UAK Perform at the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Championships

On Tuesday 9th May, the ‘Panthers Cheerleading Team’ at UAK performed at the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Championships.

The event which took place at Fenton Manor consisted of 17 team members across all year groups and was choreographed by team captain Charlie Betley.

Teacher, Mrs Castrey commented: “I am so proud of all the students who performed in the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Championships. They worked so hard on their routine and gave it their all. They left the competition feeling proud with their heads held high.”

Performers: Charlie Betley, Maddison Williams-Powell, Holly Jones, Charlotte Proctor, Megan Hancock, Olivia Scally, Sophie Sterling, Rebecca Morgan, Laurie Rogerson, Leona Owens, Tors Eardley, Lauren Skellam, Alice Chappell, Gracie Price, Abbie Allen, Natasha Plumb and Jorja Gardiner.

Watch the performance online at:

May the 4th be with you!

We had a fun Star Wars Day theme in the canteen during lunch yesterday to celebrate “May the 4th”.

The Star Wars soundtrack could be heard echoing down the corridor as pupils queued to enter for lunch.  Catering Academy donned costumes, decorated the Kitchen and serving area with Star Wars memorabilia  and served aptly renamed dishes such as ‘Ham Solo’, ‘Princess Layer Jelly’ and ‘Jabba the Pizza Hut’.

Key Stage 3 Dance at UAK

During the last half term Key Stage 3 students have been studying dance during their PE lessons.

Year 7 girls have been discussing the actions of dance, and then looking at different genres of dance.  They have put together their own routine using the 5 actions and then adapted a learned routine for Line Dancing and Bhangra.

Year 7 boys discussed the actions of dance and then focussed on the Haka.  They learnt the words and movements to the traditional Haka Ka Mate and then adapted some movements to include their own ideas.

Year 8 girls and boys have been studying stimulus and what stimuli can inspire a dance.  They then focussed on Thriller and created their own routine based on Michael Jackson’s iconic music video.

Year 9 girls studied the contemporary ballet of Ghost Dances by Christopher Bruce.  They created a contemporary dance in groups based on the ghosts featured in the ballet.

All of the pupils have been challenged and stretched within Dance.  They have been taken out of their comfort zones and made to think ‘outside the box’.  I am really pleased with how every pupil has responded to dance this half term.  Despite some quite challenging concepts, they have excelled and really shone.

Important: Road & Bike Safety

It has been reported by the public that some UAK pupils were riding their bikes dangerously along Newchapel Road & the surrounding areas.

Please ride safely & stay on the correct side of the road.

Science Experiment – Elephant Toothpaste

As part of our lesson on metals as catalysts, class 8AB4 watched the ‘elephant’s toothpaste’ demonstration. The rapid breakdown of hydrogen peroxide was a great introduction to the topic.

Mrs Potts commented: “An explosive start to our practical based lesson.”

District Netball Tournaments

Over the last few weeks UAK students have been taking part in the Newcastle Schools District Netball Tournaments.

They attend training every week and have played league matches earlier in the year.

The first to play were the Under 16 girls.  The Year 10’s and Year 11’s formed separate teams to play in this tournament. Both teams played superbly and really improved over the course of the tournament.  This was the Year 11’s last ever game for UAK, and so was quite emotional. It has been a pleasure to teach the Year 11 girls and I wish them every success in the future and hope that they continue with netball in their further education.

The Year 8 girls were next to play.  They have only played together a few times, but were so excited and enthusiastic about the tournament.  Their performance improved with each game they played, and by the end they looked like a well-oiled machine.

Despite not placing in the tournaments, the girls improved their performances and have grown in confidence; that is the ethos of school sport.

Mrs Castrey commented: “I am incredibly proud of the girls and the way that they conduct themselves at these tournaments. It has been lovely to see how the girls have grown in confidence with every match.  They are a real credit to the school and themselves!”

World Book Day 2017

To celebrate World Book Day, all staff were invited to dress as a favourite character from a book. Posters were displayed around the school to explain the event and during AR all students received a book token to trade in for a brand new book at participating supermarkets. 12 members of staff came dressed as famous literary characters and Mrs Fraser wore a t-shirt with the opening lines from her favourite novel emblazoned on the back. There was a bit of confusion in reception, with visitors being greeted by Mrs Bullock dressed as the Wicked Queen! KS3 English classes had lessons dedicated to story-telling, Ms Robinson was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, pupils were asked to discuss their favourite books and lessons activities revolved around books. 9ab3 produced book posters and bookmarks. Ms Boon (aka Harry Potter) allowed her Y8 group to have fun with her wand and the Firebolt broom. The HLTA department created a ‘Macbeth’ display board with various props and quotations. Mrs Jones wore a special locket with the words from her favourite novel inside. Mrs Castrey even managed to play Volleyball whilst dressed as Alice in Wonderland! Furthermore, Dr Ma was seen carrying at least 10 books around whilst dressed as Matilda. Overall it was a fun day and we are looking forward to the Book Fair in April which Ms Robinson will be running, to further promote reading. Don’t forget to visit the Book Nook at lunchtime to read in SSC.

We love reading and know that students who read, succeed. So, today was another great opportunity to celebrate the importance and enjoyment of taking time to enjoy a story.

Students, Jack Johnson, said: “Mrs Bardsley is a Victorian lady, she looks cool”.

Ms Regan added: “Students enjoyed the buzz of the day”.