CEO Blog – Term 1-3 2019/2020

CEO Blog – Term 1-3 2019/2020

It is with great pleasure that I am able to reflect on the last few terms so positively, I am enthused about the amazing achievements of our Trust during this time.  It is always wonderful to be able to travel to all the schools, hearing and experiencing the great work of our students and staff.

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Meon Junior School

As a Trust we pride ourselves on the work we do within our community and the opportunities that we provide for our students outside of the school environment. This term our Year 5 and 6 students at Meon Junior School enjoyed a presentation by the author Amber Lee Dodd who answered questions about writing novels and children were able to buy one of her books and have it personally signed. Could one of the budding writers of Meon Junior go on to be the next J.K Rowling?

 

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Newbridge Junior School

What a delight it was to receive the below email from Mary Kinoulty (Head of Learning at the Mary Rose Trust, praising the Year 4 children of Newbridge Junior School following their recent visit to the Mary Rose Museum.

“Dear Headteacher, As you know Year 4 came to the Mary Rose yesterday on a visit organised by Joanna Teare.  I thought that you would be glad to know how deeply impressed we were by all the children.  They were simply OUTSTANDING!  As you can imagine, we meet many thousands of children for all over the region over the course of a school year.  I have no hesitation in saying that Newbridge Junior School children are remarkable for their love of learning!  They were fantastically well prepared by their wonderful teachers and were so keen to share their knowledge with the team here.  They thoroughly enjoyed learning new things and took part in all the activities with great enthusiasm.  It goes without saying that their behaviour was exemplary.  They were all extremely well mannered. In short, they were an absolute joy to teach and a pleasure to meet.  They are a great credit to the school, their teachers, their parents and themselves.   Please pass on our thanks to the children and their teachers.  I should add that the teachers and their supporting adults were a key part of the success of the day.  They were clearly inspirational as well as providing first class leadership and organisation.”

 

Goodwin Academy have partnered with Deal Music and Arts to open a music centre for children of all ages. I look forward to hearing a jamming session very soon.Well done to Cody Jennings also from Goodwin who recently won a prize at the Kent Final of the Spirit of the Try Angle Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of young people and groups in schools, work organisations and in their local community.

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All Faiths Children’s Academy

The love it or loathe it topic which has filled many a news column and television screen over the last few terms has been that of Brexit.  The Worshipful Mayor of Medway, Counsellor Habib Tejan, kindly visited the Year 6 students at All Faiths Children’s Academy to answer questions from their mini politicians on this debate, along with many other contentious issues such as the carbon foot print of Medway and the star of the roads.

Following on with this theme, students from across our Portsmouth schools took part in a brilliant ‘Thinking’ conference, discussing how they could make Portsmouth greener. Great to see students discussing such issues with confidence and enthusiasm.

 

 

 

 

 

This time of the academic year can be challenging for some students, as many will sit their mock GCSE exams or gain an insight into the world of work through work experience, all of which can be incredibly daunting.  I was thrilled to receive such positive feedback from the presenters at the Careers Fair at Detling for the commendable way in which Year 9 Rochester Grammar School students conducted themselves. In addition more and more year 13 university applicants are gaining and securing offers every day. I have no doubt that this generation of Trust students will go on to inspire, achieve greatness and put their stamp on the world.

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All Faiths Children’s Academy

The students of All Faiths Children’s Academy battled their way through several table tennis games in the Mini Youth Games to become 7th in the competition overall. They held their nerve in the individual games and I am proud to say that they came away from the day as ‘fair play winners’ – Congratulations everyone.

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New Horizons Children’s Academy & All Faiths Children’s Academy

Members of the All Faiths Young Voices Choir from Year 4, 5 and 6 had an amazing day when they went to the O2 to perform as part of a giant children’s choir. There were 8,497 children singing. Great work and commitment from both staff and students, you really do have the X Factor!

A heartfelt well done to the pupils of Penhale infants School who had the best attendance and lowest amount of persistent absence across the Portsmouth TSAT schools for term 2 and 3. I extend this praise to our supportive parents too.

