The Summer Concert is now on Thursday 20th July, not 13th July as previously advertised on the school calendar. More details to follow shortly.
At the end of each year, we invite two students from each of years 7-9 in each House to attend a reward day where they are collected from school and go to Birches Valley on Cannock Chase to have a day of mountain biking. The students are selected by looking at their achievement and attitude towards learning across the year. Whilst the selection process is always a challenge, we are grateful that we have such fantastic students at JTHS, to provide us with it. The days are great fun and I am led to believe that ice creams are part of the day – but that is yet to be confirmed by the students! What I can confirm is that the student return whilst sometimes a bit muddy, they have smiles on their faces. The older boys even completed the ‘Follow the Dog’ route!
I would like to congratulate the following who have attended the days:
|Kingstone||Laura Berezenko||Archie Wedd||Eleanor Jones||Dominic Sturman||Victoria Copeman||Archie Roden|
|Marchington||Emily Eadon||Ben McHoul||Abbie Porter||Ben Rogers||Elizabeth Toomes||(Did not attend)|
|Needwood||Emily Tricker||Max Vipond||(Other event)||(Did not attend)||Maisie Ranyard||Cameron Jones|
|Sherwood||Millie Walker-Mousley||Jake Meacham||Emily Millington||(Did not attend)||Charlotte
|(Did not attend)|
On Friday 10th June both staff and sixth form prepared for a charity netball match which was organised by Miss Harvey’s form, K11. The game was highly competitive throughout and both teams put in a fantastic performance. However, the staff managed to squeeze in a few goals to win the final quarter of what was a close game. The match ended with a final score of staff (19) students (15). A great effort was made by both teams and they managed to raise a total of £121, some of which was raised by selling cakes which were kindly made by the Y7s in K11(Olivia Ashford, Freya Moore and Phoebe Palmer). This money will be going to Kingstone’s house charity— the Birmingham ‘Eye Believe’ Children’s Hospital charity.
A huge thank you to Mrs Berry who umpired the game so professionally! Thank you to staff and students who took part and spectated; fun was had by all and we hope to do this again next year!
This event had not been held on the school field for a number of years. Approximately 30, Y7 Young Leaders attended training for the festival and then helped run a very smooth multi-skills festival on the field overseen by four very experienced Young Sporting Ambassadors. 55 Y2 pupils from Richard Crosse, Kings Bromley School and All Saints Rangemore Primary School attended on a lovely day; we were so fortunate not to see a drop of rain. The primary pupils were split into small groups and given labels depicting which group they belonged to: Lions, Penguins, Sharks, Giraffes to name a few. Two leaders stayed at each stations and ran the activity for the whole festival, whilst two leaders looked after each group taking them from activity to activity. The events they participated in ranged from dribbling activities to throwing, balancing and skipping along with a huge parachute to run finish with.
The Y2 pupils had tremendous fun and the Young Leaders from John Taylor were absolutely outstanding and showed leadership skills beyond their years. Confidence and team spirit were in abundance. Some of the Leaders will now help out at Thomas Russell Infant school sports day in the coming weeks and I know they will do an excellent job there.
The Y9 upcoming GCSE Art and Design pupils had a fantastic opportunity to work with a professional photographer in May at a new St Modwen’s housing development, to capture images addressing the theme of ‘Making Places’. St Modwen’s are currently celebrating 30 years and they have invited 30 schools across the country to take part in workshops with the photographer Stephen Burke who has his work published in the Financial Times and Telegraph.
There is now have the incredibly difficult job of choosing the best photograph taken by one of the pupils as John Taylor’s entry. We will find out in September if our entry has been successful.
National accolade achieved
Selected from over 2,000 submissions, the A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a showcase of Britain’s best young artistic talent.
This year, 1,400 aspiring artists attending sixth form colleges or schools, submitted their work to the A-level Summer Exhibition Online 2016. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/a-level-exhibition-online-2016. Take a look at this exhibition of 46 exceptional works of art, selected by our expert panel: Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith, Head of Architecture Kate Goodwin, and RA Schools student Claire Undy.
Having work chosen to appear in the A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a great achievement for young artists in the UK. Many of these students will go on to develop their talents at art school and in their careers. Students from all over the UK enter their works and the exhibition showcases a rich variety of styles and media: from drawing and video to sculpture and prints, painting and photography.
Well done to Dan Wakefield – his oil painting piece linked to the RA. First of many we hope!
Congratulations to Holly Brandrick for being shortlisted
The whole of our Y8 have been working on the theme of Natures Connection and their work will be on display at Derby University early September.
Nature Connections Festival is a two-day outdoor celebration of the natural world. One of the first festivals to combine nature with art, history, health, wellbeing and science. Nature Connections promises to be a fantastic event that the whole family will enjoy.
This fun and friendly festival now in its second year will take place in the picturesque landscape of University of Derby on 9th and 10th September 2016. Hosted by TV presenter, famed naturalist and photographer, Chris Packham, with live music, films, arts and crafts, workshops, competitions and nature talks to inspire you to get closer to the nature that is all around us. Free admission!
Nature Connections Festival supports the aims of the University of Derby to promote community engagement and education for schools, colleges and business, through a shared passion for learning about nature, green technology, recycling and upcycling through creative arts and creative ecologies.
There is a Instagram competition which is open to students over 16 years of age
Winners will receive a signed copy of Chris Packham’s Book, awarded to them by Chris Packham.
It’s simple to enter: Upload a photo to Instagram which demonstrates your connection to nature, or how you connect with nature. Use the hashtag #NatureConnections or email your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All entrants must be over 16, but parents, teachers or guardians can email entries from younger children on their behalf.
Full details of prizes and awards can be found at www.natureconnections.org.uk
Schools and Colleges Day is 9th September 2016.
Last year over 600 young people attended on the schools day.