Solomon OB at Holyhead School

posted Dec 11, 2019, 2:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 2:12 AM ]

Soloman OB Rapper, spoken word artist and poet, came into school to share his story to the Year 11 students in assembly and how he overcame his challenges and barriers in life. During the assembly, he performed a rap, beatboxed and shared his poetry. He talked about the importance of the English language and how reading is the foundation of his success. 

All the students were inspired and motivated by him. After the assembly, Josh shared his own rap. Soloman worked with smaller groups during the rest of the day.


posted Jun 25, 2019, 4:04 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 4:05 AM ]

Over the last few months Year 10 students, as well as myself, have had the opportunity for some amazing experiences,  but before I start I would like to say a big thank you to Holyhead School for the opportunity that helped to develop a lot of our LORIC values and skills through this experience. 

So what is it? Envision. A program to develop young peoples’ employability by empowering them to tackle real-life social problems. There are a lot of things I have to tell you about this amazing experience. The first day of the program we went to Birmingham University where we met a lot of students from different schools and  the Envision coach who told us about what we should do for the next three months. We had to choose a charity to help and raise money for them; we chose the Hope Project. It’s a charity who work to support and empower homeless asylum-seekers barred from public funds in the West Midlands.This charity was chosen because it helps refugees to find peace that they didn’t find in their home country. 

There are three parts of the Envision program which are: an awareness raising challenge in the school, a fundraiser at a local business and a pitching challenge. Students also had a lot of business sessions with their coach. 

The first thing we had to do is raise awareness as the first of the three challenges; the Awareness Raising Challenge. Our team, Milestone of Hope, reached all of the students  in Holyhead School through creating an art piece and an interactive quiz. This was not without its challenges! Students faced their first challenge which was to put up a tent, this was not helped by losing a member of the team which made the process of work harder, but we never gave up, we kept  going and worked hard as a team.

The next challenge was the Fundraiser Challenge. For this challenge we  went to the HS2 office which allowed the team to practice their confidence in speaking to adults they do not know. Milestone of Hope delivered a presentation in front of them telling them about what has been done and what they are going to do next. We managed to raise an amazing £303.18 for their charity just from selling different types of food and different activities like selling samosas and cakes, doing henna, a ping pong challenge, creating caricatures and a guess the song game! Students have used their LORIC values and skills like leadership, communication skills as well as teamwork.

Finally there was the Pitching Challenge. We had to do a presentation in front of over fifty people from different schools about what we  did and how we did it. Everyone of us worked hard as a team from the first day, we enhanced all our LORIC skills and... we won! 

This meant that we were awarded a £500 cheque which we added to the money we raised. Awesome!

The students from Milestone of Hope should be is very proud of all they have achieved for the Community Apprentice and for the difference that they have made to their charity Milestone of Hope and in their community. Well  done everyone who was involved!

by Mariam C1

Handsworth Vaisakhi Mela 2019

posted Jun 7, 2019, 5:06 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:54 AM by Unknown user ]

Vaisakhi Mela is a traditional festival to celebrate the birth of Sikhs. The original Vaisakhi celebration takes place on Sunday 14th April; the actual mela takes place on Sunday 28th April. There are many festivals taking place in many  different parks. On Vaisakhi, there are usually parades going through the streets of Birmingham with lots of people taking part in different activities. For example, people were playing drums and holding traditional swords to represent their bravery of protecting the vulnerable.

On Sunday 28th April the Holyhead BBC young reporters in Year 7 went to Handsworth Park to interview some residents who celebrate the Vaisakhi Mela. The team went around the park and asked questions what Vaisakhi is all about and why people celebrate the event. One person said “I really enjoy Vaisakhi because I have lots of fun with my family.” Another woman said she enjoys it because they get to know more about their religion.  At the time of the event the BBC team took some pictures of some of the things that happened at the festival; they also took some videos which you can see on the Holyhead BBC Website.

Maisha: “I had never had so much fun in any other Mela”

Tamanna: “It was a really good festivals and it made me closer to my own religion.”

Leya: “It was an enjoyable time and I’m glad I enjoyed it with my friends and family.”

Emma: “I’ve really enjoyed working on this project with my friends.”

In conclusion everyone in the Mela were enjoying themselves a lot and had a great day. Even though the day came to an end everyone had a smile on their faces.

Report by Emma M8,Tamanna C4, Leya M5, Maisha O8

Exam Stress and Depression!

posted Apr 2, 2019, 2:44 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 2:45 AM ]

What is exam stress and depression?

Exam stress is quite prevalent at this time for the Year 11 GCSE students. This is because they get put under so much pressure; the need to get high grades to have the career they really want and the feeling of everything changing in your life. This then leads to them not knowing how to cope with their thoughts so therefore become stressed out!

As a cause of too much stress it then progresses into depression. Depression is when you physically and mentally give up on something, in this case exams!  When students expect A LOT from themselves they overthink everything and then become anxious!

How to cope with exam stress and depression!

Instead of feeling these horrible emotions, there are ways to overcome them:

1). One way to overcome these thoughts is to be regular and persistent with your study programme and routine, meaning use your time wisely and test yourself, especially  on your mistakes!

2). Make sure you don’t overdo things from studying too much, so take breaks, enjoy your hobbies, eat healthy and do some exercise!

3). Make sure that you are getting enough sleep because your brain needs rest so that you can think!

4). Lastly try to find friends or family that can motivate and support you through tough times and tell you that everything is okay!


Once you understand these points you WILL   feel much better because worrying and stressing over exams is just a waste of time, it does not make you feel any better so instead be POSITIVE!


By Riandeep  C3.

Duke of Edinburgh First Aid Experience!

posted Apr 2, 2019, 2:42 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 2:43 AM ]

On Tuesday 22nd January, myself and about a class full of children were offered a space to complete the Heartstart emergency life support programme. This taught us many new skills and most importantly, how to save lives.

A team from the West Midlands Fire Service came to Holyhead School and gave us a presentation about the main life saving skills that are vital such as CPR, controlling bleeding, to check if someone's breathing right, choking and overall performing all these skills. This for sure showed us how to meet the challenges of everyday life and how to cope under pressure.

Overall this experience is definitely necessary because it helps to cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, this gives us the skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration.

In my opinion this experience was very challenging yet fun! I have learnt about vital skills that I never imagined myself doing!

By Riandeep C3

Trinity Square

posted Apr 2, 2019, 2:40 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 2:43 AM ]

Wow who would believe it….. Trinity Square!

The amazing Trinity Square in our school performing live. Blowing the roof off and entering with a bang!

Five guys bringing a music sensation to our ears. They were confidently beaming with content and wanted to share their love of music with us. Three fresh sounds making Holyhead students jump with joy. One of the members of the group was talking about you having to “be who are and not follothers” which is quite important in the music industry because you should be able to express yourself through music.

We were grateful that we got the chance to ask Trinity Square some questions, we eagerly wanted to know things such as; their inspirations, where the name came from and how they met.

Their message was people can become anything they believe in if they set their heart on  it, and students have the privilege to education and can express who they are in school.  “We’ve known eachother since school” this was evident in the way the way they presented themselves and interacted with each other. The bonds young people make in school are important and may  have an impact on their future.

“ It started as jokes, most people don't realise the fact that they are capable of doing so much, being  young doesn’t mean that you cannot be what you want and

you don’t have to wait till your older”. School friends, Trinity Square, distinctly show how they drastically changed their lives with music.

Many students at Holyhead study  music and are able to produce music so they have the same opportunities to be as big as Trinity Square.

There are many challenges that young people will  face while pursuing to be what they want and Trinity Square generously shared their experiences with us. We extremely appreciated them making the time to visit Holyhead School.

Thank you Trinity Square!

Reporters: Riandeep C3 and Zeenat O9.

Videographer/Photographer: Arron M4.

Aston Martin Drive Students Insane With Excitement 12/2/16

posted Feb 29, 2016, 1:25 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 1:51 AM ]

Aston Martin, luxury british sports car manufacturers, delivered an inspirational talk about careers to students at Holyhead School. Bal Choda, Chief Engineer, delivered the talk supported by assistant Mat and Holyhead staff, Mrs Fear and Miss Vesey. Organiser Mrs Fear said: ”Only eighteen schools in the whole of the U.K have had this opportunity and they usually attend only once, however Holyhead have had this privilege twice.”

The event was organised by Product Design teachers at Holyhead School to inspire and educate students about where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects could take them. Teachers wanted to explain to students that careers don't just require: English, Maths and Science, but subjects like Art, Design Technology and Graphics and Communication can get you really good jobs!

The phenomenal car was parked right outside the school reception area and a number of students and teachers saw the car as soon as it arrived. All wanted to have a look inside this beautiful car but only the teachers were allowed.

Students were lining up an hour before the presentation eager and enthusiastic about the talk and arrived especially early just to get the best seats! Bal Choda, talked about how amazing it is working for a luxury car company and that you should get jobs that you enjoy and not settle for a job that you will be bored in all day long. This is ideal as Aston Martin recently announced that they are to build a new luxury car in Athan, Wales creating 750 jobs. The village was chosen out of 20 global locations.

As they left they also expressed their appreciation for Holyhead by giving unique prizes to students after a challenging quiz, such as: Aston Martin books, a sample of the car’s leather and posters, for which students were really thankful for.

Bal focused on what STEM was about and then told us briefly the history of how the Aston Martin Car Company started. Bal said that he enjoyed his work so much that he got up before the alarm even went off at 4:30 am! He said: "It's like a hobby to work in engineering and at the end of the month I get paid!" He also told us that Aston Martin staff worked only four-and-a-half days a week and they occasionally spot famous celebrities on site. Can’t be bad.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe.                                                                                  Holyhead students welcome Aston Martin.

