Y10 Attend Women of the Future Conference
Y11 Hospitality and Catering Practical Exams
Sheringham Robotics Competition
FAN Sports News
The Newsletter of Fakenham Academy Norfolk
Issue #2 December 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the second #bFANtastic newsletter of this academic year so far. Although we are only one term into this year, it has already been a hugely busy and successful year for many of our students.
Hopefully by now all students have settled in to their new years, new key stages, subjects, and all other new challenges undertaken; I myself have just about settled into to being the new Principal at Fakenham Academy!
This term has seen many important events happen, most recently the Christmas Concert. Another extremely successful event with a great turn-out and a wide array of musical talent on display. If you haven't had a chance to attend one of these yet make sure that you come in the spring to the next one, it really is something not to be missed!
Year 11 students have been busy with their mock exams in English, Maths and Science, and revision sessions are now well underway. Revision timetables have been made, topics planned and no doubt quite a few people will be seeing the rewards from these when we come to our next round of mock exams in February.
This term has also seen all students have a voice in our potential changes to uniform. Consultation is still underway with parents and we hope to have a decision made by January regarding the possible addition of school blazers.
Student voice is an incredibly important part of school, they have a say in how their school is run. If you are a student here, you can speak to me at any time whilst I am on duty, or come to my office.
As we approach the Christmas break, I would like to thank all the staff and students for their hard work this term, please take these next few weeks off to relax, spend time with your families, and come back on 7th January ready to continue with the great progress made so far this academic year.
On Wednesday 28th November 12 Year 10 girls attended the "Women of the Future Conference 2018" at the John Innes Centre Norwich. This conference was a unique event designed to inspire the next generation of female STEMM professionals.
The lack of women in STEMM careers continues to be a real cause for concern for employers and the John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, and they are committed to promoting equality and diversity for all our staff and students and in addition realise the immense value of inspiring the next generation of female STEMM professionals.
The ethos of the event was to raise aspirations, facilitate engagement with world class scientists and leaders and promote careers in STEMM subjects, specifically targeting teenage girls in Year 10. The day incorporated inspirational keynote speakers, a range of activities including interactive workshops, networking sessions and exhibition stands led by a range of female STEMM professionals and STEMM employers. The day was very informative as well as being fun. Some of our students took a very active role and volunteered to help on stage with the scientific demonstrations.
Y10 Students Attend Women of the Future Conference
Year 9 Drama students performed a 5 minute version of Romeo and Juliet at our open evening.
The students had been studying the play as part of their drama lessons and as part of their assessment had to produce a short version.
One group in particular stood out in terms of the techniques used in their work and so we decided that it would be a good piece to showcase at our open evening.
Well done to the students who performed, it was a truly brilliant piece of work!
Year 9 Perform Shakespeare at Open Evening
Fakenham Sixth Form was very lucky to have the visit of Joséphine, a French Year 13 student, who had the chance to stay with Holly W. Joséphine enjoyed her English stay very much and was even able to give a hand in the Year 11 French class. We hope to hear more about her and her friendship with Holly in the future, as Holly is going to stay with her next year. Best of luck to both of them for the upcoming exams!
Joséphine has written an account of her visit to Norfolk for our newsletter:
My name is Josephine R and I am 17 years old. I live in I live in a town called Muzillac, one hour from Nantes, in Brittany, France. I have one sister and one brother. I’m here for two weeks with an amazing family, the Wilsons. They live near Fakenham. I am on an exchange with Holly Wilson because of the collaboration between Muzillac and Fakenham.
The last week, Holly was on holiday, so we went to Norwich to do some shopping with her friends, we went in the beautiful beach in Wells with her parents and her dogs and we went to restaurants to eat fish and chips and pancakes. It was a very cool and interesting week. The landscapes are pretty in this part of England.
This week, I was in Holly’s class in this College. I like the College in England because the students have four or five hours of lessons, contrary to in France, where we have 8 periods in College. Finally, tomorrow, I will go to London-Stansted airport to go back home.
