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LGA NEWS EDITION 12, DATE: 06 March 2020

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

Our amazing Year 9 Spanish Ambassadors prepared a lesson for their class, and were teaching some of the GCSE grammar with games and different activities. They did some fantastic work!

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.

BEHAVIOUR POLICY

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

Leavers Hoodies

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'

APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested, applications close on 24 April 2020. Click here to find out more.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

Do you know someone studying a STEM related degree at university and interested in a career in teaching? The Grand Union Training Partnership is offering a four week paid internship this summer starting 22 June 2020 and finishing Friday 17 July 2020.
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GOV UK Coronavirus Advice

As you know there is a great deal of news around about the Coronavirus COVID19 and some of the stories that appear in the media are not always accurate or helpful.

The Government are providing schools with regular information updates about Coronavirus and the following link takes you to the official advice.

Click here to view the official advice.

In addition, the Government today have sent the following information that may be of use to parents.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

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

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