Our News (Archive 2015)
Little Shop of Horrors
On Monday 14th and 15th December, ten Post 16 BTEC students performed "Little Shop of Horrors".
This fantastic performance was an accumulation of several hours of hard work and rehearsal. The story followed a "nobody" guy called Seymour, who one day found what seemed to be just a strange and interesting plant. However, in fact it was more than that, it had a great thirst for blood and bodies...
All students created the performance within their Musical Theatre lessons and were assessed for two units which will go towards their final grade.
Since the show, feedback has been extremely positive and everyone seems to agree that it was a brilliant way to end such a successful term!
View the pictures from Little Shop of Horrors performance on Facebook
Art, Photography, Textiles and 3D art work
Look out for more additions throughout the year and join with us to celebrate their successes in Art, Photography, Textiles and 3D.
Watch the art work on our YouTube channel
Trip to Cadbury
The year 9 Catering Homeskills group were taken on a trip to Cadbury World as part of their study on chocolate.
The pupils had the opportunity to see the journey chocolate goes through from the forests of Ghana and Brazil untill it ends up on our shelves.
The students were given 3 free chocolate bars on entry which satisfied their hunger for all of 15 minutes but luckily they were given an additional pot of melted chocolate with various sweet toppings.
The students walked through the original Cadburys factory and had a talk from one of the chocolatiers.
The students were also lucky enough to have a go on the Cadbury World 4D cinema which they would have spent all day on!
It was a great day for both students and staff and they all left with bags full of chocolate. The behaviour of all students was excellent and they represented the Academy well.
View the pictures from Cadbury trip on Facebook
The new Salter Reporter is out!
It is run by the students, who 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.
St Mathews Church trip
Last week, twelve year nine students went on a trip to St Mathews Anglican Church.
We have been learning about the importance of churches as part of our Christianity GCSE topic.
We were welcomed at the Church by the Reverend Allen Bower and Lyn and Hal Hickman who gave us a fantastic guided tour. They answered our questions, showed us all around the building and even made us a cup of tea!
The students asked some fantastic questions, including "How many times do Christians have to pray per day?" and "Why do images of Jesus portray him in that way?"
Once we had finished question time the students had plenty of time to explore the different parts of the church and even had the chance to climb the bell tower, go onto the balcony and stand in the pulpit.
We had a fantastic time and the students behaved impeccably.
View the pictures from St Mathews Church trip on Facebook
Hitting the headlines already!
Tickets for the show on the 14th and 15th December in The Green Room Theatre are available in The Performing Arts office, £2/£3.
"Little Shop of Horrors" is the premiere performance of the Musical Theatre group.
This is a new course we are offering this year. The play follows the story of a lovable character Seymour who finds himself having to fight against a human eating plant in order to save the nation.
County champions 3 years in a row!
On Saturday 21st November three George's Netball teams qualified to the County Schools Netball tournament at Oldbury Academy.
This sees the best teams from across South Staffordshire battle it out to be named county champions.
George Salter have a great reputation in Netball and have won at various age groups the last two years. This year was no change. The Under 16's, captained by Grace Porter-Deleon remained unbeaten 3 years in a row and conceded very few goals on the day impressing the parent supporters and the teachers that turned out on the bitterly cold day to cheer the girls on.
The Under 19's came up against very tough competition with a very young squad. However they worked well as a team and put together some very good squad performances, finishing the day in 5th position.
The Under 14's made up of a mixture of Year 8 and 9's, captained by Kimran Bajwa, had some tight games, with the highlight being a 9-0 win over Wood Green. They learnt a lot from their first county schools experience and will be raring to go for next years competition.
Catering trip to Digbeth Dining Club
The catering department took a group of pupils from all year groups to a street food event in Digbeth.
"Digbeth Dining Club" is an event where several street food vendors come together and provide excellent quality food from around the world.
We were even lucky enough to be given a talk from the organiser behind the weekly event. Also present at the event was Masterchef contestant Sai Deethwa. Some of the students chose to eat the Thai food she was selling and they were not disappointed!
The students and staff all had an excellent night and will hopefully be able to use this experience of high quality street food to inspire them as they progress through the catering course!
View the pictures from Digbeth Dining Club trip
George's really does have talent!
"On November 18th 2015 we (the Level BTEC 3 Music group) planned and hosted "George’s Got Talent".
We managed to fill the Green Room Theatre, which was pretty amazing. The show was filled with talent from our George’s pupils and of course amazing comments from our three judges, Mrs Good, Mrs Jones and the one and only Mr Green! This was a great experience and one that we would do all over again if we had the chance.
The whole purpose for the talent show was to raise money for our chosen charity, Autism West Midlands. The reason we chose this specific charity is because it was close to our hearts and we know what its like to see someone with autism struggle with normal day life. Autism is a condition that you probably wouldn’t recognise as much in an individual; you may view them as not normal, but you need to remember that everyone’s different and we are and always will be equal. We feel this charity needed to get more awareness, to show that we should be helping people with this condition, making them feel more comfortable instead of isolating them because it will only make life harder. A guest speaker from the charity gave such a touching speech at the show explaining what autism is and what the charity consists of.
The winners of George’s Got Talent will now have the opportunity to perform at the Bethal on the last day of term. The winners were "Melodix" a year 7 vocal harmony group, "The Valerie’s" a year 9 girl band and "Year 10 GCSE dance".
Highly Commended certificates were also presented to ‘Power of 3’ a year 9 dance trio, Tiyanah Sunyari, and Aaron Shoker.
Overall the show was fabulous, which included the help from staff, lighting, and sound and the audience for attending and supporting the show and the charity.
An unforgettable show! To finish this off, we’d to just say that we managed to make a total of £340 for this charity, wow!
Jabeen Nabi, Daniel Lal.
GSA students travel to the ATP World Tour Finals
A group of GSA students travelled to London yesterday to watch high quality tennis being played in the round-robin stages of the ATP World Tour Finals.
The Finals serve as the season-ending championships for players on the ATP Tour. The eight players who qualify for the event by winning Grand Slam, Davis Cup and other competitions throughout the year are split into two groups of four. During this stage, players compete in a round-robin format (meaning players play against all the other players in their group). The two players with the best results in each group progress to the semifinals, where the winners of a group face the runners-up of the other group. This stage, however, is a knock-out stage. The doubles competition uses the same format.
Yesterday afternoon, our students arrived at the O2 Arena! - What a great venue. First up is doubles then Murray Vs Nadal!! How lucky are we !!
Rafael Nadal was impressive, dropping only five games in 91 minutes, to beat an off-colour Andy Murray 6-4, 6-1.
Students enjoy "Into Film" Festival
Two groups of Post 16 "Salter Sixth" students attended cinema screenings of two great films as part of the "Into Film" Festival this month.
On 5th November the A2 Film Studies group went to Quinton cinema to see "Trash", a 2014 Brazilian-British adventure drama thriller film. The adventure begins when three young boys discover a wallet in the town's dump. This wallet leads the boys to highly sensitive information that reveals the extent of political corruption in Brazil. This film was a great link to our Urban Conflict study for the exam.
Following this, on 13th November one of our AS English Literature classes visited The Electric Cinema in Birmingham to see the 2011 film version of the literary classic, "Jane Eyre". This Gothic romance follows the heroine, Jane Eyre, through her bleak childhood to her appointment as governess for the ward of Mr Rochester. It is here that she finally finds true love, but even this is complicated! A novel that provides some great opportunities for our students to identify connections in their exam study of "Love Through the Ages."
England Netball Captain meets our team
"During the last half term holiday we had a very special visitor to the Academy… the England Netball Captain Jade Clarke!
Myself and all the girls had been avidly watching England in the Netball World Cup on TV this summer so it was great to meet one of the players who had been a key part of that bronze medal winning team.
Jade came for the full day and did an amazing defensive session with 20 of us who were selected to attend the rewards day. She also did a question and answer session with us so we got to find out some really interesting things about what it takes to become an England Netballer.
She really inspired us to train harder and told us of the importance of sticking together as a team through hard times.
This has really motivated us to work harder as we work towards and aim to reach National Schools finals again this year; the first county round being at Oldbury Academy next Saturday.
On behalf of the 20 girls who attended we would like to thanks Jade Clarke for such a brilliant day & for presenting us with a signed England Netball dress."
Rhea Patel (Year 10)
World War I Battlefield trip to France and Belgium
35 pupils went to the Battlefields of WW1 in Belgium and France recently.
We saw different the Commonwealth cemetery called Tyne Cot where over 35000 names are recorded and we also saw the very different German cemetery at Langemarck where 3000 students were killed in the battle of Ypres.
