Monthly Letter - June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

At this time of year, as well as planning for the future, we are looking back over what has been another successful year for the academy.  We were sad to say goodbye to Year 11 at the Leavers’ Assembly on Wednesday 11th June, although we look forward to seeing them again at the Prom on 3rd July at Tregenna Castle.  We were equally delighted to welcome our new students and parents on our Year 6 induction days and evening.  

The last week of June was a very busy and exciting week for Pool Academy students.  All our Year 10 students organised a week’s placement for themselves with a business.  The students experienced the world of work with employers such as RNAS Culdrose, Mylor Yacht Club, Goonhilly Earth Station, Western Power Distribution, Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre, Tehidy Country Park and Pendennis Shipyard not to mention schools, shops, garages and other local businesses.  

Cris Heartford will be joining Pool Academy as Head of Faculty for English and MFL.  He started teaching two decades ago after spending a number of years living in Tenerife and New Zealand.  His career to date has typically involved working in coastal schools around Devon and Cornwall. He is passionate about motivating children to ‘dream big’ and delivering inspiring educational experiences.  This has seen him organising events in Cornish schools including Space evenings, Elizabethan days and lectures from the producer of Blue Planet. Mr Heartford wishes to bring enthusiasm, excitement and his motivational experience to the school. His vision for the role is helping deliver an academic experience worthy of the students of Pool Academy.  

A group of 16 students set off from Pool Academy recently to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Exhibition  to earn their bronze award. They walked 18 kilometres, plus some extra ones thanks to a few wrong turns, on the Great Flat Lode and through nearby villages.  The two-day adventure saw them carrying all their own equipment, camping overnight and making their own meals. The students also picked up litter they found along the route they had planned themselves.

Thirteen students from the Academy took part  in the Trevictus Games recently where they did Archery, curling, basketball, football and more.  The weather stayed dry and all those taking part in the event, organised by Trevithick Primary School, seemed to have a lovely time.  We are thankful to Trevithick Primary School staff for inviting us and we look forward to next year’s games.

As part of PSHE Day, students were put through their paces recently when members of the army arrived to show them what life is like in that career.  A number of problem solving and physical activities were created for Year 9s to take part in. Students were split into four groups and sent to different workshops. These included steering a remote control vehicle around a course using coding, working in teams to solve problems and taking part in an assault course on a school field. They were also given a talk by members of the Royal Artillery Cornwall who said they went around the country promoting their core. They spoke about ‘strike elements’ and ‘find targets’ and explained about some of the technology they use including drones.  One student said: “The assault course was tough. I am glad I did it though. I enjoyed my time with the army, it was a good PSHE day.” During the day there were also other activities taking place including a talk on Resilience and a session with a Young Person's Service 'YZUP'.

Kind-hearted students who raised hundreds of pounds for charity were invited to go and see the work their money will be helping.  A group from Year 8 held a number of fundraisers, including a sponsored haircut, a bake sale and a day-long football event. The activities saw students raising a total of £511.11 for Children’s Hospice South West.  The group were invited to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice to see the work the charity does and were given a tour of the building. The staff at the Little Harbour were really impressed with how polite and smart all the students were and said that they were a credit to Pool Academy.  Well done to all the students that helped to raise this incredible amount.

Since our announcement back in February that we are forming closer working relationships with the Crofty Multi Academy Trust, we have made good progress in building a shared team that deals with the operational aspects of all schools’ developments. Together we have been able to get better deals across a range of purchases and have delivered savings that both Pool Academy and Crofty have benefited from.  Senior leaders from Pool Academy and Crofty are also working on a joined up strategy to improve standards in reading which will span all year groups and will be reflecting on our Primary to Secondary transition programme to ensure all students and parents have the very best experiences. We will continue to keep you in the loop as the partnership gains momentum.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries this half term:

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For your future reference, I can confirm that the start of the new academic year for students will be on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal