Careers in Football

posted Jul 7, 2017, 3:50 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 3:52 AM ]

On the 25th of May, Dave Lawrence from The Albion Foundation, came to Holyhead school to give advice about careers in football and other sports.
Dave advised students that there are many more jobs in the football industry than just playing football. “People overlook these jobs because they don't see them as important but they are because if football teams didn't have catering staff the team would go hungry and they probably wouldn't do well in their game.”

He then talked about refereeing; he said that to be a referee you need to go to a school where they teach you about the football rules and they give advice on how to become a better referee. Dave also talked about groundskeepers: he said “ the groundskeepers are important because if football teams didn't have them the playing fields would be muddy and the team wouldn't be able to play on it.” There are a great number of other behind-the-scenes jobs that are as important. 
When Dave himself trying to become a football coach he tried his hardest and he worked harder than his friends that only worked in bars collecting the glasses while Dave was playing for football teams.

A few days after Dave came into Holyhead School, Darren Moore (former Albion defender and Holyhead student) came and talked about other jobs and football. Here is a quote that he said to students, “I may be a coach on the playing field but the teachers that teach you are your life-coaches.” Moore also said to students, “To become the best you want to be you need to be focused, motivated and inspired….and you need a can do attitude.”

Students really enjoyed the talk and got involved in some activities too, Abidur from O9 said it was “helpful and interesting,” and Tadiwa and Murjan also said it was “inspirational, motivational and helpful for the future."


Written by Arron M3 and Sahill E8

Holyhead’s Got Talent

posted Jul 7, 2017, 3:40 AM by K Fellows   [ 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 Fellows

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

Life In The Premier League

posted Feb 1, 2017, 2:10 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 2:13 AM ]

Holyhead School FC

As part of our link with local Premiership football team WBA, our students were invited to take part in a tournament to compete against other schools at West Brom’s indoor training centre. Holyhead faced Leasowes, Kinver and Willenhall in the group stages of the competition. They lost 4-3 to Leasowes in the first game but won their final two games against Kinver and Willenhall and qualified for the semi finals. Unfortunately they lost 5-4 in the semi-finals to Tudor Grange who went on to win the tournament overall. 

Safi's interview with Lawrence Roberts of West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Holyhead student Safi met up with Lawrence from the WBA Academy for a Q&A session:

What is your role at West Brom?

My role is Post 16 coordinator at the club. We run courses through schools where students play football and can achieve a BTEC Extended Diploma. My role today is to organise and run the tournament and ensure the day goes well. The teams we have invited here today are the schools that we want to form a partnership with in the near future or schools where the course already runs.

How long did it take to organise the event?

Started planning it in September. We had to check the availability of the venue before we could do other things. Once West Brom confirmed the date we just worked back from that date. We are here today because most of the academy teams have now finished training for this month. 

Are you making the tournament an annual event? 

We are looking to run this tournament again next year and possibly another tournament in the summer after the season has finished. This is the second year we have done this competition and it is beneficial to us. It allows us to start to build a rapport with the students and the staff.

What inspired you to run the tournament?

There are two reasons why we chose to run the tournament. Firstly it is a good marketing tool and it shows the community that we want to be involved in developing young people. Secondly, it allows student to use facilities that they wouldn't normally get the chance to play in. This is a Premier League facility and a lot of professionals use it. It's good to think that they are playing on the same pitch as some of their idols.

Holyhead students making the most of their training session at West Brom. BOING BOING!

Do you think that the tournament has been successful?

It has been wonderful today for everyone involved. There has been no problems with the boys and everyone has shown a good and committed attitude. It has also given us an opportunity to speak to the students about what we do.

Written by Safi O4 (On behalf of BBC School Report)

Corwen Bank Money For Children In Need!

posted Feb 1, 2017, 2:04 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 2:05 AM ]

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

West Bromwich Albion Links with Holyhead

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

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 Month Showcase 20th October 2016

posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:43 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 1:33 AM ]

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


The Annual Year 7 Induction Evening 5th October 2016

posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:42 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 1:32 AM ]

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


Meet Holyhead's BBC School Report team! (2016-2017)

posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:00 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 6:57 AM ]

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

Priya C6
Preeti C4
Henna O5

Staff and Student Intercollege Cricket

posted Jul 19, 2016, 6:06 AM by K Fellows   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 6:07 AM ]

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!

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