We are delighted to have recruited sixteen Community Ambassadors for the 2017/18 Academic year. The core aim of the Community Ambassador Programme, which runs across the schools in The ContinU Trust partnership of Wyre Forest & Hagley, is to utilise the skills and enthusiasm of young people to promote key safety, citizenship and wellbeing messages to their peers through a calendar of assemblies, literature, presentations and/or displays, social media.
The role includes engaging in approximately 6 activities over the year covering, for example, raising awareness around Personal Safety, Internet Safety, Anti Bullying, Domestic Abuse / Healthy Relationships, Drugs & Alcohol awareness and charity events with a local focus.
The Ambassadors will also conduct surveys and fact-finding work amongst peers in school, providing evidence-led approaches to tackling issues and promoting well-being.
Each year the new recruits are formally invested as Community Ambassadors by West Mercia’s Police & Crime Commissioner at the Young Citizenship Celebration event at Kidderminster Town Hall in July, before an audience of parents, councillors, mayors and senior offices in the uniformed services.
The role develops students’ team working, research and presentation skills as well as raising their awareness of a wide range of important issues.
A sample of what the students say they are looking forward to:
‘Helping and informing people about how to be safe’, ‘Coming up with new ideas to get people interested and make them aware of local issues.’ and ‘helping the community’.
We wish them well in their roles
We were delighted to receive the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award for the third consecutive time. Assessor feedback included, ‘Parents have very high levels of satisfaction with the school. They feel that it supports them and their children in a huge variety of way.’ Sincere thanks to the parents & carers they interviewed.
Feedback from those attending Year 11 & 13 Prize-giving was very positive. Particular thanks to our guest speaker Jon Bradbury, our Head Boy from 1988 – 1989.
Recent and upcoming musical endeavours include the Spring Concert (which featured fabulous farewell performances from Year 13 students), the Hagley Music Festival and the Summer Concert. Thanks go to Mr Raggett, Mrs Orr and Mrs Morton for their support. Staff thanks also to Mr Kilmartin and Mrs Gale who led the Berlin visit.
Some outstanding students include Taylor Gibson, Ellie-Jai Bateman, Gunvir Dhillon and Emma Warne who have received awards for high quality curricular work while Tom Stephens, Millie Hughes, Molly Ashen and Rohan Chelvarajeh-Lopez represented us superbly at Maths Challenge at Malvern College.
Students from five schools joined us for the fifth annual Year 10 Luke Chapman Trophy in April. The tournament began with a minute’s silence and saw high quality rugby and an outstanding spirit throughout.
As ever, Haybridge students are actively involved in a range of local and global citizenship initiatives.
Year 12 students Scarlett Bond, Ben Thomas, Reanna Sandhu and Lucy Robson are taking part in the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ educational programme, which has included a visit to Auschwitz/Birkenau and are currently planning how best to share their learning with fellow students via assemblies and history lessons.
Student impressions of the programme include:
“The seminars involved with the trip allow you to reflect on things that you may not have thought about before. It has made me feel lucky and made me want to learn more about the holocaust.”
“The visit gave me a new outlook on life and taught me not to take anything for granted. Thinking about it makes you thankful for everything you have and teaches you so much about what people have been through”.
For more information on the work of The Holocaust Education Trust see www.het.org.uk
Our weekly current affairs ‘Think Tank’ group for Sixth formers fielded a team for the Bromsgrove constituency inter-schools debate competition hosted at North Bromsgrove High School. We reached final and our students loved the experience. “The debate competition on Friday was fantastic, with a great energy. The Think Tank itself is a regular opportunity to look at a variety of topics in a new light and a supportive environment for different opinions and ideas.” Abigail Wareham.
And finally, a ‘loose change’ collection for Water Aid in the last week of term raised £230.
As always the spring term is an incredibly busy one not just in terms of preparations for the summer public examinations but also in the range of other exciting activities which our students can engage with.
We have around 100 students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award and our gold and silver students are currently undertaking their expeditions. We were delighted to hear that the following former students have now completed their Gold award and are awaiting a date for their presentation at St. James’s Place. Well done to Thomas Emery, Jack Dukes, Monica Reading and Jordan Williams. We also had the honour of being able to present the following current sixth form students with their Silver award. Well done to Cameron McCairn, Adrian Sidaway, Aaron Gordon, Zul-Kifl Chaudry, Emily Dennis, George Hands, Grace Law, Alex Bishop, Mia Thomas, Thomas Higgs and Daniel Greenhow.
Our school show ‘Hairspray’ was fantastic and what excitement it generated at three sell-out performances. As always the team’s commitment to quality in the acting, music, dancing, costumes, set and props to name but a few elements and the hours spent in achieving this were breath-taking and we heartily thank everyone involved.
Haybridge also took part in Science week which along with some pretty amazing awe and wonder moments including a fabulous experiment in the quad and a trip to the Big Bang Show included a Haybridge version of a Pokemon Go challenge and the search for the golden pikachu who made the occasional guest appearance at the window of the Headteacher’s office.
Haybridge High School and Sixth Form has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015
performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data
analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally
for high average grades achieved by students.
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented at a regional celebration event
held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Haybridge High School and Sixth Form on their excellent 2015
performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT
Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am
always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.
‘I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and
hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form.
Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to
congratulate Haybridge High School and Sixth Form on their achievement.’