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IOP Physics Roadshow to Year 5 Pupils

Thanks to IOPLSE for the amazing Physics Roadshow delivered to our year 5 feeder school pupils, there was a definite feeling of awe and excitement in the CVA theatre this morning.

IOP Physics Roadshow to Year 5 Pupils

 


Year 10 Students Awarded Their DofE Bronze Award

Well done to our Year 10 students who have successfully completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award were awarded their certificates today in assembly.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to extend their skill base, and gain confidence and independence at the same time. These students have worked really hard over the past 6 months learning new skills, taking part in physical activities, volunteering and taking part in a two night expedition.

 

The expedition and the training section was a definite highlight for the students and an adventure of two halves, for the training aspect students had to endure torrential rain with one student even trying their hand at bog swimming! In stark contrast the main event happened to take place on the hottest weekend of the year! Despite all extreme weather conditions students showed true resilience and enthusiasm, cooking up an amazing cooked breakfast with freshly prepared hash brown and as the sun set enjoying jumbo toasted marshmallows around the campfire. They even got to watch the England world cup game through the foresight of taking a power pack with them.

 

Equal credit must also be given to the other sections, for skills, students took on journalistic roles, looking at the effects of cancer research, performed regularly in a band improving their skill level of playing a musical instrument and developing their art skills which resulted in a student producing a range of facial portraits in different medium.

 

For the Volunteering section of the award, as part of caring for an elderly neighbour, lots of dogs got taken out for walks, Mums and relatives were given a reprieve when chores were completed at home for free and students helped support their local primary school children when they came to the academy for science enrichment activity.

Year 10 Students Awarded Their DofE Bronze Award

 


Review of the National Autism Strategy

The Department of Health and Social Care, with the Department for Education, has recently launched a national call for evidence to inform the review of the Autism Strategy. The call for evidence is inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers as well as those of professionals. It is aimed at finding out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers. Click on the click below to fill out the online survey.
Deadline for responses is Thursday 16th May.

Online Survey

 


'Soundsational' Music Performance

On Wednesday 13th March, a number of Year 9 Castle View Academy students took part in Portsmouth Music Hub's 'Soundsational' music concert at the Portsmouth Guildhall. Featuring performances from schools across the city, as well as the Music Hub's own Rock bands, CV students performed superbly on the prestigious Guildhall stage, and received glowing feedback from the events organisers. Students performed 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Teenage Kicks' and 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams,'

'Soundsational' Music Performance

 


Disneyland Paris - Where Dreams Come True

Over half term, 56 students from Castle View Academy participated in an engaging and inspiring series of seminars and workshops in Disneyland Paris.

 

During the four day trip, the students learnt first-hand how Disney’s spectacular shows and parades are put together.  In a dance and drama workshop, they worked with casting directors and choreographers to recreate the ‘Love is an Open Door’ scene from Disneyland’s production of ‘Frozen Live’.

 

The trip was also an opportunity to bring other areas of the curriculum to life.  For example, the students learnt about the engineering and science behind some of the park’s ground-breaking rides.  They learnt how Galileo and Newton’s principles influenced roller-coaster design and looked at G forces, animatronics and potential and kinetic energy.  During this fascinating workshop, the students designed their own roller-coaster.

 

In a creative writing workshop, the students explored fairy tales and were tasked with writing a traditional tale from the perspective of another character.

 

Miss Nutland, who accompanied the students, said:

 

“What a fantastic trip!  The students learnt so much and were exposed to so many different experiences.  Throughout the trip, they were constantly amazed by what they were seeing and there was always someone saying ‘Wow’!

 

“This trip was so much more than a visit to a theme park; the students really got to grips with the physics and engineering behind the rides and their twisted fairytales were superb.

 

“As part of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character, we constantly seek to give our students an education which excites, challenges and interests them and this trip did not disappoint!”

 

Disneyland Paris - Where Dreams Come True

 


Time and Tide Festival

TIME AND TIDE – Festival of the Sea

At the beginning of March, CVA Dance students took part in an emotional site-specific performance as part of Portsmouth’s Festival of the Sea festival which saw live and digital performances exploring our relationship with the waters that surround us.

Back in June 2018, Miss Nutland, Head of Dance, was contacted by Liz Weston from the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth with a proposal for a site-specific performance at the Square Tower in Southsea. After several months of discussions and different ideas being proposed, the final theme that was decided on was The Sea, a performance involving our Year 9 dance students along with a number of elders from the NTR.

With the theme set, our Year 9 students came up with an idea to base a performance around the sadness of saying goodbye to loved ones who are leaving to go out to sea and, in contrast, the excitement of (hopefully) welcoming them home again.

Students wrote post cards to loved ones who they imaged had gone away which were then transformed into solo dance pieces. Several months and many rehearsals later, they had a piece which not only explored their postcard ideas but began the story of the whole production. The girls worked tirelessly throughout the project and were able to collaborate and work with a number of the NTR players who came in to our rehearsals on a number of occasions. The end result was simply stunning. The girls performed with passion and a clear sense of storytelling and emotion. Several audience members were left in tears during the performance and commented on how professional the girls were throughout the entire production.

Liz Weston, Director of Time and Tide said, “I am writing to you to say how much the New Theatre Royal Dancers and Players enjoyed working with you and your dance students on "Time and Tide". I have had a great deal of positive feedback from audience members saying how impressed they were with  the high standard of your students' performance and how well it worked within the overall performance. The girls worked very hard to create and perfect the piece and I was impressed seeing their commitment to the whole performance.  Their interpretation of the theme was sensitive, beautiful and moving.  Their behaviour during rehearsals and the actual performances was excellent - they were, indeed, great ambassadors for Castle View Academy!”

Time and Tide Festival

 


Free Thorpe Park Attendance Trip

Free trip to Thorpe Park for all years, including year 11. Open to all students with 100% attendance between Monday 17th December - Last day of the Summer term.

Free Thorpe Park Attendance Trip

 


Year 10 Motivational talk - UoP & PFC

Yesterday Year 10 students welcomed University of Portsmouth along with PFC midfielder Bryn Morris, commercial director Anna Mitchell and marketing manager Shaun Whitmarsh in to give a motivational talk about their chosen career paths.

Year 10 Motivational talk - UoP & PFC

 


Favela's - Homework Project

Fantastic favela's of all shapes and sizes have been coming in thick and fast over the past week. Year 7, 8 & 9 Art students were set a homework project to produce their own favela based on the slums of Rio. For inspiration students looked at artist Tracey Snelling and her one thousand shacks installation.

Favela's - Homework Project

 


Marie Curie Plant a Daffodil Month

As part of the year 7 'Act of Kindness' campaign, students have decided to support @mariecurieuk plant a daffodil month (1st-29th March). Daffodil bulbs are available for 50p from the academy canteen. #everydaffodil #CVProud

Marie Curie Plant a Daffodil Month

 


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