Our News (Archive 2014)
Fundraising – Bracelet making
This term, Year 7 and 8 and I have been making bracelets, to raise money for two charities. Pupils have dedicated their lunch times every week since September so that they can make as many Shamballa style bracelets as possible to sell.
We created bracelets for each house: Brunswick, Rowley, Farley, Kenrick
We also made special edition winter bracelets that were inspired by the film "Frozen"! The snowflakes were designed on 2D Design and were cut on the laser cutter (thanks to Miss Bullock for her support with the laser cutter!)
After having a couple of successful bracelet sales over the course of the term, the students raised a massive total of £80!
This total has been split between The Jodie Lou Foundation and Anti Bullying Week.
"I would like to give special thanks to the following pupils who consistently dedicated their lunches to making these beautiful bracelets: Baljit Kaur, Sana Bi Malik, Pavneet Dhaliwal
Many thanks girls, you should be very proud of yourselves!" Sarah Taylor, Teacher of Art & Design
Bhangra Bhangra Bhangra!!!
Yesterday, the "Lions of Punjab", who consists of vocalists, dhol players & dancers, came to the Academy not only to perform Bhangra dances, but also teach about the history and traditions of Folk Bhangra.
Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region in Southeast Asia.
After displaying some examples of some of their Bhangra routines, the Lions got the kids also involved trying out the dance moves.
"Thanks for coming! It was great!!" S. Kumar
Trip to Cinderella Panto
On 11th December 45 of our DSEN students went to The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to see a performance of Cinderella as a reward for all of their hard work this year. The show starred JULIAN CLARY and Hollyoaks star JOE TRACINI..!
We loved the show and the students were very well behaved.
We are looking forward to next year already!
The new Salter Reporter
The Salter Reporter is George Salter Academy’s very own newsletter. It is run by the students, who come to the Salter Reporter club every Wednesday evening after school, and attend school events in their own time to investigate possible stories. The Students come up with their own articles, columns, puzzle pages, horoscopes and anything else they feel would add interest to the newsletter.
We also have a photography team who take and choose the pictures to include in the reporter, and have an editor whose job it is to put the whole thing together! We aim to produce a Salter Reporter once a term, reporting retrospectively on the previous term.
Caring for the Community
Last week our Post-16 student ambassadors organised a meal for the local community group from the YMCA.
The afternoon started with entertainment from our music students with Christmas songs. Then they enjoyed a full traditional Christmas dinner and dessert made by our kitchen staff, which was served by the students.
Whilst the food was being served Sixth formers sat with them and enjoyed conversation about various things. The local community group felt very appreciative and had a lovely afternoon.
M. Whiting wrote afterwards: "From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty and the students couldn't do enough for us. We were treated with the utmost respect throughout.
The food was excellent as was the entertainment. I have never been to George Salter before but I was very impressed with students and staff alike.
Please will you pass on my sincere thanks for a lovely afternoon spent in such good company."
In a separate activity, some of our Sixth formers have been going around the forms and collecting tinned/packet food for the local community. They have donated all the food to a local church who were very grateful for all the food.
Two Nights of Drama Variety Shows
On Tuesday 9th December and Thursday 11th December, students across years 7-12 performed in two Drama Variety Nights. Performances ranged from serious topics about mental illness to performance filled with Christmas spirit whilst children waited for Christmas morning.
Over 80 students performed in these events and The Drama Department were so proud to leave our current drama studio with such imaginative and talented performances before going to the new theatre in January.
A huge congratulations to all!
Better than X Factor on a Saturday night!
What a night!! Last night many students across all year groups performed in the Jodie Lou Foundation charity concert. The aim of the night was to raise money for the Jodie Lou Foundation - a charity very close to our hearts.
The evening was full of amazing performances from music and dance. L. Payne said:"What a fantastic night !! Better than X Factor on a Saturday night!"
"The concert was incredible and I loved every minute of it." J. Virk
Students also helped out with cake sales and raffles to raise as much money as possible. At last count we have raised an amazing £800 and are still receiving donations - we hope to make £1000 by the end of the term. A massive well done and thank you for everyone involved!
County Championship Double
On Saturday 29th November both the Under 14 and Under 16 George Salter Netball teams took part in the South Staffordshire County School Netball Tournament. The event saw the best schools from across the area compete for the title of County champions; including teams from Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley. The squads have been working extremely hard in the run up to the competition with many hours of extra training; both on the court and in the gym.
Both teams were very focused on the morning which saw both squads get off to a flying start scoring over 20 goals in their first two games. George’s had convincing wins over Wolverhampton Grammar, Wolverhampton Girls, Aldridge, Ellowes Hall and Hagley amongst others. The squad’s hardest games were against Streetly Academy, during these games the standard was very high and our girls showed their experience and maturity with two good wins.
The Under 14 and Under 16 squads remained unbeaten all day and therefore qualified for the Regional Round of the National schools competition. This will take place at Bromsgrove school on Saturday 31st January.
Tumba Katanda (U14 VC) commented: "We have been working really hard in the run up to the competition and are more determined than ever to repeat the success we had last year and hopefully go one step further and be amongst the top 5 schools in the Country this year."
The team would like to thank Mr Green, Mr Cadwallader and Miss Rippington for their support on the day.
U14’s: Rhea Patel (Captain), Tumba Katanda (Vice-Captain), Victoria Loa, Calista Henry, Renee Spence-Cork, Amethyst Jackson-Hickson, Jazmine Seaton, Mollie Coombes, Sahayi Arnett and Shanequa McLeish
U16’s: Samba Katanda (Captain), Ellie Bennett (Vice-Captain), Grace Porter-Deleon, Corianne Timmins, Octavia Donaldson, Nasara Arnett, Daisey Cotterill, Rimenpreet Basi and Nikita Samra.
"Our Day Out" Performance
On Tuesday 11th October, students from years 8 to 10 performed in a production of "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell in The Drama Studio.
However, this was a performance with a difference as the year 10 GCSE Drama group worked alongside Miss Green in directing, set design, sound and lighting operation and marketing.
The year 10s acted as mentors for the younger students and led on the project as a new initiative which allows students with more performance experience in Drama to help and guide younger students.
Here are some quotes from the year 10 leaders:
Rufaro: "From this project I have learnt how to cope with real live productions, gaining a good idea of what happens behind the scenes of a performance. This has broadened my knowledge and allowed me to experience what live in theatre is like."
Shaheena: "From the project I have learnt have to manage the organisation of a production. As Mrs Kay, I have learnt a lot about Naturalistic acting and how to create an interpretation of a character."
Rohit: "Doing "Our Day Out" has taught me a lot about leadership skills and what it takes to be a good leader."
Penny: "I have learnt to socialise with lower year groups and be a mentor to them."
Alisha:"I have really enjoyed using the lights in the performance. I have never done production before and it has been really eye opening."
Visit by Tom Watson, MP
Tom Watson, the Labour Party MP for West Bromwich East, visited Post 16 students at George Salter Academy, West Bromwich yesterday to support an initiative to educate young people on the importance of voting, and being registered to vote.
Following a presentation from Sandwell Council Officers, Mr Watson spoke to students and answered questions from Year 12 and Year 13 students.
Year 13 student Farjana Rahman said, "It was really interesting to hear Tom Watson talk about the importance of young people registering to vote. I was unsure how voting is relevant for my age group, but following the talk, I absolutely understand why it is important for young people to vote."
The event was part of a wider programme that George Salter Academy Post 16 students undertake to develop their life skills and prepare them for the next steps for University or the world of work.
Trip to "Othello 2014" at the REP theatre
Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Here, violence is a way of life and reputation is everything…
This award-winning... co-production (TMA Award Best Direction) is an electrifying take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, we take a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.
There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And its about to kick off…
Click here to watch the Othello 2014 trailer and other videos
"Wednesday 12th November, the day that the George Salter PE students had one of their greatest experiences yet, this was the day that we travelled to the London 02 arena to witness the Tennis ATP world tour finals.
Although having to be at school for 7:30am everyone was so excited, we were watching the Bryan brothers vs Rojer & Tecau at 12:00pm followed by Berdych vs Cilic, both had expectations of being such tight, thrilling matches.
