FAN Equestrian Team
Code Club Game Making
Renew Your Future Day
FAN Sports News
Kinnerton Supporting FAN Geography
The Newsletter of Fakenham Academy Norfolk
Issue #3 February 2019
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the third #bFANtastic newsletter of this academic year. We are fast approaching the halfway point of the year, but we have been exceptionally busy so far! You might be aware that we had a visit from OFSTED in mid January and if you have received my correspondence from last week you will know that the visit went exceptionally well. OFSTED confirmed the good work we are doing here, and have given us a few pointers in moving closer to become Outstanding.
There has been so much happening in this short half term (other than OFSTED of course!) that I really cannot mention everything here, you will find more information on all the events in this newsletter, one of the highlights have to be Options Evening for Year 9 students this month which not only hosted our entire curriculum offer, but also local businesses, higher education institutes and apprenticeship opportunities.
Year 11 students are currently sitting their mock exams, revision sessions have been taking place since the start of the year, and we shall be looking forward to seeing the progress that has been made this year when their mock results are released in March. There is a special preparing for Success Evening on 27th March for Year 11 parents to attend also, to ensure that we can make the most of the time remaining until external exams commence.
Since January we have already begun to see blazers popping up on numerous students throughout the academy. Even though they are not mandatory for current students until 2020, they are available to purchase from Birds of Dereham now, and can form part of your current uniform.
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.
We have recently also launched our parental communication app called Xpressions, which enables you to see up to date information on your son/daughter, attendance, behaviour and also allows you to quickly send and receive messages from school. You will find letters explaining how to sign up on our website and social media pages.
As we approach this half term break, again I would like to thank the staff and students for all their hard work. Please ensure that during this next week away from school that we take the opportunity to relax, so that we might all come back refreshed for the second half of this year!
Students around the school wanted a way to voice their ideas and to have changes made. This is why Fakenham Academy now has a student council. Students have their own voice and can make changes, whether they feel something needs improving such as the school site or if they want to suggest new ideas such as new ways to reward students.
How does everyone get their say rather than a few selected students?
All students are given topics within their form time to discuss; they can raise any concerns and suggest any other ideas they may have. These notes are taken forward to a student council meeting which is run by myself, the Head Boy (Charlie) and the Head Girl (Maya). Any ideas brought up in student form time are discussed in the meeting with the House Ambassadors - these include: Neptune (India, Max), Mars (Megan, Grace), Saturn (Hannah, Iwan) and Jupiter (Leyla, Zara). In this meeting, we expand on any points raised, and with the involvement of the Headteacher, Mr. Evans, we try to come up with a reasonable solution. Many of the issues raised in the council are quickly acted on. For example, after students suggested blazers, the school have taken into consideration the practicalities of this uniform change and are making blazers part of the uniform; they will be implemented over a 2 year period to make it easier for parents/carers.
The student council meetings are a chance for every student at the school to have their say in what they believe would benefit the school and make it a better place. So far we have bought up many different suggestions and ideas which we have addressed with the Principal. Some of the proposals brought up in the meetings have already been put into place, the blazers were an idea that came up in the summer- we then decided to test them out and ask the students to vote on whether they wanted to have it as their uniform, opting on the majority wanting to keep them. We are now trying to look into the cheapest way to buy these blazers to ensure everyone in the school can purchase them. Another major improvement which is happening currently is the refurbishment of all the school toilets and the introduction of a new unisex toilet. As well as this, the school site will be going under small changes putting up a gate at the front exit which will mean students can safely walk around the front of the school in break and lunch times without the dangers of cars driving down. In other topics, we have also discussed student learning and welfare, and decided that everyone should have the chance to vote on what they want as rewards throughout the year, making earning merits more beneficial. Many students have also said they want more advanced work in certain subjects which we are looking into.
We will continue these student council meetings throughout the year so if anyone has any ideas or proposals don't forget to write them down in your council sheet coming round each form.
