On Tuesday evening, 20 trainee teachers and NQTs gathered for Greensward's first Teach Meet. This was a joint event with Mid Essex ITT with whom Greensward is in partnership.
The event involved each teacher presenting on a teaching strategy that they have found to be effective. The strategies involved everything from meditation, to treasure hunts to polar bears! A live twitter feed allowed teachers to have immediate feedback from their peers on the great ideas that were being shared.
Following the presentations, there was an opportunity for teachers to network and talk about their classroom experiences in different schools.
Essex Teaching AwardsAssistant Vice Principal, who received a Highly Commended in the category of Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School at the Essex Teaching Awards on 2 February. This is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to Mr Benson’s unwavering professionalism and commitment to his teaching, the students and the academy. Mr Benson said: “I am delighted to receive this award and am grateful to Greensward Academy for giving me the chance to do something which I love doing and for nominating me.”
Holocaust Memorial Day
Head Boy Jack Bloomfield and Head Girl Lauren Phillips were proud to represent Greensward Academy at the Holocaust Memorial Service at the Rayleigh Mill on Friday 27 January. They gave a reading and then listened to a very moving talk by Mr Leslie Kleinman, a Holocaust survivor. The academy is always pleased to send our students to this event which is a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides in other countries.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Year 7 students welcomed in the Chinese New Year in style this week with exciting themed lessons and visitors in assembly. The students enjoyed learning everything about the spring festival which included dragon dances, drum playing, quizzes, making traditional masks and sampling Chinese food in our restaurant. Here are some pictures from the day.
Congratulations to ...
All the students and staff who were involved in our excellent production of Grease the Musical. Rave reviews were received all round and the academy has had lots of wonderful comments from parents, visitors and pupils from our feeder primary schools who enjoyed the performances. We can't wait to see what's in store for next year ...
Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Regional Winner
Many congratulations to our two Year 10 students, Gemma Barritt and Abigail Campbell who took part in the Southend and Rochford Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge at Southend High School for Girls.
Every year the academy endeavours to take part in the competition by holding two workshops in early February for two Year 10 classes. With the help of Teresa Dukes from the Jack Petchey Foundation, we were able to choose seven students out of a possible fifty to take part in an assembly and perform their speeches in front of the Year 8s and their form tutors. Gemma Barritt and Abigail Campbell were then chosen to represent the academy at the regional event with Nicholas Campen as reserve.
The girls went to the event in high spirits and full of confidence. The Jack Petchey Foundation ran a workshop beforehand so that each contestant had a chance to work on their speech and to try to feel at ease when they would finally go on stage. The girls were competing against sixteen other contestants from other schools in the locality. Both girls spoke exceptionally well and were a credit to the academy on the night. The high hopes that Mr Reilly and the English department had for the girls were well founded as Gemma was the overall winner of the competition.
It was an outstanding achievement considering the amount of excellent speakers on show at the competition. She prepared an emotionally charged, heart-warming and sincere speech entitled ‘Bloody’ Tax. Her delivery was faultless on the night and her accolade was well deserved. She received a trophy and a certificate on the night and we look forward to the possibility of competing in the Grand Final in July.
Abigail’s effort did not go unrewarded. Even though she did not place in the top three, she prepared and delivered an amazing speech entitled “Marvel at your illness.” She also received a certificate for taking part on the night.
Teresa Dukes commented that both students had prepared and delivered a tremendous speech and that they are a credit to their family and their school.
A huge thank you must go to the group of Year 10 students who arrived at the event to cheer on our triumphant students.the event, the girls stated that it was “fun to compete” and “it is a worthwhile experience for students”.
In short, congratulations to both Gemma and Abigail for their terrific achievement.
Year 8 Football Team Achieve CPR League & Cup Double
Greensward Academy's Year 8 football team made it a 'Double-Double' by winning the Castle Point & Rochford (CPR) District League & Cup for a 2nd successive year courtesy of a 2-1 victory over local rivals Fitzwimarc School.
Resplendent in their new training tops and playing at the home of Canvey Island FC, the boys ensured that the occasion didn't get the better of them by controlling the early stages of the game with some neat, passing football that has become their hallmark for the last 2 years. On a big pitch and in warm conditions, Fitzwimarc simply couldn't match the collective work rate of their opponents, as Greensward pressed the ball over the park and broke with speed and intent when in possession.
Fitzwimarc remained resolute in defence as Greensward dominated possession but were largely restricted to shots from long-range. Half-chances came and went and the eventual breakthrough came in bizarre circumstances. Moments after a smart save from Danny Massam, a miscued Frankie Aston cross-shot from 30 yards caught the goalkeeper in two minds and ended with the ball being fumbled and then spilt over the line. The Assistant Referee immediately signalled the goal and Greensward took a deserved 1-0 lead into half-time.
Changes at the break saw the introduction of Tadiwanashe 'Junior' Mutize who made an immediate impact. Put through on goal courtesy of a deftly weighted pass from Billy Cheevers, Junior smashed the ball past the on-rushing keeper to put GWA firmly in the ascendency with a 2-0 lead. It was now all Greensward but chances to kill the game were spurned and Fitzwimarc dug deep to try to salvage something from the game. As the big pitch started to sap the energy from the legs of the Greensward players, Jack Cooper and Adam Johnson stood firm at the heart of the Greensward defence.
As Fitzwimarc started to pile
forward, a momentary lapse in concentration was enough for the deficit to be
reduced as Fitz broke the offside trap to pull a goal back. Greensward
continued to have opportunities to put the game beyond doubt but gilt-edged
chances were wasted and they were eventually left hanging on for a deserved
Congratulations to all the boys involved and many thanks to the parents and family members who came out in force to support.