THE INVICTUS MAGAZINEWINTER 2019

 
THE INVICTUS MAGAZINEWINTER 2019
THE INVICTUS
MAGAZINEWINTER 2019
THE INVICTUS MAGAZINEWINTER 2019
WELCOME
    Happy New Year and welcome to the                                I want to make it clear that our focus is not only on the
                                                                     elite, we encourage participation in sport and implore
    Fourth Edition of the Trust magazine                             that all students live healthy lives and enjoy the benefits
    ‘The Invictus Magazine’, this is by far                          of exercise. Our aim is to simply celebrate the students
    the easiest introduction given the cover                         that dedicate THOUSANDS of hours each year, travelling
                                                                     THOUSANDS of miles each year.
    story: Our sports SUPERSTARS!
                                                                     You may have heard of the successes, but you may not
    As I am sure it has with many people, sport has played           have seen the torment of travelling back home from an
    an important part of my life, in fact, like a golden             event at the other end of the country having lost/missed
     thread it has connected the chapters of my childhood,           out on a medal. It is in these moments that these students
    adulthood and career.                                            really shine, rather than quit, they dust themselves down
    I have a lifelong passion for sport, particularly competing!     and commit to another week/month/year of hard work. A
    Starting as a schoolboy, representing my school in football,     lesson for everyone.
    rugby, county cross country, representing the Royal Marines      From my own personal experience, I would also like to
    in boxing before making the switch from participating to         thank the support that parents, carers and families give to
    teaching and coaching as a Teacher of PE for 20+ years.          these students. My own daughter played tennis at a national
    I like to think of myself as having high levels of commitment    level and I know the strain of travelling all over the country
    and dedication to sport, and feel I am certainly qualified to    every weekend, the late nights and early starts, the financial
    make the following statement with confidence:                    commitment on top of your own commitments. A difficult
                                                                     balancing act that you all do so well, sometimes without
    My dedication to sport doesn’t even scratch the surface
                                                                     being thanked!
    compared to the relentless dedication and commitment
    displayed by the 90+ students that feature on the cover          Anyway, that’s enough from me, one final time, to
    and first few pages of our magazine.                             our superstars, well done, keep up the good work and
                                                                     keep inspiring your friends to achieve great things.
    You may or may not have heard of the names on the
    following pages, you may or may not have heard of                                Mr T Bowles
    their achievements, wins, performances. What I will say,                         CEO - Invictus Education Trust
    again with confidence, is that I am certain you will hear
    about them in the future, as each and every one of them
    demonstrate the focus and discipline to achieve greatness
    in their chosen field.

    CONTENTS
                                                                      TERM DATES
    16     SIXTH FORM                        TERM START / HALF TERM / RETURN TO SCHOOL / END OF TERM

                                                                                                          RETURN TO
    20     CRESTWOOD                                                TERM START       HALF TERM
                                                                                                           SCHOOL
                                                                                                                        END OF TERM

    26     ELLOWES HALL                      CRESTWOOD               7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL

                                             ELLOWES HALL            7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL
    32     KINVER
                                                 KINVER              7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL

    38     LEASOWES                            LEASOWES              7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL

    44     PEDMORE                             PEDMORE               7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL

                                             WOMBOURNE               7TH JAN       17TH - 21ST FEB         24TH FEB       2ND APRIL
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INVICTUS SUPERSTARS
In this edition of our Trust magazine we wanted to                is relentless and although their achievements so far are
celebrate the exceptional sporting talent we have across          incredible, speaking to them all, in their own words, they
the Trust, the last 2 editions we have covered academic           are only getting started.
excellence and student leadership, so we thought it was
                                                                  The habits they have formed in their chosen field will hold
the perfect opportunity to highlight the incredible students
                                                                  them in great stead for their respective futures and we are
that have dedicated 1000’s of hours to their passion. The
                                                                  so proud and privileged to call them our students.
students we have profiled have all embraced Invictus Value
Two, ‘Anything is Possible’. Their pursuit of excellence

OU R V ERY OWN INVICTUS SU P E R S TAR S H AV E BE E N I N S P I R E D BY S O M E
OF T H E COUNTRY’S GREATEST I C O N S LI K E BBC S P O RT S P E R S O NA L I T Y
W I NN ER S B EN STOKES, LEWIS HAM I LTO N AN D D I N A AS H E R - S M I T H .

                         MEET THE SUPERSTARS:

                               Name: Ben Southern                                               Name: Colby Hands
                               School: Wombourne                                                School: Kinver
                               School Year: 11                                                  School Year: 8
                               Sport: Cricket                                                   Sport: Swimming
                               Club/Represent/Competes:                                         Club/Represent/Competes:
                               Himley Cricket Club and                                          Wyre Forest Swimming Club
                               Worcestshire County Cricket Club                                 Time in Sport: 5 years
                               Time in Sport: 8 years                                           Notable Achievements:
                               Notable Achievements:                                            8 County Time Records, Multiple
                               Selected for Worcestershire                                      County Wins
                               Under 17s to tour West Indies
                               in 2020 to play against St Lucia
                               Under 17s
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                 Name: Ben Bolton                    Name: Harvey Parsons
                 School: Crestwood                   School: Kinver
                 School Year: 8                      School Year: 9
                 Sport: Golf                         Sport: Basketball
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Enville Golf Club/Great Britain     West Midlands Aspire England
                 Time in Sport: 8 years              Team
                 Notable Achievements:               Time in Sport: 2 years
                 Won Multiple World                  Notable Achievements:
                 Championships Qualifiers/3rd in     Selected for England Aspire
                 World Championships                 Regional Squad

                 Name: Sasha Pardoe                  Name: Harvey Adlam
                 School: Kinver                      School: Pedmore
                 School Year: 9                      School Year: 8
                 Sport: BMX                          Sport: Kickboxing/Boxing
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 The Lab                             React Martial Arts/Golden Gloves
                 Time in Sport: 6 years              Time in Sport: 6 years
                 Notable Achievements:               Notable Achievements:
                 Competed in International           Competed in World
                 Freestyle Competitions, Park        Kickboxing and Boxing World
                 Series Winner 2017, NASS Silver     Championships in Italy, England
                 Medallist 2018 & 2019               and Scotland

                 Name: Evie Crooke                   Name: Hannah Baker
                 School: Kinver                      School: Ellowes
                 School Year: 11                     School Year: 11
                 Sport: Taekwondo                    Sport: Cricket
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Unite Taekwondo                     Worcestershire County Cricket
                 Time in Sport: 8 years              Team
                 Notable Achievements:               Time in Sport: 8 years
                 Has won silver and gold in          Notable Achievements:
                 sparring                            Selected for ECB Specialist Spin
                                                     Bowling Group - National

                 Name: Jersey Lopez                  Name: Frankie Harvey
                 School: Crestwood                   School: Leasowes
                 School Year: 9                      School Year: 10
                 Sport: Football                     Sport: Rugby
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Birmingham City FC                  Old Halesonians Rugby Club &
                 Time in Sport: 9 years              County
                 Notable Achievements:               Time in Sport: 4 years
                 Captained team to a International   Notable Achievements:
                 Tournament win in Portugal,         Undefeated County Season, 3rd
                 represents Under 16’s aged 13       placed team nationally