Pupils had a chance to see, first hand, the weapons of WW1 and the trenches. One pupil claimed it was the best experience ever and others were shocked at the scale of death.
A very moving, but also good and exciting trip!
View the pictures from Battlefield trip on Facebook
Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring visits GSA
The History Department are very pleased to announce that a holocaust survivor, Harry Bibring, will be visiting the Academy on Thursday 12th November 2015 at 3:15pm in the Green Room Theatre and we would like to invite both students and parents of George Salter Academy to attend Harry’s testimony where he will share his experience.
The holocaust was a dreadful time in recent history when the Nazis systematically murdered millions of people across Europe in the 1930s until Allied liberation of Europe in 1945. Although this period in history is extremely sad, it is right that we remember the lessons we can learn from the past and honour the testimony of those that survived this terrible ordeal. Survivors of the holocaust are inspirations to us in our modern lives as examples of the enduring human spirit, and it would be our pleasure to welcome students and staff to share in learning from Harry’s testimony.
Sandwell Badminton Winners!
These guys are officially the best badminton players for their age group in Sandwell!
Well done to all participants this evening! ALL three teams progressed through to the next round to represent Sandwell against the rest of the Black Country! A very convincing victory with only one loss out of 30 matches .
Almedia Theatre trip
On Wednesday 28th October, our A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students took a trip to London to see a production of "Medea" in preparation for their end of year exam.
As it was a first time in London for most, the day was filled with new experiences for all.
Students used the underground for the first time and even had a sophisticated meal out at Pizza Express!
Trip to Bath
On Tuesday 3rd November, some of our G&T History students visited the awe-inspiring Roman Bath Houses in Bath.
Students were amazed by the naturally heated bath which is full of 10,000 year old, algae-filled water! We discovered how the bath house was a place where religious and supernatural belief crossed over with natural theories on Medicine and Health.
We even got a chance to drink the spring water - but don't worry, no algae in sight!
The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award
Our final group of DofE Bronze participants successfully completed their assessed expedition at the Long Mynd in Shropshire last weekend.
The team of six braved wet and wild weather on the first day's 7 hour hike, including a challenging ascent to Pole Bank - the highest point in the Long Mynd. Following a chilly night's sleep at -4 degrees Celsius, the students woke at 5am and prepared for a second day of walking.
Thankfully the rain held off and they completed another successful hike over the Stiperstones, taking in some fantastic views over lunch from the top of the ridge.
Having completed their expedition, the team have earned some well deserved rest and are now working on editing video footage of their adventures ready for their presentation at the end of the month.
Well done team!
View the pictures from the Duke of Edinburgh trip on Facebook
Trip to the Houses of Parliament
Our year 12 and 13 Law students attended the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court on Wednesday 21st October to gain an insight to our democratic system.
They were able to observe Ministers debating on potential laws at the House of Commons and Lords debating in the House of Lords. All students then took part in a workshop which provided them with a valuable experience in how our English Laws were made.
Students also had an opportunity to go inside the Supreme Court which will aid them in their current and future topics. They were able to sit inside the court rooms and even got to sit on the Justices of Supreme Court's chairs!
View the pictures from the trip to the Houses of Parliament on Facebook
European Day of Languages Winners announced
George Salter was proud to support European Day of Languages 2015.
Although the day fell at the weekend, Saturday 26th September, we managed to have a week of activities here in the academy. The pupils enjoyed menus in four languages from the canteen for four days and had literacy and general knowledge activities to complete and competitions to take part in, based around the theme of European Languages.
Imdad Ullah, Sinead Hayes, Lauren Hodgetts, Tawhhedul Islam and Saif Ullah are the 5 year 7 winners for our European day of languages treasure hunt competition - well done and thanks to all staff and pupils for supporting us.
Oxbridge Conference trip
On Friday 16th October, we took ten Key Stage 5 Facultas Students to Nottingham to take part in the OAT Oxbridge Conference at the National College of Teaching and Learning.
Students worked closely with admissions representatives from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in a series of talks and workshops on university life, the application process and even the dreaded Oxbridge interview.
It was a fantastic chance to speak to admissions tutors one-to-one and get the low down about what life at Oxford and Cambridge is really like and exactly what these top universities are looking for. (Spolier alert: it's a passion for your subject alongside good grades!)
All the students found the conference very useful and even rather inspirational - with loads of tips and tricks for applying, those elite universities no longer seem quite so out of reach!
Trip to Birmingham Crown Court
Mrs Flora took a group of year 12 BTEC Law students to Birmingham Crown Court and Birmingham Magistrates Court as part of the different topics they are currently looking at.
Students were able to witness a number of cases such as Murder, Manslaughter, Assault and Theft.
They were able to identify the different roles both courts carry out in criminal matters. They were also able to identify the key people involved in criminal matters and successfully observed how volunteers such as Juries and Lay Magistrates are a vital part of our English Legal System.
Key Stage 4 Assessment Guides
The idea is that you can easily see how your GCSE or vocational courses are put together - namely how much coursework is involved and what % both coursework and the examination(s) are worth towards your final grades. We also present to you the names of the members of staff who are teaching each course, as well as the relevant Exam Board and additional notes.
We hope that you find this information to be very useful as you navigate your way through Key Stage 4 in the 2015-16 academic year! You can find them on the "Our Curriculum Page".
Parent Governor Appointment
Congratulations to Mr Shabud Ullah who has been elected as our new Parent Governor following an election last week.
Thank you to all parents who voted.
Thank you also to the other four candidates; we were very lucky in that the calibre and skills of all candidates means that all of them would have been an asset to the LGB.
Download the Letter to Parents here [pdf, 289 KB]
Admission Policy consultation
The Academy is consulting for a period of 6 weeks, in accordance with the Admissions Code, on changes to it's Admissions policy for students applying to join George Salter Academy in Year 7 and 12 commencing September, 2017.
Download the Admissions Policy here [pdf 346 KB]
Any feedback on the policy should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 18th November 2015.
George’s Got Talent!
On Wednesday 18th November the Level 3 BTEC Music group are hosting a talent show.
The evening will raise money for "Autism West Midlands" and will be a great showcase of George’s talent.
The winning act will be given a performance slot at the Bethel on the last day of term.
If you think you have what it takes – collect an application form from the music department – from Monday 12th October.
PS. If you do not want to audition then you are welcome to be a part of the audience which will help the judges decide on who will be the winner of George’s Got talent 2015!
Our departments put together documents that are intended as easily-accessible curriculum maps for our pupils and their families.
The idea is that if, in any particular week or period of time, you are wondering what topic is intended to be studied and what homework will be due in, not to mention when crucial assessments are taking place, then these Curriculum Maps will help you.
Through these maps you can see what you will be learning and assessed on across the 2015-16 academic year. You can find them on the "Our Curriculum Page". We hope that you find them useful!
European Day of Languages 2015
George Salter was proud to support European Day of Languages 2015. Although the day fell at the weekend, Saturday 26th September, we managed to have a week of activities here in the academy. The pupils enjoyed menus in four languages from the canteen for four days and had literacy and general knowledge activities to complete and competitions to take part in, based around the theme of European Languages.
Year 7 had a special competition just for them to complete which involved all departments in the school. Each department had a special word in a different language and they had to deliver it in the lesson. Year 7 pupils then collected these words and delivered their completed sheets to a languages teacher, the draw of names who have won will take place next week – check back for results!
Trip-of-a-lifetime to Cornwall
During the summer holidays, 12 students attended a trip to Cornwall to perform at one of the worlds most fantastic venues, "The Minack Theatre".
During the three days down-south, students spent time at the beach, Land's End and in the surrounding area. We went to see a firework display and did group challenges as well as a party.
It was a fantastic weekend and students did exceptionally performing Kes. This will be shown at Drama's Variety Night on 8th October at 6:30pm.
View the pictures from the trip to the Minack Theatre on Facebook
On Saturday 26th September 42 Business Studies students visited Conkers Discovery Centre to carry out primary research for their A Level coursework.
We had an interesting and detailed talk from Chris Sturdy, the centre manager and the students asked a range of questions to find out about how the centre operates.
After the talk (and lunch!) the students went around the site observing and taking photographs of the range of products and services they offer.
Students went on the train, climbed on assault courses and even had fun in the indoor play centre!
Sponsor a student to take part in a movie!
"Still" is a 5min dark zombie comedy about a living statue entertainer caught up in the middle of a zombie outbreak.
He finds himself frozen in fear whilst everyone around him flees or dies at the hands of the attacking horde. Left alone and surrounded on all sides by zombies, our hero has to rely on his ability to stand very, very still to work out how to survive.
This film project is self-financing so pass on the infection!
