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Head of Year 7 Blog

 

MISS A PINKNEY

I am very proud to be the Head of Year 7.

If you wish to contact me, please email hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com

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  • WEEK 16 - Friday 14 January 2022

    Published 14/01/22

    This week we have been focusing on one of the Hessle values - Resilience 

    We interpret ‘Resilience’ to mean that “We are determined, we do not give up when things get tough. We persevere. We know that learning is often hard but we persevere.” 

    When young people are resilient, they cope much better during or after difficult situations. We often hear the term ‘bouncing back’ which young people can often do. Your child needs resilience to navigate life’s ups and downs and is an important factor to the development of our young people.

    Young people can need resilience for a variety of situations; peer group disputes, struggling with their classwork or bigger issues like a family breakdown, family illness or death or they may just have an anxious personality. We can’t always prevent our children from experiencing tough times but we can all play a big role in building their resilience. This support can come from parents, grandparents, aunties, teachers and even from their peers.

    Resilience is more than just coping. When you’re resilient, you’re more prepared to seek new ways to overcome your challenges and achieve your goals. 

    Here is a clip from the young minds website that you might want to watch with your child. It looks at What Resilience Means To Young People? 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzHx5rw0f4

    If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

    Take care

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

    Published 17/12/21

    Christmas is a magical time of year. It's a special time to show others you care. Families come together and show one another love and how they value each other and even as we are hit with yet more uncertainty it is so important we make the most of this quality time with family and friends.

    As a parent myself I often hear the words ‘mummy can you play a game with me’. The truth is that although I try to find the time for this it isn't always possible and for me this is what Christmas is all about. This Christmas I will be mostly eating, drinking, playing games and watching movies. Why? Because this is the time of year I make sure I can.

    So - from one parent to another - please do the same, spend time with your children talking, playing games, watching movies. Enjoy every moment, enjoy opening your gifts and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

    I will finish my blog with an extract of a poem written by Clement Clarke Moore that always inspires the magical Christmas warm feeling and I hope it has the same effect for you:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

    And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

    Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap

    https://www.teachervision.com/christmas/twas-the-night-before-christmas-full-text-of-the-classic-poem

    Merry Christmas

    Take care,

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

    Published 03/12/21

    This week I had the pleasure of going to the theatre to see the play “Everybody is Talking about Jamie”. As a Performing Arts teacher myself, I went to see this based on its main purpose, to entertain. However I left really thinking about the impact of words on a student and the need for young people to be encouraged to be what they want to be.

    For those that may not be aware of this musical, it is based on the true story of a 16-year-old schoolboy called Jamie Campbell. It looks at how he overcomes prejudice and bullying eventually becoming his dream job - a drag queen.

    This fits in well with the topic in our assemblies, “It’s Not Banter”, in which we are educating the students about where we draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable language and the impact that so-called ‘banter’ can have on others.  For more information on this please click on the link here.  

    We have also been exploring careers this week. Miss Lawes, our Careers Leader, has been providing our Year 7 students with advice on future pathways and this is discussed on the last Friday of each month during tutor time. I hope that this gives the students time to think about what career they may wish to go into and how they can achieve this. 

    As we get closer to Christmas we are focusing on ensuring both staff and students stay safe and I therefore urge parents to speak to their children about the importance of not only wearing their masks within the school building but also wearing it appropriately, covering their nose and mouth.

    Thankyou for your support. If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

    Take care,

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021

    Published 19/11/21
    This week I am focusing on the statement ‘I’m not a snitch.’ I must admit I find this statement so frustrating yet I can totally see why young people use this. We have somehow become a society whereby we don’t like to report i
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  • WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

    Published 05/11/21

    Why is it that we recall bad memories more easily and in greater detail than good ones? Why do we often talk about the negative rather than the positive? 

    I have made it a big focus to celebrate the positives at the end of each half term and to celebrate the students that have achieved 100% attendance, gained the highest achievement points, followed our uniform policy and shown an excellent attitude to learning. It is clear that celebrations - whether big or small - give us something to look forward to. According to Fred Bryant, a social psychologist and researcher; when we stop to savour the good stuff, we buffer ourselves against the bad and build resilience. 

    Why is it important to celebrate success?

    1. To recognise what’s working well and why, and if there's something you can take from it to inspire or replicate in other actions and goals. 

    2. Developing a success mindset. Whatever we want to change, achieve or have more of – be it money, health, fitness, romance, happiness – success lies at the heart of it.

    3. Motivation, which is also connected to mindset – because we are motivated by our successes. 

    4. One of the best reasons to celebrate success is simply that it feels good.

    5. Happy chemicals. There’s a reason why it feels good when we celebrate success and it’s to do with the neurohappy chemicals in our brain.

    6. Celebrating success isn’t necessarily just about you. It might be, but it can also give others the chance to join in with your celebration, be motivated and have a share in your success.

    https://www.brilliantlivinghq.com/6-reasons-why-you-should-celebrate-success/

    My Head of Year assembly, which takes place on Monday next week, will be focusing on celebrating the achievements of the Year 7 students from the last half term and thanking  them for all of their hard work and excellent attitude to learning. This might give parents a great opportunity to talk to their child about their achievements in school.

    This week’s Year 7 positive comments from two of their teachers:

    Lucy Davison - ‘Lucy displays excellent behaviour and ATL, she always takes an active part within tutor activities and discussions, and recently she was voted one of our tutor representatives.

    Within the music lessons she has confidently volunteered to perform a body percussion piece’.