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Gordon Children’s Academy

Congratulations to Jody Murphy, Director of Education for Strood, and the staff of The Gordon Children’s Academy, for being awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark, for its excellence to science teaching and learning. I am thrilled that the standards of the science teaching and efforts of the school have been recognised.

It was great to be part of the launch of the innovative online parenting network to help improve parent voice and engagement across the Trust’s Portsmouth schools. As a Trust, we pride ourselves on the relationships that we build with our parents and so it is great that parents now have a platform to engage through coffee mornings and parent networking.

Holcombe welcomed Lee Preston as school Principal in January 2020. Lee is an exceptional school leader who has more than 12 year’s leadership experience.

Lee had the following words to say:

“I am looking forward to finding out even more about the school but also starting to make some changes to those areas that have room for improvement.

Thank you to those parents and carers who have encouraged and supported me in my new role this term.”

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The Victory Academy

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The Portsmouth Academy

Congratulations to Maureen Wade from The Victory Academy who received the Salters National Award for Science Technicians. It is such an honour that one of our dedicated staff has been publically recognised for always going the extra mile for the school and its students. Well done!

Rachel Grey, Principal at The Portsmouth Academy, has introduced ‘Hot Chocolate Fridays’ to reward students on a weekly basis. The students who have received the most habit points or have achieved something amazing during the week are rewarded a nice cup of hot chocolate for their efforts and for being great ambassadors to the school!

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Holcombe Grammar School & Rochester Grammar School

Students from Holcombe Grammar School and Rochester Grammar School have had the pleasure of a whistle-stop tour of Japan, experiencing its splendours and cultural history.During their visit to Japan, students visited some spectacular landmarks such as the Samukawa Shinto Shrine, the Will Adams Memorial in Yokosuka, the Tokyo Tower plus many more. They even had the opportunity to visit the shops in Kamakura.

To complete their first-hand experience of Japan the students spent some time at Hyōgo Prefectural Kobe High School, and took in the spectacular views over the city and towards Osaka. WOW! What a fantastic and memorable experience for our students.

Moorings Way took part in a sponsored Jumpathon to raise funds for the RNLI who are working towards buying a new lifeboat. I am thrilled to say that Moorings’ little jumpers hit their target of £175.00. A super achievement for a great cause.

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Cedar Children’s Academy

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Meredith Infant School & Isambard Brunel Junior School

Our Year 3 students at Cedar Children’s Academy heard what it is like to be a real life hero when they had a visit from the NHS and Kent Fire and Rescue. The workshops gave the children the opportunity not only to hear about the work of these amazing people but also to challenge stereotypes that only boys can be doctors and girls can be nurses!Isambard Brunel Junior School and Meredith Infant School took part in a Winter Safety Day during November in which the children had lots of fun whilst learning about how to keep safe in the winter months. They started the day with an amazing and inspiring assembly from the NSPCC before heading off to workshops for the day.  They were extremely lucky and had many visitors throughout the day including Chartwells, who led their healthy eating workshop which promoted the importance of a healthy diet to fight off germs and illnesses. The students tried many new vegetables and the school said that some of them have now been converted! The school had a visit from their local Police department who joined in with some of our Sweat Camp activities. During the visit, they looked at what to do if they ever came across an injured person by practising the recovery position, and ways to keep safe on the roads.

 

Thinking School Academy Trust celebrates World Thinking Day

On Friday 14 February our Trust celebrated World Thinking Day, which gave students the opportunity take part in some great activities and to ‘Think’ outside the box. This year’s theme was Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Among our schools, we had versions of TV’s The Cube, quizzes, debates and many more interactive activities. Look at some of the great photos below that show the wonderful and innovative ways the schools celebrated.

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Penhale Infant School

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Newbridge Junior School

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New Horizons Children’s Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rochester Grammar School

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The Victory Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, parents and more importantly our great students for the commitment you show every day.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the great accomplishments that have taken place over the last few months and I look forward to sharing more with you in the terms to come.

 

All the best,

 

Stuart