Meet some of our new faces here at Hayle Academy. We have our new Music Teacher, Miss Steph Barry. Prior to teaching, Steph spent 8 years serving in the British Army as a trumpeter in both the Coldstream and Scots Guards Bands. Following the Army, she moved to Cornwall with her family to pursue a career in teaching. Steph has had a wonderful time getting to know all about the students this half term and finding out about their musical interests and skills. She said’ Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and the students have been such a delight to teach’
We also caught up with some of our Year 7s Ollie, Morgana and Kian. They have really enjoyed their time here so far at Hayle Academy and especially making new friends. Morgana couldn’t pick a favorite lesson as she ‘loves them all’. Ollie is really enjoying PE particularly the fitness aspect and thought the bleep test they took part in was great fun, he got to the highest level in his group – well done Ollie! Kian’s favourite subject so far is Maths but most of all he loves the school dinners!!!

If you want to escape into a good book, then take a look at this reading list suitable for avid readers. Do you have a favourite book or author that you recommend? We would love to know. Reading not only helps raise academic achievement but reduces stress too! This means you can progress and relax at the same time.

Amy M has produced outstanding geography work during home learning. She is using examples, fine detail and linking ideas brilliantly. We are very proud of her!

We always look forward to reading your work!



Culture Camp – Awards Ceremony.

Kati and Kayleigh in year 11 spent 5 days involved in the art project Culture Camp which has previously been celebrated in the newsletter. Culture Camp was organised by The St Ives School of Painting who have made links with Leech Pottery and the Tate for workshops that took place over the week. Kati and Kayleigh were able to explore painting, ceramics, recording ideas on the beach and also work in Porthmeor studios.

Both students recently received their Bronze Arts awards at the awards ceremony held in the evening at Porthmeor Studios. We wanted to congratulate Kayleigh and Kati on their hard work during their holiday and also for meeting all of the awards criteria.

Kati shared her feelings about the project:

‘I had a really good experience working with the St Ives school of painting, the Tate and Leech Pottery at half term. My favourite time was working in Leech Pottery modelling and firing work. It was also interesting seeing all of the old chambers that they use to fire work in. I’m exciting to get my Bronze Arts award’ Kati

Pupils from Hayle Academy have been taking the classroom outdoors this month when they planted free trees from the Woodland Trust. The school successfully applied for a pack of hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel, common oak trees from the Trust after hearing about the scheme from online.


Mr Carthew, Humanities teacher said: “This scheme has been a great opportunity for students to play their part in habitat restoration and carbon offsetting. It also gives them a chance to deepen their interest in nature and ecology at the same time as getting their hands muddy. The teamwork shown by the students made us very proud.”


The planting scheme has created two outdoor classroom spaces so on future sunny days learning can take place in the shade of native trees. The outdoor classrooms are connected by a winding path and the whole scheme is surrounded by a cross country route.

Last summer we also collected a huge amount of wildflower seeds which will be sown this spring to form a meadow area between the sports fields and the new woodland. Over the next few years we hope to see it fill with wildlife and we are sure it will be enjoyed by Hayle students for generations to come.


Piano students at Hayle were treated to a Master class with renowned concert pianist Mr Richard Meyrick.
Three of our GCSE music students performed for Mr Meyrick; Peter performed Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1, Nafisa played the Brahms Intermezzo and Charlie finished with The Theme from Star Wars. Criticism and advice was then given, in front of a select audience of young pianists. In front of the selected . The master class will certainly help our GCSE students in preparation for their final performances and hopefully inspire the younger students to continue working hard at their studies. Peter said ‘”it was really useful to think about the music alongside the composer, helping to give an insight into the music we are playing”.

About Eighteen months ago a group of Year 5 students, visiting Hayle Academy for the communication day, wrote letters to their favourite authors. This week one of the authors replied!

It was a long wait, but this author sent his replies all the way from Dakota, USA. The writer is the bestselling author Jeff Kinney who is most famous for the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid which is so popular.

In the letters he apologizes for the delay and thanks the students for their letters. Each letter has some illustrations and has been personally signed. Students, who are now in year 7, were delighted to receive them. One student said: “I was so excited. I couldn’t believe he had actually written back.”

Well done Roxie, Nafisa, Amelia and Elizabeth in year 10 who all created art pieces for a competition at The Exchange in Penzance.
Judging of all the entries took place this week and any shortlisted students would have had their artwork up for a few weeks for visitors to see. Sadly the gallery won’t be open for visitors but we are still very proud of those who were shortlisted and also entered. The shortlisted students were Nafisa, Elizabeth and Amelia – well done!

Here is the link to the winners of the categories: