Year 9 Bulletin


Thought of the week:

‘Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations- don’t quit!

I know that this week’s thought is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re slogging through hard times, when you do come through the storm and land on the other side, it’s usually never as bad as you thought or expected it to be. 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 afresh, 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 ahead, you have every opportunity to make it a great day.

Key information this week


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. A fixed penalty notice issued for "Persistent late arrival to school" if you arrive after 8:45am on ten occasions over 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.

Tutor Messages

9 Blue

Hi Year 9!

A huge well done for making it through the exams. I know how difficult exam season is and the pressures that come with it. As a collective, you have all handled it well and it has been so great to see so many of you focusing for such an intense period of time.

As we approach the end of the year, let’s make sure that we uphold our high standards. It is not long now until you will officially be Year 10 and GCSE students.

Huge shout out to everyone in 9 Blue who managed to complete a number of reading challenges last week to put 9 Purple firmly in their place in terms of positives!

Mr Lockett

9 Yellow

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely half term holiday and enjoyed the fabulous weather we had.

Final push now- there’s not long to go before we break up for the 6 week holidays.

It will be amazing to see more of you achieve the next milestone on class charts.

Rubi-Dee Shaughnessy is leading with points and has already achieved that gold milestone award. Let's see if more of you can achieve this before we break up. Alfie Clayton, Jake Fisher and Evie Arrowsmith you are almost at 1000 points.

There are lots of ways you can be achieving these points- reading challenges being one of them. Reading challenges can be completed at home or we can complete them in form on a Monday so don't forget to bring them with you!

Enjoy the rest of the term.

Mrs Wells

Year 9 Green

Hi all,

First off a massive well done to all students for completing their mock exams in a very mature and positive manner. I have heard many reports from staff who were impressed with the way that you conducted yourselves during this time.

On the back of that, a well done to all of the 9 Green pupils who continue to push for their positive class charts points. So far, 9 Green have collated over 12000 positive points. The following students have achieved their silver milestone; Courtney Bates, James Belcher, Fofi Biliou, Charlie Brockhurst, Megan Brown, Cayden Burt, Nathan Collins, Thomas Collins-Hodgetts, Eve Hawkins, Callum Holden and Bethany Philips-Gallear. Well done to you all; keep pushing for the gold and platinum milestones. A huge well done to Aly Read who has now crossed the gold milestone! A huge effort that has not gone unnoticed.

There are only two weeks left before the Alton Towers trip which I know lots of you are looking forward to. So, keep looking forward to this brilliant reward organised by Mrs Hastings and keep pushing for more positives to finish the final half term with.

Mr Boon.

9 Purple

As part of the summer term, the PE department will be running the new ESAA awards scheme, which is designed to be inclusive, adaptable and challenging in athletics.

The main aims of the awards are: to allow students to develop in their confidence and competence at their own time and at their own pace, and be competitive in a range of Athletic activities.

There will be a number of posters around the school to highlight the times and personal challenges.

This is a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and be at your personal best.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing some new records being broken this year!

Reminder - Sports day is 7th July.

Miss Wakeham.

Celebrations of Milestone awards.

Rubi-Dee Shaughnessy 9 Yellow 1280

Alexander McShane 9 Blue 1232

Jass Bayliss 9 Blue 1201

Logan Wood 9 Purple 1146

Emma Rollins 9 Blue 1143

Kia Harvey 9 Blue 1132

Archie Smith 9 Blue 1113

Joshua Jackson 9 Blue 1111

Aly Read 9 Green 1064

Charley-mae Keyte 9 Blue 1050

Hayden Goacher 9 Blue 1030

Olivia Smith 9 Blue 1014

Alfie Clayton 9 Yellow 1010

Amelia Askey 9 Purple 1002

Tom Hawkins 9 Blue 989

Molly Wells 9 Purple 988

Tyler Hunter 9 Blue 961

Jake Fisher 9 Yellow 956

Fofi Biliou 9 Green 950

Evie Arrowsmith 9 Yellow 945

Bethany Phillips-Gallear 9 Green 944

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 spoke the following lines? (Bonus points available if you can also name the film!)

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

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

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

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

5. “Guns. So primitive.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Quiz

Last week’s answers

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 amazing weather, get outdoors and try these challenges with your families:

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