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Name: Luke Sidaway                   Name: Rhys Phillips
School: Crestwood                    School: Kinver
School Year: 13                      School Year: 8
Sport: Football                      Sport: Dodgeball
Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
West Midlands County                 Virtue Empire
Time in Sport: 14 years              Time in Sport: 2 years
Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
Semi Professional Footballer/        Silver Medal British
Selected to represent West           Championships
Midlands County/Winning goal in
FA Vase for Bewdley Town

Name: Noah Sandland                  Name: Abbey Sutton
School: Wombourne                    School: Ellowes
School Year: 10                      School Year: 11
Sport: Cross Country                 Sport: Athletics
Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
Wolverhampton & Bilston              Tipton Harriers & West Midlands
Athletics Club                       County
Time in Sport: 5 years               Time in Sport: 8 years
Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
Qualified for Cross Country          Attending English Schools
National Finals                      National Championships

Name: Harrison Toy                   Name: David Townsend
School: Crestwood                    School: Leasowes
School Year: 10                      School Year: 11
Sport: Rugby                         Sport: Judo
Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
Worcester Warriors                   Stewart’s Judo Academy & West
Development Squad                    Midlands County
Time in Sport: 4 years               Time in Sport: 7 years
Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
Scouted for Worcester Warriors       Regional Champion, Heart of
Development Squad                    England Bronze, Competed in
                                     Nationals

Name: Tom Harris                     Name: Amelia Southall
School: Kinver                       School: Ellowes
School Year: 9                       School Year: 11
Sport: Cross Country                 Sport: Cycling
Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
Worcestershire County                RFDA
Time in Sport: 6 years               Time in Sport: 6 years
Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
Qualified for National               Selected for the GB Olympic
Championships                        Development Apprenticeship

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                 Name: Mariam Mahmood              Name: Dylan Cleaver
                 School: Ellowes                   School: Wombourne
                 School Year: 11                   School Year: 7
                 Sport: Football                   Sport: Football
                 Club/Represent/Competes:          Club/Represent/Competes:
                 West Bromwich Albion FC &         Wolverhampton Wanderers
                 West Midlands County              Development Squad &
                 Time in Sport: 5 years            Kidderminster Harriers
                 Notable Achievements:             Time in Sport: 5 years
                 Signed pro contract for WBA FC,   Notable Achievements:
                 attended England performance      Scouted by Wolves for
                 camp and County Cup winner        Development Squad

                 Name: Awais Asad                  Name: Chelsea Mills
                 School: Crestwood                 School: Ellowes
                 School Year: 11                   School Year: 10
                 Sport: Boxing                     Sport: Swimming
                 Club/Represent/Competes:          Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Priory Boxing Club                Bromsgrove Swim Club
                 Time in Sport: 10 years           Time in Sport: 4 years
                 Notable Achievements:             Notable Achievements:
                 Gold Medal Danish Haslev Boxcup   National Swimmer

                 Name: Skye Markey-Thomas          Name: Anya Lowe
                 School: Kinver                    School: Ellowes
                 School Year: 9                    School Year: 9
                 Sport: Dance                      Sport: Football
                 Club/Represent/Competes:          Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Art in Motion                     West Bromwich Albion FC/
                 Time in Sport: 7 years            England Development Squad
                 Notable Achievements:             Time in Sport: 6 years
                 Bournemouth Dance Festival UK     Notable Achievements:
                 Finalist 2018                     Selected for England
                                                   Development Squad & pro
                                                   contract with WBA FC

                 Name: Katie Marsh                 Name: Madeline Badger
                 School: Ellowes                   School: Pedmore
                 School Year: 9                    School Year: 7
                 Sport: Gymnastics                 Sport: Golf
                 Club/Represent/Competes:          Club/Represent/Competes:
                 City of Birmingham Gymnastics     U18 Girl’s County Team/Hagley
                 Club                              Golf Club and Bewdley Pines
                 Time in Sport: 5 years            Golf Club (Official handicap: 21)
                 Notable Achievements:             Time in Sport: 5 years
                 Attending British Championships   Notable Achievements:
                                                   Hole in one during Bewdley
                                                   Pines Ladies Open, Multiple Club
                                                   Competition Wins
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Name: Adam Newey                       Name: Mikayla Horton
School: Kinver                         School: Ellowes
School Year: 11                        School Year: 10
Sport: Swimming                        Sport: Netball
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Wyre Forest Swimming Club              Severn Stars Netball Team &
Time in Sport: 12 years                South Staffs County Team
Notable Achievements:                  Time in Sport: 5 years
Top Ten Finish in Regional             Notable Achievements:
Championships                          Contract with Severn Stars and
                                       Selected for County Team

Name: Aimee Webb                       Name: Spencer Grove
School: Ellowes                        School: Wombourne
School Year: 8                         School Year: 8
Sport: Boxing                          Sport: Cricket
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Priory Boxing Club                     Himley Cricket Club & Staffordshire
Time in Sport: 6 years                 County Cricket Club
Notable Achievements:                  Time in Sport: 8 years
England Midlands Finals Winner         Notable Achievements:
                                       Selected to represent Staffordshire
                                       County Cricket

Name: Nasrin Pullen                    Name: Will Longville
School: Ellowes                        School: Kinver
School Year: 11                        School Year: 9
Sport: Football                        Sport: Rugby
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Iranian National Team/Abbey            Worcester Warriors DPP Squad
Hulton Utd FC                          Time in Sport: 2 years
Time in Sport: 10 years                Notable Achievements:
Notable Achievements:                  Selected for Worcester Warriors
Represented Iranian Ladies             DPP Squad
Football Team Under 16s

Name: Kian Wood                        Name: Tom Bentley
School: Crestwood                      School: Ellowes
School Year: 8                         School Year: 11
Sport: Cross Country & Track           Sport: Cross Country
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
County                                 National
Time in Sport: 2 years                 Time in Sport: 6 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
Representing West Midlands             Regional Silver medallist, qualified
County Athletics at the Alexandra      for nationals top 20 finish
Stadium & West Midlands County
Cross Country, qualifying for
English Schools
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                 Name: Mia Thornley                  Name: Kegan Redfern
                 School: Kinver                      School: Ellowes
                 School Year: 11                     School Year: 9
                 Sport: Taekwondo                    Sport: Football
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Unite Taekwondo                     Wolverhampton Wanderers
                 Time in Sport: 7 years              Time in Sport: 6 years
                 Notable Achievements:               Notable Achievements:
                 Winning Gold in Birmingham          Pro contract with WWFC and
                 Open (Power)                        represented West Midlands
                                                     County Team

                 Name: Ellie Grosvenor               Name: Oliver Lewis
                 School: Wombourne                   School: Crestwood
                 School Year: 9                      School Year: 8
                 Sport: Football                     Sport: Football
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Wolverhampton Wanderers             Walsall FC
                 Time in Sport: 8 years              Time in Sport: 7 years
                 Notable Achievements:               Notable Achievements:
                 Signing pro contract for WWFC       Signing pro contract at Walsall FC

                 Name: Ashley Marson                 Name: Ashley Perry
                 School: Ellowes                     School: Kinver
                 School Year: 10                     School Year: 7
                 Sport: Darts                        Sport: Taekwondo
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Shropshire County & West            Unite Taekwondo
                 Midlands                            Time in Sport: 5 years
                 Time in Sport: 3 years              Notable Achievements:
                 Notable Achievements:               Gold Medal in Birmingham
                 Qualified for World                 Open 2019 (Patterns) & Bronze
                 Championships 2019                  Medallist Birmingham Open 2017
                                                     (Sparring)

                 Name: Alex Watts                    Name: Daniel Broni-Phillips
                 School: Kinver                      School: Ellowes
                 School Year: 11                     School Year: 8
                 Sport: Football                     Sport: Football
                 Club/Represent/Competes:            Club/Represent/Competes:
                 Worcester City                      Wolverhampton Wanderers
                 Time in Sport: 12 years             Time in Sport: 8 years
                 Notable Achievements:               Notable Achievements:
                 Winning the National Junior Elite   Signing pro contract for WWFC,
                 Premier League 2018/2019            representing WWFC in
                                                     international competitions

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Name: Ellie Jackson                     Name: Luke Bailey
School: Kinver                          School: Crestwood
School Year: 13                         School Year: 8
Sport: Skiing                           Sport: Cross Country & Track
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
International                           County
Time in Sport: 14 years                 Time in Sport: 3 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
Shortlisted for the Wouth Winter        Sub 19 Minute 5K & Representing
Olympics (Lausanne 2020)                West Midlands County Cross
                                        Country at English Schools

Name: Josh Blewitt                      Name: Josh Fletcher
School: Kinver                          School: Kinver
School Year: 10                         School Year: 11
Sport: Dance                            Sport: Motor Cross
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Art in Motion                           AMCA/GB Squad
Time in Sport: 7 years                  Time in Sport: 9 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
Bournemouth Dance Festival UK           Top Four in Nationals
Finalist 2018                           Championships

Name: Joe Dicken                        Name: Joel Hands
School: Crestwood                       School: Kinver
School Year: 12                         School Year: 10
Sport: Bowls                            Sport: Swimming
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
County                                  Wyre Forest Swimming Club
Time in Sport: 14 years                 Time in Sport: 10 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
Junior County Champion & Junior         Regional Development Camp
Champion of Champions

Name: Gerogia Fellows                   Name: Emily Davies
School: Kinver                          School: Wombourne
School Year: 8                          School Year: 8
Sport: Dance                            Sport: Ballroom & Latin Dance
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Step 2 It School of Dance               Zigzag Dance Factory
Time in Sport: 6 years                  Time in Sport: 3 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
National Finalist - That’s Showbiz      Finalist in Champions of Tomorrow
                                        Dance Championships

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                  Name: Rhys Jones                   Name: Suhail Iqbal
                  School: Kinver                     School: Crestwood
                  School Year: 9                     School Year: 11
                  Sport: Rugby                       Sport: Cricket
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Worcester Warriors DPP Squad       Staffordshire & Worcestershire
                  Time in Sport: 10 years            Time in Sport: 10 years
                  Notable Achievements:              Notable Achievements:
                  Selected for Worcester Warriors    Selected to play county cricket, 2
                  DPP Squad, Won National BT         years with Staffordshire, 3 years
                  Sport Competition to Participate   with Worcestershire
                  in the Rugby World Cup, Japan
                  2019

                  Name: Charlie Beale                Name: Abi Daly
                  School: Ellowes                    School: Kinver
                  School Year: 9                     School Year: 11
                  Sport: Cheerleading                Sport: Netball
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Coventry Dynamite                  Yendys Netball Club & South
                  Time in Sport: 4 years             Staffs County
                  Notable Achievements:              Time in Sport: 8 years
                  World Championships Silver         Notable Achievements:
                  Medallist                          Winning Regional Championships
                                                     and qualifying for National
                                                     Championships

                  Name: Daniel Wood                  Name: Beth Smith
                  School: Kinver                     School: Ellowes
                  School Year: 11                    School Year: 10
                  Sport: Basketball                  Sport: Swimming
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Worcester Wolves                   The Royal Wolverhampton Swim
                  Time in Sport: 2 years             School
                  Notable Achievements:              Time in Sport: 6 years
                  Getting to the Play-Offs           Notable Achievements:
                                                     National Finalist

                  Name: Alex Thomson                 Name: Maddie Elbro
                  School: Ellowes                    School: Kinver
                  School Year: 11                    School Year: 13
                  Sport: Cycling                     Sport: Football
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Cycle Club Bridgnorth              Wolverhampton Wanderers
                  Time in Sport: 11 years            Time in Sport: 14 years
                  Notable Achievements:              Notable Achievements:
                  Top Ten National Championships     Playing for Wolves Ladies First
                                                     Team

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Name: Rhianna Morrision                 Name: Taylor Woodall
School: Kinver                          School: Kinver
School Year: 9                          School Year: 7
Sport: Football                         Sport: Motor Cross
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Stourbridge Football Club               Warley Wasps
Time in Sport: 4 years                  Time in Sport: 5 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
Scouted to play for Stourbridge         Bronze Medal Club Championships
Under 14s Academy

Name: Dexter Dudley Toole               Name: Abbey Beresford
School: Kinver                          School: Crestwood
School Year: 11                         School Year: 8
Sport: Football                         Sport: Football
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Worcester City                          County
Time in Sport: 12 years                 Time in Sport: 4 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
Winning the National Junior Elite       Being selected for County
Premier League 2018/2019                Football Team

Name: Sally Griffin                     Name: Morgan Evans
School: Ellowes                         School: Kinver
School Year: 8                          School Year: 10
Sport: Tennis                           Sport: Motor Cross
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Tipton Sports Academy                   GB Squad
Time in Sport: 6 years                  Time in Sport: 11 years
Notable Achievements:                   Notable Achievements:
County Tennis Squad Member              Finalist World Championships
                                        Madrid 2015

Name: Liv Tonks                         Name: Alex Westbury
School: Kinver                          School: Ellowes
School Year: 12                         School Year: 10
Sport: Ballet                           Sport: Athletics
Club/Represent/Competes:                Club/Represent/Competes:
Marilyn Harris School of Dance          Tipton Harriers & West Midlands
Time in Sport: 15 years                 County
Notable Achievements:                   Time in Sport: 5 years
Has taken Advanced Foundation           Notable Achievements:
Ballet at The Birmingham Royal          Attending English Schools
Ballet and dances with the English      National Championships
Youth Ballet

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                  Name: Harrison Thornley            Name: Ellie Cox
                  School: Kinver                     School: Ellowes
                  School Year: 7                     School Year: 11
                  Sport: Taekwondo                   Sport: Swimming
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Unite Taekwondo                    Bilston Swimming Club
                  Time in Sport: 5 years             Time in Sport: 8 years
                  Notable Achievements:              Notable Achievements:
                  Red Belt Achieved 2019             Attending English Schools
                                                     National Championships

                  Name: Jay Bradfield                Name: Lois Hughes
                  School: Ellowes                    School: Kinver
                  School Year: 9                     School Year: 10
                  Sport: Dance                       Sport: Dressage
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Individual                         Individual
                  Time in Sport: 3 years             Time in Sport: 12 years
                  Notable Achievements:              Notable Achievements:
                  National Dance Champion -          British Dressage Under 25
                  Wales & Under 14s Champion GB      National Championships

                  Name: Kyle Patel                   Name: Daniel Frost
                  School: Ellowes                    School: Kinver
                  School Year: 9                     School Year: 8
                  Sport: Cricket                     Sport: Hockey
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Himley Cricket Club &              Wednesbury Hockey Club &
                  Worcestershire County Cricket      Black Country County Team
                  Club                               Time in Sport: 4 years
                  Time in Sport: 6 years             Notable Achievements:
                  Notable Achievements:              Selected for County Squad and
                  Selected for County Cricket Team   Man of the Match in County
                                                     Championships

