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Head of Year 10 Blog

MRS J TODD

I am very proud to be the Head of Year 10.

If you wish to contact me, please email hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com

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  • WEEK 16 - Friday 14 January 2022

    Published 14/01/22

    Hello to all of our Year 10 students and their families.

    I would like to start this week's blog by wishing you all a slightly belated ‘Happy New Year.’ May 2022 be a year where together you will have fun, make memories, and enjoy the company of those close to you. 

    The return to school has gone relatively smoothly. Students' communication at the start of the year assured us that they were ready to return; being responsible and checking dates, times, and ensuring they undertook LFTs to keep everyone safe. The development of communication and independence is fantastic, clearly showing that when we all work together we teach valuable skills to the young people in our care.

    To continue developing our students, this week we have been focusing on one of the Hessle values - Resilience. Teaching a child to become resilient is not a breeze; having two teens at home I am very aware of how the words we use seem incomprehensible to them.  Our 13 year old daughter keeps saying she ‘can’t do it’ and ‘it is hard not letting things bother you.’ Whilst it is heartbreaking to hear, it makes me more aware that teaching these valuable attributes is imperative for our students' futures. 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 it will be worth it.” When young people are resilient, they are much more able to cope 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 it is an important factor in the development of our young people. This support can come from parents, grandparents, aunties, teachers and even from their peers.

    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

    Students are continuing to meet with our careers advisor, Graham Peart, to begin planning for their future, and it is lovely hearing how their plans are slowly starting to form. Likewise, we are identifying students that will benefit from the vast array of support and guidance services that we have available to them: Mental Health support, Anger Management or Body Image sessions, Mindspan, and The Scholars Programme are a few that we are currently on with. Please be assured that Mrs Green and I are closely monitoring the students in our care and finding ways to help them and prepare for the future.

    Finally, the Year 10 Parents Evening is planned for Thursday 20 January. Once again this is a virtual meeting which gives the opportunity for you to speak to your child’s teachers and gather information about how they are getting on and ways to support them. If you have not had the link for the booking system please let us know.

    We understand that some families may be unable to attend and would like to say if this is the case please let us know if you require feedback- We can speak to staff and feedback to you.

    If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

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  • WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

    Published 17/12/21

    We have made it to the end of the first term! 

    Again, we have had a busy couple of weeks and the lead up to the Christmas break has been full of opportunities for learning and fun.

    The wave of first assessments has gone well and staff are positive about how the students are developing their subject knowledge, whilst also actively looking at how to help develop knowledge in the new year. We are proud of how hard students have worked and the communication from those stuck at home wanting to ensure they get a chance to complete assessments on their return. In all subject areas, students have access to support, advice, and guidance; revision guides are starting to be made available for purchase and these will increase as we move into 2022.

    In our assembly this week I spoke to the students about how lucky they are to have the support, advice, and guidance of our careers and guidance consultant - Graeme Peart. I shared with them the experience that I had back in the 1990s, which was very little, explaining that in all sense of reality served no real purpose. With a number of our student still unsure of what they would like to do, I shared with them my own career history - including retail, signage design and stock purchasing before finally deciding that teaching was what I wanted to do; my main message from this was that the roads can take us in any direction that we wish to follow, as long as we are prepared for the journey - Graeme is part of the preparation, along with reiterating the importance of working hard in lessons and creating a secure foundation to build upon.

    In tutor sessions we have been continuing with a couple of the traditions that we now have as a school - the gift tag wishes for the Christmas tree were written and decorated; the message of kindness, hope, and memories held are now adorning our tree in the ground floor atrium and it looks stunning. Groups have also made Christmas cards to be delivered in the local community, sharing Christmas wishes with businesses and residents. I have also tasked each tutor group with a challenge to take a festive group photo to show how their group depict Christmas - props and tinsel adorned classrooms and we even had a festive Henry VIII make an appearance. Additionally this year I have tasked each group with a ‘Festive photo challenge’; we have a number of Elves scattered through the groups and lots of funky tinsel wearers - a great effort from each group.

    School now is certainly different to when I was at high school in the 1990s; we watched movie after movie, large swathes of us drifted off to the local church as part of the school choir/orchestra (we had umpteen folk claiming that they played the recorder!), and Christmas cards and gifts were flying around in every direction - the scent of The Body Shop and Lynx drifted through the corridors and chocolate was in abundance. For all we still have a Christmas Concert and cards and gifts are exchanged, the daily activities completed by students are still relevant to what they are learning and are far more structured than the days that live in my memory. The motivation shown by students has been wonderful and they have kept it up until the end of the week. Like now, they are exhausted and ready to unwind after being so busy at school.

    Thank you all for the collaborative work over this first term; building the relationships between home and school is a key to ensuring we can offer the best for our year group. 

    We would like to wish you all a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and hope that you all take care and stay safe. Best wishes for the approaching New Year and enjoy your time together.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

     

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  • WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

    Published 03/12/21

    Hello to all our year 10 students and families.

    This week feels a little like, ‘Blink and you’ll miss it.’ It has certainly been a strange year again and, to suddenly arrive in December, feels a little bit surreal. However, here we are.

    It seems strange to think that Mrs Green and I have almost reached the end of our first year supporting the year group. Last December we were introducing ourselves to you all and setting out our hopes for the students in our care; suddenly we are now a year on and the support is firmly in place, with umpteen new opportunities and ideas to assist the students in our year group. We are always looking to find ways to support and guide the students in our care. In recent weeks, along with the careers interviews, we have been identifying students who are looking to develop their mental resilience or get an understanding of what university life may be like; in the new year some students will embark on the Mindspan programme and others on The Scholars programme. A number of students are engaging in the Duke Of Edinburgh award, whilst others are discussing applying for their first job. Students' determination and commitment to improve themselves is becoming increasingly prevalent within Year 10 and their maturity to discuss opportunities is wonderful.

    Continuing with the theme of ‘wonderful’, the students are working hard in their tutor sessions. This week, with the festive tension building, students have been wide eyed as they pass our beautiful Christmas tree and whispers of when the tags will be created have been carried across the plaza on the wind; students have been given a gift tag during tutor time and have written a wish or message of thanks on them - these will be hung on the tree, as has become a tradition in recent years. They are also preparing to write Christmas cards for delivery to the local community, targeting residential homes, school neighbours, and local businesses. Inline with our school value ‘Kindness’ it is lovely to see them getting onboard. We are also supporting the fundraising of the 999 Cenotaph and students are invited to accessorise their uniform with red, green, orange, or blue (the colours of the emergency services) on Friday 3rd December and donate money to help bring this idea to life - a place for people to show respect, especially in light of the challenges in the past 18 months.

    Further resilience and respect has been evident within our year group with the wearing of masks and their common sense when hearing of the inevitable cases of Covid; there a lot of students who currently have a cold and they are being considerate with keeping masks on when in class or with their friends. Sanitising in and around the building is still encouraged and students who forget or lose their masks are quick to come and get one from us to ensure they are doing their bit to prevent the spread. We are reminding them about the rules outside school now, and encouraging them to keep doing regular LFT tests at home - if you are running out please pop to reception and collect some more. 

    With two weeks of this term left we are hoping students continue to demonstrate the resilience, kindness, and respect that we see so often. It is lovely to see the excitement in their eyes as they talk about Christmas decorations going up, the arrival of elves, and the various Advent calendars that are adorning homes, as well as seeing family over the break. Hopefully they can contain this until the end of term, where we will have Christmas jumpers and the Staff v Year 11 football game to finish the term in style.

    As you embark on Christmas shopping, putting up the trimmings, or simply catching up with others, please stay safe and take care.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

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  • WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021

    Published 19/11/21

    Hello to all our year 10 students and their families. 

    It has been another busy fortnight and again I am proud to say that the young people in Year 10 are going from strength to strength in so many areas. Last week we marked Remembrance Day across the school, slightly later due to the morning break, but nevertheless students showed immense respect during the two minutes silence; classrooms were entered swiftly after break to ensure they could stop and reflect, corridors fell silent with students...

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  • WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

    Published 04/11/21

    Hello to all our year 10 students and their families,

    The howling wind welcomed us back on Monday morning and a tirade of varying seasons has passed across the leisure centre plaza whilst we have been outside at the start of the day, break, and lunch; we are certainly now well immersed in the autumn term and students have returned with fabulous attitudes and commitment to their KS4 journey.

    Regularly we have students approach us saying ‘Mum’ before retreating and trying again, this time with ‘Miss’. This week another student said it must be weird when they say that, which led to a lengthy discussion about the phrase ‘In loco parentis’ and how it means we are responsible for them in the absence of parents whilst they are at school. From this my conversation went on to explain what myself and Mrs Green are there to offer them and that we will always do all we can to help the students wherever we are able, be that communicating with teachers, sorting out friendship fallouts, or repairing the broken shoes and school bags amongst the lengthy list of other issues that greet us on duty or arrive at our office. Again, please remind your child that we are there to help them; I have had students say they don’t report things because nothing will get done- Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we are not mind readers and cannot do anything if we don’t know about it. If you are aware of any issue that your child is facing please encourage them to come and talk to us or email us to get our help; you are also welcome to call or email us if your child isn’t feeling able to report it.

