Back to The 80’s Production

The Hazeley Academy are proud to present our summer musical ‘ Back to the 80’s’ which is showing over three nights from Monday 8th July to Wednesday 10th July. The performance starts at 7:00pm.

Tickets are being sold at the Academy during break time from 19th June, in the main foyer. A limited number of tickets are available for each night so be sure to get your tickets quickly!

There is an option to book show tickets only, or to come along at 5pm and enjoy a fantastic pre show, 3 course meal cooked by our very talented catering students.

Ticket prices:

Show only – Adults £6.00. Concession £4.00 ( 7:00pm )

Show and 3 course meal – Adult £16.00. Concession £14.00 ( 5:00pm )

Please come along and show your support to our talented students, the children have worked very hard and we hope you enjoy an awesome night of retro music fun!!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email: enquiries@thehazeleyacademy.com

Principal’s Blog, Hazeley Success at the MK Education Awards, Friday 14th June 2019

Many of you will recall our fabulous R2L team deservedly receiving the award for Secondary School Team of the Year at the 2018 Milton Keynes Education Awards, believe me they still remind me of it, all be it in a very tongue in cheek way.

Hazeley staff earned even more success this year. Firstly the expertise of our hard working SEND team was recognised as they won an award for their impact supporting vulnerable students to gain great grades. This is lovely recognition of our dedication to students from all backgrounds.

The commitment of our staff, students and parents to the DofE Programme was also recognised as Hazeley received a highly commended award for its programme which is arguably the best in the city and thanks to the energy and efforts of so many people this is expanding and improving all of the time.

Rosemary Kaye, a very special member of staff from our partner school Shenley Brook End, also received a lifetime achievement award for the sustained excellent contribution to staff development across the city. She received a standing ovation from the Hazeley staff.

The biggest cheer of the evening went to Paulina, who is one of our amazing lunchtime supervisors, a true smile machine, who as well as being the most glamorous person at the event received the award for doing the most to promote happiness in education across the city.

We are very grateful to Milton Keynes Council, the sponsors and organisers for making the awards happen.

We plan to hold an extended break to honour our winners, although this may be a little time as we are waiting for the sun to return.

Mr Nelson

Hazeley Volunteers

Hazeley Volunteers

Well done to our student volunteers for doing a litter pick at 8am! The Current Affairs club are working to improve the environment with a big focus on recycling at Hazeley. They have met with Cucina to look at ways to reduce one use plastics and they have developed a new bin recycling system to be introduced in the canteen September.

 

 

 

Year 7 Wellbeing Drop Down Day

The year 7’s had a wellbeing and life skills session with a range of different activities over the course of the day.  Mr Wright brought into school his rare breed sheep and explained to students about animal welfare. This was followed by educational resources from the RSPCA on animal welfare in farming. We were pleased to welcome Gary, Mike and Paul from the Art of Brilliance who taught our students about different approaches to life, a positive mindset and resilient approaches to the challenges of life ahead.

 

D-Day 6th June 1944 – 75th Anniversary

Hazeley students will be considering the D-Day commemorations at form time with the presentation in the link below. The presentation shows the key details about the events on 6 June 1944, the landing beaches and includes the question students often ask as to what the ‘D’ in D-Day stands for. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the role and morality of war and why we remember significant events in history.

D-Day SMSC

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Some of our year 9 volunteers who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, took part in a joint project with residents from Camphill who create a living and working community for adults with learning disabilities.

Our students and Camphill residents potted up herbs to sell to raise money for local charities. They worked together in the Hazeley polytunnel and created some beautiful displays.

Study Workshop – Year 9

Please find below, the study support workshop presentation that was recently delivered to Year 9 Parents.

The aim of Workshop was guidance on how best to support your child during their time at school, including revision techniques.

Parental Workshop – Year 9

We hope that you find this helpful.

