There are many Enrichment Opportunities that you can get involved in at Stoke Park this term. Take a good look to see what is on offer and give it a try. You can find a list of all the Enrichment Opportunities here.
On Monday 27 November, the AS and A Level English Literature students travelled to London to attend a series of Othello lectures in the heart of the city. The students listened attentively and took notes during the talks about a number of importance areas including Shakespearean tragedies, language and characterisation and the 'sound' of the play. They were also treated to a session on how to engage with extract and unseen text questions, something that will stand them in good stead when they write their exams in the spring. By listening to the academics, students will be able to engage with the wider issues of the play and were able to start to draw correlations between themes and texts in the breaks between lectures.
After the lectures finished, they traversed the city and ended up at the Imperial War Museum for a contextual lesson in the second half of the course - World War One and its Aftermath. Once inside, students enjoyed a number of artefacts including a coat owned by Kaiser Wilhelm, first hand written accounts by combatants, artillery and the after effects of war on the human psyche. Many of the students commented whilst they were there that they felt a deeper connection with those involved with the course and that seeing items in the flesh, made the context of the Literature seem all the more real to them.
Wednesday of that same week saw some of our Year 10 High Attaining students attend an English and Creative Writing Day at the University of Warwick. There, students were exposed to a range of English in various forms from Shakespeare to video games design. The sessions went a long way in ensuring that they saw the importance and relevance of English in today's world and the future and challenged them in terms of how they engaged with the subject. The final session on Macbeth actually saw some of our students acting in front of a lecture hall full of their peers whilst exploring Shakespeare's use of rhythm and stagecraft in the play. The students were fully engaged with the day and a number commented on how much they loved the experience of the sessions and being able to attend a world class University like Warwick.
In the evening, some of our Creative Writing and Literature Sixth Formers arrived for some evening lectures, which allowed them to speak with an author and discuss elements of writer's craft. They also got to experience sitting in a lecture hall a few months before they start to do it 'for real'!
Finally on Thursday, our Year 11 High Attaining visited the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to participate in a seminar about their exam text, Macbeth. The topics of the session were extensive and included the historical context of the Jacobean era, the early modern theatre experience and how Shakespeare used stagecraft and proxemics to engage and enthral his audience. Students were treated to short performances of key scenes which were then analysed by the actors who performed them. This interactive session allowed students to test the boundaries of their knowledge of the text as well as how they interpret it. We were also able to quickly pop over to Shakespeare's birthplace where they saw the room in which he was born and took a few photos for memories of the day.
This week has been a very rewarding experience for English staff and students alike and will go a long way to ensuring our success in the coming months.
On Thursday 23rd of November we were lucky to have BAE systems come into school to deliver a session to our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.
The Roadshow Team presentation was aimed at giving our young people an insight into the world of science, technology and engineering, with a particular focus on Maths and Physics.
The young people particularly enjoyed the parts of the session which had drones flying around the hall, however it was the appearance of the robot called M.I.A. (Miniature Intelligence Android made by the company Nao.)
M.I.A. is instructed to react in a number of ways, by voice, by light and can be touch controlled.
Stoke Park learners were able to hear a speaking robot and watch a robot doing ‘thai chi’ and were massively engaged and enthused by the technologies involved. This was evident at break time when we saw a large number of students stay back to ask more questions on where to buy M.I.A.
I hope Santa has won the lottery this year…ho, ho, ho…
On Monday 13 th November, 41 Year 10 pupils were invited to President Kennedy school to meet a real-life astronaut!
Commander Foale is a British born NASA astronaut who has completed 6 missions into space. During his presentation he explained that his experiences have included; studying the pollution levels in the Earth’s atmosphere, launching satellites, retrieving and helping to fix the Hubble space telescope, and, more importantly, saving the Russian Mir space station from near disaster. In total, Commander Foale has logged more than 374 days in space and carried out four space walks totalling 22 hours and 44 minutes, which is still a NASA record.
Throughout his speech, Commander Foale made it clear that anything is possible if you are resilient and work hard. As well as regaling us with tales of space travel and excitement, he also explained that he did not manage to achieve his ambition first time and had to work hard at school to get qualifications that would help him achieve his dream. Even though he failed to get into the Air Force, he continued with his scientific studies and carried out a number of different jobs, including working for NASA as a payload officer.It took three attempts to get accepted into ‘Astronaut school’ and even then, once qualified, it was a further five years before he got to fly into space and achieve so much. It goes to show that if at first you don’t succeed, you need to re-assess, study hard and find a new way – you will get there in the end.
The Year 10 pupils were a real credit to Stoke Park and true ambassadors for the school. The deputy head of President Kennedy was especially impressed with their manners and the intelligence of the questions they asked during the Q&A session at the end of the presentation.
Overall, a fascinating visit with a positive message – If you believe – you can achieve!
Stoke Park Year 9 Students - Getting Girls into Engineering Warwick University Residential Trip
Results of the first House Sports Day and Sports Extra
25 year 8 girls attended the celebrations for 'International Day for Women in Engineering' on Friday 23rd June at Coventry University
Stoke Park School again hosted the annual event involving 6 Coventry and Warwickshire schools.
Our Year 10 VEX Robotics team successfully won 9 matches and despite a number of technical problems that they resolved during the day, made it through to the final. This was a titanic struggle against Lawrence Sherriff School – Rugby. They lost the first bout, won the second by a small margin and unfortunately suffered mechanical difficulties in the third and final bout. Lawrence Sherriff were pronounced winners for the 2017 VEX competition but Stoke Park were admirable in achieving a runners up place.
