The 6th form A-level scientists played an active role in helping year 8 with their options subject choices on the Drop Down Day on the 11th January. Year 8 students had the opportunity to carry out taster sessions to see whether they would like to do triple science next year. They had to work as a group to develop a hypothesis and then spent time trying to see if they could gather enough evidence to support their hypothesis. Sixth form students inspired the year 8’s to come up with really good ideas. They also showed students what possible subject pathways could be taken in the future using the triple science qualification. This was an excellent day for developing skills with our key stage 3 learners as well as exploring the benefits of science in the wider community.
By Antony and Beth (Year 8)
When the Mannequin Challenge first became popular in October 2016, which is when Miss Griffiths had the amazing idea that perhaps, the Hazeley could produce their own versi on of the popular challenge. And, so we did – over the course of a fortnight, in various rooms; with various teachers and different themes on each filming occasion, we spent a total of over six hours.
What made our Mannequin Challenge different and special, is that we related it to the UN Rights of the Child – and celebrated education, culture and the right to share and obtain information. We decided to include this as these rights are important to us as an academy and we intend to spread further awareness on them so we are all aware of what privileges we have.
Overall, the video was uploaded on December, 14th 2016 and has so far garnered over 1,800 views, as well as becoming a featured article in the MK Citizen and appearing on the UNICEF website – a long term goal of the Academy. And, while editing took twelve hours, the video lasts just shy of seven minutes, and features guests such as Mrs Sear, Mr Laurie, Miss Bevilacqua and even Mr Nelson.
In English last term, year 8 were focusing on Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and it has resulted in some rather successful and very thoughtful creative homework projects. Year 8 spent a lot of time thinking about morals, and whether your actions in your past influence your future. One particularly successful activity was creating paper chains, where students reflected on what holds them back, and what their own ‘chain’ would be made up of. We also had some fantastic representations of the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future – making students consider the lessons learnt by Scrooge throughout the book. Additionally, by studying Victorian culture, the students were able to reflect on how a contemporary reader would respond to the text, in comparison to how we now perceive Scrooge. We can’t wait to see what year 8 come up with this half term, when studying ‘Writings of War’.
This year The Hazeley Academy participated in the Shoe Box Appeal, a charity collecting Shoe Boxes with items for children to have who may be less fortunate than us. We ran this as part of our house competition and calculated which house donated the most boxes. The student council sub-committee focusing on charity work delivered information in Lead Lessons to introduce the appeal, they created a presentation to be used by all form tutors during form time to raise awareness, we leaflet dropped all tutor pigeonholes and we arranged a place for shoe box collection.
There was an excellent response from students and staff alike and we donated 140 shoe boxes to children less fortunate than ourselves. A real demonstration of caring and sharing was evident among our students. They were creative and portrayed immense character in working together to ensure that other children have an experience that they would want themselves.
Well done, Hazeley!
On Thursday 17th November year 7 and year 8 Student Councillors had an amazing training opportunity where they spent the day developing skills and preparing ideas to have a real impact on improving the experience of school life at Hazeley working with Roz Mascarenhas from Milton Keynes Council.
Students began by developing their speaking skills, telling everyone their name and random facts about themselves. Did you know that Article 7 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the right to a name? Is this surprising? We all have names so why would the Convention state this?
Students worked in groups to plan posters on what they think is really good about the school and what they would like to change. Students came up with a range of fascinating ideas such as students become the teachers for the day, build a shelter outside the school gets for anyone waiting in the rain, homework (a bit of a controversial subject as some wanted more homework and some wanted less!).
Students then focused on three main ideas for teaching and learning, environment and wellbeing. Drop Down Days were discussed as to whether they should focus on life skills e.g. budgeting for University and how to buy a house. The car park was discussed for health and safety and lots of different options were considered to make it safer such as a lollipop person. One group looked at the school anti-bullying policy and different case studies on improving the Hazeley approach. Each group had a campaign aim, objectives and plan of action.
Overall, the day linked really closely with Article 29 of the Convention which says:
- Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to:
(a) The development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential;
(b) The development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations;
(c) The development of respect for the child’s parents, his or her own cultural identity, language and values, for the national values of the country in which the child is living, the country from which he or she may originate, and for civilizations different from his or her own;
(d) The preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons of indigenous origin;
(e) The development of respect for the natural environment.