Arriving at the 02 was quite an overwhelming experience for many of the students on the trip, we queued to enter the arena just as the doubles match was starting. As we finally reached the doors to the arena the game had begun but was far from over, we took our seats and watched closely at the pure excellence we were experiencing. This match lived up to and excelled its expectations. With it being such a close game the whole way through the Bryan brothers soon started creeping ahead and absolutely smashing it to close the game 7-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Again, the singles match was also a nail biter, with Marin Čilić being the reigning U.S open champion he had to live up to his title, but Berdych wasn’t having none of it, crowds were shocked as the underdog crept in and took the game finishing at 6-3, 6-1, with it being only a 2 set game the match was short and sweet.
We would like to thank the Albion foundation for giving us this amazing opportunity and also to the PE department for organising it, yet again another fantastic experience shared by all."
Ellie Bennett – 10R1
George Salter Academy remembers wartime Heroes
We also remember children who died as a result of conflict, survivors, families of service men and women, people with war injuries, and those who are still involved in conflicts around the world. This year is a particularly special year as it is the centenary remembrance of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.
In this video, KS4 History students present case studies of men and women from around the world who helped Britain in both the First (1914-1918) and Second World Wars (1939-1945).
These brave heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice, and we will remember them with a one minute silence that will take place tomorrow at 11.11am.
Trip to the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham
A group of A-level Art students visited the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham Wednesday 5th November to see an exhibition by internationally recognised Korean Artist Lee Bul.
In the exhibition were vast sculptural forms reminiscent of 20th Century architecture and jewellery making. With the artist dealing with many themes including failed Utopias, woman's survival during the Korean War and the impact of 20th century architecture on society the students were forced to put their thinking caps on and have their minds stretched!
The exhibition was a feast for the eyes, ears and senses with students experiencing walk through installations, sound installations, infinity reflections and even a mirror maze!
An inspirational and fun afternoon, thank you to the students for being keen and engaging with the work!
Are you talented in Music or Dance?
GSA Music and Dance departments are holding a fundraising concert soon and we want YOU to perform!
To find out more and audition for music then come down to MU1 at lunchtime 12:40pm on Wednesday the 12th of November.
If you would like to perform a dance routine then make sure you audition in DA1 at 3pm on Wednesday 12th November.
Please bring necessary equipment and music to the auditions and come prepared! SEE YOU THERE!!
We are in the News!
Check out our Performing Arts Department in the Sandwell Chronicle:
Academy strives to bring out the best in students
George Salter Academy strives against complacency, promotes humility but at the same time, is highly output driven. Thus we are quietly proud of our journey, which shows continual improvement. Principal, Mick Green says: "Over the past few years we have pursued and employed an immensely talented and highly-skilled group of teaching and support staff to maximise the opportunities for our students to explore and develop their talents across the full spectrum of subjects.
In particular, our performing arts staff have worked tirelessly to create meaningful and challenging accreditation pathways from 11- 18 to suit the strengths of all students. This is supported by an enhancement and enrichment programme which is unrivalled in its variety. To watch our students in over 40 shows in 2013/14 was a great pleasure and highly rewarding. The breadth of participation and the quality of the performances led to three public performances in the Piazzas of Venice to close the year.
The new term will see the completion of a state-of-the-art performing arts block, complete with a multi-purpose theatre, meaning that 2015 promises to be a memorable year in GSA’s performance history; simply we will reach for the stars."
The academy’s new build and refurbishment programme will be completed in the new year, with the first phase of the Post 16 centre refurbishment being ready for the September 2015 form intake.
In the past five years we have increased our recruitment from 50 to 250 and cater for all ability levels.
In January 2015, the new performing arts facilities will be completed and ready for use along with the brand new reception area and double storey science block.
The new performing arts facilities include:
- A state of the art dance studio
- Three new music suites, two of which are equipped with the latest iMacs
- A recording studio and adjoining practice room
- Three further practice rooms for individual tuition
- A flexible performance and theatre space that can seat up to 500 people, including 200 seat tiered seating
In addition, the infrastructure to support these facilities has been created, with new toilet facilities, a coffee bar area and separate changing areas for the dance and drama areas.
The Academy is proud of its reputation for being a genuine "community " school, and all of the aforementioned facilities are available for use outside of the normal Academy hours, from 5pm-10pm weeknights and 9am-9pm at weekends.
In addition, the Academy is looking to offer the performance and theatre space for one-off events, for example as a venue for conferences and wedding receptions.
A brand new English block, incorporating a new library and careers centre was completed in April, and furthermore, every classroom has been decorated and furnished with a new interactive whiteboard and has Wi-Fi coverage for mobile devices.
In February 2015, phase one works commence on the Post 16 block, which will provide a specific centre for sixth form students.
The centre will have its own access and reception area, along with tailor-made independent study areas and teaching spaces. This includes a dance and performance studio specifically for sixth form use, which has already been completed.
The Academy boasts excellent indoor and outdoor sports facilities including a recently refurbished four-court sports hall, fitness suite, aerobics and dance studios, two floodlit astro- turf pitches and four floodlit tennis and netball courts.
As well as being used during the Academy day by students, all of the facilities are available to hire at evenings and weekends. The PE department has representative squads in basketball, netball, football, table tennis, gymnastics, athletics, cricket, badminton, hockey, tennis, rounders and dodgeball to name just a few!
Over 400 off-site visits took place last year both abroad and in the UK. The off-site visits are available to all-year groups and are significantly subsidised by the Academy to ensure all students have the same opportunity. Recent Academy visits include New York, Brussels, a skiing trip to Italy and Performing Arts concerts for audiences in Venice.
For our budding performers there are regular opportunities to showcase their talent, with performances every term in music, dance and drama; not to mention the annual main event.
Productions in recent years include "Hairspray the Musical", "Grease", "Our House", "Oliver" and "Beauty and the Beast".
We offer 10 per cent of our places to students with an aptitude for one of our Performing Arts disciplines.
The most important development in the Academy has been its human resources; we have now recruited a highly qualified and skilled teaching and support staff. They are determined to ensure that our youngsters excel.
Inspectors and advisers and visitors invariably comment on the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of our staff.
The Academy is fortunate to have received funding for these significant improvements, and is excited at being able to offer both students and the local community a facility to be proud of. If you would like to enquire about any of the facilities the Academy can offer, including the new performing arts facilities, please contact Ian Lockett, Community Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01215534665/07545702127.
Trip to Blood Brothers at the Birmingham REP
On Tuesday 14th October, GCSE and BTEC Drama students participated in a workshop led by actor Sean Jones who plays the lead role of Mickey in Blood Brothers.
In his workshop Sean discussed the different approaches to character and script and also led a question and answer session about his work and experiences as a professional actor.
On Monday 20th October, Drama students across Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 visited the Hippodrome to see the spectacular production. Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Students and staff were absolutely blown away by the performance and it was a wonderful evening all round!
If you have not seen Blood Brothers yet – You don’t know what you’re missing!
Ice bucket challenge for Jodie Lou Foundation raises about £300
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral across the nation over the past few weeks, is an activity involving throwing a bucket of freezing cold ice water over somebody in order to raise money.
George Salter Academy is proud to support the Jodie Lou Foundation and took on the ice bucket challenge to raise about £300.
Jodie Lou is a student at GSA and has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone. Jodie is fighting the disease and campaigning for those affected by cancer by setting up her own charity.
The Jodie Lou Foundation aims to raise cash to help children who have needed to have limbs amputated due to cancer, and is hoping it can achieve charitable status soon.
With the money raised, Jodie will be the first recipient of state-of-the-art prosthetics that are currently not available to children on the NHS, and in the future she wants to see her organisation do the same for other kids. For more information about Jodie and her foundation , please go to https://www.facebook.com/thejodieloufoundation
On Thursday and Friday last week students and teachers alike flocked to the court yard where members of the staff from across the Academy bravely endured being dosed in water in front of cheering pupils who had had nominated them.
This was brilliant effort and thanks go to all involved and donated.
GSA's short film nominated for RTS MIDLANDS CENTRE AWARDS 2014
The Academy's short film, "The Shadow of Ingestre Hall", has been nominated in the category of Best Drama/Fictional Programme for the Royal Television Society Midlands Centre Awards 2014.
The Royal Television Society is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media.
The RTS brings together people to exchange ideas, debate and explore key issues. For over 80 years, the RTS has provided the UK’s main platform for debate about the future of television.
