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PACA’s Social Action Committee organised a cake sale at break and lunch today in the hub. They raised a total of £171.38 , all proceeds are being donated to Myeloma UK.

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Tom Parsons performing his poetryINSPIRATION for young writers on Devon retreat

by Jane Lucas

Sixth Form creative writing students were given a rare opportunity to expand their imaginative skills when they attended a residential retreat last week.

PACA, Blatchington Mill and Hove Park schools organised the joint trip for A Level Creative Writing candidates. Novelist Tiffany Murray and playwright Christopher William Hill delivered exciting writing workshops every morning, leaving the afternoon for in-depth individual tutorials and personal writing projects. Evenings were spent listening to readings, culminating in a showcase of new writing which the students gathered into an Anthology, `Don’t Worry, It Isn’t Real’. Brighton Spoken Word poet Deanna Rogers treated the group to the first performance of her new work.

Totleigh Barton is located in a beautiful and remote part of Devon. It belongs to the renowned Arvon Foundation which promotes creative writing. The isolation and concentration on creativity gave students an experience they won’t forget. A student commented: “I have learnt a lot about myself in a way that improved both my speaking skills and self-esteem.” Another was inspired by the advice, “Trust yourself, and your ideas.”

A return trip will be top of the agenda for next year’s 6th form students!

Extract from PACA student Lucy Slater, who imagines a scared child trying to hide.

“Breathing underwater is like trying to eat air: impossible…

I run down the stairs and into the dining-room. Luckily the house is old and has so many hiding places for a child-like body to hide in; a body much like my own. In the middle of the right wall there is an elaborate fire-place – that’s not what I’m interested in. Behind all the fire equipment is a small hole, a hole I can only assume used to be for firewood; a hole big enough for me to fit in. Perfect.”

Please contact Student Services by email on f.burchell@paca.uk.com  by 6th February to claim an item. After that date any unclaimed items will be discarded.

  • PAIR OF BLACK BOYS SHOES SIZE 7 ½
  • GREY KNITTED HEADBAND
  • BLUE WOOLEN BERRY WITH BOW
  • DRAGON JUMPER SIZE 30/32
  • PAIR OF GOALIE GLOVES
  • BLACK WOOLEN SCARF AND BLACK BEANIE HAT
  • PAIR BLACK ADDIDAS WOOLEN GLOVES
  • BLACK SHORT JACKET – FLIP NAME INSIDE AGE 11-12
  • PINK SHELL JACKET – AGE 13/14
  • EAR PHONES
  • RED BEAD BRACELET
  • SMALL PEARL TYPE BRACELET AND2 RINGS
  • SIZE 34 BOYS BLAZER
  • BLACK ENDURA WATERPROOF GLOVES
  • GREY QUILTED HAT WITH SIDE BITS TO COVER EARS
  • BAG LEFT BEFORE XMAS CONTAINING SOAP AND GLORY PRESENT
  • BAG LEFT BEFORE XMAS CONTAINING NON-UNIFORM CLOTHES
  • SIZE 6 NIKE TRAINERS IN WHITE WITH PINK SOLE
  • BLACK QUILTED REGATTA JACKET SIZE M
  • LONG SLEEVE THICK PE TOP SIZE 34/36
  • NIKE PE BAG CONTINING FOOTBALL BOOTS SIZE 3 IN BLACK AND YELLOW
  • SEAGULLS KNITTED GLOVES

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On Wednesday 14th January, Albion in the Community invited Mr Flynn and some members of the Social Action Committee to the AMEX. The students took part in a consultation session to help them put together fundraising packs for schools across Sussex.

Our students were joined by students from Roedean Independent School. Together they helped create an information and guidance pack that will support more schools to adopt Albion in the Community as one of their chosen charities.

‘It was a fantastic afternoon, I am extremely pleased with the contribution of our students. They were assets to the academy and worked well with the students from Roedean. This is now a working group that will hopefully meet again to discuss further ways in which they can help Albion in the Community.‘ Mr D Flynn.

 

 

On Thursday 15th January, members of the Social Action Committee invited local councillors from Brighton and Hove to visit the Academy. During the afternoon, the SAC presented their most successful activities of the past 12 months. These highlights included fundraising for numerous local charities such as: Emmaus, The Martlets, Off the Fence, Age UK – Brighton & Hove as well as many more.

Moving forward, the councillors would now like the SAC to get involved in some of the projects they currently oversee, for example, The Portslade Food Bank. Here we can have our students helping at the bank as well as volunteering at Emmaus.

After the presentation, the councillors were given a tour of the Academy. Councillor Allan Robins said: ‘Could you please pass on my thanks to all who made our visit to PACA yesterday such a pleasure, it was a privilege to see what a great job Mr Flynn and the Social Action Committee are doing, please let them know if ever I can be of help they only have to ask.’

With all the success of the SAC, Mr Flynn is now working closely with Hove Lions Club. He is planning set up a Leo’s Club at PACA. The Leo’s Club provide youth with volunteer opportunities. Each Leo will be working towards their Young Leadership Award that helps promote leadership, experience and opportunity.

PACA is extremely excited to become the first school in Sussex to have such a club. Best of luck everyone and watch this space for more updates!

 

Don’t forget this Thursday 22nd January is our next Sixth Form open evening from 5pm to 7.30pm. Join us for the evening to find out more about PACA’s Sixth Form offer and explore the new facilities. There will be a number of talks including one from our Sports Academies, Science Academy and STEM Centre and the Brighton Digital Media Academy team. There will also be teachers from all departments on hand to answer any curriculum questions you may have.

Also some exciting news – we have just had confirmation that the East Sussex Astronomy Society are coming and will set up their telescopes on the Sixth Form balcony for star gazing. Check out the pictures below for a sneak preview of what you may see on the night!

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Download the latest Entrepreneurship newsletter below to hear more about all the exciting activities that the students at PACA have been getting involved in from an Art@Work project displayed in Central Brighton to a competition to support Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Entrepreneurship Newsletter

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Following the article that appeared in today’s Argus, below is a letter to clarify the financial position of the Academy.

Parent Letter 13 Jan 15