#ThisWeekatSAW – 1st April 2022

[01 Apr 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


The students here at Sirius Academy West continue to work hard in the final run up to the Easter break. With just one week remaining before a two week holiday, attendance every day is vital to limit gaps in knowledge.

I was excited to attend a Mode Shift Stars festival this week where Sirius Academy West was presented with a Bronze level award for sustainable travel. As the only Secondary School currently to have achieved the bronze status, I was incredibly proud of all the students showing respect for their future and environment. Our ECO Club continues to support our sustainable vision and our Big Wheel and Walk event is in place for this Friday.

We have had the pleasure this week of welcoming some Year 11 parents into the academy with our senior leadership consultations to try and encourage more students to attend intervention in their final weeks before GCSEs. Thank you to those who attended and please continue to support your child by encouraging them to attend sessions they are invited to either: before school, after school, weekends and throughout the Easter holidays where we have a full revision programme in place. The Academy is also continuing to provide Saturday revision sessions for those students with examinations this year. If your child has been invited please encourage them attend. These revision sessions are vital as part of their examination preparation.

Last week some students were rewarded for their hard work with a trip to Alton Towers. This week our new ‘ROAR’ (Revision Opportunities And Rewards) strategy has started.  This rewards are set up to reward students with on the spot prizes for correct retrieval of knowledge.

Our Year 10 students received an Academy laptop this week to support their progress with their GCSE courses. Please encourage your child to use their laptop at home to engage with additional learning and homework.

Thank you to those parents who continue to support us with attendance, please ensure your child is attending the academy every day when possible. Missed days are missed learning opportunities which will hinder future learning.

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)

RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

RESPECT Stamp Reward Events

Next week will see the student who have reached 150 RESPECT Stamps in Term 2 (Since Christmas to now) rewarded with their Year group event.

Students in Year 7 will access a session from the ZooLab team. The will be an interactive session with exotic animals which students will be given the opportunity to hold and see close up.

Students in Years 8-11 will access a ‘Nerf Gun Battle Arena’ which will be set-up in our Sports-Hall. Students will have a 1 hour session in the arena, playing various games against students in their Year group.

Easter Attendance Competition

Over the final week of the term, we will be handing over nearly 100 Easter Eggs everyday. Names will be selected from a random name generator, all students need to do is be here to win. Any unclaimed prizes will be rolled over into a Grand Prize Draw on the final day.

In addition to this, any students present on each of the final six school days (Included today) will go into a draw for a £100 family voucher.

Rugby Fixtures Next Week

Wednesday 6th April – Year 9 Boys at home v Trinity (Halifax) in the Yorkshire Plate, 1:30pm KO – boys to leave lessons at 12:45pm.

Friday 8th April – Year 8 Boys away at Winifred Holtby in the Hull Schools Cup Semi Final, 1:30pm KO – boys to leave lessons at 12:30pm.

RESPECT for Education- Weekly Focuses

This week the students have completed the following tasks in their Period 6 lessons. Please discuss with them as we continue to develop the knowledge of our students:

Weekly Student Planner Culture Task

Our focus in this week’s Student Planner Culture Task was on Tanni-Grey Thompson. Thompson was perhaps the first disabled athlete to reach nation-wide fame through her performances in the Paralympic Games. She has since gone to sit in Parliament and provides a powerful voice in fighting for disabled rights both in sport and education.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should the UK do more to support Ukrainian refugees?’

Character Education

This week in their Character Education lessons, students have focused on:

Year 7-10 students have looked at the benefits of holding a positive conversation and some key skills to consider whilst in a conversation.

Year 11 students looked at how the environment around them can reduce their stress levels through organisation and effective planning.

RESPECT for Education- 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


Ellis Chapman

(Year 10)

For putting in the effort, working hard and producing his best piece of English work all year and surprising himself with how much he knows.
Science Jacob Duffy

(Year 11)

Commitment to extra revision sessions and a willingness to exceed his target grade.
Technology Denver Louth

(Year 11)

Working very hard to complete work to the highest standard.
Health and Social Care Phoebe Marris

(Year 10)

For her attendance at intervention sessions to ensure her work was of the highest standard and handed in by the deadline.
Music Oliver Madden

(Year 11)


Oliver has been proactive in ensuring assessments and coursework have been completed to a high standard. He has also become more positive in his studies during music related activities.

KS3 Spellings- RESPECT for Education

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. Affectionate
  2. Request
  3. Judgemental
  4. Achievement
  5. Nationality
  6. Renown
  7. Miniature
  8. Admiration
  9. Impressive
  10. Transformation

Year 8

  1. Impulsive
  2. Suspicious
  3. Indecisive
  4.  Neurotic
  5. Melancholy
  6. Condescending
  7. Turbulent
  8. Adventurous
  9. Wretched
  10. Regicide

Year 9

  1. Exhaustion
  2. Dehumanisation
  3. Wretchedness
  4. Deprivation
  5. Laborious
  6. Emaciated
  7. Suffocation
  8. Unrecognisable
  9. Labyrinth
  10. Demoralised

Final thought

“Be somebody that nobody ever thought you could be”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 8th April 2022; enjoy the weekend!

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

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