The Society is an educational charity, embracing all aspects of television, including the creative community, broadcasting, equipment manufacture, professional consultancy, journalism, design, research and development, cable, satellite, video and interactivity.
The RTS was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Society in 1997. The RTS Awards are an internationally recognised hallmark for quality and originality.
Birmingham Rag Market
On Tuesday 7th October Miss Taylor and a group of Year 12 Fashion students ventured in to Birmingham to visit the Rag Market.
The purpose of the trip was to purchase materials and findings for their coursework projects, where they are designing and making themed corsets.
The Rag Market has an abundance of various materials, beads, ribbons etc. which inspired students and fuelled ideas for constructing their final pieces.
The most interesting purchase was a pocket watch, bought by one of the students who is basing her corset on flight (mechanical as well as feathers.) The pocket watch inspired her to take the watch apart and remove the cogs and small mechanical parts in order to use them in her corset construction.
The students behaved in a respectful manner whilst out of school and spoke to people in a friendly way when purchasing fabrics.
All in all, a successful trip with all students bringing back fabric for their individual projects. Looking forward to seeing the final pieces in the coming weeks!
Young Promoters trip to the Arena Theatre
Some of our students are part of BCT (Black Country Touring) young promoters programme and our trip to the Arena Theatre was to see a brilliant performance of "The Hallowed Turf" by Gazebo theatre company.
The programme enables students to experience and learn about professional theatre and job roles available within the arts industry.
They will soon undertake their own marketing and promotion venture, which will see a professional theatre company perform in the New Theatre at GSA.
Students this year have been given the opportunity to mentor new members of the young promoters team. They are really excited by this opportunity and hope to pass on their knowledge and areas of expertise.
The next stage of this programme is a trip to see "Othello" performed by Frantic Assembly at the Old Rep in Birmingham and will be preceded with a backstage tour.
Look out for updates and details from our young promoters.
"The Kite Runner" at the REP Theatre
On Wednesday 1st October 45 AS/A2 English Literature students visited the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham to see the stage version of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel "The Kite Runner".
"This text is about so many things. It is a story about a relationship between a father and son; a story about two best friends who are challenged by racial and class difference; a love story; a story about the relative peace in Afghanistan that is then challenged by war and changing politics. Most importantly however, this is a story about guilt and redemption."
This stage version was an excellent, emotional adaptation that brought an A- level set text alive for many of our students.
During open evening Brunswick corridors were the place to be. Wonderful aromas filled the air, the spitting and sizzling of saucepans was heard and 9 busy young chefs were eagerly competing against one another to represent George Salter in the 2014 Futurechef competition. The competition has four stages with the first set in school and the 2nd and 3rd in local collages. The pupils that reach the final win a weekend trip to London where they will compete nationally in front of a celebrity chef!
The task given to these budding chefs of the future was to produce any savoury dish for under £5. Below you can see what a great variety of skills and interests were on offer.
- Rhys Whitehouse- pepperoni and pepper pizza
- Brandon Lyn-Kew- Cheese, tomato and pepperoni pizza
- Haris Hussain- Vegetarian pizza
- Ardian Stroud- Cornbread (A dish from Ardian’s home country Kosovo)
- Victoria Sheldon- Spicy burgers with salad
- Hannah Hussain- Indian inspired lasagne
- Jesal Patel - Homemade Pasta with a Indian style chicken sauce
- Morgan Payton- Mozzarella sticks with a tomato salsa
- Yvette Moyo- Thai fish cakes with a spicy Thai dip
Various members of staff and some year 11 pupils sampled the dishes and voted on their favourite.
The 2 winners that made it through the first round were Hannah Hussain (Year 9) and Jesal Patel (Year 11).
All pupils conducted themselves fantastically and the visiting parents were very impressed with all of the dishes produced.
Well done to all students involved!
The Salter Reporter
The Salter Reporter is George Salter Academy’s very own newsletter. It is run by the students, who come to the Salter Reporter club every Wednesday evening after school, and attend school events in their own time to investigate possible stories.
The Students come up with their own articles, columns, puzzle pages, horoscopes and anything else they feel would add interest to the newsletter.
We also have a photography team who take and choose the pictures to include in the reporter, and have an editor whose job it is to put the whole thing together!
We aim to produce a Salter Reporter once a term, reporting retrospectively on the previous term.
Download The Salter Reporter [pdf, 6 MB]
App Development competition finalist
Following the first round of the App development competition in April, Daeschwarn in year 8 reached the final 6 in the Ormiston App Competition, a national competition between all Ormiston Academies.
His app, "Art How Draw", makes drawing any picture easier. It allows the user to take a photo and overlay it with a 3 x 3 grid, splitting the photo into 9 tiles. Each tile is revealed and drawn one by one until you have a completed picture.
Daeschwarn's inspiration came from his love of art and technology. He said "I wanted to create an app to allow people to be creative".
He presented a confident pitch to 3 dragons at Ormiston Victory Academy in Norwich via a video link. His pitch was followed by some intense questioning from the dragons, which Daeschwarn took in his stride. For recognition of his hardwork and creativity he was awarded an iTunes voucher.
GSA supports "Read On, Get On" campaign
The UK has a strong link between low pay, unemployment and poor reading skills. Not reading well can mean a life sentence of poverty.
Trip to The Black Country Museum
In the first week of September, about 20 of our Key Stage 4 students went on a day trip to the Black Country Museum.
"The point that I enjoyed the most about the Black Country Museum was that we were allowed to go into the people’s houses and see what houses used to be like in the Black Country at that period of time.
Also, I enjoyed it when we went into the Victorian school and saw what we would’ve had to learn at school (the alphabet backwards!), it was interesting feeling what the atmosphere would’ve been like during class.
Further, I enjoyed when we saw the copy of the first engine, as it was very historical and it showed us how different the advances in transport were at that time compared to now. In addition to this I also liked the tour guide as he was very entertaining and he taught us a lot and he taught us it in a very fun and lively way."
By Amanjit Kaur 11N2/ 11K1
GSA A-Level Results Day in ITV News
On August 14, 2014, George Salter Academy were one of the schools that ITV local and national News visited to see how students in the West Midlands had fared in their chosen studies.
GCSE Results Day
Best results ever!
Once again standards at George Salter Academy lead, where the others follow.
Congratulations to all the last year 11 students, who not only fulfilled their potential but exceeded it by achieving the best KS4 results ever. Most notable achievements are:
- Most improved school in Sandwell, increasing 5A*-C (including English and Maths) from 59% to 70%. This is 10% above national averages.
- Better news: 80% of students made expected progress across all subjects, which is 17% above national figures.
- Even better news: 51% of students made better than expected progress across all subjects, which is 22% above national averages.
During the fourth week of the Summer Holidays, 25 year 6 students attended an exciting summer school within the English Department.
Shakespeare in the Park was a challenging and enriching one-week study programme that both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed.
As well as reading the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", students participated in script writing, costume designing, advertisment and drama workshops, all culminating in a performance of the play in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to members of the general public. Students were overwhelmed with the positive response that they received from members of the public who were very complimentary of the students' efforts and talent.
One student said, "that was the most awesome thing I've ever done", whilst another said, "I was so nervous at first but I loved it!"
Well done to all the students who performed; you were all fantastic!
I auditioned for a BBC TV show
"A few months ago I had an audition with an acting agency called "Top Talent Agency" and was accepted, which meant that I can get auditions for film, TV and theatre.
A few weeks ago I went to an audition for a new CBBC programme. It was a workshop audition, which meant that I and other teenagers of my age played acting games and did other acting activities.
I got through the first round of auditions, because I was invited to a re-call audition at the BBC Media Centre. I had to perform a small extract from the script, acting in front of the producing and casting director.
Because I was accepted, I will soon be filming a non-broadcasted pilot of the TV show. I am looking forward to acting with professional and experienced actors!"
Harpal, Year 10 Drama student
Great group of Young Community Volunteers!
In the Community Department we have a great group of Young Community Volunteers who give up their time to support sporting activities on an evening, weekend and during the holidays at George Salter Academy. These volunteers do a lot of work with the National Charity StreetGames who promote sport on young peoples doorstep. Through work with the charity 5 young volunteers were given the opportunity to go to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and stay at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre for 4 days with over 200 other young volunteers. The 6th formers thoroughly enjoyed the Commonwealth Games Netball matches they watched and also some great outdoor activities at the outdoor centre.
Well done to Jaz Hayer, Chloe Stephenson, Anil Sunder, Kamal Singh and Ezana Overton.
Congratulations also go to Sharon Lavender, an ex George Salter pupil, who was selected to work at the games as part of the StreetGames Young Advisor Group.
"In the summer break some of Georges budding young historians took on a three day challenge to find out how the bath came to Britain. Pupils began their journey by discovering about the world of Ancient Rome and the development of public baths and personal hygiene, which was described as "a fun and interesting way into the Romans"(Jeenesh Patel, 8K1).
As the students developed their understanding on the history of bathing and its importance in Roman life it was time to take advantage of the physical evidence left from the Romans during their occupation of Britain. Myself, Mr. Bonner and the students piled into the mini bus and headed for Bath. Here the pupils were treated to the finest example of a surviving Roman bath left in the country; Pupils got experience some first-hand evidence of a Roman bath, its development and importance to the local Roman community. The pupils described it "very educational as well as fun" (Mehraaj Ahmed, 8K1).
Pupils also discovered the site triggered the wider development of bathing in Britain.
Upon returning to Georges the pupils final day of the challenge allowed them to reflect and utilise the experience not only of the Bath but also the hybrid museum within the baths to create their own exhibition for showing the development of the Roman baths throughout Britain.
All involved enjoyed the three day experience and keen to develop their knowledge of the Romans based on this experience, all agreeing it was "fun and enjoyable"and "would like to go again" (Courtney Russell, 8K1). It was a pleasure and Mr. Bonner called the students "the most inquisitive bunch he’d ever taken on a trip with a brilliant attitude towards their historical studies". The History department hope to be able to run a similar trip this year but in the meantime, happy bathing!"
Mr. Brain, History teacher
Netball fundraising success!
On Tuesday 22nd July West Bromwich Netball Club hosted their first large fundraising event at George Salter Academy. The club was established in 2012 when a small group of volunteers came together to provide Netballing opportunities for the local community.
The club has gone from strength to strength and now has over 80 members in 7 teams across various Senior, Back to Netball and the Regional/ County Junior Leagues. In order to cope with the increase in numbers and development of the elite section of the club we hosted a Family Fun Tournament and Presentation Night.
It was a glorious evening that attracted over 100 players, family and supporters. Teams were made up of West Brom players, coaches, parents, friends and staff from George Salter Academy. All parents and players were a great support and produced a brilliant buffet spread that kept the players going in the boiling temperatures! Presentations concluded the evening to celebrate both individual and team successes over the season. "It was such a brilliant night for our friends and families to see how much this club means to us and to have all of our big Netball family all together. On behalf of the players I would like to thank everyone that has made an impact this season; coaches, parents and supporters." (Ellie Bennett, U14’s).
The club raised £282 to go towards the 2014-2015 season which we hope is going to be as successful as the last. West Bromwich Netball Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the evening and made it an event to remember.
See the Netball Fundraising event pictures on Facebook
Trip to Belgium
We went to Belgium for 5 days in the summer holidays. We were 32 pupils and we stayed with host families. We had a wonderful time and experienced Belgian life first hand.
We stayed in a village called Rochfort and visited Brussels as well as some caves which was fantastic.
All of us came back with a new understanding of the importance of French and the fact that it is a real language and that it was useful.
Sandwell Rounders League Winners!
The Sandwell Rounders league began in April for both the U14 and U16 girls. The league was split in half into north and south divisions, with six teams in each division and GSA placed in the north division.
Both U14 and U16 were undefeated in the division having won all their matches. This led to a final between us (the winners of the north division) and Sandwell Academy, who were the winners of the south division, which took place on Wednesday 16th July at GSA.
The girls showed excellent commitment by attending extra training sessions to prepare for the final, which paid off with both teams being crowned Sandwell champions. The scores were U16 14.5-7.5 and U14 15-7. A huge congratulations to both teams on a fantastic achievement.
Update on our New Build Project
As summer is approaching we are halfway through our New Build Project.
The English Block was handed over in time after the Easter break. The new classrooms and the library are already in use by students and staff.
The West Wing work (including the West Hall, the dining hall, the canteen and classrooms) is progressing well with roofing work completed.
The brickwork of the new Science and Performing Arts Block is also complete and the internal walls are being installed over the next few weeks.
Cake sale for Bone cancer research trust
At the Strawberries and Cream concert on Wednesday 9th July the Year 9 BTEC music group and Kenrick students/staff held a cake sale for Bone Cancer Research Trust - a charity very close to our hearts.
We raised a brilliant £176!!
Thank you so much to all the staff, students and parents who made the cakes and supported the event.
We will be supporting Bone Cancer Awareness week in October, see Miss Proudler if you would like to get involved!
Star City Trip!
A group of 20 students plus Mr Brown, Miss Karra, Miss Kaur and Mr Sharma went to Star City on Wednesday 9th July.
The students decided unanimously to go and watch the film "22 Jump Street". The film had everyone laughing from start to finish.
The trip was their reward for attending Maths Study Support sessions. Over the course of year 11, students attended extra maths lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday after school, Saturday mornings, Half-term and other holidays.
Well done to all the students - surely their hard work will pay off when they achieve the grade C!
New Summer Sports Programme
This summer George Salter Academy are opening our doors to ALL Year 4 - Year 11 pupils in West Bromwich and the surrounding areas for a packed full holiday sports programme.
The holiday camps include sport specific camps such as Basketball, Football and Girls Only and then a more generic multi sport camps as well. This is a great opportunity to enjoy organised sport delivered by George Salter Academy staff over the summer holiday.
Download the programme and application form [pdf, 425 KB]
Salter Reporter Student Editors Wanted
We are looking for enthusiastic and talented students to join the editorial team for the Salter Reporter.
Editorial meetings will take place at lunchtimes and occasionally after school. Once we’ve chosen an editorial team, we will negotiate times which are convenient for them, to fit around their studies.
You will help to: decide what events the termly newsletter will cover; write the articles; design the layout, including taking pictures.
This would appeal to anyone with an interest in writing, journalism or design.
By being an editor of the Salter Reporter you will: have fun; develop new skills; contribute to a publication read by hundreds of people.
Most importantly, we want students who are enthusiastic and dedicated to join the editorial team.
We are more interested in your dedication than in your previous experience or your last grade in English! We don’t even mind what year or house you’re in, as long as you’re enthusiastic.
So… You need to write a letter, addressed to Mr Green, explaining why you enjoy this opportunity and make the most of it. It need only be brief – 100 words or so – but it must show your enthusiasm! Hand in your application letters to your English teacher by 3pm on Tuesday 8th July.
Our Post-16 students attended their prom at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham on the 27th June.
The students enjoyed a 3 course meal and partied the night away to celebrate their successful completion of their exams and say goodbyes to their friends and staff before they head off to University.
We wish them all the best for the future.
A-Level Spanish film workshop at the BFI, London
On Friday 27 June, 7 Year 12 Spanish students attended a film workshop in London which gave them an introduction to Spanish film and in particular the work of the Spanish film director, Pedro Almodovar.
The clip-based morning presentation gave an overview of his work including his narrative themes, character archetypes, visual style and influences, casting and intertextuality. In the afternoon, there was a screening of one of Almodovar’s films, Volver which stars Penelope Cruz. The presentation took place mainly in Spanish by University professors and the day included interactive student activities and a Q&A at the end.
The film was enjoyed by all of the students and the workshop gave the students a fantastic introduction to the culture topic studied at A Level.
GSA students visited the VEX Robotics
They will be taking part in a national competition and this will involve researching, designing, creating, programming and testing a robot in order to compete against other teams in the 2015 competition. The skills involved in this project include Engineering, Science, Maths, Design Technology, Computer Science, Team work, Problem solving and resilience.
There will be the opportunity for their robotic creation to compete in Los Angeles, USA.
VEX Robots is a new initiative National Grid is using to engage students in science and engineering. The programme inspires young people to pursue a career based on STEM subjects and is suited to people 14-16 years old.
Trip to Venice, Italy
On Tuesday 24th June, 45 students took a Music and Dance show to Venice in Italy. Over 6 days students performed in front of both local and tourist audiences on outdoor stages.
Whilst on the trip, students experienced a day in St Mark’s Square where they were able to ride on gondolas and finished with a day at Aqualandia Water Park before flying home. Throughout the trip students performed with enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism.
All members of staff involved in the trip left filled with pride for the quality of work students had prepared outside of their lesson time and all were overwhelmed by the positive responses the shows received.
Well done everybody!
See the Venice pictures on Facebook
Trip to Botanical Gardens
As part of the flexible learning day programme, year 8 visited the Botanical Gardens.
They were involved in a cross curricular project involving English, Art and Geography to look at how rainforest products improve our lives and the impact of fair trade.
Year 11 Prom
On Friday, 20 June, Year 11 celebrated the end of their 5 years at George Salter Academy with the annual school Prom.
This year it was at the Ramada Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. The night was a huge success with both students and staff coming together to celebrate their achievements.
The girls looked gorgeous in their fabulous dresses and the boys looked dapper in their suits.
Congratulations to the Class of 2014.
ABC trip to Education Festival, Berkshire
Some of our Year 8 students who are part of the ABC cohort at the academy which works with higher ability students to help improve attitudes and raise aspirations are travelling today to the Festival of Education, held at Wellington College, Berkshire.
This event is an exciting opportunity will include activities, workshops and lectures from famous leading experts in various fields, including comic-turned-mental health expert Ruby Wax, Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo, and comedian David Baddiel.
There will be a host of fun activities to entertain the visitors including science shows and cookery demonstrations for students on making nutritious meals on the cheap.
Guests can also pit themselves against Usain Bolt’s time in the festival running tunnel.
For the first time, the festival will also include events and speakers on vocational education and apprenticeships.
Wishing all a great day out!
Trip to Carding Mill
As part of their skills development for GCSE, year 9 geographers visited Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire on Thursday June 19.
They used a range of primary data collection methods to test hypotheses about how a river changes along its course.
Dudley Netball League
Since April 2014, the Dudley Netball Summer League has relocated to George Salter Academy utilising our brand new floodlit Netball Courts.
The league has been a huge success and attracts over 500 ladies on a weekly basis to play over three nights.
West Bromwich Netball Club who are based at the school and who are made up predominantly of George Salter pupils have 3 teams playing in the league.
If you want any more information about joining and training sessions, please contact Kate Wilkinson (League Secretary) on email@example.com
Trip to the French Institute, London
On the 12th June 2014 15 year 9 pupils travelled to the French Institute in London for a day about WWII and France.
They had a talk in the morning which all pupils found interesting and learnt some facts about France's role in the war.
In the afternoon they watched "Les jardins effroyables" in the ciné lumière after having a talk by a university professor.
The film was well received and the pupils really did get an insight into French culture and history.
We will be taking another trip on the 8th July with 15 year 10 pupils.
Year 8 3D Wire and fabric figures
Congratulations to Miss Taylor’s Year 8 3D sculpture class who have produced work in the style of artist Joy Kirkwood for a competition.
All pupils created wire and fabric based sculptures to show an emotion or an interest. Images of their work were sent to the artist Joy Kirkwood, who judged the competitionand selected three winners in the form of gold, silver and bronze places. She was extremely impressed with the whole classes' creativity and found it tough to choose the winners.
She eventually settled on the following three positions:
- #3 Bronze Award - Maria Bishop
- #2 Silver Award - Simran Dulai
- #1 Gold Award - Marchello Divattimo
Congratulations to all pupils who participated in this competition and for producing such imaginative pieces of art work.
Many thanks to Joy Kirkwood for taking the time to judge the work and write feedback for each pupil!
See the winning wire figures on Facebook
New Build Project - Kitchen upgrade
The Academy is in the middle of an extensive refurbishment programme, with the next handover of the Humanities and ICT corridor, and West Hall due at the end of the Summer holidays, ready for the start of the Autumn term.
Part of the refurbishment programme is the kitchen and adjacent dining hall area. The works require a twelve week period to complete, and the best time of year to do this is to combine it with the 6-week summer holiday period.
The refurbishment of the kitchen and dining hall area will commence on Monday 16th June 2014 and will clearly have an impact on what we are able to serve at break and lunchtime between Monday 16th June and the end of the summer term. During this period there will be limited hot food available but a wider range of cold food which will be served from the East Hall. Students will be informed of the temporary arrangements so they know where to go to purchase and eat their
It would be helpful if during this particular period of time, any parents that are able to provide their child with a packed lunch could do so, to try to reduce the demand on the catering service for this 5 week period. Please note, students will still be able to purchase sandwiches and cold food at lunchtime and a reduced choice will operate at break time.
Students will not be permitted to leave the site at lunch time, as per our normal Academy rules.
May we thank you in advance for your understanding with this. The kitchen and dining hall are long overdue a significant refurbishment and we are all looking forward to having better quality catering facilities at the Academy.
Rowley KS3 Awards Evening
Rowley celebrated their annual KS3 awards evening on Monday 9th June.
It was a huge success with the Year 7 and 8 students achieving a variety of subject and Pastoral awards. The turn out of parents was very good with a full hall celebrating their children's achievements alongside the Rowley staff.
Well Done to all the students that achieved an award.
NOFA London Trip
On Friday 6th June, 13 students across all year groups took part in a one year project, Conductors for Change (CFC), funded by Youth Music and led by the National Orchestra For All (NOFA).
Every school that took part had formed a small group and in the past few months each school learnt the same piece of specially composed music.
The West Midlands group met in March but on Friday the West Midland schools had the opportunity to meet with the London schools.
The day involved sectional rehearsals and an improvisation workshop before a concert at the Southbank Centre. 150 students gave a great performance of an arrangement of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
A great day had by all!
See the London trip pictures on Facebook
See the London trip video on YouTube
Keep calm and Go Fishing!
Georges Carp Crew, the academy’s fishing club had its first outing of the year on Saturday.
A group of students from across the year groups attended the trip to Boldings Pools in Bridgnorth. A great day was had by all, with fantastic weather and lots of catches.
The fishing club has been running for the last 7 years and is open to any George Salter students to join. Fishing trips leave from the Academy every other Saturday during the summer months and cost £3 per trip.
See more fishing pictures on Facebook
"Lord of the Flies" theatre trip
On Thursday 15th May, the Drama Department took nine students to see Matthew Bourne’s "The Lord of The Flies" at The Birmingham Hippodrome.
For all students it was the first time they had seen a piece of Physical Theatre and for a few students it was the first time they had been to see a live production.
The students we took are either part of an exciting Highly Sprung project or are spearheading a male leadership project using the same text.
Below are some responses from the students:
"When I watched The Lord of The Flies, it was amazing. It was the first time I had been to the theatre and I really enjoyed it." Year 7 Student.
"Lord of The Flies was fantastic, amazing and brilliant. The acting and dancing was incredible. It was a great experience." Year 7 Student.
"I didn’t expect it to be all dancing, but the storyline was clearly communicated and I enjoyed it throughout. I would definitely recommend it to anyone." Year 10 Student.
"This was a good production that has clearly been well thought out. I thought it was very thought-provoking and minimalistic. It was extremely effective in creating a vibe." Year 10 Student.
National Success for West Bromwich Netballers
On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May West Bromwich Netball Club represented the West Midlands in the National Clubs Netball Finals. The Netball club, who is made up from the majority of pupils from George Salter Academy, qualified for the West Midlands League in January and then played the best clubs from across the region. In a gripping final match they beat Leamington to guarantee their place at National Finals to compete against the best two clubs from every region across the country.
The finals took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield over the full weekend. West Bromwich had an outstanding first day of Netball with matches against Hull Chevrons, Futureprints, Milton Keynes and Oakswood. The level of Netball was a huge step up from anything the team have experienced before and the defensive unit of Grace Porter-Deleon and Victoria Loa made it very difficult for any attackers they faced. West Brom had a comfortable win over Hull Chevrons with Nasara Arnett and Tumba Katanda linking up brilliantly in the shooting circle. The next two matches were against competition favourites; Milton Keynes and Oakswood. The West Brom team put up a good fight against Milton Keynes but eventually lost the match as they struggled to deal with their tall opponents. The final match on the Saturday was against Futureprints which was guaranteed to be a nail biting game. The team found themselves 5 goals behind going into the last 10 minutes. After an intense team talk the team went out fighting and dug deep to produce the best Netball they have played together to win the match by 4 goals. The scenes on the court at the final whistle were similar to those when Man City won the Premier League last weekend!
