Secondary Newsletters

Message from the Head of Secondary, Anne Coakley

 

Greetings Parents/Guardians,

 

We were entertained last night at the Senior Winter Concert by music students from Y7 to Y13. There were a great variety of musical groups, soloists and the secondary choir performing lots of Christmas music 'so it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas'. We have many very talented musicians and thanks go to all students involved and to Mr. Swan, Mr. Roach and Mrs. Friesen for their direction. Also to Mr. Fields who did a sterling job as emcee. The choir will be performing at the clock tower in Dockyard, 11.00 -12.00pm this Sunday and would love your support if you are in the area.

 

We have large numbers of students in grub day clothes today celebrating various achievements. Winning the Eco Hat competition, Y7 Sousa and IB Knight as well as students who have achieved over 50 merits or have reached their Star Reading goal.

 

Next week the student council are organizing a Whacky Winter Wednesday grub day to get us into the holiday spirit and the proceeds will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We also have inter-house sports during activity time so on that day students can come to school in their house shirts and tracksuit.

 

This morning's assembly was to raise awareness ahead of Human Rights Day on the 10th December. Mya Gibbons and Brittany Siddle, as the school's human rights leaders, led the assembly assisted by other students in the club.

 

A reminder that on Friday, 15th December the school closes at 1:15pm and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January, 2018. Students with younger siblings should collect them from Mrs. Rickards room at 1:15pm. Reports will be posted live on FROG at 1:15pm Friday.

 


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Notices:

Hot Lunches
Hot lunches will begin on Wednesday, 3rd January. The order form will be sent out electronically next week.

Second Hand Uniform Shop
The Shop will be open on Saturday, 13th January from 10am-12pm - Donations are always appreciated.

School Office Hours
The School will be closed Friday, 15th December, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m. and reopening on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018. However, the Main Office, Finance and Development will be open from 8:30am-2:30pm the 18th thru 21st December and close early on Friday, 22nd December at 1:30pm. All Offices will re-opening for business on Tuesday, 2nd January.

 

Finance Department:

Withdrawal Policy (RY – Y12):
One complete term's written notice in advance is required if your child is not returning to Warwick Academy.
If you are planning on withdrawing from the school after the Easter break notice is due no later than 1st January, 2018.
If you are withdrawing for the next academic year (2018-19) notice is due no later than the 1st April, 2018.
Should one complete terms notice not be given parents will be liable for a withdrawal fee as follows:
• $500 notice received after deadline but within 60 days
• $1,000 notice received after 60 days of deadline but before the start of next term
• $1,500 notice received after the first day of the next term.
• There are no exceptions to this withdrawal fee.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

 

Students in the News:

Merits
Congratulations to Isabel Haas Y7 and Sam Williamson Y9 for reaching the 50 merit goal.

Merit Winners 26th November - 2nd December, 2017
Year 7-9 Key Stage 3
9 Merits Ashton Butterfield Y9 Rhodes
8 Merits Isabel Haas Y7 Patton
=5 Merits Isabel Hughes Y7 Robertson
Grace Flannery Y7 Rhodes
Keyan Webb Y7 Rhodes
Gloria Candiolo Y8 Morgan
James Luckham Y9 Morgan
Treena Thomas Y9 Morgan

Year 10-13 Key Stage 4
=3 Merits Emiliano Furbert-Delgadillo Y10 Rhodes
Rowdy Crockwell-Laurent Y10 Morgan

 

House Standings
Patton 1811
Robertson 1808
Morgan 1735
Rhodes 1714

 

Music
Congratulations to Conor Hay who recently sat the Grade 8 ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Guitar exam and achieved Distinction.

 

'Dollars for Hours'
Each year PartnerRe sponsors the "Dollar for Hours" initiative which generously donates $30,000 to each participating public/private school throughout Bermuda. Each school is assigned a local non-profit charity organization and are charged with various tasks that will benefit the participating charity which ultimately have a positive impact on Bermuda and the community. Warwick Academy partnered with the WindReach.
WindReach exists to enrich the lives of people living with special needs. They are firm believers of celebrating all abilities. WindReach is unique in that it offers a variety of therapeutic and educational experiences for individuals with varying physical and cognitive abilities. Participants rage in age from pre-schoolers through to seniors, with many of our services not available anywhere else in Bermuda. Programmes are offered with Therapeutic Riding, Adaptive Sports, Life Skills and activities for older adults living with dementia. Our students were tasked with creating a short media video that accurately captures the magic of WindReach. The Year 12 IB Film Studies students Chiara Marshall, Louise Crawford and Emilie Konyecsni under the guidance of teacher Sarah Bowers rose to the occasion and created an extremely moving and inspirational video. The video is now being used as a marketing piece that demonstrates WindReach's success showing meaningful moments, smiles, engagement and inclusiveness and shows the wider community how we all can celebrate all abilities. A special thanks to PartnerRe and to everyone involved in the Dollar for Hours Programme.

