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Head of Year 8 Blog

MRS T TAYLOR  

I am very proud to be the Head of Year 8.

If you wish to contact me, please email hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com

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  • WEEK 16 - Friday 14 January 2022

    Published 14/01/22

    Happy New Year Everyone

    As I write this, the sun is shining and we have now all settled into the new term after the excitement of Christmas. It has been a very smooth start for year 8 and our students have returned looking smart and ready to learn. Being prepared for lessons is really important and I would really appreciate your support in helping your child to come to school with the correct equipment each day. Not only does this help them on a daily basis but it also gets them into good habits about taking responsibility rather than expecting a teacher to provide it for them.

    This week, we have spoken about ‘Resilience’. It is really important we teach our people about this school value; not only is it an important skill for school but also for life. Learning about resilience teaches the students that it is okay to fail because this gives an opportunity to learn, so that we can bounce back and not give up. If we teach our young people this valuable life skill they can achieve their full potential and have a positive outlook on life.

    As always Miss Staveley and I are here to support you and your young person so please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

    Published 17/12/21

    We’ve made it!  We have reached the end of term more or less in one piece and with an attendance for the year of 92.8% which is a fantastic achievement taking all things into account. The national figure for attendance is below 90% so we are very pleased that our Year 8 students have achieved such a figure and a huge ‘thank you’ to you as parents for encouraging your young people to turn up for school everyday. As we continually say, students who have good attendance achieve the best grades at the end of their school life. That seems like a long way off but, believe me, time flies so fast and we are already nearly half way through Year 8!

    This week, we had an assembly in which we celebrated students' success in a variety of subjects. It was great to see their peers cheering and clapping when names appeared on the screen in the hall. They received a certificate and an Amazon voucher for their achievements, award booklets will be sent out in the New Year for you to keep as a memento.

    We will end the week with a tutor party and then the annual football match between Year 11 students and staff will take place. It's always an exciting match to watch and the buzz around the school suggests that it will be very competitive.

    As staff we will then say ‘goodbye’ to one another and head home. At which point, I will pour myself a Xmas Baileys and put my feet up. I am looking forward to my Christmas break and hoping Santa brings me something nice. Thank you for the cards and gifts that Miss Staveley and I have received - they are greatly appreciated.

    Miss Staveley and I wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing our Year 8 students safe and well in the New Year.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

    Published 03/12/21

    It's snowing and, as I write this on Thursday morning, my feet are wet. I arrived at school before the snow and clearly didn't wear the correct footwear!  To keep the students dry and warm, today we opened up the sports centre and, as they arrived, I was greeted with “I’m freezing. Miss”. I know from my experience as the parent of a teenage boy that getting them to wear a coat is near impossible but gloves and a hat can be stuffed into pockets or a bag. They can make a difference.

    Our assembly this week covered a very important topic this week - “Run, Hide, Tell”.  It is a sad reflection on the world we live in that we have to teach students what they should do in the event of an intruder attack on our school but, rest assured, we explain that these events are incredibly rare and the matter is handled very sensitively.  As with many events that may never happen, we have a plan of how we will keep the children safe, just in case.  If your child has asked questions at home please contact us so we can support your young person.

    Our communications system, SIMS Parent, is a great way of keeping in touch with how your child is doing - either via the App or the desktop version. It has lots of information regarding your child's attendance, achievement points, timetable, reports and data collection information. All parents received an email to activate the system; however if you have not received this, please contact us and we’ll send new activation details to you.

    Most people are on countdown to Christmas now and that includes both my household and Miss Staveley’s and this weekend the tree and decorations will be going up. Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021

    Published 19/11/21
    It has been a busy two weeks since I last wrote my blog.  On Thursday last week, we paid our respects with 2 minutes silence to honour those who gave so much during times of war, and we had poppies for sale in school. Also last week, I held a
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  • WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

    Published 05/11/21

    Let's Celebrate!

    This was the theme in our assembly this week.

    It's been the week of ‘Stars’ in Year 8 whereby our tutors chose a star student from each tutor group.  This could be for any reason - making someone smile, being polite, being respectful.  Something that made them stand out.  Lots of attributes maketh a great person and we know that character is much more important than academic success.  

    On that note, we also celebrated 100% attendees.  It is a well known fact that students who have 100% attendance make the most progress and they also build friendships that see them through their school life.  One day of absence here and there can make it difficult for them in lessons if they missed a key point from the last lesson, or they sometimes feel they miss out as friends have been chatting about the latest thing going on in their lives.  

