CRA Newsletter AutumN Term 1 - october 2nd 2020

Principal's Update

We were very proud to open our doors to prospective students and parents this week for our Open Evening. Last week we delivered our virtual open evening with a presentation from Miss King and myself, as well as wonderful inputs from three of our new year 7 students. All three of them displayed CRA courage and confidence by filming something for the website that we could share with year 6. We received some wonderful feedback some of which I have shared here:

We loved it, so does Bailey. He's really excited about it! Just don't want to get hopes up and not get in.
Honestly you’ve changed my opinion so much of the school today. You're doing an amazing job!
Honestly the school seems just perfect.
It was a great tour and what a lovely school it is!!

We know we have a great school with lovely students and a committed team of staff.

I was exceptionally proud of all the students on Thursday when the fire alarm went off due to a slight mishap in the Food Technology department. The school was exited in three and a half minutes in total silence. Year 11 were a credit to themselves, the school and you the parents. They were excellent role models and on entry back in to the school quickly got on with their work.

In Year 11 assembly Mr Young has been asking the students to think about what grades they want to achieve in the final exams. He then encouraged them to focus on what would be realistic steps to ensure they achieve those grades. I think this brought home the reality and importance of the forth coming mock exams.

One of the favourite parts of my job is meeting the students in the morning on the gate. I am so pleased that our students can greet staff in the morning with the salutation, ‘Good morning Miss, Good morning Sir’ and hold eye contact, as it is such an important life skill.

Finally, we would like to offer all our parents and carers the opportunity to provide us some feedback on CRA by completing our annual survey. The survey can be accessed via this link.

A student survey has also been sent to every pupil at CRA as we value and encourage feedback on their experiences too. I look forward to receiving your comments.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend,

Kind regards, Mrs Jones

CRA Values

This week in assembly we have been focusing on our core value of confidence. We have been asking the students to think about how they can build their confidence in their own abilities, confidence to ask for support if they need it, confidence to do the right thing and confidence to try new things. We have so many exciting opportunities at CRA in terms of enrichment and house competitions, as well as opportunities to learn in curriculum areas and we want our students to make the most of all of these opportunities during their school days so their lives are more enriched and their life experiences increase. Please encourage your child(ren) to get involved in as many different opportunities as they can.

Curriculum Update

Student Portal

All pupils have now managed to access the Student Portal either from home or whilst at school. With effect from next week we will now be implementing the CRA Homework Policy 2020. Please review the attached for further details.

We are proud that CRA learners demonstrate these learning traits on a daily basis.

Career's Corner

Mock Interviews

As part of the CRA Careers programme, all year 11 students will have the opportunity to attend a virtual 30-minute Mock interview. This interview will take place during the week commencing 23rd November 2020, and both students and parents/ carers will be advised of the appointment time in advance, so that you may prepare for it.

The mock interview will help the year 11 students to prepare for their post 16 placement interviews and will also allow them an opportunity to practice for an interview as though it were for real. It is therefore vital that the students approach these interviews seriously, and if at all possible it would be ideal if they have had an opportunity to go through some of the questions which we have attached to this item with you in advance, so that they have time to prepare answers which they may not have ready. We have also included guidance on presentation skills, and how to dress appropriately for an interview.

In preparation for the mock interview, all students will also need an up to date CV. It would be super if students could make a start on completing their CV – and they can use the attached template as a guide.

"How to prepare for an interview and suggested interview questions booklet" is also attached, and as you read through it together you will see that it contains lots of interesting and useful interview information and hints and tips about questions you may also want to ask as part of your interview process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Watch this space for future updates concerning careers or visit the CRA website Careers Support pages.

Attendance Update

To report a child’s absence

Please telephone school 01476 550333 and press one for Attendance line (24 hour answer machine) on the first day of absence before 9 a.m. giving your child's name, class and reason for the absence. You can also send a MCAS message to report an absence. You must contact every day of an absence not just on the first day of the absence.

Return to school conversations

We have introduced a return to school conversation for any student who has been absent which is logged on BromCom by their form tutor.

We want to make sure that all our students are supported on their return to school after an absence and feel welcomed back into our school community. These return to school conversations will show on your MCAS App under behaviour and event.


Please ensure you have checked and updated your parental consents on My Child at School. There have been some recent updates including the permission to allow us to teach your children remotely via Teams if we are forced to close a bubble of students due to Coronavirus.

Attendance Conversations

As part of our continuing monitoring of student attendance at school, we have introduced attendance conversations to support students on their return to school after an absence. We want to support students so they are not feeling anxious about catching up on school work. These attendance conservations are logged on BromCom and will show on your MCAS App under behaviour and event.

We celebrate attendance at Charles Read Academy:

  • By awarding 100% attendance through our attendance raffle for a free lunch for KS3 and KS4 each week.
  • Students with 100% attendance receive 10 reward points weekly.
  • By sending a MCAS message home every week to all 100% attendance students.
  • By awarding individual certificates to individual children who have 100% for each term.
  • By awarding academy certificates to individual children who get 100% attendance for the whole academic year (September to July).
  • Celebrating and rewarding the success of those who have gained the most improved attendance throughout the academic year.