After a brilliant day of Netball the team found themselves in the middle group on the Sunday with very difficult opposition. On the Sunday the team struggled with fitness with such a small squad of 8 but still maintained a high level of Netball and were cheered on by a large travelling crowd including Miss Gregory, Mr Lockett and a mini bus full of George Salter pupils and parents.
West Brom finished as the 12th Best Under 14 club in the Country and Number 1 West Midlands Club. This is an amazing achievement for the club in only its second year of existence and the girls have shown remarkable commitment to hours and hours of extra training in the run up to the event.
We would also like to wish Ellie Bennett, Tumba Katanda and Victoria Loa the best of luck in the Under 17 Regional Performance Academy trials they will be attending over the next two months.
Squad: Grace Porter-Deleon (Captain), Ellie Bennett (Vice Captain), Daisey Cotterill, Rhea Patel, Nasara Arnett, Tumba Katanda, Victoria Loa and Chloe Brown.
Thank you to all the parents travelled up to Sheffield with us for the weekend; your support was very much appreciated.
West Bromwich Albion Smash Their Way To Second Place
On Saturday, 8 pupils from George Salter embarked on their very first Premier League 4 Sport regional badminton competition hosted by Aston Villa FC.
Aston Villa F.C, Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C and West Bromwich Albion F.C each bought a selection of male and female participants to take part in the Premier League 4 Sport regional competition.
The Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) project aims to target all young people to get involved within sport in their local community all free of charge. It is funded through the Premier League and Sport England and runs in partnership with National Governing Bodies and local community sports groups.
The Albion Foundation currently delivers 24 satellite sessions spanning 6 different sports across Sandwell and Dudley.
The Tournament consisted of singles and doubles matches, so all players took part in each type of game and played each individual once, and the team with the most points to be crowned the winner of the competition.
All of the matches were umpired by badminton coaches from Aston Villa F.C.
The matches were nail biting and extremely tight and well fought by each participant. The level of badminton being played was outstanding to see.
At the end of the day, Aston Villa was victorious in both KS3 and KS4, closely followed by West Bromwich Albion in 2nd and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 3rd.
Each team was awarded with a trophy and medal for partaking in the tournament and making the tournament such a success.
WBA participant said "I felt that today was really good, even though I didn’t win a game it has made me want to practice more and come back better next year."
WBA participant said "It was a really good day, and I am glad to know that there are more clubs and possible matches that I can play in, and not just play with my friends."
See more Badminton pictures on Facebook
A visit from Hardip Begol (DfE)
On Friday, 9th of May 2014, the Academy was visited by Hardip Begol, Director of Assessment, Curriculum, Qualifications and Accountability for the DfE, and Gwayne Webb, Director of Learning, Teaching and Progress for OAT.
The day included a tour of the Academy with Post 16 students, followed by Curriculum Discussions with Mick Green (Principal), Bob Banks (Associate Principal) and John Nicholson (Assistant Principal).
After the day, Gwayne Webb wrote: "On behalf of Toby [Salt, Chief Executive Officer] and Di [Barnes, National Director for Academies], thank you sincerely for hosting my visit with Hardip this morning.
As always, it was a pleasure to see you, your staff and students, and your academy.
I’m in no doubt that Hardip found the visit informative and that we were able to provide him with robust responses to the views and opinions he was seeking; as well cement a positive view of your academy and OAT.
Please pass our thanks on to Bob, Imran and the 6th Formers too. And thank you for the hospitality – lunch was excellent!"
Gwayne Webb is a specialist in English language and literature, drama and psychology and has 25 years’ teaching and leadership experience. He has been part of the academies’ programme since its inception and his skill-set includes initial teacher training, change management, performance management, senior leadership training and self-evaluation.
Gwayne oversees the OAT data strategy, as well as delivering challenge and support to our academies and driving transformational change through the management of specialist education advisors and consultants.
Vanessa interviewed by BBC WM!
She talked about her coaching journey with StreetGames starting in 2007, her work with West Bromwich Netball Club, George Salters and inspiring other young women to engage with sport.
Great achievement & brilliant interview - well done Vanessa!
Vanessa's BBC Radio Interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01y3n4n [1:50:00 - 1:56:30]
Former pupil wins Aspiring Talent award
The highly prestigious Birmingham Young Professionals of the Year awards (BYPY) celebrates and rewards the most talented individuals within Birmingham’s burgeoning business community.
Magdalena Tulacz moved to Birmingham from Poland when she was 15 and, despite a limited knowledge of the English language, went on to achieve exemplary GCSE and A-Level results at George Salter Academy before embarking on a business and management degree at Aston University.
Magdalena recently completed a 12 month work placement at Ernst & Young (EY) within the financial services assurance department and during her time there was awarded an EY Value award for her involvement in private equity client work. Following her placement she was offered a graduate position at the firm and has also been recognised as part of Aston University’s "Recognising Business Excellence" awards.
Having overcome the language barrier during her studies here in Birmingham, Magdalena has gone on to work with Polish students, and runs an after-school club four days a week to assist other young people who are facing a similar problem. She aims to become a fully qualified chartered accountant in the next five years.
She said: "This year, BYPY received a record number of applications so I am absolutely thrilled (...). Birmingham has provided me with many great opportunities over the years. I am delighted that I will be able to celebrate my own success as well as the city’s."
Yesterday, Year 8 Farley form groups visited Laserquest Birmingham at Teamsports.
This was a reward for excellent behaviour and attitude at school promoting excellent achievement and contribution in school in which both pupils and staff had an enjoyable experience.
Thank you to Mr Morton and Mr Al for taking part in the succesful event (see more Lasertrip pictures on Facebook ).
National recognition for added value to students’ achievements at GCSE!
The Academy has qualified for an SSAT (The Schools Network) Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16 and will receive the award regional celebration ceremony taking place on 04. June 2014.
"George Salter Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools." says Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT.
"These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at George Salter Academy, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network."
GSA pupils and staff take to the slopes in Italy on Easter Holiday ski trip!!
67 pupils took a one-week ski trip over the Ester holiday in the Aosta Valley, Pila, Italy.
All had 6 days skiing (4 hours per day) and 5 evening activities ranging from discos, pizza nights, ice skating and bowling.
A great time was had by everyone!
New York - here we come!
Over Easter 2014 the Sixth Form participated in a once in a life time must do trip to New York City!
The group of 20 students experienced the sites and culture of New York over a 5 day long trip. Students visited all the major sites including, Central Park, Empire State building, Statute of Liberty and many more. In addition to the sites students had the opportunity to absorb the NYC culture from trying a range of breakfast options to touring the Yankees Stadium, the heart of NYC sport!
Students also had the opportunity to reflect on the history of NYC by attending the Ground Zero memorial site and also visiting the Ellis Island Immigration museum.
Fantastic fun and learning experience for all!
See more New York pictures on Facebook
Trip to Drayton Manor
Miss Ballaggan and 20 pupils from year 9 and 10 successfully raised money to have an enjoyable start to Easter by visiting Drayton Manor theme park.
The trip was a success with all pupils having a fabulous start to the day as they were treated to McDonalds breakfast and then off for a busy day to enjoy the rides. For some pupils this was a first time experience going to a theme park.
All pupils and Staff (Miss Ballaggan and Miss Cawley) had a fantastic thrilling visit to the theme park.
Miss Ballaggan and pupils would like to thank all that supported in making this trip happen and will hopefully be planning another adventure soon!
App Development teams make it to the final!
Last year, Ormiston Academies Trust launched a competition to develop an App. Each of the 26 Academies of the Trust was invited to articulate the business case and potential design for a new app. The winning design will be developed into a commercial app that is available for download.
The first round in the competition saw the Academies hold an internal competition.The winners of the first stage would then present their Apps to the other Academies in a marketplace. George Salter nominated two Apps to go forward.
The App Design Competition marketplace took place at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy on the 27th March 2014. On the day, there were academies from all over the country with up to 70 participants.
The two entries from George Salter Academy were selected for the National Dragon's Den Final in Norwich in September.
The criteria to select the best App ideas were originality, creativity and quality. Our students displayed lots of these 3 features and presented their designs to various groups of people throughout the day.
