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…Details
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Preparation for University
ICT & STEM Enrichment
A Christmas Carol (or two!)
COBIS Maths Challenge
The COBIS Mangahigh Maths Challenge is a free, online competition for 5-16 year olds designed to engage students with maths through a games-based learning approach. Using Mangahigh, students complete maths activities, which teachers may personalise to support students’ learning, to score individual points, which in turn contributes to their schools' tally. Students can access their activities at home or in school so it can be used for homework, revision, or a fun task!
We had a very exciting 2018 competition, which ran from Monday, 19 November - Friday, 30 November 2018. Eighteen students earned a magnificent tally of seventeen gold, eight silver and twenty-eight bronze medals. In total, 89 COBIS schools participated in the 2018 competition and 18,871 students were active during the Challenge. An impressive 748,709 points were earned by students!
A trip to Birmingham for the German Xmas Market
Let the Festive Fun Begin!
Senior Maths Challenge
Case Study focus for UFP Students
Today our UFP students were studying a pre released case study which will be the basis of the end of module exam. We are using this time to make sure that all aspects of the case study are developed and explored. The rational for this is to allow them to read the case study carefully; interpret the areas being addressed through the case study and the issues arising. It gives them the opportunity to discuss with their tutor and peers the areas they feel are being addressed and the issues arising to ensure that they are familiar with the case study and that they can anticipate possible question in the exam paper.
Hitting the Mark!
Team Building Fun
Visit to the Royal National College for the Blind
Lessons in Leadership
The Leadership Course is aimed at 'A' Level and UFP students and the purpose of the session this week was to inform and engage students in discussion on issues associated with value-driven/ethical leadership and the qualities of effective leadership. This was done through instruction, class discussions, written activities and video clips. In the first session next term, students will deliver presentations on what they learned this term.
Investigating the Environmental Impact of an Oil Spill
Environmental Science students attempted to minimize the environmental impact of an oil spill this week. Students were challenged with the task of clearing up an ‘oil spill’ to support their understanding of the effectiveness of different methods for managing an oil spill. No animals were hurt during this experiment!
Year 9 Biologists Investigate Skeleton-Muscular System
On Monday 19th November 2018 Year 9 Biologists dissected chicken wings as part of their study of the skeleton-muscular system.
We investigated the antagonistic muscle pairs, bones and joints found in the wings of birds. We then compared the wings of a bird to our own arms and realised that many of the bones and muscles are very similar, but are adapted to do different jobs. We discussed the evidence for evolution provided by these homologous structures in different organisms.
Tenbury Wells Christmas Lights Switch On
In support of the Christmas Lights Switch-On in Tenbury Wells this weekend, a group of students performed a beautiful dance both in the street before the count down for the lights and then again on stage in The Regal Theatre. The dance was choreographed by professional dancer, Jack Ludwig, who worked with the students for several weeks before the event. The dance was very well received by all those who attended the lights switch-on and we had many positive comments from the local community saying how well the students' performed. Well done!
This weekend saw our first badminton fixture against Lucton School. Coung was Captain for the day and the team had practiced well in preparation for the event. Well done to everyone who took part - the first of many badminton fixtures to come.
Basketball vs Lucton School
This weekend our basketball team played a return fixture against Lucton School. The team played really well and worked hard. End score was 25 - 33 to Lucton. Well done everyone!
Interview Skills for University
Revision Techniques for Results!
Weekend Ice-Skating Fun!
Geography Field Trip
Dove of Peace
Students Receive A Good Grounding in Physics
'How to wire a plug' was ranked fourth in a recent survey of the skills adults wished they had learned when they were at school*. Shocked, students in Year 10 (also known as 'Ninth grade' or 'Freshman year') investigated electrical safety features - such as earthing and fuses - by stripping and rewiring grounded, thirteen amp plugs.
This rectangular-pronged electrical hardware is used in Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
*Source: OnePoll 2015
A Flipping Great Cooking Club!
Science is Sweet
Team Building Fun
GCSE Art Creations
In Coding Club the students have been developing their coding skills. Derin programmed a BBC Microbit, which are standalone micro-controllers that can be programmed with games and other functions. Derrin programmed hers to be used as a badge showing her name in scrolling letters and with a fortune telling game.
Marco completed the Cyber Discovery competition introductory games. These are challenges and puzzles designed to identify the next generation of Cyber Security professionals. He is progressing through to complete the medium level challenges.
Next week the students will try to programme a Raspberry Pi (another standalone microcontroller but more powerful and with more features than the microbit) in preparation for entering a Raspberry Pi Designers competition.
Remembering the 'Great War'
Year 9 and GCSE students visited Saint Michaels church to visit the World War One exhibition commemorating 100 years since the end of the "Great War". Students learnt how local people were involved in the war effort and how students of Saint Michaels College were sent as soldiers to fight. Alas, 13 soldiers from St Michael's lost their lives in the conflict.
The students learned about the cultural significance of this event and the legacy which is still felt to this day. They benefited from what was a sombre but important reflection of the time.
Our recent PSHE day provided students with an opportunity to develop their skills and to think about helping others. All students took part in valuable first aid training giving them to skills to help other people in an emergency situation. Throughout the year our students are raising money for the national College for the Blind in Hereford and, as part of raising the awareness of this charity, students were able to take part in Goal Ball. It was a challenge as, for a short while, students could understand what it might be like to have no sight. Students also looked at Safeguarding and what it means to them so that we can produce a pupil friendly safeguarding policy. Older students enjoyed a very informative session delivered by staff from Aston University on how to write an impressive personal statement. The feedback on the day was very positive, with a good mix of activities and everyone learnt something new and developed their skills or confidence.
We were very pleased to award the class delegates badges for this year. These students will represent their tutor groups on the school council for this academic year. We very much hope that they will find the experience a positive one and will help support the Prefects in school activities as well as ensure that there are opportunities for Pupil Voice in the school.
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…Details
Saint Michael’s pupils recently took advantage of the opportunity to play a different kind of football game. Read on for details of an extraordinary afternoon. Five–a-side football for the visually-impaired in Europe was developed in Spain. The first Spanish national championships took place in Spain in 1986. The sport was added to the Summer Paralympics…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
It has been wonderful to host our guests from Peru over the last five weeks. Choosing to come to Europe in the middle of their summer holiday must have been a shock, and it was enjoyable to watch them adapt to college life and take advantage of the many excursions arranged for them. David Alonso…Details