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LAR Summer Newsletter 2022

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Leigh Academy
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Rainham Roundup
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July 2022
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MODULE 6 EDITION
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DREAM
BELIEVE
ACHIEVE
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Summer Edition!
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Principal's Piece ● LAR Events ● Learning at LAR ● LEIGH Learners ● College Community Corner ● Appreciation Avenue ● Wellbeing
What's
Welcome
To Leigh Academy Rainham Roundup!
We are delighted to welcome you to the 'Leigh Academy Rainham Roundup'! This is our unique magazine that is published each module to celebrate all that we achieve in our highly inclusive setting, where tradition and innovation combine to create leaders of tomorrow.

At Leigh Academy Rainham we promote an ethos of uncompromising high aspirations and expectations for every young person in terms of both their academic success and personal growth as caring, respectful global citizens who act with purpose and integrity.  Within this magazine we share with you the wonderful ways in which we work towards our values of Dream, Believe, Achieve.
Enjoy!
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CONTENTS


04. Principal's Piece



06. Learning at LAR
MYP Curriculum


10. Learning at LAR
Our Colleges


16. Learning at LAR
Healthy Minds and Theme of the Fortnight


18. Learning at LAR
Co-Curriculum Activities


22. Events at LAR


28. LEIGH Learners articles


40. Wellbeing at LAR


42. The Last Word
Principal's
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Visits to
What an exceptional founding year for Leigh Academy Rainham and it has only been possible as a result of all the hard work of our wonderful staff body and families who have contributed so well to Academy life. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved this year and in this special edition we have included articles from our students who were eager to share what they have experienced as a result of joining LAR.
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Our founding Year 7 cohort have received over 33,500 reward points collectively this year as a result of persistently making positive choices to meet our exceptionally high expectations. We reward points for our LEIGH Learner Attributes of Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Inquisitiveness, Grit and Humility. We set the expectation for our first cohort of students to dream big, believe in themselves and achieve well and they have set ambitious goals for themselves in all aspects of academy life. This year we are proud to say they have collectively raised over £4200 for their chosen charities, conducted 20 community litter picks, are in the top 20% of schools in the world for their engagement with learning Spanish on Languagenut, are 11th out of 750 schools for engagement with Sparx Maths, delivered 120 shoeboxes to elderly residents in the community and 98% have taken part in at least one co-curricular club! In addition both the boys and girls teams came second out of 17 academies in the Trust Sports Day.

I am very confident that when we welcome our new year 6 students they will have an equally exceptional year!
Mayor of Medway
We were thrilled to welcome the Mayor of Medway at Leigh Academy Rainham.
She has proudly supported the application for a free school in Medway from the start of the process and was delighted to see what we have achieved this year and to speak to the students.
Thank you so much for visiting us!
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Visits to
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Bank of England
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LAR welcomed Chris Dare, the former director of the Bank of England. This visit was arranged to raise students awareness of financial security and careers in the financial industry. Today Chris shared his career path with students and highlighted the importance of both banking and finance. This included: the significance of saving by opening a savers account and why interest rates differ and are affected by global events. Students were highly engaged and asked Chris some fantastic questions such as: what pathways they could do to work in banking or finance as well as transferable skills would be best needed.
Chris also commented on how inquisitive are students were during this guest speaker and would like to return again next year in offering workshops.
Mayor of Medway
We were thrilled to welcome the Mayor of Medway at Leigh Academy Rainham.
She has proudly supported the application for a free school in Medway from the start of the process and was delighted to see what we have achieved this year and to speak to the students.
Thank you so much for visiting us!
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Learning
Thoughtful cross-curricular planning ensures that topics between different subjects are well sequenced and aligned with a cohesive, coherent and chronological approach to the holistic delivery of concepts and content.
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This exposes students to limitless cross-curricular connections provoking students to make fascinating links and cumulatively gain knowledge which is embedded in their long term memory. It is our duty to ensure that students leave the academy with the necessary personal, academic and social skills and cultural capital needed to thrive and succeed in their chosen careers.
Our intent is that our curriculum:

Provides a broad, innovative and balanced curriculum that is challenging, comprehensive, underpinned by the principles of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and is accessible to all pupils, regardless of prior attainment, academic ability or need.
OUR MYP CURRICULUM
Delivers opportunities for students to become accomplished and reflective lifelong learners, with useful, transferable skills and well embedded schemas of knowledge.
This is a prudent time to remind our community about the intent behind our curriculum and this is why I would like to share our new curriculum intent.
Curriculum at Leigh Academy Rainham is defined as the blueprint for all that will be taught, learnt and experienced by students within and beyond the classroom environment.
Students will leave with enhanced digital literacy and understanding across a range of disciplines, including numeracy, and literacy.
Fosters a culture in which students are independent, highly ambitious and achieve excellent outcomes , opening doors to a variety of future opportunities and enabling them to access further education and careers of their choice.
Our vision that pupils will ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’ is underpinned by the high quality curriculum on offer that is not only broad and innovative but designed to improve the life chances of our young people. Students will not only become masters in each of the disciplines but understand holistic overarching concepts that link academic and vocational subjects, PSHRE and the fundamental British values; this will be achieved through an ongoing cycle of inquiry, application, assessment and improvement.
Expands students' perspectives through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities, creating globally aware young citizens with a sense of moral and social responsibility who also have the necessary IB Learner qualities to overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life.
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