This half term has been a busy one for Wellbeing, we have had two drop down lessons across the Academy and a drop down day for year 12!
Our drop down lessons have covered some very diverse topics from teenage pregnancy, which evoked some interesting discussion with the 6th form, sexually transmitted diseases in year 11 and Female Genital Mutilation in year 8. Students and tutors dealt well with topics that for some can be uncomfortable but are vital for our student’s development in the world.
Year 10 were fortunate to be able to take part in two sessions this term one delivered by Teenage Cancer trust, who complemented our students behaviour and attention. Hopefully this highlighted the effect of cancer to those who were unaware and gave some support to those who have experienced Cancer first hand. For the most recent drop down lesson year 10 worked on Unifrog, which is a brilliant careers platform we are rolling out across the school which allows students to integrate skills, attributes and possible careers. The feedback so far from year 10 has been very positive and they found this helpful.
February’s drop down lesson will be focusing on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) history month looking at the development of LGBT rights and how the attitudes differ across the world. This links in well with our school focus of talking prejudice
The year 12 Drop Down Day this month focused on the topic of rights across the world and we had some excellent external speakers from Oxfam, Vote-16 and Amnesty International as well as sessions on the work of Unicef-linking in with our drive to become a Unicef Ambassador school and on the lives of Refugees. Hopefully the day provided insight into the “outside world” for our sixth form students and the opportunities to interact with some experts from charities campaigning to improve rights for all. We have had some extensively positive feedback from our speakers and they are keen to return in the future.
Next term we have another drop down lesson on 21st March which will cover the following areas:-
|Honour Based Violence
If you would like any further clarification on the topics studied or wish to discuss your child participating in these lessons please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance or firstname.lastname@example.org whom will be overseeing Wellbeing after half term.
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SMSC Science Blog
Year 9 STEM challenge
Drop down day-31st January 2018
Year 9 students spent the day designing and building a “pick and place” robot. The day started with a guest speaker, Mr Derek Cooper, who shared his many experiences in the world of engineering. The students were also shown some every day examples of robots carrying out diverse and complex manoeuvres to give them some ideas for their challenge.
The design challenge was run as an interhouse competition where students who would not usually choose to work together had to work in small groups to brainstorm ideas; design and then peer review each other’s proto types. Some great future engineers emerged as the day drew to a conclusion with the finalists displaying their robots to the entire year group using raw eggs as the object to “pick and place”.
It was a superb day! Our students truly showed their character by working within unfamiliar teams, their confidence by putting together difficult concepts and finally and most definitely their creativity by producing extraordinary robots.
And finally, a huge thanks you to both staff and students for making this a truly memorable day.
By Miss McInerney
On the evening of 29th January 2018 the Music Department invited us to watch their Winter Concert, when we had the privilege of watching some of our talented GCSE students performing varying from singing, playing their musical instruments and some students even doing both at the same time! In Addition to this we had Hazeley’s choir perform twice led by Jo; our singing teacher. Something that was really special about the choir was that it pulled together students from different year groups, ranging from year 11 to year 7 also Miss Connolly (Science Teacher). This allowed them to stand side by side, working together to perform beautifully which is something that each one of them are passionate about.
Hazeley’s Ensemble, led by Mrs McCleery, also performed, again with students from different year groups and (Mr Swales!) each with a different musical talent which came together to create a brilliant performance. Each student that performed on the night had overcome obstacles on the way, with the concert being originally planned for before Christmas (but had to be rearranged because of the snow!), and then a few students due to perform being unable to due to sickness and the flu bug that is doing its rounds. We are very proud of how they showed resilience and confidence in getting up on stage and sharing their musical talent with an audience full of family, friends and teachers. It was a brilliant evening and we are looking forward to many more concerts being organised in the near future.
Thank you to all students that performed and our fabulous Music Department for organising such a great evening.
“This House believes books are better than television”
The Hazeley Debate Club had a fascinating debate today with both sides preparing valid arguments.
Books develop your vocabulary, education, they are cheaper than a television. Books are also healthier than television as TVs can damage your eyes. Books are fun to read and you are able to read any books available to you.
TV can give us information like the news and is better than books because books can give you strange ideas with scary stories. Not everyone can see but they would be able to hear the TV and also, global warming is increased with books as it we would need to cut down trees to make the paper.
Books are better because blind people who can’t read can use braille books and it means they can use their imagination.
TV is better because there is something for everyone to watch e.g. young children have CBeebies and TV is more up to date than newspapers. Also, a very young child cannot read but can watch and learn from TV. Cooking programmes help people to learn more easily by watching how to prepare food.
One problem with a television is it makes you stay awake, books help you go to sleep, you can read for as long as you like then fall asleep more easily and any breaking news you can get on an app which you can read.
There were no computers or mobile phones when TV was made, and TV gives us visual images. The news on TV is live and gives us what we need to know. Books are old e.g. from the 1950s – who wants to know about that?
I like books because when I read I can read fun/gory stories, they are really enjoyable.
I have read books that have age ratings in the bar code so there are specific books for different age groups.
