Wear it Pink on Valentine’s Day

Let’s turn the Academy pink on Valentine’s Day and raise funds for a great cause!

Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

On Tuesday 14th February students are invited to wear an item of pink with their uniform and to make a voluntary donation to the charity.  We plan to hold a cake sale, so any donations of cakes would be very gratefully received.

Staff will also be wearing pink and donating.

An option for parents/carers to donate on ParentPay will be set up nearer to the date.

Wear It Pink


A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our One Big Toy Appeal.  We have managed to raise a fantastic total of £415.00!

This time of year can be a time of being asked to donate to lots of causes, so we really appreciate that you have supported this appeal that will benefit lots of poorly children.

This Christmas, instead of collecting toys, we asked 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.

If you have not donated but would like to, there is still time to do so on our JustGiving page here, or parents and carers of Academy students can donate via ParentPay.


Principal’s Blog: Positivity Pays Off

I was delighted to be presenting our former Year 11 students with their GCSE certificates last week – our GCSE Celebration Evening is a lovely event, celebrating our students’ successes.  We also awarded some special prizes each year to students who have been outstanding in their studies and efforts.

The GCSEs and special awards achieved by our students represent many hours of hard work, commitment and revision, both on the part of the students and the staff supporting them through their journey to the exam room.


I think this poem written by Year 8 student, Jason Castillo, is fitting to share here, as it sums up the ethos of the Academy and how we put it into practice each day.


The Six Keys of Positivity

Being great’s not always easy,

Especially for me.

I’ve learned some things help me out’

Resilience is key.


Discriminating gets us nowhere,

Neither you nor me.

Treat each other respectfully,

Equality is key.


Without trust you’re all alone,

And how sad that would be.

Be honest, listen, take advice,

Trust is key.


You give respect to get respect,

It’s obvious you see.

Positive attitudes, friendships made,

Respect is key.


Aiming high and working hard,

Be the best that you can be.

“Good enough” isn’t good enough!

Excellence is key.


Do all these things and you’ll be proud,

It’s right, don’t you agree?

Show off the skills that you have got,

Pride is key!


Just £1 per ticket, buy them from the Student Desk.

Thursday 15th December, arrive at 6.30pm for a mince pie and a drink in our new Dining Room, show starts at 7pm.

Raffle will be held on the night for the One Big Toy appeal, prizes include a hamper kindly donated by Manchester Airport, a signed copy of Alan Titchmarsh’s latest book and more.

Help Keep Your Academy Healthy

In this week’s blog Mr Owen talks about healthy eating at the Academy:

At Manchester Health Academy we pride ourselves on providing health education to all students across the curriculum, passing on the knowledge they need to make healthy choices for themselves into adulthood.  We have been honoured to receive a number of awards from Healthy Schools, and our Dining Room offers healthy meals, including the popular new Protein Bar offer.

I am appealing to students, parents and carers to support this by not allowing children to bring in fizzy drinks, energy drinks and large bags of crisps.  These items do not help children to learn well.  Replacing these with healthier alternatives such as fruit, cereal bars and water could make a huge difference to health, and to achievement at school.

Research shows that pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better, and healthy eating is a great place for students start. Popular sugary foods and drinks, such as Lucozade and other energy drinks, give a quick burst of energy by causing a sharp increase in blood sugar, but when levels fall this can cause moods to dip.  They are not good for you. This cycle can make us feel irritable, anxious and tired, affecting concentration and behaviour.

The government recommends that free or added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy (calories) you get from food and drink each day. That’s a maximum of 30g of added sugar a day for adults, which is roughly seven sugar cubes. As an example, one can of cola can have as much as 9 cubes of added sugar.  Crisps can contain very high levels of fat and salt, neither of which is healthy for any of us.

So please save the sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks for Christmas, and discourage your child from bringing them into the Academy.  These items will continue to be confiscated if brought in.

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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