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Christmas 2016

 

 
 
 

As the autumn term comes to a close, and we prepare for the festive holidays, it’s time to reflect on another busy few weeks at the academy.
 

Christmas Fair
The Bushey Academy Charity Christmas Fair was well supported again this year.  Thank you to everyone who…

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Posted by Colin Gall on 21 December 2016

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Celebration of Success

 
 
Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term.  As we proceed towards Christmas, let us take a moment to look back on the celebrations at the end of last half term at our annual Celebration of Success event.
 
Once again, students were…

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Posted by Colin Gall on 2 December 2016

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Languages Week and Celebrations

 

 
Last week we had our annual celebration of foreign languages and cultures in Languages Week, with competitions, calligraphy classes, traditional dress, greetings in the language of the day and much more. Monday began…

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Posted by Colin Gall on 3 October 2016

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Open Evening Week

 

Last week saw our annual Open Evening for parents of prospective Year 7 pupils, and I was most impressed by the number in attendance. Well over 1500 visitors on what proved to be both a thundery and a humid evening. I was delighted that 230 students volunteered to attend in the…

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Posted by Colin Gall on 20 September 2016

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Welcome Back

 

Welcome back to a new school year following what I hope was an enjoyable summer for everyone.
 
As always, September is full of promise for the year ahead, but some of our students did not want to wait for the new term and spent their summer preparing for the future. From…

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Posted by Colin Gall on 12 September 2016

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Exam season

The main examination season is upon us once again, and Year 11, 12 and 13 students are working hard in their final preparations for the papers they have been getting ready for for so long. I wish them all the best of luck.

Meanwhile, menus have been changing in Cucina with a two day pop-up…

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Award Winning Progress

The Bushey Academy has been, for the third year running, recognised for the outstanding progress students make during their time here.  We were again in the top 20% of schools nationally for pupil progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4.  What a way to start a new term. You can read about it in…

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Cakes and Chemistry

Year 7 Art work has taken pride of place at the front of the academy over the last few weeks. Inspired by the work of artist Wayne Thiebaud, students have created 3D cake models, some of which have been displayed in the gallery at the academy reception. Students have demonstrated very high…

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Last Week Celebrations


The long awaited House Drama competition took place this week and it was spectacular.  The students excelled in all areas and, after seeing so much talent in directing, design, writing and acting, the decisions over who won in which category were incredibly hard.
Each house adapted and then…

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It All Adds Up

Our second annual Maths week took place last week, and the academy felt as though it had been transformed into a giant code breaking machine as students tried to work out which teacher had been replaced by an alien. Surveys took place around the academy, Cucina became an area of numerical…

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Big Bang Academy


On Thursday night the Science Department hosted a stargazing event in conjunction with the Astrophysics Department of the University of Hertfordshire.  Year 7 students and their parents enjoyed a range of events including the inflatable planetarium in the Grand Hall, looking at neighbouring…

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A Week of Firsts

Beginning at 9.00am last Sunday, 30 students from Year 11 embarked on a two day intensive mathematics residential at a nearby hotel. They completed a huge amount of work and left tired but pleased to have attended, and are now even better placed to meet or exceed their targets in the summer. There…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful Christmas holiday and are ready for another exciting term.

The first week back was a particularly important one for Years 11, 12 and 13, all of whom sat mock examinations in the subjects they study. Years 12 and 13 have already had their…

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What a Lovely End of Term

As always here at The Bushey Academy, the last week of term has been filled with activity.  We continue to be proud of our students and the incredible talents they display so often.

On Wednesday we had the Christmas Carol Concert at St. James' Church in Bushey, where there was a wide range of…

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Festive Fun at The Bushey Academy

The penultimate week of this term has been an exciting one at the academy. Our student choir got up very early on Thursday morning to share some festive spirit with the commuters of Bushey, singing carols while collecting for a local charity. They braved the cold for three hours to help spread…

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Season's Greetings

Christmas has come to the academy this week, with music, cards and charity activities. Students helped to decorate our beautiful tree in the market place, and with more trees in the Grand Hall, Cube Theatre and Sixth Form area, they have had a busy few days. We enjoyed live festive music during a…

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Focusing In

We were delighted our students were invited to open the Virtual Schools Annual Awards Ceremony at the Watford Coliseum last weekend. Over 500 people were in attendance, and all enjoyed the professionalism of the performers presenting a medly of songs from our summer production 'Grease'.

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Sporting and University Success

Students in the sixth form attended a conference in St Albans cathedral this week, hosted by Samira Ahmed, BBC News presenter and journalist. The panel included Peter Lilley MP and Richard Osman, of 'Pointless' fame. Huda Jawad, Lord Tom McNally and Gerald Corbitt, (Chairman of Britvic and MCC)…

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Music and Notes

The Bushey Academy is holding our first ever Christmas Fair this year. It will take place at the academy on Saturday 12th December, from 11-3pm. There will be a range of stalls selling seasonal items, and activities for all the family. Do come along and bring your friends! If you would like to run…

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Working Hard

I enjoyed welcoming students and colleagues back to the academy after half term. Those on the trip to Malaga reported having an excellent time, and I hope everyone had a refreshing and restful holiday wherever you were and whatever you were doing.                                

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Celebrating Success

This half term has been a whirlwind of settling in activities, parent meetings, house events, excellent lessons, ending in our Celebration of Success event last night.

Celebrating the success of our students is something I always enjoy doing, loudly and publically. There are so many young…

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Making a Difference

An important part of the 'Proud to Belong' ethos at the academy is our commitment to charity. Last year we raised over £5,000 for our two academy charities, Make a Wish and Great Ormond Street Hospital. We were pleased to receive the certificates below in recognition of the hard work of the…

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And the Winner is...

The first of our House competitions took place this week, with very enthusiastic teams from all year groups battling it out to win the crown in the Tug of War. This year Edison emerged victorious, after a series of hard fought wins.

                                         

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Language Fever

Modern Foreign Language Celebration week has swept the academy, with a range of challenges for students, and events to get involved in. Each day has had a different language theme, from Spanish on Monday, to Chinese on Thursday and French today. Cucina have reflected this in their menus, and flags…

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Open All Hours

This week we were delighted to welcome 1,700 visitors to our annual Open Evening. Choosing a Secondary School is such an important decision and for me it is a really exciting evening, as young people start to see the options that are available to them, and how much they can achieve with the right…

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In Full Swing

I can hardly believe that this is the first full week back at school; things are already busier than ever. Auditions for the House Music Competition have kicked things off alongside Football trials, and a packed extra curricular timetable. 

Extra Curricular activities are central to the success…

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Welcome Back

It is always a pleasure welcoming students back to school after the summer break. Staff have been in school since Tuesday, and schools without students are rather eerie. It was great to have them back on Thursday!

Each year group had a range of activities tailored to the particular challenges…

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Happy Holidays


I am delighted to end the term by celebrating The Bushey Academy's achievement of the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award. This award confirms the positive approach the academy takes towards all staff. We have been working towards this for nearly two years, and hearing…

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Rounding Up

The penultimate week of term has seen lots of projects completed, or reaching their climax.

Grease has been a runaway success, with excellent audiences commenting on the professionalism of cast, band and crew. It feels more like a West End Show than a school production, and I would like to…

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Setting the stage

This week final preparations are being made to the academy musical 'Grease', which takes to the stage next week. Tickets are going fast, but there are still some available on Parent Pay. I look forward to seeing you there.

Our new Year 7s for September joined the academy on Thursday to get a…

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Stretched for success

A busy week at The Bushey Academy, with examinations complete for all year groups. Yesterday art students were inspired by the surroundings at Kew Gardens. Last week music students returned buzzing from the Purcell School for Music after their concert. They took part in the event themed as…

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Racing to the finish line

We were celebrating with Year 11 who finished their GCSEs this week. Many of them came to join us for their Leavers Tea on Monday, and more will be at their Prom this evening to mark this important moment. We look forward to their final results, hoping they will see that their hard work has paid…

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Spreading success

This week students from Year 10 took part in a 'STEM' (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event instigated by Lord Professor Robert Winston, hosted by the Watford Grammar School for Boys. Professor Winston is Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. Our students were…

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Grease is the word!

Students are starting to finish exams this week and next, which is a good moment to look ahead for them, to life beyond the academy. Many Year 11 students will be back with us in September for Sixth Form. Others are preparing for College or further training. Record numbers of Year 13 students have…

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On your marks...

The academy was straight back to work following what I hope was a relaxing half term break. Several Year 11 students were not relaxing, and were in school last week for final revision sessions, and I am very grateful to my dedicated colleagues for giving so freely of their time to lead these…

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Making a splash!

In the classroom this week Year 11 students have their last regular lessons. After the half term break they are with us for a series of revision sessions for each remaining examination.

Outside the classroom, members of the Stretch Club in Year 7 were invited to Harrow School to learn how to…

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Climbing higher

We have a rigorous programme of lesson observations at The Bushey Academy, to ensure students are making progress in all lessons at all times. One of my senior colleagues this week reported how much he had enjoyed observing a Year 10 PE lesson on the climbing wall. Working in pairs and small…

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General Reflection

The Drama and English GCSEs followed the Art examination from last week, with A Levels beginning in earnest next week. Fingers crossed for all our students sitting public exams this summer.

This term Edison are leading the charity campaigning, keen to raise the most money of any of the Houses…

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Diversity

Examination preparation is dominating the academy at the moment. The outcomes of the art examination below look extremely impressive, and show the hard work of the students throughout their courses is really paying off.

Assemblies over the last couple of weeks have focused on the diverse…

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Going live!

It was lovely to welcome students back to school after such a sunny Spring break. Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 returned to school for the final push for their examination results. GCSE PE practical exams this week went well, with positive feedback from the exam board moderator. Art practicals…

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Spring break

The last half term has flown by; students have had great success in the classroom, on the sports field, on stage and out in the community.

Year 10 returned from work experience on Monday with stories of the world of work. Some talked of being offered jobs, and some were very clear about the…

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An Inspector Calls

The audience very much enjoyed the mix of Shakespeare, Historical Speeches, Debating, Dancing and sketches in Portugese, Spanish, French and Mandarin, as well as the Spelling Bee!

The students devised and directed the components of the evening themselves, and in 'The Story of Nian' above,…

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And the winner is...

We are celebrating this week as we received national recognition with an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award for the value we add to our students’ achievements at GCSE.

2014 was a strong year for the academy, and it built on solid foundations of success. Named the most improved school in…

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Technical reading

I am pleased to start by revealing the identities of the secret readers from last week. They are Miss Maddock, a member of our English department reading 'Atonement', and Mr. Goss, one of our Behaviour and Attainment Mentors reading 'The Kite Runner'. Reading week has now come to a close, but not…

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Guess who?

Before Christmas, our debaters were the runners up in the Watford inter-schools competition. Their prize was a behind the scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament, which took place this week. This included the chance to meet the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, pictured below with our…

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We start this half-term as we intend to go on...

We start this half-term as we intend to go on; with sporting successes, charity fundraising, academic rigour and community spirit.

Year 11 have spent time with the English Department this week in a focused drive to raise their attainment in preparation for the summer. Their teachers have been…

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Standing ovation for House Drama

We end another hugely successful half term with the annual House Drama competition.  It was fantastic to see the Cube Theatre full of parents and students supporting the actors and actresses. This year, the theme was Hans Christian Anderson and all four houses have put in months of hard work…

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Welcome to Sky News!

I am delighted to bring you news this week of more enrichment activities both in and out of the classroom, more table tennis success, parents' events and our next performance evening.

Sky Skills Studios hosted our Year 10 Media Studies students this week, as they practised their journalistic…

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Celebrating Success

The annual Celebration of Success event took place this week, to a packed audience in the Cube theatre. Student success in all year groups and all subjects were celebrated, with special awards presented by the school Trustees and the Lead Sponsor David Meller. The guest speaker was Oliver Dowden,…

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Home and away

This week students have been out in the community achieving success in a range of arenas, whilst preparations are underway for several forthcoming events in school.

