Friday 18th October saw the school gym taken over as interview space for practice interviews for all 330 of our Year 11 students. A lot of them had put a lot of effort into preparing a professional CV for day and there were some nerves on show for students who were being interviewed by a stranger for the first time.
On Wednesday 25th September, Sixth Form Language Ambassadors at South Bromsgrove welcomed Year 8 pupils from St John’s CofE Middle School, Aston Fields Middle School and Parkside Middle School for a celebration of Modern Languages. More than 30 year 8 pupils were treated to a morning of fun activities designed to develop their linguistic skills in French, Spanish and German. Activities included key vocabulary, verbs and phrases as well as some aspects of popular culture and history of some of our closest European neighbours.
On Thursday 26th September, South Bromsgrove held a concert with a special performance by the New Life Band, a drumming and vocal group from Arusha in Tanzania. The school has had a partnership with the school in Arusha for over 15 years and many staff have been involved in exchange programmes between the UK and Tanzania. On many previous occasions, South Bromsgrove students have raised money for the school in Arusha to improve the facilities and develop the building. On this occasion the New Life Band were visiting to raise money to build a Sixth Form Centre at the school. Earlier in the week, they were welcomed by the Bromsgrove Rotary Club where they performed for the Rotarians. The Rotary Club generously donated £1000 to go towards the new centre.
Sixth Form students at South Bromsgrove High have maintained the very high standards expected of an outstanding school both in A Levels and BTEC qualifications.
District Team Managers at the Ryland Centre chose some of our students to compete at the County Schools Championships in Worcester. These included Amelia Bourne (Yr9), who leapt to long jump selection at the district and represented the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Schools at the County Championships - she leapt to a creditable 4m 69 cm finishing 4th by just 4cm slightly down on her seasons best of 4m 83cm.
Owen Dyson (Yr9) was similarly successful at districts and at the county Championships in Worcester and had a storming run through the heats to the final where he finished 4th, with 5 tenths of a second separating the first 4. Owen set a massive PB of 12.8 seconds.
11 students, together with a member of staff, were fortunate to visit the Medical Physics facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Dr Geoff Heyes, Senior Clinical Scientist, had put a programme together for the students to learn about the different roles in the hospital that used physics and the different career paths into them.
Picture: The students, Dr Heyes and Mr Clark
Kudzaishe Chiwara, James Horne, Tom Newton and George McNie (year 12) have all demonstrated their skills as prospective Engineers in a 6 months industrial project with local company, Mettis Aerospace Ltd. The students undertook a real-world Engineering project to design and manufacture a fixture to hold forged aircraft components while they were measured in a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM). Such was the success of the year 12’s design that the fixture is now being utilised in Mettis Aerospace to improve quality control process efficiency.
What’s big, grey and dark on the inside? A Spacedome of course!
As part of British Science week on the 14th March a group of year 9 students and staff attended the Big Bang at Stourbridge College. It was an interactive day with students taking part in various stem activities, from Methane experiments in Chemistry, making origami boxes in maths, forensics finger printing, to trying to get a wooden skewer through a balloon without it popping!
The staff and students at South Bromsgrove had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £1,244.84 to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Joanna said “Mr Law and I started raising money last October for Birmingham Children’s hospital as we both have personal connections to the hospital and wanted to give something back to the amazing team of nurses and doctors that provide the excellent care. This is something I had personally always wanted to do.
On 13th March a small group of year 9 students and staff joined 45 other schools in attending the Worcestershire Skills Show 2019. The event gave the students a great insight into various industries split across six career zones including tourism and leisure, science, technology, creative industries, professional services and engineering. With such a wide variety of employers, colleges and training providers there was something of interest for everyone, with have a go activities, local labour market information, and the opportunity to speak to employers about the skills and qualifications that they are really looking for. Feedback from the students was good with some feeling that they had more of an idea of the career pathways available to them now.