Headteacher's Message
Weekly Message
   Added/Edited on the 23/04/2018     Previous Messages

I hope you all had a happy and restful Easter break; I am delighted to be able to report that the overwhelming majority of students have returned focussed and ready to learn and brought with them some vastly improved weather!

On the Monday of our return, I shared with staff a number of student achievements which occurred during our absence. As I then listened to an assembly on values, I was struck by the degree to which these students, like so many, visibly demonstrate our own values such as care and respect for others, high aspirations and the determination to fulfil them and strong relationships and shared goals achieved through teamwork.

This included Melissa Quail in Year 13 who attended the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad in Florence, as part of the 4 person GB team competing against 51 other countries. The team finished third overall and Melissa won a bronze medal; I am sure that you will agree that this is an extraordinary achievement.

On the sporting front, Myles Robinson-Young competed in France as part of Swim England campaign whilst Erin Hall Hall was not only selected as part of the U18 GB Dragon Boat Squad but also chosen as Boat Captain. These are wonderful achievements, you should both feel rightly proud.

In addition, I was contacted by the parent of Emily Stevens in Year 9 who informed me of Emily’s meeting with Boris Johnson after winning a competition, for the children of Foreign Office staff, to design the Foreign Secretary's Christmas card. The card was printed and sent out to Foreign Ministers around the world last year representing a proud moment for Emily, her family and all of us here at the academy.

Leading up to the Easter break, 9FJW took part in a sponsored silence raising an impressive £298.61 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a charity chosen because some members of the form have undergone treatment there. We would like to make a special mention to the families of Milly Middleton and Samaria Lynn for their very generous donations and to Maxwell McKnight and his family for visiting GOSH to present the cheque over Easter.

Also to Maxwell McKnight and his family who kindly delivered the cheque to staff at Great Ormond street during the Easter break.

A real highlight of this week has been our annual Holocaust Exhibition Project which involved 50 Year 8 students who prepared and delivered a superb exhibition and presentation to Year 7 students, staff and parents. My thanks to all those students who invested so much time, energy and emotions into this project and to all those parents who supported their children on Thursday evening. A special thanks to Mr Lampett and Mr Nunnery for their hard work in ensuring the event was a huge success.

Congratulations to Hannah Baumert in Year 12 who, to support her ambitions to practice Law, successfully applied for a work experience placement with leading international law firm Berwin, Leighton & Paisner on the ‘Career Kick Start’ programme. The programme aims to provide aspiring lawyers with an understanding of the legal roles available within different organisations. This is an excellent opportunity for Hannah to gain an insight into how different organisations operate and work together, as well as meeting successful individuals within the business world.

My thanks to all those parents of our Year 7 students who attended subject consultation meetings on Thursday; it was great to see so many there to support our young learners and I was delighted by the positive feedback received from all I managed to speak with.

I hope you would agree, therefore, that your children have not only returned to significant fanfare but have also demonstrated all that we stand for at Longsands Academy in terms of our core purpose and values. We were all heartened by the positive feedback received by Astrea colleagues on Tuesday who, on visiting the academy for the first time, were quick to comment on the happy and positive climate which pervades the academy and provides a perfect environment to support the learning and well-being of students and staff alike.

Martin Paine