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Clean Sheet for Senior Netball Squad

November 21, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Miss A Sarginson

Clean Sheet for Senior Netball Squad

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The start of the Netball season has been a successful one for the Year 10/11/12/13 Netballers! The team have played three away games so far this season and have triumphed in all of them with impressive scores such as 37 – 3.
In the match against Shire Oak on Wednesday 19th November the girls got off to a rocky start. Due to an unusual combination of players available, a lot of the girls had to play out of their normal positions. They struggled initially in defence, conceding 5 goals to Shire Oak in the first half. After a stern team talk and a change of tactics at half time the girls managed to get back to their usual playing standard for the beginning of the second half. With stronger man to man marking from the Bate sisters, excellent centre pass tactics and consistent shooting from Kinga Gasiorowska (Year 10) and Rumun Buparai (Year 11), the team managed to pull off a 29 – 5 win.
Good luck in your match against Aldridge next week!
Miss A. Sarginson

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6th Form Open Evening

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

Sixth Form Options Evening – Thursday 20th November at 7pm

 Come along and see what our Sixth Form is all about! 

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Mayor & Royal British Legion Visit

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs A Plimmer

Mayor and Royal British Legion attend school assembly to commemorate the WW1 centenary
Last Friday morning, the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith and Sam Langston, area Vice Chairman for the Royal British Legion attended Pool Hayes Arts and Community school’s Remembrancetide assembly.
The special assembly which was delivered by Year 10 and Year 7 students, focused mainly on the centenary of WW1, rounded off the school’s endeavours to mark last week’s Armistice Day. Year 8 student, Sadie, said ‘I think it was important for the school to remember the soldiers who died in the world wars. All of the different Remembrance Day activities and assemblies have helped me to understand more about why we should remember and pay respect to those who died for us.’
Both the Mayor and Sam Langston, were suitably impressed, with the students’ efforts to encourage their peers to pause to remember the war dead. The Mayor spoke to the students of his hopes for peace in the world. A teary-eyed Sam Langston said, ‘The pupils were wonderful, the assembly was very emotional for me.’
Headteacher, Mr Allman, said ‘I have nothing but praise for the students, they have been thoughtful and respectful and most importantly they have actively participated, in the numerous events, organised by the school, to commemorate Remembrance Day.’

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Carillion Guest Speaker

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

On Tuesday 18th November our speaker was Nicola Markall a Construction Site Manager for Carillion.
Carillion is one of the UK’s leading integrated support services companies; it has extensive construction capabilities. In the UK these include the Channel Tunnel, the Tate Modern – the world’s most visited modern art gallery, and the Library of Birmingham. Carillion have also created landmark buildings across the Middle East. Carillion employ thousands of staff, using subcontractors to complete anything from carpentry, plumbing, plastering and electrical work to name but a few of the trades used on site.
Nicola told us that projects can cost anywhere from 10-100 million pounds. Nicola had been working on her current project for the Ministry of Defence for three years and the project still has two years to run until completion. Nicolas job is to liaise with the architects and builders to ensure that the project specifications are met and it comes in on budget. Safety on site is paramount and all workers are expected to comply with Health and Safety regulations. Nicola told students of her background training as an architect and how she then went onto working on different projects gaining valuable experience and qualifications along the way. Nicola was keen to stress the fact that both science and maths play a huge part in being an architect and that even after a university degree students can still expect to train for another 7 years to gain Chartership membership.
Nicola agreed that construction has primarily been a man’s world but that if you have the drive and ambition you can secure a well-paid and satisfying career.

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Art – Work In Progress

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Kew

The Art Department had visitors today from Streetly School to look at GCSE year 11 Art work
There are some good pieces of work “in the pipeline” at the moment, here are a few examples from Nina Kainth, Stacy Watson and Lisa Webb.  M. Bradley Head of Art at Streetly was overwhelmed by the amount of work pupils had produced and commented on their fantastic work ethic and attitude to learning. 
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Poppy T-Shirt Competition Success

November 18, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Williams

“Poppy T-Shirt Competition Success”

When we received news about the “Design a T-shirt competition” that The Royal British Legion had organised for Black County schools pupils in Years 7 & 8 got designing straight away. All of the pupils in the two year groups participated and we had many stunning designs across both year groups.
It was a tough decision to make by our Senior Leadership Team as there were so many great designs to choose from. The effort, creativity and thought put into the designs was incredible and as Heads of Years Mrs Jones and I are really pleased with the overall success of all the entries.
The lucky 1st place winners design will be sent to The Royal British Legion where they will select an overall winner from all the schools across the Black Country. The overall Black Country winner will receive a voucher and have their design printed on to a t-shirt to keep. Please click HERE to see some of the winning entries

