Year 7 Trip to the Natural History Museum 7th June 2018
On Thursday morning, year 7 students lined up outside for their coaches in preparation for an adventurous day at the Natural History Museum. Once on the coaches, safety information for the day was shared and 2 hours later we arrived safely in Kensington.
On arriving at the Natural History Museum, students were free to explore all the museum had to offer. Many students enjoyed exploring the exhibit on human biology with favourable comments on the various skeletons.
Seeing the new whale exhibition in the main hall was a highlight for both staff and students.
Students were asked to describe their favourite part of the museum and there was an even split between the dinosaur exhibition and the earthquake simulator. The gift shop was also a popular stop for students with many small purchases being made as a reminder of the fabulous day out. Amongst the favourite were the magnetic stones and amazing gems.
Unfortunately, our time at the museum drew to a close, and it was time to head back to Milton Keynes. The students had an amazing time learning outside of the classroom at the Natural History Museum, and everyone had an incredible time. The Dinosaurs and the Volcanoes and Earthquakes exhibits were particular favourites for many of our students, and of course, the gift shop was a not to be missed area. We are really proud of the majority of our students for representing The Hazeley Academy so well while we were in London, and we can’t thank Ms. Kennedy and Mr. Rowlingson enough for arranging such an amazing trip for all of us.
Not everyone could join us on the trip, but no worries! They had a super fun day at Hazeley learning all about dinosaurs with Mr McShane. Students then had a chance to build a board game including the information they had learned during the day. The students produced high quality products-some of the games were too complicated even for Mr McShane’s brilliant analytical brain.
English SMSC Blog – May 2018
‘What exactly was the difference: he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas and which people wore the uniforms?’
John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Without doubt, this is the favourite teaching unit for KS3 English – the story of Bruno and Shmuel ; one the son of a concentration camp Commandant, the other a Jew imprisoned in the camp. Bruno is unable to comprehend the tragedy of the imprisonment of Schmuel and his family as it is so far removed from his own life – a childhood innocence that continues through the climax of the novel when we find the boys herded into the gas chambers and the innocence of Bruno is highlighted in the moving lines ‘’It’s alright, I think we’re just waiting in here until the rain stops.’’
The author John Boyne takes us through a rollercoaster journey of friendship despite different cultures, challenging his readers with questions around morality, justice and race. Year 7 students have engaged fully with some of life’s big questions raised in the novel and been fascinated by studying the terrible history behind the novel. Unsurprisingly, students recognised the parallels of world events since including how far right politics in Britain bear some similarities with Nazism. A particularly poignant moment was when one student was prompted to share the moving story of how their grandparents were killed in a camp during the Bosnia/Serbia conflict of the early 90s.
Photographs depict the character of Shmuel from the film alongside an original photo taken in Auschwitz.
‘My Britain’ is an exciting unit of work studied in year 9 – a perfect programme to address all SMSC components (social, moral, cultural and spiritual). Students explore what it means to ‘Be British’ – a concept that is individual to each person. Extracts from literature and media reporting provide the platform for in-depth discussion around ‘Britishness’ – what it means to live in Britain, compared to say, how a visitor might view it. The differences between the countries that make up Britain are also compared – along with how the rest of the world sees us. This unit provides fantastic opportunities for cross-curricular teaching and embedding key ideas across English and Humanities.
Throughout the unit, students explore common stereotypes, pre-conceptions and misconceptions about ‘Britain today’, exploring non-fiction writing from a variety of authors. Students examine: attitudes to teenagers, experiences of adolescence, travel, homelessness, experiences of migration, what it is like to speak another language and the way in which the media presents men, women and children in Britain today. We were also quite fortunate to have a topical event in current affairs: as students analysed and examined coverage of the Royal Wedding, considering the different ways in which various media platforms reported it. It is always inspiring to see our students linking ‘British Values’ and ‘Hazeley Values’ together, gaining an understanding of their own identity and place within society.