You can sponsor one of our 10 sixth form drama students to be a zombie extra, then this perk will pay for their make-up, food and expenses.
They will get a chance to take part in both days of the shoot, a prominent place in the final zombie horde sequence and attend zombie school.
Sponsors will also both get a HD digital copy of the film and a poster postcard signed with thank you message by the director and student.
For more information, please go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/still-a-5min-dark-zombie-comedy#/story
Frantic Assembly workshop
Physical Theatre Company came to deliver an amazing workshop today to 19 of our boys studying Dance and Drama. The boys were worked very hard by Johnny and Perry and very much put through their paces on their ability to work as part of a team.
This workshop was a taster session and forms part of the Company's annual Ignition project, which aims to discover up and coming new talent!
Well done lads!
See the pictures from the Frantic Assembly workshop on Facebook.
George Salter Academy best school in Sandwell
George Salter Academy has been named as the best school in Sandwell, according to a new guide commissioned by the Birmingham Mail.
The school came top of the list in schools in the area in the Birmingham Mail’s latest Real Schools Guide, which aims to move beyond exam result rankings and examine the true overall impact of a school.
The guide combines a range of different statistics to rate schools based on factors such as attainment, quality of teaching, pupils’ progress and attendance. The academy in West Bromwich is the third highest ranking secondary school in Sandwell, with more than 95 per cent of pupils achieving exam results A* to C grades in 2012.
Even more students attending top universities from George Salter Academy
Today George Salter Academy in West Bromwich is celebrating its best A Level results yet. This year 78% of students achieved three or more A* to C grades up from 73% in 2014.
In addition, more students than ever before are heading off to the top universities. In 2014, 76% of the academy’s year 13 students applied to university. 16% of these applications were for Russell Group universities and 24% were for universities in the top third of the league tables.
This year, the school has made a big leap forward, with 80% of students applying for a university place, 22% of which were for Russell Group universities, and 31% for those in the top third.
Most students going to university from George Salter Academy are the first generation to do so in their families.
Student successes include:
- Fatheha Rahman, who received As in biology, chemistry and maths, plus a Distinction* in Forensics, is going to University of Birmingham to read Biochemistry
- Matthew Haddon, who received an A* in maths, As in physics and further maths, is also off to University of Birmingham, reading Theoretical Physics
- See Kee Chai, who received an A* in law, As in psychology and history plus a B in geography, is going to the University of Warwick to study Law
- Sharonpreet Mahli, who received A*s in law and Punjabi as well as B grades in business and psychology will be leaving to study abroad
- Suleman Miah, who received As in chemistry, physics and maths as well as a B- in further maths will be studying Engineering at Nottingham University.
To inspire students, the school invites members of its alumni back to talk – for example, those who are studying medicine mentor individuals in the sixth form, and Russell Group students have also been brought in for talks. In addition, the school provides a huge amount of individualised and steady intervention and support to students on an individual basis.
The academy works closely with its sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust’s Access Champion Simon Pedley. Simon’s role is to help students and staff navigate the complex university access system and he has talked to students at George Salter about Russell Group applications, and helped Oxbridge candidates there with interview practice. Simon is also helping teachers to learn more about applications for the top universities so that students can benefit from onsite support at any time.
Imran Iqbal, Head of Sixth Form said:
"This is another fantastic year for George Salter students as more than ever before are accessing higher education.
Staff and students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results, and we will continually build on these to ensure we have an outstanding sixth form offer."
Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, Toby Salt, said:
"It is our absolute priority as a Trust to ensure every student fulfils their potential, and key to this is raising students’ aspirations.
We are thrilled that an ever increasing number of students are going on to top universities and that George Salter Academy’s work is playing a key part in this."
Grand Opening ceremony
On Wednesday 15th July 2015 George Salter Academy officially opened its new and refurbished facilities in the company of some prestigious visitors. Councillor Sidhu, a long time supporter of the school and indeed the wider West Bromwich and Sandwell community, unveiled a commemorative plaque, in the presence of Peter Murray, founder of Ormiston and Toby Salt, chief executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, our sponsors.
The ceremony was momentous for a number of reasons, with current Principal, Mick Green, symbolically handing over the leadership of the school to his successor, Bob Banks.
The theme of blending tradition with innovation, or the old with the new, was further demonstrated by an official cutting of a ribbon by former students, Harold Jones and Joe Francis, alongside the youngest students in the academy, Amanpreet Virdi and Alana Barker. Harold and Joe attended George salter in 1933 and 1939 respectively, and delighted the audience with tales of school life in the 1930's.
The event concluded with a celebratory concert in the academy's new Green Room Theatre, to a packed house of 250 parents, with memorable performances from former and current students and professional musicians who work alongside students in the academy's Music Department.
See the pictures from the opening ceremony on Facebook.
Though the major building work has now been completed, there is still some improvement to our outdoor facilities to be done over the summer.
Mr Locket, our community director, has successfully secured funding in excess of half a million pounds to change the large AstroTurf surface to 3G and install drainage, resurface the small AstroTurf to 3G and fence off two football pitches on the Greets Green recreation area with new drainage installed there as well!
This will provide both students and the local community with the very best football facilities and will further enhance our extended sports facilities for all.
The last two and a half years seem to have gone very quickly now we look back, however it should not be underestimated just how well the students and staff adapted and worked alongside the contractors from the first mobilisation of the Balfour Beatty team in February 2013.
Click here for more information about the New Build Project
Memories of Paris
Whilst the trip our Performing Arts Department to Paris at the end of June is already a few weeks ago by now, we still cherish our memories from that wonderful experience.
Not only did we the chance to show our amazing talent to the French population in two outdoor shows in the Parc de Choisy and Parc Montsouris, we also visited the great sites of Paris, including Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower and of course Disneyland Paris.
The trip was a truely amazing trip that we will remember for a lifetime.
See the Paris trip pictures on Facebook.
And the winner of the Britvic drinks challenge is:
Thursday, 16 .07.2015
"Juicy Papple - if perfection is what you aspire to, then Juicy Papple is the drink for you!"
it was an excellent pitch with accurate budgeting skills by Ronan and Daniel, an acted out TV advert by Regan, Sam and Ronan and a beautiful label design created by Amber with marketing skills by Holly and Dane.
Really well done - they did GSA proud
Following on from a visit in June, twelve year 11 students returned to Britvic Ltd on Thursday and Friday last week.
They completed an enterprise challenge where they needed to create a new drink for Britvic and pitch their idea alongside a design, forecast their profits and create a TV advert.
The students were excellent and represented GSA extremely well.
See the Bricvic pictures on Facebook.
GSA students participate at Model UN Conference
Tuesday, 14 .07.2015
During Flexible Learning Week, the Post 16 Students took part in a Model UN Conference.
Once their delegate badges were on, students transformed themselves into representatives from countries such as Haiti, China and the USA. Students excelled themselves through a variety of research and debate tasks, putting the world to rights on issues such as the Death Penalty in Pakistan and Iran's Nuclear Arms program.
A special mention needs to go to the 8 students who were declared 'Best Delegates' of the 2-Day Conference. (Karen Loa, Georgia Vengesai, Kyle Shirley, Anisa Ali, Suraj Hallan, Jada White, Maisha Khatun and Aamer Feraan.)
Flexiweek goes "Apprentice"
During Flexi week year 9 participated in an "Enterprise" team building exercise. Students designed, created and financed their own toy box. Each student had their own role to play and had to work together to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
At the end of the day each group presented their toy box to a panel of judges.
On Saturday 11th July 2015, George Salter Academy held its first Summer Fayre in glorious sunshine. Over 350 parents, visitors and students attended the event, which raised over £600, with one lucky boy winning an iPad Air in the prize raffle.
The event was interspersed with performances from the Lions of Punjab, and the academy's performing arts department, who performed the set they had delivered in Paris only 3 weeks before.
Community netball, football and basketball competitions were also held as part of the event, with West Bromwich Albion kickz project attracting over 40 youngsters for their 5 a side competition.
The Academy wishes to express its thanks to all the staff and students who supported the event by organising stalls and activities for the local community to enjoy.
End of Year Art & Design Exhibition - 2015
A collection of just some of the Fine Art, Photography and Textiles work created this year within the department.
Thanks to all that have contributed, visited and complimented the show!
See the pictures of the exhibition on Facebook.
Trip to IBM
Students in year 12 visited IBM Warwick in order to obtain information about their business practices and take part in an enterprise activity (The apprentice).
Students had to come up with solutions to maximise sales for a given business, do research and prepare a final presentation that they delivered in the conference room to three IBM managers.
The feedback received was very positive and the final pitches were highly praised for their originality, level of detail and confidence.
