Year 8 Pupil wins top prize

Rachel Ackah in year 8 has won the Unison West Midlands Poem Competition for Black history month. Rachel was presented with the award in worship yesterday. Read the poem below.

What Black History Month Means to Me

By

Rachel Ackah

Black is my half

Asian is my other

Black from my dad

Asian from my mother

Everyone, publicly

Can see

That brown is key

From inside of me

All of the hardships my black half has faced

Running away from home

Almost like a disgrace

Born after the second world war

An ancient artefact

With stories to share

Forever loved

Forever there

I gotta shout it out

Imma special in my own way

All the pain the Asian in my right had to go through

Kidnapped and thrown about

Near death,

Twice,

Reality is firm,

After all mistakes, you learn

For years and years they had to move on

Bullying, assault, illness and disease

Bereavement, new life, betrayals and miracles

And one of those miracles is me!

Because black is my half

Asian is my other

Black from my dad

Asian from my mother

Rachel commented:

“Of course I felt happy that I won, but this was not only because I was proud of what I wrote but because of what my parents shared with me about their experiences of their lives. My parents have a special role in my life and if it wasn’t for them I would not be the person that I am. Of course everyone can say this about their parents but their stories have had a great impact on me, especially the challenges they faced. And if it wasn’t for God, who has helped them through their challenges in life, they could be somewhere else, doing something else instead of being there for me”.

“When we worked on the competition in classes we had several excellent entries. However, from the moment we read Rachel’s heartfelt and powerful poem we all felt as a community that it was incredibly special and we are all very proud of her at S. Peter’s”
– Julie Priestley and the English Department.

Stretch and Challenge

Gifted & Talented Students 14-18 year old.

Splash at Oxford is an event that brings local secondary school students to Oxford University for one day of unlimited learning. Students come take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Oxford undergraduate and graduate students.

Our goal is to build excitement for teaching and learning from both sides. Students get to learn about things that they normally wouldn’t have access to, empowering them to find what they love to learn, discover new career opportunities, and become tomorrow’s leaders.

To find out more information and book a place press following link:   https://oxford.learningu.org/

splash schools slides 2019

For further details, contact Joshua Deru at:  joshua.deru@ccc.ox.ac.uk

 

Principal’s Newsletter

We are nearing the end of term after a positive time for the school. We achieved the best GCSE results in the history of the school and achieved the highest progress measure to date – equivalent to 78% 5 A*-C. The Sixth Form has grown markedly and we now have over a third of post-16 students who have joined us from other schools in the city and beyond. The School Open Night and the Sixth Form Open Night were both extremely well attended. We have had over 740 applications for next year’s Year 7 intake, a new record, showing the huge popularity of S. Peter’s. Continue reading our last Newsletter of 2018 below.

Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 14th December is Christmas Jumper Day here at S.Peter’s , we are asking all students to give a £1 donation which will go towards supporting Mental Health Charities.

Investors in Pupils

Recently the student council have been working on an award called investors in pupils.

What is investors in pupils?

The process of completing the award will help year 8 students understand how the school is run, the adults who contribute to their education and how we are financed. It is an award which recognises and emphasises the value of students’ voices, encouraging them to have a say in how their school is run.

There are 5 main areas for completing the award;

  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Classroom management
  • Learning
  • Induction

How are we doing?

There are 18 points which we have complete.  The Student Council is confident that we have already achieved 8 of them. Year 8, Mr Maullin, Miss Pritchard and y8 students have worked really hard and are continuing to help the Student Council complete the award.

Update

On 28th November the Student Council were off timetable all day to work on ILP. There has been a lot of progress and we look forward to sharing this with Mr Lewis, teaching staff and year 8.

By

Student Council Reps:

Sam(Year 10)

Harry(Year 9)

Applications for Year 7 in 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

Those of you with younger children currently in Year 6 at Primary School will already have completed their CAF form and submitted this to the Local Authority for consideration.
This is to remind you that children applying for a place at S. Peter’s Collegiate School will also have to complete and submit a Supporting Evidence Form direct to the school.
As the SEF is such an important part of the application process requiring significant input from parents/carers and a faith leader PLEASE allow ample time to complete it before the deadline.
The SEF form and guidance on how to complete it can be found on the school website under Admissions
The deadline for submitting the SEF is 4pm on Monday December 3rd.

Espionage came to S. Peter’s

Espionage came to S. Peter’s this week as Business Language Champions and language analysts from GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) hosted ‘The Word is not Enough’. Our expert guests shared their stories about using language to work for multinational companies and to set up and expand their own businesses around the world, while GCHQ staff talked about their role in national security and the training opportunities offered there.

10 teams from 6 schools across the country were tasked with cracking a drug smuggling ring after being trained in encryption and decryption and getting to grips with basic Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. They used these skills to decode audio messages and coded clues, eventually releasing the staff who had been ‘kidnapped’, and finally presented their findings to the panel of judges in French, Spanish or German.

Pupils had some down time in the afternoon producing GCHQ board games and taking the opportunity to talk to our guests, and the day finished with the presentation of prizes. We’re delighted to say that S. Peter’s Spanish team Alastair Dobie, Devan Whitehouse, Priyanka Ajnat, Ella Humphries, Ben Lloyd and Joe Hardy came 2nd, with the German team Rebekah Rowley, Naomi Hardwick, Anastasia Burgess, Leo Tonks, Olivia Beech and Molly O’Shea also scoring highly in the challenge.

Thanks to everyone at Business Language Champions and GCHQ for this fantastic opportunity.

http://business-language-champions.co.uk/

https://www.gchq.gov.uk/who-we-are

 

Christmas Card Sale

Christmas Card Sale in school , Starts 26th November , all proceeds go to the School council.