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Issue No. 13

Autumn Term 2009

A SPECIALIST MATHS AND COMPUTING COLLEGE THE MAYOR PLANTS FOOD FOR LIFE! We were delighted to have the Mayor of Solihull plant two apple trees in the school grounds, which is part of our Food for Life Partnership Challenge. This project recognises schools that use practical learning experiences to re-connect young people to the food they eat, following that journey from field to plate. Much of the practical gardening activities carried out involves growing vegetables but during „plant a tree week‟, around 200 fruit trees have been planted to liven up school gardens and create a network of school orchards, which will inspire more children. We are currently working towards the Food for Life Partnership Bronze Mark – a national award that brings together the expertise of the soil association, garden organic, Focus on food and the Health Education Trust who work with 1300 schools across England helping them set up organic gardens, cooking clubs and farm visits.

The Technology Apprentice "You’re Hired" This term Year 9 students have been undertaking an Apprentice – “you‟re hired” challenge. To design, make and advertise a new healthy cereal snack bar. The students worked in teams and in 10 hours had to complete the challenge. To be hired they had to present a winning pitch to impress the panel of Judges. Who won? Find out in the next issue.....

REHEMA Once again Light Hall pupils have been very generous in their fundraising for Rehema Homes.In the last year they have raised over £3000 for children in Africa who are orphaned by the aids crisis. Money was raised in a number of ways: Year 8 students organised a mini Summer Fete, over £500 was raised from non uniform days, car washes and litter picking. It will help them pay for medicines, food, water and this year will go towards the purchase of a mini bus. In recent months they also had to purchase water due to a drought… something we take for granted! Well done everyone.

Ofsted Visitors Arrive! Early December saw the arrival of the Ofsted team again after 3 years since the last time. The school was found to be Good with Outstanding features! This is an excellent achievement so well done Light Hall!

Training for Jobseekers Free IT training is available in January for those who are unemployed. Learn to produce a CV, letter of application and complete applications on line. For further details contact Sue Watson on the number below.

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Team Building in Okerwood


Approximately 42 pupils from Light Hall, Grace Academy,Lyndon School and Heart of England took part The whole idea behind this trip was to enable pupils to get to know each other and begin to develop skills of communication and team work through different activities. The activities they undertook included high ropes; rope swing and raft building. Once built they had to race across the lake, one way to ensure a good night sleep!

Health & Social care students from year 10 had the experience of caring for baby Amy; she is programmed wirelessly and can be linked to a laptop to inform staff how the baby is being cared for. Hannah Hussey was the first pupil to take baby Amy home “I had the baby over the weekend to see what it is like to care for aa a newborn baby. I had my ups and downs. The ups were that I really enjoyed the experience; the downs were when she started crying in the night. I realise now how demanding a new baby can be!”

Shirley Christmas Lights Over £500 was raised for the Shirley Christmas Lights at the musical event held in school. This is the second year we have hosted this event in partnership with Shirley Town. Our own students were able to display their wonderful talents along with The Shirley Band and Fame Dance Group. Everyone who attended had a great night and all for an excellent cause!

Here students learn the Chinese alphabet with a Language Assistant from China.

Y10/11 GCSE Art and Design Visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery The Art Department organised a trip to Wolverhampton Art Gallery – to see an exhibition of a major collection of works by internationally renowned pop artist - Andy Warhol. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience at first hand the work of one of the most key artists of the 20th Century - whose iconic imagery is engraved on our collective contemporary consciousness. It was Andy Warhol who focused on the cult of celebrity and whose work reflected the mass produced culture we inhabit. Students were also able to view the work of contemporary artist Steve McQueen - through an exhibition called 'Queen and Country' looking at the loss of British service personnel in the Afghanistan conflict. They also saw works by a range of contemporary artists - exploring issues relating to conflict and the peace process in Northern Irelands turbulent history. These exhibitions brought home to students the moral complexity of conflict and the touching and personal stories of those affected and impacted by these events. Students benefitted from the opportunity to gather primary resource materials and produce observational studies to enhance their GCSE coursework portfolios, whilst providing a platform to broaden their wider social awareness.

