Over the last few months, High Ability Pupils at have been very busy at John Willmott. On 17th January, 25 year 9 pupils took part in a UniLife Conference event in Birmingham, organised by Aim Higher. There were a range of workshops to inspire and prepare them for university life including study skills, growth mindset, types of courses available, how to manage your money, societies to join; as well as learning about recent graduates’ experiences and the opportunities available after university. The group represented John Willmott brilliantly, engaging in the sessions and asking some fantastic questions, showing high aspirations for the future. Well done!
On 7th February, 34 year 10 and 11 pupils took part in a Campus Experience Day at the University of Birmingham. They went on a campus tour to see the huge range of facilities available, including the brand news sports centre with a 50m swimming pool. Aim Higher ambassadors who are current university students shared their own experiences and advice for the future and gave a real insight into university life. The day ended with a Chemical Engineering lecture where pupils learnt about the production and processing of everyday foods before they make it to our supermarket shelves. This certainly gave us food for thought! I look forward to seeing pupils applying for university in a few years’ time.
Also in February, four of our year 11s took part in a Revision Weekender residential in Shrewsbury. This was a fantastic opportunity with only limited places for each school so we were fortunate to have been invited. Pupils took part in a range of activities to develop their revision skills in preparation for their final exams. We wish Faris Chowdhury, Maldini Kamdem, Alisha Patel, Abbie Wagstaff and the rest of year 11 all the very best with their GCSEs!
This term, a group of year 7 and 8 pupils have taken part in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition, for the third year running. The competition is all about breaking codes and solving ciphers to unravel the mystery. Pupils have done really well as none of the puzzles have been straight forward but their team work and resilience has been outstanding, skills which will stand them in good stead for the future. Well done to all involved!
Finally, last week, I received news of five winning entries in the Young Writers Creative Writing competition, Stranger Sagas, where pupils were asked to write a story from a given story starter in no more than 100 words! This is a fantastic achievement and their work is due to be published in May. Huge congratulations to Grace Ngereza, Chloe Taylor, Dena Shiltagh, Rebecca Walker and Paris Whyte.