It seems like a long time since I have written a blog. Actually, it is a long time. The Academy is moving along at pace and every day is active and full of learning and skills development. Whilst the blog has been down, the following has happened and is worth a mention.
- Crib Festival
- Christmas lunch
- Small Nose Theatre company, a collaboration between History and Drama
- Carol Concert
- Food boxes delivered to charity
- Women in Black workshop in the West End
- Cross Country success
- Two stories on Anglia News praising our work on safeguarding and our inclusive community.
- Themed lunches for Burns night and Mexican
- Launched our search for a Chantry Alumni
- English Speaking union working with our Y8 students
- Launched our partnership with Eastern Region Training
- Visit to Suez Recycling centre
- Rugby success
- Y9 student leadership conference at Ipswich Town FC
- Positively Mad study skills with Y8-11
- Amazing production of Hairspray
- Visit from the STEM ambassadors programme
- Professional Dance auditions
- We also had some snow
- Lots of learning
However, I would like to spend some time talking about a few of the recent activities that have stuck in my mind.
This week, we opened our doors to Y5 to provide them with a flavour of life at Chantry during our Y5 Open Evening. This was an excellent chance for our students to talk to Y5 about the work they do, the expectations they meet and the aspirations they are working towards achieving. As I am sure you are already aware, I am immensely proud of the students and how they respond to others. But during the evening, it was clear that our students even exceed my own expectations. The feedback from visitors was tremendous, typical comments illustrated this “they are a credit to the school” and “I was so impressed with how positive they are”.
On the same evening, we also hosted our Y8 options evening. Our students get to choose a selection of courses which they will study at GCSE level for the next three years. This has clearly sparked a lot of interest, with parents and students keen to hear from the staff about the possibilities and prospects whilst studying the subjects. I was overwhelmed with the response from parents, all appreciating the benefit of an additional years study.
This week has also seen our careers week in full swing, Mr Moseley and Miss Richards have organised a range of opportunities for our students to hear from a number of representatives from industry. These included Ipswich Town FC, National Health Service, A-Tools, Barclays, Paramedic Science and Aim Apprenticeships. Over the week, students attended amended timetables to ensure they had the chance to attend workshops, assemblies and QA sessions. This has caused a real buzz around the academy as students are talking about what they now want to be, how to get there and what they need to do to reach their goal.
Over the last few weeks, our students have been performing the hit stage musical “Hairspray”. The students gave it everything, and had “power and punch” in their performance. I am always taken aback by the commitment, dedication, talent and confidence that our students demonstrate when they have to. A special mention must also go to Ms Denny, Miss Lincoln, Mr Perry, Miss Sadler and the Derrimans – without their input and vision, the production would not have been such a mind blowing event. The students had 5 performances with a total audience of over 1300 including our feeder primary schools, and we are delighted that our whole community got behind our performers.
Finally, as we look back over the years of continual improvement, we can see that Chantry Academy is not only becoming the school of choice, but is a school which our students and the whole community can be proud of. Once again, our forthcoming Y7 cohort will be full, and we are therefore operating a waiting list for our 2018/19 Y7 intake. This is a real vote of confidence in the work of our staff and students, in building what is proving to be an excellent school.