What a fantastic day our students had yesterday! Three teams from Kinver High and Leasowes entered the Regional Finals held at the Make UK Technology Hub in Birmingham. They had the time of their lives, winning a hat-full of awards. 17 teams entered and Kinver and Leasowes took home awards for:
Quickest Car Overall
Quickest Car in Class x 2
Second Quickest Car in Class
Best Engineered Car
Best Team Identity
Overall Winner Entry Class
Overall Winner Professional Class
Leasowes’ Teams ‘Aspire 6’ qualified for the National Finals in April and ‘Nitro’ (as winners of the Entry Class) have won VIP tickets to spectate at the event.
Kinver’s team ‘Red Square Racing’ wowed the judges with their branding and team identity and received accolades as one of the youngest teams there.
Before Christmas we hosted an inaugural Kinver Sixth Form ‘University Challenge’ competition. It was brilliant to see over 250 students who had been rewarded with a free afternoon in the lecture theatre cheering on their house as they went for glory! The event was a great success, and our Sixth Formers were able to showcase the knowledge and understanding that they have gained from their A-Level studies.
Grey House were represented by: Y13 Lily Fox (captain), Y13 Katie Langman, Y13 Maddie Elbro, Y12 Erin Morrison
Lee House were represented by: Y13 Amy Langstone (captain), Y13 Ben Thomas, Y12 Freya Read, Y12 Jess Grainger
Somery House were represented by: Y13 Noah Evans (captain), Y13 George French, Y12 Becca Scott, Y12 Poppy Blackadder
Whittington House were represented by: Y12 Olivia Tonks (captain), Y13 Jade Griffiths, Y13 Aaron Howles, Y12 Tom Badland
After a gruelling 45 minutes of questions that 6th Form teachers throughout Invictus had provided, Somery came out on top, with Grey finishing second, Lee third and Whittington 4th.
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Fox, said: “I was incredibly proud of all of our Sixth Formers for having the courage to go on stage in front of nearly half of the school, and for the amazing breadth of knowledge they all displayed when answering the very challenging questions. But I was also proud of all of the students in the audience, who supported their house fantastically, and behaved impeccably throughout, showing why they were able to be rewarded with this end of term treat.
“I look forward to future 6th Form House competitions, and then our Sixth Formers going on to challenge the rest of the schools within Invictus at the Invictus-wide University Challenge we hope to host later in the academic year!”
Well done to Year 10 student, Lois Hughes who competed with her horse Woody at the British Dressage earlier this week. She won overall in both of her classes with very high scores, better than many adult riders (she was again one of two juniors at the competition). She has now qualified for the National Petplan Area Festivals and the National Under 25s championship too. This is very exciting as both are huge competitions!
Lois attended two British Dressage Youth training squad sessions over the Christmas break and is being put forward to B squad which is higher than level expected for her age as she should be in C plus.
One of the training sessions was very exciting as it was with World and European gold medallist Sophie Wells MBE, who expressed very positive comments about Lois’s riding and her competency.
Here are some photos of Lois and Woody!
As part of our enrichment programme 32 Y7-10 students were off timetable for a day before Christmas to complete artwork based on the theme of ‘Through my Eyes’. This theme is part of a wider art competition organised by Kinver’s Rotary club, ‘Young Rotarian Art’ Competition. Students collected their own photographs and researched around this topic during lunchtime art club. They explored the idea of ‘first person’ art and photography, discovering that many of the artworks have interesting perspectives which show the audience what the artist is seeing.
Mrs Jarman, Head of Art, said: “Our students were exemplary on the day and worked together well. They enjoyed working on an extended piece of artwork and showed their creativity in interpreting the theme. Their work showed a great maturity as materials were used in a sensitive way. I am pleased that our students were ambitious and achieved excellent outcomes.
“I would like to thank all the students who took part, they are really good art ambassadors for the school. I hope to invite more students to springs Enrichment opportunity, so watch this space.”
Work will be on display in school. The House Art part of the competition has been judged and contributed to students’ house points.
