St Michael's
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2017 Events

Masterclass with Richard Astbury

The dancers at St Michael’s were extremely fortunate to welcome Richard Astbury into school on Monday 19th June. Richard currently performs in Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre in London and has previously featured in the Cats UK tour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Spamalot the Musical and many more. The workshop entailed an ‘everyday’ pre-show warm up and the students even learnt the audition routine to ‘Revolting Children’. At the end of the workshop, our students spent time talking to Richard about his experiences within the performing arts industry and his training. It was an inspiring and motivating experience for all and we hope to welcome Richard back in the future. 

  

Masterclass with Simeon Beckett

On Sunday 25th June, Simeon Beckett travelled from London to deliver a special masterclass. Simeon, originally from Wolverhampton, pursued a career in dance after taking part in a number of Fusion Academy events many years ago.  He recently graduated from Urdang Academy and his dancing credits include Rita Ora, The Brit Awards, Kanye West, Whizz Kalifa, Saturday Night Takeaway and much more. Simeon delivered a fabulous street dance workshop and gave our students advice on working and training within the dance industry.  Our dancers loved the insight into the world of dance and we cannot wait to welcome Simeon back in the near future.  Simeon has also just been cast for Flashdance the Musical so we are hoping to get tickets to see him live on stage.

 

 

GCSE Dance Moderation

Congratulations to our GCSE dancers whose hard work, dedication and commitment to endless rehearsals produced wonderful performances at this year’s moderation on Wednesday 26th April. Their professionalism throughout was commendable. Fingers crossed for results day!

 



 United Kingdom Mathematics Trust

“The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.”

The top 40% of entrants nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate.  Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.

St Michael’s Junior Maths Challenge – Thursday 27th April 2017:

The UKMT Junior Maths challenge was completed by 8X1 alongside additional students from 8Y1, 7X1 and 7Y1 who were selected by their teachers.  Over 260,000 students from 7500 schools completed the challenge nationally.

St Michael’s Church of England High School results:

Gold Awards (Top 7%)

  • Max Oliver

Silver Awards    (Top 20%)

  • Alex Rowley
  • Natasha Malpass
  • Julia Dzubia
  • Abigail Nock

Bronze Awards (Top 40%)

  • Alex Wooley
  • Brandon Smith
  • Maisie Marks
  • Sosenna Yosef
  • Jake Palmer
  • Nula Hale
  • Erica Willmott
  • Joshua Hill
  • Joshua Costello         

“The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Pupils fill in the answer sheet and the Challenge is marked by UKMT using an optical mark reader.  These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide.”

The top 40% of entrants nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate.  Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: 

St Michael’s Junior Maths Challenge – Thursday 2nd February: The UKMT intermediate challenge was completed by 10X1.

St Michael’s C of E High School results:

Bronze Awards (Top 40%)

  • Zane Garrett
  • Imogen Ferrer
  • Sofia Irfan
  • Samantha Williams

PE Update

  • Our Year 8 boys Dodgeball team have just won the Black Country Finals and are now going to represent the Black Country in the West Midlands Finals.
  • Our Year 8 boys football team is also through to the Sandwell Cup Final to be played in mid-July.
  • Our Power Chair Football team have been involved in the West Midlands League for the first time during 2016-17 and are excited about playing again for the school in September.
  • Our Sports Celebration evening will be taking place during the first half term in September.
  • KS3 Sports Day is on Thursday 20th July and the Primary Sports Day is on Wednesday 12th July.
  • During this year the girls' football teams have taken part in the F.A. Secondary Schools Football initiative where we were visited by the F.A. head of media.
  • Thank you for all of the positive survey responses the department has received from students in KS3 regarding how much they enjoy PE.
  • Follow the PE department on Twitter @stmichaelssport (all of our photos and what is going on in PE on a weekly basis can be found here).

St Michael’s Science Fair

Each year the science department at St Michael's hosts a science spectacular where Year 9 students showcase projects that they have been working on in class.  In line with National Science Week, students improve their teamwork, innovation and scientific skills trying to investigate and answer questions of a scientific nature.  Students display their findings around the department and parents, governors and guest judges are invited to come and see the amazing discoveries and findings that students have concluded.  Prizes are given out to those students who can articulate their findings in a relevant, interesting and engaging manner all to increase the communication skills our students will need in the future.   The St Michael’s Science Fair has successfully run for many years and proves to be a major high point in the year 9 curriculum.

Fundraising Stars

As part of PSHE, Year 7 were tasked with designing their own fundraising plans and collecting as much money as possible for charities of their choice. One form, 7H, collectively raised money for Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC), a local charity which offers fun activities for children with disabilities. 7H did everything from shoe polishing and sponsored silences, car washing and cake baking, to inspiring their form tutors, Mrs Malhi and Mr Shikotra, and the headteacher Mrs Gray to donate to the fund. In total, they raised a phenomenal £370.66, which will go a long way to helping to provide activities which support others in our local community. Bravo 7H!

Thinktank

On 29th June, Year 9 pupils were offered the fantastic opportunity to attend the Aim Higher “World of STEM” event at Thinktank in Birmingham. The day centred around an exhibition of different aspects of STEM, including everything from acoustic engineering and aviation to 3D prototyping and computing. Especially exciting was the opportunity to watch a live exploration of the science of the human body by television scientist Stefan Gates, a.k.a. the Gastronaut, and a look at the science of the cosmos with representatives from the National Science Centre in Leicester.

Science Chicks – Bringing Science to the classroom

In March 2017 we had the pleasure of inviting a company called ‘Living Eggs’ to school. We had 10 eggs delivered to us and all 10 hatched. We had 6 males and 4 females. A room in the science hub was dedicated for these chicks where staff, students and visitors got a close-up view of their development.  The chicks’ journey into this world was watched by hundreds of students. Students recorded their emotions and thoughts in the log book and photos were taken of them caring for and feeding the young chicks. It really touched everyone’s heart to see a chick hatching no matter how young or old they were – it was amazing! 

We set the scene by getting the students to describe the life cycle of the chicks and take part in a colouring competition. Keywords were used to develop vocabulary. A display cabinet was dedicated to capturing the whole event. Our wonderful science technician became ‘mother hen’.   8 chicks were rehomed by staff at our school and the other 2 went back to base.  A Year 8 student said, “I think this was the best thing that happened at this school”.

Numeracy Form Challenge

St Michael’s Church of England High School has a ‘can do’ approach to numeracy – we believe that all children can, and should, be mathematically confident. All staff recognise the importance of providing children with a wide variety of mathematical experiences and of promoting a positive mathematics culture.  To support this, during form-time pupils have the opportunity to develop their mathematics skills in a relaxed and informal setting. Pupils have taken part in games, challenges and puzzles.

SCROOGE

The St Michael’s whole school production of Scrooge was a huge success. Students from all year groups took part in the performances which were held in the Theatre of St Michael’s on the evenings of December 6th and 7th 2016. Each show was a sell-out, with musical accompaniment from St Michael’s Concert Band led by Dave Bates and our vocal group 7Up.  There were also matinee performances for over 200 Year 5 students from various local primary schools and a performance for Year 11 students in order to help them with their English GCSE studies of the book.  Well done everyone involved.