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Sightseeing in London

As one of the most visited cities in the World, London is always a firm favourite on our students excursion agenda!  With the help of an official London Blue Badge guide, the students were able to see the main attractions of London, including Buckingham Palace, and learn about the history of this incredible city. #LondonTown #BritishCulture #KCSMactivities
 
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Visiting Alumni

We were delighted to welcome the return of former A Level student, Danny Teofilov, who came in to talk to current A2 and University Foundation students about his experiences of university life.  Danny is studying Genetics at Manchester University and hopes to forge a career in genetics research in the future.  The students were all very thankful for him sharing his thoughts and experiences and had many questions to ask as they consider their next steps at higher education. #transition #preparingforthefuture #UniLife
 




Exploring Roman Chester

Chester is a city in northwest England, founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D, and is known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. In the old city, the Rows is a shopping district distinguished by 2-level covered arcades and Tudor-style half-timber buildings. A Roman amphitheatre, with ongoing excavations, lies just outside the old city's walls.  Students enjoyed a guided tour of the city with a 'Roman soldier' who was able to tell them about the cities long history.
 




Valentines Day

Preparations for our Valentines disco were well underway this week, with students making some beautiful creations in craft club.  The students enjoyed decorating the main common room, where a buffet and disco were set up for the evening.  
 




Visiting Historical Cardiff City

Students enjoyed a cultural trip to the capital of Wales, Cardiff, where they were able to explore the castle and meet a Welsh dragon!
 




Milton Abbey vs KCSM

Well done to the football team who played a very good match against Milton Abbey school.  We had some lovely sunshine for the match, which was won by Milton Abbey.  Well done to both teams for showing some great skills and good sportsmanship.




International Day

Students celebrated being part of an international community of 38 different nationalities by presenting traditional foods, facts on their home country and wearing national dress.  Supporting multi-culturalism and giving students the opportunity to understand and welcome differences in people is an important part of the KCSM experience.
 




Sustainability Question

During their Environmental Management Studies lesson, students were given 5 minutes to write down how they would make their own country more sustainable.  Learners then went on to look at specific case studies on how places such as the UK and China are responding to the issues of global warming and climate change.  #climatechange #sustainability #oneworld
 




Sports Challenge

Students took to the low ropes challenge at Oakerwood Leisure for Wednesday sports. The activities combine physical obstacles and mental challenges requiring team work and support. #teamwork #fearless #HealthForAll




A Sweet Visit to Cadbury World!

On Saturday 25th January, students enjoyed a visit to Cadbury World in Birmingham, where they were able to learn about the origins of the famous chocolate whilst trying their hand at tempering chocolate and (most importantly) had the opportunity to sample the chocolate for themselves! #BritishCulture #CadburyWorld #DayTrip
 
 
 




Chemistry Investigation

In this activity, learners carry out micro-scale reactions comparing the reactivity of four metals. The metals (magnesium, lead, iron, and copper) are placed in drops of solutions containing metal salts. Learners observe the rate and magnitude of reactivity between the two metals. A more reactive metal will displace a less reactive metal from its salt, resulting in metal deposition of the less reactive metal onto the more reactive metal surface. The magnetic properties of deposited iron will also be observed.  The micro-scale experiment uses a small amount of solution and metal, facilitating easy clean-up and minimising hazards, whilst the full series of experiments can be done on one sheet, helping direct comparison of the metals’ reactivities.
 




Basketball Win

Well done to the KCSM basketball team who played an excellent match again The Worcester Bears on Sunday, totally smashing it with a 45 to 15 win! This is great preparation for the ISSA tournament taking place in Madrid this Spring #SlamDunk #DreamTeam #Winners
 




Experiencing British History

Our Peruvian short-term immersion students are enjoying experiencing British history and culture, including trips to Oxford and Christ Church with its famous 'Harry Potter' dining hall and the wonderful Warwick Castle #BritishCulture #BritishHistory #KCSMCommunity
 




Drugs in Sport

Sixth form students attended a lecture at Birmingham University for what was one of a series of talks extending knowledge outside the syllabus and putting learning in a relevant context. This talk was on a high topical subject particularly in this Olympic Year: drugs in sport... What are they? What do they do? Do they have side-effects? How are they detected? The talk was given by Dr Simon Cotton, of University of Birmingham. At the end of the lecture Raymond won the draw to win a book about the Periodic Table!
 




Breathing Life into Learning

Biology students enjoyed breathing new life into their biology lesson this week with a practical lung function test!    #anatomy #practicallearning #scienceisfun
 




A Mix of Spice in Cooking Club

For Wednesday Cooking Club, students enjoyed making Fajita’s, with lots of amazing smells and smoke!   Lead by Head Chef, the keen cooks skinned and chopped up their chicken and vegetables before frying it all off with seasoning and Fajita spices, before rolling warmed tortilla wraps filled with salsa, sour cream and the chicken vegetable mix.  #delicious! #skillsforlife #BritishEducation
 




Historic Ludlow Castle

The sun shone for our cultural visit to Ludlow and its historic Castle on 19th January.  Celebrated as one of the finest medieval ruins in England, students enjoyed exploring the Castle grounds to see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility and even managed to find a dragon!  The tour was followed by a bargain hunt around Ludlow market and a traditional English cream tea.
 




Europa League

Students enjoyed a trip to Old Trafford football ground to watch a Europa league match.  #Footballfans #Inthegame #goal!
 




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King’s Scholars Dinner in Madrid

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…

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Chinese New Year Festivities

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…

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Manchester United Stadium Tour

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…

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UK boarding school students on quiz night

Quiz Night

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…

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UK boarding school welcomes new students from Peru

Welcome to our new pupils

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…

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Excursions on offer this term

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…

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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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