REMINDER: Non-uniform day Frid 20th

On Friday 20th October, the last day of half term, it is ‘Non Uniform Day’. Pupils may attend school in non-uniform, if they wish, for a donation of £1. Money raised will go towards the Studley Firework Extravaganza on 11th November.

Mrs Smith completes half marathon

On Sunday 15th October, Mrs Smith completed her first ever half marathon.

The Birmingham city takeover began with 9,000 runners taking part in the first Birmingham International Marathon 2017.

This was a major achievement for Mrs Smith, a keen runner who completed the course in 2 hours 15 minutes.

I just want to thank all of those who sponsored me to raise £250 for Cancer Research UK.

Mrs Smith has been training with Redditch running club S*T*A*R*S, every Tuesday and Thursday night, running between 8 and 10 km.

If anyone would like to donate please contact the office.

 

National Poetry Day

To celebrate this year’s ‘National poetry day’, pupils across the school were invited to
submit poems on the theme of ‘Freedom’.
The number of entries was overwhelming and even exceeded last year’s tally. Once
the numbers had been added up, the final House standings were as follows:
4 th – Abbey
3 rd – Manor
2 nd – Castle
1 st – Priory
As well as being a House competition, the judges also selected the best two entries
to receive a £10 book token. We are delighted that the winners have given their
permission for their brilliant poems to be printed below:

Junior (year 7 and 8) winner – Macoi Zendel-Ellis

A man sets foot on the cold, wet grass
He cries out to the sky, home at last
He has found his freedom, he has found his will
But now he cries, now he shrieks
Because freedom for others he cannot fulfil.

He hears gunshots, he hears screams
The world is not what it seems
He may be happy, he may be full of glee
But many are merely free.

He hears screams of crying children,
Mean men trying to steal them
For human nature is dark and scary
So stay alarmed, stay very wary
Not all are free, not all are swell
So just be glad that you’re home and well.

Senior (year 9, 10 and 11) winner – Molly Watkins

Freedom
There was a girl who liked to run,
But she felt as if she weighed a ton.
It didn’t matter what anyone said

The feeling inside just spread and spread.
“You’re not good enough!” her mind would holler,
That thought was the one controlling her.
Again and again she would try to break free,
But it seemed, it was not meant to be.

Until one day that was in autumn,
She decided she wanted her freedom.
She looked at herself in the mirror,
And suddenly, everything became clearer.
For each freckle, each dimple, each mole she had,
She couldn’t help but feel glad.
As she stared, tears started falling,
And she could finally see she wasn’t appalling.

A small blue bird
A small blue bird sat in his cage,
Staring out aimlessly as he grows with age.
“Why must I stay here?” he said,
Thinking of better things to do in his head.
He fluttered on down to look at the lock,
But when he reached it, he was greeted with shock.
The door swung open, so he was free,
To see all the things he wanted to see.
He flew higher and higher, having so much fun,
Blissfully enjoying his days in the sun.

Skills Show – Family Day, November

As part of our careers education programme at Studley High School, we will be supporting The Skills Show family day Saturday 18th Nov, 2017:

https://www.worldskillsuk.org/directions/our-events/the-skills-show

 

Book a place for family day to The Skills Show – the nation’s largest skills and careers event, Saturday 18th November, 2017 – from 10am – 4pm at the NEC Birmingham.

Be inspired, suitable for family/carers and primary to secondary pupils.

· Be inspired by an enormous range of jobs and career pathways on show.
· Get hands on and have a go at a huge selection of skills.
· Speak directly with hundreds of employers, colleges and training providers.
· Receive expert careers advice.
· Hear from motivational speakers about the world of work.
· See demonstrations from real people doing real jobs.
· Learn about a wide range of skills, careers, apprenticeships, education, training & more!
· book a place for your family

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event helping to shape the future of a new generation, by helping young people to go further, faster in their careers.

Attracting over 72,000 visitors, this FREE event provides ‘Have a Go’ experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.

Over 200 national and local employers and training organisations will be on on-hand to engage with young people, their parents and educators. There are hundreds of great career ideas to explore, including jobs of the future.

The centrepiece of the show is the WorldSkills UK Competitions finals where almost 600 trainees and apprentices compete in public to win a coveted place representing the UK on the international stage.

Independent careers advisers and other experts are available to give up to date impartial 1:1 advice and guidance on all routes into jobs from live job vacancies, apprenticeships and training opportunities.

