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  • BA student wins Young Hackney photography prize

    date posted: 13/05/2020

    Boxing Academy Year 11 student Ruben won the Young Hackney Art competition this week with an amazing photo of the view from his window! Congratulations to Chanel also, another BA student, who was runner-up. Great to see them doing positive creative things during lockdown.

  • Sport & Recreation Alliance awards 2020 - Winners!

    date posted: 10/03/2020

    The Boxing Academy was honoured to receive the Youth Participation Award 2020 from the Sport and Recreation Alliance on 6th March. The Awards celebrated initiatives in areas such as youth development, mental health and volunteering, with each winner receiving an award and a prize of £1,000 presented to them by HRH The Earl of Wessex. Guests also enjoyed a talk from BBC Unsung Hero Award winner, Keiren Thompson, who spoke about his motivations, ambitions and the importance of projects like his Helping Kids Achieve programme in Nottingham. 

    We would like to thank the SRA and congratulate all the other wonderful projects that were shortlisted. You can read the full report here.

  • Ofsted outstanding!

    date posted: 03/03/2020

    The Boxing Academy is delighted to announce that it has been graded Outstanding in all areas its first full Section 5 Ofsted inspection! This is a testimony to the dedication and hard work of all staff and governors. We are proud of our students and our school. Pleased as punch!

    You can read the full report here.

  • Started from the bottom now we're here

    date posted: 24/01/2019

    The sun rose sparkling off the mountains after a night of snowfall, but everyone in Chalet Annapurna was stiff, tired and bruised after two days of ski boots. It was very tough getting us all out of the door and up the hill to the ski bus by 9.27am. 

    The morning session involved some parallel practice on the nursery slopes but unfortunately one of our pupils was towed away on a stretcher. Luckily it wasn’t more than a sprained tendon (still painful though) and we were so impressed with their composure and manners when talking to the medical centre and paramedics. Everyone else carried on, happy once we knew they were not badly hurt.  

    Today we made packed lunches and took the cable car up to the top of the mountain: it was minus 21 degrees! Unlike yesterday it was sunny and clear and we were actually above the clouds. We had an amazing view of Mont Blanc, and then swiftly got back in the car to get down again. When we get back to school two pupils will be able to talk about what the early stage of altitude sickness feels like. It was a good thing we had Alejandro the paramedic (and ex-deputy head) with us who was able to supervise the sipping of water and recovery on the way back down. Never let it be said that the BA does things by half! Pod leader Maz and other students were very kind and supportive and we all helped each other get down in good spirits: Team work. Family. 

    For the afternoon session the group took the chair lift up to Diable and skied down most of the mountain practising their new skills. Two days ago they couldn’t stand up - it was so exciting! We tried to post videos but hands and phones freeze really quickly in the snow so they aren’t very good quality. Everyone was buzzing when we got to the bottom. Students all agreed “We never want to leave. This place is amazing”.

    After we got back to the chalet our ski instructors from Ecole du Ski Francais, Fabrice, David (the third, Julien, couldn’t make it but sent his wishes) came to give out the certificates for all new skiers. They said that they work with schools from the UK often but it is very rare to have such a good experience for these reasons: 

    1. BA students are fit and strong

    2. BA students are so polite, always saying thank you, and so appreciative 

    3. BA students are a bit crazy and do funny things!!

    We gave them a thank you card and presents. We hope we can come back here and see them again; what supportive, kind and expert coaches they were, it made the trip for us. 

    The staff decided to reward our wonderful students with a special treat: we booked a local restaurant for dinner. To our surprise, Kevin and Ali our two alumni got up to make a speech on behalf of the students to express their gratitude for the trip and explain how much it meant to them. Not a dry eye in the house!

    We are tired, our shins hurt, our suitcases are full of grubby clothes and we need a bath and 12 hours sleep, but we have never been happier. This was the toughest and most rewarding thing we have ever attempted. Oscar Wilde said  ‘we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars’. Well this week we could touch them.

  • A brave new world

    date posted: 23/01/2019

    This was the big day, taking the ‘white egg’ (oeuf blanc) bubble car up the mountain. The first few stacked their skis and jumped in, and as the cars sailed over our heads while we waited below, we could see the beaming excited faces of our pupils. The ski instructors looked up, smiled, and told us that they are such nice children to work with; polite and very happy and appreciative. How lovely to hear!

    It was very cold today, snowing with limited visibility and quite tough conditions. At the top of the mountain they were racing through cones practising snow ploughs and turning, using the ‘magic carpet’ travellator to get back up the slope. They just loved it, they felt like real skiers for the first time. 

    After lunch there was white out on the mountain, visibility was poor but the kids happily continued skiing. After 40 mins or so the magic carpet broke down which meant that we had to resort to plan B: splitting into groups of 5 to ski down to a chair lift and take a different route off the mountain. This was hugely challenging! Getting down was tricky but everyone listened, concentrated and just got on with it. The chair lift was a new experience resulting in quite a few students (and pod leaders!) falling off at the end. All students however, embraced the challenge and clearly enjoyed it. Tomorrow we will take a packed lunch with us and stay up on the mountain all day for the full experience. 

    We leave you with a quote from Kevin, who has absolutely charmed everyone he has met here with his positivity, his smile and his willingness to try speaking in French:

            “As an ex BA student I was amazed by the generous, thoughtful and once in a lifetime opportunity offered to me when I was invited on to this skiing trip. A lot of people would be sceptical about doing this, their guard would be up because this environment and activity is out of their comfort zone. The BA has given me the confidence to take new first steps and to adapt to situations that are unfamiliar, challenging and uncomfortable. I am loving it.  

    The French food is really nice and I like how we all eat together (3 courses!) and clean up after ourselves. The ski instructors are so patient, supportive and talented, they have helped me learn a new skill set. My perception of France has completely changed; before when I thought of France I only really thought of the Eiffel Tower. Being here has made me think of the possibility of living in another country”.