One of the reasons books are better as TV programmes come from books and also scripts are the written down so are the equivalent of books. Books are needed to make TV programmes.
The result of the vote:
12 for books
9 for television
English SMSC Blog
By Mrs R. McGarry
War literature is an integral part of the English Curriculum with students required to study a cluster of some 15 poems on the theme of conflict at GCSE. It is probably not surprising then that we introduce war literature from year 7 onwards. Our year 8s are about to embark on ‘Writings of War’ this term – a unit focusing on the poetry of the two world wars – a perfect unit for exploring the social, moral and cultural aspects of living through war. Living in a world constantly affected by war, the SMSC programme is essential to help students make sense of global conflict as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the poets’ message. Students will be invited to explore some of the moral themes of war including:
- Do you think that it is right or wrong for a country to go to war?
- Is eighteen too young for someone to join the army?
- Would you be happy if a family member told you that they were joining the army, during a time of conflict?
- Do you agree that there is always another solution to conflict, other than fighting a war?
- Do you agree or disagree that war does more harm than good?
- ‘War is never right, under any circumstance’
Spanning over 100 years of conflict, students will be able to trace common themes from contemporary writers, right back to the First World War with literary classics such as ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. Propaganda, horror, death, grief and the battles themselves are explored from a literary viewpoint – a perfect accompaniment to the history syllabus covering the same periods providing our students with a fully-integrated cross-curricular programme of study.
Dulce Et Decorum Est
By Wilfred Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.
GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
Aryan Kashyap 10EA1
Aryan was asked to develop a new style of ready meal for a market of his choice and his idea was the ‘Uber if healthy eating’ which creates fresh ready meals and delivers them. He produced an impressive report highlighting market research on the topic, identifying a target market and effectively using business terminology to develop an appropriate ready meal to address national health concerns with ready meals available on the market currently.
Overall, a very well thought out and impressive report that deserved the winning prize and 50 House points for Enigma House.
The week of 13th December – 19th December saw the all-girls football groups in PE take part in the Hazeley Girls Football week in which a House competition took place. Each group took part in an inter-house football tournament during which some groups (and teachers) endured blistering rain and the week was cut short by snow and icy conditions and with us being unable to use the field.
Nevertheless, the girls battled on to apply everything they had learnt in football so far attempting to keep good possession and make their passes count. Special mentions go to Gemma Whitchurch in Year 8 who scored 5 goals in one game and Jasmine Hughes in Year 9 for a great performance in her game. The games we did manage to play were very good with Enigma coming out winners closely followed by Colossus.
Psychology and Mental Health SMSC Blog
Our Year 13 psychology students are just coming to the end of one of their A-Level topics on mental health disorders. This is one of the most important topics we teach on the A-Level course as mental health disorders are becoming more common in our society.
Students have been learning specifically about depression and schizophrenia, including their causes and treatments. As part of this we have discussed issues with diagnosing these disorders and hopefully made students more aware of the signs and what treatments are available for people experiencing these disorders.
Students have also looked at the impact that the work place can have on mental health and have discussed whether or not work places should be doing more to support people who have mental health disorders. We have also analysed some film clips to see how the medias representation of mental health have changed over time.
When speaking to students about what they enjoyed about this topic and how they feel it has benefitted them they have said:
‘It has given me a deeper understanding into what other people might be going through.’
‘By understanding the complexities of mental health disorders we are now able to speak about them in a more socially sensitive manner.’
‘I feel I am now more empathetic towards all people, as you never know what they are going through.’
Our Year 10 psychology students will begin learning about mental health in January and we are looking forward to making them more aware of the impact mental health has on their day-to-day lives, as well as learning specifically about depression and addiction.
Head of Social Studies
The motion: This House believes that students should learn more about disability in schools.
In the Debate Club this week students raised arguments about how much schools should raise disability as an agenda item in schools. Deanna argued we should know more to enable all teachers to understand better how to support students and understand how to equal opportunity in school. Felicity proposed the idea as a counter-argument that learning in school should focus on exams as this will affect grades. Leyla argued that teachers would have more empathy to disabilities if everyone knew more for example on how to trampoline with disabilities and how to educate their peers to avoid bullying. Also, equality is an important point as we should live in an equal world. Carla reported on the sensitivity of some students if their disability was being discussed and might get offended if the wrong message was given. Maisie put forward the idea that 1 in 20 adults are disabled and 1 in 10 children either mentally or physically and their needs should be considered. Colt discussed how Science covers disability in lessons so therefore it is a topic we learn about in school.
Thank you to Isobel Moon for being chairperson.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that you can live a full life.
Today, the Debate Club was visited by Councillor Sam Crooks to talk through the importance of democracy and having the vote. A key question is the role of young people who have a stake in society e.g. they can be taxed so should young people at age 16 years have the vote? Another reason is the huge changes that will be taking place in Milton Keynes over the next few years. In 2050 MK will have doubled in size from the quarter of a million people we have now. MK will spread to Bedford, Aylesbury and Buckingham and so young people will be the next generation who must have a say now about how the city should look in the decades to come.
