E-Newsletter – 17th December 2021

Friday 17th December 2021
Update from the Principal
Dear families, parents and carers,
The last 18 months in education have been far from perfect. This is why it has been lovely to have some degree of normality back in the Academy over the last few weeks. Even with the reintroduction of face coverings in communal areas, we have managed to get our students to have a number of really positive experiences.
Part of our academy pledge is to ensure students get a first class education. This means education both in and beyond the classroom. This is why it has been brilliant to see students attending extracurricular trips for the first time in over a year. From a visit to the WarHammer factory, to theatre and art trips, our students are starting get these experiences back. We have also relaunched our “Be Proud” programmes, and are strongly encouraging students to take part in activities before and after school. A full range of activities are available from the “Wizards and Muggles” club to the many sporting options, via the LGBTQ+ group and board games club. In addition to this we have a daily breakfast club (now giving breakfast to nearly 100 students every day), and the library and homework clubs. Over 40% of our students have taken part in these activities.
This week, we had our Christmas dinner. As someone new to Farnborough, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the sheer joy of seeing staff and students alike celebrating made it worthwhile. I can’t wait to do this again next year. 
As ever at the end of term, we say our goodbye to colleagues who will be moving to pastures new. On behalf of the Academy community, we would like to wish all the best to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Williams and Ms Lancaster. 
I’m going to be very honest. The last year and a half in education has been hard. 
I know that over the last few weeks I have members of staff who have come to school, even when they have felt under the weather (not covid!), when perhaps they might not otherwise have done so. This has been hard, but helped us make sure our school can run smoothly. Details of our staggered start to the new term have been sent previously and are on our academy website. If we have any changes to make in response to government announcements, I will make sure these are shared over the holidays.
Your support means the world to us. Only by working together can we make our academy succeed, and I am so grateful to the vast majority of parents and families who have supported and worked with the Academy as we navigate our safety rules.
I am very much looking forward to the Christmas break, and spending time with my family. If you’re celebrating Christmas, I hope that you have a wonderful time. I hope that everyone has a restful break, recharges and can come back ready for the new term.

Graeme Smith

Year 11 Mocks

The majority of Year 11 students really rose to the challenge of the mock exam fortnight in early November and I am incredibly proud of them. They applied themselves well, attended intervention and revision classes after school and revised through the October half term. The result of this effort and commitment to their studies were some excellent results. The year group have made lots of progress since their yr10 mocks and are in a good place ahead of the next round of practice exams in late Feb/early March. Students are deserving of a break over Christmas, but must continue to work and revise. There are final exams in BTEC Sport, Engineering and Business on returning in January and students must be preparing for these over the break. Mr Pickup, Head of Year 11.

Christmas Lunch

All of our students and staff celebrated together this week with a delicious turkey dinner made and served by our wonderful catering team. The tree was twinkling, the festive music was playing and the Christmas crackers were pulled! It was a joy to see so many happy faces. 

Reverse Advent

This year marks the second year of Farnborough Spencer Academy’s Reverse Advent. Instead of receiving something each day, the students and staff have added items to several boxes, filling them to the brim with non-perishable food, homemade Christmas cards and unused toys. The boxes have been donated to the local food bank to support families who need a little help and reason to smile in these difficult times.

Attendance Advent 

We have been giving away some great prizes as part of this years attendance advent! All students that had fantastic attendance and were not late to school had a chance to win prizes such as McDonald's or KFC for them and a friend, Uber Eats Vouchers, chocolates, Amazon vouchers, a mini scooter and even a £100 JD voucher on the last day of term! 

Open Evening 

We welcomed lots of families to our open evening this term. It was great to be able to meet everyone in person a be able to show off life at Farnborough Spencer Academy. Families participated in a range of engaging activities from cricket flour and mealworms, to the science show, computer games and even Lego! 

Head Student Team

This term we congratulated our Head Student team, who have been chosen following a rigorous selection and interview process! Well done to Angel O (Head Student), Morgan M (Head Student), Keira C L (Head Student), Ashlee B (Assistant Head Student) and Callum G (Assistant Head Student)

Extra-Curricular Activities

This term we have been able to reintroduce extra-curricular activities including lots of new clubs for our students to participate in. Students have really enjoyed attending a large range of activities such as Wizards and Muggles, Board Games, Robotic Lego, Warhammer and lots of sport and study clubs. 

