Achievements and news of our students

Achievements and news



Acle’s first ever Wimbledon Champion

All of Acle Academy was proud to see ex-pupil Alfie Hewett win his first Wimbledon title in the wheelchair men’s doubles on Saturday 9th July 2016. Alfie teamed up with fellow Brit Gordon Reid in a dramatic 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 victory against Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France.

   Alfie has always been a star in the making both in tennis and wheelchair basketball.  Despite his sporting commitments he always managed to balance out his academic studies and achieved some excellent results. He was a regular in the school tennis team and playing as the number 1 seed meant he faced some tough opposition at times. This never stopped Alfie and he would normally make short work of the opposition. He was a hard worker both on and off the court and everyone at Acle is proud of him. He is true inspiration and we all wish him the best of luck in the future. Bring on Rio 2016!



BRITISH VALUES ASSEMBLY – July 2016

We would like to celebrate the following students for their participation, citizenship and performance during our recent British Values assembly.

 Year7:

Tommy D, Jake R, Dylan S, Thomas P and Nathan P.

 Year8:

Abbie C, Millie D, Thomas T,

 Year9:

Codie S and Daniel P

 Year10:

Cameron C, Archie H and Oliver R.

    The above students have been chosen as Acle Academy’s student voice. Their role is to liaise between Heads of Year and other students regarding our ethos of zero tolerance to racism, homophobia and bullying.  

    Following this successful assembly, these students have taken the initiative to continue raising awareness of the issues brought forward. These students will pioneer the development of mutual respect and tolerance within the school and local community.

German Exchange 2016 – England

The German Exchange students visited us from the 22nd - 29th of June this year. Although it was only a short period of time, we managed to make many new friends and fit in lots of fun activities! The German students were able to practise their English, and we are all looking forward to going back there in September and practising our German.

On Thursday, the German’s first time at an English school, we began the day in the library with games to get to know each other better, and in the afternoon we took the train to Norwich for a visit to the Cathedral, to Norwich Castle and to do some shopping. We took the train home and later we all went to Ollie’s house for the Welcome Barbecue, giving us another chance to socialise and get to know each other.

The next day, we spent period 1 and 2 in lessons, before taking a trip out to Great Yarmouth. Here we went to the Time and Tide museum and the Sea Life Centre, and enjoyed chips and ice cream on the beach. It was exciting for the German students as they live so far from the beach that some had never been to one before. The weather was great and we were happy to be able to walk around in the sun instead of being back in lessons at school!

 Over the weekend, the German students had time with their English Host families, although many of us met up and did various activities together; including trampolining, bowling and swimming. Some of us went to play Quasar, something else the German students had never done before. We were in mixed teams so it was great at bringing us closer together as we had to work with one another if we wanted to win! Finally, many of us went back to my house to watch the Germany-Slovakia game, to play some board games and to watch a film. 

Monday was the big trip everyone had been waiting for - a whole day in London! It was a new experience for many of us, as well as the first time in London for most of the German pupils. We did a river cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, followed by a walk round the main sights in that area – The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, a quick visit of The National Gallery, followed by Buckingham Palace. Finally, we managed to summon up some energy to look in the shops in Oxford Street.

Our final full day together was Tuesday. We attended normal lessons in the morning, and then took a trip in the afternoon to Ranworth. We split up into two groups, one of which began on the boardwalk for a short walk which ended at the small shop, where we were able to stop for ice cream. The second group started at the church where they climbed the church tower all the way to the top. The stairs were very narrow which made it a little nerve-wracking for some (myself included), but it was well worth it when we got to the top and could see for miles all around us. The groups then swapped over, and we arrived back to school just in time to catch the buses. 

On the very last day of the German students stay, we had just two hours of school time left with them, so we finished the week off by learning and writing about a German and English celebrity, and playing a big game of rounders! Everyone was very quick to pick up the game, and all the students and teachers got involved and had great fun. At break time, we all went outside to where their mini bus was waiting and said our goodbyes. Everyone was sad to see them go, but we were grateful for our brilliant week together and excited for September when we would all be reunited!

By Izzy  

Sports Day - July 2016

On Wednesday 6th July pupils in year 7 to 10 took part in Sports Day. 

We were very honoured to welcome our visitor Kim Morrison to the school. Kim is a professional Triathlete and has performed at the World Triathlon Championships. Kim joined us for the afternoon observing many of the events and spent time talking to the pupils about her experiences. 

    The day was a great success, not only was the weather warm and dry (the first time in 4 years) but we saw some outstanding performances from the pupils. 

    The level of participation from every pupil was the best it has been for many years. This led to some very close results both in individual events and the overall competition. 

   We saw a new school record set in Year 8 girls High Jump, some of the most closely ran 100m races I have seen in my time at Acle and as always some superb inter form rivalry in the tug of war competition. 

   Thank you to all of the staff who supported in the running of events, helped to organise their forms and for the support you showed pupils on the day, especially those of you jumping up and down at the finish line. 

   Most importantly I want to thank every single for pupil for their effort and contribution towards the competition because without you, there is no competition. 

   Well done and let looks forward to another fantastic year of sporting performances. 

Miss Z Schofield, Head of PE



Royal Norfolk Show - July 2016

Eight of our TITAN students went on a visit to the Royal Norfolk Show.  Here is a piece written by Chloe-Marie W describing the visit:-

   "I went to the Norfolk show this year and really enjoyed it. There were loads of animals like sheep, goats , horses , pigs, rabbits, ducks and guinea pigs. My favourite part was watching some show jumping.

We looked at brand new, shiny farm machinery like the tractor in the picture. I was surprised how big the diggers and tractors were because the wheels were bigger than me. I went to the stand where Heart radio show was actually being played on the radio.

My favourite part was the ‘freebies’. I was given a pencil case, stickers, sweets and a bag with mints in – they didn’t last long!

We enjoyed our packed lunches because we made them at school before we let and I was allowed to buy a Coca Cola and a strawberry, lemon and lime and blueberry Slushy.

I can’t wait until I go again".

By Chloe-Marie W


PGL Mimosa, France       18 - 26 June 2016

Here We Go...

It was Saturday 18th June at about 11:10 and we were loading the coach. Shortly after, we said good-bye to our crying parents and boarded the coach. We had almost 21 hours on the coach, sleeping, eating, doing our homework and many other things to pass the time, as well as including doing the boys' eyebrows! Sooner or later we got on the ferry to go from Dover to Calais, it was fairly gentle and we spent our time watching a seagull on the deck. We then got on the coach, watched Tarzan, and then fell asleep. When we woke up, it was light and we were nearly there.

 First Impressions...

Once we had arrived in France at around 10:30 we met one of our two groupies Jess. Once we claimed our luggage from underneath the coach Jess took us to our small tent village and told us which tent each person would call home for the week. Then we put our heavy goods in our tent and changed our clothes into cool light clothing to stop us from overheating. Meanwhile Freddie came to our village and we were introduced to him. Freddie and Jess then gave us the grand tour of the site. The tour finished on the beach where we played a few quick games such as 'How far can you scream' and 'Evolution’.

What Happened on Site...

After lunch we did quizzes with Bex, archery with Henry and IEs (initiative exercises) with Freddie and Charlie. With Bex our quizzes belonged to many different categories from Disney Films to popular songs. When we did archery with Henry our group was split into two. We then had to battle it out in order to win a challenge. IEs with Freddie and Charlie came next and it taught us to use our initiative. It was fairly difficult to understand the point of the exercises. The points were very hard to understand as they were hidden by the other things we were told to do.

Wet, Wet, Wet...

We were told we needed at least 2 pairs of swimwear, a beach towel, a pair of wet shoes and we were told that a wetsuit may be a good idea. Just as well we did have that many things because we did many different activities in the sea throughout the week including: windsurfing, snorkelling, raft building, banana boating, sit on kayaks, rock jumping, fun boats and catamarans. Fortunately we were very lucky with the weather we had allowed us to do everything at least once. Despite the hot weather the sea was surprisingly cold. As Wilfred found out when he was pushed into the water by our instructor Lucy at change over. The water sports were fun and we learnt a lot from them, including: how to sail, how to snorkel, how to be safe in the water, what to do when bad things go wrong and many other skills and techniques as well.

On The Road Again...

Altogether we went off site 6 times throughout the week for many different reasons. The first time we went off site it was Tuesday evening we went shopping in Cap D'Adge everybody visited the same shop and bought a Hawaiian flower garland. We also visited Maria's shop and bought small presents for our families and friends.

The next time is when, on Wednesday, we ventured out to the Haribo factory and the Orgnac Caves. We spent 45 minutes and a lot of money in the Haribo shop and after that we all ate way too many sweets and marshmallows than what can be good for you. The Orgnac caves were so pretty and we all made something different out of it and interpreted it in so many different ways. I think we can all say that we understood it in different ways and saw different things. But I think we can all agree that it was magical.

The next day we went to the Devil Bridge for rock jumping and it was so much fun. Even our bus driver Adie had a go! We all had a go at least once, and we skimmed stones and ate a picnic on the beach.

 What were we thinking?

It was constantly hot in the afternoons after our activities we were always uncomfortably hot, therefore one evening there was a small water fight between our home made robots. Afterwards we were trying to get people back for soaking us. It didn't take that long for it to get out of hand. At the end we were all soaked and our shoes were super squishy. They didn't dry out for many days after this.

Between us we also had a week long game of pegging people, you would go and take a redundant peg from the line and you would try to attach it to someone's clothing. You then had to see how long it would take for them to notice. Some people would notice instantly and some people would be carrying a peg about their person all day.

Thank You!

We spent a week in the south of France and had the best time ever, but we know all too well that none of it would be possible to do without the hard work of the teachers (Miss Burdett, Miss White, Mrs Carrington, Mr Brown & Mr Bloomfield) and instructors. So on behalf of everyone that helped us on the trip, we want to say a big, big

THANK YOU!!!!!!

By Kiera D 8HS


YEAR 9 - “RUNNING THE RISK” JULY 13TH 2016

Running the Risk” day aims to provide Year 9 students with skills and knowledge to enable them to make positive decisions in their social time and if needed when away from school to be able to access appropriate help. Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive as shown below:


I know where and how to access local advice with regard to my sexual health

(93% Strongly agree /agree)

 I understand the effects that drinking or taking drugs could have on my judgement (100% Strongly agree /agree)

 I understand  online risks and how to keep myself safe

(93% Strongly agree /agree)

 I feel confident that I can identify aspects of a relationship that are good or bad (100% Strongly agree /agree)

 I know that the person I am is more important than how others see me (86% Strongly agree /agree)

 I understand the risks associated with unprotected sexual intercourse (health (93% Strongly agree /agree)

 I have enjoyed today (90%  Strongly agree /agree)

 

Many thanks to the external providers who supported the day -  Safer Schools Police, School Health, Victim Support and Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service.

GERMAN EXCHANGE 2016 – ENGLAND

The German Exchange students visited us from the 22nd-29th of June this year. Although it was only a short period of time, we managed to make many new friends and fit in lots of fun activities! The German students were able to practise their English, and we are all looking forward to going back there in September and practising our German.

   On Thursday, the German’s first time at an English school, we began the day in the library with games to get to know each other better, and in the afternoon we took the train to Norwich for a visit to the Cathedral, to Norwich Castle and to do some shopping. We took the train home and later we all went to Ollie’s house for the Welcome Barbecue, giving us another chance to socialise and get to know each other.

   The next day, we spent period 1 and 2 in lessons, before taking a trip out to Great Yarmouth. Here we went to the Time and Tide museum and the Sea Life Centre, and enjoyed chips and ice cream on the beach. It was exciting for the German students as they live so far from the beach that some had never been to one before. The weather was great and we were happy to be able to walk around in the sun instead of being back in lessons at school!

