‘We would like to take this opportunity to invite all parents to attend the Creativity Showcase on 18th July at 4:30pm. We look forward to welcoming you to see the hard work and dedication that our students have applied in the Creativity subjects this year’.
This week we had a full training day with Roz from the Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet to develop leadership skills, consider our plans for next year and how we make Student Voice more integrated next year. We began by getting to know each other by finding out key ideas about each other. We then learnt about how we all have different opinions and the need to listen to each other. We did an interesting activity where we pretended to be famous people who made decisions but hadn’t asked anyone any questions first e.g. a politician offering everyone in school a free curry dinner.
We welcomed Clara McDermott from the Walnuts School who explained to everyone about autism and what it looks like when you meet someone with autism including the Triad of Impairment:
- Flexibility of thought
- Social interaction
- Emotional interaction
This was followed by students preparing speeches and having one minute to talk including Millie’s lovely story about her cat, Valentina about the importance of communication and Shiloh as a business entrepreneur.
On Monday 2nd July, the Hazeley Academy enjoyed hosting the prospective Year Seven students in our Year Six to Seven transition day. History, amongst others had the pleasure of taking the prospective Year Seven students for their first ever Hazeley lesson. In History we decided to focus on giving the students an introducing with something they will encounter again if they choose the subject at GCSE; the Vietnam War and Vietcong.
We were astounded by the engagement and enthusiasm of the students, who quickly grasped the difference between American and Vietnamese tactics, and the consequences arising from these tactics. Additionally the students were able to demonstrate their creativity through different methods, including diagrams of potential sabotage weapons, and play-dough tunnels which the Vietcong would use to keep away from American soldiers.
When the students found out that the level of the history which they were learning was in fact GCSE, they were excited and impressed with their own progress. Through this lesson students were able to develop a good understanding of the moral implications of the tactics used by both groups of soldiers, as well as the social impact which war can have on people of a nation facing conflict, whether it is war happening in your home nation, or how you react to the horrors of war when it is exposed to the population.
Transition Day was a great success for all involved, but we found it to be an excellent experience in the History Department, and therefore we look forward to meeting our new cohort again in September.
Starship Robot at Hazeley Academy
Today the Student Council were really pleased to welcome Mo Eisa from the Starship Robot and John Marshall from the MK Foodbank.
The Starship Robot visited our year 9 Design and Technology students lesson and Mo explained all the different technical aspects that have been developed with the robot. It was really interesting to hear that they had experimented with the robots in Milton Keynes to see how they would be accepted e.g. they placed one of the robots on its side, and just as we would help other people who had fallen over, within a minute the people of Milton Keynes had come to the rescue of the robot and set it up straight again!
After the lesson the Starship Robot demonstrated how it made collections of the food and toiletries donations and transported them to another area of the school where it was met by Mr Nelson.
This was an amazing opportunity for our students to experience the most up-to-date technology out there and being used in Milton Keynes. Many thanks to Mo and John for arranging this for our Hazeley students.
The Student Council invited Cucina to their meeting to discuss what is going really well in the Hazeley canteen, ask questions and make a few suggestions. Students learnt how healthy Cucina food was including their slush drinks that are made with fresh fruit and count as one of their five a day. Students offered lots of ideas about what types of food they would like to see in the canteen and using the new disposable wooden cutlery to avoid using plastic wherever possible as part of our attempts to improve the environment.
Many thanks to Paul and Tracy for bringing food and drink tasters!
The Student Council
Well Done to our Year 8’s who attended the celebration rewards and conference held by the MK Youth Cabinet at MK Council offices on Tuesday 10th July 2018.
Hazeley achieved first place amongst all schools across Milton Keynes with their sculpture entry organised by the amazing Miss Huggan.
Molly Bunnage 8CA2
Carla Lozano-McInerney 8EA2
Lily Massingham 8CS2
Archie Pavey 8VY1
Joe Sanchez-Garcia 8EA2
Ali Janjua 8VY2
The students attended workshops on a number of different topics including:
What is mental health?
Drugs and alcohol and mental health
Our brain and dealing with trauma
Bullying and mental health
Director of Creativity
A massive ‘thank you!’ from Felicity in year 8 who organised the MK Foodbank collection this year and the whole of the Student Council for all the food bank donations that you made!
The results are:
Cobra 59 donations
Victory 136 donations
Colossus 140 donations
Enigma 307 donations
The form with the most is:
Mr Monte’s amazing 8EA1 who donated an incredible 210 items! The winning chocolates are on their way!
Well done also to Mr Laurie’s form 8EA2 for bringing in a massive 70 items – a real team effort!
A picture of our students on MK FM advertising the foodbank:
As a school we collected 642 items which will make a real difference to those in need in Milton Keynes.
Form groups were rewarded with an opportunity to use the inflatables for with the winners for each year group based on Tutor Groups with the Highest House Points as well as having the Highest Average Attendance.
Well Done to the following Form Groups:
8VY1 10CA1 9CS1 10EA1
7EA1 9VY2 8CS1 7VY1
10EA1 had the best attendance so were rewarded by using the inflatables outside on the field for one hour in lesson 5. We really enjoyed the assault course because it was fun going against everyone in a race because I am very competitive. Everyone was having fun and we were all sharing the equipment. This was all arranged as a reward for good attendance and students really appreciated this. (Maddison Smith Year 10)
Hazeley offered students a reward for good attendance so we went outside for fun activities. This included bouncy castles, and other inflatables. There was a year 10 and year 8 students doing sumo wrestling which they both really enjoyed! (Georgia Titley Year 10)
Today Hazeley had the esteemed privilege to visit MKFM to discuss the current arising needs of the MK Food bank and their big project to get more toiletries in the warehouse for distribution. Sofia Elliott-Cirigottis, Emma Putnam and myself, Callum Smart met wonderful MKFM hosts, Darren and Lia, to have a live radio discussion on the needs of the MK Foodbank, what Hazeley has been doing regarding our food collection and our UNICEF Ambassador work.
To begin, Emma explained on the radio about how Hazeley has been supporting UNICEF to develop leadership skills, promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child for example, the right for freedom of expression and to hear children’s opinions so that they are recognised and heard. Due to Emma’s eloquence in explaining, Lia suggested that we might have found our next Prime Minister!
Next Sofia explained at Hazeley we have a House competition about who can bring in the most food for the food bank and the way we are motivating students to get the prize is to bring in the most food items. Lia asked which House was winning (which is Enigma) and Darren asked how many Houses we had and we explained our four Houses Enigma, Cobra, Colossus and Victory.
I then explained how excited Hazeley students are when they hear that the Starship Robot is coming in to school in the next few weeks when we make our foodbank delivery. Students have lots of ideas about how to use the Starship Robot in school e.g. delivering food from the canteen to teachers, delivering books around the classroom, sending messages, meeting our HazeleyBot and even playing pranks on Mr Nelson!
John Marshall from the MK Foodbank then gave his speech explaining how the foodbank needs in addition to food, lots more toiletries –the basics of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and deodorant.
After the broadcast we then did some market research in the MK centre, thinking about the recent Blue Planet series and abundant use of plastic worldwide, we visited Meg at Lush to see how the company is reducing plastic e.g. doing shower gel with no plastic bottles, toothpaste tablets in refillable bottles, no micro plastic or testing on animals. We learnt some really forward thinking and environmentally friendly ideas and then had time for a game of chess and table tennis which showed us how well resourced Milton Keynes is for the people who live here.
Our visit to the radio station was an amazing opportunity and for a really worthwhile cause – many thanks to MKFM and the MK Foodbank for making us so welcome and giving us a real insight into how local business and charities work.
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.