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St Michael's Spell - a - thon

After gruelling quarter-final heats, ten students made their way into the first ever Year 8 Spell-a-thon semi-final. Each student gave it their all in front of the largest Spell-a-thon audience to date. Four students unfortunately tripped up on their spellings, leaving six left for the final.  Battling to be crowned the 2017 Year 8 Spell-a-thon Champion, six soon became four, and then three, as tension grew in the room, with the remaining contestants determined not to fall prey to a misspelling.

Nevertheless, there had to be one winner. Following numerous rounds of spellings, and having witnessed other students incorrectly spell their given words, the 2017 Year 8 Spell-a-thon Champion is: Millie Boyes.

Huge congratulations to Millie, who joins the 2017 Year 7 Spell-a-thon Champion, Ben Dorsett, in the St. Michael’s Spell-a-thon Hall of Fame.  Moreover, thank you to every student who gave it their best throughout the competition. There’s always next year to claim the Spell-a-thon crown.

  

Mickies' Biccies & Brew

Mickies’ Biccies & Brew is our weekly coffee morning for the over 60s.  The group has been running since 2015 offering local residents the chance to drink tea, talk, learn new skills and, most importantly, socialise with others.  The group develops its own timetable of activities and regularly has guest speakers from local organisations.  Students attend the coffee morning on a regular basis to meet the residents and take part in games and activities such as beetle drive, knit and natter, card making, flower arranging and much more.   They also showcase their work and talk about school life.  Our coffee morning runs every Monday morning and if you would like to find out more please contact Kerry Whitehouse or Carole Annetts on 0121 561 6881.

 

Rowley Multi Agency Forum

As a school we strongly believe in success through partnership and, with young people at the heart of our school, it is vital that we embrace a multi-agency approach.  The Rowley Multi Agency Forum (RMAG) has been running for more than a decade, bringing together agencies and organisations from the local area.  Our meetings take place every half term and we regularly invite students to lead on agenda items or showcase examples of ‘good practice’.  Members of this group include West Midlands Police, Local Neighbourhood Team, Young People’s Services, local councillors, Community Alcohol Programme, St Giles Church, primary schools and more.  If you would like to find out more about attending one of our meetings, please email Kerry Whitehouse at kerry.whitehouse1@st-michaels.sandwell.sch.uk 

 

Winter Fair

The St Michael’s Winter Fair has quickly become one of the most popular community events in our calendar.  Every year we welcome hundreds of people through the doors to enjoy an evening of food, shopping and entertainment.  If you are lucky you may even get to meet Santa himself who has also become a regular visitor.  This event is organised by the Student Voice Fundraising Committee and raises money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  As an established event with more than 50 stalls including handmade gifts, crafts and toys, jewellery and accessories, cards, sweet treats, charity tombola and much more, there is something for everyone. 

  

Trip to Alvin Ailey – Revelations

On Friday 23rd September 2016 our GCSE dance students went to watch Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform at the Hippodrome in Birmingham. Having performed repertoire from the company’s world famous dance work ‘Revelations’ in last year’s show, our students were excited to witness the piece live and they weren’t disappointed. We managed to catch members of the cast for photos after the show. 

Visit to Staffordshire Regiment Museum

History is always better when you can relive it. This opportunity was given to some of our Year 9 students and members of the World War One Poppies and People Project. We were told that we would see a re-enactment of trench warfare and were amazed when we arrived to see a life size trench as if it was the Western Front! The students were given the opportunity to look at weapons and artefacts from World War One and this was followed by a full scale re-enactment of trench warfare between the Allied soldiers and the Germans set in the cold, dark environment of a November evening. We walked through the trenches whilst this was happening, surrounded by gun fire (which the students claimed was “very loud”!) and students were amazed and inquisitive. This experience, which can be difficult to bring to life in a classroom, really helped them to understand the unbearable conditions that people were faced with during the long battles of World War One.  Later in December we attended a Carol service, Night in the Trenches, at the same location where we all stood in the pouring rain in the trenches singing a variety of carols accompanied by soldiers representing the countries involved in World War One. Those involved were given the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate and it was a positive experience for all – a truly unique night.

