Students and staff were in the spirit for our Christmas Jumper Day – as these pictures show.
They were also in generous moods, raising £86.30 for Save the Children. Well done everybody and thank you!
I understand Year 9’s delayed return to school is frustrating and causes inconvenience – but I know parents will understand the decision has been taken for the right reasons.
More details are provided here but of paramount importance is the welfare and safety of our students and staff.
We send our best wishes to the colleague affected.
Our strict protocols are there for a reason. Conversations over the last 24 hours with Public Health England act as reassurance that we have the right procedures in place.
But it is frustrating they have been invoked so close to the beginning of term, just as we were all getting back to normality.
We have had fantastic support from parents throughout this crisis and in the first few days of term. We need this to continue.
Years 7, 10 and 11 remain unaffected and they can be assured of quality teaching in the classroom.
For Year 9 this week and Year 8 next, it is a return to online learning that worked well in lockdown.
It does not help our situation, but local flare-ups are happening across the country.
It is about how you deal with them.
The priority is that our students and staff remain safe and feel, should an issue arise, it will be dealt with appropriately and in consultation with Public Health England.
We have had an encouraging start to the term with a fantastic response from students and staff to our bubbles and other protocols, including the wearing of face masks / coverings in communal areas.
Parents too, have been most supportive with attendance hitting 95%.
I would like to thank everybody for their support and cooperation.
We will have blips – it is the nature of coronavirus – but we need to work together, showing respect and tolerance, to overcome them.
As always, I hope you stay safe and well.
Welcome to my first weekly blog.
With the academy remaining closed for at least the next three weeks – except for those children whom the Government has said are entitled to a place – communication between the academy and home has never been more important.
We are, in effect, a virtual school but that does not mean our principal ambition – to give our students the best possible education we can – has changed.
The academy staff team has put in a huge effort to change working practices and creative learning materials.
The feedback is that Class Charts is working well from a student and teacher perspective.
Those unable to access IT have had work posted out this week.
Last term I was pleased that, with two days’ notice, we gave our hard-working Year 11s the send off they deserved, including a meal with the staff.
Over the Easter ‘holidays’, volunteers have supported those children coming into the academy.
There has been a really nice, family feel and I’m grateful to those who put on a range of activities.
One was to make rainbow creations in support of the NHS and key workers and the spectacular results can be seen on our Facebook feed.
In the term ahead we all need to focus on the academic work of our students. I know it’s difficult, but staff, students, parents and carers now need to pick up the momentum on home learning we had before the break.
Teachers are available via emails and, if you have any particular concerns, please do not hesitate to ring school.
Our pastoral team will be contacting students, parents and carers this week to ensure you are okay. If you’re struggling, for whatever reason, it’s important you tell them.
We have always been proud of our support and guidance – we are there for students like never before.
Keep safe and stay well.
The Academy’s Eco-Enrichment Team won a regional competition and enjoyed their prize – a fact-finding day on wind turbines.
The 11 Year 9s visited Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted’s base in Grimsby, in the shadow of its Dock Tower.
The team was given a short overview of Ørsted, which operates the world’s biggest windfarm from its East Coast Hub, before having the chance to make their own wind turbines.
They had a tour of its service operations vehicle the Edda Mistral before a buffet lunch with key staff.
The vessel had just returned from a stint in the North Sea maintaining Ørsted’s Hornsea One windfarm.
Mrs Cathie Bremner, who led the trip, said it had been an excellent day.
“The students were a credit to the Academy and enjoyed the trip,” she said.
They had won first prize in the Humber-wide competition run as part of a clean energy conference by NP11, the body set up by 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
Ørsted tweeted news of the students’ success to its 13,500 followers.
Lauren Little, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said: “We were delighted to host 11 students from The St Lawrence Academy at our East Coast Hub.
“It was a great day engaging the next generation to give them an insight into offshore wind and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can play an important role in unlocking some fantastic career opportunities.
“We loved their wind turbine creations and brilliant questions throughout the day.”
Ørsted, voted the world’s most sustainable company at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, employs 350 staff at its Grimsby maintenance base.
The St Lawrence Academy Principal Mike Adnitt thanked the firm for hosting the students and staff.
“They returned to the Academy full of enthusiasm about the day and what they had seen and heard,” said Mr Adnitt.
“We’re grateful to Ørsted and its team for making them feel so welcome and encouraging our students to think about STEM careers and, in particular, the wind turbine sector.”
The Academy’s newly-formed Debate Club participated in an all-day event with other North Lincolnshire schools.
Arranged to get the opinions of local young people, the North Lincolnshire Great Debate discussed transport / connectivity, drugs, litter and youth activities, all previously highlighted as priorities.
Maths teacher and Debate Club leader Mr Compton took our six representatives to the event at the Baths Hall, organised by the council and North Lincolnshire’s Youth Council.
He said it was a “great day” for the newly-formed club.
“We’re all pretty new to debating but it was great to get involved in discussions about topics as varied as youth activities, litter and drugs,” Mr Compton said.
“These are issues important to lots of local young people so for students at TSLA to be able to give their opinions was a great opportunity for everyone involved.”
Various workshops were held in the morning to help inform the students about the issues.
In the afternoon, a series of round table discussions, facilitated by youth council representatives, were held to gain an insight into the opinions of those present.
Year 10 Debate Club member Daniel really enjoyed the event.
“It was good to hear what other schools thought about different issues and the whole day was something I’d like to do again,” he said.
Top picture: Left to right, Daniel W, Shanice, Aisha, Daniel K, Nate and Sam, arrive at the Baths H all, primed and ready for debating to start.
Congratulations to Year 10 student Halle, the first from the Academy to be accepted on to a ground-breaking national leadership programme.
Young Event Hosts is a two-year development programme run by the Youth Sport Trust.
The initial events will see Halle travel to Sky Academy Studios in London – to experience what it is like to work in the media – and Loughborough University, where she will work with mentors to develop her athletic skills.
Halle was nominated by PE teacher Mr Oates who described her “one of our top performers” and a “role model” because of the way she embraces Academy life.
“Halle’s proved to be an excellent leader and the programme will offer an opportunity to build confidence and gain first-hand experience in a variety of roles,” he said.
Halle was interviewed online before being told she had been successful.
She thanked the academy and Mr Oates for their support and was looking forward to her trips to London and Loughborough.
She said: “I have always tried my best to take every opportunity given to me involving both sports and academic activities, even though I may not be particularly good at the activity.
“I have always been confident enough to speak in front of reasonably large audiences, however, sport has helped me to amplify that confidence.”
Halle delivered an assembly to Years 7 and 8 on the importance of wellbeing and staying active.
“Doing this made me feel empowered by the positive response it got from the younger students,” she said.
“This programme will enable me to experience new things and gain skills I can use in later life to help others.”
Mr Oates said Halle, who had 100% attendance last academic year, had used her experiences to produce an “amazing” transition booklet for Year 7 students.
“She offered support and encouragement for them to enjoy a warm welcome to the academy and helped to create a positive learning climate for them to flourish in,” he said.
“Through her high aspirations, work ethic and passion for school, Halle is creating a culture where others develop high expectations too.
“This is a very admirable quality in such a young person and she will rise to the challenge of the programme.”
Principal Mike Adnitt described Halle as an “outstanding student”.
“Halle is a polite, respectful and endearing student who has demonstrated a real passion for sport and leadership throughout her time here,” he said.
“We are all very proud of her attitude, demeanour and approach to everything she does.
“I would like to congratulate her on making the development programme and I wish her well on it.”
The programme provides young people with the opportunity to host a series of events alongside tailored training with experts, including experienced athlete mentors.