On Saturday members of Sutton Community Academy, Adult Education, Sport and Leisure and the Sutton Town Centre group packed bags at Asda, Sutton in Ashfield. The day was a real success and the students were polite and professional at all times, members of the public commented on their impeccable manners. They were a credit to the Academy, well done everyone!
A level Chemistry and Forensic Science students at Sutton Community Academy carry out an analytical component as part of their studies. They recently had the opportunity to visit Nottingham Trent University state of the art laboratories to produce a sample of Aspirin. They worked in small groups in a University lab with specialised equipment that we do not have available in school. Once they had produced their samples they were able to test the purity of their work and yield. Laura and Alisha produced the greatest yield.
The purity was tested using equipment costing over £3 million pounds (MRI scanner, Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometer) the samples produced were over 96% pure! The university lecturers commented on how extremely impressed they were with the work rate, attitude and ability of our students.
Staff and students from Sutton Community Academy joined Hillocks Primary school at their Christmas fair on Friday evening. The fun event had a variety of stalls to browse and raffles to win. Our catering enterprise team baked tasty jacket potatoes to sell which went down a treat whilst a few students joined Takeover radio who provided the music and entertainment. Adult Education tutors also came along to support the event and provided free glitter tattoos where our very own Elsa from Frozen entertained the children.
On Wednesday 12th November, Author Andy Briggs visited Sutton Community Academy to speak to the school’s Year 7 students. Briggs, writer of the modern Tarzan series and the Hero.net and Villian.net books, ran a writing workshop for the schools youngest students. The students were treated to an interactive survival guide to researching in the jungle and the best ways to become a successful writer and the importance of reading and writing to their future careers. Throughout the day the students worked with the author to create publishable and imaginative stories. In the afternoon a small group of gifted writers attended a master class on writing. Student Jake said of the day: “It was brilliant, Andy told us so much about how English can help us be successful in the future.”
Students were able to purchase copies of Briggs’ books during the day and have them signed by the author with a personal message. The school made a contribution to every book sold to reduce the price for the student to pay.
Thank you to all the students and staff who dressed up, bought cakes, key-rings, headbands and wristbands to raise money for Children in Need. Our grand total is £670.22. Well done everyone!
(More photos on SCA Facebook page).
Our Year 11 student Natalie Hill was shortlisted for the finals of the Nottinghamshire Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award and attended a presentation ceremony at Kelham Hall, Newark on Tuesday 22nd October 2014.
She was nominated for turning her behaviour around after she was involved in anti-social behaviour in and out of school. Her baby brother almost died several times due to a rare medical condition and this traumatic and frightening time for the family helped Natalie realise that if he was lucky enough to pull through then she wanted him to be proud of his big sister, not ashamed. Natalie also did lots of charity work, donating her hair to Little Princesses, became a peer mentor and worked extra hard to achieve in school (she gained an A in English Literature this year despite taking it in Year 10 a year early). She is an example and a role model to all. She no longer gets involved in conflict and her teachers often comment on what a lovely person she is.
At the ceremony Natalie invited and was supported by her mum and baby brother, friends (Paul Graffeo, Emily Thompson and Sindija Sosina). School Governor Mary Rutter (Mary nominated her for the award), Simon Martin, her tutor Mr Palfreman and her English Teacher, Georgina Lee.
Though Natalie didn’t win, she was awarded a £50 cheque that she has donated to Kings Mill Children’s Ward and we were all very proud of and impressed with how Natalie conducted herself. She gave a speech on stage in front of hundreds of people and answered live questions about the work she had done. Well done Natalie!
At 11.11 on 11th November, 100 students gathered in the reception area for our poppy drop. Hundreds of poppies had been made by students, staff and adult learners depicting the name of a fallen solider from Sutton or a message to a member of their family who fought in WW1, in honour of Remembrance Day.
Adult Education staff attended a fundraising event on Friday night at the Vic Public House in Huthwaite. The event was held to celebrate the life of Beth Waring, a former Sutton Community Academy student who sadly passed away in 2006. The event was organised by Beth’s sister Rachel as it would have been Beth’s 21st birthday. The party was very well attended where staff from Sutton Community Academy provided free glitter tattoos and even dressed up as Elsa from Frozen to sing and dance with the children. It was a fantastic yet emotional night which was a huge success raising £900 in total which will be given to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Beth was cared for.