Year 7 Winner and Highly Commended
Zoe Ruffle – For the theme ‘Through my eyes’ I drew my cat Clive as I love to look at him and he is a really loving cat. I drew it from a first person view, I included my foot to show that I am very close to him and that I love him.
Lilyanne Smith – My work fits the theme ‘Through my eyes’ because I like looking at butterflies and flowers. I did this in first person (a part of my body is in this piece of artwork). I like colour and have exaggerated this in my magnifying glass.
Year 8 Winner and Highly Commended
Emma Gwilliam – I decided to paint me taking a photograph with my phone. This was at Kinver canal. I did the background black and white to make the phone stand out more.
Georgina Pincher-Bradley – I took a photograph of my feet to show the things I do daily. I like to go on walks a lot so I do this action a lot. I used my favourite shoes and a brightly coloured pop art background to contrast with the black and white.
Year 9 Winner and Highly Commended
Rhianna Morrison – I decided to do my first person art through the perspective of a phone to represent how our society is seen. I blurred out the background to focus on the phone and how peoples’ lives are based, through technology.
Niamh Woodall – I have portrayed the theme through my eyes by painting a self-portrait of myself looking through a mobile phone. I have done this to show that people now tend to use technology to see such beautiful places, such as Paris.
Year 10 Winner and Highly Commended
Jolyan Davis – I have represented the theme by completing an image of people eating. This is an everyday scene that we see. I was interested by the shapes the food made from a plan perspective. Hands are included to create a fist
Lucy Noble (Year 9) – The painting is of me looking into the future seeing how polluted the world is. Because our future is bright but pollution shines brighter on our world, it’s showing how things can change massively in a period of a few years.
Well done to year 9 Kinver student Sasha Pardoe, who has excelled at BMX over recent times.
She entered The NASS Festival International Women’s Open Free Style BMX Competition in the week before the school summer holiday. She rode really well, especially as the ladies she rides against are at least 5 years older than her. She placed on the podium in silver medal position, showing how constant a rider she is as she was placed in silver position in 2018 as well.
She did so well that she picked up a sponsor called ‘The LAB’ who design and supply clothing to the BMX scene.
Sasha also entered the first BMX Freestyle National Championships, where Charlotte Worthington who is on the British team and selected for the 2020 Olympics, took the gold medal.
Sasha was allowed to compete but due to a certain British Cycling ruling Sasha is too young to ride in the Olympics (she has to be 16 years old). However, they allowed her to ride the qualifiers … she made the final! Unfortunately, rules apply and Sasha couldn’t ride the final.
The British coaches were there and definitely took notice as they have started to follow Sasha on Instagram, watching her posts and have been very complimentary about her riding.
‘The Back Yard Jam’ is a series that is run across Britain’s Skate Parks with a prize that takes the winners on an expenses paid trip and entry in to the ‘Simple Session’ which is held in Estonia and is a major international BMX event.
Sasha gained podium places in every event and went on to win the Women’s Final. She also gained an even bigger sponsor called ‘Tall Order’ who have now provided her with a new BMX and clothing and invited her to be a team rider!
Tall Order are a big name in the BMX scene and is run by an amazing and accomplished rider called Sebastian Keep who is himself sponsored by ‘Red Bull’.
The future is looking very good for Sasha and she’s very happy that her hard work is starting to pay off. Well done!
Thank you to everyone who helped out and visited our Year 7 Gambia Fundraiser before Christmas!
We raised an amazing £1,454.77 on the day for our Gambia School Appeal, including monies raised from wearing a Christmas jumper on the last day of term.
We are so humbled by the support – thank you!
Happy New Year, we hope that everyone enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break and look forward to 2020 being a successful and rewarding year for all.
We look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow at the normal time.
On Tuesday, PE teacher, Mr Parry, took 4 Year 9 students on a Mountain Bike day at Cannock Chase with other Invictus school students.
The students Sasha Pardoe, Lucy Green, Jameson Bowen and Nyall Stelling spent the day at Birches Valley Centre with staff from British Cycling. Using Invictus mountain bikes, our students attempted green, blue and red difficulty bike routes.
Mr Parry said: “Our students did very well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
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