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Head of Year 9 Blog

MR N LECKENBY

I am very proud to be the Head of Year 9.

If you wish to contact me, please email hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com

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  • WEEK 34 - Friday 17 June 2022

    Published 17/06/22

    Sports day is something of a ‘Marmite’ event; students and parents love it or loathe it, in equal measure. For those who look forward to it, their children might be particularly athletic; bursting with sporting potential. Understandably, for these children, it’s an important day to add to their sporting CVs. For others, it can simply be a day out to have fun, support their friends or ‘House’, and try their best, when they do compete.

    The meaning and significance of sports day is in the eye of the beholder. In large part, the attitude that children bring to the event is determined by parents. As hard as it is, I would encourage you to think about the positives that your family can extract from the day. List out which aspects might be enjoyable. Sitting in the sun? Preparing a lovely picnic? Chatting to other students and teachers in a different environment? How can you influence the extent to which your family makes the most of the day? 

    I think it is a mistake to remove a child from any school experience because you anticipate failure. It’s an important life lesson to realise that there will always be people who are smarter or sportier than us! However, with every life experience, there is something meaningful and educational behind it. One of the most powerful messages that you can bring to sports day is the importance of ‘giving things a go’. When children recognise that parents celebrate their effort rather than their performance, it can be a game changer. If they know that we are truly proud of their ‘get stuck in’ attitude, it gives them the moral courage to compete.

    For our children to grow up emotionally and physically resilient, every little school event, whether it is sports day, getting up on the school stage or participating in an assembly, is preparing them for the future. Each experience helps them to navigate a range of thoughts and emotions, and builds their emotional literacy. As counter-intuitive and uncomfortable as it may be, we do have to watch them learn (and sometimes fail) from the side lines. What matters most is reframing each loss as a learning experience and opportunity to grow and do better next time. 

    Sport is not just confined to football, cricket, rugby, swimming or athletics. There are literally hundreds of activities which children and young people can try. I truly believe that one day, your child will find an activity that they enjoy and where they can truly shine. Our role as parents is to be as imaginative and innovative as we possibly can, valuing challenge, cultivating a ‘courage culture’ at home and showing our children that we believe in them and in their physical potential. 

    Our sports day is on Thursday 21 July. Students are signing up to the events in tutor time. It is always a fantastic day, not solely focusing on sporting prowess, but being part of a whole school event supporting each other in a positive environment. 

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

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  • WEEK 32 - Friday 27 May 2022

    Published 27/05/22

    I am writing this week's blog with a heavy heart. On Wednesday, during our weekly assembly, I broke the sad news that the brilliant and amazing Mrs Newman will be leaving Hessle High to embark on the next part of her career journey. I think it’s fair to say that the students were taken aback by this news. Mrs Newman has become their go to adult in the school for every imaginable issue that a student can face on a daily basis in a school environment. 

    Mrs Newman joined us almost four years ago. Initially she joined me as an Assistant Head of House for team Cassio. When we moved back to a year group structure I was lucky enough as Head of Year 9 to bring Mrs Newman with me as my Assistant Head Of Year.  During this time I have benefited hugely from the professionalism, the kindness and the work ethic that she always gives.

    More importantly, your children have benefited the most from having a caring, nurturing, fair and consistent assistant head of year who ALWAYS puts the wellbeing of the children at the forefront of any decision she makes. I know that many of you will have met or spoken to Mrs Newman during her time at Hessle High. Sometimes the nature of these meetings or conversations is challenging but I know you will all have appreciated how supportive and understanding Mrs Newman would always be to ensure you felt supported by us as a school. Her ability to smile and laugh at all times (even during the more challenging times), her ability to protect and support all children through tough times, and her ability to support her colleagues at all times is something that as a school community we will miss greatly. 

