A massive congratulations to Felicity Jackson 9EA2 who single-handed raised £888.71 for Willen Hospice, a real achievement for an amazing cause! Felicity said it was really hard doing a sponsored silence as she couldn’t talk all day!
Willen are based at a peaceful lakeside location in Milton Keynes and are an independent charity offering specialist care to individuals with life limiting illnesses. They have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, social care professionals and other health care staff, provide round the clock care to their patients and provide ongoing support for their families. Being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness can often leave people in a lonely, uncertain, and confusing place, so Willen’s care looks to give individuals comfort, help them find confidence, ease their pain and reduce their anxiety. The donation from Felicity will go towards all the services Willen provides.
Willen Hospice have some fun events planned over the half term. For more information please see click here:
Year 11 Parents evening 7th February 2019 – Powerpoint presentation
To access the presentation from the Year 11 Parents Evening – please click the link below.
National Speaking Competition
5th February 2019
By Lesley Mckenzie
We were delighted to welcome teams from Malcolm Arnold, Shenley, Bedford, Bedford Modern and Northampton High School to Hazeley for the ESU debating competition. The ESU was founded in 1918 and has 35 branches in the UK and is present in 50 countries worldwide. The competition develops key skills for the future with students researching topical subjects, learning how to think analytically and using evidence to support conclusions. Shenley spoke on the topic ‘Is mental illness in school children getting the detention it deserves?’, Northampton spoke about whether Britain should pay reparations for the harm done by empire, Ousedale had ‘Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind’, Bedford ‘The internet is a drug and we are all addicted’ and Bedford Modern ‘Men and women will never be equal’. With many thanks to Roger Cornwell for chairing the debate, the judges Tony Wood, Anne Kaye and Hilary Eltringham and timekeeper Stephen Hibberd.
Well done to Shenley for winning the best speaker and to Bedford for winning the overall team!
Art of Brilliance!
6th February 2019
We were delighted to welcome Art of Brilliance to work with year 9 today to develop life skills, resilience and how to stay positive! The team, who are Paul Field, Gary Thornton, Anthea Marris and Mike Martin, specialise in training and development to make you a more positive, motivated and brilliant person – how to be your best self. Year 9 learnt how to cultivate a ‘can do’ attitude and the positive psychology, humour and thought-provoking activities really gave them something to think about. Paul told the students how he had been shaking being on the 103rd floor in a glass box in Chicago and students reflected on what it was that made them feel worried and how to overcome obstacles on the journey of life. The students took part in a number of sessions through the day including ‘Our amazing brain!’ which taught them how to grow intelligence and how to be develop resilience skills.
By Lesley Mckenzie
Our UNICEF club students meet every week and are working on a number of projects including supporting a school in Liwonde, Malawi and raising awareness about the issue of collecting clean water. We were delighted to welcome David Schiff to discuss the water issues in Uganda. David visits Uganda at least twice a year to learn about and support water issues. We learnt that much of Uganda is open water and swampland but this water is undrinkable. Over 4,500 children die every year in Uganda from diarrhoea caused by drinking poisonous water and other water diseases.
Children that David visits have to carry water for four miles twice a day. Children in Uganda who cannot read and write don’t go to school so these children do additional work carrying water.
David brought in a can and we filled it with water to see just how heavy it was. All of us were shocked that children could pick it up let alone many children who carry the water on their head and who, as a result, get spinal injuries.
Call, Push, Rescue!
Fewer than 1 in 10 people who have an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK currently survive (BHF, 2018). By having CPR taught at The Hazeley Academy we are in a position to become life savers and change that.
On Thursday 20th December, we had expert tuition from Matron with the assistance of Mrs Laurence in how to carry out CPR. Learning how to do CPR is inspiring and makes you feel confident that you have the skills to be helpful and to save a life. We also practiced how to put someone in the recovery position and learned about the importance of defibrillators and their role in the life saving process.
SMSC Philosophy and Ethics
What does it mean to be Kosher?
This term year 7 have been exploring the religion of Judaism and what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century, including both their culture and practise. Part of this has included a consideration of Jewish cuisine and how we could cater for this in Milton Keynes. As a result year 7 have been designing their own Kosher menus ready for the grand opening of a Jewish restaurant. Menus have had to be careful in design – not breaking any Kosher food laws and allowing our guests an option – typically between following a meat or dairy based menu and making sure they include lots of pareve foods and no treifah foods!
SMSC and Psychology
Prejudice and Discrimination
In Year 12, our students have recently been learning about the causes of prejudice and discrimination. They have examined the psychological theories as to why these behaviours exist and have also been discussing ways that they can be reduced.
One example of how discrimination can be reduced in schools is through the use of Superordinate Goals. These are shared goals where all members of the group have to work together in order to succeed.
This idea has been supported by Sherif’s (1954) study. Sherif studied two groups of boys at a summer camp to see how they interacted. When the boys were separated out into two groups, each group became hostile towards the other. When the groups were given superordinate goals (such as fixing the water tank that provided them both with water), the boys came together and their hostility towards each other reduced.
I hope that this has enabled our students to reflect on their own behaviour and consider/question any of their own prejudiced beliefs.
Subject Leader for Psychology
For this weeks blog, I will hand you over to Assistant Principal, Mr Whitney.
We live in an ever interconnected age where the effects of social media, both positive and negative, are still being discovered and understood. The positive impact of the #metoo campaign cannot be underestimated; it is difficult to see it having gathered the same momentum and having the needed impact that it did without social media. They are a far quicker way for sharing ideas and finding out new things than we have ever had before.
At the same time a 2017 study https://childmind.org/article/is-social-media-use-causing-depression/ showed that teenagers who were the biggest users of social media platforms had up to a 66% higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time using them. The suicide rate amongst American boys has increased by 20% and for girls by 75% since smart phones have become commonplace.
