Introducing...AHA Theatre Company
If you deliver or collect your child from school in a car then I need to draw your attention to increasing concerns that we have regarding a small number of parents/carers who use their car to deliver or collect their children from school but are not driving their car safely when near our school. Unfortunately we have received a number of complaints from students, parents and local residents, regarding car drivers who stop on zig-zag lines, park up on the pedestrian pavement or stop suddenly in the road or near the zebra crossing to collect or deliver children.
The police have also shared their concerns with us and I ask for anyone who drives their child to or from school to please ensure they are considerate at all times to pedestrians, local residents and other drivers and only stop or park in safe and appropriate places. The safety of our students, your children, is paramount. If we continue to hear of concerns for the safety of our students, particularly at the end of the day, then we will have to consider not allowing cars onto our site until after 3:30 p.m. when the students who are walking home have all left the site.
On Thursday evening, the Writers’ group performed some of their poetry to a group of parents in the Library as part of the TAG Litfest 2017.
This is a dedicated group of seven girls (we do want boys to join) who have spent the year writing the most powerful and skilful poetry. It is revealing, crafted and profound. Also sometimes funny.
The members come from years 8 to 10 and in some cases they have been writing for three years. One has been entered in the Young Writers’ competition and has reached the finals; this is not the first time that this has happened to a member of the group. A booklet of work has been produced, and there is a sample below of two of the poems.
The Writers’ group will, I hope, continue to meet and to astound.
Head of KS5 English
Have you Registered for Scopay?
Earlier this year the academy introduced a new online payment system, Scopay, to enable parents to make payments to the academy for trips, and other resources via a credit or debit card. Thank you if you have signed up for the online account as it has led to significant efficiencies within the academy, and hopefully you will have seen the benefits of paying online too.
With effect from Monday 5th June 2017 the academy will also be moving from sQuid to Scopay for online school dinner payments. It is extremely important that parents register their Scopay account in advance of this change to allow payments to be made online. The registration instructions, and one time link code, have been resent to all parents yet to create an account. Payments for school dinners will be accepted through Scopay from 4 pm on Friday 2nd June 2017.
All online sQuid accounts will be blocked at the end of this half term and any balance outstanding on accounts at Friday 26th May will be transferred over to the new Scopay system by the new operators.
Please be aware that if you have not granted permission for your child to use the current fingerprint system for lunches, they will not be able to use this function with Scopay.
Students will be able to load their accounts with money via cash machines in the canteen and opposite A Block Sports Hall. These units will accept the new £5 notes and £1 coins from 5th June 2017.
Please note that there are a number of year group trips planned for the end of this term and these will also all require online payment via Scopay.
We've had some great news about former Arnold Hill pupil, Katie Waddell. Katie first started playing football when she was just four years old and while she was still at juniors got the chance to train with David Beckham and other Real Madrid stars after winning a footballing competition. Katie was signed for Doncaster Belles, and from there joined St Leo's University Soccer School, Florida on a scholarship. Last week it was announced that she will be moving back to England to play for Leicester City Women Football Club, the press announcement can be viewed here.
We are so pleased with the success she has had academically in the US and also in her football career after her time at Arnold Hill Academy.