Charlie DJC & Maya Stagg
From The Head Prefects
I have been lucky enough to have ridden ponies all of my life. I have been competing regularly in local and pony club events, racing Shetlands at Olympia, and last year I started British Eventing with my pony Prince. After lots of hard work and training I managed to win two events and have top 10 placings in others, which was a great achievement for any rider. My wins qualified me for the BE 80 National Championships in Cheshire last September.
The experience of competing at such a championships was invaluable and I learnt a great deal. My event season ended slightly early as I broke my leg playing football in early October. This season, as well as eventing my ponies, I am looking forward to being part of the FAN Equestrian team and representing our Academy in the NSEA competitions.
Sadly I was not ready to compete in our first show jumping competition on Sunday 27th January as I had only been back riding a few weeks, but look forward to the dressage and arena eventing competitions coming up soon. Many thanks to Grocott and Murfit, Wensum Valley vets and Jem Lake kitchens for the generous sponsorship of our equestrian team.
Robbie Shares His Experience of FAN Equestrian Team
On the 27th January 2019 the Fakenham Academy Equestrian Team competition at Forest Edge Arena at an inter-school event run by NSEA (National School Equestrian Association). Unfortunately only two members of the team were able to compete due to unforeseeable circumstances.
The two members were Maxwell Lake and Milly Eckett. They both competed in the second class of the day which was the 85cm Class. Maxwell had a lovely round but had four faults due to a rider fault, but still completed the course. Milly on the other hand had a perfect clear round.
Milly then competed in the third class which was the 95cm Class. It was an amazing round with an unfortunate four faults due to a fence being demolished during her round. But Milly soon recovered and completed her round.
Overall it was a fun day and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The team now look forward to their next event which is a dressage competition at Forest Edge Arena on Saturday 9th February 2019.
We would like to thank our sponsors: Jem Lake Handmade Kitchens and Interiors, Wensum Valley Vets and Grocott and Murfitt Property Developments. For their continued support.
Written By: Maxwell Lake
FAN Equestrian Team Compete at Forest Edge Arena
Code Club Game Making
Jack has been learning lots of fun things about the Microbit at Code Club on Monday lunchtimes. He has made a Reaction Game and a Fortune Teller game.
This week he finished his Frustration game. This is the kind of game you see at fairs where you have to navigate a metal loop along a curving course to get to the end; each time the loop touches the course your score goes up by one. The code was fairly straightforward but we had to make a "course" and that was a bit tricky!
Mrs Gray had a go with a couple of wire coat hangers but we found that they are coated (with paint and plastic) and wouldn't conduct electricity. So, we asked for help from Mr Jary who made us a lovely course - with a loop!! Jack's Microbit with its code worked brilliantly but getting along the course will take a bit more practise!
LINK TO VIDEO https://youtu.be/mTl6N4IzoMY
Year 9 students at Fakenham Academy were able to gain real-life insight into the design, operation and marketing of renewable energy from offshore wind farms, through a hugely successful ‘Renew Your Future Energy’ day held at Fakenham Academy. The event was delivered by Carole Opie-Baker, Rich Finn, Zoe Leeper and Matt Neal from the Mason Trust, joined by Roy Wilkes and Connor Hallin from Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm.
Students learnt about the day-to-day operation of the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm, together with having the opportunity to try on personal protective equipment used by the technicians when they work offshore.
Students then worked in teams of five, to design their own wind turbine constructed from Lego, test the efficiency of this turbine and store wind energy in a battery pack, At the same time, other team members worked on the location of their offshore wind turbines to form a wind farm and marketing of their design. The whole proposal had to be costed, with students aiming to make the maximum profit for their team. The battery packs from the wind turbines were then installed into cars made from Lego, with these cars being raced at the end of the day to determine the overall winner.
The winning team of Year 9 students was Josh Edwards, Ethan Macdonald, Josh Ireson, Charlie Cutler and Tom Mapplebeck.
