Half Term Arrangements
All students will return on Monday 25th February.
Rights & Responsibilities Day
As part of the Virtues Curriculum, our ‘Rights and Responsibilities Day’ focused on students giving back to the community and looking at their rights as young people in Britain. We had a brilliant day full of workshops provided by external guests and staff on site.
Our Year 7 students prepared a special tea for visitors from local care homes. They focused on writing poetry and short stories, creating handmade cards with personalised messages, and musical performances for when our visitors arrived. The aim of this task was to enable our students to engage with those members of the community who have had a huge influence on our history and environment and provide them with a memorable event to attend. This enabled our students to develop their confidence by speaking in public and sharing their written work with others.
“I really enjoyed listening to their stories about when they went to school.” Year 7 student
“A lot of work has gone into all of this and the messages inside the cards are really lovely!” Helen Neal, Visitor.
Students benefited from a day of workshops by external providers and drama productions from ‘Loud Mouth UK’. The theme was to explore our virtue themes of compassion and highlighted the importance of listening to one another. The productions explored the notion of respect and compassion between different relationships and how behaviour can affect them.
“We learnt that everyone has rights of their own, but also others have their own rights and we have to work together as a team to understand each other and help each other.” Year 8 student.
Later in the afternoon, students went to the Ackers Activity Centre to take part in team building activities to put in practice what they had discussed during the day.
Year 9 learnt about the rights and responsibility we have towards our environment. Part of that is giving back to the community by carrying out an environmental survey and heading out to litter pick in the local community.
Year 10 have been managing the Zero Hunger Project for the academy. Staff, students and parents donated food items and clothing for the charitable project. On Rights and Responsibilities day, Year 10 created individual packages for the charity to collect with personalised messages for the recipient. We will have updates throughout the year from the Zero Hunger Project Team when the packages are delivered to the homeless and needy for the colder months.
As it is such a crucial year of their secondary education, Year 11 took advantage of the day and prepped themselves for the exam season. Staff ensured students benefited from revision techniques and created personalised timetables to help them revise throughout the year. External providers ‘Positively Mad’ are a specialist group who provide dedicated revision resources. Year 11 also benefited from a taster day at Ark St Alban's Sixth Form where students learnt more about sixth form provisions, career progression and managing college interviews and expectations.