Student success round-up January 2013

Here are just a few of the many student success stories this month from across the Academy.

Our Resident Poet

Congratulations to Godwin Boakye (Year 9) who entered a Mother Tongue Other Tongue writing competition back in summer 2012. His work has since been selected as one of the pieces to be published in the All Write anthology. Entries were received from the UK and from around the world. Well done to Godwin and Ms Paito who facilitated this. Our copy of the anthology has now arrived and is in the library.

Cross-Country News

Sophie and Daniel Hill competed in the Manchester Schools Cross-country Championships on Wednesday afternoon in Wythenshawe Park.  Sophie easily won her age group (on a very wet and muddy course) and as a result has been crowned Manchester Schools Champion and has qualified to the Greater Manchester competition, which is the qualifier for the National Championships.  Daniel Hill finished 6th and has also qualified to the Greater Manchester competition.

Year 8 Netball

On Thursday the Year 8 netball team were victorious in an away match at St Bede's College. By half time our team was one goal ahead and by full time we had kept the lead, winning by 1 goal.  Well done to the team:

  • Niamh Knowles
  • Monica Grocott (Captain)
  • Jessica Philips
  • Jade McCarthy
  • Mia Quinn
  • Leah Finch
  • Rose Maxwell

A special mention should be given for Mia Quinn and Jessica Philips who have never played for the team before (and trained for the first time with us on Wednesday) and for Niamh Knowles who was voted 'man of the match' by the St Bedes team.

The Karate Kid

Though you might not know it seeing her walk around smart in her Academy uniform, Yasamin Golnarnik in Year 9 is a 2 time karate champion with another competition coming up in February.

Yasamin started karate in Iran when she was 3 years old after watching her older brother develop an interest. She’s now a black belt (1st dan) after 10 years of practice – even after moving to England she practises at least 3 times a week.

Things were different in Iran, as she was the only girl out of a group with more than 20 boys, and in Iran girls and boys had to train separately, but she soon got used to the mixed groups in the UK.

Yasamin enjoys karate and says she would recommend it to anyone interested, and the Academy is proud to have many students like Yasamin who are committed to clubs and groups whilst still performing excellently in their school work. 

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