On the last Thursday of term the academy set teachers and students the challenge of continuing their learning without the use of pens. This gave classes the opportunity to work in different way, thinking about their subjects from a fresh perspective. A range of methods were employed with students having to participate in debates, solve crimes, take on the roles of historical characters in a specially written opera, create their own TV adverts, as well as a range of other activities.
In Mr Attard’s Geography lesson jelly babies were used to visualise how populations change to human, economic and environmental factors. Through this practical modelling students were also able to show how countries impact each other through trade and demographic changes.
Mr Bonnet used the opportunity for his Government and Politics class to have an interactive viewing of last week’s PMQs where Theresa May had to defend her new Brexit deal. The aim being to see how politicians treat each other and their responses. The benefit approach is that it goes beyond the curriculum, where there is no time for PMQs, giving a really effective way for students to see what is involved and how it works, as well as the actual interactions of our leaders.
These opportunities to try out different learning approaches can prove hugely beneficial to students in their learning, allowing them to gain a fresh perspective on their subjects.
On Thursday evening the Hazeley Academy music department got everyone into the festive spirit with a rousing Christmas concert. Students performed a range of different songs, from traditional carols to modern pop, ranging from the Hazeley choir to small groups and individual instrumentalists. The quality on offer was exceptional, with the outstanding musicianship being matched all the way by the spirit of fun and entertainment. Lead teacher of Music, Mrs McCleery said, ‘I was really pleased that the event was supported by so many staff and students – thanks to them all for coming. It was a huge success to have an event involving students from Year 7 right up to Year 13, which really shows the quality we have running right through the school. I’d like to thank the students for practicing so hard and representing themselves and Hazeley so well; to the site team for helping with the set-up of the event; to the creativity department for their consistent support with all aspects of the organisation of the event. Rehearsals will now get underway for our next concert on Thursday 28th March, and we hope to see so many people attend again.’
KS3 Students win Bronze Crest Awards in Science
The Hazeley Academy Science department endeavours to provide engaging opportunities for students and this year , 37 students in years 7 and 8 completed the bronze CREST award for research. To achieve this students worked individually or pairs to research topics such as vaccinations and how mosquitoes spread diseases in tasks that developed both their understanding and the inquisitive nature required to be a successful scientist. Etiene told us that the most interesting element of discovering about these diseases was that ‘we also found out how to help people,’ with Jasper adding that it was intriguing to see how the diseases and vaccines linked and that ‘the malaria vaccine had only been available since this April and it was fascinating to be working with the latest research.’ For Arisa, it wasn’t just about the findings but also about the team work involved, as she commented on ‘how many people had to work to develop just one vaccine.’
The hard work and dedication of our students means that now all of them can proudly display their Bronze CREST award. As well as this, 25 year 7 students had the opportunity to visit the Birmingham ThinkTank Museum where they programmed Lego robots and witnessed an explosive chemistry show. Edie told us about the dangers of putting hydrogen in birthday balloons as ‘if it goes near candles it will explode. The scientist threw a torch at it and it went kaboom!’
The inspirational day was a huge success with the students gaining so much from exploring the museum. In September, look out for news on all of the amazing things we have planned for next year in science! As Minnie said, these kind of activities help to ‘learn about new things’ and for Heather it wasn’t just about the science but the transferable skills as she learnt ‘how to make a good presentation online”.
Students who took part:
Tin Yan Li
Marcos Martinez Simon
BRINGING ART TO LIFE
By Maddison Gibbs
This term saw the Art department working on one of the most difficult aspects of the subject: life drawing. The lessons took place within the academy and involved some of our strongest year 12 art students, offering them a life changing opportunity to develop key skills and to enhance their coursework portfolio. In order to achieve this they needed to display sensitivity and maturity, which according to their proud teacher Mrs Sear, they demonstrated magnificently.
For the first sitting on the 20th June students were understandably nervous, not quite sure of what to expect. The skill of life drawing is daunting for anyone, but these students were determined to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it; acknowledging the contribution it gives to their coursework portfolio and in helping them to strive for higher end grades. The task required skill and a keen eye for detail, and whilst many did show signs of apprehension and an uncomfortable nature, the way it was handled and the respect shown to the model was highly appreciated. By the end of this session, students had started to piece together ideas and work, bringing their drawings to life.
