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Trip to England's No 2 City - Birmingham

One of the first major excursions of the school year was a day trip to Birmingham on Saturday 16th.  Students split into groups to pursue common interests, whether it was to go shopping or a trip to Chinatown.  Vanessa went to a bookshop and found the book she was looking for, and then went off with Alicia to a Japanese restaurant for sushi.  Steven bought clothes and his companion Sherman said: “It rained a bit but we watched it from the window of a Chinese restaurant.”




Prefects Tea Party

 On Tuesday 19th September the prefects gathered to have a typical English tea party with Mr & Mrs Robinson, Head of Boarding. It is the first time they have experienced such an evening and we hope to make it a regular event on the schoool calendar. Everyone was treated to homemade scones, jam and clotted cream along with cucumber sandwiches and finishing with a perfect cup of tea.
During the teaparty everyone got to know each other a little better by selecting questions randomly and answering them with the person sat on their right .
One of the most interesting parts was chatting about how we could make improvements to various aspects of school life from the opening times of the boarding houses to how we could possibly help new students adapt to KCSM life even more quickly.
Everyone enjoyed the tea party and look forward to the next event.




Table Tennis Competition

Students gathered in the common room on Sunday morning (17th September) to witness the first House Table Tennis Competition of the year.  Initial curiosity of the onlookers turned to glee as the participants put their heart into the matches.  The tournament lasted two hours with a final knockout competition between the two semi-finalists.  Filip won for Blue House, Temirlan came second, and third was Dani.Enter your news text here using the editor above to adjust formatting.




Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017

Congratulations to Nelson Chan, Stan Huang and Alex Wang who all received a Copper award from the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. (pictured here with Headteacher, Mrs Nicola Walker)

At the end of the summer term some of the A1 Chemistry group took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017

In the same week that they were relaxing after AS module examinations and preparing for the summer holiday, they sat a very difficult examination designed to test both knowledge and problem solving skills.  The chemistry questions were based on topical issues.

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is set by St Catharine’s College of Cambridge University; to be taken by the most talented Chemistry students from across the country The questions are designed to be more challenging than AS papers . Some of the questions are on familiar topics but most is completely new to AS students and requires them to use all their scientific skills and to work through the problems logically.  Those setting the questions repeated in their feedback to schools that “problem-solving skills are essential for the study of science at university and in industry” “The ‘resilience’ of A level students and the importance of students keeping going with questions even in the face of difficulty, is still much talked about and is highly desirable by Universities.” .

Over 7000 students from 500 different schools across the country took the challenge.  From Saint Michael’s College, five students took the challenge.

The scores are given levels; Copper, Silver, Gold and Roentgenium; (less than 9% of all the entries gained over 50% in the Challenge) The organisers felt that a mark at 33% and above represented a very good achievement on this paper and showed the students were able to think their way successfully through unfamiliar material.

 

 





Welcome To Our New Head of Boarding

My husband and I are very excited to be joining St Michaels school in September.  We are moving to St Michaels from the seaside town of Scarborough in Yorkshire.  I have been head of a boarding house for the last four years at Scarborough College, I have also previously taught maths and been the school librarian.
 
Mr Robinson has been part of the boarding team while also working as a problem solver for a utilities company. We are passionate about boarding life, family and community spirit.  We love spending time with young people and providing a loving family atmosphere, encouraging pupils to develop confidence and be adventurous.
 
We hope that over the coming years all St Michaels pupils will develop a sense of belonging and will remember their school life here with great fondness.
 
Jenny Robinson, Head of Boarding




Exciting Focus on Accelerated Learning

 
We are enhancing our support for academic study in the new term (September 2017). We know that our students want to make excellent academic progress in addition to improving their English.
 
Our English programme is very successful and students make rapid progress and gain high IELTS scores enabling them to apply to the University of their choice. However, we also realise that students need the right subject specific vocabulary to help them access the highest levels in GCSE and A level study.
 
