In the last week of January some pupils from Saint Michaels went to Madrid to attend the King’s Scholars Dinner. This event was a recognition for the excellent academic performance of three pupils who received the best results in the 2015 GCSE final examinations. Martin, Sofia and I travelled on our own to Madrid and…Details
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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.
by Danny T. from Bulgaria Like every nation China celebrates New Year as well. They use the Chinese Lunar Calendar which means that their new year doesn’t intertwine with ours. To dive deep into the Chinese folklore I interviewed my friend James. When do you celebrate New Year? Every year Chinese New Year is on…Details
After months of hard work and training, our very own Kenneth Li has been crowned the new U19 table tennis champion for the Worcester schools district. John McKay, the Worcester Schools Table Tennis Association representative, said Kenneth displayed some of the finest table tennis the county had ever seen. Congratulations Kenneth, we are all very…Details
On Saturday 17th January, students embarked on an excursion to the northern city of Manchester where they visited the home of world-famous football team Manchester United – Old Trafford. Located just outside of the city in the nearby borough of Salford, Old Trafford has been home to the football team since 1909. At this time…Details
The second quiz of the academic year got off to a flying start on Sunday as Principal Mr Higgins turned question master for the night. The quiz included some “very hard” questions but ended with some worthy winners – Sherwood House. “In which cities were the top four tennis tournaments won?” and ‘What big tragedy…Details
On the final afternoon of last term following a large lunch and a visit from Father Christmas (featured in last month’s newsletter), the Achievers’ Assembly was held and awards were handed out to pupils who had done particularly well in their academic subjects. Whilst we honoured those students who had produced strong academic work throughout…Details
January may have brought us our first real cold spell so far this academic year after one of the mildest Decembers on record, but it also brought a number of new students to Saint Michaels. The majority of these students have joined us from Peru in South America, however we have also given a warm…Details
The first reward excursion after arriving back to Saint Michaels from a long Christmas break was to Liverpool. Although the weather appeared gloomy early on, it held up and pupils new and old were treated to a visit to ‘The Beatles’ Museum, which retains artifacts of the Fab Four’s musical career, from their early days in Liverpool, to the…Details
Mr. Smallwood greeted me in full Santa costume, unsure of whether his beard would stay in place. A cheery “Merry Christmas” chortled out of a white-whiskered face, as he bounded along the corridor in search of festive fare… It wasn’t long in finding either. A delicious smell was seeping out of the dining room. Inside, Mr.…Details
Many of the articles you have enjoyed over the last few months have been the work of this group of Saint Michael’s journalists. These pupils meet every Monday to decide what stories need covering over the next week, and writing tasks are divided up between them. Besides the newsletter you are currently reading their work…Details