    We appreciate that sometimes illness dictates our attendance, and I include myself in that, as this term I did not achieve 100% due to a sickness bug.  However we must try and aim for 100% and set ourselves weekly and even daily targets.  We cannot do anything about the days we have already missed but we can do our best to maintain 100% of each and every week to come.  Let's give that a shot.  This week Year 8 achieved 94.1% so we are steadily moving up towards that magic 100%

    Those of you who read my blog will know the weather plays a big part in my daily life.  It is cold now and Autumn is well and truly here. Please remind your young people that, if they don’t bring a coat, at least put a pair of gloves and a hat in their bag. Warm hands and a warm head can make a big difference.

    Enjoy the fireworks tonight and stay safe.

    Regards

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • Week 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

    Published 15/10/21

    During tutor time this week, Year 8 students have been learning about E-safety and the importance of staying safe.  Students discussed the impact of using the Internet and how it is connected to their well being. It is always important to revisit this subject in every year group as technology advances.

    Football has also been a hot topic in Year 8 this week.  On Monday night, our Year 8 Girls had a home draw, 2-2, and I was there to watch.  It was my first ever football game believe it or not and it was very exciting to watch as they played a great game.  There is still room in the squad for more players and so please join up if you are interested.

    On Tuesday night, our Year 8 boys were away at South Holderness.  I never travelled with them but I know that they won 4-1 and were a very happy group of lads returning back on the coach.  It is great to watch the students growing in confidence and developing new friendships through the sports on offer in our school.

    This week the weather has been good to us as it often rains during Hull Fair week; however it is cold on the tennis courts in the mornings.  I am strongly encouraging the students to bring a coat and, if not, maybe a hat and gloves which would at least keep them a little bit warmer.

    Next Thursday, will be the Portia Charity fair. This will involve the selling of cakes and sweets so all students will be able to bring money into school that day if they wish to purchase any of these sweet treats. In the afternoon there will be a colour celebration which I am told will involve the throwing of coloured powder paints. I wait in anticipation to see what is going to happen but think I may need to bring a shower cap!

    I hope you have an enjoyable half term 

    Regards

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

    Published 01/10/21

    Hello Everyone

    We are now over half way through the first half term and the weather has definitely changed.  However, our Year 8 students continue to arrive looking smart although a little shivery first thing in the morning. I have already found my gloves and scarf and would recommend that our young people do the same. As we spend our breaks and lunchtimes outside in the fresh air they need to bring a coat, preferably one they can get in their bags as they often don't want to carry it or lose it.

    Our assembly this week revolved around celebrating European Languages Day. We are very fortunate to have a great language department in our school, as well as some bilingual staff. 

    Mrs Groak spoke to the students in Spanish - her second language - and Mrs Davison spoke to them in Polish, her first language. I spoke in some very limited French that I learned from school although one phrase (Bonjour mon Amies) may have come from ‘Only Fools And Horses! 

    The aim of the assembly was to encourage our students to value languages and the importance of being able to communicate (even with a word or phrase) when they visit another country. Respect is one of our key values and there is no better way to show respect than to appreciate someone else’s language and culture.

    In Year 8 we expect our students to complete all their homework. This is so important as it teaches them the importance of recapping what they have learnt in the classroom. If there are any issues with completing homework they can come and see me and I can provide them with a space after school to support them with this, including the use of computers if they need them.

    Miss Staveley and myself are enjoying our lunchtimes out on the school field getting to know our Year 8 students; however, this is where the hat, coat and scarf become invaluable. I do not like the cold and soon I will be looking for my thermal vest!

    I am looking forward to a great year watching our young people grow and mature.

    Regards

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 2 - Friday 17 September 2021

    Published 17/09/21

    It has been a great start for Year 8 students and a pleasure for Miss Staveley and I to meet and greet them every morning on the tennis courts along with their tutors. They all look incredibly smart in their uniforms and we have spoken to them about maintaining these very high standards throughout the whole year and beyond.

    It has been a challenging two weeks for them with testing in school and settling into new routines. They have all received their new timetables and are getting to grips with increasing movement around the school very quickly.

    We held our first assembly this week which revolved around all tutors saying a little bit about themselves in order that the students realise that each of their tutors - although dedicated to their profession - are also people who have a life away from teaching. It also revealed that most Year 8 tutors are dog lovers!

    It is going to take Miss Staveley and myself a little while to get to know all the students in our charge; however, they know where to find us if they need us.

    I am looking forward to a great year watching our young people grow and mature.

    Regards

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

     

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  • Head of Year 8 Blogs 2020/2021

    Published 17/09/21

    To view Year 8 Blogs from 2020/2021 please click here

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