From Stage to TV and radio
In the blog last week we celebrated the West End success of Jack Nuttal;, this week we highlight two other events one from TV and the other from radio.
A Sky News bulletin reporting on an independent netball tournament taking place last weekend involved some of Hazeley’s own local netball stars who were interviewed in relation to their response to the dramatic way in which the England netball team seized gold at the Commonwealth Games. It gives a great sense of how the local community using sport and our facilities come together. The report can be viewed here.
Hazeley staff and Year 7 students also featured on BBC Radio 5 Live this week discussing the research into word gaps. Much of the research shows the importance of reading, something very high on the agenda at Hazeley.
The interview can be accessed here. (scroll to 1 hour 23 mins)
Mr T Nelson
West End Success
Hazeley student Jack Nuttall has been performing in the multi award winning play The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre. The play is directed by Sam Mendes and written by Jez Butterworth. He is the only male actor who will complete the full West End run before the play transfers to Broadway.
The play has won many illustrious awards, the most prestigious of which was last Sunday’s Olivier Award for Best New Play and Best Director.
Jack has loved learning, working and acting alongside some of his heroes from the world of film and TV, such as:
- Paddy Considine
- Tom Glynn-Carney from “Dunkirk”
- Genevieve O’Reilly from “Star Wars”
- Saorise-Monica Jackson from “Derry Girls”
- Sam Mendes – the director of James Bond films “Skyfall” and “Spectre”
I am certain this is just the start of a fabulous career for Jack and we will all enjoy following and supporting his progress.
Principal’s Blog – Homework, happiness, quality of teaching, optimism and home support – 23rd March 2018March 23rd, 2018
Homework, happiness, quality of teaching, optimism and home support
You may have seen the recent news headlines following a survey commissioned by the Varkey Foundation. This compared the attitudes and priorities of 27,830 parents in 29 different countries.
It reported some interesting findings which were well summarised by the BBC:
- Only 11% of UK parents spent an hour per day helping their children with homework; far behind 62% in India.
- 87% of UK parents valued the quality of their children’s teachers, one of the highest in the world.
- When deciding on the type of school they wanted for their children, UK parents prioritised a sense of “ethos” and high academic results.
- Compared with other countries, parents in the UK were also likely to put a high emphasis on “happiness” for children in school.
We are proud at Hazeley to have a clear definition about what we stand for which supports what parents can expect from us.
If you want a school which encourages students to contribute and participate in their community, develop Character, Confidence and Creativity and supporting children to achieve excellent examination outcomes, then Hazeley is for you.
Of course this does mean that as a parent you will need to find the balance to support your child with homework. Over 900 Hazeley parents logged into G4Schools last week which shows that we are blessed to have such a supportive parent body.
I asked one of our highest achieving students from the previous Year 11 cohort about how his parents helped him and his words are wise and the advice powerful.
“My parents were always there to help me when I needed them, especially close to the exams when I wanted them to test me.
I know that they wanted to help develop my independence, after all it was my homework not theirs.
One thing that did stand out was that they were always genuinely interested and asked me questions about it which helped me think deeper. For example if the homework was about the causes of the first world war, they would follow it up with questions like, which one was the most important and why?”
This student not only achieved outstanding grades but also has an insatiable curiosity and positivity, a credit to his parents and Hazeley.
I wish all our students a wonderful Easter break and look forward to welcoming back all year groups on Monday 9th April 2018.
A reminder of term dates can be found HERE.
English SMSC Blog – March 2018 by R. McGarry
Of Mice and Men – A Study in Human Behaviour
‘Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other’.
John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men was historically a GCSE text but is now removed from the curriculum. However, the Hazeley English Team believe this novella to be so rich in language and a fascinating insight into human behaviours, it was decided to continue to teach the book to Year 9. Of all the text studied at Hazeley, ‘Of Mice and Men’ is undoubtedly one of the firm favourites with students. The tale of Lennie and George and their quest to find work during America’s Great Depression is a journey that students feel they walk with them. Every aspect of the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum can be explored through this tale. Prejudice against the aged, the disabled and those from ‘other’ races are debated. Bullying, violence, sexual violence – all topics open for rich debate and of course there is the shocked response at the end when George has the moral dilemma of whether to allow Lennie to be killed or pull the trigger himself – apologies for the spoiler if you haven’t read the book!
