Family of Schools Closer Working
On Monday 16th January, Mr Smith (Head of KS3 English) visited students in Year 6 at Coppice Farm Primary School to deliver a Literacy session on reading skills. The session comprised of activities linking inference to the real world and also provided the children with a chance to develop their skills and confidence with reading. Students were rewarded for their contributions and participated exceptionally well throughout the session. At the end of the session, students left with a huge sense of achievement and the Deputy Head Teacher provided plenty of positive feedback.
Arnold Hill’s relationship with feeder primary schools continues to prosper and there are many other things going on linked to transition. In addition to working with Coppice Farm Primary School, Mr Smith and Mr Wilson will also be continuing their English and Maths link work with the following schools throughout this academic year: Mapperley Plains Primary School; Ernehale Junior School; Arno Vale Junior School and Arnold View Primary School. The Year 6 students are responding incredibly well to the additional support and Arnold Hill is really grateful to children and the staff in our feeder schools for allowing us to work with them.
Watch this space for further updates regarding the excellent work that we are doing to ensure that the profile of Arnold Hill is raised within the community and that our new cohort of Year 7 students from September 2017 have exciting opportunities to get exclusive insights into our spectacular A block building.
Cross Country Success in the Notts Schools Winter League
It’s been an absolutely fantastic start to the season for Arnold Hill Academy’s cross country runners. The team enjoyed further success at the weekend in the Notts Schools Cross Country Winter league which took place at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. Our year 10/11 boys took the gold medal in their age category, with James Dickinson finishing 2nd overall in the individual competition.
Other standout results were Lauren McNeil finishing 2nd in the Y8/9 girls’ individual competition, Ava Remzi finishing 4th in the Y10/11 girls’ competition and the Y8/9 boys’ team who finished in second place overall.
It was a great effort from all involved and we are extremely proud of you all.
Our winning Y10/11 boys' team are pictured with their medals.
Ice Star Glides to Success
It’s been a bright start to the synchronised skating competitive season for Arnold Hill student, Bryony Negus. Bryony competes at a domestic and international level as a member of the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy (NSSA) Icetastic and Rocking Robin teams, and is already celebrating multiple medal success.
This year’s campaign began with the teams topping the podium in Cardiff at the Wales and West Synchronised Skating Competition at the beginning of November. Two weeks later Bryony was part of a gold winning performance by the Icetastic team at the Lee Valley British Synchro competition in London, before going on to take silver with the Rocking Robins at the Winter Cup 2016 in Gullegem, Belgium last week.
We are all very proud of Bryony, and wish the NSSA teams all the best when they defend their British Championship titles for the 3rd year running in January.
GCSE & GCE Certificates Available for Collection
GCSE and GCE summer 2016 certificates are now available for collection. If you are no longer a student at Arnold Hill Academy please come to the A Block Reception to collect and sign for them. If you are a student in our Sixth Form, please see Mrs Spencer in the Pastoral Office.
The office is open between the hours of 8am – 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 3.30pm on a Friday. Please can I ask that you check your certificates before leaving the office as any errors may not able to be corrected once you have signed for them. If you need to collect them on behalf of someone you must have written consent to give to reception before they will allow you to sign and take them away.
Attendance and Punctuality
After the October half term we are introducing a new lateness policy – both lateness to school and lateness to lessons. We wanted to ensure you are aware in good time about this and also that this will be shared with students prior to it starting on Monday 31 October 2016 via assemblies and in guidance. Please support us by ensuring you speak to your child about this at home too. A copy of the letter sent home can be accessed below.
Home Learning at Arnold Hill Academy
At Arnold Hill, home learning is an important part of the curriculum. We want to support all students to complete home learning and also ensure that parents and carers are informed about the content and when home learning is set.
This week, all students have been given a Home Learning booklet (copies are available to download below). This booklet contains the term’s home learning plan for each subject. Where possible, home learning will be set in line with these timings and themes. This may be subject to some alteration if there is a Bright Day, INSET day or a teacher is absent. Students will also record home learning in their planner. Please use the booklet to discuss home learning with your child. If you do have any questions or queries, please email your child’s teacher directly.
Home learning is important to support progress; effort and completion of home learning is recognised through reward points. Students are not formally sanctioned if home learning is not complete. Individual teachers do sometimes expect students to finish incomplete home learning with them outside of lesson time. This is particularly important at Key Stage 4 as making good progress is vital.
In addition, there will also be a drop-in home learning club every Monday and Tuesday from 3:15pm-4:15pm. This will be held in the School Library in B Block for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.