Year 12 Personal Statement Workshop

The current Year 12 students began the process of applying to universities with a ‘Personal Statement’ workshop on Wednesday. The Life Skills Company visited and they ensure that students are given expert guidance on how to produce an outstanding personal statement. Students really enjoyed the session and completed their first draft by the end of the day.

Mr D.Preston
Assistant Headteacher

Poetopia Winners!

Our latest poetry book has finally arrived and it is full of Aston Manor students’ work!

A huge congratulations to all the winning entries! Keep up the hard work!

The book is displayed in the library. If you want to see your name in lights and get your work published in a book, there is still time to enter our latest competition, Grim Tales!

For more information, see Miss Mulhearn in D16.

– Miss Mulhearn

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Aston Olympians 2015

Year 12 football Academy Students took part in assisting Aston University colleagues in delivering and running the 10 year Anniversary of the Olympians Sports day. 8 Local Primary Schools take part in this annual tradition and all pupils and staff once again thoroughly enjoyed it. Our selected 6th form pupils took part in leading different sporting activities as part of their leadership module of their Sports Btec course. It was a valuable experience for them all and a tradition that we would like to continue at Aston Manor Academy.

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Grim Tales!

A new English department competition is open for all students!

Can you remember any fairy tales from when you were younger? Which were your favourite? Remember the lovely happy endings each story had? Well, it’s time to ruin that!

Grim Tales Writing Competition is all about distorting your favourite fairy tales and giving them an evil twist! You only get 100 words to write your new evil adaption, who can think of the most interesting twists possible?

If you fancy entering the competition and trying to get your writing published – see Miss Mulhearn in D16 for more information!

Deadline is the 13th of July – good luck!

Language and Sports Trip

On Friday 19th June a select few of the year 8 PE gifted and talented individuals were selected to go to Birmingham University to take part in a Languages and Sports Day. Pupils took an active role in learning the basics of Japanese language including useful phrases, numbers, and the alphabet. Pupils attempted writing in Japanese as well as gaining understanding of Japanese culture and traditions such as Origami which they thoroughly enjoyed.
In addition pupils threw themselves into a Karate taster session, something that none of them had experienced before. Coaches from the university delivered a basic traditional Karate welcome and foundation movements that the pupils attempted and succeeded in. It was a fantastic day for the pupils and I am sure they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It is a great opportunity for the pupils and I hope it is an event we can be involved in again in the future.

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40 Aston Manor year 7 and 8 pupils accompanied by 10 Chilwell Croft pupils attended the Aegon CLassic at Edgbaston Priory Tennis club. The pupils were able to experience a tennis match on centre court involving some of the finest female players in the world. Pupils also participated in coaching sessions conducted by professional coaches from the LTA, the weather was kind to us and it was a unique experience for a lot of our pupils.

Noble Conflict!

Year 9 students have just completed reading the gripping and tense dystopian thriller, Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman!

The class have written some reviews of the novel which are bound to make you want to read it for yourself – have a browse through the Aston Manor Academy Blog to read their reviews and decide for yourself!

– Miss Mulhearn

Oxford Uni Trip

On Wednesday 17th June 2015, 10 Year 10 G&T pupils spent the whole day at the prestigious University of Oxford. Pupils were given a tour of the university and had the opportunity to speak to current undergraduates about living university life such as knowing their social activities, living accommodation, interview process, how to manage finance and how to join clubs and societies. After having lunch at Keble College dining hall, pupils also took part in a discovery hunt activity when they had a tour of Oxford City. The weather was great and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and were well behaved which made this trip very memorable and enabled to raise aspirations for our pupils to aim high.

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Deci4 at the fete

Here are some pictures of Deci4 and our musicians performing at the Summer Fete. Thank you to all those ex-pupils and community members who came along to perform alongside our students. It was a lovely sunny day and a great atmosphere.

All Our Heroes

Year 8 and 9 G&T students were taken on a literacy intervention workshop to The Drum yesterday to watch the play, All Our Heroes.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, All Our Heroes explores the stories and perspectives of men from the Indian sub-continent who left their homes and families to fight for the British Raj in continents far, far away.

The play taught students a lot about the different nationalities and armies fighting in the First World War and gave a whole new perspective to the war poetry they had studied in the classroom.

Thoroughly enjoyable and insightful play!

– Miss Mulhearn

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New Books in the library

Later this week there will be lots of great new books in the library. So pop in and find a great new read!
This includes some great new graphic novels and new Manga titles.

You can take books out during break time and KS3 and KS4 lunch.

Drama Trip

On the 7th May, year 10 GCSE drama students visited the REP theatre to see the musical ‘Oh What A Lovely War’, staring Wendi Peters and Ian Reddington. After a slightly delayed start (whoops!) the students enjoyed a funny and moving portrayal of the events leading up to and during the first world war. We’d like to thank the cast (who came out to talk to us) and the staff at the REP for a really great theatre experience

-Mr Robinson