Year 8 Events
Spring Term 2019
Volunteer It Yourself Project
On Thursday 28th March, 27 Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to participate in a Midlands based vocational trade mentoring programme, ‘Volunteer It Yourself’, devised by The Careers and Enterprise Company, Wickes and City and Guilds. The programme has been designed to engage pupils in experiencing future careers through developing vocational trade skills and broader employability skills, through in-school workshops and participation in a building refurbishment project.
Pupils were led by volunteer trade skills mentors to collaborate and build three new picnic benches for use in school. They participated in two in-class workshops, followed by one day’s practical work experience. Pupils learned about skills development and career opportunities in the building / construction sector, developed self-confidence and team work skills, and gained ‘on-the-job’ experience volunteering and working alongside their mentors on the project. All materials were donated by Wickes.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and were proud with their accomplishments at the end. They were commended by the project mentors for their enthusiasm, work ethic and impeccable manners throughout the project. Their picnic benches will be a lasting legacy to their time at Parkside. Well done to everyone involved!
Big Bang Fair
On Thursday 14th March all of Year 8 had the opportunity to go and see the Big Bang Fair at the NEC.
The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.
The pupils all had the chance to hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK's biggest companies and found out about the opportunities available in science and engineering. They found out the careers in STEM range from putting on fashion shows to creating the next biggest roller-coaster or even creating new technology that can save lives!
At the fair was a huge Science show which explained the Chemistry and Biology of explosions. All the pupils were able to speak to lots of real scientists and engineers. They had the chance to ask them questions when they met them live on stage.
Network Rail Visit
On Friday the 8th March we had a special visitor come to Parkside to celebrate International Women’s day and females in engineering. Lorraine came to talk to our young children about Network Rail and all of the different career paths engineering can take you down. The children learnt about apprenticeship schemes and also how university can be another pathway. They also learnt about how the lights and signalling work on the railway and how plans for changes are submitted nearly 3 years in advance.
Year 8 Identity Project
The Year 8 Identity Project is transition project aimed to help pupils ease into high school by knowing their own strengths. The pupils were given an independent choice of portraits, graffiti, doodles & tessellating patterns, with their own interests being encouraged!
Year 8 Information Evening - January 2019
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Information Evening.
For those parents who could not attend the documentation provided at the meeting can be viewed here.
Autumn Term 2018
Year 8 Artwork
Typography & Fonts
Mexican Tin Art and Loteria Fortune Cards
Bromsgrove District Plan Review Consultation
On Wednesday, 17th October, a group of 20 enthusiastic Year 8 pupils enjoyed participation in the Bromsgrove District Plan Review Consultation. Representatives from Bromsgrove District Council came to speak to the pupils about priorities they consider with regards to human and physical geography. They were then able to discuss a wide range of issues which were relevant to them as Bromsgrove residents, helping the planning team to understand what the issues are for young people in the District. Pupils will receive certificates for their involvement and the Council are going to keep us updated with how our pupils' contributions have influenced decisions and supported the next stage of planning.
Summer Term 2018
Art Cohesion Project
Ten Parkside Pupils and ten Bromsgrove School pupils were chosen to take part in a joint Art Project. The Head of Art at Parkside; Mrs Cheuk and Ms Barron from Bromsgrove School, arranged a collaborative activity, building a strong Arts link between the two schools.
Year 8 Pupils chosen to perform at Dance Festival
On 14th February four Year 8 Girls performed at the North Worcestershire School Dance Festival held at Bromsgrove School. They have now been chosen to perform at the Worcestershire Schools Games Competition in July.
We wish the girls every success in the forthcoming competition.
Pictures of Mia, Amelia, Niamh and Eden at the North Worcestershire School Dance Festival.
UKMT Maths challenge
On Thursday 26th April a group of year 7 and year 8 mathematicians took part in the Junior UKMT challenge. The competition is aimed at pupils in year 8 or below, and is the UK’s most popular mathematical competition with over 300,000 students taking part.
Overall we achieved 22 bronze certificates, 17 silver and 3 golds which is a fantastic achievement but a special mention must go to Callum Stone and Sam Taylor who have both qualified for the next round on 12th June.
Year 8 Mexican Art
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. This fun and colourful Art style celebrates handmade folk art in a myriad of skeleton designs. Our Year 8 have researched, studied and created their own choice of Mexican inspired designs and Mexican Artworks. They were given a choice of materials and tools work with.
Year 8 - Mixed Media Studies