    In tutor time the LORIC focus moves to ‘Organisation’. It is imperative that we work to encourage and teach the students how to organise their time in the coming year; how to arrive at school, or work in the future, organised, and how organisation in life is advantageous. At present we have some students who are not as organised as they need to be and therefore arrive to school without planners, equipment, and other key items; Having heard that ‘My Mum /Dad didn’t put it in my bag’ or ‘I forgot what day it was’ we are also now reminding them that they are old enough to take responsibility to organise themselves. Hopefully in the coming weeks some evidence of them taking this onboard will be seen both at home and school - I am an optimist. If your child has lost or misplaced items then please remind them of this quote, ‘Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.’ Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A great place to start looking is in the Student Services office on the first floor; currently we have 2 boxes of lost property and a couple of planners - If items had names in we would have already reunited belongings and their owners, alas this isn’t possible.

    In my assembly this week I have discussed attendance with students, reminding them that we are here to support them. I have also reminded students about behaviours around fireworks, as there has been a lot of chatter about where they are hoping to go on Friday night. If you are at a display, be it home or an organised event, please enjoy it and stay safe.

    Finally I want to return to the time of year. Within the next couple of weeks the dark mornings and afternoons will take hold. As students head to school or walk home, please encourage them to take well-lit routes, avoid shortcuts, and try to walk with friends. If your child comes to and from school on their bike, please remind them that lights are needed and a helmet is strongly recommended- as is having a lock to ensure their bike is safe through the day. Students on the bus also need to remember that direct routes and being with others is immensely important as they head to and from bus stops. 

    As always, please remember you can contact us through our email address hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com or call the school.

    Stay safe and take care.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

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  • WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

    Published 18/10/21

    Hello to all of our year 10 students and families,

    Watching the skies during morning line-ups, we have been mesmerised by the mermerations of the Canada Geese, Swallows and Swifts as they prepare to head south to warmer climates; on the ground the hedgehogs and squirrels are preparing for hibernation; and in a couple of weeks, the clocks take a turn back and the colder, darker days will be upon us. As is the end of our first half term, which has certainly been a busy one.

    In tutor time students have continued to work on their LORIC leadership skills; House Captains and Tutor representatives have been chosen; E-Safety conversations have been held; and Careers has been the topic in our assembly.

    With around 300 school days left for year 10 (scary to think about), we have started to work on setting up careers appointments with our school advisor Graham Peat and he will start meeting students 1:1 in the coming weeks; the initial conversations will explore their pathway beyond year 11 and help them start thinking and exploring what is available to them in the future. Miss Lawes will also be sending your child an invite for the Year 10 Google Classroom group, which will be where information about opportunities, open events, and apprenticeships will be shared- as the year progresses it will begin to fill with ideas and advice, so please encourage your child to accept the invitation. With this information in their hands we hope students will have a clear idea and understanding of what they need to achieve and how to get the most from their lessons.

    In lessons the staff are now well underway with teaching students how the exams are formatted and sharing insight on how to work through questions, build knowledge, and check understanding. A number of students have spoken to myself and Mrs Green about how they are feeling quite overwhelmed by lessons and we are working hard to help them through this. I feel the important message is not to worry too much; we have had 18 months where schooling has been flipped on its head and now find ourselves returning to normal, which takes a bit of getting used to. They are not alone in their fears and it is okay to seek help from us, their tutors, and teachers.

    Lastly, I would like to congratulate every student for coming back and pushing onwards. Reintroducing masks and juggling colds v ‘could it be Covid’ has seen students responsibly behave, act upon instinct, and think about those around them. Beyond this, getting used to new Homework platforms and developing respect in a consistent way has been a pleasure to witness. Again, Mrs Green and I are incredibly proud of their achievements.

    I finish as always reminding you that we are here to help and support your child. If we can be of any assistance please either call the school or email us at hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com 

    Please take care, stay safe.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

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  • WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

    Published 01/10/21

    Hello to all our year 10 families

    We are four weeks into our new school year and both Mrs Green and I are brimming with praise and pride for our year group. The students have developed so much maturity in the past few months and as we move into the full swing of things it is evident that they are all gearing up for some greatness this year. Their understanding and demonstration of our school values is becoming clearer day by day, with respect for staff and peers; kindness towards one another; and responsibility for their actions gleaming in the autumnal light.

