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WEEK 36 - Friday 1 July 2022

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families,

With the sweet scent of summer in the air; the bees gracefully floating across our swathes of lavender; and the increase in sunglasses on faces it is easy to see how we are almost at the end of the year. However, this doesn’t mean we have slid off our flip flops and began to relax. Exactly the opposite is true, we are all busy and making the most of the time we have left before the summer holidays.

This week has been the first careers week for year 10 and the buzz and excitement has echoed around the hall, classrooms, and school field. The aim of the week is to help our students improve knowledge about their post-16 options including: Our sixth form, various colleges in the local area, apprenticeships and much more. Students have also become more aware of what job roles are out there  and how their interests could relate to certain vocations. The week started with an hour long motivational talk by Moj from PUSH; his tales of life, linked with his comedy made lots of students, and staff, chuckle at his tales - with many students liking the sound of jobs such as snake milker and odour tester to name but a few.

On Tuesday, all students took part in our Enterprise day. They worked in small groups and had to design a subscription box to pitch to our Dragons in the final. Their collaboration, creativity and aspiration to make it to the finals was joyful to see and the day ran fabulously.  The winners were: 

First place: Tame the Fame (Grayson, Klay, Laura & Olivia)

Second place - The Seasons Box (Ellie, Katie, Frankie, Caitlin)

Third place: Recon Reads (Joseph, Mark, Elijah, Olivia)

The judges panel included Mr Groak Headteacher, Mrs Smith Head of Business and ICT and Lucy Gray (from the Hull and East Yorkshire Careers Hub).

Alongside this, students have had sessions tailored to their current career thoughts, with focused talks given from people such as the Police, a teacher training provider, the Armed Forces and a few more. They have also all been involved in CV writing workshops and logging on to the Log on Move on system.

A huge thank you goes to Mrs Edwards and Miss Lawes for their commitment and dedication to creating these events, the staff that have supervised or facilitated sessions, and to the students who have approached the week with excellent aspiration, integrity, and commitment to the week. 

Whilst students have busied themselves with these events, I have been working hard to map out a year 11 journey to share with students. This is in the developing stages, but will give students, parents/ carers, and staff a good idea of how each month in year 11 will look. As the pressure builds for students we will be holding sessions, run by the charity MIND, to help with their mental health and wellbeing, The Humber Outreach team will help students with how to revise and manage stress, alongside the many other things that we run in house. I am very aware of the pressure our students will feel when they return next year and want to ensure we are doing all we can to support them.

In preparation for next year, you should have hopefully received an invitation to attend our Year 10 Parents Information Evening on Thursday 7 July at 4:30pm. The information will discuss expectations for our students as they approach their final year. Hopefully you are able to join us.

Lastly, as I am sure you are used to reading now, if there is anything that Mrs Green and I can do to help or support your child please contact us hoyyear10@hessleacademy.com

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10