                  Name: Molly McParland              Name: Alex Jones
                  School: Kinver                     School: Wombourne
                  School Year: 9                     School Year: 9
                  Sport: Taekwondo                   Sport: Swimming
                  Club/Represent/Competes:           Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Unite Taekwondo                    Royal Wolverhampton Swim Team
                  Time in Sport: 7 years             Time in Sport: 8 years
                  Notable Achievements:              Notable Achievements:
                  9 National Competition Medals      Qualified for Welsh National Finals

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Name: Libby Harris                     Name: Madison Innes
School: Kinver                         School: Ellowes
School Year: 10                        School Year: 8
Sport: Horse Riding                    Sport: Netball
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Albrighton Woodlands                   Midrange Netball Club
Time in Sport: 7 years                 Time in Sport: 4 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
Dressage - Qualified for Regional      Selected for Staffordshire County
Championships                          Team

Name: Kian McDermott                   Name: Sophie Dominick
School: Ellowes                        School: Leasowes
School Year: 10                        School Year: 8
Sport: Boxing                          Sport: Swimming
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Brooklands ABC                         Halesowen Swimming Club
Time in Sport: 8 years                 Time in Sport: 12 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
West Midlands Boxing Champion          Multiple Club Championships
& National Finalist

Name: Annie Sprague                    Name: Jessica Betts
School: Kinver                         School: Ellowes
School Year: 12                        School Year: 9
Sport: Dressage                        Sport: Karate
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Individual                             Kiasho Karate
Time in Sport: 7 years                 Time in Sport: 8 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
Junior National Champion -             English Championships Winner &
Trailblazers                           England A Squad Member

Name: Natasha Bailey                   Name: Cam Jones
School: Ellowes                        School: Wombourne
School Year: 11                        School Year: 10
Sport: Football                        Sport: Cricket
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Stourbridge FC & West Midlands         Worcestershire County &
County                                 Academy
Time in Sport: 8 years                 Time in Sport: 6 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
Selected for County Cup and            Selected for County & Academy
won County Championships,
Signed for WWFC for 4 years

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                  Name: Jared Choham                   Name: Kizzie May Adlam
                  School: Leasowes                     School: Pedmore
                  School Year: 10                      School Year: 11
                  Sport: Gliding                       Sport: Swimming
                  Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Midland Gliding Club/Halesowen       Competes in county and has
                  Air Cadets                           competed in regional
                  Time in Sport: 2 years               Time in Sport: 8 years
                  Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
                  Made First Solo Flight, completing   Regional Bronze Medal 200metre
                  private pilots license               Breaststroke

                  Name: Jacob Dunn                     Name: Freddie Murphy
                  School: Ellowes                      School: Wombourne
                  School Year: 10                      School Year: 9
                  Sport: Paddle Boarding               Sport: Swimming
                  Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Netherton Watersports Club           Wombourne Swimming Club
                  Time in Sport: 1 year                Time in Sport: 7 years
                  Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
                  Exmouth National Championship        Multiple Club Championship Wins
                  - Silver Medallist

                  Name: Isabelle Badger                Name: Emma Bolton
                  School: Pedmore                      School: Leasowes
                  School Year: 9                       School Year: 11
                  Sport: Golf                          Sport: Netball
                  Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
                  U18 Girl’s County Team/Hagley        WASPS Netball Academy, South
                  Golf Club and Bewdley Pines          Staffs County & Linden Netball
                  Golf Club (Official handicap: 9)     Club
                  Time in Sport: 10 years              Time in Sport: 4 years
                  Notable Achievements:                Notable Achievements:
                  Qualifying and competing in the      Selected for WASPS Academy
                  British Masters, multiple regional   and Selected for Under 17s Pre
                  competition wins                     Season WASPS Training

                  Name: Jack Rose                      Name: Libby Cashmore
                  School: Kinver                       School: Wombourne
                  School Year: 10                      School Year: 10
                  Sport: Taekwondo                     Sport: Taekwondo
                  Club/Represent/Competes:             Club/Represent/Competes:
                  Unite Taekwondo                      Nuneaton Taekwondo & England
                  Time in Sport: 5 years               National Squad
                  Notable Achievements:                Time in Sport: 5 years
                  Has won bronze, silver and gold      Notable Achievements:
                  in sparring, patterns and power      Competing in European and
                  for The British Taekwondo            World Championships for England
                  Federation

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Name: Grace Guy                        Name: Megan Day
School: Leasowes                       School: Wombourne
School Year: 7                         School Year: 7
Sport: Swimming/Athletics/
                                       Sport: Cricket
Gymnastics/Trampolining/Diving
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Halesowen Swimming Club, Earls         Beacon Cricket Club &
Gymnastics Club, Air Dynamics and      Staffordshire County
Worcester County Swimming Squad
                                       Time in Sport: 2 years
Time in Sport: 7 years
                                       Notable Achievements:
Notable Achievements:                  Selected for Staffordshire County
Selected for County Swimming Team
                                       Squad Under 13’s, youngest squad
and competed in Regionals and
Multiple Club Championships, Club
Record for Gold Medals

Name: Reise Shakespeare                Name: Tom Bourne
School: Kinver                         School: Ellowes
School Year: 10                        School Year: 11
Sport: Horse Riding/Equitation         Sport: Cricket
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Jinks Show Team                        Himley Cricket Club &
Time in Sport: 7 years                 Staffordshire County Cricket Club
Notable Achievements:                  Time in Sport: 9 years
Winning Horse of the Year Show         Notable Achievements:
                                       Selected for County and County
                                       Cup winner

Name: Will Fletcher                    Name: Harriet Greenway
School: Crestwood                      School: Wombourne
School Year: 13                        School Year: 11
Sport: Sailing                         Sport: Ballroom Dance
Club/Represent/Competes:               Club/Represent/Competes:
Himley Hall Sailing Club               Aura Dance Studio
Time in Sport: 3 years                 Time in Sport: 12 years
Notable Achievements:                  Notable Achievements:
Competed in two national events        UK All Girls National Champion
                                       2018 & 2019

Name: Tegan Hands
School: Kinver
School Year: 10
Sport: Swimming
Club/Represent/Competes:
Wyre Forest Swimming Club
Time in Sport: 10 years
Notable Achievements:
Regional Finalist

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     6TH FORM
     Its been another very busy term for students and staff
     at Invictus Sixth Form. Pedmore students joined the
                                                                                 The start of the new academic year for new Year 12 students
                                                                                 was as industrious as ever, with students finalising their
     sixth form for the first time in September and they have                    chosen courses and deciding on the activities they wanted
     settled into sixth form life and their A Level/BTEC courses                 to do for enrichment and STEP (Student Enhancement
     admirably. As part of their enrichment programme Pedmore                    Programme). Students could choose from a wide range
     students have been working with Mary Stephens Hospice                       options including Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, Extended
     to develop pieces of artwork to raise the profile of the                    Project Qualification, sport and fitness, academic mentoring
     Hospice and support their patients. Mrs. Tromans, our A                     and cooking on a budget. These activities provide students
     Level Art teacher, has been leading this work alongside                     with the opportunity to do something completely different
     our students and we look forward to seeing the results                      to their academic studies, learn new skills, meet new people
     of all their efforts soon.                                                  and enjoy some ‘me time’.

