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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/read-write/ Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending @c2ken.net) Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/read-write/ There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bp0to8a9Z0
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Head of Year 8

At Breda Academy we recognise that some primary pupils can be daunted by the move from primary school to secondary school.  To help this transition we have a very thorough and successful induction programme that will enable our new year 8 pupils to feel part of school very quickly.

Before the Start of Year 8

As part of our Induction Process an introductory meeting for new pupils and their parents will be organised for June. This event provides an opportunity for pupils and their parents to meet staff, find out about school routines and procedures and to ask questions in regards to school life.

During the month of June, we will endeavour to visit your child’s primary school to find out extra information that will help them settle into life at Breda Academy.

The Start of Year 8

At the end of August, the new pupils will meet their Form Tutors and Head of Year who are carefully selected and specifically trained to work with Year 8 pupils. At the start of term 1 the new Year 8 pupils will have the school entirely to themselves as they find out about what is expected in school.

For the first time, this year we had a very enjoyable day in Belfast Zoo allowing our pupils get to know each other better and form positive relationships with their Form Tutors. This fun teambuilding event is part of our on- going pastoral care and support for our Year 8 pupils.

 
 
 

Every week in school, Form Period is an integral part of the school timetable in which Form Tutors are able to talk to their pupils about any concerns while following a personal development programme.

In October, there will a parents meeting so that Parents and Carers have the opportunity to meet with subject teachers to discuss progress and pass on any relevant information that would help learning in school. This is a time to chat to teachers and let us know how we can support your child in Breda.

We would encourage parents to contact school at any time of the school year if they have any questions in regards to school.

Mr A Galbraith  

Head of Year 8