Students had lots of group and individual speaking tasks which meant they developed their listening skills and ability to articulate their ideas. They had a challenge to solve a shape puzzle in silence (the silence was more difficult than the puzzle!!!). Students understood clearly by the end of the day that we all have a right and a responsibility to help implement an outstanding vision for the school. Students learned to work together, co-operate and look at possible solutions to help improve all aspects of school life.
Students gave speeches on what they are passionate about in order to develop their communication skills and made tremendous progress from the start of the day to the end in public speaking skills. Here is the speech from Rosie Watts in year 7:
I’m Rosie, I’m eleven years old and I love music so today I’ve chose to speak about it.
As I said, music is the speciality of my talk, music is my dream, my role, all that I’ve known, all of my life.
Firstly, I need to let it out – I don’t like rock ‘n’ roll or rap – it’s just not my style. Singing and song writing makes me happy, comforted, at home, it makes me me – I don’t think I could survive without music. I play the flute and am prepping for Grade 2. I also have just started to learn the keyboard.
Music tells a story, expresses your emotions. If music was a living person, I’d be that person. If music didn’t exist I’d think the world mad.
Thank you for listening about my love of music.”
The students all agreed they learnt an enormous amount today and are looking forward to how they can move the school forward in the future!
Between the 14th and 21st November 2016, along with the rest of the nation, we turned our attention to preventing bullying and standing up for each other. Our house assemblies this week focused on the impact on bullying on children’s rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As highlighted by our house leaders, when someone is being bullied, their rights are being directly infringed upon. We focused on a few rights in particular in the assembly including the right to be free from violence and the right to reach your full potential. We also highlighted the importance of respecting the rights of others by standing up for what is right and speaking out when you know something is wrong.
During the week, one of our tech-savvy year 7’s filmed and edited her own video for our Haz_Character YouTube channel highlighting issues surrounding Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying where you are teased online (on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or otherwise). This is a growing problem across the UK, with more and more bullying behaviour following children home on their phones, tablets or computers. Jasmine interviewed Mr West, Head of R2L and Year 7, to help her fellow students know how to tackle cyberbullying in the future. He reminded us of the importance of speaking up if you think something is wrong and checking out Page 13 of your student planner if you are concerned about bullying in any way. This page provides out number for texting in any concerns and information about the Triple C Line. There is a lot of other practical advice on this page. Check out Jasmine’s fantastic, informative video here: https://youtu.be/FE3gqdTDZ64
I was assigned the task of delivering the lead lessons from the 10th – 14th of October. The theme of the week was ‘Challenging Extremism’. I could have easily gone down the route of talking about how terrorism is evil, and discussed the so-called organisations who claim to be carrying out these cowardly acts in the name of religion.
Instead, I thought to myself, I need to provide solutions to this problem. I wanted to deliver something that the students could really learn from and develop with-in them. The focus of my lead lesson was to concentrate on building Character, one of the key components of 3 C’s. So, I changed my focus to ‘British Values.’ I believe that by being a good British citizen some of these issues could be resolved.
I introduced the lead lesson with these keywords: integrity, loyalty, respect, law, love and liberty.
There are many valuable lessons to be learnt from being a good British citizen. British values teach us self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We get a better understanding of right from wrong. It teaches us respect for the law of our country. It teaches students it is not only good to behave well in school, but they must also accept responsibility for their behaviour in the community. I also stressed that we must attempt to make positive contributions to the lives of those around us. This could be through charities or any other forms of sacrifices. British values increase our tolerance of different cultural traditions. We begin to appreciate and respect our own and other cultures. Finally, we develop respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes.
The lead lesson also briefly touched on prejudice and discrimination. It was imperative that I raised awareness of the Equality Act 2010. Since this law has been introduced it has influenced the way we treat each other. This law protects the rights of people, no matter what their race, religion or sexual orientation etc…
As stated above, I didn’t want to make this a religious or politically driven lead lesson, but I did mention a quote from the Qur’an. “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32). The main purpose was to explain that religion doesn’t encourage extremism. Unfortunately, these atrocious acts are carried out by criminals.
