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Academy update | December 2017
 
The new year is almost upon us and many will be considering their resolutions.
A personal highlight of this term, for me, was the Year 11 Celebration of Achievement Evening; this is an annual event where we invite last year's Year 11 and give out awards as well as listening to guest speakers. This year Joe Briggs Price, who I fondly recall teaching, returned (he left the academy in 2006) to talk about his journey as a photographer. What struck many of us was his resilience and determination to succeed, despite not knowing what he wanted to do for years after leaving Tuxford. He told us that one of his mottos in life is to not be afraid of failing. Joe was adamant that 'failing' isn't failing if someone has put 100% in and learns from the experience.
"There's always a lesson to take forward to then apply in the future, even if it's only something small."
This reminded me of a theory that I was inspired by a couple of years ago. In his autobiography, Dave Brailsford wrote about the impact of 'marginal gain' which is something I often speak to students about: how making some seemingly small changes here and there can sometimes have the biggest impact, whether that be to do with making progress academically or achieving something outside of our school walls. With the new year and Joe's words of advice in mind, it seems like a great time for all our students to
reflect on what they would like to achieve by the summer and consider how just one or two small changes could help them.
For pictures of the event and to see more of the successes that happen in our academy, please do visit our website and social media platforms. As we head into the dark depths of winter, we will also be keeping these updated in case of any school closures.
I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas break and look forward to seeing you back in 2018!
The Grinch comes to visit
The Grinch came to visit students on Curriculum Day
Dave Vernon
Mr D Vernon
Academy Principal
 
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Supporting our
Year 11 students
With all the changes that have happened to the exam specifications over the past couple of years, more and more emphasis has been put onto the final exams in the summer.
As a result, the average number of papers due to be sat by Year 11 students is 21 in the space of six weeks. It is therefore more important than ever to get the preparation right. As such, we will be hosting an evening (Wednesday 10 January, 6-7pm) for you to come and find out more about ways to support your children. There will be many different stalls where you can learn about: different revision strategies to try, how to set up the perfect 'revision space', how the new exam system works, how to support your child's mental health during what can be a very stressful year, and much more.
Supporting our year 11 students
Furthermore, from January we will be sending out a monthly e-newsletter, specifically for parents and carers of Year 11 students, giving you: key information about events for them, offering a monthly revision tip idea, a schedule of after school sessions that are running and any additional information we feel may help you to further support your children.
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It's not always
just ‘banter’
Tuxford Academy supported the National Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November).
Every day, students participated in different activities, all designed to raise awareness of the different types of bullying, how to spot it, how to help peers and how sometimes it's possible to make somebody feel bad without even realising it.
Our digital leaders in London
Our Digital Leaders in London talking to MPs and Facebook ambassadors about keeping peers safe online.
Willow College raised money for the Anti-Bullying Alliance on their charity day; Learning Time activities were focused around the bullying theme (these included: a quiz, analysing the poem 'To This Day... for the bullied and beautiful' by Shane Koyczan and a conversation around the dangers of sexting); there was also an assembly that was delivered to all colleges by both staff and students. The leaders of SMILE, Tuxford Pride and our new Digital Leaders all explained their roles and how others can access their support.
One key way we are currently extending provision in the academy is through developing Digital Leaders. These students have undergone training around how to stay safe online, on phones and when using modern day apps. Our aim is for these students to be 'go to' support for their peers, educators for the whole school and people who can help to teach those who do misuse online resources about the dangers of doing so.
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Our Tuxford family
We pride ourselves on the relationships we have developed with local primary schools and one way these are maintained is through the plethora of activities put on and run by Oli Tatterson, our School Sport & Extra-Curricular Coordinator.
From reading buddies who go to primaries once a week to read with younger pupils, to our sports leaders running inter-primary sporting
competitions, there are lots of events throughout the year that see our local primaries coming together with Tuxford Academy. Since September there has been a Disney themed dance festival (pictured are the enthusiastic participants), a cross country competition, a day of athletics, girls' football and more. To see the full range of activities that have been going on, please visit our Twitter page via the link.
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Our Tuxford family
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Avid readers attend
new Book Club
New this year, the English department have introduced a book club for Year 7 and it has been a hit so far!
In the sessions, they're hoping to share their passion for reading, have visits from writers, visit a book shop, participate in literary games and quizzes, and continue to discuss ideas and issues arising from their reading.
The aims of the book club are to create an engaging, fun atmosphere; share a love of reading through discussions/recommendations; and challenge more able readers to develop a community of talented individuals.
It is also hoped that the group can be used as a 'think tank': as they read a wide range of texts, students' recommendations will be fed back to
Avid readers
the rest of Year 7 (and future year groups), as well as shaping our choice of class texts in the English faculty.
Mr Bingham, joint Head of English, has said: "I have been really pleased by the number of attendees and their impressive enthusiasm"
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Get into the festive spirit
Come and get
into the festive spirit
Why not come and support our brilliant Key Stage 3 actors as they present 'Scrooge', a comic re-telling of the classic Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol'? It will be the perfect evening to get you into the festive spirit!
The show starts at 6:30pm on Wednesday 20 December in the school hall. Tickets are priced at £3 each and are on sale on the door that night.
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Key Dates – 2017
December January February
20th Key Stage 3 play – Scrooge

21st Year 7 Panto Trip

21st Post 16 Celebration of Achievement Evening

22nd Non Uniform Day – Christmas jumpers optional

25th First day of Christmas break
8th School re-opens after Christmas

10th Year 11 Information Evening

15th Year 11 mocks begin

17th NYC Drama Trip Parents' Information Evening

29th Post 16 Academic
Tutorials Week
7th Year 11 Progress Evening

15th Key Stage 3 Disco

19th First day of Half Term break

26th INSET Day

27th School re-opens
after Half Term

28th Year 9 Pathways Evening

28th Parent Steering
Group Meeting
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  For further information please visit our website www.tuxford-ac.org.uk or contact Natacha Dunn on 01777 870001 ext 526  
     
 
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