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LIGHT HALL NEWS A SPECIALIST MATHS AND COMPUTING COLLEGE I S S U E

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: D & T GCSE VISIT

JUNIOR MATHS CHALLENGE D & T GCSE INDUSTRY VISIT

IQ HANDSETS

GUESS MY JOB

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MURAL GOES TO HOSPITAL Once again Light Hall School has extended its artistic talents into the local community having completed a wonderful mural for the Clinical Area in the X - Ray Ward of Solihull Hospital. The work was undertaken by the GCSE Double Award Applied Art and Design students as part of their Applied Art and Design course, although the students involved undertook this work after school.

ARTS BID FOR SCHOOL Light Hall School would like to take the opportunity to pass on its thanks to ADFAS (Arden Decorative and Fine Art Society) for granting a donation of ÂŁ1100 to enable our Art department to create three panels for the school site using ceramics and mosaic stained glass. The designs have been generated by our students undertaking a whole school competition based on the themes 'My School' ; 'My Town' and 'Local Nature' - with some wonderful entries being submitted. Representatives from ADFAS will be judging the competition entries at the end of July and the winning designs will be made up into finished panels by selected Gifted & Talented Art and Design students during the forthcoming autumn and spring terms. We look forward to seeing the finished work and once again we would like to thank ADFAS for their support.

CADBURY REWARD TRIP FOR YEAR 8 STUDENTS Light Hall School Hathaway Road Shirley Solihull B90 2PZ Tel: 0121 744 3835

48 year 8 students, who have worked well in I.T throughout the year, took a trip to Cadbury World. It consisted of a talk about how ICT is used throughout Cadbury, and what impact media can have on their delivery of products, such as the Wispa bar which is to be reintroduced due to a facebook campaign. The students then had the chance to visit the exhibition to learn how chocolate is made.

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JUNIOR MATHS CHALLENGE This maths event involved twelve primary school teams who had come through earlier rounds held across the borough. We hosted the final in the lower school hall, and a group of year 7 students from Light Hall acted as stewards. Each team was made up of four year 6 pupils who worked hard. The questions were quite difficult, and would have posed a challenge to our secondary school students. It was a close finish, but in the end

St Alphege beat off the efforts of the other schools to lift the trophy.


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National Silver Surfers Day

Silver Surfers day on May 21st saw pensioners across the borough take part in IT lessons which are held at Light Hall School in the Jill Allport Suite. If you are over 60 and would like to learn how to use a computer please contact the school for more information.

D & T GCSE INDUSTRY VISIT On Tuesday 8th June, Year 10 students studying Product Design visited Lasercomb Dies Ltd in Redditch. The company are involved in producing tooling for the printing and packaging industry. Students had the opportunity of viewing the processes involved including CAD and CAM to design and produce the dies for cutting, embossing and foiling and to view a wide range of packaging examples. Students enjoyed the visit and learnt to appreciate some of the skill and precision required to produce every day packaging items that we take for granted.

Use of Braille embossing on pharmaceutical packaging

Embossed details on high-end luxury goods packaging.

IQ HANDSETS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

My Money Week

A maths event took place in school and teams were invited from other secondary schools in the area. Lode Heath, Heart of England and St Peter’s joined Light Hall students in a maths challenge where they had to make and design a Theme Park. The event was very well received and positive feedback was given, so look out for the next one!

The National Grid based in Warwick have kindly donated £800 for school to purchase IQ handsets to enhance learning. The first teacher in school to use the equipment is science teacher, Mr Dandy seen here with Governor, Martin Mynott, who works for the National Grid. The handsets allow numeric and text answers. At school, it is referred to as a 'voting system' but it can be used to gauge interest or response . It can even be used to complete assessments and end of unit tests plus generate a report to go to parents, which will compare all of their child's results and rank them against the class highest and class average (graphically or verbally).

GUESS MY JOB Visitors from industry came into school to be questioned by Year 8 students. Students had to guess the profession of each visitor and then learnt what qualities and skills were required for the job. Thank you to Stu, a senior nurse, Victoria, a midwife, Michael, a chef and Lucy, an architect.

IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE KS3 Science & Technology Club takes place every Monday from 3-4pm where students are currently investigating rockets. Current club members had fun launching bottle rockets, with direction from Chris Dale who is a STEM ambassador and one of the staff running the club. It was very hot so no one minded getting wet. To join or find out more, come along to B1 on Mondays after school.

African Drummers show off their skills to our students.

3 Peaks Challenge

In May, staff took part in their own challenge by walking up the Yorkshire 3 Peaks . The 26 mile walk was gruelling but most who took part were able to complete it. Those that didn’t arrived at the pub early!

