#ThisWeekatSAW – 11th November 2022

[11 Nov 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


The World Cup kicked off early at Sirius Academy as this week with the launch of our Lesson 1 World Cup Competition. Please encourage your child to get involved and participate; there are some fantastic prizes and experiences up for grabs. Sirius has seen more success this week with our sports teams: Our Year 8 boys rugby team beat Castleford in the Yorkshire Cup 28-8 and our Year 8 Girls football teams entered into the EFL Girls Cup, well done to all those students who represent the Academy in sports each week. Please check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an up to date view of all Academy events and visits.

Thank you to those parents and carers who came to our Year 7 Pastoral evening this week, it was great to welcome our New Year 7 parents into the Academy and discuss how your child has settled into Academy life.

Homework remains a priority for the Academy for all students. Please support your child’s academic progress by encouraging them to complete their homework each week. There is always a clear correlation between the grades achieved by those students who practice at home as well as at school. This is the same also for attendance, please continue to ensure your child is attending the Academy every day to ensure no learning is missed.

I was very proud of the students on Friday; great RESPECT was shown during our Remembrance service as our cadets laid a wreath and lead the Academy into the two minute silence.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Anti-Bullying bake-sale

We are inviting students to bring in donations to this week’s Anti-Bullying week bake-sale which will be held on Wednesday. Any donations should be brought to the Year Teams when students enter in the morning.

Enrichment timetable for half-term 2

Please see below the Enrichment timetable for half-term 2. Additional sporting opportunities in Rugby, Football and Netball are based around fixtures.

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Business Enterprise

This week saw the launch of our second SSAT Student Leadership Y10 Group!

Students will be completing a challenging leadership programme with 12 different demanding criteria strands to gain formal accreditation by July 2023 at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels.

The following students will be leading the way with charity fundraising activities for the academy:

Lucy Baker
Ella Parker
Emma Cross
Jessica Brown
Vittorio Gato
Arnas Liutkauskas
Danny Clark
Dlsher Zeido
Taylor Rich

We wish them luck!

Rugby information for next week

Tuesday 15th November– Year 10 Boys Yorkshire Cup Match at home v Trinity Academy (Halifax), 1:30pm KO. All boys to leave lessons at 12:30pm.

Wednesday 16th November– Year 7/8 Girls Rugby Training after school

Thursday 17th November– Year 8 Boys Yorkshire Cup Match away at Ryburn Valley High, 2pm KO. All boys to come across to the sports hall after Lesson 3 (11:20am)

Friday 18th November- Year 7 Boys Rugby Training after school

Sporting successes this week

Well done to the Year 8 Rugby team who recorded their 1st win in the Yorkshire Cup with a 28-8 win over Airedale High (Castleford). Our boys are looking to go one better than last year which saw them beaten in the Final.

Two KS3 girls’ football teams went to the EFL Participation Competition with Tigers Trust. Team B came away as Champions after recording 5 wins and 1 draw in the group stages and then a 1-0 win over Malet Lambert in the Final. Well done to all, in particular Mary Hallett who received ‘Player of the Tournament’.

RESPECT for Education – Lesson 1 Content

This week the students have completed the following tasks in their Lesson 1 lessons. Please discuss with them as we continue to develop the knowledge of our students:

Culture Task

This week the students looked at Alan Turing. Turing produced fantastic work in decoding messages during the Second World War. He is also a key example used in the LGBTQ+ movement of

someone who had to hide their true self and feelings due to the opinions and laws at this time.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should people be allowed to vote at 16?’

Character Education

Character Education is a time-tabled lesson within our Lesson 1 curriculum in which students focus on skills and traits which will allow them to be successful in not only their academic studies but also in other aspects of their life.

This week students have focused on:

Year 7 students have begun their module on communication. They were introduced to the ‘conversation map’ in their half-termly workshop with Kevin Mincher and we will explore this more over the coming weeks.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students have begun their module on ‘creative thinking’. Their lesson this week was focused on recapping the note-taking module which we covered last year. The also had their half-termly workshop with Kevin Mincher on why creativity is important to them.

Year 11 students have moved onto look at how to get the grades they want. Their half-termly workshop was focused on the laws of success and we will explore these more over the coming weeks.

RESPECT for Education- Curriculum Area ‘Students of the Week’

Curriculum Area Student Name Reason for Nomination


Ruby Prior
(Year 8)
She is an amazing student and I feel incredibly lucky to be her teacher this year. She not only completes all of her work to an exemplary standard, but she also helps others who are struggling.
Maths Adam Lamb
(Year 10)

Adam always works hard and puts a lot of effort into all tasks given. He also completes his homework every week. Well done Adam!


Aaron Chapman
(Year 8)
Being a super student by always working hard and gives 100% every lesson.
Science Ella Langley
(Year 11)

Showing high levels of resilience when tackling higher tier content involving Hooke’s law and the calculation of spring constants.


 George Taylor
Caiden Welburn
Leah Taylor
Jaycee Goodhand
Bosco Masengesho
Bella Knott
Logan Shaw
Ryan Tozer
Reegan Stansfield
(All Year 8)

Brilliant effort with reading in Science and decoding the meaning of difficult words.


Skye Watt
(Year 9)
For excellent teamwork and helping others in Food technology.
ICT Emily Guest
Zack Jones-Williams
Kordian Williams
Charlie Collins
Riley Cooper
Poppy-Leigh Nickling
Ollie Beaumont
(All Year 7)

Exceptional working identifying the internal computer parts.

Health and Social Care

Julia Blazejowska
(Year 10)
For gaining an assessment grade above her target.
Health and Social Care Aimee-Lauren Wilkinson
(Year 11)

For her determination and also using her own initiative in her Health and Social Care Coursework.

Health and Social Care

Madison Conway
Ellie Cooke
(Year 11)
For their determination and also using her own initiative in her Health and Social Care Exam Preparation.
PSHE Ruben Young
Josie Ritchie
(Year 7)

For their effort in PSHE lessons.

Year 11 Focus Groups

Reagan Bateman
Karolina Buzinska
Millie Pougher
Jagoda Matowska
(All Year 11)

For a perfect week – 100% attendance and making a real effort to not pick up any behaviour logs this week, ensuring all homework’s were completed.


KS3 Spellings

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be tested each week on a set of spellings. This is to improve their basic literacy skills. We encourage parents / carers to engage in this activity with your child to support their learning. This week’s spellings to be learnt are:

Year 7:

  1. Voyage​
  2. Foliage​
  3. Revolving​
  4. Declarative
  5. Imperative

Year 8:

  1. Victorious​
  2. Rhetorical​
  3. Propaganda​
  4. Cowardice​
  5. Colloquial

Year 9:

  1. Benign​
  2. Objectively​
  3. Insidious​
  4. Venison
  5. Palpable


Final thought

“If you expect respect, be the first to show it”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 18th November 2022; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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