BBC School Report News
Just before we broke up last term, the Year 7 and 8 girls went to a rugby coaching team and were coached on how to play rugby professionally. Our BBC School Report team went along to interview professional coaches and players from other schools. We were lucky enough to meet a retired England rugby player, Paul Sackey, and managed to ask him a few questions about the Wasps’ programme and his past rugby experience. “I played in a team called ‘Toulon’ in France and played for England. I decided to retire 3 years ago as I felt it was time for me to leave. I enjoyed my 16 years of competing in tournaments across the world, and have now decided to coach schools on rugby to help them stay fit and play rugby.” explained Paul Sackey.
We interviewed another coach who told Mrs Gill about the event. “What we do is help schools that already play rugby to improve and define their skills and we introduce and help schools that are new to rugby. I have worked for Wasps for over 5 years and started working with them since they moved to the area,” replied Ian who helped with the organisation and planning of this event.
“We received an email asking whether we wanted to take part in the coaching and were delighted that we we were offered this opportunity as Wasps is a very prestigious rugby club,” said Mrs Gill.
From face painting and Pudsey Bear ears to samosas and cake...Corwen had it all going on!
Friday 18th November 2016, Cowen College held a fundraising event and were hoping to raise £500 for their charity. They managed to raise £453 and with the help of Lloyds Bank who matched the figure actually raise £906. Well done to all involved.
The atmosphere was really chaotic, but only because everyone had a brilliant time. There was loads of food on sale: pancakes with fruit and Nutella, cakes and the samosas sold out in minutes. People from other colleges enjoyed this amazing event along with the hosting college, Corwen. Their great crusade to raise money for Children in Need wasn’t wasted whatsoever. It has definitely gone towards a good cause and may have affected children's lives around the world for the better.
We asked one of the organisers, Miss Wedderburn, how the money would be used, “There are many children throughout the world in need, so we aim to raise money to provide them with shelter, clean water, get an education and buy clothes for them.”
Mrs Williams, who played a major role in organising the event introduced us to Anil Karra from Lloyds Bank who was very impressed with Corwen’s efforts and said, “We’re hoping to beat last year’s total and it’s looking good so far.”
A big shout out to Corwen and Lloyds Bank for a funtastic event!
Written by Roshni O9, Aaron O9 & Tafdil E7
On Tuesday 8th November after school, we were privileged to have coaches from the WBA Foundation give our Year 11’s a coaching session. We interviewed Dave Lawrence, who is a sports development coach and travels to secondary schools, primary schools and community centres in Birmingham and Sandwell areas.
Dave commented, “We are half a mile away from Holyhead so it seems a bit of a crime not to get involved.”
“ We are also going to run a program, for 16-18 year olds for the post 16 academy."
West Bromwich Albion also run a scholarship program that allows 16-18 year olds to get into West Bromwich Albion Football Academy to try and improve their football skills as well as physical ability. The students looked like they were having a fantastic time and were asking lots of questions, eager to learn more about dribbling, reaction time, passing and the whole aspect of football in general. The year 11s will also have the chance to get scouted by teams from abroad.
Head of PE Mrs Gill told us that this was a taster session to set up a football scholarship for Sixth Formers next year, which will be run alongside an extended diploma taught by Mrs Gill herself in the PE department. “There will be six to seven hours of coaching by WBA coaches and students will play in the British College League every Wednesday.” She also told us that there is a lot to gain from this and there are future prospects, “The diploma is worth 3 A levels and there is a chance to be signed by WBA to play semi-pro football, not just this but you could be scouted for a football scholarship in the USA.”
Exciting times ahead for Holyhead School and the local Premiership football club. We wish the club and our students every success.
Written by Arron M3 & Hamza M7
Black History Showcase 2016 was outstanding. There was a lot of drama that people enjoyed, the beautiful singing would have given the audience goosebumps; the dancing was incredible and the guest speakers left an amazing message for students, as well as giving a heart warming performance.
We managed to ask Lady Sanity some questions, she said, “My inspiration was America, I wanted to do what they did but I wanted to bring it over here and it was mainly my mom and my sister. I would tell people to be themselves and do what they want to do as long as it makes them happy.”