Spotlight talks from industry leads give young people insights into specific industries and professions.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to all staff and students for the outstanding contributions of time, money and cakes that went into making our Macmillan coffee morning an event to be truly proud of.

Lots of delicious cake was enjoyed by all, for a truly fantastic cause.

After a count up and double check of all the funds raised so far, we have an incredible grand total of over £350!

Mrs Harris, Mrs Soper and Mrs Morgan

Snap happy at Studley!

Our intrepid explorer, teaching assistant and school photographer, Mrs Roberts has been recognised for her keen eye and photographic skills this week!

Whilst attending an outdoor swimming event in Ringstead Bay, she snapped away taking photos of friends during a competition.

After some convincing, Mrs Roberts sent one of the images to ‘Outdoor Swimming’ magazine as part of a competition and has just been notified she came in 3rd place!

Here is the winning photo, which we must admit (being biased) is stunning!

 

Y10 to Oxford University

Studley Science, Maths and Careers worked together as part of schools widening participation in STEM, to enable a group of Year 10 pupils to participate in an Engineering workshop at Oxford University last week.

The session included, ‘Introduction to Engineering’ and an ‘Origami Engineering’ workshop. Oxford University provide such experiences for young learners, to nurture an academic interest in Engineering and allow them to experience real life applications of an exciting area in Engineering. Their intention is to sparked interest in studying engineering at University.

My day at Oxford University taster session was amazing! I had lots of support, which was helpful when tackling each challenge! I loved learning new things and getting an insight into Engineering through further education. I also met new friends along the way. I look forward to studying engineering later on in life.

Carter Haywood

It was an incredible experience; it has widely broadened my view on the possibilities of Engineering. Definitely a career I will look into in the future and something to help with the application of Maths.

Maxwell Hicking

This collaboration with Oxford University has resulted in further developments for our pupils. Oxford University have indicated they will gladly use our school as a hub for future workshops in the Warwickshire area to support local schools.

Miss Sienna – Careers guidance adviser

Year 10 to Cambridge University

Studley pupils were given the fantastic opportunity to send five Year 10 pupils to Clare College in Cambridge. The pupils were given a tour of the college, experienced a lecture, visited a local museum and stayed overnight stay in university halls.

Throughout the visit, our pupils demonstrated the characteristics we would expect of Studley High throughout the visit: maturity, high aspirations and independence.

We also hear that the group put up an excellent fight in the evening quiz! Well done!

 

Mini Medical School Success for Mercedes!

We’re delighted to announce that one of our Year 11 pupils, Mercedes Anderson has managed to obtain a place on ‘The New Mini Medical School’ which is a health education series, featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Pupils will learn about medicine from medics at The University of Birmingham.

Designed for pupils considering applying to Medical School, this programme gives them the opportunity to get a taster of the range of topics covered in Medical Education.

Taught by medical professionals and with opportunities to talk to current medical students, topics include: Cardiology, Respiratory, Pharmacology, Heart and Lung Transplant Service, Mental Illness, and Clinical Communication.  There will also be a session from the Careers Network Team, which will cover, making an effective application, writing your personal statement and interview techniques.

The course is fun and informative, and provides a scientific background to improve your understanding of the human body, the doctor’s role and health issues facing us today.

“As part of our careers education programme, we are working towards raising the awareness of the shortage in the health sector and I found this was an excellent opportunity for our pupils to develop further insight, enhance their transferable skills whilst meeting some of the professional from the sector and learning alongside them” Miss Sienna

 

Achieve Conference Year 11

On Friday 15th September, 50 Year 11 pupils headed to the University of Birmingham for their annual ‘Achieve Conference ‘.

The Achieve Conference focus was to get students to learn about the importance of their GCSE qualifications, what Russell Group universities look for and what sixth forms and colleges expect from pre-16 students.

The messages from the day are deliberately designed to make students aware that Year 11 is a time that they need to focus their efforts and minds in order to achieve their target grades, if not to exceed them.

University staff talked students through the application process and what life at university would be like. It also involved ‘top tips’ for the GCSE season and ‘achieving your best’. Talks and tours from current university students completed the day.

It really made me realise how importance GCSEs are now and that an incredibly amount of Universities are looking at these results not just A-Levels.

 

I had never had given much thought to University before. I now know it’s something I want to pursue. The students told us about university life, the different societies you can join and about the nightlife!