Academy’s Pillars of Excellence Newsletter
The latest good news and positive stories from
The Canterbury Academy
Progress – This year we are delighted to announce that the Canterbury Academy Trust has achieved its highest number of university places ever. With 123 students leaving the Academy in 2018 and moving on to a higher education destination this is fantastic news. We would like to congratulate these students for their resilience and commitment and wish them all the best in their new educational chapter.
The Big Debate – As part of the Academy’s desire to broaden the interests and opportunities of all our students we have launched the Big Debate. This will be a termly talk from an expert or somebody in the public world.
It will aim to inform our students of current issues and allow them to question our speakers about their experiences and the role they play in public life. We were delighted to kick the event off with Rosie Duffield- MP for Canterbury and Whitstable. Rosie came in on the 4th October and fielded a wide range of questions from students across all ages. There was particular interest in Brexit, her views on Jeremy Corbyn and if she were to dance to a song what that might be (following in Theresa May’s footsteps!). Rosie commented that she had enjoyed the lively debate and had been impressed with the content of questions. She suggested that a Politics society could be a way to continue debate in school.
How to Train Your Dragon – With the school’s all important focus on reading, writing and communication we were delighted and very excited by the visit of the world famous author of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’- Cressida Cowell to The Canterbury Primary School. Sixty Year 8’s are involved in a six week University of Kent outreach project to promote literacy through the writing of their novel. Postgraduate students are working with the students each week on a new chapter for their book. In November these books will be published! We are very appreciative of the support that we receive from our local universities in stretching the students in their academic and creative pursuits.
For the year 7’s they have had the pleasure of working every month for a day with our author in residence Stewart Ross. Stewart is a well-known local author, with over three hundred published books, who has kindly agreed to assist our students in their literacy development. The focus with the year 7’s is again to develop their own writing style and confidence in expressing themselves on paper. After Stewart’s first day in school he spoke very positively about the new project. To celebrate the occasion and remind the pupils of the importance of reading, Mrs Farrell purchased the latest in the dragon series for all The Canterbury Primary School students. These one hundred and eighty five books were kindly all signed by Cressida Cowell.
Publish Your Own Book – Sixty Year 8’s are involved in a six week University of Kent outreach project to promote literacy through the writing of their novel. Postgraduate students are working with the students each week on a new chapter for their book. In November these books will be published! We are very appreciative of the support that we receive from our local universities in stretching the students in their academic and creative pursuit.
Excellence in Sport
Success for Canterbury Academy Students in Table Tennis, Cricket and Shooting – A busy summer of sport for our students saw Year 9 student, Dan King, excel in his clay pigeon shooting. Dan has made great progress in this sport and in his final Premier League match of the season, he won the Colt High Gun Trophy, having shot 85/100 in his final round. Year 10 table tennis player, Lewis Marsh won a national under sixteen competition at Milton Keynes, defeating the England number 3 in the semi-finals. Lewis will now be training with the England squad. Finally, our cricketers have done extremely well with a large number having been selected for county age group trials. Harry Fulton, Josh Julian, Henry Goss, Will Cook, Freddie Fulton, Matiss Sijambalapitija, Harry Mawson, Harrison Pack and Noah McLennan
Canterbury Primary School Students get Sports Crew Training – Several students from The Canterbury Primary School received specialist training to help them develop a variety of key skills essential to supporting school sport. The session, which was run by The Canterbury Academy Sports Partnership, focused on leadership, officiating, organisation and communication.
Excellence in Performing Arts
Pauline Quirke Academy – In addition to four Key Stage 4 students who were previously awarded (and re-awarded) scholarships to the Pauline Quirke Academy for Performing Arts Canterbury, three Canterbury Primary School students were awarded scholarships at the end of last year after auditioning in June.
Ava Gooman (Year 7) is currently appearing in video and still advertisements – on an international level – for Stella McCartney, Mango, Clarke’s Shoes and Primark. Her image is currently decorating the store front of Primark Canterbury, as well as other branches worldwide. We are very proud.
Cooper Stout (Year 11) is appearing in series 4 of ‘Got What It Takes’ on CBBC. The programme features eight teenage singers enduring the highs and lows of the music industry, through a set of challenges, with a chance to win a performance slot on stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival! The show airs 6pm on Monday evenings on CBBC.
News and Events
Year 12 Health and Social Care Guest Speaker – Our Year 12 Health and Social care students had a visit from one of our Academy Trust directors, Judy Keay, who has worked within the industry. Judy spoke to the students about some of her own experiences and also discussed some of the charity work that she is currently involved in, they also found out information about nursing and how Judy supports a maternity unit through her charity work.
Erasmus Project 2018-2020 – The Academy has received a grant after our successful bid from a cross-pillar collaboration with Mr Fox and the Academic Pillar. We will be working with four other partner schools from the Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia and Germany. The project is looking at using Media and the culture of the partner countries involved. A group of sixth form students will be visiting Munich in December to start the project.
Friday Night Football Project – The project was set up to provide a positive activity on a night which sees an increase in anti social behaviour. Sessions are attended by a wide range of young people across the Canterbury district. Periodically, the project is attended and supported by Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Sexual Health plus Drug and Alcohol workers; many of which take part in the football matches.
Riverside Youth Centres – inclusive clubs for young people with additional needs have had a successful year so far. Youth volunteers aged 16 to 19 are given training to enable them to become buddies during the sessions and many have gone on to have careers in Special Education settings, nurseries and the care system.
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