Colton Hills School Bulletin
16 November 2023
Introduction by Ms J Hunter, Headteacher
The start of term has been marked by some Sixth Form students completing external examinations and the start of assessment windows across the school. Year 11 and Year 13 are preparing for mocks and a plethora of other assignments for examinations have also been completed in the past 2 weeks.
Students are incredibly busy both inside and outside classrooms with the Combined Cadet Force leading the way in terms of participation in activities beyond the classroom. We have introduced an internal recognition system for staff who go above and beyond the call of duty, in addition to staff nominating colleagues for being friendly, resilient, determined, and enthusiastic. It would be great if you would like to use this link to thank a teacher - Thank a Teacher Form - Thank a Teacher . The Thank A Teacher campaign recognises ALL staff working in UK schools and colleges including teaching assistants, all support staff, cleaners and caretakers. If you’re feeling shy you can send it anonymously! We all thrive on recognition as you will have seen from the thousands of reward points given out since September to students.
It has been a delight to show visitors around school this term from His Majesty’s Inspector team to prospective Deputy Headteacher candidates. We will update our community later in the term with details about our successor as Deputy Headteacher Pastoral.
Finally with the school becoming increasingly popular locally we have expanded considerably over the past few years and the newly completed canteen has now been officially opened. Students are definitely making the most of this larger space at break and lunchtimes. The next task we will have is to come up with a name for this new space. A future competition will be held and announced later in the year.
Artsmark Celebration Week 13 - 17 November 2023
We are thrilled to be partnering with Artsmark to celebrate creative arts in schools and also working alongside practitioners in the industry to provide opportunities for our students. Programmes such as Speak Up helps boost confidence and and creates a platform for students to have their say. Well done to all the students who took part in the recording. Click on the link below to view the video clip.
We are the champions!
Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 dodgeball boys squad (first photo) who took home GOLD at the Wolverhampton Championships on Wednesday, 8 November at Highfields School. Well deserved!
Our Year 10 boys football squad (second photo) also managed to complete an unbeaten season after defeating Ormiston SWB Academy 3-0 just before the we broke up for our half-term holidays. They were officially the League Champions, and we could not be prouder of their success!
British Olympian boxer and film crew visits Colton Hills
DJ joined us in Year 8 and wasn't fluent in English. However, he soon made some really good friends and they have stayed in touch all these years, even coming back for the filming. The visit was provided an excellent opportunity for DJ and his friends to reminisce about their school days and the pranks they got up to. We wish DJ and his friends all the best and we look forward to seeing the televised documentary.
Remembrance Day Service
On Friday, 10 November, we took part in our annual Remembrance Service as a whole school to honour the fallen men and women who gave their all for our nation. A 2-minute silence was observed and our ex-Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Mel Parker, kindly returned to play "The Last Post" at the service.
New Dining Room Extension
Can you support Mr Malhi's Mount Everest Fundraiser?
Gelliwig, our school's charity, which was set up in memory of two wonderful teachers, Mr Birch and Mr Thompson.
For many months, Mr Malhi has prepared for this journey of a lifetime trekking to the Everest Base Camp. He has saved the money and taken time out from school holiday as well as granted unpaid leave to carry out this challenging activity. Mr Malhi is a keen explorer and thrill seeker, having bungee-jumped, sky-dived and travelled all across the globe. As part of this climb, Mr Malhi is seeking donations to be made to the Birch Thompson Memorial Fund Charity that will be used complete an outdoor play area at Gelliwig, the Residential Centre in Porthmadog, managed by the charity. The residential centre provides accommodation to community groups, asylum seekers, schools such as Colton Hills.
All donations are gratefully received. If you wish to donate, please click on the link below.
Donations - Base Camp Bonanza for Birch Thompson
Donations - Mr Amardeep Malhi, a Computer Science teacher at Colton Hills Community School based in Wolverhampton, is stepping out to support the Birch Thompson Memorial Fund Charity that commemorates two of the school's former teachers who took students on memorab...
UPCOMING REWARDS DAY, 21 DECEMBER
Sixth Form Open Evening, 30 November
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