Willen Hospice Fundraiser

A massive congratulations to Felicity Jackson 9EA2 who single-handed raised £888.71 for Willen Hospice, a real achievement for an amazing cause! Felicity said it was really hard doing a sponsored silence as she couldn’t talk all day!

Willen are based at a peaceful lakeside location in Milton Keynes and are an independent charity offering specialist care to individuals with life limiting illnesses. They have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, social care professionals and other health care staff, provide round the clock care to their patients  and provide ongoing  support for their families. Being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness can often leave people in a lonely, uncertain, and confusing place, so Willen’s care looks to give individuals comfort, help them find confidence, ease their pain and reduce their anxiety. The donation from Felicity will go towards all the services Willen provides.

Willen Hospice have some fun events planned over the half term. For more information please see click here: 

Great Willen Woof

English Speaking Union – 5th February 2019

National Speaking Competition

5th February 2019

By Lesley Mckenzie

We were delighted to welcome teams from Malcolm Arnold, Shenley, Bedford, Bedford Modern and Northampton High School to Hazeley for the ESU debating competition. The ESU was founded in 1918 and has 35 branches in the UK and is present in 50 countries worldwide. The competition develops key skills for the future with students researching topical subjects, learning how to think analytically and using evidence to support conclusions. Shenley spoke on the topic ‘Is mental illness in school children getting the detention it deserves?’, Northampton spoke about whether Britain should pay reparations for the harm done by empire, Ousedale had ‘Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind’, Bedford ‘The internet is a drug and we are all addicted’ and Bedford Modern ‘Men and women will never be equal’. With many thanks to Roger Cornwell for chairing the debate, the judges Tony Wood, Anne Kaye and Hilary Eltringham and timekeeper Stephen Hibberd.

Well done to Shenley for winning the best speaker and to Bedford for winning the  overall team!


Art of Brilliance – Year 9 Drop Down Day

Art of Brilliance!

6th February 2019

We were delighted to welcome Art of Brilliance to work with year 9 today to develop life skills, resilience and how to stay positive! The team, who are Paul Field, Gary Thornton, Anthea Marris and Mike Martin, specialise in training and development to make you a more positive, motivated and brilliant person – how to be your best self. Year 9 learnt how to cultivate a ‘can do’ attitude and the positive psychology, humour and thought-provoking activities really gave them something to think about. Paul told the students how he had been shaking being on the 103rd floor in a glass box in Chicago and students reflected on what it was that made them feel worried and how to overcome obstacles on the journey of life. The students took part in a number of sessions through the day including ‘Our amazing brain!’ which taught them how to grow intelligence and how to be develop resilience skills.


By Lesley Mckenzie


Our UNICEF club students meet every week and are working on a number of projects including supporting a school in Liwonde, Malawi and raising awareness about the issue of collecting clean water. We were delighted to welcome David Schiff to discuss the water issues in Uganda. David visits Uganda at least twice a year to learn about and support water issues. We learnt that much of Uganda is open water and swampland but this water is undrinkable. Over 4,500 children die every year in Uganda from diarrhoea caused by drinking poisonous water and other water diseases.

Children that David visits have to carry water for four miles twice a day. Children in Uganda who cannot read and write don’t go to school so these children do additional work carrying water.


David brought in a can and we filled it with water to see just how heavy it was. All of us were shocked that children could pick it up let alone many children who carry the water on their head and who, as a result, get spinal injuries.

Lesley Mckenzie

SMSC and Health & Social Care

Call, Push, Rescue!

Fewer than 1 in 10 people who have an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK currently survive (BHF, 2018). By having CPR taught at The Hazeley Academy we are in a position to become life savers and change that.

On Thursday 20th December, we had expert tuition from Matron with the assistance of Mrs Laurence in how to carry out CPR.  Learning how to do CPR is inspiring and makes you feel confident that you have the skills to be helpful and to save a life.  We also practiced how to put someone in the recovery position and learned about the importance of defibrillators and their role in the life saving process.

SMSC Philosophy and Ethics

SMSC Philosophy and Ethics

What does it mean to be Kosher?

