Weavers Academy

24 October 2014 In Sports News
 

I would like to say how proud I was to be invited to a Canterbury Kit design event as part of the RFU All-Schools projects. The projects gives all schools taking part in the All Schools project the opportunity to attend a Canterbury kit design workshop, which were held at local rugby clubs across the country. The cross-curricular workshops enabled the 3 lucky boys Jacob Cox, Harry Gayton and Jake Samwell the chance to design the schools team rugby jersey, whilst learning about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems.The boys were a credit to the school throughout the event and you can clearly see from the photos they had a great day and the shirt is one that we are all waiting to see and play in.

 

Mr Higgins and Mr Alder

24 October 2014 In Sports News

I would like to announce that Weavers Academy have secured funding though the RFU All School Project to develop rugby at the school. Rugby union is a game for All Schools – everyone can play it and every school can teach it. All Schools has been developed by the RFU to increase the amount of rugby in schools, and to encourage new players to join local clubs. WE as a school and in PE also believe in the RFU’s core values that can be developed and achieved through sport which are Teamwork; Respect; Enjoyment; Discipline; Sportsmanship

 

In light of this we will be supported in lessons by qualified coaches from the RFU, linking up with Wellingborough Rugby Club and supported with new kit and new equipment. Watch this space for future developments

Mr Higgins

28 August 2014 In School News

On the 7th and 8th of July year 6 induction took place, when all year 6 students from Wellingborough junior schools visit their chosen secondary school. We had a range of schools come up to experience secondary school life.

On the Monday, after lining up and getting to see who was in their new form, the students were introduced to the academy by Mr Boddy and Mr Mawby, before proceeding to their forms where they got to know their form teacher and other students. Each form experienced individual activities and after break they got to try some sport events including orienteering, a fitness obstacle course, and rounders (unless you were in the groups where it started to rain like I was where instead you played elves, wizards and giants). The day culminated in an obstacle course relay. Great fun was had by the year 6’s as they got to throw balls at us sixth formers!

The Tuesday was an opportunity to try taster lessons which included art, English, maths, music, science, ICT, Spanish and French. They got a flavour of the sort of things they will be doing in September, alongside working with the sixth form academic mentors.

The students now know what it will be like in September and have experienced secondary school. As importantly, I hope they have seen how learning will also be fun.

Kirsten Goss

28 August 2014 In School News

On the 23rd June, Weavers Academy year 12 students visited Bedford University to find out about potential universities and courses available to them in September 2015.

On arrival at the University, students were greeted warmly by students currently studying there and the year 12’s were given a timetable of lectures and a map of the campus and given the opportunity to explore the University. Two buildings had been set up with stands for people from different universities, from all the way up in Glasgow to right by the coast in Plymouth. There were over 100 universities represented on a blistering hot day on campus. With the amount of school students there it was very cramped in places and got very hot as a result - but that took nothing away from students looking at sealing their success for the future.

Throughout the day there was a band playing under a huge gazebo; people sat and listened in force and with the chance to buy food, sit, bond and listen to music it was something nobody could turn down.

Every student knows it won’t be easy to make a choice but events like this just make things that much easier. Thank you Bedford University.

Scott Poole

28 August 2014 In School News

A group of Year 12’s, of which I am one, have been following the Tomorrow’s Teachers programme run by Edge Hill University, Liverpool, which is a programme organised for students aspiring to be teachers. This helps them to begin to acquire the knowledge and experience of becoming the best teacher they can be.

Because the university is in Liverpool, the minibus had to leave at 6.15 a.m., which is too early to be up. Luckily Mrs Raybould and Mr Knowles allowed us to get a Costa Coffee to perk us up. As we arrived, 3 hours later, I can definitely say that we all agreed on how beautiful the university was. However we couldn’t keep looking at the scenery for long as we had our first session starting.

This involved making a video blog presenting what we have enjoyed the most about the programme so far. We also had mock interviews which gave us a clearer understanding of interview questioning, answering questions about how we would act in various scenarios that may take place in the classroom.

In our second session we had a campus tour from a student who goes to the University. This gave us more knowledge about the university itself and about the student life as well. There is a huge range of societies and clubs, from the expected sports ones to the Harry Potter Society and even Star Wars!

After a free lunch from the university, we did an activity called ‘Blue Sky Thinking’ which involved us splitting into groups and designing our ideal school, where money is no object. It was great fun as well as making you think about what is important about school. Lastly, we went to a class to learn how to pass the literacy and numeracy test, which is needed to become a teacher. It is nothing like a test you’ve ever taken before, as you only have 18 seconds to answer the question and then ‘puff’ it’s gone. Definitely going to do a lot of practising for that.

To round that off, all the schools who took part in the celebration day came together and got certificates to mark the occasion. Overall it was a brilliant day and I am definitely proud that I took part in the day as it has given me further knowledge about how to become the best teacher I can be.