Miss R Burrows
Mental Health Ambassadors
On 7th June, the Year 8 Mental Health Ambassadors began their first training session. Julie from Age Concern joined us to talk about the problems with mental health in the wider community and to launch our Hazeley pen pals scheme with the elderly in Milton Keynes. The next task was to look at re-designing the memorial garden in our outside area as a place of remembrance, peace and calm where students can sit and reflect. In our busy lives it can be difficult to find a peaceful space to remember and have a moment of reflection so the Mental Health Ambassadors thought about the types of colours and plants that would make the space a beautiful oasis in the school. We visited Frosts at Woburn Sands who were really helpful in guiding our students as to which plants would be most suitable for the space, soil and sun/shade. Students then came back and began digging over the ground, taking out weeds and pruning back the Buddleia. Students found a newt which Rosie saved and put next to the pond. It was hard work breaking up the ground as the ground was so dry but over the next couple of weeks the students will be completing the planting – news to follow soon! Another group began the planning for Black History Month in October and looked at a range of different ideas with Miss Moon.
Aleena in year 8 prepared a speech which everyone thought was really impressive and inspiring:
“People think mental health isn’t an illness and that it is a weakness. Some think that mental health is just for people to get attention from their friends. People think it‘s like a disease and you can catch it so you should back away. So this shouldn’t happen. We should help people get back up on their feet and make them happy. Comfort them when they are at their lowest. Do not walk away! Don’t put someone down, accept them as they are.
Geography Drop Down Day 7th June 2018
The Year 8 students enjoyed a drop down day experiencing the other passion of Mr Wright (outside of teaching), his sheep including Herdwicks and Norfolk Horns! The students spent time learning about animal husbandry, organic farming and agriculture in the UK. The students discussed whether the cost involved in organic farming is worth it and debated their differing opinions. It was a great example of how the wider world of Geography can be experienced at Hazeley.
Hazeley Staff walk 100km to raise money for the British Heart Foundation
Some of you may have noticed Mr Healy absence for part of the last school year, a few of you might be aware that this was to allow him to have major heart surgery. Thankfully due to some amazing doctors, nurses, friends and family he has made a full recovery, such a full recovery that he was joined by some other amazing Hazeley Staff (and some of their partners) to walk 100km to help raise over £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Great role models for the rest of the Hazeley community.
Mrs Kennedy, Mr Heally, Mr & Mrs Whitbread, Mr & Mrs Jobling, Mrs Janelle Mrs Harrier-Wilson, Mr Hall
Mr Healy kindly took the time to share some photos and answer some questions for this week’s blog. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I have writing it.
Why did you choose to do this walk?
All colleagues had some connection to the British Heart Foundation somehow. It was a big challenge, which required training, dedication which would contribute to personal wellbeing
How did you prepare?
Gradually built up practice walks from January onwards, starting at 14k which felt a lot at the start. Most weekends a group walk took place, ranging from a quick 3 hr fast walk up to a few 12 hour walks. Working out suitable footwear took time and blisters were common while settling on the best footwear for each person.
What was the hardest aspect of the walk?
This varied from person to person. For some, it was the blisters taking hold early on in the walk making walking painful during the early stages, for others, the heat (24-26 degrees) which crushed energy levels. Night walking was energy zapping, especially when the body expects itself to be asleep. At various points several people ‘hit the wall’ and went through physical and mental exhaustion for a period of time. For all, one of the hardest aspects was the steep climb on South Downs at around 90k. A lung busting climb having already covered 90k was as challenging coming down on uneven ground with sore feet, as it was climbing up it.
What was the highlight?
Team comradery was excellent in the build up to the event and the actual walk itself. Working towards a common goal, having fun and spending so much time outdoors was a real highlight. Whilst it took up a great deal of weekends, we always found the time.
What did you learn from the walk about yourself and each other?
Being prepared! Without training for this event, I do not think anyone would have finished this at all, and given up way before the half way mark. The other key learning experience is the need for mental toughness. The body screamed out that it wanted to stop and create self doubt in your own ability, especially walking in complete darkness, but resilience and mental strength can carry you through when things get tough.
