As well as fantastic teaching staff, every Ark school has first-rate support and non-teaching staff – from catering teams to bursars – without whom our schools simply wouldn’t be able to operate. This week, we are celebrating some of our schools’ ‘unsung heroes’ for ‘Stars in our schools’, a national event from UNISON to celebrate the role support and non-teaching staff play.
As well as fantastic teaching staff, every Ark school has first-rate support and non-teaching staff – from catering teams to bursars – without whom the schools simply wouldn’t be able to operate. This week, we are celebrating some of our schools’ ‘unsung heroes’ for ‘Stars in our schools’, a UNISON-backed national event to celebrate the role support and non-teaching staff play.
On Monday, four students from Evelyn Grace Academy spent the day as civil servants learning about government departments and how they set their annual budgets.
The Cabinet Office Spending Challenge was part of Parliament Week, a government initiative to raise political awareness and engagement by 16-25 year olds. Schools from across the country participated.
Ark had cause to celebrate in the fifth annual EducationInvestor awards this year, winning ‘best school operator – academy chain’ in a gala ceremony held in London. The academy network beat competition from other major academy groups including Ormiston to win the prestigious trophy.
The catering team at Helenswood Academy brought home the bacon this week after winning an award for the best allergy-free school dinners in the country.
Helenswood was presented a FreeFrom Eating Out Award by top chef Anthony Worrall Thompson at an event in London on Tuesday 18 November. The annual award celebrates quality food that is free from common allergens such as gluten, wheat, dairy, soya or nuts.
Over the last few months, Ark pupils have been learning lines, designing sets and even practicing their sword-fighting skills, all in the name of Shakespeare.
Pupils from 12 Ark schools have taken part in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival, which after months of rehearsals, culminated in three nights of inspiring performances at the Shaw Theatre, Euston, the Arts Depot Theatre, North Finchley and the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Schools from across the Ark network have been marking Remembrance Day with sombre and moving tributes to those killed in conflict over the last century.
Many of the schools marked the First World War centenary with moving poems, speeches and performances alongside the traditional two minutes’ silence.
Ark All Saints Academy’s choir led nearly a million school children across the world in an international national Remembrance assembly at the Tower of London.
The choir opened and closed a special assembly from the Tower, streamed live over the web to schools across the globe and watched by 850,000 pupils, according to organisers Discovery Education.
Two of Ark’s schools are celebrating making it to the regional finals of a prestigious debating competition after tackling difficult questions about the role of sports people in society and IVF treatment. Ark Burlington Danes Academy and Globe Academy will now face off against some of the best schools debating teams in London after impressing judges with their rhetorical flair and keen teamwork.
Ark Globe Academy in Southwark this week hosted an anti-bullying rally to launch the Department for Education's new anti-bullying campaign in association with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
WWE performers Paige, Big E and Kofi Kingston attended the event alongside Ed Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families. They were joined by a group of 150 primary school children from Ark Globe.
Their message was – “don’t be a bully, be a star!”