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Academy Kidsgrove students recreate memories for local care home residents with stunning wall art - 17/11/2017

A group of creative Year 11 students from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been pooling their talents to brighten the days of residents from a local care home. Maple Tree Court provides residential and dementia care for up to 64 older people in the Stoke-on-Trent area and is located near the Academy in Kidsgrove. The care home opened in 2015 with impressive facilities including a tea room, activities room and a number of cosy, quiet lounges. Residents requested the help of Academy students to brighten up some of the walls and they duly obliged, creating some eye catching wall art. Mrs S Bailey, Art Teacher at UAK, tasked students with creating a range of designs which were then shared with the residents. Each of the designs was based around the theme of ‘memories’ and the chosen designs included a Spitfire, bottle kilns, a beach and Mow Cop. Once the residents had selected their favourite pieces, it was time for the real work to start and, after a series of long evening sessions, the students had transformed the walls into large displays, capturing historical moments from the local area and creating a colourful environment which the residents love. Felicity A. Somerville, Interim Manager at Maple Tree Court said: “We were fortunate to have some very talented students from the University Academy in Kidsgrove come along and decorate two areas in the care home with wall art. The residents chose the themes for each project. One was the Spitfire as designed by Reginald Mitchell, along with other local places of interest; the other group chose a beach scene. As you can see from the photos, the results are stunning and the residents are delighted and suitable proud of their designs brought to life by such gifted teams.” Mrs Susan Bailey, Teacher of Art said: “I was very impressed with the students’ motivation and how much enjoyment they got out of the work they did at Maple Tree Court. They chatted with the residents and were keen to make the paintings the best they could be. The paintings took at least 8 hours to complete and the staff and residents were very grateful for the end results. The students involved should be very proud of themselves.” The Year 11 students from UAK involved in this project were Katie Jones, Erika Jacques, Jessica Mountford, Mason Smith, Eleanor Walton, Rachael Taylor and Laura Knapper, along with their Art teacher Mrs S Bailey.

UCEA students mark Remembrance Day - 17/11/2017

This year, the younger generation in Ellesmere Port is once again proving its commitment to keeping alive the memory of those who lost their lives in conflict, with a show of support and respect from UniversityChurch of England Academy (UCEA). Students and staff at UCEA welcomed the Rev Lt Col Jerry Sutton to the Academy as part of the formal Remembrance Commemorations for 2017. Services were held throughout the day at the Academy’s Chatfield Theatre, to allow all of the Academycommunity to attend, with students from all year groups listening to the commemorations. Rev Suttonshared with students his stories about the importance of Remembrance services, as well as havingstudents consider the sacrifice which our troops have made. During the services, students read war poetry and Bible readings. The Academy choir and musicians alsoperformed a song which they had learned called Warrior, which was also witnessed by the Ellesmere PortSchool Pastors, who led the prayers. Rev Jerry Sutton, who has served in the Royal Army Chaplains' Department for 23 years, also holds theTerritorial Decoration, which was presented to him by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003. Over the years MrSutton has served in many operations overseas – including Bosnia and Cyprus. Principal, Mr I Robinson said: “As a Church of England School, the Academy aims for all students to be ableto reflect on what they believe and the world in which they live. The message of the Ultimate Sacrifice washeard and students were able to reflect on the cost of war. The event helped students honour our troopsand the troops of yesteryear to pay their respects to the families of those who serve in our forces.” Mrs Debbie Clarke, Head of English at the Academy said: “I thought the service was incredibly powerful. We heldthe same service a number of times throughout the day, so that all had the opportunity to pay theirrespects. To see a member of the armed services, with his medals and hear his accounts was a realprivilege. The blend of music, poetry and multimedia together was also really effective in maintaining theattention of all the students.” Jennifer Starkey, Year 13, added: “It moved me to tears. I really enjoyed seeing people I know beinginvolved, and seeing the pupils from each year group joining in during the service.” The Academy has been well known for its Remembrance Commemorations. In November 2012, it brokethe Guinness World Record for the largest human poppy. In addition, in July 2016, the Academy wasrecognised by the Education Business Awards in the Art and Crafts category, for its stunning 2015 ArmisticeDay display of thousands of beautifully hand crafted poppies, displayed around its perimeter, in honour ofthe First World War dead.

