Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 8 March 2019
The first of the year 11 GCSE exams took place on Tuesday with our visiting examiner coming in to observe the drama groups perform. Amelia, Holly, Tasha, Daniel, Jack and Robbie have been rehearsing for weeks and were a credit to the academy. The drama exam is always the first of the season and I know all our year 11 learners are busy with revision and completion of controlled assessments and coursework. Please encourage your child to attend as many P6 and additional support sessions as possible. Exam timetables have been issued as well as a calendar of holiday and weekend workshops to support revision. More information will be issued prior to the Spring break.
National Cyber Crime Centre Visit
A group of year 10 learners had a brilliant visit to the Cyber Crime Centre in Salford Quays on Tuesday. They saw live cybercrime taking place and found out more about how police identify criminals for prosecution. A big thanks to Oak View Primary, part of the NWA Trust for letting us use their minibus. Feedback from the Youth Federation who hosted the trip was glowing, Mr Howlett emailed, “Can I just say what a pleasure it was to have your students in our SOC the other day. They were a credit to themselves and the school. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were highly motivated by the experience!”
On Tuesday I met with the learners who had made the most progress with their reading in years 7, 8 and 9. All had improved their reading significantly on the Accelerated Reader Programme. Reading is absolutely essential for success in and after school which is why we are always pleased to see readers succeed. Please encourage your child to borrow books from our school library. Mrs Rimmer, our librarian, will help them select a suitable book and if we don’t have one that interests them she will source books that do. Readers are learners, learning is knowledge and knowledge is power!
Mary Poppins Junior Auditions
On Wednesday Miss Pim and Miss Kennedy held the auditions for our summer show. The cast list will be shared soon and I’m confident it will be a show to remember. I will update you when tickets are up for sale.
World Book Day
A big well done to Miss Heaton, or should I say Miss Haversham (from Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations) for organising a very busy World Book Day on Thursday. Staff and students dressed up as characters from their favourite books to raise money for Book Aid International and for our own school library and quad areas. During the course of the day, learners took part in a range of literary themed activities from a ‘Booky-Bake Off’ to experiencing our ‘Book Bar’ which encompassed the library being transformed into a restaurant where students could have a ‘taste’ of different books and complete a number of activities to ignite a curiosity of new genres and reading. Learners were also given the opportunity to see teachers in a new light as they completed the ‘I-spy’ quiz, which showed RSA staffs’ favourite childhood books accompanied by a childhood photo for students to match up. Please see our website www.rudheathsenioracademy.org for more photos – it really was a great day for all involved.
Year 8 Parents’ Evening
It was great to see so many year 8 parents and learners at parents’ evening on Thursday. If you were not able to attend please contact Mr Threadgold, Head of Year 8 via the academy to arrange a meeting or phone call so that we can secure the very best experience for our learners.
Youth Speaks Competition
On Thursday evening, Mrs Lycett and Mrs Morrell took our Youth Speaks team to Wrexham for the District round of the Youth Speaks Competition. Emma, Daniel and Paige had already won the local round beating teams from Leftwich and the Grange amongst others. They talked about peer pressure and their performance was brilliant. Judges were really impressed with their speech and Emma was given a commendation for best “vote of thanks”. We look forward to returning next year.
Staff have also been busy learning this week, with the science department taking part in an Institute of Physics (www.physics.org) training to enhance teaching and learning in physics whilst a number of other teachers had their final training session with Ruth Winterson and Stephen Webb from Positive Leadership. Everyone a scholar here at Rudheath Senior.
This week Bailey Audio have been in to install our lights and sound system that were lost in the fire. We’re really looking forward to having our theatre back.
I hope you have a super weekend, despite the weather forecast, and I will see our learners back in school on Monday. If you would like to see more of what happens here at Rudheath follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #RudheathSenior.