UAK Newsletter May 2016

It is a very busy time of year at University Academy Kidsgrove as pupils prepare for external exams at GCSE and A Level. I am sure you will join me in wishing them well.

There is a lot of hard work going on in lessons across the Academy. We recently had a visit from a
Headteacher of an outstanding school. He complemented me on the behaviour of our pupils and their appearance. He remarked how calm and ordered the Academy was.

Outside of classes I wanted to share with you the achievements and successes of our pupils.

Boys Dance: This term, Year 9 boys have been studying ‘Stimulus’ in Dance. They have been
investigating what the different types of stimuli are and how they can be used to inspire dance. The boys did a case study in “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. They looked at what stimuli Michael Jackson used to create his infamous video and used this to create their own version of the “Thriller” dance.

KMF Young Engineer of the Year: On 17 March 2016, the KMF team at University Academy Kidsgrove ventured out to the Britannia stadium to participate in a day of challenging tasks and tests. Students presented their payload (capsule) to the surrounding sponsors and leaders of the event including the ‘Sent Into Space’ Team. Partaking in a range of activities to aid the team on their final launch day where pupils sent capsules, containing many extensive experiments, into space.

Pupils learned how to correctly fill up the sizeable weather balloons with the hydrogen cylinders and this was something that members of the team found very useful, helping to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day.

It also provided the opportunity to network with 22 other schools from the local area. It greatly benefited pupils, and aided the thought process. It allowed them time to evaluate and improve their original ideas.  However, the highlight of the day was getting to meet Jason Bradbury (A presenter on The Gadget Show).  He was extremely friendly yet eccentric; he filled the pupils with pure enthusiasm and excitement as he drove home from the event in his Porsche.

Along with other ‘Sent Into Space’ members, Bradbury ended the day by demonstrating the launch process in which the pupils must complete themselves, in less than two months’ time. Excitement raged through the air as they released the balloon into the warm Spring air. Young people poised with their cameras to later learn from analysing the footage they had captured. For the next few following hours after returning to the Academy, we tracked their payload until it eventually popped up in Brecon, Wales. Pupils were gaining the knowledge which we would need to find the payload on the final day.

Athletics: On 21 April 2016, on an uncharacteristically sunny day. 40 Year 9 and Year 10 pupils went to Northwood Stadium to represent the school in Athletics. All pupils showed determination and some were out of their comfort zone, but still participated with 100% effort to gain the team extra points. In total we won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal. Under 15 Boys relay teams both achieved gold. 3 individual medal winning athletes will now progress to the County Athletics Championship on Saturday 11 June.

North Staffs Cheerleading: On 22 March 2016, 21 Cheerleaders from University Academy Kidsgrove participated in the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Championships at Fenton Manor. The girls’ performed brilliantly and their stunts were technical and performed with precision. Overall, the girls’ were pipped to first place and came in a valiant second. The pupils are dedicated and passionate about what they do and this really shows in their performances. They are looking forward to the UDO Championships in July 2016.

Futsal: On 8 March 2016, our Year 9 Boys Futsal team represented both University Academy Kidsgrove and Newcastle at the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Schools Futsal County Final. Competing against 9 other teams from all over the district, our boys were the only team to not lose a game throughout the whole tournament and came out eventual winners in an extremely competitive field. They will now represent Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent later this month.

Sponsored Skip: On 8 March 2016, 50 pupils took part in our annual sponsored skip to raise monies for the British Heart Foundation and they have done themselves proud! Pupils were asked to remain active for one whole hour of skipping and trying different skipping tricks and skipping styles. Some students mastered Double Dutch and Link skipping. Pupils were sponsored for their hard efforts and they raised inexcess of £1,500.
Dates for your diary:
5 July 2016 Sports Day
7 July 2016 Year 7 Parents’ Evening
14 July 2016 Year 9 Parents’ Evening
Thank you for your continued support and I intend to share more updates on the marvellous work at University Academy Kidsgrove.