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WEEK 30 - Friday 14 May 2021

Hello to all Year 9 families,

Somebody has reliably informed us that we are in the throngs of spring, and that summer is close… If you find spring lurking in your area please send it our way, as students are in a complete muddle with their daily attire and are either too warm or too cold.

Beyond the ever changing weather, the year group are doing very well. Having done assemblies that focused on our school values and their futures, students in Year 9 have been discussing extra curricular ideas; exploring the Duke of Edinburgh award; and talking about initial ideas of pathways and careers. With us only being weeks away from the end of term, and the students starting to think about Year 10, Mrs Green and I have been very impressed by their levels of maturity and improving belief in themselves.

Respect, kindness and resilience are values that we are encouraging students to promote daily, reminding them that ’Manners do not cost anything’, ‘One kind act leads to another’, and ‘Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'. I have also shared two thought-inspiring videos to groups this week and thought I would share them with you as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI Kindness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTsvSAItPqA Respect

Tutors have told us that watching these videos has led to some great discussions and conversions during their sessions. The kindness video brought a tear to my eyes as I watched the spread of kindness.

As we move forward towards the half term break, and beyond to the end of July, Mrs Green and I are looking forward to further developing the way we support the year group with things to meet their needs, taking onboard thoughts and ideas. To help us do this I gave each tutor group a questionnaire to complete. Students have been discussing: reward ideas, things that are going well, things that they feel are issues to be addressed, topics they wish to know more about, how many use their school email, and anything else they want us to do or be aware of. I will start looking through responses over the weekend and discuss the key areas with tutors and their groups next week. 

Please stay safe, take care, and remember we are here to help all students. If there are any concerns or worries at home please remind your child of this and you can also email us to let us know hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 9

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 9