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Trip to England's No 2 City - Birmingham

One of the first major excursions of the school year was a day trip to Birmingham on Saturday 16th.  Students split into groups to pursue common interests, whether it was to go shopping or a trip to Chinatown.  Vanessa went to a bookshop and found the book she was looking for, and then went off with Alicia to a Japanese restaurant for sushi.  Steven bought clothes and his companion Sherman said: “It rained a bit but we watched it from the window of a Chinese restaurant.”




Prefects Tea Party

 On Tuesday 19th September the prefects gathered to have a typical English tea party with Mr & Mrs Robinson, Head of Boarding. It is the first time they have experienced such an evening and we hope to make it a regular event on the schoool calendar. Everyone was treated to homemade scones, jam and clotted cream along with cucumber sandwiches and finishing with a perfect cup of tea.
During the teaparty everyone got to know each other a little better by selecting questions randomly and answering them with the person sat on their right .
One of the most interesting parts was chatting about how we could make improvements to various aspects of school life from the opening times of the boarding houses to how we could possibly help new students adapt to KCSM life even more quickly.
Everyone enjoyed the tea party and look forward to the next event.




Table Tennis Competition

Students gathered in the common room on Sunday morning (17th September) to witness the first House Table Tennis Competition of the year.  Initial curiosity of the onlookers turned to glee as the participants put their heart into the matches.  The tournament lasted two hours with a final knockout competition between the two semi-finalists.  Filip won for Blue House, Temirlan came second, and third was Dani.Enter your news text here using the editor above to adjust formatting.




Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017

Congratulations to Nelson Chan, Stan Huang and Alex Wang who all received a Copper award from the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. (pictured here with Headteacher, Mrs Nicola Walker)

At the end of the summer term some of the A1 Chemistry group took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017

In the same week that they were relaxing after AS module examinations and preparing for the summer holiday, they sat a very difficult examination designed to test both knowledge and problem solving skills.  The chemistry questions were based on topical issues.

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is set by St Catharine’s College of Cambridge University; to be taken by the most talented Chemistry students from across the country The questions are designed to be more challenging than AS papers . Some of the questions are on familiar topics but most is completely new to AS students and requires them to use all their scientific skills and to work through the problems logically.  Those setting the questions repeated in their feedback to schools that “problem-solving skills are essential for the study of science at university and in industry” “The ‘resilience’ of A level students and the importance of students keeping going with questions even in the face of difficulty, is still much talked about and is highly desirable by Universities.” .

Over 7000 students from 500 different schools across the country took the challenge.  From Saint Michael’s College, five students took the challenge.

The scores are given levels; Copper, Silver, Gold and Roentgenium; (less than 9% of all the entries gained over 50% in the Challenge) The organisers felt that a mark at 33% and above represented a very good achievement on this paper and showed the students were able to think their way successfully through unfamiliar material.

 

 





Welcome To Our New Head of Boarding

My husband and I are very excited to be joining St Michaels school in September.  We are moving to St Michaels from the seaside town of Scarborough in Yorkshire.  I have been head of a boarding house for the last four years at Scarborough College, I have also previously taught maths and been the school librarian.
 
Mr Robinson has been part of the boarding team while also working as a problem solver for a utilities company. We are passionate about boarding life, family and community spirit.  We love spending time with young people and providing a loving family atmosphere, encouraging pupils to develop confidence and be adventurous.
 
We hope that over the coming years all St Michaels pupils will develop a sense of belonging and will remember their school life here with great fondness.
 
Jenny Robinson, Head of Boarding




Exciting Focus on Accelerated Learning

 
We are enhancing our support for academic study in the new term (September 2017). We know that our students want to make excellent academic progress in addition to improving their English.
 
Our English programme is very successful and students make rapid progress and gain high IELTS scores enabling them to apply to the University of their choice. However, we also realise that students need the right subject specific vocabulary to help them access the highest levels in GCSE and A level study.
 
