Last week, Angie from Angie’s Animal Antics came in to show our Science Club students at Kinver High some amazing animals which she had brought in.
Year 8 student, Poppy Lyndon, said: “All the students were really excited and had been looking forward to it very much. First, we were introduced to an African hedgehog – she let us hold it, stroke it and then gave it a run-around on the floor. It was really cute!
“Next, she showed us a small treefrog. It was very sticky and could even climb up the wall. We then met a cute little chinchilla – it was a fast runner and very fluffy. She let us have it on our laps and it jumped to each of our chairs. The lady told us that if it was frightened the chinchilla would lose all its fur and would be bald, and also that you should never get a chinchilla wet because they are so fluffy.
“Furthermore, we then met a small turtle it was able to fully close into its shell and had beautiful patterns on the back of it. Finally, she showed us a burrowing owl, we stroked it and it hopped around on the floor. Every time she showed us an animal, the lady let us stroke and hold it, told us about where and how they live and answered any questions we had. Everyone really enjoyed this and had a great time.”
Last Thursday our year 10 and 11 GCSE RE students visited St Peter’s Church in Kinver where an award-winning artist Jake Lever was exhibiting his work ‘Loving, hurting, dreaming.’
This was a collection of art work inspired by his Christian faith. Students were able to explore the themes within his artwork and reflect upon how Christian beliefs were depicted in his collection. We were joined by the team of school chaplains who made us feel very welcome and encouraged us to share our own ideas with them.
Some of our year 10 students made the following comments:
James Hadlington said: “‘Today was awesome because we got to meet Jake the artist and discuss his work with him.”
Luke Bastable said: “I haven’t been to church in a long time. It was very different to how I thought it would be. It was good to be able to learn out of the classroom.”
Connie Hadlington said: “It was good to see how others deal with pain and cope with life. It made me think about the difference in how other people connect with each other and themselves.”
Artist Jake Lever praised our students: “I thought they were sensitive, perceptive and extremely mature. Their comments and responses indicated a depth of engagement that was really impressive.”
Humanities teachers, Mrs Spooner and Miss Hawthorne were extremely proud of how our students engaged with the lesson and hope to continue to build-in future opportunities to visit the church in lessons. Thank you to everyone who welcomed and supported us at St Peter’s.
Many of our students are discussing the environment and climate change and the small changes which we can all make to reduce waste and be more environmentally aware.
This letter was written by Anna Clayton, Lucy Hartshorne, Evie Williams and Bethany Dew all students in year 8. It contains a list of things which you can buy and swaps you can make to reduce waste and to be more conscious about the environment. They have included links to all the products so that it is easier to find them and buy them. They have also tried to find the cheapest option for the products, enabling you to get the most out of your money, without compromising the quality of the products. Please look through these items and hopefully make a few changes to your everyday products in order to help the environment. You can get many of these products at Kinver Eco Day which is taking place tomorrow at KSCA from 10.00am-2.00pm. Free admission with kids activities.
Parents/carers please look out for this letter in your inbox as it will be emailed out over the next few days.
Our Year 7 students have recently produced some excellent Geography homework re-designing the Union flag to accompany the Welsh flag.
Humanities teacher, Mr Davies, said: “I was very impressed with our students’ level of work, it was evident that they had put a lot of time and effort in to the designs. They produced superb paper and textile homework. There was especially strong work from Liam Hartill, Samantha Cooper, Will Bickle, Felix Pugh, and Laura Harris.”
Here is a picture of some notable pieces of work from Madison Jones (canvas design), Jemima Taylor (stitched design), and Lottie Titley (flag pole design). Well done everyone.
Year 8 student Oscar McConnell has produced an excellent homework project based on pop art. Can you guess how many faces he has hidden?
Well done Oscar!
Movember has returned to Kinver High and quite a few male members of staff are taking part. It has become quite competitive!
All money raised will go to charity to fund ground breaking work in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
On today, Remembrance Day, we thought that we would share this amazing piece of homework.
Before half term a group of Year 7 students were asked by English teacher, Mrs Wilkes, to reproduce a line from their favourite war poem. There were a lot of thought-provoking recreations, however, Lottie Wright’s diorama of “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen was amazing.
One of the most admired poets of World War I, Wilfred Owen wrote the poem following his experiences fighting in the trenches in northern France during World War I. It was published posthumously in 1920. This diorama, which Lottie worked on throughout half term, perfectly depicts the narrative from the poem.
‘Lest we forget’
Our Year 7 Textile students have just completed a module where they created a ‘Pugly’. 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. Many of our students have never done textiles before, even threading a needle was new to them. They should all be very proud of their puglies.”