#ThisWeekatSAW – 23rd June 2023

[23 Jun 2023]

Message from the Head of School:

A very emotional but proud week at Sirius Academy West as we said goodbye to our Year 11 students. The students all attended their leaving festival on Monday after completing their examination series. We look forward to seeing them at the Prom and celebrating with them on results day in August.

The sun has continued to shine and our students have enjoyed ice creams and ice lollies at break times to cool down. Although temperatures have continued to rise and at times the Academy has remained hot, the students have continued to show great resilience and worked hard regardless.

The Maritime community event on Wednesday was fantastic, it was great to see so many students and community members involved. The students worked hard and produced an amazing performance. A big well done to all involved.

KS3 Sports Days took place this week at Costello Stadium – the weather was very kind apart from one downpour!  All staff and students enjoyed the events and students loved participating.  Some amazing footage was taken.  Thanks you to all staff that supported these events.

Attendance remains a significant priority for the academy for all students. Please continue to ensure your child is attending the Academy every day to ensure no learning is missed. As the weather continues to be warm, please ensure your child is bringing their water bottle to school. Fountains are available to fill up bottles with water at breaks and lunch times. Ice lollies and ice creams will also continue to be on sale at break times next week. Decisions will be made each morning regarding blazers.

Thank you again for your continued support,


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Weather for this week

Students are expected to have blazers with them next week due to the drop-in temperatures. If a decision is made to allow students to not wear blazers, they will be informed to put them into their bags.

Parental Courses

Sirius Academy West are delighted to offer parents and carers the opportunity to participate in an informal introduction to Maths.

Following the successful British Sign Language course in April and May, we are excited to extend this offer in June and July, for parents and carers that have an interest in developing their Maths skills.

The course is designed to provide parents and carers with the chance to develop confidence in basic Maths skills.

Please use the link below to indicate your interest:


Thursday 6 July (3.15pm – 4.15pm)
Thursday 13 July (3.15pm – 4.15pm)
Thursday 20 July (3.15pm – 4.15pm)

Attendance at all three sessions is not compulsory. Parents and carers can attend on the dates that suit their own availability.

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Sporting Successes

Our Year 7 Girls Discus record was broken on Tuesday at the Year 7 Sports Day. The record which had stood since 2016 was smashed by Phoebe M who threw an amazing 22m.30cm to beat the previous record by over 5m.


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 to recognise our assembly theme of PRIDE Month, students looked at the career so far of Elliot Page.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Has the war in Ukraine changed our perception of refugees?’

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:

All students have completed focused Lesson 1 materials linked to PRIDE month in their Character Education slot this week.


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

Science Darcie-Mae P
(Year 10)

Has continued to make sustained progress in Science over the course of the year. Is now able to retain her knowledge and apply it in different situations.


Oliver S
Kiara W
Libby W
(All Year 7)
Fantastic effort in Spanish and a pleasure to teach.
MFL David A
(Year 10)

Attending French intervention after school.


Keira C
(Year 9)
Fantastic effort and progress in Spanish.
ICT Danny E
(Year 7)

Excellent progress in computing, he independently programmed the greenhouse variable of temperature, light and moisture.


Mercii J
Violet B
(Year 7)
For having an expert learner attitude to their technology project.
Technology Harvey R
Kye W
(Year 8)

For using the soldering iron safely in Technology.

Health and Social Care

Jasmine C
Lillie E
Megan R
Lucie F
Grace F
(Year 10)

For winning the Thackeray Museum – Selfie and Question Challenge as part of their Health and Social Care course.


Charlie B
(Year 8)
Has made a considerable input into the topic of relationships and how to recognise good and bad features of friendship.

Libby C

(Year 9)

For being incredibly mature and always being willing to discuss the topics raised sensibly.

PSHE Lincoln T
(Year 7)

For his mature and thoughtful comments so far in our RSE topic. He is so considerate about how he words his responses and always participates actively.


Mia S
Ava-May A
(Year 7)
Excellent contribution in PSHE.
PSHE Alyssa J
(Year 8)

For engaging in class discussion in a thoughtful way.


Declan W
(Year 9)
For his fantastic contribution to PSHE lessons.
PSHE Bailey A
(Year 9)

Always keen to participate and put his ideas across.

Final thought

“Happiness depends on ourselves”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 30th June 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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