Our new curriculum will team academic teachers with English teachers so that students can have focussed subject specific English  lessons, which target their academic needs. So for example, every week for a student studying A level  sciences they will have access to three extra English lessons which teach the vocabulary and grammar they will need in A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A student studying GCSE Business and Economics will be able to attend English classes which focus on the language requirements of GCSE Business and Economics.
 
These lessons will be available in the majority of subjects at both GCSE and A level and will make our curriculum and English support for academic study quite unique. We know that this partnership between subject teachers, English teachers and the pupils will help and support students to achieve their best and that is always our aim.




Poetry Workshop

By Danny Teofilov (Bulgaria)
As part of the Tenbury Poetry Competition a local poet visited St Michael's to run two poetry workshops for a selection of our students. First year A Level student, Danny Teofilov from Bulgaria, gives us his views on the workshop that he attended; 
 
There is no better thing than a Monday morning and some poetry. Really! I have never known how interesting and self-reflecting poetry can be. From discovering new things about yourself by interpreting different poems, to writing some yourself allowing you to relieve any hidden emotions you might have. A big thanks to Jean Atkin, the poet that came over to show us the way.
 
It really was an eye opening experience for me and hopefully for the rest of the class. Some were open minded and wrote lots ready to present, others were still drowsy from the good night’s sleep they got and some were hiding away their poems not to reveal too many inner secrets about themselves.
 
Overall, it was a great experience learning new things and expanding our horizons.
 
You can learn more about Jean Atkins here; https://jeanatkin.com/about/ 
 
And the Tenbury Poetry Competition here; http://www.poetryintenbury.org/ 




Excursion to London

It was great.  The weather seemed a little grim but added to the romantic image of ‘Foggy Albion’ with street lamps .  There were lots of Christmas decorations and a seasonal market on the South Bank of the Thames.  Crowds packed Oxford Street and Leicester Square.  A host of runaway Santas gave voice to carols…

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Carol Celebration

As Mr. Higgins remarked at the outset, the Carol Celebration is now a tradition at Saint Michael’s dating back ten years.  Indeed, A2 pupils arrived eager to give voice to songs they had perhaps first practised in GCSE 1.  There was a lot of merry fa-la-la-ing and encouragement to hear herald angels.  The Christmas tree…

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Practicing for perfection

by Frista Gradica, Albania Christmas Carol.  No wonder it sounds so festive.  It is one of the best parts of the year.  Everyone wants to participate, whether it is in the choir, carol reading or helping with the decorations. Choir is one of the most inspiring activities.  It guides every student throughout the song.  Everyone…

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NCS Excursion

by Nevena Doknic, Serbia The government organised an excursion for A Level students which was divided into four parts.  The first part was taken in SMC and it was about what NCS is and why it is so important.  NCS stands for National Citizen Service. The second part was in Grantham in a leisure park. …

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SI-UK University Fair

by Abdulrahman Amir Ahmed The SI-UK University Fair is the largest University fair in the UK designed for EU and International students applying to UK universities. It was an important event that Saint Michael’s College took advantage of, with students filled with enthusiasm and high expectations. The Fair took place on 12th November in the…

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Daring Visitor comes to Saint Michael’s

Monday 14th saw the arrival at Saint Michael’s of an unusual visitor.  Carved from aristocratic stock and related to Spanish royalty, Count Alvaro de Marichalar regaled A level and Foundation pupils with tales of bravery across an unforgiving landscape – the Atlantic Ocean. “Don’t complain about life, just get on with it” was a message that…

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Table football competition

by Nashem Al Khadour Rather than sending a journalist to cover this competition we sent a poet instead.  This is what our student Nashm came up with:         “Table football What a game.  Elgar won What a shame. Bending the rules, While people hoped They would trip on their shoes. Nonetheless, the…

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ISSA football competition

by Mostafa H. We went to London and the weather was quite cold.  We played 5 matches and lost all of them, but we gained experience, a sense that we were all contributing and doing all we could.  Mr. Glare and Simon were motivating us and the common motivating phrase from Mr Glare is “Come…

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