By the second sitting on the 27th of June the earlier anxiety was nowhere to be seen as students got eagerly back into their work. Mrs Sear told us, ‘Many students started to develop and progress their artistry further than before, understanding and developing their own work into new and improved areas.’ The end of this session was the final one and all sixth formers felt a sense of accomplishment with the work produced. For many it exemplified how much they had learnt and progressed this year and filled both themselves and their teachers with pride.
The opportunity set up by the Art Department was one that was highly appreciated and valued by all involved. When over, the maturity that the students showed was appreciated by the model herself who commented on how it was one of the best modelling experiences she’d enjoyed, with the engagement and the politeness directed towards her by the students making the situation less nerve wracking. This great experience, and the maturity shown by our students, means that the Art Department will be able to offer more opportunities like this to KS5 students. We are proud of all students involved, who have helped to further spread the good reputation for our academy.
CODE BREAKING NEWS… HAS HARVEY GONE MISSING?!
By Gursev Kaur
Attention! Shocking news has reached us that Harvey the Husky has gone missing and a crack team of year 6 detectives have been trying to break the code to urgently find where he’s disappeared to. A number of Hazeley suspects have been identified, including Mr Nelson, Miss Whiteman, Mr West, Mr Lane, Mr Crofts, Mr Matthews, Mr Hughes and Mr Rose.
Oh wait…you’re wondering why year 6 students are in Hazeley? Don’t worry the whole exercise is part of their transition day and Harvey the Husky’s disappearance is an opportunity for students to use their literacy and numeracy skills in a fun way. The Year 6s have enjoyed several transition days at the Hazeley Academy over the course of July, to allow them to gain a greater understanding of the values and ethos of their new school. This involves getting a taste of the larger building and greater independence that transitioning from primary school requires: the large crowds of friendly people at the Hazeley Academy, the introduction to their differing subjects and giving the opportunity to get to know their form tutors and teachers who support them over the coming years.
The suspects of the ‘Great Hazeley Dog-Napping’ were even made up of year 7 form tutors, Mr Hughes – the Progress Leader and a few other key faces to help them settle in. The perpetrator was even changed for each day, so that their friends back at Primary Schools couldn’t ruin the surprise!
The transition days have been a great success with the new crop of Hazeley students participating in group work to gain house points whilst getting to know their future school friends.
Some Year 6s that we interviewed stated that they are really ‘enjoying being at Hazeley’, that they are ‘excited about History, Science and Languages’ as well as some even saying that their task on cracking the code for Harvey the Husky was ‘Better than doing Algebra… but it is a bit like doing Algebra!’.
We are pleased to see that the Year 6s have enjoyed their transition days over the last couple of days and we wish them a successful and wonderful first year at the Hazeley Academy.
PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE OCEAN
by Chloe, Amy and Ayesha
In their recent Drop Down Day year 9 students learnt about the dangers of plastic products and how they affected wildlife in the ocean. To develop their understanding and awareness of the issues they produced a colourful collage of sea creatures using recycled materials and fabrics. The inspiring work included creations of turtles, jellyfish and stingrays.
Did you know?
- Scientists have recently discovered micro-plastics embedded deep in the arctic ice
- Around 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans every day
- 5000 items of plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK
- Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined
- Over 1 million sea birds have been killed due to pollution
YR8 Football Team
County Cup Champions March 2018
After a hard fought campaign the Year 8 boys had made it to the final. The Final was played at a brand new, top of the range facility (Arbour Park).
The boys had produced some amazing performances in the earlier rounds scoring more than 12 goals so they were confident coming into the final. In the first half Hazeley created a lot of chances hitting the cross bar and the post. But towards the end of the first half it was still 0-0. Then after a couple of genius tactical changes by Mr Crofts, Joe McCorquodale opened up the scoring with basically his first touch. Hazeley ended the first half 1-0 up.
Then from the very start of the second half Misbourne came back fighting, Hazeley had to hold strong against a barrage of Misbourne attacks. But as it often happens in football Misbourne were caught by a counter attack from Hazeley. A quick attacking run from Colin Mbugua resulted in a goal for Charlie Waller. From that point on the game was end to end with both teams attacking fiercely.
Then 5 minutes before the end of the game Hazeley broke through the Misbourne defence as Oli Lynch dribbled passed several defenders before placing the ball in the opposite corner of the goal.
A well deserved result!
