Super Students, Super Facilitators @ a Super College!

Not only do we have super student (Deanna Dawkins) who won 3 silver medals in the European Classic Championships Powerlifting in Denmark in March but we have our very own super facilitator (Ben Smith). 

Ben, who facilitates students and helps them with their studies, will be putting down the writing materials this weekend to pick up something a little bit heavier on 14 May.

Ben has been training as a strongman for the last 2 years and hopes to get even stronger in the future.  This weekend will see him compete at the NEC, Birmingham.

Ben will be lifting cars and atlas stones as well as carrying the equivalent of a big baby elephant on his back.

He will be competing against 80 other international strongmen at the BodyPower Expo for the chance to be one of the world's strongest Novice strongmen.

The History Boys @cadcol

The History Boys premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London on 18th May 2004.  Its Broadway debut was on 23rd April 2006 at the Broadhurst Theatre where 185 performances were stages before it closed on 1st october 2006. It won multiple awards, including the 2005 lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony award for Best Play.  The play opens in Cutler's Grammar School, Sheffield, a fictional boys' grammar school in the north of England.  Set in the early 1980s, the play follows a group of history pupils preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examination under the guidance of three teachers (Hector, irwin and Lintott) with contrasting styles.  Hector, an eccentric teacher, delights in knowledge for its own sake, but the headmaster ambitiously wants the school to move up the academic league table.

Students visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Cadbury College's second year Drama students are currently studying 'The Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare as part of their course.

Earlier this month, the students visited Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London to watch the play for themselves.  The production was a contemporary adaptation of the Elizabethan play, and made use of the unique theatrical design of the Globe, a replica of the original theatre of 1599.

Following their first-hand experience of the play, the students are now analysing the director's interpretation, the acting techniques and the design elements including the set, the props and the costumes. This analysis aims to help them gain a wider understanding of the play, providing them with useful skills and techniques to portray in their own acting and coursework pieces.

Take a look at where they went:

Students experience working life at EY

Earlier this month, second year students, Grace Esposito (St Thomas Aquinas School) and Daniel Stansbie (Turves Green Boys School) enjoyed their two week work experience opportunity at one of the biggest and most exciting professional services firms in the world, EY.  Both students achieved a strong set of AS Level results last summer, and are looking to begin building a career in business ater college. This work experience opportunity is designed for students focused on a career in business and exploring alternatives to university, so it was the perfect foundation for Grace and Daniel to gain a head start in their respective careers.

Make Your Mark at the RBSA

Artist easel at the RBSA

Geogra Cox left Cadbury in summer 2016 with ABB in Art, English Language and Graphics A-Levels.  

He returned to Cadbury College in th Autumn term to chat to students about life at University, beyond College, and how he has begun his career by setting up an online blog to share his artwork and final pieces.

More recently, George's artwork will be showcased at the "Make Your Mark" Exhibition in May 2017, held by The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists at at their gallery in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

‘Make Your Mark’ is a competition for A Level Art students, organised by NADFAS West Midlands Area to celebrate the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies AGM 2017 in Birmingham. 

Winners will be announced on 15th May.

Getting back to nature

Second year students, Alya Asman and Josh Lee, spent February half term getting back to nature at Birmingham's Wildlife Conservation Centre for their work experience!  

Alya is studying Biology, Creative Writing and Maths at A-Level, whilst Josh is studying Religious Studies, Biology and Psychology.  Both students are enjoying their enrichment choice, by supporting Geography and Travel & Tourism teacher Ian Vogel with running the Green Club.  

During February half term, Alya and Josh enjoyed a week's work experience at Birmingham's Nature Centre, where they hand fed red pandas some apples, grapes and panda cakes (grass bananas, pears and water – blended up), fed and cleaned out multiple tamarins, fed and cleaned out the meerkats and were responsible for The Predators and Small Mammal Section. They also painted the animal food preparation area!

Student competes in European Championship

Second year student, Deanna Dawkins is preparing to close her Science and Business Studies textbooks this weekend to compete at European level in the European Classic Championships in Powerlifitng, supported by the European Powerlifting Federation.  Cadbury College has sponsored Deanna for the competition, for which she has been chosen to represent Great Britain alongside Polish and Finnish athletes in her category.

The competition consists of 3 divisions, with 143 lifters competing.  Deanna will be competing in the Sub-Junior division against 24 other athletes.

This exciting opportunity for Deanna comes after 12 months of training and competing in the sport, achieving awards throughout her lifting career.

Deanna has been training at Hatchford Brook Powerlifting Gym in Solihull with coach Stan Macrow:

Bournemouth: Here we come!

#Bournemouth2K17 is happening, and students have arrived safely at the Southern Coast of England, and have already visited some of the sites on the agenda!

Accompanied by three members of staff (Ian Vogel [Geography & Travel & Tourism teacher], Dean Collins [Sports teacher] and Gill Moss [Maths teacher and Deputy Vice Principal), the students climbed aboard the mini-bus in the morning to start their trip!

By their first day, they had already visited West Bay in Dorset, which features in hit TV series Broadchurch. They've also been to Durdle Door too! Their trip also included visits to the Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach (the UK's largest tombolo) and Stonehenge on their return.

Deanna reaches for the stars in Power Lifting Competition!

Deanna Dawkins joined Cadbury College in 2015 from Lyndon School, studying Applied Science and Business Studies, achieving a Distinction Star and Distinction in her first year exams last summer.  Her academic successes are not her only acolades though - Deanna is also a keen sportswoman, competing nationally and now internationally in power lifting!

The Taming of the Shrew

Drama and English staff and students enjoyed a day of interactive, practical and fun workshops centred around the play "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare.

The sessions were held by Tom Davey, a representative from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  The first workshop was for students who are going to see the production of The Taming of the Shrew in London in 2 weeks time at the Globe Theatre. The workshops aimed to support the students in writing their analyses of the performance for their coursework.  Tom helped them to get into character and fully understand the play, its ideas and the interactions between the performers.  The second workshop was aimed at staff of English and Drama departments, demonstrating practical strategies for teaching any Shakespear play to a cohort of students, 

Take a look at the activities the students got up to: