On Wednesday 29th January Thornaby Academy welcomed visitors from Teesside University and local businesses to create an ‘Apprentice’ style event with gifted, able and talented students. The students attended a branding workshop led by Teesside University staff in the morning and were then put into mixed year group teams to create a brand for the gifted, able and talented programme at Thornaby Academy.
A judging panel made up of a team of experts viewed all ideas and presentations at the end of the academy day alongside parents/carers and academy staff. Students did an excellent job of pitching their ideas and explaining the journey from initial idea to final brand. The judging panel found it incredibly difficult to choose a winner as all ideas had been impressive, however they did chose ‘A* Stars’ as winners. The winning team included Jake Campbell, Emily Barlow, Paige Marshall and Jake Porter. This group have worked with Mr Manning to digitally produce their logo and they won a trophy and a trip to the Cinema.
I am delighted to inform you that catering at the Academy will no longer be run by the external catering company Taylor Shaw and has been brought in-house. The Academy are very excited about the change this can bring to our facilities, with this in mind could you please ensure that if you pay by cheque they are now made payable to ‘Thornaby Academy’.
I would also like to take this chance to remind you that the first day back of term is Tuesday 7th January 2014.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
During Global Entrepreneurship Week Yr11 students undertook a Social Enterprise challenge, in collaboration with Stockton Riverside College. Working in groups they developed an idea for a Christmas product/event, which would benefit the community. They devised a business plan, which they presented to the rest of their year. All students voted for the team whose Business Plan had the highest chance of success and was considered the ‘best’ product to sell at a Christmas market.
The winning team, which consisted on Carl Brunskill, Daniel Hobson, Calum Thomas, Jack Dyer and Jordan Hill were awarded a budget of £100, courtesy of Stockton Riverside College to take their idea to market.
The group successfully produced, package, priced and promoted their Christmas Truffles, competing on Wednesday 11th December against other college stalls at the Stockton Riverside College Christmas Market. Well done boys!!
The first purchase of the day made by the Deputy Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman.
Can anyone spot the joker amongst the Business GCSE class?
The Business GCSE class undertook an award winning experience (Group Travel Awards 2012) at York’s Chocolate Story on 3rd December 2013.
Students learned about the famous family owned businesses of Tuke, Craven, Rowntree and Terry who were responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of chocolate and confectionary worldwide.
Students unwrapped the stories behind brands such as Kit KAT, Smarties, All Gold and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which was relevant to recent learning within the classroom, including the Marketing Mix Unit and Entrepreneurial Unit of their GCSE curriculum.
In addition students learned how to taste chocolate like a professional, watch the Chocolatiers at work in a captivating chocolate making demonstration and undertake a Chocolate Lollipop workshop.
Gurpreet and Kelsey at Eversheds Law Firm, Newcastle
On Tuesday 26th of November two Thornaby Academy students embarked on a journey to a prestigious North East event, Life as a Lawyer. This event was based at the national law firm Eversheds. Students learned about the different routes into the legal profession, listened to first hand experiences of life as a lawyer, undertook negotiation exercises within teams and had the opportunity to network with some of the leading professionals within law.
Zeena, Trainee Solicitor whom organised the event commented upon the student’s “confidence in the negotiation exercises.” This was heightened by the fact our students were the youngest attendees, amongst Sixth Form students and First Year Undergraduates.
Well done Gurpreet and Kelsey!!
STOCKTON Sixth Form College has launched two innovative post-16 courses which will allow students to start their studies in January for the first time.
The move, the first of its kind from an English sixth form college, comes in response to the government’s commitment to raising the age of participation, which will see students having to remain in education or work-based training until the age of 17, rising to the age of 18 from 2015.
The two new college courses will enable students who have disengaged from their current course or training, or dropped out altogether, to enrol for an intensive six month course, running from January to June.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is about growing enterprise ambition and ensuring those with ideas know where to get the support they need to make them a reality. Although not everyone will become an entrepreneur and run their own business it is important to realise that everyone has enterprise skills. These skills can be continuously developed and are vital to succeeding in education and in work.
At Thornaby Academy enterprise is an important element of our specialism, which students are encouraged to utilise and develop on a daily basis whether in lessons, enrichments or Academy events such as TA’s Field Day.
This week we’ve had a range of enterprise activities taking place within the Academy including;
- Motivational Guest Speaker Miles Keith, Business Development Consultant at Miles Keith Consultancy and Enterprise Consultant 5 Lamps
- Year 11 Social Enterprise Challenge in association with FE Pioneers, Stockton Riverside College . The winning group will receive £100 to take their idea to market.
- Year 9 Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market Challenge in association with Stockton Borough Council. The winning group will receive £50 to take their idea to market.
- BusinessGCSE students host an Italian Themed Event, in collaboration with Little Sprouts Catering and Stockton Borough Council. All monies raised will be donated to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
- Enterprise Competition the re- branding and re-design of promotional materials for a storytelling business with a cash prize of £10.
Students sampling the authentic Italian food
Preparing for the event at Little Sprouts Catering
Students at the academy spent today voting for their Hub Representatives. This week potential candidates have been campaigning for votes. The election was completed in a similar way to general elections to give students an insight into government and politics. Announcements will be made via the academy website and apple TV on Monday 21st October.
To view photos and more information click the link below.
The Thornaby Academy after school enrichment brochure is now online.
You can find it here.
Last updated 13/01/2014
For all those who haven’t seen the recent news articles in the Evening Gazette, Darlington & Stockton Times or Northern Echo here are the links -
Evening Gazette – Thornaby Academy opens doors following £5.5m transformation
Darlington & Stockton Times – Academy wins national social media title
The Northern Echo – £5.5m Academy make-over is “awesome”, according to students