This STEM (Science, Technology and Maths) activity, combined with studies of the environmental issues in the design of an offshore wind farm, is an excellent example of work-related learning which is delivered through the curriculum at Fakenham Academy. Thank you to The Mason Trust and the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm for a memorable day which excited and engaged students in learning, whilst opening their eyes to future career pathways through the use of the The Mason Trust icanbea website at www.icanbea.org.uk.
Colin BYE FRGS
Head of Geography
Head of Humanities, Social Sciences, PE and MFL Faculty
Renew Your Future Energy Day
On Thursday 7th February, Fakenham Academy Library was host to a careers event to help inspire students in Year 9 when making their options choices.
Further Education Providers and Services such as the NHS came along to talk to students and parents about careers in different areas.
Lots of information and advice was on offer and was a good experience for students to be able to talk to people about their future aspirations and goals for their futures.
Mrs West & Mrs Walton
FAN Hosts Careers Event
Mrs Walker and Y10 Geography students have been studying rivers and river features. They have been modeling some of these using plasticine and have produced some waterfalls, along with shaping meanders and other river features.
Geography Students Make Model Waterfalls
CEW Week 2019
This years' CEW (Curriculum Enhancement Week) is taking place from Monday 22nd July - Wednesday 24th July 2019. It is taking on a slightly different format this year in that it will be only over three days. We are also introducing the ‘Social Responsibility Project’. This is a chance for students to volunteer in our local community and give something back to North Norfolk. As part of this, will be delivering a series of beach clean days between 22nd and 24th July 2019. They will be taking place on the North Norfolk coast, as part of our CEW activities and social responsibility programme. The beaches to be cleaned and surveyed will be at Cromer, Mundesley and Overstrand.
The activity has been supported by North Norfolk District Council, who will be lending us litter picking equipment for these days. Transport to and from the beaches has been funded, through support from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund.
The beach cleans will support the delivery of the ‘Social’ element of statutory SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education programme that our students follow. The aim is to engage students with their local community and environment, in order to promote and sustain responsible attitudes to preserve our fragile natural environment from the use of single-use plastics.
The beach cleans will follow the Marine Conservation Society 'Beachwatch' beach clean and survey scheme, including the sharing nationality of the results of the surveys. Lessons will be delivered in school on the impact of single-use plastics in the environment prior to the event, with the beach clean events being followed up with a whole school initiative to engage in the Walkers Crisp packet recycling scheme.
We have a wide range of activities on offer taking place in school and off-site. With something for everyone, we are sure this year's CEW will be a great experience for everyone involved.
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FAN DT Invests in New Software for Students
The Design Technology Department has invested in purchasing Solidworks software for use across the DT curriculum, but especially for use in GCSE subjects.
Solidworks allows users to create 3d models which can be turned into designs for manufacturing processes.
The software will be an invaluable resource for students in years to come as technology based subjects require more focus on designing of tasks to demonstrate skills used in the manufacturing industry.
Kinnerton Supporting Geographical Learning
Fakenham Academy Year 11 GCSE Geography students had their revision brought to life, through an informative visit from Andrew Steele. Andrew works for Kinnerton Confectionery based in Fakenham, who are fourth largest chocolate producer in Great Britain. Andrew gave the students a detailed presentation on all the stages of the manufacture of chocolate, using globalisation to link employment in Fakenham to the growth of cocoa beans in West Africa.
Sustainable production of commodities such as cocoa is a core principle of GCSE Geography ‘Changing Economic World’ studies, being not only being part of the syllabus of the final GCSE Geography examinations but also incorporated in the forthcoming Year 11 GCSE Geography mock examinations.
