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Aspire People's school little success stories - Christmas 2012
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Aspire People wear PJs to work, in aid of Children in Need

Aspire People wear PJs to work, in aid of Children in Need | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it
Employees from Aspire People, a supply teaching agency based in Sutton Coldfield, slipped on their PJs and school uniform for the good cause.

Marketing Manager, Cherie-Anne Baxter said: "All 36 of us came in to work with our PJs or school uniform on. There were onesies, slippers, dressing gowns. After breakfast we had a Aspire Bake Off. A competition to win £25 vouchers donated by the Director Michaela"

Aspire People's Managing Director said: "Children In Need is a fantastic charity that we donate to every year. This year we thought we would get more involved. We had a really fun day and managed to raise £130 in total."

Leasa Clarke, organiser of the day said: "We baked, we quizzed, we came in our PJs and had a fantastic day all in the name of Children in Need! what a great cause."

Everyone from across the nation took part in raising money for Children in Need, from sponsored runs to pulling ambulances. The charity has managed to raise £26,757,446 so far, with more to be counted.
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Blues Brothers production is a musical triumph

Blues Brothers production is a musical triumph | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it

Two evening productions and a Saturday matinee of The Blues Brothers at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School played to packed audiences, the culmination of many months of planning and endless rehearsals which began some months earlier in the summer term.



The production yet again delivered a visually stunning stage show worthy of any West End production, together with a fantastic live band and two charismatic lead performers.

The musical was produced and directed by the school’s Deputy Head and Head of Music, Mrs Vikki Vincent, and Head of Drama Mr Mike Dunnington.

Mrs Vincent stated: “With so much happening on stage at any one point, the choreography, costumes, lighting, stage props and cast were phenomenal, delivering a wholly professional and captivating show for all to enjoy.

“As always, our sincere thanks to everyone, both in front and behind the scenes, including our Tech Club and PA, in making this production such a visual and musical success.”




If you would like to find out more information and news about Holy Trinity International School go to http://www.holytrinity.co.uk/
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First glimpse of final phase in Alexandra College’s £23m redevelopment

First glimpse of final phase in Alexandra College’s £23m redevelopment | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it
These are the first pictures inside the former Alexandra High School in Tipton after the completion of the second and final phase of a £23 million revamp.
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University of Wolverhampton in £45m expansion

University of Wolverhampton in £45m expansion | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it
The University of Wolverhampton will be expanded to create a new business school, science block and laboratories under £45 million plans unveiled today.
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Students from a special needs college experience the real working world.

Students from a special needs college experience the real working world. | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it

A leading supermarket chain has been working together with a Coventry College to help disabled pupils obtain retail experience for their CV.


Two students from Hereward College looking to carve out a career in the retail and business industry undertook a week long work placement with Sainsbury’s supermarket in Canley, Coventry.

Working in partnership with Hereward College, the store's HR manager Paul Clayton along with store trainer Jill Sheffield devised a timetable of activities that would enhance and develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the world of work.

Students were given guidance on travel arrangements, self-management and interview skills before the placement started. During their time in the store Hereward College's pupils developed an understanding of the different departments and array of possible roles that could be made available to them once they leave full time education.

Pupils James Stewart and Hassan Ali were looking to work as stock assistants but since their time with the store they are hoping to progress into other roles. James Stewart said ‘ At first I was nervous but now I would really like to move into a career of store security, I didn’t realise how much work goes into keeping a store like Sainsbury's safe.’

Sainsbury’s has seen this placement as a success and are looking to allow more students with disabilities onto this unique programme. Store Trainer Jill Sheffield commented that ‘The two students were keen and enthusiastic and a pleasure to have in store.

Hereward College is looking to work with more organisations to promote disability in the workplace and allow students to understand the world of work.

