The Academy has celebrated International Dance week with a number of performances from our students. I went on Thursday night, with some invited guests from the; Trust4learning, the Farwath Trust, ex staff and our board of Directors and we were all absolutely thrilled and delighted with the performances we saw. Mrs Alderson and the two trainee teachers she has been working with have worked very hard to choreograph and direct the students. What was an additional surprise was the number of students who had choreographed their own dances. A great big congratulations from me to everyone involved and to the parents and friends of the Academy who came to watch too.
To dance at the high standards I saw last night required young people to be fit and healthy. One of the sad observations I’ve made since I started here in September is the high number of young people who smoke from both our school and from the surrounding community. At a time when cancer and other smoke related illnesses are high profile in the media to encourage people of all ages to stop, there seems still to be high levels of young smokers in Redcar. During my first term here I worked with some of our senior students to present an assembly to each house on the risks of smoking- encouraging them to quit. I shared with the school population that I had been a smoker in my youth and gave up 25 years ago. I am delighted to say that a number of staff gave up smoking following the campaign.
Our staffs actively discourage the student from smoking on the site and consequences follow any student who is caught. Before and after the school day senior staff are outside the school encouraging the smokers to stop and to move away from the homes of our local community. Sometimes it feels like we are pushing against the tide but we will continue to do this because it is important to me and the rest of our senior leadership team that more children get the message that smoking is bad for you. As a parent I’ve always given my own children this message and thankfully none of them smoke. In order to have greater success here in Redcar I need more people to make the effort so, if you’re a parent reading this blog, please make sure your children don’t smoke and if you smoke yourself, how about giving up? If you’re a young person reading this blog, who smokes, I challenge you to stop now. I want fit and healthy young people at this school who can take part in all the activities we offer and live long lives.
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
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