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
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.
Subject Leader for Psychology
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!
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
Charity and Finance Coordinator
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
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
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
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/
Mental Health Lead and 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.
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.
World Mental Health Day 10 October 2018
Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time but on 10 October the Hazeley Academy had a great day to showcase our Mental Health Ambassadors and support better mental health for everyone.
World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global organisation with members in over 150 countries. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
At Hazeley, our young people held a stall in the foyer during the day with a suggestion box for all students and staff to put in ideas to improve wellbeing and a mental health survey to find out what issues are affecting our community.
With many thanks to everyone who took part!
#stop bullying forever
The Hazeley Mental Health Ambassadors
PE and SMSC
Physical Education and sport plays a huge role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people.
- Feelings and values towards team mates and opponents,
- Imagination and creativity
- Respecting the law
- Recognising right and wrong
- Social skills
- Participate, volunteer and cooperation
- Accepting each other
- Celebrating diversity.
At the Hazeley Academy, we have entered a large number of competitions to help encourage the development of SMSC. The following are the results of the 2018-19 season so far :
|DATE||SCHOOL FILTER||ROUND||ACTIVITY||LEAGUE||TEAM 1||VS||TEAM 2||VENUE||RESULT|
|10/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||Y8 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||THORPE HOUSE||HAZELEY||W8 – 1|
|13/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||Y9 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||HIGHCREST||HIGHCREST||W8 – 0|
|17/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||Y11 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||CHA||CHA||W4 – 0|
|18/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||Y7 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||SHL||HAZELEY||W7 – 0|
|20/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||YEAR 9 POOL C||HAZ||vs||SHL||SHL||W9 – 0|
|24/9/2018||HAZ||1||NETBALL||U16 POOL B||HAZ||vs||WEB||HAZELEY||W15 – 7|
|25/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||Y10 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||GREAT MARLOW||GMS||W3 – 2|
|26/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||U18 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||WH||HAZELEY||L1 – 2|
|26/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL GIRLS||U16 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||ST PAULS||HAZELEY||L3 – 7|
|26/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL BOYS||U14 NATIONAL CUP||HAZ||vs||CAROLINE CHISHOLM||CCS||W9 – 2|
|27/9/2018||HAZ||1||RUGBY||YEAR 8||HAZ||vs||DEN||HAZELEY||W60 – 5|
|27/9/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL GIRLS||U16 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||WALTON HIGH||WALTON HIGH||L3 – 2|
|1/10/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL GIRLS||GIRLS Y9 POOL B||HAZ||vs||OUS||NEWPORT PAGNELL||D1 – 1|
|4/10/2018||HAZ||1||FOOTBALL GIRLS||U16 COUNTY CUP||HAZ||vs||STANTONBURY||HAZELEY||L1 – 2|
Head of PE
STEM + at Hazeley
Last week, 10 students attended a panel interview to secure a place on the engineering education scheme. Year 12 students were expected to write a formal application and those who were successful, were invited to an interview hosted by our sponsors, SMC pneumatics. The panel consisted of three engineers from the company as well as two Hazeley governors.
The feedback from the panel was exceptional. Mrs Maggie Wyke commented in an email:
Please send my genuine congratulations to all who participated- they had worked really hard on their applications and honestly all did so well in the interviews They represented themselves and the sixth form in an amazing way, very impressive and everyone should feel very proud of their abilities and performance today. Wishing them every success in this project and the future.
The successful candidates are (from left to right):
Angus Peck, Daudi Wampampa, Lataya Gbadamosi, Santhiya Chandrakumar ,Jake Hawkins. Khashayar Ebrahimi (absent from photo).
17th September 2018
As we commence a new academic year, we have encouraged students to consider their own history by creating their own life-timeline and have offered a warm welcome to our new year seven students. Eve Corby has written about her history lessons:
My experience so far in history has been great. I really enjoy the lessons and they are not only informative but also fun. As well as this, Philosophy and Ethics and Geography have been brilliant too! The teachers make the lessons interesting and interactive so we can make new friends and talk to different people. The teachers are all amazing. They think of great ways to keep us enthusiastic and concentrated. They are really funny but stern when they need to be. The teachers and students have been very helpful to make sure that I was at the correct lesson at the right time and with the right equipment. I have really enjoyed it and hopefully I will enjoy the next 5 years of my school life.