Hazeley win 3-0
Bletchley Park Art Project – STEAM
Since September Ms Sear and a group of Art students have been working collectively on a project set to include the ‘Arts’ into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and make it STEAM. This, if successful, would lead to each participating school being considered for an Artsmark accreditation.
The Artsmark award “provides schools with access to enviable networks of leading cultural organisations that will enable them to use the arts to engage and develop happy, self-expressed and confident young people and inspire teachers.”
Students and the Art department have worked relentlessly to achieve this award, including countless afternoons after school creating artwork for Bletchley Park. The project, led by Chris Holmwood from Shenley Brook End School, asked five local schools to participate. This included Slated Row, who designed a musical called ‘Bletchley Boogie’, Emerson Valley who choreographed and performed a dance, Shenley Brook End and Buckingham who like Hazeley created artwork. .
Hazeley were asked to create artwork to represent each of the Hazeley houses, which of course derive from the important history of Bletchley Park. In addition, students were given a second task to respond to the architecture of Bletchley in their creative way.
Not only has the work that the students created helped Hazeley be considered for an Artsmark accreditation, but students have also now been put forward to gain an arts award for themselves and the hard work they have put in to this project. Their work will be moderated in July and we will find out if they have been successful. Watch this space!!!
Well done to Ms Sear, Mrs Goody, Mrs Bush and all of the Art students that took part in this project.
House Literacy Competition
The form which writes the most impressive piece will win!
Congratulations to Miss Kennedy’s form 9VY1 (Victory) who won the recent House Literacy Competition with the following entry.
“The pristine waters stretched out from the shores like shiny, blue paint from a sandy paintbrush. The woodland beyond the banks was dense and lush with spring flowers and vegetation, and the sweet aroma of the warm day floated on the breeze like a boat on a river. Forest creatures, such as squirrels, birds and foxes, wandered their home with a carefree lightness matched only by that emanating from the bright orange sun in the sky. That sky had barely a cloud, barely a wisp of condensation to interrupt its clear, constant colouration. By contrast, the meadows and fields that spread out below it were a rainbow of vibrancy, with daffodils and bluebells and whatever else chose to grow there. And watching over this all, protecting it from the outside world like a loving parent, stood the mountain. Its slopes careened down at terrifying angles, and its snow-capped peak was like a mop of white hair upon its grey, rocky head. It had watched over the valley for millions of years, had seen creatures live and die and live again in new born youngsters, had seen the forest change and grow, each tree erupting from a seed to join its brothers and sisters at the top of the world. Or at least as high as they could get. It watched over all these things with silent pleasure, safe in the knowledge that paradise would remain unaltered, for eternity and more.”
Daniel Walters 9VY1
Congratulations also to Mrs Harrier-Wilson’s form 10VY2 who were runners up with Robert’s entry
“Visible through the bustling treetops, a lake sits patiently for the curious eye to gaze upon it. One look at the calming water, however, is enough to force you into a deep trance. no matter how hard you try to move away, an elusive barrier forms between you and the rest of the world. The mountains and the perilous peaks on top of them keep even the most devilish of God’s creations in line. The delicate clouds divert any attention from the outside world like a shield that blocks tragedy from entering. All eyes gaze at the lonely lake. The water is as blue as the sky, the Fresnel acting like a chameleon’s scales, camouflaging to hide itself from the Earth’s negativity. The area around is silent, no noise to be heard, not even an insect makes the slightest sound, as if the animals dare not to disturb the tranquillity, as it is rare in a world so arduous to come across a moment so precious. When you look upon the beautiful lake, you become at peace with the large mesmerising landscape presented before you, and stress becomes happiness.”
Robert Howell 10VY2
Buckinghamshire Schools Medic Day
Hosted by The Hazeley Academy
Wednesday 24th January
Year 10 students who have an interest in becoming a Doctor got to meet Student Doctors from Barts Hospital in London and Junior Doctors from Milton Keynes Hospital. The student Doctors took them through some of the practical activities they experience during year 1 and 2 at medical school including using a stethoscope, reading CT scans, CPR and how to effectively diagnose a patient’s condition. Students got a real insight into being a Doctor, being presented both the highs and lows!
News from the Library
The library has been very busy since we came back in September and as of the end of this term we have issued over 4,465 books! Many of these are new and popular titles, which there is often a waiting list for.