Well done to all 15 students who attended and were great ambassadors for GSA!
On Monday 29th July, 16 Year 11 students and English staff went to watch Othello, Shakespeare's famous drama of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance at the RSC theatre in Stratford.
The title role was played by Hugh Quarshie, who after more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, returned to the RSC to play Othello.
A great evening was had by all!
Come and join us for the Summer Fayre!
It will be a fab fun day filled with activities, shows, refreshments, bouncy castle, face painting, fun stalls, 5-a-side Kicks tournament and much more...
- 9-11am Table Top Sale
- 10-12am Community Netball Competition
- 11am Lions of Punjab
- 11.30am Birds of Prey
- 12-1pm Community Basketball Competition
- 1-2.30pm Performing Arts Paris Concert (in The Green Room Theatre)
Don't miss the fun!
Entry £1 - includes raffle ticket for price draw
1st price - Ipad Mini
2nd price - 1 month membership at West Bromwich Leisure Centre
To book a Table Top Pitch (9-11am) or stall (1am - 2.30pm) for £5 - please contact Claire Holloway on 0121 553 4665.
Thanks to Swan Village Residents Association, YMCA, West Midlands Police and Fire Service & Kier Construction
Download the 2015 Summer Fayre poster and map [pdf, 8 MB]
Twelve year 10 students, Miss S. Kaur and Mrs Devaney went to a skills workshop at Britvic Ltd in Rugby, Warwickshire.
All of the students behaved exceptionally and embarked on a number of activities to enhance their abilities, skills and understanding of themselves in order to aspire higher in life.
The Britvic trip photos on Facebook are a glimpse of what has happened so far.
We will be returning in July to learn more about the factory and the brands at Britvic Ltd. Well done to all the students involved they represented the school admirably.
GB v Australia Hockey @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
It was a long trip down to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London that was made slightly easier after the rain stopped about half way down. On first arriving at the park all 14 students were able to go and have a brief walk round the Olympic Velodrome the scene of so many Gold Medal victories for Team GB at London 2012, with all the students amazed at how steep the sides of the track were.
After entering the Hockey Centre students had a few minutes to explore before the game started. The students made a beeline for the Power Challenge where you try and hit the ball as hard as you can, with the speed being recorded by a "Speed Gun". There was definitely some tension in the air when we found out that Martin (Year 8) could hit the ball harder than his older brother Daniel (Year 10).
The game was fast and furious with GB taking an early lead in the 4th minute but the lead didn’t last long with Australia equalising a few minutes later through Jamie Dwyer, a previous winner of World Player of the Year. Soon after the start of the second half GB took the lead once again with lots of quick passing up the left hand side of the pitch before passing it around the keeper for an easy tap in. As the game progressed GB continued to pile on the pressure and the Australians eventually conceded a 3rd goal after a shot corner rebound fell kindly to a free GB player. The World Champions Australia substituted their goal keeper for an extra outfield player for the final 5 minutes of the game but still could not get past the solid GB defence, meaning that GB won their first game against Australia since 1988.
After the game the students got to meet several of the players from both GB and Australia getting everything from shirts, bags to hats and hockey sticks signed by some of the words best players. Two students also won special prizes. Rohit Kumar was fortunate enough to win a brand new hockey Malik hockey stick and Martin David won a GB training top which is unavailable to buy, plus it was signed by the whole GB squad.
All in all a great day out with some great George Salter students.
Walsall New Art Gallery trip
Mrs Gurney, Mrs Cutler and Miss Knowles took 7East to Walsall New Art Gallery yesterday afternoon.
They explored the art work on display and used the experience to see Art in a first hand context. The students behaved very well in the art gallery and produced some lovely drawings and 3D sculpture in response to the work on display.
It was a wonderful experience to see the students engage with the work so well and a wonderful time was had by all.
Well done 7 East!
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" Theatre trip!
On Thursday 11th June, students from year 8 went to see a performance of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton after studying the play in class for half a term.
The behaviour of everyone in the group was exemplary and they all enjoyed the performance which portrayed life during the Holocaust.
Set during World War II, the story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and devastating consequences.
Bruno's friendship with Shmuel takes him from innocence to revelation, revealing the poetic irony that through a child’s eye everyone can appear the same.
Brought on stage by The Children’s Touring Partnership, this world premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on stage was a touching play and an experience that they will remember.
On Wednesday the year 9 Girls went to the Black Country Games after qualifying from the Sandwell tournament on Monday. Despite the quick turn around the girls were prepared and hoping to win the tournament. The tournament was being held at Shelfield Community Academy which have fantastic facilities that really suited our game play.
Our first match was against Streetly. The girls got off to a confident start with a good batting and fielding performance. Unfortunately 2 of the Streetly girls had a nasty collision in this game whilst fielding which seem to affect our performance slightly. We made some silly mistakes in the field but luckily made up for it with our batting in the second innings with Rounders being scored by Jess Baker and Shanequa McLeish. The match ended up being a lot closer than we had hoped but we still won the match 13 Rounders to 10.
The Second Game was against Cosely. This was probably the best we played all day with an unbelievable batting performance from all the girls. We scored 26 Rounders in this game and with some great fielding managed to keep Cosely to 5. All the girls at some point in the game scored a Rounder in this game which was fantastic.
The third game was crucial because we had to win to qualify for the final. We faced Smethstow who had played well throughout the day so we knew it would be a challenge. In a really close, well fought game we managed to win 9 rounders to 8 meaning we qualified for the final! Nerves got the better of us a little in this game and we made some silly mistakes but just managed to hold on.
We found out that we were playing Wolverhampton Girls Grammar High School who we had played in previous tournaments. We knew they would be strong and had some really big hitters but we were ready for it. We lost the toss up at the start of the match which meant we had to bat first. We batted well against a very strong fielding team who didn't put a foot wrong. When we came to field, we soon realised that we had underestimated how far they were hitting the ball so we had to adjust our field. We tried our best to compete but in the end the strength of their batting in particular just proved that bit too much for us and we lost by 4 Rounders.
Overall it was a great day and we were not down hearted as the team we eventually lost to were excellent and deserved the win. To finish second was a real achievement so well done to all the girls who played.
Edgbaston cricket trip!
"The PE department, along with a group of year 7s and 9s, arranged a trip to Edgbaston cricket ground to watch a phenomenal game between England and New Zealand.
We arrived at Edgbaston at approximately 2pm. We had to walk to the cricket ground due to limited car parking. As we arrived at the ground majority of us were starting to get hungry and hungrier as we could smell fish chips everywhere, however we noticed that people were queuing at stores, so we decided to go and sit down in the stadium because waiting would be time consuming and laborious.
New Zealand had won the toss and decided to field first, the game was on the go. As England was batting first they were striving to keep pushing at New Zealand as they had the upper hand. Amazing balls were shown of by Boult as his balls were unreadable for the English batsman. The balls became more and more deadly and eventually he had his first wicket of the game from Roy as he was caught out by Guptill. This wicket was a reminder to England to be more prudent and alert. After that Roy was substituted for Alex hales. Although this was very disappointing for England, the England supporters carried on cheering England in hope to sustain their confidence. On the other hand, Boult balls were still becoming harder to hit soon, Hales was out for twenty runs by a catch from Henry. So, Hales was substituted for Joe Root.
The atmosphere got thicker as more people arrived and so far the score was 166 runs for 2 out. Joe Root hit spectacular fours from Henrys balls and the crowd would go wild however, Boult comes back with another over. The balls became inevitable for England to hit them and so they struggled in peril. Next, Root was out from a catch by Ronchi on the other hand, he made a stunning 104 runs. Root was substituted for Eoin Morgan who was taken out by McClenaghan from a LBW, but he scored 50 runs in 46 balls. At this point the score was 194 for 4 out. We all began to feel hungry so we decided to buy some food from the stores outside the cricket ground.
Unfortunately Morgan was balled out by Boult scoring only ten runs. After that, Jos Buttler was substituted with Morgan. Fortunately, Buttler hit 13 fours and five sixes putting New Zealand in frailty. Buttler even played impish shots making it look too easy. New Zealand was in torment until Buttler was caught out by Henry but he scored 129 runs from 77 balls. We all agreed that it must have been a great relief for New Zealand! Buttler was substituted for Billings who was balled out by Santner scoring only three runs. The England fans were extremely disappointed but we stayed Optimistic and carried on believing. The score was 324-7 so far. Sam Billings was replaced for Adil Rashid. Adil Rashid scored 69 runs in 50 balls and he hit 7 fours and 2 sixes. This became Adil Rashid’s biggest one day international score. He was caught out by Guptill but, the fans were pleased! Finally England made 408 runs for 9 and this became England’s highest ODI (One day international) total in history.
