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: http://www.movellas.com/projectremix

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!

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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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h3wwk

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!
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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.

Mini Monologues Competition!

Congratulations to the 17 students in years 8 and 9 whose work has been selected to be published in the Mini Monologues West Midlands book!

Don’t forget to bring your reply slips to Miss Mulhearn in D16 and keep up the good work!

If you would also like to become a published writer – come and see Miss Mulhearn about our new English Department competition called ‘Poetopia!’

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Year 7 Girls Football

Congratulations to the Year 7 Girls Football team who won their league fixture against Heartlands B team. It was an extremely physical game and a great team effort – ‘player of the match’ was awarded to Maryam Uddin for her excellent defending throughout.

Result:
AMA 10 – 9 Heartlands B

Miss Pawar is extremely proud of her team and looks forward to the rest of the season!

Year 7 Athletics

The following girls came second overall in the Year 7 Indoor athletics Winter school Games Qualifier. It involved them taking part in track and field events and all girls worked extremely hard.

Kawser Nuur
Shanti Roberts
Zahraa Sultana
Haajirah Mir
Tayjonay Ogarro
Samia Rage
Maryam Uddin
Naseema Fadul
Taslima Esha
Aisha Shafiq

A-level maths revision sessions

The Mathematics staff at Aston Manor Academy are keen to provide after school A-level revision sessions to Year 13 students every Tuesday in room D26 from 3:15pm to 4:00pm. This is to ensure that students are better prepared for their mathematics examinations in June 2013. Of course, it is important to point out that these sessions are merely supplementary and do not replace the student’s own preparation at home.

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Poetopia comes to Aston Manor Academy!

Exciting new poetry competition open to students aged 11-18 with great prizes to be won!

Are you a budding poet or writer? Do you want to see your work published? Then this is the competition for you!

To enter Poetopia, you first need to work out which ‘faction’ you belong to by taking this simple test!

Now you know which ‘faction’ you belong to – you must follow the rules of your ‘faction’ and write a poem accordingly!
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For more information please see Miss Mulhearn in D16!

Deadline is the 13th February!

THIS WEEKS MENU

Here is this weeks menu. Please note that the canteen is now split into two sections- The Main Road and The Street, each serving something different every day.

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PSHE Autumn Workshops

So much has been going on in PSHE lessons so far this academic year, with some fantastic visitors coming in to school to work with our students. We have so far had workshops focused on online bullying, exploitation and self-esteem, violent extremism and legal highs. Over 700 students have so far benefitted from these workshops since September, which aim to build on what they learn as part of the current PSHE curriculum.

These workshops have not only been a great success and really beneficial for the students, we have also received some really positive feedback from our visitors who have stated that:
‘The students have been a delight to work with’, ‘Were really positive and engaged throughout’ and ‘So well behaved and so helpful it was refreshing!’

Let’s hope the spring term will be just as exciting!!!!


‘Tapestry’ violent extremism workshops with year 9 from the Playhouse.


‘Legal highs’ workshops with year 10’s from Urban Heard.


‘EUBully’ workshops with year 7’s from Spectacle Theatre & ‘Girls EM’ self-esteem workshops with year 9 from City United.

Congratulations

Congratulation to Samina and Alwayne for a beautiful performance at Aston Parish Church for their annual Community Carol Service. It was a lovely occasion with all the local schools taking part. Both students received many compliments about their performance afterwards. Well Done!

AMA Students meet Prince William

Sport at Aston Manor opens up many opportunities for pupils, not least on Friday 12th of December when Aditur Rahman in year 11 as well as other Aston Manor pupils were able to meet Prince William. His Royal Highness was the main dignitary at the opening ceremony at Holford Sports Hub where many of our pupils partake in sports activities; Aditur not only took part in boxing exhibitions for the Prince but also got the chance to exchange a few words. Other distinguished guests at the event included the Mayor of Birmingham as well as Chief superintendants of the Local police force.

World War One – English Workshop!

A group of year 8 students went along to Sutton College to their First World War Workshop afternoon and took part in a variety of different activities. The activities ranged from learning about The Birmingham Pals Regiment to recording their own war song! Students were a credit to the school – well done everyone!

Remembrance Day Projects!

Year 8 students have created some absolutely superb Remembrance Day projects to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Students were asked to focus on three questions: Why is 100 years so important? Why should we remember? And How should we remember? Pupils were allowed the freedom to design a project in whatever fashion they wanted and the results didn’t fail to impress!