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The RAF put Y11 students through their paces with team building exercises! This was just one of the activities students were involved in.

Students and Staff raised £1068 on th Friday 20 November for „Children in Need‟. Students came to school in non uniform whilst office staff dressed in school uniform! In addition Y10 students Ashley Connaughton and Kiran Kaur, Alice Abrahall and Claire Eggison held a bake sale and raised over £20!

BEAR BUILDING Following a visit to the Build-A-Bear workshop on the st 21 October, attendance and punctuality mascots for each year group have now been made and are up for grabs for the form with the best punctuality and attendance. Here‟s how it works… Each week the form with the best punctuality and attendance from the previous week will be announced in assembly. That winning group gets to look after the mascot and in this time they will get to add an item of clothing or an accessory of their choice. At the end of each term the form that has had the mascot for the most time will win a hamper that contains treats for the whole class and their form tutor to share.

Careers Convention In October we held our first careers convention for Y10 and Y11 students since 2005! Following the fire we were not able to host this event and have had to rely on Langley School for this. This year it was our turn to return the compliment! It was held in the new hall and was very well attended.

Arts Event On Wednesday 21st October 2009 - the school hosted a Y7 Arts Event - 'Parallel Lives' - brought to us by The Barber Institute of Fine Art and performed by the theatre group 'Animation' - funded by the organisation 'Art Reach' - a combined drama and visual art presentation - looking at the lives of the British artist Gwen John and the German Expressionist artist Kathe Kollwitz in the early 20th Century. The themes explored linked directly into the Expressionist style portrait printmaking project currently being undertaken by all our Year 7 Art and Design students. The performance was well received by the students and brought to life the lives of the women artists they represented. This event has acted as a touch stone, for discussion about the themes raised by the performance and a spring board for creative visual interpretation of the style of art the students are exploring. It also helped pupils to understand the artwork created within the context of its historical setting. The school wishes to extend its thanks to the various organisations involved in bringing this presentation to our school.

What do you do with your old Vinyl Records?? Recently there has been a movement to raise the profile of sustainability and good design. Inspired by designers such as Phillipe Starke and Alessi, Year 10 Resistant materials students thought about how to reuse and redesign existing products. This led into the music industry and obsolete technologies. The RETRO Vinyl fruit bowl, clock, flower pot and trinket holder is born. Do you have any ideas to re-use old and obsolete products? Please email your ideas to


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Jack Wardle Matt Lewis Billy Daniels Blake Melbourne Simon Keeves Brandon Hague Lizzie Deehan Brett Fellows Kieren Westwood

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Selected and signed for Worcester Warriors Signed for Oxford United Academy Signed for Birmingham City Academy Signed for West Brom Academy Selected for District Football Signed for Birmingham City Academy Selected for England Girls Football Training camp Training with Bristol City FC Signed for Walsall Academy

NETBALL The year 7 netball team began the season with an impressive 16-2 defeat over Tudor Grange. Year 8 have also started well with a close game against Tudor Grange which they won 9-7. Year 9 triumphed over Smiths Wood 8-1 and Year 11 beat Grace Academy 15-8 in their first game of the season. Well done to all teams!

Cheerleading 20 girls from years 7, 8 & 9 came second out of 8 Solihull Schools in the cheerleading competition - well done girls! Cheerleading takes place on Tuesdays for anyone interested.

Cricket In the summer term Light Hall sports leaders helped at primary school cricket festivals as part of their training. They acted as team leaders and umpired the games. In total 58 year10 students took part in these events. This photo is of the year 11 young ambassadors receiving their certificate for athletic training last term.

Charity Dance Year 8 and Year 9 students dance their way to charity. During a PE lesson students paid ÂŁ1 to wear fancy dress and take part in a dance class. All students had great fun whilst keeping fit!

Duke of Edinburgh Award All 12 students who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme in 2008/9 have passed and received their awards at prize evening. There will be 20 more students taking part next year.

Rugby Yr 11 will have a rugby team this year for the first time! Training is taking place and a match against Tudor Grange is arranged for the near future. In addition a trip is being organised to Twickenham to watch the Barbarians vs All Blacks.

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