Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 11 October 2019
Three quarters of the way through this half term
Clubs and Enrichment
You will have seen the many opportunities for clubs and enrichment taking place in the academy each week on our social media. Completing extracurricular activities means you are going above and beyond your school requirements. Extracurricular activities require a regular time commitment and initiative such as being on a sports team, forming a student newspaper, being part of the school choir or going to cadets. Why is this important?
- Improved academic performance – participating in activities you are passionate about can increase your brain function, help you concentrate and manage your time better, all of which contribute to higher grades.
- Explore interests and create broader perspectives – when you participate in multiple different activities, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had!
- Higher self-esteem – the more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self-confidence will improve.
- Social opportunities – let’s be honest, making friends can be hard but one of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities!
- Productive breaks – extracurricular activities give you something fun to do aside from school. It also gives you the chance to explore you’re passions to discover things you may be interested beyond academics while taking some time off hitting the book
- Essential life skills – on top of all of the benefits of extracurricular activities we already talked about, one of the greatest advantages extracurricular activities give you are “real world” skills. These skills include (but are not limited to):
• Goal setting
• Time management
• Problem solving
• Analytical thinking
• Public speaking
- CVs – without much previous work experience, one of the only ways hiring managers can assess your ability and work ethic is through your extracurricular activities
So please encourage your child to take part, to do more and to be more.
Gianfranco Conti Training
On Tuesday, Gianfranco Conti came to the academy and delivered training for 40 languages teachers from across the North West. Gianfranco is well known amongst linguists as someone who helps people learn languages quickly and with confidence. Thank you to Mrs Rooney who organised the event and I know our learners have enjoyed having a go at some of the new techniques this week #scholarship, learners for life.
Year 9 Visit to Barclays
This week it has been the year 9s turn to visit Barclays. Mrs Rooney is working hard to ensure that all children in the academy have meaningful engagement with local employers. We believe that knowing what the future may hold will help our learners make positive choices.
Many of our learners put a splash of yellow on this Thursday in support of Young Minds. The focus of ‘hello yellow’ was to show young people that they’re not alone when struggling with their mental health. Talk to someone – together we can be stronger.
Mr Russell organised the 2-Engage ‘Risking it All’ PSHCE workshop for years 9 and 10 this week. A reminder to our learners that some choices and behaviours can take you down a path that you would rather never travel. I do encourage you to speak to your child about the show, it may be a good platform from which to set your expectations of your child outside of school.
Year 6 Application Deadline and Open Mornings
Another reminder that the deadline for year 6 applications to secondary schools is the 31st October. All year 6 children must apply for a place whether they live in the catchment area or have siblings in the school. The link for applications is https://cwc.cloud.servelec-synergy.com/parentportal/
If you have a child in year 6 or know of someone with a child in year 6 who would like to have a look around our school before putting in their application, please call the school for a tour.
I’m hoping the sun comes out for us all. Have a lovely weekend.