Sport Relief miles increase

Atlantic Academy students have totalled an incredible 165 miles so far this week. Congratulations to 9PEN who have amassed an amazing 45 miles in 1 session!

A special mention to the staff who have been pounding the route after school to bring the total up, 8 miles between 3 staff yesterday afternoon.

Keep the sponsorship coming in, how far can we go?

Sport Relief Mile’s add up

Students at Atlantic Academy started their Sport Relief challenge today; how many miles can we jointly accrue over the course of the week. 7JAM started strong with 20 miles combined, followed by a further 28 from 9ATK. 8CLA were determined to set the bar high, contributing a further 32 miles before lunchtime.

At the end of the day, a few extra laps were added by individuals determined to bring their own contribution up, bring the day’s total to 83 miles. We are aiming for 250 miles this week – watch this space for more information. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored students.

Where’s Wally?

Staff at Atlantic Academy celebrated World Book Day today, with a variety of characters and books being shared. Inspirational quotations from a variety of books were posted around the school for all to enjoy. Students very much enjoyed the Where’s Wally challenge….. we are still looking for him at the end of the day!

We’re sure Wally is here somewhere!

Advice for students and parents regarding Covid-19

We understand the students and parents may be concerned about the potential risk from the Covid-19 virus, also known as Coronavirus. Devon County Council have drawn together all sources of information on their website, including specific local guidance. Please visit this for more information.

As a school, we are monitoring and following the advice from Public Health England, including increasing the specification of our cleaning contract and the provision of appropriate hand gel throughout the site.

Please remind all pupils for the need of good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of any infection, particularly washing of hands and the use of tissues to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when suffering from coughs and colds.

Any further information will be communicated in the first instance through the school gateway app. Please also ensure that the school has your most up to date contact information.

Macmillan fundraising success

9ATK hosted their bake sale on Friday, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This follows their recent assembly, which raised awareness of the work of Macmillan and why they feel it is important to support and help others, in lots of different ways.

Students in year 7 were also motivated by the assembly to get involved, and created a range of comic books for sale on the day.

Further fundraising activities are taking place, watch this space for more news and the total raised.

Athletics – home and away

Our sport’s leaders recently hosted Woolsery Primary School students for an indoor athletics festival. The different teams competed fiercely to win the trophy, through events including standing long jump, relay racing and indoor javelin. Atlantic Academy students contributed volunteer hours to promoting sporting opportunities for others to gain the sports leaders qualification.

Students in Year 7 and 8 then represented Atlantic Academy at the indoor athletics competition held at Bideford College. They particularly enjoy using the running boards, as demonstrated y the relay races in our own sports day finale last year! Well done to all involved; we await the results!

Rowing and other adventures

This term the Year 10 GCSE PE class have started their rowing sessions at Tamar Lakes. They have made a fantastic start and are already feathering the oars and working well as a team and will continue to do so in the next half term.

Students from all year groups are able to participate in a range of adventure learning opportunities, from the Year 7 residential on Dartmoor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. This term students have been working with Donna Stapleford, our adventure learning lead, to developing their climbing skills. Overcoming fears of height, students have made steady progress over recent weeks.

Future trips are being planned, including some mountain biking activities. Watch this space for more adventures!

Learner Led Review Day in action

Students have been leading conversations focusing in their own progress in learning during our first Learner Led Review Day. Over the last few weeks, students have reflected on their progress in lessons, including recognising their strengths and identifying areas of development.

Using the work in their books, students have been able to show their parents where they have made progress, work they are proud of and how they have acted upon feedback to develop. Students then set themselves targets to work towards during the remainder of the academic year.

We have been encouraging learners to use the Great Learning Habits to consider best how they learn, and to apply this in their lessons. Many thanks to all students, coaches and their parents for their participation.

Great Learning Habits in action

Science students have been exploring different ways of learning models this week, from understanding atomic structure to explaining how cells divide by mitosis and meiosis.

Understanding how we learn helps us to make the best possible progress in our subjects. We want all of our students to recognise how they learn best in their different subjects, which will allow them to structure their revision when they are approaching exams.

All students will be setting personal targets this week through our Learner Led Review, with students demonstrating how they have made progress when reflecting on the work they have undertaken this year.

Using modelling to understand meiosis.

Duchy College Experience Day

Students in Year 10 enjoyed a practical introduction to the range of courses available at Duchy College this week. As part of our careers education programme, Mr Boardman organised the trip, where students experienced courses in physical education, public services, agriculture, small animal care and equine.

One student stated “the event was really fun. I discovered what the course would involve and I really like the idea of practical based learning which would prepare me for my future career as part of our family farm”.

Many thanks to the team at Duchy College who made this possible, including providing the transport.