UCEA pupils get a glimpse of life as a University undergraduate - 07/11/2017

Students in Years 12 and 13 at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) in Ellesmere Port, who are studying port sciences, have been experiencing life as an undergraduate at the University of Chester. Year 12 students studying BTEC Level 3 Sport: Development, Fitness & Coaching, and Year 13 students enrolled on BTEC Extended Diplomas at UCEA were invited to experience life as a BSc Sports Science student at the University, with the aim of inspiring them to take their studies further and hopefully into higher education. The students from UCEA started the day with a tour of the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, where they were able to get a glimpse into life on Campus, and explore the range of societies available at University, before the serious work began. The University then ran lectures covering a range of topics, all relevant to their current studies at the Academy, including biomechanics, sociology, psychology and physiology. Some particular highlights were when students analysed the movement of an international cyclist in order to understand better how they both use and conserve energy during a race, as well as a practical session which involved testing human reaction speeds. Dr Andrew Scattergood, Programme Leader, BSc Physical Education, at the University of Chester, said: “The aim of the day was to provide local students with an insight into what it would be like to study Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester.The students from UCEA took part in a range of lectures and practical sessions and were a real credit to their school and staff. We hope to see them studying with us in the future.” Rob Foster, Cover Supervisor at UCEA, said: “The students had an exciting time and it was invaluable for them to step out of their familiar classroom environment and actually experience lectures in a university setting.” Nicole Ewin, UCEA Sixth Form student, added: “I thought it was very educational and gave a good insight into university life and the career opportunities that can follow.”

University of Chester PGCE Students Support UCEA Pupils - 31/10/2017

The University Church of England Academy (UCEA) welcomed 72 trainee teachers from the University of Chester recently for an enrichment week, enabling both students and school pupils to learn from each other. The purpose of the week was to allow the Primary School PGCE students (known as Associate Teachers), to gain valuable experience of life in a secondary school environment and to better understand the transitional period for pupils between primary and secondary school. The Associates spent time with students in Year 7 in particular (11 to 12 year olds), supporting them with their learning. During their week at the Academy, the PGCE students also had the opportunity to speak in detail with both staff and students. Additionally, the trainee teachers delivered a range of development activities to the school’s pupils, including a ‘Big Maths’ session, which focused on improving numeracy skills by integrating them into various games. They also received advice from the Academy‘s own senior members of staff, who explained the processes the school has put in place to support pupils when they arrive at secondary school. The Associates were then given the opportunity to shadow some of the school’s pupils in order to see these processes in practice. Whilst working with small groups of pupils to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, PGCE students also had the chance to work with our drama teacher, Emma Donnelly, to support her with a PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) session that focused on road safety and developed pupils’ confidence and oracy (spoken language) skills. Leanne Eyre, Vice Principal and Director of Professional Learning at University Church of England Academy, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with colleagues at the start of their teaching career. They fully immersed themselves in life at UCEA and embraced the opportunities to work with our students in Years 7 and 8. Our staff and students have welcomed their support.”

UCAN School Exchange Visit with Nanpu Experimental Middle School Wenzhou, China - 30/10/2017

Twelve lucky students from the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) have returned from the trip of a lifetime, after spending 10 days in the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Wenzhou. During their stay, the Year 10 students experienced first-hand the resources Chinese schools have available and the different styles of learning, in comparison to the education system in the UK. Working with UCAN’s sister school, Nanpu Experimental Middle School, Wenzhou, UCAN’s students were immersed into the Chinese education system and Chinese culture and took part in a range of activities including calligraphy lessons, Chinese art and paper cutting, Physical Education, cookery and music. The trip allowed students to share and experience what makes our schools and nations unique by learning from one another and developing unique lifelong friendships. As part of the exchange the Year 10 students also had the opportunity to visit Shanghai for a guided tour around the city, where they visited the Shanghai World Financial Centre, a skyscraper reaching almost 500 metres and the beautiful Bund and Yu Gardens before a trip to the Tian Zi Fang shopping district, which is a popular romantic setting for the young people of Shanghai and features many art galleries, cafes and artisan shops. Other trips during their stay included the Shanghai Museum (a modern museum with ancient relics), and the Bund gardens at night, viewing a spectacular light show. Subject Leader for Geography, Mr Phillip Brown said: “Students gained a real in-depth understanding of the Chinese culture and way of life, which can only be achieved by spending quality time with each other. At first, our students were slightly overwhelmed by the reception of the Chinese students, who were all very excited.” He added: “It was great to see the students grow in confidence and self-esteem with their Mandarin and being able to communicate and interact with the Chinese students and teachers. Many of the students have struck up friendships with the Chinese students at our sister school and intend to visit China again in the future.” Student Isabelle Adamson said: “My experience in China was such an eye opener. I now see education and society in a different light. I would love to visit China again in the future as I truly enjoyed this experience.” Students Alex Hough and Niamh Mahon added: “After visiting China, we have a different perspective on how we live and the differences between the two cultures. We now appreciate our education more as well and we would like to visit China again.”

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