Careers talk on the Scientific World in the NHS

posted Jul 18, 2018, 4:34 AM by R Dhanjal

‘Careers talk on the Scientific World in the NHS’

On Friday 29th June we were privileged to welcome and host Professor Ian Cumming CEO, NHS,  he talked about a number of careers opportunities within the NHS, ranging from IT/ Clinical Engineers to Mental Health Nurses etc.

The NHS is the largest employee in the UK and the fifth largest employer in the world with 350 different jobs. In addition, he went through a range of changes that have taken place in the NHS over the last 10 years. From AI technology which helps with operations,  to having pods that have new ways of predicting, preventing, monitoring, diagnosing and treating some conditions, these will be around in

supermarkets which means you do not need to see or book an appointment a your GP.

His talk was very informative and inspirational the aim was to provide us different pathways ways of getting into the NHS.

As Professor Cumming says, “Give yourself the edge”. This quote symbolises the effort and training they need to achieve the best that they deserve in the future.

He also explains the importance of Genomics and how it can help us to identify the diseases or strange circumstances in the body. together with the impact of technology and science on healthcare.

At the end of the talk he mentioned that NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday on  5th July 2018. During his careers within the NHS Ian has gained experiences and contributed to decision making to improve the health education.

Overall, his talk was informative and encouraging for our students to step out to achieve their aims. We would like to extend a warm thank you to Professor Ian Cumming for coming to Holyhead School and to delivering an inspiring talk.

Thanks to Speaker for Schools and Mrs Mistry for organising this careers talk.

BBC School Reporter: Kamni Year 10

What a Buzz! Can Only Be the Spelling Bee 2018

posted Jul 18, 2018, 4:33 AM by R Dhanjal

What a Buzz!

Can Only Be the Spelling Bee


Thursday 7th March was the day of the final round for Holyhead’s Spelling Bee. The excitement and the cheering was extraordinary and symbolised the enthusiasm around the school for this event; you couldn’t even imagine the energetic waves in the atmosphere around that time.

This event was organised by our new, well-organised English teacher Miss Daya who put a lot of effort into making it such an exciting and memorable event. We interviewed her and she had  really positive response, she said, “ The finalists were so confident. The atmosphere was amazing and I couldn’t ask for more. The audience were so supportive and not just encouraging own their friends; they were supportive for people in different Years. I’m really really happy and proud of them.”   

Our four finalist from different  Colleges were very nervous, but the enthusiastic and optimistic audience were wiping their uneasiness away.  However, there were some moments when the finalist suffered from nerves and could not pronounce the spelling accurately; this made the atmosphere so tense but our confident contestants

managed to overcome this hurdle. However our Oswestry contestant Julie had a pleasing response for our amazing audience as she said, “I was honored; I was really proud.”

Many students contributed their own time to make special posters and banners to support the contestants.  With the help of all the staff members, audience and our finalist the Spelling Bee went stunningly well leaving us with a great memory that will always stay with us.

Thank you to Miss Daya and our lovely audience who showed their enthusiastic support during the event.  However, the suspense continues… To find out the results we all have to wait for Presentation Evening when the winner will be announced, or you can enjoy the youtube live feed which goes out on 15th March.

Reporters: Javaria M7 and Kamni O9

Birmingham's Diwali Mela 2017

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:25 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 12:26 AM ]

IMG_0618.JPGOn Sunday evening on the 1st of October Soho Road hosted a Diwali Mela. A lot of people turned up for the celebrations and enjoyed live performances, funfair, food and drinks and there was also a photographer taking funny pictures of people.

People enjoyed performances by Raxstar, Miss Pooja and Navin Kundra who involved the audience in their shows. Lucky fans were able to take photos with their favourite stars and talk to them which was amazing.

It was a really exciting day and we had loads of fun reporting on this special day. We asked members of the public what they enjoyed most about the Diwali Mela and Jaspreet said, “ We love to get together with friends and have fun, we really enjoyed watching Raxstar.” Gulia added, “I love meeting different people and enjoying different cultures.”  

