and a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued for the period of absence. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty may result in further legal action being taken against you.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

Sports Day

Sports Day is only 4 days away. On Tuesday 13th July students across all year groups with be representing their house teams in an action packed day of sport. The three houses will go head to head in 10 events in a bid to claim the lion share of 500 house points.

All students are required to arrive to the academy in their full and correct PE Kit (CRA PE top, Plain Navy blue shorts and socks). Students who do not have appropriate PE kit will not be able to compete in their events. We are also encouraging students to apply house coloured face paints and hair spray BUT this must be removed for Wednesday 14th July; failure to do this may result in IE.

We hope to share a live link with all parents which will direct you to a live points score which will be updated throughout the day. This will be sent out soon.

House Flag/Banner Competition

50 House Points are on offer to the house who produce the best house banner or flag at home ahead of Sports Day.

This must be created at home, which is a great opportunity for the wider family to get involved. It’s fantastic to hear lots of students and staff have started their banner or flag and we cannot wait to see them on arrival on the morning of Sports Day.

Follow us on the House social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram, for all the latest news and results from each event including action shots from the competitions - @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master

Open Evenings

Table Talk

We would love you to have a discussion about friendships you have experienced in your life and what a good friend looks like to you, what qualities they have. Maybe you could discuss together the following question:

Would a good friend ask your child to do something for a laugh that would get them in trouble, or would a true friend want to see you succeed?

Word of the Week

Quer, quir, ques, quis: search, ask (Latin root word)

  • Quest a long or arduous search for something
  • Inquisition a period of prolonged and intensive questioning.
  • Query a question, especially one expressing doubt or requesting information.

Watch this vide to learn about the infamous Spanish Inquisition

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty

Science Spot

The Science Faculty would like to share with you some practical and interesting slides to make you think - this week its all about The Chemistry of a Lemon

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Teen Support

We know it can be difficult to know how to respond when someone opens up to you about their mental health, so here is a link to Young Mind's advice on what you can say and how you can support your child, friend, colleague, while looking after your own mental health too. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/supporting-a-friend-with-their-mental-health/

Times Tables

At the end of all lessons students stand behind their chairs in silence to prepare for themselves for the next lesson. From September, on a weekly rota, Years 7 and 8 will be reciting their timetables to help embed them in their long term memory.

Week commencing 12th July - 9 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 12th July during period 2

The Sporting Post

Miss Dickson - Sports Enrichment Officer

Dates for your diary

Please click on the parent calendar to see the full list of upcoming events and activities at CRA


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