CRA Newsletter - 14.05.2021 Half Term 5 - May 14th 2021

Principal's Update

We have had an exciting week featuring our first careers talk from a parent. Miss Rowland came in and spoke to our students about careers in the mental health profession and her career journey. This was particularly apt as it was National Mental Health week. We know that COVID has brought anxieties and mental health issues to the forefront for many in our community and across the country. We are fortunate that we have a rigorous programme of assemblies and PSHCE sessions that highlight different mental health issues, where to get help and advice and strategies to employ if students are experiencing problems.

Yesterday visitors to the school praised the politeness of our school community. Unprompted many of our students greeted the visitors with a ‘Good morning Sir, good morning Miss’. I am very proud of the confidence and respect that the students demonstrate on a daily basis and know that it will serve them well in their adult life.

We had a lovely guitar solo from Logan in assembly on Monday. It was wonderful to hear his accurate, fluent and musical performance. He demonstrated CRA courage and gave staff and students a really positive start to the day. Thank you once again Logan. This coming week we are being treated to a drama performance. Next academic year we are hoping to have music, dance and drama in assemblies every week.

Face coverings in school

After Boris Johnson's recent announcement we are pleased to share that from Monday 17th May students will not have to wear masks in their lessons. We continue to require students to wear them in the corridors and social spaces. We will keep you informed regarding any further changes via the newsletter.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

Please visit the CRA website to review the updated term dates for the next academic year.

Home Lateral Flow Testing

We would like students to perform tests on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting the results via these links to both the NHS and also CRA.

If you require further kits, students can collect these from reception.

Did you know that parents and support bubbles of school children, as well as anyone who has to leave home to go to work, can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now here.

Further guidance from the Government and Department of Education in respect of home testing can be found below:

A copy of the risk assessment and privacy policy relating to Lateral Flow Testing can be found on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

National Book Tokens

This year we have added nearly 600 books to the school library, with a couple of large orders of new books, some very generous donations, and a lot of charity shop and eBay buys. However, we could still do with more! I have a wish list of book requests that I would love to be able to fulfil, to keep our students reading.

Please will you nominate CRA for a chance to win these book tokens? The more nominations we have, the more of a chance there is of us winning - but as a small school in terms of pupil numbers, we need all your help on this initiative. Please click on the link below to nominate CRA.

Mrs Spilberg - TA & Librarian

CRA Values

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is nature.

In our house assemblies we have been talking about our House sunflower growing! Each of the Heads of House were given 2 sunflower seeds and a House pot and some compost. The competition is who can grow the tallest sunflower.

The Heads of House have been talking this week about how growing their sunflower is having a positive impact on their wellbeing. Miss Robinson, Head of Terra has even named hers and says when she checks on her little 'Florrie' it really does help to boost her mood.

Miss Robinson spoke to Terra about the fact that even though both her seeds were exposed to the exact same conditions as well as love and nurture, only one has thrived and germinated. This shows how people and things respond differently in situations and that's ok.

As long as we show respect and be resilient, then our time to shine and grow will come.

Uniform expectations

It is vital that we ensure everyone is adhering to the Academy Uniform Policy - details of which can be found here.

Students without a medical note will go into IE for incorrect uniform.

Outdoor coats

Outdoor coats can be worn during breaks and before and after school, but should not be worn when walking inside the academy. May we also remind you that hoodies are not appropriate, and shouldn’t be worn as a replacement for an outdoor coat.

Face Masks

Masks are required to be worn on all school transport, during transitions between lessons and in communal indoor spaces. Please ensure you have a spare mask just in case it requires changing throughout the day. We appreciate that communication whilst wearing a mask can be tricky, so please see the poster below for tips on effective communication whilst wearing a mask.

Wearing a mask at school is compulsory, unless your child has a medical lanyard. Masks should be blue or black and plain and worn at all times whilst inside the school buildings. If a child refuses to wear their mask they will be sent to the COVID isolation room and parents will be called to collect them. This is a non-negotiable and for everyone's safety.

Careers' Corner

Guest Speaker

On Thursday 13th May we had a parent, Miss Rowland, come into the academy to do a talk on careers. Miss King had invited parents to share their experiences in the world of work as part of CRA's careers programme to broaden the horizons of our students in relation to employment.

Miss Rowland is an experienced Mental Health Support Worker and works with lots of people in the community supporting their wellbeing and mental health. She spoke about what led her into this career and the skills and attributes it is important to develop. As well as the wider impact of COVID on the mental health of our community and how we can all look after our mental health.

We look forward to some more careers talks from our parents over the coming weeks.

What is your dream job?

We have created a careers corner in the Library – a place where you can go and have a look at a wide range of University prospectuses with every course you can imagine – please take the time to go into the library to have a look through these resources so you can start to make plans for your future.