Wellbeing Newsletter – Summer Edition

Please find below the wellbeing newsletter, Summer Edition

Wellbeing Newsletter – Summer

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured‘. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity. Autism is a spectrum condition and all autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilitiesmental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

At Hazeley we arranged a number of events to celebrate and raise awareness of autism including a bake sale, fundraising selling hand-made ribbons (thank you to Jackie, Hazel and Sinead for organising this) and form time sessions for students to learn more about how to support the diversity of people in our society.

 

History Year 7 Castles Trip

History year 7 castles trip

In the first term year 7 students explore and investigate the medieval period including environmental factors that had an impact on daily lives. As part of this study our students visit Warwick Castle originally a wooden fort, built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. Following the visit students completed a homework project which results in an eclectic mix of work such as the building of impressive structures, the baking of impressive forts and the thoughtfulness of written pieces.

The department is always impressed by the hard work and determination which is shown by these students and it helps us to reflect upon the impact which this unit of learning has. The sense of togetherness and collective achievement shown in the students when they present their work is exceptional. The pride they show in their efforts is inspirational, and the commitment to their learning and development is refreshing to see.

The confidence which the students show in presenting their work shows that they do not only gain an understanding of how society was shaped in a previous time, but also an appreciation for the social skills required to demonstrate their work effectively. In presentation-based projects we often hear students talk about the cultural shifts in these historic environments, moving from defence-focus to one of greater luxury. Interestingly, this year students have broadened their scope by requesting to focus their research on non-British castles, including Eastern-European and Asian castles. The pride and effort shown by our students has been excellent to see, and it is wonderful to see them reflect our cultural values here at the Hazeley Academy.

UNICEF Ambassadors and World Water Day

Our student UNICEF Ambassadors planned and organised lessons to teach year 7 and 8 on the theme of World Water Day which is linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 6: water for all by 2030. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water despite all the work of charities such as Water Aid. Many houses, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggle to survive and thrive due to lack of water. Many groups which are marginalised are often overlooked including children, women, refugees, indigenous peoples and disabled people. The theme of this World Water Day is to consider why some people are left behind. Our students did case studies on Liberia, Malawi and Niger and considered how so many girls are given the task of collecting water leaving them without schooling and education and also causing damage to their spines and neck by carrying water for long distances.

Well done to Thomas, Daisy, Carla, Lily, Mobarak, and Jhamayia for teaching their lesson.

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers with GIV MK

Our year 9s completed a litter pick in Milton Keynes as part of their volunteering and working with the Milton Keynes charity Get Involved in Volunteering. It was an amazing sunny day and the students agreed that getting out in the fresh air, helping their community and spending time talking was a really valuable way to help others, keep healthy and enjoy themselves. We stopped at the Westbury Arts Centre and saw the work of a range of artists including photographers and painters.

Principal’s Blog, The traits of a super teacher, Friday 22nd March 2019

I came across an interesting article by John Dabell, entitled “The traits of a super teacher”. In it he essentially suggests that there is no such thing as a super teacher, but that all teachers should recognise their own talents and bravely enjoy progressing into better versions of themselves.

His traits included:

  • Organised and are always thinking ahead.
  • Prioritisers and do the important stuff first.
  • Accountable and take ownership of mistakes and short-comings.
  • Explainers and can clearly articulate their thoughts, ideas and explanations.
  • Patient and understand that learning is full of mistakes and something can’t be rushed or happen by “magic”.
  • Optimistic and believes that all students can learn and get better.
  • A listener and really tuned into what people are saying.
  • Creative and is able to produce memorable and exciting learning moments.
  • Versatile, flexible and always editing their feelings and responses.
  • Assertive and say “no” if they have to, not least in order to protect their wellbeing.
  • Networkers who surround themselves with successful people and role models.
  • Self-monitors who invest heavily in their own personal and professional development.
  • Risk-takers who spearhead new ways of working and battle classroom complacency
  • Believers who nurture themselves by being confident practitioners.

He talks about the importance of balance, confidence and accepting our own humanity as teachers. I agree with him whole heartedly about the importance of school leaders and governors in creating a climate for teachers to become amazing versions of themselves. Avoiding becoming some grey version of normal or impossible version of perfect, instead focusing on evolving into an amazing version of themselves.

