Year 9 Guided Choices Evening

28 January 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Year 9 Guided Choices Evening

I would like to invite you and your son/daughter to the Year 9 Guided Choices Evening on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 4pm.

The aim of this evening is for parents, carers and students to understand the guided choices process and to visit the subject stalls to gain more information on each Subject area. There will be a brief introductory talk outlining the process at 4pm in the hall and then you will be free to visit the stalls that will be located in our Sixth Form Block. These stalls will close at 6pm.

 

Throughout the evening and the guided choices process, students will be guided towards their best suited options. All students will have a meeting/interview once forms have been completed and returned in order to discuss their choices. Students will be given help and advice on the suitability of the courses they have chosen based upon previous attainment.

 

Options

Students will have the opportunity to complement the core programme of Maths, English and Science subjects with three options. However, we ask them to select six possible option subjects. Students are asked to complete the form and hand it to their Form Tutor.

 

Will students definitely be able to do their chosen courses?

It is important that your son/daughter selects course at the appropriate level and chooses subjects that will give them the most chance of academic success.

Availability of all courses offered depends upon sufficient numbers of students choosing the course. Should courses be under-subscribed or over-subscribed, it will be necessary for students to make alternative options. There is also a possibility of clashes with a student’s options once the whole year group has been timetabled. We will talk to students individually before any decisions are made.

Attending this evening is extremely important as it is when your son/daughter will receive the choices available to them at KS4 and you will be able to initially ask for help and guidance on the process.

 

I look forward to seeing you then.

 

Yours faithfully

Mr R. Gardner.

HOY 9

Imperial War Museum

Yesterday we took 28 Year 9 and 10s to the Imperial War Museum London. A heartfelt day was had by all. The students were praised highly for their attitude to learning, the respect they showed for the exhibitions and the sensitive nature of the topic they were learning. The students had a lesson with Lydia, who was extremely impressed and said we were more than welcome to come and visit again. We also had a member of the public say how respectful and well-mannered the students were. #STRIVE #Scholarship #Excellence #IWMLondon

 

Gumball machines

Yr 7 have been working on these Gumball machines in technology this week 

Love Harts: Gig for Hartsdown ARC / ArtsEdEx

Please join us on the 20th December at Elsewhere, Margate to celebrate the achievements of young people from Hartsdown ARC, who have taken part in a 10 week programme us and the incredible Flying Seagull Project. Music from afrobeat legend, Dele Sosimi, Cliftonville Community Choir and Falle Noike and Ayo Akinwolere as well as performances from The Flying Seagulls, Emrys Plant and more! Full on Christmas vibes with raffle, mulled wine, mince pies and sing along! All ticket sales will help fund more workshops with The Flying Seagulls.

Tickets available at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/457311?fbclid=IwAR0u7G8wEq2vVesg8sGI0gV2iB7SRSlHpR2EXC3n20poWDziaznSn0h8g7Y#.XA9z1muz8mg.link

NHS Success!

Tuesday 13th November 5.30-6.30pm – open to all parents and students.

NHS Success! inspires young people to seize control of their future and consider the wide range of over 350 different career possibilities available to them working in the NHS. It’s a fun and engaging presentation, which is also informative and inspirational

.Professional actors portray an array of characters in a healthcare environment ranging from the Royal Voluntary Service to Chief Surgeon. The central character, who hasn’t any real idea of the impact that the NHS could have on his/ her future either physically or career wise, gets to explore, with the audience, the fascinating and exciting world of healthcare.

 

Students and parents will:Learn about the variety of pathways and progression routes available in healthcare

  • Appreciate the variety of fulfilling and rewarding roles, for men and women, and that it’s not all just ‘doctors and nurses’ and highly qualified specialists
  • Realise a job in Healthcare offers training and real career progression
  • Understand that working in Healthcare can be exciting, with a great social aspect
  • Find out where to get help, support and more information to make better decisions for their future

Excellence in Geography

Year 8 have been studying Coasts and one element of this is understanding erosional processes and erosional landforms. All students worked in pairs, to design their own landforms using playdough. Then, they annotated the landforms they created using Level 5 GCSE keywords for processes and landforms. After completion, they walked around voting for the best landform creation.

The winners were Memphis and Emily! Well done! This was a lovely creative lesson, and Miss Reeve could really see their learning

coming to life!

