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Destination Pen Y Fan

A group of students enjoyed a hike to the top of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons at the weekend.  We had sun, rain, wind and even snow!  The group worked together to encourage each other to the top and were rewarded with beautiful views.
 
 




Science in Health Live 2019

Students attended Science in Health Live 2019 at Cardiff University Medical School to gain insight into ongoing biomedical research, through lectures, demonstrations and tours of the research facilities. The group enjoyed learning about artificial intelligence, latest research into different types of cancer cells and how cancer cells develop and how an x-ray machine works. Students also took part in a range of activities including stitching a 'wound' and taking a blood sample using an artificial hand, and also visited a laboratory to learn about kidney filtration. At the end of a very interesting day, the students had the opportunity to ask questions about student life at Cardiff University.
 
 




British Science Week

British Science Week has provided learners with the chance to take part in some fun activities, including demos, practicals and dissections, while reflecting on all that has changed during the 50 years of the King's Group #stem #BritishCurriculum #BritishScienceWeek




The Need for Speed!

Last weekend's activities saw some students competing at the indoor go-karting track, where speed was the name of the game! #competition #friends #internationalcommunity




What University Live Event

On 2nd March, A Level and Foundation students attended the 'What University' live event at the NEC in Birmingham. It is important when looking for your university that students are given as many opportunities to find out which university is going to be right for them. Events like this give them the chance to discuss what university life is like  and identify where they would like to study in the future. This, coupled with the talks we have had in-house from various universities over the past 6 months has guided our students to make more informed decisions. #planningahead #studygoals #achieving




Personal, Social & Health Education

During our PSHE day this week, students took part in a range of holistic experiences including: diversity awareness; mindfulness training; drug & alcohol awareness, use for ICT for optimal learning; and a 'Dragon's Den' activity where students designed their own business models and pitched them to a team of 'Dragons' #beyondthecurriculum #BritishEducation
 




UFP Debate

University Foundation Programme students carrying out a heated debate! They developed very strong arguments, supported with evidence, and used different persuasive techniques to convince the judge. #BritishCurriculum #interactivelearning




Exploring Soil Erosion

Environmental Science students investigated the factors that affect soil erosion and explored the effectiveness of different methods to prevent and reduce soil erosion, including: the replication of vegetation cover using leaves and grass; terracing using plasticene and windbreaks using stones.   The results showed that the methods all prevent soil erosion, but the most effective was maintaining vegetation cover.  This has additional advantages as it prevents wind erosion as well as erosion by rain.  It also has other advantages as people can use vegetation to provide food and timber.  Reported by Derin

 





Continuing Professional Development

At a recent CPD session, staff developed a KCSM Teaching and Learning toolkit, which aims to support continuing professional development.  The toolkit will grow and develop as we continue to develop our own practice. #lifelonglearning #teachingandlearning




Visiting Brighton

Last weekend's fun included a trip to Brighton, where the students enjoyed exploring the famous landmarks and museums and had a ride on the British Airways i360 tower #don'tlookdown!

 




Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

Throughout this term, students have been applying themselves to different maths challenges to extend and challenge their knowledge.  Most recent of these challenges took place on the 7th February when a small group sat the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, which is a one hour test for students from G1 and G2.  The Challenge is organised by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) based at Leeds University and are designed to be lively, intriguing, multiple choice question papers, which stimulate interest in maths.  Later this term, G1 students will be taking part in a team maths challenge; working together to solve problems set by AMSP.

 





Go Team KCSM!

The Basketball and Netball teams enjoyed playing against students at Tenbury High School last week, showing excellent teamwork and sportsmanship throughout.  The netball team played a very close match with the final result 12 - 10 to Tenbury, whilst the Basketball team achieved an impressive result of 68 - 12.  Well done to all!
 




Visit to Bath

The students had a great time visiting the city of Bath on Saturday 9th February, where they took a tour of the ancient Roman baths as well as having some time to explore the city centre.
 




Making Sushi

In cooking club this week, supported by our Head Chef, the students had a go at making their own sushi with some delicious results!
 




Celebrating 50 Years of King's Group

On Thursday, 7th February, we celebrated 50 years of King's Group education with a presentation held in Saint Michael's church and followed by the burial of a time capsule.  The time capsule contained a number of items, including some thoughtful letters written by students which gave an insight into their hopes and concerns for the future.  The time capsule will be unearthed in 25 years time, when King's Group will celebrate their 75th year.
 




Fun in the Sun at Croft Castle

On Sunday (3rd February), a selection of students enjoyed visiting Croft Castle to explore the house and grounds.  Noted in the Domesday Book of 1086 and with over 1000 years of history to uncover the students enjoyed learning about this impressive family home.




Preparing for Success

This week A Level and GCSE students are busy preparing for mock examinations.  Our A1 Biologists have been putting into practice their learning from whole school revision training by using mind maps, revision clocks, colour coding to organise their revision notes, and Bloom's taxonomy "Thinking Dice" to generate self-test questions.  Preparation is key to success!




Sharing 50 Years of King's Group

In celebration of our 50 year anniversary, the prefect team worked together to create a wonderful 'KCSM Life' display of what King's College Saint Michaels means to them.  The display was housed in the traditional red telephone box located in the local community, used often to exhibit matters of interest.
 




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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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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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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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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