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Getting to Know You: Mr Found & Luis Adrien

In this week's blog, we get to to know a staff member and a student better. This week features Year 11 Luis Adrien, and Principal Mr Found. 

What were you like in high school?
Mr Found: Hard working and focused; although I did get into trouble occasionally, I wasn't really bad!

What do you want to be when you leave school?
Luis: A professional footballer.

Tell me something I don't know in the next 5 minutes...
Mr Found: In the first school I worked at we were filmed for a television programme 'Class Act' in 2011. 
Luis: An alloy is a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
Mr Found: A book, from the Alex Rider novels, to my son.
Luis: My mum, for Mothers' Day. It was a framed photograph of our family.

What or who inspires you?
Mr Found: Rugby; countries working together.
Luis: My dad; he's a good role mode.

What CD or favourite music track are you listening to the at the moment?
Mr Found: Ed Sheeran.
Luis: Migos UK

Describe the colour purple to someone who is blind.
Mr Found: dark, the opposite of light, deep thoughts.
Luis: emotional, lots of shades.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which 3 things would you take with you (apart from food and water)?
Mr Found: my wife will not like me saying this but.... my three children.
Luis: a comfortable bed, a friend and an MP3 player... until the battery runs out.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 
Mr Found: A giraffe; they are tall and have a tendency to eat treetops!
Luis: A sea horse. They are unique and they get to live in the ocean.

What is your earliest memory? 
Mr Found: Falling off a tricycle.
Luis: I was about 3 and I lived in my old house. I had a lot of accidents.

What is your funniest memory? 
Mr Found: I was walking in the Alps and I had reached the summit of a mountain. A guy walked up beside me and we started chatting. All of a sudden he said, 'I'm off then' and jumped off! It was a couple of minutes before I realised he had a parachute.
Luis: It was last weekend and I came out of McDonalds with my friends. One tripped and fell; he rolled over and all his food spilled. We couldn't stop laughing!

Describe yourself in three words. 
Mr Found: passionate, organised and dedicated.
Luis: determined, energetic and shy.

To University and Beyond

This week's blog was written by 6th Form students, who are preparing for university and college applications. 

As a sixth form student at Stockwood Park Academy, there are many things that I have enjoyed and learnt as I have progressed throughout this academic year. I’m currently a year 12 student studying three a-levels, English Literature, Business Studies and Maths where I am hoping to go onto university. Coming into this sixth form has helped me to become a much more independent and motivated person where I have been able to improve and learn from my mistakes due to the fact that I am retaking a year. Not only this but the teachers have been able to give me a wide range of support in regards to my academic studies, where I have been exposed to many opportunities such as career and university fairs that may not have been available elsewhere and has helped me gain an insight into the career and course that I want to pursue in the future”. Aira Manguiat, Year 12. Rowan 1.

“My first year at this sixth form zoomed past, so make sure you enjoy your time in college while it lasts. Also revision is key to get you through the year, so focus!”. Aisha Fiaz, Year 12. Rowan 1.

“My names Kelvin Sibanda, I am in the Rowan 1 tutor group. My experience at sixth form has been good, mainly due to the fact that most of my peers are easy-going and friendly”. Kelvin Sibanda, Year 12. Rowan 1.

“At the moment we are preparing for our upcoming UCAS exams. As a sixth form student I particularly enjoy the benefit of being able to study freely during free periods, this is because we are not limited to only one method of revision, like written work, and have access to a variety of resources, such as computers and text books, so revision can be easily adapted”. Javon Marcelle-Brown, Year 12.

“I’m really looking forward to University. I have enjoyed my time at SPA. I have found the tutor sessions valuable this year, it gives us a chance to talk over important topics like study skills and employability”. Hamza Choudhury, Year 13.

To the Carnival We Go!

carnival 1This week's blog was written by students preparing the TSPA entry into the Luton Carnival.

On Tuesday and Friday this week some of us student from year 7 to 10 took part in a carnival workshop. An artist from a company named ‘Festive Road’ came in and worked with us to create an amazing large dragon to carry, dragon costumes and headdresses and knights costumes (the theme being knights and dragons). We had a very creative and messy two days and were thrilled with the outcome. Here are some pictures of the dragon under constructions. We will show you the finished piece on parade day!

