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.
Here are some photos from The Hazeley Academy’s, “Wonderful and amazing” production of “Wizard of Oz”.
A huge thank you to all the talented and committed students who took part and to all the Hazeley staff and parents who gave up their time and expertise to make it possible.
“The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid,”
L. Frank Baum – ” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
Transition day on the 3rd July was an excellent day for students, teachers and everyone enjoyed themselves. A whole range of different lessons were taught during the day including science, creativity, character, MFL etc. as well as the famous jelly bean challenge.
240 students from 31 different Primary schools across the city and beyond, attended a full day of learning. Tutors were delighted to meet their new tutees and many pupils made new friends and experienced learning at Hazeley.
On two occasions this academic year, Hazeley Academy students have been involved in the production of an Online safety film and app aimed at young people to keep them safer online.
Students from Year 8 and 10 have been in front of the camera, working with the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board and film-maker Rheya Brigden from Brigden Productions.
In January, members of the KS4 Drama class spent a cold day with Mr Hayles and the film crew at Bletchley Park, filming scenes for an online safety app that was launched on 7th February, Safer Internet Day. The app forms part of the online learning resources available on the Bletchley Park website. Rheya emailed after the filming to say how impressed she was with them.
“The students were fantastic! They were very professional, focused and extremely patient in the cold weather. I was very impressed with their performances and their ability to take direction”.
Have a look – Bletchley Park safety app.
In the last week of the summer term, Rheya and the Safeguarding Board returned to Hazeley to interview Year 8 and 10 students about their own experiences of keeping safe when going on online. Filming took place in the Learning Zone, which attracted the attention of other students passing by on their way to lessons! Two primary and one other secondary school in the city are participating in this film; once it’s complete, we’ll share it with everyone.
Thank you to the students that agreed to participate in both projects – never easy to step in front of a camera, and to their parents for giving them permission to do so. It’s invaluable to be able to hear directly from young people about how to best support them in navigating ever-changing online apps and website safety. Thanks also need to go to the staff who supported the whole process on both occasions.
Extra information is available by clicking on the underlined links in this blog.
The library has had a very busy and successful year having issued over 10,000 books, with year 7 alone borrowing 4000 books.
At break and lunches we have had many interesting conversations with students: what they have read and what we can recommend, why they have loved or not liked a book.
Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy kid are once again our top issued books; Robert Muchamore’s Cherub series has not spent much time on the library shelves, being particularly popular with YR8 & 9s.
Some of our most requested and popular books this year have a film or TV tie in #Booksbeforefilms
The new GCSE 9-1 books have been very popular with the upper years; using the resources in the library as they revised for end of year exams.
We have had two amazing millionaire pizza parties this year with 61 year 7, 8 and 9 students who each read over a million words from September to May.
Our 61 millionaires combined, read an impressive 107,006,416 words helping to reach a year 7,8 and 9 total this year of 255,896,354 words with 6512 quizzes passed.
Congratulations to all our Accelerated Readers!
Need some ideas for books for the summer? Visit your local library and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge .
We look forward to welcoming our new year 7 in September who can collect vouchers from the CMK & Westcroft libraries when they take part in the Challenge.
Keep reading over the summer, we look forward to hearing about what you have read.
Here are some of our new books waiting to go on the shelves in September!
For the second year running, a group of our top Year 7 scientists went on a trip to the award-winning science museum in Birmingham: The Think Tank. Once again, the day was a huge success: students loved exploring the interactive exhibits and had tremendous fun exploring the science garden.
This year, we started our trip with an interactive workshop exploring DNA. The students were able to successfully extract their own DNA and many of them took the sample test tubes home as a souvenir! We then took some time to explore the museum itself, including the famous Science garden – students had an excellent time exploring Science in a fun, energetic way before heading up to the planetarium in the afternoon. Students listened very well to the astrological commentary and the staff we very impressed with all the thoughtful questions the group had at the end of the session.
