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.
Hazeley’s YR11 basketball team have made the leap into the national leagues and have had some excellent performances, cementing their reputation as the best basketball team the academy has ever produced. As if their performance on the court is not enough they are actively coaching and supporting the YR7 team, providing them with excellent role models to ensure that they create a legacy.
I sense the start of something very special !
The year 9 drop down day on the 18th of October was bursting with creativity!
The day was complemented by a plethora of fascinating visitors from a variety of industries. These included a professional magician and an actor with Broadway and Emmerdale credentials! We had an architect who explained the process of building design and a product developer designing multi function mobile phone cases. An engineer explained the physics behind lift design and a dance group, a drama specialist and mural workshop completed the whole creative experience!
By M Sheppee
A level mathematicians took part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge at John Colet school in Aylesbury this week. The event was hosted by the Further Maths Support Programme, which aims to inspire and encourage students’ enjoyment of maths through teamwork and competition. The challenge was very difficult but the Hazeley team which was made up of Hatim Sachak, Alex Garrett, Ramita Dhanda, and Hugh Slaney showed great determination and finished a well-deserved ninth place in the competition. We look forward to taking part in the competition again next year and encourage students to take part in the other maths challenges which run throughout the year.
Our first Wellbeing drop down day saw year 8 and 13 working together to create a film for change focusing on Poverty, Children’s rights and how wellbeing affects poverty.
The day started with small groups learning about what poverty is and how children’s rights are affected through a variety of discussion, card sort and film tasks. Lesson two we focused in on the effect of Wellbeing on poverty which involved the creation of our “Gingerbread person” highlighting the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social affects.
After break groups were created with year 8 students being guided by our year 13 students to create a design and marketing team to create a Film for Change alongside a pitch to sell their ideas for the film. The pitch included the creation of a story board detailing the film scene by scene with all creative instructions eg lighting, music, transitions etc, the also needed to sell their idea for the film with the best film being made by character club.
Throughout the day the students worked with many different staff who are part of our Unicef Ambassadors. There was some impressive leadership and peer mentoring from year 13 and year 8 students were able to excel in areas of interest or expertise and some shining film creators were created. In addition some students created outstanding posters on the subject which will form part of our display.
The winning film will be made and able to view on our You tube page. Thank you to all who were involved in planning, delivery and participation of the day.
Year 11 triple science students experienced a day of A-level Science, carrying out tests for reducing sugars in Biology, titrations and mole calculations in chemistry and designing electrical circuits in Physics. Teachers often do not have sufficient capacity to extend the curriculum and challenge high end achievers when delivering day to day lessons. This gave students the ability to gain insight into the courses they may wish to take next year as well as make in-depth links to their current GCSE studies.
On Wednesday 18th October year 12 visited Loughborough University. The day involved a campus tour, where students got to see the fantastic facilities on offer as well as attending two lectures “Why go to University? And “What to consider when choosing a University and course” The day gave students a good insight into university study and life and gave them lots to think about for the future.
On Monday 9th of October I was invited to Lords Cricket ground in London for a national awards ceremony. I was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Services to Cricket Award’ by my old County, Wiltshire, for my commitment and dedication to coaching the youth players at my local cricket club.
Although I didn’t win the National award in the end, I had a great day, going on a tour of the ground, meeting Eoin Morgan, the England one-day captain, and hearing from guest speakers including Stuart Broad, England’s 3rd best bowler of all time.
Kidney Failure is a life changing event for anyone – particularly children as it will be with them for all their lives, having to come to terms with not only the stress of operation and recovery, but remembering to take medication, drinking water and avoiding certain food which has to become a norm.
During last year two people at Hazeley Academy had this life changing operation and are now well on the road to recovery.
Denny Gorman Year 11 and Mr Halward (Design Technology)
What was also amazing was that during the summer they both decided to take part in the Transplant Games in Glasgow, the event dubbed the “Transplant Olympics” had over 2500 spectators and around 900 competitors aged between 5 and 85 taking part.
The event aims to celebrate the “Gift of Life” and highlight the importance and benefits of transplants along with remembering the donors who had the generosity to donate their organs and tissue and in doing so save lives.
At the games Denny received a gold in Field Sports (shot put), he also took part in table tennis, archery – while Mr Halward received a Bronze in Archery, this is the first time they had taken part in the games.
It was a very emotional event for all involved.
Everyone at Hazeley is very proud of both of them and wish them well.
We would like to Celebrate this achievement by presenting Denny with an Archery Bow to help him succeed in next year’s games Birmingham – Going for Gold!
In Scotland currently over 45% of the population are now on the NHS Donor Register.
Are you kidney aware? – find out more here
by Mr Sheppee
On Thursday 14th September Mr Mensah and Mrs Hearty took a group of 36 Year 10 students to see a lecture show of The Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Daytime. This performance explained the maths behind the best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and the application of maths to the theatre production that accompanied it. The lecture fully explained the many cultural references that were hidden in the book and the application of maths in music and architectural design. As part of this performance Daudi Wampamba got up on stage and sang alongside Rob Eastaway and had the sound signal analysed using the trigonometry that they have learned.
