Congratulations! Bradford Academy U15's are crowned Rugby League Champions of Bradford Schools
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July 2013 The Newsletter is published by: Bradford Academy, Teasdale St, Bradford, BD4 7QJ Tel: 01274 256 789 Congratulations! Bradford Academy U15's are crowned Rugby League Champions of Bradford Schools After four years of trying the Bradford Academy U15’s were crowned champions of the Bradford Schools Rugby League Competition. The boys stormed to victory with an emphatic 16-8 win over rivals Thornton Grammar School. The team is made up of Year 9 and 10 students who have been playing together for three years. The majority of the team also play locally for Dudley Hill RLFC. We always knew this team had the potential to be successful especially with last year’s team reaching the quarter finals of the National Cup. However, the Bradford Schools Competition has always been the Achilles heel and we have bowed out at the semi-final stage year after year. Last year, the Year 8 team (which contained a number of this year’s finalists) reached the final but lost out to Thornton Grammar, making this year’s triumph all the sweeter. This year’s finalists almost had an earlier taste of success back in November 2012 where they competed in the Bradford Champion Schools Tournament but lost in the final to Appleton Academy. The Bradford School’s Competition is run like the Super League where each team plays two fixtures every week and the top four teams are entered into a penultimate draw before reaching the final. Bradford Academy finished third behind Thornton Grammar (1st) and Oakbank (2nd). This meant for an interesting semi-final against Oakbank and after taking a comfortable lead Oakbank fought back making it an uneasy win in the latter stages, the game finishing 24-12. The stage and opponents were set for the final with Thornton Grammar ready in waiting and the home of the Bradford Bulls, Provident Stadium the back drop. Thornton had beaten us twice in the league stages of the competition so we began the game as underdogs. This was certainly not the case in a fanatic first half Bradford Academy performance. The game began in a tense fashion with both teams defending their lines well. Lee Johnson broke the deadlock after a great run and offload from Danny Lee. Johnson missed the conversion attempt but made amends shortly after when his huge bombed kick was chased and fantastically caught by team mate Danny Lee who touched down under the posts. Johnson converted the kick this time around. Bradford Academy’s defence proved impenetrable with some tough tackling in particularly from Juneid Razaq. and Saif Gillani. The boys continued to drive the ball forward with forwards Brad Maclean and Cameron Parry to the fore. Johnson added his second after again combing with Lee to be put through a gap and score under the posts once more. Johnson converted to make it 18-0 at half time. Thornton were rocked by the Academy’s astounding first half performance and came out in the second half as a much tighter unit with a determined attitude. A change of tactics from Thornton boss Richard Coulsen had their boys clawing back two unconverted tries . Bradford Academy’s Harrison Birkinshaw had a try ruled out for a debateable offside decision and Thornton’s late efforts were stamped out by the Academy’s resilient defensive line and overwhelming support from the traveling supporters. The presentation followed in the Coral stand, where Cameron Parry was awarded man of the match and the team lifted the trophy aloft to the eruption of cheers from supporters which included, staff, students and parents of Bradford Academy. A truly memorable evening was had by all and we hope this is a sign of future success in sport at our school. www.bradfordacademy.co.uk
Primary Phase News Army Fitness Day On Wednesday 3rd July Nursery had an army fitness day as part of their keeping healthy topic. They ate porridge to get some energy from food, worked their bodies very hard during exercises and drank lots of water! Thanks to Conner Daly, Liam Farndale, Elliot Hall and Daniel Lee for their help.
Primary Phase News Eureka Trip On Wednesday 3rd July, Year 2 went to investigate and explore Eureka in Halifax. We had a great day spending time in ‘All about me’ bandaging up arms and listening to babies heart beats. In ‘Sound Space’ we listened to different rhythms and music. In ‘Global Garden’ we learnt about insects and other creepy crawlies and their habitats. After lunch in the café and at playtime outside, we spent some time being shop keepers, bank managers and garage workers in the ‘Living and Working Together Area’. A fun day was had by all! French Market Day On Monday 8th July, Year 2 and Year 7 hosted a French market event. The Year 7 buddies had been teaching the Year 2 learners French songs and other vocabulary. They showcased this to parents, inviting them in to share their learning. There was a gallery, market stall, French food and a tricky French quiz! All the children enjoyed their day and especially liked having their buddies being part of the event. Thank you to all who supported us!
Primary Phase News Visit to Hesketh Farm Spaceships and Rockets went to Hesketh farm on Tuesday 26th June. Children were given the opportunity to feed the animals, have a ride on Farmer Chris’s tractor, make milk and feed it to the sheep, hold some animals and collect eggs. All children enjoyed the experience and had a lovely day.
Primary Phase News Wedding In primary on the morning of the 11th of July we celebrated the weddings of …. Shayaan Nazir to Saffaa Ahmed and Taran Singh to Emily Avery. Jamie Boyle to Rosey Woodger and Poppy Johnson to Adam Gott There were tears, smiles, big hats, posh frocks and dancing, and a bride felt ill before the ceremony. We truly had a fantastic celebration!