    From a personal perspective, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mrs Newman for everything she has done for me and the year 9s in her time at Hessle High. Her organisational skills, her ability to laugh at my silly jokes, to supply me with a constraint stream of diet pepsi, to remind me of where I’m meant to be at any given time during the day will be something that I will miss very much! I know for sure that she will go on to be hugely successful in her new role due to her fantastic work ethic, but more importantly because of her fantastic personality.

    Mrs Newman’s final day will be Thursday 9 June. It gives everybody the opportunity to drop in and say their goodbyes before she leaves.

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 30 - Friday 13 May 2022

    Published 17/05/22

    On Tuesday, all of our year 9 students will be taking part in an “Enterprise Day” that is brilliantly organised by Miss Lawes and Mrs Edwards. The day is based on the Dragons Den TV show format where all the students are placed into teams and come up with a business idea that they pitch to a judging panel. As a business studies teacher, I believe that all students benefit greatly by understanding how businesses work, the impact that business owners have on the economy and also how anybody can come up with a business idea and potentially become their own boss. Many year 9 students have chosen Business Studies as one of their GCSE options for next year, so I am fully aware of the interest that my year group has already when it comes to enterprise and business. Hopefully as parents you understand why I am so passionate about students experiencing the enterprise day and why I feel enterprise education is so important. Here are just a few reasons:

     

    • It lets students know that starting and operating a business is a career option. This is particularly important for those that may not plan to go to higher education.
    • It reinforces basic skills in Literacy, Maths and ICT and relates these abilities to real applications.
    • Personal finance capabilities are developed which will help students in their work and personal lives.
    • It provides a bridge between the world of work and the school environment.
    • Entrepreneurial individuals are better employees and develop skills that are becoming increasingly in demand by employers.
    • It is a motivating approach to learning, developing in the student self-esteem and a sense of purpose.
    • It equips students with life skills and makes them more positive contributors to society.

     

    The most important fact to consider is that enterprise education is focussed on the individual and their potential to achieve. By using the language of enterprise, it can be clearly stated that the aspirations of the students can benefit from this aspect of the curriculum.

    I am really excited to get around as many groups as possible on Tuesday and look forward to watching all the groups present their business ideas to the judging panel….and you just never know…we might just discover the next Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. 

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

    Published 29/04/22

    Every Wednesday morning I have the privilege of speaking to my whole year group in our regular assembly slot. When covid restrictions were put in place back in 2020 I never really appreciated how much I would miss the opportunity to get the whole year group together in one room and be able to speak to them on a whole range of topics and events. Now we are back to some normality, it really is the highlight of my week. The behaviour when the year 9 students enter the hall is always impeccable, behaviour throughout the assemblies is always impeccable and behaviour as the year group leave the hall is always impeccable. It makes me extremely proud when I have members of the senior leadership team complimenting the Year 9s and I am always delighted to share this with the students as often as possible. 

    Assemblies will always have a theme. This week I discussed the issues surrounding anti-social behaviour. By definition, anti-social behaviour is “acting in a way that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress to one or more people”. 

    I asked the students 3 simple questions:

    Do we accept it?

    Do we ignore it? 

    Are you responsible for it? 

    Unfortunately at times our students can make poor choices. This can sometimes be on their way to school in the morning or on their way home at the end of the school day. Often it can be peer pressure to get involved in something that they know is unacceptable but in the moment they make a poor choice. I believe it is a collective responsibility to continuously educate our young people on making the right choices. It is a collective responsibility to encourage our young people to learn from their mistakes and to not repeat those mistakes again. I believe it is also extremely important that young people who make poor choices take ownership and responsibility for their actions. As a school, and as a year leader we strive to help our students make better choices that lead to more positive outcomes. By working closely with parents, by supporting the schools behaviour policy and our constant high expectations I truly believe we are creating students who are an asset to the local community. We can always improve further, and will work closely with the local community, with the police and with parents to ensure that our students are positive members of our community. 

