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Brandon’s big news!

November 28, 2019

A huge well done to Year 11’s Brandon Goodair who has recently been selected to play American Football for Great Britain Lions under 17s!

Brandon started playing for Leeds Assassin Academy in February, as a slot wide receiver. After training in this position for a couple of months, he decided he was better suited to defence.

Brandon said “I struggled with catching deep balls and adapting to the run heavy offence, so the week before our first scrimmage, I asked the defensive coordinator if I could switch to defence.

“I started out playing free safety, in which I got six tackles and four passes defended in said scrimmage. I continued to train as a safety up until our first tournament in which our DC moved me to middle linebacker, a position in which I had never played before.

“I ended up starting and this was my worst tournament of the season. Despite this, our DC kept starting me and I kept progressing as a player. I eventually reached the stage where I could tell my teammates the play the offence were going to run, before they ran it.

“Our team made the playoffs, however at this time I was on holiday and wasn’t able to play. This meant I didn’t receive an invitation to the trials so I decided I would take on the open trials. Standing at 5’8 and 56Kg, I was at a height and weight disadvantage, but through the use of my long arms, speed and knowledge of the sport, I was able to make the 73 man roster for Great Britain, beating 300 other applicants.”

Brandon will begin his journey as a GB Lion this weekend in Telford at the team’s first and only organised team activity of the year.

What an achievement Brandon, congratulations – we’re proud of you!!

 

Let’s get festive!

November 25, 2019

As the festive season fast approaches, make sure you’ve got this date in your diary!…

This year, our Carol Service will take place on Monday 16 December, 7pm, at Christ Church, Ossett.

Admission will be by ticket only, which students can collect from from the administration office, from Monday 2 December. Two tickets per family will be allocated, with student performers receiving first priority.

Tickets are free of charge but we ask that you contribute to the collection for the Children’s Society at the conclusion of the service.

With only 200 seats available, make sure you don’t miss out! 🎄

Matthew’s particularly great debate!

November 20, 2019

Our very own Matthew Roe wowed judges at the regional heat of ‘The Great Debate’ this week at at Bradford’s Woodhouse Grove School, where he was crowned winner of the heat!

Matthew competed against eight other students, aged between 16 and 19 in this national public-speaking competition and will now go on to represent Accord Sixth Form at the Grand Final, taking place at Windsor Castle on Saturday 28 March 2020.

Donna Shoesmith-Evans, Assistant Head at Bradford’s Woodhouse Grove School said “The winner of our heat was Matthew Roe who presented superbly. He received excellent feedback from our two judges and we wish him well when he represents the Bradford region in the final.”

The heat saw students tasked with delivering a five-minute speech in answer to the question ‘Should historical figures be judged on the morals of today?’ Students were encouraged to consider all periods of history when deciding their argument, and to pick a subject matter of personal interest to them.

Matthew said “I very much enjoyed taking part in this debate, and representing my school regionally and nationally. I’m looking forward to participating in the final next year, which will be an amazing experience.”

This competition is a partnership between the Historical Association and BBC World Histories Magazine. It is an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in speaking to an audience and developing their debating skills, confidence and self-esteem.

The winner and runners-up of the competition will be awarded with a cash prize, with their schools receiving prizes from the Historical Association’s sponsors. All finalists also receive free student membership of the Historical Association.

Find out more here.

 

We Remember…

November 11, 2019

Today, on the 100-year anniversary of Britain falling silent for the first act of national remembrance, we held a series of special remembrance assemblies for each year group.

Mrs Broome’s address stressed the importance of taking time to reflect on Armistice Day, which marks the day World War One ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. It explained how the first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11th November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am. He made the request so ‘the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.’

Mrs Broome said “Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the commonwealth. We also gather to remember the Ossett Fallen, 409 men and women of Ossett killed in the First and Second world war.

“We remember all those who supported them: those who worked in munitions factories, women who took on jobs to keep their country running, the men and women of the resistance.

“This year the poppy is also being worn for civilian victims of war and terrorism, thinking about the role played by our emergency services who are the first to arrive to help the victims.”

Students, George and Erin, took a leading role, with George reading Josh Dyer’s poem ‘One Thousand Men are Walking’ and with Erin reciting the Exhortation, prior to The Last Post being played. The Hall then stood completely still for two minutes, in a silence well observed by respectful students, before the Reveille signalled Erin to read the Kohima Epitaph ‘When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.’

Our very own Careers Week

November 8, 2019

We hosted our annual Careers Week this week, during which curriculum areas delivered careers-related lessons to all year groups, in order to raise students’ aspirations and awareness of what their subjects can help them to progress to in the future.

The highlight of the week was yesterday’s Careers Convention, featuring over 50 (!!) local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, colleges, NHS, Police, Fire Service, Armed Forces and universities available to talk to students about careers and their entrance routes.