Mr Z. Rathor
Here at The Hazeley Academy, Remembrance is an important event and something we feel is important to the history, culture and heritage of our community. The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War and at Hazeley the whole school took part with the Two Minute Silence and the bugle sounding the Last Post in school.
Students sold poppies around the school which is an important symbol of Remembrance and inspired by John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
In character lessons this week, year 7 looked at all the ways in which they find people inspirational either because they have made a lasting contribution to creating a better world or because of their attitudes and values. Amazing people such as Nelson Mandela who campaigned for justice in South Africa and helped heal the wounds of apartheid, Rosa Parks who inspired millions for an equal society and Malala, living in a turbulent world, severely injured but awakened the conscience of many people around the world.
Who would you vote for? We discussed others such as political leaders: Jefferson for helping to draft the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln for his Gettysburg speech. Luke B chose Leonardo da Vinci for his incredible scientific ideas and inventions – well ahead of the scientific community by a couple of centuries! We also listened to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech and considered what made this speech so impressive.
A special commendation goes to Luke B, Bobby N, Marco M, Isabelle M, Rian M and Emily U for their hard work today.
I joined Hazeley in September 2016 and am in Enigma. Enigma’s house charity is Willen Hospice. Willen Hospice look after people when they are dying and support the families too. They need £3.5 million pounds per year to run and only 21% of this comes from the Government, which means they need to raise £7 per minute to keep running.
Two weeks into the 1st half term of school I asked my three friends, Carla, Deanna and Sofia if they would like to do a sponsored silence for our house charity, after they agreed I walked up to my form tutor, Mr Laurie, and asked if we were allowed to do a sponsored silence, he said that he would email Miss Griffiths. A couple of days later Miss Griffiths came into our form room and helped us to start organising it, Carla made some posters to stick around school, I made sponsorship forms and gave them to my friends.
We were all invited to go to the staff briefing before school to inform the staff we were doing the sponsored silence and to see if they wanted to sponsor us.
The big day came on Friday 7th October 2016 and the four of us had white boards and pens so that we could write down the answers in class. Registration was fun because we had to get someone else to say we were in school. Lunch was difficult, everyone was trying to make us speak, Carla and I were having school meals so we had to write down what we wanted. We bumped into Mr Nelson and even he tried to get me to speak!
When the 3:15 bell rang Sofia and I said quite loudly, “hooray, we can now speak!”
Quite a lot of staff and pupils sponsored us and I made the staff a chocolate cake to say thank you for sponsoring us, they said they liked it and it was all eaten up. Miss Griffiths took a picture of the cake and put it on Twitter, the staff at Willen Hospice saw it and sent us a reply saying the cake looked ‘delish’, others tweeted about it too.
Altogether we raised £261.38 and we went over to Willen Hospice and handed the money in. We met a lot of people at Willen Hospice and they were all very excited to hear about what we had done, we met Julie Cooper, who is the Financial Director, Steve Barnes, the Chaplain, Allison Waterhouse, Senior Community Fundraiser, Jasmin Patel, Marketing Assistance and Laura Conway, Challenges and In Memory fundraiser.
I decided to make a cake for the staff at Willen Hospice too and I thought that a lemon meringue cake would be a good idea because the cake is both sweet and sour, which is how people feel about using Willen Hospice, as they are sad the person is dying, but happy they are getting looked after. I decorated with a yellow rose heart because yellow roses mean friendship and Willen Hospice is all about love.
The staff were pleased and surprised to get the cake and they though that my ideas showed exactly what Willen Hospice is all about. We had lots of photos taken and presented a big cheque to Willen Hospice for the £261.38. Willen Hospice have produced certificates for us and they are going to be presented to us in lead lesson.
It was good fun raising this money and lovely to be able to help others, I have some plans for some other fund raising activities, so please keep a lookout for these.
[This blog was written by Felicity in Year 7. A video of the event will follow on www.youtube.com/HazCharacter. A huge well done to Felicity, Sofia, Deanna and Carla for their amazing fundraising idea and the success they made of it.]
On the 6th September, 5 of our Year 13’s went forward for the Semi-Final of the Cranfield Business Challenge, of which The Hazeley Academy have been victorious in the past. Atheena, Sania, Beth, Priya, and Natasha were very impressive and jumped straight in to the complex business challenge that they had been set on an online simulator.
They had to consider Attractiveness, Price and Product to manage the levels of Marketing, Sales and Staffing in order to bring the most cumulative profit into the simulated company. The program has been designed by Cranfield University to help training of business people at all levels.
A huge congratulations to the girls for coming 2nd out of their group, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Finals!
We have had a fantastic first week and a half, welcoming our students back to The Hazeley Academy. Our new cohort of year 7’s have already made a huge, happy impact and we are so glad they enjoyed their first week at their new school. They have met Harvey the Hazeley Husky (our school mascot), their form tutors, class mates and class teachers and are now knuckling down for a great first year of learning and growing in Character, Confidence and Creativity at The Hazeley Academy. We welcome all our new students warmly.
A message from Mr. Nelson:
Sports day was on Friday 8th July and thankfully we had good weather ensuring the day went ahead and was a great success. We had all students outside in the morning participating in a variety of activities including rounders, tug of war, tennis and problem solving. With Victory winning team building, tug of war, boys and girls tennis. Enigma performed exceptionally well in the rounders and went on to win the tournament.
In the afternoon the whole school came out onto the field to compete in the athletics track events, with all of their peers cheering them on. There were some outstanding performance across all the different houses and year groups.
This year was the first year that sixth form were involved in sports day, they participated in their own rounders tournament as well as the afternoons track events.
After the whole days events COBRA went on to win Sports Day! Well done to all the students who took part.
Visit the HazCharacter youtube channel to watch our video footage from the day: Sports Day 2016.
Our year 8 students enjoyed an out-of-the-ordinary school-week in Cornbury Forest, Oxfordshire at the end of June. What will surely become an annual Hazeley outing was a huge success as our students delved into the week of Bushcraft with enthusiasm. They learnt many new skills from how to light a fire to how to de-bone a massive Salmon! They also learnt how to make traps, apply camouflage, move stealthily, build shelter and how to do first aid. Beyond skill building, we got to enjoy a range of new experiences like Archery and Catapulting! Our students enjoyed a swim in the lake (and in the rain for the beginning of the week) as they stayed together in tents beneath the stars. I have never experienced a school trip like it!
The Hazeley staff were not immune from the elements and joined the students on the campsite with their own fire and tents set up. Miss Griffiths was roped into eating a fish eye (along with some of our braver students), Mr Hazelwood jumped in the lake and Mrs Wright ended up on her bottom in mud within 3 minutes of being on site. Safe to say, we had a great time (see here, Miss Bell lighting a fire in a cow onesie!)
The Hazeley staff were very impressed with the majority of year 8 students who really got stuck in an embraced the muddy week outdoors. We even have students to thank for performing some emergency first aid on us in a SOS scenario!
For more updates from the trip visit the Hazeley Character youtube channel here: Bushcraft 2016.
On our Drop Down Day on June 8th, our Year 7 students travelled to the Natural History Museum in London to make the most of the opportunity to visit this iconic building filled with amazing exhibits. The staff who accompanied our students were impressed with their behaviour and the way they made the most of the time allocated for visiting the many halls. The most popular ones were the Human Biology Zone where students were able to find out just how amazing they are and the Earthquake Zone where they explored how the powers within our planet shapes the world in which we live.
The museum is split into four large zones, each one with a unique identity. The Blue Zone houses the dinosaurs and massive mammals allowing the students to explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth. The Red Zone took the students through a journey of our spectacular Earth, the Green Zone follows our planet’s evolution and uncovers the fascinating relationships between life forms and their environments and students were able to gain a deeper insight into some of the topics covered in our Year 7 curriculum this year. Finally, some students made their way to the Orange Zone and saw scientists at work in the Darwin Centre, and enjoyed the tranquil habitats of the Wildlife Garden.
Despite being busy looking at dinosaurs, creepy crawlies, fossils and other wonderful treasures, the students still found the time to visit the gift shop and board the coach home with some great gifts. The wonderful manners and behaviour of our students were commented on by a member of the public and a coach driver from another company who wished it was our Hazeley students who were on his coach.
Mrs M Couzens
Head of Chemistry and KS3 Science