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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.
 




Halloween Party

by Nevena Doknic On 29th October, Saint Michael’s organised an unforgettable party for pupils.  Everyone had to dress up in scary costumes because it was Halloween.  The party was in Berrington Hall, not so far from Saint Michaels.  It was decorated with lots of scary stuff and you could see lots of young and happy…

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Geography Day Out

by Mrs. Cabra On Monday 24th October the Geography students spent a lovely day in Wales investigating different features of a river.  The weather was cloudy and chilly, especially in the upper course.  We started at the YHA (Youth Hostel Association) next to Tallybont reservoir, a beautiful location in the Brecon Beacons.   Steve (a member of…

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Football against Ludlow

by Mustafa H, Egypt. We arrived at the Ludlow pitch just on time.  The weather was cold but we soon warmed up.  Then the match started and it was all about the tactics.  At first they proved better than us and scored a goal.  But we didn’t give up and our coach, Simon, cheered us…

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Horse riding

Every Wednesday students take part in a range of sports and activities.  On Sundays they have the opportunity to try something a bit different.  Some of our students made the short journey to the horse riding stables near Leominster.     A few of our students have tried riding a horse before, but for many…

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Mid term exams

With the first exams of the year happening this month we asked for students to give us their thoughts before and after they took place. How we felt going in…  Two weeks before exams I started to really work hard and revise carefully for every exam. A good place to start was by asking teachers…

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Open University Afternoon

  ‘Students were full of very appropriate questions.  They had a good idea of what they wanted to do in their futures.’ Nick, Liverpool John Moore’s ‘What very focused students you have here.’ Anisa Atlasi, Edge Hill University, Liverpool ‘Detailed conversations – querying what courses they wanted to study. I gave a talk about making…

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