This term year 7 have been exploring the religion of Judaism and what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century, including both their culture and practise. Part of this has included a consideration of Jewish cuisine and how we could cater for this in Milton Keynes. As a result year 7 have been designing their own Kosher menus ready for the grand opening of a Jewish restaurant. Menus have had to be careful in design – not breaking any Kosher food laws and allowing our guests an option – typically between following a meat or dairy based menu and making sure they include lots of pareve foods and no treifah foods!


SMSC and Psychology

SMSC and Psychology

Prejudice and Discrimination

In Year 12, our students have recently been learning about the causes of prejudice and discrimination. They have examined the psychological theories as to why these behaviours exist and have also been discussing ways that they can be reduced.

One example of how discrimination can be reduced in schools is through the use of Superordinate Goals. These are shared goals where all members of the group have to work together in order to succeed.

This idea has been supported by Sherif’s (1954) study. Sherif studied two groups of boys at a summer camp to see how they interacted. When the boys were separated out into two groups, each group became hostile towards the other. When the groups were given superordinate goals (such as fixing the water tank that provided them both with water), the boys came together and their hostility towards each other reduced.

I hope that this has enabled our students to reflect on their own behaviour and consider/question any of their own prejudiced beliefs.

Mrs Harrison

Subject Leader for Psychology

English Speaking Union Competition

English Speaking Union Competition

Isabella, Nana, Alice, Millie, Carla and Megan in year 9 gave impressive performances as they took part in the English Speaking Union competition. They worked in two teams on the debate topics ‘No one should have the right to own a gun’ and ‘Be a vegan and  save the world’.

These students really went above and beyond in terms of their planning, preparation for their speeches and representing their school.

Both teams did extremely well despite being very nervous and they competed against Shenley, Ousedale and Malcolm Arnold Schools in the regional heats.

Well done to our partner school Shenley who won with an outstanding performance!

Lesley Mckenzie

Supporting our Community

The Hazeley Academy and supporting our community

Hula Animal Rescue – Home for Unwanted and Lost Animals

Dear Staff and Pupils,

On behalf of all at HULA we just wanted to say a big thank you to all staff and pupils for your amazing donation to us for £804.04 for your non-uniform day. We are so pleased you thought of us.

Your donation goes towards all our animals, who through no fault of their own are looking for loving new homes.

We do not receive any government funding and are reliant upon the kindness of people like you. Your donation goes towards food, bedding and veterinary care for all our animals.

HULA has been established for over 45 years and with kind people like you we can continue our good work for many years to come.

If would like to visit at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you once again

Kind Regards

Denise Stancombe

Charity and Finance Coordinator


Art Department

Art Department

by Mrs Sears

The Art department has had a very busy schedule during the first term of this year. Mrs Jobling accompanied the 6th form students on a trip to New York in October which was an exciting and rewarding experience for all. Students returned with a wider social and cultural understanding of N.Y.C and Mrs Jobling returned with sore feet. As always, students upheld the values of our academy and were exemplary in their behaviour.

Also in October, Mrs Sear and Mr Halward took Year 12 Art students to an event at Oxford University Thermofluids Centre, where a group of diverse artists had been commissioned to respond to a variety of scientific research based around the development of aeroplane and rocket engines. Not knowing quite what to expect, students found themselves intrigued and inspired. The artists (and scientists) were friendly and informative and in some instances, students were able to interact with the processes involved. This experience reinforced the process that is required by students in order to develop a successful portfolio; and also positively supported the STEAM into STEM initiative that the academy is involved with. Best of all however, was the Dominos lunch supplied. Many thanks to Mr Halward for driving.

In the first weeks of term two, the Art Department was proud to be able to highlight two important events that occurred. The first being the Hindu festival of Diwali. KS3 students made cards based on traditional Rangoli patterns and were intrigued to learn more about the Hindu faith and its traditions.

In the same week, we commemorated Armistice Day and the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1. KS3 students were made award of the significance of this historical event and its social, moral impact on our society today. Wonderful red origami poppies and Diwali cards adorned the H corridor and foyer of the academy, giving pride to all those who made them.

