Year 7 Events
Autumn Term 2019
Victoria Cleland from the Bank of England Visits Parkside.
On Friday, 22nd November, Parkside were privileged to welcome Victoria Cleland into school to speak with our KS3 pupils about her career within the Bank of England. Victoria Cleland is the Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Innovation, and Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for all of the Bank’s involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank’s work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including: oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.
In her presentation to pupils, Victoria explained the function of the Bank of England and spoke to pupils about how Economics within the country operates. She also told us about Titan notes and some of the aspects of bank note and digital currency design. Pupils were then invited to ask some insightful questions. All of KS3 enjoyed this unique opportunity to speak with her and we learned a considerable amount about the economy and the role of the Bank of England.
Year 7 Trip to Warwick Castle
Year 7 were fortunate enough to visit Britain’s ultimate castle!
Dating back to 914, Warwick Castle has stood as an impressive mediaeval fortress on the banks of the river Avon for the last 1100 years. Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damaged by fire in 1871, the castle has survived the changing fortunes of history and remains one of the most well-preserved mediaeval castles in the UK. We saw the beauty of the landscaped gardens, the mediaeval vaults and the stunning Great Hall. Buzzing with energy and excitement, we climbed to the top of the towers and ramparts which offered breath-taking views of the English countryside.
Our visit was amazing because we watched the magnificent Birds of Prey fly over our heads and we learnt all about the world’s largest trebuchet.
Pupils Meet Author Robin Stevens
On Thursday 3th October, a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils were given a wonderful opportunity to visit Malvern St James Girls’ School in Great Malvern to meet Robin Stevens, the author of the award winning 'Murder Most Unladylike' series. The American-born author gave an inspiring talk about her books and her own journey to becoming a crime writing children’s author in the UK. The children were also given the opportunity to buy and have a personally signed and dedicated copy of one of her books.
Summer Term 2019
Year 7 Trip to Upton Warren
Year 7 had an amazing day out to Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren. Pupils took part in activities such as sailing, archery, crate stacking, tunnelling, climbing, canoeing and the king swing, to name a few. Pupils were a credit to the school, they worked successfully in teams and many overcame their fears.
“The day was all about team work, we worked with our friends, but others in the year too.” EM 7AF
“The leaders were friendly and knowledgeable; it was a really fun day.” EW 7AF
“Upton warren introduced me to new things and was so much fun.” SE 7RW
“Very inspiring!” OH 7RW
Year 7 Pop Art
In Year 7 we are currently working on our theme of consumer objects as Art!
We are currently planning our food sculptures - here are our yummy test pieces.
Spring Term 2019
Parkside Year 7 Boys Win Rugby Tournament
After enduring some very unpleasant conditions whilst training, the sun decided to make an appearance for the annual Redditch and Bromsgrove rugby tournament held at Redditch RFC.
After 3 warm up games and 3 victories the Year 7 team were in good spirits arriving at the tournament. To progress to the final we would have to win our group which consisted of Parkside, Woodfield and Birchensale. The boys were fantastic from the first whistle to the last, comfortably beating Birchensale 35-0 and Woodfield 42-0 to progress to the final.
The final was played against Alvechurch. They were also unbeaten in the group stages. The teamwork and commitment on display from Parkside was immense and we found ourselves 21-0 up at half time. Alvecurch rallied in the second half, scoring early in the half to make it 21-7 but Parkside were determined and scored again to make the final score 28-7.
History was made and for the first time ever Parkside were Year 7 District Rugby Champions!
UKMT Challenge - 2019
Pupils from Year 7 and 8 took part in UKMT Junior Individual Challenge at the end of April. The Challenge encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. Over 250,000 pupils from around 3,700 schools took part this year.
Congratulations to all the pupils who gained certificates and to Theo Lindsay from Year 7 who was one of the 5 Parkside pupils who gained Golds.