Arriving in Style at the Year 11 Prom!
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Year 11s from The Coleshill School celebrated their Prom at the National Motorcycle Museum on Friday 6th July 2018.
Proud parents came at the start of the evening to watch the students arrive in all types of transport and an array of fantastic cars.
Year 11s were unrecognisable, they certainly ‘dressed to impress’ and looked stunning in their fantastic dresses and suits.
Both staff and students danced the night away and a great time was had by all.
Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher, said: “This has been a fantastic evening. We are so proud of our Year 11s and the hard work and dedication they have put in over the past few months. It has been a pleasure teaching them and watching them develop into amazing young adults with their futures ahead of them. We wish them all good luck for the future and will see many of them in our Sixth Form in September”.
On Monday 2nd July 2018 students from The Coleshill School heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Harry Bibring, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Harry Bibring BEM to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Harry’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”te
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Harry’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.
“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”
About Harry Bibring BEM
Harry was born on 26th December 1925 in Vienna, Austria. After the Anschluss in 1938, Harry was arrested and forced, along with his family, to leave his flat and live in a house with 50 other Jewish women and children. Harry’s family intended to flee to Shanghai but Harry’s father was robbed on his way to buy the tickets.
In November 1940, Harry’s father died of a heart attack. His mother was deported to the death camp at Sobibor in Poland in 1942. Harry and his sister managed to flee to England on the Kindertransport. When they arrived in England they were greeted by Mr Landsman, who Harry’s father had arranged to act as their sponsor and had offered to shelter the children but it turned out there was no room for Harry and the two were separated.
In May 1945 Harry met his wife-to-be; Muriel and they married two years later. He went on to work for 20 years as a manufacturing engineer and later became a lecturer at Middlesex University. Harry continues to live in England. He has one son, Michael and two grandchildren, Lee and Nikki.
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.”
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.”
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.”