Sirius West was joined by 44 talented year 5 students on Tuesday 3 April for an afternoon of map reading and searching for controls with Neil Harvatt from HALO Orienteering.
Blessed with beautiful weather, the students spent the session under the sun learning how to orientate, thumb and interpret the key displayed on a map of the academy. Working in pairs, students put into practice these new found skills by undertaking several different courses located on the rugby pitches.
Students flew between the different control points in an impressive display of stamina and determination, checking in using electronic dibbers which they wore on their fingers. In the field, Lewis Bibby, Sam McAuley and Lauren McClean were on hand to support any students who had lost their way and redirect them on the correct path.
Once the last control was located, students raced to the finish line in order to stop the clock and beat their opponents. On the desk, Kirstin Young, Kalisha Quantock and Hollie Young worked speedily to print out the scores, record the times and check that the course was followed correctly.
Students then gathered round to find out if their time was worthy of first, second or third place and the prize. Congratulationsto the winning pairs which came from Christopher Pickering Primary School (3rd place) and Ainthorpe Primary School (2nd and 1st place) who proved triumphant in what proved to be a tight competition.
A special thank you to Neil Harvatt for planning and running the session, the Sports Scholarship students for their invaluable support and the staff at Ainthorpe, Christopher Pickering, Alderman Cogen CofE and Newington Primary Schools for enabling their students to attend.
Due to the current restrictions that we all face we are unable to host our annual Open Night for prospective pupils and their parents/carers. We acknowledge the important decision that you all are set to make in selecting your preference for secondary education in 2021 and are keen for that decision to be an informed one.
Thus, we are hosting a Virtual Open Night on Thursday 8th October 2020 for all pupils that are considering Sirius Academy West as their destination for September 2021. The evening will feature the premiere of our own short film and also provide additional links to other informative videos. These will include introductions to key staff, testimonials from current students, overviews of the varied subjects and courses available at the academy, and an all access tour following a current student during an academy day.
The event will also promote the academy’s thorough transition programme that seeks to remove barriers to movement from Year 6 to Year 7 and allow all pupils to thrive on arrival. Despite the enforced closure in March, many pupils in our local Primary Schools have already started this journey with themed visits to the academy in Year 5.
The academy has been heavily oversubscribed for places within Year 7 in recent years and we expect this to be repeated again this year. We encourage pupils and parents to not miss out!
For any additional information regarding the event, and/or details regarding the transition process, please contact Mr Gordon on (01482) 352939. All of the Year 6 pupils in our local Primary Schools will soon receive individual invites to their evening.