Invictus Festival of Performing Arts


Tickets are now on sale for our Invictus Festival of Performing Arts on 27th March.  Tickets can be purchased via the Wolverhampton Box Office, contact telephone number 01902 429 212.  They will go live to the general public on Thursday 1st March and tickets will then be available to purchase online via the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Website www.grandtheatre.co.uk. Ounsdale students will be performing extracts from our upcoming show …Oliver! You will also be able to see the other Invictus schools performing extracts from Peter Pan, Billy Elliot, High School Musical and We Will Rock You. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all the students involved as well as being a very entertaining evening for audience members. Seeing your child perform in such an impressive venue will, we are sure, fill you with pride. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

‘Youth Speaks’ Competition 2018


Congratulations to Edan, Esme and Daisy on their performance in this years’ public speaking competition. Their professional presentation on the topical area of gender equality impressed both the judges and the audience.  Well done to them and thanks to Graham Rowley and the Wombourne and Sedgley Rotary Club for giving our students this opportunity.

Fund Raising Thanks


Ounsdale have been thanked by charity ‘YoungMinds’ for raising a fantastic £1284.35!

Thanks to our support, over the last year the youth engagement campaign YoungMinds Vs has enabled even more young people to talk about mental health, and both their Parents Helpline and online resources have been able to offer information, support and guidance to more people than ever before.

Over the past year the organisation have also trained 7000 professionals, including teachers, foster carers and medical professionals to better understand, support and help the young people they are responsible for. They also continue to raise much needed awareness around children and young people’s mental health as the stigma associated with talking about how we feel is still widespread throughout society today.

YoungMinds is a small organisation trying to make a difference and we are happy to have supported the marvellous work that they do.

Accelerated Readers


The Accelerated Reader house raffles were recently drawn in house assemblies. All those who scored 100% in a book quiz were entered into the raffle. The winners were:

Drake – Lexeigh Murphy Y7
Fiennes – Amelia Tansey Y7
Raleigh – Gemma Willetts Y8
Scott – Todd Wood Y7

Also, the following pupils joined the Millionaires’ Club by reading 1 million words. They received a special Accelerated Reader Millionaire badge and certificate in recognition.

Y7
Amelia Tansey
Y8
Annise Glover, Charles Bond, Elle Wilkinson, Emily Porter, Evie Underhill, Isabel Porter, Jade Clark, Lucy Hutt, Molly Wilkinson, Rosie Roberts, William Smith, Zoe Poole
Y9
Jade Williams, Molly Cole, Tilly Steele

Gemma Willetts Y8 and Megan Jenkins Y9 received a special Accelerated Reader Multi-Millionaire badge and certificate for reading 3 MILLION words!

 

Former Pupil’s MBE


We are proud to announce and would like to congratulate former pupil of Ounsdale, Wendy Sadler, for receiving an MBE today for her work in Science.

When Wolverhampton-born science communicator Wendy Sadler collects her MBE at Buckingham Palace today, she’ll be showcasing the wonder of science – right down to the fabric of her dress.

When Wendy found out she had been awarded an MBE for her services to science in the Birthday Honours, she was determined to find a way to reflect her love of science on the day. She turned to colleague and Design Engineer Debbie Syrop, and together they created a very special dress.

The pair recorded Wendy’s children shouting her company name Science Made Simple! into a microphone, and turned the recording into a beautiful sound wave (pictured above). That wave was then printed onto the fabric for Wendy’s one-of-a-kind science-themed dress.

Wendy grew up in Wombourne and went to Ounsdale School before studying Physics and Music at Cardiff University. She established social enterprise ‘Science made Simple’ to share her joy of science, and from its base in Cardiff, it now runs outreach programmes with schools and pupils across Britain. (www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk)

Speaking about this unique project she said:
“I wanted to make a statement with a dress that showed the inner beauty of science. To me, physics is beautiful because it is a way of making sense of the patterns all around us in nature.

“People instinctively understand what they can see with their own eyes, and so I’ve always believed that visualising science is an important way to demystify it. I couldn’t think of a better way to mark my big day than to weave sound waves into the fabric of my dress.

“My love of science and music was born right here in Wolverhampton. It seems really appropriate that I’ll be wearing a sound wave when I receive my MBE. It brings together my children’s voices and my passion for science – the things that are most important to me.”

Wendy will receive her MBE for services to science on Thursday 1 February at 10.00am.

 

Standing up against hatred


To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day which was on January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – Ounsdale is holding a series of assemblies on the theme of standing up against hatred. They are being led by our former Head of History Phil Ginnings who now volunteers for a charity called Remembering Srebrenica. The charity works to educate people about the biggest genocide in Europe since the Holocaust – in Bosnia in 1995 – and to commemorate the victims. It also encourages people to reflect on the need to resist hatred and prejudice by encouraging greater community cohesion. For more details of the charity’s work, please visit Remembering Srebrenica

As part of the charity’s work, they are keen to educate and involve as many young people as possible in activities relating to Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week which takes place annually in July. They will be working with the school in developing ideas that build upon the messages contained in the assemblies. The charity’s mission is best summed up as:

‘We recognise that we have achieved a lot in terms of building a cohesive society here in the UK, but discrimination, promotion of hatred, extremism, and exclusion persist, and we must play our part, no matter how large or small, to create a better and safer society for all.’

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