MHA Kicks Off Curriculum!

Manchester Health Academy is hosting a World Cup takeover of our curriculum next week, in celebration of former participant Marcus Rashford’s involvement in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford attended the Manchester United Foundation Street Reds programme, held at the Academy’s Community Sports facility, from the age of 12 until he made his first-team debut for the Reds at the age of 18.  The Wythenshawe-born striker is an inspiration to his former players and pupils as he makes his senior team World Cup debut next week.

The brainchild of Head of PE, Mr Brown, the week will see teachers across Manchester Health Academy using the World Cup as a starting point for their lessons.  Mr Brown says “The World Cup offers a fantastic opportunity for the whole school to get involved.  All students in Years 7-9 will attend their timetabled lessons and participate in a cross-curricular week based around the World Cup, for example writing match reports in English, using match data in maths, and looking at forces and trajectory of the ball in science.  While Rashford does his thing in Russia, we’ll be learning here in Manchester!”

Marcus Rashford was born in 1997 in Wythenshawe and was a pupil at Button Lane Primary School.  He played for Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child, a youth team with a reputation for producing top players.  From the age of 12, Marcus took part in Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds programme at Manchester Health Academy’s Community Sports facility.  The programme offers free football sessions and alternative activities to young people aged 8 to 18.  Marcus went on to break George Best’s record as the youngest player to score in Europe for Manchester United, and is looking forward to playing for England in Russia this month.

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Marcus Rashford pictured when he visited Street Reds at MHA in 2016.

Aspire to Be in Professional Sports

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues. Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.
This week, we were joined by Manchester United Foundation’s Director of Operations, John Eades, who talked about careers in the world of sports, and his own exciting career path.Previous sessions have included business and health care sciences. Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Aspire to Be in the Catering Industry

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues. Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

Our most recent session was kindly given by Jack Sturdy, Operations Manager for school caterers T(n)S Catering Management Ltd.

Previous sessions have included business and health care sciences. Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Principal’s Blog – Shine On!

It is an exciting time at the Academy, with the Year 11 students busy with their exams.  While secondary school offers a varied and rich life experience, helping our young people to grow into young adults, the GCSE exams are a culmination of all their academic efforts and learning.  It is their time to shine and to show what they are made of.

It is a stressful period, both in positive and negative ways, and at the Academy we appreciate that students taking exams are under a lot of pressure. A certain level of stress is needed in order for us to challenge and stretch ourselves, but it is important that the stress we experience doesn’t overwhelm us.  It has been very appropriate that this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has been focused on stress.

Two websites that give advice about managing stress and anxiety and may be beneficial to your child and you at this time are BBC Mindset programme and NHS.

This information may also help you to reduce the stress of exams Exams and Stress.  Within the Academy, our Sixth Form Health and Social care students organised a Curry and Chaat event, where they struck up conversations with other students about mental health and how to access support if needed.  There have been special assemblies and lessons too, and a tombola to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

The Mental Health Foundation says “Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lives, and stress is a key factor in this.  While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.”

One way that we can help to alleviate symptoms of stress is to undertake exercise and sport.  This benefits us physically and can also give us a sense of wellbeing and achievement, particular in competitive sport.  I have been really pleased to hear about some brilliant sporting successes this past couple of weeks

The Year 7 boys were the outright victors at the Manchester United Foundation Hub School Tournament which was played here at MHA.  Our girls football team played in the Manchester United Foundation Hub school Tournament and also won some of their games, whilst the Under 13s Girls Rugby Team won the final of the South Manchester Cup!

I wish every student taking exams, taking part in sports or working on their own particular projects of interest every success – keep shining!

Mr Green, Principal

Half Term Holiday Revision Sessions – Year 11

The Academy is providing booster and revision sessions for Year 11 students during the half term holidays in preparation for the formal examinations that continue in June.

All students are encouraged to attend the subject sessions that they study, the schedule is shown below.

Students will be supervised at all times and the usual school rules will apply, however, you are not required to wear uniform to these sessions. It is crucial that you arrive on time for each session to ensure that you do not miss out on vital tuition and resources.

   Tues 29th May  Weds 30thMay Thurs 31stMay Fri 1st June
9.30 – 11.30 am ScienceBiology (Triple Sci) 

 

English Maths Chemistry (Triple Sci)
History
11.30 -1.00 pm Physics (Triple Sci)Business Studies  Physics (Triple Sci)Business StudiesFood Technology HistoryFood Technology Food Technology

Aspire to Be a Manual Handling Advisor

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues. Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

We were joined recently last week by Drayton O’Connor,  from MFT, who shared his journey from hospital porter to Manual Handling Advisor, and what this hospital-wide role entails.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law. Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Aspire to Be a Healthcare Scientist

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues. Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

We were joined recently last week by Gillian Walsh, Specialist Cardio Physiologist from MFT, who told us about her path to this role, and what interested students can do to begin their own journey to a career in the healthcare sciences.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law. Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Aspire to Be an Entrepreneur

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues.  Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

We were joined recently by Eve Murphy from pre-school branded exercise class company TuMuv, who shared her journey from a career in teaching to becoming a successful business owner.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law.  Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Unified by Football

Well done to the students who teamed up with students from specialist school Brentwood High School to take part in Unified Football , a 10-week training programme, culminating in a tournament at Manchester United’s iconic training ground, and aired on Match of the Day on Easter Sunday.

The programme is inspired by a simple idea; training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Football, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more exciting and fun for all.

The training period enabled students from both schools to develop ways of working together as a team and to build relationships between the two sets of students.  In the tournament, two teams were made up of a mix of students from both schools. One of our teams made it to the semi-finals, but was unfortunately knocked out when it went to penalties.

Teacher Miss Steers said “The students were a credit to the academy, with Corey even doing an interview for Match of the Day! Their opponent was intolerance. Only shoulder-to shoulder, as teammates together, could it be defeated. It was a fantastic opportunity and a very enjoyable experience.”

Unified Football is a Special Olympics GB campaign delivered in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, which joins people with and without learning disabilities on the same team.

The tournament was filmed for the Foundation’s annual Match of the Day community feature and was broadcast on Sunday 1st April at 7.25am on BBC1.  It was attended by BBC Reporter and former England Women’s Team player Sue Smith, England Cerebral Palsy football team captain Jack Rutter and members of the Manchester United youth teams including Angel Gomes, Luca Ercolani, George Tanner and Aidan Barlow.

The tournament concluded in a victory for the Co-op Academy Swinton and Oakwood Academy who beat The Oldham Academy North and Redwood School 2-0 in the final.

Manchester Health Academy is linked with Manchester United Foundation through its Partner Schools programme, which bases full time coaches in targeted areas to building lasting relationships and impact the lives of young people.

See more information  here.