West Midlands Schools Athletics Championships – Libby-Ann Davies

We reported last month that Libby had finished second in the Dudley Schools Athletic Championships Long Jump….

Well on Saturday 10th June Libby competed against other qualifiers from all schools in the West Midlands at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham!

Libby finished a respectable 7th place and had a great day!

It was worth noting that Libby had been practicing, in her own time, all week and had a personal best jump of 3.80m, on the day Libby’s biggest jump was 3.60m, her PB would have put her in the TOP 3!!!

It might sound strange mentioning this but it’s good to learn what pressure can do to you and how it can affect performance, both sporting and academic. Libby has learnt this at a very early stage in her school life and I’m CERTAIN she will benefit from the experience next time she encounters pressure, whether it be exams, tests or other sporting competitions. It proved to be a good couple of days for Libby who had, on Friday 9th June, been awarded Student of the Half Term by her Head of Year, Miss Hatton.

Well done Libby, we are all very proud of you!!!

Libby Long Jum Alexander Stadium

Food Glorious Food – Welcome to Crest Central!!!!!

Congratulations go out to Alex Grazier of 8Di who successfully named the new Crestwood dining experience. His entry ‘Crest Central’ was successfully picked out from 174 separate entries, and is now in pride of place. Crestwood students love both the new name and the new food options. Well done again Alex!

Crest Central

Crestwood Students Visit Worcester University

On 17th May 2017 Ms. Barnbrook accompanied 16 Crestwood Students on a visit to Worcester University.

Below you can read some accounts of the day from Ms. Barnbrook and a selection of students.

Despite the heavy rain and the mini bus steaming up due to excited students, the whole group had an enjoyable day meeting the Tutors, exploring the campus, discovering a wide range of courses on offer. It was a pleasure to see all students getting involved with the question time getting the most out of their day. I am proud of how they represented Crestwood and made the most of the experience. Well done Crestwood. Ms Barnbrook

My experience at Worcester University was exciting and very enjoyable. I have been given a chance to look at the university and decide on my options that I choose in year nine, to gain the best qualification for college which will lead to university. The day trip answered all my questions such as – What courses are available? Do I have to pay? If so how much is it? Overall it was a great experience.

By Taylor Massey.

My experience at the University was fun and full of good information about the future, helping me to decide what’s best for me, when I choose a university. I also looked at the courses that are now on offer and how I can get the best out of my current education, to get me where I would like to be in the future, overall it was an enjoyable day..

Year 8 Student

I enjoyed my time at Worcester University it was a very valuable trip and we all learnt about becoming a student at Worcester University from cost, accommodation, friendships and courses. We had a small tour even though it rained the whole time, it was still enjoyable. I’m glad I went and I am definitely thinking about my future.

By Mollie Sanders.

My experience at the University was positive, I have learnt a lot from how much it costs, I could do a part-time job in between my learning. The subjects on offer allow you lots of opportunities from trips abroad, field trips and work experience. The whole day was enjoyable and I learnt a lot about Uni life on campus.

By Jolin Slater

When I went to the open day at Worcester University, I really enjoyed it. The staff were really friendly, the canteen was very nice and the food on offer. I got to learn about life on the campus and the accommodation for students, what type of room s they have on offer. It has helped me to think more about my options and begin to build on my future.

By Charlie Hampson

Passing Out Parade – Crestwood Cadet Detachment

Thursday 1st June saw our cadets detachment sworn in and become fully fledged members of the Army Cadet Force (ACF). A very proud day for the school, watched by family, friends, our Head Teacher (a former Royal Marines Commando!) and members of various ACF detachments from all over Staffordshire.

The detachment’s parade evenings are Tuesday and Thursday 1900-2100hrs, if you are interested in joining our detachment please email Sgt. Brown 5899brow@armymail.mod.uk

The full gallery is available on our Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/

Here is a wonderfully edited video which shows highlights of the parade. Ours students were a credit to the Army Cadet Force and the school. The video was filmed and edited by our very own Creative Media Assistant, Tom Bedworth

Humanities Visit to Munich

During Whitsun break Miss Read accompanied a group of fortunate year 9 and 10 students on a trip to the magnificent city of Munich.  Miss Read kept a diary of the visit, it was an action packed trip as you can see from Miss Read’s incredibly detailed, almost minute by minute account!

The trip will run each year, if you missed out this year make sure you get involved in 2018!

Day 1

Friday –  Met at 12,30am at school (Thursday night) coach down to London Heathrow Terminal 5. Students loud – nobody except teachers slept on the coach.

Arrived at airport at about 4am – still no one asleep.

Boarded plan at 6.20am – flight was about 2 hours 15 minutes – still no sleep!

