Studley gym team vault into the finals

We are delighted to report that the Studley gymnastics trio have won another Gold medal!

This weekend, our team of 3 Studley High pupils who compete in gymnastics competitions, representing the school, won a Gold medal in the West Midlands trio competition.

Ella rose Garratt (Y8), James Kirk (Y7) and Phoebe Hunt (Y8) won the gold medal in 2 vaults, a floor routine and a group routine.

James also won the gold medal in the U13 boys individual category.

The team have now secured a place at the Milano National Finals in March 2019, representing the West Midlands.

The Geography of Cake – SHINE session

Geography Shine session

“The geography of cake” was attended by an excitable group of pupils from years 7 – 10 last week.

During the session, the group investigated some very unusual foods from around the world and then learnt about what staple foods are eaten in different countries such as: rice, maize, sorghum and plantain. Importantly they looked at what different flours are used and then at a variety of typical national cakes such as Sacher-torte, basbousa and chocolate muffins.

The total distance traveled by the ingredients in the muffin was calculated at approximately 20,476km and students then discussed the environmental issues surrounding the enormous distance that our food travels.The session culminated in the all-important cake taste-testing and scoring, as students channeled their inner ‘Mary Berry’ or ‘Paul Hollywood’!

Thank you to all who attended for their enthusiasm and participation in the quizzes and puzzles.

Dan is a knockout for charity

Year 10 pupil, Dan Davis raised over £600 for charity last month, in a charity boxing match at The Chateau Impney .

Dan started attending Redditch MMA/10th Planet last year and was placed in the adult class, being 13 at the time. He currently trains for 10 hours a week, working between the boxing and MMA (mixed martial arts – Thai boxing, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling), circuit training he also helps run the Junior classes.

The charity event was for the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation. Dan has raised to date £386 plus £330 from the tickets he sold.
He won his MMA match against a 17 year old. Dan told us:

The sportsmanship in this sport is second to none. Everyone supports each other, winners or losers together it really doesn’t matter. I was proud to support the charity and represent my club. I have followed the sport for a while now and it is a sport I really enjoy, James Whiston, my trainer and club owner is excellent at what he does and I would highly recommend him. The first session is free to all ages so people can try out the sport first.

The next big charity event is in April and Dan is hoping to raise more than the £5900 raised at this event.
Congratulations Dan!

Pupils attend G&T book club

Last Friday, two Year 7 students – James Buzzard and Georgia Cooke visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Studley, for a ‘Gifted & Talented’ book club.

Also joining them were Year 6 pupils from other local Primary schools.

The group had already read Railhead‘ by Phillip Reeve.
The novel is set in a future in which humanity has left Earth and settled many worlds. Interplanetary travel is not achieved by starships, however, but by a network of mysterious gateways through space that can only be crossed by special trains. These trains are fully sentient artificial intelligences, with thoughts and dreams and feelings. A railhead is someone who loves the trains and the infinite journeys they make possible. The story is about a young railhead named Zen, who is enlisted by an enigmatic outlaw to conduct a theft aboard a legendary train.

They discussed the novel in general and then formed into groups to explore how the author had created the futurist world in which the protagonist attempts to navigate his way.

Both pupils enjoyed the experience and liked working and learning with Primary pupils.

SHINE Book Club

Mrs Dyde has just launched the next novels for the Shine Book club at Studley High.

Pupils have just collected the novels and will be meeting after Christmas.

Mrs Dyde still has copies of The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket if any keen year 8 readers are interested in participating.

The SHINE book club meet every Wednesday lunchtime at 12:45, in E3, to discuss a novel from a choice of three.

Speak to Mrs Dyde for more information.

Mrs Hill walks 15k!

Mrs Hill, one of our esteemed teaching assistants raised over £800 for The MS Society this month.

Not only is this an incredible amount to raise for a solo effort, but Mrs Hill came in the top 5% of fund raisers for Just Giving this month!

The night walk was organised by Action Challenge and involved a 15k walk, starting and ending in Bishop’s Park, London. Mrs Hill started at 7pm crossed the finish line at 10pm.

Congratulations Mrs Hill!

Year 8 to National Memorial Arboretum

This week, 80 Year 8 pupils visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s all year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial.

The Arboretum covers 150 acres of land and is a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.

The focus isn’t totally military. There is a large area devoted to Police who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas devoted to the Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. National charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children, are also to be found in the Arboretum grounds.

The Arboretum was the brainchild of Commander David Childs CBE who wished to see established a national focus for Remembrance. Following a meeting with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, an appeal was launched in 1994 by the then Prime Minister, John Major.

The trip supports the year group’s recent History modules and focused on a variety of aspects including World War One, the Holocaust and conflict in the Middle East.

Pupils toured the arboretum and also took part in a workshop where they investigated a variety of artefacts which were handed out to them to identify and predict what they represented. They then presented their findings to the rest of the group. All pupils took part in a memorial ceremony, remembering those who have fought in wars across the world. Pupils finally took part in a poppy session where they explored the concepts behind this and the place it has in commemoration today.

