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Arriving in Style at the Year 11 Prom!

Year 11s from The Coleshill School celebrated their Prom at the Heart of England  Conference Centre on Friday 28th June 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 vehicles.

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”.

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On Wednesday 26th June 2019, 70 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 blue and black cap and gowns,  received awards in recognition of their dedication to extra-curricular learning activities.  The awards were presented by Professor Carl Chin, MBE, Birmingham Community History, and Councillor Flo Nash, Mayor of Solihull.  The Coleshill School had 70 Gold Award winners achieving over a 100 hours of learning activities.  Students received awards ranging from Gold Undergraduate for 100 learning hours to Gold Postgraduate Awards for achieving over 800 hours. Two students received a Gold Doctorate and Gold Fellowship for 900 and 1000 hours. This year was particularly special with two dance groups performance in the awards ceremony.

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 University Grounds.” 

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On the 21st and 22nd June 2019 students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards completed their practice expedition.

All participants learnt something about overcoming challenges and were able to successfully complete one night of camping and two days of 15km hikes.

I would like to thank all that helped to make the trip successful.

Mr Duggan

Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator 

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In March 2019 Year 9 students at The Coleshill School took part in a STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  The session called The Autonomous Vehicle Challenge was organised by the Smallpeice Trust. Students were challenged to create their own working vehicle using Lego Midstorm kits that could be programmed to perform a series of tasks such as following a drawn path or avoiding obstacles. The teams then had to demonstrate the abilities of their vehicle and deliver a marketing pitch to the other teams.

The winning team ‘E-FAV’ were put forward to attend the STEM Robotics Final at Lichfield Cathedral on 25th June. There they competed against seven other schools in the region to design a new autonomous vehicle, similar to a Mars Rover, and programme it to navigate its own way out of a rocky valley. In addition to their success in this challenge, the teams were also judged on their communication, teamwork and distribution of resources. Students from The Coleshill School fully embraced this challenge and successfully came second in the competition.

Nicola Duffield, STEM Coordinator for The Coleshill School commented “I could not be more proud of our students’ achievement at this event. They attacked the challenge head-on and their enthusiasm for technology and engineering has been inspiring. The opportunity to use these incredible pieces of technology in real-life scenarios has been priceless and this has opened their eyes to the world of STEM careers even further.”

As well as the competition, students also had the opportunity to talk to real engineers from local businesses, such as Jaguar Landrover, Zeiss and Rolls Royce.

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On Wednesday 19th June 2019 Year 11 students at The Coleshill School attended their Leavers’ Assembly. 

Students had their last GCSE exam on Friday 14th June and wore their uniforms for the last time.  They were asked to ‘dress to impress’ at their leavers assembly and they didn’t disappoint!

Leavers’ Awards, which had been nominated by the students, were presented from ‘Best Dressed’ to ‘The Biggest Drama Queen’!  Two students achieved 100% attendance from Years 7 to 11 and received an award which is an incredible achievement.

During the assembly Mr Smith-Childs read a poem about Year 11.  Mrs O’Neill, Year 11 Leader, spoke about what she will miss and what she won’t miss about Year 11.  There were some messages from staff and a photo presentation including photos from Year 7 when they started to Year 11. 

After the assembly students walked through a line of staff clapping them through and wishing them well.

Mandy O’Neill, Head of Year 11, commented “This year group have achieved so much and have worked tirelessly, attending directed time including weekend and holiday revision sessions.   They should be really proud of themselves for their hard work and commitment.  I wish them all well for their future and we hope to see them all in Sixth Form.”

Sophie Lamburn, Head of English said: “The English Department would like to say a massive well done for all your hard work and your determination to succeed. We have enjoyed teaching you all over the years. You deserve every success in the future and we wish you lots of luck as you enter your next chapter."

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