                                                        NATIONAL
                                                        APPRENTICESHIPS
                                                        SHOW
                                                        On 2nd Oc tober, year 12 s tudents also
                                                        visited the National Apprenticeships Show in
                                                        Cheltenham where they were able to begin
                                                        their research into the range of Post-18 options
                                                        available to them. Although the weather was
                                                        pretty awful, we all had a productive day.

     SIXTH FORM
     OPEN
     EVENING
     Our Sixth Form open evening was held at the
     Copthorne Hotel this year. We had record
     breaking numbers of visitors from all our
     Invictus schools plus students and parents from
     other schools in the West Midlands. It was
     wonderful to welcome so many prospective
     students and share with them all that Invictus
     has to offer. We look forward to receiving their
     applications by the closing date of Friday 20th
     December. Interviews will take place in January
     and February of 2020.

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MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT DAY
Mental health is a very high-profile issue in         Alexander who sadly lost her own son to suicide
the media at the moment. Thankfully the               a few years ago. Lucy’s message was extremely
stigma that was previously attached to mental         powerful and set the tone for the remainder
health conditions has largely disappeared. We         of the day where students attended 3 out of 7
acknowledge that Sixth Form life can bring with       workshop options covering areas such as self-
it many pressures and stresses and so to support      belief and self-promotion, using social media in
our students we held our first Mental Health          a positive way and healthy relationships. The
Impact Day. Hosted at Wombourne Campus,               feedback we have gained from students has
students, first of all, enjoyed pastries on arrival   been extremely positive and so this is a topic
and then listened to our Keynote Speaker, Lucy        we hope to revisit in the future.

CRESTWOOD CAMPUS
Although every year is a crucial one at school, most would agree that Sixth      over the coming months as they work relentlessly to beat the UCAS
Form is perhaps the most important and unique in terms of each pupil’s           application deadline of January 15th 2020.
academic journey. We are proud of our Crestwood Sixth Form, which
                                                                                 We wish this year’s candidates all the very best as they continue on their
provides a friendly, studious and infectious community where students
                                                                                 UCAS journey and eagerly await their offers for their chosen destinations.
learn to be responsible, independent and self-motivated, preparing for
life and further study while contributing to life in the school.                 Mr Dowd
It is this self-motivation and effor t that opens doors and creates              Head of Post-16
opportunities and this year, our entire cohort of Year 13 will be applying for
a range of University courses spanning the full breadth of the country. Most
notably, Chad Baker who has applied to Cambridge University to study
engineering. Chad completed his personal statement during September
ready for his October 15th application deadline before travelling to
Birmingham to complete the notorious Cambridge aptitude test.
Spending their fur ther education studies in a secondary education
environment has clearly rubbed off on two students who are looking
to study primary education next year and two other students are keen
to learn Accountancy at degree level.
Many students are looking to study subjects closer to home with
Birmingham, Aston, Wolverhampton, Warwick and Worcester amongst
the top Universities applied to this year. However, that has not deterred
Mollie Clarke, who wishes to study Psychology in Southampton.
Notwithstanding this, Universities can expect to see Crestwood Sixth
Formers applying for courses such as Law, Film & Media and History                                                                                            17
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     ESB SUCCESS AT
     ELLOWES 6TH
     During the final half term of the academic year students at Ellowes Hall
     6th Form carry out an English Speaking Board examination to gain a Level
     3 certificate in Spoken English, this also provides students with UCAS
     points they can use on their university applications. Students are asked
     to complete 4 sections, firstly a presentation on a topic of their choice,
     this year’s options ranged from ‘The Importance of Remembering the
     Holocaust’ to the ‘Legalisation of Euthanasia’. Secondly students are asked
     to read and analyse a piece of literature using expression and gesture
     during their delivery. Next students led a discussion on a newspaper
     article of their choosing, this had to be an article from a broadsheet
     paper that was printed in the last 2 years, finally students are marked
     on their questioning and answering throughout the whole of the group’s
     presentation time. This year Ellowes students achieved their best results
     ever with half of the students achieving a Distinction grade, all other
     students achieved a Merit. Ellowes 6th are delighted to see other 6th              RUGBY ACADEMY
     Form schools across Invictus now using the ESB program to enrich their             The Invictus Rugby Academy 2019 has come on a long way from last year.
     students, and we look forward to helping in the implementation of this             With the introduction of new players, ranging in ability and confidence,
     fantastic opportunity.                                                             it has helped everyone progress further including players who have
                                                                                        now moved into Year 13. They new players have come from a variety
                                                                                        of different schools locally and have brought different perspectives into
                                                                                        the game. All of our new recruits this year have settled in well, and found
                                                                                        their place in the team, whether they play a whole match or have come
     LEASOWES CAMPUS                                                                    primarily for training. Everyone has a role and has found confidence to join
                                                                                        in and given their input into the training sessions when needed. With the
     Prabhjot Kaur, a Y13 student at Leasowes High School raised £130                                                            new players joining the Academy,
     for Children in Need. She organised many competitions that involved                                                         it has made the rugby programme
     both staff and students at Leasowes High School, as well as the                                                             easier to run, as training can now
     community. She coordinated the Live Duck Race Sweepstake, of which                                                          be more team based, focusing
     the winner was George Floyd Y12 with the winning duck ‘Beakwell                                                             on different aspects of the game.
     Tart’, a chocolate hamper raffle, a doughnut sale and she coordinated                                                       Not only this, but the organisation
     the Sixth Form ‘wear something yellow’ day. Well done Prabhjot!                                                             of the kit is now easier with joint
                                                                                                                                 responsibilities running through
                                                                                                                                 the team.
                                                                                        It didn’t take long for the first game to be organised, against Oldswinford
                                                                                        School, which did result in a loss. However, it highlighted our weaknesses
                                   KINVER                                               and helped to show the areas of our game that we still need to develop.
                                                                                        The next game was organised a few weeks later against the Royal from
                                   CAMPUS                                               Wolverhampton. This game went more in our favour with a convincing
                                                                                        win and vast improvement from all the players involved. This match was
                                   Settling into Sixth Form.                            the first ever home game, played on the new school pitch. So far, the
                                                                                        matches that have been played have ranged in ability making it easier
                                       Our first half term at Invictus Sixth has gone
                                                                                        for everyone to put into practise the new skills they have learnt with
                                       by so quickly, we feel like we’ve always been
                                                                                        the overall goal being enjoyment and teamwork.
                                       here surrounded by the great people that
                                       make up our campus at Kinver, not only have      The new Year 12s have already started working on their rugby qualifications
                                       we managed to stay good friends with people      (refereeing, coaching and first aid), meaning they are able to support and
     from school, we have also made new ones from other campuses. The                   run local school tournaments for both Primary and High School rugby
     transition from Year 11 to 12 was certainly a big step up, but the teachers’       teams, putting into practise their newly found skills and knowledge. What
     and older students’ support made it a smooth and comfortable change.               is clear from the year so far, is that the academy is growing locally and
     Our subject choices have worked so well for us, the lessons are engaging;          the students are having high levels
     we are genuinely really interested in the topics and feel lucky to have            of competition along the way. The
     had the best teachers from the Invictus, working with us. Despite us still         open evening at the Copthorne on
     being in a school environment, we feel we are treated like young adults            November 13th was a huge success,
     and shown respect, which has definitely made the relationships we have             and we are looking for ward to
     with teachers excellent, having a positive impact on our motivation and            encouraging as many new recruits
     attitude. Due to the teaching and the atmosphere, we feel excited for              from schools throughout the local
     the future here at Sixth Form and believe that we will achieve grades              area to continue the success of the
     that will take us far in life, to top universities and even our dream careers.     Rugby Academy in 2020.
     The choice to stay on has turned out to be the best decision we could
     have made and we would not have wanted to spend our next two years
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PEDMORE CAMPUS
Y12 Enrichment programme
As Part of the Y12 enrichment programme students from Pedmore
Campus have been working with Mary Stevens Hospice. Students are
working on a number of projects promoting the work the hospice does
within the local community. The hospice offers patients with incurable
or life-limiting illnesses the opportunity to enjoy their lives to the fullest.
They provide a full range of hospice care services, that not only supports
patients, but friends and family members too.