 

Inter-School Sports:

Cross-Country
The 2017 BNAA Cross-Country Championships were held on Saturday, 2nd December at Astwood Park. Brianna Mawer earned 3rd place in the U17 girls, Tajai Goater placed 6th in U14 boys race as did Malikah Tankard in U14 girls division and Macy Aicardi won the U20 woman's category. It was a good race with a very difficult course. Well done to all.

Netball

U12
WA 0 vs MSA 3
WA 1 vs Saltus 1
Our U12 team were very excited to travel to Bernard's Park on Tuesday to play in two friendly fixtures. A chance for them to put into practice all the skills they have learned this year. We played MSA in our first game and the girls were quick to put the pressure on in attack with some great linking moves between Kylie GA, Bella GS, Adriana WA and Imara C. They worked extremely hard, and although they faced a team made up of predominately Year 8 girls, they were confident and determined. Up until the closing stages of the first half the game remained 0-0, but MSA had a quick burst of 3 goals in succession. Our half time team talk gave the girls an extra boost and they came out into the second half strong. Samara GD had a great game and was able to successfully intercept balls and help move them down the court with the support of Ramaya WD and Ilyana WA. Their continued efforts paid off as they stopped MSA from scoring further, and although we were unable to convert any chances the girls had showed a very positive display across the court.
The team started positively against Saltus and had lots of shooting opportunities, with Kylie GA taking one such chance, as the girls took an early lead. They continued with this attacking pressure with the support of Syla WD, Daria WA and Tiegan GS. The girls were dominant in possession and were looking very much like the stronger side. Saltus had a break and were able to convert, taking the score into half time at one-a-piece. The second half saw lots of WA chances, but unfortunately none were converted as the match ended 1-1. The girls should be very proud of both performances and have worked very hard to develop as a team this year. They have a lot of potential and it will be very exciting to watch their progress as they move into the league next year. Well done Ladies!
Team: Kylie Butterfield, Daria Desmond, Samara Darrell, Imara Richardson, Isabella Howes, Tiegan Thomas, Syla De Moura, Ramaya Edwards, Ilyana Smith and Adriana Argent.

O13
WA 3 Vs MSA 13
The ladies travelled to Bernard's Park to play their last fixture of the season against MSA. The girls were positive and started the game well. They had the majority of the possession and were able to move the ball successfully into attack where Zemira C and Treena WA we able to support Ellie GA and Lily GS. Their hard work paid off as Ellie scored, and we took an early lead. Right at the end of the first quarter MSA replied with a goal and this seemed to help settle their nerves going into the second quarter. Connie WD, Destiny GD and Sara GK worked hard to keep the pressure on in defense, but MSA had found their rhythm, as they crept ahead, scoring 4 more goals to our 1. In the third quarter Zoe GS and Jordyn WA worked extremely hard to pass the ball in forwards in attack, and were supported well by Taya as WD. We seemed to tire as the game progressed and a lack of moved meant MSA were able to turn lots of balls over as our passes fell short. The final scored finished 13-3 to MSA.
WA team; Destiny Mattie, Zoe Moniz, Treena Thomas, Ellie Richmond, Zemira Webb, Sara Pascual, Connie Betts, Taya Simmons, Lily Perinchief-Ingham.
The O13 ladies have made great progress this year, individually and as a team, and should be very proud of themselves. Thank you to all the parents and staff who have supported our teams this year. The girls and I are looking forward to next year already!

O16
WA 4 Vs Berkeley 11
Our over 16 girls travelled to Berkeley to play their rematch, after terrible weather conditions forced the previous game to be stopped. The match started slowly from both team, but WA began to find their feet. As Berkeley had one less player (for the first 2 quarters) the girls used this to their advantage. They finished the first quarter positively, which saw lots of improvement across the court. Carmel had a great game, always able to get free, she made sure to go in to space to help move the ball to Ryley and Yasmin in attack. This forced Berkeley to work hard and they were finding it increasingly difficult to keep possession. Berkeley scored 2 and but Warwick kept the pressure on, scoring 1 straight after. Macy's pace and upbeat work rate helped her to find space and make successful passes. In addition, Mika, Trinity and Maya linked well together, doing an amazing job in defense, by showing aggression and commitment throughout the whole game. At halftime, WA changed some players in and so did Berkeley. Mika took up a shooting position, whilst Cristian and Sierra supported the mid court. After a tough fought game, and strong performance from Warwick Academy the final score was 11-4 in Berkeley's favour.
WA team; Carmel Butterfield, Yasmin De Graff, Maya Yates, Sierra Wilkinson, Ryley Mason, Cristin Raynor, Mika Woods, Macy Aicardi and Trinity Wilson.
Well done to all the ladies who played, Mrs. Saltus for her continued guidance and Mr. Woods for his support.

Football

O13 Boys
WA 5 vs Saltus 1
Our O13 boys wrapped up their season on a high when they defeated Saltus 5-1. We once again were at full strength and Andre Mussenden in particular was a handful scoring one early and setting up 2 others. Also scoring were: Xavier Ramsay, Brazil Robinson off his own corner, Kwame Naylor and Finn Moseley. Sam Williamson and Kwame again worked tirelessly in the midfield covering a vast amount of ground in the game. Our back line consisting of Harry Twite, Cameron Morris, Alex Malpas, James Luckham and Ajani Richardson were again in a no nonsense mood and we had some great attacks down the flanks by Thierry Burgess, Brazil, Xavier and Andre. Finn played a great role in the #10 position linking the play between our forwards and midfield and Joshua Roberts again did well for us in goal.
Well done on a solid season fellas.

Volleyball

Varsity Girls B Team
WA 23 vs MSA 25
WA 25 vs CedarBridge 16
WA 25 vs Saltus B 19
WA 25 vs Saltus B 10
Final: WA 25 vs MSA 10
The Warwick Academy B team were shorthanded and saw Varsity A Team players Samantha and Kylah join the B Team along with ringer G'Zai. This of course did not leave the shorthanded team depleted of talent (Captain: Kylah, Alternate Captain: Samantha, Camille, Yasmin, G'Zai and Sophia). The girls first played MSA and came out to a roaring start with some fantastic serving. The general play was in favour of Warwick but a few costly errors and poor movement on the court saw the MSA team take a lead. It came down to a nail biting end with A tied score, the ball came over to our end and Yasmin had a great attack as a back court player, unfortunately she jumped an inch while over the attack line and the whistle was blown and the point given to MSA. A heart-breaking defeat with a score of 23-25. After a disappointing loss, the Warwick Girls B Team came out guns blazing. With an ever widening score in Warwick's favour the girls gained confidence and started playing Warwick volleyball, using their three touches and having some brilliant hits. With a strong service game, CedarBridge couldn't find an answer and the Warwick Academy B team won 25-16. The Warwick Academy B team's third match was against their archenemies Saltus. This game went back and forth point for point with the girls playing their best volleyball yet. Scrambling for balls, diving and constantly perfect serves saw a back and forth up to a score of 19-19. A strategic time out to freeze the Saltus server worked to our advantage. Insert Camille for serve, and she nailed the next five serves to move the team to the semi-final. If we were shorthanded before the start of the tournament, the Warwick Academy B team went into the semi-finals truly shorthanded losing Sophia and starting the game with only five players. Starting at a disadvantage from the get go, the Warwick Academy B team would have a huge mountain to climb against the Saltus B team. Having lost the coin toss and a new five woman formation the girls took control of the game with their strong service game and calm approach. It took little time before the Saltus girls had their heads hanging low after Yasmin's restless service game which saw the Warwick B team cruise to a 25-10 slaughter. Full of confidence and having secured a spot in the finals the fantastic five consisting of Kylah, Sam, Camille, Yasmin and our ringer G'Zai stepped onto the court ready to play the only team they lost to in the tournament, the hosts MSA. Determined to bring back Warwick's first medals in the volleyball season the girls started off strong. It was a close game until MSA took a four point lead. Another tactical timeout proved to be the right call at the time and Warwick ended up with the serve. Serve after serve MSA had no answer to Warwick's well placed serves. When MSA did get the ball over, it was usually after one touch, our ladies stayed calm and played their game using three touches and some devastating smashes. This all led to a final result of 25-20 crowning the Warwick Academy B Team champions of their division and the girls showing their resilience. It must be said that a lot of credit needs to be given to G'Zai for stepping up and playing some solid volleyball, where has she been all season? Even more credit must be given to both Kylah and Samantha, these two ladies have my upmost respect as they were A team members who ended up playing for the B Team, it surely wasn't easy for them but they showed their resilience and kept their heads up and proved to be extremely valuable in securing the gold medal. Many thanks to Mark Hamilton for his support throughout the season and for having the confidence in allowing me to take on the coaching responsibilities. Thanks to our support in the stands, Ralph Woods, Mark Thorne, the students and the parents who were in attendance.

Varsity Boys - Warwick "Threepeat" – third straight year capturing gold.
WA 21 vs Saltus B 16
WA 21 vs CedarBridge 12
WA 21 vs MSA 10
Final: WA 2 sets vs MSA 0
Warwick Academy travelled to MSA for the varsity boys volleyball tournament. They found themselves in the second pool facing Saltus Grammar B Team, CedarBridge B team and Mount St. Agnes. In the first match Warwick was slow out of the gate but soon picked up pace and defeat Saltus B by a score of 21 to 16. Next up Warwick Academy faced a tall strong CedarBridge team but took them after a strong start by a score of 21 to 12. Last up would be Mount St. Agnes whom they had to default to in the regular-season due to a lack of players. This would be the first real test for this veteran team as Mount St. Agnes also had a number of national players on their team. Consistent play, and a solid offense would be the characteristics needed to take this third and final round robin pool match. Now in first place they would play against the second place team from the other pool and this would be Saltus Grammar team 3. It was a quick and painless death as the boys drove home a solid victory by a score of 21 to 10. Now on to the finals. On the other court Saltus Grammar school and Mount St. Agnes battled it out to see who would face off against Warwick Academy. The crowd was treated to an epic confrontation between these two solid teams. Saltus Grammar school was a stronger offensive team whereas Mount St. Agnes was the more reserved defensive team. After Saltus Grammar school took the first game Mount Saint Agnes fought back winning the second game and then caused an upset by defeating Saltus and taking the third game. On to the finals. Feeling confident having already beaten MSA Warwick Academy stepped on the court with four graduating veterans – Kaleb Hamilton, Captain Brady Cordeiro, Ben Barnett and Nick Siese. With solid defence from lebero Steven Camara and supporting offense from Adam McDonald and Josh Thorne Warwick took the first game 21 to 16. It would be one last game for them to have a clean sweep and capture the gold and that would be exactly what they did. MSA could only grasp at the occasional point as their foes rallied ahead and finally took the night by beating them in the second straight game 21 to 14. It was a great night for me as I have trained a number of these boys for the past four years and know how much this victory meant to them. Many thanks again to the supporters including Mr. Thorne, Mr. Woods, Mr. Schwartje, Mrs. Sousa and family and the varsity girls volleyball team members who came out to cheer them on. Also a huge thanks to all the parents who came out and supported.

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Upcoming Events:

Fri. 15th December – Last day of Term 1. Early dismissal for Secondary 1:15pm.

Wed. 3rd January – Beginning of Term 2 for Students

Wed. 3rd January – Mock Exams begin for Year 11

Fri. 5th January – Mock Exams begin for Year 13

Sun. 28th January – Fun Run/Walk for Warwick Academy - Save the date.

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Warwick Academy Parent Teacher Association (WAPTA):

Winners of the Gift Baskets:
Lego Basket – Giovanni Della Valle
Party in a Basket – L. Leeks
Ipad – Catherine
Mixed Bag Basket – Horan
1609 – E.E.
Smiggles Basket – Tonya Howard
Gift Vouchers – Rosette Simmons
Food Basket – Margo Mulder
Nintendo Switch Basket – Josh Wilson
Board Games Basket - Sharon

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, 27th January - WAPTA Bingo Evening in the PPMH, 6-9pm. Details will be sent in the new year.

The WAPTA Executive Committee wish to thank you for the tremendous support given this year and we wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2018.
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External Notices/Activities:
Please note that items mentioned in this section of the newsletter are not Warwick Academy events and are not affiliated with the school. Supporting details/fliers/order or registration forms for out of school activities/notices can be viewed on the VLE - Fliers/Notices.

• Ye Olde Forte Alite, Fort St. Catherine – Come see as the Forte burns bright with Christmas joy sure to delight from 1st – 30th December Thur. Fri. & Sat. from 5:30-9pm. Entrance fee, plus a non-perishable food item.

• Apex Allied Health Two-day Christmas camp – Mon. 18th & Tues. 19th December, on exploring what happens to our brain when we read. We are going to be creative, crafty and confident! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Deadline to register is Mon. 11th December.

• Planet Math Winter Academics & Activities Camp 18th-22nd December, 8:30am-5:30pm for 5-12 year olds, at our centrally located building in the City of Hamilton. Deadline to register 8th Dec. Contact: 707-1412 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Lambert Christmas Tennis Camp 18-22 Dec. and 27-29 Dec. @ Elbow Beach 9am-1pm. Registration form is on the VLE. www.elbowtennisbda.com or 236-1649 / 239-8908

• Beginners Group Guitar lessons – starting in January, 10 week course Saturdays 5:30-6:30pm at The Bermuda School of Music. Students will need their own instrument, but all other materials will be provided. Please contact Jerremiah Smith to enroll, or with any questions. 296-5100 ext. 232, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.musicschool.bm

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