On Friday 20th March, MCA played host to over 100 children from ten local primary schools as part of the Urban Crew ESA Day. The Urban Crew project is a citizenship programme which engages year 5/6 children from primary schools within the North Manchester area. The children take part in various activities throughout the year in order to complete challenges from the ASDAN Key Steps Award, which leads to an accreditation equivalent to one unit of a GCSE.
The ESA Day saw the students taking part in one of three activities; either Fit for Life, The Fit Food Club or The Big Debate.
On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, MCA will host a free ‘Jam Packed’ Community Computing Fesitval.
Come along and join us on Friday evening for our ‘Family Hack Jam’ which is suitable for groups of adults and children aged 6 and upwards. Bring along a group of family or friends and join in the fun and games with coding workshops and competitions taking place with prizes for the lucky winners. No experience is necessary as you will be taught all you need to know. For more information and to register, please click here http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-hack-jam-manchester-270315-tickets-15115069580
On Wednesday 18th March MCA, in partnership with MaD Theatre Company, will launch a new and exciting ‘Introduction to Theatre Skills’ course. This course lasts for six weeks and covers areas including acting, directing, script writing, costume design, set and lighting design, and marketing. The course is free to join and will take place each Wednesday from 5.30pm until 7.30pm at MCA.
To reserve your place, or for more information, please contact Sarah Wait on 0161 202 0161 or email@example.com
On Friday 6th February, MCA again hosted the 2015 VEX Regional Championships. Schools that took part in the event were Great Sankey school from Warrington, Bishops’ Blue Coat C ofE High School from Chester, Siddal Moore school from Heywood and Brine Leas School from Nantwich.
MCA’s technology teacher Steve Taylor led one of his teams to victory and this qualifies them for the U.S. Open Robotics Championship, an opportunity for top VEX Robotics teams from across the world to compete with and against the best of the best.
On Friday 30th January the 120 ‘Urban Crew’ members from across 12 North Manchester primary schools attended an ‘Enterprise Day’ at MCA. This day formed part of the 35 hour citizenship programme which all children will complete to achieve an ASDAN ‘Key Steps’ Award, equivalent to a unit of a GCSE B grade.
During the day, children within their school groups were given the challenge of designing and producing a business idea, which ranged from greetings cards, finger puppets to smoothies, fruit kebabs and more! At 1pm all the staff from MCA were given monopoly money to come and spend on the products to enable a real life selling experience for the children.
After counting up all the monies taken by each school, three winners were announced…
St Malachy’s primary won ‘Best Sales’
Seymour Road primary won ‘Best Profit’
And Crumpsall Lane primary won the overall prize of ‘Best Business Team’, chosen by our 3 judges from Convergys, a global telesales company who kindly took the time out to support the event, for outstanding communication and team work skills!
All in all the day was a huge success and we look forward to the next one in 2016!
In December a group of pupils worked with myself (Miss Jones) to take part in a project linked with the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre . The aim of the project was for the academic health community to consult and work alongside young people to come up with realistic and practical ways in which the health of Manchester citizens may be improved.
The first group of pupils, ranging from years 8 to 10, attended a workshop day with myself and Miss Maders alongside a number of other schools. On the day they listened to a number of speakers from the MAHSC present concepts of health and the current health outcomes in Manchester and then they worked in small groups to come up with solutions to specific health problems.
The students were very creative and worked hard to come up with ideas, which they presented confidently to a large room of teenagers and adults. One of the ideas presented by the MCA students “Health Hubs within Schools” was valued by the MAHSC researchers and the students were invited to take part in the next stage of the project, where they came up with a four-minute play depicting their idea.
One Day Christmas Camp Monday 22nd December 2014
MCA embarked on a first ever Christmas Holiday Camp on Monday 22nd December. The day provided an opportunity for parents to finish off their last minute shopping and/or Christmas preparation. Different to our standard offer there was only one camp available, combining sports including team races, football, basketball and the Christmas film Elf. 63 children attended the day; this included 32 boys and 31 girls. 92% of the attendees were from our target post codes of M8, M9 or M40.
Parents were extremely positive about the camp; one commented “You are a lifesaver.”
This term the Drama and English Department are running a cross-curricular project based on Willy Russell’s “Our Day Out.” Prior to commencing the scheme, Miss Jackson and Mrs Nuttall organised a trip to the theatre for the whole of year 8, in a bid to inspire them and to give many of the students an opportunity they haven’t had before.
In English, many teachers have found that students were able to engage with the text on a deeper level, much earlier than in previous years. There has been a big focus on studying themes, issues from that era and gaining a thorough understanding of characters from the play. We were able to give the students an unseen exam style question for formal assessment and they had to answer in a way that shows they understand the text as a whole, again something we would not have been able to do in previous years.
Furthermore, Carly Henderson from Oldham Coliseum Theatre, who was the assistant director of ‘Our Day Out,’ came in to the academy to deliver a specialist workshop in drama. She ran the original audition workshop that was used to cast the actors for the production. Needless to say she was overwhelmed by the talent of our students!
A definite ‘love of learning’ has been achieved throughout this scheme. It most definitely has been more successful than previous years and we are now able to teach the scheme in a way that will prepare our students for the ‘new style’ examinations which will be first tested in 2017.