    With a determination to recognise students achievements being a high priority, I have been overjoyed by the feedback from staff. Each week, a student from each tutor group will be awarded ‘Star of the Week’ for their contributions and commitment to the group. With many students pushing themselves in their chosen subjects, I have asked Year 10 teachers to inform us of any students who deserve praise and these students will receive an email from us expressing our congratulations for their commitments or improvements.  Please encourage your child therefore to keep a regular check on their school email accounts.

    Another reason for keeping an eye on their emails is the notifications of homework from Google Classroom. If your child doesn’t have their Google Classroom notifications set up on their device please ask them to do so. If they are encountering any issues then please remind them that we are here to help and get things sorted out. Every task, as is always the case, is necessary in their preparation for the future and we want to work with them and you to make their GCSE studies successful, helping them to achieve the extraordinary and become well prepared for their futures.

    Another way students can adopt new skills, and build their own personality traits, is through trying something new. Extra-curricular clubs and activities have started to return. Beyond school there are endless opportunities for them to explore. I have shared a lengthy list of website links in an email this week to introduce clubs and groups beyond the confines of the classroom or their bedroom - with the colder, darker months ahead it doesn’t mean everyone needs to retreat indoors and hibernate; they may find something new to light a spark and ignite their interests. We appreciate not all children will be searching for new challenges, but they are available if they want to explore them.

    Lastly, I want to go over some basic reminders due to the changing seasons. Mornings are colder, damper, and darker; please encourage your child to wear a coat and be prepared for the inclement weather that will undoubtedly head our way. With time outside at break and lunch, keeping wrapped up is better than shivering and losing the feeling in fingers and toes. If walking to and from school, please remind them to stick to well-lit routes and walk with others wherever possible. For students on bikes, check tyres and have lights for when the light is fading; a helmet is also encouraged. 

    If there is anything we can do to help your child, or you need support with, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The mobile that we used during lockdowns isn’t now used as much, due to the lack of reception in the building; please contact us on the school phone number or by emailing hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com

    Stay safe and take care.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

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  • WEEK 2 - Friday 17 September 2021

    Published 17/09/21

    Hello to all our year 10 families and welcome back to our fortnightly blog; I hope everybody had a lovely summer and managed to find opportunities to make some wonderful memories.

    When we returned to school last week I came back full of admiration for both our GB  Olympic and Paralympic teams, with a brain full of inspiration to share with year 10. Having the year group together in the hall for their first seminar was an amazing sight, seeing our year group together made me feel a real sense of pride. Last year they overcame so many different challenges and began to mature. Mr Groak and Mr Sinclair shared the essential updates and information to begin and then I had the chance to talk briefly about the inspirational athletes that I’d enjoyed watching this summer, sharing some exceptional performances of paralympians who had overcome all the challenges that life had set them, never giving up, developing outstanding resilience and out performing their abilities with a tenacity to be proud of - traits we hope to teach and instil in our students over the next two years.

    The students have returned with a great attitude and are now seemingly getting used to early get-ups, and the need to move a bit quicker to lessons; the convenience of being in a cluster of rooms, due to bubbles last year, has now gone and they are making full use of the building and classrooms where subject displays are there to aid teaching and help learners make connections to their prior and future learning. They are calm and content during breaks and lunches; we have a new outdoor space with a canopy to hide from the rain or gain shade from the sunshine and our new catering company is proving popular when the hunger strikes (with staff as well as students).

    In tutor time, we started to look at ways to develop a positive mindset and are now discussing ways to become positive leaders and the role of a leader. The checking of uniform and equipment is going well, with many students becoming more organised and having greater responsibility for their belongings. The height of excitement came from students and their tutors when we confirmed the weekly tutor-time quiz was making a comeback. The buzz around tutor bases is enjoyable and the team are determined to help your children achieve the extraordinary and be prepared for their future. There will be sessions based around future pathways and careers placed within the tutor program over the course of this year to help students to map out their future pathways and get the best they can from their GCSE studies.

    Finally, with this ‘strange normal’ that we now have we are reminding students to sanitise, keep their distance, and wear masks if they choose to. Extra-curricular clubs are returning and I look forward to seeing smiling faces as they enter some clubs for the first time, or pick up some old favourites.

    Mrs Green and I are optimistic that this year is going to be a great year for our students and are looking forward to being on this journey with you and them. If there is anything we can do to support and help your child please don’t hesitate to let us know. You can email us at hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com or call us on the school number.

    Stay safe and take care.

    Mrs Todd

    Head of Year 10

    Mrs Green

    Assistant Head of Year 10

     

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  • Head of Year 10 Blogs 2020/2021

    Published 17/09/21

    To view Year 10 Blogs from 2020/2021 please click here

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