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24 October 2014 In School News

The first time I drove a kart was when I was 7 years old on a summer holiday with my family, it was a feeling I've never had before and was determined to have another go. This led on to me researching where  I could race at home. Two months later when I became 8 years old I asked my parents for my birthday to take part in the 3 day arks test at Daytona in Milton Keynes to see if I could be fast and safe enough to compete in their inkart championship. Not only did I beat the lap record, I finished the championship in 2nd place which is a great achievement in my first year. I then saved my money from birthdays and Christmas's to do my Motor Sport Association licence to race at national level. Last year after competing in the Kimbolton championship I finished 5th and in the Whilton MIll championship I finished 3rd overall. I currently race at Shenington, Rissington, Whilton Mill and Kimbolton in championships and also competing in the tkm midland interclub championship. I plan to go further away and enter the 'O' plate championship.

My passion in life is go karting, there is not a feeling in the world that is much better than waiting at the starting line, the adrenaline rushing through me and then finishing at the chequered flag. I know it's my hobby but my attitude is very mature and believe I can always do better and find ways to achieve this while competing. The thing is I have the hunger for it and will not stop until I get to number 1. I have recently moved up to junior tkms which can hit speeds of 75 mph. For only doing 7 races so far in this class, my times are as fast as the front runners who are 3 years older than me and had much more time with this size kart.

 

24 October 2014 In Sports News

Well done to all of the athletes who took part in the Level 2 school games, indoor athletics competition over at Manor school on 17th October. Stand out performances from Ellie Taylor, Vikram Mazumdar, Loleta Spencer, Rayshawn Bailey, Naomi Ashby and Lewis Ward. A great afternoon was had by all, here's awaiting the results.

Mr Higgins and Mr Emary

 

 
24 October 2014 In School News

A huge thank you to all the staff who support me in the running and delivery of the Longtown trip. The trip was fantastic and the students were a credit to themselves and the school. They were able to experience mountain walking, Gorge walking, Caving, Climbing, Canoeing and a variety of team building activities. They made so much progress emotionally, socially and physically that they would all agree that it was an experience that they would love to repeat. It was lovely to see the expression on their faces when they have just plunged 15ft into the freezing cold river water, or managed to climb the 25ft climbing wall, or squeezed themselves through the Letterbox while caving. The elation on their faces once they had pushed themselves and achieved was fantastic to see.  Here are a few images to show the levels of excitement and achievement they experienced.

 

Mr Higgins

 

“I loved my trip to Longtown in South Wales because I got to do activities that I had never done before”.

 

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“I had a lot of fun in Longtown. I enjoyed gorge walking. The water was freezing and I got to climb on the rocks.”

 

Robert West

 

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24 October 2014 In Sports News

Weavers Year 7 Rugby Team embarked on their first rugby experience over at Wellingborough RFC this afternoon.

With only 2 players who have played rugby before joining Weavers we have been working hard to get boys involved.

We took 16 players and enjoyed the afternoon greatly.  Losing to a very experienced Latymer College and drawing with Sir Christopher Hatton and Montsaye School.

All the players tried very very hard and were a credit to the Academy.  Special mention to Kai Kinnel and Josh Peacher who have never played rugby and were brilliant.  Our experienced players Jacob Cox and Ed North were equally brilliant and led the team very well.

 

We look forward to our next outing!!

Year 8 +9 Tournaments are coming up.

 

Rugby training is Thursday after school – we welcome all years to this.

Wellingborough Rugby Club is minutes from here and would love to see some of our players playing their on a Sunday morning.  Please check out their website of you are interested.  I know many of our year 7’s would love to be involved with rugby outside of school.

 

Thanks to parents for your support in getting them to training.

 

Reminder – All students who play rugby in PE or in matches for the school MUST have gum shields!!! They can be purchased from student office for £2.

 

 

24 October 2014 In School News

On September 26, Year 7 students celebrated European Day of Languages by learning about different cultures. They practiced the Spanish art of Flamenco dancing, learned to sing a song in French and had a go at Japanese calligraphy and speaking some Italian. The day finished with the students enjoying listening to Spanish guitar and watching a Flamenco demonstration before they had one last chance to enthusiastically practice their new dance skills.  

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 

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