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Drowning accidents are especially high in the summer months and over the last few years, we have heard of too many tragedies that could have been avoided. Every year people drown both at home and on holiday because they don’t take simple precautions, so reaching people with water safety messages is vital. Please help to avoid another tragic summer this year by spreading the following water safety advice:

Look out for lifeguards - If you’re looking for a place to cool off always find a lifeguarded swimming site.

It’s colder than it looks - Water at open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue.

Don’t go too far - Always swim parallel to the shore, that way you’re never too far away from it.

It’s stronger than it looks - Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a riptide – don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current, call for help. 

Bring a friend - Always bring a friend when you go swimming so if anything goes wrong you’ve got someone there to help.


Race for Life

On Tuesday 16th July, St Michael's pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be participating in the first St Michael’s Race for Life event in support of Cancer Research. Students have all now received their sponsorship forms in order to raise money for their race. There is also an online sponsorship page for the school which can be found at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/st-michaels-church-of-england-high-school. If you wish to sponsor online, can you please ensure the student's name and house are included with the donation.


Operation Spectre Campaign

This week (11th-18th March) is the national campaign, Operation Spectre, surrounding knife crime and youth violence.

As part of Sandwell response to this, West Midlands Police has created a VLOG, #OMG

The VLOG is a sixty-second long video with advice, information and top tips for parents regarding knife crime #OMG One Minute Guidance from PC Hughie Treasure MBE, the Sandwell Young Person officer.

We are continuing the theme set by the Chief Constable and the PCC last week who are asking for parents/guardians particularly to ask their children where they are, checking their phones and what they have in their bags.

The series will continue with VLOGS from a headteacher, a young person (Shape Knife Crime advocate), Sandwell Youth Services, hoping for support from Alison Cope and a Sandwell parent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAxGCQ9nMYQ

If you wish to provide feedback about this or would like more information about the campaign, please contact  Kym Jones, Partnership Team Sgt by telephone on 101 x 811 3046


Sandwell Schools Badminton Competition 2018

Pupils at St Michael’s Church of England High School have been improving their physical fitness by attending weekly extra-curricular activities such as football, basketball, netball, fitness and badminton.

These extended learning opportunities aim to help pupils to learn and practise their sporting skills by engaging in competitive activities and vigorous exercise. This is in line with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS guidelines, which suggest that children and young people need to exercise to stay healthy. 

Fourteen pupils that attend the badminton club had the spectacular opportunity to attend a perennially popular competition at Oldbury Academy, which has been running annually since 2010.  

On the day of the badminton competition, the pupils demonstrated exemplary behaviour and sporting etiquette. They dominated the games with their incredible vibrancy, skills and competitive nature to win and be the best on and off the court. 

They all personified what St Michael’s PE department represents, which is to express yourself with style and dedication. 

I was particularly impressed by each pupil’s resilience and determination to win and not give up when playing against players with more experience.

Mr Butler 

Results 

Boys U16: 2nd Place 

Girls U16: 3rd Place  


Money Laundering - children being exploited

Children being used as ‘money mules’ was highlighted by BBC news recently. This links to the exploitation of children, particularly to Criminal Exploitation, and County Lines.

Children are ‘losing’ bank cards, having bank cards in their names which parents don’t know about or being in possession of bank cards in other people’s names. This is an additional indicator of trafficking and exploitation.

Please see the BBC news report link which highlights this issue:

Kent grammar pupils 'targeted as money mules'

PC Hughie Treasure MBE

Young Person Officer, Sandwell Police Station, Moor Street, West Bromwich B70 7AQ

Mobile: 07393763145        Phone: 101 ext 8113045       Twitter @PCTreasureWMP 


Knife Crime Amongst Young People

Click here to access a video by West Midlands Police about the effects of knife crime. Please be aware that the film contains graphic descriptions of emergency medical procedures used to save victims of knife crime. Some people may find the film upsetting.  


