Winter 2014 - Crofton Academy
ISSUES NUMBER 13 - NOVEMBER 2014
Butterworth scoring from a corner. They then faced
Airedale in the final who were also yet to concede a goal.
A massive congratulations to the Year 10 5 a-side football team
that endured the howling wind and freezing temperatures at
Minsthorpe Community College to become the Wakefield
Schools 5 a-side football champions, demonstrating great
character both on and off the pitch.
The final demonstrated fantastic football by both teams
with end to end action, and thanks to a man of the match
winning performance from Maison Jarrett the final score
was 0-0 heading into the penalty shootout. Both teams
scored all five of their first penalties taking it to sudden
death. On Airedales next penalty Maison made a sublime
diving save to his right giving Crofton the upper hand. Up
stepped captain Josh Powell who calmly slotted the ball
into the top corner past the keeper making Crofton
Academy the champions!
The team of Josh Powell (Captain), Ryan Butterworth, Saif
Zaman, Jacob Sharpe, Jake Mallinder, Sam Goring, Mateusz
Jaskola, Cliff Hakurotwi and Maison Jarrett, were drawn in the
toughest group in the tournament that contained reigning
champions Minsthorpe and last year’s runners up Kettlethorpe
The victory added another piece of silver wear to the trophy
cabinet for Crofton.
The team started off their group with an emphatic performance
against Minsthorpe which finished 2-0 to us. They then drew
their next two games and secured progression to the semi
finals with a 3-0 win over Wakefield City Academy, which meant
that Crofton finished the top of their group without conceding a
goal. Crofton won their semi-final 1-0 thanks to Ryan
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD
This has once again been a busy half term and I hope like us you non-uniform day, no doubt an array of festive jumpers will no
doubt make a reappearance!
are looking forward to the Festive Season.
Our Year 11s have just completed the first of their mock exams
which will have given them a taster of what is to come in the
months ahead. Their second session of mocks will start in
February but I hope they find sometime to relax over the holidays.
I would like to say congratulations to all our pupils who have
been involved in competitions this term, wether it’s been sport or
cooking, our young people continue to do us proud in the
community, the district and further afield!
We are currently in the middle of STEMfest week which is always I really hope you have a great Christmas wherever and
a great success with pupils being involved in Science, however you are spending it, and I wish you a very happy and
Technology, Engineering and Maths based workshops and peaceful 2015.
activities. It’s a great way to end the term.
On Tuesday we enjoyed our annual Carol Concert. A packed hall
joined in the festive fun lead by the Music and Drama Depart- Jez Horsley
ments. On Friday we will see pupils and staff end the term with a Headteacher
The Year 7 5 a side football team competed at Kettlethorpe a few
weeks back and managed to get through to the Wakefield
Schools finals. Unfortunately we didn't proceed smoothly in the
finals, but it was still a great achievement getting to that stage.
The pupils were Ethan Perry, Kyran Bayne, Jake Yates, Josh
Parrish, Yorck Newrick, Joel Healey and Alex Giles.
Nine students from Years 7 to 9 took part in the Rotary Young
Chef competition in November. Students had to prepare their
own two course menu of either a starter and a main course or
a main course and a dessert. They each had 1½ hours to cook
their courses for two people and present it, keeping within a
budget of £10.00.
The Year 7 football team has made a great start to secondary
school football by winning all three games they have played this
term. A few games have had to be rearranged until after
Christmas so hopefully we can carry on our winning streak!
The whole event was sponsored by Ackworth Rotary club and
two of it's members came to school to judge the students’
efforts along with Mrs Green and Miss Taylor-Redman. Two
students were chosen as the winners, Jessica Sharp and
Molly Fairhurst, both in Y8. The competition was fierce and all
students cooked amazing dishes, however Jessica's lemon
drizzle cake and Molly's short bread towers pipped the others
to the post. Molly and Jessica were presented with prizes of
their own baking sets by Paul Richardson of Ackworth Rotary
Club, also a judge on the day.