Our new curriculum will team academic teachers with English teachers so that students can have focussed subject specific English  lessons, which target their academic needs. So for example, every week for a student studying A level  sciences they will have access to three extra English lessons which teach the vocabulary and grammar they will need in A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A student studying GCSE Business and Economics will be able to attend English classes which focus on the language requirements of GCSE Business and Economics.
 
These lessons will be available in the majority of subjects at both GCSE and A level and will make our curriculum and English support for academic study quite unique. We know that this partnership between subject teachers, English teachers and the pupils will help and support students to achieve their best and that is always our aim.




Poetry Workshop

By Danny Teofilov (Bulgaria)
As part of the Tenbury Poetry Competition a local poet visited St Michael's to run two poetry workshops for a selection of our students. First year A Level student, Danny Teofilov from Bulgaria, gives us his views on the workshop that he attended; 
 
There is no better thing than a Monday morning and some poetry. Really! I have never known how interesting and self-reflecting poetry can be. From discovering new things about yourself by interpreting different poems, to writing some yourself allowing you to relieve any hidden emotions you might have. A big thanks to Jean Atkin, the poet that came over to show us the way.
 
It really was an eye opening experience for me and hopefully for the rest of the class. Some were open minded and wrote lots ready to present, others were still drowsy from the good night’s sleep they got and some were hiding away their poems not to reveal too many inner secrets about themselves.
 
Overall, it was a great experience learning new things and expanding our horizons.
 
You can learn more about Jean Atkins here; https://jeanatkin.com/about/ 
 
And the Tenbury Poetry Competition here; http://www.poetryintenbury.org/ 




Boarding school students enjoy traditional British Christmas dinner

End of Term Christmas Lunch

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.…

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Journalists pose for end of year pic

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…

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Debating Club

Saint Michael’s offers a lot of extra-curricular activities for its pupils to join.  One of them is Debating Club where the idea is to win by arguing a point.  Members come from all the year groups – from GCSE1 up to A2.  The club is run by Milla L. and Vinicius B. who have done…

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Christmas Carol Celebration

For three weeks every Friday afternoon as part of our House group and Tutor group meeting pupils have been learning a number of Christmas carols in preparation for a rendition at the church of ‘Saint Michael’s and All Angels’ facing the school.  For the students, becoming familiar with the carols was the key, to sing in perfect harmony…

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Tenbury Mistletoe Festival

Saint Michael’s pupils joined with those of Tenbury High Ormiston Academy to create a “Willow Queen” structure for this year’s Tenbury Mistletoe Festival.  It was a very creative day for our pupils and gave them the opportunity to work with new friends on an exciting project whilst also gaining an insight into life at a local…

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Reward London Excursion

We set off from Saint Michaels early, determined to make the most of the day.  We knew it would take three and a half hours to get to the capital, but a chance to see London makes the journey time worthwhile.  It was still dark when we boarded the coach and placed the packed lunches…

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BASE Competition

On Wednesday 25th November Business Studies pupils went to Worcester to take part in a regional heat as part of the nationwide BASE competition which assesses students’ knowledge of business and accounting.  There were groups from other high schools in the region also present. Our pupils were split into two teams with a mentor for each team. …

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Halloween Celebrations

Halloween or the eve of All Saints’ Day, is a traditional celebration in which people celebrate by dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad. This year to celebrate Halloween, on Saturday 31st October, the College held a…

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Bonfire Night

November 5th is Bonfire night or ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ in Britain and it is a tradition to light up the night sky with fireworks around a large bonfire. On this particular night the weather was not good and we experienced bouts of torrential rain, before and after the party – but it didn’t dampen our…

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ISSA Football Tournament in London

On 4th of November our football team travelled to London to take part in the ISSA football tournament. As we arrived we were all picked up by host families and we spent the first night with our new friends getting ready mentally and physically for the first day of ISSA. All the families were all quite friendly…

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