The Academy Newsletter - published half termly

Bexley Public Speaking Competition winners 2017                                                                                        21st Feb 2017

It is with great pride and pleasure to announce that Ashar Magoba, Andrew Rowland and Megan Rowland from Year 12 have been crowned the winners of the prestigious Bexley Public Speaking Competition for 2017.

We would like to add that - in the 23 years this competition has been held - it is the first time a non-selective school in the Borough of Bexley has won... 

The cup is currently being engraved and will soon be on display in the Council Offices for all to see this fine achievement. 

Many congratulations to our wonderful students and special thanks to the staff and the parents for coming to support the students in this fantastic achievement. Read more here.

Toby Jones, actor speaks to BA                                                                                                                             24th Nov 2016
Furthermore on Thursday 24th November, we were also very pleased to be able to welcome Toby Jones, the distinguished stage, television, radio and film actor to the Academy. Most renowned for playing Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006), the character of Dr. Arnim Zola in the Captain America films and voicing the much-loved character of Dobby in the Harry Potter franchise, Toby spent the afternoon with us answering questions posed by a select group of students in our lower school hall about his experiences in the industry. He was amazingly engaging and animated in answering everything from 'what inspired him to become an actor' and 'who is his greatest influence' to the more searching 'what's the most difficult role that you have taken on.' Toby tackled everything thrown at him, including a demonstration of character motivations and movements with the poise and candour one would expect from such a respected character actor. He drew on his wide ranging career to offer advice to the students about all walks of life: career goals, interviews, fame and the need for privacy from the public gaze. He was also very happy to meet with students afterwards for the now expected cavalcade of selfies and posed pictures, but let's be honest - who wouldn't want to get in on the action with an actor of this calibre.
Chris Riddell and the 3
rd Bexley Primary Schools Poetry Competition Final                                                     23rd Nov 2016
 No, this is not a Harry Potter spin-off but we have gone a bit magical over the last few days.
Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, author, illustrator, Observer cartoonist, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and three time recipient of the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, was with us for the whole day on Wednesday working with some of our students giving illustrative demonstrations to each class whilst offering his insights into the worlds of animation and his influences. After a long yet fruitful day, he also kindly agreed to present the awards with The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Eileen Pallen as we once again hosted the 3rd Bexley Primary Schools Poetry Final. The competition was open to all year 5 and 6 students that attend the borough's primary schools (we received over 450 poems from the schools that participated) and, as in previous years, the standard of submissions was extremely high indeed. But, there could be only one winner and this year's honour was bestowed on Grace Cutler from Normandy Primary School whose poem Child in Care was incredibly moving and mature. Chris sketched his interpretations of each poem as they were read out by the students and all were given their exclusive and personal sketch at the end as well as a limited edition book donated by Chris.


Civic Celebration of student achievement          21st Oct 2016 It was with great pleasure to report that two of our students attended a presentation last night for Student Achievement.  Mrs Tracey Boswell nominated two students from her year group of Year 10 for their different achievements and we are pleased to say that they were both awarded recognition for their efforts. Henry Fenton was praised for his role as Executive Student Council Representative, Police Cadet and for being an excellent role model in the Academy with Lucy Rowland being applauded for being a Sports Leader, an ambassador for the Academy CARES gold award and an excellent role model for academic achievement. Congratulations to you both.                        

Emily Guest(s) at London Fashion Week       19th Sept 2016
 Emily Guest from Year 13 was selected for the Fashion Futures Final, after undertaking ten weeks of practical workshops with Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) before presenting her finished toiles and portfolios to a panel of industry experts. Emily and the selected finalists, chosen from over 100 entrants, then spent five days with FAD mentors at The University of East London creating their garments for the London catwalkIt was the detail of the french knots decorating Emily’s garment that impressed the jury panel the most, but they also admired the fit of the trousers. The judges also loved Emily’s sketchbooks and the final illustrations.


                                                                                                                        Cambodia Expedition Trip 2017 Update              5th Oct 2016    The students have been working hard this month to get fundraising underway for their 28 day expedition to help the local communities in Cambodia. Andrew and Remi have launched and are running the Cambodian Café in the sixth form centre.  They have already raised £100 towards the cause - so far.Trudie and Laura have also been working hard organising the Year 7 Christmas Disco on 25th November 2016. Poppy and Holly have started the fortnightly teachers' bonus ball competition which will also raise funds for our cause.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Founders4Schools Special Award                           26th Sept 2016  Beckie Knight-Croft was presented with a special award by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the enterprising work she has achieved in arranging Careers Fairs to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow. Beckie introduced F4S as to how she ran a Careers Networking Event for 300 Year 8 and Year 10 students using the format of ‘speed networking’ where small groups of students rotate to speak to 10 employers within the hour who answer student’s questions about careers. F4S would now like to encourage schools from across the country to take up this approach. Beckie pictured here with Guy Rigby, from Smith & Williamson and  Lord Holmes of Richmond.