Zoo Nation Dance Project


Fourteen of our gifted and talented students in dance have been working on a project with The Grand Theatre and London based hip hop dance company Zoo Nation. Since September they have been training twice a week with professional choreographer and dancer Nathan Marsh on a dance based on a twisted version of Humpty Dumpty. They then performed this at The Grand Theatre in a professional show alongside 11 other schools in the Black Country. From this, students will be chosen from each school as stand out talent and will train with Zoo Nation over February half term on a new dance for a curtain raiser at the end of February when Zoo Nation tour their show ‘Into the Hoods’ to Wolverhampton. We also entered the Great Big Dance Off which is a national competition and came 1st in the Regional Heat for the West Midlands and are now in the finals in July competing against the rest of the qualifiers from the UK.

Students: Xsia Blair, Keviann Dawkins, Mya Wright, Malcolm Kimani, Jasmine Brissett, Aaliyah Brooks, Aleasha Brooks, Shannon Gray, Sarah Lucy Allen, Tanisha Haughton, Beth Henry, Chris Otim, Chido Mhondiwa and Diana Maruta.

OLSC Dance Project 1

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Dates for 2016


We are now a few weeks into 2016 and so much has happened already. Year 11 have received their Pre-Public Examination results and are working every evening towards their final GCSE examinations that will begin in 12 weeks’ time.

Paralympic Judo Player Ian Rose has visited school, giving inspirational speeches to some year groups about the importance of ‘never giving up’ and ‘practice makes progress’.

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team who represented Wolverhampton Wanderers in the regional competition last week.
There are a number of key dates I would like to draw your attention to:

Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 19th January at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre
This is an opportunity for the Academy to share essential information about exam preparation, forthcoming Pre-Public Examinations and issue revision guides.

Year 7 Resilience Day – Thursday 21st January 2016
This day teaches Year 7 students the importance of resilience skills to secure success.

Year 10 Examination Week commences Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February 2016.
Pre-Public Examinations will be held in all subjects. It is essential that students are revising daily at home in preparation for these important examinations.

Year 8 Resilience Day – Thursday 4th February 2016
This day will focus on the importance of making positive choices in readiness for Year 8 students making key decisions about which subjects to study at GCSE level.

Year 11 Reports to Parents – Thursday 4th February 2016
Formal reports on each student’s performance in every subject will be issued to parents and students.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 11th February 2016
Parents of Year 11 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their child’s teachers and tutors between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.

HALF TERM – Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2016

Ten Ten Theatre Group performing to Years 7, 8 and 9 – Monday 22nd February 2016
This is a Catholic Theatre group who address key concerns that some young people may experience.

Year 8 Pathways Evening – Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Year 8 students and their parents / carers will have the opportunity to speak to all curriculum areas and begin to consider the most appropriate subjects to study at GCSE level.

Year 7 and 8 Review Day – Monday 7th March 2016
During this day, Post-16 students will continue with normal lessons. Other year groups will not be in school at this time, but will be set work to be completed at home. Year 7 and 8 students will receive a letter with an appointment time to meet a member of staff to discuss their progress during this day.

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 16th March

Year 10 Reports to Parents – Thursday 17th March

Year 9 Resilience Day – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
During this day, Year 9 will learn study skills to support their ongoing revision for their GCSE examinations.

Year 10 and Post-16 Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Parents of Year 10 and Post-16 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their teachers and tutors between 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

BREAK UP FOR EASTER – Thursday 24th March 2016

STAFF TRAINING DAY – Monday 11th April 2016

Students Return from Easter Break – Tuesday 12th April 2016

Information Evening


Year 10 are now one year away from completing their GCSE examinations. At a time when an increasing amount of the GCSE content is similar to AS Level, it is essential that all Year 10 students are revising at home to secure their very best grades in readiness for Year 11. Your son/daughter has Pre-Public Examinations during the weeks beginning 1st February and 9th February 2016 and have probably already begun to prepare for these at home.

The Academy would like to invite all parents/carers to attend an Information Evening on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy.

During this evening, the Academy will:

  • Update parents on assessment methods
  • Provide revision resources for all attendees
  • Share Parental/Carer Communication methods

Strategic Leaders and the Year 10 Team will also be available should you wish to discuss anything further with us.