We have put the Textile room to good use as Mrs Moffat, Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Newman have successfully made 10 sets of scrubs for Colchester General Hospital (social distancing taken into consideration). It has been an amazing experience, cutting and sewing as we think of the utter selflessness of the NHS on the
frontline. We know it is only a drop in the ocean, but doing our bit to support the amazing workers from our local community is really important to us.
Barely six months after opening, we have picked up our first piece of silverware for sporting success.
Paxman Academy’s girls’ football team were crowned Colchester District Year 7 football champions. After a run of superb performances over a number of weeks at the tournament held at St Helena school, the team picked up the first trophy of hopefully many to sit in the school’s trophy cabinet. The girls played nine matches, winning seven and drawing two, and conceded just one goal against some excellent competition from local schools.
Well done to Keisha, Tillie, Zara, Kiya, Ebboni, Jasmine, Darcy and Ruby Mae – we are all very proud of you.
On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day with various activities around the school, designed to promote a love of books and reading. The day started with a special assembly led by Miss Rogers. Every lesson featured an extract from a book relating to the subject matter, and the maths department arranged a fun treasure hunt.
In addition, members of the Student Council worked with Catering Manager Ms Tinworth to produce a literacy themed menu in our Food Plant. Treats included Wormy Spaghetti Bolognaise, Beef Ratburgers, Willy Wonker Flapjacks, Queen of Hearts Shortbread and Harry Potter ‘Butterbeer’ – which proved to be very popular! Student Council members Sophie and Jane even designed little ‘Drink Me’ labels to hang around bottlenecks of soft drinks, and produced various other decorations and artwork.
We hope you will continue to work with us to promote regular reading at home – as well as expanding students’ knowledge and imagination, reading for just 20 minutes per day exposes a child to 1.8 million words per year, widening their vocabulary and hugely benefiting spelling too.
Two industrious Paxman Academy students, Tillie and Lily, have been petitioning for zebra crossings on Walnut Tree Way and Paxman Avenue for the past few weeks. Here is their journey so far…
“We have over 900 signatures but need many more! We started the petition on 13th February 2020 and since then we have put in a lot of hard work. We began raising awareness by sharing the link to the petition with friends and family. Then during the February half term, we produced leaflets, brochures, cards and posters, which we distributed in Shrub End. We also made a short film aiming to raise awareness amongst our school – this is now broadcast on the information screen in school.
A major development was meeting our local MP, Will Quince – he gave us lots of advice for the petition going forward. He recommended that we speak to some of our local councillors, so we did just that when they came to our school for the Enrichment Day on 3rd March.
Finally, we had a meeting with our Headteacher Mrs Moffat to discuss our progress. Mrs Moffat has provided space on the noticeboard in our main school reception, to advertise our petition and the work we have achieved so far. On average we receive 46 signatures a day but our target is to gain at least 12,000 signatures by the end of January 2021 so if you haven’t already, please sign our petition!”
Tillie and Lily
We had an enrichment day which celebrated our British values and our rich engineering heritage. The five British values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and cultures. The day started with an assembly exploring how these values are reflected within our school community and the wider international community.
Students experienced five different workshops throughout the day, featuring a variety of guest speakers. Diana Reid, Tribunal Judge from the County Court, delivered a thought-provoking session on the rule of law. Our local youth worker, Joe Robbins, led an inspiring lesson relating to respect and tolerance that even featured potatoes! Local councillors Sam McCarthy and Lyn Barton delivered an exciting session on local and national democracy and the power of positive change and Paxman Academy teachers Mr Suen and Mr Allflatt looked at the history of Britain and how the five British values have shaped the country over time.
Students enjoyed working in groups on a civil engineering challenge where they made bridge structures to solve a real life problem relating to flooding. This session was supported by Duncan, Jasmine and Ben from Ingleton Wood, a local construction company. They assisted the students and awarded prizes to the best performing teams.
The day provided an excellent opportunity for reflection, whilst also instilling aspiration for future careers. All guest speakers were very complimentary about Paxman Academy students and look forward to working with them again in the future.
One of our students, Jasmine, recently had the honour of meeting royalty when Princess Anne visited Colchester’s 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.
The princess, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the corps, arrived by helicopter and spent around two hours in Colchester, talking to soldiers and presenting medals for long service and good conduct, as well as bravery.
Jasmine’s father serves in the corps, and was one of a number of selected personnel invited to attend the special event with his family. Princess Anne spent time talking to everybody at the Officers’ Mess, and was very interested to hear about Jasmine’s education at Paxman Academy, even commenting on how smart her school uniform was!
“I was so excited to attend this once in a lifetime event!” enthused Jasmine, pictured here with her younger sister. “I even got to shake hands with Princess Anne and we had a formal conversation… I’m so happy I got to experience it all.”
Colchester General Hospital’s post-natal ward had a very special delivery thanks to Paxman Academy student Emily and her brother. When they discovered that the midwives on shift on Christmas Day were not receiving a Christmas dinner, the duo decided to deliver some Christmas cheer themselves, preparing and cooking a full roast dinner which they presented to the ward on Christmas Day, along with gifts and cards.
“We wanted to say thank you to the staff for being away from their families on Christmas Day and keeping the NHS going,” explained Emily. “We spent around two hours talking to staff and the new mums, and even got to see the first Christmas baby born!”
Emily’s mum, who works at the hospital, added that staff were moved to tears by their kindness and appreciation, and that it may become part of the family’s Christmas tradition as the children want to do it every year.
The entire school community came together to enjoy a celebratory extended Christmas lunch. Students were seated together in form groups, with the festivities spilling out into the neighbouring Auditorium and Art Room to accommodate everybody. Over 150 students purchased a delicious traditional dinner, served to them by the Senior Leadership Team.
Our superb catering team did a wonderful job preparing an outstanding Christmas meal on such a large scale, and we hope the students enjoyed the occasion as much as the staff did.
We have been supporting Colchester Foodbank in several different ways this term and I am immensely proud of all of our students’ efforts. All students have made brochures during Computer Science lessons, designed to raise awareness for the charity, while our Celebration Disco raised £253. Tuesday’s Christmas Jumper Day led to an incredible 127kg of food being donated by students and staff.
Several students visited Colchester Foodbank on Wednesday morning, along with Miss Smith and myself, to learn about the work they do and how many families they are supporting in our local area. We also delivered the monies raised from the Christmas Jumper Day, which was very gratefully received.
30 students took part in Paxman Academy’s first ever Christmas Concert. Guests arrived early for mince pies and mulled wine before the service commenced. The show consisted of a dance group, a sign language performance, a reading, and our choir singing traditional carols. Students put on an incredible performance and the audience were all extremely complimentary. It was a brilliant evening and a very good time was had by all.
We look forward to welcoming you all to future Paxman Academy performances.
We were delighted to host our first ever Book Fair to tie in with a successful Meet The Tutor evening. Many pupils, parents and even
staff committed to purchasing books to continue their love of reading. There was a vast array of books at excellent prices, with the added bonus of the school being able to invest in more library books as a result of strong sales. We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting another Book Fair later in the academic year, alongside Parents’ Evening.
We were delighted to host our very first joint enrichment/STEM day this month. Students learnt valuable skills and information on a range of topics, including E-safety, knife crime and even CPR.
Students also participated in an exciting STEM challenge. The challenge was linked to space as it is 50 years since the moon landing. Pupils learnt about the moon landing, the technology and science involved in this and in particular, how the astronauts were returned from space to Earth. Pupils were placed in groups of four with each team member assigned a role of either a Project Manager, Data Analyst, Performance Engineer or Material Engineer. Pupils worked closely in teams to design and construct a lunar module that could fall through the air and land safely in water or on land. Eggs were used as the ‘passengers’. This was another successful event with many students keen to pursue interests in engineering in the future.
Thank you to all students and families who supported our recent Junior Park Run Takeover. Of the 182 runners on the day, approximately 40 were Paxman students – an amazing turnout. Well done to everyone who participated in this event!
Paxman Academy were delighted to welcome former Tottenham Hotspur captain and England International Ledley King. Ledley worked hard throughout his school years to reach the very top of his profession. Students asked him a series of questions in assembly and he spoke about the importance of being resilient, working hard, avoiding peer pressure and making good decisions — something I hope all of our students take on board even if they have no interest in football. Ledley then took the time to see some of our young footballers in action and pose for a team photo.