Attendance - w/c 10 November 2014
Congratulations to 8SE, who won tutor group of the week for gaining 99.2% attendance. Congratulations also go to 8SE who were the Key Stage 3 tutor group of the week with 99.2% attendance.
Whole school attendance for this year now stands at 93.63%
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
During the October half term holidays a group of students visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster. Everyone had a great time getting up close to lemurs, squirrel monkeys, meerkats, giraffes, camels, wallabies, lions and tigers to name just a few! We were also incredibly lucky as we were able to observe Victor, England's only polar bear, swimming around in his lake and catching his lunch! As ever all our students were wonderfully behaved and really did themselves and their families proud.
School will finish at 12.25pm on Thursday 18 December 2014.
Students on free school meals are welcome to stay on site for their lunch.
Students return to school on Monday 5 January 2015.
Year 10 – 'Science is for everyone visit'
On 8 October 2014, ten of our Year 10 girls visited the University of Sheffield and attended an evening lecture on careers in science and engineering. They heard first hand from women working in these fields of the exciting opportunities available to them that they might not have heard about or considered. Sadly, even in 2014, women only make up 8% of the engineers we have nationally. Industries and universities believe that women may not realise that they have exactly the skills and qualities they need for a successful career in engineering. An informative evening was had by all. Well done to the students who attended.
Quote from a Year 10 student: 'I really enjoyed hearing from the woman working in neuroscience. I now want to know more about this area of science and am interested in studying it further.'
Make Your Mark
Students from Yewlands Academy have joined with students from across the country to participate in the 'Make Your Mark' scheme. Everybody at Yewlands Academy had the opportunity to voice their opinion on a number of issues such as: should they be able to vote at the age of 16 to increasing the minimum wage. Students voted on these real issues via ballot papers and they were really excited that the topics that gained the most votes would be debated at the Houses of Parliament by members of the Youth Parliament. Over 900 ballot papers were completed by students at Yewlands Academy which contributes to 10,000 votes from students in Sheffield and almost 900,000 votes from students across the country.
The issues receiving the most votes from students at Yewlands Academy were: work experience and how long the students should be able to participate in this, mental health and the effects on students, issues around Maths and English resits and the raising of the minimum wage for people aged 16 to 18 to £7.65 per hour.
These issues are also the top 5 UK wide issues and will be debated in the House of Commons on 14 November 2014 by members of the Youth Parliament. Potentially students from Yewlands Academy may be in a position to debate there also in 2015 as the following students have nominated themselves to stand in the Sheffield Youth Cabinet Election in 2015: Laurie-Ann, Eden, Hannah, Libby, Ebonie and Taiwo. Here's hoping that these students are voted in to this position through ballot papers being completed by students in Sheffield.
European Re-start a Heart Day
On Thursday 16 October 2014 our Year 7, 8 and 10 students played their part in the European Re-Start a Heart Day. Around 350 students successfully completed CPR training in the sports hall delivered by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. It was inspiring to see so many young people getting involved and learning a skill that could potentially save a life. Well done to them all. The day was also an attempt to set a new world record for the largest amount of people receiving CPR training so fingers crossed for its success!