Rugeley Sixth Form Enrichment Programme

I love joining different organisations together to create mutually-beneficial projects. The latest one is an Enrichment Programme for Year 12 students at Rugeley Sixth Form Academy. Through my contact with Paul Mobberley (Year 5 teacher) I approached Mr Minott, the inspirational Head of Chase View Primary School, to discuss the possibility of students supporting the school on arrange of projects. We came up with a Sports, Art and Reading Support Programme that six students are currently involved with.

They attend the school on a weekly basis during their free time to support where required.

Alex Nix-James was a former pupil at the primary school and it was great to take him back as a sixth-former to help current pupils. He was given the task to brighten up a metal container on site and below you can see the before and after pictures. Alex now has this project on his CV and the pupils at the school got to see an artist at work. Oh, and Mr Minott has got his container jazzed up.

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Year 8 Design Challenge at Aldridge School

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Teams then had two hours to devise the event, design a new steel band and choose a charity to support. We also got some finance into the brief by getting them to send ticket prices to generate funds.

All the teams came up with great ideas that they presented on stage to the judging panel of Rick Cosco (Steel Band Leader) Trevor Braidley (Birmingham Council Finance Manager) and Jacqui Pountney MBE (Walsall Equestrian Society).

Aldridge School managed to beat tough competition to win the trophy.

This Challenge will now become and annual event as it is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop their Teamwork, Communication, Creativity and Presentation Skills.

Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s regenerate the area

I had an excellent day with Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s. The school is very big on giving pupils the opportunity to develop their business and social skills.

The pupils did an Intelligence Quiz and a mini-challenge to create an art installation to demonstrate the future of Cheslyn Hay. We then gave them a budget of £100k to develop any part of town into a Social Enterprise Business.

All pupils came up with great ideas and then presented them to a judging panel made up of local business representatives:  Peter Cadman, Julie Lee and Tracey Wellings.There was a lot of ‘facing your fears’ as the pupils stood out front with a microphone in their hands and we ended up with fourteen superb presentations.

Young people developing the skills they’ll need for future success.

I’ll be back to see them again next year in Year 10!

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Year 9 Personal Finance Challenge

2nd place Crestwood School Dudley 3rd place St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College Caldmore Accord Housing Group Locality team Fun with Mike Hew Patricia Presenting Presenting talent Steve Presenting Talking on mic winners Bristnall Hall Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fantastic event. Year 9 teams from across the Black Country came to Aldridge School to compete in a Personal Finance Challenge sponsored by Caldmore Accord Housing Association.

The morning was spent doing challenges based on household and personal budgeting and the afternoon involved writing and presenting a themed school fund-raising event.

Winners – Bristnall Hall Academy

Second – Crestwood School

Third – St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College

School view of Education Business Services Ltd delivery….

From Blessed Robert Johnson College website

Year 8 Social Enterprise Event

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On Wednesday 1st May Year 8 were taken off-timetable to participate in a ‘Social Enterprise Event’ run by Lorenzo Cosco, from Education Business Services Ltd. Culminating in a Dragon’s Den style finale, students were asked to work in teams to create ideas that could be used to make a difference as well as generating money that could be used for Social Enterprise. The students came to school dressed in smart outfits, to help them to empathise more fully with the real world of work.

The judges included Peter Forrest, the Managing Director of Panoptic Systems Integrated Ltd in Newport, as well as representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions: Sophie Tipper, Carol Hartshorne, Christine Woolley and Anthony Hyde.

Also there to explain more about Social Enterprise and to highlight a competition for budding young social entrepreneurs were Eva Fryc and her colleague Julie from UnLtd, which supports and funds projects across the nation.

Chris Gosling from TCAT also came along to support the employability skills discussed and to raise awareness for students of the career choices they will be making in the near future regarding their options and post-16 courses.

The day was very productive and we are very proud of the effort that many students went to in their presentations and outfits. We’d like to express our thanks to Lorenzo Cosco and all of our visitors and hope that we can continue to keep in touch and build upon such a positive experience in the future.

Here are some comments from the students themselves:

“I learned life is hard. To get your dream you need to start when you are young and get good grades.”

 “I’ve learned that life isn’t as easy as it sounds. It was enjoyable to work alongside peers to swap ideas. Jobs don’t just come to you, you need to work hard.”

 “Today I have learned to co-operate with people I don’t always work with.”

 “I’ve learned today that team work and communication is vital.”

 “I enjoyed using creativity to make a design. I learned that you can work with anyone if you listen.”

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Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School

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It’s great when we get some celebrities into schools. Melody Hossaini has been a supporter for a while and always inspires the young people with her energy and commitment. Check this video of her in action at our recent Social Enterprise Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School.

Melody at Cheslyn Hay High School

Social Enterprise and Skills development for Young People

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Top class presenting skills at the Cheslyn Hay High School Year 10 Social Enterprise Challenge.

Melody Hossaini from inspirEngage attended to add her expert knowledge as the young people came up with ideas and turned them into presentations. She also kindly joined the judging panel to choose the winners.

A great Skills Development day as the kids learned Teamwork, Communication and Presentation Skills.

A top class school with excellent young people.