What advice would you give to anyone else thinking about this?
Prepare. Put in the training before hand and build up your endurance. Do it as a group to keep things interesting and find the fun. At times you will wonder why the hell you are doing this, but the sense of achievement at the end is incredible.
How much did you raise? Can people still make donations? If so how?
Around £5,000 and still rising, people can make donations by clicking on the link below to Mr Whitbread’s page.
The Hazeley Academy Mental Health and Me Competition
Carla Lorenzo McInerney, Molly Bunnage, Lily Massingham, Ali Janjua, Joe Sanchez-Garcia Rchie Pavey
Joe Sanchez Garcia 8EA2
We came up with the idea of creating a sculpture on mental health which would show how people try to help those with depression or anxiety. We chose the symbol of hands being placed around a box, inside the box is a person in bed under their quilt cover showing how they felt contained inside four walls. Around the box and the person we made barbed wire to give the effect of how trapped people feel when they have mental health problems. The hands are place as if they are pushing and putting pressure on the box with words which imply being helpful.
I enjoyed being part of the team making the sculpture because it was really fun, art is one of my favourite subjects and everyone worked together really well.
Mental is a serious issue for some people as it causes suffering and it is not nice for them to have it or for their parents to find out their child has problems coping. That is why we wanted to do something that represents mental health.
Archie Pavey 8VY1
We made people aware of how they might think they are helping others with kind words but they are not always helping. I really enjoyed making one idea together as a group, then putting our plans into action and making a sculpture to represent our ideas. Mental health means to me how people are affected, on the outside they look fine but on the inside they are not e.g. going through depression or not being in the right state of mind.
Carla Lozano-McInerney 8EA2
Mental health means to me normal people but their brains work differently with an invisible illness inside them that affects them.
To begin with we brainstormed ideas for 2 hours, we combined all of our ideas into a big plan which was a really creative process. Then we assigned jobs for everyone including making papier-mâché hands, word cards, barbed wire to go around the box, drawing and painting images and making a model of a person under their duvet.
As we worked we listened to music and had the opportunity to discuss our own views on mental health.
Upperformity Competition between Hazeley Academy and Shenley Brook End School
When Hazeley was invited by Shenley school to take part in their University Challenge style competition called Upperformity, we were delighted to get involved. We held a range of heats to get our winning team of Dan Richardson, Ewan Bowler, Ruby Wiffen and Jaspreet Jandu.
“When we went to the Upperformity Final, at first we felt nervous as we felt the other team would have the upper hand. However, once we began we realised in fact we could do better than we originally thought, as we were 100 points up before the Shenley team scored a point. When we reached the interval the scores stood at 200 – 90, and we were hopeful of a win. However, in the second round the opposing team nearly drew level at 225 – 240, with them catching up in the music rounds. As the gong sounded we were on top and took home the first place prize.” Ewan Bowler
Well done Hazeley and thank you to Shenley for hosting the event – we look forward to Upperformity next year!
It is with great pleasure that the Hazeley Academy are once again supporting our local community with a food collection for the MK Foodbank. This will start on 30th April when students will be informed what priority food items the MK Foodbank needs e.g. tinned fish, tinned meat, Long Life juice, Long Life semi skimmed milk, tinned soup (especially Tomato). The deadline for the food collection is 29th June 2018.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Miss L Mckenzie
Director of Character
This term, our Year 11 Catering students completed their practical exam. Students created their own three course meal influenced by other cultures. Students put so much work into creating an interesting menu and ensuring that their planning was accurate. Staff were able to join the Year 11’s at lunchtime and really enjoyed going along to taste and evaluate the food! Well done Year 11 and good luck for the rest of your exams!
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. The aim of the project was 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. 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.
Mr Spencer and Miss Tyrell recently took the Year 10 Drama group to see a performance of Lord of the Flies in London. Students were really enthusiastic about what they saw on stage, one student even stating that it was the best trip he’d ever been on. For some students, it was the first piece of live theatre they had seen and this is key to their own drama skills development. Students were very intrigued by the production values, particularly the use of choreography, staging and lighting. Mr Spencer is now planning on teaching them the opening sequence.