Festive road work with schools around the county. Their aim is to bring communities to life, making ‘art’ relevant, participatory and accessible to all; with an emphasis on cohesion, confidence-building, creativity, imagination and cultural celebration. We're looking forward to showing off our dragon on the weekend!

This week in PFL we also had a presentation from Bedfordshire Police about how to stay safe during the Carnival. They key thing to remember is never to carry a weapon, and stay in brightly lit areas, with friends and family.

See you there!

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Strength Through Understanding

ann frank 3This week's entry is from the Strength anti-hate crime group.

Recently some students from TSPA, The Chalk hills Academy and three other Bedfordshire schools took part in the Anne Frank Exhibition guide training seminar at The Hat factory in Luton town centre.

On the day, we had the opportunity to hear from several of the town's anti-hate crime organisations, including the Bedfordshire police and Tokko. Guest speaker Sophie, who is transgender, educated us on her struggles with transphobia in the past. She explained how attitudes have changes recently because of increased awareness of transgender issues, and better education.

We found the experience extremely beneficial and enlightening. We left feeling positive and enthused that they could bring this knowledge back to school and promote the message of inclusion and safety through the Strength group. Thanks to Mrs Floyd for coming with us.

Advice for New Year 7s

This week's blog has been produced in the form of a poster, by Year 7 Maple students Torrie and Rabaab. They have reflected on their own experience of Year 7 and prepared some advice for those joining us in September.

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Art of Integration

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Shazum's short-listed photograph

DSC_0318This week's blog is written by Year 10 student Shazum Sheraz. 

Along with my Photography teacher Mrs Rowe, I was recently invited to Stockwood Park Discovery Centre to see an exhibition of fantastic photographs by photographer Peter Sanders. It was an amazing opening evening, including keynote speeches from Imrana and Khayaal theater company, and also the photographer himself. There were also some inspiring poetic performances by Poetic Pilgrimage, on the exhibition's theme  'Art of Integration'.

Following the speeches I had a chance to meet and take a picture with Peter Sanders. I spoke to him about how his photography inspired me to create my own photograph, which has been shortlisted for the Beyond Borders Photography Competition.

Editor's note: we are extremely proud of Shazum's beautiful photograph; he is a brilliant example of the talented students we have at the academy. Many thanks also to Mrs Rowe for her support. 

London Drama Experience

This week's blog is written by Year 9 and 10 Drama students. 

theatre tripLast week we went to London to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre. This is part of our GCSE Drama course, as we need to watch and review a live drama performance.

The play is about a 15 year old boy who has Autism and struggles to fit into the very complicated world around him. The story is shown through physical theatre, which is a way of storytelling through movement and physicality, rather than speaking. It was brilliant!

We all loved the performance - it was nothing like we've ever seen before.

Our teacher Ms Palmer said "All 12 students were a credit to the Academy and reacted extremely maturely to a sensitive subject being shown on stage. We look forward to taking them on their next theatre trip!"

Thanks to Ms Palmer and Mrs Deller for taking us to London.

 

Stockwood Basketballers Smash Sandringham Team

This week's blog is written by Jack Fernandes in Beech. 

In a powerful display of skill and teamwork, the Stockwood boys under 16 basketball team dominated their latest Regional match against Sandringham School recently at TSPA. Though the strong team from Sandringham was an intimidating sight (and most towered over the TSPA team), our boys finished well ahead with 69 to Sandringham's 29 points.

DSC_0329Small forward Bethany Mwanza,  was a blur on the court, running vast distances in the blink of an eye to successfully score a number of points. Similarly, Shooting Guard Ricardo Nascimento stole the ball several times and whirled past the sea of players in red, making scoring seem deceptively simple. Sandringham players had no chance of collecting any rebounds when Sam Nolan, Centre, was under the basket! Shooting Guard Cainaan Hill also covered the court and played a key role in blocking some of Sandringham's expert shots.

Jack Fernandes, Point Guard, seemed to be in all corners of the court at the same time, setting up numerous plays and confounding the opposition.

It was a fast-paced game, and we came out hungry for victory. We're a really tight-knit team and it was great to see so many younger players on team show confidence and play really well.

The Sandringham boys showed excellent sportsmanship, supporting students from either team who fell or were injured, and congratulating the Stockwood team at the conclusion of the game.

