Harry Potter Trip

On 29th March 2019, the Studley High School English department launched their maiden trip to the Harry Potter Studios Tour. After months in the planning, the day had finally arrived for a group of Year 7 pupils and Year 11 ambassadors to gather together and take the trip down to London.
During the tour pupils got the chance to visit the iconic sets, learn about how various effects were created and even sample some of the world famous Butterbeer! As an extra treat, we were invited to a sneak preview of the newest addition to the tour – the fabulous Gringotts Bank.
Throughout the tour, both Year 7 and Year 11 pupils were a credit to the school and it was such a privilege for members of staff to receive positive feedback about their behaviour. We are really looking forward to the next trip in June when even more pupils will receive their opportunity to visit this magical place.

Chloe wins Miss Starstruck

Chloe F gave an outstanding performance this weekend at the Solihull Theatre where she won ‘Miss Starstruck 2019’.

Each year, two pupils are chosen to receive this award for their hard work and dedication in their performance throughout the year. Historically, this is given to a performer who is consistently outstanding. Chloe takes home the ‘Miss Starstruck’ trophy and keeps it for the year. She also received her own personalised t shirt.

Well done Chloe!

The National Apprenticeship Event

Last week, we took a group of Year 11 pupils to the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, for The National Apprenticeship Event.

The event was designed to inspire future apprentices and our pupils had access to advice, guidance and support throughout the day. The event featured a host of employers and training providers, there to talk about apprenticeship opportunities in the Midlands.

For a list of providers available to our pupils, click here

ASPIRE to Laser Conflict

Last Thursday, in the beautiful sunshine, the majority of our ASPIRE students were spent the afternoon at ‘Laser Conflict’, an outdoor laser tag battleground in Studley.

A new initiative this year, the ASPIRE programme currently has a key group of 27 pupils across Years 7 and 8, who are receiving additional support throughout this academic year. This support is to ensure they do their absolute best in homework, effort, attendance, and/or behaviour, to further improve their academic achievement and reach their full potential.

 

Someone (Mrs Ingram) thought it would be great for the teachers to get involved too, so with a baseball cap, laser headband and laser gun in hand, both Mrs Ingram & Mrs Wakefield ventured into the unknown. Everyone received their battle briefing, including explanations on how to use the laser gun and the rules of the battleground. They were also informed that the police and army have used similar equipment!

A tournament was created and battle commenced. Teams took part in 4 different scenarios over the 3 hours: King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Prisoner of War and Last Man Standing for the finale.

All of the students were fantastic, it was a tough relentless workout whilst on the battle ground. They all demonstrated excellent team work, competitive good nature, resilience, communication, strategy, humour, bravery, the list is endless of the skills and the positive approach applied by all the ASPIRE students.

 

Odd Shoe Day

To promote Studley High School’s commitment to Autism Awareness Week we invite all staff & pupils to wear odd shoes to school for one day to promote the theme ‘Different Is Fun!’

Sensible shoes only; no open toes or flip-flops!

Try and be colourful and keep this day fun, remembering the theme and highlighting the support available in school for anyone affected by an ASD. Wearing odd shoes is our way of celebrating with The National Autistic Society.

We are sharing the proceeds for the Odd Shoe Day with ‘STARS’ – Studley Autism Reachout and Support (previously known as SPAN). They are a voluntarily led support group for families who have a member diagnosed – or in the diagnosis process – with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. They provide a range of support and activities for families, many of whom have pupils attending Studley High School, in Studley and the nearby areas.

We look forward to seeing your brilliantly mismatched shoes!

Odd Shoe Day will be next Friday – 5th April, £1 donation to take part

Rugby fans to Leicester Tigers

Last week, a group of Year 7 and 8 rugby fans were taken to see the Leicester Tigers by our PE department.

Pupils took part in a question and answer session from former England and Leicester Tigers star, Matt Tait, a training session from an academy coach, watched Tigers Vs Saints and walked onto the pitch at half time.

The boys really enjoyed the trip and gained knowledge from both the coach and former international.

There is a real buzz for rugby around the school as interest grows for this fantastic sport.

Rugby news

The Year 7/8 rugby match vs Alcester Academy went very well this week, with tries from:

  • Brendon C x2
  • Billy H x2
  • Abas K
  • Alfie B
  • Jimmy F

….ensuring a 7-1 win!

There was a huge turn out of 20 players and they put all of their knowledge from PE lessons, training sessions and rugby trips to the test.

Watch this space for more rugby wins!

 

Big Bang @NEC

On Friday 15th March, we took 150 Year 8 pupils and 8 staff to the NEC Birmingham to take part in the Big Bang Fair. The aim of the Big Bang Fair is to inspire young people to explore opportunities in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) based careers and studies. It is the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK. It is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals.

Many awe-inspiring stands had ‘hands on’ experiments and models including racing cars and robots. Pupils were able to take part in and experience scientific models and active present day research projects.

Workshops and exhibits included:

  • This is Engineering
  • Biology Big Top
  • 3D selfies
  • The Elevark
  • The wheel change challenge
  • Space and science domes
  • Tracking infections and outbreaks
  • Lego furniture factory
  • The science of minecraft
  • Weirdology

‘Career Captains’ who were working scientists and engineers, walked the floor wearing purple t-shirts, available to answer questions relating to their careers in STEM. Pupils could also attend interactive career shows, hearing from a diverse range of scientists and engineers.

Duke of Edinburgh update

This weekend, the Silver DofE group went out to Elmley Castle in Worcestershire and scaled Bredon Hill. Despite fighting against (what felt like) gale-force winds, the pupils enjoyed and improved their skill set as they move towards their practice expedition.

The Bronze group were also out and about at the weekend and put their map reading skills to the test whilst they stomped around the surrounding areas of the school.

It was a great weekend for both staff and students, and we are all looking forward to the practice expeditions.