South's Virtual Challenge WALK, RUN, CYCLE.
Five schools shared in a day of stars and space at South Bromsgrove High School as part of the British Science week. Students from the host school, North Bromsgrove High, Bromsgrove School, St John’s Middle and Alvechurch schools all had sessions in a “pop-up” planetarium courtesy of the Ogden Trust and Keele University.
Four South Bromsgrove High students have had their ability in Physics recognised in a national competition. The Physics Olympiad is run every year by Oxford University and the Institute of Physics. There are competitions set for students in each of the school years, 10 through to 13 with the top level and premier competition in Year 13. Four of our final year A level students finished in the top half of the 2000 students entered nationally with two of those in the top 100.
Friday 18th October saw the school gym taken over as interview space for practice interviews for all 330 of our Year 11 students. A lot of them had put a lot of effort into preparing a professional CV for day and there were some nerves on show for students who were being interviewed by a stranger for the first time.
On Wednesday 25th September, Sixth Form Language Ambassadors at South Bromsgrove welcomed Year 8 pupils from St John’s CofE Middle School, Aston Fields Middle School and Parkside Middle School for a celebration of Modern Languages. More than 30 year 8 pupils were treated to a morning of fun activities designed to develop their linguistic skills in French, Spanish and German. Activities included key vocabulary, verbs and phrases as well as some aspects of popular culture and history of some of our closest European neighbours.
On Thursday 26th September, South Bromsgrove held a concert with a special performance by the New Life Band, a drumming and vocal group from Arusha in Tanzania. The school has had a partnership with the school in Arusha for over 15 years and many staff have been involved in exchange programmes between the UK and Tanzania. On many previous occasions, South Bromsgrove students have raised money for the school in Arusha to improve the facilities and develop the building. On this occasion the New Life Band were visiting to raise money to build a Sixth Form Centre at the school. Earlier in the week, they were welcomed by the Bromsgrove Rotary Club where they performed for the Rotarians. The Rotary Club generously donated £1000 to go towards the new centre.
Sixth Form students at South Bromsgrove High have maintained the very high standards expected of an outstanding school both in A Levels and BTEC qualifications.
District Team Managers at the Ryland Centre chose some of our students to compete at the County Schools Championships in Worcester. These included Amelia Bourne (Yr9), who leapt to long jump selection at the district and represented the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Schools at the County Championships - she leapt to a creditable 4m 69 cm finishing 4th by just 4cm slightly down on her seasons best of 4m 83cm.
Owen Dyson (Yr9) was similarly successful at districts and at the county Championships in Worcester and had a storming run through the heats to the final where he finished 4th, with 5 tenths of a second separating the first 4. Owen set a massive PB of 12.8 seconds.
11 students, together with a member of staff, were fortunate to visit the Medical Physics facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Dr Geoff Heyes, Senior Clinical Scientist, had put a programme together for the students to learn about the different roles in the hospital that used physics and the different career paths into them.
Picture: The students, Dr Heyes and Mr Clark
Kudzaishe Chiwara, James Horne, Tom Newton and George McNie (year 12) have all demonstrated their skills as prospective Engineers in a 6 months industrial project with local company, Mettis Aerospace Ltd. The students undertook a real-world Engineering project to design and manufacture a fixture to hold forged aircraft components while they were measured in a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM). Such was the success of the year 12’s design that the fixture is now being utilised in Mettis Aerospace to improve quality control process efficiency.
What’s big, grey and dark on the inside? A Spacedome of course!