On Wednesday 18th March, Year 11 pupils attended ‘The Skills Show Experience’ at Wolverhampton Race Course. The aim of the day was for them to sample as many different jobs as possible and ask questions to employers, apprentices and those in further education about post 16 possibilites.
All pupils had a fun filled day taking part in workshops ranging from bricklaying, mechanic and health and beauty to name a few. The students expressed how much they had enjoyed the event and how they felt more equipped in making decisions regarding their future careers.
“Today was good it gave me ideas for the future”- Olivia
“Thinking about joining the Army and I’m looking forward to finding out more information” – Alex
“I feel like I have got more options than I imagined now I have spoken to different people about apprenticeships” – Ben
“Really enjoyed joining in the mechanics workshop and getting more information” – David
“Got lots of information on childcare and got more information on NOVA training” – Lauren
Last week the pupils took advantage of the specially made blueberry and almond sweet for pudding in the dinner hall as a part of the healthy eating -Blueberry and Almond week at Pool Hayes. These brain foods were enjoyed by all of the pupils as well as Mr Allman and other members of staff. These pupils were snapped enjoying some of these super food based recipes.
Healthy smoothie making in Learning to Learn
As a part of the healthy lifestyle unit being taught this term in Learning to Learn, pupils have tried some fruit smoothies. The Year 8 group were very positive about trying fruit smoothies for the first time and were pleasantly surprised with how much they enjoyed them. Mostly they enjoyed the banana smoothies and the majority said that it is defiantly something that they will try at home as well as experimenting with other fruits and adding nuts for further nutrition. I am pleased that many of our pupils have started to think more about what goes into their bodies and make some very important changes from things like energy drinks and unhealthy snacks to healthier options such as fruits, nuts and smoothies/juices. Keep it up guys!
Netball Year 8 Netball Tournament
Walsall school netball league.
On Wednesday 18thMarch the Year 8 Netball team had a tournament at Aldridge school, we got off well with a win against Streetly followed by other wins against Shire Oak and St Francis. Fantastic goals scored by Rushena and Katie with some excellent passes into the shooting circle by Jade. The game against Aldridge was a real challenge resulting in our first loss of the tournament. This was followed by a win against Barr Beacon and Walsall Academy. With an overall result of Pool Hayes in 3rd position in the Walsall school netball league. Thank you and well done for everyone that played.
By Katie Langslow (Sports Captain)
Theatre in Education
As part of the Sixth Form Performing Arts course, students had to create a Theatre in Education Performance aimed at year 9 pupils. There were two groups of year 12 students who performed to the entire year 9 group at Pool Hayes and Cannock Chase High School. The year 9 pupils at both schools commented on how well the performances not only educated but entertained them as well, with a number of pupils saying they felt “inspired”. This is due to the hard work and creativity of the year 12 students involved.
On Thursday 19th March a group of Year 12 students enjoyed a Sixth Form Enrichment Day organised and held at Aston University in Birmingham. The purpose of the day was to offer students who are thinking about going to university a fantastic opportunity to visit a university campus and to find out all about university life. Students listened to a number of talks on things like The Benefits of Higher Education and how to choose a course and university, Student Finance and How to Write a Personal Statement.
The students were also given an extensive Campus Tour which including looking the Student Union, Canteen and Library. The students, most of whom have never visited a university before, found the day very useful and it has made them start to think even more about going to university when the leave Pool Hayes. Comments included:
“I learnt how to write a personal statement and how big universities actually are.”
“I now have a clear understanding of what student finance is, how much I might get and how and when to apply for it.”
“Yesterday was a brilliant experience for us, especially for a boy who has never been to a university before. I thought the day went well and they covered most topics.”
Post-16 Achievement Mentor
Navy and Marines
On Wednesday 18th March Chief Petty Officer David Casewell Careers Advisor for the Royal Navy and Marines came into school to talk to students. Students watched a short film on life in the Navy.
The film explained that a job in the Naval Service means adventure, camaraderie – and lifelong prospects. That whatever role you follow you will make a difference and no two days are the same. As part of your role you could be policing the world’s oceans, delivering humanitarian aid when natural or man-made disasters strike. Or you could be deployed in combat. No matter what job you chose to do, you would play a key part in operations around the world.
CPO Casewell also gave students tips on fitness and where to get a preview of the type of tests they will have to complete as part of the application process.
For more information go to: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers
City of a 1000 trades
On Friday 13th March, 20 students took part in an event at Birmingham Metropolitan College to celebrate Birmingham’s part in the industrial revolution and how it gained the title of City of 1000 Trades. Students took part in workshops to look at how attitudes towards work and leisure changed significantly over time. In looking at sport and fitness our students were put through their paces with some old fashioned drill and saw how some of the exercises were developed to aid soldiers going to war for the first time. They then looked at how we use more machines and technology to develop and tailor fitness to individuals.
Students also at explored engineering, looking at cylinder heads and CAM and how in 1765 James Watt developed a more reliable and efficient version of the Newcomen engine. Students were given a tour of the training areas for hairdressing and saw how hairstyles have developed through time and how much they varied in the social class system of that period. Students had a go at creating a hairstyle to represent modern day Birmingham.