Kind-hearted Year 11 students Kieran and Luke raised a total of £324.97 for mental health charity, Mind today! Thank you very much to all who donated. Kieran and Luke donned some very fancy Christmas suits and made a collection in the Academy, which was added together with donations made by students in exchange for wearing a Christmas item to school. The pair spent this week drumming up donations from family and friends, and via social media, what an amazing achievement!
A huge thank you to Manchester United Foundation, who brought a Festive treat for some of our hard-working students as part of their Red Helper campaign. The Academy’s MUF Hub Officer, Lee Caldwell, handed out Manchester United activity bags, kit and football boots to students from each year who have shown resilience and made good efforts over the Autumn term.
This week the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty were thrilled to be able to reward so many of our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils with a special Spanish Superstars breakfast. Each pupil was nominated by their class teacher for the amazing effort they have shown this term. Learning another language means getting things wrong, trying again and building resilience. But the rewards are plentiful. Well done to you all. ¡Buen esfuerzo!!
Students in our Alternative Provision group were sad to hear that our local elderly residents group could not attend our usual festive meal at the Academy this year, and wanted to do something to let them know that we hadn’t forgotten them. They have made some beautiful cards, and Tesco Extra Baguley kindly donated a tub of chocolates to go with each card. The wonderful volunteers at the Bideford Centre will be distributing them over the next few days.
We were delighted to be chosen by Wythenshawe-based data centre operator, TeleData, to receive 100 copies of a specially produced Manchester-themed colouring book recently. The high-quality books are aimed at teens and adults.
The books feature images taken by local photographer, Shiraz Anwar, of iconic Manchester landmarks, which were turned into colourable illustrations as part of a Colouring For Good initiative to promote mindfulness as a route to improved mental health
Through the collaboration, TeleData purchased 100 of the colouring books produced by Shiraz Anwar, from which 50% of the price was donated to the We Love Mcr charity, which works to improve the lives and life chances of Mancunians and their communities.
Photographer Shiraz Anwar commented; “I wanted to put together a project in which I could use my work for good, supporting the community with the help of a local business. By collaborating with TeleData we have been able to support two organisations simultaneously – Manchester Health Academy and We Love Mcr, and we hope that given the success of this project, we can work together again in the future to the benefit of other local charities and community groups.”
Helen Walker, SENCO at Manchester Health Academy said: “Manchester Health Academy’s student body includes a high proportion of SEN and disadvantaged students, with whom we work hard on personal development, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness and positive mindset play a big part in education, particularly at the moment, and there are many students who will benefit from this type of relaxation therapy, which has been proven to reduce anxieties and promote positivity. We were delighted to receive the books and thank TeleData for their kind donation.”
Matt Edgley, director for TeleData added; “Helping the local community, whether that be charities, schools or other organisations on our doorstep is definitely a priority for us, and we were excited by this creative and innovative way of supporting local people through colouring. I hope that the students enjoy the books and can really benefit from the respite that colouring can bring – particularly as students continue to face disruptions and uncertainty around both their school and home lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re hoping to roll out similar projects in the future which will enable us to reach as many local community initiatives as possible.”
Based in Wythenshawe close to Airport City, TeleData is a data centre facility offering colocation, cloud hosting and data centre services to businesses across the UK.
MHA’s PE Department has been awarded the School Games Gold Mark for the third consecutive year, a fantastic achievement that ranks the school in the top 20% of schools nationally.
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
We value sports education highly, and our students benefit from fantastic sports facilities. We are currently undertaking a £1.2 million overhaul of our Community Sports Facilities.
Head of PE, Mr Brown, said “I’m really proud of my team, who work very hard to keep games fresh and exciting for our students. We continually look for ways to engage more students in games as we strongly believe that physical activity and the joy of playing sporting games contributes to both physical and mental health.”
We are delighted that this year’s Executive Student Leadership team have been selected. Head Girl is Summer Mee, Head Boy is Ali Mohammed, Deputy Head Girl is Libby Bonney and Deputy Head Boy is Daniel Phillips.
These roles are the most senior student roles in the Academy, and provides a sense of community and strength for the student community and an important link between students and staff. It involves being both the voice of the students, as well as being strong role models and ambassadors for the Academy.
Deputy Head Girl, Libby, said, “I am looking forward to ensuring that students across the Academy know that they will be listened to, and to making sure that the school is the best it can be for students. This step into leadership has given me a new sense of independence, and I know it will be a great experience to draw on in the future.”
Head Boy, Ali, added, “We are honoured and privileged to have been chosen for these roles – it has been a dream throughout my time here to represent the students and Manchester Health Academy.”
The four are studying hard and all aspire to go onto further study – Summer plans to study Health and Social Care, whilst Ali plans to pursue electrical engineering and manufacturing. Libby has wanted to continue with her long-held interest in drama and acting, and Daniel is interested in studying electronics.
A group of our Year 7 students had the opportunity to meet professional cyclist, Josh Quigley, when he visited Manchester Health Academy yesterday.
Josh is a Scottish cyclist who has made a fighting comeback after his recovery from life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car whilst riding across America on his bike last year. Not allowing either his injuries or Covid-19 travel restrictions slow him down, he set a new world record for cycling the North Coast 500 route (NC500) on Saturday 19th September 2020.
The students were selected to meet Josh and hear his inspirational story after they worked hard to become the Academy’s first Peloton Award winners. Academy Principal, Mr Green, created the award to celebrate individual students who have gone the extra mile in their learning.
He says, “I often use an analogy with our students, of a cyclist in a race. Cyclists race in a group called a peloton, saving energy by coasting near to one another. I encourage each of our students to break free of the peloton, excel individually and make the most of the opportunities offered at the Academy. Josh’s story is a perfect example of how single-minded pursuit of excellence brings success, and it was fantastic for our young students to be able to ask him their own questions.”
One of the powerful messages delivered by Josh was, “always get back on the bike”. He says that he has learned that life is not always easy, and that there are obstacles and adversity along the way, but as with cycling, you should always get back on your metaphorical bike and move forward in life.
Student, Alexis, presented Josh with his own Peloton Badge and Certificate on behalf of the Academy, in recognition of his amazing achievements.
What better way to start the new academic year than with a beautiful package of books?
We are welcoming each of our students back with a gift of a hand picked books over the coming week.
Organisers, Miss Milward and Miss Farby, said, “We have missed our students greatly and wanted to do something that would be both enjoyable for them and to help their academic progress.”
Reading is an essential part of all students’ journeys through school and something we insist students do every day. Enjoy the hand-picked books MHA, you deserve them!
Having risen to the challenge of completing their secondary school education during the global pandemic, it was a pleasure to welcome our Year 11 students back to the Academy today to collect their GCSE results.
Principal, Mr Green, said, “I am delighted for our students, for whom today brings the end of an anxious wait for their results. They have demonstrated a high level of forbearance and resilience throughout this most unusual of academic years, and their hard work over their five years with us at the Academy has yielded a set of results that will open up doors for them into further education, training and the world of work.
Secondary education is about so much more than exam results – the class of 2020 leave the Academy as a group of young people who have grown into strong, independent, hard-working and inspirational citizens, who have achieved despite the hardest of circumstances. We couldn’t be prouder of them and wish each and every one of them all the very best for the future.”