“Design a Dragon” competition.
Waterstones Mk ran a competition for school children in two age groups,which involved drawing a fantasy dragon.
@Hazeleylibrary promoted the competition and we received some fantastic entries, which we took along to the store.
Mrs. F. represented the school and was lucky enough to meet Cressida and get a signed book and poster.
We are very happy to announce that Cressida (after much deliberation) chose two of our students as winners, each receiving a signed limited edition print.
These were awarded to Grace and Lucy from Year 9 by Mr.Nelson on Monday morning during their Accelerated Reader lesson.
Congratulations to both girls!
Thank you to all the students who took the time to enter and If you happen to be in the city centre, take a moment to have a look at Waterstones window where their designs are displayed.
To see more pictures of the book signing why not have a look at @WaterstonesMK
Written by Antony Viccars, Hazeley Unicef Ambassador
As the academic year draws to a close, Hazeley Unicef Ambassadors begin to reflect upon our achievements and the successes we have had working hard within our community. I wanted to start by saying that the community that has been formed is nothing short of wonderful and it is truly outstanding that we can accomplish so much as a team in such a small space of time. Everyone has different highlights but we can all agree that one of the biggest benefits is the character we have developed over the past academic year. One of the best things that this year has brought is a newfound partnership, and I, for one, have never been too strong working in a larger team but I have improved upon that lacking skill and I know that many others feel the same. From teamwork to public speaking; by building up character, we are able to overcome any fear. However, we have had times of struggle as well, including Miss Griffiths’ struggle with Capri Sun obsession.
Awareness-raising campaigns, such as an entire week dedicated mental health, have also been enjoyable. In a spin on the popular social media trend, ‘The Mannequin Challenge’, we stood still for an excruciatingly long time, just to teach our classmates a little bit about their rights (check out the video here: https://youtu.be/1KMsijukJ1Q). If that’s not commitment to the cause, then who knows what is. We also visited Bletchley Park to learn about internet safety, a growing issue in society today. We have worked with several local charities, such as the Food Bank, as well as national and international charities alongside the student council. Charities have also visited the school, such as Amnesty International, on more than one occasion, to talk about why our work is so important. The benefit of these visits is that we are able to empathise with people on a personal level and have conversations about the charity, as opposed to reading a block of text online and then copying it into our own words. This motivates us to work even harder – for the goals, for our rights, and for the people that are yet to have them.
Miss McInerney, in Creativity, also brought to us the incredible opportunity of working with Beano/Marvel illustrator, Kev Sutherland, in creating the MK50 MK School Comic Book, of which we made the front cover.
Whether serious or fun, all of the work completed this year has made us think in a positive way, rather than the negative. Perhaps, in just a few years, we can make people think enough to change the world.
Thank you for a year of immense progress, and we all look forward to many more.
It has been a very busy time for the students and staff at The Hazeley Academy. On Wednesday 12 July we launched our first Sports Leaders Award course for 14 invited Year 9 students. They were introduced to the leadership course that will be running for next years’ Year 9 students in curriculum time and the then Year 10 students will be our ambassadors for sports leadership. They impressed the course leader so much he has invited them to join forces and lead sports festivals for primary schoolchildren with students from SBE school next year.
On Thursday 13 July we held our annual sports day – always a competitive yet friendly affair. Cobra had been victorious for the last 2 years yet Enigma had gone into the day leading the houses by 10 points. We saw a range of activities for each year group from the more traditional tennis and rounders to alternative sports like tug of war and capture the flag. All students participated in a sporting manner and the afternoon saw all students and staff off timetable and out on the field to watch the 100m, 200m and relay races alongside some welly wanging as well. The day ran on schedule and we were able to announce the winners, for a third year running it was COBRA but only just, 20 points ahead of VICTORY with COLOSSUS in third and ENIGMA in fourth.
And it didn’t stop there – Friday 14 July culminated in the Sports Presentation Awards afternoon where over 180 students, and staff from the PE team, celebrated what has been a great year of sporting success. We gave out certificates to recognise our young sports people who participate at various county, regional and national levels across a range of sports outside of school, many of whom also represent the school in their preferred sport or other sports.
The team of the year was awarded to the Year 9 Boys Football Team for their successful run in the County Cup being crowned County Champions with a 2-0 win over local rivals SBE.
On Tuesday 18 July we took a group of students from 7C1 PE class to SBE to participate in our first inter-schools National School Sports Week final. During week commencing 26 June we had held our own version of a primary school sports festival and SBE had held their own. We decided to have the winners from each school meet up and play each other. They participated in egg and spoon race, bean bag on the head, skipping, vortex throwing and relay. The students from both schools acquitted themselves really well and there was a great sense of friendly rivalry and encouragement. I am pleased to announce that Hazeley took the honours this year and we look forward to it becoming an annual partnership event.