War Poets – entertainers or propagandists?
The Writings of War unit of work studied by Year 8 this spring term provided a rich array of texts from the last century. This is a truly cross-curricular programme of work that links in with the teaching of the World Wars in History. Students analysed the propaganda posters of the First World War and explored the morality of encouraging young men to sign up. Animated discussion took place making comparisons between the British culture of the period and how this influenced the message from the Government and its impact on the would-be soldiers with today’s society. Much debate followed as to whether the recruitment posters and propaganda would have the same impact today. The unit also studied some of war literature’s well known poetry from poets such as Rupert Brooks and Wilfred Owen. Comparisons were made between poets who glorified the war and in effect, supported the war campaign through literature with poets who spoke of the harsh reality of trench warfare and its impact on the soldiers. This work develops higher thinking skills among students where they examine the role of literature in times of conflict and raised high level questioning around the role of writers and their place in society as influencers.
This engaging unit has helped students prepare for the demanding level of analysis of conflict texts for GCSE but also provided a wonderful opportunity for discussion and debate around the social and moral aspects of those involved. It has been wonderful seeing students this early in their academic journey making poignant comparisons with areas of conflict within their own cultures in today’s society.
National Apprenticeship Week
Watching the news over the weekend it was a surprise to hear them reporting that the numbers going into apprenticeships has fallen over the last year. When the government have bought in the apprenticeship levy and there are so many more apprenticeships available, a rise in numbers of people taking on apprenticeships would seem more likely. However what did come to mind when watching the news report on this was that they gave a very stereotypical view on what an apprenticeship would look like, a manual role for those with low academic achievement. However this is no longer the case, apprenticeships can be accessed at intermediate level (equivalent to GCSEs) advanced (equivalent to A levels) and Higher (School leavers Programme/Degree) in all sectors of employment.
It is important that we are all aware of the benefits of taking on an apprenticeship, you continue to develop your skills and qualifications, you earn whilst you learn, more often than not your employer will employ you once you are fully qualified, for Degree Apprenticeships often the cost of the degree is paid for you.
During the week of 5th-9th March (National Apprenticeship week) the aim being to bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose an apprenticeship as a pathway to a great career.
In Milton Keynes this actually came to life this week, as the National Apprenticeship Show was being hosted at Stadium MK on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March. We took a group of year 10 students who have expressed an interest in visiting a fair, having the opportunity to talk to different employment sectors about the apprenticeships they have to offer.
On Wednesday 14th March we also hosted one of our Careers Breakfasts, which this time had an apprenticeship focus, students from Year 9 and 10, as well as being joined by students from Shenley Brook End School, met with more employers who offer apprenticeships within Milton Keynes. In addition they had the opportunity to speak to young people who currently apprentices so they could hear first-hand the benefits of this career path. Students looked at apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Hospitality and Catering, Child care, Engineering, Business Administration, HR, and the NHS.
Students in Year 10-13 all have access to a platform called Unifrog, they all have been shown how to use the apprenticeship tool to search for apprenticeships. This is very student friendly and is updated every 24 hours with live apprenticeships. It will provide them information about the role they would be taking on, including wage, length of contract, job description and how to apply. This platform will be made available to year 9 after Easter. It is a great way to know what apprenticeships are out there.
We hope to see more of our young people choosing an apprenticeship for their future pathway.
Assistant Principal – KS5 and Pathways
As you will be aware Shenley Brook End School and The Hazeley Academy have been working together for some time in a joint approach to supporting our students.
