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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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On 9th November 2018 The Coleshill School held its annual Remembrance Service to commemorate former students of the school who lost their lives in active service. We are also remembering those who suffered life changing injuries and mental health problems as a result of the stresses of conflict as well as the families and friends of those who gave so much. It was an extra-special service this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1.

In front of a packed Hall of students and visitors, Sixth Form students proudly read out the names of 27 ‘old boys’ from the first world war, 9 from the second world war and James Munday who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.  Stephen Fagg played the last post which was followed by a minute’s silence. 

There were many guests at the ceremony including, Mayor Tony Battle, Simon Toon, Sergeant at Arms, Councillor Hayfield and relatives of the ‘old boys’, including Caroline Baker-Munday whose son James Trooper Munday, 1 Troop, D Squadron, Household Cavalry, was killed in action in Afghanistan age 21 ten years ago.

Unfortunately, Tom Wilson, Headmaster of Coleshill Grammar School from 1956 to 1982 was unable to attend the service for the first time this year due to ill-health.  Tom, a former RAF officer and navigator, helped the escape from a prison camp in the Second World War.  When Tom was Headmaster he commissioned a plaque listing all the names of the ‘lost boys’ of Coleshill School and this has remained in its original place in the hall ever since, along with the additional plaque for James Munday.

Following the service, guests were entertained with a creative dance display and WW1 poems, created by Year 7 students and primary pupils from Coleshill Primary School and Curdworth Primary School, were read out by the students. 

Students also made 141 wooden poppies which were displayed at school, representing one for each fallen serviceman from Coleshill in WW1 and Trooper James Munday.  The students made 36 clay doves to represent the 36 ‘lost boys’ on the memorial plaque in the school hall.  These were given to guests who attended the ceremony, including family members of the ‘lost boys’.

Mrs Pudge, Art Technician commented “Remembrance in Coleshill is a real community event and our students have been busy making ceramic poppies for the ‘Weeping Poppy’ display at the war memorial at Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Coleshill; as well as making the wooden poppies and clay doves for the School Remembrance Service”.

Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher said “I would like to thank all our students, staff and guests, including primary schools, for attending our Remembrance ceremony. It was particularly poignant to have some relatives of some of the young men from our community who have lost their lives. This is an important event for the school and community and I am so proud of our students who voluntarily attended the Remembrance Service and were so respectful today to commemorate our lost boys.  I would also like to send Tom Wilson our very best wishes”.

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