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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.
 




Preparations for Prefect Selection

Every year at this time there is a selection for a new intake of pupils who will take on the responsibility of being Saint Michael’s prefect team. This year, prospective candidates are preparing their presentation speeches ahead of being judged on the qualities that we look for in this role. Both teachers and the current…

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The Role of Movement in the Choir

As we all know the Choir is the extra-curricular club where lots of people come and learn something about music and develop their talents and show them to others.  But here in Saint Michael’s we don’t just meet every Friday with Mrs. King to sing, we go there and we do some movements such as…

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Visit to Stonehenge and Bath

I really enjoy the end of February. The days seem brighter and longer; the dark winter days begin to feel like a distant memory and soon there will be the splendour of spring with all its colour and vibrancy. So a perfect time to visit Stonehenge, one of England’s pre-eminent tourist attractions, except for one…

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Business Studies Trip to Paris

Paris is a wonderful city with many interesting and funny things to see. There were many interesting sights. Among the wonders were the elegant restaurants and fashionable sidewalks on the Champs-Elysées, with its Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre containing historical paintings and sculptures. This exciting city has many other wonderful attractions such as the…

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A Perspective from the Trip

We visited three art galleries and walked along the Pier Head riverside in the city centre to view the iconic architecture. The first art gallery that we visited was Lady Lever Art Gallery.  The highlight of this gallery is the ‘Putting on the Glitz’ exhibition.  The exhibition shows 20 outfits from the National Museums Liverpool’s…

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Liverpool Art trip

On 25th February Saint Michael’s College Art GCSE pupils went on an excursion to view several galleries in this famous port city.  They were accompanied by Art teacher Mr. Miller and Maths teacher and lifelong Liverpudlian Mr. Davies. Over to GCSE 2 pupil Marfuga for an account of the day’s proceedings. Liverpool is a fascinating…

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Special guest cooks up a storm

Staff and students at UK boarding school King’s College Saint Michaels were treated to an authentic taste of Spain last week as Director of Human Resources for the King’s Group – Roberto Martín (centre), cooked a traditional Spanish paella typical of the Valencian region.  This culinary collaboration with Saint Michaels very own Catering Manager Simon Price…

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Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Saint Valentine’s Day.  The annual event where girls and boys who admire each other have the opportunity to express themselves anonymously.  Here at UK boarding school Saint Michaels, we take a light-hearted approach to this age-old tradition.  In fact, our charity group have arranged a mail service for pupils at our UK boarding school to get…

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