The end of our first year

Atlantic Academy has now closed for the summer. Here are some of the highlights from our first year:

Our first year at Atlantic Academy has just flown by, and as the term draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights and achievements over the last 12 months. Students have very much enjoyed their learning in our inspirational setting, where our spacious classrooms allow flexibility in lesson design and delivery. From creating tableaux of slavery in Roman times, to culinary masterpieces, forensic science crime scenes to a bespoke art gallery, this year has seen a wealth of creativity and imagination in the classroom.

Students celebrated their first Atlantic Academy sports day, with the hall echoing to the cheers of the whole school as students competed for the coveted gold medals. This was replicated in our sports festival where pupils from Woolsery school were inspired by Sport’s Leaders to try new activities. Our primary school club proved popular with students from both Hartland and Woolsery using specialist facilities with much enthusiasm.

Performance continued in our music and drama curriculum, with students of all ages performing in the Soundwave festival as well as students joining local schools for the Royal Shakespeare Company school’s production of Romeo and Juliet at Launceston Castle. Two students then traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for the National production; a truly memorable experience.

Our student adventures also took us to Exeter University for the ‘Space Day’, with the planetarium proving a big hit. We visited Westward Ho!, Clovelly Dyke and Buck’s Mills for geography fieldwork as well as many students visiting FE colleges and universities to consider future educational steps.

Feedback from local employers has been impressive, from Year 10 work experience to mock interviews and careers talks. Students have been able to communicate clearly and enthusiastically, showing essential skills to make them work ready. Our final careers event of the year sees the construction team from Wilmott Dixon back on site, working through engineering challenges and supporting students with a local beach clean.

We will also be presenting more Duke of Edinburgh awards as the term comes to a close. Students have completed their Bronze and Silver Expeditions in recent weeks, complete with singing, laughter and the odd blister! Students also complete skills, physical and community service activities as part of the award, and we hope to support students moving onto the Gold award next year.

Our preparations for the next academic year are well underway, having welcomed our new Year 7 students for their induction days. Term starts on the 3rd September, with our open evening on Tuesday 24th September. We welcome visits from prospective parents and student at any time by appointment; come and see what it would be like to join our school community.

Find your happy….

7PAR presented the final student assembly of the year this week, which made everyone smile. They have been celebrating successes of students within the coaching group, and have researched why smiling, laughter and happiness are good for your wellbeing. They have challenged us all to #findyourhappy this summer, whether that is trying something new, helping someone else or simply by smiling.

They have found that smiling encourages the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, which increases the feeling of happiness and reduces stress. Smiling is also contagious, as we discovered during the assembly! Well done for an excellent presentation, and for making us all smile!

Year 11 impress local employers

This week, Year 11 students have impressed representatives from local businesses, as they undertook their mock interviews.  The chance to practise their skills in readiness for job or college interviews is invaluable, and our team of local employers were able to provide excellent feedback to students.

Many thanks to TDK-Lambda UK, North Devon Homes and SWM Waste Recycling Limited for their time and support of our careers programme.

Get ready for summer

As we approach the summer break, students were learning about beach and sun safety in assembly this week.  The RNLI have produced some excellent advice for staying safe around water this summer, this can be found on their website by clicking here.

Thanks to 7PAR for sharing this with us. 

New students start at Atlantic Academy

We have been welcoming our new Year 7 students to Atlantic Academy, as part of their transition to secondary school.  All students have progressed onto their new timetables and Year groups, so students were able to meet their classes and teachers during their time in school.

We have also been delighted to welcome new students across other year groups.

If parents have any questions about transition, please contact the school office.

Active learning at Atlantic Academy

Last week saw students participate in a range of different learning experiences, from  mindfulness to forest schools, play in a day to solving crimes.

Taking time out of the busy school year, staff prepared a range of activities to allow students to explore topics, the local area and working together to solve problems.  A great week was had by all. 

Soundwave showcases student talents

Students from across all year groups came together last week to perform in Atlantic Academy’s first Soundwave music festival.  from spirited performances to soulful classics, students overcame their nerves to showcase their talents to family and friends.

Visitors also enjoyed food from the cafe, and visiting the student art exhibition, in a wonderful evening.  Well done to all of the performers and staff who supported them.

Medals awarded for sports day success

This week saw our first Sport’s Day at Atlantic Academy, with students participating in a range of athletics events and a hotly contested interhouse netball competition.  Medals were then awarded for top students in each event, with some budding sports stars picking up bronze, silver and gold in different competitions.

The winning house of the Sport’s Day cup will be announced at the end of term assembly.  Well done to all involved.

Expedition success

Last weekend saw 3 intrepid explorers overcome the elements to successfully complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award expedition.  Walking jointly with Bideford College, students completed 3 days and 2 nights of expedition, showing real resilience throughout.

These will be our first students to undertake the Silver award, having received their Bronze certificates earlier this year.  A total of 7 Bronze awards have been made since Easter.  Congratulations to all on their amazing achievements, and we look forward to the Bronze expedition in a few weeks time.