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Jewellery Making


Head of Sports and Social Activities Miss Coombes put it like this: “I wanted to have activities available to people who were not sports people.”  A moment of inspirational “go crazy” spawned the idea of a craft session.
 
Held in the college library, and with material supplied by Miss Coombes, a group of girls set about constructing pieces of jewellery.  There were bracelets, bangles, necklaces, and advice from Miss Coombes about how to go about producing the best effect.  “I made a silver bracelet, it was great fun” said Yada.
 
 Miss Coombes intends to have another session soon.  “Everything they made they took away with them at the end.  They were coming up with some really pretty and interesting designs.  We do Craft every Friday evening.  We started with Jewellery-making, and then moved on to making hand-written name cards for student places at the tables at the Graduation Dinner.  Our next project is Needle-Felting – and if you are curious about what that is you should go to Room 13 in Swan on Friday at 6.30 p.m.”




Ludlow Food Festival


A few weeks ago, our students (and who of them aren’t) attended the Annual Food Festival held in nearby Ludlow.  The fine weather and thought of succulent dishes brought out many local people and tourists to view, and indeed taste the dishes on offer.  Amid the stalls there were singers and a band and a cookery course was being taught in another area.  What dishes caught the attention of our students then? 
 
Festival goers Jasmine and Frista told us: “There was a lot of cheese and chocolate.  There was both Vegan and gluten free chocolate.  Home-made mustard and honey.  I only saw one vegetarian dish – it was next to a grilled pig!”
All the fun of the fair then.




My Host Family Experience


- by Bedo

After the Easter break and on our return to School in April and what was to be my last term at Saint Michael’s I decided to change from being a residential student living on the school campus to living with an English host family in Tenbury Wells.  This would be a great opportunity to experience the English culture from its very heart, living and truly understanding the English family way of life.
 
An experienced host family who have been with SMC for 20 years was found for me.  They were Mr and Mrs Slade – Mr Slade is well-known to us students for providing transport and taxis for the school at airports and local stations and exams.  I also learned that Mr Slade is also a local Magistrate.  Mrs Slade is an English teacher at a local state school so I was very pleased about where I was going to live for the next ten or so weeks.
 
I have my own room, shower facility and privacy.  Mr and Mrs Slade are very relaxed and nice people and they make me feel very welcome and at home.  I really like it here.
The best thing about being in a host family is that I am away from the structured, school time table of dinner, prep time, lights out, internet access, registration and all of the understandable regimes and rules expected of me in a student residential setting.  Probably the biggest difference about being in a host family is that I have to take full responsibility for my own time like studying, getting up in the morning, and going to bed at an acceptable time, which is more like University life.  Changing from the old routine was not easy, but was worth trying.
 
What do I miss about being a residential student?  Well, being without my friends is sometimes not so good and having my time and schedule organised for me is good in school.
What are the good points about being in a host family?  Speaking English all the time, being independent and organising my own social life, walking around the town and going to restaurants when I choose is very nice.




Cookery Club


- by Painting

There is always a cookery club held on Tuesday and Wednesday during prep. The chef normally plans what we should be cooking but sometimes students just want to cook/bake other things by themselves, for instance a few students will bake a chocolate cake instead of baking cupcakes. The atmosphere in the cookery club is fun, we do enjoy cooking with our friends.




Science Health Expedition to Cardiff


- by Our Man with the Blood Sample: Dani (right)


It was a cold-ish day at school but that didn’t stop the Saint Michael’s bus venturing into the open with the destination of Cardiff University of Medicine.  The reason – the Science Health exposition and talks.
Firstly, we had three talks – one about how the ends of our chromosomes, called telomeres, are tied in with aging, one about how drugs travel through our body and how they have their effect, and the last but certainly not least, a talk about our genes and how they are basically “us”.  The highlight was that out of the whole five hundred students on the talks with us only three Saint Michael’s students – me, Anas and Nash – were brave enough to ask a question.  A round of applause!
Later one, we managed to walk around the facility and look at echo-cardiographs, x-rays, and get to take blood from an artificial hand or give an injection in an artificial muscle.  We also learned about how ions, calcium in particular, rule our muscle contractions and therefore movement.
After we had lunch we had a walk to another building where people working in the animal research lab talked us through the process of using animals in research and showed us that their top priority is humility!

