Six students from The Cheadle Academy were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Medals on Friday 24th January. At a Staffordshire Youth and Community Service Presentation Evening, the students stood alongside peers from across the County, to receive certificates and badges.
Year Leader and teacher, Phil Hassall, who organises the DofE Awards Programme, with a dedicated team of teaching and non-teaching staff within The Cheadle Academy, praises the ethos of the scheme, ‘our award-winning students have certainly developed skills for life and for their working future. It has been really rewarding to see a side to students that we didn’t even know existed!’ He added, ‘students have developed a confidence that has made them independent thinkers and problem solvers’.
For their Bronze Award, students also had to work well as a team. Part of the programme that contained Physical tasks (such as swimming, dancing), Volunteering (some students ran a Year 7 Performing Arts Club at The Cheadle Academy) and Learning a new skill (most chose cooking), also included a two-day Expedition! Bronze Award holder Chloe Pearson said, ‘I really didn’t think I could ever sleep in a tent! I did though and I discovered that I have great determination. You build up your skills as the scheme progresses, it was exhilarating!’
Jordyn Eyre believes that her award will tell other people something about her, when it comes to interviews for college or university. ‘The Awards are of great benefit and hopefully I will go on to gain Silver and Gold in the future. They show that I can work in a team, that I have good personal organisation skills too. Some of the tasks were tiring, but they were very rewarding.’ Chloe agreed, ‘I would say ‘do it’ to anybody who’s thinking about it. Keep on going, don’t give up! You get a great sense of achievement!’
Students who gained their Bronze Award: Jordyn Eyre, Chloe Howard, Emma Kington, Lauren Milward, Chloe Pearson, James Scott.
The Cheadle Academy currently has a further 24 students working towards their Bronze Award and with students continuing to sign up, this is proving a very successful venture indeed.
It was a great success! Oh yes it was!! The first night of The Cheadle Academy’s scintillating production of Cinderella was exceptionally lively, brilliantly zany and, above all, immensely interactive!!
Members of the audience left any inhibitions in the foyer and joined the cast of talented students as they journeyed from X-Factor style auditions to Grumble House, the home of Cinderella and her very ugly sisters! This turned out to be the most unsanitary of abodes and was shared with Scratch and Sniff the resident mice - the wonderfully inquisitive, nose-twitching Ellie Pearson and Jamie Knapper. Here we learnt of the forthcoming Ball to be held at Prince Charming’s Palace – cue much squawking and excitement from the Ugly Sisters and their mother; played with great gusto by Ellie Barker, Chloe Busby, Olivia Rayner and Chloe Cheadle! And, as the story progressed with lots of jolly japes, side-splitting asides and laugh-out-loud larking about, we met old favourites: Goldilocks, Rapunzel and co., dressing up for a Ball that was never to be forgotten!
As the audience shouted their support for Cinders, played suitably sweetly by Charlotte Pearson, all her dreams came true and she fell into the arms of her suave Prince Charming, portrayed in appropriately typical, ‘principal boy’ style by Megan Stevens. In a surprising twist, the ugly sisters were squired by three men from the military, brilliantly delivered by teachers Mr Mellinship (History), Mr Harding (Geography) and Josh Wrench (Y10); who brought the house down with their hysterical repartee!
The audience were invited to ‘enjoy the journey!’ and this they could not fail to do. The Cheadle Academy’s Director of Arts Sarah Booth said, ‘the young (and in some cases not so young!) cast and their Director, Laura Goodhew (Acting Head of Music), are to be congratulated on a cracking evening’s entertainment. The commitment and marvellous team work shown in rehearsals, back stage support and front of house, demonstrated by over fifty students and staff, has been incredible!’
The Academy also wished to thank CATS for loaning staging, props and costumes. Mrs Booth added, ‘here at The Cheadle Academy we are extremely fortunate to have this fantastic facility, shared between ourselves and wonderful arts organisations such as CATS. This is truly a Community Theatre.’
Members of staff who have taken part in 'MOVEMBER' got together on Thursday 28th November, to display their top lips!!
Those who took part brilliantly encapsulated the spirit of 'Movember' and as they collectively celebrated the crafting of some pretty dapper styles, colleagues and students treated them to scrummy cream cakes, as a thank you!! Cream cakes were kindly provided by Entrust Catering Services, who provide the usually healthy fare that students enjoy at the Academy!
At the beginning of the month, The Cheadle Academy’s Art Department launched ‘Movember craft club’ in which students and staff (Mo Bros and Mo Sistas) created quirky moustache brooches, cards, bookmarks and other accessories that were sold in school with all profits going to Movember! To date over £250 has been raised!
Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
The Cheadle Academy participants grew their moustaches for the 30-days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health. For the entire month, these selfless and generous men known as ‘Mo Bros’, effectively became walking, talking billboards for 30 days. Through their growing efforts they raised awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever they went.