Next Monday, I going to go to my College. It’s a super experience for me for learn the English and because I am going to take the Political Science test in May and it includes an English test. It’s very interesting to discover a new culture.
I think it’s hard to speak in English but it’s very important for learn a new language. I hope I have made progress during these two weeks and in France, I will continue to watch films in English to keep up my progress.
Fakenham Sixth Form Student Hosts French Visitor
Year 11 Art Students Showcase Projects
GCSE art students Corey and Charlotte have been taking photographs as part of their coursework.
The students were given the theme of past, present and future to focus on, and their images relate to different aspects of this.
Charlotte's photos centre around conflict and decay, where Corey's photos focus more around emotion and relationships, as well as how these relate to different times of year.
Both students have found their own subject matter in and around the Academy, but also have been further afield to take photos as part of this project.
They have then spent considerable time editing the images with some wonderful results.
Congratulations to both Charlotte and Corey on their work.
During October, the Year 11 Hospitality and Catering students have been working towards completing their practical examinations, which counts towards 40% of their final awarded grade.
The task brief asks students to propose 2 dishes that would be suitable for a bistro style menu. The students must then prepare and serve these two dishes.
The students were allowed 4 hours to complete their exam, including presenting their foods.
Every one of the students outdid themselves and produced first class products. They all worked hard and this can be seen by the finished products.
Well done to all the students who worked on this, and thank you to all of the parents and carers for supporting them in buying of ingredients and tasting their foods each week!
Mr Lloyd and Mrs Smith
Year 11 Hospitality and Catering Practical Exam
Our Pets as Therapy dog, Daisy, and her owner Jacqui came into FAN last Thursday to present awards to some of our students who have made good progress with their reading.
The students have been taking part in sessions each week with Daisy to help them with improving their confidence in reading.
Well done to all students who have taken part, and continued thanks to Jacqui and Daisy for supporting our students in such a wonderful way.
Pets as Therapy Awards
9Geog Beta have been studying the tropical rainforest in their Geography lessons with Mrs Walker. To develop their understanding of the complex ecosystem and its layers of plant and animal life, they have constructed a model of the rainforest.
The students spent time looking at the different features of a tropical rainforest, including the different layers of plant life, from the forest floor to the emergent trees. They also looked at the wide and varied species of animals this ecosystem provides homes for, and the impact deforestation is having on these animals.
Well done Year 9!
9Geog Beta Bring Tropical Rainforest Into Classroom
9ScBeta Plant Remembrance Poppy Seeds
At 11 O'clock on Friday 9th November, Flanders poppy seeds, supplied by North Norfolk district council, were sown by 9ScBeta to commemorate the Centenary of World War 1 Armistice, as a symbol of remembrance and respect for all those whose lives have been impacted by war.
The students were reminded of relatives who had fought in World War 2 who had gone off to fight, some who had come back, some who had not.
Emma, a student in the group spoke about a recent visit to the Ypres World War 1 site and how she and her family had traced the grave of Walter Blunkett, a young man from Kettlestone, who had gone off to fight in the Great War, and never returned home.
At 11 O'clock, the school bell sounded to commence our minutes' silence across the Academy and Sixth Form, we stood among the seeds we had planted, thinking about all of those who had given their lives for their country. It will be lovely to see the poppies in full bloom next year.
Remembering our past and supporting our future
Over the last year I have been tinkering with the EV3 Lego robot. It took a lot of time and mistakes to get the robot to where it is now! I took a very long time (something like 3 months), to make a line follower around the whole course and it still surprises me that no-one else could do the entire course. However, at the event at Sheringham School, I still lost to Follow the Leader, so there is definitely still improvement to be made. In the end I came 1st for the whole course competition and 2nd in the half course competition - even if it was only by 4 hundredths of a second!!!
Written By Oliver
The lead up
We had built many robots but at the time nothing was better than, for want of a better name, the “Tall” design. It had speed, strength and sturdiness, we thought it was amazing.
When Rob (a Science teacher from Sheringham) came over during CEW week we beat his robot in the first round, but because our robot was so tall it had a high center of gravity so we lost the second round.