    On Tuesday I was lucky enough to travel to Sirius North School to watch the Year 9 boys rugby team play their semi final match. As with their previous 3 matches the boys were absolutely fantastic, going on to win 44 - 12. They will now play in the final in the coming weeks against a strong Malet Lambert team. The boys epitomised everything I look for in a year 9 student. They played with enthusiasm, great sportsmanship, integrity, they worked hard for each other in every position and were very gracious in their victory.  I will 100% be there to support the boys in the final. They have done amazingly well so far…lets hope they can go one step further and win the cup for Hessle High. 

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 26 - Friday 1 April 2022

    Published 01/04/22

    Sport has always been known for its physical benefits. In recent years, research has also found that sport participation can also positively affect your mental health. Whether you are playing sports, working out at a gym or taking a brisk walk, physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. Team sports in particular provide a chance to unwind and engage in a satisfying challenge that improves your fitness. They also provide social benefits by allowing you to connect with teammates and friends in a fun, safe recreational setting. Building new friendship groups can open the gateways to new experiences and challenges. 

    Sport improves your concentration

    Regular physical activity helps keep your key mental skills sharp as you get older. This includes sharp thinking, learning, and using good judgement. Research has shown that doing a mix of aerobic and muscle strengthening activities is especially helpful. How often do we hear our young people say they struggle to concentrate for 5 lessons a day? I agree with these youngsters that it can be a long day at times, but with the right balance of sport, exercise and nutrition they can naturally develop their concentration capacity whilst doing fun stuff with their friends. As educators, parents and carers we have a responsibility to encourage and provide these opportunities to our young people to ensure they grow as people and develop the personal attributes they require to be successful in their chosen pathway. 

    Sport boosts your self-confidence

    The regular exercise that comes with playing sport can help boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. As your strength, skills, and stamina increase through playing sports, your self-image will improve as well. Sport and exercise provide you with a sense of mastery and control, which often leads to a feeling of pride and self-confidence. With the renewed vigour and energy that comes from physical activity, our students will  be more likely to succeed in tasks off the playing field as well as on it. Their capacity to deal with challenges and obstacles will improve. Their resilience will strengthen allowing them to make rapid and sustained progress across all their subjects at school. 

    As we approach the end of the term, and we get to spend two weeks at home with our families I will spend some of that time participating in my chosen hobbies and interests. I know that I will benefit massively from this, being out in the open air, swinging a golf club at a little white ball, becoming frustrated at times, excited at times, but overall just happy to be doing something that I enjoy with my friends and family. I encourage you all to get out and enjoy the fresh air, to enjoy the time spent with your families, and to hopefully enjoy some time in the sunshine!

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

    Published 04/03/22

    One of the biggest privileges of being the Head of Year 9 is that I get to attend and share so many extra-curricular activities with the students at Hessle High. Most recently I have had the delight in speaking to Miss Moore who is leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award. When I was informed that year 9 had over 40 students enrolled on this year's award I was absolutely blown away. These students are going to have an amazing experience with their peers and the many staff involved who give up their time to support these activities. Experiences that will last a lifetime!

    This again had me reminiscing to my days in school. When I think back to my most memorable and most treasured memories in school they are more often linked to the extra-curricular activities that I was lucky enough to be a part of. These included skiing trips to Italy, trips to the theatre and many many sporting events. I now fully appreciate just how important these experiences were in relation to how I performed in other areas of my academic school life. As we get back into a new normal, post covid19, I want to highlight just how important it is for our students to engage in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. 

    Some students worry that participating in extracurriculars may take away too much time from their schoolwork, thus affecting their grades. However, extracurricular activities can actually improve your grades and your outlook on school in general. When you participate in multiple different activities, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had. Plus, diversifying your interests subsequently broadens your world view. 

    The more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self confidence will improve. For example, let’s say you enjoy badminton and your teacher encourages you to get involved in the Monday night badminton club. You may end up joining the school team and start representing the school in tournaments and competitions across the East Riding. During the process you realise how fun PE clubs can be and how talented you actually are, which gives your confidence a massive boost. 

