A Family Reading at Home course is available for parents/carers of Year 7 and Year 6 students. The course will run over 4 weeks every Tuesday starting on 11 June until 2 July from 4.15-5.15pm. The course will take place in the Manor Training and Resource Centre and is completely free of charge.
The aim of the course is to encourage more reading at home and provide lots of useful tips and techniques to support parents/carers. There will be plenty of time for discussions and sharing experiences. The course will be led by Nottinghamshire Literacy Volunteers. Click on the brochure for details and the booking form.
Further details and to book a place contact from the Community Leader - Miss Paterson - 01623 425100 ext 648 or email@example.com
In April Year 9 students were able to visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach for a GCSE Maths enrichment activity. The trip ran over two days - the 22nd and 24th April 2013 with students being allocated a particular day.
On both days the coach left school at the unearthly hour of 6.30am arriving in Blackpool for a 10am seminar at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Education Centre. The students were given a brief history of the Pleasure Beach and how the rides had evolved over time. They were given various statistics about roller coasters, specifically the Pepsi Max Big One which at the time it was constructed was the highest and fastest roller coaster in Europe standing at 235 feet tall! They looked at the design of the structure, the time line of construction, budgets and costings.
Following the seminar they took part in the Academy Challenge where they worked in groups to design a roller coaster taking into account the information they had been given earlier. The groups managed to come up with some very innovative and interesting designs! They also calculated the Potential Energy and the Kinetic Energy of the Pepsi Max Big One using figures they had been given in the seminar previously.
After this interactive session the students were given wristbands for the Pleasure Beach and were free to enjoy the rides they had been learning about. Due to high wind speeds the Pepsi Max ride was closed for part of the day, on both days, illustrating one of the points made in the seminar about the effect of external factors on the rides. They were also given a worksheet to complete containing mathematical questions about the rides, with prizes up for grabs!
As an added extra on Wednesday 24th April a new ride was opened at Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Wallace and Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic. It was opened by the animator Nick Park and some students were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nick and Wallace and Gromit. Manor Academy students also had the pleasure of being some of the first people to enjoy the new ride, including the students who went on Monday 22nd April when the ride was open for testing.
After a very busy and fun packed day the students returned to Manor arriving home around 8.15pm.
The Business VC groups went to Alton Towers at 8am on Wednesday 27 March. Although the weather was very cold, with snow flurries and a threat of closing some rides due to safety the students had a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Students had 3 hours to sample rides and have lunch and refreshments before attending the Education centre on the success of Alton Towers and the strategies used to remain competitive, which deepened the students business knowledge. The day ended with a refreshment stop and back on the coach arriving back to The Manor Academy at 5pm. The students were exemplary and reflected the best of the Manor Academy.
The annual UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge was held on Thursday 7th February 2013.
This is a national Mathematics competition run by the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds and is comprised of multiple choice questions aimed at testing the reasoning and mental agility of higher ability students. An added twist means that marks are deducted for incorrect answers.
Fifty-six Year 9 & 10 students took part and performed well. Emma Govan and Georgia Lindsey gained Silver Awards and Emma was also awarded 'Best in School'. In addition Emma's score was enough to take her through to the next round of the competition - the Grey Kangaroo round - where she achieved a very respectable 53 marks.
Matheu Akrivos, Amber Payne, Jake Allwood and Emily Shelton all received Bronze Awards.
Congratulations to all the students who took part.
On 26th March four of our gifted and talented mathematicians from Years 8 and 9 took part in their first Team Maths Challenge competition. Schools from across the Midlands were at Swanwick Hall School to take part and hopefully win a place in the grand final in London. The competition involved several rounds comprising of various types of mathematical problems. In the first round they all worked as a group to answer 10 questions in 45 minutes. This was followed by a round where they were split into pairs and asked to solve a cross number. Each pair was given one set of clues, either across or down, and could only communicate via the supervising teacher. After lunch two more rounds were completed: a mini-relay task and a very energetic final round. Once again for the mini-relay race students were in pairs and each of their answers were subsequently used in the other pairs' questions, so they were reliant on each pair getting the correct answer each time! The final round saw pupils taking part in a relay race and involved not only maths but some PE too as pupils had to dash about to get answers checked and then take the new question to their other pair.
Once this final round had been completed we had the agonising wait for the results. We knew we were up against some tough competition with schools such as Nottingham High School and St Mary's Catholic High School taking part. The eventual winners were John Taylor High School from Burton-upon-Trent. Although we did not win, Brady Carr, Emily Shelton, Joe Marriott and Lilly Nash were stupendous and thoroughly enjoyed the day and the current Year 8 pupils said they can't wait to take part next year!
