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.
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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.
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 email@example.com 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.