Superstar Grace Smith is a Young Lioness — Official!

Former Oldbury Wells student, Grace Smith, has achieved her dream of being selected to put on an England shirt after receiving her national call up.Grace, who currently plays for Aston Villa, was selected to represent her country for the England Women’s U17 team by competing in a three team tournament in Germany in December.To read the full story, click here.

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Remembering Local WWI Soldiers

Students took part in World War 1 memorial services at St Nicholas Church in Oldbury Village this week. The memorial services marked the end of a project that we have been doing with Year 8 pupils. Pupils have been finding out about local people who lived in Oldbury Village during the war and what happened to some of the soldiers. Local historians, Graham Jones and Ann Walter, helpfully provided documents and newspaper cuttings from archives to make the project a very special and local one. To read the full story, click here.

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Read for My School is Back!

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The national schools reading competition — Read for My School — starts today!

Your challenge is to read as many books as possible in three months. Throughout the competition there are prizes and awards to be won for schools and pupils taking part.

  • Read for My School runs from 18 January to 15 April 2016.
  • The competition is open to Years 7 and 8 throughout England.
  • Loads of fab fiction and non-fiction books to access in the online library.

Teachers and pupils can create online accounts, access the online library and record what they are reading from 18 January.

To create your account and for more information about the reading competition, go to: www.readformyschool.co.uk — you will be asked to input a classroom code. You will need to ask Miss Madden in the Library for this; she can also tell you more about the reading challenge. Good luck!

Bringing English Literature to Life

Year 11 English Literature students have been looking at An Inspector Calls by English dramatist, J. B. Priestley, in some detail – but what better way to get a true understanding of the text than to stage your own interpretation of it? English teacher, Mr Cook, finds the best way to approach a text is to fully immerse yourself into it, so that’s exactly what the class did. For the full story, click here.

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January Book of the Month

Half a Creature From the Sea BOTM

 

January’s book of the month is a collection of gorgeously illustrated short stories by one of my favourite writers, David Almond. The stories take place in the real world but each features a magical twist that leaves you wondering, was that real or imaginary? My favourite was the spooky tale, Harry Miller’s Run. A great book to dip into for a quick but thought-provoking read, Half a Creature From the Sea is now available for you to borrow from OWS Library.