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It’s not every day that an academy has a visit from the Central Band of the RAF but All Saints were delighted to host a concert on Friday 10 January, starting the Band’s new season of school visits together with the RAF Careers Service.

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The Band performed a fun programme in front of the Councillors John Chatterley and Peter Williams (Town Mayors of Dunstable and Houghton Regis) and a hall full of students. The main hall was flooded with the sounds of military precision and professionalism as arrangements of songs from the charts, well-known tunes and even a medley of Nintendo themes were played by the thirty-two member Band, directed by Warrant Officer Dave Richards.

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There were opportunities for audience participation as students yelled pop choruses as the Band played and joined the percussion section for a rendition of
Tea for Two with the Principal, Tom Waterworth, conducting.

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WO Richards promised an entertaining programme and it was that and much more. We wish the Band well with its tour around the UK and overseas in the coming months and thank them very much for visiting All Saints.

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October 5th, 2016

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The traditional sale of poppies took place in late October and November leading to Armistice Day on Friday 11th and Remembrance Sunday on 12th November.
The VI form also raised £65.43 with a cake sale to add to the Poppy Appeal. Student cadets were well-involved at ceremonies in both Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

Many student families have links with the armed services and it is a poignant time of year for us all in which to reflect on the generosity of those who have given much in the search for peace and justice.

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October 5th, 2016

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We have 13 students registered to run the Race For Life at Stockwood Park on Sunday 23rd June 2013.

The Academy has entered as a team and students have been able to use the Fitness Suite to train for the event.

Each student plus Miss Carey and Miss Flynn will be running 5K to raise money for cancer research, if you wish to sponsor the Academy you can do so via student sponsorship forms or by donating any amount through the Just Giving process.

Please visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/all-saints-academy any amount donated will be much appreciated.

Thank you

October 5th, 2016

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As usual, students were involved at the Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Acts of Remembrance in both Dunstable and Houghton Regis through local uniformed organisations, as well as representing the Academy directly.

At Dunstable Priory on Remembrance Sunday Mr Grubb accompanied Jersey Villanueva and Saskia Davies who laid the wreath for All Saints.

A second wreath was laid at Houghton Regis on Armistice Day by Georgia Roberts and Saskia; the standard and guard of honour were provided by Army cadets Liam Bond, Owen Lindsay, Mark Wade and Jordan Miles, accompanied by Mr Waterworth and Fr Alasdair.

It is a moving time of year for many families and it’s encouraging to see how many local people from across the full spectrum of age ranges are involved with these ceremonies; the words and silence give us time to ponder the cost of past and present conflicts to ordinary people – ‘we will remember them’ – and the great value of even our imperfect peace.

British Legion local convenor and former Guardsman, Mick Hunt, warmly thanked those involved and said to us ‘the students are a credit to the Academy, their families and the community’.

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When you go home,
Tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow
We gave our today.

October 5th, 2016

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Target sports featured in activities for Sport Relief on 23 March when students were offered the opportunity of throwing wet sponges at some of the Academy staff for 20p a sponge. Mr Roberts took a direct shot to the head while Mr Barnard, Ms Lissaman and Fr Coles took their share of hits as well.

Chairman of Governors, Mr Wallace, got in on the act under the watchful supervision of senior students ensuring that everything went with a splash.

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October 5th, 2016

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All Saints Academy Pilot A Peer Led Anti-Smoking Project On Behalf Of NHS Stop Smoking Service Bedfordshire

Kick Ash is an anti-smoking project led by young people, for young people that has been successfully running in Cambridgeshire for several years now.

Following on from that success, Bedfordshire Stop Smoking service decided to pilot it in this area. We were approached by them and asked if we would take part and run the pilot at All Saints.

An Assembly was held and Year 10 students were given the opportunity to apply to be a Kick-Ash mentor.  Training sessions with the Stop Smoking Service and Trading Standards, were followed by a busy six months spreading the “ Proud To Be Smokefree” message.
If you would like to know more about Kick-Ash please visit www.kickash.org.uk  or follow us on Facebook (Kick Ash UK) or on twitter @KickashUK

Rosie Michael

Kick-Ash @ All Saints

Project co-ordinator

October 4th, 2016

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On 21 November 2013 students from Sixth Form, along with Gifted & Talented Art students from Years 10 and 11, took part in an Islamic Art Workshop. They learned about the principles of Islamic Art and how it shows Unity – a key concept in Islamic culture. Many thanks to Anouar and Maryam from the Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Culture & Heritage Organisation who planned and ran the sessions.

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After a short presentation explaining what Islamic Art is, we were all given a template to trace onto tracing paper, which we then transferred onto tea-stained card. We then used acrylic paints to paint in the different shapes. When all the pieces were finished we put them together to create one large piece of work and it looked really good. Even though it was very time consuming and required a lot of attention to the detail I enjoyed the day and thought that the final outcome was worth it.
Kerrie Loughnane, Year 12

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Seeing just how much cultures vary artistically was amazing and inspiring. Slotting all the pieces together to make a beautiful final piece is something I will keep in mind for my own projects in Art. I also learnt how some cultures use art to portray spiritual meanings and religious beliefs. I found the whole day fun, and learning someone else’s views on art was interesting. I never knew that Maths could be so involved in creative drawing and art; the way things in some art are developed using mathematical calculation is really interesting.
Chloe Taylor, Year 10

October 4th, 2016

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Visit by Mrs Deborah Inskip, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire

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All Saints Academy was delighted to showcase its new facilities to Mrs Deborah Inskip, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, on 12 June 2013.

During her visit Mrs Inskip was amazed at the excellent behaviour of our students.

The students themselves were very courteous and were asking Mrs Inskip about her role as High Sheriff, and were very keen to seek Mrs Inskip’s support in getting the Queen to visit our school.

Mrs Inskip said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and was particularly delighted to meet so many of your pupils and
staff.  As they were all eager to claim, you have an amazing school.  You are right to be proud of all you have
achieved since opening’.

October 4th, 2016

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The Academy has been given an award by the British Astronomical Association for the sports facilities lighting at the rear of the building.

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The Campaign for Dark Skies aims to preserve and restore the beauty of the night sky by campaigning against excessive, inefficient and irresponsible lighting that shines where it is neither wanted nor needed.

October 4th, 2016

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Year 3 & 4 Change for Life Sports Festival hosted by All Saints Academy

The Academy hosted the Change For Life Sports Festival for years 3 & 4 here at the Academy on Tuesday 7
th May 2013; it was the first festival to be held here on the new 3G pitch. A total of six local lower schools attended the event and had a fabulous day, they were able to try a variety of new activities and sports, students and the teachers of the lower schools were also very impressed with the new building and the outdoor facilities, with many students saying “wow, this is amazing” as they entered the Academy. Staff were also very impressed with the building, one stating that “the festival was an excellent opportunity for the students, our facilities are very limited so this is great”.

The event would not have been able to run without the help of our wonderful leaders and our Gifted and Talented students so a massive thank you goes to the following students: Shannon Stack, Moly Smyley, Ciara Craig, Rebekah Gearey, Millie Henderson-Williams, Ellie Wheatley, Jonathan Wyllie, Jordan Knight and Ellie Bastian. Also thank you to the year 13 Dance group that opened the festival with a brilliant dance routine, once again this was much appreciated by all staff and students at the event.

October 4th, 2016

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