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Activities Week 2012 We are most grateful to all those who helped with the huge variety of activities, trips and excursions this year.
Rapid Response to First Aid During Activities Week, Year 9 received special instruction in First Aid from an outsider trainer. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for our students to find out more about how to offer potentially life-saving care and allowed them to develop confidence in administering help in urgent cases.
Year 7 Residential This year the Year 7 Residential was held at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas. Despite the heavy rains preceding the trip and the onsite flooding, the 113 Year 7 boys and 10 staff enjoyed an action packed few days of activities and games designed to challenge their teamwork, leadership and initiative. With the flood waters receding by the hour, by the second day students managed to get out onto the lake to enjoy canoeing and rafting, as well as climbing, abseiling and a demanding high ropes course. The students learned new skills in archery and fencing, as well as enjoying team games and sports. Our students were a credit to the school, and conducted themselves superbly. All the staff were impressed as they saw students working together as a team, encouraging each other, learning new skills and overcoming personal challenges. Many thanks to all staff who helped in making the trip possible.
History Trip to RAF Cosford For the first time, GCSE Historians took a trip to RAF Cosford in Shifnal, Staffordshire. They were treated to a lecture from Trevor Morris, Old Veseyan 1946-50, about his life and experiences in the RAF. Our students were fascinated by his stories about British and Russian aircraft in the 1950s and training exercises involving interrogation. We then visited the Cold War exhibition where students gathered important information to support their GCSE Controlled Assessment. This included information and pictures of missiles and space crafts. Some students took a turn on the flight simulator and enjoyed seeing a range of aircraft from the last 50 years. We hope that this trip and lecture can become an annual event in the BVGS History Department Calendar.
Physics Rocket Launch! During Activities Week last year, students in Physics were tasked with constructing and launching a rocket propelled only by water. The challenge was to keep the rocket in the air for as long as possible. Students came up with some fantastic solutions to this problem including a system where a parachute would deploy mid-flight! Well to done to all the Year 10 students involved.
Lunar Deed - Present for the Teacher! After teaching a top set Physics group for 2 years, in preparation for their GCSE in June, Dr Nick Colclough was ‘over the moon’ to receive a lunar deed as a thankyou present. ‘Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed teaching these young men, and to then be rewarded with such a special gift, is an honour.’
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Sutton Coldfield - Headmaster's Summer Update Newsletter 2012