    Mrs Webb, Tutor and Music

    Lillie Rex - ‘Lillie Rex in 7C1 (from my 7ef1 class) - she is always prepared, on time, fully engaged in the work, her book is beautifully presented and she always tries her absolute best in any task I set! She's great’.

    Mr Kay, English

    Lastly, Our Year 7 students have taken part in the ‘All about me’ day this week.

    All About Me Day is an opportunity for students to really focus on their personal health, safety and wellbeing.  External visitors have delivered sessions on Road Safety (pedestrian, cyclist and passenger), Anti-Bullying, Personal Health checking (Breasts and Testicles), Healthy Relationships, to name a few; while our Careers Leader, Miss Lawes, has delivered career sessions and some of our Sixth Form students have talked  about Life at Sixth Form. Year 7 students have completed their own individual workbook throughout the day, which they will be able to bring home to talk through with you.

    If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com

    Take care

    Miss Pinkney, Head of Year 7 and Miss Briggs, Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

    Published 15/10/21

    This week I have been focusing on student attendance and doing some research to see how I can support some of our students with their attendance and punctuality to school.

    We understand that students will have days when they’re not able to come to school, whether it is because of illness or other personal circumstances; however, missing too much school can be seriously detrimental.

    A child who misses school just twice per month will lose out on 18 days’ education across the school year – that’s nearly four weeks.

    https://www.theschoolrun.com/school-attendance-explained

    It may seem like missing a few days of school every now and then isn't a big deal, but research shows that it can have a significant impact on a student's learning and students who miss a substantial amount of school fall behind their peers and struggle to catch up.

    The transition from Primary School to Secondary School can be very difficult and when speaking to Year 5 and 6 students they will often share concerns regarding meeting friends. We work with the students to ensure everyone has the opportunity to create friendships, however it is also important to look at the impact absence from school can have on friendships; it can be hard for a child who misses lots of school to form relationships with their school friends if they are not there.

    One of my key focuses for me is to ensure that our Year 7 students get the very most from their time at school which can only be achieved if the students attend. I would therefore like to work with parents to ensure students are in school as much as possible. If you are concerned about your child and believe there could be other underlying concerns affecting them coming into school please contact myself or Miss Briggs so we can work together to resolve these.

    In the meantime I would like to thank parents for all of their support in the first half term and I look forward to working together throughout your child’s time in Year 7.

    Take care

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

    Published 01/10/21

    Did you know it was European Day of Languages on Sunday 26 September? Do you know how many different languages are spoken in Hull? I can truthfully tell you that although I knew about this day I could not say yes to the second question.

    In this week’s assembly, Mrs Burrows spoke to the students about the aim of the day; to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. She also shared her views on how learning different languages not only helps with resilience but can be very useful when travelling, can create lots of opportunities, helps to gain an understanding of diversity and of different cultures. I, myself have a passion for travelling and seeing as many different countries and cultures as I can but I have been in many situations where I have been a little embarrassed at my lack of ability to communicate in the local language.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/4R9A4LPhAkROMnYx2Rbe4L_fQSqpGMnFordBF2oKNABb0iYYQA5xktWNdZzp0d_VLTID90G3ySAZSyfFpn8RYS4dSzZzPFSCFCJBtbYYt3gkFhyDmL5AVAJVgix_7Yd3avt2WxGO=s0

    Hull’s population in the 2011 census was 256,406. That means that all of the languages on this list had at least 512 native speakers, and some had over 1000 native speakers! 

    We have also spoken about the importance of student attendance to school and the impact that even one day can have on your child’s education. After such a difficult couple of years we are working hard to help all of the students get back on track. This is obviously much easier if the student is in front of us and it is therefore essential that we work together to ensure that all of the students gain the help and support they require and attend schools as much as possible.

    Finally, in each of my blogs, I will be asking two Year 7 teachers to share a positive comment about one of their students.  This is what they said:

    Jacob Spicer - “What an absolutely delightful student!  So polite, so enthusiastic and so knowledgeable! Always willing to join in and answer questions and shows a real interest in his learning.”

    Mrs Groak, French

    Gilby Wright - “Excellent engagement in all aspects of the Science lessons. Gilby is polite, willing to answer questions, works safely and scientifically in practical work. A great start to Year 7.”

    Mr Smith, Science

    If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

    Take care

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

     

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  • WEEK 2 - Friday 17 September 2021

    Published 17/09/21

    I am sure you have all heard the phrase, ‘Start as you mean to go on’.  If this is the case for Year 7 students then we will have a great year.

    I have been astonished by how the students have adapted to Secondary School life, their organisation skills, respect for the school policies and procedures and their resilience has been brilliant.

    We have spent a large amount of time over the first two weeks getting to know your child and also sharing information about ourselves and the Year 7 tutor team. This has aided us in creating what I believe to be a successful transition for your child and we aim to continue to work on these positive relationships throughout Year 7.

    I would like to take this opportunity to also welcome you to Hessle High School. I feel it is very important that we create a relationship whereby we can work together to help and support all of the young people within the school. 

    Coming up - We have arranged a virtual ‘meet the tutor’ session which will give you the opportunity to not only meet your child’s tutor but also allow for you to ask any questions you may have. Please keep checking your emails and if possible follow us on twitter.

    If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com

    Take care,

    Miss Pinkney

    Head of Year 7

    Mrs Briggs

    Assistant Head of Year 7

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  • Head of Year 7 Blogs 2020/2021

    Published 17/09/21

    To view Year 7 Blogs from 2020/2021 please click here

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