At 6am on Sunday 17th March, a group of 50 Year 10 students and accompanying staff departed for a 4-day Mathematics trip to Disneyland Paris travelling by coach and Eurotunnel. The party arrived at the Kyriad Hotel in Disneyland resort around 5.30pm.
After an evening meal in the hotel, the party visited Disney Village where they had time to look around the shops and cafes.
On the Monday students (and staff!) spent free time in Disneyland Theme Park enjoying the rides. The students were also collecting data for use in their assignment. The park closed at 8pm with the 20th Anniversary Celebration; a spectacular laser and firework display. The students then went into Disney Village for their evening meal before finally returning to the hotel after a very long but enjoyable day.
Tuesday was spent in the Disney Studios Theme Park, enjoying yet more rides and collecting more information for their assignments. The park closed at 6pm and the party returned to the hotel for their evening meal. After eating, some students (and staff) chose to go back into Disney Village for yet more shopping, the remainder choosing to pack and have an early night instead in anticipation of the early morning ahead.
After an early breakfast on Wednesday morning the party departed the hotel at 8.30am and were able to take advantage of an earlier tunnel crossing than planned. This enabled the party to arrive back at school around 6.30pm giving the students plenty of time to catch up on their beauty sleep before school the following morning!
Throughout the trip the students were impeccably behaved and were great ambassadors for The Manor Academy.
The assignments were completed upon their return with prizes awarded to the group with the best assignment. The winning team members were Imogen Wright, Aimiee Boulton and Dionn Wood.
On the 14th March, students studying Biology in the sixth form joined Biology GCSE students to visit two Museums in London. Students visited the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum with the aim of broadening their Science general knowledge and experiencing the awe and wonder of Science in the capital's museums.
At the Natural history museum, students marvelled at the collections present in the 200 year old Museum, including a full size Diplodocus and Blue Whale. Soaking up the Darwinian atmosphere whilst admiring his origional galapagos finches.
In the Science museum students took in some engineering marvels from a bygone age of British innovation including Stephensons Rocket, the first Jet engine and the Apollo 10 command module.
On Thursday 21st March, Year Seven presented the work they have been doing in their British National Identity Rich Task. Students were split into teams and given roles such as Marketing Manager and Design Consultant, they were tasked with producing a museum room, showcasing British National Identity. Students produced a massive variety of museum pieces including: Ancient British culinary delights, PowerPoint presentations about British history and scaled models of famous British landmarks. Students were responsible for showcasing their museum room to thirty members of staff, who graded their work. At the end of the event we gathered together for a year group photograph, showing what a united team we are.
The most successful team, as judged by our staff, were "Daza" which contained the following students:
Alex Fielding, Amy Snowdon, Sam Bartram, Daniel Shaw
Students who received awards for individual achievement on the day were:
Natasha De La Mare.- Outstanding creative content
Zofia Kaczmar- Most detailed model design
Katelin Trolley- Most innovative museum piece
Congratulations to all of Year Seven for completing their first Rich Task so successfully, we look forward to the showcase event which will be the pinnacle of our second Rich Task, The Built Environment in eight weeks time.
MANSFIELD PARK RUN
Mansfield Park Run is a free timed 5 km run that takes place every Saturday at 9.00 am on the Manor Park. Everybody is welcome whether you are a club runner, recreational runner or new to running. Go at your own pace whether that is walking or running - whatever suits your ability. Mansfield Park Run is open for adults and young people you can even bring your dog if it is on a lead!
Before you take part:
• Register for Free at www.parkrun.org.uk
• Print out your barcode
• Turn up, run and have fun!
For further details contact the Community Leader - Cats Paterson - 01623 425100 ext.648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Directory of Advice Guidance and Support for Parents Families and Carers in Mansfield Woodhouse
The Directory of Advice Guidance and Support for Parents Families and Carers has been updated and is now available as an electronic version.
The Directory contains contacts for organisations and agencies that can provide support, telephone helplines and valuable information and advice. Information is divided by category into three sections comprising local Mansfield Woodhouse contacts, Nottinghamshire contacts and national contacts.
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ADULT LEARNING COURSES - SUMMER TERM 2013
The Manor Academy Summer term programme of adult learning includes five courses:
• Managing Spreedsheets & Databases
• Paediatric First Aid
• Holiday Spanish
• Safeguarding Child Protection
Click on the brochure for more details and how to apply to take part in any of the courses.
For further details and course information contact the Community Leader on 01623 425100 Ext. 648 or email email@example.com
Tel : 01623 425100 Fax : 01623 425101
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org