Wizards and Muggles afterschool club created some great "howlers" in our Harry Potter themed after school club. Let's hope the recipients of them didn't get shouted at too much!

Ada Lovelace Day

Well done to Farnborough Spencer students who took part in an event for Ada Lovelace Day. They firstly participated in a Q&A session, asking scientists and STEM professionals a number of questions about how to get in STEM careers. The students were then asked to create a device that would make life easier, they chose to create a "Portable Printable Laptop". They presented their idea to a number of schools and professionals across Nottingham and received excellent feedback from other schools, STEM professionals and a top female scientist from UCL!

Careers Fayre

It was great to see so many parents, carers and students at our Careers Fayre earlier this term. Employers, colleges and universities attended such as the British Army, Department for Work and Pensions, Nottingham City Homes, Rushcliffe Spencer Academy, Nottingham College, Nottingham Trent University and many more attended to provide advice on life after Farnborough. If your child would like to discuss their future after they have completed their studies at Farnborough, please email Mr Tipping: s.tipping@thefarnboroughacademy.com. 

Lit in Colour 

Out of over 1600 applications, we were lucky enough to win 130 brand new books by authors of colour from Penguin Books and Lit in Colour. Alongside 100 books including fiction, poetry and autobiography, we also received 30 copies of Sathnam Sanghera’s book Empireland which will be used in our British Empire unit in history. 

Black History Month Competition 

We are proud of Lexia, Keira and Chloe Y7, Emma and Evie-Mae Y8 and TJ Y9 who have all been awarded a book by Ms Carter for winning our history competition for black history month. Well done!
Dates for Your Diary

Please click here to view our future term dates. 
  • 12th January - Year 10 Progress Evening
  • 3rd February - Year 9 Progress Evening
  • 23rd February - Year 7 Progress Evening
  • 3rd March - Year 8 Progress Evening

School Trips

Padley Gorge Photography Trip

Well done to the Year 11 GCSE Photography students who were a credit to the school on their trip to Padley Gorge on Monday. Their behaviour and attitudes to their tasks were second to none. Mrs Noon and Mrs Goddard really enjoyed working with our wonderful students.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Some of our year 7 students really enjoyed their theatre trip to see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Curve Theatre in Leicester this term. 

A Christmas Carol

A group of year 10 students got in to the Christmas spirit earlier this term and enjoyed the production of A Christmas Carol at Nottingham Playhouse. 


Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing Champions and CAMHS

With support from CAMHS, we had a stand in the hall at the start of this month's mock season to support our year 10 and 11 pupils with exam anxiety. The Wellbeing Champions stood with CAMHS and offered support and information to their peers. Great job Wellbeing Champions!

Hello Yellow

"Hello Yellow" was celebrated in our last week before half term where we supported the charity Young Minds and took time to talk about our general wellbeing by completing a wellbeing challenge. Pupils wore Hello Yellow badges and wrote some great advice on bunting for classrooms. Staff stepped up and dug deep in their wardrobes to wear something yellow too. Thank you to all that supported this worthy cause.

Anti-Bullying Week 15th - 19th November

The purpose of anti-bullying week is to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people. Staff and students participated in lots of activities throughout the week such as an assembly on the importance of kindness fuelling kindness and we reflected upon our own acts of kindness and how this might make others feel. We also took part in odd socks day and various other tutor activities. 

Did you know we have our very own anti-bullying ambassadors and a well-being box which is placed outside the PSZ? Students can post a confidential note to access help and support. 


Parents' Notices

Start of Term Arrangements

Please click here for a letter regarding the start of term arrangements for all students. 

Ski Trip

If your child is attending the 2022/23 Ski Trip, don't forget to join our parent facebook group here.

Parent Association

This term Mr Smith welcomed parents and carers to a coffee morning at the academy to discuss the set up of a Parent Association and other matters. We have had lots of interest already and will be meeting again in the new year. If you would like to join, please email Mrs McKain: a.mckain@thefarnboroughacademy.com. 

Social Media
Don't forget that you can follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with what's happening at the academy. Follow us here: 
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

The Farnborough Academy App 
Most parents and carers have now signed up for the Academy App, our communication tool which enables us to keep you up to date with important notices and news. You can also report an absence and communicate directly with your child's tutor and class teachers. You can download the app for
iOS here and Android here. You will need your enrolment code to sign in for the first time. If you have not received this, please email app@thefarnboroughacademy.com

Farnborough Spencer Academy 

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