Years 7, 8 and 9 STAR tested in September and have since read and quizzed on 2,451 books reading a total so far of 111,758,222 words.
74% of students have quizzed in the last 30 days.
We would not be able to accomplish all that we do if it wasn’t for our enthusiastic and hardworking library assistants and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. We hosted a christmas lunch for them today to say a big…
In partnership with five other schools we have been working on a project to put the “Arts” into “Science Technology Engineering and Maths” thus turning STEM into STEAM. This initiative is being overseen by our partner school Shenley Brook End and once completed, will gain an Artsmark Award for our Academy.
Being Milton Keynes’s park of cultural significance, Bletchley Park was nominated as the theme of the project. We decided to design and create a series of 2D visual outcomes resulting from investigations into the architecture of the park, plus the machines on which our four house names are based.
To facilitate this, I had the privilege of accompanying eight Hazeley students to Bletchley Park on the 7th December. The aim of the visit was to gather information about Bletchley Park and its pivotal role in the Second World War plus record the variety of architectural design throughout the park.
Students were also able to participate in a cipher and coding workshop in the afternoon and to see first-hand, an Enigma machine. A second visit in the New Year will allow students to visit the museum at the park and see the colossus machine in action.
Students were exemplary. Not just in behaviour but also with the enthusiasm that they displayed for the event They were all totally engaged as well as being amazing photographers and collectors of anything useful for their investigations. It reaffirmed my pride in being part of the academy and watch out for some amazing visual results once the project is completed in March.
Mia Hamilton, Hannah Owen, Jillian Clarke, Aaliyah Aries, Morton Howell, Kabeeshan Pramathasan and Holly Marshall.
On the 28th November sixth form students visited Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre to see a production of Hedda Gabler, one of them has taken the time to write an interesting review of the production and trip.
By Callum Taylor
Adapted by Patrick Marber, Hedda Gabler explores the timeless themes of control, power, reputation and lust, in a dramatic and sometimes comedic way.
By far one of the best main characters ever, Hedda as played by Lizzy Watts, is feisty and sarcastic, giving some light relief to the serious themes displayed by the other characters. The violent and sometimes strange outbursts with a stapler and some flowers, ensured that we knew that she was extremely unpredictable, and slightly unhinged. Her secrets, which develop further as the play progresses, entangle her, leaving her helpless and at the mercy of Brack, played by Adam Best, who takes the one thing that Hedda desires above all, control.
The minimalist set with plain grey rectangles on the wall, with Hedda passed out at a piano, and a glass frame encasing two black pistols, can only hint at the violent turns the play took… and the can of fake blood. We all jumped out of our seats at the first gunshot directed towards the audience, but by the end of the play we had seen and heard so much on-stage violence, we felt as if nothing could phase us anymore.
The sudden editions of music, symbolised a change in tone, and the ultimate demise of Hedda, who attempts to execute her own ‘beautiful’ death, after encouraging and ultimately succeeding in having Lovborg do the same. From an audience’s perspective it seemed that every single one of the characters were all somehow past lovers and all romantically involved, meaning that some scenes were particularly awkward to watch with two teachers next to you.
One of the most exciting and thought-provoking plays I have ever seen, and definitely one of the most enjoyable ones, with some people that started off as strangers and finished as friends.
In October Waterstones Milton Keynes ran a store competition to “Draw a Dinosaur”, which would be judged by Chris Wormell during his visit to the store during half term promoting his new book “Dinosaurium”.
Several of our students entered after @HazeleyLibrary promoted the competition and Mrs F took their entries into store, we are delighted to announce that one of our students won!
Chris said he thought that Stephen could have a career as a comic book artist ahead of him.
Congratulations to Stephen, @HazeleyLibrary will be promoting more competitions in the library and via Twitter!
On Wednesday 22nd November a group of students from The Academy took part in the MK School Cross Country Championships at Campbell Park. It was a very cold and blustery day so typical cross country weather! But a good chance for them to put into practice their running skills they had been working on in training this term.
Our students behaved impeccably and managed to record some very decent results as seen below meaning we finished an admirable 5th out of 14th Schools. Well done to all, Thank you to Mr Ward for his assistance, Mr Blaber for his support and our 6th form leaders for their help Kelsi, Becky, Chelsea and Niamh.
Particular highlight was Oscar finishing 11th out of 66 and Hannah who finished 18th out of 54.