The TSPA team, which has already won the County league, has one more game to play in the Regional competition, before hopefully moving on to the National round. Thank you to all of the students and staff who came along to cheer us on. We hope to make you proud next time!

Working Together for A Good Cause

This week's blog is written by Sugirthan Sivanesalingam in Rowan 4. 

Students from Rowan 4 have bought some products to sell as a tutor group. Members of the group donated items to sell, so the money could support our House charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

We planned everything together. Some people made posters and displayed them around the school, whereas others were selling sweets and cookies during breaks and PFL. Many of us gave up our own time to plan everything in details, such as designing posters and selling products.

We managed to raise £32.74 for charity! We are all very proud of ourselves for giving 100% effort for this, showing that Rowan 4 cares about other people and that we are determined to help such a worthy cause. Combined with the other Rowan PFL groups, we have raised over £300 for our House charity so far this year!

 

Sugi (Rowan 4)

Bernard’s Reading Adventure

This week’s blog entry is written by Bernard, the Academy dog.

bernardI go to work at The Stockwood Park Academy every Tuesday, so Monday night is busy; I need to shower before bed so I look (and smell) my best. My dad Mr Evans brought me to work in his car; it’s a long drive in peak hour, but once I arrive I have a great time. First stop is the attendance office, where the ladies give me a fuss or two. Then on to my work station upstairs in Support for Learning.

Dad has built me a house under his desk so I have somewhere to lie down when I need a nap.

Today I've really earned some sleep!  This morning I was working with an upset student and a staff member. She was crying so I gave her cuddles and I gave her lots of love until she was feeling better.  Then after a few toilet stops, I got to meet an old friend I have been working with for a few weeks. My friend reads to me and fusses me to help relax; we have a brilliant time together. Being with me means he is calm and reads in a steady voice. Today he brought a friend along. She was quite nervous to begin with; but she ended up reading really confidently, and fussed me for a long time! This helped her to get into a really calm mood, and she left very happy indeed.

Then, as if the day wasn’t busy enough, I went to visit the 7Z class. They sit in two rows for me and try and attract my attention.  They try different things to get my attention but in the end Dad picks me up and lets me sniff them or get fuss from them all individually.  They can’t wait to do some reading with me!

After all of that I was shattered so Dad gave me some dog sweets and let me snooze in my little house until home time.  I'll probably sleep all the way home like I did last week because I've been a busy little cockapoo today.

I'll be back next week for some more.  See you all then!

Special thanks to Mr Evans, SENDCO, for transcribing Bernard’s barks.

As Seen On TV

WP_20160801_15_53_22_ProThis week's blog is written by Year 7 Elm students Sarah and Clare Gower. 

After many auditions at studios in London, we were recently selected to play the roles of Agatha and Ada Cackle in The Worst Witch on CBBC. We'll be appearing in upcoming episodes - it's very exciting!

In August 2016 we spent a week in Cheshire filming our scenes at Peckforton Castle. It was an amazing experience, and unlike anything else we've seen before. We learned a lot about backstage, scenery, special effects, green screen and other filming secrets. We were also lucky enough to meet some amazing and talented friends on set, and we really enjoy spotting them on TV.

This is not our first brush with fame; We played Cassie in 'My Hero' and have also appeared in Trial and Retribution, Waking the Dead, Bleak House, Emma and Tommy Zoom. We were even lucky enough to film for two days with Daniel Radcliffe on The Woman in Black!

In 2015 we were also a piece of 'walking art' at London's Frozen Art Fair in Regents Park, for an artist names Tunga. We twins attached to each other by the hair!

We feel lucky to have had these wonderful experiences, but we work really hard to make it happen. The best part is sharing it with each other!

Business In Action

2This week's blog was written by 6th Form student  Javan Marcelle-Brown.

As part of our Business Studies Course Miss Ilyas arranged an educational visit to the Coca-Cola factory in Milton Keynes.

During this trip we were given the opportunity of learning about the different marketing methods used by Coca-Cola and their marketing campaigns to promote themselves as a strong brand. We even had the opportunity to go out and see the manufacturing process of Coca-Cola from start to end, when it is an empty Coke can to the final end product packaged ready for delivery.

