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Message from Mr Salter, Principal

posted 20 Jul 2014, 22:44 by Web Admin

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

Last week at the Academy was an extremely busy one for us and, far from winding down for the summer break, we were certainly all systems go!

On Monday 14 July 2014 we hosted a Year 5 parent / carer evening. I very much enjoyed welcoming well over one hundred and fifty potential parents / carers who, after my address, were then given the chance to tour the Academy new build. Many of my colleagues, along with our fantastic prefects, were on hand to conduct the tours and to answer questions. I had the opportunity to take a few parents around myself and we had a chance to discuss many aspects of education at the Academy and our aspirations for making things even better over the coming years. Without exception, parents / carers were so impressed with the new building and many said that they wished that they had their time over again in such a building with such wonderful resources. 

On Tuesday 15 July 2014 the Academy put on an examination BTEC performance for friends and family led by Mr Stone and his team. This showcase, entitled 'Back in Time', was a scintillating performance by our talented youngsters who recreated our favourite musical spectaculars with style and panache. Well done to our wonderful Performing Arts students.

On Wednesday 16 July 2014 we held our annual Sports Presentation Evening in our main hall with guest speaker Sam Breary, Internationally successful sailor. The evening was a fantastic celebration of sporting talent at Felixstowe Academy with prizes and awards being presented to a full range of our students from those making excellent progress and contributions during core PE lessons through to those students who are already performing in the national and international arena of sporting success. What a fantastically inspiring evening it was.

    
On Thursday 17 July 2014 the opportunities for celebrating our students' success just went from strength to strength. The annual summer concert was a feast of talent from individual performances, through duets and trios to larger scale ensemble and full orchestra pieces. The diversity of the pieces within the programme was impressive, something for everyone! To top off this evening we once again celebrated the impressive talent of our students when certificates were presented to those who had made significant contributions to music over a number of years and the final presentations of the evening were for the Marion Warby Award for Musical Excellence. This year the winners were: Elizabeth Carpenter and Ben Winton. 

 

On Friday 18 July 2014 the Academy became the centre of attention when the Mayor of Felixstowe, Councillor Graham Newman, held his official reception in the Atrium. A multitude of guests were invited from the region and from our twin town and all had the opportunity to take a tour of our new building. The evening was a resounding success and showed how versatile our new building actually is, meeting its design brief, namely to be a venue for the community. So many visitors left us on Friday with a positive opinion of what we have achieved and suitably impressed with the educational opportunity now available for the young people of Felixstowe.

It's not all over yet!

On Friday, the first of our continental visits took off on their long, twenty-five hour coach journey to Barcelona, part of our newly introduced FXAspire week, designed to finish off this academic year with a flourish and an opportunity to re-kindle some of what we used to offer students some two or three years ago. FXAspire has been a long time in the planning and has involved so much behind-the-scenes hard work from staff leading these activities and from a small group of our totally dedicated admin support team. So many thanks must go to Mrs Cobain, Mrs Millan and Mrs Hopkins - well done ladies and thank you!

Early on Sunday 20 July 2014 we waved goodbye to another continental trip, this time to Paris! Some lucky students are going to be having a great time and educational experience as they go in exploration of learning outside the classroom, to experience different cultures and to develop their language skills first hand. 

I am writing this article on Sunday 20 July, in the afternoon, and am reflecting upon the week to come. So many more FXAspire activities begin early tomorrow morning with students and staff coming together to do so many different things over the next three days from fishing to camping, from Golf to Stained Glass making, from media to football - all with an emphasis upon learning new skills beyond the conventional timetabled classroom experience.

...and finally...

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and safe summer break and also to thank so many of you for your support this year, a year of great challenge for all of us, students, staff and parents / carers. I will be taking a break for ten days in France, along with my wife and with my Jack Russell, before returning for the A Level results on Thursday 14 August 2014 and GCSE results on Thursday 21 August 2014.

We have come a long way since September 2011 when we became Felixstowe Academy. So many challenges have been met, our resilience has been incredible and we are now in a very strong place from which to start the next part of our journey.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to the Academy after the summer break when all students begin on Monday 8 September 2014. Please keep your eye on the Academy website for details of the first day arrangements along with any other key messages.

Mr A Salter  -  Principal

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