Our Employment & Progression Manager, Mr Green, said “This annual event is always a fantastic opportunity for students to delve into a variety of career paths, to ask questions and explore their future options. We are very grateful to the volunteers from a range of career backgrounds, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Year 8’s Liam Grundy said “I think this event is a brilliant opportunity for us to see what career options are out there, to help us to decide what path we might want to take. Having an idea early in our secondary education helps us to plan for the future, thinking about what subjects to take to get to where we want to be.”

 

Sporting Success – Spotlight on Danny Wassell

November 6, 2019

Our huge congratulations go to our very own Danny Wassell who will start a two-year football scholarship with Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday, on 1st July 2020.

Danny will undertake a higher level Sports Science BTEC at Sheffield Wednesday, in addition to his 15 hours of training per week, as he takes his first steps towards his professional football contract.

His passion for football started at age four when he joined Ossett Town, where he remained until he was signed with Sheffield Wednesday, eighteen months ago.

Danny has also been called up to play for Wales, where he will be attending his first training camp in August.

Danny’s mum, Susanna, said “We have nothing but praise for Sheffield Wednesday. They have worked Danny hard but are also all about trying to promote talent and instil resilience in all their academy players. They have always promoted the importance of his education as well as his football. We are all ecstatic as you can imagine!”

Mr Price, Curriculum Team Leader of Physical Education, said “We are extremely proud of Danny’s achievements and are looking forward to following his majestic journey towards the goal of becoming a professional football player. We wish Danny all the best in his career.”

 

Life-saving training for Year 8

October 16, 2019

Today, we supported the national Restart a Heart campaign with a special event in school for Year 8 students.

Restart a Heart is an initiative led by the Resuscitation Council, in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Police. It aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by increasing public awareness of cardiac arrests, as well as the number of people trained in life saving CPR. As such, all Year 8 students were taught emergency CPR procedures as part of the day. It was also an opportunity to inform students about the career opportunities within these organisations.

We were also lucky enough to also be visited by Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Alan Roberts OBE, who wanted to come along to show his support for this important work.

Lights, camera, action!

October 15, 2019

We’ve been visited by a film production company today, working in partnership with Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group who wanted to showcase the excellent emotional and mental health provision within our academy.

The film will be shared with other schools, educational staff and professionals to highlight the great practice of supporting students in developing resilience and improving their emotional well-being.

We’ll let you know when it’s available to watch!

Making mental health a priority

October 10, 2019

Here at Ossett Academy, students’ positive mental health and well-being is a priority each and every day, and today, on World Mental Health Day, staff and students are going one step further, having conversations and making individual pledges about how to look after their own mental health.

Ossett Academy was one of the first academies regionally to employ a Mental Health Practitioner, based in our Let’s Talk Zone – a purpose-built, nurturing environment for students who require additional emotional support.

Miss Gaskell works with students who are struggling with their emotional and mental health for a variety of reasons, including students who are self-harming, have suffered a bereavement, have low self-esteem or confidence, or who may be struggling with exam stress or anxiety.

A student who feels they would benefit from emotional and mental health intervention, support or advice, should first talk to their Pastoral Year Leader, who can determine the appropriate referral for their individual needs.

Once a referral has been made to the Let’s Talk Zone, Miss Gaskell will work with the student, assessing the most appropriate support; this could be group work or one to one support, support from the School Nursing Team as part of Healthy Young People’s offer, or by signposting to external support services for young people.

The Let’s Talk Zone runs student support groups, for example; LGBT+, exam stress and anxiety, self-esteem and confidence. There is also a daily drop-in at break and lunch, open to all students who feel they need a place to be, or people to talk to – they can get that every day just by dropping in. Parents also benefit directly from the provision through regular parent workshops.

Miss Gaskell said “As in previous years, we’re honouring World Mental Health Day at Ossett Academy. We know that mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate – problems can affect anyone, at any point in their life. My role is to assess and support some of our more vulnerable students, to ensure they access the appropriate level of support to meet their needs.

“Alongside this, we recognise the importance of promoting and advocating positive mental health and taking ownership of our own well-being, which can change from day to day. We’re also working to redress the stigma that surrounds mental health, through raising people’s understanding of it. Although this is something we do daily, this important, global day is a fantastic opportunity to let people know what we do, and to hopefully go one step further in changing any negative perceptions that can still exist around the subject of mental health.

“Whilst this provision is in place we also have lots more to do to build even more support in to the offer we have. We encourage the whole Ossett Academy community to be a part of this.”

To find out more about the support offered in our Let’s Talk Zone, as well as a list of useful support services, visit www.ossettacademy.co.uk/the-academy/lets-talk-zone.

Changes to the academy day from September

July 19, 2019

Following the parent consultation that took place earlier this term, here’s a reminder of the changes to the academy day from September.

Outlined below are the key changes and an overview of the timetable each year group will follow.

Timings for Year 7
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.15am: Break
10.15am – 11.15am: Period 3
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Period 5 (first half)
12.45pm – 1.15pm: Lunch
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Period 5 (second half)
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 8
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 9
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.15am: Break
10.15am – 11.15am: Period 3
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Period 5
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 10
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 11
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Period 5
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for 6th Form
8.30am – 8.55am: ILC Study (Optional)
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55 – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

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