MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Once again it is a busy time around the Academy. On Monday next week we have a 'Creative Learning Day' where all normal timetabled lessons are suspended and we focus on other parts of the curriculum. A lot of the learning will be focused on Personal Development and understanding British Values. We are pleased to be welcoming a number of external partners who will be working with our students during the day. In our next Newsletter we will share some of the outcomes of the day.
We are also very much looking forward to the school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are available from Student Services.
PRINCIPAL STAR AWARDS
Congratulations to: Brandon, C01 and Skylar, T05 who received a Gold Award. Lewis, T01; Neitonas, L11; Euodia, T06; Huzaifa, E07 and Alpha, T09 who received a Silver Award. Lily, T10; Liam, T12; Scarlett, E17 and Ronni, C10 who received a Bronze Award. Well done and keep up the good work. #lordgreycan!
KPMG ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP
On Friday 7 February, our Business group were lucky enough to have an enterprise workshop with the global business company KPMG. When entering the room we were all mixed up and put into random groups of five to six people per-group. We were then partnered with three friendly KPMG workers. The first task consisted of building the tallest tower in the class; it had to stand on its own and be economically efficient. Furthermore, the greater challenge was, we only had a newspaper (worth £100,000 per-sheet) and roughly ten paperclips (worth £10,000 each). This task brought the team together, helped develop our leadership and artistic skills. In some teams it also helped everyone to co-operate in their groups and compromise when things went wrong.
Later on in the day we were given the opportunity to develop our “speaking to new people” skills, which we further learnt was known as networking in a work space. We had a challenge of “networking bingo” where each individual had to walk around the room and meet everyone from KPMG. This gave us a large overview of the variety of people that they have in their business but also how they can all do similar jobs.
Later in the day, whilst still in our groups we had to compose an 'app' for students. This task included:
- designing the app (the name, slogan and appearance)
- looking at the finances (how much offices and employees would cost)
- elements and benefits of the app (what the app can do, why is that good?)
- marketing the app (advertising it, how and where) and looking at the revenue (making money process).
The most popular themes across the apps that everyone designed were specifically related to revision and homework reminders. In my group we devised the business plan between each of our five team-mates to play to all strengths. However, every group had different tactics. Within the groups the KPMG workers were giving ideas, pushing us to think further by always asking “well what if…?”. Moreover, after filling out all of the paperwork, we had to begin to create a pitch, just like the BBC programme 'Dragons Den'. Everyone in the group had something to say, we had all written a brief draft of what we were going to discuss and we also had to take into consideration some of the questions we could be asked.
After completing every element of the task, all five team mates and three KPMG employees were ready to pitch our idea to another group that had completed the same task as ours; leaving the students to pitch and the employees to give feedback and to ask questions.
KPMG staff gave the group that pitched to them a score out of sixty. We then collected all of the results and gained an overall winner - Learn to Win by Euodia, Kyle, Rayhan and Logan.
We would like to thank KPMG for coming to our Academy and helping us develop our teamwork skills, our perseverance and most of all our confidence. Chanelle - Colossus, Year 9
THE TENNER CHALLENGE AND BORNEO FUNDRAISING
The Tenner Challenge provides an interactive way for students to develop key employability skills. Over four weeks students use their £10 pledges to get their student business ideas off the ground and to make as much profit as they can. Colossus Year 9s have produced a perfect gift for Mother’s Day ‘Bath Blush’ Handmade Bath Bombs. Prices range from £2. These items will be on sale at the performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on 11 & 12 March.
Our Borneo students who are doing lots of events to help fund their trip, and will also be selling goodies for you to enjoy whilst you watch the wonderful adaptation of this beloved classic.
In order that we have a safe and calm school where learning is the focus, we have a clear Behaviour for Learning Policy. Please can I ask that you read this carefully so that you fully understand our system and so that you can support your child and the school in ensuring that productive learning is at the heart of what we do at Lord Grey Academy. Click here to view.
Visit a Live Construction Site
If you are interested in a career in the construction industry, then try to take part in the Open Doors week from 16 to 20 March 2020. You can go 'behind the scenes' at a live building project and see what the career is really like. The construction industry has a huge number of roles from office-based to on-site, and is really worth considering even if you don't want to be a builder. Click here to read more
YEAR 11 LEAVERS HOODIES 2020
The online shop is now set-up for our Year 11 students to purchase their leavers hoodies, to celebrate their milestone after completing their GCSEs. These can be purchased directly from Waveprint, who have been supplying hoodies to Lord Grey Academy for a number of years. The online shop is now ready for you to start placing your orders. Click here to go to the online shop. If you have any questions or queries, please speak with Ms Dunn or Mrs Kirby, Enigma House.
YEAR 11 PROM - 'An Evening with the Stars'
If you are interested, applications close on 24 April 2020. Click here to find out more.
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
UPCOMING EVENTS 2020
9 March - Creative Learning Day
11 March - DT Rotary Tournament
11 & 12 March - Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
13 March - Move It Dance Visit
17 March - Army Careers
26 March - Year 8 Parents’ Evening 4.30pm-8pm
Week Commencing 30 March Year 9 Pre Public Examinations
6 April – 17 April - Easter Holidays