Thursday, 15 December 2016

Year 7 Enrichment Celebration Event

During this half term, we have been running a number of clubs and activities for Year 7.  These include activities such as:

  • Dodgeball  
  • History - researching local history around the First World War
  • Science - making experiments that make a bang!
  • Film and media - making a short film for a day in the life of a five
attendance at the activities was excellent with close to 90% of those who signed up coming along.

On Monday 12th December we held a celebration afternoon when parents were invited in to the Academy to see presentations from the students about the activities they have been doing.  There was a very good turn out and they had great fun watching Mr Burnett doing science!  (See below)

after Christmas we will be rolling out this programme to include Years 8 and 9. 

Many thanks to Ms Barrell who coordinated the programme and thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to make it possible.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Mandela Winter Wonderland

On Wednesday 14th December, Mandela House held a Winter Wonderland Fair to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  It was huge success with every Learning Family creating their own stall to sell goods and run activities in order to raise money.  This is an important part of life at Brittons - helping others less fortunate.

The numbers attending were very impressive - it appears as if the whole school came to take part.  The event was entertained by The Brittons Band Project playing their Christmas song (which they wrote themselves) as well as other Christmas numbers.

Thank you to all the staff in Mandela House, especially Ms Murrey, Mrs Hissey and Ms Whiberley, for organising such a successful festive event.  On the day we raised over £300 for the Nelson Mandela charity and more is likely to come in before the end of term.  It was great fun!

Brittons Year 7 & 8 Christmas Disco

On Friday 9th December, Brittons held a disco for Years 7 and 8.  The purpose of the event was to raise money for Moore House's charity, The Bobby Moore Foundation.  Over 80 students attended and their behaviour was exemplary.  The evening raised nearly £400 for the charity.  Thank you to all the Moore House staff who organised the event.  Clearly, the students had great fun!!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Brittons' Brilliant Book Fair

Over the past week the Library has held a very successful book fair where staff and students were able to buy books, posters and other stationery for themselves and as Christmas presents.

As a result we have received over £360 of books in commission, to add to our Library stock.

Thank you to Mrs Handley and Mrs Ridgely for all you hard work with the book fair.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Enterprise Day Final Results

Following a successful Enterprise Day on Wednesday 23 November, one Learning Family from each House was chosen to go through to the Final.  The theme for this year’s Enterprise Day was chocolate.  Teams had to create a new chocolate product and come up with the name, ingredients, slogan, packaging and advertising campaign.  The Final presentations took place on Tuesday 29 November.  The finalists were:-

Mandela House (MA8)
The "Smile Bar" which was one large lip-shaped milk chocolate with popping cream and strawberry flavours.  Their slogan was: “Make yourself happy with a smile”.

Moore House (MO9)
"Moorealicious" which were 'M'-shaped chocolates with honeycomb inside, packaged in House colour (gold).  Their slogan was: “Moore, Moore, Moorealicious”.

Shakespeare House (SH2)
"Joy" which were strawberry, orange, mint and toffee flavoured chocolates packaged in House colour (purple).  Their slogan was: “Pure chocolate, pure joy”.

Westwood House (WE6)
"Sharlokta Rosa" made of white rose-shaped chocolates with strawberry flavouring.  Their slogan was: “A mouthful of roses”.

All teams showed they had considered cost/profits, advertising and their target audience.  In addition, they were all planning to donate part of their profits to charity.

All four presentations were of a high standard and the results were very close.  Well done to all the finalists – you are all winners in your own right.

The final results were as follows:-

1st      Shakespeare (SH2)
Team: Luke Wheeler, Emillie Dady, Lennon Crandle, Kadi Bayliss and Kalli Bowdler

2nd     Moore (MO9)
Team: Frankie Brown, Rakin Suleiman, Frankie Hastings, Tamara Logie, JayJay Ejakita and Connor Gardner

3rd     Mandela (MA8)
Team: Kyra Wright, Bethany Godbold, Jack Webb, Asher Rollins, Harry Cross and James Miller

4th      Westwood (WE6)
Team: Sensini Carbon, Courage Musoke, Sofie-Ann Sargeant and Harry Amoah


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Year 7 Local History Trip

On Tuesday 22nd November, 6 students from Year 7 visited St Andrews Church and the war memorial in Rainham village as part of an after school history project focusing on remembrance.  They have been studying the heroic acts of  Airman Raimud Sanders Draper during the Second World War.  The girls showed a huge amount of enthusiasm and interest.  Next week they will be making a remembrance wreath and designing their own memorial cenotaph.  Well done girls and thank you to Mrs Martin, Mrs Gilbert for accompanying the students.  A special thank you to Miss Latino and Miss Lavender who organised the event.

Chocolate Enterprise Day at The Brittons Academy!

One of our main aims at The Brittons Academy is to make a difference to the life chances of every student. We want to make sure every student leaves the Academy life ready and prepared to succeed in their adult lives.
A key element of this are the PRIDE attributes; these are qualities that employers look for in people when making appointments.

Enterprise Day is an annual event that consciously aims to develop the PRIDE attributes. This year the focus was chocolate. Students had to develop ideas around a new chocolate product considering the name, slogan, packaging, cost and advertising.

During the morning, students worked in their Learning Families show excellent team work, perseverance and creativity. A group was then chosen from each Learning Family to present in front of their House in the afternoon. As I went round the school I saw students really enjoying working together in their teams, they were coming up with brilliant ideas and were totally engaged and on tasks.

Presentations made during the afternoon were the best I have seen (here and in my last school). Students spoke with confidence and clarity and the audiences were incredibly respectful. It was one of those occasions where I was incredibly proud to be the Principal at The Brittons Academy.

A panel of judges chose a winning team from each House; they will now go head to head to decide the overall Academy winner (early next week). Look out for a future blog showing the winning teams.

Thank you to our students for being so engaged and productive. Thank you to the staff who were very competitive and enthusiastic - it made the day go so well. Finally, thank you to the judges who gave up their time to make the very difficult decision of choosing winners in each House.

Many thanks to Mr Mugombe and Paula Hissey for their help organising Enterprise Day and to Tracy and Kevin from Paragon Learning who planned and created all the activities.