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WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

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