Thanks to everyone who made Wednesday such a good day. Students have been very positive and below is a video showing some of the action on the day. The following teachers will be receiving a prize to enjoy over half-term for using their initiative in lessons:

Sam Bax – interpreting Geographical concepts through play-dough, Lego and costume.

Maurice Lynch – Snakes and Ladders bus

Michaela Carman  – re-creating 1WW conditions

Julie Taylor – physical modelling of scientific theory

Last Tuesday 14th October, The Aldridge Cricket Academy hosted a Gala Dinner to raise awareness and support for the upcoming Cricket Tour to South Africa.

It was a star studded event with John Barclay and John Spencer (former Sussex CCC players) hosting the night and Luke Wright (Sussex CCC and England T20 player) also attending the dinner. Luke undertook an insightful, amusing and honest Q&A session including some very topical questions from the ACA students.

The ACA players had spent the weeks leading up to the dinner practising how to serve food, attend to guests and were an integral part to the delivery of an amazing Gala Dinner.

The overall amount raised from the Dinner was a fantastic £18,000 but fundraising efforts will continue over the coming months and there are plenty more opportunities to support this wonderful opportunity. For more information, please contact Director of Cricket, Alexia Walker (a.walker@paca.uk.com).

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Exciting news! We now have an alumni society at PACA and are looking to recruit all ex-students of PACA, PCC and the other guises of the school over the years. Please can you share this link with anyone you may know who was formally a student here and get them to sign up? http://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/paca

The aim of this society is to reunite ex-pupils with the school so they can potentially provide mentoring, run workshops, offer work experience placements and even apprenticeships to our current students. It will also be a way of communicating news about the school to the local community and beyond.

We are planning on hosting an event such as a wine and cheese night early next year to get together all the new members. Sir Rod Aldridge’s class of 1964 has already been tracked down so watch this space for more information!

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On Tuesday 14th October, PACA hosted an amazing 6 aside Football Tournament for girls and boys. Approximately 11 teams entered from 7 local primary schools, roughly 100 Year 5 and Year 6 students.  Eastbrook Academy, St Andrews (Hove), West Blatchington, Mile Oak, Benfield, St Nicolas and St Mary’s Primary Schools all joined in with the fun.

The team at PACA, including staff and students, stepped up to handle the event with great success. PACA Students such as Brandon Redman, Brett Lawson, Ellis Smith, Liam Ettridge and Louis Warrant in Year 10 and Jacob Hill, Louis Mcneil Jack Breeds and Nathan Welsh in Year 11 were an absolute credit to the academy.

Iain Parks from St Andrews said:

“Thank you so Much for today!!! All the kids loved it and it was very well run!!! The boys did a great job of refereeing and it was a very smooth event all round. Well done to the team!”

Dean Funnell from Eastbrook commented:

“Thanks for inviting us, all the children enjoyed it!”

A fantastic event enjoyed by all so roll on more tournaments at PACA!

 

 

To celebrate this term’s success, there will be a very special assembly on Friday 24th October for all Key Stage 3 students.

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Don’t forget that this Thursday is our Sixth Form Open Evening here at PACA between 6pm and 8pm. Drop in to find out more about the courses on offer, take a tour of the new building, and Sixth Form Centre, and meet the staff and current students.

We have some exciting options for you to choose from with our Dance, Cricket, Football and Science Academies in addition to a range of other A’ level, level 3 and level 2 options.

 

 Beginners, intermediates and advance level chess players can now sign up to Chess Club and compete against opponents from any year group and House. Learn how to play chess in under 5 minutes then watch as you perfect your own strategy after every move. Our existing players are waiting for a new challenge. Will your King fall as another victim of ‘Scholar’s Mate’ or perhaps you’ll make a ‘Fool’ of your opponent in less than two moves?!
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Thank you to every one for your donations and to students in Year 9 for their kind-hearted messages sent to refugees currently in Iraq and Syria. A special thank you goes out to Kathryne Safar for her exceptional contribution and effort.

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Well done to Year 7 football team for good positive team performance that looked really well organised!

The attacks kept coming with Liam Meredith scoring two, Soul Greaves scoring one and Ollie Smith hitting the post along with three near misses.

Goalkeeper acrobatics Danny Potter demonstrated an outstanding performance who won the award for men of the match along with Liam Meredith.

The first half saw Notre Dame take a two goal lead, which did not reflect the levels of ability.

PACA responded well after half time, and worked unbelievably hard, upping the tempo of their play and passing the ball well.

The lads were rewarded for their fantastic effort with an opportunist goal from Ryan Stevens and a headed goal from skipper Logan Enticknapp. This took the game to extra time, neither team could find a winner, and before Jack Marriott almost clinched the winner with a shot that hit the outside of the post, Sam Stannard made a great save to keep us in it. The final score after extra time was 2 – 2.

A penalty shoot-out was needed to separate the two teams, with Notre Dame winning out.

Every player involved in the squad gave everything. Special mention to the subs who never stopped encouraging their team mates from the side, despite not getting an opportunity to play.

A massive well done lads.

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The Team
Sam Stannard
Luke Newington
Leigh Lidster
Logan Enticknapp
Liam Ettridge
Brandon Redman
Billy King
Alfie Gent
Jack Marriott
Ryan Stevens
Ellis Smith