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Academy update | November/December 2016
 
It's been a pleasure this term to welcome so many special guests in to our Academy.

The positive life-affirming affect it has on our students is unquantifiable and I know from speaking to many of the students, after the assemblies and events, that these inspirational people make a real difference in our young students' lives.

Finally, we are always keen to speak to parents/carers and welcome them in to the Academy. Our new Parent Steering Group is an ideal opportunity for us to share our thoughts and create new mutually beneficial best practice. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.


Dave Vernon
Dave Vernon
Academy Director
 
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Flying high with Eddie the Eagle

Last year's Y11 students gathered at the Academy's prestigious annual Celebration of Achievement Awards evening. This year we were honoured to meet Eddie the Eagle, Olympic Ski Jumping athlete whose moving speech highlighted how hard work, positive thinking and focus on your goals is so important for all our students in order to be successful and achieve what they want out of life. Categories this year at the event included: Highest Achiever, Highest Progress, School Community, College Recognition and 100% Attendance awards. A very special well done to all of our past Y11 winners – it was a great way to celebrate their outstanding successes with their friends and families.
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The brave
and the good


This year, our Remembrance Event was on Friday 11th November 2016. Each year we invite members of our local community including Forces personnel and Veterans to join us for special assemblies in our main hall.

Rememberance Event
Our special guests this year were Mr Harry Mays from Tuxford who received the Légion d'Honneur, the highest recognition awarded by France. He was awarded this medal for bravery during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944; and Mrs Winnie Timson, also from Tuxford, who served in the ATS as an ambulance driver during WWII.

"The students had a 2 minute silence to remember those that had fought and lost their lives. 1500 students stood still – it was very powerful." Mrs Kerry Nichol, Assistant Principal.

In addition to remembering the fallen, this year's theme was about the animals that lost their lives in war and the recipients of the PDSA Dickin Medal. 'I never realised that animals receive medals in the same way soldiers do.' Y8 Student.
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Keeping in touch

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At Tuxford Academy we strongly value relationships with our parents/carers and so maintaining open lines of communication between the Academy and our parents/carers is imperative. Accurate records of email addresses and mobile phone numbers are vital, in order to successfully keep in touch with our parents/carers. PARS Insight allows you to maintain your contact details with us, ensuring that all communications we send out will reach you successfully.

We also try and anticipate parental requirements for information by placing relevant resources on the Academy website (staff are also happy to respond to emails from parents where more specific information is needed). For example, in the case of absence information or guidance, our Student Welfare Manager, Leona Ashley can be contacted directly on her school email address:
lashley@tuxford-ac.org.uk.
 
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Loving our new Media Hub

Our new Media Hub is now fully functioning and enabling new courses in Photography and Digital Media to be delivered at P16. Both new courses have been oversubscribed and students are relishing the new challenges of working with industry standard technology. The facilities are also benefitting our GCSE students, who have the opportunity to develop images and ideas using Photoshop. Photography students have also been put through their paces with a series of skill-building projects. Look out for their work in the Creative Arts showcase exhibition in the last week of term!
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Parent
Steering Group


On Monday 9th January, 4.15-6pm, we will be holding our first Parent/Carer Steering Group termly meeting. Discussion topics (to be agreed) could be the new Parent Toolkit, School-Home Communications, Homework and Uniform.

We would like to include as many of our parents/carers of students in Y7-13 as we can and welcome anyone who is interested in getting involved to contact:
nmanning@tuxford-ac.org.uk
 
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Key Dates – 2016/2017
November January March
Wednesday 30th
Year 10 Progress Evening


December
Monday 5th
Year 9 Academic Tutorial Week

Wednesday 14th
Creative & Expressive
Arts Showcase Evening

Thursday 15th
Post 16 Celebration
of Achievement Evening
Y7 Panto Trip

Friday 16th
Non Uniform Day

Monday 19th
Inset Day

Tuesday 20th
First day of Christmas Break
Tuesday 3rd
School re-opens after
Christmas Break

9th January
Parent Steering Group meeting

Wednesday 25th
Year 11 Progress Evening


February
Wednesday 1st
Year 12/Year 13 Academic Tutorials

Thursday 9th
Disco for Years 7, 8 & 9

Friday 10th
Non Uniform Day

Monday 13th
First day of Half Term Break

Monday 20th
Inset Day

Tuesday 21st
School re-opens after Half Term break

Wednesday 22nd
Year 9 Pathways Evening

Monday 27th
Year 8 Academic Tutorial Week
Wednesday 15th
Curriculum Day 2

Monday 27th
Year 10 Academic Tutorial Week

Thursday 30th
Creative & Expressive
Arts Showcase Evening

Friday 31st
Non Uniform Day


April
Monday 3rd
First day of Easter Break

Monday 17th
Easter Monday

Tuesday 18th 
School re-opens after Easter Break
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  For further information please visit our website www.tuxford-ac.org.uk or contact Nicola Manning on 01777 870001 ext 571