Following the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, Olive Academies is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure the health of our whole community, including students and staff. As the situation is rapidly developing, it is best to check the government’s online advice for the latest and most up-to date information. There is also a PHE blog containing further information and advice. We will contact parents and carers directly should there be any additional advice that PHE or the Local Authority ask us to share with you. Encouraging good hygiene – As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs: Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Our academy community marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a special assembly for all students, led by Protection Approaches – a charity which works with schools to prevent prejudice and identity-based violence. This year will be a major anniversary marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. The assembly was based on the Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Stand Together’. The assembly looked at stories of perpetrators, victims and rescuers from the Holocaust as well as more contemporary examples. We encourage our students and whole academy community to stand with those in need in their own schools and local communities. Our academy recognises how important it is that our young people have the skills and confidence to reject all forms of prejudice.
Last week we took a group of our Year 11 students to the Amazon Distribution Centre in Tilbury for a behind-the-scenes tour of their operations. The centre is huge at 2 million sq ft – the size of 28 football pitches. It is Amazon’s largest fulfilment centre in the UK. The students were able to see the various stages of the operation – from picking to stowing to packing. The highlight of the tour was seeing the famous ‘Orange Bots’ at work. The students were able to see firsthand cutting edge technology in action. Amazon’s Tilbury site is fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. Students learnt how this robotic technology uses QR codes pasted on the floor to navigate. During their time at our academy, we give all our students the chance to meet professionals, experience being in the workplace and seeing the real world of work in action. Trips and visits like this are part of the careers programme we offer. It is these experiences which help our students to develop their ambitions for future study, apprenticeships, work placements and first jobs.
Our students take part in a diverse range of outdoor learning whilst at our academy. We provide opportunities for all our students to try new sports, develop their skills and experience an exciting range of physical challenges. These activities are all about building our students’ resilience, developing physical strength and wellbeing and to encourage them to take on new challenges in all aspects of their learning. Here are a few pictures of outdoor learning in action from this month:
We just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone for making our first Christmas Bazaar such a success. It was wonderful to see the Mayor of Thurrock and so many people from the local community coming along to join the fun and support our staff and students. Well done to all our students who helped decorate the tree, came up with all the stall ideas (including ‘guess the weight of the cake’ and ‘guess the name of the elf!’). Our students also helped make the cake and soup which was served at the bazaar. Father Christmas was very busy meeting our younger guests (with Jet the elf by his side!) and the raffle winners left with some fantastic prizes. Thank you to all those who gave so generously and made it such a joyful occasion for the whole academy community. Happy Christmas everyone!
Congratulations to Ethan Renshaw whose intricate design and hand drawn artwork has been selected by a panel of judges to be the Olive Academies official Christmas card for 2019. His design has been professionally printed and sent out to all the academies across the Olive Academies’ network in London and East of England. We are so proud of Ethan and the beautiful work he produced. Runners-up prize was also awarded to Keigan Lloyd for his artistic designs.
Olive AP Academy – Thurrock had a great night at this year’s Thurrock Education Awards held on Friday 29th November 2019. The prestigious awards night brings together all schools, EYFS settings and colleges from across Thurrock. There were over 430 nominations for the awards this year and Olive Academies was delighted that Adam Guilbert, Teacher at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock, was a finalist in the “Excellence in English or science, technology, engineering or maths” category. Our very own Jackie Shepherd-Ashby went on to win the award for “Teaching and school support of the year”. Mark Vickers, Chief Executive of Olive Academies, joined the Thurrock academy team at the event and congratulated Jackie on her much deserved win which rightly recognised her expertise and commitment to supporting our academy students. Councillor James Halden, Cabinet Member for Education and Health at Thurrock Council, spoke at the event, “We have so much to celebrate in Thurrock schools; together reaching 19,000 children, serving our most vulnerable and seeing only 1.5% NEET. Tonight is important to showcase Thurrock to strengthen our values of ambition & inclusion” We know that awards aren’t everything but it was fantastic to see our highly skilled academy staff being recognised for their expertise by colleagues from other local schools and academies – and by the local community.