I read the article on the same day as receiving two emails from parents praising staff and another letter from a student doing the same. I know how much these small acts of recognition had meant to the staff involved. It made me think about the power of parents and students in creating the culture for teachers to be amazing as well as the teachers creating it for the students a great example of a virtuous spiral. A reminder of the importance of community, a reminder of how lucky we are to be part of the Hazeley and 5 Dimensions communities.

Mr Nelson

Swimathon House Competition – Hazeley winners!

We won the school cup!!! Beating Oakgrove, Ackley and Thornton.   The winning team needed to beat 156 lengths in 55 mins and got 171 with amazing support from the parents at the end, which was fantastic.

Massive thank you to Isabel Sousa, Luke Ryan, Andy Soper and especially Sarah Winkfield for all their support

The event was in support of MK charities: Willen Hospice, MK Safety Centre (Hazard Alley),  Age UK Milton Keynes, MÓTUS,  Bus Shelter (The Mayor’s Charity),  MK Snap, Headway, MK Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group

Swimathon house points go to:

1st place 100 points  –  Cobra  6 attendees

2nd place 75 points   –  Enigma 5 attendees

3rd places 50 points  –  Colossus 3 attendees

4th place 25 points   –  Victory  2 attendees

 

World book Day 2019

Having taught English for a number of years now, I wish I had a pound for every time a parent said, ‘My son always loved reading when he was in primary school, but now he’s just glued to his Xbox and I haven’t seen him read since he wore shorts to school’ or, ‘My daughter always loved reading when she was little, but now it’s all Instagram this, YouTube that or Snapchat the other’.

We hear you and we agree.

That’s why at Hazeley we are really pushing out the boat against this and doing our best to swim against the tide of digital distractions, algorithmic amusements and internet interruptions. As such, we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th of March in a big way this year and bridged that gulf between students’ wonderful and memorable celebrations in primary school and the usually tokenistic experiences of the day in secondary School.

World Book Day is not something that should end once our students pass through secondary school gates. And how have you been able to get them to relive some of the fun of childhood? How else? We dressed up. Cognisant that some of our adolescents might be self-conscious, the staff at Hazeley have proved anything other. We had a huge range of literary characters: including both George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men; most of Hogwarts; two Dolores Umbrages; Lady Macbeth; Gangsta Granny and many more. But let’s not forget Professor Dumbledore, with an accent from the North East! Students were really buzzing when spotting literary characters and some didn’t even recognise Mr Nelson…

Sofia in Year 7 remarked that it ‘was like being in a movie or a book and it was fun guessing who was who’ and Eiden Toscano-Buzenet observed that ‘all the lessons were different to usual as they were related to books, which was a really good idea, and even the teachers were reading in silence in period 5’.

Hazeley celebrated a wonderful, productive and thrilling day in which students’ appetites were whetted as they sampled from a wide range of tasty texts on the menu at our library ‘restaurant’; had the opportunity to purchase at our book sale; had their teachers read out and discuss their favourite books; had reading flashmobs regaling them with snippets of literature; and engaged in book quizzes during form time.

But what was arguably most beneficial and productive of all was the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) hour. It was truly a calm, soothing and peaceful atmosphere in which over 1500 young people and adults read in silence. Undeniably a dream for most teachers!

So, this year, World Book Day was big. Next year it’ll be even bigger!

But we didn’t just keep it to the day itself. Oh, no, all week, tutor groups have been involved in reading activities: quizzes, podcasts and online reading and writing masterclasses.

You see, at Hazeley, we want to continue to cultivate a culture of reading, through our fortnightly Accelerated Reader lessons, the first ten minutes of reading in English lessons and thrice yearly DEAR sessions. For us, even though that day sparked off a lot of enthusiasm, celebrating reading is not just about celebrating it once a year.

I really do think the more we do this, the far fewer comments we’ll be hearing about Playstations before prose, Nintendos before novels. Slowly but surely, we really might just get there. I may never get those pounds… but that’s okay.

  

Mr D Lane