Joseph Croft a Year 11 student from Albany Academy has seen his work published in a national magazine. The keen biker produced a review of the north west, mobile chaos Kamakazi cave run bike rally. This article impressed the editors of 100% Biker so much that they produced a double page spread of his work.
Albany Academy staff and students were visited by the talented author Sufiya Ahmed. The children’s author visited the school to discuss a range of topics including the importance of reading and the inspiration for her hugely successful book ‘The Secrets of the Henna Girl’. Sufiya, who travelled up from London, signed copies of her latest book and talked to Year 9 students in the schools main hall about her life journey and how this helped shape her writing. The author also held a separate group discussion with Year 10 and 11 Religious Education studies students who were studying certain culture topics discussed in Sufiya’s books as part of their GCSE coursework.
Kate Billington, Head of the English Faculty at Albany Academy said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to meet a published author and to get the opportunity to ask questions about her stories, her inspiration and her career as a writer. The pupils enjoyed the session and particularly enjoyed the role play demonstration!”
Religious Education teacher, Sue Lillie, said, ““As part of G.C.S.E Religious Studieswe complete a unit on Relationships which includes issues of marriage, both religious, traditional and cultural. Sufiya was really able to help further the students understanding of forced marriages which was the topic of her latest book. This was a real benefit to our students.”
The author was delighted to attend Albany and was really pleased with the feedback and discussions she had with the Albany students. Sufiya said, “I had a lovely time with the students at Albany. It is always great to meet confident, intelligent students who have lots of questions about my journey to become an author and my political activism which inspired my book. I enjoyed my time at the academy and I hope the students gained positivity from my author sessions which is all about the dream coming true.”
Students at Albany Academy took part in a week bursting with activities and competitions to mark World Book Day 2016. Organised by the school’s English faculty, activities were organised to raise awareness of the importance of reading for all students but more importantly to remind students of the joy reading can bring.
This academic year Key Stage 3 students at Albany Academy have read over 2900 books through the schools accelerated reader programme. Through the programme all students have to read books and then answer quizzes on them to check their understanding of the story that they have read.
Year 7 students have read and taken a quiz on 1586 books, Year 8 on 774 books and Year 9 on 409 books. The accelerated reader programme in place at Albany not only encourages students to read the books but ensures that they understand what they have read.
Eight students have achieved an incredible milestone of reading over one million words in just four months. This is a remarkable feet to achieve by one student but for eight to achieve this requires a love of books and remarkable dedication to reading.
Mrs Mason, who leads the accelerated reader programme, said, “‘At the beginning of the academic year I was really impressed by the enthusiasm that KS3 pupils showed when starting the Accelerated Reader programme but it has been even more satisfying to see how this has continued and grown. Accelerated Reader has created a real passion for reading and Mrs Walmsley, the school’s librarian has been working very hard to keep the library fully stocked with the latest books that the pupils can’t wait to read and take a quiz on.”
Year 7 word millionaire, Piper Stevens who is currently the highest scorer on the accelerated reader programme with 409 points, said, “I love reading through the accelerated reader programme. I read at school, at home, anywhere really. My favourite author is Michael Grant and I just want to continue to read the books that I enjoy.”
Albany Academy’s students have been full of festive cheer this Christmas with a wide range of events and activities taking place to celebrate the festive season. Students have been, choir singing in a local residential home, hosting a Christmas fair, performing in a Christmas Concert, enjoying a pantomime, trying to help a terminally ill child’s Christmas a little brighter, donating food and drinks to those who need them the most at Christmas time, making festive food and raising money for Save the Children by joining in the national Christmas jumper day.