As part of their enrichment work, students will be working alongside
Mary Stevens staff to raise awareness of their work and produce pieces
of art which will be exhibited throughout Dudley as part of their ‘Dying
Matters’ campaign. Students have recently made a range of handcrafted
paper ornaments recycling literature from the hospice featuring images
                                                                                  MY NAME IS HARVEY, I AM HEAD BOY AT KINVER
and articles of their recent events. This has been used to decorate a
                                                                                  SIXTH FORM AND STUDY SOCIOLOGY, MEDIA STUDIES
Christmas tree in St. Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill as part of their
                                                                                  AND DRAMA.
celebration of local charities and support groups over the festive period.
The group’s work will continue in the new year with the creation of               Starting year 13 marked the final year not only at Invictus, but
decorated vessels inspired by contemporary artist Grayson Perry and               also at Kinver, a school I have studied at for seven years. The jump
his collection based upon rites of passage.                                       from year 12 to 13 is a big step; the realisation that I only have a
                                                                                  matter of months left until I will sit my final exams has finally hit
                                                                                  and preparations for life after Invictus are in motion. My plan as
                                                                                  of now is to continue onto further education to study degree
                                                                                  level Drama and Theatre which in future will hopefully unlock
                                                                                  the career path of teaching the subject in a high school. A note
                                                                                  to any readers thinking its too early to think about what happens
                                                                                  after sixth form- it’s never too early. Although in year 13, students
                                                                                  are given amazing support with UCAS applications, personal
                                                                                  statements and deciding “what’s next”, I highly recommend
                                                                                  thinking about your passions and what course suits your interests.
                                                                                  Another thing to consider is if university is even for you! Although
                                                                                  it seems like we’re all expected to move onto higher education
                                                                                  at university, there are other options such as apprenticeships or
                                                                                  even a gap year that may suit you. Right now, in year 13, I am
Art in Action Lecture – Warwick Arts Centre                                       experiencing amazing opportunities. One of which I am excited
                                                                                  for is my upcoming role in the Ellowes production of ‘Miss Saigon’
In November as part of the Y12 course, students attended an A-Level
                                                                                  that will be on stage towards the end of November. I’m lucky to
Art and Design lecture at Warwick Arts Centre. Guest speakers included
                                                                                  have this role as I am not based at the Ellowes campus, however
renowned photographer David Montgomery, sculptor and figurative artist
                                                                                  with Invictus allowing me to travel across the Trust, I am able to
Cathie Pilkington, ceramist Ingrid Murphy, and milliner to the stars Piers
                                                                                  partake in experiences such as this.
Atkinson. Lectures gave students an insight into the artist’s work, their
inspiration and the design process involved. Speakers also talked about           Overall, I excited for the future and I wish the best of luck to all
their personal experiences and gave top tips for those seeking a career           my peers experiencing this monumental time period alongside me.
within the creative arts sector.

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     REPRESENTING ENGLAND
     AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

     Year 8 student Ben Bolton this week discovered      Still aged 8, Ben played in the European            10! Our student now has the British Junior Golf
     he will be representing Great Britain at the        Championships held at Longniddry, Scotland,         Tour Summer Cup, Woodhall Spa Junior Open
     Junior World Championships in Jakarta again         being placed 35th out 40 which remains an           and Jakar ta World Championship Qualifier
     – following his 3rd place finish at last years      amazing achievement for a golfer his age. Ben       wins under his belt. At aged 11, Ben has played
     event. In November Ben also won the IMG             soon began to bring in the wins for his club as     against Under-16, 18 and 21 teams (Ben being
     World Qualifier at South Herts Golf Club,           he began representing the Junior Team at Enville,   the youngest on the field!) and finished 18th,
     meaning he will represent GB at the Junior          winning by 45pts at the Captains Day event at       35th and 57th respectively out of 100 players.
     World Champs in San Diego next year!                Enville in 2016. The European Championships
                                                                                                             Ben honestly is an amazing and promising
                                                         were again graced by Ben’s talents when he
     Beginning his golfing tuition at aged 4; Ben very                                                       student in his academics and his golfing, we are
                                                         placed 22nd out of 50 worldwide competitors,
     quickly expressed a talent for the game, so much                                                        proud of his achievements, an impressive young
                                                         his wonder ful mindset and strong abilities
     so that at aged 6 he became the youngest ever                                                           man whom we are confident will continue to
                                                         propelling his acclaim through the junior golfing
     member to join Enville Golf Club due to his                                                             dazzle the golfing world in the future. Having
                                                         circuit.
     ability and good attitude. Within the year Mr.                                                          started the year with a handicap of 8.9 he has
     Bolton began to play competitively, winning his     Finishing 7th in the British Junior Championship    reduced it down to 3.9, which to those who
     first tournament at the age of 8 to qualify for     in 2017 and 2018 at Celtic Manor, Wales again       aren’t fluent with golfing terminology, is an
     Wee Wonders Tournament at St. Andrews               shows the improvement and growth that Ben           ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE achievement for
     which he went on to place 1st.                      has been through as a young sportsman where         any golfer regardless of age.
                                                         he boasted a single figure handicap at the age of

                                                                                                                    12 DAYS
                                                                                                             OF CHRISTMAS
                                                                                                             Crestwood School were invited to create 3
                                                                                                             pieces of artwork for the windows at Himley
                                                                                                             Hall, based on three of the 12 days of Christmas.
                                                                                                             Year 9 s tudents Eleanor Par sons , Alicia
                                                                                                             Wentwor th and Year 7 student Matthew
                                                                                                             Wilkes volunteered to enter their ideas.
                                                                                                             The work will be transferred to a window
                                                                                                             display over the Christmas period, with a private
                                                                                                             viewing held in early December.
                                                                                                             We want to congratulate each student for their
                                                                                                             contribution and look forward to seeing the
                                                                                                             final outcome.
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KAKATSITSI
VISIT CRESTWOOD
On Friday 25 October Crestwood students
were treated to performances and tutorials
by Kakatsitsi, a group of traditional drummers,
dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of
Southern Ghana.                                   ROTARY YOUNG CHEF 2019
Dur ing a ssembly Year 7 s tudent s wer e         Faizan, Isabel and Madison took part in the first heat of Rotary Young Chef 2019-20 at
‘WOWED’ with several upbeat renditions of         Dormston on Tuesday.
traditional rhythms and chants from the group.
                                                  All three students were awesome, working under strict guidelines to produce a two course
During periods 1, 2 and 3 our students got to     meal within 90 minutes. A professional Chef and senior members of The Rotary formed the
try the instruments for themselves, receiving     judging panel who I have to say had a very difficult job because the dishes produced across
an excellent tutorial before playing along with   both KS3 and KS4 were restaurant standard.
the Kakatsitsi.
                                                  It was a very close call between Faizan and Madison according to the panel but Faizan was the
Mr Sweeney, Head of Performing Arts, organised    one chosen to go forward to the next heat (District Final) to be held in February at Stafford.
the event and would like to thank the members     Then onto Regional Finals culminating in the National Final held in London.
of the group that joined us and the students
that were SO enthusiastic and willing to learn!   All three received a certificate and a Nadia Hussain Cookbook.

