Year 9 Cultural Capital July Programme

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Year 9 Cultural Capital Week: Monday 15th July to 18th July 2024

Our Cultural Capital programme for this academic year concludes in the final week of module 6.  Between Monday 15th July and Thursday 18th July, the normal student timetable will be suspended for our Cultural Capital Week. All students will be engaged in a variety of experiences throughout the Academy week, curated to compliment their learning across this year and into the next academic year. 

The Year 9 Cultural Capital Week is titled “My Future”. For many of the activities planned across this week, students will work in groups on interdisciplinary projects that will help them develop a range of skills and the characteristics of the MYP Learner Profile, such as communication, enquiry and reflection. The Year 9 Cultural Capital Week has been designed to encourage students to think about their future and develop life skills, supporting their learning as they transition to their first GCSE year. 

Attendance at the Academy throughout this week is compulsory. Students will only be able to choose paid-for trips. All other activities will be assigned to students. Where there is a cost to trips, such as Cycling at Herne Hill, Thorpe Park, Terrible Thames Boat Trip, Escape Room and Sister Act, these costs have been detailed overleaf in bold font. All payments are to be made on ParentPay; all paid-for trips are on a first-come-first-served basis and are non-refundable or transferable. Bookings for trips will go live on Friday 7th June. 

For activities that will take place on-site, students follow an adjusted structure and timings of the Academy day, including possible changes to lunch and break times, all of which will be communicated to students ahead of time. Students will not need their Chromebooks and usual equipment, and unless stated below and overleaf, all students should attend the Academy in their full Academy uniform. Please be aware that some activities and events may conclude after or slightly before the usual time of the Academy day.  Students will return to their normal timetable for the final day of the academic year.

Description: Activities will include:

  • Centre of the Cell at Queen Mary University
  • Maritime Museum & Greenwich Park
  • The Horniman Museum & Gardens
  • Cycling at Herne Hill for velodrome and off-trail cycling, £15 (20 spaces).
  • Bushcraft skills; insight into the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Course (onsite & off-site to Oxleas Woods)

Dress Code: Students attending the Herne Hill Velodrome and those taking part in Bushcraft skills should wear their Academy P.E. kit for this day.  All other students should wear their full Academy uniform.

Description: Activities will include:

  • CSI workshop (onsite)
  • Thorpe Park visit, £38.90 (50 spaces) – payable in 2 instalment
  • Terrible Thames Boat Trip, £10, (30 spaces)

Dress Code: Only students attending the Thorpe Park trip are permitted to wear non-uniform clothes. Clothing worn must be suitable for an active day, therefore shorts, skirts, and tops/t-shirts must be of an appropriate length. Cropped tops and hot-pants shorts are not permitted. Footwear must be shoes or trainers, no Crocs or flip-flops are permitted. All other students should wear their full Academy uniform.

Extra Information: Students attending the Terrible Thames and Cambridge University visits will return later than the end of the Academy day.

Description: Activities will include:

  • Well-being & First Aid Workshop (onsite)
  • Bushcraft Skills  (onsite & off-site at Oxleas Woods)
  • Visit to an Escape Room, £31 (31 spaces)
  • Sister Act, Theatre visit, £25 (30 spaces)

Dress Code: All students should wear their full Academy uniform.

Extra Information: Students attending the Sister Act theatre visit will start at 12pm and will return later than the end of the Academy day, at approximately 5.30pm.

Description: Activities will include:

  • Well-being & First Aid workshop (onsite)
  • CSI Workshop (onsite)
  • Bushcraft skills (onsite & off-site to Oxleas Woods)

Dress Code: Students attending the Herne Hill Velodrome and those taking part in Bushcraft skills should wear their Academy P.E. kit for this day.  All other students should wear their full Academy uniform.

  • Students to attend the academy as usual for the last day of the academic year.

Should you have any questions regarding the Cultural Capital programme, please contact us at the Academy at admin@thehalleyacademy.org.uk.

We hope that this Cultural Capital Week will provide experiences that will be genuinely inspiring and transformative for our students.

Yours faithfully, 

Hayley Panton | Assistant Principal/Deputy Head of Turing School