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Coombeshead Academy Newsletter - Issue 54

Issue 54 of the weekly Coombeshead Academy newsletter.

CHRISTOW Beware!

CHRISTOW Beware! Highlighters isolate single pieces of information whereas research shows that students learn better if Don’t automatically reach for the highlighters they connect key points to other pieces of information. Highlighting sometimes just looks good! Get some fresh air and exercise Students preparing for examinations cannot work all day, every day. By going outside and getting some fresh air they will feel refreshed, refocus better, cope with stress, reduce their anxiety and boost self-esteem. Get enough sleep This is vital. Students should try and keep to a regular bedtime, forget their mobile phones, turn the backlight down and reduce any interaction with technology an hour or so before going to sleep. As we learn more about how best to help students learn, teaching them about what helps to improve their memory, mood and concentration, will hopefully better equip them to meet the challenges head on. Andrew Hulbert, Headteacher HIGH FLYERS IN HISTORY A group of talented historians in Year 9 completed a session based around gaining top level answers in their essays. The students developed their o w n m a r k s c h e m e s , m a d e connectives bookmarks, marked and improved student answers and ate cake! HISTORY They shared and responded positively to the feedback. We look forward to offering this workshop to Year 10 very soon. Well done – fantastic work and effort! Coombeshead Academy, Coombeshead Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1PT Tel: 01626 201800 Email: welcome@coombeshead.com

ENRICHMENT CHRISTOW RESILIENCE AS A COPING STRATEGY As part of their Community Programme we were delighted to invite three representatives from Blesma, British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, into Coombeshead Academy on Wednesday 8 th March. Gold medal winner and champion rower Jordan Beecher gave an inspirational talk to a captivated audience of Year 8 students in the first session and then to Years 9 & 10 in the second. He explained how as a young man aged 16 he joined the British Army in 2004 as a Paratrooper and was deployed in Afghanistan at the age of 19. On a third tour as a Lance Corporal in the Parachute Regiment, at the age of 24, he sustained severe injuries resulting in the loss of his left leg; the result of standing on an IED (improvised explosive device) - the date October 21 st 2012. Whilst recovering back in the UK at the rehabilitation unit at Headley Court, he was visited by Helen Blamey GB Para rowing Talent Identification Coach. Just four months later he was rowing in earnest, going on to win three gold medals for indoor rowing at the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014. He has rowed for GB subsequently winning gold and silver medals in world championships in Europe and Florida. He became officially involved with Blesma as an organisation when he went skiing in Colorado in 2016. A veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, Jordan answered the many questions from the students before they worked in groups looking at resilience and coping strategies. Patrick Hall in Year 8 asked, “What was your luckiest moment in the Army?” to which he replied…” I never died. I accepted that I was responsible for my injury. I stepped onto a bomb – but none of the soldiers in my command got hurt.” Jordan also explained when asked that he has ‘11 legs’ – three for walking and different legs for skiing, swimming, rowing and a running blade. He recently ran up Scafell in the Lake District and will be taking part in the Three Peaks Race in April 2017. Jordan was accompanied by Lotte Johnson from London; a Theatre Director for ten years, she now uses her experience to facilitate workshops in schools for Blesma. Jez Scarratt, a member of Blesma and a former Royal Marine from 1975 – 1990 was on active service in Belfast and was injured in a motorbike accident whilst on duty. Jez also delivered another interesting and motivational presentation to the Year 10 students. Eve- Marie Miller said, “It was good – very inspirational”. Jasmine Small said, “It was very touching.” Katy Ladd added, “It was really interesting – an eye opener”. The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, Blesma achieved national status in 1932 and since then has been unique in supporting limbless veterans throughout the rest of their lives. Find out more about this inspirational organisation at www.blesma.org Coombeshead Academy, Coombeshead Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1PT Tel: 01626 201800 Email: welcome@coombeshead.com

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