Transition

 

St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy has very strong links with each of our feeder Primary Schools in the Newman Catholic Collegiate. A range of cross-phase activities and projects take place throughout the Academic Year for both students and staff, details of these can be found in this section. 

All 210 students beginning their studies at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in September 2019 were invited to an intensive 7 week Transition Programme during June and July of 2019. During this time students were introduced to Catholic Life and were taught a range of subjects including Mathematics, English and Science. Students also had the opportunity to study subjects that they had not previously studied before, for example, Food and Design Technology. One student said that the highlight of the transition for him, was making a volcano erupt during a Science Practical in one of our 7 Laboratories. All students were also invited to a Friendship Day where they spent the morning with their form tutors and the rest of their form group, getting involved in teamwork activities.

During the first week of the summer holidays students were invited to the St Margaret Ward Summer School. Activities included Engineering with KMF, Cook & Eat sessions with Nutribox and the History of Gaming where students could play on a range of over 25 games consoles dating back from 1980. Students were also given the chance to go cycling at Manifold Valley and Fishing at Blakehall Fisheries, where fully qualified instructors carefully guided students on the correct technique. Free lunches were very kindly provided by The Hubb for all students.

Mathematics and English teachers from St Margaret Ward and each of our feeder Primary Schools have been involved in Cross Phase Observations. These are ongoing and involve Primary teachers observing Secondary lessons and vice versa. Teachers have commented on how valuable this has been on giving them an insight into life in a Primary/Secondary school and most importantly, sharing of pedagogy. The observations are taking place alongside termly cross phase moderation in all core subjects.

On Wednesday 13th November over 80 Year 4 students from each of our feeder primary schools visited SMWCA to battle it out to become the quickest Times Tables Rockstar.
There with 2 rounds followed by 30 students making it through to the final round.
Well done to the top 10 students who have made it through to the Grand Final which will take place next year!
We had 60 fantastic primary students – varying in age in school for a team building event.   
Students took part and completed various team building and problem solving activities, where they had to show great team work, communication, problem solving and resilience. Some students were pushed out of their comfort zone working with students they didn’t know from other feeder primary schools.
Students showed great determination and motivation throughout the night and represented themselves in a positive light.
It was a huge success and students had a fantastic time!

On Thursday 21st November, over 60 Year 6 students visited St Margaret Ward for their first Mathematics Challenge Session.

Students worked in pairs to complete an investigation about Consecutive Chains and then worked in teams of four to battle it out to score the most points in a Fractions exam relay.

Feedback from the session was really positive; students described it as “Exciting, Thought Provoking and Interesting.”

Well done Year 6! We look forward to seeing you for Challenge Session 2 in January.

The Dance department have been busy welcoming Y5 & 6 dancers who have been taking part in dance workshops every Tuesday.  The workshop involves creating a dance piece to for their 020 Dance performance at the Regent Theatre on January 27th 2020.
Mrs Page has had the help of the Y9, 10 and 11 Dance leaders who are working very hard towards their level 1 dance leaders qualification. 
The Y5 & 6’s are creating a piece based on the theme of 1920’s.  We have decided to look at the aftermath of WW1 and the way society rebuilt itself coping with the return and loss of friends and family. Students have been learning contemporary dance, contact work and how to use props to create their phrases and have enjoyed every minute! We can’t wait to see the students perform in January – tickets can be purchased from The Regent Theatre on the night of the performance.
We have recently hosted 50+ fantastic boys and girls from our collegiate primary schools. Throughout the evening students engaged within different basketball drills, then later applied their basketball skills and knowledge into a mini tournament. 
All students involved were fantastic and showed outstanding knowledge and understanding of the rules whilst working together displaying fantastic team work skills and resilience throughout the games. 
We look forward to welcoming the students back later in the year to compete in another Basketball tournament!

Science teachers from St Margaret Ward have been delivering practical Science  sessions in our feeder Primary schools to Year 4 and 5 students. The photos below show Mr Delves demonstrating a dissection!

During the first week of December, all children in Year 3 from the Newman Catholic Collegiate were invited to St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy for our Christmas Extravaganza.

The children and their teachers were greeted by our elves who escorted them to our Christmas Production, which was produced by our Year 9 Performing Arts group. All children then had the opportunity to meet Santa, to find their name in the Naughty or Nice Book and to get a present! The feedback from the week has been overwhelming positive, children reported that it was “The Best Day Ever” and that “The Elves were Amazing”.

Santa and his elves have now returned to the North Pole to get the presents ready for all of the other boys and girls. Thank you to everybody who supported throughout the week and we can’t wait to do it all again next year


Over the Autumn term, all students from Years 4 and 5 from our feeder Primary Schools have been invited to St Margaret Ward for an Alice in Wonderland themed session in our Library. The sessions have involved poetry recital from The Jabberwocky and students have created their own pictures of the Jabberwock and the Tum Tum Tree. Students were then treated to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party while they presented their work. Thank you to Mrs Heath and Miss Barnett for delivering the sessions.

During the Christmas holidays, St Margaret Ward hosted a Christmas Activity day for children from our feeder primary schools and children currently in Years 7 and 8. The day involved garland making, Christmas card making and the children even produced their own Christmas performance. We then had a full Christmas lunch cooked by our brilliant kitchen staff and then children were treated to a Christmas gift. Many thanks to The Hubb Foundation and the staff at Synectics Solutions for their generous donations of gifts.

On Thursday 12th February over 60 Year 5 students competed to become the quickest Times Table Rockstar. Students battled through 2 rounds to make it through to the Final Round. A special well done to St John The Evangelist Academy who had 3 students in the top 5! All students were fantastic and we were blown away by their re-call of Times Tables. 

Spelling is a vital life skill which we constantly strive to improve at St Margaret Ward.  We recently extended our promotion of spelling by holding a Spelling Bee for members of Year 5 from across the Collegiate.  The pupils were well and truly put through their spelling paces, having to spell some very tricky words from memory without the aid of pens or paper.  We were astounded by the level at which the pupils performed and were delighted to see such enthusiasm and skill.  We are hoping to make this a regular event with even more challenging spellings!

On Friday 21st February over 70 students from The Newman Catholic Collegiate attended a transition day, funded by The Hubb Foundation. Activities included pizza making, Engineering with KMF, Multi Sports with the Port Vale Foundation, puppet making, arts & crafts and Harry Potter Maths. Students had a brilliant time and we look forward to welcoming them back during the Easter holidays.