    Friendship groups are often a major cause of worry and anxiety for some students. One of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities. Each extracurricular activity you engage in provides you with another opportunity to expand your social network. You will meet new people with similar interests and make friendships that in my own experience can last many years after you leave school. Plus, if you make friends in your extracurricular activities, you’ll be more likely to get more deeply involved. 

    Hessle High School provides a huge array of extra-curricular opportunities across all subjects. I think it is very important that you speak to your child and encourage them to join as many clubs and activities as possible to broaden their horizons and experience as many different things as possible. I know for a fact it benefited me in so many ways as I moved on in my learning journey.

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

     

     

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  • WEEK 20 - Friday 11 February 2022

    Published 11/02/22

    Education is a team effort! You and your child’s teachers can work together to support your child’s learning success. Students are better capable of flourishing in school when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. There are many ways that parents can be involved to help their children be engaged and positive with their learning.

    Children are like sponges! Learning is a constant process for them. They are always watching and listening, so there are plenty of opportunities to teach them new things. Even simple tasks may give you a chance to introduce new concepts. For example, your child may see you paying a household bill, and wonder what you are doing. That everyday chore is a chance to provide an early lesson in how paying for goods and services works. Paying attention to the lessons your child is learning at school can help you to connect to your child’s life at home.  My own children are in year 10 and have begun their option choice subjects this year. I make it a family non-negotiable to discuss what topics they are currently studying in their option subjects. This is now something the boys expect to happen each night at the dinner table. It’s amazing how they adapt to this routine so quickly, and are now both trying to outdo each other with their knowledge and understanding of these new subject concepts that they are striving to excel in. I see it as my own parental responsibility to play an active part in their learning and how they cope with the day to day challenges they face at school.

    Parents should also feel empowered to reach out and regularly communicate with their child’s teachers and heads of year. I hopefully have made this clear in previous blogs. Certainly teachers are very busy. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to hear from you. In fact, the opposite is true. Teachers appreciate parents who want to be involved in making the school year a successful one. I have the privilege of speaking to many of you as the head of year 9. This communication can have a huge impact on the progress that your child can make in our school. As we embark on a return to some normality after the whole Covid19 situation, I really hope that I can develop these relationships even further and have the opportunity to meet with more parents face to face to support you and your families throughout your child's time at Hessle High.

    Another great way to connect home learning with school learning is to be an active participant during homework time. This does not mean doing the child’s homework for them! Instead, review the homework to get a better idea of the concepts your child is learning. See how your child approaches the homework. This is a great time to notice where your child thrives, where they might need help, or other learning difficulties they might be facing. You can take note of these tendencies, and share them with us which will provide us with the opportunity to implement further support and early intervention strategies. 

    As I stated at the start of this blog…education really is a team effort! By working together, supporting each other, we really can have a positive impact on every student's educational journey.

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

     

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  • WEEK 18 - Friday 28 January 2022

    Published 28/01/22

    A lot of hurt and upset is caused in school by students who can’t imagine that they have any power to hurt anyone with their words.It’s their sense that nothing is at stake in their behaviour towards others that leads them to ignore the rules of respect, kindness and integrity, and instead to insult others as if they were plated in armour. I ask myself where does this behaviour start? Think of the situation of a young child, who has fun mocking a parent’s bald head or pot belly. To every child, their parents will always be the greatest humans to walk this planet. How could someone of such stature be hurt by a comment about their less than perfect physique by a tiny person who can’t spell properly? But the child is missing the point. Their words do hurt. They can make their parents very aware and conscious about their imperfections. A child never lies, right? The child simply can’t grasp how desperate and anxious their parents might be, how every morning they might stare in dismay into the bathroom mirror at the visible signs of ageing that speak to them relentlessly of a bad diet and lack of exercise (I could be talking from experience right now!). 

    The parent, out of misguided protection and support, has shielded their child from their own fragility and misgiving. But we have now modelled behaviour that makes the child believe that the parents are so amazingly strong that these words have no impact on them whatsoever. How can this be related to school matters? 

