SCWA Principal’s Updates | Friday 8th December

Photo of SCWA Building

Dear SCWA Community, 

As we conclude Module Two, I wish to commend our students for their exemplary scholarship. Their dedication during the mock examinations and the warm-up sessions is a testament to our collective commitment to academic excellence.

The festive season brings with it, a blend of joy and challenge. It is heartening to see our community embodying the spirit of fellowship through various initiatives. The SCWA’s engagement in the ‘Save the Children’ Christmas Jumper Day, where we raised £793, illustrates our shared values in action.

Leadership and the performing arts have shone brightly at SCWA this term. Our cadets represented us with honour at The Stationers’ Civic Dinner, demonstrating the discipline and values instilled through the CCF programme. In a similar vein, the SCWA choir’s dazzling performance at the Court Christmas Lunch at Stationers’ Hall spotlighted the talent within our academy. Our young vocalists, many of whom are new to our school, brought the audience to their feet in a first-ever standing ovation for an SCWA performance at such a prestigious venue. The Christmas Dance Production further exhibited our students’ leadership skills, with a night of accomplished performances that displayed their dedication and professional approach. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all our students for their efforts; you are a constant source of pride to our community.

Please note that our latest news page updates will pause during the holiday period, with the next updates to be sent before the start of Module Three on Tuesday, 2 January 2024. 

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Joseph Sparks | Principal, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

End-of-Module Two Arrangements at SCWA

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will conclude Module Two on Friday, 15 December 2023, at 12:35 pm, following the completion of Period 3. Pupils who are eligible for free school meals will have the opportunity to collect their lunch prior to departing at 12:35 pm. The academy will then commence Module Three on Wednesday, 3 January 2024, at 08:30 am. For further planning and information, a comprehensive list of the term dates for the 2023/24 academic year is available here

Limited Tickets Remaining for SCWA’s Christmas Extravaganza

Tickets for Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy’s Christmas Extravaganza, scheduled for Tuesday, 12 December, and Thursday, 14 December 2023, are now available on ParentPay. Parents and carers have the option to book between 1 to 6 tickets, with a required donation of £1 or more per ticket, which will be contributed to charity.

With only a few tickets remaining, those interested in attending are encouraged to promptly log into their ParentPay accounts to secure their spots. This festive event promises to be a memorable occasion and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with the SCWA community.

SCWA Choir Dazzles at Stationers’ Hall Christmas Performance

On Tuesday, 5 December, the SCWA choir, comprising 40 pupils, showcased their talent at the Court Christmas Lunch at Stationers’ Hall. Their repertoire included a mix of traditional Christmas carols such as “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”, along with contemporary festive songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. Mr Sparks, Principal, who attended the event, expressed his pride in the choir’s performance: “The choir made us so proud; many of our choir members are in Year 7 and have only been with us for ten weeks. Hearing them perform at Stationers’ Hall was an absolute delight.”

The choir’s performance was met with overwhelming acclaim, earning a standing ovation from the audience – a first in the history of SCWA performances at Stationers’ Hall. This event marks a significant achievement for the SCWA choir, reflecting the exceptional talent and hard work of its young members.

SCWA Students singing carols

SCWA Cadets Represent Academy at The Stationers’ Civic Dinner

On Friday, 1 December 2023, four pupils from Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, members of the academy’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), had the honour of representing the academy at The Stationers’ Civic Dinner. They were accompanied by Mr Sandhu, Teacher of Business Studies, who reflected on their participation: “The cadets represented the academy and the CCF exceptionally, showcasing the values and discipline instilled in them through the CCF program.”

The Civic Dinner is a significant annual event for The Stationers’ Company, celebrating its connections with the Mayoralty and the City of London. The event welcomed Civic dignitaries and their spouses, including the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London and the Sheriffs. The participation of SCWA’s cadets in this event highlights the academy’s active engagement with the community and the importance placed on providing students with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership and civic responsibility.

SCWA Cadets at a church service

Continued Mock Examinations for Year 11 & 13 at SCWA

Mock examinations for Year 11 and 13 students at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy are set to continue through the final week of the module. The Academy commends the students for their excellent conduct and diligent preparation so far. To support the students further, a series of subject warm-up sessions will be provided before each mock exam. Warm-ups for morning exams are scheduled for 7:45 am, while those for afternoon exams will take place at 3:15 pm on the preceding day. These sessions are intended to replace the regular module two interventions. The Academy extends its best wishes to all pupils for their upcoming mock exams and encourages continued participation in the revision sessions offered, aiding their preparation and success.

*Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy has adjusted some A Level subject warm-up sessions to avoid clashes with GCSE warm-ups. These sessions may have been moved to either an AM or PM slot, ensuring that all students receive the necessary preparation prior to their exams.