At the end of February half term we will arrange for all lost
property to be displayed in the Main School Hall. You are invited
to come in with your child on Friday 13 February between 3:05pm
-4:00pm or alternatively Monday 16 February between 10am2pm (Monday of Half Term), to help reclaim items. Any items that
are left will then be given to charity at Easter (this gives extra time
for those people who can’t make either date). School uniform
items will be kept as spares.
This year we seem to have had a record number of lost items and
we cannot stress enough the importance of putting your child’s
name in their uniform.
Both Jessica and Molly went through to the second round and
were invited to cook at Wakefield College. The second round
was scary with students cooking in a proper catering kitchen,
up against eight other students from different schools across
Wakefield. Students had to cook their improved two course
meal again, this time for the professional chefs to judge. There
could only be one winner which unfortunately was neither
Jessica or Molly, however both girls are true winners an we
are proud of their success in getting so far.
GET SET TO MAKE A CHANGE
Not only have the Triton Team Legacy Leaders from Crofton
Academy gained recognition by being featured in the most
recent Get Set to Make a Change Newsletter, but were
recently invited to attend a ‘Red Carpet’ celebration at
Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds.
It was in relation to our pledges made to encourage healthier
lifestyles through more physical activity and improved diet
and to create a sensory garden for the use of our VI pupils
and latterly the community at large.
At the event our work was showcased in spectacular form and
we were lucky enough to meet Britain’s greatest ever female
gymnast Beth Tweddle and Hannah Cockroft MBE, T34 Paralympic wheelchair racer, both of whom competed at the 2012
Olympics and Paralympics in London. We also got tomeet
teams from other schools in our region.
We came away with a great trophy celebrating our success
and a baton signed by both Beth and Hannah. It was a great
evening and a great reward for all our hard work.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BASKETBALL
During October half term Harry Willmott (Year 7) and myself
(Ella Dews Y7) represented England at the 2014 World
Traditional Karate Kickboxing Association (WTKA) Unified World
Championships in Carrara, Italy. Competitors from over 60
countries competed in the world’s largest martial arts
competition which last for four days.
Both Harry and I qualified for this event after winning medals in
the 2013 WTKA European Champions held at Ponds Forge in
Sheffield. Being invited to go to represent our country in Italy in
itself was a huge achievement, but we both were lucky enough
to come back with medals too!
Harry won a Silver medal for boys aged 11-14 ITF traditional
forms, black belts (and he’s only just 11); and I won a Silver
medal for girls, aged 11-14 blue to black stripe, ITF traditional
forms (I’m also only just 11!).
We would both like to thank NACTICS Family Martial Arts and
Crofton Academy for their support.
Ella Dews (Year 7)
In other recent sporting news, ex-pupil Ashleigh Long (Class of
2014) attended the Tumbling World Championships 2014 in
Florida in November and was crowned World Champion in her
age group for the second consecutive year.
We are proud of all our pupils, old and new, please keep your
news on outside school events coming!
After a long build up full of witty banter from Y11s about
how the staff “…were going down like the Titanic”, the
day of reckoning had arrived and the basketball match
between staff and Y11s was on!
The first half was a tense affair with both sides running
around like headless chickens and from the referees view
it seemed like the hoops had been covered in a thick
layer of cling film! After what seemed like an age, the
vast enthusiastic crowd were treated to a ‘Calm Keighley
Finish’ from Mr Cummins which broke the deadlock!
The game continued at a frantic pace, the Y11s
committing more fouls than the Chelsea FC legendary
captain “Chopper Harris”! By half time the staff held a
After an inspirational half time team talk the writing was
on the wall for the hard working Y11 team. A tight
defence made sure that Y11s scoring dried up and with
greater composure and slick passing the staff began to
dominate for long periods of time! This was despite Mr
Longfield ‘s forlorn attempt to contribute in any way at all
(handbrake on a canoe springs to mind)! Even the
veterans got on the score sheet and the final score was
39-14 to staff; which pleased Mrs Corcoran as she won
the Quality Streets for guessing the final score!
We are all up for round two and there will be a rematch in
the New Year.
An ‘Unbiased Report” submitted by Mr Oxley!