To mark International Children’s Book Day pupils in Years Seven and Eight entered a competition to write the best opening lines for a story. The ideas that our pupils came up with were fabulous and demonstrate what fantastic imaginations our pupils have. Indeed the competition was so good we had to award an extra prize! The openings of our winner and runner up are shown below as well as a sample of the highly commended entries. Well done to all who took part.
Until now it had never dawned upon me that I was different. I was never like other people at school. – Joshua Lippitt
“To be or not to be?” My dog said to me. – Sam Whistance
Who would believe me if I told them human kinds murderer would be tall, orange and have green leaves on top of their head. Crunch! What’s that? All the carrots are here…. - Hannah Shelton
The Year 8 boys football team travelled to Aldridge School for their semi-final cup match and it wasn’t long before the opening goal. A well planned training ground kick off move allowed Jordan Winkle to score within 15 seconds. This was to be the start of a second hat trick in two games.
Pool Hayes struggled to maintain possession in the first half, giving the ball away too easily. Fortunately, Elliott Alves remained a rock at the back and thwarted any attempt made by the opposition. Against the run of play, Winkle pounced to score his second. Aldridge then managed to grab one back just before half time.
The second half again started brightly. Substitute Ben Styles, added pace up front and latched onto a superb Joe Reynolds pass to slot home the third making it 3-1.
Life is never simple at Pool Hayes and hard work was made of the last twenty minutes. Had it by been for some sublime Gordon Bank’esque goal keeping from Stephen Thompson the score could have changed for the worse.
Jordan Winkle finished off his hat trick in style, rounding three Aldridge players before casually slotting home.
Two further goals from Aldridge made a tense finish but a firm defence in the final minutes allowed Pool Hayes to hold on and take their place in the cup final.
Training on the first day back from Easter should allow us to iron out the passing weaknesses and lack of heading. No excuses please boys!
Since January 2014, we have been running our Saturday School between 10.00am-1.00pm and regularly attract 70+ Year 11 and Sixth Form students who come in to do masterclasses, extra revision, catch up, and coursework classes to improve their grades.
The students are not required to wear their school uniform and drinks / food is provided to keep their energy levels up.
The following photographs come from this weekend where students were doing Maths Booster cases, Technology, Art, Health & Social Care, Drama and Science, as well as those who work independently in the school library.
The sessions reflect wonderfully well on the commitment of our students and of the dedication of our staff who give up their weekends to help students achieve their best.
Any students are welcome to come in and study on Saturdays and with the final run-up towards the summer exams the numbers coming in are only going in one direction.
Y9 Options Evening
The school hall was bursting at the seams as parents joined their children in choosing the GCSE options that are the first real step into working life.
The evening began with a presentation by the Headteacher about the courses on offer, how they related to the world of Higher Education and the workplace, and what support the school offers to make sure students achieve their best.
Many parents commented on how secure they were that the school’s new systems were clearly focused on raising achievement; with Saturday School, after-school booster sessions, the new Sixth Form study centre, assertive mentors, aspiration mentors and the new Learning Hub meaning every type of support is in place.
The students also made the school incredibly proud; their intelligence in thinking of their future careers, their judgement of different option routes, and their passion to succeed standing out throughout the evening.
The evening was a huge success and it is certain that this group of students are going to be a he success in the Summer of 2016.
Contemporary Company Dancers One Year Anniversary Treat
On Monday 31st March 2014 the Black Country Hub’s Contemporary Company dancers were treated to a one off workshop hosted by male artist Chris Bradley.
Chris graduated from De Montfort University in 2001 and has performed with Mercurial Dance, Springs Dance Company, Mobius Dance Theatre, Keira Dance, Parlor Dance and has also toured nationally with The Mission. Chris’s work is based in Contemporary dance, but he is also trained in physical theatre and aerial work. Chris has been teaching for over a decade delivering classes and educational work to pupils and professionals alike and our girls were really lucky to be able to experience his work.
Again the workshop challenged the girls with a technical floor sequence, travelling motifs and a number of new lifts, all of which involved core stability, strength and control. The grand finale of the evening showed off their choreography talent and in typical Pool Hayes style all of the girls went for it and produced some fantastic duets.
Well done and a huge thank you to Chris and the Black Country Dance Hub for a fantastic year. Roll on the next!
Community Association’s Decision to Close:
It is regretful to hear that the Community Association is closing and Pool Hayes governors and staff would like to thank the organisation for all of their hard work and dedication over the years.
The Community Association’s reduced funding is reflected in our own and we are unfortunately not in a position to financially assist the organisation in the way that we have previously.
As a school we are now looking to offer our own local provision, with a particular focus on working with our local primary schools.
We have also committed to waive Community Association payments for April and to honour event bookings that the Community Association have made up until the summer.
Pool Hayes Arts & Community School
Centenary Commemorations of WW1 Project
Special screening speaks volumes to students
On Monday 31st March 2104, a group of Year 9 students attended a special screening of Private Peaceful just for schools, at the Midlands Arts Centre. The adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name, enabled the Year 9s to gain a deeper understanding of how the lives of family, friends and loved ones were affected, throughout WW1, by depicting the suffering and sacrifices men and women made, during this major turning point in world history.
The film’s storyline really aided the students’ ability to think about the mental horrors people suffered, in the Great War. The ultimate price of courage fuelled by the fear of being deemed a coward came as no surprise to the Year 9s. However, the injustice of the execution of the British Army’s own soldiers, for desertion of duties, during WW1, and how those in authority exerted their power over the masses to enlist and to cross enemy lines, were real eye-openers for them. The Year 9s’ reflections will be included in the school’s forthcoming project linked to the Centenary commemorations of WW1.
Year 9s hold their free books from Michael Morpurgo’s publishers, Harper Collins.
Pupil Comments: Jack, ’The main message behind the story was that soldiers were real people, not just numbers. The film gave us the inside story of people involved in WW1.’ Phoebe, ‘It made me wonder about what my own relatives probably had to go through, during the war.’ Lewis, ‘The British soldiers were forced to run into No Man’ s Land to reach the Germans, basically forced to go to their own deaths.’
Miss Liversidge’s Year 11 Pottery students are working towards their final exam after 2 years of building up their ceramic skills. Students are working hard in and outside of lessons and the Pottery room is a hub of activity at the moment. Everything from coil pots to slabs and sculptures are coming out of the kilns. Some examples of these preliminary studies and explorations are now available to view on the new Gallery page, just follow the link in the menu bar above: Subjects – Art – 2014 Gallery of Art or CLICK HERE
Some of the finished outcomes of this process can be seen here, from Sophie Blackwood’s octopus-inspired textures and Alex Wright’s sea-life-encrusted teapot to the spiky, punctured teapots and cup by Megan Froggatt, Beth Hopson and Rachael Burgess. Beth Aldritt and Georgina Hewitt’s lidded vessels add to the marine life theme with their exhuberant decoration and development of ideas.