Kinver Students visit RAF Cosford


Nine of our Year 9 female students visited RAF Cosford yesterday.

They attended an event called “Beyond Image: I believe in me” and is aimed at showing young women the many options available to them in terms of career and life and the journeys other inspirational women have taken to get where they are.

This year’s theme is self-confidence/belief and aims to explore the importance and power of believing in yourself with a range of speakers providing talks on how this self-belief has helped them in life/careers.

Thank you to everyone at RAF Cosford for making our students feel so welcome. It was an enjoyable day, which our students found both interesting and inspiring.

         

Still Life Project


Well done to Ellie Grosvenor in Year 9 who has done exceptionally well on her art still life project.

Head of Art, Mrs Jarman, said: “She has produced a sophisticated drawing of a group of objects, themed on world cultures. Her use of drawing techniques is effective, using stippling, hatching, scumbling and blending to create the illusion of different textures on each object.

“She has used the full value scale which sculpts each object in a 3D way. Ellie is looking forward to starting GCSE art next year, and I am sure she will do very well.”

Kinver in Spelling Bee Competition


On Monday evening our Year 7 Kinver High Spelling Bee team, accompanied Head of English Miss Felton and English teacher Mrs Wilkes to the Invictus Spelling Bee competition held at Crestwood High School.

Our top spelling students in Year 7 had already been narrowed down to an elite team of four through internal heats. Mahaan Chahal, Poppy Lyndon, Colby Hands and Georgiana Pincher-Bradley were fantastic in this very tough competition. They had to spell many ambitious words such as guacamole and onomatopoeia!

Miss Felton, said: “Overall they came 3rd which is a very impressive achievement. A special shout out to Poppy as the member of our team who got furthest in the competition! All four demonstrated brilliant team spirit and represented our school wonderfully. The English department are looking forward to next year’s Spelling Bee!”

UK first for Kinver High Prom


We believe that this year’s Kinver High Prom will be the first prom in the UK to have the use of a robot photographer.

The robot will roam around the Blakelands Country House venue in Bobbington and take photographs of our students.

Mr Warrington, owner of Servicerobots.com, and whose children are former students of the school, says “I’m sure the students will enjoy the novelty of having their photograph taken by a robot and seeing this cutting edge technology up close.”

To have a look at how the robot works, visit

https://www.servicerobots.com/eva-robot-hire

Kinver High complete Charity Bike Ride


Last Friday seven members of the Kinver High Cycle Team took part in a 100 mile charity bike ride from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey in Wales.

The team consisted of Kinver High PE teachers Mr Parry and Mr Mouzer, Year 11 student James Gaskin and his dad Chris, Jonny Jones and Rhys Harper both in the Sixth Form and a former Kinver student.

The team did a fantastic job on the day and completed the course in good time, combating the heat, a headwind and the Welsh hills en route. In total, the team will have raised in excess of £700 for a range of local charities: Penn Hall School, Combat Stress, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, The William Mills Foundation, The Haven Wolverhampton.

If you wish to, you can donate money for their charity bike ride at Kinver High Reception. Thank you to everyone who has supported them!

           

Kinver High Students complete DofE Bronze Expedition


Last weekend a group of 27 Year 9 Kinver High School students went to Bewdley to complete their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Expedition.

During the weekend they walked 24 Kilometres with sizeable rucksacks carrying all of their camping equipment & supplies in hot, challenging conditions. Our students excelled themselves and displayed some excellent map reading skills.  They were extremely proficient in cooking two meals (breakfast and dinner), and did almost as well with the washing up afterwards!

The DofE programme helps to develop young people for life and work, with 93% of participants feeling that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.

Mr Wilks, teacher at Kinver High, said: “Our students were absolutely amazing in their attitude. Duke of Edinburgh expeditions always offer a fantastic experience for our students. They were all a credit to our school and we look forward to seeing them on Silver!”

Music Students raise Funds for Cancer Research


Well done to music students at Kinver High who have, over time, donated £61.79 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Staff and students donate any loose change that they have into a pot on the piano in the music room.  Music teacher, Mrs Harker, said: “I never ask for donations, students are free to donate money if they wish. This is the second time we have raised money this way. Last year we raised over £43. Thank you to everyone who has given to this worthwhile cause.”

New Head Boy and Head Girl at Kinver High


Congratulations to James Hodges and Lola Meyrick who have been selected as our new Head Boy and Head Girl at Kinver High.

Lucy Brookes is our new Deputy Head Girl and Dan Wood is Deputy Head Boy.

 

Kinver Students enjoy ‘La Salle des Enigmes’


Some of our Year 8 and 9 students went to Leasowes High School yesterday to see a play called ‘La Salle des Enigmes’ – a unique play, performed in French by French actors for teenagers.

The concept and setting for this play are perfect as a tool for enhancing the teaching of French. An escape room is a fully-immersive real-life game in which small groups of players are locked inside an Escape room, themed as Tutankhamun’s tomb and Howard Carter’s Tent and given a series of riddles, puzzles and clues which they must solve to eventually unlock the door and escape the room.  They have just one hour in which to complete all the puzzles.

Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Blackadder, said: “The theatrical performance and relatable scenario, coupled with the carefully pitched vocabulary, makes this play a fantastic and hugely accessible experience for teenagers learning French.

“Participation was a key element of the play and student involvement in the form of on-stage participation by a few members of the audience enhanced their enjoyment and added a fun element to the theatrical performance.”

Year 8 student Kayleigh-Marie Taylor, said: “I went on the French trip to Leasowes High School with Mrs Houghton and really enjoyed it. I really liked it because it was different and very well acted out so even if you didn’t understand a part of it you could still understand the play. I really liked that it involved other Invictus schools. It is something I really would like to do again, as I also thought I gained from it and I learnt a lot of new words.”

Army STEM Workshops at Kinver High


Thank you to the Army STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) team, who completed two STEM workshops with our Year 8 Kinver High students yesterday. The students worked in teams to design and build a programmable robot to undertake a series of logistical challenges. These challenges are designed to support the British Army when they are deployed around the world and are never more crucial than when disaster strikes.

In the activity, the students joined the Army Engineers, Medics and Logisticians in deploying to a remote part of the world which had been hit by a destructive earthquake. The students learnt how to build, programme and operate their LEGO Mind-storm robot through a series of engineering and logistical challenges in order to achieve their mission and deliver the lifesaving humanitarian aid to the local people.

Head of Design Technology, Mr Wilks, said: “STEM is the future of design and technology and it is essential that our students are given the opportunity to learn about and implement skills in this field. Through these workshops they also gain an understanding of how these skills can be utilised for potential future careers.

“Our students enjoyed learning new STEM skills as well as developing life skills in team work, leadership, critical thinking and perseverance.”