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Y7, 10 & 11 Parents Afternoon

Year 7, 10 & 11 Parents Afternoon Friday 6th February 2015, 1:30 to 4pm This is an important opportunity for you to learn more about how your son/daughter  is progressing with Gloucester Academy.   Ideally, students should accompany you (they do not require to be in uniform). To minimise delays and ensure you get the opportunity to have a quality discussion with respective teachers, we will again be deploying an appointment system. It is your son/daughters responsibility to ensure appointments are made with their respective teachers  Y7 students will be a targeted group only.  An appointment sheet has been issued on Friday 30th January.  Should you be unable to attend, please do...
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Y7 Showcase & Awards

As you are aware, your child has been studying their Rich Task for over 7 weeks. Next week, they will be asked to produce a final piece of work, which will be formally assessed. As a year 7 team, we have been enthused and energised by the quality and range of the work that students have produced so far. They have shown ingenuity, commitment and patience in creating works of art, speeches, documentaries and scientific models. Therefore, we wanted to give you a chance to join us and share in your child’s success at a special Year 7 Showcase and Awards Evening. This evening will be held on Thursday 29th...
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Found in Space

Year 7 Pod, Tandulechi, were very lucky recently as they got to have a Skype session with the flight control team for the Mars Express- a satellite which is controlled by the European Space Agency. This was a fantastic experience, and probably not one that has been done before within the UK! The guys are based over in Germany and were able to provide a huge amount of knowledge to help Tandulechi with their rich task of Found in Space.

New Year

We hope you had a good break.  We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 5th January 2015, please arrive by 08:20am at the latest.

First Story Competition

A huge congratulations to the Gloucester Academy students listed below who have written  some amazing poetry/creative writing and entered into the First Story – National Writing competition. The theme of the competition was ‘Home’. These students’ entries have now been sent off to the national finals. Entries for this competition have now closed, but keep an eye out for future creative writing competitions! Good luck to the following students who are now up against thousands of pupils from across the UK. Erik (Year 7) Lilian (Year 9) Conor (Year 11) Kaitlin (Year 11) Johnathan (Year 11)  

Seasons Greetings

Dear Parents/Carers SEASON’S GREETINGS! As our thoughts turn to the end of 2014, I can only think of the phenomenal year we’ve had. Your patience and support has been considerable throughout the time since my appointment as Principal on 1st February 2014 and for that I am very grateful. I promised to work with you, our staff and young people to raise standards for all since our inspection in April 2014. It was acknowledged that a number of things needed to be put right including raising the quality of learning, teaching, behaviour and leadership to make sure that standards improved quickly. It was also clear that this situation was as...
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University Offers

We are pleased to report that after a busy few months of completing online applications Gloucester Academy has received our first University offers for Year 13 students! Around a third of the year group will have applied to UCAS by the January 15th deadline and special mention to the following for receiving conditional offers in the following subjects: Luke Allen-Hayward – Teaching (PE/Geography) Jack Morgan – Sports Coaching Tyler Church – Sports Therapy Jesse Humphries – Sports Therapy After Christmas we have a number of students interested in applying for Higher Apprenticeships and we are hoping for more successful placements. Read more in The Citizen article, published 19 December 2014.

Christmas Dinner

On Wednesday 17th December, all students enjoyed a seated Christmas Dinner (roast turkey and trimmings) provided free of charge, the event was ably assisted by our year 11 Catering students. [slideshow_deploy id=’4142′]  

Grease!

16th – 18th December from 7pm Tickets – £3 or £10 for 4 Available from Miss Auster – email  rauster@gloucesteracademy.com for tickets! Fancy a bite to eat beforehand? Why not come for a carvey first on Thursday for £12.50 at 5:30pm. Tickets for Carvey & Grease – email cburrell@gloucesteracademy.com  

Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 12th December 2014 Student have the option of wearing a Christmas jumper along their uniform. £1 donation to Save The Children.

GA Challenge 1000

With Christmas approaching we are launching ‘A time for sharing – GA Challenge 1000’ for Gloucester Food bank. Items that are most needed are: LONG LIFE MILK LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE PACKET MASH BISCUITS TINNED COLD MEAT TINNED RICE PUDDING TINNED CUSTARD TREATS FOR CHILDREN TINNED SPONGE PUDDING FOR FAMILIES TINNED FRUIT TINNED POTATOES PACKETS PASTA’N’SAUCE PACKETS SAVOURY RICE PACKETS SAVOURY NOODLES SUGAR   Help us to collect 1000 items for Gloucester Food bank this Christmas Collection times: 1st Dec – 12th Dec, 8am – 8.25am Please give items directly to Mrs Taylor or Mrs Stallard in Catering A running totaliser will be displayed so that we can see how...
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Sixth Form Open Evening

