Sutton Community Academy held a week long fund-raising initiative to help raise money to fund a defibrillator for on-site. Lots of different people linked with the Academy got involved in supporting this event from school children to Governors. The local community have also helped to support this initiative, with Natwest, Specsavers, Asda and East Midlands Ambulance Service all giving time and energy to help raise cash. A wide range of ‘fun’ raising activities took place including a tug-of-war event, cake sale and a twelve hour cycle. An amazing £749.33 has so far been raised.
Individual activities each raised the following amount of money:
Bike ride £119.69
Monday Lunch collection £6.91
Guess the sweets on the cake £172.02
Reception Collection pot £49.79
Learning Resource Centre Collection £5.55
Cake sales from Friday £261.30
Ad Ed reception £16.58
Badminton lunch time £9.00
Wednesday dinnertime activities £18.46
Friday Rowing £27.40
Penny Trail £12.63
Friday Dance Festival £50.00
Many thanks to everyone who took part and supported this event.
Bringing you the latest news from within The Trust family, this Spring/Winter 2014 edition includes the best of what is happening both at The Trust and across our family of academies.
On Friday 24th January 2014, staff at Sutton Community Academy organised and ran an enterprise event with the whole of Year 9.
The students were organised into competing teams with each team representing a different country. The aim of the game was to see which team (or country) could make the most money. Given that each team had different tools or resources to use, the teams had to learn how to negotiate and trade with others to stand any chance of winning. For over 2 hours alliances were formed and broken, trade federations set up and even new countries developed. Everyone involved enjoyed the event. The students appreciated learning through team work and many of them asked if they could do it all over again.
On Wednesday 22nd January 2014 the Year 7 Girls’ Futsal team participated in the Ashfield School Games Futsal tournament at Holgate School. They competed against other local Secondary Schools in a close competition, in fact it was so close that the girls’ had to play decider against National School to determine a winner. The teams’ grit and determination paid off and they were rewarded with gold medals. Moving forward the team will now prepare for the Nottinghamshire School games competition which is set to take place on the 28th February 2014.
On Tuesday 4th February, Sutton Community Academy hosted a huge poetry slam event with renowned poet ‘Dreadlock Alien’, Richard Grant. The whole of Year 8 spent the day learning about poetry as a performance art. The day began with a demonstration of performance poetry from the Dreadlock Alien himself. He got the students involved in the performance and which helped bring the poems to life. The students spent the day creating and writing poetry of their own to perform in an X-Factor style poetry slam.
Members of staff judged the entries and drew-up a short-list of winners in 2 categories; Best Written or Best Performed. The students themselves voted for the winners.
The eventual winners, with the team name “We don’t got one!” created an impressive performance poem on the subject of whales. After being presented with their winner’s medals the team performed their winning entry in front of an enthusiastic crowd of staff and students. Students and staff alike enjoyed the day immensely. Year 8 student, Liam Silvester, said “It was great” and fellow classmate, Olivia Cooper, asked “Can we do it again next week?”
The 5 short-listed poems will be entered into ‘The Poetry Games’ a national poetry competition where the first prize is £1000 for the school.
30 of our young leaders ran a very successful multi-skills event for 60 Foundation and Year 1 children from Leamington Primary. They worked in teams to deliver activities such as curling, cup stacking, hurdles and target throw amongst others’. They represented the school very well and Leamington teachers’ commented very positively on the event and the conduct and skills of our young leaders.
As part of its outreach programme, Takeover Digital, an initiative funded by Notts County Council, has been delivering a series of six week courses to students at Sutton Community Academy and local feeder primary schools. Over the last few months project leaders Rose Braisby and Phil Riley have worked with a number of students from Leamington, Hillocks, and Brierley Forest schools. The workshops have included learning DJ and radio skills; making their own radio content for FM and online broadcast; creating radio reports and debate shows and lots more!
Year 11 have a lot to celebrate recently after achieving the highest GCSE English Language results EVER!
A whopping 69% of all students achieved C grade or above! Every single student and teacher worked immensely hard for these results and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.
Back in October they had extra English lessons to help them prepare for this vital exam and it certainly paid off. They are in a fantastic position now – with their English Language GCSE safely under their belts they can focus all their attention on their other examinations that will set them up well for their Post 16 studies.
They have worked tremendously hard and deserved the results that they got.
Well done Year 11!
The night at the opera was brought to you by Magdala, a Nottingham based charity who bring opera to youth groups and schools, and this time have managed to train students in the Ashfield Young Music Leader Programme. Alongside the Magdala cast were students from Forest Glade Primary School, Leamington Primary School and adult learners from Sutton Community Academy, giving a range of wonderful acting and singing performances.
The students all worked separately in their schools to come up with their own songs and performances to show individual parts of the story with the help of the Young Music Leaders. The whole thing came together for the first time on the night, a brave decision which turned out to work seamlessly, the students taking their cues and performing with enthusiasm and humour.
The play begun with the adult learners of Sutton Community Academy performing a chilling cult-like chant in a magical dream sequence surrounding the prince, before breaking into a humorous song involving fish and chips. There were great performances by the Skills for Independent Living team as they eagerly egged the crowd to join in which went down a treat.
The students from Forest Glade and Leamington worked together to show the more abstract scenes of the play. We were introduced to the characters in a series of creative imaginings, from meeting the helpful witches, the monster, the Prince and Papageno, all intertwined with the spooky sounds of the enchanted forest.
There were different performances from all of the children, putting a modern twist onto the classical opera, including raps and jokes tied together with the brilliant singing voices of the combined schools.
The night was energetic and fun-filled; you could tell that a huge amount of time and effort had gone into bringing this opera to life. The Magdala team are obviously very experienced opera performers and their passion shone through in, what I assume, is Suttons first ever opera.
A fantastic family night out brought to us by some of Ashfield’s most talented children, adult learners and Young Music Leaders. Bravo!