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  • Summer 2014

    Look whats happening to Lobjoit Court

    Remembering past pupilswho gave their lives

    Our poets Enterprising events Crowned champions

    By Jakob Ward

    Philips High students are visiting the World War 1 battlefields this summer.

    The trip will be even more poignant as this year marks the centenary of the start of the Great War. The students will be visiting France and Belgium to see the Somme and Ypres battlefields. They will also visit many famous sights such as the Lochnagar Crater and the

    Menin Gate at which they will lay a wreath as part of the daily Service of Remembrance for the people lost in the war.

    At the Thiepval Memorial they will be able to see the names of soldiers who attended secondary school on the same site as our present school. There is a memorial plaque in our main corridor near Mr Trees office, commemorating these former pupils who lost their lives whilst fighting to defend our country.

    The trench experience in Ypres is where some of our students will be able to dress up as soldiers, representing the nations that were involved in the war.

    They will also be visiting many more interesting museums, cemeteries and historical sites around the area. The WW1 Battlefields trip is an annual event at Philips High and the pictures shown were taken during last years visit.

    Over the last six months we have been working with the Groundwork team and Mr Lockwood (Head of Governors) to improve Lobjoit Court.

    After removing three large skips of waste bricks, concrete and the old shed, we levelled the main area. The weather has been mostly against us during this time, but with the help of some Year 7, 8 and 11 students we assembled two raised beds and filled them with good soil for planting. The students pictured are attaching the Lottery Funded logo in recognition of that organisations funding via the Groundwork charity. See page 2 for our new look Lobjoit Court.

    Non-uniform day for teachers!

    By Megan Nicholson

    Philips High teachers have been dressing up as famous characters from stories and films.

    They did this on World Book Day to promote reading and raise awareness about books. Throughout the day our students had to figure out who each teacher was dressed as, and submit a form with their answers. Whoever got the most characters correct received a certificate and the overall winner also received a 5 book voucher.

    A big thank you to all the teachers for taking part and putting so much effort into this fantastic day. A special thank you goes to Miss Owens who handmade her costume which was the Mad Hatter out of Alice in Wonderland. Also, thanks to the Science department for having a Winnie the Pooh theme.

    The organiser of this marvellous event was Mrs Fox who said: Mr Hardlands costume was one of my favourites because of its individuality and obscurity. She added that she would like to do this next year, but involve the students. Other competitions are being considered because of the positive feedback and these could raise money for reading charities in the future.

    Philips students lay a wreath at the Menin Gate.

    Dressing up as WW1 soldiers.




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    Our editorial teamMeet the Philips High students responsible for this edition of Serviam.

    Back row (left to right) Jamie Nickisson, Jake Bacon and Jakob Ward. Front row: Lilly Orton, Megan Nicholson and Colin Sigee Henseler. Project coordinator: Mr Carinci.

  • Philips past pupils

    Continued from page 1

    Look whats happening to Lobjoit Court

    Our poets are heading for the finals!By Lily Orton

    Students from Philips High could soon be seeing their poems published.

    They have entered The Poetry Games, a competition for 11-18 year old writers from a wide range of schools. It was created to let passionate teenagers express themselves and voice their opinions on important matters. Through their poems they can express their thoughts about subjects they are enthusiastic about. These could be anything from bullying to environmental issues.

    Every poem submitted to The Poetry Games is read by the editorial team who will decide which poems should be published. Philips poets have a chance of being chosen as one of the 12 finalists from across the UK. They will represent their region in an online public vote. The student with the most votes will win an iPad and become the 2014 champion of The Poetry Games. The 11 runners-up will each win a Kindle and there are also cash prizes for their schools.

    We are pictured creating poems based on the weather and set around places like Blackpool and the coastline of Wales when the wind and rain was fierce and there were lots of floods. We are now waiting to hear the results of the competition. Good luck to everyone!

    Jack Davis Jack Davis is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He gained very good grades at Philips High where he was also a member of the Young Enterprise group. He made it to the Manchester area finals with the groups Cubeit (a folding cube which they invented). It was later sold to Slaterys and Polyfloor. He is secretary of the Junior Common Room at Oxford and raised money for charity by taking part in a hitchhiking and walking sponsored event to get as far away from the university as possible. People donated more money the further he travelled and Jack made it all the way to Germany!

    We are connected to incredible edibles and intend to grow vegetables and flowers together. We already have a sensory area which is planted with many bushes. We also intend to design an oriental garden near the hall doorway.

    Our latest acquisition has been some astroturf which lends colour to a very shaded part of Lobjoit Court. To raise money for this, we held a wear something red day on Valentines Day. We also held a chocolate hamper raffle before Easter, to raise funds for developing the oriental garden.

    Thank you to everyone who has helped raise the profile of Lobjoit Court. We can now enjoy being in the area and help to maintain its new look.

    Jessica Richards Jessica has been pursuing her dream of working in medicine since she was a 15 year old student at Philips High. She has completed a degree in Public Health and is on her way to finishing her medical degree at Leeds University. At school, Jessica was a member of the Young Enterprise team and this helped to build her confidence and develop important skills such as teamwork. If she had her time back at school she says she wouldnt stress over minor details! She attended Holy Cross College and got three As at A level. Jessica has a Saturday job in a shop which is adding to her experience of dealing with the public.

    Kate WilliamsKate is starting work for Barclays Investment Bank in Canary Wharf, London. During her time at Philips High she gained commercial acumen in the business world via Young Enterprise. She also joined sports teams and music ensembles. All these interests made her a more rounded individual and contributed to her success in later years. At Holy Cross College, Kate gained A Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Music. She then attended Bath University for four years where she studied maths and also captained a university sports team. After graduation she worked for JP Morgan and spent time as a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics.

    By Jake Bacon

    New computer course is key to success By Colin Sigee Henseler

    Philips High has introduced a new computer course in Key Stage 4.

    It is taught by Mr Coldwell and is more about programming and what is inside a computer rather than spreadsheets and word processing. There are sixteen Year 10s doing the course this year and all of us have enjoyed it. Because it can be continued at college, Philips students will have an edge over other students when they continue their studies.

    A large amount of the course has been computer programming in Python and many programs have been made including a binary converter, a magic eight ball and a very simple text based game. We have also learned about binary, logic gates and types of memory in a computer, all of which can be helpful for future jobs. Mr Coldwell is an amazing teacher and we thank him for helping everybody to improve their IT skills while also learning more complex programming.

  • Learning about the world of work

    Selling in the city

    Enterprising eventsBy Jakob Ward

    An enterprise team from Philips High has got through to the Regional Final of the Real Business Challenge.

    Only ten teams from across the North West were chosen by sponsors, Coca Cola, to compete in the regional final, from over 100 taking part. It was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Schools from as far away as Keswick competed to attend the London final.

    The brief was to create a promotional campaign for the multi-sport Street Games Festival to be hosted in Manchester in August. The teams had to create posters, make a viral video, design an app and finance it all. The competition was very strong and, unfortunately, Philips did not win. The team had, however, won the schools internal competition at the Year 10 Enterprise Day when they had to create a healthy fruit drink and support a local charity.

    The winning team (pictured) which went on to compete in Manchester were: Jakob Ward; Colin Sigee Henseler; Philip Orton; Joe Ryan; Farid Saraei; Connor Lewis; Hamza Fahad. Thank you to Coca Cola Enterprises for setting up the Regional Final and to Mr Regan for organising the internal competition and taking the winning team to the event.

    By Megan Nicholson

    Author, Sufiya Ahmed, has visited our school to talk about her books and how she became a writer.

    She was