The MK Youth Faculty and MKYCAB have put together a summer programme with lots of activities in and around MK. There are some FREE activities and some have a charge. All you need to do is complete the application form to reserve a space (for most of the activities). Please click here to access the programme
There is hopefully something for everyone to have fun with this summer!
The Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet have set up life skills workshops which includes first aid, make do and mend, personal safety and looking at culture. There is a variety of courses to help young people learn skills to help them with life!
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Year 10 Health and Social Care Trip to HealthTec @ Aylesbury College
On Friday 21st June we visited HealthTec at Aylesbury Campus. We began the day by discussing some of the 350 jobs which are available in the NHS and the different routes you can take to become qualified. It was then time for Sarah and Tia to get a taste of being an older adult by wearing a special suit and being assisted in a range of care home scenarios. One of the most fun parts of the day was in the immersive learning room which was transformed into a nightclub – we had to act out “Dr ABC” until the emergency services (Irene and Hodo) arrived. We ended the day with the “Ward Experience” checking our vital statistics including our oxygen saturation and blood pressure. Overall we thought it was an educational and fun day.
Year 9 Psychology students have recently been learning about morals and moral development. In our lessons, we discussed what the term ‘moral’ means and students reflected on their own morals.
We also discussed the ‘Trolley Problem’, which is a famous moral dilemma.
This link explains the ‘Trolley Problem’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpf6KcWYyw
We were very impressed with the discussion students had in relation to this problem and the reasons behind their answers. Students then went on to learn how children develop morals and the different stages of moral development.
Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers spent another productive day at the Westbury Arts Centre preparing for the show at Camphill by practicing their dance and drama. They also did volunteering by painting the compost bins, planters and weeding the gardens. Well done to all involved.
Volunteering at Hazeley
A group of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers worked at the Westbury Arts Centre in Milton Keynes doing a range of activities to support the centre with their upcoming show. Students cleared weeds, painted fences and tidied areas around the gardens.
The students also had the opportunity to use the stage and to prepare their part in the play being held at Camphill. They began improvising scenes and developing a story line, learning songs and dances to go on the play.
Well done to our student volunteers for doing a litter pick at 8am! The Current Affairs club are working to improve the environment with a big focus on recycling at Hazeley. They have met with Cucina to look at ways to reduce one use plastics and they have developed a new bin recycling system to be introduced in the canteen September.
The year 7’s had a wellbeing and life skills session with a range of different activities over the course of the day. Mr Wright brought into school his rare breed sheep and explained to students about animal welfare. This was followed by educational resources from the RSPCA on animal welfare in farming. We were pleased to welcome Gary, Mike and Paul from the Art of Brilliance who taught our students about different approaches to life, a positive mindset and resilient approaches to the challenges of life ahead.
Hazeley students will be considering the D-Day commemorations at form time with the presentation in the link below. The presentation shows the key details about the events on 6 June 1944, the landing beaches and includes the question students often ask as to what the ‘D’ in D-Day stands for. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the role and morality of war and why we remember significant events in history.
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
Some of our year 9 volunteers who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, took part in a joint project with residents from Camphill who create a living and working community for adults with learning disabilities.
Our students and Camphill residents potted up herbs to sell to raise money for local charities. They worked together in the Hazeley polytunnel and created some beautiful displays.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured‘. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity. Autism is a spectrum condition and all autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.
At Hazeley we arranged a number of events to celebrate and raise awareness of autism including a bake sale, fundraising selling hand-made ribbons (thank you to Jackie, Hazel and Sinead for organising this) and form time sessions for students to learn more about how to support the diversity of people in our society.
History year 7 castles trip
In the first term year 7 students explore and investigate the medieval period including environmental factors that had an impact on daily lives. As part of this study our students visit Warwick Castle originally a wooden fort, built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. Following the visit students completed a homework project which results in an eclectic mix of work such as the building of impressive structures, the baking of impressive forts and the thoughtfulness of written pieces.
The department is always impressed by the hard work and determination which is shown by these students and it helps us to reflect upon the impact which this unit of learning has. The sense of togetherness and collective achievement shown in the students when they present their work is exceptional. The pride they show in their efforts is inspirational, and the commitment to their learning and development is refreshing to see.
The confidence which the students show in presenting their work shows that they do not only gain an understanding of how society was shaped in a previous time, but also an appreciation for the social skills required to demonstrate their work effectively. In presentation-based projects we often hear students talk about the cultural shifts in these historic environments, moving from defence-focus to one of greater luxury. Interestingly, this year students have broadened their scope by requesting to focus their research on non-British castles, including Eastern-European and Asian castles. The pride and effort shown by our students has been excellent to see, and it is wonderful to see them reflect our cultural values here at the Hazeley Academy.