Coronavirus Symptoms

If you are uncertain about what actions to take when it comes to Covid symptoms and whether you should send your child to school, please review the attached letter from Public Health England, and posters below.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

CRA Support Local Families Through Harvest Festival Donations

Over the last few weeks the CRA community have been generously donating food items and household products for the Harvest Festival House Competition and last weekend the items were donated to the Grantham and Bourne Foodbanks. We are absolutely delighted to have donated 164Kg of food, providing 126 meals for those in need of support In the local community, especially during these challenging times. This was our first community house competition of the academic year, worth a total of 125 house points where each of the three house teams collected as many donations as they could – Each item was individually counted and Caeli, for the second consecutive year, collected the most donations and were crowned champions, earning 70 house points. Terra finished in 2nd place, earning 40 house points and Aqua in 3rd picking up 15 house points. A fantastic effort from everyone involved, well done!

House Football Competition

Aqua, Caeli and Terra go head to head in the first sporting house competition of the year next week. House teams will take part in a week long football competition worth a huge 250 house points. Due to restrictions of COVID 19 each year group will play on separate days; Monday – year 7, Tuesday - Year 8, Wednesday – Year 9, Thursday – Year 10 and Friday – Year 11 with points accumulated together throughout the week. Students representing their house in this competition are required to bring their full PE kit and Shin Pads – Matches Kick Off at 1.40pm.

Portrait Artist Competition

The deadline for the Portrait Artist competition is on Friday 16th October. To enter this competition you are required to draw a portrait of someone who inspires you – this does not have to be someone famous and could be a family member, friend or even a member of staff. The competition is worth 125 points with bonus points on offer for the house with the most entries. Entries must be handed to the Games Master or Head of House before being displayed in the hall. The competition is open to all.

The current totaliser will be revealed on Monday during whole school assembly.

For regular updates and all the latest house news and action from competitions follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master

Staff Spot

Over the coming weeks we will introduce you to the newest members of the team here at CRA. This week its our new Geography Teacher, Miss Haycock:

Growing up my favourite subjects were maths, science, and geography. I enjoyed learning about what was going on around me and using what I was learning in school out in the wider world. This led me to study BSc Environmental Geography at university before I got into teaching to share my passion for learning about the world.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in a variety of different roles including as a confidence coach and hypnotherapist. I worked with teenagers and young adults on setting goals, managing expectations, and growing into the best life they could imagine and work towards.

Outside of teaching I love taking long walks in the Lincolnshire countryside, reading a range of different stories, and baking tasty treats to share with friends and family. I also enjoy travelling around the UK and abroad to experience different cultures - the language, the stories, and the food.

Miss Haycock - Geography Teacher

Department Updates

Mr Parker runs Warhammer Club in the Art room through the week. Keen wargamers bring their soldiers to paint and play (Mr Young this week takes on all comers!)

If you are a wargamer and would like to join in come and speak to Mr Parker.

The perfect combination of Art and Maths.

Mr Parker - Art & PSHE Teacher

Table Talk

With realisation of one's potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama

Please discuss this quote over the dinner table this weekend. It links nicely to our House assembly theme of Confidence this week.

Word of the Week

Cycl: circle, wheel (Greek word root)

Bicycle a vehicle consisting of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel.

Cyclic occurring in cycles; regularly repeated.

Unicycle a cycle with a single wheel, typically used by acrobats.

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 October 5th - 9 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing October 5th during period 5

Year 11 Focus

The year 11's are growing in maturity every day and when we had a fire drill I was so proud watching their behaviour and how they acted as role models for the whole school.

Students have their results from their Touchstone Assessments back and should know which topics they need to revise for every subject. If they don't, then they need to speak to their teachers urgently.

Just a reminder that students should have revision books for all their subjects. Students will then need to make a list of topics that they need to revisit based on their Touchstone Assessment results. This will mean they can work towards their end goal in small manageable steps.

Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead

Teen Support

Now we are halfway through our first term of the new academic year and students are settling into their new year group, students are hopefully feeling more settled and lots of the anxiety around returning to school has started to dissipate. Students are managing to adjust to the change and starting to adapt to their new daily routine and expectations.

We wanted to share with you a really nice resource we found on how to incorporate mental health into your daily routine and thought this might be a nice thing to discuss and maybe model alongside your child to help them keep those good habits to support their mental wellbeing.

The Sporting Post

Sports Enrichment

Thursday marked the start of the You’re a Star Wellbeing Challenge. During the Summer Young Minds, who are a child wellbeing organisation, performed a survey on over 2,000 children. The survey showed 80% of young people believe lockdown has had a negative effect on their mental wellbeing.

We have set our students 20 challenges to complete during October.

If students manage to tick off all the challenges on their challenge sheet they will be presented with a certificate. We’d also welcome any photos of students completing these challenges. They can either be sent to the school, or via social media using #DRETYoureAStar.

Since the start of the challenge, Emma Wiggs MBE has shown her support of the challenge. You can find a video from the Paralympic gold medalist on our Twitter page (@sportatcra).

For regular updates from the PE department, follow our Twitter and Instagram Pages (@sportatcra).

Transition to CRA

If you have any friends of family that have children looking at options for secondary school from September 2021, please pass them the details below.

Dates for your diary

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

Highlights next week include:

  • House Competition - Football Week
  • Assembly Theme - Student Traits


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