Year 8 Bi Weekly Bulletin

Summer term – 18/06/21

Thought of the week:

‘Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations, done quit!

Life is filled with many obstacles, and sometimes, it seems impossible just to stay on top of things. With pressure on you to perform at school, keep up with chores at home, and maintain your personal lives, there is no end in sight to life’s tests. Some mornings you might not want to come to school, however, if you shift your perspective a bit, you will see that every day is another opportunity to have a positive impact on our lives. Every new day brings with it a chance to start anew to not dwell on things that didn’t go your way. We go through tough moments in life to fully appreciate the beauty surrounding us every day. Just because you feel it might not be the best day you have every opportunity to make it the next day, great day.

Key information this week

Welcome back after what was a lovely sunny half term – I hope you all had an opportunity to see some friends and family and relax.

What an exciting half term we have coming up, rewards trip to Alton Towers, Sports Day and lots of other fun events to conclude this academic year.

A huge well done to all of Year 8 who conducted themselves with maturity last week for the exams – in true SUA spirit Year 8 were brilliant! Well Done!

Keep up the hard work Year 8!


Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the numbers of students arriving late to the academy. If you arrive after 8:45 am and therefore have missed your morning registration mark, the following sanctions will apply:

1. A break or lunchtime detention on that day.

2. Failure to complete the detention will result in the detention being increased to a 30-minute detention after school with a member of the pastoral team, on the same day.

3. In the unfortunate circumstance that you do not take either of these opportunities to complete your detention, the sanctions will be escalated.

If you continue to arrive after 8:45 am the following sanctions will apply:

4. Internal isolation on the day of their third late mark in a half term.

5. Fixed penalty notice issued for "Persistent late arrival to school" if you arrive after 8:45 am on ten occasions in a twelve-week school period; these do not need to be consecutive days. This is in line with the Staffordshire Local Authority Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices.

Student Voice:

After conducting a student voice vote across the Academy, we are pleased to announce the majority of students voted for girls to also wear ties from next September – all girls will be provided with a tie free of charge.

Tutor Message

Welcome back 8 Purple! I hope that you had a lovely half term and enjoyed the sunshine! A massive well done so far - every single person in our tutor group has earned classcharts points in the first week back, I could not be prouder. You completed the exams maturely, and have been absolutely brilliant in organizing yourselves even correcting me on when your exams were! Now that exam week is over, let’s start to really reflect on your year and ensure this half term is the best one yet before you step up to year 9. No negatives, lots of positives, and lots to celebrate please 8 purple! We can do this!

Well done team Blue!

Welcome back to school following an action-packed half term break and welcome back to normality, whatever that is, after a hectic week of revision, exams and normal lessons too!

You have all met the challenge admirably with the maturity and determination that I have come to expect from 8 Blue. You have all come such a long way since our first term together and I know you’re ready to face our last few weeks of term with enthusiasm and energy. We’re all looking forward to all that is to come – rewards trips, sports days, fun in the sun with friends and family. You go 8 blue, we’ve got this!

8 Green have shown great organisation as we returned for the remaining half term of the academic year. Majority of the students were prepared for learning with their equipment including a calculator and their knowledge organiser each day. 8 Green has been lucky enough to have Miss Lainingham as part of the tutor group this year and the tutees have appreciated all the extra support that she has given them so are organising a little farewell party to say bye before she leaves mid-way through this half term. Seth Gray has almost reached his platinum status and with a little keep with some extra class chart points from the maths and reading challenges we are excited that Seth will get there soon! This half term brings lots of events that 8 Green are excited to get involved with to demonstrate the great team that we are.

Hi 8 Yellow

We are now into the final half term and the sun is out and it feels great. The sun is out more often, lighter morning and lighter evenings and everybody's mood is lifted by the nice weather. We start enjoying BBQ's, water fights and spending more time out with friends and family.

I really look forward to spending the remaining of this school year with you all. We will visit Alton Towers, take part in sports day and enjoys the other surprises that come our way on the final stretch of year 8.

Keep working hard until the end and keep smiling.

Hello 8 Red,

I hope we all made the most of the sunshine and had a great half term. Let’s make sure we hit the ground running and make this last half term the best, as it’ll prepare us for Year 9!

Well done on your exams! I know it was a new experience but you all did very well. Let’s make sure we follow the RESPECT code, well done to those of you who do tasks first time every time and to the best of your abilities.

We should all be looking forward to Alton towers, this is our chance to gain as many positives and reward points as possible from now on. I know we can change this around and be back on top! It’ll be a massive Team red effort but I know we can do it.


A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes to Harry Burden – the winner of the Summer A Reading Challenge!

A selection of SUA students took part in the ‘United Kingdom Mathematical Trust Competition’, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the following students were placed accordingly;

BRONZE – Danielle Morning / Brandon Childs / Michael Fearn / Mason Whittingham / Ashley Hodgetts.

SILVER – Harry Burden / Eva Hopkins.

What an incrediable achievement – WELL DONE!!


See Maths Challenges below.

Local Opportunity

“2415 (Penkridge) Squadron RAF Air Cadets are holding an Induction day on Saturday 17 July 2021 which is open to all young people who are currently in year seven or above. Full details are within the attached letter, but if you wish to pre-register or require any further details, please contact

The Quiz

In each bulletin there will be a quiz for you to take part in with your families. Please email your answers to Classchart points will be awarded for all correct entries and the highest scores.

This week’s topic is Marvel films. Which Character made the following quotes. Bonus points available if you can also name the film.

1. Who said: “The city is flying. We’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”

2. Who said: “That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”

3. Who said: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.”

4. Who said: “No man can win every battle, but no man should fall without a struggle.”

5. Who said: “Guns. So primitive.”

6. Who said: “I'm with you 'til the end of the line.”

7. Who said: “I get emails from a raccoon, so nothing sounds crazy.”

8. Who said: “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.”

9. Who said: “Let me know if ‘real power' wants a magazine or anything.”

10. Who said: “You call me ‘young lady' again, I'll shove my foot up somewhere it's not supposed to be.”

11. Who said: “I would rather be a good man than a great king.”

12. Who said: “Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand.”

Answers from the previous Bulletin

1) The Channel Tunnel is the longest rail tunnel in the world - False – The Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland is 4 miles longer at 35.5 miles long

2) A woman has walked on the Moon - False

3) According to Scottish law, it is illegal to be drunk in charge of a cow - True

4) Vietnamese is an official language in Canada - False

5) The setting for the ITV drama Midsomer Murders is a fictional English county called Midsomer - True

6) An emu can fly - False

7) President Theodore Roosevelt's son was called Kermit - True

8) Edinburgh is further East than Carlisle - False

9) The can-opener was not invented until 45 years after the tin can - True

10) There are McDonald’s one every continent except one – True

Sports Challenges

Whilst we are enjoying this mazing weather, get outdoors and try these challenges with your families.

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