Now it was time for England to field. The atmosphere got warmer and louder and already Adil Rashid and Steven Finn were on fire. England’s fielding got tighter and Guptill was out from a catch by Buttler and the balling by Finn scoring 22 runs. New Zealand was under immense pressure because as time passed wickets were prodigiously growing. Soon it was easily perceptible to see that New Zealand was struggling when Luke Ronchi was balled out by Rashid in his first ball. Eventually, Rashid and Finn had four wickets each, England looks like they have the sovereignty. Therefore it became predictable and manifest to know who was going to win. New Zealand’s final score was 198 for all out (in 31.1 overs). England had completely abolished New Zealand by a stupendous 210 runs and this became England’s biggest winning Margin in their history of ODIs.
The PE department have said they have had an astonishing time watching the match and look forward to seeing England’s next match."
By Ismail Ramzan 7K1
"Woman in Black" Theatre trip!
On Saturday 6th June, 28 students from years 7 to 12 went to see the gothic performance of The Woman in Black at The Malvern Theatre.
When we arrived we had a whistle stop your of the fabulous Malvern Sweet Shop where the students brought sweets that are usually only sold in America.
Then, the chilling performance began! Students were blown away by the story and jumped on numerous occasions when the 'woman' arrived in the audience unexpectedly!
Here are some thoughts from the students:
- "I loved all of it- it was 'dead' good"
- "I was surprised by the end when the ghost jumped out of the curtain"
- "I liked when the woman in black kept jumping out"
- "I thought the sound effects were great"
- "I really liked the twist at the end"
Exciting Netball News!
Ellie Bennett, Tumba Katanda & Nasara Arnett have been part of the West Midlands Regional Academy since September, training for 3 hours a week at Wolverhampton University.
All 3 were successful in being selected to represent the region at a Tri–Regional competition day against the South and South East areas.
The girls did George’s proud and their talent shone amongst some of the best players in the country.
Well done girls – keep up the good work!
Black Country Museum trip
During half term, 5 students on the EAL programme visited the Black Country Museum to learn more about local history and culture.
Students took part in lots of activities, including an old fashioned sports day and a ride on the helter-skelter, which they loved!
They also attended a Victorian school lesson and went deep in to a coal mine, where it was pitch black and very scary!
All in all, both students and staff had a fantastic and fun day out.
National Clubs Netball U14 finals
Massive well done to all the girls who represented West Brom Netball Club at Nationals this weekend in Newcastle!
The National Clubs U14 Finals on 23rd and 24th May 2015 brought together the top 18 teams in the under 14 age category from across the country. The 18 teams consisted of the winners and runners up from the 9 regional competitions that took place throughout the season.
West Bromwich Netball Club travelled to Newcastle for the National Under 14 Finals. 5 girls from George’s were part of the team who qualified as West Midlands Champions to compete against the best 18 club teams from across the country.
Two days of thrilling action in Newcastle saw eighteen of the best U14 teams from across the country come together and compete for the national title at the home of Superleague side Team Northumbria.
Mr Lockett and Mr Burns came as supporters and were astounded by the level of competition and professionalism at the Netball tournament
The girls played remarkably well winning 3 out of 4 games on day 1 missing out on the Top 6 in the country by just 1 goal! Day 2 saw some tough matches and the West Brom girls battled hard to finish as the 11th Best club team in England.
The eventual winner Tameside defeated their regional rivals Chester 18-15 in a pulsating final to lift the 2015 trophy.
Well done to Tumba Katanda, Rhea Patel, Calista Henry, Shanequa McLeish and Renee Spence-Cork.
Laser Quest adventure
On Monday 18th May, 8K1 and 8K2 went to Laser Quest in Great Bridge.
After a day of downpours, the rain seemed to keep off with enough time for us to walk down to the centre.
When we got there, the owner was really friendly and let us have lots of different matches. We did K1 vs. K2, Females Vs. Males and Individual Games. Courtney Russell seemed to come top with extremely high scores in all of her games.
It was a fantastic evening, topped off with pizza and chips. A fantastic reward for such hard work this year!
StreetGames National Youth Conference
Within the PE and Community departments there are a group of excellent volunteers who are giving up their time on a weekly basis to help with after school clubs, club sport and wider community events.
For their hard work they were invited to attend the National Youth Conference in Stone during the half term.
They gained multi sports qualifications over the two days as well as meeting "Silly Sally" the conference mascot!
Thank you for your good work: Samba Katanda, Corrianne Timmins, Octavia Donaldson, Alex Coley, Ziggy Cameron and Joshua Richards.
9N1 were required to analyse and evaluate a set of maths investigations in groups and produce a presentation on their findings as well as creating a theory of a pattern or algebraic proof for their investigation.
They were graded on their findings and one group was able to achieve an A* grade in their results and analysis. Excellent work by 9N1.
See the pictures from the Maths investigation on Facebook.
Geography and Travel & Tourism trip to Barcelona
What a brilliant bunch of students! Everyone remembered to change their clocks so that not one person was late for the departure and they continued to be great throughout the trip.
Our first visit was to El Poble Espanol, which gave students the opportunity to get a taste of the various regions of Spain within a short distance as well as relaxing to musical performances in the warm sunshine. A day was spent in Barcelona with a guided tour around the amazing La Familia Sagrada that is still under construction 133 years after it was started. There was time for shopping in the famous Las Ramblas.
All students had a great time at Portaventura, assisted by the glorious weather, with many heading to Shambhala, the tallest rollercoaster in Europe.
Our final visit was to Nou Camp, where Messi’s golden boots were on display, along with the many trophies that Barcelona has won over the years. Quite a few of our students were keen to step foot onto the well-guarded pitch.
Holocaust survivor visits GSA
The History Department was recently privileged to welcome Holocaust survivor Susi Bechhofer to the Academy to give a presentation on her life story to Year 10 GCSE History students.
Susi fled Nazi Germany in 1939 at the age of just three, and it then took her almost 50 years to learn that her mother had died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, in Poland, during the Second World War. Susi told the pupils how she escaped to London with her twin sister on the Kindertransport taking Jewish children out of Germany.
The presentation took place in the new theatre, and students were able to view videos, learn from first person accounts, and ask their own questions. Millions of persecuted people were murdered and tortured during the Holocaust, as Nazi officials targeted groups such as homosexuals, gypsies, and political enemies across Europe before and during the Second World War (1939-1945). The Jewish population were particularly targeted for extinction. The Holocaust is a poignant event that teaches us about the extreme outcomes of persecution, and the need to preserve the fragile beauty of humanity. Teaching the Holocaust is extremely important in UK schools, and the Academy is committed to ensuring students understand the lessons of the Holocaust for the 21st century.
Our new Newsletter: "Salter Supporter" is out!
What a term we have just had! In order to show you all the things that have been happening down in PE; we thought the best way to do this was a half termly newsletter. So say hello to the "Salter Supporter".
The Salter Supporter will give us a chance to show off the excellent performances, give praise to individuals and teams and to tell you how you can...get involved!!
Continuing a successful basketball season the under 14s girls basketball team travelled to Nottingham Wildcats Arena last Thursday to take on Nottingham Academy in the last 16 of the English Schools Competition.
From the start of the game it was clear this was going to be the girls toughest challenge of the season after dominating performances during Sandwell, Black Country and West Midlands Competition. After a shaky start the girls finished the half strong and took a 30-29 lead into the halftime break. The second half was an up and down battle but foul trouble and fatigue ultimately resulted in a loss for George Salter 65-52.
Despite the result Coach Sheridan was extremely proud of the efforts of the girls involved, competing with a very well established basketball program.
Team: Amethyst Jackson-Hickson, Victoria Sheldon, Tumba Katanda, Victoria Loa, Renee Spence-Cork, Rhea Patel
GSA Young Promoters present: 'Above Bored' - Owdyado Theatre
The Green Room Theatre, Thursday 7th May 2015, 7pm, Tickets £4, tel: 0121 553 4665
This event is essentially being run by a group of our students (Young Promoters) - they have had to book, organise and promote a Drama performance by a professional Theatre Company.
"Above Bored" by Owdyado Theatre (a Cornish Theatre company) sees EvaBond Adhesive Supplies in trouble. In its south-west office, Regional Manager Graham White has been found bludgeoned to death with his own name plaque.
How could this have happened? Mr White was a "stand-up guy", the embodiment of Evabond’s corpoate ethos - motivating employees with targets, in-house videos, team building days and always encouraging them to "think the unthinkable".