  

Fusion Academy Show – Spotlight

Our school dance company hosted its annual show on the 9th, 10th and 11th of February 2017. We were thrilled to have over 180 dancers participate in the showcase aged from 3 – 18 years and the show sold out in a record time of 24 hours. We were so proud of our dancers who attended hours of rehearsals during the holidays, on evenings and weekends and their hard work really paid off when they stepped out on stage!  Performances included Spotlight, Piano Guys, Insomnia, Bear Necessities, Run Boy Run and many more.  We also welcomed back Orchard School who stole the show with their Disney remix.  We would like to thank everyone who made the show a success as, without the wonderful support of the dancers, parents, coaches, teachers and volunteers, it would not be possible. The show raised a total of £400 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and £400 for Leah’s Wish. 

 

Birmingham Children's Hospital 100 Hundred Heroes

WOW! We are SO PROUD! For the 4th year running Student Voice at St Michael’s has been awarded with a Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award. The fundraising committee has worked incredibly hard over the last 5 years raising money to make a difference to the lives of others.  Our current fundraising total stands at more than £22,000 and the students are determined to keep going.  Every year Birmingham Children’s Hospital select their top one hundred fundraisers from the thousands of supporters.  The awards don’t necessarily go to those who have raised the most but those who have made a special contribution.  To be selected for this award is incredible and a testament to the commitment of our students.  The awards ceremony this year was attended by student, Robbie Smith, Y10, School Engagement Development Manager, Kerry Whitehouse and Headteacher, Mrs Gray.  Kerry said “the awards ceremony is such a special event and one which makes me feel proud to work with such wonderful students and generous staff.  I find it both humbling and inspiring to be surrounded by so many inspirational people, from national companies and small businesses, to families and children, who have benefited from the wonderful care provided by the hospital.  We love the partnership we have developed with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and hope that we can continue to raise thousands over the years to come.”

 

STAR committee confidence and AB workshop

On the 25th April the STAR committee took part in a confidence building and anti-bullying workshop with drama specialist, Evie Pickerill.  The students decided the content of the workshop and Evie delivered a number of interactive games and activities to encourage the group to feel confident sharing thoughts and experiences.  They had a wonderful afternoon and spent time discussing the definition of bullying and the impact it can have on others. 

‘How Safe Are You’ Market Hall Event

As part of our ‘How Safe Are You’ initiative, St Michael’s facilitated a Market Hall event with the initial aim to raise awareness amongst our students of the organisations that work with young people and the information and services they provide. The event also promoted the development of partnerships between external agencies and St Michael’s. Year 9 students were the cohort identified for this event and engaged respectfully and positively with the stalls co-ordinated by the services: SMBC Trading Standards, Black Country Women’s Aid, DECCA, Swanswell and Community Alcohol Project.   Each stall was well attended and students engaged successfully throughout the morning. Students developed an increased understanding of the agencies and support that is available to them, as well as a further understanding of the issues young people may face in today’s society and the importance of ‘staying safe’. The feedback from the event was excellent and we are looking to co-ordinate and facilitate regular Market Hall events here at St Michael’s in the future.  

“The go cart was crazy! I didn’t think being drunk and driving would be so hard. It would be so dangerous.” (Anonymous, Year 9 student)

With reference to the Drink Driving simulation ‘Go Kart.

 

“I didn’t know Cannabis looked like this, it looks like something my Nan would grow in her garden.”

(Anonymous, Year 9 student)

With reference to the Cannabis Trailer.

 

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!

 

 

Butler’s Creative Arts School 

Butler’s Creative Arts School (BCAS) takes place at St Michael's Church of England High School. It was founded in 2008 and developed further by Michael Butler, the Senior Tutor for the programme.  The ethos behind BCAS is to deliver artistic excellence to the pupils who have outstanding creative ability from Key Stages 3 to 5 (young people aged 11-18) and help them fulfil their creative potential.  These private art classes are based on practical application of the arts and teaching pupils about art history from a global perspective.  The programme aims to provide young students with access to a broad and in-depth cultural experience that goes beyond the school environment.

   

 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 C of E 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 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 on 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. Key words were used to develop vocabulary. A display cabinet was dedicated to capture 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 in 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.