    Something related may happen when children get together in the playground to chat about another student in their peer groups. It is their misguided belief that their words couldn't possibly hurt or worry the other students as it is after all “only words”. It’s only when they themselves are on the receiving end of some hurtful or misinterpreted words that they start to realise how vulnerable the person on the receiving end of these words might feel. This idea casts a useful light on the activity of particularly dangerous people online. Their hurtful words are often sent with absolutely no idea of the hurt and damage they may cause because of this misguided lesson they were taught from a very early age by their heroes...mum and dad!. After all, how could their words hurt somebody who may be popular, academic, good at sport, attractive, confident? … words surely won't hurt these successful students! But we know they do. And we continue to educate our young people on the power of words and the impact they have on others

    True kindness may require us to take on board a very unfamiliar idea: however young we are, however ignored we feel we might be, we all have the power to cause other people serious damage through the misguided use of words. We become better citizens, better students, better people when we truly understand that we can ruin somebody's day, somebody's week and, in some circumstances, somebody's school life through the use of a few misplaced words. We will always promote our school values to ALL Hessle High School students. I strongly believe that, through the support of you as parents, alongside the commitment and integrity of the staff at Hessle High,  we will ensure we continue to provide our learners with a safe and healthy environment to be successful. 

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 16 - Friday 14 January 2022

    Published 14/01/22

    Option choices - why are they so important? 

    I remember it like yesterday. I was 13 years old and enjoying most of my school experiences. In particular, PE and all extra curricular sports activities. I attended everything possible including football, tennis, cricket, badminton, table tennis, athletics and many more. On this particular day I turned up to school and was informed that I would be speaking to a careers advisor to discuss what I wanted to do in the future. I no doubt would have been informed about this career’s meeting at an earlier time but had not prioritised it as other school activities were clearly more important to me at that time. I was wrong! This first meeting with a careers advisor should have been my main priority on this day as it was the first opportunity I had to discuss my future once I had left school. I cringe when I remember my response to the question “what do you want to do as a career when you leave school?” My 13 year old response was very quick, and delivered with a misplaced confidence…..”I'm going to be a professional footballer, Sir”. Now… looking back I can now fully appreciate the professionalism of the careers advisor's response. He didn't laugh and spit out his coffee. He discussed the likelihood of this happening in the first instance. But more importantly he discussed what my back up plan was if my budding football career didn't quite happen. I didn't have any real ideas of careers that I was passionate about at that time, which is absolutely understandable. But what I did receive was some amazing advice that I pass on to my students when we talk about option choices.

    I was told to make subject choices that I enjoy doing. To choose subjects that I am interested in and to choose subjects that I will perform well in. I was advised to NOT choose subjects based on my friendship groups. Choose subjects that give me the platform to succeed in, which will then open more doors of opportunity when you get to the end of year 11 and will be at a more mature level to decide on your future educational or professional pathway. I absolutely believe this advice all those years ago have allowed me to make the decisions that have led me to my chosen career pathway. I genuinely did not know that my working life would be in education when I was 13 years old… but, because of the option choices I made in year 9, it provided me with the range of options at the end of year 11 that allowed me to join the sixth form and continue my education in the environment of my choice. 

    As I write this blog, I am preparing for the year 9 Options fair that all students will attend. This is an opportunity for students to speak to subject staff and 6th Form students who have studied different subjects. It’s an amazing opportunity for year 9 students to ask questions which will allow them to make better choices to ensure they are successful at KS4. This is just the beginning of their options journey. Students will receive their Options booklet the week commencing 24 Jan 2022. Please take the time to discuss this with your child and to help and guide them in their choices. After the half term holidays, each student will speak to Mrs Price and her team about their option choices. We will always try to ensure that students are on the right courses for them to achieve outstanding outcomes and will work closely with parents to discuss any potential issues or concerns. 

    As I mentioned at the start of this blog… My first career choice never came true (I blame injury and a poor diet!) but my option choices, made with the support of my teachers and parents, have allowed me to be successful in my chosen career pathway. Please speak to your children and give them the advice that I truly appreciate as I reflect on my time as a 13 year old student.  

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyy9@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

    Published 17/12/21

    As Christmas fast approaches, it has been a time for me to reflect on the first four months as Head of Year 9. After such a disrupted year 8 for our young people it has been a wonderful time getting to know all the pupils and families on a more personal and professional level and despite the pandemic we have achieved so much in a short space of time.  After such a positive and successful start to year 9, we can now focus our attention on driving forward with our improvement priorities.  

    It has been a very busy term for students and staff with loads of exciting learning and teaching, and also lots of preparation for our winter festivities. These included the amazing carol concert performed at All Saints church by our students, KS3 celebration assemblies to reward the hard work and achievements of year 9 students and decorating our Christmas tree with personalised messages from every student at Hessle High. At this special time of  year we really do witness first hand the sense of community and togetherness that our school is so incredibly proud of. 

    Now, we move on to the holidays and I am mindful of the need to take time for ourselves over the Christmas period.  We are still faced with the ongoing issues and potentially further restrictions that this pandemic brings.  Therefore, it is important that we look after our health and wellbeing as we need to be reinvigorated for the year ahead.  We want to be able to welcome our whole school community back in January. Please ensure that you spend quality time with family and friends whilst also keeping as safe as possible by following all the government advice and guidelines. As mentioned in previous blogs, the next term is a huge educational  milestone for our students as they will be choosing their option subjects which will further shape their future education pathway. This really is an exciting period for our students to look forward to.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, pupils, parents, friends and staff of year 9 for your continued support and wish you and your loved ones a restful Christmas and a New Year that brings health and happiness.

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

    Published 03/12/21

    What makes a great team player? 

    Teamwork is involved in many aspects of the school day. When partaking in group tasks are your children aware of what makes you a good team player? 

    How can you help your child develop their team work skills? 

    First, highlight the reasons why you enjoy doing teamwork, and the benefits you see as a result of it. This is a great way to showcase your passion and enthusiasm for being collaborative. Working together can help teams complete tasks faster and with more efficiency, while also having fun! Working with others can be an enjoyable and social aspect of the work environment. New friendships can be made when you work collaboratively with new people. Forming positive relationships with other students can help the day go by faster and their school work seems more fun. 

    Leadership Skills

    Every team needs a good leader.  Think about a time when you encountered a good leader in your life. Take into consideration what they did that made them so good at managing a team. I have been fortunate enough to work closely with many excellent leaders in my personal and private life. I remember vividly my football coaches, my tennis coaches and my teachers who had amazing communication skills that created an environment where I could flourish and grow. I've also been fortunate to have been mentored by many magnificent leaders in my professional life. This has allowed me to become better equipped to lead others in my year group during such difficult times. 

    While being a team leader is an admirable goal to work towards, it is equally important to be able to work under the direction of someone else. This can involve collaborating with other students who think differently than them. Speak to your child about developing their ability to listen to other perspectives and apply them to the task at hand. Talk to them about their ability to combine the ideas of other students to create an even better solution. Compromising with other students is a great way to be a good team player. By developing all of these personal attributes it will help our students deal with the many challenges that they face in their educational journey. 

    As Christmas draws closer, we have some great activities taking place over the next two weeks. These include supporting the 999 Cenotaph fundraiser to support our NHS heroes. We will also be supporting the Teachers versus Year 11 students charity football event on the final day of term. This is always a fantastic event that is supported by the whole school community. I may even dust the boots down and make another appearance!!!

    Have a great week 

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com 

    Mr Leckenby

    Head of Year 9

    Mrs Newman

    Assistant Head of Year 9 

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  • WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November

    Published 19/11/21

    Choices!

    I have spent many hours over the last two weeks speaking to my year 9 students about choices. We ALL continue to make many choices throughout everyday. Some we are happy with and some we would relish the opportunity to make again with the benefit of hindsight.

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