On Monday 25th June 2018 six students from The Coleshill School entered the Smallpeice Engineering Challenge at Lichfield Cathedral School.
The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 to give young people the support they need to bring their ideas to life through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by linking what is taught in the classroom with the wider world.
The students were full of enthusiasm at the event and they commented “This experience was great because it encouraged us to learn new skills such as coding, teamwork and many more. The Mars Rover Challenge gave us a fantastic experience. This has been a great opportunity and we feel privileged to take part in it.”
Ms Rollason, Second in Science, commented: “This was a fabulous opportunity for our students to learn how to code robots, work as a team and have hands on experience of where stem subjects can take them. Our students shone in the previous task that led to them gaining a place on this challenge evening. We are so proud of their enthusiasm and commitment to STEM.”
RECYCLING STEM CLUB WINNERS!
Over the last half term members of the STEM club (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at The Coleshill School have been working alongside the school’s student council to solve the problem: ‘Reducing Plastic Use at The Coleshill School’.
Each team looked at the recycle triangle or reduce, reuse, recycle and how as a school we could improve our plastic use and reuse. Each team came up with a unique plan and pitched it to the rest of the group along with 3 members of staff.
The winning team researched and developed a reusable water bottle with the school logo on that could be issued to new students to replace the numerous single use bottles currently used around school. The team will now be preparing to pitch their idea to the senior leadership team at school to try to gain support to implement their idea.
Kathryn Rollason, Second in Science, commented “The students have tackled this problem in such a business-like fashion – gauging public opinion, developing ideas, costing their idea and producing a sales pitch. It was a close competition but the winning team were well deserved with a fantastic idea of a reuseable school water bottle.”
SPEAKERS TRUST FINAL
A team of Year 10 students from The Coleshill School have recently taken part in the Speakers Trust competition.
Speakers Trust is the UK’s leading public speaking and communication skills training charity whose vision is for young people to be able to speak confidently and to be heard through the power of communication.
On Thursday 6th June, Year 10 students took part in the finals of the Speakers Trust competition at Birmingham Univeristy. Following an inspirational speech by Tyler, he came third out of 18.
Jo Trude-Smith, Teacher of PE commented “Tyler’s speech brought me and his Dad to tears. He was confident and really connected with the audience and even got some laughts. To say he did the school proud is an understatement, he was an absolute joy to watch.”
Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher, commented: “What an inspirational young man, we are so proud of him. The whole Speakers Trust experience has helped to build the confidence of the year group.”
Children's University Graduation Ceremony Summer 2018
On Friday 8th June 2018, 50 students from The Coleshill School took part in the Children’s University Graduation ceremony at Birmingham University.
Parents proudly watched as their children, dressed in Red and black cap and gowns, students received awards in recognition of their dedication to extra-curricular activities. The awards were presented by Professor Carl Chin, MBE, Birmingham Community History, and Councillor Flo Nash, Mayor of Solihull. The Coleshill School had 50 Gold Award winners achieving over a 100 hours of learning activities. Three Year 8 students achieved over 750 hours.
The Children’s University Trust provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside school hours. The passport to learning has been created where students collect stamps for hours of accredited learning which contribute to the award of a certificate.
Miss Blunt, Enrichment and Children's University coordinator commented “It was a fabulous event in a beautiful setting and we were all inspired by the ceremony and guest speakers, and Professor Carl Chinn. We are so proud of our students and what they have achieved. The only challenge was re-locating their caps after they were all thrown in the air in celebration on the Aston Webb steps.”
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