We then had a session where we learnt about Coca-Cola’s history, the storage methods, product line and their companies aims & objectives, and we had a chance to develop a short marketing campaign for a drink and present this to everyone our ideas.

It was an eye opening and educational experience as were able to use information learned in the classroom in an actual business environment. Very enjoyable day!

The Effects of Bullying

This week's blog was written by Maple students. 

Anti-bullying week was between the 14th-18th of November. This is when we take our time to focus on the students who face bullying regularly, and the majority of them that don’t speak out to find help. Bullying can have a negative impact on both children and teenagers, students who are often bullied suffer from anxiety, low self-esteem and poor concentration. A bullied student will often avoid school, have lower grades and become socially isolated. Most of the cases, often leads to students taking their own lives. Bullying is often a warning sign that children and teens are heading for trouble and are at risk of serious violence. Teens who bully are most likely to engage in other delinquent behaviour into adulthood. They are 4 times more likely to than non-bullies to be convicted of crime by the age of 24, with 60% of bullies having at least one conviction of bullying.

How to prevent Bullying;

As a parent, there is not much that you can do to prevent your child from ever being bullied. You cannot keep your child locked up to keep them safe. In order to prevent bullying, it is up to parents, educators, and even the media as a group. To keep your child from being bullied, it takes a group effort.

  • Awareness: It is important for children, teens, and parents to be aware that bullying is going on. Recently, the media has been doing their part in awareness with various anti-bullying campaigns.
  • Have policies set in place: It is important for schools to have zero tolerance anti-bullying policies set in place. The school should make sure that students understand what bullying is, what it does to a person, and what the consequences are of bullying another student.

Key Facts;

  • 1 out of 4 students will be abused by another youth,
  • only 1 out of 5 people admit to being a bully or doing some ‘bullying’,
  • 280,000 are physically attacked in secondary school each month,
  • 160,000 students miss school each day for a fear of being bullied,
  • 77% of students are being bullied mentally, verbally and physically.

Some of the most common types of bullying;

Hitting, Threatening, Intimidating, Teasing and Taunting, Name Calling and Making Sexual Remarks, etc.

Hunger


This week's student blog is from Head Girl Bushra Amir. As our academy launches our annual Christmas Hamper drive to support Luton Food Bank, Bushra reflects on the affects of families facing hunger, as do 1 in 8 Luton families. 

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A list of Luton Food Bank's most wanted items

I want to start this blog by writing a short story which a Turkish writer has written. It is based on a real event which occurs in many places around the world.

There was a family living in Turkey which consisted of the father, mother, three daughter and a son. They were poor, but when the father got fired the financial state of the family got worst. The father was fired because his boss found out that he was diagnosed with cancer. So for his treatment the family had to sell their valuable items. This included the gold of the wife and the furniture around the house. During this time the family didn’t eat because they couldn’t afford food. Even after this, the family still did not have enough money for the father’s treatment, so he passed away.

foodbank-4x3175-2154498_478x359Traditionally, when a person in your family passes, your neighbour or relative is supposed to provide you with food for three days. So when the father passed the family was provided with variety of foods by their neighbours. The kids were starving for a week so they were surprised to receive the generous donation. After this three day period, the family didn’t receive any food which led them to eat the spare food from the previous day. After that was finished as well, the family was in a state of starvation again. This led to the 14 year old brother getting ill. The doctor told the family that he would not survive the night.

The mother was heartbroken. Two deaths in one month. Her husband and her son.  She was standing in the doorway of his room; looking at two of her daughters surrounding him. He looked pale. She could almost see her beloved son’s life slowly leaving his body. Her six years old daughter tugged at her cardigan and asked “mom, when is brother going to die, so we can get food again?’

The reason I wrote the story was to encourage to decrease the wastage of food. Instead of wasting the food we can donate it to food banks, which might change people’s lives. If someone in the story donated money or food to the family, the son would have lived and earned money to support his family.

If you are able to donate any non-perishable food items to our Christmas Hamper drive, please bring them in to PFL tutors by the end of term. 

Anti-Bullying Week

This week, we're hearing from a range of students who are reflecting on their experiences on the theme of Anti-Bullying Week.