Our student UNICEF Ambassadors planned and organised lessons to teach year 7 and 8 on the theme of World Water Day which is linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 6: water for all by 2030. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water despite all the work of charities such as Water Aid. Many houses, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggle to survive and thrive due to lack of water. Many groups which are marginalised are often overlooked including children, women, refugees, indigenous peoples and disabled people. The theme of this World Water Day is to consider why some people are left behind. Our students did case studies on Liberia, Malawi and Niger and considered how so many girls are given the task of collecting water leaving them without schooling and education and also causing damage to their spines and neck by carrying water for long distances.
Well done to Thomas, Daisy, Carla, Lily, Mobarak, and Jhamayia for teaching their lesson.
Our year 9s completed a litter pick in Milton Keynes as part of their volunteering and working with the Milton Keynes charity Get Involved in Volunteering. It was an amazing sunny day and the students agreed that getting out in the fresh air, helping their community and spending time talking was a really valuable way to help others, keep healthy and enjoy themselves. We stopped at the Westbury Arts Centre and saw the work of a range of artists including photographers and painters.
We won the school cup!!! Beating Oakgrove, Ackley and Thornton. The winning team needed to beat 156 lengths in 55 mins and got 171 with amazing support from the parents at the end, which was fantastic.
Massive thank you to Isabel Sousa, Luke Ryan, Andy Soper and especially Sarah Winkfield for all their support
The event was in support of MK charities: Willen Hospice, MK Safety Centre (Hazard Alley), Age UK Milton Keynes, MÓTUS, Bus Shelter (The Mayor’s Charity), MK Snap, Headway, MK Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group
Swimathon house points go to:
1st place 100 points – Cobra 6 attendees
2nd place 75 points – Enigma 5 attendees
3rd places 50 points – Colossus 3 attendees
4th place 25 points – Victory 2 attendees
Having taught English for a number of years now, I wish I had a pound for every time a parent said, ‘My son always loved reading when he was in primary school, but now he’s just glued to his Xbox and I haven’t seen him read since he wore shorts to school’ or, ‘My daughter always loved reading when she was little, but now it’s all Instagram this, YouTube that or Snapchat the other’.
We hear you and we agree.
That’s why at Hazeley we are really pushing out the boat against this and doing our best to swim against the tide of digital distractions, algorithmic amusements and internet interruptions. As such, we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th of March in a big way this year and bridged that gulf between students’ wonderful and memorable celebrations in primary school and the usually tokenistic experiences of the day in secondary School.
World Book Day is not something that should end once our students pass through secondary school gates. And how have you been able to get them to relive some of the fun of childhood? How else? We dressed up. Cognisant that some of our adolescents might be self-conscious, the staff at Hazeley have proved anything other. We had a huge range of literary characters: including both George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men; most of Hogwarts; two Dolores Umbrages; Lady Macbeth; Gangsta Granny and many more. But let’s not forget Professor Dumbledore, with an accent from the North East! Students were really buzzing when spotting literary characters and some didn’t even recognise Mr Nelson…
Sofia in Year 7 remarked that it ‘was like being in a movie or a book and it was fun guessing who was who’ and Eiden Toscano-Buzenet observed that ‘all the lessons were different to usual as they were related to books, which was a really good idea, and even the teachers were reading in silence in period 5’.
Hazeley celebrated a wonderful, productive and thrilling day in which students’ appetites were whetted as they sampled from a wide range of tasty texts on the menu at our library ‘restaurant’; had the opportunity to purchase at our book sale; had their teachers read out and discuss their favourite books; had reading flashmobs regaling them with snippets of literature; and engaged in book quizzes during form time.
But what was arguably most beneficial and productive of all was the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) hour. It was truly a calm, soothing and peaceful atmosphere in which over 1500 young people and adults read in silence. Undeniably a dream for most teachers!
So, this year, World Book Day was big. Next year it’ll be even bigger!
But we didn’t just keep it to the day itself. Oh, no, all week, tutor groups have been involved in reading activities: quizzes, podcasts and online reading and writing masterclasses.
You see, at Hazeley, we want to continue to cultivate a culture of reading, through our fortnightly Accelerated Reader lessons, the first ten minutes of reading in English lessons and thrice yearly DEAR sessions. For us, even though that day sparked off a lot of enthusiasm, celebrating reading is not just about celebrating it once a year.
I really do think the more we do this, the far fewer comments we’ll be hearing about Playstations before prose, Nintendos before novels. Slowly but surely, we really might just get there. I may never get those pounds… but that’s okay.
Mr D Lane