Principal’s Blog: Reflection and Effective Action

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter Drucker

As advent begins and we begin the countdown to Christmas, it is an opportunity to allow ourselves to become excited in the anticipation of the joy of Christmas.

It is also a great opportunity to reflect on the year as it draws to a close.

Taking the time to reflect is always time well spent, whether it is on the big things that have happened in a year, or on a piece of work that we have just completed.  This gives us the chance to improve what we have done and to learn from our successes and mistakes and to do better in the future.

This week myself and my team have been reflecting on our practise, with lesson observations taking place, appraisals happening and hosting visitors from the Shaw Trust, who we have invited in to provide an independent viewpoint.  Although it can feel a bit daunting to be observed or tested, it is a hugely valuable exercise and the results are always really interesting.

This is the same for our students who are tested, their work evaluated and ultimately examined for their GCSEs and BTEC Diplomas.

Next week, students will be undertaking mock exams in preparation for the real things next year.  This is the perfect opportunities to reflect on where gaps in knowledge are and plan to address them.

Next week we will be celebrating with last year’s Year 11 students at their GCSE Celebration Evening.  I’m looking forward to giving out some special awards and finding out how students are getting on beyond their time at Manchester Health Academy.

Advent is also a time of thinking about others and being kind.  We have just launched an appeal for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s One Big Toy project, raising funds to building a new sensory room that even the sickest of children can benefit from all year round.  Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a fantastic place that helps many of our students, not only as patients but as students too.  If you would like to give a pound or two, you can donate on our JustGiving page here, through ParentPay if you are one of our parents/carers, or make a cash donation at our reception or student desk.

“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

One Big Toy Appeal Launches

This Christmas, instead of collecting toys, we are asking for donations towards the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s One Big Toy appeal. They would like to build a multi-sensory room that will benefit even the sickest children all year round.  We will be holding a number of fundraising activities for this great cause until we break for Christmas, all donations will be very gratefully received.

You can donate to this fantastic cause on ParentPay or via our JustGiving page.

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Don’t Forget Your Daily Mile!

It is getting colder and darker in the mornings, but don’t let that deter you!  Join the Daily Mile at 8am each morning for a 15 minute energy burst that will get your day off to a healthy start.  Meet at the 3G Pitch for a walk or run of up to a mile in the fresh air – some participants have already run the equivalent of a marathon over the past few weeks!


Book Fair in the Hub this week!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back in the Hub this week (and hopefully next).

The fair is open until 4pm each evening so parents/carers and siblings can come too, entry via the public library.

Treat yourself or start your Christmas shopping!

Each book you buy will help the Academy – If we raise more than £300 we will get half the money back to spend on books for the Hub,

Challenge: Think you know children’s books? Answer these simple 10 question in the link below, but no cheating!!

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Triathlon Launches Today!

The MHA Community Sports Facility team are launching the MHA Triathlon today! This is aimed to get members, staff and students involved in a fun event designed for each competitor (any fitness level) to achieve their Personal Best.

The event comprises of completing the following:

Row 2000m

Bike 5k

Run 2k

(including transition times)

All competitors who complete the MHA Triathlon will each receive a certificate.

Please ask a member of the MHA Community team if you have any questions.

What better way to get in shape for the Christmas Party season!

Your new dining experience!

We are looking forward to opening our newly extended Dining Room when the Academy re-opens after the half term break!  Students worked with the architects to design the extension, which features a new Protein Bar, more seating and a dedicated area for Year 11 students.  The space has been given a stylish makeover, with new furniture, wood effect flooring and slate walls.

The Academy’s commitment to healthy eating continues with the addition of the Protein Bar to the existing Hot Food and Grab & Go serveries, check out the menu below!


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Wear Red Day Friday 21st October

Next Friday, 21st October, we will be supporting ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, the UK’s anti-racism educational charity. Students will be allowed to wear an item of red on the day for a donation of £1.00. (Please note no face paints, red hair or wigs, hoodies or red footwear will be allowed.) There will be a number of fun activities during the day, including a raffle, cake sale and ‘Beat the Goalie’. All donations will be appreciated!

National Sports Award for Health Academy

The Sports Education team at Manchester Health Academy are celebrating after being awarded the National Bronze Mark from School Games for the first time.

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.

This award recognises the excellence in inter/intra school competitive sport and opportunities for sports leadership.

Health Academy Head of Physical Education, Stewart Brown commented “I am really pleased the department has been given this award for the first time. Within our development plan we intend to be awarded both the Silver and Gold Games Mark award within the next two years”.

Health Academy Principal, Mr Owen, commented “It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment of our P.E. team being recognised nationally.  Their efforts in developing competitive sport within the Academy and with our Partnership Primary schools are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our students.”