ANTI-BULLYING AMBASSADORS

4s8a3232Hello I’m Ricardo, and I'm an anti-bullying ambassador at The Stockwood Park Academy.

I desire for everyone to be treated equally; my aim is to stop bullying and cyber bullying throughout the Academy.

I’ve decided to take this responsibility for the reason of seeing young boys and girls being affected by bullying, with lack of self-confidence and even being afraid to attend school.

Bullying is where someone hurts you either physically, by hitting or kicking you, or verbally by calling you names or teasing you. Many young people have taken their own lives because they were being bullied in school. Imagine if you were the bully and you just found out the person you used to bully killed themselves: imagine how the person’s family would feel!

This is a very sensitive topic which needs to be more looked and in my opinion.

LET’S MAKE A CHANGE!

 

The Strength anti-bullying group

MY ANTI-BULLYING EXPERIENCE

My name is Tesfa Whyte, and I attend here at The Stockwood Park Academy. Personally, I don’t see bullying around the school but I’m still aware that a problem like this still exists anywhere and everywhere. Sometime I wonder if there is a reason why bullies feel the need to bully someone else because of their differences. There is no reason is there? Bully can be anything from cyber bullying online to physical bullying, and furthermore no one seem to be making a change to try and prevent them and bullies from bullying even if you are not for anti- bully. No one should ever go through bullying but everyone is prone to it. I was bullied when I was young because I was short, I’ve had to more several house to avoid it and now I’m, let’s say, a little below average height. Don’t say bullying doesn’t happen- because it does and if you see please report it to someone. You can get help!

 

WHY I'M AN ANTI-BULLYING AMBASSADOR

When I was at my old school I was a target for bullying over a long period of time; from nursery to Year 4. This had a very serious effect on my health and happiness. Luckily it stopped when I moved schools. I became an anti-bullying ambassador at The Stockwood Park Academy because I don't want anyone to go through what I went through at any stage of their lives.

- Year 7 Student

 

ADVICE FROM STAFF

If you're being bullied, (or you're bullying someone), you need help to stop this damaging behaviour.

At school you can speak with either of our anti-bullying coordinators (Mrs Floyd or Mr Baker), your Head of House or Mrs O'Callaghan in the Safeguarding office. You can also visit the Childline website, or call them on 0800 1111. Stay safe: report it!

Some recent work conducted by our Strength anti-bullying group

Some members of our Strength anti-bullying group

YEAR 8 NEWS

This week's entries come from Year 8 students in Rowan 3 and 4.  

Anime Club

Anime is Japanese animated film or T.V show that adults as well as kids can see. The first ever anime in 1907 was only 4 seconds long which was called Katsudou Shashin. Now this became a global trend.

Anime club is a club where any student can come to H21 after school to watch or discus anime. It is on every Wednesday after school and Miss Guanlao runs it. Anyone can come, even if you don’t know anything about anime. Some of our goals for the club are going on trips (comicon etc.), watching anime and making Naruto headbands. Of course you can also play Pokemon there too!

- Jashandeep Singh and Asfi Mridha

Determination

At The Stockwood Park Academy we have three main values. They are equality, respect and finally determination. In this blog we are writing to tell you about determination. Many people have achieved things because they’ve kept going and never gave up. For example, Johnny Peacock.

determinationJonnie Peacock is now a Paralympics athlete who has won many medals running for Great Britain.  But when Jonnie was five, he was suffering from meningitis which caused him to lose his lower right leg. But over the years, he wanted to achieve something so he started running. Then when he was 19, he entered the Paralympics and won a gold medal in the 100m T44 final. Jonnie Peacock always says “It’s not the disability, it’s the ability.” So this man has done it so why can’t we! All it takes is a little determination.

The key to success is hard work and determination. We all have a dream, but we have to have work hard for it and have courage. To succeed in life, you have to be determined, have courage and try your best. If you have Determination Today, you can have Success Tomorrow!! We all have to wake up and make the best of our day. Success only works when you work hard for it. You have a dream, you have to Succeed and protect it, if people can't do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can't do it too. We have to have determination that we can achieve what we want to achieve. Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.

Opportunities & Achievement

Year 8 Rowan 4 students write about a selection of the opportunities they've had so far this year.

