Students flock to Burnt Mill Academy summer school

THE youngest recruits to Burnt Mill Academy are bursting with excitement for the new school term.

The Year 7 students have taken advantage of the first of two summer schools at the academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, to get to know their surroundings, teachers and classmates.

It is hoped they will now spend the rest of the summer relaxed and happy about their new start in September.

The students tried their hand at dance, circus skills, rocket-making, drama, animation, sport and songwriting during the week. More youngsters will do the same in August.

Shawki Bakkar, director of learning for Year 7, said: “Summer school is a great opportunity for our new Year 7 students to get to know each other, while getting active and being healthy.

“When they first arrive on day one, you can see they are nervous. But, after taking part in the fun activities, they are soon relaxed and happy and eager to start at Burnt Mill full-time.”

The school welcomes in outside experts to run the sessions, along with students taking part in the Teachers for Tomorrow training course at Burnt Mill.

Former student Paige Martin has returned from studying songwriting at Brighton University to run music lessons during summer school.

Scott Simpson, of Makin’ Steps performing arts school which works closely with Burnt Mill, holds dance sessions during summer school. He said: “The classes are really positive and the children absolutely love it. We learn similar dance moves they see modern groups such as Diversity do, so that’s really cool for them. The classes give them an introduction to dance, experience of working in groups and independently and improve their confidence, co-ordination, fitness and discipline.”
Sam Ashford, of Livewire community youth theatre, helped youngsters get to know each other with drama activities.

Dan Godfrey, of Ware Football Club, works with Burnt Mill as a PE practitioner and ran two days of sessions during summer school.
burntsummerHe said: “The idea of transition for PE is really positive. The children need to make the step up to the secondary way of life really quickly so this couple of days helps us to work with them on key skills and to assess their spacial awareness, agility and co-ordination.”
“>burntsummerTHE youngest recruits to Burnt Mill Academy are bursting with excitement for the new school term.

The Year 7 students have taken advantage of the first of two summer schools at the academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, to get to know their surroundings, teachers and classmates.

It is hoped they will now spend the rest of the summer relaxed and happy about their new start in September.
The students tried their hand at dance, circus skills, rocket-making, drama, animation, sport and songwriting during the week.
More youngsters will do the same in August.

Shawki Bakkar, director of learning for Year 7, said: “Summer school is a great opportunity for our new Year 7 students to get to know each other, while getting active and being healthy.

“When they first arrive on day one, you can see they are nervous. But, after taking part in the fun activities, they are soon relaxed and happy and eager to start at Burnt Mill full-time.”

The school welcomes in outside experts to run the sessions, along with students taking part in the Teachers for Tomorrow training course at Burnt Mill.

Former student Paige Martin has returned from studying songwriting at Brighton University to run music lessons during summer school.

Scott Simpson, of Makin’ Steps performing arts school which works closely with Burnt Mill, holds dance sessions during summer school. He said: “The classes are really positive and the children absolutely love it. We learn similar dance moves they see modern groups such as Diversity do, so that’s really cool for them. The classes give them an introduction to dance, experience of working in groups and independently and improve their confidence, co-ordination, fitness and discipline.”

Sam Ashford, of Livewire community youth theatre, helped youngsters get to know each other with drama activities.

Dan Godfrey, of Ware Football Club, works with Burnt Mill as a PE practitioner and ran two days of sessions during summer school.

He said: “The idea of transition for PE is really positive. The children need to make the step up to the secondary way of life really quickly so this couple of days helps us to work with them on key skills and to assess their spacial awareness, agility and co-ordination.”

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