MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
We are very much looking forward to seeing all of the students return to school over the course of next week so that we can resume face to face teaching. As you can see from this edition of the Newsletter students have continued to be very busy at home. We are proud of how well they have coped with home learning and very grateful for the enormous support and encouragement that we have had from parents.
We really do hope that the rest of this school year will be uninterrupted - fingers crossed!
Jim Parker, Principal.
Congratulations Mr Hoggard!
Last Thursday, Bath University held a Teacher Awards celebration via video conferencing.
Stuart Hoggard, one of our Senior Academic Tutors and Head of Year 13, was nominated by one of our current students for the 'Paving the way' award category.
This category recognises the contributions that teachers make in encouraging young people to consider a university future and in the support they provide throughout the application process.
It may have been a surprise to Mr Hoggard, but to the staff and alumni of Lord Grey there was always a clear winner!
Mr Hoggard has worked with hundreds of Lord Grey students over the years and by doing so has opened up so many opportunities for our students that might otherwise have been missed.
My Hoggard thoroughly deserves this recognition and on behalf of everyone at Lord Grey we would like to say well done too!
Several staff members have been nominated by wonderful members of the Lord Grey Community for being Lockdown Teaching Heroes and we wanted to say thank you for these nominations and for the messages that have been sent along with the nominations that have made several of the staff cry with tears of joy!
If you'd like to nominate any staff members you can do so using the nomination form.
NEWS FROM COLOSSUS HOUSE
Hello Colossus House!
We are so excited to see you back in school in the next week and to catch up with you about your Lockdown experiences. We know so many of you have been taking part in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, furthering your learning, developing your fitness and learning new skills such Courtney in year 11 who baked this amazing look cake!
Ash, year 8, has been working hard on their DT project whilst at home and has made a truly amazing looking Lantern. We have been told that this is one of the best that the DT team have seen and have had several staff asking if Ash would make one for them!
Mia is going to be running a 5k run on Saturday 13th March 2021, with Ms Whalley for Willen Hospice. You may remember that Mia raised money at Christmas for Willen Hospice by selling Christmas Cards that she and her siblings had drawn and coloured and she is looking forward to continuing her support of Willen Hospice.
Mia supports Willen Hospice because of the palliative care they gave Mia's Mum and the support they gave to her family too.
If you'd like to sponsor Mia, you can find her justgiving page here.
pet of the fortnight
We had several more entries from Colossus Students for their pet to be considered the Pet of the Fortnight. Below we have two year 7's students pets Pearl and her cat Phoebe and Lily-Rose's dog Elf both who have been keeping their owners company.
It was a hard decision because they are both so sweet, but Phoebe has been named as the Pet of the Fortnight!
SEE YOU SOON MIGHTY COLOSSUS
Miss Hussey and Ms Whalley, Colossus House
NEWS FROM ENIGMA HOUSE
Hello Enigma Heroes!
We are getting so excited to welcome you back to the Academy and to see all our Enigma Heroes beautiful faces!
We thought we'd start off with some good news! Bethany is currently top in the school for House Points! The success of her ongoing entries in the E8BWN form-time Alphabet photo competition have probably helped! Her fellow students in E8BWN have been voting for Bethany's entry and as you can see she has been really creative!
Lauren has completed several of the free courses with the Open University over lockdown. Lauren what a highly motivated student you are and such a credit to Enigma House. Well done, we are all so proud of you and your achievements and the fact that you did this along with your virtual learning is outstanding!
Lauren is a real Enigma Hero. Congratulations!
Owen, year 11, and Daisy (a future Enigma Hero!) have been creating amazing looking bakes whilst at home! This Rainbow Pinata Cake is AMAZING and so creative! We've been promised cake when Owen comes back and we are going to hold him to it!
Muhammad from E8JMA took part in the half term baking challenge too and made these great cupcakes and chocolate Brownies!
And last but by no means Ellie, year 9 , made this amazing cake which we are sure tasted every bit as good as it looks!
Baking Superstars and Enigma Heroes!
We're finishing off this newsletter with a message from Miss Brett who sent us an email to say how impressed she has been with Salman's, year 11's, learning over the last 8 weeks of Remote Learning.
We too are so proud of all his efforts, he is such a Enigma Hero and we know he is going to continue working just as hard, as are the rest of our Engima team!
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES, THEY WEAR BLUE TIES
Mrs Dunn and Mrs Kirby, Enigma House
NEWS FROM LORENZ HOUSE
Hello Lorenz House,
We hope that you are all ready to return back to the Academy, as we are ready to see you!