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Following our Ofsted inspection in November 2017, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the process. My special thanks go to …

  • The Diocese; especially Reverend Shelton, for your backing and trust.
  • The Local Authority; especially Chris Ward and Stephen Rayner, for your continual support and encouragement.
  • The Governors, for your commitment, hard work, understanding and diligence.
  • The SLT: you are the most talented, professional, dedicated, wonderful leadership team I have ever had the privilege to work with. Thank you.
  • The Associate Assistant Heads of Pupil Premium and Transition/Behaviour: what you have achieved in a year is incredible.
  • The Directors of English & Literacy, Maths & Numeracy and Science & High Prior Attainers: your dedication and strategic brilliance is hugely appreciated.
  • Subject Leaders: you led your teams with calm, effective and magnificent guidance.
  • Pastoral leaders: you conducted yourselves with professionalism and enthusiasm, demonstrating to Inspectors our commitment to provide outstanding care for our children.
  • Subject Middle Leaders: your impact on Key Stage 3 has been truly phenomenal.
  • The Pastoral team: your knowledge of your pupils was exceptional, demonstrating that at St Michael’s, every child really does matter.
  • Those who have led strategies brilliantly (Student Voice; Community Liaison; CIAG; LAC and EAL; MA&T, PHSE and Citizenship; Whole-school Ethos etc): you make us proud every single day.
  • The SEND team: your tireless work to drive inclusivity is greatly appreciated.
  • The NQT/RQTs who spoke so compellingly and positively about their training and experiences.
  • Every pupil who spoke to the Inspectors: thank you for being polite, courteous, engaging, articulate, mature and proud of your school.
  • Every teacher who was observed: your planning and execution of the lesson was a credit to the profession.
  • Every pupil who was not spoken to by an Inspector but whose impeccable behaviour influenced them to describe our children as sensible, calm, orderly and confident.
  • Every teacher who was not observed: your careful preparation and dedication are truly appreciated.
  • Clerical, Office and Reception staff, many of whom stayed with us late into the night for both nights: you are the wonderful backbone of the school.
  • LSAs, LSPs, Cover Supervisors and Academic Coaches: your contribution to lessons was exceptional, making a tangible difference to the children’s learning experience.
  • Our Library staff: as always, you provided a beautiful haven for so many of our avid readers.
  • Science, DT and IT technicians: as always, you helped your departments run like well-oiled machines.
  • The canteen staff and dinner ladies: you worked your magic to ensure that we were all happily well nourished.
  • The Site staff: as always, worked so hard to ensure that everything about the building and grounds was immaculate.
  • Everyone who wished us well: your kind thoughts really were greatly appreciated.
  • Every parent who was kind enough to respond positively to the questionnaire and the members of our community who sent encouraging messages to us: they really did make a difference.

 Thank you.

 Jayne Gray, Headteacher


Sponsorship  

On behalf of the PE department and our students, we would like to say a big thank you to Integrated Water Services (IWS) for our new kits and their sponsorship of our school football teams.

 

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Anti-bullying Week

To celebrate anti-bullying week, staff and students at St Michael’s held a full timetable of workshops, visiting speakers and activities led by our partnership agencies.  All were specifically designed to enable students and staff to recognise, identify and challenge all types of bullying and to support the school’s ethos of spirituality and peace, thus strengthening our fundamental principle, commitment to Christian values “to show love, care and kindness to all in our community. To value what we have and to share with others”.

 


 Life Changing Decisions – Aaron Jarvis

Aaron is an ex-gang member who was involved in high levels of serious crime who has since reformed his life and is now passionate about helping young people to clearly understand the consequences of gang and crime involvement and the impact that it has on the person themselves, their loved ones and the wider community.


  Knife Crime – Alison Cope

He said I love you, the next time I saw him he was dead - Alison Cope is, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera, also known as popular Grime artist Depzman. Josh's career had just taken off, with a number one album and planned tours of the UK and Europe. In September 2013, at only 18 years old, he was murdered in a knife attack outside a private party held to commemorate the life of a friend who had been stabbed the previous year.

Alison now works alongside West Midlands Police, and independently, to talk to young people in schools, community organisations and youth offending institutions about the dangers of carrying knives. Her strength in turning the most tragic event any parent can imagine into positive change for other young people is an inspiration to us all.


