46 Year 8 Coleshill students took part in an Outward Bound Adventure course, Aberdovey Wales. They completed numerous outdoor activities such as Gorging, Rock climbing, Abseiling, Canoeing, Jetty jumps, exploring underground mines and lots of problem solving activities.
Throughout the weekend students were challenged to overcome barriers and be removed from their comfort zones through the use of the SPIRIT skills we promote at The Coleshill School. Individual and team challenges were presented that had our students reflecting on their leadership and organisational skills whilst working cohesively towards a successful outcome.
CELEBRATING STUDENT SUCCESS
Link to photographs from Year 11 Awards Evening: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VAWAcFtJg-YdfG9lNvYoYylatYgmr57z
On Friday 7th December, 28 Year 11 students from The Coleshill School were invited to a red carpet Awards Evening at the Coleshill Town Hall.
The students were nominated by their teachers for their constant and sustained commitment to their school work and to school life in general. To congratulate them on their success, each student received a personalised plaque or medal.
Tony Battle, Coleshill Town Mayor, presented the awards to the students in front of their very proud parents and family members. Simon Davies, The Voice 2018 contestant, gave a musical performance followed by an inspirational speech about his journey to appearing on The Voice.
Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented “We are so proud of our talented Year 11 students. They all deserve recognition for their hard work and commitment in this extremely important academic year working towards their GCSE exams in the summer.”
Mrs O’Neill, Head of Year 11, said “We would like to express our gratitude to Plott Creative, Platinum Interior Decorating and Purple Bricks.com for sponsoring this wonderful event and a special thank you to Tony Battle, Major of Coleshill and Simon Davies for giving up their time for this fantastic evening.”
On Tuesday 4th December 2018, students from The Coleshill School took part in a workshop with Solutions for the Planet, a social enterprise, working with businesses, schools and communities to promote education for sustainable development, social enterprise, and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers for young people.
Working in teams of 6, the students were encouraged to identify some of the biggest problems with the planet at the moment, particularly with regards to sustainability and the environment. Supported by business mentors from both Tarmac and Brammer, Buck and Hickman, these groups were then motivated to create their own solutions – or ‘Big Ideas’ – for these problems.
Firstly, students had to develop their communication and teamwork skills to identify the consequences of some of the most important environmental concerns, including energy, waste, water and biodiversity. They then had to decide how humans contributed to this problem through problem solving activities. Finally, with the support of these dedicated industry mentors, students were tasked with creating their own unique and innovative solutions and inventions and present their ideas to the whole room.
Abbie Barnett, Tarmac said “I feel privileged to have worked with such a fantastic group of students exploring their ideas and developing their understanding of sustainability. It’s been amazing!”
Jeremy Newman, Brammer Buck and Hickman commented “It was great to see all the amazing ideas the students thought of, their engaged attitude and interest in engineering was very impressive”.
Miss Duffield, Teacher of Science commented “Today has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to get involved with solving real problems that they feel passionately about. They have worked with mentors from local industries and showcased how innovative and creative they can be, and they have not disappointed. I am so proud of our students in Years 7, 8 and 9 at how well they embraced the teambuilding.”
LOOKING AT THE WAY FORWARD
On Wednesday 21st November 2018 local employers were invited to a Careers Fair at The Coleshill School to meet with students in all year groups.
This was the first Careers Fair to be held at The Coleshill School with over 15 employers and training organisations in attendance. Experts in industry and education gave students an insight into the workplace, giving first-hand advice and information about jobs and apprenticeships, college and university guidance, as well as training opportunities.
A variety of companies and training organisations attended the event including: BMW, Plott Creative, Speak to a Uni, PS Recruitment, The Royal Navy, Allied Healthcare, Evans Derry Solicitors, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Loughborough University, Coventry University, The University of Birmingham, Balfour Beatty, Marriott Forest of Arden, SERTEC, Soccer Assist, BMet and Solihull College.
Mrs Eileen Bishop, Careers Lead, commented “This has been a fantastic opportunity for all of our students to meet with employers and training organisations. They gave our students the opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation, ask questions and be inquisitive about their career choices and aspirations for their future. Our whole school is very grateful to the companies and organisations for giving their time to support our students”.
Rachel Starkey, Sertec, said “Thank you to the team at The Coleshill School for letting Sertec participate in the event. It’s fantastic to meet and engage with students who are genuinely keen to find out more about careers in the local area and asked some fantastic questions about engineering!”
Faizah Azeem, Solihull College commented “It has been a pleasure being part of The Coleshill School careers fair, Inspirational young people study here and the staff are all so friendly and hospitable. A great environment for young people to thrive in!”