Gaming can be just as addictive as social media, just look at the success of Fortnite; able to make over a billion dollars in a year, despite being free to download and play. Worryingly a recent NSPCC survey found 20% of children who played the game had been approached by strangers to do something inappropriate. Game companies can now even attend seminars where they are given advice on how to make their games addictive and change the way people think.
As an Academy we are often dealing with incidents that happen outside of school time involving social media exchanges and misinterpretation of information, but fear of missing out can mean that it is difficult for people to put it to one side. With the occurrence of these issues greatly increasing after 7.30pm, we are looking to develop an integrated approach with parents, students and other stakeholders to reduce these incidents. This has begun with a survey to parents of students in Years 7 and 8.
In the meantime, you might find the following a useful source of information and advice about social media https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/mobile-apps/safety-beyond-facebook-12-social-media-apps-every-parent-should-know-about
The knee jerk reaction would be to ban everything, but then the good goes away with the bad. We use applications to support our students’ learning and revision and we would not want them shut away from all that this interconnectedness has to offer. Instead we need to look to teach our children how to use apps and games appropriately. To recognise their behaviours and to know how to deal with them, to still show the empathy and understanding that they would if they were face to face with someone, to be wary of echo chambers that gradually lead them further into the darkness.
Prince William gave a speech on Thursday to technology companies about some of these issues and challenged them to give us ways to “fight back”. But no matter what tools they may provide, the greatest opportunity to shape and control the future of social media is by providing the support and challenge to the future users, our students; your children.
Mr S Whitney
Key Stage 3, Transition and Standards
The Board of Directors of The Hazeley Academy is currently consulting on the proposed admission arrangements for September 2020.
The consultation documents can be viewed on the Admissions page, please follow the link below;
Deadline for comments is 4pm on Friday 30th November 2018.
The week commencing 24th September 2018, all of the Year 8 Computer Science students at the Hazeley academy were taught about the Copyright law.
The law was introduced to protect individuals who have created original pieces of work. This can be in the form of books, music and computer software etc.
Currently, it is estimated that 40% of all software is copied illegally. This is a real problem in society. Especially, in this digital age where technology is so advanced and the methods of refabricating are endless.
The students were shown a video about the stance of various organisations and YouTube on the copyright law, and how people could be infringing the law e.g. if a member of the public went to the cinema and started recording segments of the latest blockbuster movie and posted it onto YouTube.
There were some very interesting discussions going on. Another example that was discussed, if a student had spent 30 minutes on completing some coursework in class and needed to go to the toilet. Then the person next to them uses that as an opportunity to copy their work that is also a form of copyright infringement.
A few Magenta principles were embedded into the lesson, students were given 5 useful and reliable sources for the copyright law and were instructed to REDUCE all of that information into a concise 5 slide informative presentation to raise awareness of the copyright law.
At the end of the lesson the students learnt being creative is good, but don’t copy as that is morally and ethically wrong. Also, if your work has been copied or stolen. The law will protect you. There are also consequences of copyright infringement. This can be fines and in some cases prison sentences. The severity of the punishment is based on each individual case.
Hazeley Sixth Form Debate Club
The Sixth Form Debate Club were delighted to welcome Festus Akinbusoye, Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Mark Lancaster MP and Iain Stewart MP. Festus shared lots of insights about how MPs debate in parliament and ways in which language is used to persuade others to your point of view. Festus also gave details of this year’s MK Debate details for which our students are now assiduously researching and preparing.
The motion in the first round which is a three way debate is:
The Commonwealth and other emerging markets, not the EU, should be Britain’s focus on trade after Brexit.
Hazeley Academy – Argues against the motion but instead for a EU-UK focused trade partnership.
St Paul’s Catholic School – Argues against the motion but instead for a UK-Asia focused trade partnership.
Sir Herbert Leon Academy – Argues in support of the motion.
The first round is on Thursday 18 October 6 – 9pm at Shenley Brook End School. Best of luck to our candidates!
Few people will ever say: “it’s a great time to sit your end of KS4 exams” but to sit them in the year when whole scale change is taking place across the country; with teachers unpicking what they need to teach in the new specifications, trying to work out what a level 7, 8 or 9 might look like; parents finding themselves in an equally difficult position, desperately wanting to support their child but sometimes finding themselves painfully out of date and frustrated. This year has not been easy for 16-year-olds across the country.
Despite this our Y11 students will today be celebrating some simply amazing results. If our initial analysis is correct (and our data team usually are) then these are our best results ever, placing us amongst the top 10-15% of schools across the country, in terms of the most important measure which is progress.
Almost 10% of students met the enviable standard of achieving 8 or more A’s-7s or equivalents.
Of course there will be a few students who will be disappointed with their results, but staff will be available over the next few days to support them, they need to come into school or email email@example.com to book an appointment.
Our partnership with Shenley has had a positive impact. The Brownlee Brothers analogy best sums it up for me: we both want to win, but not at the detriment of the other, in so doing we push each other on and both improve. Friendly, collaborative, caring and competition is magical and will benefit us all. If we are lucky, then Shenley will top the city at KS5 and we will top it at KS4, with a narrow gap between us; but it’s too early to be sure of this. We can be confident that regardless of medal positions we have both done very well- but you have to forgive me for my competitive edge, I cannot pretend it will ever change and a consistent Hazeley – Shenley Gold and Silver is what we will aim for.
It’s a great time to be part of the Hazeley community, excellent A and GCSE level results, oversubscribed, enthusiastic staff, clarity of vision, shared values and the confident that the best is yet to come.
Thank you for supporting the school, it makes a big difference and is very much appreciated.