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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 34 - Friday 17 June 2022

    Published 17/06/22

    Following on from our ‘Getting to Know You’ assembly, we have started a Cultural Committee this week in Year 8, led by the Chairman Ranim R and Vice Chairman Tasneem D. The aim of this is to develop a greater understanding of the different cultures represented within our year group.  This week they took the first steps of meeting one student from each tutor group voted for by their peers and held a discussion about the way forward with this group asking themselves ‘what do we want to achieve?’

    I look forward to them building the committee and sharing their ideas. As I write this, I am proud to say that Year 8 students have coped really well as the heat has increased slowly this week. Today is going to end on a high. The sun should be shining as the students leave school so I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 32 - Friday 27 May 2022

    Published 06/06/22

    This week our students entered into the assembly to the song ‘Getting to know you’ and those of us that are old enough to remember this song will know  it comes from the musical ‘King and I’.

    One of the lines from this song says

    ‘As a teacher I've been learning,

    forgive me if I boast,

     but I've now become an expert,

    on the subject I like most,

     ‘Getting to know you’

    I’m definitely not an expert on all of year 8 but I’m trying to get to know each one of the students. As you can imagine it's a big task trying to get to know all 250 students. To help us do this, Miss Staveley and I meet and greet every morning and one of us is always out at break and lunch.

    Each tutor group put together a slide for our assembly this week to show how diverse their tutor group is; from different languages, cultures, religions, foods that they like, their pets or countries they have visited. As we stay together over the next three years no doubt there will be changes to these groups but for most of us, myself included, have begun a journey where we are getting to know a little about each other as time passes by.

    We hope you enjoy the half term and the Jubilee celebrations and look forward to seeing our students back for the final half term of year 8.

    Regards

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

     

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  • WEEK 30 - Friday 13 May 2022

    Published 17/05/22

    Year 8 students have had a quiet couple of weeks. Alongside working hard in the classroom, they are out and about at lunchtimes and break making the most of the sunshine.

    The week’s Assembly was led by Mr Groak who spoke about his combined passion for rugby and writing that led to him writing a book. All Year 8 students listened intently and hopefully took away the message that, no matter what your passion might be, you should nurture it and cherish it.

    I hope that Year 8 students will learn that all dreams are achievable and they just need to work hard for it. Sometimes the route is a short and straight road to achieve our dreams; for others, it is a bit more bumpy with a few hills and roundabouts thrown in.

    Miss Staveley and I are here to ensure that all our students reach the end of their time at our school with success and a pathway to follow their dreams. 

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

    Published 29/04/22

    It was a welcome return to school this week after the Easter holidays and clearly the sun had been shining as there are a lot of sun-kissed faces in Year 8. I am hoping for a continuation in dry weather as this enables the students to access the school field and use up some energy at lunch time.

    We held our first assembly on Tuesday and I played a little snippet of Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Music often engages the students instantly. We talked about respecting each other, staff, school equipment, uniforms and ourselves. I know our young people understand the word ‘respect’; however we all need to be reminded at times that respect should be mutual and helps to make the world a nicer place.

    Unfortunately there have been some issues on social media, namely TIK TOK where some students have not been very nice about others. We talked about how this makes people feel and the lack of respect that is shown to their peers. We also discussed how things can escalate and then have consequences that involve parents and the police. I am sure our young people in Year 8 will not be posting inappropriate comments on social media but please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.

    There were some sporting events happening this week for Year 8.

    On Tuesday, the Boys’ Rugby League team were in action against Sirius Academy and, in the words of Mr Compton, “The boys smashed it!” winning 40-16. This victory means that they have made it through to the competition final and we will soon discover who they will be playing. All of the boys did fantastically well but special mention should go to Billy B and Ben W, who won the Man of the Match award for his three tries.

    Wednesday saw the Final of the East Yorkshire boys football competition with our boys pitted against the South Hunsley team. In an amazing, close game, our lads came out on top with a 2-1 victory. Alfie M and Harvey N were the goal scorers and it was fantastic to see them return to school with their medals and trophy.  Special mention to Mr Griffiths who coached the team and to Mr Adams and Mr Read for their support and ‘well done’ to everyone.  

    And finally, I had a  short but informative conversation on the way to a lesson with another one of our Year 8 boys.  He did not want me to mention his name but was happy for me to share the fact that he will be having his third boxing fight this Saturday, having already won his first two fights. It goes without saying we wish him good luck and will be looking out for him on Monday morning to find out the result.

    As they say ‘every day is a school day’ and even in a quick five minute change of lessons I can learn something new and there is always something to celebrate.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 26 - Friday 1 April 2022

    Published 01/04/22

    It has been a very strange two weeks in more ways than one. Firstly, I succumbed to the dreaded Covid and unfortunately was absent from school for a full week. It was a strange feeling not to be here when the students are but I rested at home, assured that Miss Stavely was doing a brilliant job with the support of the rest of the team.

    Meanwhile, the students finally got to go back on the school field and enjoy the glorious sunshine that appeared, albeit briefly, as we are now back with the cold wet weather as I write this.

    Congratulations all round to our Year 8 football boys who won their quarter final, 6-1, and to both of our Year 8 girls’ netball teams, who both won 5-2.

