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Year 8 Events
Autumn Term 2019
Marine Engineering Pathway Tour
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September, Parkside welcomed the Marine Society and Sea Cadets into school to work with our Year 8 pupils, with their Marine Engineering Pathway Tour. Our pupils participated in a two-hour hands-on workshop which looked at the fundamentals of engineering through a real-life marine engineering scenario.

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Pupils had to design and build a ship which was stable in water to carry as much cargo as possible. They tested their ships to then discover which teams had succeeded in carrying the most cargo whilst staying afloat. The workshop coordinator was amazed by the high scores that our Year 8 pupils achieved through the days, commenting that Parkside pupils broke several records for the most cargo to be carried. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were enthused about engineering as a result. 


 Summer Term 2019
Collaboration Project
It has been an especially busy term in the Arts here at Parkside!

Our current Year 8's have been working alongside Catshill Middle School upon collaborative project spanning four weeks. Pupils with a passion for Art were offered this enrichment opportunity to work with a new and unfamiliar material - challenging their talents!

We worked at both sites over three afternoons, using the theme of 'Feeling Mindful ' and 'Dragonflies. We used wool, felting techniques and beads to create a large swarm of decorative dragonflies. A fantastic time was had by all. 
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Please look out for our final Art work at Parkside. 
 


Year 8 Cultural identity: Mexican Art project
We explored the Artworks and traditional festivals of Mexico. Pupils explored the pattern, colour and style of 'El Dias De Los Muertos', developing their own unique designs and patterns. We applied our designs to self portraits, creating a traditional sugar skull, celebrating our uniqueness!

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Art Cohesion Project 2019
As part of our ongoing Art cohesion with Bromsgrove School, Mrs Cheuk and a group of our Year 8 pupils were invited to a drawing master class. They worked alongside acclaimed artist Mark Lippett. 

Pupils studied his technique and used his advice and expertise to create beautiful, tonal drawings of a forest view.
We hope you enjoy our results.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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
Our project was based on our own identity 'what does it mean to be me?'. Our Year 8's studied typography and graffiti to create their own personalised font and name 'tag'.

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Mexican Tin Art and Loteria Fortune Cards
Our Year 8’s worked with their pervious designs and ideas to create an embellished, mixed media homage to Mexican folk art.

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 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.

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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.

The theme was; ‘The Ocean’ and pupils worked with clay to create individual tiles to the later be assembled into one large piece. Following several visits and making sessions to Parkside and Bromsgrove School, we completed our project and presented our work at Bromsgrove school on the 15th June.

The final beautiful Art work will now be on display from July until August in Bromsgrove Library.

A huge thank you to the Year 8 pupils involved and to the parents for their continued support.

We hope you have the opportunity to visit the local library to appreciate the pupils fantastic Art work, however, if you cannot visit the library, you can view the students from both Schools proudly displaying their work below.

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 New Surrealism display by Year 8.

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