A celebration of the art work created by our GCSE students took place on 20th June. Staff from the academy and colleagues from some of our local secondary schools had the opportunity to appreciate the diverse range of AQA coursework in 3D Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Photography and Art and Design. The impressive work was highly praised by the GCSE moderator who also complimented the Art Department on the quality of the display, as well as the range of GCSE courses on offer to our students. The images below capture just part of the fabulous display …. [...]
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Staff and students splashed out in true Aspire style to mark the end of the Easter term! The academy staged its second colour run to raise money for partner schools in Sierra Leone. Following their recent floods, medical supplies and basic educational equipment are desperately needed. Students worked hard to collect sponsors for the event. It was a colourful afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part!
Our SILVER Certificate Over the past two years, staff at Aspire have worked towards achieving the Artsmark award. To achieve this, staff were required to promote creativity across the academy and evidence this in all subject areas. In doing so, our students took part in a wealth of arts and cultural-based activities. They were offered opportunities to attend excursions and visits - and achieve qualifications on their educational journey. We are delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved the SILVER award. Well done to all staff and students involved in the Artsmark project. A great effort all round!
Aspire Academy has extended its international links once again! Working with Mrs Elliott, their maths teacher, students in 9C have been involved in Time Quest, exploring different time zones across the world and how they are affected by lines of longitude. They teamed up with the N K Singh Preparatory School in Kathmandu, Nepal, to engage in a SKYPE conversation with 18 Nepalese students. Timing was of the essence due to the 6 hour time difference between the 2 schools! Students also shared information about their local areas and engaged in a quiz about time calculations.
Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Daisy Lumpkin, a Business Studies teacher from the Freetown Secondary School for Girls. Daisy is one of a number of teachers from Sierra Leone, visiting Hull to strengthen our international partnership. In addition to spending time in the academy, working with staff and students, Daisy had had the opportunity enjoy some of the many cultural experiences Hull has to offer.
Sam’s Safari returned to Aspire last week and students were given the opportunity not just to meet some unusual animals, but to handle them, learn about them, bond, and confront some of their biggest animal fears. The menagerie was made up of small insects, meerkats, snakes, lizards, armadillos, tortoises and racoons. Although some students were a little anxious to begin with, they all took turns to get to know the animals and even worked together, giving each other encouragement to conquer their anxieties. The students’ inquisitiveness, care and respect for the animals was exemplary and because we look forward to another [...]
Last week some of the KS3 science students were given the opportunity to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and learn about animals and their habitats. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a walk-through adventure park which houses some of the most amazing animals on the planet, including: Lions, tigers and . . . much more. In fact, students were given the chance to visit over 70 species of animal, and because of their enthusiasm and respect for the animals, they were all treated to an ice-cream to keep them cool while they reflected on their experiences.
The construction lads were busy last week applying finishing touches to their personal projects. The students are always encouraged to bring out their creativity and apply the specialist skills they have acquired during their studies. Using recycled pallet wood, the creations keep coming, and with the promise of a glorious summer, garden furniture seems to be the theme of the day. For items available to buy or order, please visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Aspirewoodnthings/
Community Week got off to a flying start today with a very enthusiastic effort from both staff and students. Every summer the academy takes a week off from the usual time table, and staff and students are given the opportunity to collaborate on projects which will benefit the local community. Past projects have seen the academy raise huge amounts of cash for its chosen charities, volunteer help in the local community, and collaborate with partner schools in Sierra Leone, Poland and China. Some of this year’s projects include: Princess Trust Enterprise: Students will raise money for charity by creating merchandise to [...]