On day three of Mental Health Awareness Week, Welfare lead and Academy Counsellor, Mrs Evason is continuing to offer our students a Mental Health drop in service every break time during this week. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Guided mindfulness sessions for students will take place in the Academy on Tuesday 14th May, see Miss Sheridan. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Mrs Evason is holding a Mental Health Drop In service for students every break time this week in the Welfare Room. If you are a student with a worry, please call in and see her! #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
We’ll be talking to students about mental health in form time this week, and all students will be given a leaflet with lots of useful information about keeping yourself mentally well. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Interested in becoming a teacher? Come along to next week’s Aspire to Be careers session, when Miss Morris will talk about her experiences and what you will need to do to become a teacher in the future.
Time: 12.15pm – 12.45pm (1st Lunch)
Date: Tuesday 19th March
Room: Conference Room (opposite T7 Food Tech)
Presenter: Miss Morris, Associate Assistant Principal and Teacher of History
A sandwich and drink will be provided.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the first ever MFT School Excellence Award is our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Maguire. Mrs Maguire is the Academy’s super hero – unfazed by the most challenging of circumstances and always approachable, she works tirelessly to keep students safe and well. The Award is given to a member of staff at the Academy who makes an outstanding contribution to the lives of our students, and Mrs Maguire certainly fits the bill.
Mrs Maguire received her award at the MFT Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday night, which was hosted by Kathy Cowell OBE DL, the Chairman of Manchester Health Academy’s lead sponsor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and television presenter Andy Crane, at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.
Nominated by colleagues across the Academy, this year’s shortlisted staff were Student Support Officer, Mrs Gill; Receptionist, Mrs Turner; Curriculum Leader of Global Education Ms Mullen, alongside Mrs Maguire. Academy Principal, Mr Green, said “All were worthy finalists and I congratulate each of them for this achievement. It was a fabulous evening and all four finalists received a genuine and warm reception from hundreds of MFT NHS staff in attendance.”
Manchester Health Academy’s lead sponsor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust hold an annual awards evening to celebrate the work and dedication of colleagues in all of its trust-wide hospital provision.
Unfortunately the Academy will be CLOSED today (Wednesday 30th January) due to the snow.
The first half term of this year absolutely flew by, and it has been a pleasure to welcome all our students back after the half term break this week.
Last half term saw another 210 students join us in Year 7, growing our student body to more than 850. I have been very pleased with the mature way that our students have conducted themselves, particularly in the light of the changes that have occurred since September.
I must say that I am absolutely delighted with our new building. It is light, airy and the classrooms are wonderfully calm learning environments. I was immensely proud to welcome visitors to our Open Evening, and share with them just how good the Academy is. Thank you to our amazing students and staff, visitors gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on their experience.
The clocks have gone back and it is officially winter time. Whilst mornings will be lighter for a while, it is going darker earlier in the evenings, and I wish to remind students and their parent/carers about how important it is for students to be safe on their journeys to and from school. The tram station outside school is very convenient for those that travel by tram, but all students do need to be careful of the moving trams, as well as other vehicles and bikes. Students traveling to school by bike need to make sure that they have the correct lights and other safety equipment to keep them visible and safe.
Students are very much ambassadors for the Academy, and their behaviour outside school whilst in school uniform reflects on everyone who is part of the Academy community. I was delighted to receive some lovely feedback from a tram station user recently, who took the time to contact me to let me know how our students had “made her day” with their politeness, smartness and good behaviour. It made me very proud to hear.
Media students had a taste of sound engineering when the Hits Radio Media Bus visited the Academy today.
The Hits Radio Media Bus is a collaboration between Hits Radio and Greater Manchester Higher, an organisation that aims to improve the provision of information, advice and guidance about progression routes to higher education and improved information about the variety of options for learners.
The team talked with students about what their pathways might be after secondary school and why university might be an option for them. The team are all media graduates who have been to universities in the Manchester area, so had plenty of experiences to share. The bus carries sound recording equipment, and students helped to make soundbites for broadcast on Hits Radio about higher education.
Sheri Lawal, Graduate Advisor, said, “Your learners were fantastic! Confident, inquisitive and with great aspirations!”
The bus was also a big hit with students over break time, when music was played into the yard.
Manchester Health Academy’s PE department has been awarded the School Games Mark Gold, a fantastic achievement that ranks the school in the top 20% of schools nationally for the Academic year 2017-18.
The visiting inspector said, “It’s very clear the MHA PE staff have a big impact on the students’ lives and do far more than just teaching lessons and being concerned about passing PE accredited courses in KS4. It was refreshing that PE staff were aware of the clubs the children play for outside of school and have extremely strong links with the local clubs and the children’s parents. “
He also commented on the Academy’s holistic approach to PE, school sport and the link into the local community, saying they demonstrated “some of the best examples of this from the 325 schools I have visited over the last 6 years”
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. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress
Head of PE, Mr Brown, said “The department was awarded the Bronze Award in 2016-17 for the first time in the school’s history. As a department, we then planned a vision to gain the Silver Award for 2017-18 and set ourselves the aspirational target of the Gold is Award by 2020. I am so proud of my team and other staff who have supported the department over the last year to be awarded the Gold Mark.”