This school has a lot of opportunities in sport and education. I am a House Captain for my house and all the houses compete in sports events to see who is the best.  - Callum 

This school has lots of clubs and I competed in my first rugby match! I am a prefect who tries to make the school a better place for all.  - Ethan

 

This school held an open evening and most of the prefects (including me) were there helping out a giving tours to Year 6 children. I also played in a girls basketball game and also competed in Interhouse competitions. - Iffat

 

Our school did a play for Black History month and we raised a lot of money. The play was amazing! Myself and a lot more students participated in the play with the help of all the drama teachers. - Sinead

 

This school has an amazing library with a lot of books and computers. After school I stay at the library and do my homework on the school computers. The internet is really fast as well. - Kane

6TH FORM LIFE

img_1254Monday 31st October 2016

In this week's entry, 6th form Maple students describe some of the events they have packed into a busy first half-term. 
It's been a very busy term for 6th formers, adjusting to our new subjects, and continuing on with our studies from last year. As well as rising to the challenge of lessons, we have had a full schedule of other activities, such as university trips and UCAS statement workshops, to help us to achieve our goals.

An assembly was held by CERN to give an innovative and insightful view on science and maths and how it got the professor to where he was (read more here). It was inspiring, and gave us a lot to think about.

Opportunities like the careers fair were held to help everyone and provide ideas about people’s personal future and where they want to reach later in life. IT lessons give a chance for students to look at what can be achieved through it, learning about digital media and the impact it has on both businesses and customers.

We've got lots to do; coursework, assignments, lessons, mock exams and revision. However, it's easier to work hard when you have a goal in mind. Strive, believe, achieve!

Maple 6th Form PFL

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS

Friday 21st October 2016

This week's blogs on the topic of Black History Month were written by Year 10 student Lauren Boyce, Year 7 student Denisa Rissa and Ash 2 PFL group. 

bhm-posterLauren Boyce, Year 10 Elm

Black History Month is a celebration where the whole academy comes together and celebrates the achievements and traditions of cultures sometimes overlooked.

This year students around the a
cademy have joined in the celebration by decorating their corridors with information and pictures of famous black people who have inspired us to achieve our goals. The Elm students have decorated our corridor with dreams for the future - a better future for all.

In our academy, the highlight is the show which includes a huge range of students performing, and competing against the other Houses for the best act of the evening.

The performance is on Thursday at 7pm - tickets are available at reception if you'd like to come and join the fun!

 

mlk-picMartin Luther King

Once in history, black people were separated from white people. Martin Luther King stood up to it and delivered to everyone one of his famous speeches ‘I have a dream’. We have designed our classroom door for Black History Month based on Luther King’s speech. Each of us have written what our dream is. And as we have been learning in PFL, determination is a must to make your dreams come true. What is your dream?…never give up!

Sofian Ahmed, Ash 2

‘My dream is to stop wars between countries and live in peace’  Iqra

‘My dream is to be successful at everything and help others’  Sreya


‘I want to inspire others
Alexis

-Ash 2

Denisa Rissa, Year 7 Rowan

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Black History Month Celebrations 2015

Why is it important to celebrate this event? In the past, different races were not treated equally. People were segregated, mainly into three different races; white, black and coloured. This was known as apartheid. Back then, those who were labelled white had an unjust and unfair privilege; they were considered superior to those of coloured skin. White, black and coloured people had to sit on different benches, use different public toilets and go to different schools.

We celebrate Black History Month in order to appreciate the talents and achievements of those who were treated unfairly and fought for their rights, and the others who were simply unappreciated in the past but were really heroes and full of potential. Some of the most renowned and well-known are the likes of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks. However, Black History Month is also to celebrate the previously underrated brilliance of the race that was previously labelled “black” and to celebrate equality, race and freedom.

The people who are taking part in Black History Month have put their hearts into preparing inspiring pieces of art, dances, music, poems and speeches. I am going to read out and discuss the subject of racial inequality with a book named To Kill A Mockingbird.

We have all put a considerable amount of effort in to making the show which celebrates equality and justice. We hope that everyone will enjoy it!

THIS IS IT


Friday 29th September 2016
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This week's blog was written by our Head Boy, Gabriel Lewis. He has written an inspiring rallying cry for his Year 11 classmates. 