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • English Literature – Ashdown

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • English Literature Paper 1

PM Exams (1pm)

  • History Paper 2
  • Geography Paper 2

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • PE – SY108

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Business Studies – AR204

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Business Studies Paper 1

PM Exams (1pm)

  • PE Paper 1

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Media Studies – AR204
  • Sociology – AR104
  • RE – DE002
  • Computer Science – AR202

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Mathematics – Sherwood

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Mathematics Paper 3 (Calculator)

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Media Studies Component 1
  • Sociology Paper 2
  • RE Paper 2
  • Computer Science Paper 2

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Business Studies – AR104 (LKT) & AR204 (JNA)

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Triple Science – DE203, SH203, SH202, AS203

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Science – Physics

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Business Studies Paper 2

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Psychology – AR101
  • Economics – AR207
  • PE – SY108

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Psychology – AR101
  • Media Studies – AR203
  • Economics – AR207
  • PE – SY108

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Psychology Paper 2
  • Media Studies Component 2
  • Economics Paper 2
  • PE Paper 2

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • RE

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Chemistry Paper 2
  • Computer Science Paper 2
  • Economics Paper 2
  • English LIterature Paper 2
  • Re Paper 2

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Psychology Paper 2

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Politics

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Business
  • History
  • Film
  • Health and Social Care
  • *Film Studies

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Business (Paper 2)
  • Health and Social Care – Year 12 (Unit 1)
  • Health and Social Care – Year 13 (Paper 1, Unit 3)
  • History (Paper 3)

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Politics Paper 3

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Law
  • Maths

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • French
  • Spanish

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • French Paper 2
  • Spanish Paper 2

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Film Studies
  • Law Paper 2
  • Maths Paper 2

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Law
  • Maths

PM Exams (1pm)

  • Law Paper 3

Warm-Up (3pm)

  • Economics
  • RE

Warm-Up (7:45am)

  • Economics
  • RE

AM Exams (8:45am)

  • Economics Paper 3
  • RE Paper 3

SCWA Celebrates ‘Save the Children’ Christmas Jumper Day

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy participated in the ‘Save the Children’ Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday, 7 December 2023. The event was a resounding success, with a significant number of students and staff donning festive jumpers, embracing the holiday spirit, and supporting a meaningful cause.

Ms Collier, Head of Arden, expressed her delight at the outcome of the event: “We are immensely proud to announce that our academy has raised a total of £793 for ‘Save the Children’ through the Christmas Jumper Day. This impressive amount truly reflects the generous spirit and dedication of our SCWA community. The enthusiasm and contributions from both students and staff underscore our commitment to supporting important causes and making a positive impact in the wider community.”

Students and a teacher stood wearing Christmas Jumpers in a library

SCWA’s Christmas Dance Production: A Resounding Success

On Monday, 4 December 2023, the 2012 Team at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy successfully hosted their first Christmas dance production, featuring Year 10 and 11 BTEC dance students. The event was met with great enthusiasm from both the audience and the performers.

Ms Allen, Director of 2012, shared her excitement about the event: “What a night we had! Our dancers really brought their A-game, showing off not just their amazing talent but also how professional they are, moving on and off the stage like pros. It’s clear all their hard work and dedication paid off. I’m so proud of every single one of them. Now, we can’t wait for our next show in March 2024 – it’s going to be another fantastic showcase of the incredible talent and teamwork we have here!”

SCWA Offers Support Resources for the Festive Season

As we approach the festive season, we understand that this time of year can bring both joy and unique challenges. Our priority is the well-being of our school community, and we want to ensure that everyone feels supported during the holidays. We’ve compiled a list of helplines and resources that you may find helpful in maintaining a healthy and happy environment for you and your family.

  • NSPCC: NSPCC has a range of useful information and support for parents, 0808 800 5000
  • Children’s Services: Children’s Services are able to support you and your child, Greenwich – 020 8921 3172/Bexley – 020 3045 5440
  • Action for Children: Action for Children’s Parent Talk offers free, down-to-earth advice for parents of children aged 0-19 and covers a wide range of issues.
  • If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999 straight away.

Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, and there are resources available to help you navigate any challenges you may face. We wish you a joyful and restful holiday season.

RSE Curriculum for Years 7-10 at SCWA

Starting from Module 3, students in Years 7-10 at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will participate in Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) lessons, an integral part of our extensive educational program. This initiative is a reflection of our commitment to delivering a comprehensive education that prepares students for life with a well-informed and healthy perspective. The RSE curriculum at SCWA focuses on several key areas:

  • Promoting Healthy Relationships
  • Understanding Human Development
  • Respecting Diversity

Our RSE program is designed in line with national guidelines and is tailored to suit the age and maturity levels of our students. The lessons will be conducted by trained educators, ensuring they are delivered in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner. This approach facilitates a safe and open environment for discussion. If parents or carers have any questions or concerns regarding the RSE curriculum, we encourage you to reach out to Ms. Naima Khanom, our director of PSHE, at naima.khanom@scwa.org.uk. Additionally, detailed letters specific to each year group (Years 7-10) outlining the content of the RSE curriculum are available below for further information:

SCWA Year 10 Students Debut Sci-Fi Series Intro ‘Barely Human’

Year 10 Creative Media students at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy have successfully completed their first project, ‘Barely Human’, an introduction to a new Sci-Fi series. The task was to depict ‘robots in society’ using Adobe Firefly for imagery and Adobe Premiere Pro for assembly, with sounds from royalty-free music sources.

Despite initial technological challenges, the students displayed creativity and resilience. Mr D Milliken, Creative Media teacher, praised their efforts: “It’s been inspiring to see our students produce ‘Barely Human’. They’ve shown creativity in using Adobe Firefly and persistence through technical challenges. This project marks a promising start in their media production journey.”

Two works from the project by Bethany and Noah are available for viewing: