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WEEK 28 - Friday 30 April 2021

Hello to all students, parents, and Year 9 families

It has been another couple of busy weeks with our year group and this week gave me the first opportunity to hold assemblies for the students in Year 9. These have been done in small groups - three tutor groups at a time and key messages shared.

Within the assemblies, I have explained the importance of our students understanding they are unique, everybody is different, and that is absolutely fine; there were some bewildered faces with the first slide which displayed images of Noah’s Ark, varied carrots, and wildflowers, but they were quick to establish why they had been chosen. I moved on to discuss the importance of Kindness, Respect, Resilience, and being makers of their own destiny. 

I told students to think positively and adapt the following words: 

FAIL- First attempt in learning

END- Effort never dies

NO- Next opportunity

Additionally, I have had the chance to present the Duke of Edinburgh award to the year group. We run the scheme as a school and give students a chance to develop new skills and have lots of fun. If your son or daughter is interested in this and you would like to know more, you can find a presentation video on the year group Google Classroom. It is a wonderful opportunity for students and it helps to open doors in the future. I have asked any interested students to let me know next week.

I also used the assembly to discuss how students use Social Media and how we really need to develop a safer use of the internet by updating privacy settings, being aware of how there words can impact others and only having trusted contacts, captured in the message of ‘Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it’.

I hope that the messages shared with them this week have given them food for thought and helped them understand that we are here to help and support them.

As always, if you or your child needs our support then please don’t hesitate to contact us

hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com

Have a lovely May Bank Holiday, take care and stay safe.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 9

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 9