Service Area Drop-Down Day - 9th November 2023
Last week, the students had the opportunity to take part in our first Service Area Drop-Down Day of the year. This was a very successful event with a range of activities and experiences on offer.
The focus for the charity service area this year was Remembrance Day, which gave us the perfect opportunity to mark this important day with a number of informative craft activities. The pupils made sun catchers, poppy cards, origami, badges and felt poppies. Our felt poppies have created a group art installation, which is now on display in the school reception.
A very big thank you to all the staff and students for being so great and working so hard on this great day! We all had a super day being creative and making lots of poppies.
The community service area gave back to both the school and the community in Acle. They embraced their creative skills to help the science faculty with display boards, and to create cards and murals for the school site too. A small group went to help at Acle Primary School and students also made biscuits and visited a local care home to hand out the treats!
Ignition Dance Company came to Acle Academy to teach Afrobeats and Dancehall dance workshops with Year 8 and 9. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the history of Afrobeats and dancehall music. As well as the dance workshops, students explored the underground music scene and its ability to unite people from a range of different backgrounds through a shared love of music and a sense of community.
Our Year 7 students enjoyed 30-minute sessions involving a range of activities including ghost audio, sign language, cinematography, planes, straw towers and netball. These sessions ran as in-house competitions with Pride points for the first, second and third places. The results are yet to be counted.
Year 11 students enjoyed an afternoon bowling before their PPE (mock) exams which start on the 27th November. It was fantastic to see so many students enjoying themselves and putting some impressive scores on the board.
The purpose of our Study Support drop down day this term was to remind our hardworking students what their achievements could potentially lead to when they leave Acle Academy to start their college education in preparation for the world of work.
In the morning, our Year 11 pupils met professionals from industries including veterinary care, nursing, midwifery, journalism, PR, fashion, finance, insurance and policing. Students reported that hearing about the wide range of pathways into these careers left them feeling excited, inspired and ready to commit to the challenging months ahead as they prepare to sit GCSE exams.
In the afternoon, our Year 10 students focused on developing their presentation skills, including body language and application form techniques, culminating in mock interviews with business representatives. One professional was so impressed with how an Acle Academy student conducted herself during their mock interview, that she was offered (and very happily accepted) a coveted work experience placement in the fashion industry on the spot!
We are extremely grateful to Yarmouth Oilskins, Green Balance Veterinary Clinic, Alan Boswell Group, James Paget University Hospital and Norfolk Constabulary for supporting this event.
Year 9 students had a fantastic afternoon with the wellbeing service area, taking part in four different activities. Students came up with their own Haka routines which they performed for each other, they played games, made friendship bracelets, painted a canvas and also enjoyed choir singing. It was such a fun afternoon for both the students and the staff.