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At Westbourne Academy, we are proud of our vertical tutoring system and we hold House assemblies throughout the week for students in Ramsey, Nightingale, Churchill and Ennis.

The focus of assemblies for 2018-19 is based on STAR.

S - Be safe

T - Be thoughtful

A - Be accountable

R - Be responsible

From time to time, year groups are called to assembly where there are requirements to do so. For instance to discuss Key Stage 4 pathways in Year 9, post-16 options and taster days for Year 10 or to find out about opportunities to join the academy's Cadet Force.  Year 11s meet with Mr Bouckley on a regular basis for achievement and progress assemblies.  We will also be hearing regularly from Daniella Lord, Higher Education Champion for the eastern region who will be raising aspirations for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 as part of our careers programme.


A range of visitors are also invited into to the academy talk to students.  This year so far, students have listened to local karate champion, Jack Somers (pictured above with Ennis Vice Sports Captain and trampolining referee Chris Earley).  Jack talked us about about the discipline required to achieve your ambitions and about the importance of resilience in his sporting career; it took him 9 years to finally triumph against an adversary who promptly retired after defeat. 

Other themes that have been featured in assemblies include national HATE crime awareness week, anti-bullying week and national road safety week.  To mark World War 100 in November 2018, History teacher Mr Archer, shared an outstanding assembly with us on the facts behind the Great War and its impact on the nation and on Ipswich in particular.  Students in Year 7 heard from ex-student, Koren Harper, who is training to be a paediatric nurse in the Philippines.

Later in the  year, we are looking forward to  hearing about Young Carers Week, Internet Safety Week, Mental Health Awareness Week, Healthy Eating from the school nursing team as well as peer pressure and the meaning of advent courtesy of the Reverend Jutta Brueck from St Thomas' the Apostle Church on Bramford Road. 

At the beginning of every half term, the Principal delivers an assembly to each House where he takes a moment to outline any developments, expectations or areas of focus. At the start of this year, we learned about STAR and the ways in which its meaning can be applied every day, by everyone, in small but meaningful ways.  We learned about kindness and how this may be shown to those around us, at home and at school and how it should be expected in return.

At the end of every term, Houses come together in assembly to recognise the achievements of their students and the House as as whole and a range of certificates are presented.  Each House has a chosen charity for whom fundraising events are organised.  Every year in September, the academy community holds a huge cake and bake sale in aid of MacMillan.  Prizes are awarded for Star Bakers and in 2018, just over £436 was raised which was a record sum!

At the end of the autumn and summer terms, the academy community of staff and students assemblies together in the sports hall.  In the summer term, there is a palpable sense of excitement, when the winning House for sports day is announced.