A Question of Sport

We are delighted that Manchester Health Academy have been awarded the Games Mark Gold Award for 2019-20.

Due to gaining this prestigious award, we have been asked by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England to support them with a survey in regards to behaviour and attitudes towards physical activity.

Results from previous years have resulted in the introduction of new activities such as yoga, pilates, UV glow in the dark tennis and body pump being added to the curriculum, so it would be great to know where our students’ interests lie.

Please will you ask your child to complete this survey so that their views are included?

Behaviour and Attitudes Towards Physical Activity Survey

We are proud to support a number of our students in their sporting endeavours outside school, who represent their sport regionally, nationally and internationally.  To help us to support your child, please complete this questionnaire:

PE Department Questionnaire

Please contact me if you would like more information.

Many thanks,

Stewart Brown  |  Head of Physical Education

School Games Gold Mark

Read all about it! The Word is out…

The Word Summer 2020 (2)

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week (18th – 24th May 2020) is the Mental Health Foundation‘s Mental Health Awareness Week, an event that we usually celebrate with our students in the Academy.

This year’s theme is “Kindness”.  The Foundation say, “We chose kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. It strengthens relationships, develops community & deepens solidarity” which are all so important right now.


National Careers Week in Full Swing!

National Careers Week is in full swing here at the Academy, with a focus on careers all week.

Assemblies are taking place all week showing the National Careers Week Video, which has the theme of “Hope”.

Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Pav Bhatti from the BBC, who talked to students about careers in broadcast media and her experiences as a journalist.

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Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow our Careers Advisor, Lisa Hutchinson, is holding a drop in advice session in the Dining Room, as well as her usual appointments throughout the day.

Careers Officer Drop in session

Then on Thursday, we are looking forward to a visit from Peter Sproule of Moda Living, who will talk about Careers in Architecture and Design.  Friday will see Michelle Kennedy of the Department from Work and Pensions talk about Apprenticeships.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Students in Year 9 at Manchester Health Academy enjoyed some wonderful experiences with representatives of the Manchester University Confucius Institute, when they came along to run workshops in Chinese dancing, Mandarin language skills and Chinese musical instruments.

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Part of Manchester Airport’s ‘International Week’, which involves Airport colleagues visiting schools to run workshops focusing on the art, culture and language of different countries, these workshops celebrated the recent Chinese New Year.

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STEM Roadshow Comes to MHA

Manchester Health Academy Students in Years 7 and 8 attended The BAE Systems Schools Roadshow today (Friday 7th February 2020).

Presenter at STEM Careers BAE Systems Road Show

The lively show explored different types of energy, how energy is transferred and how we can measure it.

Year 8 student, Rebecca, bravely took on the challenge of a rowing machine race against elite marathon runner, Mr Rowlinson, beating him by five metres!

Supported by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, the Roadshow visits over 420 schools across the UK every year. It provides an interactive experience for students, and is designed to inspire excitement in STEM subjects. The programme delivers fun, engaging activities that demonstrate how STEM underpins everything that we do.

Rowing competition demonstrating energy transfer at STEM Careers BAE Systems Road Show

Cricket Club

We are delighted to announce that Wythenshawe Cricket Club will be running a cricket club at the Academy.

This is open to all students in Year 7 and 8.

The Cricket Club will take place on Mondays, 4.00-5.00pm; students can join in straight after another after-school activity if they attend one already, or they may wish to go home and return for this club.

Students will need to bring a PE kit with them to take part.

Please note that this club is offered through the community facility and not school, so please ensure you are aware of all arrangements if your child plans to attend straight after an after-school activity as the school reception closes at 4.00pm.

Players would be become part of Wythenshawe Cricket Club and any games played would be representing this team, not the Academy, so would be a great opportunity to for your child to get involved in a sport outside of school. If you or your child would like more information, please visit http://wythenshawe.play-cricket.com/


MACFEST at Manchester Health Academy

Staff, students and parents/carers of the Academy have had a wonderful experience of participating in MACFEST for the first time this year.

MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, is a ground-breaking, award winning 16-day festival hosted across Greater Manchester, Rochdale, Trafford, Oldham, Stockport, celebrating art, literature, music, culture and the heritage of the Muslim diaspora. It offers over 50 events most of which are free! MACFEST aims to bring Muslim and non-Muslim communities together, promote social inclusion and overcome barriers.


The festival is the brainchild of prize-winning author and peace activist Qaisra Shahraz FRSA, recently featured in the prestigious Power 100 list of the most influential Muslims in the UK. Qaisra has dedicated her life to fighting Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. She is committed to building bridges between communities in the UK and around the world.

Manchester Health Academy Principal, Mr Kevin Green, wanted the whole school to be involved with MACFEST.  The school has a comprehensive and inclusive ethos where diversity and respect are key to its curriculum intent.  Mr Green said, “By hosting MACFEST events and displaying student work linked to a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness of Muslim heritage, this is a perfect opportunity to do just that within the school”.


Fully embracing the festival, students took part in a cross-curricular day in November, studying diverse topics including how Muslim sports performers fast during Ramadan in PE, Islamic calligraphy and typography in Design & Technology, Bhangra in Music, and how childcare practices link to cultural traditions in Childcare.  Twelve Manchester Health Academy students designed a range of stunning posters for the event, which were combined to become the festival’s promotional poster, and attended the festival’s official opening ceremony where they were presented with a shield.

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We held our own festival event on 17th January, and were joined by parents Mrs Majabir and Ms Nouioui, who kindly shared an array foods, drinks and photos from their cultures from Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, while visitor Hanane EL Hadioue brought a wonderful display representing her Moroccan background.  Speeches were given by Qaisra Shahraz, Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Paul Griffiths, Mike Kane MP and Patsy Kane OBE. Two students read poems written as part of their English curriculum day activities, and a special cake was cut and shared.



Foodbank Thank Academy

We have received a lovely letter from Wythenshawe Foodbank to thank us for the food donations we made before Christmas – students and staff donated a whopping 66kg of food altogether! Well Done and Thank You to everyone who contributed.

Holiday Food Drive Tweet THANK YOU

MHA Moves to Reusable Water Bottles

We are making a big, positive change at the Academy – each student has been given their own re-usable water bottle to keep and use, and we will cease selling bottled water in our dining room.

With a growing student population, the Academy is using, and of course then disposing of, a large quantity of single-use bottles of water.  As it can take an astounding 450 years for a single-use water bottle to decompose, it is time to make a positive change to reduce our environmental impact.  Although re-usable bottles take more energy to produce initially, as long as they are re-used, their impact on the environment is far lower than a succession of single-use bottles.  In addition, we estimate that we are currently sending between 1 and 2 lorry loads of used bottles for sorting and recycling each week – a huge amount of plastic!

We are appealing to parents and carers to help make this a success, by supporting their child to wash and bring their bottle, filled with water, each day.  We encourage students to stay hydrated, and we now have four water stations in the dining room for their use at break and dinner time.  Our meal deal will now include an alternative item to replace the bottle of water that was included.

Let’s be the change!

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