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:

Students explore Gas Hall and Ikon

A-Level Art students visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery exhibition, “Night in the Museum” curated by a leading British artist, Ryan Gander, who had selected works from this world class national collection of modern and contemporary British art, as part of the celebrations for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary.

The students had the opportunity to view works of art by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Patrick Caulfield. 

Law students experience beyond the classroom

Students studying Law and Applied Law at Cadbury College had the opportunity to explore life within the legal field beyond the classroom last week.

Second year students studying Law at the University are partially assessed on presentation skills.  Cadbury College provided the students with topics covered in A-Level and BTEC Level 3 classes in advance of the experience, and the students from The University of Law presented to our students.  Lawyers from Evershed, one of the top 50 law firms worldwide, supported the assessment of the University students' presentations, and our students were granted the opportunity to talk to them about their future prospects, working in law and different career options!

Students enjoy Business Mentoring!

Our Envision enrichment students have been busy again in their most recent session at GKN in Redditch.  This week's business mentoring session saw 10 GKN business mentors working with our 23 students to tackle problem solving, developing key transferable skills to support our students' development. 

Students were working with their mentors to come up with some practical solutions to any problems the teams are facing with their projects! Problem solving is one of the 4 key skills that the students are developing as part of their Community Apprentice programme.

Check out what the group got up to here:

Product Design at Cadbury World

This week, 3D Design and Product Design students visited Cadbury World to support their studies.

The students first enjoyed a tour of the factory, with a predominant focus on the manufacturing and engineering areas.  Cadbury World apprentices joined the group on their tour, and highlighted the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme to our students. In the afternoon, the students were set a product design task which they all worked on very well. They had to design a new product for Cadbury World with a theme and session in mind. They worked in small groups and had to draw designs, model examples with modelling clay and present it to the Cadbury engineers.

Charlie Clarke, George Crabtree and Stella Blizzard won the challenge with a Valentine's themed design.

Bang Out Of Order!

On Friday 13th January 2017, Cadbury's group of BTEC L2 First Award Performing Arts students took to the stage to perform the powerful script which explored the issues surrounding antisocial behaviour.  

A complex and well crafted piece of theatre, combining comedy as a perfect counterfoil to its serious elements, with moments of frivolity adding real poignancy to the final outcome. Following a group of teenager 'hoodies', the play wa as entertaining as it was insightful and challenging. The true-to-life script employed a mixture of naturalism that pulled no punches, stylised movement that moved the action along and mixed media that added another dimension.