Message from Mrs Krysia Butwilowska - Principal (04/04/14)


Dear Parents/Carers


Brilliant Club – Mr A Sellars – Head of Science – Please see attached photographs

Last week 12 year 9 pupils started a program of study with the Brilliant Club.  This is a Government based program designed to get more pupils to go on to study Science based degrees at University. The program is designed to replicate a University style course.


The pupils attend tutorials run by Mairi Walker, a PhD student, where they are taught key skills that are needed to complete a task that is set for homework. Finally all the skills learnt during the tutorials are pulled together so that the pupils can complete the final assignment, this is then graded in the same way as a University course.  The course will run for the next 3 weeks and during that time the pupils will go on a trip to Warwick University where they will get a guided tour of the Science Departments and get to meet PhD students, Doctors and Professors of Science. Successful pupils who complete the program of study will attend a Graduation Ceremony at Royal Holloway, University of London.


This is a really exciting opportunity for our pupils and one that the pupils are really enjoying.  Mairi Walker has praised the pupils on their hard work and effort they are putting in to their assignments and she also commented on how well behaved and friendly the pupils in the group are.


I will keep you updated on the progress of the pupils, and I will post copies of the pupils’ final assignments once they have been marked and graded.


For more information on the Brilliant Club please click on the link below:


Youth Speaks – Anne Bamfield

My thanks go to Margaret, Jim and Robert for judging our very amended version of Youth Speaks on Thursday lunchtime.  The students who entered had composed very articulate and interesting speeches on 'Motivation', 'Air-brushing' and 'Society' and are a credit to their school.


Thank you to English teachers Emma Reed and Katie Gibson.


Elizabeth Woodville School: Roade vs The Parker E-ACT Academy Rugby Match – Mr T Kendall


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The combined Year 7 and 8 Rugby squad suffered their first defeat at the hands of Elizabeth Woodville School but at least had the consolation of claiming a try from Joe Carmichael and conversion from Jack Cooper.


Throughout the match both sides played stages of what resembled a flowing game of rugby with break-downs being cleared effectively to maintain continuity of play. However, through experience the EWS side ran in several tries.



It speaks volumes for The Parker Squad as their sense of purpose was kept as they searched for points that would inch them closer to scoring. Within the first ¼ there were only 3 points between the sides.

However, it did not take EWS too long to find some slight weaknesses to put extra points back into place. These tries were initially unconverted. However, later in the game the EWS kicker found his confidence and managed to convert several tries.  This did not stop the Parker squad from playing some superb line-out and support play and attacking rugby as they were in pursuit of another try.


Both teams provided relentless pressure, and during the second half EWS ran in some well-paced runs and support to put the result for them beyond doubt.


There was brief respite through a slicing run by George Price supported by Alex McNutry but both were brought up short from a well organised defence by EWS.   This was retaliated by some flow stopping tackles by Nathan Mc Dowell and Rhys Lockhart who both managed to ‘chop-down’ the largest runner from EWS.


The defence from the Parker Squad was like a ‘brick wall’ for long periods, then Nick Bailey supported by Josh Greenfield managed to gain possession of a free-ball. They broke through the EWS defensive line and started a menacing attack, switching and changing direction to weave their way towards the EWS try line.

The EWS full-back managed to turn our attacking pair over and then EWS were back on the attack to claim their next try.


With the last minutes destined to be punishing, both Squads battled valiantly and with mutual respect for each other.


Both Adam and Greg from Next Generation Sport commented that both Squads should be proud in the manner in which they played…


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All students have been invited to attend an Easter training camp at Northampton School for Boys from Thursday 10th – Friday 11th April 2014 – 9:30am–3.30pm.

They can RESERVE A PLACE for £30 per DAY or £60 for WHOLE COURSE!

For more information contact:

Mark Kefford 07877 559598 Adam Baker 07917755849



Year 7 Football Match – Mr Ben Dugdale Please see attached photographs

The Year 7 football team lost 4-1 to Campion.  After going down 3-0 in the first half, the team showed spirit and resilience to come back in the second half with a consolation goal from Mason Watts.  A Player of the Team Award going to Coby Job for his work in winning the ball back.


Year 11 French and German – Revision for Listening and Reading Examinations – Ms L Sheen – Lead Teacher of MFL

French and German students in Year 11 have been offered vocabulary revision booklets containing all vocabulary listed by the OCR examination board.


Students should be using a variety of resources to maximise their range of vocabulary:


OCR vocabulary booklets.

Booklets containing vocabulary by topic.

The Parker E-ACT Academy A-Z GCSE Vocabulary for German

The Parker E-Act Academy Vocabulary booklets for French

CGP Vocab Tester booklets and CDs


Revision Websites:     This is a new website to which the school has very recently subscribed.

GCSE Bitesize for both French and German


Bonne chance/Viel Gluck!


Gold Duke of Edinburgh – Mr Steve Flanagan – Please see attached photographs

On Friday 28th March, 17 Sixth Form Students from Parker set out on their four day Gold Practice Expedition. The weather was kind and by 5.30pm they had reached their first campsite in the town of Barmouth, West Wales.  Carrying everything they needed on their backs, they exhibited great camp-craft skills and were gone from the campsite by 7.45am the following day. They headed over the estuary and into the foothills of Cadair Idris, reaching the campsite in good time at Kings Youth Hostel.

The weather kept getting better and as Sunday dawned the students were once again up early and trekking over the Pony Path on Cadair Idris and down the other side to the remote valley near Abergynolwyn.  The final day brought with it the inevitable aches and pains but the teams were superb and reached the finish point ahead of schedule in Bryncrug.  After a quick visit to the Ice Cream Factory in Tywyn we headed home. This is the strongest group of Gold participants we’ve ever had and they are definitely ready for their assessed venture in July.

Mufti Day – 2 April

Thank you to all the students who supported the recent Mufti Day.  Funds raised will be donated to the Charity SENSE.

Stars of the Week – Congratulations to those students who have been awarded “Stars of the Week”.  Please find further information under “Academy News – Stars of the Week 2014”.  Certificates will be sent home and a lunch-time voucher will also be awarded. 


A very Happy Easter to all parents, students and staff.


The Academy reopens to all students on Thursday 24th April at the normal time.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Please note that for health and safety reasons, students in the Academy can wear a single stud in each ear.  NO OTHER FACIAL PIERCINGS INCLUDING TONGUE PIERCINGS ARE PERMITTED.  Any stretchers worn in the Academy should be solid flat blanks.   

 REMINDER:  Year 9 Progress Evening – 24th April – 4.00pm-7.00pm.


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Mrs Krysia Butwilowska



Respect of Self, Others, Learning, Our Community