 Over the weekend, the German students had time with their English Host families, although many of us met up and did various activities together; including trampolining, bowling and swimming. Some of us went to play Quasar, something else the German students had never done before. We were in mixed teams so it was great at bringing us closer together as we had to work with one another if we wanted to win! Finally, many of us went back to my house to watch the Germany-Slovakia game, to play some board games and to watch a film. 

   Monday was the big trip everyone had been waiting for - a whole day in London! It was a new experience for many of us, as well as the first time in London for most of the German pupils. We did a river cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, followed by a walk round the main sights in that area – The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, a quick visit of The National Gallery, followed by Buckingham Palace. Finally, we managed to summon up some energy to look in the shops in Oxford Street.

    Our final full day together was Tuesday. We attended normal lessons in the morning, and then took a trip in the afternoon to Ranworth. We split up into two groups, one of which began on the boardwalk for a short walk which ended at the small shop, where we were able to stop for ice cream. The second group started at the church where they climbed the church tower all the way to the top. The stairs were very narrow which made it a little nerve-wracking for some (myself included), but it was well worth it when we got to the top and could see for miles all around us. The groups then swapped over, and we arrived back to school just in time to catch the buses. 

On the very last day of the German students stay, we had just two hours of school time left with them, so we finished the week off by learning and writing about a German and English celebrity, and playing a big game of rounders! Everyone was very quick to pick up the game, and all the students and teachers got involved and had great fun. At break time, we all went outside to where their mini bus was waiting and said our goodbyes. Everyone was sad to see them go, but we were grateful for our brilliant week together and excited for September when we would all be reunited!

By Izzy D 10LPR





Former Student/Young Leader Kenya Trip 2012 Good News Story….

The Mason Trust

In 2012, 12 students and I went on a charity trip to Nairobi in Kenya to aid children in need and bring happiness to the young people of Nairobi. This charity trip was named ‘Project Kenya’ and it was truly a life changing experience. When the opportunity was mentioned in an assembly, I knew it was immediately something that I needed to do. However, it was mentioned that many hours were going to need to be put into fundraising to raise the funds needed for the trip, but with the thankful sponsorship of The Mason Trust this life changing trip was made possible for each and every student. They sponsored around 60 students in total with £500 each, which was amazing and gave each and every one of us the opportunity to go to Kenya and experience the world we did not know. Project Kenya greatly developed me as a person, I learned to appreciate the things we take every day for granted in our lives, such as clean water and generally have a more positive, happier outlook on life. When I was applying to be part of Project Kenya, I had in my mind how this trip would benefit me later in life, how employers would look at this on my CV and realise that I am a young person with a lot of motivation and a good head on my shoulders, as at the age of 14, going to Kenya to do the sort of charity work we did takes a certain type of character with a strong work ethic. I was very correct about how the trip would benefit me, I have just now secured a multi-skilled technician position with Proserv, who are one of the world’s leading Oil and Gas energy providers. There were two jobs for offering, and out of 274 applicants, I was one of them. I greatly believe my success in securing this life changing job was due to my work during Project Kenya, as during my interview, the employers were intrigued about the whole trip, and greatly impressed that I was able to do such a thing at a young age. Without the aid of The Mason Trust, I highly believe I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now. I highly encourage everyone to go on this trip, as not only is it amazing in the moment when you’re in Kenya, but you will reap the benefits later in life for it.

 

By Gus B



Gus B   Year11 Leaver 2014


Previous Student - Lauren Ellis

Chef David Patterson from Great Yarmouth College wrote on the college's Ambitions Restaurant facebook page about Lauren Ellis who left Acle Academy 3 years ago. It highlights to students that their dreams can be achieved in a short space of time if they work hard.

Chef Patterson has written some lovely words about her. Lauren returned to Acle Academy with Chef Patterson to take part in a cooking demonstration for students at last years food festival.  Please see Chef Patterson’s Facebook post below:




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