BBC Reporters with Chief Engineer, Bal Choda.

Impact in Learning 14/1/16

posted Jan 29, 2016, 2:03 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 2:04 AM ]

Holyhead held a Literary Workshop for parents and students in January. Led by Mr Minhas, simple techniques and strategies along with resources were available to parents to help them support their child at home. Research shows that with parents involvement and having them kept informed about activities, there is a considerable improvement in students’ grades. Holyhead is aiming to strengthen the partnership between parents and school to support students’ learning.

My name is Preeti, a BBC School Reporter, and I have chosen to take part in the Literacy Workshop to improve my grades and to make sure I’m successful in my grades for Year 11.

It was a really good workshop as I learned a lot from it and took away really good resources. One of the resources was a packed full of powerful adjectives and sentence starters. I feel it will help with improving my vocabulary when writing essays for English Literature and any Speaking and Listening assessments. The workshop was very beneficial and I am very happy I took part in it.

My mom came along with me to see how I worked and to help out.

My mom was surprised to see how I work as she got a clear picture on what she could to do help me to improve my English.

The atmosphere was really calm, engaging and relaxing. Parents were saying they would love for another workshop to take place to help their child get good grades.

In the future I would like more workshops to take place so I can improve my English further.

Preeti C4

Meet Holyhead's BBC School Report team! (2015-2016)

posted Dec 8, 2015, 6:39 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 6:00 AM ]

                            Holyhead School have a new team of BBC School Reporters for 2015-2016. They are keen and enthusiastic students from Year 8 and 9, and are ready to report on any stories happening within Holyhead School, their community and further afield.  

Inderpal M1
Hi, my name is Inderpal and I am a Year 8 student at Holyhead School. The main reason I joined the BBC School Report team was because I wanted to get involved in extra-curricular activities to help my written and communication skills. I think that BBC School Report will help me in various subjects and help me in my education. So far, being a part of the BBC School report has encouraged me to watch the news and I have taken an interest in the editorial aspects of the news. I want to be able to create good news stories and learn how to edit stories and make them engaging for the audience. I am looking forward to this year at Holyhead School.

Preeti C4
My name is Preeti and I am a Year 9 student at Holyhead School. I want to be a BBC  School Reporter because I want to give the voiceless a voice. I am a confident and opinionated person and feel that I possess all the qualities that a good reporter should have. I want to report on stories that take place in my school environment and in our local community. I feel that this will allow people to see what our incredible community – Handsworth has to offer. Furthermore, I feel that the BBC School report will also allow me to report on stories that are affecting not only our community, but the country. 

Henna O5
I’m Henna and I’m currently in Year 9 at Holyhead School. The main reason I signed up to take part in The BBC School News Report is because I want to experience what it feels like to be part of a News Reporting Team. Another major reason as to why I want to participate in this activity is because I enjoy photography and filming, therefore this seems like a great opportunity for me to be involved in. Also, it leaves a good impression of you in front of members of staff around the school.

Rehan M2 
I am currently a Year 9 student at Holyhead School. I am a part of the BBC School report as journalism is something that really interests me. I feel that I have the right set of skills such as; energy, enthusiasm, flair, imagination, passion, analytical skills and intellectual curiosity. I feel that these are some of the key ingredients that you must have in order to be a successful journalist. Being a part of BBC School report has helped me with my literacy and verbal skills. It has also helped me in my other subjects such as IT, Maths and History. It has been a fantastic experience to represent Holyhead School and I am eagerly looking forward to upcoming projects.

Priya C6 
I am currently a Year 9 student at Holyhead School. I have always had an interest in the news as I feel that the news is a crucial aspect to our lives. The news permits people to access what is happening around the world. Therefore, I believe that reporters are very powerful as they are the first people to see what has happened and report on the truth. I feel that I have the passion and drive to be a part of the BBC School Report and report on events that take place in my community. In particular I would like to report on sporting events that take place in school and in the community. Being a part of the BBC School Report is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am keen to see what the upcoming year has to offer me and the team.

The Hard Work Pays Off For Corwen! 26/11/15

posted Dec 1, 2015, 3:46 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

The wait was finally over. Today, Thursday 26th November, we finally found out how much money we raised for Children In Need. 

Anil Karrar from Lloyds Bank presented a cheque for £1041.36. Anil said, “It was a great pleasure working with Holyhead School as we thought we could have a real good impact on this school.” We were all very proud of Corwen and all their hard work to make this happen.

Lots of teachers and students from various years had helped. Mrs Wade, Mr Wright along with the form captains of Corwen donated time and money to buy and sell food and Pudsey ears as well as elaborate mehndi designs.

The event started off as very calm and exciting, but as time went on it became quite lively and crowded. Mrs.Wade said, “I expected it to be quite small but it turned out to be quite packed and crowded.” The atmosphere was very exciting as it felt like a carnival. Well done Corwen!

Reported by 

Priya C6 and Preeti C4.

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