March 2012 - Crofton Academy
CROFTON ACADEMY NEWS
ISSUE 1 20 OCTOBER 2011
High Street, Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1NF
Tel: 01924 303940 | Web: www.croftonacademy.org.uk
MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER
Congratulations to Joel McCormack
(Y11) who won the White Rose Young
Fashion Designer of the Year 2011.
Joel was surprised to discover he had
won the competition during an art
lesson, when Real Radio’s Breakfast
presenters Dixie and Gayle came into
school to give him his prize,
accompanied by the Face of White
Rose Model Christelle, who was
wearing the fantastic winning design.
Joel won an all-expenses paid trip to
London Fashion Week together with
spending money and a cash prize,
which we believe he spent on a camera.
Welcome to our first
newsletter as Crofton
Academy. It’s been the usual
busy and exciting start to the
school year. The first term
has seen many activities take
place including some that
you’ll read about in this
newsletter. I have spent much
of my time immersing myself
in the school and have
enjoyed seeing the students
engaged with their learning.
May I also take this
opportunity to thank you
again for your support
regarding new uniform and
patience in waiting for new
stock. We are now fully
stocked with all sizes. May I
once again warn you against
buying the inferior products
on sale in Wakefield and only
to buy through the school.
I hope you all have a good
break and look forward to the
next half term and the run up
ENGLAND CRICKET CALL UP
Josh Shaw (Y11) has been
invited and accepted for the
2011 intake of the England
(EDP). This is designed to
help young players develop
their ability to deliver excellent
performances under the
intense pressures created by
playing for a Champions League T20 title,
opening the bowling in the first Ashes Test match
or coming in to bat at 70-5 in a World Cup
semi-final. EDP’s aim is to dominate U19 cricket
and produce a constant stream of world class
players for the England Performance Programme.
We are very proud of Josh and look forward to
seeing him play for England in the future!
OPEN EVENING SUCCESS
The Academy held its annual Open
Evening on Thursday 29 September.
We opened our doors to parents/
guardians and pupils from our feeder
schools together with those from further
afield and we received lots of positive
feedback from visitors. The school
looked totally amazing and there was a
great atmosphere throughout the
A huge thanks goes out to all those
members of staff and pupils who took
part during the evening and in its
preparation. It was a huge success.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL - INTERVIEW WITH FARAH RAJA (11ERA)
Some of our pupils performed The Tempest as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival at Wakefield Theatre
Royal and Opera House on Tuesday 11 October. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Miss Allsop and the
pupils and staff involved, it was a massive success. Shelby Deal (Y11) undertook a lot voluntary marketing for
this event and interviewed Farah Bashir, amongst others, about her part in the performance:
What’s your character like, tell me a bit about it? I play the servant of Prospero and have to carry out certain
magical tasks he requests. Such as creating a sea storm and transforming into a Harpy!
So how do you become a Harpy? Well I have to sit on Tom’s shoulders so I look intimidating. At first I felt
intimidated but I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I have huge wings made of material that the Nymphs hold up.
Apparently I also get to wear claws but I haven’t seen them yet!
What do you like about playing your character? The part where I transform into a Harpy. That’s one of the
most exciting parts for me as I have to be really scary and I get to scream at some of the cast!
What are you most looking forward to about the performance? I’m really intrigued to find out what costumers
I’ll be wearing. But other than that I am just really excited to be on stage and show our friends and family what
How much time have your put into the performance? A lot of time and effort has gone into the performance.
We’ve done a lot of after school rehearsals to prepare for it, and with how its coming along, it definitely proves our
commitment to it.
For the latest news and information visit our website:
This year’s new Year 7s went
off to Squirrel Wood when they
joined us in September.
Each group undertook a range
of team building exercises and
had great fun.
HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
We would just like to remind everyone of how important Parentmail is. 75% of all
parents/guardians are now registered which is a great great contribution towards the
school reducing our carbon footprint as well as being able to save money.
This is the best way for us to communicate with parents/guardians. In the event of
urgent news having to be sent home we can do this in an instant if you have
registered your email address or mobile number. This is particularly helpful when
your child is on a school trip and you want to know when they are on their way back
to school and you are waiting to pick them up! It is also an essential tool for us to
let you know when your child is not in school and gives you and opportunity to
contact us to discuss unexplained absences. To sign up for Parentmail ask for a
letter from School Reception.
GREAT BRITAIN SUCCESS
Leah Appleton (Y7) is a member of Wakefield
Gymnastics Club, attending six training sessions
a week, and is a member of the Elite Squad.
Leah achieved a silver medal at the British
Championships in March this year and has been
selected to represent Great Britain at the
forthcoming European Championships in Bulgaria. Leah will be competing over the next few
days. We are sure you will join with us in wishing
Leah and the rest of her team the very best with
the competition and we look forward to hearing
how she gets on after half term - we will keep
If you lose anything in school please see
the Caretaker, whose office is at the end
of the corridor near the top changing
rooms. As more and more pupils are
wearing cardigans and jumpers its important to ensure your name is in the label
so if it’s lost it can be easily identified.
Please try not to bring any valuables into
school and if you do these are your
responsibility, so please take care of
During Open Evening visitors
and pupils had the chance to
win a box set of Horrible
Geography Books by correctly
naming the twenty seven
European Countries from their
flags along the Humanities
Corridor. The winner was Kiera
Lander a pupil in Year 7 WELL DONE KIERA
For the latest news and
ACTIVITIES (from 3:05pm)
MONDAY Art Club; Homework Club
Congratulations to ex-pupil Zack
TUESDAY Games Club; Film Club
Cocker (2009) who left Pontefract
WEDNESDAY Homework Club
NEW College this summer two A*s
and two As in his A-Levels. We are
FRIDAY Homework Club
proud of all our pupils new and old Clubs available after half term: table
if you have news of any ex-pupils you tennis, netball, fitness, badminton and
football. Check the “What’s On” Notice
want to share please don’t hesitate
Board in the Main Foyer for more details
to let us know!
(also see the appropriate staff member
about these - you will need a parental permission slip to attend)
information visit our website::