To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One Wolverhampton’s’ Central Youth Theatre have just finished shooting a 20-minute film drama entitled After Dawn.
Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery former youth theatre member Laura Sambrooks researched the stories of local soldiers who were shot at dawn for desertion.
The sensitive nature of the subject matter encouraged writer Laura to merge together a number of true life stories to create a drama that captures the effect trench warfare had on one fictitious family.
The Youth Theatre has been out on location shooting across the West Midlands at venues including the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Willenhall Lock Museum, Bantock House and Himley Plantation.
Film maker Sima Gonsai and director of photography Chris Keenan are now editing the film ahead of its public premiere at the Black Country Living Museum on Saturday, August 30 as part of their Black Country Goes to War day.
The film will also be made available to schools as a DVD educational resource.
Students’ WW1 booklet judged overall winner, by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Peter Smith.
In the Summer term of 2014, a group of Year 9 students were selected, for a project to boost their levels of literacy, by the English faculty. The students were given two main tasks, firstly, to create a booklet, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, and secondly, to prepare and present an assembly, based on WW1. The students successfully achieved both of these aims, through lots of hard work and effort, during a limited number of lessons in English and Citizenship. In recognition of their achievements, the school decided to enter the students’ booklet into Walsall Council’s WW1 Big Book competition, which was devised, to encourage schools to contribute to its World War 1 Commemorative Event, at the Council House, on 4th August, earlier this year.
The students’ WW1 booklet was judged overall winner, by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Peter Smith, from the six winning entries, on display in the Town Hall, at the council’s special WW1 commemorative event. On Tuesday, 24th September, the students will attend an event for all of the winning schools, which will be hosted by the Mayor. Their WW1 booklet will be put on display, at the local library, in Willenhall, for the rest of this year, before it is put into Walsall Libraries Archive.
Teacher/student comments: Head of Year 10, Mrs Gardener: ‘These pupils have been invited to the Mayor’s Parlour because of their outstanding contributions. They spent time researching for the booklet in the library, before sharing their findings via a presentation with every year group in the school through an extremely moving and emotional assembly, leaving audiences amazed at their bravery and fantastic attitude. Each of these students has not only developed in their confidence and understanding of World War One, but has progressed in their English attainment due to their hard work and literacy focus. Well done all!’
Jodie Lane: ‘The whole group were surprised, but thrilled to find out that we had actually won the booklet competition. We really enjoyed this project and gave it our very best, it helped to improve our written work and our levels of confidence.’
Health and Social Care year 10
At the end of the summer term five pupils were selected to spend 3 nights at Birmingham University as part of their ‘Your future- your choice’ residential programme. The aim was to give students an opportunity to find out what it is like to study at university focussing on some health and social care routes. The experience has turned out to be a fantastic experience for those who went and have inspired them to aim higher and further their education.
What the pupils said:
We really enjoyed the ‘your future-your choice 2014’ residential stay at the University of Birmingham. It gave us a real insight into what university life would actually be like and the different courses available. For example we attended lectures on social policy, civil war, mental illness and law. We also got a ‘hands on’ experience on the hospital wards where we tried out giving CPR and taking blood pressures and much more. We also got to see the fun side of university life for example we had a ‘disco night’. Before coming here we were not completely sure whether we actually wanted to go to university but after this inspiring experience we definitely want to push ourselves to get the grades we need to go to this university. I would definitely encourage anyone who wasn’t sure if uni was the best idea for them to attend this summer school!!!
By Ellie Cooper-Newman and Chelsea Leonard
Hannah C said “I think the uni trip was really good I got the chance to meet new people and learn some new skills and it actually gave me a stronger sense of what I want to do in the future I want to work with mentally ill patients and help them get better. “ Read the rest of this entry →
Pool Hayes Arts & Community School – GCSE Results – Summer 2014
Amidst a national picture of “volatility” in GCSE Results, our Year 11 results have proved very successful and seen our students perform well against all other schools.
Our GCSE results in core subjects came in bang on line with national averages which means that our students are attaining results which are equal to those gained across the country.
Our GCSE English results saw 61% of students gain A*-C against a national average of 61%.
Similarly, our GCSE Maths results saw 62% of students achieve A*-C against a national average of 62%.
Overall, 50% of GCSE students gained 5 A*-C with English and Maths.
