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NCS Bring Opportunities For The Sixth Form

January 30, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

NCS bring opportunities for the Sixth Form

NCS have been into our Sixth Form this week and given Year 12 students a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and do something that will look great on future applications for jobs, apprenticeships, college and university. Two representatives from the National Citizens Service gave an insightful presentation on the government scheme designed to provide 16-17 year olds with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to participate in adventurous activities and community projects. They were assisted by some current Year 13 students who are NCS Ambassadors. They participated in The Challenge last year and explained what they personally got out of the experience. There was certainly a buzz of activity as the students were asked to complete expression of interest forms. Students will be given the chance to find out more and ask questions when the NCS representatives return to Pool Hayes on Friday lunchtime to continue with their roadshow.

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Year 7 Celebrate National Hugging Day

January 29, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss A Williams

Year 7 Celebrate National Hugging Day

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it right back”

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Last Friday saw Miss Weatherley’s fantastic form group present their assembly on “National Hugging Day”. This affectionate day was created by Reverend Kevin Zaborney on Janurary 21st 1986 in Michigan, USA. The underlying reason for giving hugs is its documented benefits to the physical and psychological aspects of living creatures and not to mention that it brings people closer together.
7 GAW set the tone for the assembly with entrance music to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy story and this theme of being friendly and respectful towards one another continued throughout the assembly. They then played a poignant video clip of a man and woman walking around the square in Sondrio Italy advertising free hugs. The video shows that there was resilience from many people who would look over and walk away and avoid them. The man and woman persisted holding their signs above their heads. Eventually all it took was one person to approach them for a free hug and it became contagious. Something that was really powerful was the happiness it bought to the people in the clip.
“A hug can simply change how someone is feeling from that point forward. You never know, it may have been just what they needed” Yr 7 pupil
“It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to each other, if one person is happy it spreads, just like a smile” Yr 7 pupil
Another very important message delivered by the form group, respect and support one another, spread a little happiness and be happy.
Congratulations 7GAW all your hard work and commitment certainly paid off and your form spirit and team work was a pleasure to see during the process. You took pride in what you delivered and for that I congratulate you.

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A great reflection of a committed form group and a hard working form tutor. A positive reflection of our school ethos.
Miss Williams

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Sixth Form Debating Society

January 23, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

Sixth Form Debating Society Begins!

Tonight, the Sixth Form have held their first debate, organised by Charity Representative, Amandeep Bajwa and RAPS Ambassador, Jack Wylie. 18 students from Year 12 and 13 attended, sharing their points of view on several current topics that are prominent in the media. The students shared some very insightful and well researched opinions and definitely opened up a variety of perspectives on the topics discussed. The students all commented on what a brilliant night they’d had and how much fun it was to share their views and opinions. They are very much looking forward to the next one!

Jack and Amandeep stated, ‘Tonight has been a brilliant success. Many views and opinions were shared. What a brilliant way to finish a Thursday!’

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Speak Up and Speak Out

January 23, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

Speak Up and Speak Out

On Thursday 22nd January, the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Walsall North, Douglas Hansen-Luke, visited Pool Hayes to talk to Sixth Form about democracy, parliamentary process and community action.

Having put his party political badge to one-side from the outset, the students were taken through the creation of British democracy, how they could express their political voice and even get themselves elected, and he challenged the students to think about the issues that were personally relevant to them. Student voice here included arguments for more investment in the arts, the abolition of tuition fees, low-turnout by the youth vote in elections, as well as more general concerns including terrorism and the conflict in Syria.

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Sixth Form Fundraising

January 23, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

Sixth Form Fundraising

Before Christmas, many of our Sixth Form volunteered their time to help out with the Willenhall Rotary Club’s annual charity event, Tree of Light. They helped the club raise nearly a thousand pounds for charity. Today, the president, Terry Lewis and Rotarian Les Williams came into school to thank the Sixth Formers and to kindly present a cheque to go to our Sixth Form Charity, Let Us Play. Terry and Les both commented on how fantastic our students are, what great ambassadors they are for our Sixth Form and how they have helped to represent young people so positively in our community.

We are very grateful for these kind words and the kind gesture they have made towards our charity. Our students hope to help out again next year.

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“A Night With The Stars”

January 21, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss A Williams

Rehearsals are going well for the show in a couple of weeks, props are complete and costumes are allocated.  Not long now, come along and get your tickets!

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World Religion Day

January 20, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss A Williams

World Religion Day

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 On Friday 7MC captured the year group with their excellent presentation about “World Religion Day.  As the pupils nervously lined up at the front of the stage, PowerPoint at the ready one by one they delivered a well-spoken, very well researched assembly about religions around the globe educating others about inter-faith understanding and harmony.

The presentation showed us how followers of every religion are encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different faiths have and to get followers of the faith to observe the day publicly wherever they may be. Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures.

At these talks and lectures people are encouraged to talk and listen to people from faiths different than their own to understand the basic tenets of other religions. What we learnt was no matter the differences all the religions follow one golden rule of

“Treat others the way you want to be treated”

 

A very important message delivered by the form group, value and respect other peoples beliefs, aspirations and ways of life as you would want the same.

Congratulations 7MC all your hard work and commitment certainly paid off and your form spirit and team work was a pleasure to see during the process.  You took pride in what you delivered and for that I congratulate you.

A great reflection of a committed form group and a hard working form tutor.  A positive reflection of our school ethos.

Miss Williams

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National Citizen Service at Pool Hayes

January 19, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

National Citizen Service at Pool Hayes

The National Citizen Service is a government scheme designed to provide 16-17 year olds with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to participate in adventurous activities which develop new skills and help them to meet new and different people.

Our students are well aware that every ‘extra’ you can add to your CV will help with Sixth Form, college, apprenticeship, university and job applications so there was a buzz of interest from the off.

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A roadshow team came in to talk to students and to explain the programme and we have a number of students lined up to take part. More detail to follow as the events roll out…

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Creating ‘The Beast’

January 15, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

Creating ‘The Beast’

The casting for ‘Beauty & The Beast’ is running through over the next couple of weeks but one role is already set in stone due to the talent of a special student at Pool Hayes.

Dakota Timmins-Brownsword, Year 9, has developed a real expertise in developing stage make-up and creating amazing images, injuries and features that would be good enough for any Hollywood film set.

Dakota will have a key role in helping produce ‘The Beast’ stage make-up so though you might not see him front of stage, his work will be a key part of the whole show.

Make sure later in the year that you pick up your tickets well in advance as with standards like this it will sell out fast.

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Lunch Time Revision Sessions

January 15, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

Lunch-Time Revision Sessions:

Year 11s are currently attending voluntary revision skills sessions in the Lecture Theatre every Wednesday lunch-time.

The sessions focus on specific revision and study skills which help preparation or exams and readiness for Sixth Form study. This week saw Ms James and Ms Sarginson running through mind-mapping as a revision tool.

The attendance levels have been good – hitting 25 this week – which is especially impressive considering there are subject sessions going on throughout the school at lunch, before and after school, and on Saturdays.

Look to attend if you can – Year 11 only have 74 days to make sure they have something to celebrate in their Summer exams.

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