Former Holyhead student Miss Unique, a self taught guitarist put on a performance and wowed the audience with her angelic voice.
Parents left feeling overjoyed at the performances and impressed with the Holyhead students. One parent we spoke to said, “We found the drama really interesting, it was entertaining and historical.”
Our teacher, Mrs Richards who organised this wonderful evening said she had been planning this evening since the end of last years, she was looking forward to new things and themes she thought of as well as saying, “This evening was definitely a success as the performers, singers and everyone else were brilliant and the food was delicious.’’
Mr Bayliss, our headmaster said, “I feel quite sad as this is my last Black History Showcase, but it’s the best one I have ever been to. It’s very special and very different from ones in the past. It’s unbelievable what the students are doing now - it is a very powerful and positive message.”
Overall the night was a success as parents, students, performers and staff left the building with big enthusiastic smiles on their faces.
Written by Manpreet O6, Nikita O4, Maria O5 & Denim O9
On Wednesday 5th of October 2016 we covered the successful Year 7 Induction Evening. It was a very successful night for all involved.
The night was about keeping parents up to date with the events that were happening at school; they were told about Holyhead’s standards and what they expect from the students.
The people who were involved in this were Miss Blake and the Year 8 leaders who were very brave in sharing their experiences at Holyhead School. “It was nerve racking and kind of fun being a role model showing everyone around,” said Manpreet. Amrit added, “It was great telling everyone about our time and experience and how we felt on our first few days, it kind of felt like being a Senior Student.” Year 8 Leaders were chosen as they are outstanding students who excel in their studies; just goes to show if you work hard at Holyhead, you will be recognised.
We asked Mrs Blake her views about the night: “The Year 7 Induction Evening was brilliant as ever, standing room only.
We had a lot of parents asking questions so I believe this year’s induction evening was even more successful than last year. We had better speakers. I felt the speakers themselves were brilliant because they were really sharing what they were doing”.
We asked, “What was the parents’ response like?”
Mrs Blake said that the response from the parents was very positive, “I like the feedback from the parents because they can tell us how to be more active.”
One parent said, “I thought it was great and I liked it when the Year 8s shared their journey through Holyhead, it was very interesting.”
The night ended successfully with parents and staff chatting over cookies and coffee.
Written by Denim & Ishaan O9
Holyhead School have a new team of BBC School Reporters for 2016-2017. They are keen and enthusiastic students from Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and 10, and are ready to report on any stories happening within Holyhead School, their community and further afield.
Denim O9 Simrat E7 Arron M3
Manpreet O6 Roshni O9 Mohammad E7
Aaron O9 Maria O5 Sahill E8
Nikita O4 Mohammed M7 Lipika E10 Ishaan O9
On Thursday 7th July 2016 there was a unique cricket match held on the astroturf: the inaugural staff/student intercollege cricket organised by Mr Hussain, inspired by Mr Roach’s retirement.
We asked Mr Hussain a variety of different questions, we asked him what the purpose of the event was he told us that “The purpose of the event is to bring staff and students together and we also thought it would be a good idea as Mr Roach Was leaving.” We also asked him where he got the idea of this event from and he told us “The idea came from when I was at school and we used to do a lot of staff, student matches!”
We asked Sahil in Year 8 and Sohail in Year 10 a few questions about the cricket match they were playing. These are some of the questions we asked and responses we got. What made you play cricket. “Watching my favourite cricketer play and watching Pakistan play and win cricket”. We also asked them how it feels to win or lose a cricket match. “Best feeling in the world and get a sudden adrenaline rush when we win a cricket match,” but losing...“Don’t want to think about the match and feels upsetting also feels pointless to have played cricket when we lose a cricket match.” Unluckily for the two Edgware boys the result was Oswestry and Corwen won by 6 wickets.
Of course we had to ask Mr Roach how he felt about the event and about leaving Holyhead School. “I will miss Holyhead a lot but I'll be around and about I just wanted to move on to something different and new but I will miss everyone here!” He also told us that he was excited to play the cricket match but also upset as it was his last game at Holyhead School.
Everyone at Holyhead School will miss Mr Roach very much and are very grateful for his 21 years service at Holyhead School!
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.
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.