ASDA present cheque to Academy Last October one of our young students, Bilal Khisar was tragically killed outside ASDA on Rooley Lane. We were contacted by the store to ask us if they could do anything to support the family or create a memorial. Earlier this year a group of Bilal’s friends and home team went to ASDA to carry out a bag pack. They raised over £600 and ASDA promised to make that up to £1000. On Friday 5th July the Store Manager Simon Fowler and Bernadette Smith the Community Life Champion came to the Academy and presented Rob Taylor with a cheque. We now have £1000 to put towards a memorial garden that will remember Bilal and the other young people we have lost since we opened in 2007. The project is being designed by Lindsay Bantock from Full Circle who will work with our learners to finalise the final garden design in September.
Yorkshire Water support our expedition to India On Friday 28th June a group of learners went to Yorkshire Water headquarters to sell cakes and buns to raise money for their expedition to India in July next year. They raised over £160 in total and wish to pass on their thanks to all at Yorkshire Water who supported them. Duke of Edinburgh Award - Practice Expedition - June 2013 On Saturday and Sunday 29/30th June a group of four learners and two staff walked from Harewood House to Ben Rhydding, camping overnight at Bramhope Scout Camp. I think you could say it was an experience of a life time for all involved. Ben Robinson showed great expertise at the campsite, putting up his tent and cooking a meal for him and Callum McMahon. Callum learned how to cook a camp breakfast. Ozair Afsar and Ronald Naika both said it was great and are thinking of doing the Silver Award next year. The photo shows them leaving the campsite on the Sunday morning. All found it a physical challenge but felt very satisfied at the end when they reached the minibus at the end of the walk. To sum it up in the words of the lads - they "Boxed It"
Beavers at Bradford Academy A Beaver Scout Colony will run in the Academy from September. Beaver Scouts for 6-8 year olds is the youngest section of the Scouts, the world's largest uniformed youth organisation. The Colony will meet on Mondays from 3:15pm-4:14pm and is open to boys and girls, it's not necessary to be a learner at the Academy to join. Beavers is all about fun, friends and adventure. Our adventures will include: climbing, craft, cooking, sleep-overs, exploring the outdoors and taking part in adventures with Beavers from all over Bradford. Interested? Call into Primary Reception or talk to Mr Liburd or Mr Mosby on email@example.com. More about Beavers and Scouting is online at www.scouts.org.uk.
Euro Disney It has always been our ambition to give our students opportunities that will enable them to experience life away from their current surroundings within inner city Bradford. We took another 42 students to experience Parisian culture and Euro Disney. The majority of the funding has been raised through local business sponsorship and donations. We have managed to raise £6000 so far and continue to raise further funds though charity events and fund raisers. Our experience of this has really empowered our belief of this school having a real community spirit and has succeeded in in its ethos of being an outward facing institution and its on-going commitment to ensure this continues on an annual basis. We would like to thank the following businesses who have contributed towards the trip: Douglas Taxis Rafiq’s Catering MAPA Youth Club Al Khair Foundation Regal Bakeries Euro Cars TK Technician Money Made Simple – PPI claims and insurance In 2011 we took 42 students, 2012 we took 62 and this year we are taking 42 students. It is our ambition to take 1000 Academy students as it is an ideal opportunity to engage with learners. Thank you to all the staff and students who contributed and made this trip happen, Euro Disney 2014 here we come!!!!!!!
Dear Parent/Carer Firstly, let me thank you once again for your continued support of the Academy this academic year. It has been a very successful and exciting year for us with our first year in the new Primary building. I would like to close this year by communicating to you some key pieces of information in relation to the end of term arrangements and the start of our next academic year. End of term arrangements The final day of term for all students (primary and secondary) is Friday July 19th 2013. This will be a non-uniform day for all students, costing £1 (funds raised will be donated to local charities). The Academy will close at 12.10pm for all students. Nursery School will close for nursery children at 11.20am on Friday July 19 th. There will be no afternoon session of nursery on that day. Examination results Post 16 Level 3 A/S, A2 & BTEC results are on Thursday 15th August 2013 at 10.00am Year 11 and Post 16 Level 2 results are on Thursday 22nd August 2013 at 10.00am Any other students who have taken public examinations this summer are welcome to attend on 22nd August to pick up their results. Start of term arrangements Wednesday 28th August 2013 Staff Training Day – school closed for all primary and secondary students Thursday, 29th August 2013 Primary Phase children Year 1, 2 and 3 children will start at 8.25am (doors open as usual at 8.15am) Reception and nursery children begin their induction into the Academy. Secondary Phase children Year 7 Year 7 students will start at 8.25am Years 8-11 All students in Years 8 - 11 to arrive at 12.05pm Post 16 students Group Date Time External students Thursday 29th August 9am – 11am Access course students Thursday 29th August 12.30pm – 2pm Year 12 Level 3 internal Friday 30 August th 9am – 11.30pm students Induction (with externals from 9.30am) Year 13 Level 3 induction Friday 30th August 12.30pm – 2pm More details about the arrangements for next academic year can be found on the website www.bradfordacademy.co.uk. Finally, can I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you a restful break. Gareth Dawkins Executive Principal
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