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World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2019

Staff at The Coleshill School dressed up for World Book Day and students enjoyed being taught by a whole host of characters including: Red Riding Hood, Three Musketeers, Professor McGonagall, Thing 1, Where’s Wally, various fairytale princesses and many more.

Students received their £1 World Book Day tokens and have taken part in ERIC Everyone Reading In Class, as well as discussions on books and reading in English. 

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On Friday 15th February 2019, students at The Coleshill School took part in a non-uniform day, donating £1.00 towards The Geoff Horsfield Foundation.  They also donated hats, scarves, gloves and socks to the charity which will be given out to the homeless.  Other schools across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership have also taken part in this initiative.

The Geoff Horsfield Foundation was set up to provide quality, safe and secure supported accommodation for vulnerable adults within the West Midlands Area.  Geoff Horsfield, one of the most respected sportsmen in the West Midlands, founded the project in 2016. https://lovebrum.org.uk/cause/the-geoff-horsfield-foundation/

Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher, commented “This initiative has given all of our students the chance to help out those less fortunate than themselves.  I am really proud of them for taking part and donating clothing and money to help this worthy cause.”

Many of the students at The Coleshill School are involved in various charity work, raising money for good causes and helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Mollie, Year 9 student, volunteers with the charity Operation Drawstring helping the homeless in Birmingham city centre, called “The walk around” involving walking around the city centre streets, handing out toiletries, clothing, etc, to the homeless.  She also helps out on the Albert Street Project giving out cold food donated by high street shops.  Mollie is there in all weathers and very often gives her own scarf and gloves to a young homeless person who needs it.

Jensen, Year 7 student, regularly gives to the homeless and at Christmas he brought a homeless person a hat, scarf, gloves and socks and donated a duvet to keep him warm.

In March, Year 7 student Harriett will be abseiling 100ft to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.  Harriett said “Last year BCH looked after my sister Elle-Mae when she was very poorly. I am now a patient at BCH and all the doctors and nurses have looked after me very well. I have chosen to raise money for the hospital and Ward 7 to help them continue to do all the wonderful things they do for children and their families.  

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Local employers have been teaming up with Year 11 students from The Coleshill School as part of the academy’s annual ‘Practice Interview Day’.

Year 11 students ‘dressed to impress’ in smart business wear for their practice interviews.  Outside companies including:  Balfour Beatty, Compass, Sertec, Kuehne & Nagel, Powerfix, Network Rail, Marriott Hotels, Oaklands, Willmott Dixon, NHS, British Army, Barclays Bank and Clive Mark, together with a selection of independent professionals, conducted the interviews which students had prepared for by completing formal application forms.  The 20 minute interviews were conducted just like ‘the real thing’ with structured questions about themselves including their predicted grades, outside interests and work experience.

For most of the students it was their first interview and a really important and valuable learning experience for them.  Some students were even offered apprenticeships after their interviews!   Feedback from the potential employers was really positive, including:

“A really enjoyable day. The students presented themselves well, answering questions with confidence and professionalism.  All were eager to learn and to better themselves.”

“I enjoy supporting the school in this worthwhile interview practice. The school’s approach to this and the students are impressive.”

 “Excellent and well-organised career event with real focus on giving students a realistic experience of an interview.”

“A pleasure to interview such a great selection of potential employees.”

Headteacher Ian Smith-Childs said: “Our students really benefit from taking part in the interviews,  especially with such a crucial life changing time ahead.  They took feedback and considered this to support them with their future endeavours. “We would like to thank all the companies and their representatives for taking part and we look forward to welcoming them back to school in the future.”

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On Sunday 3rd February 2019, Terri-Ann, Year 9 student and Daniel, Year 10 student, both at The Coleshill School, took part in the Warwickshire County Indoor Archery Championships at Quantum Archers in Handsworth. 

Terri-Ann and Daniel were part of the Junior Team who won the Junior County Cup at the Warwickshire County Indoor Competition.  They both shot extremely well with Terri-Ann gaining 2nd in County (Warwickshire) and 2nd in Region (West Midlands) for her class and Daniel maintaining good form all morning.

Terri-Ann has been shooting for just over two years.  Her current classification of Junior Bowman means she is in the top 15% of junior archers in the country. She is also ranked number 63 in the country for all junior archers, and number 17 in her current age group. Terri-Ann competes at both regional and national competitions, and these are some of the highlights from last season:

Daniel has been shooting for 4 and a half years. He has a current classification of 1st Class at Under 16. Daniel has shot twice for the county of Warwickshire, and has just secured his first sponsorship with The Archery Shop www.thearcheryshop.co.uk

Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher, commented “We are really proud of Terri-Ann and Daniel, their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment has helped them achieve these awards.”

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