#ThisWeekatSAW – 7th October 2022

[07 Oct 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


Another busy week at Sirius Academy West!

Last night we had over 200 prospective students coming into the Academy for our Year 6 Open Evening.  The theme was Movie Night with each department undertaking a movie theme.  Parents, students and staff had a great time and this was a great opportunity to showcase the Academy and all it had to offer.

Year 7 and Year 8 have an opportunity to participate in a Book Club that is running every Monday and Tuesday after school 3:05 – 3:35 in the Learning Resource Centre. Students have an opportunity to choose their own book to read and will have the chance to write their own book review.  All attendees will receive a small prize.

On a Wednesday at 3:05 the Learning Resource Centre will also be running BOOKFLIX – all attendees will have the opportunity to write a review and win a prize.  In addition, all students read every day in the Academy as part of our curriculum, please encourage your child to continue their reading at home.

Every half term the Academy runs a Parental Engagement evening where parents and carers can participate in putting their views forward regarding the Academy.  This is a great way to connect with us to work in mutual collaboration to support our students.  These sessions run via TEAMS.  Information regarding how you can participate in the next session will be communicated via the MyEd app.

We are only 2 weeks away from half term.  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.

Finally please remember to check our website and Twitter pages for any events or information about the Academy.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Maths Homework Support

We will be starting a homework club (primarily for maths) on a Thursday after school from 3-4pm upstairs in the IT suite outside 322-329.

This will be ran weekly and staffed by a member of the Maths team with the aim of providing support to students completing their Sparx Maths homework.

Attendance Disco- Year 7 and 8

The Attendance Disco is back!

An incredible response to this last year. Nearly 200 students attending.

The next one is booked in for Thursday 20 October 2022. 4-6pm.

Students can secure their tickets by recording 100% attendance for the three weeks prior to this. Friday 30 September – Thursday 20 October.

15 academy days. All you have to do is be here every day. Easy!

Entry will include access to the disco, DJ, photobooth, lights and smoke machines, glow sticks and glitter, and food and drinks.

Magician Visit!

On Tuesday 4th October Sirius Academy had a touch of magic in the air! Sirius Academy welcomed the return of ‘Richard Reynolds – Magician’ to launch our new inspiring ‘When Business Talks’ speaker programme!

Year 10 Enterprise students had the opportunity to listen to Richard share his experiences about his life, his amazing adventures travelling around Africa sharing his magical talents and what continues to inspire him in his career!

Students were awestruck as Richard demonstrated some of his favourite tricks! And even more amazed when they were treated to some sneak peek ‘inside tips’ of the trade! In true budding entrepreneurial Sirius spirit, students were keen to ask questions! (Especially if there was a trick to winning the lottery!) as well as receiving some signed cards by Richard! (Spotting a potential future investment opportunity!)

Sirius would like to say a massive thank you to Richard for his support and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Enterprise Student Success

An outstanding effort has been made over the past fortnight by Year 10 students, showing what budding Enterprise/ Travel & Tourism Leaders of the future look like! Students have impressed by attending additional support sessions at break/lunchtimes as well as engaging in the ‘Study Buddy’ programme which is now in full effect! Students provide peer-to-peer support each week to develop their independent learning skills!

Personal Development Pathway

September is done.

Some brilliant Personal Development opportunities already for our students.

Highlights have included Year 10 BTEC Sport trips to Rock City, the launch of our Animal Club, a Year 11 Art Trip to Scarborough, Well-Being Week, Primary School leadership, and lots of fixtures for the Football and Rugby teams… resulting in lots of wins too!

We will continue to update our Personal Development board every month to showcase the amazing opportunities.

The new board is up on Floor One near the Head of School office.

Open Night Leaders

Thank you to all the students that supported with our Open Night on Thursday.

A huge success. Only possible with the support of our students. Nearly 80 students choosing to stay behind and help.

They acted as incredible ambassadors for the academy; directing tours, answering questions from parents and pupils, and talking enthusiastically about the academy.

Thank you and well done! Make sure you record as evidence for one of your Pledges.

Stagecoach Bus Strikes

We are aware of the potential disruption to the normal services of the Stagecoach buses for next week. The proposed strike was due to start on Friday 7 October 2022.

EYMS buses will not be affected and will run as normal. This includes the 296 and 297 academy buses.

The message that we have provided all students that use the Number 1 and Number 2 buses, on Hessle Road and Anlaby Road, is to be patient and give themselves additional time in a morning.

We were delighted that attendance continued to be very strong on Friday with limited students affected.

Missing a bus is not a reason for absence. We will not issue detentions for those that are late due to the Stagecoach buses.

Thank you to those parents and carers that have been in touch.

Please continue to make contact should you have any issues.

Sporting success this week

Well done to the Year 8 Football boys who went to South Axholme (Doncaster) and come away with a 2-1 win the ESFA National Cup. Axholme were semi-finalists in this competition in Year 7 so a great win for our boys.

Well done to the Year 7 Football boys who travelled to Hornsea School and came away with a 2-1 win in the ESFA National Cup.

