Students explore apprenticeship options

Students from Year 10 visited the Apprenticeship Show in Westpoint this week, here are some of thier comments:

‘I was able to meet employers and learn about their businesses’ – Lauren

‘Due to attending the apprenticeship show today, I have discovered many different career routes that interest me’ – Keira

‘I explored multiple available opportunities from companies such as Delloitte and J.P. Morgan, where I may apply in the future’ – Dan

‘I have gained confidence through talking with different employers’ – Emily

Further careers events are being organised by Mr Boardman, to allow pupils in all year groups to consider future options.  Thanks to Mr Boardman and Mrs Isherwood for driving.

Generation R

Our recent visit from Making Generation R has inspired pupils to reflect on thier own resilience.  Led by veteran service personnel, their personal stories of resilience and determination had pupils listening in rapt silence, before considering how they can build and develop thier own resilience in the face of adversity.

Pupils commented “Stephen was amazing; the way he described the little steps he could take, to even get out of bed following the blast from the IED, made me think about the things I find difficult. ”

” It gives you perspective on the things you find hard – they aren’t that hard really”.

Year 11 students then participated in a workshop, which has inspired some students to conisder what they can do to support this, and other local charities.  We aim to be running some events soon.

School closure – Friday 1st February 2019

Atlantic Academy will be closed on Friday 1st February, due to adverse travelling conditions for staff and students.  We thank parents and staff for their support getting pupils home tonight.

Year 9 parents’ evening and options information event will be rearranged for Wednesday 6th February, from 4pm.

Helping Young Hearts

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 received information from Jay’s AIM volunteers this week, a charity designed to raise awareness of undiagnosed cardiac conditions.  Many students have signed up for the afterschool follow up session to learn the vital skills of CPR and how to use a defibrillator.  For more information on this charity, please visit thier website.

Last day of term

Students have been enjoying the last day of the Autumn term at Atlantic Academy, with a range of festive activities.  Following the success of our Christmas lunch last week, where we raised money for the Save the Children Christmans appeal, we have very much been in the festive spirit.  Our afternoon assembly features the Atlantic Academy choir, who have been peforming at a range of local venues over the recent weeks.

We wish all of the Atlantic Academy community a Merry Christmas, and look forward to seeing students return on Monday 7th January, 2019.

Sausage tasting

Students enthusiastically took part in a sausage tasting event yesterday, and votes are being counted to determine which products will be used in our first hot meals, being served on Monday 3rd December.

Please remember to book and pay for your meals in advance, not forgetting our Christmas lunch on the 14th December.

Children in Need

Students have been raising money today for Children in Need, by sporting spots, odd socks and taking part in various challenges.  All students have enjoyed their day raising money for this good cause.

Year 7 Residential

Before half term, Year 7 students enjoyed their residential trips to Dartmoor.  Students worked in teams to navigate thier route across the moors, as well as building a Tyrollean crossing to traverse the River Dart.  Back at the centre, all students helped with the catering and cleaning up, whilst also preparing some excellent presentations on their experiences.

Many thanks to the staff involved, as well as the team from the Outdoor Centres on Dartmoor for a successful trip.

Open Evening showcases pupils in action

This Wednesday evening saw the school buzzing with activity, as we hosted our first open evening.  Pupils and parents in Year 5 and 6 were invited to see the school in action, and take part in a variety of activities led by staff and students.  Many of our current parents and other visitors also enjoyed the range of activities on offer, with particular highlights including the food and drinks prepared by students, the PE facilities and getting hands on with activities in all faculties.