The Youth Travel Ambassador Project

Hartsdown Youth Travel Ambassadors

The Youth Travel Ambassador Programme is an  exciting new project for year 8 and 12/13 students , offered by the Kent County Council Road Safety Team.  This programme provides young people , aged 11-18, with the skills and confidence to address road safety issues affecting their school community.  The project is an innovation for Kent, and Hartsdown Academy is the first school outside of London to introduce the project.

Drawing on the expertise of the Road Safety Team, the project offers:

  • Sessions for students delivered by KCC Road Safety Team YTA Coordinator • Optional access to bid for up to £250 funding to deliver a YTA campaign • Opportunity to attend Enterprise Highway and end of year Expo events and Training for students to become YTA Student Leaders to mentor their peers.

With direct support from the Road Safety Team, YTA teams research and develop behaviour change campaigns, focusing on road safety awareness and improving the student travel experience to and from school. With direct input and support from the YTA coordinator, students develop skills in a variety of areas with applications across the curriculum, and developing a range of transferable skills including:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Planning and organisation
  • Analysing and investigation
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Presenting and public speaking

This is now a well-established programme across schools in London. In total it has reached 250 schools and 4,600 students have been trained as YTA’s delivering campaigns to over 500,000 students.

Poppy Proms in the Park

Events will start at the Memorial Recreation Ground 1914-1918 (commonly known as the Memorial Ground) in Broadstairs on Saturday 10th November 2018, with a living history exhibit of life during 1914-1918 giving everyone a chance to recreate and experience life during the First World War. This exhibit will give a glimpse into the home front and beyond giving specific detail to events in Broadstairs and St Peters. A life size warhorse sculpture created during inclusive art workshops by Bradstow and other local schools will be on display.

Stories from the home front and beyond will be told using acting, dance, song and music. Innovative music workshops for Bradstow and local schools during the preceding months will provide some original pieces in amongst some old favourites. Players of the National Lottery have helped make these workshops and learning opportunities possible. The evening will be a free, collaborative event with local schools, dance companies, inclusive choirs, theatre groups and musicians, bringing all abilities together to bring the Poppy Proms to life, and showcase the previous months of learning.

On Sunday 11th November the Remembrance Day service will be held by the war memorial in town with all groups attending invited to join a reprise of the Poppy Proms at the Memorial Ground and visit the Living History exhibit, open until 3pm.

The whole event will be free, but tickets will be required for the collaborative evening event on the Saturday and the reprise on the Sunday.

We are also asking for volunteers from the community to bring together varied groups who have never worked together before.

For more details see below

Saturday 10th November

11am-3pm Living History exhibit

Including WW1 Trench on a Trailer, Time Tunnel, Exhibition marquee, WW1 Field hospital, Interactive tent, full size war horse sculpture.

Food and drink and a licensed bar available.

7pm-10pm Poppy Proms in the Park

Inclusive concert performances and stories of the home front in WW1 from, Bradstow Inclusive Choir, The Big Sing, Thanet Gospel Choir, Kent Show Choir, Sea Shanty Singers, Inspirations, Soloists, Professional and Amateur musicians and special guest artistes.

With a very special guest narrator.

Food and drink and a licensed bar available.

 

Sunday 11th November

12-3pm Living History exhibit

Including WW1 Trench on a Trailer, Time Tunnel, Exhibition marquee, WW1 Field hospital, Interactive tent, full size war horse sculpture.

Food and drink and a licensed bar available.

12.30-3pm Poppy Proms in the Park

Inclusive concert performances and stories of the home front in WW1 from, Bradstow Inclusive Choir, The Big Sing, Thanet Gospel Choir, Kent Show Choir, Sea Shanty Singers, Inspirations, Soloists, Professional and Amateur musicians and special guest artistes.

With a very special guest narrator.

Food and drink and a licensed bar available.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) 2018

This weekend saw 3 of our Year 11 students participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) 2018 with Margate Rotary Club.

The aim of this weekend was the encourage a vision to develop teamwork and leadership skills, in the hope for them to become future community professional and business leaders. Throughout the weekend, students worked, with excellence in representing Hartsdown through resilience on building confidence within themselves, building team spirit to encourage one another and discuss and establish characteristics of effective leadership – making the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable!

Well done to the Year 11 students for taking part in this experience and for representing Hartsdown Academy, creating a real vision for success and leadership!