If you believe your organisation could also benefit from a unique work placements programme please contact Tilly Absalom on Tilly.absalom@hereward.ac.uk
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Supply teaching agency gives up time to stand-up for Science

Employees from a recruitment agency join Will.i.am in becoming ambassadors for a charity that is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Ten recruitment consultants from supply teaching agency Aspire People, have signed up to be Ambassadors of STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics network).

STEMNET is a charity that draws on volunteers to work in a large number of schools to challenge the stereotypes most young learners have regarding science, technology, engineering and maths.

Notable STEM Ambassadors include Will I am. An ambassador's role is to motivate pupils to investigate different types of careers available in the scientific industry.

STEM coordinator for the Black Country, Ian Crawford said: "We are really pleased that Aspire People has signed up to the STEMNET agenda. I think it will be a great way for Aspire's staff to contribute to the lives of our young people and help promote aspirational career choices."

Mr. Crawford continued: "By volunteering to become a STEM Ambassador, Aspire People's staff will be given an opportunity to motivate young learners through activities involving career talks, mentoring students, assisting with science and engineering clubs."

Director and owner of Aspire People said: "The input of employers into education is becoming increasingly important. I encourage my recruitment consultants to volunteer in schools, even if it is during working hours. Its rewarding for them to give something back to the schools that they work with. It is great being so closely connected to such a good cause like STEMNET"

STEMNET receives funding from the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), the Department for Education and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
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A Kiderminster school makes Christmas cards to support library appeal

A Kiderminster school makes Christmas cards to support library appeal | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it

Children at Holy Trinity International School are busy making Christmas cards for this year’s Kidderminster Library Christmas Card Appeal.

Each year the children from Little Trinity and Kindergarten take part and create truly unique Christmas cards which are then distributed by Kidderminster Library to the elderly and housebound in the local community at Christmas time, along with a selection of library books for them to read and enjoy.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “The children love to do anything creative, this activity enables them to use tinsel, paint, collage materials and of course glitter to make a special Christmas card.”

Using a whole host of creative skills the Nursery now has a number of Santa, Robin and Present card creations.

Miss Carter Said : “It is such as worth while cause, helping spread a little joy to the local community and to those people who may be on their own at Christmas. The activity also helps develop the children’s fine motor skills as each child has to write their name on the inside of the Christmas card.”

For more news and information from Holy Trinity International School check out their website http://www.holytrinity.co.uk/
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Primary school children get a taste for the future with a Dragon's Den style experience

Primary school children get a taste for the future with a Dragon's Den style experience | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it

Year 3 children from Quinton Church Primary School thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pattie making cookery lesson with on Friday 23rd November.



Quinton Church Primary School organised a Dragon's Den Style event for Year 3 pupils.

A Birmingham based business Cleone Foods helped organise a pattie cooking lesson.

The children were able to learn how to create unique flavours and pattie creations.

Quinton Church Primary School pupils also had the opportunity to discuss business acumen and what it was like to become a budding young entrepreneur.

Afterwards children were able to sample their patties and in a ‘Dragons Den’ style cook-off decide on the best pattie of the day.

For more news an information on Quinton Church Primary School click here
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A Coventry school have had a busy November raising money for charity

A Coventry school have had a busy November raising money for charity | Little success stories Christmas 2012 | Scoop.it

Pupils at a school in Coventry all raised a large sum of money, all in one day, for Myton Hospice.



Students at Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College have recently raised money for Myton Hospice on the 30th November. Year 7-11 students all took part in a none uniform day to raise money for the charity.

Staff and sixth form students dressed up in 80s and disco fancy dress. Nicholas Chamerlaine Technology College also put on an evening show called " Disco Inferno". They raised more money by having a raffle, selling glow sticks and painting faces.

Overall, the school managed to raise an astonishing £2,000 for Myton Hospice. A school representative Vicky Lacey said: "It was a lovely day where students and staff all pulled together to raise money for such a worthy cause"

Click here to go to Nicholas Chamberlaine's website.
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