Exploring University Together event for Year 10 Pupils
Year 7 student Mia Alexander has been enjoying success recently with the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy (NSSA). Mia skates in two teams, Basic Novice (Ice Stars) and Advanced Novice (Ice Dreams) and has just returned from the Winter Cup in Belgium where both teams achieved an incredible 1st place. She was also chosen to collect the trophy and represent Basic Novice on the podium. The squads have also enjoyed success in Eindhoven, Holland with the Ice Stars taking 1st place, and Advance Novice finishing 3rd.
There are a hectic couple of months ahead for the teams with the British Championships in January in Nottingham, the Trophy D'Ecosse in Dumfries and finally the Budapest Cup in March.
We wish you, and your team mates, lots of luck Mia!
Photo credit - Skate Synchro photo
We were delighted to hear some exciting news about one of our year 9 students, Sam Coleman. Over the last two years Sam has been busy fundraising for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Big Appeal, completing a sponsored 25km swim and abseiling down the side of the Queen’s Medical Centre. In recognition of his achievements, Sam was nominated by the charity for the Nottingham Post Young Hero of the Year award, and on 20th November was invited to the awards ceremony along with the other finalists. Sam and his parents had a great evening, and were extremely proud when he received a runner up award.
More information about Sam’s fundraising and the award nomination can be found in this Nottingham Post article.
The year 10/11 basketball team are now Nottinghamshire County CHAMPIONS! After qualifying for the Winter School Games, the team beat Emmanuel 28-12 and then went on to beat Christ the King 26-24 in a very intense final. The boys showed great strength and awareness to overcome Christ the King and managed both games very well. Alex Wood and Daniel Flint scoring important baskets in the final 3 minutes to help us secure the victory. The pupils have worked so hard on their basketball over the last couple of years and deserve this success. Well done boys!
In the autumn term the Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award centre were delighted to recruit 46 Year 9 students to the Bronze award, 35 year 10s to the Silver award, and 14 Year 12s to the Gold award. We also welcomed two new adult volunteers to work with our participants.
At a ceremony on 27th November, the Mayor of Gedling presented nearly one hundred Bronze and Silver certificates to last year’s participants. The Gold participants will travel to an awards ceremony at St James’ Palace in London in February to collect theirs.
On 1st and 2nd December our three Mountain Leaders trained the 14 Gold participants to operate effectively, and safely, on remote moorland in truly awful weather conditions. Once they had mastered advanced map and compass techniques, they were able to find marker stones the size of cereal packets on featureless moors in very limited visibility – for all of its huge cost GPS can do no better!
Our Y12 BTEC Sport and Exercise students recently visited the Occupational Health & Fitness Department at the Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in Bestwood to make use of their VO2 max fitness testing equipment. As well as being an important part of their current learning, students were also given an insight to the fitness aspect of becoming a fire fighter. A massive thank you to Charlotte Hashim, the Fitness Advisor based at their headquarters for her expertise and insight into the fitness protocols required, and for sharing with us her experience which has led her into her current role.