CBSO Concert

Year 7 & 8 were treated to a concert by musicians from the CBSO yesterday. The String Trio played a variety of classical and pop music from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ to ‘The Simpsons’ theme music. Some pupils even had the chance to conduct. A huge thank you to the CBSO for taking time out of their busy schedule to play for us, we hope you can return again soon.

Year 11 Kings Speech Trip

On Saturday 28th February, year 11 students (in preparation for their Unit 3 performance exam in May), had the opportunity to develop their voice skills – working with Michael O’Hara from the Birmingham REP theatre. Afterwards, a group of our year 11 students got the chance to see a professional production of their chosen GCSE script, when they visited the REP theatre to see ‘The King’s Speech’ – we even got to meet the KING!!! (A huge thank you to Raymond Coulthard for meeting with our students). It was a great production, which we highly recommend, and a great day all-round. Our thanks to everyone at the REP and the incredible cast for a great day – which will help year 11 prepare for their practical examination in May.

Africa Workshop 2015

Today, year 10 Drama students had the opportunity to work with Sharon and Rebbecca from Strawberry Words Arts Education – exploring the culture of Africa. Everyone had a great time and hopefully year 10 will have found this a great experience to prepare them for the start of their Unit 1 examination (starting next week). Thank you again to everyone at Strawberry Words for helping to arrange this event.

Safer Internet Rap

All this week in our IT lessons we have been raising awareness of ‘Safer Internet Day’. Pupils have gained a better understanding of how children and young people are really using technology, discussed the risks and benefits associated with their use and provide some solutions. From watching videos to researching how to stay safe online, pupils had the opportunity to create slogans, design leaflets, posters and even recording their own rap song.

Hope we all have had a better understanding of how stay safe online. Remember to stay SMART online!!!

Year 9 Basketball Finals

The year 9 boys basketball team finished 5th in the level 3 games. They played against schools from all over Birmingham and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-final, they played really well and it was a fantastic achievement reaching this stage. Well done to the boys.

Year 9 Basketball

Year 8 recording workshop with Deci4

The year 8 have had the opportunity to find out what BTEC Music is all about this week. They have been developing lyrics and recording these in a studio situation. Some of the pupils explored their technical skills and showed that live sound recording is easy when you know how. The activities they experienced should give them a flavour of things to come in year 9. Year 8 have lots of talent and for some this is just the beginning of a very successful path.

Project Remix!

Aston Manor Academy’s English Department, Art Department and Music Department are coming together to bring to you a very special competition called Project Remix! Check out the website for more information:

The competition is entirely based around…BOOKS! Your favourite book, the book that inspires you most or the book with your fondest memories!

This time the competition is aimed at students aged 13-19 (those students 11-13 have got the BBC 500 words competition to enter so don’t worry, there is something for everyone!) and you can choose to enter the competition in 5 different ways:

Creative writing: write your own piece of fiction inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Word limit: up to 2,000 words
Comic strip: create your own comic strip inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to three A4 pages.
Cover design: design or illustrate your own alternative cover for your chosen book.
Book trailer: produce a book trailer – a short piece of film, like a film trailer – for your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to 2 minutes
Music: write and perform a song or a piece of original music inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to 3 minutes.

And check out the prizes you could win:

• Creative writing: An editorial feedback session with Random House editor, Natalie Doherty. Natalie will take a look at a piece of your work (must be fiction and under 80,000 words) and will provide feedback and career advice either by email or phone.
Comic strip: A behind-the-scenes visit to The Phoenix comic. Meet the team at Phoenix HQ in Oxford, find out about how a comic is made, and get some career advice from the Phoenix’s comic creators.
Cover design: A portfolio session with Random House senior fiction book designer Laura Bird. Laura will spend an hour looking at up to 10 examples of your work, and providing feedback and career advice either in person at Random House’s London office, or by email or telephone
Book trailer: A feedback session with BBC director Jermain Julien. Jermain will provide some feedback on your winning trailer and career guidance either in person at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly (the home for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) or by telephone or email
Music: A behind the scenes day at a music studio. Spend a day shadowing Brendon Harding, studio manager and resident engineer at Red Bull Studios, London.

The deadline for all entries is the 23rd of February so please ensure you get all entries to Miss Mulhearn in D16 as soon as possible! Good luck!


Year 9 Basketball

The year 9 Basketball team have won the Level 2 School’s tournament without losing a game!

They twice secured victories over KE Aston, Nishkam and Heartlands and will now go on to represent North Birmingham at the level 3 games. Well done to the Boys.

BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition 2015!

The BBC 2 short story writing competition for students 13 years old and under is back!

This is your opportunity to show off your writing talents and win your own height in books!

Watch this video for more information:

If you have a story that you would like to submit, please see Miss Mulhearn in D16 or Mrs Hughes in the library!

Deadline is 26th February – get cracking!
500 words 2015

The KS3 CBSO School’s Concert at Symphony Hall

Our year 7 enjoyed an afternoon of music at Symphony Hall on Friday. The KS3 School’s Concert was an opportunity for pupils to see how the orchestra works and to hear some music from Beethoven to Harry Potter. They were introduced to the sections of the orchestra and the role of the conductor. We were sitting behind the orchestra which gave us a unique view on the instrumentalists and conductor which made the whole experience even more interesting.