Half Term Summary from Mr J Wright

It has been a very busy half term and as we reach the Christmas break we wanted to showcase the wonderful things our students have been doing to display our Team Heanor Values which were launched at the start of this half term.

Remembrance Day

The 11th of November saw our whole school community take part in the Remembrance Day parade which was conducted by our CCF students. As in previous years the ceremony was impeccably planned by the CCF. The remainder of our students demonstrated outstanding integrity and unity as they paid their respects. We are very proud of allHe our students.

Anti-Bullying Week

Towards the end of November, Heanor Gate Spencer Academy staff wore blue in order to support Anti-Bullying week. During this week our students demonstrated great unity. This also coincided with ‘Double A Points’ week which this term focused upon respect.

Immersion Day One

At the end of November students took part in the first Immersion Day of the year. Students were given opportunities to broaden their horizons in a variety of subject areas:

  • Year 7 – Derby University visit
  • Year 8 – History through time workshops
  • Year 9 – DTVA and Pop Art
  • Year 10 – Romeo and Juliet
  •  Year 11, 12 and 13 – Careers workshops

Students displayed resilience, integrity and organisation throughout the day whilst acquiring new skills.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Throughout this term students have engaged in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Over 550 students have been involved in over 25 different clubs. We have also been fortunate to develop a partnership with Full Power Fitness who are giving our students new experiences outside of the classroom. Students have really demonstrated great unity through their teamwork as well as demonstrating resilience as they try out new things.

HGSA in the community

As Christmas approaches students have been supporting the wider HGSA community by donating items to ‘Salcare’ for Reverse Advent and raising money for ‘Save the Children’ through Christmas Jumper Day. In addition, some of our students have demonstrated what excellent citizens they are by supporting our wider community when they distributed food at the local food bank. It has been great to see such unity within our community. 

Celebration Events

Over the last week of term we have been busy rewarding and acknowledging our students’ achievements. Mr Jones was very proud to give out the SLT advent gifts as well as invite students from Year 7-11 to the Principal’s lunch. The final few days of term have seen the Achievement Team deliver celebration assemblies and on Monday evening (19 December) we celebrated student academic achievement at the annual awards event. 

Christmas Jumper Day

After a long term we have been immensely proud to see our students enjoying themselves at Christmas Dinner in addition to the final day activities. It has been a fantastic demonstration of unity as we head into the festive break.

We are very proud of everything our students have achieved inside and outside of the classroom this term and we look forward to seeing them build upon the Team Heanor Values after Christmas.

Mr J Wright, Associate Assistant Principal & Achievement Leader for Year 7

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