SHAPE Event – Police and Youth Service

The SHAPE Team, in conjunction with Youth Services, Police and Community Safety Team, ran three workshops which included tackling prejudices and stereotyping and took part in a workshop on the Youth Bus to help compose songs reiterating the anti-bullying message for young people.

Other activities included:

Fusions of Faith – Celebrating Diversity: an understanding of the different faiths both within our school community and in the wider world to develop a more cohesive multi-cultural society.

Big Buddy Training – Training a group of our Year 10 students to support younger students and help them to cope with and overcome issues facing students in school today.

  • Resilience
  • Valuing Difference
  • Art Therapy – The impact of Social Media
  • Relational Aggression Drama Workshop
  • Anger Management – Boxing Workshop
  • Creating an Anti-Bullying Pledge
  • WBA Foundation – Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

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Pia Pugh was the winner of this competition - well done Pia! 


Students at St Michael’s Church of England High School in Rowley Regis are standing up to bullying

A recent article in the Halesowen News reported on the anti-bullying work of St Michael’s and other schools. The full article is below or click here to access the article on the Halesowen News website.

Sandwell schools praised for anti-bullying work | Halesowen News

STUDENTS from schools across Sandwell have been standing up to bullying, with everything from rap to designing T-shirts.

Sandwell Council’s SHAPE team, who work closely with young people in the borough, have been going into schools and rewarding pupils for their hard work.

Students at St Michael’s CofE High School in Rowley Regis have picked up a democracy award for their participation in the SHAPE Programme during the past 12 months, including taking part in the anti-bullying roadshow.

While pupils from OSCA in Oldbury have been commended for an anti-bullying rap they wrote.

Councillor Simon Hackett, the cabinet member for children services, said: “There’s some great work going on in our schools to tackle bullying.

“The young people are really imaginative, they really care about how others feel and they want to do what they can to make sure everyone enjoys and thrives at school – which is why bullying has no place in our classrooms in Sandwell.”

Kerry Whitehouse, school engagement development manager at St Michael’s CofE High School, added: “Our students have had the opportunity to take part in several SHAPE events over the past twelve months.

“They loved the SHAPE conference as they had the opportunity to meet other school and take part in workshops with organisations.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the democracy sward for our contribution to SHAPE. It is lovely for our students to receive recognition for all of their commitment and dedication.”

Children from all over the borough are invited to the free SHAPE Youth Festival on Saturday (July 14) at Sandwell Valley. For more information about the event go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/SHAPEevents


Students at St Michael’s Church of England High School spread kindness across Rowley Regis

An article on 27 June in the Halesowen News reported on the ‘Acts of Kindness' project, set up by Student Voice. The full article is below or click here to access the article on the Halesowen News website.

Students spread kindness across Rowley Regis

Councillor Simon Hackett joined St Michael’s CofE High School’s Kerry Whitehouse, school engagement development manager and pupils Lewis and Ellie as part of their #21AOK project.

STUDENTS at a Rowley Regis School have been carrying out ‘acts of kindness’ across the community to brighten people’s day.

St Michael’s CofE High School launched #21AOK (Acts of Kindness) as part of their ‘21st Century Child’ project which is highlighting the world and dangers teenagers face today.

Children from the Curral Road school’s council are doing at least one act of kindness each day for 21 days during June and July.

From making cups of tea for their parents to leaving thank you notes for teachers, students have been hoping their kindness will cause a ripple effect and make others kinder too.

One pupil who has already carried out acts of kindness said: “It doesn't have to be a grand gesture or anything expensive. Being kind can be something as simple as asking your parents how their day has been or giving someone a compliment.

“We really hope our kindness spreads far and wide and cheers people up.”

Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children's services, paid a visit to the school and said: “The students at St Michael's are doing so much to have a positive effect on not just the school but in the wider community.

“I was blown away at how much the school's council are involved in more impressed that a lot of the work is in their own time – after school and in the holidays.

“Often the perception is that young people can be rude and unapproachable but that clearly isn't the case. I wish the students well with their pledges to spread kindness.”