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LGA NEWS EDITION 17, DATE: 05 June 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome back to the second half of the summer term. We thought we'd show you some more examples of the work that Lord Grey Academy students have been doing over the last couple of weeks. It is inspiring to see what has been achieved.

Jim Parker, Principal.

Great Work, during lockdown!

DRUMMING FOR THE NHS, what an inspiration.

In the last newsletter we reported about OLLIE an Air Cadet at 2366 Bletchley Park Squadron who is our amazing fundraiser. Here he is in action drumming for the NHS on a recent Thursday evening. We are all very proud of you Ollie, you have brought happiness to so many through your talent and generosity.

Below is Ollie's Facebook page showing his tenaciousness and also his Just for Giving Page. Keep it up and let's hope you reach your goal of £1,000 and make your wishes happen for our doctors and nurses in the NHS. Absolutely incredible. #lordgreycan!

Facebook page, drumming for the NHS Click here Just for Giving Page Click here

At the time of going to print Ollie has reached and surpassed his goal of £1,000. Many congratulations, a superb effort Ollie!

LOTS OF ACTION DURING THE HALF TERM HOLIDAYS!

Ceejay's microbalance was beautifully and carefully made and so sensitive, she was able to measure the mass of a single cress seed. Great work. Mr Smith, Assistant Vice-Principal and Careers Leader

history and rs - celebrating work before lockdown

We are missing our lovely students in class and thought it would be a fabulous idea to celebrate all the hard work in HIstory and Religious Studies they all did before the lockdown. Miss Rafferty, Teacher of History & Religious Studies

HISTORY HOMEWORK - A FANTASTIC POEM

A brilliant History homework project completed by Callum, and in particular his superb poem. Well done. Miss Cowap, Head of History.

great origami

Lucas with his origami work - he undertook this project from the Wellbeing Booklet. Well done, a fantastic piece of work. Mrs Cass, Director of Inclusive Learning.

ART AT ITS BEST, SOME FANTASTIC WORK!

More fantastic artwork from our students since our last edition of the newsletter. the large image is by: Emilia, Year 12. Dr Layden, Teacher of Art & Technology.

Great work and well done everyone, keep up the good work! #lordgreycan!

Rory, Year 9
Ruby, Year 7
Tilly, Year 10
Matilda, Year 12
Lois, Year 10
Jessy, Year 10
Josh, Year 10
Grace, Year 12
Eloyse, Year 8
Elise, Year 7
Baylee, Year 9
Desiree, Year 9

... MORE GREAT ARTWORK!

news from languages

great cooking like a french chef!

Before the half term holidays students had to complete various activities, and one was to cook a French recipe. Year 7 student Lewis, Enigma House cooked 'Almond Chicken' and it looks rather delicious! Well done Lewis. Mrs Sherwood, Teacher of French.

Almond Chicken.

some techniques to assist Spanish listening skills

Congratulations Libby for outstanding achievement in Italian. Miss Reynolds, Teacher of Italian.

LINGUACUISINE COMBINING TECHNOLOGY, LANGUAGES, CULTURE AND CUISINE

You can access over fifty cooking tutorials in various languages. You can submit your own recipe with a chance to win a prize!

news from lorenz house

couch to 5k

Huge congratulations to Shannon for completing the Couch to 5k run. This is an amazing achievement. Well done. Mrs Bowen and Mr Selvester, Head & Assistant Head of Lorenz House.

Fantastic!

HAPPY BIRTHdAY AMBER!

Amber has had lots of fun during lockdown and has done lots of lovely things with her family to raise her spirits during these strange times. She has been extremely active and celebrated her 12th birthday. Wishing you a very happy birthday! Mr Sylvester, Assistant Head of Lorenz House

news from turing house

Jessica sent her rainbow picture to Iain Stewart, Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South, and has received this certificate! Congratulations.

Jess planting little blooms of sunshine to brighten the balcony. Well done Jess, this reminds us that everything grows and changes and one day soon we will hopefully be back to normal. Mrs Wasway, Head of Turing House.

news from colossus house

Over the weeks during 'lockdown' Colossus House received lots of student names from subject teachers who were working so well at home. Special mentions go to: Marissa, C17 - English, Biology and Languages; Grace, C04 - English, Chemistry and Physics; Freya, C10 - English, Chemistry and Physics.

All the names of these students were entered into a prize draw, and the winners received a £15 Amazon voucher: Amanda, C12 and Maddie, C04. Many congratulations to you all, a great achievement. Miss Hussey and Ms Whalley, Head & Assistant Head of Colossus House.

COLOSSUS SUPPORTING MK SNAP

MK SNAP is the charity Colossus House chose to support this year. MK SNAP started almost three-decades ago. Parents, whose children had nowhere to attend after special school, started the learning and skill-building charity in Kiln Farm with the support of Milton Keynes Community Foundation. Today over 140 people with learning and physical disabilities attend MK SNAP.

Our very own Ms Whalley, Assistant Head of House nominated them for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service; and what exciting news, MK SNAP have been awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Queen to a charity,

Below are a few words from MK SNAP:

Helen W, nominated MK SNAP, after the support her brother Matthew said: “I’m really happy to hear this amazing news.”

Each year MK SNAP provides CSR days for over 135 volunteers from across the business community equating to over 2000 volunteering hours. Every day volunteers play a vital role in enabling people with learning and physical disabilities to take part in the skill-building sessions at MK SNAP and gain valuable skills and confidence to live a rich, purposeful and happy life.

Michael Bracey, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council said: “Milton Keynes Council would like to say a huge well done and congratulations to everyone at SNAP for this amazing award."

inspiration & challenges

TASKMASTER CHALLENGES

Using the television programme Taskmaster as inspiration, our Performing Arts staff have become the 'Taskmaster' each week and set a range of challenges to get our students problem solving, being creative and thinking outside the box. So far, tasks have included dramatic room entrances, finding the best objects that are bigger than their heads but smaller than a car, drawing a self portrait with their eyes closed, presenting news reports and going online to find the best gift for the Taskmaster. Before half term the students created shadow photographs and took extraordinary photos of ordinary things, and these are some of the best ones from the session.

The students have responded brilliantly to these tasks and we are looking forward to seeing how they approach the new tasks they are set in the coming weeks. Ms Edwards, Head of Performing Arts.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Participants who are on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award scheme should now have completed the two and three month sections and be working towards the end of their six month section. They will not be able to complete their expedition if all these sections are not finished. This is especially relevant to our current Year 10 participants as next year exams will commence.

Once a section has been completed the assessor will complete the assessors report. This can either be scanned and uploaded to the 'edofe account' or can entered directly on to the participants site by the assessor. Once an assessors report and evidence is uploaded, they can be checked and if everything is OK, the sections will be passed.

Alternative provisions are being considered regarding the expeditions, as they are not happening this academic year. More information regarding this will be announced in due course. If you have any questions, please email: richard.henry@lordgrey.org.uk or sam.stagg@lordgrey.org.uk

CAREERS ADVICE STILL AVAILABLE DURING LOCKDOWN

The event will start at 10:30am and end at 3:30pm and you will be able to visit the event as many times as they like, using the link that will be sent on the day.

thinking ahead for years

Bitesize Passport Day will encourage you to think about your next steps after your GCSEs and your future education options. It is suitable for students currently in Year 9-11. Bitesize Passport Day will be spread out over six weeks with a new workshop sent to you by email every week.

A student ambassador will deliver the workshop via video and they will be setting you tasks throughout the workshop. There are worksheets for each workshop that will need to be completed online.

Once you have completed the workshop, submit your worksheet to the Study Higher team who will provide you with any feedback and answer any questions you may have.

Make sure you complete all the tasks as fully as possible - each student who completes the six weeks will automatically be entered into a competition to win one of four £40 Amazon vouchers.

Workshops will be sent on Tuesday each week and the worksheets will need tobe submitted via email by the following Monday at 8.00am

Workshop Timetable:

  • Week 6 (9 June): Student Ambassador Questions & Answers (Q&As)

If you'd like to take part, please complete the sign up form click here ASAP and the Study Higher team will be in touch with you. If you have any questions, please email passportday@studyhigher.ac.uk - thank you!

ENGINUITY ARE BRINGING YOU A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE WITH STEM ACTIVITIES DURING LOCKDOWN!

Enginuity have created a virtual world to discover and attract future engineers within Minecraft and it is free to play (Education edition) or with a Minecraft licence on PC/ Mac/iOS and Android!

The game, set in an electric car showroom and factory, assesses players aptitude for a whole raft of skills – from observation and assessment, resilience, digital competency, problem-solving and critical reasoning. It enables you to show your talents via a non-academic route that is fun, challenging and safe.

Brought forward from a planned summer release, it allows thousands of people in lockdown to have fun – and find out if you have got what it takes to transit from the virtual to the real world workplace in engineering. So give it a go and spread the word!

Old School Uniform

If any of our Year 11 parents have any good quality/unwanted second hand uniform which you no longer require, please could you consider donating it to the school? It would be gratefully appreciated. Any donations can be dropped into Student Services between 9am-2pm Monday to Friday during term time. Student Services Team

Resources to help support us all...

WE ARE HERE TO HELP. Do you have any concerns about the mental health of a child in your care? We are able to offer help from our experienced Mental Health Practitioners. The poster gives details of how to initiate a referral if needed.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2020

ALL EVENTS ARE POSTPONED.

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