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Prepping for evening activities

On the bus & ready to go :-D

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Year 7 ready to go to Winmarleigh!

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Exhibition and The Hepworth

Tuesday 30th September and some lucky Year 13 Art and Design students got a chance to go to their first ever Private View of a new art exhibition at The Hepworth in Wakefield.

Called Conflict and Collision, they saw an amazing range of work.  They got to meet up again with Natalie Walton, Head of Learning at the Hepworth. Dr Abigail Harrison-Moore head of School for Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, gave them tips for their personal statements too.  The highlight was when they got to talk to Toby Ziegler, one of the artists in the exhibition, about his work.

Black History Month

Throughout October Humanities will be promoting Black History Month both in class, through displays as well as some resources to use in form time. For more information please visit http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk
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Educational Outcomes Awards 2014

Dixons City Academy has received national recognition for the value it adds to enable students’ high achievement at GCSE.
The school has qualified for two SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards by being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between key stage 2 results at primary school and GCSE results at age 16, and in the top 20% nationally for high attainment. The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT in June.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
‘Dixons City Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools. These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Dixons City Academy, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.

Department for Education letter for parents

Click here to read the letter. The Department for Education (DfE) has released a letter for parents explaining the changes being introduced in September 2014 for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.   The Academy is currently preparing for these changes.

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DCA Sport Relief Bake Off

Today we have been raising money for Sport Relief, Staff have been involved in a bake off, both students and staff have been involved in a dress down day, all to help raise money.
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ICT Byte Me Club – Every Thursday in L04 from 3.30-4.20

CLUB_LOGO.fwWe are launching a new after school club every Thursday in the Lewis Building. The club will encourage students to play games whilst developing their emotional, social and cognitive skills.

Gaming has for some time received negative attention, but not all games are violent or x-rated. There is a rich source of games that encourage players to develop problem solving skills, create worlds, develop their creativity and explore.

The ICT Byte Me Club will provide an opportunity for students to come along and sample some of these games. Students will be supervised each week and will be encouraged to try new games and share their experiences of games.

The article below looks at seven reasons to play games from a parental perspective.

If you would like to know more about the club please contact Mrs Afzal-Ali (s afzal@dixonsca.com)

http://www.theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=1916

Conventional wisdom suggests that time spent playing video games is time wasted. The common perception is that few video games exercise the brain and, if there is any physical activity involved, it’s usually the occasional wave of a controller rather than anything that will work up a sweat. And shouldn’t kids be outside playing, rather than sitting in front of yet another screen?

Not so fast, say many parenting experts and researchers. Studies have consistently shown that the benefits of video gaming can far outweigh the perceived negatives. Although video gaming should certainly be supervised, there are good reasons why you should let your kids spend a few hours a week building cities or battling aliens. Here’s why:

1. Video games teach problem solving. Video games get kids to think. There are dozens of video games that are specifically geared towards learning, but even the most basic shooter game teaches kids to think logically and quickly process large amounts of data. Rather than passively absorbing content from, say, a TV show, a video game requires the player’s constant input to tell the story.

2. Video games are social. The stereotype of the pasty-faced adolescent sitting in his mom’s basement playing video games on his own is as outdated as Space Invaders. Many games have thriving online and offline fan-bases, and a community component that strongly encourages social interaction.

3. Video games provide positive reinforcement. Most video games are designed to allow players to succeed and be rewarded for that success. Different skill levels and a risk-and-reward gaming culture mean that kids are not afraid to fail and will take a few chances in order to achieve their ultimate goal.

4. Video games teach strategic thinking. Video games teach kids to think objectively about both the games themselves and their own performance. While there are many games that place a premium on strategy, most set an overall goal and give the gamer numerous ways in which he or she can achieve that goal. Players also get instant feedback on their decisions and quickly learn their own strengths and weaknesses.

5. Video games build teamwork. The vast majority of video games are now designed with cooperative play options. Whether it’s fighting off alien invaders, solving puzzles, or being on the same bobsleigh team, video games offer kids a wealth of opportunities to constructively work together.

6. Video games improve hand-eye coordination. Video games have been found to improve the balance and coordination of numerous patients from stroke victims to those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. There have even been studies that suggest that surgeons who regularly play video games make less mistakes in the operating theater than non-gamers. Even if your child is super-healthy and has no desire to be a surgeon or watch-maker, good hand-eye coordination is an invaluable skill to have.

7. Video games bring families together. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. Ask your kids to teach you a few moves and you might find that Family Fun Night is every bit as enjoyable as those games of Clue and Monopoly used to be when you were a kid!

 

Author Bali Rai Visit

Award winning author for young adults, Bali Rai, visited Dixons City Academy to talk to Year 9, 10 and 11 students.  Bali has published a wide range of books over the last 13 years.  Bali’s debut novel, (Un)Arranged Marriage was published in 2001 to fantastic reviews and his books have since been nominated for and won numerous book awards across the UK.  His success is worldwide, his first novel was printed in 15 different languages.  Bali spoke to the students about his books and also about issues surrounding multi-culturalism, ethnicity, citizenship and politics which he often covers in his books.  In addition, Bali offered advice on improving the students’ writing skills.  Dixons City Academy library has an extensive range of his books.