People were lighting the traditional candles outside the temple on Soho Road, it was an amazing sight. Then the Diwali lights were turned on for the first time along Soho Road by after a countdown. Mrs Kaur said, “ I really enjoyed it and loved that there was something for all ages.” It was a great day for Handsworth.




Report by: Samilepreet C9 & Jasmeen O7

Meridan £5 Challenge

posted Dec 19, 2017, 1:11 AM by R Dhanjal

Interviewing Mrs Edwards

(SSWO of Meriden)

We have started by asking Mrs Edwards about the event; she answered that the event is to raise money for organisations. In one hand Meriden raises money for Birmingham  Children Hospital and in the other hand they have been sponsoring a special young lady for 3 years helping her with her education, and to make her life easier. Another part of the fundraising is also used for Meriden College itself to celebrate occasions and to allow young people in Meriden have more opportunities and rewarding them. As an answer for our question on how did Meriden get inspired in doing the £5 challenge, she answered that her and Mrs Denny had an idea of instead of rewarding their students with certificates they would to start from something small to make it into a bigger event.

So from their ideas they picked the £5 challenge, it also makes it fun for them to raise money. Meriden started doing the £5 challenge last year as Mrs Denny and Mrs Edwards saw that their idea came to life and became successful, they thought of doing it again for the  next year. She said, “The most interesting thing that happened last year was a form that started with a £5 note and made up to a whopping £470 for charity. It felt amazing to raise money for the Birmingham Children's Hospital and has a  huge life changing impact on the girl's life  who we are fundraising for.” Mrs Edwards said that they will fundraise her until she reaches the age of 16 years old. She said that once they stop sponsoring the girl they will try fundraising for more people instead of one person, they will try their best to fundraise for a whole village rather than an individual. Meriden said that they support the charity because they support young people. She revealed that before Meriden supported Birmingham Children’s Hospital, a student from Meriden came from the hospital and voiced an idea to Mrs Denny that they should be fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital because  they supported the student very well and did a great job to help.

Meriden supports this challenge in many ways from:

Selling cakes, sweet, drinks and ice cream to pieing teachers.

Miss Edwards said, “We are looking for about  a whooping £300!!! for this year.”

The grand question was if she was proud of her college as she answers, “I am very proud of my College and Meriden is  the best College in raising money for charity.”

BBC School Reporters: Arron M3, Jasmeen O7, Aya O7 and Samilepreet C9

Rememberance Day

posted Dec 19, 2017, 12:59 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 1:12 AM ]

Remembrance Day marks the day world war one ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A minute silence was held at 11:05am (due to students coming back from break) to remember the soldiers who have fallen in wars. There is also Remembrance Sunday every year which falls on the second Sunday in November. This year, it fell on Sunday 12 November.

On this day, ceremonies are held at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad. The Royal Family and top politicians gather at the cenotaph in Whitehall, London for a memorial service.  

It is traditional to wear a poppy on this day in remembrance of all the soldiers who gave their lives fighting for the country. In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance.

At Holyhead, poppies were sold to raise money for ex-service men and women and  Oswestry College held a Remembrance Day competition. This was all to raise more awareness on this significant day and to show our respect. Students made poppies and decorated them and submitted them to their form tutors. The two winning students, Thahsin and Marish of

02, were very happy that they won.

We interviewed Kishan of O10 who helped with the fundraising, he said:

“The poppy appeal is a fundraising campaign held every November to remember the fallen soldiers who fought in war. This year, being a Senior Student, I was given the opportunity to raise money for charity and get involved with Remembrance Day. I'm proud to have been able to sell so

many poppies this year because it makes me feel as though I've helped the people who protect us on a daily basis and also spread the message of hope.”

History teacher Miss Somerfield had a connection with the war through her family and she wanted to find out more about her history.  She told us:

“My aunt's twin brother, Leonard Somerfield, fell at Dunkirk during the Second World War, his photo had always been on the wall and I had asked questions about him. Sadly, I didn't visit the battlefields until shortly after my aunt's

death so it made me really want to ask questions, luckily another uncle knew lots!”