We’re now looking forward to the countdown to Christmas and again, celebrating its significance.

Hazeley and Remembrance

Hazeley and Remembrance

On Friday 9th November, Hazeley had a two minute silence followed by the Last Post played by Mr Swales. Students had a form time session to discuss John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and also had the opportunity to wear their Scout, Guide and Cadet uniforms.

Felicity Jackson, Holly Mellor and Jasmin te Wierik Durrant wore their uniforms to remember 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Jasmin represented the Guides Rangers and said “Remembrance is important because our world wouldn’t be the same without those who fought in wars.”

Holly represented Army Cadets Bucks ACF and said of Remembrance “We should remember everyone who made our country what it is.”

William Havard was a keen Welsh rugby player who became a chaplain to the forces during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross.

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.”


Share, Help, Support

Share, Help, Support 

Aaliyah Aries has organised and set up a new Hazeley Disability Club to promote well being of all students in the school. With the help of Harlee Davies, the girls ran a foyer presentation event at break and lunchtime.

The girls gathered a large number of questionnaires to find out how people feel access for disabled people around the school can be improved.

The first meeting is being held on 8th November from 3.15pm– 4.15pm in room G11 and the strapline of the group is ‘Share, Help, Support’.

We look forward to hearing more from Aaliyah soon!

Year 8 Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health Drop Down Day

Year 8 Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health Drop Down Day

On 24th October, the Year 8 students had a number of visitors from the NHS and linked groups such as CAMHS, the Geek Retreat and Young Minds come into school and talk about a range of different stories and complete a competition with our students.

The day was a huge success and the staff and students learnt a lot about how to support positive mental health with display stands in the foyer.


Here is a link to a number of strategies and top tips for promoting positive mental health from Young Minds   https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/believe-in-yourself/

Lesley Mckenzie

Mental Health Lead and Holistic Education

Holistic Education

Hazeley and Shenley Sixth Form students had their second day of training in preparation for supporting year 9 with their volunteering option for Duke of Edinburgh. Our two schools are working with the Debbie Greaves from the charity Get Involved in Volunteering whose aim is to build confidence, self-esteem and skills through supported volunteering projects.

Students learn and develop a number of different skills including building confidence, teamwork, problem solving, communication, listening, leadership, organisation, patience and tolerance.

GIV supports secondary schools to encourage KS3 students into sustainable, student-led volunteering alongside recruiting and training sixth form student mentors. We began our volunteering journey with a sixth form Lead Lesson, applications were made and students selected from interviews.

In the session today Hazeley and Shenley students undertook their safeguarding training and looked at different ways in which young people respond to positive role models. Students have been set the task of thinking about a possible fund raising activity and are all looking forward to working with the year 9 volunteers.

Holistic Education Photo

Lesley Mckenzie

ICT and Computer Science

The week commencing 24th September 2018, all of the Year 8 Computer Science students at the Hazeley academy were taught about the Copyright law.

The law was introduced to protect individuals who have created original pieces of work. This can be in the form of books, music and computer software etc.

Currently, it is estimated that 40% of all software is copied illegally. This is a real problem in society. Especially, in this digital age where technology is so advanced and the methods of refabricating are endless.

The students were shown a video about the stance of various organisations and YouTube on the copyright law, and how people could be infringing the law e.g. if a member of the public went to the cinema and started recording segments of the latest blockbuster movie and posted it onto YouTube.

There were some very interesting discussions going on. Another example that was discussed, if a student had spent 30 minutes on completing some coursework in class and needed to go to the toilet. Then the person next to them uses that as an opportunity to copy their work that is also a form of copyright infringement.

A few Magenta principles were embedded into the lesson, students were given 5 useful and reliable sources for the copyright law and were instructed to REDUCE all of that information into a concise 5 slide informative presentation to raise awareness of the copyright law.

At the end of the lesson the students learnt being creative is good, but don’t copy as that is morally and ethically wrong. Also, if your work has been copied or stolen. The law will protect you. There are also consequences of copyright infringement. This can be fines and in some cases prison sentences. The severity of the punishment is based on each individual case.