Students discussed the areas that need to be improved in MK but also what is going well. Rosie felt that MK doesn’t have enough leisure locations with not enough to do at the weekends. Sam suggested that this could be linked to health e.g. exercise, cycling etc. Leyla explained the problem was the number of homeless people we see at the centre with people in the underpasses and in tents, how it is scary when walking in the underpass. Carla made the point about road crossings are not safe enough and wants to see more road safety solutions. Isobel agreed with Leyla about the issue of homelessness which seems to be increasing and can be intimidating even though we know they are not all bad people. Emily discussed the shops in the city centre and how they are all chains instead of independents and would like to see more individuality and choice. Maisie raised the point about homelessness and was wondering if there is a place homeless people could go to get help instead of being on the streets. Sam explained that as MK grows there needs to be houses that are affordable and everyone can access a home whether renting or buying.
Carla really liked the fact MK is not like a normal city which is quite unsafe but in MK there are lots of parks and it is safe to walk down the road. Kenzie liked the fact that in MK there is always something for everyone and a choice of different activities to join in. Annabelle likes MK for all the social spaces. Rosie explained the value of the cycle paths which enables safety for cyclists and that there is a path they know where they can go. Isabelle said that everything is here in MK with lots of shops and activities to do, more so than in other towns and cities. Leyla explained how she likes the people in MK as her Dad lost her car keys and someone took them straight into the police station where they were able to get them back. Sudiksha likes the educational facilities but would like more space e.g. fields open for people to have freedom to roam. Maisie likes the fact that MK has fewer factories so this is a better city for reducing global warming, Sam explained all schools were built to reduce pollution and also MK now has 17 electric driverless cars. Felicity really likes the woods and green spaces around MK for dog walking. Isobel liked that even though we have shopping and factories there are lots of open spaces. Leyla pointed out how clean and rubbish free MK is.
Sam explained that the council are looking at in the future having a University as MK will be part of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and as a nation we are looking to focus on science and engineering like silicon valley in California. Sam was pleased to hear comments about the green infrastructure and low carbon agenda with recycling and electric buses. Sam’s final point was that young people have views which are as important as the older generation.
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.
by Mrs McCleery + Mr Swales
On Friday 10th November, year 7 students played the Last Post at 11.01 am after a one minute silence on the keyboards in all different locations around the school so that everyone could hear in every classroom.
“For Remembrance Day we played the fanfare to remember all the soldiers who fought in the wars. This was to show our respect to the armed forces.”
“It’s important to remember because it shows Hazeley shows respect to the soldiers around the world.”
“Today we were doing a fanfare for Remembrance Day and it felt like quite a privilege to do this because our group was the one being asked.”
“I think it was really exciting because we were trying to keep quiet for one minute but then knowing we would have to play. We were really lucky to be chosen to do this as no one has done this before.”
by Miss Mckenzie
The Debate Club joined other schools in Milton Keynes for the MK Youth Cabinet Big Debate at MK Dons Stadium for a day of developing public speaking skills and delivering a presentation on life skills to a panel of judges.
There were a number of different groups with a mix from each school that looked at how a range of life skills topics should be taught in school including sustainability, home economics, cultural and community awareness, First Aid and healthy food.
Hazeley Student Council
Students learnt that Children in Need is the BBC’s charity which relies on the support of public for fundraising with an event each year. The vision of Children in Need is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy, secure and allows all children to reach their potential. The charity provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on disadvantaged youngsters and to organisations which empower children to extend their life choices. Currently, Children in Need are supporting 2.400 projects including Haven House a children’s hospice that supports children with illnesses and who need bereavement support. See Molly’s story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01m1gj6
The Student Council prepared a presentation for form time to explain the aims of Children and Need and they drew on their creative spark and also designed and made bookmarks to fundraise.
In today’s Debate Club, the students decided that the motion was going to be ‘This House believes that young people should get the vote at the age of 16.’
The debate was chaired expertly by Maisie Hughes in year 8 and the results were a draw.
The two sides argued with passion with the key elements of each side of the debate being:
I think they should be allowed to vote because you are allowed to do other things at the age of sixteen so why can’t you vote?
Under 16s should be allowed to vote because even though they are developing ideas, in schools we could be taught more information about politics e.g. at form time then young people would know what to vote for. With greater awareness of political issues young people could make a good judgement.
Young people are the next generation who should have a say on how the country is run and who the next Prime Minister should be.
Under 16s should vote because at 18 years you leave school and are moving on to adulthood, young people watch the news and we have a news quiz in school so they are learning about political parties and what they want to achieve.
If you get married, go to work and you can learn how to drive then young people are considered responsible enough to do these things then why not extend this to voting.
Young people should not vote at 16 years old as they have no background knowledge about political parties.
At the age of 16 you are under 18 years old and unaware of the key issues in politics so are unable to make a clear decision.
One issue is that under 16s could be influenced by their parents and voting should be about what you think and not your parents who have much more control over 16 year olds.
Under 16s should vote because at 18 years you leave school and are moving on to adulthood, young people watch the news and we have a news quiz in school but young people need that knowledge first.
It is already a young age to have the vote at 18 years so why reduce the age even younger.