This week, All Saints Academy took part in STEMfest 2019 at the National Marine Aquarium last week. This was in preparation of building their own flat packed boat, ready to take part in the Mayflower 2020 ‘Kids Afloat Regatta’ in celebration of 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower. They had some fantastic fun learning all about the buoyancy and stability of boats by making their own model boat out of recycled plastics and paper. The students also had a chance of using new skills to make a coaster thanks to the partnership of Princess Yachts. It was really great to see the students designing their own coasters and then using specific tools such as carpentry to put together, sand and then engrave the tags. Students had a great time and were a credit to the Academy. Well done all.
I forgot to mention that last week we had our Open Evening. I was overwhelmed by the attendance from families and had over 300 people visit. Feedback from parents was positive and I look forward to receiving applications in due course.
On Monday we had our PSHE drop down day and students were working on a number of topics related to the wider world. These are important days for students to learn more than just their subjects.
Again we had our staff training session on Wednesday, 2pm-4pm, and I thank parents for being understanding on the earlier finish. This is in place of having full training days at the end of the year, where students would not attend. We are covering, every fortnight, improvements in the quality of teaching at the Academy, to best benefit our students. I was approached by a parent who wanted to query if we were finishing early due to a lack funds, which I know is the case for some schools across the country. I can assure you that this is not the case here and this is only training time, taken from full days off.
Have a good weekend.