Another unique opportunity for our students!      Well done guys!

                                                                                                    CODE CLUB
                                                                                                    Autumn saw the launch of Crestwood’s
                                                                                                    Code Club, an af ter-school group for
                                                                                                    students interested in using technology in
                                                                                                    creative ways.
                                                                                                    Pupils are provided with access to the
                                                                                                    school’s brand-new computing classroom
                                                                                                    and a wide range of resources including
                                                                                                    BBC Micro:bits, Raspberry Pi computers,
                                                                                                    electronics and programming tutorials.
                                                                                                    They are also encouraged to come up with
                                                                                                    their own ideas and are supported as they
                                                                                                    develop them into fully working projects.
                                                                                                    We are looking for ward to seeing the
                                                                                                    fruits of our student’s skills, ingenuity and
                                                                                                    creativity!                                     21
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     ALUMNI COFFEE MORNING                                                                                  ‘Many thanks for the chance to revisit our old
                                                                                                            school! It brings back so many happy memories.
                                                                                                            Many aspects of the building are still the same
     Our inaugural ‘Alumni Coffee Morning’ took        ‘Great to see the school doing so well, a            but can obviously see the improvements. I am
     place on Wednesday 25 September; it was a         ve r y infor mative tour by the s tude nt s’         really impressed with all the changes & students
     huge success and an incredible experience         (M Cox 1964-1971)                                    and pupils were so welcoming. I am glad to see
     for all involved.                                                                                      the uniform is still the same – long may it reign!!’
                                                       ‘Excellent experience to see the incredible
     Over 20 former students that attended the         changes that have occurred over the years!’          (A Packwood 1967-1971)
     school in the 1960’s and 1970’s (then Brierley    (A Graham)                                           ‘So glad I came. What a wonder ful ethos
     Hill Grammar School) came to visit us for the                                                          throughout the school. It was lovely to meet
                                                       ‘The atmosphere seems much more relaxed
     morning, to share their experiences from their                                                         the pupils – their pride is in great evidence as is
                                                       than in our day! Thanks to Jake and Lucianne
     school days with us, and see for themselves how                                                        the staff’s pride in them. Many thanks!’ (H Rea)
                                                       for our tour!’ (S Gardner 1967-1973)
     the school has changed over the past 30, 40 in
     some cases almost 50 years!                       ‘Overall impression is that the students have        We have collected lots of ‘Bromlians’, the
                                                       many more oppor tunities today. Amazing              old school magazine, and we will be taking
     The feedback from our alumni was overwhelming                                                          photographs of the stories and pictures to share
                                                       facilities here. Thanks to Jake & Lucianne!’
     and we have shared some of the wonderful                                                               in the near future along with other amazing
                                                       (J Udall 167-1974)
     comments below. From our perspective it                                                                paraphernalia our guests brought in for us to see!
     was so interesting to listen to the amazing       ‘Excellent teacher/pupil participation! Blessing &
     careers our former students have forged, we       Savannah were a delight, great to see how the        We may even be tempted to relaunch the
     have spoken with teachers, opera singers,         school has progressed for all positive reasons,      Bromlian for our students!
     international sports coaches, actors, business    thank you!’ (C Shakespeare)
     owners, chartered accountants, dentists plus
                                                       ‘This has been an amazing experience –                        Thank you for the
     many more diverse professionals. Two of our
                                                       worth the drive up!’ (from Buckinghamshire!!!)        wonderful trip down memory lane.
     former students travelled from Buckinghamshire
                                                       (J Shaw 1962-1967)                                     Many changes, but still the same
     just to visit us today, we are so proud and
     privileged.                                       ‘ Ve r y impr essed wi th the young ladies           core values. I am proud to be an ‘old’
                                                       that showed us around. Only science & PE              student and wish the school all the
     There is a small galler y from the morning
                                                       recognisable from my day. Facilities are great                best for the future
     available on our Facebook Page and below
                                                       and investment has been made in the right                     S Wood 1967-1974
     you can read some of the feedback left by our
                                                       areas’ (R Knowles 1974-1980)
     visitors:

                                                                                                            CRESTWOOD
                                                                                                            BOYS FOOTBALL
                                                                                                            A great star t to the season for Crestwood
                                                                                                            football! The format has been changed this
                                                                                                            year... the top 2 teams in each league qualify
                                                                                                            for the semi finals of the league.
                                                                                                            Going into the winter break, Crestwood teams
                                                                                                            standings are:
                                                                                                            Year 7: Played 2 won 2
                                                                                                            Year 8: Played 3 won 3
                                                                                                            Year 9: Played 3 won 2
                                                                                                            Year 10: Played 1 won 1
                                                                                                            Year 11: Played 2 won 1
                                                                                                            As you can see all our teams are well placed to
                                                                                                            qualify as league winners or runners up.
                                                                                                            Fix tures resume after February Half term
22                                                                                                          holidays. Well done boys.
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GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM
A huge well done to our Crestwood girls football team who played The Summerhill School this
term. An extremely close game with both teams evenly matched on talent & attitude! Player of
the match was awarded to our very own Abbey Beresford! Well done to all girls who participated,
it’s fantastic to see & long may it continue! Final score: Crestwood 0 - 3 Summerhill
We also have the fantastic news that the Kumon Study Centre, Kingswinford has sponsored all
girls football at Crestwood! Meaning that we have brand new kit for our 2 teams!!! Thanks to
Emma, the owner of the study centre, we appreciate the support and cannot wait to wear the
kit with pride!
Huge congratulations to Abbey Beresford in Year 8 who has been selected to represent The
West Midlands Girls U14’s County Football Team 2019 - 2020. Abbey will be part of the squad
for the upcoming fixtures against Merseyside in the English Schools Inter County Cup, Shropshire
and Staffordshire in the Midland counties league. Everybody at Crestwood wishes Abbey the
best of luck for the upcoming season!
Miss Ellis

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RUGBY SQUAD
So proud of our Yr9/10 rugby squad who took
par t in a competition at Stourbridge RFC                                                            STUDENTS VISIT
against Kinver, Windsor and Wolverhampton
Royal schools. We more than held our own                                                              MUSEUMS IN OXFORD
against these established rugby schools showing                                                      Yr11 Art students visited the Natural History
just how far we have come in the last 4 years.                                                       Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Well done boys!
                                                                                                     Students explored the skeletons and taxidermy.
                                                                                                     They made first hand observations of the artefacts
                                                                                                     in the ethnographical museum to support their
                                                                                                     ‘Tribal’ project.

                                                                                                     Students had a great time and were a credit to
                                                                                                     the school.
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                                                                                   OUR NEW
                                                                                   ART AMBASSADORS

     Congratulations to our new Art Ambassadors!
     Our new Art Ambassadors have been selected from year 7, 8 and 9,
     because they demonstrate a passion for Art and Design in and out of
     lessons; support other students’ learning and have a very good skills base.
     Students had to apply for the role and ensure the application criteria was
     met and signed by the Head of Art and Design before they were selected.
     Our Ar t Ambassadors will suppor t the staff and students within
     the Art and Design Department in a number of roles, to ensure the
     importance of the subject is clearly seen and maintained throughout The
     Crestwood School.
     The staff in Art and Design are looking forward to working with these
     brilliant and enthusiastic students.

