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 the 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.”


Charity Cycle Ride

Last Friday, two of Kinver High School’s PE teachers, Mr Parry and Mr Mouzer and two Sixth Formers, Jonny Jones and Rhys Harper, braved challenging conditions to complete a 45km training bike ride.

The Kinver group, accompanied by Year 11 student James Gaskin, are attempting to complete the 100 mile journey from Wolverhampton to the Welsh seaside resort of Aberdovey as part of a charity bike event organised by West Midlands Police on Friday 21st June.

The Kinver High School group are raising money for a number of charities: Penn Hall School, Combat Stress, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, The William Mills Foundation and The Haven Wolverhampton.

If you wish to, you can donate money for their charity bike ride at Kinver High Reception.

We wish them all well with the bike ride.

Kinver Students win JPL Trophy

Congratulations to Kinver High School students Alex Watts and Dexter Dudley Toole of Worcester City U15s Junior Premier League (JPL).

They won the JPL Midlands League before Christmas, the Worcester County Cup 2018/20 at Evesham United and the Southern Elite JPL winners before half term. Last Saturday they became the National Elite JPL winners for their age group against Guisley at Oxford City.

Head of PE at Kinver High, Mr Wilkes, said: “I am very proud of the lads’ commitment and the progress that they have made over the last few years. They have worked really hard to reach their potential and their success shows that they are heading in the right direction.

“Well done to all involved, especially their parents for giving up so much of their time! I am sure the lads will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Help Kinver win £5,000 for our School Library

Whether you work in a school, are an avid reader or have school-aged children yourself, you’ll know the importance of a good school library – and not just for learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn’t just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing too.

Schools are inviting nominations to win a massive £5,000 National Book Tokens prize. If Kinver High School is chosen we will be able to refresh our library for generations of students to come. Also, if your nomination entry is chosen, you’ll also take home £100 of National Book Tokens just for you. The more nominations Kinver High School receives, the higher our chances of winning.

Please vote and spread the word! Many thanks

Year 7 Textile Pugly Dolls

Our Year 7 Textiles class completed their ‘Puglies’ project before half term. Puglies are fun, ugly dolls which allow a student’s creativity to run wild.

Textiles teacher, Mrs Barry, said: “I am delighted with the results. All of the students have done particularly well, particularly as many have never done textiles before, even threading a needle was new to them. They should all be very proud of their puglies.”

Here is a selection of puglies. Well done everyone!

Kinver Students gain Tae Kwon Do Black Belt

Congratulations to Kinver students Evie Crooke, Molly McParland and Luis Handley who gained their Tae Kwon Do black belts before half term.

All three students, who attend Unite Tae Kwon Do School, started training from a young age and have all worked very hard to achieve their new belts. Year 10 student Evie successfully achieved her 2nd Dan. Molly and Luis both in Year 8 also successfully achieved their black belts 1st Dan.

Unite Tae Kwon Do chief instructors, Kai and Sarah Wilson, said: “We are extremely proud of everyone who graded. The club welcomed 4 new 1st Dan black belts and 1 new 2nd Dan to its ranks. The hard work and perseverance of all the students paid off and they really earned their new belts”.

Headteacher, Mr Taylor, said: “These are tremendous achievements and testament to the hard work and character of all three students. As a school we are delighted for them and look forward to hearing about their future endeavours.”

DofE Bronze Practice Weekend

“Congratulations to three of our DofE Bronze groups who completed and passed their practice expedition recently. Students in these groups were able to demonstrate excellent navigation skills, persevering with their walk in the very warm weather! In addition to this, they showed their campcraft and teamwork at the campsite to help one another with their tents and evening meals.

“As ever, the students were a pleasure to work with, and it was great for staff to see the conscientious and supportive attitude that the students demonstrated throughout the entirety of the weekend. Considering the strength of these groups throughout their expedition, I would expect them to repeat their successes in the final weekend at the end of June. Well done to these students!” said Mr Fox.