We are issuing this warning, as this time of year traditionally sees a spike in robberies. These incidents are usually preventable, if children follow some simple crime prevention advice:
- Never bring non-essential and expensive gadgets to school, such as games consoles and PSP players. They are safer at home, and you never know who may have spotted them on your journey to school.
- If you are travelling to school on public transport, walking, or in your own neighbourhood, never have your phone, games consoles or PSP players on show. Somebody could try to take them from you.
- When you are travelling alone try to keep to busy streets. Shortcuts are a bad idea if they are deserted or have poor lighting.
- When travelling by bus, sit close to the driver where possible, or in view of the CCTV if present. Avoid sitting upstairs if you are travelling alone. Check service times before leaving to avoid waiting at bus stops for long periods.
A group of our Year 10 RSA Academy students were treated to a writing masterclass with Brendan Hawthorne, the first ever Poet Laureate for Wednesbury. Our students met the well-versed poet at nearby Glebefields Library, where he read some of his famous Black Country dialect poetry, talked about his life as a poet and helped our students to begin writing poems and short stories based on the ‘Neptune Mural,’ recounting the illustrious (and industrious) history of Tipton.
The Academy Under-18s are now enjoying a brief break from fixtures having come from behind to win at Rotherham last week and booked a fourth round FA Youth Cup tie at Tottenham. One of the key performers so far this season is Zimbabwe-born Tendai Matinyadze, enjoying a fresh lease of life after a change in position.
The 17-year-old explains more.
Training for the RSA8 came to an end this week with the highly anticipated Warwick University Residential Weekend. After taking part in a number of training sessions to support their leadership journeys, students in the RSA8 programme across the Family of Academies, put their skills to the test and devised a Social Action Plan to make a difference in their school or community.
A huge thank you to our students and our staff for their contributions to ‘Hatty Christmas’! There was a lovely atmosphere around the building as everyone began to get into the Christmas spirit. We raised £613.40 for Blind Children UK, which is a tremendous effort from everyone. We know the money will be put to very good use by Blind Children UK and will make a real difference to the lives of many people.
Aussie Rules Football took centre stage at the RSA Academy this morning when we were delighted to welcome Chelsea Roffey to the Academy. Chelsea was the first female to umpire the Grand Final of the Australian Football League – a bit like refereeing the FA Cup Final at Wembley – but bigger! 100,000 fans had crowded into the ground in Melbourne for the final and it was watched by many millions more on national television.