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On Monday 16th April The Coleshill School Year 10 boys’ football team played in the Under 15s Birmingham Cup Final at Bodymoor Heath Football ground against Bishop Challoner school.

The Coleshill School dominated the first 20 minutes and towards the end of the first half began to put pressure on the opponents

In the second half the game both sides had chance to score.  Bishop Challoner were kept at bay by the Coleshill goalkeeper.  Antionio scored two goals for Coleshill and Oscar scored a fantastic final goal smashing the ball in off the underside of the cross bar from 25 yards!  The excellent Coleshill defence remained resolute until the end and Coleshill won 3-0.  Man of the match wen to Antonio.

Rick Wilkinson, PE Teacher said “A huge congratulations to all of the players and thank you to the parents for their continued support.  We are so proud of the team”.

Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented “What a fantastic performance from our Year 10 Boys Football team.  They beat Bishop Challoner, who won the competition last year, 3-0!  The final goal was a spectacular volley which capped a real team performance.  Well done to all the boys and the PE staff.” 

Year 10 Cup Final

In February 2018, a team of four Year 10 students from The Coleshill School took part the Maths Feast Challenge, a Further Mathematics Support Programme, against 12 schools from around the local area.  Maths Feast is designed to support students in developing their problem-solving skills.

The team of students, Charlie, Sophie, Luca and Charlie, were asked to write an account of their experience and this is what they said:

“Miss Costa took us to Fairfax school to do the Maths Feast Challenge. When we arrived we were all quite nervous.  We did the warm up questions displayed as a word search, which got us in the mood to do maths. Shortly when all the teams arrived, we made our team name B squared (be scared). Then the first round began. It was fairly easy which made us feel less nervous and relaxed, except for Charlie G  because he got an answer right but the mark scheme was wrong!  When the scores came back from the first round we were surprised at how well we had done, especially compared to the grammar school.

After, the second round, word problems, the questions became harder, although we were more confident.  We only lost one mark out of twenty for round 2 round.  We then had a break, and Miss Costa told us that it didn’t matter if we came last, as long as we was having fun, which we were!

Soon we moved onto round three. to make a cube. Finally, the last round came and we found this the most fun as the answer to the previous questions helped with the following question.’

At the end we waited for the results, as they were read out we weren’t expecting very much but were so shocked and thrilled as we came first!.

Laura Costa, Mathematics Teacher commented “We are so proud of our super-talented students.  They enjoyed the whole experience, competing against other local schools, including grammar schools and when the results were announced they were thrilled to find out that they won the competition.  It was well deserved as they work so hard and all enjoy mathematics!” 

Maths Feast Competition Winners

Students at The Coleshill School took part in a week of activities to celebrate and raise money for Sports Relief.

 During PE lessons students took part in Rowathlon challenge using rowing machines, spin bikes and step boxes.  The challenge was to keep the rowers going during PE lessons,  students represented their houses using the 4 rowers in week long inter house competitions After each lesson the number of meters covered contributed to an end of week total. The overall total rowed was an incredible 251,578 meters, overall 156 miles. The School also took part in the Sport Relief app step challenge and by the end of Friday had stepped a massive 4.8 million steps the equivalent to 3000 miles. The distance would be the equivalent of traveling from Birmingham to Ndjamena, which is situated in the middle of Africa.  

Further challenges during the week consisted of ‘taking part in Joe Wicks fitness DVD during tutor time; staff v students basketball and netball matches. 

 Students held a non-uniform day on Friday 23rd March with all proceeds going to Sports Relief.

Adam Gray, Head of PE, commented “It was great to see students and staff coming together and engaging in the challenges over the week.  Sport is the perfect vehicle for bringing people together and raising money for a worthwhile charity.  The pedometer was a real really simple but effective way to raise awareness of physical activity but also highlight the sedentary lifestyles that we can physically change. We hope to continue step challenge in years to come and showcase how active the students and staff are at The Coleshill School.

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This year’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) week at The Coleshill School had a focus on encouraging more girls into STEM careers.  Across all the world there is a shortage of women continuing to study science, technology, engineering and maths and ultimately this leads to a shortage of women in STEM industries. 

At The Coleshill School we want to change this balance and alongside our everyday enthusiasm for promoting STEM subjects, there was a real focus on encouraging the girls during STEM week. All the students took part in forensics lessons, engineering tasks and talks throughout the week, but there were also sessions just for the girls. We welcomed graduates from Rolls Royce to speak to our year 10 girls about career opportunities within the company and how to relate their current skills and interests to the aeronautic industry. Liz Greasley from JLR demonstrated laboratory equipment used to test materials and gave the students experience of different, less-well-known jobs within the car industry. During STEM club, our students took part in a 5 week project to design a method of moving a breakable object across a ‘bottomless cavern’. Our winning group, comprising of 4 year 9 girls won the competition with their ingenious mechanical crane designed and built during the project entirely by the group. We were also delighted by the success of our all-girl year 8 STEM group who took part in the local Faraday Challenge day and won!

Kathryn Rollason, STEM Co-ordinator commented“It is so important that girls realise they have the same opportunities as the boys when it comes to studying STEM subjects and applying for STEM careers. The role models the students met over the last few weeks, the activities they have undertaken and the enthusiasm shown by our students will go a long way to bridge this gap.”

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Students at The Coleshill School enjoyed a full week of exciting Science activities as part of British Science Week.  Throughout the week various challenges were set including a ‘Plastercine Boat Challenge for Year 8 students and a ‘Spaghetti Tower Challenge’ for Year 9 students.  Selected Year 9 students also took part in a Jaguar Land Rover visit, discussing the different apprenticeship options available in the company. The students then took part in a poster competition to share this information with their peers – the best ones are now displayed in the school career area. Year 7 took part in a forensics session were they had to use their critical skills as well as their scientific technique to solve a crime.

Year 10 students took part in a ‘real-life’ crime scene, analysing blood splatter, fingerprinting, weapon imprints and  ballistics. Students enjoyed dressing up and using real equipment to read the evidence left by the perpetrator.

Year 7 students were visited by Jaguar Land Rover where they used real laboratory equipment to study different materials used in vehicles and test its density and hardness. They also enjoyed using a powerful microscope to look at the fine structure of metals.

Selected Year 8, 9 and year 10 students took part in the national Biology Challenge, where they competed against schools across the country in an online biology quiz which covers GCSE biology ideas as well as general knowledge about British natural history.

Our STEM Club students visited the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, which included taking part in experiments and activities such as building a gravity racer, walking through a wind tunnel and rocket building. The STEM club also took part in a five week challenge to build a machine to transport an egg across a bottomless cavern. The final was held and the winning team – ‘Team Egg’ was crowned after developing a sophisticated crane method of transporting their egg.

The week ended with an invited guests, Mr Chris Webb who delivered a session on alternative routes into Engineering to Year 11 students and the team from Arconica who spoke to the Applied Science Year 12 class about engineering and apprenticeships. Students for this were chosen based on their aspirations to follow careers in mechanics, engineering or design through apprenticeships or University courses after leaving school. This enrichment session gave the students a valuable hands-on experience to aid their future careers.

Ms Rollason, STEM Coordinator said “The week has been an opportunity to involve all our students in the exciting diverse world of science, technology and maths and show them how everyone can enjoy it.   We run a weekly STEM Club which is very popular with our students and local primary children who this year have taken part in a number of projects in both maths and in science, most recently transporting an egg across an obstacle course without breaking it.  The STEM club is growing every year and there will be more exciting activities later in the year to look forward to!”

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