You have been having so much fun during lockdown, taking part in lots of family fun, taking extra courses and keeping fit. We can't wait to hear about your adventures!
Josh, year 9, had a great evening flipping pancakes with his family. These pancakes look amazing and we think that learning how to cook is a great lockdown achievement!
LORENZ HOUSE CHARITY FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
Harry's Rainbow is one of the Lorenz House Charities of the year and they have some spaces to take part in the London Brighton Bike Ride. If you're up for the challenge, find out more on their website.
Speaking of Bike Rides, Isabella year 8 went on a bike ride to Waterhall Park and took this amazing photograph of the Lombardy Poplar trees which line the paths. We think Isabella has an amazing talent for photography and it must have been great to be out in the open air having some fun!
Alfie, year 8, made this great lantern in DT and his DT Teacher said that it was outstanding precision! We are so impressed with his work and can't wait to see what else he creates in his future lessons.
Lowen, year 11, has been working hard doing courses whilst in lockdown, having passed two of the free courses with the Open University with regards to Engineering.
Well done Lowen, we are so proud of you and for the hard work you've been putting in!
Be Awesome, Big smiles and Laugh lots.
Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook, Lorenz House
NEWS FROM TURING HOUSE
Hello Turing House,
In just a few days we are going to be back together and we can't wait to hear more about all the activities that you have been up to whilst attending Virtual School.
We really can't wait to see you all again!
YOU ARE ALL GOLDEN!
Mrs Wasway and Miss Brown, Turing House
World book day
Thursday March 4 was World Book Day, and our students took the challenges to heart!
Miss Carter-Cuss has set two quizzes for the students, an Emoji story quiz and a book quiz and asked for photographs of students wearing costumes inspired by their favourite book characters to be uploaded to their English Google Classroom.
If students haven't yet entered, they have until 6pm Sunday night to submit their answers and photographs just like the students below!
STEM Crafting Students
Some of our students had some fun crafting last week, making spinners and kaleidoscopes together as part of their STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning.
The students were able to use the spinners to find out more about colour theory and the kaleidoscopes helped the students to explore light, reflections and symmetry.
All the students enjoyed their crafting and learning and couldn't wait to show their families what they had created.
During the first week of February, 22 Lord Grey students in years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.
The results were announced this week and 11 of the students have scored highly enough to place, with two students (Samuel and Molly) achieving scores high enough to grant entry to the next stage of the competition too, which is a fantastic achievement!
Congratulations to all the students who took part, it is an amazing achievement!
News from Careers
Year 10 Careers Day Feedback
This year our Year 10's were unable to attend the National Apprenticeship Show, nor have live guests into the classes, instead they were able to attend a Virtual Careers Day.
85% of students thought that it was worthwhile having a virtual careers day, and 92% said they enjoyed the experience. 88% said that by the end of the day, they had better ideas about what they can do at the end of Year 11.
The below are a selection of comments from students about what they got from the Virtual Careers Day.
Year 10 Careers Day Winners!
Congratulations to Chloe in Lorenz for being the overall winner in the Year 10 Careers Day competition. Chloe came first in the Sixth Form and College quiz, and joint second in the Apprenticeship quiz. House points and a £30 Amazon voucher to you, Chloe!
Second place, with house points and a £20 voucher to Lily, also in Lorenz, who was second in both quizzes. Third place, house points, and a £10 voucher to Chanel from Colossus who got an almost perfect score in the Apprenticeship quiz.
Honourable mentions, and house points, to these other high-scorers:
- Thomas (Turing)
- Vienna (Turing)
- Ivan (Colossus)
- Kacey (Lorenz)
- Mohammed (Turing)
- Euodia (Turing)
- Nathan (Enigma)
- Rory (Turning)
- Aminata (Lorenz)
- Ella (Colossus)
- Rosie (Colossus)
- Neitonas (Lorenz)
- Ella May (Enigma)
- Logan (Turing)
- Molly (Turing)
- Ceryis (Turing)
- Shabir (Turing)
- Desiree (Turing)
- Eva (Turing)
- Tommy (Turing)
- Baylee (Turing)
- Suma (Enigma)
There are more than 350 different careers in the NHS and students in years 7-9 are being asked to create a job description for a job in the NHS that interests them! Please see Mr D Smith for an entry form. The deadline is 30th April 2021.