“There have been two World Wars so the chances are every family has been touched by them in some way. I'm happy for every day of peace the young people I teach are given because of the young people of the past who gave their lives.”

We also interviewed Kai of C2, who told us that he was part of the Remembrance Day Parade in Birmingham as a Sea Cadet; he followed orders from high ranking officers from the Navy. He told us, “I got involved because I want to join the Navy in the future, also I had two

great uncles who fought in a war so I wanted to be part of remembering soldiers who fought in wars.”

Reporters: Manpreet O6, Arusha O5, Troy O12

Villa Rockets - Disco

posted Dec 19, 2017, 12:49 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 1:12 AM ]

On Thursday 9th of November,  from 4:30pm - 6:00pm a disco was held. This disco was aimed at year 7s and 8s which was organised by a group of year 10 students. The year 10s were given a challenge by the Envision Team to raise as much money as possible for a chosen charity which was Villa Rockets. The team were given £30 to buy the stuff they need for the disco. Villa Rockets is a charity which support young people who have disabilities and would love to play football. The team were able to sell around 70 tickets raising £70 from just selling the tickets. In total they raised over £250.

The event had a great turnout with a great atmosphere, with food and drinks being sold . Food and drinks were kindly donated by Roger from Eastend Foods. The disco was decorated very well and looked fantastic. The team’s hope was to raise around  £700 and we hope they did achieve close to their targets.

Reporters: Sukhmanjeet E1, Riah O14 and Ishaan O9

BBC School Reporter Team

WBA Post 16 Btec Sport Extended Diploma

posted Dec 19, 2017, 12:47 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 1:13 AM ]

West Bromwich Albion Post 16 Training

On Tuesday 12th September,West Albion players Claudio Yacob and Boaz Myhill visited Holyhead School.

They offered advice to the Year 11 football team and the Year 12 students working towards their BTEC Sports Diplomas.


As the players walked in, the Year 11 Football Team lined up to shake t

heir hands as a sign of respect and welcomed them into our school. The players explained to our students how they began their footballing journeys having been ordinary people before stardom. The players mentioned how they started at the bottom

and then worked their way up to Premiership Football and it’s is not always an easy journey. Myhill said, “It’s important to have a positive attitude and have a good time.”

Later,Yacob and Myhill played a football match with the students on the Post 16 BTec Sport Extended Diploma to show them what being in the diploma was like. Claudio was on one team and Boaz on the other.

We also spoke to 6th former Kadeem who was one of the many students involved in this diploma, he commented, “It was a good experience,” he also said, “I learnt that you should focus in school if you want to get further in life.” We also spoke to Cabdi who was also involved in this diploma, he said “It was a really good experience and I enjoyed it alot!”

Overall it was a really good afternoon which everybody thoroughly enjoyed.

             By Sahill, Arron and Simrat.

Holyhead’s Got Talent

posted Jul 7, 2017, 3:40 AM by K Devonport   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 3:52 AM ]

On the 11th of May 2017, Holyhead’s Meriden College put on its very own talent show to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. Acts included, singing, instrumentals and bike tricks. It was a great night overall and it was a pleasure to see so many amazing talents. Staff were also able to take part: Mr Wafi performed some bike tricks but was unfortunate not to win. He said, “ I basically have to put some more hours of practise in.”

Congrats to Leila of M8 for winning the talent show by performing her very own cover of Charlie Puth’s ‘One Call Away’ and taking home the trophy.

One of the judges, Mr Glasspool, said that students “do so many talented things outside of the classroom and this is a great opportunity to showcase these talents” and urged more students to take part next year. Meriden College managed to raise an outstanding amount of over £300.

Written by Lipika E10 and Mariam M12

Ruthless Rugby

posted Feb 15, 2017, 12:43 AM by K Devonport

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.

Written by Manpreet O6 & Simrat E7

West Bromwich Albion Links with Holyhead

posted Nov 30, 2016, 12:58 AM by K Devonport

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


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