Archive for: July 2015

  • DACA Yr 8’S Win Local Cup

    Date: July 27th 2015

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy Year 8s  defeated Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on their home pitch in difficult conditions on(4th May). DACA played the better football throughout the game making the most of the flat playing surface at Lammack Road. Jack Prince who was lively throughout scored direct from a corner kick after a mistake from the QEGS goalkeeper. QEGS made it 1-1 not long after with a volleyed finish direct from a corner. DACA continued to press and were rewarded with a penalty just before half time after the ball was handled on the line. Ralf Walsh expertly converted the corner to make it 2-1 going into half time. DACA continued to attack in the second half and could have made it 3-1 from the penalty spot had it not been for a fine save from the QEGS goalkeeper. Not long after the game was over after Ethan Makinde tapped in a fantastic team move to make DACA Champions.

    The win topped off a fantastic year in which the year 8 team secured a league and cup double as well as finishing Runner’s Up in the Lancashire Cup Final.

  • PACA Wins STEM Club of the Year

    Date: July 15th 2015

    At the recent Big Bang Show, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was delighted to win the Coast to Capital “STEM Club of the Year” award. All of the students were fantastic in showcasing their STEM projects but it was the Natural Cosmetic Beauty Range Project that impressed the judges the most. The enthusiasm of the students also shone through. The Big Bang is the biggest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK and is designed to bring science and engineering to life for young people.

    PACA also won the Gatwick Airport Electronics Prize for the 3D Periodic Table project. This project reached the TeenTech Grand Final and PACA came a very close second.

  • BACA’s Academy Awards Celebrate Student Successes

    Date: July 15th 2015

    BACA’s Academy Awards 2015, held on Thursday 9 July, celebrated the success of 40 students who have gone above and beyond this year.  It was an exciting evening shared by the BACA team, students who were shortlisted for awards and their families and friends.

    The BACA team nominated and shortlisted students based on remarkable achievements from throughout the year across a range of academic subjects, extra-curricular programmes and sports.  The award categories focused around our entrepreneurial attributes, and we are delighted to share the winners:

    Teamwork – Shaun Page:  As a member of the Aldridge Cricket Academy Shaun is a fierce competitor but above all a supportive and helpful team mate. Shaun remained calm under pressure on the South African Tour and was a natural leader both on and off the pitch.

    Problem Solving – Taha Alsaadi:  Having entered two UKMT Maths Challenges this year Taha achieved; a Best in School, Best in Year (twice), Silver award on the Intermediate challenge for year 11 students and below, and a Bronze award on the Junior challenge. His impressive performance on the Intermediate Challenge led to him being one out of only 2,500 people across 30 countries worldwide invited to sit the European Kangaroo paper. A very inspiring result for someone in year 7.

    Creativity – Jenny Mifsud:  On her creative media course Jenny worked consistently without giving up.  She organised numerous out of school times to film and edit which resulted in an exceptional piece of work about autism. This outstanding film received high recognition as part of the Adobe Youth Voices programme.

    Risk Taking – Dace Reizupa:  New to the 6th Form in September, as well as new to the country, Dace has completed an extra course in her spare time, contributed to BACA Dance Academy shows and will be joining the Global Social Leaders two week residential programme this summer.

    Passion – Amanda Kangai:  Amanda is an exceptional student who gets involved in everything. From developing a huge appetite and desire to excel in mathematics, competing in the Junior UKMT Team challenge through to never missing a music rehearsal and being a fantastic role model to other students.

    Determination – Marcilino Joseph:  Even when Marcilino finds something challenging, he still puts in 100% to achieve it. In fact, Marcilino thrives on challenge!

    Social Action – Chloe Sharman:  Chloe has taken on her leadership role with confidence and maturity, setting a high standard for others.

    Principal’s Award for Personal Challenge of the Year – Keeley Wade

    Keeley has overcome her phobia of school and is now an active part of the school community. Since starting at BACA in January 2014 Keeley has had an impeccable attendance record.  Additionally, she is an inspirational role model to other students as she helps support younger students in the Beacon by encouraging them with their learning.

    Chair of Governors Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community – Jordan Back

    Jordan successfully completed a Pegasus Award and raised enough funds to run the programme a second time.  He has gone on to support younger students to plan their own Pegasus Awards, and in addition, volunteered to help deliver this year’s Wild Park Festival.  Recently Jordan was accepted as a trustee for The Trust for Developing Communities.

