World Religion Day - the responses

We asked staff and students to tell us about their faith and to address possible misconceptions, celebrations or anything interesting about their faith that may not be well known. Click the link below to read their responses. Many thanks to all who participated. WRD responses 

College Christmas Carols

Tuesday 17th December 2019 Everyone was in fine voice and left St Mary's Church in Oldswinford full of festive cheer after the King Ed's traditional Christmas Carol Concert on Thursday 12 December. What makes you feel better than a good old-fashioned sing together?! The evening began with a welcome to the congregation from vice principal Iain Estell, and the college choir singing Angelus Emittitur accompanied by a brass quintet and bass drum as well as the organ! The Reverend John Flitcroft led the opening prayers which were followed by the first congregational carol, Once in Royal David's City. Alex Cooper, a year 13 student who has just won a place at the Royal College of Music, sang the traditional solo in the first verse. During the...

Autumn Concert 2019

Wednesday 27th November 2019 This year the Jazz Band started the evenings proceedings with a favourite, Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman, the perfect lively opening number for the evening. It was followed by Stevie Wonder's Superstition, where the band were joined by the bluesy Rachel Howles on vocals. In stark contrast, and going back several centuries in time, the String Orchestra, joined by Tom Pankhurst on cello, played Symphony in Bb, third movement by William Boyce, and Prelude from Brook Green Suite by Holst, both of which were very different to the opening of the evening, but very pretty pieces. We were treated to the duet 'All I ask of you' from Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, performed by Alex Cooper and Ben Sidaway. Ben ...

Biology Science Live!

Thursday 21st November 2019 Students and teachers attended the Biology Science Live conference last Wednesday 13 November, a series of lectures delivered by some of the best scientists who are working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. They are designed to help students improve their results by inspiring them to maybe consider taking sciences at university, what career paths could be open to them and give students the chance to raise issues with the scientists. It certainly was an inspirational day for our Year 13 Biology student, Lewis Heppner, who writes: 'The A level Biology Science Live trip was an intriguing and exciting visit to Birmingham Town Hall to hear from some of the UK's leading Biologists and Medics give talks on the...

English Students Visit The Crescent for Streetcar

Wednesday 20th November 2019 Last week, Year 12 and 13 English A level students visited the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham to see a performance of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire. The play is a set text on both A level courses and the students all felt that it was a valuable experience to see the words lifted from the page and performed. The play deals with difficult themes and the students were able to pick apart the layers within the text through the skilful performances of the core trio of actors in this particular version. They came out of the performance bubbling with ideas about how the director and actors had interpreted characters, themes and relationships.   {gallery width=600 height=500 count=1 slider=b...

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