For our year 7 Art project we are currently studying the Aboriginal people and their Art work. Pupils have been learning what natural materials were used to create paint and how to create similar patterns and marks. They investigated a range of resources including mud, sand, beetroot and grass as you can see form the pictures the most successful so far seems to be mud.
Well done year 7 from Miss Kew Head of Art
“To celebrate World Book Day the Spanish department will be doing a special “Media Club” session on Tuesday lunchtime this week. Please encourage KS3 (especially Year 7 if you have a Y7 form) to come along and discover a couple of well-known children’s books in Spanish.
This will take place in room 14 at lunchtime and they are welcome to bring sandwiches along with them.”
On Wednesday the 25th of February Pool Hayes Seniors went over to Aldridge to play in the Walsall Schools netball tournament.
The Bate sisters and the Spragg sisters along with their mighty team defeated the other teams, winning every single game with smooth attacking play and relentless defence.
Barr Beacon 11-4
St Francis 7-3
Everyone played extremely well. Rumun (GA) was rolling in the ‘D’, shooting from the edge and smashing them in. Harriet Bate (GD/Captain) played extremely well in her last ever tournament for Pool Hayes, annoying the other teams with her springy interceptions!
Pool Hayes are Tournament Champions once again, well done to all of the squad players that have contributed to this successful season.
Year 9 Options Information Evening
During the next few weeks your child will be making decisions about which subjects to take in Years 10 and 11. It is vital that these subjects are the most appropriate choices for your child.
With this in mind I would like to invite you to an Information Evening at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 10th March 2015, which will give you the opportunity to discuss with staff the range of subjects on offer.
Mrs L Williams
The Importance of Good Attendance
Pool Hayes takes the view that every missed day brings a gap in how the student can face up to their final exams and so we set an attendance target of 95% as an absolute minimum. Most of our students meet this – some even getting 100%.
Recent research by the Department for Education has backed up that even a small amount of time off school will significantly reduce the chances of a child passing their GCSE exams. The following passage comes from the start of a recent article in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ and a link for the full article follows beneath:
Taking just one week’s holiday a year during term time can significantly harm a child’s academic performance, ministers have warned.
New research from the Department for Education suggests children who miss seven days’ schooling each year see their prospects of gaining five good GCSEs cut markedly.
Officials compared the performance of children over the two-year GCSE course to the number of days taken off, and were taken aback by how great a difference short periods of absence appeared to make.
They found that just 31 per cent of children who missed more than 14 days of lessons over two years got the “gold standard” of good grades in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a language.
It compared to 44 per cent of pupils who attended school every day. And just 16.4 per cent of children who miss 28 days of school over two years – the equivalent of two weeks’ holiday each year in term time each year – get five good GCSEs.
The average child misses three days’ schooling a year due to ill health – meaning just an extra week off a year for a family holiday could make the critical difference.
We would be grateful for you continued support in getting your child into school and hitting the 95% target as a minimum.
Year 13 Learn the best revision techniques!
On Tuesday 24th February, Year 13 A Level students took part in a lively and engaging session on memory and mnemonics, run by Elevate Education. This session was designed to get them thinking about how they approach study and revision as their A Level exams quickly draw nearer. Students were given a toolkit of practical hints and tips that they can now apply to their own revision. All of the students said that the session was really useful and that they now feel that have new revision and memory techniques that they will be trying out.
Lewis Kirkpatrick said “I found this session was fun and engaging and I got lots of useful memory techniques that I can now apply to my own revision.”
West End Residential
During the half term break 16 students travelled down to our capital, London, to experience the famous West End. It was an action packed couple of days where the students got to explore the backstage areas of The National Theatre, navigate around the London Underground, watch the 5 star rated “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time” and experience a characterisation workshop with professional actors. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and an invaluable experience for everyone involved.