This is it. This is the year. The year where everything matters and has to go well… is what a teacher who puts lots of pressure on students would say. Year 11 can be an extremely stressful time for students and without a proper structure the stress will just continue to build.

The key to limiting your stress is to focus in your lessons, get the work done, and then revise any topics that you do not completely understand at home. A tip for home revision: making a revision timetable and setting aside a set amount of time to revise. As much as we don’t want to do it, it will be worth it in the end, however ensure that revision does not take over your life. Keep up your hobbies and ensure that you get enough sleep and exercise. Doing this will help you physically and mentally.

Some teachers will continue throughout the year to add to that pressure (because of course, they want you to succeed!). It is key that you do not allow this to affect you. However if it does, let someone know. There’s lots of people in the academy who want to help.

The transition into Year 11 can be scary, however with the right support and active preparation, you will nail it.

You got this!

Gabe Lewis
HEAD BOY

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A YEAR 7

Friday 29th September 2016

This week's blog comes from Year 7 student Nuradin. He describes his experiences getting lost and finding new places and friends, here at the academy.

Hello, my name is Nuradin and this is my blog for Year 7 Rowan, and here are some of my experiences so far in Year 7.nuradin

TRANSITION DAY

During Transition Day, we had to do a presentation about the Olympics in Rio. I was the MC (I forget what it stands for!) which is basically a narrator. As soon as I stood on stage, I forgot what to say; I froze for a second. Then my hat fell off. Most embarrassing thing ever! But it went well after that; we won the competition!

DAY ONE

I thought it would be sooooooo bad, but it wasn’t. There were no older year groups: just us and the Year 12s, who were new as well. I came in and my tutor even remembered everyone’s name! I did not know how she did it.

My tutor Mrs Palmer introduced herself and so did we. After we had gotten to know each other, we did a treasure hunt around the school. This helped me to find my way around afterwards

DAY TWO

Wow – a lot more people in the building today! I rushed to make it to Registration (just about on time), already tired from running up the hall (don’t tell anyone!). I was so ready for my lessons to begin, now I knew my timetable, my teachers and my way around. Everything seemed easy… until I realised that the Hawking corridor was in the middle, and not at the end (and I was almost late to my lesson!).
ONE WEEK LATER

I am aash-1ctually getting used to being here; I know where to go for break and lunch. I am learning lots and making new friends!

Our Journey Through The Stockwood Park Academy

Friday 23rd September 2016

As a form we have settled nicely in to the Academy. Cameron Herlock commented that “I was very nervous about starting a new school but my form teacher is the best - and super nice!”

Ash 1 discussed a joint feeling of being very nervous and scared about heading to BIG school. The morning began with an assembly where we got introduced to the Senior Leadership Team. It was scary and we all agreed that none of us will be getting into any trouble, and we will only have to see them when we are super good – which is all the time because we are the best. Mr Temple and Mr Bermingham spoke to us about our uniform which was PERFECT anyway!!

As the day continued we took on new tasks and learnt new things – some of us even enjoyed Geography and Science (which was a surprise!). The day was fun and we enjoyed getting to know the school – Logan commented that “the school is a big E shape. I’ve just got to remember the names of the corridors.”

Even though we didn’t win the settling in day, where we had great fun running around the school in the Treasure Hunt and competing in the faculty challenges. We made lots of new friends. It was an enjoyable day with lots of laughs & memories made.

It was a fantastic opening chapter in the Ash 1 book “Our Journey through The Stockwood Park Academy”!

Ash 1

 

Welcome New Year 7s!

Friday 16th September 2016

picture4This week's blog post is from some of our Year 8 students, who acted as Year 7 Buddies during our Induction. 

I am one of Stockwood Park Academy's Year 7 Buddies. Our job is to help our new Year 7s fit into our school but showing them around and helping them to feel safe and welcome. We are also available every break and lunchtime for those few who might be lost or need help with something else. I have really enjoyed this experience so far.

-Humna Khurram, Elm 3

 

Year 7 Induction Day went really well. Some of the Year 7 students were lively and some were timid. I was with some of the new students in an English lesson. They had to read the sentence the teacher gave them and then find extra words in the box to make it more exciting and interesting. I think they really enjoyed it. In my opinion they fit just fine in to Stockwood Park Academy.

-Sahra Ertogan, Rowan 4