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Year 7 and 8 will be involved in a new literacy initiative called DEAR, Drop Everything And Read. This will involve both year groups reading for the first 15 minutes of an allocated lesson. There will be mystery £5 prizes awarded to pupils if they have engaged with the Accelerated Reading programme. Please continue to support your child by getting them to read for 15 minutes at home every evening.
The academy is introducing a biometrics cashless payment system.
Just a reminder that we are not going live with this until January 2014, so please don’t make any online payments until then.
For more information about the biometrics, see the links below:
Biometrics Frequently Asked Questions
Biometric Information – Opt In Form
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This week, our year 10 geographers undertook fieldwork in Birmingham city centre. The aim was to understand how a MDC’s city has redeveloped, a necessity caused by urbanisation. The year 10 geographers behaved impeccably and showed true enthusiasm and understanding for what was happening in Birmingham. The students firstly went on a canal boat tour of the old industrial heart of Birmingham; this was in order to see the transformation the CBD has undergone in more recent times; they were then able to compare this to the inner city and its lack of investment and development. After that, pupils studied the areas of: Brindley Place, The ICC, The Mailbox and The Cube,finally visiting Birmingham’s new library. All students gave positive feedback to how the library had improved the overall environment in this part of Birmingham and we were impressed, once again, with their mature approach to their fieldwork.
BREAKFAST CLUB 7.45am – 8.30am MONDAY – FRIDAY
SUCCESS CENTRE - SHIRE OAK ACADEMY
For further information contact:-
Jackie Graham/Louise Gamble T: 01543 364060
Our next Focus Group coffee afternoon will be held on Thursday 21st November 2013 1pm – 2.30pm
For more information please click here.
In September 2013, pupils from years 7-12 attended the spooky residential at Edgmond Hall, Newport, Shropshire. This year’s main theme was ‘Zombies’ and pupils and staff took part in a wide range of activities over the fun-packed weekend.
We arrived in Edgmond on a Friday evening, just in time for dinner of homemade chicken curry and pasta bake followed by a delicious apple and blackberry crumble with custard. After pupils had settled into their dormitories, they took part in a zombie textiles activity with Miss Skeates and also participated in an interesting session from the” History Man” about WW1. Unfortunately the bonfire was cancelled due to bad weather, so we settled into a cosy room at the hall to listen to ghost stories from the” History Man” by candle light.
Pupils were up bright and early on Saturday morning to get into the spirit of the weekend and paint their faces for the zombie theme with Miss Skeates and Miss Robinson. They then went to their first session which was a STEM activity with Miss Hughes and Mr Swann. Pupils designed and made a range of catapults and bow and arrows, using only limited resources.
After lunch came MFL with Miss Staton and Mr Bey. Pupils investigated Paris and came up with a story board for a zombie escape route in the city, whilst practising their French vocabulary. Mr Straw took control over an exciting drama session focusing on scenes from the film ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ Miss Robinson and Mr Diskin ran the Maths session which consisted of working out the probability of survival at Edgmond Hall and an exhilarating game of ‘Zombie Bulldog.’
After a delicious dinner of ‘brains and veins’ on jacket potatoes followed by homemade chocolate cake with ‘zombie drool,’ pupils got ready for a very busy evening. Miss Bhatti ran a survival session where pupils needed to race to get the best survival gear then explain their choices to their peers and Miss Skeates and Mr Diskin taught the pupils the ‘Thriller’ dance. At twilight the pupils met on the field and performed the synchronised dance for Miss Bhatti and the camcorder. The evening ended with a spooky night time walk through the words surrounding Edgmond. We only hope forty zombies in the dark did not scare the locals too much!
Sunday morning started with sausage baps to fuel us for the activities before home time. Mrs Maguire-Turner arrived with art supplies and pupils used calligraphy pens to add zombies to famous Paris scenes. Mr Edwards and Mr Jones from the Geography department had the pupils planning the best possible escape routes on maps of Cannock and the Brownhills area. They then did their usual and disgusting taste test session where pupils decided whether the food they were eating whilst blindfolded was suitable for human consumption or zombie.
The weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all and Shire Oak and Edgmond Staff are eagerly awaiting next year’s ‘Cowboy and Indian’ event. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Kindles! Pupils have been engaged in our exciting new reading initiative called ‘Accelerated Reading’. These pupils have been lucky enough to win a kindle for either being the most improved readers of Year 7 and 8, as well as reading the most words over the year.
(Rebecca Davies, Jo Clay, Molly Hancock, Kelsey Gosling, Megan Biddle & Connor Smith (Zoe Hipkiss and Lewis Hutchinson who are not on the photo).
With effect from 1st September the Principal is no longer permitted to grant any leave of absence for family holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. If parents feel that exceptional circumstances do apply, they should put this in writing to the Principal, giving at least 15 working days notice. The Principal will consider each such request separately and independently.