The students represented the Academy wonderfully and the staff at the museum made a point to comment on the smartness, engagement and academic ability of our students. It was a pleasure to supervise such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students; they were a credit to our community.
Following on from the success of last year’s Bushcraft, this year involved 85 year 8 students, and 10 staff taking part in our Adventure based in Cornbury Park – West Oxfordshire. From the moment the children arrived the amazing Bushcraft staff actively involved them in a wide range of activities; from building survival shelters, understanding how to light fires, using knives safely to make tent pegs, camp cooking – pizza, cakes, kebabs, first aid, taking part in a SOS rescue etc.
It was interesting to see the children develop their skills over the week, entering in to the spirit of Bushcraft which also endorses Hazeley’s 3C. Over the five days you can see them being actively engaged and coming out of their shells, really enjoying themselves in activities like free swimming in the freshwater lake, archery or taking part in Tribes got talent amongst others.
We are already starting to plan our 2018 adventure and hope that we will get more children and staff involved.
Bushcraft Adventure Organiser
Eden Albiston in Year 8 competed in the Bucks County Individual Apparatus competition this weekend (8th & 9th July)
and became the County beam gold medallist and County floor silver medallist.
A massive congratulations to Eden, who has really worked hard in her training and always gives her best for school teams at the same time as being dedicated to achieving academic success. A young lady who has managed to create a work life balance and is reaping the rewards – long may this continue.
As well as rehearsing hard for the Hazeley Academy’s production of “Wizard of Oz”, students are busy selling tickets in the school foyer at break.
Show dates are Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July 7pm.
Tickets: £4 child & £6 adult.
“Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there’s no place like home.”
L. Frank Baum,
“Students in Year 12 attended a UCAS Higher Education Exhibition on Monday 19th June at the University of Bedfordshire’s campus in Bedford.
Every student was invited to speak to representatives from universities nationwide, apprenticeship programme representatives and also experienced subject specific lectures. The students returned with bags of resources to aid them with their applications and have since been writing their personal statements in preparation. The event helped our Year 12s to decide on subjects and university as they had the chance to chat with students studying all over the country.”
A PAGE-TURNING PLUNGE INTO PERIOD 1
The whole school – students and staff alike – started Tuesday the 13th of June off in a very literary way. Over 1000 of us spent the first hour of the day in the most relaxing manner by taking part in the DEAR Day event, in which we decided to Dropped Everything And Read. Students were transported to various worlds, time periods and into the minds of a multitude of characters.
Lewis Evans in 7EA1 remarked on how he finds reading ‘relaxing, calm and peaceful’ whilst Brooklyn Sykes from 7VY3 stated how she ‘pictures herself’ in the books she reads.
We thank parents, staff and students alike who have supported our three DEAR Days this year.
KS3 Coordinator for English
Chad Wilson receiving his Principal’s award for winning the MK Schools Athletics 100m in a record time of 13 seconds. This meets the English Schools National qualifying time and is an amazing achievement for a young man who has only competed in this event for a year.
Mahida Miah receiving her Principal’s award after gaining highly commended in the national competition Step into the NHS
On a sun drenched Saturday 10th June, students from The Hazeley Academy took part in the ESSA County Athletics Championships. All our students represented the academy superbly and showed both confidence and character during their events.
. From year 7 we had outstanding performance from Chad Wilson, who not only became this year’s 100m county champion but equalled the county record with a time of 13.00 seconds. Mansuru Donkor also put in a fantastic performance finishing second in the 100m with a time of 13.1 seconds giving the academy a one, two finish in this event.
Another excellent performance came from TJ Murray-Grant who qualified for the final in the 200m with an excellent 25.9 seconds in the junior boy’s competition.
Ethan Harbias-Wiltshire completed the 200m in a scorching 22.9 seconds. Charley Madgin and Jessica Nuttall took time out from a busy exam schedule to put in solid performances finishing 6th (2.23.7) and 4th (2.34.8) respectively.
A huge thank you to the students who took part and also to Mr Cole, Mr Hall and Mrs Madgin for giving up their time to ensure the day was a success.