On Tuesday 3rd December, Year 9 Hayle Academy students and Humanities Faculty, heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).  Her full story can be found here https://www.marchoftheliving.org.uk/survivor-story/mala-tribich/

Using propaganda, new legislation and persecution, Jews were denied human and civil rights and in 1941 the murders began.  Known as the Holocaust, the Nazis planned to murder all Jews across Europe in mass shootings using death firing squads. Then, to carry these murders out on a much larger scale, concentration and extermination camps (gas chambers) were introduced. By the end of the Holocaust more than 6 million Jewish men, women and children were murdered.

Mala hopes that telling her personal Holocaust story will encourage students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives, and the understanding of what happens when racism and prejudice become acceptable.

Mala’s testimony was followed by a question and answers session which helped students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and explored its lessons in more depth. Some students asked the following questions:

Do you ever get Flashbacks?
Yes, I still do as I cannot just abandon that part of my life.

What can people learn from these events? We must all stand up to prejudice and discrimination.  Do something, if you see it! Don’t be a bystander.

Did you ever give up hope?
At the camps we were shaved and wore the same clothing, we all looked the same, we were no longer individuals, and stripped of our identities. We no longer felt like human beings, which made some lose hope and without hope – there is no survival.

There seemed no end, things just got worse and worse daily. I do not remember losing or having it –
I just soldiered on. I must have had it, but not consciously!

Did you make any friends and did any of them survive?

I don’t remember making friends as I was too focused on looking after my young cousin. Once we were liberated however, I met other survivors whom I always kept in touch with.

Why do you think you survived? I think the main reason was that they misprinted my birth date, making me older than I actually was, 16, not 14, that made me useful, unlike babies or older adults.

The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

January 27th 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau with many events across the country and on the BBC.

This half term has been lengthy and exhausting but we have had much to celebrate, enjoy and learn from at Hayle Academy in this time. It was lovely to host so many of our year five students when they came to the school for a day to explore outer space. We were so proud of the four students who represented the major parties in the election, presenting to all students in assemblies and it was great that our students had the chance to place their vote in the school elections, learning much about what it means to live in a democracy.

We have also enjoyed some wonderful festive celebrations. The Christmas concert featured many of our students who performed brilliantly. We are very grateful to the PTA for organising a lovely Christmas fete in the school; we also enjoyed hosting the community Churches Together Christmas concert.

However, it is not all just been about having fun! This term staff and students have been working hard to ensure that standards of behaviour and conduct are as good as can be. Parents may have noticed there has been a strong emphasis on wearing the uniform correctly and all staff are ensuring that students work to the best of their ability in all lessons. We really do appreciate parents’ support in ensuring that students at Hayle understand we have high expectations of them. These expectations will serve them well through their education, careers and future life.

Finally, I would like to thank parents who have taken the trouble to contact us for whatever reason. Recently I was able to share some really positive emails from parents with staff and it does mean a lot to our team when they receive such warm feedback. Please, whatever the reason, good or bad, do stay in touch.

We wish you all a fantastic festive break.


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On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of December, Hayle Academy held Christmas carol concerts. In spite of the wind and driving rain, families attended in support of our talented students. The evening began with a catchy number from the Hayle Brass Ensemble followed by the Head of School’s (Dan Mather) welcome.

There were plenty of songs for the audience to join in with and great performances from soloist KC, a singing duet composed by Zailee and Ella, a piano duet performed by Nafisa and Peter, strangely called “Two Guitars”. The readings were poignant and beautiful singing provided by the Hayles Harmonics, Thursday Lunchtime Singers and 7B1 and 7B2 singers. Thank you to everyone

involved in making this great evening happen.

On Tuesday 2nd December, Hayle Academy held its annual Christmas Brass Workshop.
Local primary students from Connor Downs, St Erth, Bodriggy, Kehelland, were invited to join Hayle Academy brass players to rehearse a selection of Christmas festive songs as an ensemble.
Brass leader, Kirsten Burden was very impressed with their dedication and how they performed that afternoon. Following along with tradition, parents and family were invited to a performance. Music played included; Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Winter Wonderland, Frosty The Snowman & We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Kiki from St Erth has only been playing for 4 weeks, said’ “I love today because it’s much louder than playing on my own.”


Hayle Academy and the PTA would like to extend a very big thank you to Dobbies garden centre Hayle who has donated us a beautiful Christmas tree for the foyer this Christmas.

We wish them all a Merry Christmas and extend many thanks to Hayle Academy PTA for decorating it.

All projects in art link with contextual work involving various cultures and civilisations from around the world.  They lead to a better understanding of different ways of life and respect for cultures that are different from our own. 

Year 8 students are currently studying life in America and Britain in the 1950s and its influence on Pop Art including the different styles of Pop Art in each country.  The images attached show students Pop Collages where they have explored using every day popular items to make artwork.  Typography and comics were also explored and some year 8 students had a huge amount of fun baking cake messages at home to support their collage work. 

On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December, 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm is our Christmas Concert. We would be delighted if you are able to join us on this special evening.

As usual, we will be having a traditional family theme, with the school’s ensembles, soloists and mince pies.

Tickets for our performers will be made three days in advance of general release on Tuesday 3rd December in the school foyer at morning break time (initially limited to 4 per child) and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, please reply at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

The cost of each ticket is £1 for adults and 50 pence for children.

If you require additional tickets for either evening, please call the school from 9 am on Monday 9th when any remaining tickets will be made available.

Please keep tickets safe and present them on the night as this is a ticket only event.

We look forward to seeing you then.


On Friday 13th December it was a lucky time for those who attended the Christmas Fayre. Students and visitors enjoyed visiting a selection of stalls showcasing arts and crafts.

The PTA would like to thank all the volunteers from PTA, staff, parents, carers, stallholders, children and members of Hayle community for such a great Christmas Fayre this year, there was a lovely atmosphere overall and from the stalls, symbolising our spirit of community.

Thanks to all the vendors who delighted us with a varied mix of stalls, including Christmas wreaths, Pixie cove craft, Gwithian silver, Wild Reef, Leon Jewellery, Eloise Textile treasures and cakes, Mrs Clark’s Crafts Stall, Mrs Spence’s Handmade Crafts, Elaine’s Diamond Art.

The PTA is pleased with the amount we have made towards the shelter for the playground. A very big well done and thank you to all staff who supported us, whether through the organisation of the event, donations or attending. We raised £213.32 towards the playground shelter.

We wish you a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.


What a week in politics last week has been! Not to be outdone by the Westminster politicians, Hayle Academy went full steam ahead with our own Mock General Election. Four political parties were represented by students from the school:

Brexit Party – Luke Year 9
Conservative Party – Elias Year 11
Labour Party – Victor Year 11
Liberal Democrats – Julia Year 11
The parties campaigned in the run-up to the election and delivered their party manifestos during a series of assemblies.

Alongside this, all students looked at various elements of the democratic process during Global Matters sessions in tutor time. This included democracy and voting, government structure and roles, political parties, and how to take part in the electoral system.

The week culminated in a realistic mock election where all students and staff were given the opportunity to take to the polls on 12th December in our very own polling station.
The results were counted and were as follows:

• Labour Party – 226
• Conservative Party – 153
• Liberal Democrats – 55
• Brexit Party – 52

Whilst the results may not have mirrored the reality of the actual 2019 General Election, the experience within the school was very real.
Our young politicians were amazing ambassadors and conducted their campaigns with dignity and respect – they could probably teach a few politicians in Westminster a thing or two! Well done all of you!

At the end of November, Year 11 spent the morning completing a range of Global Values-based activities in preparation for life beyond Hayle Academy. One of the sessions was spent with Leon and the team from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) where students learnt how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator).
Paul and Liz Williams co-founded the Cornwall based charity following the death of Liz’s very close brother Ronnie Richards who sadly collapsed and died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) whilst playing a game of football at Penzance Leisure Centre.

Across the UK 2,000 people die each week after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is the equivalent of one person every 5 minutes. This statistic includes one child daily in our schools.

According to the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) a shock by defibrillation administered within one minute increases the chance of survival by 90 per cent. Our students are now more confident that they would know what to do in such an emergency and our thanks go to Leon and the team for providing such a valuable training session.
For further information, please see https://www.rrmc.life/ or contact Miss Wilson.