Transfer from Munich at 9am was relatively seamless – passport control took ages as some student were on the slow shuttle bus to the terminal!

Crestwood students collected everyone’s bags for them while we were waiting – very kind.

Arrived at the hotel at 11am thinking we could get into our rooms for a nap and a shower, only to be told they weren’t ready so we got the train into Munich. Our tour wasn’t until 2.30pm so students had some free time to get some lunch and shopping.

2.30pm – 28 degree heat and we have a walking tour of Munich – had a very detailed description of certain places of importance such as the beer hall where Hitler stages his Munich Putsch. We also visited the “English Garden” – a garden built modelled on an English park as the Kaiser at the time was education in England and wanted somewhere like it in Munich.

6.30pm – Students back at hotel to eat, shower and have free time before dinner.

7.30pm – Dinner at the hotel, students are finally moaning about being tired!!!

9pm – We decide it’s time for an early night!!

Day 2

Saturday – A very lovely continental breakfast at 8am – cheeses, hams, lots of fruit juice and coffee for teachers. 9am boarded the coach to visit Neuschwanstein Castle – a beautiful castle in the Alps on the border of Austria/Hungary.

10.45am – Arrived at the castle. Miss Read had to run crazily to work out how to collect tickets – all fine in the end! We walked up to the castle through a lovely mountain climb for 45 minutes before we took some photos of the views and got ready for our tour.

12.30pm – Had an audio guided tour around the castle with a guide. We learned about the history of the castle and what different parts were for. It was a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace built by King Ludwig II and was stunning! Set in mountains and lakes. Students then had the chance to visit Poellat Gorge on the mountain – Really high bridge walk that is exhilarating and beautiful. Amazing views of the landscape and rugged and wild environment.

2pm – Back to the coach for a quick lunch before we head back to Munich city centre for a tour around the Jewish Museum.

4.30pm – Arrive at the Jewish Museum for our tour. Excellent!!!! We learned all about the architecture, the Jewish community in Munich and their history as well as lots about their religion and culture. Got a chance to have a go on an interactive map where you placed certain signs over the sites and it told you about the importance of each one and also showed you primary photos from the time. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

5pm, quick pit-stop at the BMW museum (do you like what I did there, pit-stop, cars, BMW…no? Never mind).

6pm – Walk back to the hotel for some free time before dinner!

7.30pm – Dinner.

9pm – QUIZ. Mr Fox, Miss Read and Miss Gilhooley created an excellent Humanities themed quiz night, with some music sport and film thrown in. Mr Fox was the quiz master (or so he thought he was) and students were placed into teams. Things got very competitive!!! Crestwood boys came 3rd (not bad!!) …won’t mention where the girls came.

11pm – bed ready for Sunday!!

Day 3

Sunday – 8am breakfast – more cheeses and hams.

9am – Boarded the coach ready for our trip to Dachau concentration camp. This was one part of this trip I was particularly looking forward to. The history around the site is fascinating – it was the first concentration camp made by Hitler in 1933 and actually served as a labour (work) camp for political prisoners from the former Weimar Republic (the government set up in Germany after WW1). Modern companies including Mercedes, BMW and Hugo Boss all used these prisoners as their workforce. The tour guides we had were incredible. We walked around the camp seeing the old prison cells and the sleeping quarters which were built for 200 people and slept 2000. We visited the 3 memorials that have been built. Our final part of the tour was through the crematorium and the bas chamber. This was a particularly poignant part.

1.30pm – After quite a heavy morning we decided on a lighter afternoon so we visited Olympia Park – the park where the 1972 Olympics’ were held. This gave students an opportunity to compare the site with facts they have learned about the 1936 Berlin games. We had some free time here to take in the sites of the park. We then went up the tower which gave beautiful 360 degree views of Munich.

6pm – Headed back to the hotel via the tram for free time before dinner.

7.30pm – Dinner – more German sausages.

9pm – Evening activity – cabaret! Students were given a theme of “first dates” and created their own dramatic scene around the theme. Fantastic efforts by all!

11pm – Bedtime!

Day 4 

Monday – 9am breakfast today and the day we check out! But not before we are having some free time around Munich, and a trip up to the top of St Peter’s Cathedral.

10am – We left the hotel to walk to the Cathedral. After 20 minutes working out which one it was using Google Maps and Images, we climbed the narrow 336 steps to the top. But wow was it worth it!! We climbed the tallest clock tower in Munich and the views were incredible.

1pm – Walked to English Park for lunch.

2pm – Free time around Munich! Students were able to have time for last minute shopping and experience some German culture.

5.30pm – Transfer back to the airport.

9pm – Flight home.

1am – Arrived back at Crestwood for parent pick up!