To conclude, it was an amazing day and I advise anyone that is looking towards applying for any sort of medical course to go!




Photography Club


- by Anas (pictured above)

Photography Club is a place where students depict their perspective of the world. A place where photographers from all around the globe meet up and show us the beauty of pictures and how the most simple of matter can be pictured as a masterpiece.




Planning the Graduation Dinner


Photo: 2016 Graduation Dinner

This is a very busy time of year here at Saint Michael’s, with exams underway,  summer school  approaching and Graduation Dinner just around the corner.
Graduation Dinner is an annual event that is taken place in the last term of the year. It’s one of the most looked forward to events here at Saint Michaels. With the event coming up so soon, students are excited to buy their outfits and plan their memorable evening down to every detail.
The new prefect team have come together and chosen a theme for the evening. ‘The Oscars’. The glitzy theme will be complimented by a red carpet on arrival, paparazzi, a V.I.P photo booth, Oscar awards which will be presented on the night and the all-important formal dress code – the more glam, the better!
The venue (Wharton Park, Bewdley) is already booked and perfect for the special evening.
All attendees will be greeted with a beverage upon arrival, canapes and a two course dinner to enjoy throughout the evening. Finer details such as the menus and seating plan will be finalised next week, so stay tuned!




New Prefect Team


Filip (Head Boy), Jessica (Head Girl)

This term, Saint Michaels have welcomed a new prefect team, passing the baton from a previously hard working and enthusiastic group who have also given their advice and tips for completing the roles to a quality standard – they’ll be a hard act to follow!
New Prefect Team
Filip – Head Boy
Jessica - Head Girl

Anas – Deputy Head Boy
Danny - Deputy Head Boy
Painting - Deputy Head Girl

Bobby – Charity Prefect
Marco – Marketing Prefect
Egor – Sports & Social Prefect
Khoi – Welcoming Prefect
Leaf - Welcoming Prefect

Nelson – Environment prefect
Emir – Clubs prefect
The new team have started really well. They’ve been have been helping Miss Coombs with organising this weekend’s trips to Air Hop Bristol, Battle Lands Paintball and Birmingham City.
The group have also helped re-introduce extra-curricular clubs this week ranging from crafting, football, basket-ball, cooking and academic discussions.
All prefects are enthused by their new roles and are beginning to show they can rise to their responsibilities. They will be put to the test with such a busy month approaching them, planning and helping with the house volley ball, rounders and sports day competitions. As well as collecting content and information for this year’s yearbook which is due to be published at the end of June, just before they head home for the summer.
Meetings have also been held to discuss this year’s glamorous graduation dinner and the planning is underway! Read more about the Graduation Dinner planning in the next news story!




Steven Chen's Visit

Towards the end of term we had a visit from Steven Chen, one of our students from the years 2002-2002.  Maths teacher Mr. Davies and Head of Marketing Janine Faulkner remember him well.  In fact, his name has been mentioned in the staff room from time to time over the intervening years.  Mr. Davies takes up the story.  “Steven was the first boy to get an A Star in Maths at GCSE.  Later on, he also gained the best A level results for his time.”  His former Maths teacher also adds: “He had an impish sense of humour and you had to watch him at times.” 

Steven now works in the International Business Department of the Hong Kong Metro system.  He made the trip over to see his former teachers and have dinner with the host family with whom he lived with when he was a student here.  “It was great to see them again” said Steven.  “This trip was launched to bring back memories.”
 




Talent Show 2017

“Is excitement contagious?”
Jessica, who was one of our back-stage co-ordinators and maximum power source took a look out at the front stage and audience.  She then announced to the trembling performers who were biting their nails backstage, that “the electricity out there was already at levels not to be found on the National Grid”.  No pressure then.
To break the tension Nashm, soon to be a rising star himself, suggested watching a movie and began to move the large TV screen into the optimum position for chilling horizontally.
MC Boril meanwhile shuffled his cue cards in a business-like fashion.  Nashm gave up on the TV and rapped surreptitiously into his phone accompanying himself with grandiloquent gestures.  Dancers limbered up, with hydration devices prominent in the hands of the more athletic performers. 
The arrival of Mrs King, Choir Mistress Extraordinaire, was heralded by whispers of anticipation, and the choral ensemble retired to a corner for some serious breathing.  The MCs took up a huddle, like quarterbacks planning their moves on the cusp of their team’s fate.  Mr. Fountaine came to finalise stage directions with Jessica.  Egor, all the while in deep chill underneath a baseball cap gazed out of the window onto a sunlit vista…
 