The level of enthusiasm from every school team taking part was excellent and it was a joy to see learners of different ages and from different schools mixing with one another, cooperating, solving engineering problems and having real fun.
It was a great experience.
Well done Stoke Park. .
Year 10 PP students went to University Hospital for a day trip regarding Career opportunities in Health Sector
Stoke Park students were recently entered for the annual Coventry Schools Design & Technology Awards which were again organised and sponsored by Coventry / Warwickshire Rotarians. This celebration event acknowledges what young people can design and manufacture and helps promote Design & Technology excellence at GCSE and A level. This year’s show was held at the Coventry Transport Museum with the celebration and prize giving at the Central Methodist Hall Wednesday evening the 21st June. The event is supported by Warwick University and a range of company sponsors including Meggit Braking Systems who awarded one of our students the overall prize for quality engineering.
We are proud to announce the winners were:
Luke Dale, (two prizes) best GCSE project for Stoke Park and overall best engineering project in the city with prize sponsored by the engineering industry.
Best A level Product Design project entered for Stoke Park was produced by Katrina Bukeja in Y13.
Both students received certificates of excellence and cash prizes. We are proud to say sixteen of our students were entered and our display of our work from the school was highly creditable reflecting hard work, creativity and quality. All sixteen students work was acknowledged with certificates of merit.
Katrina's Chair and Mirror
Luke's Low Voltage Desk Lamp
STEM EVENT coming up
On Monday 3rd July we are hosting another inter-schools VEX Robotics and Engineering event. Schools from Coventry and Warwickshire will be involved in a series of robotics challenges. All schools have engineered their own Robots using VEX construction materials, modified to suit the respective events and will take part in a series of elimination events. We expect a large number of enthusiastic young learners to have a fantastic experience during the day.
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Throughout our time in Uganda we will be uploading photos of our adventure and the students will be writing daily reports on their experiences, their work and their emotions. The group will be visiting the slums of Kampala, working with the students and staff of Bright Future Primary School to develop their English Language, drama and creative writing along with demonstrating their sporting prowess!
We have some talented young sports stars at Stoke Park School
60 girls from year 9 recently took part in an all-day STEM event. The STEM activity is designed to complement the national curriculum in science, technology and maths by demonstrating the link between what’s taught in the classroom with the wider world.
The day started with students taking part in a personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) exercise that helped identify the best role for them in the main project. They had the chance to put their creativity and problem solving skills to work with others on fun design and make projects and some amazing solutions and engineering ideas were the result. A great day!
Thank you Year 9.
Bright Sparks is an after school session aimed at year 6 pupils that runs on a Wednesday from the last week of September through to the first week of July. The sessions from September are open to all year 6 pupils at our feeder schools, letters are sent out to local primary schools at the start of the Autumn Term.
The purpose of each session is to help students to familiarise themselves with the school layout, subjects and staff and to support the transition process for those students who eventually select Stoke Park as their secondary school. From the start of the Summer Term, Bright Sparks is attended only by those who have been given a place on roll for September. Students continue to enjoy a range of lessons whilst getting to know each other and making new friends.
We have run the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Stoke Park for a number of years now, allowing students to challenge themselves in a meaningful way that shows a level of perseverance for them to achieve this highly rated award. We are now looking to extend this award and to get more students involved with the scheme.
Stoke Park School and Community Technology College aims to promote high attainment for clearly identified more able learners through excellent teaching and a relevant curriculum that gives each individual the opportunity to realise their full potential.
We want to encourage a desire for life long learning and extend and support the learning experiences of our more able students.
We aim to provide: classroom climates that promote celebrated excellence; planned opportunities for demonstrating and developing high levels of aptitude both within lessons and from enrichment activities; clearly differentiated activities and scope for intellectual initiative.
Students are identified using the information from primary schools and in class assessment and their progress is monitored throughout their time at Stoke Park. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities, this year they have included theatre and museum visits, coaching opportunities and their involvement in a national Stand Up to Hatred campaign. We aim for the higher attaining students to become the leaders of the future and give them the opportunities to develop the necessary skills both in and out of school.
Strategies for Challenge
Strategies that teachers use to stretch our higher attaining students in lessons:
As part of our commitment to ensuring that students have the courses that are most suited to their needs, we recognize that we cannot cater for every student. We have access to a wide number of courses aimed at a wide cross section of students that we target with students who we believe will benefit from this additional resource. Students study a variety of courses from Engineering, motor vehicles right through to construction courses. We aim to allow all students to achieve their full potential.
Click here to download a list of our recent STEM activities.
The school choir is for students from all year groups.
We perform a range of material and regularly perform in school concerts as well as at Walsgrave Hospital and Myton Hospice. We also perform in larger-scale events outside of school; we have taken part in a Coventry Schools' workshop at Tile Hill as well as a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall.
There is no audition required , but you have to commit to regular practices and performances and get along with everyone else. We rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes and Wednesdays after school until 4.30.
Through out the year we offer a varied and broad enrichment programme. This complements the activities being taught within the curriculum. Students can choose from a range of sporting opportunities including Netball, Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League, Dodgeball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Multi-gym, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, and Tennis. These are offered during our lunch break and after school. They are open to all and the emphasis is on fun and participation initially.
For students who wish to push themselves and compete at a higher level, we enter a variety of local and National Competitions including Regional Trampoline competitions, Football Coventry Cup, Basketball Coventry Shield and Cup competitions. We enter School Games competitions in Table Tennis, Trampolining, Badminton. We are a part of the RFU local Rugby festivals and enter all year groups into the city Netball leagues.
We have strong school - club links with Pinley Rugby club and Infinity Trampolining club.
For further information please see posters in form rooms or contact a member of the PE department.