 An incredible history trip – brilliant sites visited and some forever memories made. Look forward to next year! For the full gallery please visit our Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/



Crestwood Students Star at the Dudley Schools Athletics Championships

Wednesday 25th May our PE department travelled to the Dell Stadium for the annual Dudley Schools Athletic Championships with our super sporty Year 7 students. There were some standout performances from  number of our students:

Charlie Rankovic finished 3rd the long jump event, Esme Ledbrook finished 3rd in the 200 metres, Paige Franks 3rd in the 100 metres, the girls 4×100 metre relay team (Ashley Perks, Ella Southall, Paige Edwards and Abby Oakley took 2nd place in a very strong field. The performance of the day though went to Libby-Ann Davies who finished 2nd in the long jump and qualified for the West Midlands Athletics Championships which are held at the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham, home of the Birchfield Harriers!

Well done to all of the students that participated!

Here are a couple of shots of Libby-Ann pre and post take off!

The full gallery can be found on our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/

Summer Serenade – A Crestwood School Collaboration Concert!!

ON the 21st of June we have invited local concert band ‘The BJ Concert Band’ to join us in what promises to be a carefully planned, rip-roaring collaboration. The 90 minute set will see a mixture of all time classics and modern chartbusters performed in our brand new, state of the art theatre.

This is a ‘one night only’ show and tickets will be limited, please get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Summer Serenade

Year 7 iPad Launch

Yesterday our Year 7 students were issued with their iPads, this morning I managed to get a few pictures of the students using their iPads in Mr Boerm’s PSHE lesson. The students were using Siri and Safari to research academic pathways and qualifications (School/College/University).

This is the 2nd year we have committed to the iPad project after last year’s Year 7 (current Year 8) saw the massive benefits of this wonderful resource. We are ensuring our students embrace the fast paced change that technology is bringing to everyday life!

It is also worth noting that a number of these images were taken by aspiring photographer Callum Nock (Year 7 Student). Callum came to me earlier in the year and mentioned his passion for photography, over the next few weeks we have a number of in school photo-shoots planned and Callum will be invited along to learn some photography techniques.


The Gambia Project 2017

During Easter 2017 Ms Lowe accompanied 4 lucky Crestwood School & Sixth Form students on a once in a life time trip to The Gambia. The students were Liam Walters, Chris Kauczok, Dan Smart and Connor O’ Boyle. We joined forces with students from one of our partner schools, Kinver High School, to make a difference to the lives of Gambian Children. The aim was to help more Gambian children access education, something we can sometime take for granted! Here is a diary of the visit written by Ms Lowe.

We intend to take even more students next year. If you are interested (who wouldn’t be!!!???) please speak with Ms. Lowe.

Day 1: Arrived at beach front hotel, exhausted from the journey.

Day 2: Early start – Travelled to Mansa Colley Bojang Primary School to teach lessons. The Crestwood Students were at first overwhelmed at having a class full of excited children staring at them, waiting to be taught. But they soon got into the swing of things, making paper aeroplanes and coordinating a competition between the students in the classes, awarded the pupils who could make their plane fly the furthest.

Played football with students from the school. Ms Lowe awarded herself player of the match and no argument was heard. The students of Bojang Primary School won on penalties.

Day 3: Up close and personal at the local monkey park. Afterwards, we visited the crocodile pool where the Crestwood Students petted an actual scary, toothy croc!!! Ms Lowe seemed to go missing at this point.

Day 4: Welcoming ceremony in local village. We were welcomed and thanked for our fundraising efforts, and for visiting with ceremonial dance and music. Speeches were made by the village elders and politicians. We felt overwhelmed and grateful!

Day 5: Helped local villagers build school building. Staff and students got stuck in, fetching water from the well to mix cement by spade, and transport it using wheelbarrows to different parts of the site. Some students were assigned the task of making bricks to build with – Liam Walters felt especially good at this, whereas Connor O’Boyle could barely get the bricks to stay intact. Foundations were dug out for a patio area at the front of the school, and the concrete floors were laid and smoothed flat. A very physical and worthwhile day to see the building develop, and all the hard work the local community puts into constructing it. We felt very proud to have contributed money through fundraising which allowed the local community to buy the resources needed.

Day 6: Visited Serrekunda market with local women and went shopping for ingredients to make dinner. The market was so colourful and busy. Hundreds of varieties of fish were being sold, as well as spices and vegetables. We brought the ingredients back to the compounds and to meet local families. The afternoon was spent preparing the food (learning how to scale and gut fish), and cooking it, as well as singing and dancing with the women and children. Dan Smart was not shy in getting up and shaking his booty. He was the life and soul of the compound that day.

Day 7: Visited anti-natal hospital and health centre where we gained an important insight into the basic facilities for men, women and children.