By Liam Dickson 

28 August 2014 In School News

The sixth form Olympics have taken place annually for the past 13 years, involving Christopher Hatton, Weavers, Wrenn and Wollaston. They were started by Andy Todd, Head of Sixth Form at Wollaston, who believed that after all exams had finished schools in the local area should get together for some competitive enjoyment.  Sadly Mr Todd passed away several years ago however the sixth form Olympics are a result of the hard work he put in to make sure they happened.

All the schools came together again on the 9th July, hosted this year by us, to participate in another memorable games. There was a really friendly atmosphere throughout which shows a sense of community around Wellingborough despite the competitive edge. Events were gripping and, from the rowing to the Ultimate Frisbee, the sports were fought competitively but most importantly fairly. Despite the heat of the day it seemed to spur everyone on even more and lead to another enthralling games. Weavers just emerged victorious in the end, however a point here or there could have lead to a completely different story.  It was the tug of war that secured our success.

Ben Coulter-Brophy

28 August 2014 In School News

At the start of this induction week, the upcoming Yr 12s had a series of subject taster sessions to help them make their own minds up about the subjects they had heard about-they didn’t have to make any decisions on the spot, it was simply to help them make the right choices for their future here. They also had a trip to two museums- The Natural History Museum and the Science – along with the sixth form tutors, Mrs Pandya and Mr Wallace.

There was also a Fun Day arranged by the current Yr 12s, to help everyone get to know each other. The Year 11s were very willing to take part in all the activities, like the 5 round quiz, the sporting activities and egg roulette – and really enjoyed the food that had been cooked and set up for them.

The Fun Day was successful as the new year 12s went away happy and contented in their decisions and the year 13s felt comfortable and excited about their new arrivals. We look forward to having them here next year!

Robyn Clarke

28 August 2014 In School News

On 29th June 2014, Megan North, Georgia Evans, Kirsten Goss, James Jeffreys, Hannah Prentice and Caragh Brannan of the Sixth Form travelled to Beaumont Hall for the Realising Opportunities Summer School which gave most of them the first taste of university life. Realising Opportunities is a two year university support programme for students in the Sixth Form whose parents have not experienced higher education and therefore aims to provide experiences of university life and expel to help students decide whether it is for them.

 

The main objective of the Summer School was to learn the 12 characteristics of a successful person through a range of seminars including; positive visualisation, meditation and goal setting, which everyone found to be beneficial activity for boosting confidence. Aside from the seminars, everybody had the team task of producing a seven minute presentation about a randomly selected famous person who had a battle against adversity, from Angela Merkel to Jose Mourinho, exploring the 12 characteristics along the way. In the evenings the students were treated to a talk with Olympic Cyclist, Brian Steel, and visits to a Mexican restaurant, a Bowling Alley and a disco which gave everybody a chance to socialise with people from other schools.

 

As an event that was initially met with nerves and trepidation but ending with high spirits and emotion, it could only go down as a success, with everybody also learning about the independence of university life alongside academic study. For any students entering the Sixth Form or thinking about going on to Higher Education please read about the Realising Opportunitites programme and see if you are eligible for the scheme.

 

For more information about the 12 characteristics of success, visit: http://beverleyburton.com/equipped-2-succeed/

 

 

James Jeffreys

23 July 2014 In School News

As part of the Design Programme, all year 7 students visited the Shoe Museum in Northampton. This visit was a fantastic opportunity for all students to actively look at the largest collection of shoe heritage in the world. From exploring the shoe fashion through the years to learning the manufacturing progress, this visit was an essential part of securing students understanding.   

 

‘I enjoyed the shoe museum because I learnt lots of new things. We were able to see shoes that were worn thousands of years ago. We also learnt about the functions of different shoes.’ 

Abbie King

 

 ‘I enjoyed the shoe museum as we saw lots of different types of shoes. It was a great experience to hold shoes 300 years old. It was great’.

Leah Drage

 

At the shoe museum I got to hold very old shoes. I also found out a lot of interesting things. I really enjoyed looking at unique shoes. My favourite part was drawing the shoes and doing interactive games’.

Jess Reid 

 

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21 July 2014 In School News

The week of May half term, (26th - 30th May) a group of 22 enthusiastic year 7 and 8 students started a great adventure to a small village in Spain called Carboneras de Guadazaon in Cuenca. We spent a fantastic week with another group of Spanish students. Both groups of students had to share rooms, activities throughout the week. Both groups seemed quite apprehensive about the idea but soon blended together to share good times, jokes and games.

We did a range of exciting activities that week, such as visiting Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, learning about the history of Madrid, visiting the world heritage site of Cuenca, taking part in fun activities in and out doors. Our students made us really proud because of their willingness to try new things and  share adventures with the Spanish students.

The students came back after trying all sorts of traditional Spanish food and having made lots of Spanish friends to keep in contact for years. It was fantastic to see the students trying their hardest to communicate in Spanish, their language skills improved considerably during that week.

 

I think the trip was very exciting. There was a lot of traveling, despite this I learnt a lot form the journey. I liked the day where we stayed at the school and learnt about where everybody came from. I especially enjoyed the ‘ Geocaching’ activity. (Ben Moss)

 

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