LIGHT HALL NEWS A SPECIALIST MATHS AND COMPUTING COLLEGE I S S U E
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: CHRISTMAS CAROL PRODUCTION GLEE CLUB
SOLIHULL CAR FESTIVAL WARWICK UNIVERSITY AWARDS
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THE SHIRLEY VARIETY SHOW Light Hall School hosted the Shirley Variety Show on Friday 18 November. The show was organised by Shirley Town Partnership to raise funds for the Shirley Christmas Lights and was attended by the Mayor of Solihull, Irene Chamberlain and local councillors. Finalists from the Shirley Talent Contest, which had taken place over the previous two weeks at the Village Hotel, performed and the winners were announced. Voltage, a rock band from Alderbrook School, won first prize which was a day in the Recording Studio at Light Hall. The runner-up was our very own, Loren Fulbrook (pictured), who won membership to the gym at the Village Hotel. Over ÂŁ400 was raised on the night.
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Year 10 students have developed and produced a beautiful stained glass window for the Learning Resource Centre in school. With funding from ADFAS (Arden Decorative and Fine Art Society) and design support from Foxon Designs, the students were able to produce this unique work of art. D Roberts and Sons sponsored the frame for this window. In addition students made two ceramic panels and Solihull College allowed access to their kiln to complete the work, All in all a great reflection of partnership working! On 15 July the Mayor of Solihull, Irene Chamberlain, came into school to formally unveil the window along with representatives from ADFAS who unveiled the ceramic panels. Marina Davis our Head of Art introduced proceedings and the Head Teacher, Mr Scutt, thanked all those who contributed to the project. A reception was held afterwards for guests and the 40 students involved.
SOLIHULL CAR FESTIVAL In partnership with Shirley Town, we hosted the very first Solihull Car Festival on 11 September. Over 30 vintage and classic cars were on display along with a craft fayre, Go Karting and bouncy castle for the kids. Over £600 was raised which was divided between the school and the Shirley Christmas Lights Appeal.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL! Stars of this year’s Christmas show rehearse for their performance which is due to take place on 14 December. Contact the school office for tickets. The Drama Department are also presenting KS4 showcases of work on Monday 12 December in the Drama Studio at 6pm.
Apprenticeship awards were presented to students Sharn Hartles, Mathew Trevis and Hollie Parkes who have completed their two year training with Jaguar/ Land Rover. The event took place at Wroxall Abbey,Warwickshire and was attended by Mrs Cole and parents of students involved.
LIGHT HALL DANCE SHOWCASE Light Hall hosted it’s first ever dance showcase. The evening was attended by over 200 and they were treated to performances from BTEC Dance students, Dance club and two primary schools. Pupils from Haslucks Green Junior and Woodlands Primary Schools performed after our own BTEC Dance students had delivered workshops and developed their routines. The event was a huge success with some outstanding performances. There will be another showcase on the 6 December starting at 6.30pm. For more information please contact Mr Barnes.
Merry Christmas from Staff and Governors
GLEE CLUB PLANTING BULBS FOR SPRING In October, Year 7 students took time out to plant bulbs outside Shirley Library for the benefit of the community. Their efforts will be seen in the spring when you will see crocuses and snowdrops around the large oak tree! Trish Willets from Solihull Council contacted the school to arrange for some of our students to take part.
The Glee Club is a singing group who perform a variety of current and popular songs from ‘Don’t stop believing’ to ‘Valerie’. They meet each Monday after school and are currently preparing for the Christmas concert. See Miss Arkell in the Music department to join— everyone welcome!
GIRLS RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY
ADULT LEARNING An extensive programme continues for adults at Light Hall School. We have classes in Calligraphy, Stained Glass & Mosaic, Spanish, Art, Cake Decorating, Wine Appreciation, Woodwork, Patchwork and Quilting. To join, please contact Mrs Watson, Community Development Manager or visit the community section of our website for an enrolment form.
Year 8 girls became enterprising for a day. They decided to make cakes and sell them at break time in order to raise money for Cancer Research. They raised over ÂŁ66 which was an excellent achievement! See here girls involved in the venture: Una Kennedy, Chloe Ashmore, Heather Gould, Rebecca Hullah, Leah Kerr and India Tomlinson.
PRIZE GIVING Parents, students, staff and Governors turned out for the annual Prize Giving on 24 November. Prizes were awarded by our special guest, Lorely Burt MP seen here with Mr Scutt, Head Teacher; Mrs Ulliott, Chair of Governors; Gracie Walton, Head Girl and David Wood, Head Boy.
The Frog Council has been set up as a forum for students to suggest and develop their own ideas for Frog. The Frog Council have been working hard on an area of Frog called The Zone. The Zone is created by the students, for the students and contains all the latest news, views and work from Light Hall students. So if you would like to read blog posts from recent school trips, watch horror films made by Media students, listen to the latest addition of Frog Radio or view photos from the latest school events, then head straight to The Zone. A big thanks again to the Frog Council for their creative ideas and designs. If any students are interested in joining the Frog Council they should see Mr S Hall in room C8 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WARWICK UNIVERSITY AWARDS Year 10 students were awarded recognition for their creative writing. Warwick University guided students from Solihull schools in the art of writing and how fiction involves a lot of research to make a story realistic. Students then produced their own master pieces! The standard was extremely high and Maisie Brown was awarded for the best piece of work from all those who entered! Here with Maisie is: Daniel Cassidy, Oliver Gittins, Luke Smith, Daniel Hubbleday, George Green, Josh Dallow, Lamara Green and Ms Cook.
SPORTS NEWS Football After a very successful season last year, the standard remains high. Our year 11 team made the final of the Solihull Referees Cup and helped raise a significant amount for charity. So far this academic year, all five year groups are represented in both the Solihull and Birmingham Cups and as a department we are anticipating another successful season. We shall also be entering various girls’ teams in a range of competitions during the upcoming academic year. Cross Country A positive start for the Cross Country Team with the new group of Year 7s representing the school across the borough at the first race at Smiths Wood School. Sports Day Sports day this summer was held at Tudor Grange Sports Centre. Over 400 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part. It was a great success and students performed well. Next year’s Sports Day will run in line with schools Olympic Week during the second half of the summer term.
AMBASSADORS FOR SPORT Charlotte Coxon, Luke Smith and Zoe Kennedy from Year 10 have been selected to be Youth Sports Trust Gold Ambassadors for Sport. The role means they will represent Solihull and all schools in the area at national events and also lead activities in the borough. It is a fantastic achievement for the students. During the selection process they competed with students from across Solihull. One of their first duties will be to attend the national conference at Coventry and then deliver a workshop to students afterwards.
MEGAN BREAKS RECORD! Sports mad Megan Mingle has become a record breaker after smashing the Solihull & Small Heath Athletics Club Javelin record for the under 13s. Watch out for her in the future!
SPORTS LEADERS Mr Barnes and several year 10 Sports Leaders delivered a workshop to students in Year 5 at Peterbrook School. The sessions covered basic ideas of teamwork, communication, respect, organisation and enjoyment. The day provided valuable experience for the Sports Leaders and was enjoyed by all.
2011-2012 TERM DATES AUTUM TERM ENDS Friday 16 December
SPRING TERM 2012 Tuesday 3 January— Thursday 5 April
SUMMER TERM 2012
Monday 23 AprilWednesday 25 July
Half Term Monday 4 June— Friday 8 June
Monday 13 February— Friday 17 February
Additional closure days: Friday 2 December, Thursday 5 April, Monday 7 May
Published on Dec 1, 2011