As employees are questioned by the police, two Sales and Distribution Coordinators emerge as the prime suspects. Under questioning, their protestations of job satisfaction begin to unstick, along with their ambitions, principles and even the reality of the interrogation room itself…
Inspired by Genet’s The Maids with influences from Harold Pinter and Martin Mcdonagh this original black comedy uncovers the despair at the heart of the corporate hamsterwheel and imagines how far people will go to escape it.
Written by Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards (Wrongdoings and Wake-Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region)
***** "As engaging as it is extraordinary" West Briton
Sandwell Dodgeball Winners!
Jaiden, Lamar, Robert, Manpreet, Ismail and Andrew represented George Salter at the annual Dodgeball competition hosted at Phoenix Academy.
Georges were placed in a group with Ormiston, Woodgreen, Oldbury, Stuart Bathurst and the hosts Phoenix. No team really posed a problem for Georges with some exceptional catches from Lamar and Ismail and a real show of athleticism from all of the lads.
George Salter advanced through the group stages unbeaten and met Wodensborough in the semi-finals and whitewashed their opponents with none out.
They met a 4 man Woodgreen in the final which caused some tension early on but with a some blistering shots the numbers game caught up and George Salter were crowned champions of Year 7 Dodgeball in Sandwell.
Trip to Price Waterhouse Coopers
16 year 12 students took a trip to Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), one of the top accounting and professional services firm in the UK in an attempt to inspire the post-16 students to have high aspirations and see what career prospects there are out there for them in terms of an apprenticeship, degree programme or graduate pathways into a professional and corporate job in a large international firm.
The students behaved excellently and were praised by the career recruitment consultant of PwC as one of the best group of students they have had at a workshop. The pupils travelled to the second biggest office of PwC's in the city centre of Birmingham where over 200 employees work.
The workshop involved understanding PwC as a firm, being a professional, Commercial Awareness and Employability including how to improve this and how to apply for a job in a corporate business and succeed.
The students certainly benefitted from the experience and choose to think carefully about their careers and futures and aim high and hopefully one day we will be conversing with a student who works at PwC.
See the pictures from the PwC trip on Facebook.
Winners of the Netball Regional!
On April 4th, the GSA netball team won the Premier League 4 Sport regional competition.
The Premier League 4 Sport Project began on the 1st September 2009 by all 20 Premier League Football Clubs.
The project is aimed at young people aged 14-24, offering them the opportunity to play more sport for free.
Our partner, the Albion Foundation acts as a "hub" for these sessions; linked to community sports facilities and secondary schools to create satellite sports centres.
Trip to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
"During the holidays, 6 of us, who are studying Spanish at GCSE and A Level, went to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain for 5 days.
We stayed with host families where we ate traditional Spanish food every day.
On the first day, we went on a visit to the "old town" of Santiago where we had a tour of the main streets and the Cathedral of Santiago where we had a talk of the main history behind the Cathedral and the city in general.
On the evening, we took part in a treasure hunt (boys vs girls) in which we raced around the town finding the main attractions of the area. The boys won!
On the second day, we went on a 6 mile walk through the countryside of Santiago, where we found some amazing views of the whole city on a very sunny day.
The final full day, we went to the beach in the nearby city of Coruna, where the weather was incredible!
Overall we found the trip thoroughly enjoyable and we feel it has boosted our ability to speak Spanish confidently and fluently. We would definitely recommend visiting Santiago if a chance ever comes up."
Reece Arnold and Mohammed Zaman, Year 11 Spanish.
Hope and Elvis - Bag Making Workshop
"On Wednesday March 18th we in the Year 9 Textiles group went to Nottinghamshire as part of a workshop making our own bags. Our group consisted of 13 students and 2 teachers. We had a great time working with Debs and Louise to produce the bags.
When we first arrived we first were told what the workshop would consist of, what we'd have to do, how to use the amazing - easy-to-use - sewing machines and all about the roof monsters (the roof thudding because of the heat). It was a great experience and everything was so straight forward that even the driver made his own bag and it was amazing.
There were a variety of materials to use, different sized bags to make and plenty of different design techniques to think about. Personally, I went for a modest colour choice with plain stripes but with a hint of navy. Everything is self-explanatory and all you have to really do is cut and sew a few straight lines.
My friend’s favorite part was when we were choosing the fabrics because it was just so much fun to look between the different fabrics and choose one as there was just so much! However, my favourite part was using the sewing machines as they were so advanced and amazing. They were so straight forward and by just pressing a button they begin to sew. No foot pedal needed. The speed and type of stitch could all be chosen by the press of a button. They were just awesome.
In my eyes it was the best trip I have been on in a long time (well perhaps second best, the clothes show was AMAZING) and the women leading the workshop were so amiable and kind, sharing everything they had openly. I'd recommend this trip to anyone interested in Textiles as it was just an amazing experience (as long as you don't mind a 2 hour drive - fingers crossed you're not travel sick). It is a once in a lifetime experience and I am just so glad I had the opportunity to go. I absolutely loved it and so would you!!!"
By Aamina Khanum
PGL weekend residential trip was great fun!
During Easter a group of year 7s and 8s went on a PGL weekend residential in Shrewsbury and it was awesome!
On the first night we spent the evening singing songs and telling stories around a camp fire, relaxing and eating marshmallows before a weekend of fun filled activities.
Conquering your fears and increasing your confidence was the aim and everyone in year 7 and 8 showed that they were able to push themselves. Climbing to the top of a 25ft pole, zip wiring over a lake, speeding around a track on a Quad bike were just a few of the activities that we were able to take part in.
Rock climbing perfectly summed up the weekend – one person was attempting to climb to the top of the climbing wall, two people were providing physical support by belaying and back up belaying and more importantly; everyone else was shouting words of encouragement and motivation to help their old or new friends get to the top of the wall.
PGL was a fantastic fun filled weekend where friendships were formed, confidence was grown and character was developed.
See the pictures from the PGL weekend on Facebook.
National Netball Finals 2015
Last weekend 20 of our pupils travelled up to Liverpool to compete in the National Schools Netball Finals against the best 20 schools in the country at both Under 14 and Under 16 age groups.
The George Salter teams had done fantastically already to qualify for this stage and had to win three tournaments previously to qualify for the National finals.
The Under 16's found themselves in a very difficult group with last year’s winners; Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) and other favourites to take the title. They battled hard and won two games and pushed GSAL right to the wire as well as putting up a hard contest for eventual winners Fallibroome. The Under 16’s finished as the 14th best school in the country.
The Under 14's rose to the occasion and won 5 games only losing to overall winners Oldham Hulme and Runners Up Wellington College. They finished 5th in the country and were the top state school in the country.
U14 Squad: Rhea Patel (captain), Tumba Katanda (vice-captain), Victoria Loa, Mollie Coombes, Jazmine Seaton, Sahayi Arnett, Renee Spence-Cork, Calista Henry, Amethyst Jackson-Hickson and Shanequa McLeish.
U16 Squad: Samba Katanda (captain), Ellie Bennett (vice-captain), Nasara Arnett, Corianne Timmins, Octavia Donaldson, Daisey Cotterill, Nikita Samra, Eden Riley, Grace Porter-Deleon and Rimenpreet Basi.
The players would like to thank Mr and Mrs Green, Mr Cadwallader, Mr Burns and Mr Nicholson as well as all the parents and family members for travelling to support them.
The Green Room Theatre launch raises £4000 for The Jodie Lou Foundation charity
On Wednesday 25th March, over 120 students took part in a concert to celebrate the opening of the new theatre and its facilities. Over the 2 hour performance, there were a range of pieces from Music, Dance and Drama which showcased the immense talent we have within the academy from students in years 7 to 13.
The evening began with The Performing Arts Ambassadors handing out delicious canapés made by Mr. Haynes and the Catering team, followed by an introduction from MBE Carl Chin, local Historian, who announced that the theatre would be named after out inspirational principal Mr. Green as "The Green Room Theatre".
The evening culminated after several heart-warming performances, with the presentation of the cheque for £4,000 to Jodie Lou and her family, with monies raised by students and staff this year through a variety of fund raising activities.
"The concert was absolutely wonderful" said Mrs Virk afterwards,"the young people were awesome and the creativity of all the performances was amazing.
I am a proud parent and Jaskaran being a student at George Salter Academy, makes me feel privileged as it is evident that the Teachers and Staff at the school promote the best opportunities for the students. Keep up the excellent work."
The Brunswick Bake Off - The movie
The Brunswick Bake Off was the highlight of Brunswick Week where we had had raffles, cakes sales, samosa sales, "Name the Teddy" (which was Parker!!), Chocolate Tombola, Easter Egg Hunt, Leg Waxing,Sponsored Walk and lots more. The week of events was to raise money for our school charities "Jodie Lou Foundation" and "Blind Dave's Sahara Challenge".