The winning App design in September will be fully developed by Gaia technologies.
Well done to our students!
Vanessa wins National Young Coach Award
Vanessa Lindo won the National Young Coach of the Year award at the StreetGames Conference and Award Ceremony last week. George Salter Academy nominated her for her voluntary work with West Bromwich Netball Club, where she voluntarily coaches at least 4 hours a week.
She has been involved with StreetGames since they began their sports charity work in deprived areas in 2007 and has worked as a both a Young Advisor and Young Volunteer.
George Salter Academy would like to congratulate Vanessa on her award and thank her for the hard work and commitment to West Bromwich Netball Club.
National Orchestra trip
Students across years 7 to 10 took part in a National Orchestra For All workshop day. They spent the day at the Birmingham and Midland Institute piecing together the music they had been learning since the start of the term.
The young musicians were given the chance to rehearse their parts with other schools in small sections and as a big orchestra.
This was a fantastic experience for students to play as part of a large ensemble.
All of the students were a credit to the school and staff from National Orchestra For All commented on the standard of ability and the maturity of George's students.
The group are looking forward to performing in London in June with a new piece of music.
Well done to all involved!
See all the National Orchestra trip pictures on Facebook
BBC School Report day in full swing!
12 teams are reporting and editing from across the school, from topics such as the recent "Beauty and the Beast" performance, the New Build Project, Netball, the "Benefit Street" to of course last but not least "the weather".
In the meantime, see our BBC School Report teams on Facebook
In other news, while the year 9 teams are busy reporting the news, two teams from Year 7 and Year 13 are travelling to the Birmingham Ormiston Academy to represent George Salter in the Ormiston-wide App Development Competition. Teams from the 26 Ormiston Trust Academies compete today to be selected to make it to the final later this year, where six budding App Developers will face a Dragons-Den style panel to crown the ultimate winner.
Good luck to both teams!
Also, our A2 Biology students are on a trip to the Keynote Educational A2 Biology Student Conference in Manchester.
The conference is run by AQA examiners and goes through key concepts and revision for the Unit 4 & Unit 5 modules which will be examined in June. Students are provided with key materials and examiners hints and tips.
And some of our students which have been rehearsing as part of a new school instrument ensemble are taking part in a region-wide project called Conductors for Change, run by the National Orchestra for All.
The project is bringing together seven schools from the West Midlands counties to rehearse and perform as a large-scale orchestra, and receive professional ensemble training at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in central Birmingham today.
Wishing all an enjoyable day whatever you do!
"Beauty and the Beast" triumph!
Anyone who saw the show will know that the sudents performed with exceptional skill and talent; it was quite simply the most professional show so far! Thanks also to the Performiong Arts Team and all the enthusiastic backstage/support staff for their amazing contributions.
Nikki Aldridge congratulates "the Drama Students on their fantastic performance of Beauty and the Beast. I came from the Mayors office on Wednesday night and was completely stunned at how good it was. I could have easily watched it at least once again. Fantastic Show, Fantastic Performers, Fantastic Night!"
"We came (...) last night to watch the kids performance of Beauty and the Beast and what (..) pure brilliance, what an absolutely fantastic performance the whole cast put on, believe me if this was TV, I would start watching.
Our congratulations goes to you all, the musicians, the back room boys and girls, the teachers who we now know put some amazing time into this and of course the cast! We would love to name every single one of them as fantastic, they were so grown up in their performance, the words, the singing the acting and innuendo was pure class (...)
As a governor, well, if this is a performance from kids in an after school situation, it simply sums up what the school is all about and what can be achieved. (...)
Once again can we offer our congratulations to the whole cast, the school and Mick and the team for offering the guidance for such a performance, no wonder the kids of the area all want to attend George Salter Academy, proud moments for you all." Dave Heeley
See all the "Beauty and the Beast" pictures on Facebook
Premier League 4 Sport – GSA at the N.I.A
On Saturday 8th March 2014, eight pupils from George Salter Academy, West Bromwich were invited to the "Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2014" at the N.I.A in Birmingham.
Before heading out for the day, the excitement began as all pupils from George Salter Academy were briefed on the format of the day.
The day started off at 10:00am where the student’s arrived at George Salter Academy before setting off on the mini bus. When arriving at the N.I.A, the student’s all had their own tickets when entering the arena. After finding the allocated seats, some students had a look around at all the promotional events that were taking place before the Championships began. Game day programmes were handed out for the students to keep updated about the fixtures of which players were on court. This was a fantastic day out for everyone who attended, with each individual gaining a different experience which inspired all.
The Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) project aims to target all young people to get involved within sport in their local community all free of charge. It is funded through the Premier League and Sport England and runs in partnership with National Governing Bodies and local community sports groups. The Albion Foundation currently delivers 24 satellite sessions spanning 6 different sports across Sandwell and Dudley.
Our partnership with the Albion Foundation consists of four sessions per week covering 3 different sporting activities, currently promoting girls football, netball and badminton for free for year 9 and above students. These all link with the Albion Foundation, providing opportunities and supporting school and local communities with sports provision.
For the Badminton Championships, the students were selected based on their attendance. By providing such incentives, The Foundation hopes to increase the uptake of participation in the sessions in future.
WBA Kicks Coach, Harley Simpson: "I believe this has been one of the best trips I have attended with school students. Everyone appeared to enjoy the whole event and interacted well! This has also inspired me to create new opportunities for young people in the future".
George Salter P.E department, Kate Roberts: "The badminton club has really taken off at George Salter. It’s great to see so many students taking up a new sport. Pupils have shown great commitment towards the session and have been rewarded with a trip to the Yonex Open Championships, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Especially as a lot of the students don’t play for any other sports teams".
George Salter P.E student Harpreet: "I really enjoyed the trip because it was a great opportunity for me to go to the N.I.A and watch the Badminton Championship event. It was amazing to have seen some of my idols at this event thanks to Harley. This has now made me not give up on my sport and carry on playing because I now have feelings that I could play for my national team".
World Book Day
This annual event was celebrated by George Salter Academy in a number of ways.
Specially themed assemblies were given for all students entitled: "Books are amazing& which took place all week! In this assembly, an exciting video was shown where staff and students shared their favourite books and offered explanations as to why these books were so special.
Ms. Jordan launched a competition for all staff to dress up on the day as a character from a book. Each member of staff could vote for their favourite character and each tutor group voted for their top three characters. We had Little Red Riding Hood to Dracula but the three top characters were:
- 1st: Mr. Wolfell as Thor.
- 2nd: Mrs. Field & Mrs. Webb as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Cat in the Hat
- 3rd: Mrs Fasham as Captain Hook (see the World Book pictures on Facebook )
On the actual day, the 6th of March, the children’s author Karen King came in to school and worked with six different groups of pupils throughout the day. She told them how she became an author, what it's like to write for a living and she also read some extracts from some of her books! Pupils were then given the opportunity to do their own creative writing which produced some excellent work. Overall, students reported that their sessions with the writer were "exciting" and "informative".
All in all, it was a very enjoyable and successful World Book Day! We look forward to next year’s extravaganza!
Post-16 Photography Exhibition opens in West Bromwich Library today!
The exhibition is a culmination of the coursework projects that have been created both A2 Fine Art and A2 Photography.
As the exhibition is at West Bromwich Library, everyone is welcome to come and see the collection of work, anytime of the day. The library will host the exhibition for several weeks for all to enjoy.
Great 11B2 Fundraising effort for the Birmingham Dogs home
Today, 11B2 visited Sunny Side Dogs Kennel in Wolverhampton and dropped off all cash raised on behalf of Birmingham's Dogs Home.
A grand total of £295 was raised, along with donations of blankets, dog treats and toys.
The form went around the dog kennels, and saw how, and why it is so important for people to support charity based organisations such as Birmingham Dogs home, and what the money raised by them would be used for.
George Salter Academy retains the title!
For the third year running our Year 7 book quiz team won the Sandwell Book Quiz.
The "Raving Readers" breezed through the final beating Holly Lodge and St. Michaels with a massive eleven point lead.
Team members, Mohammed, Rohit, Zoya, Danielle and reserves Julia and Michael worked really hard to retain this title. Comments from our team:
"It was fun taking part and a privilege to represent our school."
"It was a team effort, we all tried our best and all the effort paid off."
The charitable spirit soars from strength to strength!
