Music News As another school year draws to a close the students in Years 7 and 8 are busy rehearsing “Live Lounge” performances for their end of year class concerts. Live Lounge is a performance project where pupils select either a song or piece of music of their choice – rehearse and evaluate their work before performing in front of their classmates. We have solo instrumental pieces being worked on as well as songs by popular artists, African drumming and some groups have even composed their own music, creating everything from weird alien landscape themes to writing a modern-day Rap! ‘The standard of work and self-discipline being shown by pupils during the project has been phenomenal’ said Mr Hyden ‘Pupils have worked hard on improving their performance skills as well as evaluating other group performances. Confidence has grown and I’m sure the end of term concerts will be fun and most of all enjoyable’. The music department continues to try and give as many pupils the opportunity to see and hear live music being performedas possible. To round off this school year a group of current GCSE music students as well as some taking the subject next year will be visiting and taking part in the Staffordshire Schools ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert where pupils will hear a live orchestra as well as various soloists and choirs. In addition to this some pupils from KS3 will be enjoying a Rock Concert performed by a group of visiting musicians. Hopefully they will perform their own version of the Alice Cooper classic ‘School’s Out for Summer’. Finally, this year has seen 9for the first time in many years0 the opportunity for students to learn a whole range of instruments, thanks to our involvement with Entrust Music Services. Lessons on keyboard, percussion, string as well as vocal have all taken place, either individually or in small groups. The service of instrument tuition will again be available again next year to ALL students. If you would like further information on instrument tuition please contact Mr Hyden via email – office@ wilnecotehighschool.org or download the information pack via the letters section on the school website – www.thewilnecoteschool.com Wilnecote on Tour Just before we broke up for May half term, Key Stage 3 students from The Wilnecote School went on a music tour of local primary schools. The tour was designed to give students from The Wilnecote School the opportunity to share their talents with other members of the local community and in many cases a lovely opportunity for them to re-visit their old schools. It was also a fantastic way of showing primary school students what we are all about at The Wilnecote School, Ensuring Excellence and nurturing individual talent. The tour took place over three days, during which we visited six local primary schools, performing a one hour set that consisted of vocalists and musicians. The students who took part found it hard work but a really enjoyable and rewarding experience. We have had some fantastic feedback from students and staff at the primary schools who enjoyed having the opportunity to see the talent that our students have. This is the first time we have ever organised an event like this but I am sure that it won’t be the last, as it was a brilliant experience for all those involved, so keep an eye out for Wilnecote on Tour again soon.
Careers News As part of The Wilnecote School’s commitment to supporting students with life after school a group of Year 10 students recently visited St Giles Hospice in Lichfield to attend a conference about careers in the Care and Medical professions. Students experienced talks on a variety of topics, including the compassionate support that is available to patient’s and their family and relatives, talks on bereavement and strategies for supporting people, as well as the more commercial elements associated with the hospice such as fund-raising and working with donors and businesses. Following the talks students then took part in a variety of activities, learning how to make a basic medical assessment of an individual, looking at a vital signs diagnosis, undertaking ‘dementia friendly’ training and looking at the role of an occupational therapist. All the students were hugely impressed by the consideration, care, support and understanding shown by the professionals who work at St Giles. They all enjoyed the experience and were fine ambassadors ofour school throughout the event. Work Experience Week 9 – 13th July A record number of Year 10 students have engaged with the schools’ Work Experience programme this year. There is so much to be gained from participating in work experience that prepares students for later life, whether it is securing a part-time or weekend job or moving on from education to a full-time career or job. Students learn how to approach potential company bosses and employers and present themselves positively, explaining their skills and abilities in the hope that they might be offered a position. During the last two years, the numbers of students taking up Work Experience opportunities has steadily increased with a total of 60 placements last year. This year, however, we have had a record number of 96 students participating. A range of companies have offered places and some prestigious opportunities have been taken up by students. An opportunity to experience engineering activities at Aston Martin, for example, working in retail with the John Lewis partnership or digital marketing and technologies with Hedlam group. Students have also gained positions this year in the NHS, at veterinary surgeries treating animals and pets and garage service technicians with Trust Ford and assistants at the local Wilnecote Vauxhall dealership. It has been unanimously agreed that students benefit greatly from undertaking a Work Experience placement and as a school, we try to encourage the students to plan ahead in preparation for their futures. The challenge for next year is to et more students engaging with the work experience programme next year.