We then continued to think of a better idea and smashed up the “Tall” design and started again. It was in the penultimate week to the tournament when we had the idea. We would use four wheel drive and a sturdy frame all whilst being small and in the 15x15cm allowance. We dubbed our bot “Head Banger” due to the fact it rocked around when turning.
All was well. We thought we had an amazing chance of victory, until we arrived. When we got there we found out that the lighting was different to what we programmed the bot to sense. Unfortunately we found this out just a tad too late. Nathan brilliantly managed to fix the code after our second game, but by then, it was too late. We were disqualified.
We did it
Although we were out pretty quickly, Oliver (who was working on the line follower) won his section by default. Our bot then went on to beat EVERY other bot in friendlies.
Written By Barney
Student Report From Sheringham Robotics
Sheringham Robotics - Round 1
January 2018 an e-mail arrived at the school, addressed to no-one in particular. The e-mail told the exciting news about a robotics competition which would be held at Sheringham High School with a view to finding a team to go forward to an international competition in Estonia. Best of all….robots would be provided and (should we win through) all travel expenses would be covered! I signed up straightaway.
There were already a small group of students who were coming along on a Thursday after school to build and program our Lego NXT robots but the prospect of a robot battle was very exciting.
At a meeting at Sheringham in April I collected two sets of EV3 Lego robots plus an expansion kit. Our team were very excited and once we were familiar with the rules for the competition they began building and programming. There are strict rules about the dimensions of each robot and it’s weight, but no restriction on height and we soon discovered why! A tall robot is intrinsically unstable! Robots were built, tested, re-programmed, re-built and tested again. Nathan and Barney took on the sumo robot while Oliver took on the line-following robot.
The sumo bot had to face another bot and through sheer force and/or clever use of scoops or prongs push the opponent out of the ring. The line-following robot had to follow a line made up of curves, straight sections and angles in a timed race against other bots. We practised and built and tested and programmed but without any real opposition we didn’t know how good (or bad!!) our bots were.
A visit from Rob (Sheringham teacher/organiser) in July gave us impetus when our sumo bot beat his bot hands down first time!! Amazing! Nathan and Barney were just a bit pleased. Rob left us a sumo ring and a line-following mat to use in practice and we continued to develop our robots while looking forward to the practise competition at Sheringham in November.
On competition day we set off to Sheringham robots at the ready. However, something had happened to the sumo bot and it had a sort of crazy fit when it first met the opposition! Nathan and Barney had to work hard to re-program the crazy bot and get it ready to face other opposition. Everyone was in awe of Oliver’s line-following bot, the only one to be able to complete the full course on the mat. The mat had an illegal turn in it (to be corrected) but while others had not manage to program their bots to cope with this sharp turn Oliver had managed to get his bot to complete the course - all hail Oliver!
Each bot had to face the other bots from the rival schools - Sheringham, Stalham and Alderman Peel in a round robin competition. Sadly, due to our sumo bot not feeling very well at the start we went out in an early round. But the line-following bot confounded the organisers as it could do the full course and only lost out to Sheringham on the half course by 4 tenths of a second!!
Once the sumo bot had been to robot hospital it bounced back and was a real force to be reckoned with. So much so, that it beat all the other bots one after another - Stalham, APHS and (the winner) Sheringham.
It was a super day, full of fun and challenge. The students were great and everyone helped everyone else - lending bits, borrowing laptops and mats and giving each other hints and tips on robot building and programming. We’re really looking forward to the next round of competition in April 2019 when things will hot up! The winner of this competition will go on to the full international competition in Estonia - don’t touch that robot boys!!
Mrs S Gray
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Year 7&8 Hockey Match
On Monday 8th October, year 8/7 went to Aylsham for a hockey tournament. We played against two Reepham teams, Cromer, Aylsham and against each other. We had two teams, team 2 and team 3.
Team 2 held an amazing battle against 5 different teams including the match against each other. With incredible defending and attacking. Team 2 managed to win 4 games and lose 1.
