Soggy clothing was considered a small price to pay as students returned with tales of their adventure at the Hautbois Activity Centre. Year 10 students studying BTec Sport at The Nicholas Hamond Academy took part in kayaking on the River Bure learning how to paddle, steer and improve their skills.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed participating in one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.
Building confidence, resilience and the opportunity for new adventures are just some of the reasons that students at The Nicholas Hamond Academy have signed up to the Duke of Edinburgh Programme.
They are currently planning a range of activities in order to complete the Bronze Award over the next six months which include basketball, mountain biking, volunteering at the local library and helping at an animal charity. Students will also plan a two day overnight camping expedition challenging navigational skills, camp craft and promoting teamwork.
Whether climbing the high wire or improving their archery skills, students enjoyed the many exciting activities at Kingswood in Overstrand recently.
The Nicholas Hamond Academy organised the residential trip for Year 9 students to experience challenges demanding problem solving, initiative and teamwork in the grounds of Lutyens Manor House.
All thoroughly enjoyed their stay, returning tired and full of stories of their great adventures!
Students from the The Nicholas Hamond Academy attended the Mayor’s Reception in Swaffham, recently proudly representing the Swaffham Youth Team in the town.
There was no shortage of volunteers to help support the ‘clean-up day’ in Swaffham town centre recently.
Always keen to get involved with activities in the wider community, eight students from The Nicholas Hamond Academy joined forces with the local townspeople in a pledge to keep an area of the town free from litter. Kitted out with high viz vests, gloves, litter picking tools and bin bags students cleared the hedgerows and pavements of rubbish and have promised to repeat this exercise if necessary during the Summer.
Here are some of the chicks who were born at the Academy just before Easter.
They are obviously enjoying their new free range home.
It is wonderful to see them growing up and doing so well!
Exploring the muddy trenches of the Battlefields helped students from The Nicholas Hamond Academy imagine conditions experienced by allied forces during the First World War. Two students had the honour of laying a wreath as part of the Last Post, a ceremony which has taken place every evening since 1928 at the Menin Gate, Ypres, honouring the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of the town. Evidence of the true human cost of the War was seen on the final visit to the Cloth Hall in Ypres and Tyne Cot cemetery (the largest commonwealth military cemetery in the world).
High octane theatre shows and multiple interactive workshops were amongst the wonders experienced by Year 8 students. The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham offered a real chance to see how science and maths related to everyday life. Students were able to talk to engineers and scientists about the opportunities available. They returned thinking about how they might use their skills in the future. One student commented “I have learnt a lot of new facts that I didn't know before and saw lots of cool experiments, most of which I got to take part in”
Our Easter chicks have now been rehomed at the end of our two week programme. They have all gone to established free range homes used to caring for chickens, including a member of staff, a friend of the Academy and a small dairy farm. Whilst the chicks were with us students completed Discimus projects in which they learnt scientific facts and some were inspired to write poetry.
No-one ever thinks about chickens,
especially the ones that aren't fried,
I love the way they cluck so much,
and to fit in - how much they have tried.
I think of them day and night,
even though they can barely fly,
how comical they can be
I cannot lie.
So next time you see a chicken,
be kind and give them space,
for they evolved from dinosaurs,
I know that is hard to embrace.
(Morgan Estep, Melissa Duarte, Kaitlyn Ellis)
Students took over the local council at a recent event organised by Breckland Council. Under the guidance of their mentor Councillor Nigel Wilkin, the students were each given a role within their council team. Several real life scenarios, including answering a telephone call of complaint from a member of the public, were tackled through role play. They discussed issues around prioritising budgets and expenditure and making decisions about where money should be spent. The day concluded with each team having to design and present their own magazine 'Take a Breck'.
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