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Capgemini Careers Talk

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

On Friday 7th November students and parents were given a very informative talk by Hilary Bannister from Capgemini. Capgemini is a global business and IT innovator who create and deliver business and technology solutions for governments and companies which fit their needs.
IT has become a major focus in our everyday lives and we now use a wide variety of devises to link and transfer data in the home, school and workplace. Hilary explained the many layers that make up the IT industry, from the design technology of the computers to the software and programmes which deliver the technology used in major companies.
Hilary went on to say that the company take on around 720 apprentices each year with 13 at each intake. As well as being passionate about IT you should also be able to work as part of a team. Apprenticeships can last 5 years, the first 2 will be completing Level 4 qualifications in computers and then you will progress onto a 3 year degree course. By following their apprenticeship programme you get a permanent job, training, a salary and maybe even a full degree with no student debts.
Check out what they are looking for in:
Advanced Apprentices – You’ll have a minimum of 7 GCSEs grade A*-C including Maths and English.
Higher Apprentices require GCSEs, as stipulated above, and 3 A-levels at grade A*-C, or equivalent (e.g. a National BTEC with at least one distinction). These should include an IT-related subject (e.g. IT, Maths or Science). As an alternative to A-levels you may have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in IT.
If you want to go the degree route you must make sure your degree covers programming you could then apply as a graduate. For more information check out the Capgemini website
http://www.uk.capgemini.com/careers/your-career-path/apprentices

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Skills Show 2014

November 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

On Thursday 13 November 46 students from Y10-13 attended The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It is the UK’s largest skills and careers event, open to all students and parents and completely free. The Skills Show provides an ideal opportunity for students to experience hands on taster activities from a wide range of career areas. Students can speak to people already in those job roles or apprenticeships and also receive free impartial advice from careers professionals.
Covering five halls at the NEC, the displays and quality of the students work was amazing both from students in colleges and those already in apprenticeships. Robotics, theatre make up, cars, plumbing, tiling, carpentry it was all there at the show. Attracting over 75,000 visitors over the three days from 13-15th November the skills show is well worth a visit. You still have time to visit, go along and experience this amazing show for yourself on Saturday. If you have been unable to go this year make sure you put it in your diary for next year.
If you want to see what else was there go to http://www.theskillsshow.com/

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University Ambassador Event

November 13, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr B Mescam

Tuesday 11th November: University Ambassador Event

On Tuesday afternoon over 40 Year Sixth Form Students stopped after school to participate in the University Ambassador Event organised by the Sixth Form Achievement Mentor, Mr Mecam. Student Ambassadors from the University of Worcester, Stafford University and Birmingham City University gave insightful presentation on the benefits of going into Higher Education, Writing Personal Statements and Student Life.

The idea behind the event was to get the students thinking seriously about their futures and hopefully to help answer some of the many of the questions that they have about going to university. Feedback from the students that attended has been very positive. Jack Wylie said how “useful and insightful” the event was and that “it has made him realise how many different universities are out there, and how important it is to make the right decision when choosing a course and university.”

This is just one in a series of events that is being organised to help our Sixth Form students make informed decisions about what they want to do when they leave Pool Hayes and how to realise their goals and aspirations.

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Pool Hayes Plant Poppies For Remembrance

November 13, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

“Pool Hayes Plant Poppies for Remembrance”

Date – Monday 10th November

Pool Hayes Arts & Community School have been commemorating the 100th centenary anniversary of the start of the First World War through a series of reflective events through the week.

There were special lessons, assemblies and fund-raising for the Poppy Appeal and the British Legion. These culminated in a special ceremony involving over 100 Year 7 and Year 8 students and included a special plaque commemorating the event and the planting of poppies by students around the school site.

Abbi Williams, Head of Year 7, stated: “This is a special time to encourage our students to reflect on those who sacrificed so much for our lives today and to appreciate that remembering and admiring others is a means of making ourselves better people in our own lives”.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, emphasised that “the students have taken on the responsibility of supporting this national event and as the poppies grow year on year they will provide us with a lasting memory of this anniversary”.

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