Archive for: December 2015

  • UTC Celebrates First NCS Graduates

    Date: December 22nd 2015

    Eight UTC@harbourside Year 12 students took part in the autumn term five day residential leadership and team building National Citizenship Service programme.

    They returned from this experience buzzing after completing a variety of exciting outdoor activities including rock climbing, Jacob’s Ladder, capture the flag and a tug of war! Most stated that it was a great overall experience where they got to take part in lots of activities they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do.

    The second part of the programme was self-developed community projects that students identify and lead themselves. They chose to bake cakes, sell them in school and use the money to fund a money and awareness raising event in aid of the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People – these have now been completed and the UTC has its first set of NCS graduates!

  • Studio Student Shannon Chosen To Illustrate Book

    Date: December 22nd 2015

    Shannon Adams, a 17-year-old sixth form student at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, has been commissioned by Danish author Jens Patrick, who lives locally, to provide sketches for his forthcoming book on the Viking occupation of Britain.

    Shannon achieved A* grades in graphic art and digital photography at the school last summer and is now studying A Levels in both subjects, alongside a course in TV production.

    Jens, who came upon the Studio by chance when out in Darwen, said he was delighted to have found such a talented illustrator so close to home. He said: “I’m really excited to be working with Shannon. Her drawings bring the main characters in the book to life and capture their spirit in exactly the way I had hoped.”

    Shannon has ambitions to go on to university and then pursue a career in the creative sector. Ruth Bradbury, Studio school Principal, said: “I’m immensely proud of what Shannon has achieved with us so far, and I’m sure she is destined for much more success in the future.”

  • Darwen Vale Student Saves Dad’s Life

    Date: December 21st 2015

    Darwen Vale student Joe-Jo Nicolson has been presented with a special award from the school after performing essential first aid which saved his Dad’s life following an incident at home.

    12 year old Joe-Jo gave his dad Graeme lifesaving first aid after finding him unconscious at the bottom of the stairs after suffering a suspected fit or stroke. Joe had learnt about this aspect of First Aid at a Super Learning Day at Darwen Vale.

    Joe-Jo was given a special achievement award from the Principal and Governing Body for his exceptional conduct. Fiona Jack, Darwen Vale Community Academy principal, said: “It’s hard to put into words how proud we are of him.”

    See the full story in our News section.

  • Portslade Science Students Reach National Competition Finals

    Date: December 21st 2015

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy have reached the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2016.

    These finals showcase the very best of young scientists and engineers in the UK. The project will be displayed on a stand next to other exhibitors such as GSK, Siemens, Rolls-Royce and BAE systems. The organisers have had a record number of entries this year and the standard was extremely high. Finalists will compete for prizes and experiences including the prestigious titles of UK Young Engineer(s) and Young Scientist(s) of the Year.

    Congratulations to Portslade students Guolin Yang, Harry Smith, Joshua Hassett, Dexter Shepherd and Morgan Pile for putting together an excellent project during the STEM sessions and writing a winning proposal. Their success caps a wonderful year for the STEM team at the Academy.

  • Brighton Teacher Recognised At Safety Net Awards

    Date: December 17th 2015

    Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s Child Protection Officer Mrs Christine Brady was awarded for Best Use of Services – Referrals Award at the Safety Net Awards Ceremony held to celebrate the organisation’s 20th year of supporting children and young people in Brighton & Hove.

    Mrs Brady’s award reflects the important role she plays in the Academy helping to improve student’s confidence and keeping them safe. Nikki Burke, former student, said “Christine always goes above and beyond to help students.  She creates an atmosphere that feels like a little home.  She would take me to my meeting so I felt looked after and improved my confidence by encouraging me to help younger students with their work.  Christine is excellent at her job and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving for the award.”

  • PACA Receives the Sainsbury’s Games Mark Bronze Award

    Date: December 15th 2015

    On Wednesday 9th December Portslade Aldridge Community Academy teacher Miss Wilson, accompanied by year 10 sports captains Charlie Glover and Oscar Pettit, were invited to Sussex County Cricket Ground where they were presented with the Sainsbury’s Games Mark Bronze award by the Mayor.  The Academy achieved this through all of the interschool tournaments, lunch time and after school sports clubs as well as the numerous sports leagues, cups and tournaments in which PACA are involved.

    Well done to all of the students who are committed to those clubs and teams, and the teachers and parents who support them.

  • Saffron Appointed #iwill Campaign Ambassador

    Date: December 9th 2015

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student Saffron Ball met HRH Prince Charles this week after she was one of just 50 young people appointed an ambassador for the national #iwill campaign, which aims to make social action a part of life for as many young people as possible by 2020. The Aldridge Foundation and each of our schools have pledged to support the campaign.

    The campaign is being co-ordinated by the charity Step Up to Serve and as an ambassador, she was introduced to the charity’s patron Prince Charles at a special event in London in December.

    Saffron was put forward for the award by the Franklin Scholars programme at the academy, which involves year 10 students who give up their time to tutor and mentor younger students. She said that having a mentor when she was younger would have been invaluable, and that’s why she wanted the experience.