This week sees the launch of a brand new learning platform for LECA, SAM Learning. SAM Learning currently carries over 100,000 tasks for students ranging from revision, tests, essay writing, spelling and many more, all organised by subject, topic and even exam board. Students have their own logins and will be given the opportunity to login and explore SAM during IT lessons. They can compete against other students or stay invisible, and even create their own avatar and upgrade it as they score more points on tasks. So far, more than half the students have logged in and the average amount of time spent on it is 3 hours - a fantasttic start showing just how good it is. If you're a parent, please encourage your child to login to SAM regularly to revise topics and test their knowledge. It's a brilliant addition to the LECA portfolio and we hope you like it. All feedback is welcome as always.
This week Year 8 were busy with a trip to The Globe on Tuesday, Employability workshops on Wednesday and Thursday and the Law team working on their competition case all day on Thursday too. The Globe is special place and from all accounts the performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' was pretty special too. The team at the Globe always put on a great show and this performance was specially adapted for schools. Thank you to Mrs Radcliffe who organised this and to all of the staff show supported on the day. Hopefully that trip will be an annual event from now on.
Judging by student feedback the employability workshops were also a great success. All schools are measured against career milestones called The Gatsby Benchmarks. These help us track what each year group learning about employment and careers and this is another example of such an activity. All careers-based activities count towards meeting the benchmarks including the careers fair at Neale Wade, The Big Bang and Space Centre trips (see below) and research into local businesses, which the students have been doing during PSHE lessons.
Year 7 were also busy this week with another joint venture involving Highfield Littleport Academy. Some selected students, chosen by Mr Hughes, were led by Lee Skillern (RAF) in a workshop lasting all day on Monday. Their mission: to design and build their own race car with the aim to win a race for the line against students from HLA taking place this coming Tuesday. It was great to see the students so engaged and enthusiastic about the project and we're really looking forward to seeing their final creations on Tuesday in the final face-off.
On the sports front it was a mixed bag for the Year 7 football teams with a win and a loss for the boys and girls respectively, against Witchford. The boys won 1-0 with some incredible saves from Corey and the winning goal coming from Person of the Match, Oliver. The girls lost 3-1 with Laura keeping her cool to slot home a penalty and Amie collecting Person of the Match.
Continuing the sporting theme and on the back of the hugely successful Ski Trip during half term, Mr Hughes held an information evening on Thursday evening to promote the 2020 trip. It was a packed house and we already have a great uptake for next year's trip so if you're a parent who couldn't come and would like more information, please do get in touch with Mr Hughes and we will get some information out to you.
This week is another packed week with two huge trips going out on Wednesday, involving nearly all of the students. The first is a repeat of last year's trip to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham for Year 7; the second is another first for LECA - a Year 8 trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Both should be a brilliant experience for the students and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Thank you to Mr Hughes and Mrs Digby for leading on the trips and to all the staff who are supporting.
On Thursday, we switch our attention to the Arts when we welcome the Brass Funkeys to the Academy. Brass Funkeys will be working with Year 7 in Houses all day and finishing the day with the concert for the whole school. This also feeds into the Arts Award qualification which Year 8 are working towards as they have to experience a live concert and write up a review of it. We can't wait to meet this brilliant group and if you want a sneak preview of what they're all about, please click here. Thank you to Mrs Davis for organising it.
Finally, next Saturday, the law group will pitting its wits against other schools in the regional heat of the Mock Magistrates Trial competition. Myself and Mr Jones will be picking the team up from LECA at 7am and travelling to Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court to defend and prosecute in two rounds of the competition. The team has worked extremely hard to build their cases and learn their lines so whatever the outcome we'll be really proud of each of them. If we win, we'll be in the final in London later in the year so I'm sure you'll join me in wishing them all the very best of luck.
Head of School, LECA