Thursday 20th November, 5:30-7:30pm You may have students in Year 11 that aren’t looking for a traditional Sixth Form offer but equally not seeking a college environment. The new career-pathway approach with a blend of academic and vocational courses at Gloucester Academy Sixth Form, may be exactly the Post-16 route that they need. The event starts at 17:30 and we have a variety of activities going on:  – Mystery Box Catering Assessment in our industry standard training kitchens  – Client-focused Beauty Therapy Assessment in our new Beauty Salon  – Life model in our Art studios  – Practical Photography activities also running in our Art studios  – Live rehearsals in our Music...
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First Story Writer-In-Residence

Alicia Stubbersfield is Gloucester Academy’s writer-in-residence. Alicia Stubbersfield’s poetry has appeared in many magazines such as The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, The North and The Shop and Alicia has read at Aldeburgh, Ledbury and Cheltenham Poetry Festivals. Having been a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Centre for Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, she now tutors for The Poetry School, The Arvon Foundation and National Writers’ Centre for Wales. Her most recent collection of poetry The Yellow Table was published in 2013. She was short-listed for the National Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award 2011 and is a member of the Advisory Board for The Centre for Women’s Writing and...
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Remembrance 2014

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Polling Stations

Election fever has started at the Academy with voting taking place all this week. [slideshow_deploy id=’4026′]   Monday Lesson 1 & 2 – Year 8 & 9 Guest Speaker: Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant Pupils standing for election: Year 8 Gabrielle Organ Lexi Gardner Aaron Gomez Michal Gabco Sebastian Lenard Megan Rodway Year 9 Aaron Smith Vicky Kirby Kelsey Webb Haider Ali Monday Lesson 3 – Year 11 Guest Speaker: Thomas Frost, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Pupils standing for election: Jainba Ndure Shay Neal Megan Kelly Monday Lesson 6 – Year 7 Guest Speaker: Sophy Gardner, Labour candidate for MP of Gloucester: Pupils standing for election: TBC

Young Writers

Recently, a number of our students entered Young Writers’ national writing competition War of Words.  We are incredibly proud that five of our students poems have been chosen for publication, scheduled form 31st January 2015. Congratulations to the following students are their pieces of work: Robert – ‘Napalm’ Adam – ‘Angel of Death’ Braydon – ‘Wasteland’ Celine – ‘Come Home’ Paige – ‘Welcome, Dear Death’

Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents/Carers, Please forgive my delay in writing to you this term. It was my aim to share news about how the Academy would be governed in the future after the departure of Prospects Academies Trust. At this stage I can only say that the Department for Education is working towards a solution. In the meantime, it’s business as usual and I believe we are doing a good job in taking our Academy forward since our main inspection in April 2014. In July 2014, the last week before we finished for the summer holidays, we had a monitoring visit by Jonathan Palk who is one of Her Majesty’s Inspector of...
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Fright Fest was a Scream!

For part of Gloucester Academy’s year 11 BTEC Music students coursework, they were tasked with organising their own production which they opened to the public. They came up with Fright Fest which included musical performances as well as apple bobbing and face painting during the interval.  They completely transformed the Drama studio to like the set of Thriller. The organisation was amazing and the students thrived off the team work. The students produced every last bit of the event from hand-making the tickets and programmes, organising rehearsals, setting up, decorating and creating the fabulous refreshments and games at the interval. Without a doubt it goes to prove what is possible when staff trust...
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Crucible2 Exhibition

Article by Maryam Qaiser, The Citizen   Throughout the month people in Gloucester can visit an exhibition featuring 100 contemporary sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists. Crucible2 is currently being held at Gloucester Cathedral. Earlier in the month, an event was held in celebration of the exhibition with Turner Prize nominee, artist David Mach, who ran a workshop with art students from schools and colleges across Gloucester. David is one of the stars of the Crucible2 exhibition and three of his pieces are on display within the cathedral, including The Thief, a centrepiece sculpture of the exhibition crafted from coat hangers. He also gave a talk to the youngsters about his...
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Prue Leith opens Catering Facilities

Exciting times here at Gloucester Academy as the famous Prue Leith CBE came to address the Year 10, 11 & Sixth Form caterers on Friday 10th October as part of the ‘Speakers for schools’ scheme, then officially opening the Academy’s Catering facilities. Prue said “I have been to lots of schools and I’ve never been to a school where I wouldn’t change a thing!  This school has a wonderful spirit about it”.

Loom Bands

We are increasingly concerned about students bringing loom bands in to school and have advised staff to confiscate these if seen.  Loom bands present a health and safety hazard when used inappropriately, not to mention the damage to the environment.  Please do not allow your child to bring loom bands in to school.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.