One particular thought-provoking memorial for the pupils, was the ‘shot at dawn’ memorial, which remembers the 309 British soldiers executed for desertion during World War One. Some of those shot at dawn were young soldiers who lied about their age to join up, such as Herbert Burden. Many of these soldiers may have been suffering from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and this was recognised in 2006 with the Armed Forces Act 2006 allowing the soldiers to be pardoned posthumously.

The pupils showed great respect throughout the day and as ever and were credit to the school.


This half term – we spent 3 minutes with:

Mr Hobbis – Lead Teacher, History

1. What inspired you to teach?
I found myself naturally drawn to teaching. I completed work experience at Studley High School many moons ago, when I was at AGS, doing my A Levels and thought that this was something for me. This continued at University. I used to do tutoring and really enjoyed helping students achieve their goals. Also, I love History! I love the quote from Dan Snow that ‘History is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to anyone on this planet!’ and can’t agree more.

2. A day in the life of you….
I like to get up early and get into work for about 7:15am. I then prepare for the day ahead, obviously making a cuppa beforehand. I’ll attend any meetings and then it’s mainly teaching from 8:30-3pm. If I have any time to spare, I normally work with pupils or respond to emails. Once the day is finished, it’s back to planning ahead for the History department – including lessons, curriculum, assessments and of course, marking. This fills my time until about 6pm, when I leave work and head home. Then it all begins again the next day!

3. Proudest moment….
This is a tough one! Probably the graduation for my Masters. It is the culmination of the past 20 years of formal education…

4. What is your favourite food or place to eat? Wagamamas. I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks travelling Japan a couple of summers ago and have had the taste ever since!

5. Last box set/film you watched
I’ve just finished watching ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ – not for the faint-hearted… I’m just about to move onto ‘Making of a Murderer’ – Season Two but need to finish Season Two of ‘The Sinner’ first.

6. No.1 item on your Christmas list
I’m not one for presents. I very rarely ask for much and can’t think of anything at the moment…I’ll go with the old saying “health and happiness”!

Year 7 to Warwick Castle

Last week, 128 Year 7 pupils visited Warwick Castle in order to help support their learning in History. Pupils learnt how the castle has changed over time, and found out more about the weaponry and armour that was used throughout the Middle Ages. In particular, pupils were looking at the Norman Conquest and what better place to visit than Warwick Castle, which was one of just 30 personally commissioned castles by William the Conqueror!

Upon arrival, pupils attended an informative talk from one of the Castle’s trebuchet operators. In the Middle Ages, trebuchets were used extensively during the Medieval period, particularly in siege warfare, as they could hurl projectiles of over 15 kg in weight at up 150 mph.  The trebuchet at Warwick castle is currently the largest working medieval weapon of its type and it stands at an impressive 18 metres high and weighs over 22 tonnes!

The guide explained how it was used to fire anything from flaming boulders to break castle walls, to beehives or even dead plague victims to try and target the people living inside a castle. Although, we couldn’t see the trebuchet in action, we still enjoyed finding out about how feared it was as a weapon in the Middle Ages.

Pupils were then left to explore the castle in groups. They were particular focused on the Norman invasion and how this impacted the castle landscape we see today. This was further supported by an excellent tour of the castle led by the Warwick Castle educational team, which took them through 1066 and the Battle of Hastings before moving into the impact of Norman rule.

Next, they went to explore the castle interior and its grounds.  Firstly, they climbed the castle walls, scaling the arduous, twisting spiral staircases – finally reaching the top. The views from the walls made the effort of climbing very worthwhile.  The highest tower in the castle was over 36 metres high and the pupils saw many arrow slits for both crossbows and longbows. Once they had climbed down, they made their way to the King’s Hall where there was a display of weaponry, including swords, guns and even full sets of armour.

Pupils were able to explore all aspects of the castle (including the Horrible Histories maze which many students enjoyed!). At lunch, they were treated to a birds of prey display and many pupils were left clutching their sandwiches as falcons and swooped in amongst the group!

Our guide explained how useful birds of prey were for hunting in the Medieval times, especially if there was a poor harvest, as people would depend on what the birds could hunt. Some birds were incredibly large and one of them, the Andean Condor, had a wingspan of over 3 metres. There were many highlights during the day as the students visited the state rooms, gaol and climbed the hundreds of steps around the castle’s fortifications. 




FAME – The Musical

This week, Year 9 and 10 Performing Arts pupils went to see Fame at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.
This is the 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice).

The show is based on the 1980 pop culture film, Fame and follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts, as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality and perseverance.

Our pupils returned to school and produced critiques, here are excerpts:
The vocals were outstanding..we were entertained throughout the entire performance..
Katelin Partridge & Riley Haywood
The set design and lighting was very well organised and timed
Lucy Bartlett & Charlotte Chambers
The way the set was formed was very clever; when the lockers were were turned, the other side was used for either a dance mirror or a chalk board. As it was a Proscenium arch stage we got a very clear view of all the stage.
Freya Kennedy & Grace Chapman
The setting was well transferred (by the cast) from one scene to another, at times it was very bright and grasped our attention.The background had pictures of previous students with a border that would light up.
Elyssa and Amy