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'.
Keen to ask questions and eager to seek advice regarding possible career paths, Year 9 students visited the busy Swaffham Careers Festival on 15th March. Many commented that they had been inspired to think about careers they had not previously considered and are looking ahead to planning work experience with local companies next year.
Students at The Nicholas Hamond VI Form dedicated a wall in their Centre entitled ‘Women Who Inspire You’ as part of their celebration of International Women’s Day. They also supported the Malala Fund whose aim is “education for all girls” by making #BeBoldforChange bracelets in exchange for donations to this cause.
We now have 13 chicks - all fluffy and doing well and continuing to cause great excitement amongst students and staff alike.
Day Three 12.23pm - We have 8 chicks and 2 more on the way
The Nicholas Hamond Academy hosted its annual Sports Awards Evening on the 8th March. Students were recognised for either progress or exceptional performance in a wide range sports over the past year.
As part of the evening the academy welcomed guest speaker Jade Windley. Jade, presented the awards to the students and shared her journey in becoming a professional tennis player. The overall, TNHA Sports Person of the Year 2017 was awarded to Year 11 student Owen Williams. This was not only for his ability in a range of sports but also his exceptional attitude towards learning.
History students rose to the challenge set as homework to design the ultimate castle. The class used various mediums to create the features of a strong, safe building to fend off invaders. Students used posters, videos, computer software and lego blocks to express their ideas, however perhaps the most interesting and certainly tasty were those castles made from cake.