Congratulations to our year 8 handball team who came 3rd in the county competition. They came second in their group winning two matches then losing one to the eventual champions 0-1. They then won 3-0 in the 3rd place play off. Each of the boys was awarded a medal and is now placed third in Hertfordshire,
The year 9 basketball team also achieved success, winning five games out five. They finished the season with a 39-33 win. All the boys were ecstatic, as over the last three years they have only lost three games out of twelve and have been runners up twice. This year was a great success. Well done.
We are very pleased to announce that three of our pupils have successfully completed a course at Watford Fire Station. They spent the week learning how to work exactly like the firemen do; running out hoses to put out a mock fire, rescuing people from the first floor of a “burning” building using breathing apparatus and parading in the correct manner. Also during the week they used cutting gear to remove the top from a “crashed” car to rescue the occupants, were blindfolded to walk through a smoke filled room and practised basic first aid. Our students took on board valuable life skills; team work, communication skills and time keeping. The course helped to improve their self -esteem and confidence in themselves and others that nothing is beyond their reach if they put the effort in to reach their goal.
The Rotary Club Technology Tournament was held in the Grand Hall of the academy this week. Bushey Academy hosts this competition annually with teams from Queens, Bushey Meads, St Helens, Merchant Taylors, Parmiters and St Michaels. 92 students competed to solve STEM based problems, designing solutions to a brief about rockets. There were three age categories with trophies and prizes to be won.
Today saw a visiting speaker Terri Duhon, the Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Morgan Stanley Investment Management for Europe to the school. After graduating with a math degree from MIT in 1994, Terri Duhon joined JPMorgan and spent 10 years working as a derivative trader. In 2004 she became an entrepreneur and in 2016 sold her main business to a partner in New York. She has been on the board of CHAPS Co, the board of Operation Smile, the board of the American Overseas School in Rome and was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group for the Prince’s Trust. She is the author of How the Trading Floor Really Works. She came to the academy to speak to the year 8 students about careers in the financial and business sectors and to speak on the importance of high aspirations.
This week is British Science Week, which saw a number of activities at the academy for students to celebrate all things Science!
This year’s Options Evening for Year 8 was exceptionally well attended with parents and students braving the cold conditions to quiz subject teachers about the courses on offer at the academy. There was plenty interest in the new subjects on offer as well as more established courses.
Over the last few weeks key stage three students from the academy have been working with year 11 students from The Purcell School. The Purcell School for Young Musicians is the oldest specialist music school in the UK and our students have been benefiting from some coaching and collaboration with some of the most talented students in the country. The project will culminate in a performance on the 14th of March at the Purcell schools’ recital hall. Below are some of the coaches comments:
“We are working on a piece that jumps around in time, made up of fragments from well-known pieces. We will start with a very contemporary piece by Ed Sheeran, then there will be the William Tell Overture, then Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, then Shostakovich Cello Concerto, then finally some Bach.”
“It was great meeting you and I look forward to unlocking your huge ability. Looking forward to next week.”
“You are making wonderful progress and I’m really proud of you! See you later on today! Well done so far!”