Out Front
I was just in time to catch the opening as the MCs made a very professional introduction.  The curtains then opened to the choir.  Clad in plaid, this sorority lifted us with soft, lilting voices, referring to a flashlight ‘to light their way’ and even ‘to help them through the day’ or something similar.  Obviously enjoying themselves, with big smiles they won a burst of hearty applause.
The role of the MCs was quite interesting as Boril boogied onto the stage to introduce Valilisa and Robert who then introduced the next act.
Which was Nashm.
Yeh, yeh.  I’m standing here rocking my brains in a h-h-h- hurricane.  Now check it.” 
His carefully-coordinated moves matched a phenomenal sense of rhythm.
Martin showed particular dexterity in manoeuvring his yo-yos.  For three years he has performed and as he is A2 this will be his valedictory concert.  Something to haunt him in years to come?
You remember we talked about Egor earlier.  He of the deepest of cool demeanours?  Well, straight out of the icebox of his own construction, Egor erupted onto the stage like magma breaking the surface of a mountain in Kamchatka.  Yet behind the dance, gestures and rap tune with which he worked the warmly-responsive audience, he seemed to retain a hip, unreachable cool.
A sudden complete mood change.  A deep indigo-coloured piano sound swelled from the stage, filling the common room.  A nearby friend from Tenbury High captured our hearts in simple chordal changes, slipping then to soft, melodious fluttering’s.  “Ending on the 4th note of the scale,” noted Mrs King, “giving it an unfinished quality.”
Leaf danced up a storm, twirling and whirling.  Even her hair took up a posture.  Would she run out of energy before the song’s conclusion?  Apparently not.  She took it at full pelt, and accepted her well-deserved applause on her knees.
The dance troupe composed of Frista, Jasmine and Alina showed a disciplined sense of choreography throughout their dance number.
Sergio Leone seemed to set the mood with thunderous rhythms suggesting the untamed prairies.  The mood built against a curtained backdrop, halted, and then changed abruptly.  “ullo” Mr. Fountaine greeted us as the curtains opened.  Smoke filled the stage.  The Acid Flowers were out there, live, dangerous and looking for trouble.  As the female Flowers shrugged nonchalant shoulders in time to the music, Mr Fountaine belted out the lead vocal and the ensemble rocked the talent show to its conclusion.
All the performers then joined in a final sing-song and took individual bows.  Ivan set off an explosive flapper to round off the song which proved “only 30% delightful” he admitted to me later as we swept and hoovered.  The 70% part was fright at how powerful it was.  But it resulted in a glorious confetti-filled atmosphere (floor and hair included). 




Paris Trip

We set off on a four-day trip to Paris.  It was a very long journey, but we finally made it and what a great first impression. Everyone’s mouths were wide open in shock at Paris’s beauty.
 
The best part of the entire visit was our trip to Euro Disney! Before we set off for the park, we started our day off with breakfast and a business Studies session where we learnt about the way Euro Disney was built, why it was built in Paris and the difficulties that came up along the way.
 
Once we arrived at the park, it felt like we were a part of a fairy-tale. It made us feel like children again, just like Peter Pan.  There were lots of fast rides - which we couldn’t stop ourselves from going on.  We were surrounded by the Disney magic.  Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, Mad Hatters tea cups, the enchanting Disney castle and all of our favourite characters surrounded us.  With a little pinch of pixie dust, we were a part of a world full of wonder.
 
The following day, it was a whole new experience.  We set off for an adventure around the streets of Paris. We got to visit the most popular sights and be part of the latest fashion trends. We went to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe where we took thousands of pictures – memories to last a lifetime. Everything about the city was chic and elegant.
 
It was an amazing experience that none of us will ever forget. It made us feel great and actually experience what we see on the pages of thousands of magazines.  We got to live a dream.