Squad: Keigan Barley, Thomas Ellerby, Alfie Wright, Joshua Taylor, Harley Pattison, Zack Jones-Williams, John-James Rowland, Lucas Pickering, Ion Emanuel Ciobotaru, Geroge Tuplin, Jaiyan Che​n, Frazier Tasker

Well done to our Year 8 Rugby boys who won their Hull Schools Super League after recording their 3rd straight win with a 32-18 win over Archbishop Sentamu. The boys qualify for the Yorkshire Cup as top seeds from Hull.

Squad:- Clinton Turner, Ethan Laud, Rueben Potter, Cole Obridge, Ollie Brooks, Harrison Mcilwraith, Jacob Last, Micah Smith, Isaac Last, Jake Fletcher, Malachy O’Dell, Ashdon Owst, Ronnie Hanchett, Bosco Masengesho, Corey Wilsher, Danelius Tamosiunas, Kalub Parker and Harry Sanderson.


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 students focused on Mae Jemison. This culture task tied in with our assembly theme of ‘Black History Month’. Jemison was the first black woman into space as well as becoming a qualified doctor and eventually setting up her own Foundation and educational research companies.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Are actions more powerful than words?’. This topic is linked to our work on Black History Month.

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 looked at setting inspiring goals and what could motivate young people to strive towards achieving them.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students focused their lesson on the final two categories of goals which are learn and improve / mental health. Students began completing their goal-setting grids in their student planners. We encourage parents / carers to view these on Page 16 to look at the goals that students are setting.

Year 11 students focused on their goal-setting grid and began to look at setting their goals for the coming year in the different categories. They then moved onto their WOW planners which breaks down how they could achieve their goals. We encourage parents / carers to view these on Page 16 to look at the goals that students are setting. 

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


Zac Borthwick

Jaycee Goodhand, Bella Knott

Bosco Masengesho, Mary Nickerson

Lloyd Oldfield

Harvey Redfern, Reegan Stansfield

George Taylor

Ryan Tozer

(All Year 8)

Brilliantly conducted practical, they fully assessed all possible risks and produced an outstanding risk assessment which they followed perfectly.


George Hill

(Year 8)

He has completed all of his homework and tasks throughout the lessons to a high standard.

George is always willing to work hard and try out different challenges within the lesson and gets involved in all class activities.


Bradley Tasker

(Year 11)

Working well in lessons all week and attending year 11 maths revision after school.
Maths Lillie-Mae Bayles

(Year 11)

For her continued hard work and effort in maths. Lillie always puts 100% effort into everything she does.


Liam Bream

(Year 7)

Worked well in Computing and created a report on Computer systems.


Elijah Haji

(Year 7)

Explained what a computer system is and created a report using good ICT skills.

ICT Vinny Myers

(Year 7)

Behaved impeccably and followed the RESPECT values. He also answered questions on Fake News.


Mustapha Jarboh

(Year 7)

Created a PowerPoint on Fake news and verbally gave examples of online fake news.
ICT Lay Abdulqader

(Year 8)

Had excellent background knowledge about algorithms that she shared with the class and created a flowchart to show her algorithm.

IMedia Animation Club

Kyle Laud

(Year 8)

Created a 2D animation using frame by frame techniques and several sprites.
IMedia Animation Club Jake Edwards

(Year 11)

Created a 2D animation with backgrounds and several characters.


Liam Wilson

Ronnie Everett

(Year 9)

Created an encryption message using the Pig Pen Cypher that was complex and accurate.

Retail Business

Jason Litton

Jodie White

Leon Perry

Tori Triffit

Tyler Stanley

(All Year 10)

Excellent RESPECT for Education shown in lessons, meeting expectations at all times.


Annalise Hyde

Lola Moreton

(Year 9)

For excellent effort and working together in Spanish.


Evie Page

(Year 9)

Excellent attitude to learning in class and at home. Class work completed to a high standard and is practising at home on Language Gym with over 4000 questions answered.


Luca Baker

(Year 9)

Brilliant lesson in Spanish this week, confident to give answers in class and producing some brilliant work.


Tobias Mansfield

(Year 9)

Great effort in supporting other students after completing their own work to a high standard.

PE Queen Amakiri

Sonia Plaszczynska

(Year 9)

For their determined attitude in trampolining. First lesson on trampolining and picked up new skills really quickly enabling both girls to learn some really advanced skills.


Mollie Morrison

(Year 7)

For her excellent leadership in football. Only in year 7 and could already confidently lead part of a lesson.

BTEC Sport

Vittorio Gato

(Year 10)

Outstanding start to his BTEC Sport course. He has produced some excellent answers to various demonstrate tasks.

BTEC Sport Robin Singh

(Year 10)

Confidently presenting his work to the whole class.

Health and Social Care

Halle Bowler

Matthew Frankland

Grace Sharp

Ruby Pearson

Olivia Smith

Phoebe Marris

Skye Brindley

(All Year 11)

For the fantastic effort and progress made in intervention after school this week.


Ellie Graves

(Year 10)

Improved attitude and work ethic coming into year 11. Up to date with all of her coursework.
Engineering 10C Engineering Class

For making a great start to their engineering lessons.

Lesson 1

Lola Hogger

Melody Teal

Jay Dawson

Matty Grant

Alfie Wilson

(All Year 10)

For their continued help with the smooth running of lesson one, including helping sort out the animals and handing out resources.


Final thought

“The right choice is hardly ever the easy option”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 14th October 2022; enjoy the weekend.

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

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