    Sponsors Award for Entrepreneur of the Year – Pandora Douglas

    Pandora demonstrates real commitment and dedication to co-produce an outstanding film about Autism.  The film was screened at the prestigious BFI Southbank and received high recognition as part of the Adobe Youth Voices Up programme, a global programme aimed at empowering young people to voice their opinions on global issues. In addition, Pandora also found the time to excel at Maths by taking part in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge, where she received a silver award. Pandora is a true example of a student able to apply all of the entrepreneurial attributes.

  • Aldridge Cricket Academy Wins Tournament Against Adult Sides

    Date: July 9th 2015

    An Aldridge Cricket Academy team won the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation eight-a-side cricket tournament on Wednesday, 8th July 2015.

    Former Sussex captain John Barclay organises the annual event on behalf of the charity at the Arundel Castle Cricket Ground in aid of disadvantaged and special needs children from inner cities. The round-robin format for the day involves four teams playing each in 7 over per innings games. Each team is supported by a well-known former county cricketer, with Min Patel, Nic Pothas and James Kirtley joining Barclay.

    James Kirtley teamed up with the Aldridge Cricket Academy team, who were the only non-adult side taking part. Nevertheless they continued a recent winning streak by taking all three of their games to run out overall winners.

    Watching from the boundary Sir Rod Aldridge said: “I was very proud watching the team. They performed brilliantly on the field against very strong adult opposition, and represented BACA and PACA excellently off of it. It was a great event raising money for a very deserving cause.”

  • DACA Pupil published in ‘Grim Tales – Lancashire Legends’

    Date: July 8th 2015

    Holly Wilson, a Year 11 pupil at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy is set to be the next literacy genius by having her words published in a book called ‘Grim Tales – Lancashire Legends’ at the age of 15.

    Holly entered the Young Writers Grim Tales competition with her spine – tingling short story ‘Because I Stayed’ and impressed the judges with her natural talent for writing and creating an excellent piece in only 100 words.

    The competition aims to inspire pupils and give them the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills as well as offering them the chance to see their work published. It is open to students aged 11- 18 and every school which participates will receive a free copy of the book.

    On behalf of the Aldridge Foundation and DACA we extend our congratulations to Holly and look forward to reading her spooky tale in print!

  • KAA Students Runners Up At the Dance Showdown

    Date: July 8th 2015

    Kensington Aldridge Academy students were recently runners up in a dance competition called Dance Showdown at Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square run by EPIC. It was a huge event with close to 1000 people in the audience. The KAA dance team had been preparing for a month to perfect their 3 minute routine to impress the judges in the junior category. Competition was fierce and the talent on show from local community groups, youth clubs, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges was very impressive. After an energetic performance full of personality and attitude the KAA team were named runners up to huge applause. This is a massive achievement and hopefully the start of many more successes. One of our students was also awarded a summer scholarship to renowned performing arts school Sylvia Young for his amazing individual performance.

  • First Century As Aldridge Cricket Academy Win Again

    Date: July 2nd 2015

    Bryce Hounsome struck the Aldridge Cricket Academy’s first ever century as the ACA team won again, beating leading south east public school Ardingly College. Bryce’s 100 came off  97 balls with 15 4s, and was a major factor in the Academy posting 281 off 45 overs. The total proved too much for Ardingly.

  • Darwen Aldridge Community Academy Named Lancs Secondary School of the Year

    Date: July 1st 2015

    DACA has been awarded secondary school of the year at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph School awards 2015.

    The awards evening was a culmination of dozens of entries from across Pennine Lancashire and DACA was judged as winner of the Secondary School of the Year because it has not only affected thousands of youngsters, but has also been a catalyst for the transformation of Darwen.

    Staff at the school believe that the specialism of entrepreneurship has a positive impact on its students who are learning the characteristics of being entrepreneurial. The judges felt the school had gone even further by driving an economic transformation in the area. During the judging, Mebz Bobat, head of service in education partnership services at Blackburn with Darwen Bourough Council, the main sponsor of the awards, said “They’re breaking down barriers of young people’s expectations. They expect them to do well, expect them to be the first to go to university in their family. The pupils are fit for purpose for employment.”