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.

On November 14th, Hayle Academy hosted a Presentation Evening to celebrate the successes of the Class of 2019, academic years 2014-2019. It was a great opportunity to congratulate all our students on their outstanding achievements, wherein we saw some of the best individual results the school has achieved.

This event was led by the Hayle Academy student leadership team with performances from the music department. The evening was all about our current and past students; their individual gifts, talents, accomplishments and efforts to achieve their personal best.

We were pleased to welcome Mr Clive Polkinghorne, Mayor of Hayle, and his wife and honoured to have him perform as guest speaker and presenter of the Subject and Special Awards to our talented students.

The Mayor recounted how his two sons had also attended Hayle Academy and both had left with excellent qualifications and a very strong base to progress into the real world.

He was rightfully proud of them as one was now a senior solicitor partner in one of the largest solicitors in the South West and the other owned a Chartered Accountancy Company. The key message was that on each of their CVs they had proudly stated that they had each attended Hayle Community School.

The Mayor congratulated all the award recipients, the school, its staff and the parents and guardians for their sacrifices in support of these students.

It was an evening of many emotions as students were reunited with their teachers (Including Mrs Dawn Davies – our Language Teacher, now retired, who came all the way from Yorkshire to
present and acknowledge the amazing achievements of her past students.

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.

In 2019 Cornwall Christmas Box collected almost 1,000 boxes, which were then distributed to hundreds of families in need, across Cornwall, we were blown away by everyone’s generosity. VISIT http://cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk FOR MORE INFO or email hello@cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk #christmasbox

Christmas Dinner in a box for the poorest families in Cornwall.

Each box contains enough food for Christmas dinner with all the extra little goodies, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding – which all go to make up a feast for a family in need. Due to storage and distribution limitations, fresh food is not accepted but there are plenty of good things to eat that can still be included. A typical box costs around £30-£40 but you can share the cost by getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues to fill a box together. The boxes will be distributed by Cornwall Council’s ‘Children’s Early Help, Social Care and Psychology Service’ team and some Children’s Centres to families in need. Other local charities working with disadvantaged families also took delivery of some boxes, to help the people they are working within Penzance, St Ives and Newquay. Check out the website for drop-off locations at http://cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk

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.”


On Tuesday 3rd December students from Year 9 at Hayle Academy will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

The testimony will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

This visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK. Dan Mather at Hayle Academy said:

“It is a privilege for us to welcome Mala Tribich MBE to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Mala’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Mala’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”


Thank you for your recent support with #HelloYellow fundraising event.

This Friday 18 Oct.is Breast Cancer Awareness ’Wear it Pink Day’ which is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.

1000’s will wear it pink in their communities, schools or workplaces to raise awareness for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
Students canto wear an item of pink clothing alongside their school uniform.
E.g. pink socks, pink tie, a pink badge etc.

Lessons will continue as normal see HERE for full info

In our last newsletter, we learned that Morgan, in Year 9, had been selected to row for Cornwall Under 15 team in the National County Championships Gig competition over the half-term break. His mum gave us an update:

“The National County Championships took place on 12th October 2019 at the Mountbatten water sports Centre in Plymouth, there were outstanding performances by Cornwall, who won EVERY race!

Morgan was the youngest rower for Cornwall and had a great experience on the day.”

Hayle Academy is so PROUD.

At Hayle Academy, we encourage our students to take an active role in their local community and pursue hobbies and interests outside of school. This term we want to celebrate the following Academy students:


In September while walking around St Ives, Mrs Tranter, Head of Creative Arts Faculty at Hayle Academy, heard what she thought was a live band playing in the entrance at the Tate gallery.  She approached to find a very talented drummer playing on his own as part of the St Ives September Festival.  “I realised after listening and watching for a while that it was Josh in Year 9 at Hayle Academy,   I was very impressed as Josh was also helping to raise donations for charity.  Well done Josh.”

Ellis plays cricket for St Just Youth who this month, became Under 11 County Champions, scoring 199 runs, defeating Lanhydrock in the final. Ellis was 25 not out, had a wicket and took a catch. Very well done!

Last month, Victor in Year 11, learned to shoot a rifle similar to those used by the British army, for the first time.  This month he’s become the best shot in the whole South West England.

After 2 gruelling days, competing at the Annual Regional Competition between Cornwall Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire, we asked about his experience:
“On the first  day I was a little worried as I didn’t know how good the competition was going to be.  But once I started shooting, it was clear to see that the other teams had not practised as much as they should have”.

Cornwall’s A, B and C team came 1st 2nd and 3rd on both days and were overall Champions with A,B, and C teams coming 1st 2nd & 3rd.

The next fixture will be a national competition in the October half term, involving cadet teams across, Air, Sea, Marine and Army. Good Luck Victor.


After competing in rowing trials held in Fowey, against tough competition from across Cornwall, Morgan has been picked to row for the Cornwall under 15s team in the pilot Gig county championships. Morgan will be representing both Hayle Pilot Gig Club and Hayle Academy in the County squad in a competition held on 12th of October. We are crossing everything for you.

Alongside rowing, Morgan also took part in a Brass band competition as part of Lanner Brass Academy, with fellow students William Year 9, and Lowenna, Year 7 as part of the Lanner Brass Academy.

Three very talented Hayle Academy students took part in a brass band competition last weekend Morgan Year 9 William Year 9 and Lowenna Year 7 as part of Lanner Brass Academy.

The competition, held in Exmouth, had 12 bands competing. They not only won their section but won the most entertaining band of the day for both their performance inside the pavilions and one for outside in the gardens.

Lowenna played a horn solo and Morgan was part of a cornet fanfare and also played a glockenspiel solo with Lowenna and William playing Djembe drums in the finale.

Well done to all our students, and we are really PROUD of you and your achievements.