You can also log into your Unifrog platform, use the link below to log on:

Once logged on you should be able to access the resource by clicking here

This section is designed for KS3, where students can explore what their 'dream' jobs are, and also become familiar with using the Careers library. Both of these tools are a brilliant start for you to start taking responsibility for managing your own career actively. It is vital that you take advantage of all of the opportunities that you have at school to help you with your career planning, and that you are taking responsibility for your choices, by reflecting upon your strengths to help you with finding your own dream job.

Riseholme College

If you are still undecided about your plans post 16 then please take a look at the options below from Riseholme College

  • For any Year 11 students that have not applied or have yet to accept their place we are now taking bookings for a limited ticket only event on 22nd May - BOOK HERE
  • Applicant Welcome' event's are planned for July for all Yrs 11+13 who have accepted a place with us for September so keep an eye out for their emails.
  • Taster sessions for all Yr 10 students and those in Yr 11 who are still undecided.

Please visit the Careers' page on the CRA website for this weeks update and details of previous publications.

Mrs Rees - Careers' Lead

Thinking Ahead – My Future, My Choice

Attention Year 8 & Year 9!

  • What are your future plans & career possibilities?
  • What plans to do you have after you have completed your GCSEs?
  • Do you plan to go on to further/higher education? If so what courses might you study?
  • What career ideas do you have for the future at the moment?

In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be learning new skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to help you plan your next steps. This process starts with your careers education in school which will encourage you to think about your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. You will also start to make some important decisions that could influence your future career path as you will be choosing your subjects to study for GCSE. This process will begin for all Year 9 students early next year.

Each week we will show you examples of the various careers linked to the subject you are studying. This week’s career idea is ‘Jobs related to Dance’.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

Celebrating Tutor Group attendance 8th March to 14th May 2021

Caeli8 are leading the way with amazing attendance of 98.08%

Aqua House are leading the way with 95.9% attendance

100% Tutor Group attendance this week

Aqua7, Aqua8, Terra8 and Terra11 have both had 3 days of 100% attendance this week.

We are so proud of these achievements and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups are showing all our CRA values, but especially RESILIENCE and AMBITION

Are you a CRA HERO?

‘CRA HERO Challenge’ is our new school initiative being rolled out Monday 17th May 2021. For the next two weeks we will be focusing on attendance and being:- Here Every day

There will be three rounds of our ‘CRA HERO Challenge’ attendance. Selected students will complete round one over the next two weeks. These students will receive a CRA HERO CHALLENGE card as below. Every day a student is in school, their Tutor will sign their CRA HERO CHALLENGE card. At the end of the two weeks, there will be a CRA reward. Please support your child in attending every day.

Why do I need to contact school each day of absence?

During school hours, we as a school have a responsibility for the safeguarding of your child. This duty continues even if your child is at home unwell. Contacting us daily is not just about letting us know your child will not be attending school, it is also an opportunity for us to stay in touch, make sure you are all safe and offer any support you may need. If you do not contact school on the day of absence, this will prompt school to try to contact you. If phone, MCAS, email or text contact is not successful, a home visit may be attempted. Please do keep us informed of your child’s whereabouts and wellbeing.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

Caeli Crowned House Dodgeball Champions

The year 11 house dodgeball teams went head to head on Monday to bring the week long House Dodgeball competition to a thrilling end. Going into the final day, Caeli knew that a strong performance would get them over the line thanks to victories from the year 7 and year 9 teams in the previous week. Aqua started the strongest with a dominant victory over Terra which set up a thrilling final match with Caeli, with the winner of this match claiming overall victory in the competition.

Despite a strong Aqua side it was Caeli who clinched victory with a 2-1 win, just doing enough for Caeli to be crowned Dodgeball champions.

A fantastic effort from all 100+ students who represented their house teams throughout the week, demonstrating the CRA Values.

House Sudoku Underway

On Thursday 13th May every student took part in the House Sudoku competition, rolled out across each Maths lesson. Students were allocated 10 minutes at the end of their Thursday Maths lesson to represent their House in the competition.

Points were awarded for the top 3 quickest and correct entries in each class before being added together across all groups to determine the overall winners. Results for this competition will be announced next week in assembly.

House Rounders Next Week

The penultimate competition of Term is another sports event, as House teams across all year groups go head to head in Rounders; starting with the year 7s on Monday 17th May and finishing with the year 11s on Friday 20th May.

Teams for this event are being selected this week through year group leaders during tutor time. 250 House points are available for this competition, which could prove pivotal in the race to be crowned House Champions.

House Totaliser

With only 8 House Competitions remaining the race for the House Championship is really heating up. There are just 50 points separating all three house teams and only 7 points, yes 7 points, separating Caeli in 2nd from Aqua who are currently in pole position.

Each member of the winning house team will receive a reward at the end of the year and with all three house teams in contention, the final term of the is shaping up to be really exciting. Who will be 2020/21 House Champions?

Follow us on the House social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram, for all the latest news and results from each event including action shots from the competitions - @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master


Before Christmas we collated names for those who were interested in the academy purchasing scientific calculators at the reduced price of £8. There are still some students that haven't collected and paid for their order.

Can I ask you to send the payment before the end of term to the reception. We can then issue and ensure every student is fully equipped for their math's and science lessons with a device that will assist their learning opportunities.

Mr Drumm- Assistant Principal

Table Talk

More than half UK adults say that being close to nature, improves their mental health with 4 in 10 people saying it makes them feel less anxious or nervous.

We would love you to have a chat at home about how nature has had a positive impact on you and your family, particularly during lockdown, including how you can connect with nature more in your life to support your mental wellbeing.

Word of the Week

Migr: wander, moving (Latin word root)

  • Migrant a person who moves from one place to another, especially in order to find work or better living conditions.
  • Emigrate leave one's own country in order to settle permanently in another.
  • Migrate (of an animal, typically a bird or fish) move from one region or habitat to another according to the seasons.

Watch this video which explains why people migrate:

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty

Science Spot

The Science Faculty would like to share with you some practical and interesting slides to make you think - this week its all about coronavirus!

Covid-19 Interesting Facts

Click on the links below to find out more about Covid-19 and how some simple hygiene controls will help us beat the virus!

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal


Mr Parker, our Art Teacher, is also a practicing artist and is on the shortlist for a major art award. Mr Parker is known for his folk style art and sometimes called 'The Lincolnshire Lowry' and he has won many major awards before, and his paintings are in art galleries all over the world.

This time his picture is a self-portrait from the time he sailed to Iceland and in the cold North Atlantic he found a Goldfinch in the rigging and rescued it! After a sugary drink it flew away again.

If you want to see Mr Parker's art there is plenty online, or in person at Lincoln's Usher Gallery or in London at The National Portrait Gallery.

Times Tables

At the end of all lessons students stand behind their chairs in silence to prepare for themselves for the next lesson. From September, on a weekly rota, Years 7 and 8 will be reciting their timetables to help embed them in their long term memory.

Week commencing 17th May - 6 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 17th May during period 5

Year 11 Focus

7 tips to help you cope with exam stress

A little stress can be a good thing: it can be the motivational push that we need to get things done. Too much stress can however become an issue when preparing for exams and assessments, below are some tips to try.

  1. Remember to breathe - Setting aside a couple of minutes every day to practice mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises, helps you to calm down your body's stress response and shift your attention back to the present moment. In turn, this gives you time to rationally think through the anxieties you have, rid yourself of unhelpful thought patterns and enables you to deal with a large number of exams and begin more effective revision.
  2. Eat, sleep and exercise well - Pulling all-nighters, surviving on a poor diet, and getting minimal amounts of movement into your day can increase symptoms of anxiety. For your body's best performance, make sure you're getting 8/9 hours of sleep, enough slow-release carbs, less caffeine and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise per day.
  3. Set realistic goals - Setting realistic goals, whether you have several weeks, days or hours before your exam, helps you to put everything into perspective. Acceptance of your situation and working within the realms of what you have maximises your productivity without the risk of burning yourself out.
  4. Don't go it alone - In 2004, a research paper published in Linguistics and Education saw that revising with peers is an effective study technique as it allows individuals to better absorb their own notes. Furthermore, the emotional benefits of social support tend to include a better sense of confidence and autonomy.
  5. Pace yourself through panic - Panicking before, during or even after an exam is common among students. If you experience it at any point, take six deep breaths, hydrate yourself, and then go back the problem at hand, being sure to break it down into several, manageable chunks. Remember that there is usually a rational solution to every problem, even if you can't see it at first glance.
  6. Believe in yourself - When being constantly faced with new challenges, we often forget to look back at how far we have come and how much we have already achieved. Given that you have prepared well, there should be no reason for you to worry. Therefore, when experiencing a negative thought, try to replace it with a positive one. For example, instead of thinking 'If I don't get at least a grade 6, I am a failure', think 'Whatever I get, I will be proud of myself and value how much I have already achieved'. You can do this!
  7. If you feel like you are struggling, talk to someone - Asking for help is never shameful. In the most extreme cases, it can help save a life. When struggling, talk to friends, family, your tutor or the pastoral support team about how you are feeling. A problem shared is a problem halved!

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Teen Support

Some information for parents about a website called Quotev.com

Quotev is a creative platform used by millions for quizzes, stories, surveys, and polls. On the site you can publish your own works, share them with others, add works to your library and follow other authors or readers. We have had reports from some other local schools that students have been receiving messages from strangers on here, pretending at first to be interested in the same type of literature that they are and then asking them for photos, asking them to meet up etc.

We hope that with this information you can now speak to your child about whether they are using this site, and if so, ask them to not use the chat function and not use their image as a profile picture, so they are not putting themselves at risk in this way.

The Sporting Post

Miss Dickson - Sports Enrichment Officer

Dates for your diary

Please click on the parent calendar to see the full list of upcoming events and activities at CRA


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