NCS Graduation


- by Dani

After lots of hard work we all put into raising around £470 with the Student-Staff football match and the staff carwash, we were granted the long expected NCS Graduation dinner.

The evening started around 6pm. We all got dressed up smartly and made our way to the venue where the NCS staff were waiting to welcome and walk us in. We arrived at the venue and the atmosphere was perfect for us. We were handed our starter cocktails and made our way to our tables.

After a small introduction from the CEO of the school and the marketing managers of the NCS programme, 3 very brave students - Anas, Leonardo and Khoi - gave a small speech about their experience they had on the programme. After the certificates were handed out, it was time for the Disco! The DJ created a dance battle where Todd and Jessica ended up in a tie. Students were able to challenge the winners and we all had so much fun. I personally was walking around with a camera in my hands, visually documenting every moment of the evening.

To conclude, it was a great night and an even greater overall experience when we realised how much fun we had whilst learning a lot of new things. We all did great and look forward to more experiences like this in the future!




NCS Charity Fair

The charity event turned out to be more successful than was anticipated. There was a good turn out. The townspeople were delightful. It was freezing cold but the locals made lunch for us - we were very grateful. We sold paintings, 'positive boxes' and cups. There was face-painting, a magic show and Simram did some fortune telling.
 




Charity Football Match: Students Vs Staff

Match preview: Comments from staff and students:

This is an event organised by the pupils on the National Citizenship Service.  A lot of discussion and preparation has gone into this match to be held this Wednesday. Various members of staff have volunteered their services, in spite of being out of practice in many cases.  Housemaster Mr. Glare admitted himself that he has not put boot to leather in a good while.  He said however that he feels very fit and ready for the fray.

Pupils are also excited about this event.  Stoyan says that he intends to support the teachers.

The match will run simultaneously with a staff car wash outside the Science Block.  Those wishing to have their cars clean as a whistle will have to pay £3 for the service.  This will go to charity.  But “we’re only doing the exterior” added Jessica.

Match afterview: Comments from staff and students:

Through on and off drizzle that slowly soaked both pitch and players, both students and staff looked as though they really enjoyed it. The power seemed to rest with the staff, whilst speed and agility favoured the younger players.  Staff and students worked well as a team and a community spirit seemed to be taking root among the spectators. It was all in good cause and funds were collected for charity.  Well done to the NCS students who organised it.

The staff Car Wash also went well, with students wielding detergents and hoses and seeming to get quite wet in the process themselves. Many staff drove home in shiny clean vehicles that evening and more money was raised for charity.





Monday Assembly

Monday morning assemblies have a sense of sparkle about them these days.  On a cold winter morning it could be a moment to set our pupils up for the week.  Inspiring models of behaviour are the watchwords here and the other week our pupil Nashm prepared a poem to read to the assembled school.  It…

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Peruvian Students

We have been fortunate to welcome a group of Peruvians students to King’s College Saint Michaels this term. They were a great addition to the school joining in lessons whilst improving their English. An impressive programme of weekend visits took them far and wide including a trip to Oxford, watching a Manchester United match at…

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Valentine’s Day disco

If you went up to the Common Room on Saturday you would have been confronted by a room festooned with balloons, rose petals, hearts, decorations and other accessories for the annual Valentine’s Day Disco. There was a lot of dancing, with good music played by ace DJs Martin and Nashm.  Mostly upbeat, thumping rhythms were…

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Cardiff Market

Trip to Cardiff

What a day to go to Cardiff!  A little peaceful shopping perhaps?  A jaunt around the celebrated castle ruins and reflection upon medieval times?  Not on this day, anyway.  Yes, we could go shopping, yes we could go around the castle, but our attention was drawn principally by the feel of carnival around us.  Drummers…

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Contemporary Dance Class

by Frista & Alina   This term we are practicing contemporary dance.  This is a style of expressive dance combining elements of several dance genres, including Modern Jazz, Lyrical, and Classical ballet.  Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. There are around 15 of us taking part and we…

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Christmas Lunch

One final tradition took place of the last lunchtime of the year.  Christmas fare was served to one and all by Mr. Higgins, in full Father Christmas attire, and Mrs Hall giving support to our new chef Mr Astley (elf for the day). Students were treated to a medley of festive songs, even making their…

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