Pool Hayes students open their GCSE results in our new Sixth Form Centre
Notable successes included:
Amandeep Bajwa 3A* 6A 2B
Reanne York 2A* 4A 5B
Ryan Hunt 1A* 4A 4B 2C
Kishan Rand 1A* 5A 4C
Lillie Pritchard 6A 3B 2C
Louis Wilkins 4A 5B 2C
Mark Gibbons 3A 8B
Emily Spittle 3A 6B 1C
Abigail Cartwright 1A 10B
Outside of GCSE English & Maths, other GCSE courses got excellent results including:
GCSE Biology – 96% A*-C
GCSE Chemistry – 100% A*-C
GCSE Dance – 95% A*-C
GCSE Drama – 77% A*-C
GCSE English Literature – 74% A*-C
GCSE PE – 85% A*-C
GCSE Physics – 96% A*-C
Furthermore, all of our vocational courses got superb results including:
BTEC Business – 100% Pass
BTEC Creative Technology – 100% Pass
OCR Health & Social Care – 100% Pass
BTEC Science – 99% Pass
OCR Science – 100% Pass
BTEC Sport – 100% Pass
Matt Allman, Headteacher, commented: “Every Summer sees change after change in terms of exams so we are all delighted to see so many of our fantastic students still get the excellent results they so richly deserved. The strong results achieved reflect on talented staff who know their students, who strive to grasp the latest focus of the new courses, and who make sure their students understand what they need to do. We are all very proud”.
GCSE/LEVEL 2 RESULTS ~Thursday 21st August
RESULTS AVAILABLE FROM 9.00AM
COLLECTION FROM THE SIXTH FORM BLOCK
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Pool Hayes Arts & Community School – A-Level Results – Summer 2014
Pool Hayes Arts & Community School has secured excellent Sixth Form results this summer and seen a huge improvement from previous years.
The average A-Level grades have risen to a C, and the average point scores have increased significantly, so the vast majority of students have secured their apprenticeships or first choice university places, several even being offered places at higher ranked universities than those which they had initially applied to.
Natalie Dale, Assistant Headteacher – Sixth Form, stated: “These improvements are testimony to the hard-working students and staff at the school, and come on the back of significant investment in the Sixth Form study area and provision, as well as improvements in teaching, targeted support and our popular Saturday School”.
Notable successes include:
Claire Simpson – AAA Jack Frogatt – Dist+ / Dist + / Dist
Chloe Ball – ABB Paige Brookes Dist+ / Dist + / Dist
Jessica Maiden – ABBC Thomas Dean – Dist+ / Dist + / C
Claire Simpson and Chloe Ball celebrating their excellent A-Level grades.
“We are working hard to transform the school into one that stands out in Walsall so it is fantastic to see that the changes we are putting in place are already reaping rewards for our students” commented Matt Allman, Headteacher.
The mantra of “I’m no good at Maths” is a common one in the world – many people would never dream of saying they cannot read, but are ready to say that they cannot do Maths.
As part of making Maths relevant and engaging at Pool Hayes, we have been working in small groups on a design projects to help develop skills in ratio, as well as reflecting on design and patterns in the world of fashion.
These mini-projects are planned to help students understand key concepts, but also to make them understand that Maths can be applied in a wider range of places. They tell students that Maths is fun, Maths is engaging, maths is relevant – you just have to recognise when you are using it.
Any parents who can point out to their children over the Summer Break were they are using Maths would be doing the school, and their child, a huge favour in keeping their eye on why the subject is such a critical one for everyday life.
On Saturday 12th July Walsall’s Arboretum hosted “Big Dance” a project that celebrates dance and the collaboration of Black Country Schools and Youth Companies supported by the Black Country Dance Hub. The theme of the day was based on sightseers seven different performances that make you look at your surroundings and each other with new eyes.
The sun shone throughout the day and gradually the arboretum gathered with passers-by, Mums and pushchairs, runners and dog walkers all intrigued to see what was going on. As the show began more and more people surrounded the bandstand and sat down to watch the performances that consisted of partner work, games and picnic props such as books, cups and bags.
All of the performers on the day were stars and it was fantastic to see so many people involved in the “Big Dance” project. It is a pleasure to see that these dance opportunities are being offered at such a high standard to Primary Schools straight through to Secondary and outside of school Youth companies. The professionalism of the performers was a credit to all of their schools like true performers they danced with control, accuracy and determination.
I would like to say well done and thank you again to the Black Country Dance Hub, all of the girls for representing the company and Pool Hayes and all of the parents, without your support none of this would be possible.