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Fun in the Sun

Last week, our students made the most of the hot weather by enjoying some fun in the sun!

After a very hot afternoon of sports, some students took the opportunity to cool off in the pool. And to celebrate the end of term, the students enjoyed a lovely sunny day at Barry Island, Wales. Some were even brave enough to have a swim in the sea!





ACP Group Activity Week

Last week, our Academic Prep course went on an activity week where they explored the surrounding area and further afield to learn about British culture and heritage.

On Monday we went canoeing down the beautiful river Wye from Hay-on-Wye, known as the town of books, to Whitney-on-Wye, a journey of some three miles! Although there were plenty of sore arms at the end and one or two unplanned ‘swims’ everyone enjoyed working as a team to get us to where we had to go.

Tuesday saw us travel all the way to Cardiff - the capital of Wales - to visit St Fagans, an open air museum showing students what life was like in Wales throughout the ages. Students were able to visit replica Victorian style shops and see how goods were made before the modern technology that we take for granted today.

We stayed a little closer to home on Wednesday and visited Worcester. After a visit to the cathedral where we saw the tomb of King John and a scenic walk along the canal - where some of our students were kind enough to help the lock keeper operate the locks along the canal to let boats through. The students were also allowed some time alone to explore the historic city at their own pace. To finish off the day we visited the Commandery, the site where King Charles conducted the final battle of the English Civil war. As well as learning about the English Civil War students also had the opportunity to try on some of the clothes worn in battle at the time, including those of pikemen and musketeers.

Our final day saw us return to Cardiff and Big Pit, the museum of Welsh mining. Here students were able to experience the dangerous life of a coal miner and even descended into an actual coal mine 300 feet deep, with nothing but a dim torch to guide them!

A great week was had by all!





PSHE Day

We have held another successful PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) day here at King’s College Saint Michaels.
The students took part in activities including a Basic First Aid Course, Sex and Relationships Session, Fitness and Nutrition, and Mindfulness and Mental Health Awareness. The first aid session introduced the students to the importance of CPR, the recovery position and bandaging. These skills are invaluable!
The students commented that they felt these sessions were important and have asked for more detailed sessions again next year in topics such as Mental Health Awareness and First Aid. The PSHE days aim to teach our students valuable life-long skills. Next academic year we will be delivering even more of these inspiring courses.




Academic Preparation Group Visit Clee Hill Primary School

On Wednesday four of our Academic Prep students visited Clee Hill Primary school where, as part of their ‘Reading Miles’ project, they were discovering all about Japan.
Akitaka, who is from Osaka, started off their assembly and delivered a presentation to the 120 students aged between 5 and 11 years. Steven, Sherman and BM also taught the children something about their home countries.
The children were enthralled with their visitors and were keen to ask many questions when they visited each of the classrooms. The Saint Michael's pupils also taught the whole school how to count in 3 different languages.
Overall, it was a great experience: the boys were great teachers, left a great impression of the College and should be extremely proud of themselves. Well done!




Announcement of New House Names

New names were announced for our Houses.  Instead of colours that had been temporarily given as everybody worked on deciding the final name for each house, names of famous British explorers have now been given.  Blue House becomes Scott, Green turns into Drake, Yellow transforms itself into Kingsley, and red reveals itself finally to be Cook.  Decisions were taken democratically during the weekly tutor group, and the final choice was revealed Friday.  Runners-up had been Knights of the Round Table, International Mafia organisations and literary characters like Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.  Your guess as to whether the right choice was finally made.
Points are awarded throughout the year for merits in all fields (academic, cultural, social and sport).The winning house receives a house cup at the annual leavers dinner in the summer.




Cultural Culinary

Every Wednesday between the hours of six until eight the cookery class meet in the college kitchens to make creations under the direction of our chef Jonathan Astly..  “Twenty-seven turned up last week.  I usually aim at about 14-15.”  With such a popular class should he complain, we ask ourselves?  On the menu so far has been sushi, cupcakes and brownies.  “We will also be preparing a buffet for Halloween” added Stephen with a wicked grin.




Getting to Know Tenbury

Over two days we took all of our students, returning and new arrivals, into Tenbury for a closer look at the town.
They followed clues that lead them around the town and through the park. Students worked in groups of mixed nationalities and ranging levels of English to try and be the first to finish the puzzle.
 
We even took our mascot Michael Bear with us, Can you spot him in the pictures?




A Club for Everyone

In SMC we have many great clubs. To name some, there are debate club, drama club, Japanese club, science discussion club and newspaper club. In debating club students had a very interesting discussion about the school uniforms and if they are discriminating people according to their sex or not. In History and Politics club the topic of the Spartan Constitution will be presented this week. In Drama club students are learning the art of acting and in Basketball club people are having great time while they are finding new friends.
Clubs are really important for SMC because it not only gives an entertaining activity to the pupils but also a chance to interact with many of their student friends, who they might have never spoken in their school life, if not for clubs.
Frista chose Netball, Basketball for girls, Dance, Craft and Yoga – ‘It’s relaxing’ she told us.
Keitlin went for Debating and Drama – ‘My uncle is an actor’ she added.
Wendy has chosen Yoga, Badminton and Gardening – hmm… we thought, watching the leaves on the trees turn to gold.
Stoyan goes to a lot of clubs including: debating, Basketball club, dance, Chess, and Board Games.  Phew!
Yana: Newspaper club and Science Discussion Group – ‘which reminds me I have a presentation to prepare for – on outer space.’
Alie: Debating is a good way to learn and construct an argument and defend your thoughts – but in a civilised way.  It is also a good exercise for speaking in front of people. 




PSHE Day

We have held another successful PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) day here at King’s College Saint Michaels. The students took part in activities including a Basic First Aid Course, Sex and Relationships Session, Fitness and Nutrition, and Mindfulness and Mental Health Awareness. The first aid session introduced the students to the importance of CPR,…

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Canoe Trip

Last week, our Academic Prep course went on an activity week where they explored the surrounding area and further afield to learn about British culture and heritage. On Monday we went canoeing down the beautiful river Wye from Hay-on-Wye, known as the town of books, to Whitney-on-Wye, a journey of some three miles! Although there…

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Fun in the sun

Last week, our students made the most of the hot weather by enjoying some fun in the sun! After a very hot afternoon of sports, some students took the opportunity to cool off in the pool. And to celebrate the end of term, the students enjoyed a lovely sunny day at Barry Island, Wales. Some…

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Science Department Events

The latest experiment that was organized by our students was the investigating iron tablets. Haemoglobin, in red blood cells, has haem groups containing Iron, which bond to oxygen and transport it around the body. When there is a lack of iron in the organism (iron deficiency) it can cause serious problems as oxygen intake decreases.…

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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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Scholars’ Dinner in Madrid

We arrived late afternoon and noticed how different it was from the UK before even getting off the plane.  It had been a while since we’d last seen the sun still shining after 5 p.m. The ride over to the hotel had us gawking at the marvelous city.  Seeing Madrid made me realize that love…

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