    A thank you to all of our parents for reminding students to bring their equipment to school.  We need to encourage our students to take responsibility for their own learning and that starts with having the right equipment to start their lessons. I have seen a marked improvement since this was last mentioned.

    As we approach the Easter holidays it feels strange to think we will only have one term left before the summer holidays and we will be heading towards Year 9. I don't want to wish our lives away but it still amazes me how time goes so fast and those little Year 7s have been here nearly two years.

    I hope you get to enjoy the Easter weekend and let's keep our fingers crossed for the return of the sunshine.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 24 - Friday 18 March 2022

    Published 18/03/22

    This week, our year group shared an assembly with Mrs Davison. The subject was ‘Resilience’ and Mrs Davison chose to describe her own experiences of how she began life living in Poland. The students listened in awe as she related to them the many things that she had had to overcome and the resilience she needed to follow her dreams. It gave our young people an insight into the struggles that some people endure and showed them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, work hard and keep trying. When we fail at something we need to find the resilience to give it another go

     

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    On Wednesday, Miss Pinkney and I watched the Year 7 and 8 girls playing football and I can definitely confirm that it was the worst weather in which I have ever watched a football match - my fingers were blue!  However I was really impressed with the resilience the girls showed; they never gave up and kept going right to the last minute when they scored. I'm sure with a few more minutes they would have scored again but the whistle beat them to it. Excellent performance 

    Congratulations also to the Year 8 boys who beat South Hunsley school, 4-1, on Wednesday.

    Finally, I have noticed recently that some of our students seem to have lost their pens. Please can I ask parents to remind their young people to bring their equipment to school.  We need to encourage our students to take responsibility for their own learning and that starts with having the right equipment to start their lessons. Thank you for supporting the school with this.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

    Published 04/03/22

    This week we have returned to some sunshine and the promise of Spring. I'm not ready to give up my woolly hat yet though, as it allows me to spend time outside at break and lunch enjoying my time chatting and catching up with our Year 8 students and finding out what they have been up to over half term.

    On Wednesday, I had the great pleasure sharing lunch with some of our students who were out of school for the day on an educational visit. They didn’t know I was visiting, as I turned up out of the blue, so it was a pleasure to see their faces when I walked in and sat down to share the lunch that one of our parents had cooked. As teachers we don't always get an opportunity to talk to our students out of school unfortunately, so we certainly take it when we can. It is a lovely way to build relationships and see our students in a different environment.

    As a year group we have all shared some tutor time this week to discuss what is going on in the world, especially in Ukraine. The tragic situation going on there is something that our students are very interested in and we have had some very mature and sympathetic conversations with them. I hope our students feel that they can approach us to discuss any further concerns they may have.

    As always, Miss Staveley and I are available for them and yourselves. Please feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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  • WEEK 20 - Friday 11 February 2022

    Published 11/02/22

    Hello Everyone

    It has been a busy week..

    Our assembly this week revolved around how proud I am to lead our Year 8 students. They are maturing slowly into wonderful young people who are learning to take responsibility for their actions and understanding that there are consequences for the things we do.They are now half way through year 8 and I'm always amazed at how fast the time goes.

    Year 8 also sat in on a STEM Roadshow this week. This was delivered by an outside agency that showed a presentation looking at careers within STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) along with the RAF and the Royal Navy, and supported by BAE Systems. It was a great opportunity for them to see where their future could be.

    Half term is approaching and the sun seems to be shining a little bit more; it is so nice to go home in the daylight and our students to enjoy lighter nights as they approach.

    To finish on a high, Year 8 attendance this week hit the magic number of 96%. In these difficult times, that is a great achievement. To achieve such high attendance takes support from all sides, especially parents, so thank you for ensuring that students get to school. Let us now hope that we can maintain this attendance figure.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

     

     

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  • WEEK 18 - Friday 28 January 2022

    Published 28/01/22

    This week we looked at Memorial Holocaust Day and I am always moved to watch our students take on this lesson about history and being made aware of how love must conqueror all and we must not allow prejudice and hate to overcome us.

    As a school, we endeavour to instill in our young people the belief that inclusivity is key. I am lucky to teach PSCHE to some of our young students and we make a class agreement that we will value and respect each other even if we don't agree with each other. It helps us to learn new things about the world and about the people around us.

    On another note, as we approach the end of January, I am firmly looking forward to Spring.  The nights are already beginning to lengthen and, as I left work this week, it wasn't even dark!  Spring is on its way, a sign of new life is appearing.

    Finally, a huge congratulations goes out to the Year 8 Girls’ football team who won their most recent match, 3-1.  The goals came from Izzie Cox and Indy Sherwood including a screamer from Izzie which looked at first like it was going over the bar but landed hard in the bottom right corner....Absolute class!  The girls involved were; 

    Year 8 students

    Tasneam D

    Izzie C

    Eliza F

    Eirin A

    Lilly D

    Isabella B

    Evie M

    Ranim R

    We hope you have a relaxing weekend

    Regards 

    Mrs Taylor

    Head of Year 8

    Miss Staveley

    Assistant Head of Year 8

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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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