Both students and staff came from far and wide across the four houses to show off their baking skills and try for the accolade of Star Baker.
They had 2 hours after school Thursday to prove their worth. Their culinary creations were judged by our esteemed guests Mrs Hathaway and Tareak Powell on Friday Lunchtime. Six finalists were chosen; three students and three staff who were then given the final task of icing a cake! Year 11's Morgan Payton (winning a giant EasterEgg) and Maths Department's Miss Devaney (winning a 2 course meal for two at the Ridgeacre) were judged the overall winners with Miss Fasham, who had come through strong with her caramel surprise cupcakes in the first round having a nightmare in the final.
Everybody had a great time with some surprise talents in the kitchen. Mr Nicholson was very proud of his jam and chocolate cupcakes with a lid!!
Mr Owen was the most innovative member of staff creating a cupcake kebab and Mrs Nokes out shone everybody with her multi-coloured rainbow cakes.
Mr Lockett was chief taster sampling everybodies cake (but not his own mmmmmmm??!!??) and Mr Sharma added suave and sophistication to the proceedings!!
Mrs Webb brought her sense of fun and smiles to the competition.
Thank you to everyone involved but special thanks to Beverley Higginbottom who "prepared and kept us on our toes", Mr Hayes who filmed and made the fantastic video, the Food Department whose help and hard work made the Bake Off possible and everybody who bought cakes, chocolate, raffle tickets etc to make the week such a huge success!
George Salter Academy one of the best in the country for student progress at GCSE
George Salter Academy has received national recognition for the value it adds to students' achievements at GCSE.
SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified George Salter Academy’s success.
The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.
The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT at Bordesley Green Girls School in Birmingham on 23 April.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: "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 they will join us at the celebration evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.
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 is finalist for the Pupil Premium Awards 2015
We received the great news that our school has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards.
This means that if we are selected as the national winner on 25 March 2015, our school could win £250,000.
This is an extraordinary achievement. The judges, Sir John Dunford, Sir William Atkinson and Jane Lees found that our school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes. It is clear that you, your staff and govenors are equipping your disadvantaged pupils with the skills for future success.
In celebration of our school's achievements, our Executive Principal Mr Green was invited to join David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, and the Deputy Prime Minister at the Awards ceremony at the Drapers Hall in London on 25 March 2015.
Pictures from the eclipse
The most spectacular eclipse of the Sun for 15 years plunged Britain into twilight for two hours last Friday morning, with Birmingham experiencing a 88% blocking of the sun.
In a rare astronomical alignment the Moon passed directly between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out most of the light from around 8.40am.
Excited pupils started streaming out tinto the school courtyard moments before the height of the eclipse and used various methods to see the eclipse! Students loved looking through pinhole cameras, colanders and the Science telescope being part of history.
It was certainly an event to remember as the next total eclipse anywhere near us will be in 2081 in central Europe, and in Britain in 2090.
See the pictures from the eclipse on Facebook.
"The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas" theatre trip
Last Saturday, a group of year 10- 13 students went to Malvern to see "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas".
When we arrived in Malvern, we made a quick dash to The American Sweet Shop where students brought some tasty (and not so tasty sweets).
The biggest seller was a box of jelly beans which had flavours such as: Baby Wipes, Dog Food and Rotten Egg whilst still having the normal flavours you would expect in a box of sweets.
Several people were unlucky with the flavours they were given.
After spending far too much money, we had a private sitting at an Indian Restaurant at the bottom of the high street.
The performance was a heart- melting as could have been expected but with some brilliant 9 year old performers and a brilliant example of Physical Theatre. A fabulous day had by all.
Warley Woods trip
AS photography, textiles and art students carried out a trip to Warley Woods to carry out a photo shoot that would support them with their exam unit.
During the afternoon students explored the woodland grounds to explore and discover challenging vantage points that would inspire them for their potential final pieces. it was a wonderful afternoon.
Fingers crossed for their exams in April.
National Orchestra For All workshop at Birmingham Town Hall
On Monday 10 students across years 8 and 9 took part in a National Orchestra For All workshop day. Students spent the day at Birmingham Town Hall piecing together the music they had been learning since the start of the term. This year the music was an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.
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.
Six students from this group have successfully secured a place on the NOFA summer course which will involve a 3 day residential say at Leeds University during the summer holiday.
Well done Siana Garnder, Megan Poxon, Selina Kaur, Laura Fullwood, Charlotte Botfield and Ishika Gupta!
All of the students worked really hard were a credit to the school. The group are looking forward to performing in London in June with a new piece of music. Well done to all involved!
Click here to see the more images about the National Orchestra For All workshop at Birmingham Town Hall
Energetic Bhangra Classes
The Bhangra dance is graceful, strong and will challenge your body in a multitude of different ways.
We offer enticing Bhangra lessons that take place every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm-7.30pm for Under16's, and 7.30-8.30pm for 16+. All welcome.
Our classes are designed to give fun-filled sessions where you will learn to let go and express yourself to your favourite Bhangra music.
With each class you will learn a mix of traditional and freestyle Bhangra moves and create innovative and original routines to the emphatic beat of Bhangra music.
ITV films Election 2015 School Debate at GSA
On Tuesday 3rd March 2015, George Salter experienced another "first", when it was selected as the venue for a debate filmed by ITV news.
The debate involved Post 16 students from George Salter, along with other post 16 centres across the Midlands, and was about young peoples views and opinions on the forthcoming General Election.
The debate was hosted by Sameena Ali-Khan, who also presented Awards at our annual awards evening in December 2015.
Filming took place in the new theatre, and the producer of the show also gave our post 16 Film Studies a talk on how they set-up for the debate with regards to sound, lights and the extensive rehearsals!
The ITV team were very complementary about our students and Academy, and the end product will be available to view on the Academy website as soon as it is released.
Click here to see the more images about the ITV Schools Debate on Facebook.
After the police... to the Crown Court
A group of year 12 As Law and elective students were accompanied by Mrs Flora to the Birmingham Crown Court. The students were amazed at the experience as they experienced being searched before going into court and then to be sitting in real life cases.
The students were able to observe real life cases involving murder, attempted murder, dealing of drugs, possession of fire arms and fraud. They sat in the public gallery and looked at the court setting and saw how important the roles of the judge, jury, prosecution and defence are.
They realised how sensitive the cases were and how family members of both the victim and defendant sat alongside them in the public gallery and addressed themselves in nothing but mature and sensitive manner.
This experience allowed the students to appreciate that what they learn in lessons actually does happen in practice. Their topic on Criminal Courts, Juries and Judiciary became real.
Resolution Dance Show
Thursday 26th February saw the first performance in our brand new theatre... and what an evening it was! Resolution Dance Show was a huge success - with over 80 GSA students performing from years 7-13 and nearly 200 people watching!
Mr Green, Executive Principle, said "...Time flew by as we watched students and staff working together to produce elegance, variety and a huge amount of skill, involving a wide range of students."
Well done to all the students that performed and made the evening so special! Thank you to all parents, family and friends of our students that came along to watch and support the event. Thanks must also go to all the staff that helped with the organisation of the show and our Sixth Form Performing Arts Ambassadors who helped to host the event!
The next event to look forward to is our offical opening of the new theatre on 25th March 2015... Further details will be published soon!
Click here to see the more images about the Resolution Dance Show on Facebook.
Students sent to Wednesbury Police Station...
But only as part of AS Law and the elective programme.
A group of year 12 students went to Wednesbury Police Station with Mrs Flora and Mrs Westwood at the beginning of February. The purpose of the visit was to see what a custody suite looks like.
The students were able to experience what it would be like to be arrested and brought into the police station. They were shown how a detainee would be booked in and then our students were locked up in cells and later taken into the sample room where they were able to see how finger prints were taken and photographs of all defendants.
This allowed students to ask questions and disregard any misconceptions they may have had in regards to the police and their services.
There were able to explore more closely the role of the custody officer and what rights individuals may have whilst being detained.
Over all this was a very informative and beneficial experience, an experience that brought the classroom teaching to life.
Warwickshire Junior Chess Tournament
On Sunday 1st of March 2015 there was a Junior Chess Tournament at the Warwick Trident Centre in Leamington Spa. Five students from George Salter Academy entered the under 14s competition: Ashan Shakil, Mohammed Saleh, Daeschwarn Tulloch, Haroon Hussian, Shaun Poole.
"The tournament lasted the whole day with 6 rounds for each person. Mohammed and I came in third position winning a bronze medal each, whilst the runner ups all got certificates. This was a really good experience and I would recommend this club to everyone.