Philosophy and Ethics House Competition
By Mr Bonnett
“If I were school leader for a day”…
This House Competition was designed to get you thinking about how you would run the school if you had Mr Nelson’s power for a day! There has been a great response rate and some fantastic ideas on uniform, GCSE options, lunch times and teaching styles! After careful consideration we came to a shortlist of 8 responses spread out over the year groups which showed the greatest detail and best ideas! These included: Joey Lee, Daniel Brooks, Cecilia Adamou, Scarlet Flynn, Mia Collura, Valentina Wampamba, Dylan Wilkins, Max Galbraith and Eva-Bo Davey. But, as with all competitions, it’s important to get a winner! The top responses were:
Joint 3rd Place = Joey Lee (9CS2) AND Scarlet Flynn and Mia Collura (7VY2)
2nd Place = Daniel Brooks (7VY2)
1st Place = Valentina Wampamba (9CS1)
What did Valentina want?
Reading Valentina’s speech it was clear that she has a passion for choice and this was displayed in her keen and dissecting views on the GCSE option process and the range of subjects available to students. Valentina’s vision for extending the school community and focusing on clubs, competitions and our vision demonstrated a clear plan and a sustained reasoning, showing many of the traits needed in great leaders. As Valentina’s opening sentence says, ‘a word I would use to describe a student leader is innovative’ and Valentina’s entry certainly was and showed all of the characteristics of a fantastic Hazeley student. Congratulations and well done.
SMSC Blog Maths
By Mr Livesey
Hazeley Year 7 pupils celebrated St David’s day by making mathematical daffodils. Lots of mathematical construction techniques were used to replicate the daffodil as well as some more adventurous looking flowers. Several students took them home for their Mother and all enjoyed the activity. Leaning about other cultures was an interesting experience and they thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.
Lesley McKenzie – Director of Character Faculty
The Hazeley Academy Chess Club
By Miss Mckenzie
The Chess Club were joined on Monday by Mr Malloy our new history teacher who played some interesting opening moves.
Did you know?
- Did you know the number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000 ?
2. The longest game of chess that is theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.
3. The first chessboard with alternating light and dark squares (as it appears today) was made in Europe in 1090.
4. According to the American Foundation for Chess, there are 169,518,829,100 ,544,000,000,00 0,000,000 (approximately 1.70×10 29) ways to play the first 10 moves of a game of chess. And they thought a computer would solve chess!
- The longest chess game ever was I.Nikolic – Arsovic, Belgrade 1989, which ended in 269 moves. The game was a draw.
The UNICEF Ambassadors SMSC Blog
By Miss Ford
The UNICEF ambassadors were hard at work on Monday night making preparations for Sports Relief. Sports relief will be taking place from 17th – 23rd March 2018 and the ambassadors are planning lots of activities for Hazeley to take part in. There is already a sponsored ten hour basketball match which will be taking place on Friday 23rd March at Shenley. Lots more other fundraising ideas are being considered to enable as many students to take part as possible. The ambassadors were also working on drafting a letter to members of SLT to persuade them to extend the morning break on Friday 23rd March so that there is time for all these activities to take place.
SMSC Blog History Department
By Daisy Furniss
31St January trip to The Globe theatre, London
We started off from Hazeley all very excited for the day ahead. When we arrived at The Globe, my group had the drama workshop first where we began with an exercise where we were handed cards and depending on the number depended on how we greeted the rest of the group. With a number of 5 or lower they would be ignored, a number of 6 and up you would bow. The aim of this was to show hierarchy in Tudor society as they followed the idea of the Great Chain of Being with the monarch at the top.
In the afternoon we had a seminar on what would be in our History GCSE that would be relevant on a tour of the actual theatre where the performers did their acting, we even got to go on the stage! It was an amazing view and it was easy to feel the same emotions that an Elizabethan actor would have felt. It was a fun and educational day full of a lot of smiles and a lot of facts that will help us further in our education of history.