Team 3 also held a strong battle against all the other teams. With their strong defending and attacking team 3 managed to win 2 games, draw 1 and lose 2.
Overall, we held a strong fight in every match and played the best we could. Although we didn’t win all matches we did the most important thing which was to enjoy it and have fun. Everyone was also able to learn something from the games we played.
We would like to thank Aylsham for inviting us. Also, we would like to thank Miss for taking us, coaching us and for umpiring our matches.
Fakenham Academy Year 10 Catering Students received an early Christmas present today, their chef uniforms have finally arrived! We all tried on and posed for the first time in front of the cameras. We (mostly) liked the colour choice for our hats and aprons - you have Year 11 students to thank for that, as it their job to choose the colour for the new Year 10 uniform.
The students will showcase their uniform for the first time in lessons on Friday when they will be cooking a bread based product of their choosing. We look forward to seeing how smart they are, and to the smell of freshly baked bread drifting through the academy!
Hospitality and Catering Students, Class of 2020
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FAN Equestrian Team Competes in Showjumping Event
On Saturday 24th November 2018, Fakenham Academy Equestrian Team competed in a inter school competition at Lime Kiln Farm in Thursford.
The team have competed in the “Alderman Peel High School and Norfolk Schools Christmas Showjumping” annually for the last 8 Years. This year was known exception. The classes ranged from 70cm to 90cm, we entered all three classes as individual and as teams.
In the 70 cm Maxwell L competed on Wesley as a individual. He had a beautiful clear round and entered the jump off, during so he missed one of the fences hence is score did not count.
In the 80 cm Class Milly E on My Midnight Glory, Abigail G on Tally Ho and Maxwell L on Schoolmaster. Max entered first, who went clear in the first phase of the class and had one pole down in the jump off. This was then followed by Abigail who went round and got a double clear. Milly swiftly followed and also got an amazing double clear.
The next class was the 90cm class. All three riders entered this class a team. In the past the team had not entered the 90cm class as it is usually considered for more confident and more experienced riders, but this year we decided to give it a go which later proved to be a great decision. Milly entered first and got four faults, then followed Maxwell, he went clear in the first phase of the course but again knocked one pole in the jump off. Finally, Abigail entered but unfortunately also got four faults.
Although this did not matter as the pure delight seen on Mrs Bell’s face when she heard our team called for second place as a team and Maxwell coming fourth as an individual was a sight they shall never forget, she was truly proud of them. Although we came second we were extremely close to the winning spot. But to us that didn’t matter as they were able to do both of their two managers Mrs Bell and Mrs Wacey and the school proud by achieving such an astonishing accomplishment!
Our next event is soon upcoming and we also again hope to do our Managers and our school proud.
Written by: Maxwell L
U14 Girls Hockey Compete In Eastern Region Finals
On Wednesday 7th November, the Under 14’s travelled to Redbridge to compete in the Tier 3, Under 14 Eastern Region hockey finals. They became Norfolk champions back in October when they won the Norfolk finals. During the day, they played 6 games against teams from Norfolk, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire. They won 2 games, drew 2 games and lost 2 games. They finished in 4th place out of 7 teams. A great achievement and experience for all, they did the Academy proud.
Here is the team pictured with Ian George, manager of Jewson Fakenham who kindly sponsored jackets for the girls to wear for training and to matches. They wore them proudly in Redbridge. We are very grateful to Jewson for their support.
Fakenham has played CNS previously a few years ago and came away without a victory then and sadly, this was again the case. CNS, despite not fielding a full XV were up for the game from the off and ran in their first try within the first two minutes of the game. Fakenham were, perhaps, under strength due to notable absences of two key players, but still fought hard and did their best.
The game continued as it had started, with CNS scoring several tries before Fakenham ever had possession of the ball. Fakenham continued to do their best against a superior opposition and got their reward shortly before half time with some hard work on the left wing from Alfie F, Jimi B-Hand Seth M, resulting in a try.
The second half was very similar to the first, with CNS scoring several more tries, however Fakenham did not drop their effort levels and did their best to contain a strong CNS team. Fakenham again managed a score in the second half, but were sadly well beaten by this point; the end result being 70-10.
