Message from the Head of School:

Dear all,

Our second, busy and successful week at Sirius Academy West. Thank you all again for the positive start to the new academic year.

We have now welcomed all our KS5 students back into the academy and all lessons for all year groups are now fully underway. I have seen some fantastic lessons this week with fully engaged and happy students back in the classroom and learning.

Our new behaviour policy is enabling effective teaching and learning in the classroom without distractions and I thank you all for your continued support with this. It is important we keep our expectations high, this of course includes full uniform which has been outstanding so far this year.

The Trust have strongly advised that staff and students in school should wear face coverings when not in the classroom. We are requiring students and staff to wear a mask in social and communal indoor areas from Monday. Students are expected to bring their own (appropriate designed) mask into the academy but will be provided with a clear bag for storage in tutor time on Monday. (Bandanas and scarfs will not be accepted)

Please continue to support the school by ensuring your child is not absent unless they are ill or showing any symptoms of the Coronavirus. If your child or anyone in your household is showing symptoms, it is important you and they self-isolate. Please continue to keep our attendance team up to date with information; this will allow us to welcome students back after self-isolation as soon as possible.

Testing is available to all students, where necessary, and can be booked either by telephoning 119 or by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. The closest testing facility to Sirius Academy West is at the Humber Bridge car park. To ensure that there remains capacity within the testing system, it is important that students and family members are only tested if they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
  • they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school via your child’s Head of Year team if you have any concerns or queries.

Thank you all again for your continued support in these challenging times.

Regards

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)

General Academy news

Dining

As from Monday we will be offering an increased lunch-time menu. You can find the menu on our Academy website under ‘Dining’ or via the tile on your MyEd app. Please note we are starting at Week 3 of the menu.

School Bus

As per the MyEd and Twitter messages sent during the week, we have increased our School Bus service in a morning.

The additional 298 service will depart West Bulls at 7:55am and complete a full round of all usual bus-stops. 

This service should be used by Year 9 and 10 students who do not have to be in the Academy until a later start time and also any student who miss the 296 or 297 service.

Please note, if your child is in detention on a night and would usually use the School Bus service, please advise them to speak with their Year team and transport will be arranged for them to get home safely.

Public Buses

We would like to remind all students who use public buses to travel to and from the Academy that they should be wearing a face covering whilst on this transport.

Furthermore we have an excellent relationship with the bus companies within the area. Any poor behaviour which is identified on these buses will be dealt with in-line with Academy behaviour expectations.

Academy Shop

Our Academy Shop is now up and running via the tile on your MyEd app. Should you need to replace any item listed below for your child, you can do so by purchasing using a debit or credit card via the shop. This purchase will be sent to Student Services for your child to collect.

Replacement MIFARE card- 50p
Replacement Lanyard- £1
Replacement Student Planner- £3
Replacement Bus Pass for 296, 297 or 298- £1
Academy Tie- £5
Deposit for Academy Locker- £5
Fully stocked Pencil Case- £1

Curriculum Area ‘Students of the Week’

Each Curriculum Area will nominate a student each week who has shown through their lessons that they have met the RESPECT values of the Academy. The reason for the selection is highlighted below:

Curriculum Area

Student Name

Reason for Nomination

 

English

 

 

Harry Young (Year 8)

For a huge improvement in the quality of his writing from last year. 

 

Maths

 

 

Sky Ali (Year 11)

Fantastic attitude to achieving the best grade that she can.

 

Science

 

 

Jay Howgill (Year 10)

Excellent engagement with starting the GCSE Science curriculum. Working hard to produce excellent demonstrate tasks to show his understanding of each lesson.

 

Humanities

 

 

Jenson Smith (Year 11)

For an excellent attitude to learning in Geography, a huge improvement!

 

Humanities

 

 

Elise Hill (Year 10)

An excellent start to year 10 Geography.

 

Humanities

 

 

Josh Fiel (Year 7)

Has shown a positive and enthusiastic start to history which has been shown in is written work and participation in class. 

 

Humanities

 

 

Maddie Coulson

(Year 7)

For a fantastic attitude to learning in Geography lessons and producing high quality work

 

PE and Sport

 

 

Adam Macklin

 (Year 10)

 

Excellent start to the course. Fantastic knowledge of the skeletal system and willingness to contribute in lessons!

 

PE and Sport

 

 

Carter Fenwick

(Year 10)

 

Positive start to his Table-Tennis lessons. Excellent use of the Backhand Push!

 

Technology

 

 

Olivia Peters (Year 11)

For starting Year 11 with a positive attitude.

 

Art

 

 

Kalo Brown (Year 8)

Amazing persistence with the sunflower task to produce a fantastic piece of work.

 

 

Drama

 

 

Jayden Willingham (Year 8)

 

For use of a mature thought-out character.

 

Music

 

Harrison Carter

(Year 8)

 

Outstanding contributions to class discussions and helping his peers within the classroom to grasp the key inner related dimensions of music.

 

Highest RESPECT stamp students last week

Each Monday morning tutors collate the amount of RESPECT stamp each student has collected throughout the previous week.

Each time a student goes past 50 stamps they will receive a certificate from their Year team. Each time they goes past 100 stamps they will receive a VIP pass which entitles them to free items from the canteen at lunch-time:

Year 7- Alicia Salt
Year 8- Courtney Blount
Year 9- Klenam Ahiakpa
Year 10- Josh Asquith
Year 11- Finlay Bark

Transition at SAW- Update from Mr Gordon

#FirstDay Photography competition results:

Congratulations to our new Year 7 students who continue to make an excellent start to the academic year. We know due to the current situation it has not been a normal first two weeks but we are really proud of how they have adapted to the change. Well done!

Thank you to those who got involved in our #FirstDay competition. You all looked super smart. We had nearly 100 different entries and we particularly enjoyed seeing them first day at Primary School to first day at SAW comparisons. I bet your children were delighted with those…(Example below)

The winner of the vouchers for the competition was:

Logan Young (7XM-1) Enjoy the Cinema!

KS3 Year group spellings for the upcoming week:

The spelling of the words below will be tested in all year group English lessons this coming week. Please ensure that your child has spent time practicing these words as part of their English practise for retrieval activities:

Year 7- Spellings – Week 2

Adventure                    
Dexterity
Possibilities                  
Determination
Luggage                        
Wilderness
Survival                        
Horizon
Exhaustion                  
Liberty

Year 8 – Spellings- Week 2

Fleeting                        
Distraught
Whimper                       
Massacre
Raucous                         
Marauding 
Scarcely                        
Boisterous
Frenzied                      
Tribulation

Year 9 – Spellings- Week 2

Entrails
Supple
Deterrent
Apothecary
Iridescent
Cumulative
Racketeer
Terse
Sustenance
Torturous

Final thought

“High achievements always takes place in the framework of high expectations”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 25 September 2020; enjoy the week.

Mr A Kay (Assistant Head Teacher- Pastoral and Attitudes to Learning)

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