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Let’s Get Cooking is an initiative funded by a Lottery Fund grant to set up a network of cooking clubs across England, for children, their families and the wider community. If you would like to be part of this at Light Hall School please contact Mrs. Willcock (Head of Food & Textiles) For more information. NEWS


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OLIVER: Please sir, can I have some more! The recent school production of Oliver was a fantastic success! The students excelled in both their singing and acting. Indeed a local Drama Society were so impressed they are trying to recruit for their future production at the Solihull Library Theatre.

SUMMER FETE

STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE Year 9 students had a day out of lessons in June. Instead they had to buy & sell shares in a mock stock exchange! Software took students through a week within the stock market which tested their skills in business & finance. Students had the benefit of support from a couple of employees from industry, so a special thank you to them.

BIG LOTTERY PROJECT Year 9 students took part in the Big Lottery Project which allowed them to sample new sporting activities. They took part in dry slope skiing and archery and will get the chance to do ice skating, climbing and electronic golf in the next few weeks.

Year 8 and 9 students organised their own summer fete on

Saturday, 26 June and raised over £400 for our designated charity: Rehema Homes. The weather was amazing and was a lovely day for the community. Stalls included: cakes, chocolate tombola, penalty shoot out, BBQ & soak the teacher!

RACE FOR LIFE Year 10 and Year 9 students ran 5k from Malvern park to Mell Square in Solihull on 27th June for the ‘Race For Life’, Cancer Research Campaign. Lots of money was raised in the process and the girls did the school proud! Charlotte Weatherstone Y10, Libby Green and Claire Harford Y9 led the way for the Light Hall gang! Miss Mason, Miss Warren and Miss Mouls ran with: Rachel Illes, Lana Burrell, Libby Green, Claire Harford, Amelia Harris, Ellie

Woodley, Ellie Marsh, Danni Hodgskin, Chloe Liles, Shannen O'Reilly Zowie Lee, Fran Baker, Rebecca Money, Laura Morris, Alison Colgan, Lara Prentice, Sara Williams, Charlotte Weatherstone and Jessica Thorpe.

ADULT LEARNING An extensive programme awaits adults at Light Hall School. From Stained Glass & Mosaic to Spanish lessons. These will be available here from September. Call now for a copy of the full programme or go to our website. Enrolment evening is on 13 September at 7 – 8.30pm.

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SPORTS NEWS Achievements

The following sporting achievements have been made this term: In Year 7, Zara Ashraf, Danielle Robinson, Charlotte Hicken and Lorna Yates made it into the 11th Team Cross Country Relay. The Year 10 football team made it to the semi final of the West Midlands Cup. The Year 11 football team made it through to the semi final of the Birmingham Cup. Lewis Harrison has been selected for Warwickshire County Cricket under 15 squad.

Athletics

At the Solihull Athletics Trials students performed well with 4 students going through to the West Midlands championship: Tyrell Kelly and Kieron Westwood Y10 and Nathan Kelly and Jamie-Leigh Mynott in Y9. The school also attended the Solihull Athletics championship and performed well. Damien Watson from 7DSM has won the school Fantasy Football League 2009/2010! He beat everyone in the school including all the staff! Mr Barr came top in the staff league.

RAF High Ropes Day! Some hardworking Year 11 students were treated to a High Ropes activity day at RAF Shawbury. Students worked as teams to get through the assault courses and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Next year we are hoping to take a group of Year 10 students and places will be offered to those who work well in a team situation.

2010 - 2011 TERM DATES FANTASTIC FOX TRIUMPHS Danny Fox picked up his first victory of the season when he competed in Lee Valley Cycling Club’s summer series in Essex recently. The Solihull CC youngster won the u14 race in convincing fashion whilst his older brother Joe came a highly respectable third in the U16 event. Team-mate Rob Mackenzie put in his best performance of the season to finish tenth in the same race. Meanwhile the youngest of the Fox brothers, Connor, proved the talent for cycling is in the blood by securing 11th place in the U12 event.

AUTUMN TERM 2010

SUMMER TERM 2011

TERM STARTS Friday 3 September (Year 7 Students only) Monday 6 September (All year groups return)

TERM STARTS Tuesday 26 April

HALF TERM Monday 25 OctoberFriday 29 October TERM ENDS Friday 17 December SPRING TERM 2011 TERM STARTS Wednesday 5 January HALF TERM Monday 21 February - Friday 25 February

HALF TERM Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June TERM ENDS Friday 22 July STAFF TRAINING DAYS Wednesday 1 September Thursday 2 September 2010 Tuesday 4 January 2011 Friday 8 April 2011 Additional Closure Friday 18 February May Bank Holiday Monday 2 May

TERM ENDS Thursday 7 April www.lighthall.co.uk


Newsletter - Summer 2010