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January 2017

  • Year 7, Team Brunel Visit Cambridge University, Clare College

    Published 27/01/17

    On Wednesday 25th January, Year 7, Team Brunel students visited Clare College at Cambridge University.  Once we arrived at Cambridge we were greeted by our guide who took us into a historical building where we were given a talk about University life.  This was extremely interactive as we all had to stand up / sit down depending on if the statements applied to us or not.  During this activity we were all able to grasp a better understanding of our peers’ aspirations and interests. 



    We were then introduced to life at Cambridge University including the term-time hours, holidays, expectations, living arrangements, extra-curricular and the amount of famous people who graduated from Cambridge such as: Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and most importantly David Attenborough – who stayed at Clare College!


    After this, we had a tour around Clare College by a current undergraduate student who informed us about the history of the college and answered many of our aspirational questions!  All of students enjoyed the ‘fancy food’ as they described it alongside the traditional chocolate brownie pudding!





    In the afternoon, we walked through the historical town of Cambridge exploring the wonderful sites and old buildings whilst on our way to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where we were able to discover a bit about the past of children’s lives and how much work they had to do in comparison to children today!                                                                                                                                         We then went on a hunt around the museum to find three, five-hundred year old potatoes – they were tiny!  











    After this we headed to the gift shop where we all enjoyed a souvenir to mark our journey to Cambridge!

                                                                                         By Miss Meyrick and Year 7, Team Brunel.


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  • A Double Win at the 2017 Book Bout Competition

    Published 27/01/17

    On Monday 23rd January, our Librarians - Ms Lindsey and Ms Ranchhod took some Year 7s to participate in the Coventry Secondary Schools 2017 Book Bout Competition, at Caludon Castle School.

    The Book Bout Competition is designed to give the children and young people the chance to unleash their creative talents by “presenting a given book – from the shortlisted books in the 2017 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards - in such a persuasive way that the other pupils present really want to read it”

    There were 2 prizes available to win:

    One for the Best Book – voted by the audience and

    One for the Best Presentation – as chosen by the Judges

    We were given the book Boy X    by Dan Smith to present.

    Boy X is about 12 year old Ash McCarthy, who along with his friend Isabel, discovers he has been genetically enhanced on a tropical island and must stop a scientist escaping with a killer virus. 

    For the presentation, our group all had a role to play in the production – some did the acting, whilst the others were the Director, Costume/Props, Narrators and Technical Assistants.

    When we got up to do the performance it was nerve racking - I was the first person who had to say something and I was shaking.  But when I said the words it felt like a relief and it was over before I knew it.

    Our group decided to showcase Boy X, by opening with acting scene in a jungle with Boy X and Isabel, who got captured.  Then, we showed a made up Minecraft Trailer – created by Aymaan Sajid – and finished off with a scene between the Boy X, Isabel and the villianious scientists fighting over the virus!

    After all the Schools had done their presentations, we had to do the voting.

    Pupils had to vote for the Best Book based on the presentations and the panel of judges voted for the Best Presentation.

    Our school came 1st in both categories and we were glad to hear it was a DOUBLE WIN for President Kennedy! 

    We were given a range of books, posters and bookmarks and we came back to school with a huge smile on our face and proud to say we had won. 

    The Book Bout competition was extremely enjoyable. There were a lot of great performances we had the pleasure of seeing and of course, happy to have done so well!

    Year 7 – Tiya Dhillion, Simran Dulai, Ismail Rafiq, Praveen Dhillon, Karina Kaur, Nida Mansoor, Tasneem Rahal, Matthew Taylor, Yusuf Kusum, Alex Culver and Aymaan Sajid -   receiving certificates at the 2017 Book Bout Competition.      


                                                                                       By:  Tiya Dhillon and Alex Culver, Year 7


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  • Enterprise Challenge with IBM

    Published 27/01/17

    The aim of the day was for year 8 students to learn about IBM and how their employees use their enterprise challenge skills in the world of technology, coding and communication.

    In teams students had to design, an app which solves a communication problem, market it, and present the idea to a panel of IBM employees.

    Team KENs (Georgia Edwards, Ella Luisi, Dillon Hayer, Emad Amrani, and Yaasir Warsame ) idea was a translation app for emails so you can communicate with anyone around the world.

    Team Exo (Kyle Thomas, Lewis Hanna, Abbas Hussain, Aaryan Sehgal and Hadyn Lloyd)idea was also a translation app, but this one could save messages, so important meetings and deadlines are not missed

    After a lot of discussion the panel of judges awarded team Exo as having the best commercial product.