Students enjoyed taking part in the first round of the Debate Mate Urban Debate League. The team consisted of Year 7 students, who…

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Happy New Year

Proud to Belong week is a very special one at The Bushey Academy. It is a week when year groups investigate wider aspects of their learning, both in and out of the classroom. It is a week where students explore the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of their own lives, and those around…

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Seasons Greetings

The term that ends today has been a fabulous one. It started with record results, and continued on from that strong position. The academy is bigger than it has ever been, and this morning students can look back on the term with much pride.

The first edition of The Bushey Observer is below, a…

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Happy Ofsted-versary!

It is a year ago this week that The Bushey Academy was judged 'Good' in all categories by Ofsted. This was a key milestone for the school, and we marked the event with a celebratory cake!

Since our last inspection results have continued to rise, so while we were pleased to be 'Good' a year ago,…

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Sixth form and beyond

A focus on the upper end of the academy this week, as university offers start to come in, and students look ahead to life after The Bushey Academy.

Our first students of the year have had offers from Russell Group universities; from Nottingham and Queen Mary's for Chemistry, and Exeter for Art.…

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Full time

Another characteristic week for students and staff at The Bushey Academy: trips, assemblies, encouraging academic results and house competitions to keep everyone busy!

Year 13 A Level Literature students went to see 'Macbeth' at the West End's Ambassador's Theatre. Macbeth is a part of the A2…

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Charity begins

Before half term the student and staff community voted on our choice of academy charity for the year. For the first time, and with at least three recounts to ensure accuracy, the votes for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation were tied. As a result, we are supporting both…

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Principal's Challenge

The Principal's Challenge unites our House competitions, Extra-curricular activities and the trips of Proud to Belong week into one award that students work towards throughout the year. The purpose is to help students explore new activities and find their strengths as they experience different…

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I'm in!

The half term break was a busy one for the 28 students and staff who visited Rome on the trip organised jointly by the Philosophy, Beliefs and Ethics and the History departments.

The group spent four days exploring famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, The Vatican and St.…

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Fabulous half term

Students have excelled themselves over the first half term of the year in a range of ways that inspire each other, and the whole academy community. It was shown this week in particular in the way members of Year 9 approached their Outward Bound trip to Wales, the music students' success at the…

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Outstanding Learning

My blog posts over the last few weeks have focussed on the extra-curricular life of the school. It is something I am passionate about: students who are busy and engaged outside the classroom develop a love of learning, and are more likely to excel in it. This week I am going to focus a little more…

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House events

Hot on the heels of the House Tug of War came House Football and Netball this week, House Music 'Bootcamp', a 'settling in' evening with Form Tutors for new starters to the Academy in Year 7, and our inaugural Staff Quiz. Assembly this week was an opportunity to launch our Charity programme for…

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School matters

To say we have had a busy week is becoming rather repetitive; we are only 4 weeks into term but we have already rushed head long through Open Evening, our first House competition of the year, and our initial Career Clinics. As well as that students have taken part in a range of sporting fixtures,…

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Ni Hao Bushey!

One of the exciting developments in the curriculum this year is the introduction of Mandarin Chinese. Most students in Year 7 are now studying Chinese, as well as a more ‘traditional’ Modern Foreign Language of French and Spanish. A significant reason that The Bushey Academy has such a positive…

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Busy week!

Auditions for the House Music competition have been overwhelmed with acts, all keen to represent their Houses at the competition in November. This is always a colourful event, with classical music alongside pop, rap, beat box and other genres, so I know the music department have had a very busy…

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Welcome back!

Proud to Belong: Record numbers of Year 7 students are with us today, settling into their new school. There were a few anxious faces this morning, but time with Form Tutors has been used really well to show students around and make sure they know where everything is. They are already getting to…

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New term

Proud to Belong: I am lucky to have such a dedicated team of staff at The Bushey Academy. We are working on a range of training activities before the students start back with us on Wednesday and Thursday, further developing our creativity, team work and subject expertise to ensure a really smooth…

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Fabulous results!

Proud to Belong: Many congratulations to all our students who are celebrating their GCSE and A Level results. We have had record breaking results every year at The Bushey Academy. Last year we were in the top 2% of schools nationwide for Value Added, and this year the students have done even…

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