Curriculum teams have met regularly to discuss teaching approaches so that both schools have been able to learn from each other in order to sustain and improve the opportunities for student progress. This partnership goes beyond the classroom; we have jointly worked together with regard to the provision of careers information with the involvement of local employers, in sport (we have started an inter-academy Varsity competition) and the leadership teams have developed strategies to further embed the positive start to this collaboration.
Our students have already felt the benefits of work together; last year’s Year 11 and Year 13 students in both schools achieved very high progress measures, placing us amongst the top schools nationally.
Governors at both academies have now decided to formalise the partnership and we have jointly established a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), this has been agreed in principle by the Regional Schools Commissioner and Headteachers Board. This means that we are now very close to officially becoming one organisation; the 5 Dimensions Trust. The overall Trust name comes from the underpinning five aims (or dimensions) that both schools believe in and the reasons why we have joined together:
- To provide our students with a truly holistic education
- To ensure that students receive rigorous academic challenge
- To create a positive and high-performing environment for all staff
- To embed a supportive partnership with parents, carers and families
- To develop a meaningful relationship with our wider community
The two schools will still retain their individual identities and cultures, each with their own catchment areas and admissions procedures. By working together we will support each other to improve the life chances of our students whilst still celebrating our individuality.
If you would like to find out more about the trust and our joint future then please join us at either school at the following time:
|The Hazeley Academy
L Zone (Library)
|Monday 19th March||6.00pm||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance|
|Shenley Brook End School
|Monday 19th March||7.30pm||Email: email@example.com
to confirm attendance
The Importance of School Uniform
One of the great things about the British education system is choice. Many of us are privileged to be able to choose to send our child to a school with a strict or relaxed approach to uniform; one which fits our own values as a parent. Hazeley is proud of its high expectations in a broad range of areas from academic achievement to being kind to others.
At Hazeley we have a strong belief in the benefits of school uniform which include:
- Uniform creates a sense of belonging, pride and community.
- It shows that you want to meet the high expectations of your community.
- Dressing the same reduces bullying and social pressure on students to choose and purchase expensive designer clothes.
- A smart uniform helps students learn how to dress formally.
I am pleased to see the standards of uniform steadily improve over the past few years with trainers and black jeans now a distant memory. Students wear their uniform with increasing levels of pride.
Our students speak positively about wearing their Hazeley uniform.
“Having a uniform means you don’t need to worry about wearing the wrong thing”Y11
“Wearing school uniform prepares you for the outside world” Y11
“It shows that you are part of something” Y9
“It feels special when you first put on your blazer; you feel really grown up”Y9
We will continue to improve clarity and consistency as we move forward. This is an endless but worthwhile task and, for example we are considering making the phrase “just above the knee” a little more specific and looking at sourcing a standard skirt for students. We will ensure that you are updated of any changes.
Staff will continue to praise students who are meeting expectations and challenge those who are not.
Unlike many other schools we endeavour to avoid excluding students for uniform related issues, however our behaviour policy clearly states that students may be isolated if they are not in the correct uniform and this is not an area we will negotiate and these expectations are unlikely to change in the near future. We appreciate there are many retailers offering a range of styles, lengths and fabrics when buying uniform. Sadly these do not always meet our uniform expectations and we ask parents to refer to our guidelines prior to purchasing LINK.
Thank you again to all the students, parents and carers who supported so warmly our latest push on these expectations.
Drama House Competition:
Over the course of this term students were set the challenge to write a 200 word monologue about ‘mistakes’. We had many entries and really enjoyed reading through the submissions.
We are pleased to announce that Tom Price (Year 10) has won the competition! Huge congratulations to Tom from the Drama Department!
2nd Place – Harvey Jamieson (Year 7)
3rd Place – Jennifer Tasong (Year 10)
Tortured screams filled my ears. Thuds of people losing breath. The metallic room holding in my grief. My mistakes.
I was just following orders but a part of me still knew it was wrong. I’ve heard women and children split apart amid the cries of the hungry. The mud sloshed around my uniform boots as my team went to retrieve the dead. Masks on and we still said nothing. Still felt nothing.
