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Urban Study Trip to Birmingham

Year 7 journeyed to Birmingham to investigate its Big City Plan, an exciting and innovative initiative to change the urban fabric of Birmingham City Centre.

The City’s plan is to create a sustainable city fit for the 21st Century.  The pupils began looking at developments near to Brindley Place, followed by a boat trip to explore some of the recent canalside developments and learn about Birmingham’s industrial heritage.

Next stop was the Jewellery Quarter and Newman Brothers’ factory, or the Coffin Works as it is otherwise known.  The very informative guide talked the children through the history of the factory, as well as the traditional trades and craftsmanship of the city.  He also explained how some of the oldest buildings had been put to reuse, whilst those around it had been demolished.  Year 7 hopped onto a tram to get back to the city centre where they then had the chance to ask questionnaires and try out a Brompton Bike.

A visit to the roof garden of the library, itself a central piece of the Big City Plan provided a superb view over the new developments.  The next phase of the Big City Plan is the re-development of Digbeth and our pupils’ guide was one of Digbeth’s leading graffiti artists.  This was a very revealing tour and led to the debate of the boundaries between art and vandalism.

A meal at the traditional Pakistani restaurant, Imran’s rounded the day off nicely. The children enjoyed tasting a range of different foods and spices, as well as admiring the wonderful traditional dress and jewellery on sale in the shops.

The children were a great credit to the school and now have wonderful ideas for their project to produce their own Big City Plan.

 

Reception explore Dudley Zoological Gardens

Reception children had a wonderful trip to Dudley Zoological Gardens.  Following a workshop about the food the animals eat and how they survive in the wild, the children visited the reptile house, where they saw a variety of snakes, West African dwarf crocodiles and a rhinoceros iguana.  After the seeing the giraffes, meerkats, they got the chance to stroke the chinchillas.

The interactive walk through area known as Lorikeet Lookout was great fun; the teachers weren’t entirely sure about their new headwear but it was lovely to feed the brightly coloured lorikeets their pots of nectar.

One of the highlights of the trip was that the magnificent peacocks joined the children for lunch.

Dudley Zoological Gardens has had many successful breeding programmes which have included Humboldt penguins, Asiatic lions and Sumatran tigers.  Its breeding projects are linked to programmes in the wild.  Their in-situ support has been achieved in several ways, including awareness raising, direct funding, fundraising, research and education.

Senior Strings Mini Me

Senior Strings gave parents at coffee morning a delightful Mini Me concert on Friday 22nd March.  We heard a great rendition of Hungarian Dance by Brahms, then three solos: Eleanor W played Romance by Shostakovich, Anna G – The New Round O, Anon, Rosie B – Bach’s Gavotte in G Minor, followed by a very proficient March in D from Handel by the ensemble.

 

Netball skills workshop with Team England star

 

Year 7 and 8 girls enjoyed a great afternoon of netball at Malvern College with England and Team Bath Captain Eboni Usoru-Brown.  Eboni began the afternoon with a motivational talk about her netballing career, describing how she dreamt of playing for England from an early age and the disappointment she felt when she failed to get selected initially.  She talked about the way she kept trying to improve, never giving up and finally being chosen to play for England. She has now gained 96 caps for her country and with great pride showed the netballers her gold medal from the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The girls then played in a friendly tournament, followed by a skills workshop in the sports hall.  The girls were fascinated by Eboni’s athleticism and skill levels as she demonstrated different drills for them to take part in.  They learnt so much in such a short space of time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  It was also lovely to spend time with old Winterfoldian Louise Little who looked after the group for the afternoon.  Louise left Winterfold in 2015 and is currently studying for her A levels.

Music Scholars

We are delighted to announce that four of our Year 8 pupils have been offered Senior School Music Scholarships.

Tuba player Luke C, trumpet player Will M and French horn player James D have been offered Music Exhibitions and Head Boy and Tenor Sax player Alex W has been awarded a Music Scholarship.

Head of Music, Jerry Price said “The children have worked exceptionally hard for these awards and it is great to see the high level of teaching on rare instruments such as tuba and French horn.  Credit must be given to the excellent instrument teaching, supportive parents and the huge range of ensembles and exciting performance opportunities that are offered on a weekly basis at the School”.

Book characters support Read for Good

 

We had wonderful book characters at school on Friday 15th March to support the charity Read for Good, who provide books to children in hospital.

The School is delighted to announce that the combined total amount raised from the Book Day collection and Readathon is £2039.66.

Old MacDonald’s Gallery

Reception children have produced some masterpieces for Old MacDonald’s Gallery.  The children were invited to do an observational painting of their favourite animal in Old MacDonald’s Farm, following an outline.  We think they’re amazing!

59th Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance winners

Over the course of the last two weekends, Winterfold has been competing at the 59th Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance.

This year, the School has accumulated a record breaking 10 trophies for individual and group classes. Both the Winterfold House School Chamber and Girls’ Harmony Choir came home with The Coseley Male Voice Choir Trophy and the Cecil Drew Trophy for ‘excellent choral work’.

The Girls’ Harmony Choir in particular, wowed the adjudicators, as they attained a phenomenal 91 marks from 100 for their un-conducted close harmony renditions of Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and For Good from the musical Wicked.  The adjudicator remarked that for that particular performance, she could not continue to write, as she had to sit and listen to their skillful performance.

During the first weekend for children taking part in individual vocal and instrumental classes, Winterfold was just as successful.  Olivia Leung attained first place and the Helen Bailey Cup in her woodwind class with her beautiful, ‘thought provoking and well-articulated’ ‘Rondeau’, played on the clarinet.  Alex Witt then stormed into first place playing Allegro Appasionato on the saxophone – bringing home the Solihull School Saxophone Trophy.  The adjudicator remarked that Alex had a remarkable range with good dynamics and clear tone.  William Phillips engaged the room with his trumpet playing, coming home with the James Hough Trophy.

In class 94, Brass Solo Grade 2-3, Winterfold held all candidate places.  However, although all four candidates played beautifully and were all very closely marked, there could only be one winner – that was Charlie Maguire on the Trombone, playing the toe tapping Tennessee Rag.  Charlie came home with the Sedgley Townswomen’s Guild Trophy.  Luke Culwick impressed his adjudicator with his ‘magnificent tone’ on his E flat bass, winning the Amblecote Trophy in his category.

The last weekend of the Festival was just as successful as the first.  Rosie Brookes won the Roland Dean Trophy for her beautiful portrayal of the classic song The Water is Wide arranged by Bullard.  This was not Rosie’s only success, as she later went on to win the Violin Solo class for children 12 years and under.  For this, she played Concerto in G Op 3 No 3 1st Movement, Allegro by Vivaldi, from memory.  The adjudicator remarked that although the standard of the class had been extremely high, with many of the competitors playing Grade 7 pieces, Rosie was ‘clearly, and without doubt’ worthy of the Evelyn Cliff Cup.

Olivia Leung sang a Grade 6 song in the Vocal Solo 11-12 years class.  Needless to say, Olivia’s performance was truly magical, as she mesmerised the audience with Chilcott’s Time of Snow, for which Olivia won the Freda Round Cup.

CTA netball tournament

Congratulations to our U9 and U11 netball teams, who played so well at the CTA netball tournament on Saturday 9th March.

Gold medals for the U9s and runners up medals  for the U11s, after a nail biting golden goal defeat in the final.  Well done everyone.