With the field marked out for rugby and practices for netball and rugby done on Monday, it was great to see some action on the MUGA and the field with our first fixtures of the season against Neale Wade. Both sets of Year 7 and 8 teams performed brilliantly for their first outing and the Year 7 boys managed a magnificent draw, scoring a try with the last play of the game. Well done to both the girls and boys who put on great displays and showed what potential they have for the season ahead.
We ended the week with a fantastic performance from 'Bin It!' - a nationwide stage tour highlighting the importance of disposing of litter and gum into bins. The performance was high energy and funny but the message was simple: if we want our environment to be a place we enjoy we need to look after it. This was especially relevant for LECA. The stunning campus in which we sit has been litter free since we opened and the mantra inside the Academy has always been to respect the environment we teach and learn in. The students have responded brilliantly to this so far and long may that continue. It serves to show that they are proud of their school and intend to keep it the positive place we have created.
Last year, Year 7 worked with Richard Gibson from 'Clay Dayz' and Mrs Way on a clay mural project. Over a period of few weeks, every student created a personalised clay book or scroll with the intention that they will be wall-mounted and turned into a mural using the theme of our logo, the tree. This weekend the project came to a conclusion and Richard installed the mural in the main corridor near the entrance to Main Hall. Some of Richard's amazing work in schools can be seen here. It was a pleasure working with him and fantastic to create something unique that celebrates the work of the first ever cohort at LECA. Thank you to Mrs Way for organising the workshops and installation. We can't wait to show it off.
This week we will finish the week with a concert organised by 'The Message Trust'. It is part of the 'Higher' tour and the group has worked in schools, prisons and communities for more than 25 years. Thanks to Rev Howard Robson for putting them in touch with us and we're looking forward to gig on Friday afternoon. Pop-Up Church, run by Rev Robson and his team, has been a really popular part of the LECA pastoral offer since we opened and this is another example of what communities can do when they work together.
Lastly this week we are gearing up to open the doors once again for our Year 6 Open Evening. Last year we welcomed over 300 people through the doors and we hope to do the same this year. We know how important your choice of secondary school is and we believe very strongly that LECA offers something unique: personalised curriculums for those who need it, a range of support programmes and intervention, a state-of-the-art building with great facilities and the privileged position of sharing a campus with Highfield Littleport Academy (SEN), Littleport Leisure and Stepping Stones (EY). Over the past twelve months we have created strong partnerships with all of our campus neighbours and we firmly believe that what we can offer our students, and the community as whole, is second to none. We will be open between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 4th October and there will also be a short presentation in Main Hall at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Head of School, LECA