Colleges Come to Willow Bank
On 4th December, Willow Bank School hosted its first ever careers fair. Representatives from a number of local post-16 education providers attended the event to offer information on local colleges, training providers and apprenticeships. Year 10 and 11 students had the chance to talk to providers about the courses they offer, what support might be available and the careers that these courses can lead on to. School staff and parents were also invited to attend. Feedback from students, parents and staff was extremely positive with many students feeling that they have a much better idea of what is available locally when they leave school. We hope that this can become an annual event in the school’s calendar.
New Arrivals for CHS
Willow Bank has two new names on roll - Doris and Mabel.
These names belong to two young female guinea pigs who are now housed at the school. Doris is 6 months old and Mabel is still only 8weeks old. They came all the way from a breeder in Staffordshire.
There is much evidence that animals can have a very positive impact on people’s emotional wellbeing and these two little piggies are already bringing smiles to the student’s faces. The animals will help students develop a sense of responsibility as they will be involved in the day to day care of the animals and a positive bond between an animal and a child can support academic, social, and emotional growth. They will also fit in with our Eco School aims, becoming part a great way to recycle some of our vegetable waste from the kitchen and the garden.
The guinea pigs are very well housed in a hutch kindly donated by the Fosse Park branch of ‘Pets At Home’ and they have a secure outside run in order to enjoy the last of the good Autumn weather.
Willow Bank Students Enjoy Drayton Manor
As part of the end of year and leaving celebrations, students at Willow Bank were invited to go on a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park on the 26th of July. Around forty students attended the day and enjoyed a quiet park that was full of great rides and attractions.
Many thanks to Mr Jeffcote and Mr Sowman who organised the day.
Willow Bank Students at the Caterpillar Factory
On Monday 22nd May, eleven of our Year 10 and KS3 students visited the Caterpillar Learning and Inspiration Centre at Desford. Students took part in a variety of activities. Dressed in high-vis vests and glasses the students not only looked the part but participated in a guided factory tour and then undertook a real hands on challenge to construct a brake pedal for a Caterpillar Backhoe Loader. The groups were super impressive and all completed the task in record time! The final task was the lego challenge.
Teams had to work together, communicate ideas confidently and all take an active role-every student participated and the groups were commended for their excellent teamwork. The visit was fantastic, really enjoyable but also provided a valuable insight in the world of engineering!
Audience With Alex Staniforth
Students at Willow Bank took part in a talk given by 'Adversity Adventurer' Alex Staniforth last week. Alex is a young veteran of mountain expeditions who has previously suffered from a number of issues. The students at Willow Bank heard all about life or death trips climbing Everest and how Alex managed to overcome his challenges.
Willow Bank Students Record New Original Songs
To finish off another successful run of music sessions offered by Soft Touch Arts, two groups of Willow Bank students have recorded original compositions. Taking place on the 21st and 28th of March, the students made their way via bus to the recording studio on New Walk Leicester. Both sessions were very productive with songs 'Not A Good Day' and Scratchcards and Cigarettes' being recorded and mixed in the time available. Many thank to Steve, Peri and Joe for making the whole experience a success for all.
Willow Bank Students Work to Gain Qualifications in Bouldering
A group of students have had the opportunity to visit The Climbing Station in Loughborough as part of their enrichment afternoon on a Monday. The students have been learning how to boulder; this is a type of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses! As part of these visits, the students have studied for the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) Level 1 qualification which involves learning basic climbing moves, knowing the names for different kinds of holds and moves, as well as being aware of how to boulder safely. All of the students have thoroughly enjoyed their visits and their climbing skills have improved greatly over the 6 weeks. This has been a fantastic activity for developing self-confidence, team spirit and communication skills. Well done to everyone for taking part.
Willow Bank Students Record Original Song
A group of five Willow Bank students have recorded an original song using the recording studio based at Soft Touch Arts on New Walk in Leicester. The song titled 'Colours' was written over a number of weeks at Willow Bank and features the students performing drums, guitars, bass, vocals and sample pads. This was part of an all day trip during the last week of the summer term and was the perfect event to end to a number of delivered sessions that focused on music writing and performing.
Recording was a very rewarding experience for the students and marks the first time in a studio for most. Many thanks to Steve, Dimitris and Joe from Soft Touch Arts for making this possible!
Site produced meals continue to make an impact
The school kitchen at Willow Bank has recently celebrated its third birthday. The kitchen was introduced during the BSF project that tranformed the school and replaced the previous method of outsourcing lunch orders. Rapidly becoming one of the most popular features of Willow Bank, the kitchen provides subsidised breakfasts for students, a huge range of lunch orders and a selection of snacks for break time. Catering Manager Catherine Rice also provides meals for functions and events at the school, the most recent being a mammoth buffet for the 2015/16 leavers assembly.
To celebrate the anniversary, free cake was greatly received by students. From now on, the kitchens birthday will be an eagerly anticipated date in the school calendar.
CHS Chain Story
Students at the Children's Hospital School have created a chain story that was built in sections across all of the school sites.
Outreach started with a gripping opening, Willow Bank added a complication, Ward Three described a crisis and the LRI resolved the story. Each base was allowed a maximum of 400 words.
The basic idea was that the story started with a given opener of:
|The sound of breaking glass stopped her.
The story can be viewed by clicking HERE