    Robert Clancy from IBM said “I have enjoyed the day, the pupils have shown great skill and effort in challenging me and developing ideas, a great day, thanks”.

    Ella added “I have thoroughly enjoyed the day and I have learnt a lot more about enterprise which will really help me with my future career choices”.

    If Yassir Warsame could summarised what he has learned at IBM in one sentence he would say “Be yourself and do not be shy, thank you IBM, Enabling Enterprise and Mrs Petrak” 



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  • Year 7 Students Meet Inspirational Author Alan Gibbons 

    Published 20/01/17

    On Friday 13th January, Year 7 had an amazing author visit from Alan Gibbons. 

    Team Brunel students had an exclusive session with Alan where he informed them about how he got into writing including the part where he tried to enter Narnia through his parents’ wardrobe!  Alan has travelled the world to inspire and influence his novels and poetries.  Alan shared some of his travel stories and how these have shaped some of his writing particularly his latest book: ‘The Trap’. Later on in this session, Alan did some group writing with Team Brunel where as a group they started to write a story which has left them all in competition with each other to finish it and see whose is the best!

    In the afternoon, the whole of Year 7 got to experience Alan Gibbons in the hall where he spoke a bit about his passion, childhood and how he became an author! 

    The students were so engaged when they discovered that more of his books were based on true stories and most of these stories were extremely shocking which then inspired Year 7 to buy some of his books and almost all of Year 7 managed to get his autograph!








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  • Student to Play for Warwickshire

    Published 20/01/17

    Congratulations to Connor Flaherty in Year 11 who has been selected to play for Warwickshire U16s this season.

    Connor has been selected in the squad as a second row. Connor is part of the President Kennedy School rugby academy and also plays outside of school for Old Coventrians.

    We wish him luck in his first game against Oxfordshire.         


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  • P16 Select Open Evening Invite for Year 11

    Published 13/01/17

    'As Post 16 College Director I am extremely pleased to invite Year 11 students and parents to the launch of our new President Kennedy Post 16 Select offer, in collaboration with Barr's Hill School as members of the Futures Trust. 

    As a result of our partnership with Barr's Hill School, President Kennedy is able to offer Year 11 this year the largest and most diverse range of A-Level and Level 3 Vocational courses ever. 

    This offer incorporates traditional, well established and successful facilitating           A-Level subjects, highly regarded by Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, in addition to social science and  creative A-Levels. 

    The largest extension of the offer for President Kennedy students however is within the Level 3 vocational 'Professional Pathway'.  We are very excited to launch new subjects for September 2017 including Engineering, Sport, Applied Science, Vocational Rock School and Media. 

    In all we are offering a fantastic 29 subjects across the Access and Advances routes with qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. 

    We look forward to helping you select your pathway to a brighter future on Tuesday evening.'                                                                        

                                                                                                         Mr Mort, Post 16 College Director


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  • Coventry Building Society Run Employability Skills Workshop

    Published 13/01/17

    Year 12 and 13 Health and Social Care and Business Students have embarked on a series of employability workshops ran by Coventry Building Society.

    They will learn all about developing employment skills, including CV creation, letter of application and interview techniques.

    This programme will run until the end of the year culminating in all students receiving an employability skills course qualification.

    Good luck to all.         


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  • Birmingham Science Lectures 

    Published 06/01/17

    On the 12th December 2016, Year 7 Team Brunel students visited Birmingham University. 

    The students enjoyed the trip as they were given the opportunity to enjoy the lectures on offer.

    Most of the students enjoyed the lecture about Climate Change, and more interestingly, the speaker had just returned from a boat trip, so he told us all about it, which was ever so exciting! The lectures were very interesting and everyone learnt something new.

    The students also visited the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the students answered some fascinating questions about the artefacts and displays they had there.  


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  • Santa’s Sleigh Jingles All the Way!

    Published 06/01/17

    On Thursday 15th December, Post 16 students joined The Rotary Club in the annual Santa's Sleigh run around Holbrooks to raise money for a range of charities including Myton Hospice and The Air Ambulance. 

    The local community came to the school to meet Santa before students set off with the club on the 2 hour walk around the local area. Students were lucky enough to receive home made mince pies and hot chocolate when they reached Masser Road by a generous family who were waiting for their arrival to thank them for their hard work. Students supported in raising an amazing £733.85.

    The Rotary Club members commented on how amazing the students were and a real credit to the school.

    I would like to take this opportunity to second this and thank them once again for their kindness and professionalism whilst fundraising in the local community. 


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