The Chess club runs in Mr Sanghera’s class every Thursday from 3pm to 4pm, If you would like to learn how to play or enter some competitions come and have a game with us."
By Ashan Shakil
Click here to see the more images about Warwickshire Junior Chess Tournament on Facebook.
Sugar Rainbow Density Experiment
In our year 10 maths lesson, we were learning about calculating density from mass and volume.
This was the first time the students had been introduced to Density in Maths or Science, and therefore Mrs Devaney decided to show the pupils what density means by showing them that the more sugar dissolved in 60ml of water the denser the solution is and therefore if we had different densities of sugar dissolved in the water and colour them, the layers would separate and layer, with the most dense solution at the bottom and the least dense floating on the top.
The class were very enthusiastic and found the experiment fun and learned the meaning behind density before performing density calculations relevant to maths.
Click here to see the more images about the Rainbow Sugar Density Experiment on Facebook.
The Eden Project Residential
From the 13th to the 15th February a group of GSA Art & Design Students travelled to Cornwall to exhibit a collection of their coursework based on natural forms at the Eden Project– a topic perfectly epitomising this environment.
Each student produced an exhibition demonstrating a wide range of skills and techniques. Some of which include – Painting, drawing, textiles, photography, and printmaking. The exhibitions looked excellent.
As well as their work, students displayed a comment book in which viewers are invited to write a comment on individual’s art work and the exhibition as a whole.
The weather was fantastic as we spent the second day in St. Ives. We walked through small side streets taking in the dozens of small art galleries displaying an array of styles, techniques and artists.
The students were a credit to George Salter in every way. Behaviour, manners and attitude were excellent....as always.
A big thanks and well done to all that attended - click here to see the Eden Project images on Facebook.
Pupil Premium Awards 2015
At the beginning of February we received the exciting news from Rt Hon David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, that our school had won "£5000 in the Key Stage 4 category of the Pupil Premium Awards 2015. (...)
The reason you have been selected is that you are one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of the attainment and value-added progress of our disadvantages pupils since 2011. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for their futures.
In addition, your school has proven to be in one of the top 90 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and mathematics GCSEs.
I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils. Finally, I would also encourage you to share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience."
As our school had nine or more Year 11 pupils who attracted the pupil premium in 2013 and 2014, we are also being invited to apply for one of the larger prizes, including the national award of £250,000.
Click here to download the letter from David Laws [pdf, 679 KB]
"Lifting the masks" at the Geese Theatre
On Friday 6th February, the year 12 BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) students participated in a workshop at The Midlands Arts Centre led by Geese Theatre Company. Geese are a charity who specialise in using theatre and drama within the justice system. They work in prisons, probation centres and young offender units.
The three hour workshop allowed students to ask questions about Geese's work and also take part in drama activities they may use with their participants. They also ended the day, working with the company's famous fragment masks which are used to present the different aspects of people. Students will now use the information they have gained to create their own theatre in education piece.
GSA students at Royal Instotution Computer masterclass
The Royal Institution together with the University of Birmingham selected 2 Year 9 Computer Science students from George Salter Academy to take part in masterclasses over 8 Saturdays.
Year 9 students attending computer science master classes at university of birmingham with top PhD students at the end of the session on how to solve chaos theory using computational thinking and data representation on computers.
The students were actively involved in computing lectures, discussions, coding exercises and other practical activities delivered by top university professors from the University of Birmingham, IBM and the Royal Institution.
The topics covered in the masterclasses include: Security, Human Computer Interaction, Imaging, Natural language processing, Natural computation, Robotics, Functional Programming, Social Networks, Algorithmic thinking, Coding in various programming languages and Computing theory.
Netballers set to take to the National Stage
On Sunday 8th February George Salter Academy represented South Staffordshire County at the West Midlands Regional Schools Tournament. The tournament, which took place at Bromsgrove School, saw the best 14 schools from across the West Midlands fight for their place in the National Finals.
George Salter qualified in both the Under 14 and Under 16 age groups; an achievement in itself. Both squads went from strength to strength in their group stages with convincing wins against St Josephs College, Hereford, King Edwards and Royal Grammar School at Worcester amongst others.
After excellent results in the group stages both teams qualified for the semi-finals; the Under 14 team faced Higham Lane whilst the Under 16’s came up against Bromsgrove. The Under 14’s match was gripping; going goal for goal throughout the full game. With seconds to go Tumba Katanda shot from the edge of the circle and took the team to 11-10 up. The final whistle followed immediately after.
In the Under 16’s semi-final; the George Salter team made an excellent start with outstanding through court play; finished off by accurate shooting by Nasara Arnett and Octavia Donaldson. The final score finished 10 -5. As the U14/U16 semi-finals were on at the same time; on courts a fair distance away, as the final hooter went both squads ran to find out how the other team had done. As both teams had won; and therefore qualified for National Finals, the scenes as the girls met in the middle were that of smiles, hugs and tears; a truly incredible moment for the girls, parents, coaches and the school.
After chants, laughs and the realisation of the double success, both teams tried to recompose themselves to go into the final; a game that determined which group they went into for National Finals. The Under 16’s narrowly missed out by 2 goals to Higham Lane; a team they had beaten earlier on in the day and the Under 14’s were just beaten by a very strong Bromsgrove team.
This is a fantastic achievement for the Academy to get to two age groups into the National Finals; an accolade very few schools in the country hold. We wish all the girls success in the finals in March and look forward to working hard to implement some strategies in the run up to the tournament.
Many thanks to all the teachers and parents who came to support!
Under 14 Squad: Rhea Patel (Captain), Tumba Katanda (Vice-Captain), Shanequa McLeish, Renee Spence-Cork, Calista Henry, Amethyst Jackson-Hickson, Victoria Loa, Jazmine Seaton, Sahayi Arnett & Mollie Coombes.
Under 16 Squad: Samba Katanda (Captain), Ellie Bennett (Vice-Captain), Grace Porter-Deleon, Nikita Samra, Eden Riley, Daisey Cotterill, Rimenpreet Basi, Corianne Timmins, Nasara Arnett & Octavia Donaldson
Flexiweek proves to be a great success!
Flexiweek or Flexible Learning Week is an opportunity for students to fully involve themselves in a subject or learning experience. The timetable is collapsed and students take part in half-day, day-long or even two-day learning events. These can be extensions of the normal subject delivery for instance Business offered an apprentice type experience for year 8s in the January flexible learning week - click here to see the Apprentice images on Facebook. .
There can also be themed events. For instance, Year 10 created electrical tape drawings, inspired by Erica iri5 (pronounced "iris") - click here to see the Art images on Facebook.
Year 7 Students created videos as part of Flexiweek - click here for the Year 7 video on YouTube .
It shows two films made by students as part of an English run day aimed at boosting literacy through use of film.
The Flexiweek is highly popular with the students as they enjoy learning focussing on the projects and the feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive: download the Feedback Evaluation [pdf, 370 KB]
Sandwell Schools Basketball League Winners!
Last weekend proved to be very successful for George Salter Basketball teams.
In the Sandwell Schools Basketball League, our teams have won three of the four tournaments: Boys Under 14s, Girls Under 14s, Girls Under 16s (the Boys Under 16s competition is still under way - and after 8 games the George Salter team holds the second place).
The winners of the Sandwell competition at each age group will go on to represent Sandwell in the Level 3 Black Country Schools Competition.
Congratulations all around for well deserved wins!
National Theatre Archive Discovery Day
After a busy week, year 13 A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students went to The National Theatre to take part in their Greek Theatre Archive Discovery Day.
All students met Miss Green at 6:15am last Friday and then they were off to London. During the day, students watched NT's Antigone from 2012 and worked with Dr Lucy Jackson from Kings College London.
There was lots of time to look back at the production material from shows in the 1980s-present day.
On the way back to the midlands, students were treated with a Burger King and a trip in Frist Class! A brilliant day had by all!
GSA participates in Sainsbury's Active Kids 2015
Calling all GSA students and parents, we are now collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers!
Collect your Active Kids vouchers between 28 January to 5 May 2015 at all Sainsbury's stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online. Make sure you donate them to George Salter Academy by 1 July 2015.
The more vouchers we receive, the more equipment and experiences we'll be able to get.
Thanks for your support!
Madala design sessions are a great success!
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, 'circle') is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.
The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
Welcome back to School!
...and our new Reception.
Our New Build Project is slowly nearing its end with the new Science and Performing Arts Block being complete and handed over to the Academy.
This morning, students and staff could get the first glimpses of the new Reception and the new classroom, halls and facilities. The new Science and Performance Block also benefits from covered walkways and cycle shelters.