Secondary Newsletters

Messge from the Head of Secondary, Anne Coakley

 

Greetings Parents/ Guardians,

 

Having complained on and off the last few weeks about the weather we were very lucky on Thursday to enjoy sunshine for our Track and Field Sports Day. We saw records broken, some very tight races, and true sportsmanship shown on the day. A lot of work goes into these events and I would like to thank Mr. Thorne and the PE department as well as the House Leaders, Facility team and all Secondary staff for making this such a successful day.

 

We have seven students doing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition this weekend and forty-four students doing their practice for the Bronze Award. This is a great program that teaches team work, organization skills, resilience and endurance. Working with the Silver Award students is Mr. Dobson and with the Bronze Award students, Mr. Green, Mr. Hobbs and Ms. Lightbourne.

 

On Friday next week we will be supporting a number of students and a teacher who will be having their heads shaved for the St Baldrick's charity. Volunteers are holding two bake sales to raise funds for this worthy cause and hot chocolate at recess time has been popular on these cold days.

 

Please remember that raffle tickets are due in next Friday and I hope having only 10 tickets to sell this year has made selling them easier. All students who return their tickets sold will get a free grub day before the end of term and be eligible for the weekly prizes as well as two of the top prizes. If your allotted tickets are not sold yet please encourage your child to do so this coming week.

 

Don't forget to set the clocks forward on Saturday and have a good weekend.

 

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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
withdrawing for the next academic year (2017-18) notice is due no later than the 1st of April, 2017. 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.

If you are unsure if your child will be returning please provide us with tentative notice of withdrawal. Please feel free to
contact the Finance Department on 239-9453 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Students in the News:

Merit Winners for week of 26th February – 4th March, 2017
Congratulations to Jason Outerbridge, Isaiah Hayward and Nazarah Bridgewater for reaching 50 merits.

Weekly Merit Winners:
Year 7-9 Key Stage 3
8 Merits Katarina Thompson Y9 Morgan
7 Merits Isabella Gaugain Y7 Robertson
=6 merits Jayden Parker Y9 Morgan
Jude Snelling Y9 Rhodes

Year 10-13 Key Stage 4
=6 Merits Louise Crawford Y11 Patton
Cassie Roberts Y11 Rhodes
Giovanni Hollis Y11 Rhodes
Ben Pettit Y11 Rhodes
Finn Smith Y11 Robertson
Samuel Brangman Y11 Robertson
Brady Cordeiro Y12 Robertson

House Standings
Morgan 2445
Patton 2442
Rhodes 2390
Robertson 2365

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards
HRH Prince Edward was in Bermuda last weekend for the anniversary celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Bermuda. A number of students danced, sang and played in various musical performances at the special Gala dinner. Other students formed part of the choir for a special service in the Anglican Cathedral. Katrina Lavender (Class of 2011) was one of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award participants to receive her Gold Award from HRH Prince Edward at the Government House. Like many students, she started the Gold in the 6th form and completed it after leaving. She graduated from the University of Southampton in 2015 with a BSc in Anthropology and is preparing to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Policy at King's College, London.

 

Equestrian
Lizzy Madeiros won the Category C (1.0m to 1.10m) Competition of the Bermuda FEI World Jumping Challenge (WJC) held at the National Equestrian Centre last week-end jumping two separate courses both with clear rounds. This event was Round 2 of a three-round competition the first being held on 4th February where Lizzy placed second having gone 2 clear rounds but incurring a single time fault. Lizzy was competing in this event for the first time. This event allows riders to compete with others around the world without having to leave their country thus avoiding the prohibitive costs of travel for both horse and rider. The finals are then staged in a host country which also provides horses for the visiting riders. The top 2 riders in each of the 10 world zones are invited to compete at the finals. Riders can compete in 3 different height categories with Category A being the highest and the only one which, by winning this Category in your zone entitles you to an invitation to the finals. Category B and C are lower heights which are designed to encourage riders and horses to move up through the divisions to eventually compete in the A category. The final competition takes place on 1st April.

 

SPORTS:

Basketball

Middle Boys
WA 39 vs. Dellwood 16
The playoffs have begun and the cubs picked up right where they left off, grilling a few Dellwood wildcat tenderloins on an open fire while drizzling on a garlic and shallot based broth.
The meat was succulent and moist, flavourful like fresh game on a South African braai. This time the head chef has Cub Logan Thompson. He has taken credit for the damage, no need for an alibi.
Logan came through with 12 points off of turnovers and drives through the lane. He was the benefactor of the top guns setting the pace and creating an early lead so the younger cubs could learn how to stoke the fire and maintain the proper meat searing flame.
We took an early 15 point lead by the end of the first quarter and nothing could be done by Dellwood to hold the cubs back. They were hungry, prepared and ready to attack.
Our starters played for only a few minutes in the second half to work on execution and prepare for a deep playoff run in search of the crown. So they were pulled early in the 3rd quarter and had to watch the younger cubs do their best to hold it down.
Work has yet to be done, but Darien and Lucas showed they have the heart of the "big man cub". Darien took a pass from the corner; pump faked, dropped the shot and left the wildcat dazed like he was sucking his thumb. Brother Lucas had to man up and face an attack in the heart of the lane. He went vertical with arms straight up and soaring to heights that the wildcat could not maintain. Lucas blocked the shot and stared down the wildcat as if he was insane, had loose parts in his brain and then strolled down the court pointing to the ice water in his vein! There isn't much else to tell. The cubs did what they do best and most importantly they did it well.
We will feast well again tonight, but we are certain that our next foe will bring a tougher fight.
Stay tuned for the next bear sighting.
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Upcoming School Events:

Monday, 13th - Friday, 17th March – Year 7 students (Group 1) participate in the Endeavour Sailing programme

Thursday, 16th March - Senior Spring Music Concert in the PPMH @ 6:30pm.