As recently reported in the Express&Star, Post-16 pupils raised £361 for AGE UK by simply selling samosas.
But not only our Post-16 students worked hard to help charities over the past few months.
In fact, there have been several fund-raising activities across all age groups of the academy and as a result of the efforts we were able to donate the following:
- £54 to Help for Heroes
- £97.15 to Samaritan's Purse
- £361.05 to RSPCA
- £361.56 to Age UK
- £413.49 to Cancer Research UK
- £1068.76 to NSPCC (Childline Charity)
Well done to everyone involved!
In February 2014 the History department took a group of 6th formers to Berlin, the capital of Germany, a city filled with history.
The trip took pupils to numerous historical sites. We had a chance to walk along "Unter den Linden", the historical boulevard in the city centre, stretching from Alexanderplatz, the heart of the former German Democratic Republic, all the way to the Reichstag and Brandenburg gate.
On "Unter den Linden" you can see the Cathedral, the former site of the "Palast der Republik" as well as the aptly named "Museumsinsel" (Museum Island).
Students spent time learning about the division of Germany into East and West during the Cold War in preparation for their A2 unit on the Cold War. We went to the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie a flashpoint from the Cold War and saw the remains of the Berlin Wall.
The trip also included a visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin. A sobering visit but every student said how worthwhile it was to visit a genuine site of memory.
The trip was not all history though! We had a chance to eat and experience German cuisine, as well as the American influence in the Hard rock Cafe. We also saw the very modern hub of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz visiting the Imax cinema in the Sony Centre.
All in all it was an enjoyable trip with a mixture of History and culture.
Congratulations from RT Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Education, for our excellent 2013 GCSE results and progress for disadvantaged pupils.
We received the letter from RT Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Education, congratulating us "on the excellent performance of your pupils in the 2013 national key stage 4 results (…).
The percentage of your pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and maths, shows that your school id one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England.
Your results also show that you are amongst the 108 top performing schools in terms of the progress of pupil premium pupils. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your pupils with a good start in adult life and a strong springboard into the next stage of their education, and the world of work. (…)
I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement."
GSA contestant Yvette comes second in the Regional Finals of the FutureChef competition out of over 15 schools!
Springboard’s FutureChef helps young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook. It inspires them to explore food and cooking as a life skill by developing their culinary talent and informing them about entry routes into the hospitality industry.
The competition comprises of four stages - a school heat and the local, regional and the national finals.
Competing in the regional finals on the 25 January 2014 at the BCU participants cooked a two course meal with a budget of up to £10.00.
Dance students receive excellent grades from I.D.T.A Ballet examination
A group of 10 talented dancers from years 9 and 10 took the Grade 2 I.D.T.A Ballet examination on the 8th December 2013. All the students have shown dedication and commitment to the discipline after attending weekly Ballet lessons after school and during weekends. The students received excellent marks and comments from the exam board.
"The candidates were well prepared, very polite and beautifully groomed" - J.A. Waddington I.D.T.A Examiner
Our students raise £1,068.76 for NSPCC
"Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved for giving their time and enthusiasm for children in need of help and support", writes Karen Robinson, Schools Manager for the Midlands, Wales & South West Regions of the NSPCC.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) works across the whole of the UK to protect children by running a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects.
"All of this work would not be possible without the continued support of schools (...) such as yours. With your help, we're getting closer to ending cruelty to children in the UK."
Music Department receives "The Prince's Teaching Institute 2013 Mark"
The Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance teaching.
To achieve the PTI Mark, departments have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff's own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.
Congratulations to all students and staff of the Music Department!
Prices for "Friends of Chernobyl's Children Charity Concerts" dropped
Tickets for the concert on Thursday 13th February are now only £4, Concessions £2
George Salter Netball girls qualify for the National Finals
In November 2013, George Salter Academy’s Under 14 squad became County Champions at the South Staffordshire Schools competition hosted at Oldbury Academy - and last Saturday they qualified for the National Finals in Liverpool.
After beating Wolverhampton Girls School in the final at the South Staffordshire Schools competition in November 2013 the team went forward to represent the county at the West Midlands Regional Schools tournament which was in Telford last weekend. The squad didn’t know what to expect and immediately it became clear the standard was very high. George’s found themselves in a difficult group with schools from across Worcester, Shrewsbury and Birmingham such as Wrekin College, Fairfax and King Edwards. George’s started well with a comfortable win against Fairfax and they looked at home amongst some very talented young players. As the winds picked up the conditions became increasingly difficult and the team had to adapt their game very quickly, still coming out on top against Wrekin and Hereford.
George’s finished second in their group after losing 8 – 7 in a thrilling match against Tudor Grange. This meant they were through to the semi-finals against Kings School College on the 25th of January 2014 and were one win away from a place in the National Finals. The salter girls got off to a flying start with calm and controlled play by Ellie Bennett playing in centre and perfect shooting from both Nasara Arnett and Tumba Katanda. Grace Porter-Deleon kept her team calm as they went into the final minute of the match with just a one goal lead. Knowing they were up Daisey Cotterill and Rhea Patel maintained possession for the team. As the final whistle went and George Salter’s had qualified the girls celebrated in style throwing their arms around one another as the parents cheered on from the side-lines. This meant that George’s were through to National Finals and are amongst the top 20 best schools in the country, such a great accolade for the area and the school. Amongst the excitement of qualifying, George’s concentration dipped and they were beaten in the final by Tudor Grange.
Coach Kate Roberts said "I am so proud of what the squad have achieved this season. They have shown a huge amount of commitment, determination and displayed a great attitude towards playing high level sport. The hard work will continue in the run up to the National Finals!"
The National Finals will take place in Liverpool on Saturday 15th May and the school would like to wish the girls the best of luck competing against the best in the country.
Squad Members: Grace Porter-Deleon (C), Ellie Bennett, Daisey Cotterill, Nikita Samra, Rhea Patel, Chloe Brown, Tumba Katanda, Eden Riley and Nasara Arnett.
Regional Netball Success
West Bromwich NC are a Netball club based at George Salter Academy made up of predominantly students from our school. Over this season the Under 14 squad have qualified to represent South Staffordshire in the West Midlands Regional League. The league takes place on a Sunday morning at the University of Wolverhampton and the squad play against the top two clubs from each county across the West Midlands.
On Sunday the first league matches took place and West Brom were drawn against Worcester City, a very established club with a lot of talent. West Brom had a shaky start, slightly intimidated by the large crowds, big arena and very tall opponents, finishing the quarter 9 goals down. From the second quarter the girls came out fighting with important goals from Nasara Arnett and Tumba Katanda. At half time the scores were even and West Brom were matching there physical opponents. Captain Grace Porter kept her team calm but motivated going into the last quarter with a slight 2 goal lead. The atmosphere was electric in the final minutes of the match as West Brom went on to win by just one goal: 24-23.
This weekend the girls take on Elmdon, the Birmingham representative.
Well done to the squad: Grace Porter- Deleon (C), Chloe Brown, Ellie Bennett, Rhea Patel, Daisey Cotterill, Tumba Katanda & Nasara Arnett.
WOW... WOW and triple WOW !!!!!
That was the feedback from David Hyner, the founder of Stretch Development, after he delivered a workshop at George Salter Academy.
The workshop was for Year 8 focusing on Careers. The event covered the essential skills requested by employers today:
- making a great first impression including body language, eye contact, gesture and handshakes etc
- knowing "what to say" and how to say it
- structuring a presentation
- public speaking and presentation skills
But not only the students found the experience very rewarding, afterwards David and his team were full of praise and had this to say:
"Over recent years I have been into your school and watched with interest how year on year the behaviour, atmosphere and attitude of staff and students has improved. (...)
From every member of your staff on the day through to your students... you could not do enough for us. The organisation was superb, and your hospitality simply the best we ever had (best school meal in 13 years and approximately 50 schools a year!!!.... THAT and I am a hard to please former chef myself!!!)
The true acclaim though has to be for your Yr8 students who equated themselves with purpose, enthusiasm and (on the whole) maturity beyond their years.
This workshop can evoke some pretty amazing responses from students but both in the morning and afternoon sessions my team were simply blown away what they heard and saw - even when some were finding things tough, their peers supported them.
I don't know what you are doing there.... but PLEASE (as a Sandwell man born and bred) keep going it!"