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TDA indoor cricket season gets off to a fine start

TDA cricket teams started their Peterborough Schools’ Indoor League competition in an emphatic style as they showed why, as a school, we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to cricket.   


TDA U13s batted first and scored 114 runs in their 10 overs. M Hummayoun (29) and Rajab Kousar (22) were the top scores. In response, Stanground delivered 69 runs in their 10 overs. Despite dropping a couple of catches, TDA boys kept taking wickets and won comfortably.


TDA U15 bowled first, after Stanground elected to bat. Stanground delivered just 66 runs from their 8 overs with Karanpal Singh and M Tayyib taking two wickets each. TDA batting proved to be too strong for the Stanground bowling attack resulting in the required number of runs being achieved by the 5th over of the innings. Tayyeb Ali (16) and Karanpal Sing (19) were the leading run scorers.


Lil Francisco scores 5 goals on his birthday!

Y7s took on Neale Wade in a fiercely contested quarter final round of football. After 60 minutes of end to end frantic play TDA emerged as 5-3 winners, with all 5 goals being scored by Lil Francisco, who was outstanding running the game from start to finish. Centre-backs Aksels Ozols and Edgaras Marcinkevicius and defensive midfielder Jagjeevan Singh put in good, disciplined performances and overall the TDA boys put in a strong performance with several players showing maturity beyond their years. Well done to Lil for receiving Man of the Match. 

House Charity Week: Sandown

Sandown Charity week took place last week with many activities on offer to raise funds for Sue Ryder including a sponsored run, ice-cream sale, sweet cones, valentine roses and milkshake and lemonade sales. Well done to RGM’s tutor group who are currently in the lead with over £200 raised so far.

Library Reading Reward Scheme

Congratulations to Charlie Emery, Megan Ferris, Asmar Sajjad and Awin Ghidan for achieving their Bronze Badge in the Library Reading Reward Scheme.  These children had to read 30 fiction books to gain this badge and are the first to do so.  They are now starting to read their way to the Silver Badge.

Medical Mavericks; Challenge the Champion

Medical Mavericks joined us on Friday to deliver ‘Challenge the Champion’ to Y10. The workshop involved a variety of sports challenges that have been undertaken by successful sports people and the challenge was to try and beat their record. Students were able to participate in speed, strength and endurance challenges using equipment and technology that highlight the link between STEM and Sports. This event forms part of the Big Bang series of events for 2016/17.

Lion Khewsa meets the Prince of Wales 

Lion Khewsa was invited to meet Prince Charles during his Royal visit of Leicestershire in January after news of his courageous and compassionate actions, in supporting a vulnerable individual on Boxing Day, spread far and wide. Lion was filmed speaking with Prince Charles before being presented with a medal for his actions. This is an amazing achievement, that is very much deserved. The video of Lion meeting the Prince of Wales can be seen here;


Erasmus+ Fair Trade

The next stage of the Erasmus Fair Trade project saw teaching staff and students from partner schools in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Slovakia travel to England to spend the week in TDA. TDA students hosted the visiting students and spent part of their week participating in the various project activities. Activities included a mapping workshop with the Royal Geographical Society in which students were required to map the organisations they had identified as being Fair Trade in their home towns, a Dragon’s Den style business enterprise challenge, with the Skills Service and local businesses, in which the students were required to produce a business plan for a new product made from coffee bean bags, a crop growers challenge in which the students were farmers trying to survive on a low wage and growing living costs, highlighting the importance of ethical trading, and a presentation from Bala Sports on Fair Trade footballs. It was a very busy, but fulfilling week for our visitors and the project continues to make good progress.


Blood Brothers

Ms Newland took 45 students to the New Victoria Theatre to see the show, Blood Brothers as part of their GCSE literature studies. The students were captivated throughout, not only by the performance but also the surroundings, with many attending a theatre show for the first time. At the end of the performance the students showed their appreciation with a standing ovation, whistles and applaud.

Sports Leaders

After a period of delivering sports sessions to each other in lesson the Y10 Sports Leaders delivered their first training session to Y5 yesterday, teaching the pupils volleyball and dribbling skills. Feedback from the sports team was that the students did very well, especially as they were working outside of their comfort zones. The team took control of the session and engaged all pupils. Well done Y10 Sports Leaders.

Girls Football

Y9 girls expressed an interest in establishing a TDA girls football team and this week they came together to play their first friendly against Iqra Academy. The girls played in two, 7-a-side teams and demonstrated that they have real skill on the ball and a steely determination to succeed. Their hard work was rewarded with a win in all four games. Well done Ellie Ward, Phoebe Hippey, Saba Dada, Lateisha Cucciniello, Molly Simpkins, Alanie Hunt, Farihah Nanji, Simran Bisla, Ausrine Freigofaite, Sumayyah Hussain, Lauren Wyer, Georgia Chappell, Laura Dudek, Cree Stevenson, we will be watching this space.

Sirius Astronomy

Sirius Astronomy visited TDA this week to deliver an interactive presentation on rockets and space exploration to Y8. During the presentation the students learned about the history of rockets, how rockets work including Newton’s ‘action-reaction’ law, what a space launch looks and sounds like by watching a space launch from the Kennedy Space Centre and how protective equipment has evolved to ensure the safety of the space crew given the speed and temperature reached on a space mission.

To support the theory, students were able to participate in a range of experiments and activities such as dressing up in a space suit, using a syringe and a marshmallow to demonstrate what would happen to the human body in an environment with no oxygen (as in space) and how the action-reaction law works in practice. The students thoroughly enjoyed the session with 55% of students rating their level of enjoyment as 9 or 10 out of 10, 45% rating their level of learning as 9 or 10 out of 10 and 90% agreeing that they have a broadened knowledge of STEM as a result of the presentation.

International Exchange opportunity

We are taking part in a two year International Exchange Project with students from the Czech Republic. The project is science based and will investigate water systems locally and internationally. The project will involve a cultural exchange.

To be eligible for this you must:

  • Be keen to take part in an International exchange
  • Be able to host a visiting student, from Czech Republic, in June 2017 (17th to 24th June)
  • Be willing to take part in events associated with the project - Visit to Flag Fen, Cambridge etc (Mostly funded by the project)
  • Be willing to visit Czech Republic on the second stage of the exchange and participate in associated activities (Mostly funded by the project. Passport needed)
  • Be willing to represent the Academy and our country abroad
  • Be in Years 9, 10 or 12.

This will be exciting and challenging and is something that will benefit you in many ways. If you are interested please email Mr Duddridge ( Science ) or Miss Hope in Central Admin.

Y5 coding

Over the coming months, the Main Academy will be working with TDAJ on a project to introduce coding to Y5 students. Each class in Y5 will visit the Main Academy for four weeks to progress through the basics of Microsoft Block Editor and Python using This is an excellent example of how the students at TDAJ are able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of specialist teachers in the Main Academy.