Friday, 17th March 2016 - St. Baldrick's Shave Off @ Warwick Academy
Students interested in raising funds and shaving their head are asked to see or contact Mr. Eric Totten, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to sign up or get further information. The Warwick Academy event page can be found at www.stbaldricks.org/events/warwickacademy.

Monday, 20th- Friday, 24th March – Year 7 students (Group 2) participate in the Endeavour Sailing programme

Tuesday, 21st March - Year 9 Parent Teacher Conference in the PPMH @ 4:15-7pm

Friday, 24th through Monday, 10th April - Middle & Secondary Inter-school Art Exhibition
Artwork by Warwick Academy students will be displayed at the BSOA Gallery, City Hall, starting with an opening on Friday, 24th March from 4-6pm.

Friday, 31st March – End of Term 2. Early dismissal.

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Warwick Academy Parent Teacher Association:
Please note details of specific events will be sent out a few weeks before the event and also posted on the FROG VLE, under the WAPTA section.

WAPTA Raffle 2017 – The deadline for handing in tickets stubs/money and unsold tickets is Friday, 17th March. Some students have been given a selling slot at Heron Bay Market Place, Lindo's Warwick and Supermart on Saturday 18th and have been permitted to hand in their tickets on Monday morning. The draw will take place next Saturday, 25th March at 12pm in the Warwick Academy Staff Room.

WAPTA Wine Tasting, Saturday 25th March
There will be a Wine Tasting event on the evening of Saturday, 25th March. A flier was sent earlier in the week and is also posted on the VLE.
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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 to the school.

Supporting details/fliers/order forms for out of school activities/notices can be viewed on the VLE, Important Documents - "External Notices".

• 2017 KPMG Round the Grounds Running Race - Sunday, 12th March, 2017.

• Spring Art Studio Camp 3rd-7th April and 10th-14th April, 2017 from 8:30am-3pm venue tbc.
Registration is open to all students ages 5-12. If there is interest for older students' ages 12, 13 & 14 consideration will be given to run another camp concurrently. See flier on VLE for details.

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'The importance of balance' - By Kate Stewart – Year 13
We are all tight ropewalkers, suspended on string. The purpose is to walk from one end to the other. However you are not just walking, but on one shoulder you balance a social life, on the other you balance school and academics. In one hand you hold sports and other passions while in the other, family time and friends. All while attempting to look good.

Life is a balancing act and for me I am always falling.

My name is Kate and some of you may know that I am pretty keen on my sailing; this of course places even more importance on my life's balance. Personally my goals and aspirations are pretty evenly split between sailing and academic achievement however I find I am always playing catch up in both areas regardless of how I try to evenly space my time between them.
I will go overseas to compete in an event with full focus and energy on the competition. Only to return to school feeling out of balance with all the topics and work I have missed.

This year alone I have missed a total of 6 weeks of school. It has definitely taken its toll but I've reached many of my goals for this year, recently including making the New Zealand Olympic Development Team.

On the other side, I return to Bermuda with one week to study for all my mock exams and be in a stressed frenzy to try and memorise two years' worth of bio notes. And you get the point that's not very balanced.

To have balance you must have more than one thing to balance, by fully specialising in one element you lose focus in another and in my opinion this isn't healthy.

Unbalance may mean failing tests but winning matches, unbalance may mean partying all weekend and missing Sunday family dinner.
Balance provides options and what's important right now is keeping options open.

This idea links to the IB as a syllabus- focusing on creating well-rounded people,

How to achieve balance? That is a very good question and I'll let you know when I find out. However through some of my attempts I've worked a couple basic things out, and you have to learn by trying, it's all about effort.

1. No one can balance your life for you. You decide what you view as the most important aspects, this could be a focus on academics because you dream of being a doctor, it could be an art or photography dream even something like a belief in the importance of family plays into one's life and how you balance and allocate your time. If you're not sure what you want to do keeping options open is even more important. It is a personal prioritization. However having said that it doesn't mean you can't seek help, others opinions and influences help to strength your own views. This could be from teachers, parents, coaches, siblings or friends.

2. Following on from this you must balance your priorities. Finding personal balance is about making goals and structurally how you are going to achieve those goals. This nearly always will include sacrifices. As my father puts it self-discipline, "is doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it". Or the old cliché "no pains no gain".

3. Organisation, my diary is my life. My diary reminded me to write this speech and for me to remember that it's Monday morning and school starts at 8:20, it varies from the necessities to the small details.

4. Be willing to take the risk and put yourself out there. You have to not only set the goal but also commit to it. Knowing that it is a process. To win you also have to participate and that means hard work.

The dictionary definition of balance is "an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady." My view is in order to remain steady you must stay fluid; therefore my final point in how to achieve balance is to be adaptable. Life is always changing. And if our balance isn't adapting with those circumstances your goals aren't going to mean as much to you. This may mean you have to redefine your goals.

To summarise all the fluff, 5 points;
1. Personal prioritization, know what you want to do.
2. Balance those priorities.
3. Be organised
4. Take the risk; be prepared to fully commit yourself to the cause.
5. Be adaptable nothing is set in stone.

There really is a number 6 and that it is.... Don't forget to have fun along the way.

The best way to walk a tight rope is to be looking up and forward focused on your end goals.

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