Take Over Day – London November 2018 –
Yesterday, 7 Church Hill Middle School students headed down to the RSA House in London to take part in the RSA Takeover competition. We were one of seven schools competing in creating a project to benefit the local community. Our students were tasked with pitching our project to 5 industry specialists, in a room full of the other schools in true Dragon’s Den style. We started the day at a workshop focusing on well-being and communication, and discussed how external factors could affect our well-being and energy levels. We then moved onto an tour of the incredible RSA House building and learnt about the history of the RSA and the building itself. The pitches were scheduled for after the tour, and we were first up. Our project is a KS3 volunteer service, where we become pen-pals with local elderly people. We researched how many elderly people live in isolation within the UK and was shocked by the statistics. 1.9 million elderly people in the UK feel detached and alone. Our project aims to reduce their feelings of anxiety and depression through writing letters and organising visits. We spoke about the importance of having something to look forward to and how this project would benefit us too. We watched the other pitches and sat nervously awaiting the final decision from the ‘Dragon’s’. A judges commendation award was given to the Abbeywood pupils, Ipsley came runners up and the winners were CHURCH HILL! We were so pleased and excited to win, we even saw some happy tears from Miss Farrell. We were given certificates, had a photoshoot and headed off to Pizza Hut for a well-earned feast. We are very excited to get our project underway! Congratulations Church Hill! We did you proud.
RSA8 – Today our RSA 8 team headed to Ipsley to show off their speaking and presentation skills. Pupils from all schools worked together on a series of ice-breakers, and soon the room was filled with laughter. The pupils felt confident enough to stand and give a small presentation about a pupil they had just met, then performed a longer improvised presentation in groups. After another hour of training from a professional speaker, the pupils created an individual presentation about a topic passionate to them. All of our pupils performed admirably and showed how far they had come in a short time. They were extremely positive about the event and felt excited to share their new skills, and each received a certificate of completion. At the end of the session, it was announced that Churchhill’s Cailen Bosworth had won the award for most improved presenting skills, and Sian Furneaux won best individual presentation overall.
Skills Show 2018 Trip – Year 8’s
On Friday 16th November, year 8 pupils spent a day at Birmingham N.E.C discovering the wide array of future career opportunities available to them. The pupils were able to experience and speak first-hand to representatives of every profession from beauty therapist, construction worker and ITV presenter, to game developer, butcher or firefighter. The pupils showed fantastic maturity when asking questions at the venue and when discussing their experiences upon returning to school. The day was informative and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Twenty one of our year 8 scientists had the opportunity to take part in a STEM workshop. Their challenge was to work collaboratively to design and create a carriage to protect a chocolate orange on it’s journey. If they were successful they got to eat it! There were various challenges along the way which many of them overcame with resilience and determination. The successful ones were seen carrying their prize home.
Lest we forget… 100 years since 11.11.1918
On Friday 9th November, the whole school took part in a day to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 and the Armistice. Many activities took place such as drama workshops, art, discussions and assemblies in which the pupils were able to explore what happened and why, and empathise with those who were there. It was amazing to hear the pupils’ viewpoints of the event and fascinating to hear about some of their families’ own experiences and memories.
We ran a House Drop Down Day to work on our Skills and Attributes – there was a lot of collaborative learning and a lot of fun!
The School ran a MacMillan coffee morning and our prefects ran the show (with a few helpers in the background of course)!