MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to the start of the new half term.
It has been great to welcome the students back and we are pleased with how they have settled in to their new school day. One of the most disappointing aspects of returning to a new national lockdown has been the impact it has had on after school extra curricular provision. Before half term we were just in the process of starting up the extra curricular provision and now we have had to put this on pause again. We hope that we will be able to resume our plans in early December so that students can enjoy experiences outside of the classroom too.
I am really pleased that we managed to get our Duke of Edinburgh Award group through their expedition section just before the holiday. You will see from the photographs in this Newsletter that conditions were rather variable but the students did incredibly well to complete this section of the Award. I will look forward to sharing news of those who have gone on to complete the rest of the Bronze Award sections in future editions of the Newsletter.
Jim Parker, Principal.
I HEARD A WISPA
As part of the Waves of Praise here at Lord Grey Academy, the Heads of Faculty choose a student whom they feel deserve recognition from a nomination shortlist provided by teachers in the faculty.
A member of the Leadership Team delivers a certificate, along with a bar of chocolate, to each of the winning students in order to celebrate their achievements.
Some of our latest "I heard a Wispa!" winners were chosen for reasons as wonderful as;
- "She helped another student who was lacking in confidence",
- "For being a general delight"
- "He always gives it 100% in every lesson"
We are so proud of our students, they are a constant reminder that #LordGreyCan!
LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN A WINTER LOCKDOWN
Summer lockdown was difficult, but we had the sunshine and warmth on outside. This second lockdown possibly sees us, stressed, frightened, exhausted, as well as having to deal with the darker winter nights. COVID fatigue is all too real, but there are some things we can do that will help us feel better. Here are some of suggestions to help us through the darker time from "@thepsychologymum"
Charlotte Carron, School Counsellor
sIXTH FORM VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING
We're looking forward to welcoming students to our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening on the 12th November 2020, there will be videos and course information available to view at your own leisure, and as always the Sixth Form Team are on hand to answer any questions you may have via a form on the website.
Next week every Year 11 Lord Grey Academy student will be given a prospectus and applications will be open later this month.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition
On the 22nd and 23rd October a number of year 11 pupils took part in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition. The pupils were exposed to various weathers and lots of mud, taking it all in their stride. The entire cohort successfully passed the expedition and are one step closer to gaining their bronze award.
Congratulations to all pupils involved, I would encourage you all to consider obtaining the Silver Award too!
Many thanks to all the staff involved in supporting the expedition too, it would not have been possible without you.
PSHE Learning journey
The PSHE Learning Journey has been extended to Year 9!
This has been a wonderfully eye-opening start to the school year in terms of how conversations & discussions develop as students get older. A lesson last week about emotional wellbeing with year 9 progressed to genuine questions about hormones and ‘is that why girls get moody every month?’ This came as no surprise following on from the wonderful work and discussions had virtually with students in years 7 & 8 through lockdown about ethical companies and diversity.
This new journey will take year 9 students through the intricacies of peer pressure & a balanced lifestyle, aspirations & the importance of voting, managing conflict & tackling homophobia, transphobia & sexism, illicit substances & the abuse of them, consent in healthy relationships & STIs, sexting & pornography, finishing the journey with an enterprise project and a review of skills learned through the whole of KS3 PSHE.
Here are some examples of acrostics students created during an earlier lesson this half term.