The Heath Academy Trust

a primary multi-academy trust, leading learning in east Dorset


Race in memory of a special life

Sixpenny Handley First School headteacher Clare Hewitt and governor Sharon Carter are taking part in the Paris Marathon in memory of former pupil Emily Brown.

A Dorset headteacher and a school governor are joining forces to run in the Paris Marathon in memory of a much-loved former pupil.

Clare Hewitt, headteacher of Sixpenny Handley First School, and governor Sharon Carter, are taking on the 26 mile race in memory of Emily Brown who lost her brave two-year battle with cancer last year aged just seven.

Money raised from their marathon fundraising efforts will go to the bereavement charity MOSAIC and Bloodwise.

Clare said: “Emilywas a beautiful, bright, vibrant little girl who loved to dance, sing, draw and be with her friends. 

“She had a great sense of humour and would often make us smile – she loved to show her original ideas in her work. 

“It was very difficult for all her friends at school when she passed away and MOSAIC gave us a lot of support at that time.

“They are still supporting the family and her young brother who attends our school. This is our way of giving something back to them and saying thank you for helping the school community cope with losing Emily.”

The Heath Academy Trust school has already raised money through an after school running club, a French Day ahead of the Paris Marathon and a ‘guess the time’ competition for pupils to say how long it will take Clare and Sharon to complete the marathon.

Clare and Sharon will also be joining Emily’s family to compete in Blenheim Palace Triathlon in June

The pair, both regular half marathon runners, have been training since December for the marathon, which is held on April 14, and have been able to complete 23 miles so far.

CEO of Heath Academy Trust, Justine Horn, said: “I know these fundraising efforts led by Clare and Sharon mean so much to the whole Sixpenny Handley community.

“It is a wonderful way to commemorate Emily Brown’s memory and to raise funds for two very special charities.”

The team raising money in memory of Emily has set themselves a target to raise £15,000. Anyone who would like to sponsor them can do so by going to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/EmilyAvellana


Art project set to make environmental waves

St James Church of England First School took is taking part in a Big Art Project run by Peter Margerum, along with fellow Heath Academy Trust schools.

Children across Dorset schools are making a real splash to highlight the damage plastic is causing the oceans.

Youngsters from Heath Academy Trust’s six first and primary schools are embarking on an ambitious art project to turn plastic washed up on local beaches into sculpture for a special art exhibition.

They are being supported by local artist Peter Marjoram, who has collected the plastic from Chesil Beach and the Fleet in Weymouth.

The children also brought in their own waste plastics, including juice and milk bottles, caps, yoghurt pots and plastic bags, which are a huge source of problems in the sea.

One of the first schools to get the project underway was St James’ CE First School in Alderholt. Headteacher, Jo Hudson, said: “With Peter’s guidance the children made sea creatures out of the plastic that has been found on our beaches and in the home.

“Our main theme throughout this project is to look at how we can reduce plastic waste so it is not ending up in our oceans.

“The plastic sea creatures we have been making symbolise the wildlife that needs protecting from our own rubbish.”

The children worked on joint creatures using a variety of hand tools such as drills and nuts and bolts to make permanent structure.

 

More plastic sea creatures made by children from the other Heath Academy Trust schools – St Ives Primary, Three Legged Cross First, St Mary’s and Oakhurst first schools in West Moors and Sixpenny Handley First will eventually be added to the final structure.

The sea creature sculpture will then form the centrepiece of an art exhibition, which will be held on June 29 at Chalbury and Holt Village Hall.

Heath Academy Trust CEO, Justine Horn, said: “This is a wonderful collaboration between our schools and is a powerful way of demonstrating to our children the harm plastic is doing to our oceans.

“This art project also shows what good can be made from plastic when it is re-used rather than thrown away.

“We cannot wait to share the final sculpture with our local community in the summer, it promises to look fantastic.”


Our school councils visit the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Children from the Heath Academy Trust have embarked on a mission to find out more about Britain and its values.

Their mission began in 2017 with a visit to Wimborne Minster for a discovery about Christianity and then followed a trip in 2018 to a Mosque to learn more about British Muslims.

Now their latest 2019 venture has seen them visit a Hindu temple in Southampton.

Around 50 children representing the six Heath Academy Trust schools visited the temple as part their learning on democracy, rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty.

As part of this mammoth task the youngsters from each school council are being asked to consider British values and diversity of faith.

During their visit the children observed a 20 minute traditional temple service which included sung prayer and worship.

The youngsters then had some free time to explore the temple and look closely at its many colourful, intricate shrines and beautiful paintings.

Their day culminated in the priest giving them a presentation about Hinduism and the religion’s motto ‘doing the right thing’.

CEO of the Heath Academy Trust, Justine Horn, said: “We are very grateful to the Hindu Temple for hosting our children and providing such a fascinating insight into Hinduism.

“Each of our school councils have been enjoying this exciting journey of learning together.

“They are finding out much more about our country – its values, the different faiths we worship, democracy, the rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty.”

 

 

 


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Teachers take inspiration from sporting stars

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Holt Heath Teaching Alliance annual conference at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. The headteaching team and teachers with guest speaker paralympian Aaron Phipps.

TAKING INSPIRATION: Holt Heath Teaching Alliance annual conference at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. The headteaching team and teachers with guest speaker paralympian Aaron Phipps.

Teaching and support staff from across six Dorset schools came together for a special conference at AFC Bournemouth to learn from sport how ‘together, anything is possible’.

The conference was organised by the Holt Teaching Alliance, part of east Dorset’s Heath Academy Trust, to inspire school staff that together they can transform children’s lives.

Kicking off the event was the Cherries manager Eddie Howe, who told them of the inspirational story which saw Bournemouth climb from lower divisions to now being a top 10 Premier League side.

Then it was the turn of the main guest speaker – Paralympian and GB wheelchair rugby star Aaron Phipps.

Aaron was just 15 when he contracted Meningitis, which saw most of his fingers and both legs amputated to save his life.

He did not let his disabilities get in the way of his love of sport and competed in the London Marathon and took up wheelchair rugby.

As part of the Wheelchair Rugby team for Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympic games, Aaron scored more than half of the overall points for them team.

And in 2016 Aaron set himself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation. It was the first time a disabled British person had climbed Kilimanjaro without assistance.

Justine Horn, CEO of Heath Academy Trust, said: “We were honoured to hold our conference at AFC Bournemouth and hear truly inspirational stories from the world of sport.

“We are committed to developing outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all within high quality learning experiences for staff and, of course, our pupils.

“Our guest speakers and the venue inspired everyone who was at the conference to believe anything is possible together.”

Aaron Phipps added: “It was a privilege to speak to a room full of teachers and school staff, all of whom work so hard to support young people.

“If through my story I have helped to inspire them even further then that’s an honour indeed.”

Heath Academy Trust has six primary and first schools in east Dorset – St Ives Primary, St James First in Alderholt, Sixpenny Handley First, Oakhurst First and St Mary’s First in West Moors and Three Legged Cross First.

It is also home to the Holt Teaching Alliance, which provides in-house teacher training and courses for schools and teachers throughout the area.