                                                         SCUBA DIVING SENSATION
                                                         Year 11 prefect and model student Scarlett           learn to dive once I was 12. One of the main
                                                         Morris has been making waves (excuse the             reasons I love diving is that I get to experience
                                                         pun!) at a local scuba diving club.                  things that not many people do, I love being
                                                                                                              able to go on trips and swim inside wrecks of
                                                         Invictus Director of Sport and Scarlett’s PE         boats and aeroplanes as well as seeing all of the
                                                         Teacher, Miss Hatton is keen to recognise            underwater life and being part of my diving club
                                                         Scarlett’s skill and dedication to her passion:      allows me to do this”
                                                         “Scarlett Morris is a keen swimmer but also a        “Dudley Dolphin BSAC has help me do things
                                                         fantastic scuba diver. I have known Scarlett for     that I never thought I could, and being part
                                                         many years and she is a lovely student who is        a community full of interesting and friendly
                                                         always willing to please and go the extra mile!”     people has allowed me to learn and experience
                                                                                                              amazing things.”
                                                         “Scarlett trains twice weekly for her sport, with
                                                         her local club. She is a great ambassador but also   “Diving is not just a hobby to me, it is a way of
                                                         supports her peers and other club members!”          life and I am so happy I was able to discover it
                                                                                                              with help from everyone in my diving club. As
                                                         “We at Crestwood are extremely proud of              they have all helped to enjoy every aspect of
                                                         Scarlett keep up the good work!”                     diving and allowing me to build my confidence
                                                         Scarlett also added:                                 not only with diving but also everyday life and
                                                                                                              in school”
                                                         “I first got involved with my diving club when I
                                                         was looking for a hobby, I have loved swimming       If you are interested in diving you can come
                                                         since I was young and wanted to see what else        and have a try dive. Please contact Miss Hatton
                                                         I could do, I started snorkelling when I was         or Scarlett for more information or visit their
                                                                                                              website: https://dudleydolphinbsac.com. We
24                                                       10 and knew straight away that I wanted to
                                                                                                              have two tr y dives coming up, if you are
                                                                                                              interested please see Miss Hatton
www.crestwoodschool.co.uk

                                                           Today all students truly championed value 2

 INVICTUS                                                  and value 4, ‘Anything Is Possible’ & ‘Seek and
                                                           Seize Opportunities’. It is worth adding that the
                                                           events were extremely physically challenging
                                                           and there were so many occasions where it
GAMES WINNERS                                              would have been easy for our students to quit,
                                                           instead they gritted their teeth and worked even
The next stop on the Invictus Games calendar
                                                           harder! A proud day for everyone connected
was Crestwood School who hosted ‘Invictus
                                                           to Invictus schools.
Games VIII’. As is customary the games
kicked off with a rousing performance from                 Our staff, particularly the Crestwood PE Team,
the Crestwood Performing Arts department.                  who organised the day to perfection, and the PE       A very close event (they always are!) saw
                                                           teams from around the Trust who have spent            Leasowes finish in 3rd place, Wombourne High
Mrs Sutton then formally welcomed the guests                                                                     picked up the silver medals in 2nd place…..and
                                                           weeks preparing their athletes and supporting on
for the day before inviting Mr Evans, Head of                                                                    the winner of the first Invictus Games of the
                                                           the day have also demonstrated that ‘Everyday,
Crestwood PE, to explain to our athletes what                                                                    year... Crestwood!
                                                           in Every way our Students Come First’ & that
was in store!
                                                           we always ‘Think Collaboratively’ our first and
We are proud to announce that our students                 last values.
absolutely embraced the challenge and fully
                                                           As always there must be a winner (other than
justified their teacher’s faith in selecting them
                                                           sport, which is always the winner!), the nature
for such a gruelling test.
                                                           of the event meant it was an incredibly tough
Each school sent 2 boys and 2 girls per year               task to even collate the scores. Each event saw
group, so being selected was an achievement                an individual award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, an elite
in itself!                                                 performance award for the boy and girl with
                                                           the most points across the day, an endeavour
A s always , competi tion wa s f ie r ce bu t
                                                           award for commitment and dedication across
fair wi th the Invic tus Values embodied
                                                           the events and of course the big prize, overall
t h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y. O u r v a l u e s a r e
                                                           school winner!
f irmly at the hear t of ever y thing we do.

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ELLOWES HALL

                    MISS SAIGON
                    Students at Ellowes Hall Sports College put on another fantastic show with
                    their production of Miss Saigon.
                    The show is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera      and staff very proud. From the Chinese Dragon
                    Madame Butterfly and tells the tragic tale of a   to the illusion of a helicopter landing on stage
                    doomed romance. Nearly 100 students were          the school has once more provided students
                    involved through either performing on stage or    with an amazing platform in which they could
                    behind the scenes (stage management, lighting,    showcase their talents. It is the sixteenth large
                    sound engineering, etc.) in seven performances    scale production in a row and the bar that
                    over two weeks. The students have worked          was set very high has remained so with many
                    hard since rehearsals began back in May and       messages of congratulations still flooding in from
                    their dazzling performances have made parents     the local community.

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                                                               ANTI-BULLYING
                                                               AMBASSADORS AT
                                                               ELLOWES HALL
                                                               Ellowes Hall Sports College supported National
                                                               Anti-Bullying Week’s ‘Change Starts With Us’
                                                               campaign this year by taking part in a variety of
                                                               activities Monday 11th November - Friday 15th
                                                               November both in and outside of the classroom.
                                                               The Ellowes Hall Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
                                                               team inspired by their training from the Diana
                                                               Award led a ‘Change Starts With Us’ whole
                                                               school assembly which included the official
                                                               launch of the Ellowes Hall Anti-Bullying App.
                                                               The App has been designed and developed by
                                                               students for students as part of The Student
                                                               Development Team’s online Hub website
                                                               project.
                                                               Other year groups were also involved with Anti-
                                                               Bullying week through different class projects
                                                               and anti-bullying workshops within lessons.

HAIL      9pm at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove; In          The cast included:

CAESAR!   the middle of Ellowes Hall’s performance the
          lights go out “constant I will remain”, “HAIL
          CAESAR”. Slashes of fluorescent green, blue
                                                               Dan
                                                               (our tragic Caesar)
                                                                                         Dylan
                                                                                         Jaya
          and red illuminate the performer (Dan) who           Grace
                                                                                         Hannah
          delivers an almighty death rattle. The light         (Mark Antony)
          sabres are then drawn back… Yes, light sabres.                                 Polly
                                                               Rebecca (Brutus)
          On the 12th of November the Ellowes Hall
          Shakespeare in Schools cast performed a “sleek                                 Ellie
                                                               Annabelle (Cassius)
          and modern” adaptation of Julius Caesar. Cast                                  Georgia
          and crew came together to deliver an amazing         Sally
          performance that was described as “confident                                   Millie
                                                               Jack
          and bold” by evening’s host. The Shakespeare                                   Cody
          Schools Festival is the world’s largest youth        Caleb
          drama festival. Schools who participate perform      Annalise
          half-hour abridged versions of Shakespeare’s
          plays in local, professional theatres all over the
          United Kingdom. Since its inception in 2000, it
          has worked with 250,000 young people and
          their teachers.                                                                                          27
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