This year’s event saw more innovative costumes as staff dressed as characters from some well-known and well-loved books – both fiction and non-fiction. From David Walliams’ ‘Boy in the Frock’, ‘Demon Dentist’ and ‘Gangsta Granny’ to Steve Irwin’s ‘Crocodile Hunter’ and, of course, Ian Fleming’s 007, Aspire Academy staff brought books to life and reinforced the fun connected with reading. Great fun was had by all involved!
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In preparation for next month’s knock-outs, 25 of our students accompanied by 5 members of staff had a fun-filled evening at Hull Karting. This was a practice run which could see the Aspire Karting Team go through to the regional heats and finals. The purpose of this ‘dry run’ was to give the students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the track, as well as the rules and regulations of the competition organised by the British School Karting Association. The evening provided opportunities for students to develop interpersonal skills and teamwork, helping to promote their levels of engagement. We wish the [...]
This half term’s enrichment project for students in 11W and 9W is to make pouches and blankets to send to Australia for the animals affected by the extensive bush fires. https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/?fbclid=IwAR3Nld894UrcLGhxYThB0S6wfim3NcU6BVtwe43-5g0WKiuobwWMreCB-6A Sewing practice is well underway with some amazing results …
Aspire Academy’s ongoing links with our local football team, Hull City, were further strengthened in December when two key players, Jordy DeWijs and Reece Burke, appeared off the pitch to talk to our students about their independent journeys into professional sport and the real rigours of daily life as Tigers! While most people assume that the life as a professional football player is a glamorous one, like any job it takes hours of training and dedication to get to the top. But with the correct attitude, it CAN be done! This was the key message shared with our students: remain onside; [...]
On Monday 13th January, students at the Wingfield site were very proud to donate to their chosen charity the money raised at their Christmas market. The founder of Abbie’s Fund, Abbie’s mother, gratefully received the £148 raised and explained how the money would help to finance the items placed in the boxes: blankets, teddies, charms, Forget-Me-Not seeds and clay imprints. Students learned that while most of the funds are spent locally, families in other parts of the country have also benefitted from the charity. It was a very emotional experience for everyone, with a few wet eyes in the process. The [...]
Friday 13th December was a brilliant success! The 9W/ 11W Christmas Market took place at the Wingfield site. Parents and carers, staff and students were invited to support the event to raise money for ‘Abbie’s Fund’, a charity based at Hull Women's and Children's Hospital which creates memory boxes for parents whose child/children have died during/at/soon after birth. On sale were the items students had made during their enrichment lessons: Christmas cards, gift tags, decorated pine cones, Christmas decorations and confectionery. Refreshments were plentiful and delicious! Mulled wine (non-alcoholic!), mince pies, cake, biscuits, tea and coffee were served by Santa’s big [...]
November afforded the opportunity for three students and two members of staff to take part in the Battlefields Tours Programme organised by UCL. Arriving in Belgium, they checked in to their accommodation in Peace Village, Belgium, where they enjoyed taking part in a tour briefing and introductory learning session. DAY ONE After a good night’s sleep, the following day offered the opportunity to explore how the First World War affected ordinary people. The first stop on the itinerary was at the Memorial Monument, Passchendaele. Here, students explored the ‘dug-out experience’ and the life of ordinary people at war. [...]
Continuing our links with Sierra Leone and the Freetown Secondary School for Girls, in October, Mrs Wilson and Ms Gilchrist represented Aspire Academy in the on-going partnership. Read below the highlights of the visit in snippets from Mrs Wilson’s diary … “The journey to Sierra Leone was both exciting and very long. We were very tired at the end of a 24 hour journey, yet still super excited!! We woke early on Sunday and set off on our first adventure to the church. It was very hot as we travelled up the bumpy road. Finally, we arrived at a packed-out church [...]
July’s Community Week at Aspire once again offered a range of exciting, innovative and challenging activities for students. Each tutor group participated in a rolling programme of tasks to reinforce the Academy’s values. Below are just some of the week’s projects … Maths This exciting project was based in East Park. Students used GPS coordinates and compass bearings to navigate their way around the park in order to find clues to locate the treasure chest. Great teamwork, challenge and perseverance! English Students considered the values important to themselves and displayed these in frames for their tutor rooms. The next step was [...]
Preparations are well underway for the Wingfield Christmas Market. Students in 9W and 11W have been very busy during their enrichment periods making Christmas gifts to sell for their charity. They have chosen ABBIE’S FUND, a charity based at Hull Women's and Children's Hospital which creates memory boxes for parents whose child/children have died during/at/soon after birth. If you would like some more information about the charity please click this link: https://www.abbiesfund.co.uk/abbies-fund-memory-boxes/ The Wingfield Christmas Market will be held on Friday 13th December from 10am - 11.30am. There will be many festive goods on offer, including; homemade Christmas decorations, Christmas [...]