Slam Poetry – Literacy always on the Academy’s front page.

As part of the school’s ongoing promotion of reading and the love of writing, the school has continued to organise literacy programmes in and out of the classroom.

• In terms one and two sixty of our Year 8 students completed a literacy project with Kent University which involved an intensive six week programme culminating with students’ published stories being celebrated and read out.

• Since September Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 have worked on a monthly basis with Stewart Ross, our author in residence. This is an ongoing project with each class working on a class reader which again will be published at the end of the academic year.

• In term 3 Year 7 have been working with the University of Kent on the Quest Literacy project. This involves exploring different types of writing and again a class producing their own story.

• Finally, Year 10 students have been involved in a world renowned Slam Poetry workshop. Again, through the school’s close relationship with the University of Kent 15 Year 10s have been invited in February to experience a Slam competition.

15 of our Year 10 students work on a weekly basis with University of Kent English Undergraduates to improve their skills around comprehension and critical analysis.

Academy Hits National Press

We are always delighted with the impact that the Academy’s enrichment events have on the aspirations and desire to aim high of our students. It is particularly rewarding when events and examples of students excelling reach the national stage. Recently two of our events were covered in national journals. Rachael Punyer, as reported in last term’s newsletter, was commended by the Historical Association for her award at the Canterbury Historical Association’s debate. Now our astronomy group have been mentioned in a national website that links different astronomy clubs in the country.

A news article focused on the collaborative research that The Canterbury Academy Astronomy Club took part in last year. It shows a picture of David and Eddie Buxton using balloons to demonstrate what they were studying. Matiss Sijambalapitija, Lucas Groves and James Haddad also used large remote controlled telescopes in Australia, South Africa and Chile generously funded through the Faulkes Telescope Project.

Faulkes Telescope user Andre Debackere joined up with two teachers, John Murphy at Regina Mundi College Cork and Conrad Stevens at The Canterbury Academy. Along with their students, the team took 1049 images of the eclipsing binary system over 6 months, to capture several eclipses of the system, which happen every 34 days. Along with taking the images, the students also learnt about how eclipsing binaries work and why the brightness changes, through classroom activities.

Brexit

To continue to inform our students on what is happening in the world of politics we were delighted to invite in to the school two Canterbury Christ Church university experts on Brexit. Two lecturers delivered an excellent 15 minute talk on Brexit… What next? This was followed by an excellent discussion and questions from our audience of over 45 students.
Kent University – Rewards Trip Years 7 and 8 Mr Palmer and Mrs Cox took 40 students to The University of Kent On Tuesday to reward them for their achievements so far this year. They all behaved impeccably and found the day very interesting and enjoyable with the ambassadors! Thanks to Carolyn and Sarah M for taking us!

Year 5

Paper toys and the world of astronomy- Led by Mr Pout and Dr Stevens, this half day event involved a lot of waste paper and modelling. The focus was to introduce Year 5 pupils to different aspects of the science curriculum. Particularly impressive was that the two events were led by Year 7 and Year 10 students. Everyday objects were designed and constructed out of paper. The highlight of the day was the groups’ production of chairs that are strong enough to be used in everyday situations. The Year 10 students introduced the Primary school pupils to some of the work they undertake in their astronomy club.

Kent University – Rewards Trip Years 7 and 8

Mr Palmer and Mrs Cox took 40 students to The University of Kent On Tuesday to reward them for their achievements so far this year. They all behaved impeccably and found the day very interesting and enjoyable with the ambassadors! Thanks to Carolyn and Sarah M for taking us!

Year 9

Year 9 girls visited the Dungeness Nuclear power station to encourage even more participation from female scientists as we, as a nation, are particularly poor at encouraging female students to go on to study and pursue careers in the world of science. Our students were commended for their concentration and enthusiasm.

Year 10

Year 10 students had the opportunity to tour the medical suite at the Canterbury Christ Church science department. This was a great day of allowing students to begin to understand the different career opportunities within the world of medicine. This will be particularly exciting as the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church will be starting their first year of medical school intake next year. We, as a Trust, have already been invited as a Kent school to start to send students to the first medical school in Kent.