Geography teaching at Fakenham Academy continues to be proactive in strengthening its curriculum, in order to build and strengthen contemporary real world exemplars linked to work based learning. This is combined with ongoing initiatives, specifically targeted at using approaches such as this visit to develop memorable events to act as a framework for strengthening long term memory. These approaches are only possible with the support of our local community. Thank you to Andrew Steele and Kinnerton Confectionery, for strengthening the long term learning and understanding of our GCSE Geography students.
Colin Bye FRGS
Head of Geography
Head of Humanities, Social Sciences, PE and MFL Faculty
Water Water Everywhere
Year 8 and 9 geographers have been looking at the social, economic and environmental implications of not having access to the most basic of resources: water. The work they produced examined the potential of a simple, sustainable water pump - a small scale solution that eventually be able to help a large scale problem in the long term. The students produced some high quality work and, as is customary for this time of year in my classes, we discussed sending a goat to a low income country.
Watch this space for goat news.
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Yr 8 Netball vs Reepham
The Yr 8 Netball team played Reepham in a closely fought game which finished with Reepham winning 11-8. J.Biddulph was awarded player of the match by the Reepham team.
Well played girls!
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FAN Cross Country at North Norfolk County Trials
On Tuesday 15th January Fakenham Academy attended the annual North Norfolk Schools cross country trials at North Walsham High School. It was a gloriously sunny but very cold afternoon. All students represented the academy FANtastically and 4 students qualified for the Norfolk Schools cross country at Langley School the following week. Well done to all that took part but a special mention to M.Hill (7th), T.Abram (12th), D.Bradford (4th) and I.Timson (8th)
A Fakenham Sixth Form A Level Geography student, has had an article on their Non Examined Assessment published in the Geographical Association’s ‘Teaching Geography’ Spring 2019 journal. Gemma Gibson, presently a Year 13 student studying A Level Geography, has shared her experiences of completing her Non Examined Assessment with geography teachers across the country. The ‘Teaching Geography’ journal is published quarterly during the year, sharing best practice from teachers on a wide range of different aspects of teaching and learning in geography. Gemma, through the encouragement of her teacher, has published her experiences of completing her independent geography investigation at Sheringham and Salthouse on the north Norfolk coast. This included a range of both human and physical geography fieldwork and investigative techniques. Following on from two previous ‘Teaching Geography’ articles written by staff and a former student at Fakenham College/Sixth Form on fieldwork on the north Norfolk coast, Gemma has detailed how ongoing guided reflection upon her geographical knowledge, understanding and skills allowed her to develop, enhance and complete her independent investigation over nine month period. Gemma stressed the benefit of piloting a range of investigative techniques in February, strengthened through in-class cross-topic teaching in the intervening months, before returning in July to complete her investigative study. This approach was designed not only to improve the quality of independent geographical investigations, but also to develop and secure synoptic links between a range of physical and human geographical topics operating at different scales. Gemma’s insight will be valuable to other teachers, showing the real benefit of local area studies which are given an extended time period in order to strengthen learning. Gemma is now working towards her final A level examinations, before moving on to study Geography at Nottingham University.
Colin BYE FRGS
Head of Geography,
Head of Humanities, Social Sciences, PE and MFL Faculty
Sixth Form Student has Article Published in Geog Journal
Stalham High School hosted an U13 boys handball event last Wednesday 6th February. Six schools were represented including: North Walsham, Aylsham, Reepham, Stalham and Wells (APHS). This was the first time we had played in a handball event and we started well, winning our first game. This was followed by a further two wins and two losses putting us in third place overall. The boys played extremely well and were a credit to the academy. Handball club takes place during lunch on a Thursday in the gym/sports hall and is open to everyone.
Year 7&8 Handball vs Stalham High
I took a group of year7, 8 and 9 students to the UEA to participate in a School Sports Partnership event. They experienced five activities during the day, including; Box-fit, fencing, ninja assault, climbing and My-ride. This event gave them the opportunity to try something new and to interact with new people. The students had a great time and behaved impeccably.
Alternative School Sports Event
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