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Newsletter featuring events, activities and important notices regarding the Autumn term 2011.

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  • Dear Parents Students, Governors and StaffOver the summer holidays we completed contract close for our new building. Works started on our new building in September and you can see the steel framework going up on the Yardley Green site for our new school. Work is progressing well and is three weeks ahead of schedule due to the good weather we have had. We are hoping to move into the new building in April 2013.

    September saw the start of our new Sixth Form. We will be recruiting for our next cohort of students in the spring term. On the old Belchers Lane playing fields, we have developed a senior level cricket pitch and FA size football pitch. Work has now been completed which has been partly sponsored by the English Cricket Board. The site should be ready for play in September 2012.

    Preparation is under way for our Reception intake in September 2012, if you have a child aged four who is starting reception in September please be advised that your application form needs to be in as soon as possible.

    This summer we achieved our best results ever, 100% of students achieved 5 A*-C passes at GCSE and 66% including English and Maths, a 17% improvement on last year. Students taking early entry A and AS Level exams achieved a 100% pass rate. This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank all students, parents, staff and governors for their support in this outstanding achievement.

    You will see that many activities have taken place this term that enhance the experiences of our students.

    I would like to wish all those celebrating a Merry Christmas and wish you all Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year.

    Thank you for your continued support in making Waverley a success for all our students.

    Yours sincerely

    Kamal Hanif Head Teacher

    NewsletterWINTER 2011

    Miss Reddy Head of Technology Department

    BUILDING SCHOOLS FORTHE FUTURE

    Building work at Yardley Green Road is coming on at a pace. It is an exciting time for the school and the community as we begin to see the building rising from the ground. As our old school crumbles the new building provides us all with hope and the promise of an exciting future in our new purpose built school.Work on the new school building began in August 2011. The foundations for the new school have now been completed together with retaining walls which deal with the change in levels on the site. The steel work has also now arrived and by Christmas the steel structure will be complete. By this stage we will all be able to get a feel for the scale of the school. The site is exceptional as it is a green oasis in the middle of urban Birmingham. The views on the site are fabulous as we back onto the allotments and we will, I am sure, enjoy the green site when we move across.Ann Andersen Deputy Head Teacher

    Food Technology Lets Get Cooking - Year 8The following students participated in a six week session of Lets Get Cooking:Wajid Zaman, Faryaal Aziz, Hifsaa Sagir, Ashima Begum, Sumaiya Bashir, Fatima Rangzabe, Zoya Idreis, Helena Begum, Mariya Khan, Maryam Ishaq, Rukhsar Saleem, Nazia Khanum, Saima Begum, Aisha Mahmood, Hasnain Ali, Mariam Bibi, Rafa Hussain, Arbaz Khan.Sessions were attended after school from 3:00-4:30pm. Students made a variety of products and displayed a range of skills. As part of their Celebration session students held a Muffin Morning where they made a range of muffins which were sold to staff.

    was raised in the Muffin Morning and contributions were sent to Marie Curie Cancer Research.Well done to the group on this achievement!

  • MATHS Childrens CentreOur fabulous Sensory room is now finished and we are taking bookings form external agencies, parents are welcome to come and look at this valuable resource to meet the specific learning needs of their children. Our Toy and Book library has started and has gained a lot of interest from both parents and children alike.

    PRIMARY SCHOOLThe first reception cohort will start at Waverley in September 2012.We already have many children who have opted for us as a first choice on the preference forms. If you would like you child to join the Waverley team from Reception age remember the final date for submitting the applications form will be 16th January.

    Mrs Pooni Deputy Headteacher

    All the projects have been looking at ways of recycling or using less conventional materials as a key part of their Year 10 Controlled Assessment and Exam.

    The projects have included making bags from recycled jeans, hats from old newspapers and magazines and dresses from bin bags. The Bin Bag Dresses were made in one double lesson. Pupils worked in groups and they were allowed to bring in additional items from home to add decoration. The dresses were judged by Ms Hutchinson and Ms Hurley and the designers of the winning dress won chocolate cakes.

    Ms Neep Textiles

    The Year 9 GCSE Textiles pupils have been developing their skills

    in designing and making, focussing on creativity, developing design skills, working independently, in pairs and in groups.

    With keeping healthy in mind we have started the swimming and walking sessions which are gaining in popularity. For further information come into the Childrens Centre and our friendly staff are happy to help.

    Mrs Pooni Deputy Headteacher

    This year in the Mathematics Faculty we have introduced two new courses for Year 11 pupils; GCSE Statistics and the Free Standing Additional Mathematics Qualification. These are allowing pupils to leave Waverley School with up to three Mathematics qualifications as well as introducing some pupils to work normally covered within A-Level Mathematics.In the New Year pupils from Years 7 and 8 will once again be competing against other pupils from around the country in the national UK Junior Mathematics Challenge. We are hoping to beat last years record of ten bronze and one silver award winner!

    Miss Isaacs Maths Department

    Parents/carers who have a child who was born between

    1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 need to make an application for their child to start Reception Class in September 2012 by no later than Monday 16 January 2012. The quickest and easiest way to make an application is online at:

    www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions or by contacting a member of the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service on 0121 675 0555.

  • Childrens Centre

    Waverley was in the lime light this term at the East Network Mentoring Event held at Quality Hotel. Our Three Mentees in YR 10 Sohail Kamal , Jemima Khan and Bilal Hussain were nominated for best mentee award for their achievements in their targets. They attended this event with their Mentor N.Syed where they promoted our good practices and celebrated the awards with Mentees from other schools in the network. Mrs Syed Inclusion Manager

    SIXTH FORMIn September 2011 Waverley School opened its brand new Sixth Form.

    Our Sixth Form offers vocational courses providing new routes into employment, training and Higher Education. Courses include Level 2 Sports Science etc etc

    Current students have said that the Sixth Form has provided them with many new opportunities. One student said:

    I am loving the 6th Form. I am inspired by being here and I have been helped to make the right decisions for the futureOthers have commented that it is Incredible, fantastic and, It is absolutely great! They have the best facilities, I am getting the best education here and it is brilliant!

    Inclusion East Network Mentoring Event

  • Course InformationThe BTEC Childcare Course is ideal for students who wish to work in an early years setting. After completing the Level 3 Childcare Course, students are able to find employment in the following careers: Nursery Supervisor, Pre-School Leader, Special Education Needs Supporter, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Child Minder, Childrens Representative on a Cruise Liner or Holiday Resort or Teaching Assistant. Cooking activitySixth form students enjoyed carrying out a cooking activity as part of their BTEC Childcare Course.

    They were focusing on: presentation of food. The students were required to design a sandwich and a fruit salad which could be enjoyed by primary aged children.

    The pictures show how the students used their skills to make the food look fun and interesting for younger children.

    Student quotesAsrar: I really enjoyed doing the food activity; I made a smiley face sandwich and a colourful fruit salad, Im sure all the children at my placement would love it!

    Saima: I enjoy doing childcare; I especially enjoy my work placement! I have learnt a lot of skills in my lessons and on placement!

    PresentationsLevel 3 Childcare students were required to carry out a presentation as part of their coursework. Each student researched a topic and presented the information to the class.

    Student quotesEramh: My presentation was about the Patterns of Development in children aged 0-16. It was an interesting topic to research. Carrying out the presentation made me feel confident.

    Asrar: I really enjoyed carrying out my presentation, I liked standing at the front of the class and explaining my work, I felt like a teacher!

    Miss Bi BTEC Childcare

    CAREERSYear 10 students visited local Police Stations as part of their career awareness and IAG learning.They spent 2 hours in the Closed Cells (not in operation) at Digbeth Police Station. They were taken through the arrest/interview/legal procedures as well as learning about different offences, officers equipment and working arrangements, and all had fingerprints taken! On the second day they heard from Victim Support at Stechford Police Station then went to Steelhouse Lane Police Station to see the Comms Room, where they process all 999/other calls