Every day the tragic cycle repeated, more and more fumes spilling from the brick resting place. Feeble men made of wisps shovelling coal as a farewell to friends. Canals of blood and urine led to cities of broken bodies. I survey the land of coughing and disease with the thoughts of an empty man. A man who had made a mistake.
Gunshots rang as the clock ticked 12pm. The scheduled deaths left little to the imagination but yet nothing felt right. I felt that all my actions weren’t as necessary or just as the media told us it was. The screams, the cries, the pleading. What was it all for? For the country? For the Reich? For the Fuhrer? No. No. This isn’t right. It isn’t fair at all.
The week of 13th December – 19th December saw the all-girls football groups in PE take part in the Hazeley Girls Football week in which a House competition took place. Each group took part in an inter-house football tournament during which some groups (and teachers) endured blistering rain and the week was cut short by snow and icy conditions and with us being unable to use the field.
Nevertheless, the girls battled on to apply everything they had learnt in football so far attempting to keep good possession and make their passes count. Special mentions go to Gemma Whitchurch in Year 8 who scored 5 goals in one game and Jasmine Hughes in Year 9 for a great performance in her game. The games we did manage to play were very good with Enigma coming out winners closely followed by Colossus.
Psychology and Mental Health SMSC Blog
Our Year 13 psychology students are just coming to the end of one of their A-Level topics on mental health disorders. This is one of the most important topics we teach on the A-Level course as mental health disorders are becoming more common in our society.
Students have been learning specifically about depression and schizophrenia, including their causes and treatments. As part of this we have discussed issues with diagnosing these disorders and hopefully made students more aware of the signs and what treatments are available for people experiencing these disorders.
Students have also looked at the impact that the work place can have on mental health and have discussed whether or not work places should be doing more to support people who have mental health disorders. We have also analysed some film clips to see how the medias representation of mental health have changed over time.
When speaking to students about what they enjoyed about this topic and how they feel it has benefitted them they have said:
‘It has given me a deeper understanding into what other people might be going through.’
‘By understanding the complexities of mental health disorders we are now able to speak about them in a more socially sensitive manner.’
‘I feel I am now more empathetic towards all people, as you never know what they are going through.’
Our Year 10 psychology students will begin learning about mental health in January and we are looking forward to making them more aware of the impact mental health has on their day-to-day lives, as well as learning specifically about depression and addiction.
Head of Social Studies
Many thanks to all who have helped with the clearing of the car-park and paths.
We have now completed 3 of our 8 drop down lessons for Wellbeing and students and staff alike are really engaging with the topics across a diverse range of subjects, see below:-
|19th Sep||Peer Pressure||Sexting
|Healthy Relationships||Consent||Consent||Finance Credit|
|11th Oct||Social Media||Online grooming||Media Distortion||Pornography||Pornography||Finance Debt|
|30th Nov||Right and Wrong||Forced Marriage||Exploited||Safe Sex/STI’s||Parenting||Pornography|
|19th Jan||Relationships||FGM/HBV||Safe Sex||Teenage cancer||STI’s/ Safe Sex||Parenthood|
You can also see what we have coming up in January.
Well done to our winners of the year 8 Sexting poster completion who won a £10 Amazon voucher with their innovative and creative designs- Donovan Barea, Sienna Edwards, Lewis Peacock, Megan Parsley
Congrats also to Archie Fellows, Jude Evans and Niamh Gallawan-Allen who were the winners of the year 8 and 13 Drop Down Day to produce a plan for a Film for Change linked to Child Poverty. This film will be made by our Unicef Ambassadors after Christmas so watch this space for a link to the completed film.
Next term sees a y12 drop down day based around Human and Children’s rights and how it affects wellbeing as well as the continuation of the Wellbeing programme.
We are promoting our school wellbeing over the rest of this term with the Advent Calendar of Kindness, encouraging our students and staff to do something kind for someone else each day until Christmas. The calendar can be found on the Wellbeing notice board.