Notable comments from the game: first game back from James-Elliott Jolly after almost a year out after injury, a first appearance for Jimi Brotherton-Heasman and a first game as captain for Erikas Radzius.
U16 Rugby Vs CNS
U14 Rugby Vs Reepham High School
The last game of the U14’s pool required a trip to Reepham, whom the boys were relishing the prospect of playing as previous games had been rather one-sided in Fakenham’s favour. The game kicked off on a very wet and windy afternoon and went straight to flanker Arminas D, who ran the ball back hard and fast, darting his way through defenders and across the pitch. As often happens when Arminas gets the ball in space, this resulted in a try.
Fakenham continued to show a fantastic defence and ran the ball back hard when they retook possession, resulting in many tries being awarded. The pick of ones, arguably, in the first half came from Nathan H who went through several defenders like a bowling ball, clearing people out of the way like bowling pins. The score at half time was in the region of 30-0, testament to Fakenham’s hard work in attack and defence.
The second half continued in similar fashion with all students getting a chance to play and show what they can do in a variety of positions. Despite making numerous changes, Fakenham still pressed hard and scored further tries from different players. The end result was 49-5.
Further harder matches await Fakenham as they will now progress into the top pool and take on the other top performing schools in Norfolk.
Fakenham Academy VS Beeston Hall.
We arrived at Beeston Hall with high spirits amongst the team and a warm welcome from Beeston.
After a short warm up we went straight into the game.
The squad of 12 was: Archie C, Joe T, Archie B, Wilf B (U12), Callum W, Hughie K, Finlay P, Luca L, Henry R, Jamie T, Leo C, Riley B.
After a cold start both teams started to warm up and get into the game. It was fairly evenly matched until Henry R broke free and scored our first try. After a long end to end half we went in at half time 1:0 up. In the second half the Beeston squad applied lots of pressure and we were defending, what felt like, all the time. They scored two tries in quick succession which inspired our team to pass and attack. From a scrum, Archie B was able to pass the ball out to Callum W. Callum subsequently spotted Finlay P in open space and passed the ball to him. Finlay was then able to run through and score our second try which made it 2:2. There were now only five minutes left which felt more like ten! Beeston scored their third try in the dying seconds and the whistle blew.
The final score was 3:2 to Beeston.
We had a team talk at the end led by Mr Leat who congratulated the team on a great effort against a very good team and he suggested we would benefit greatly from more squad training together. Wilf B (U 12’s) was awarded Man of the Match!
Under 13 rugby match.
U15 Netball VS Reepham High School
During the first quarter FAN scored 4 goals and RHS scored 2 goals. In the second quarter FAN scored 8 goals and RHS scored 3 goals. In the third quarter FAN scored 2 goals and RHS scored 3 goals. In the last quarter FAN didn’t score any goals but RHS scored 4 goals.
The final score was FAN 14 and RHS 12.
The goals were scored by L.Roberts, K.Scallan and in the third quarter S.Curl swapped to goal attack and scored 2 goals for FAN. The team was swapped in the third quarter as we were beating RHS comfortably and Mrs Dewson wanted a fair game. The whole team played well but we thought that K.Townshend and K.Scallan were players of the match.
Local Business ‘Jem Lake Handmade Kitchens and Interiors’ have successfully set up a sponsorship programme with the Fakenham Academy Equestrian Team after witnessing their astounding progress at recent event.
Director Jeremy Lake has offered a substantial amount of sponsorship to the team to pay for future classes at events as they enter the NSEA which competes all round the country.
Jem Lake Handmade Kitchens and Interiors uses unique craftsmanship and dedication to create; Bespoke engraved drawers, fabulous island designs and clever little touches that are cleverly considered and expertly created to make your kitchen and home, truly a work of art, specifically designed for your lifestyle.
On behalf of the entire Fakenham Academy Equestrian Team, we would like to thank Mr Lake for his kind generosity.
Local Business Sponsors FAN Equestrian Team
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