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News - Latest News - 2013 - 2014
Senior Team Challenge
For the third time we hosted one of the Regional heats of this year’s UKMT/FMSP Senior Team Maths Challenge. As we host the event we have the privilege of entering two teams; The A team was made up of Robert Smith, Robert Walters, Sam England and Giles Moss while the ‘B’ team contained Max Cheung, Peter Watson, Muhammed Khan & Jonathan Saad (the latter two from year 11).

The competition is run during the evening and had the usual three rounds (Group Round, Number Cross, Head to Head Relay) with 21 schools from across the Midlands participating. Both our teams made one error in round 1, scoring 54 marks out of a possible 60. Only King Edward VI High School for Girls got full marks in this round.

The number cross gave our boys the opportunity to surge ahead. Information from the organisers suggested that the number cross was very tough but our teams did brilliantly; the A team finished with a perfect score, completing the cross number with 10 minutes of the 40 to spare, while the B’s followed up their first round with an impressive 59 out of 64. At this stage we were sitting comfortably in first and second overall.

The head to head relay often provides the stiffest test of the day but once again our teams were keen to disregard previous experience. The B team performed consistently, scoring full marks on three of the four relays and dropping only 3 marks on the other one.

The A team started perfectly but a mis-read of one of the questions in relay 2 cost them 9 marks. They responded well and finished with two perfect relays to score 51 out of 60 in this round.

Those of you who have been totting up the scores listed above will have realized that the A team dropped 15 marks overall while the B’s dropped 14 marks. Both scores were hugely impressive (the nearest rivals were 21 points behind) but the B team has continued the trend started in the Team Maths Challenge last year by taking the overall first place ahead of the A’s! The A team will point out that in the three rounds both teams have the same record; a first, a second and a joint sec- ond, but the B’s will always know they won!

Both teams were justifiably pleased with their performances and the A team can look forward to the Final that will take place in London, in February.
Alumni Open Day 12 July 2014

Another glorious day of sunshine heralded the second of these ventures.

School grounds were in good condition to receive between 150-200 old boys by our estimation. For the most part they were leavers from the last 20 years, but at least two gentlemen (whose names I have forgotten sorry) had been at the school in the 1950s before moving to Kings Heath to finish their career.

The barbecue was again served by Banners and the beer came from the Birds brewery in Bromsgrove. We are grateful to both suppliers for their support and to our new Head Master, Martin Garrod, for funding the day.

This year we had a cricket challenge between Team Khan (Mohsin 2006) and Team Qureshi (Saad 2006) and they managed to strike a quirky balance between fun and competition. Mohsin was the victorious captain as his side won by 20 runs in a 360 run T20 feast. Mo Asaf hit 63 and Harris Hussain took 3/22 to see them home. As they were finishing the class of 2012 arrived to sweat it out on the pitch with an impromptu game of football. Both events boosted the numbers attending and I am very grateful to all boys who helped organise the sports action.

The front of school was the main hub of the day and plenty of old boys were found there swapping stories and touring the school to reminisce. The AFS contributed hot and cold refreshments, cream teas and strawberries – all very civilised.
Our thanks to all of you who came, staff and pupils past and present. Let us have ideas for future years.

Media Day 2014

On Friday 11th of July, Year 8 came off timetable to enjoy our now annual Year 8 Media Day. As part of this event, every student in Year 8 participated in one of the following media related workshops:

Television, Radio, Blogging, Newspapers, Advertising or Documentaries. We were once again lucky enough to welcome in four guest contributors, who work in Media, to help us run the event and these were Jim Lee, a Radio Presenter for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra,

Carly Manktelow, a Technical Demonstrator at Birmingham City University, Stan Ilic, a freelance Sports Producer and Jairo Lugo-Ocando the co-ordinator of the MA in Global Journalism and the Erasmus and international officer of the Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield University.

This proved, yet again, to be an extremely exciting and successful event.

German Homestay Visit

On the morning of Wednesday 8th October 2014, 9 tired year 9/10 students met Frau Wells at Birmingham Airport at the extremely early time of 7:15am, in preparation for our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt Airport at 9:20 that morning.
But before take-off, we had to check in to the flight and drop off our baggage. Some cases weighed as much as 15kg, but some others I doubt even weighed half of that. Some looked like they wanted to permanently move in with their German hosts, while others looked like they were only staying a day or two!

After a short wait in security, we emerged into the award-winning (!) duty-free zone at Birmingham airport. Some people went straight for the food, while others, who had packed their toiletries in their hand baggage, went to Boots to buy some ridiculously overpriced emergency Lynx!

Not much later we were allowed to board the aeroplane. Mrs Wells had told the flight assistants that we were on a German exchange trip, so they insisted on us ordering drinks in German.

After we landed, we collected our bags and got the train from the airport to Enkheim. A short wait for an S-Bahn train to Konstablerwache was the first leg of the journey. We then changed onto an underground train to Enkheim. A 5 minute walk, which later turned out to be 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, took us to the Schule am Ried. Rather than let us wait in the rather British-German weather, (warm and rainy not cold and rainy), they took us into the staff room, which we later learnt most of the exchange students had never been inside. After a conversation in rapid German (to us anyway) our German partners took us to either parents waiting in cars or walked home.

After taking part in a variety of activities on the Wednesday afternoon, the next time we saw each other was at school the next morning at a worryingly early time of 7:45am. We received lessons (in double 45-minute blocks) until 1pm. Subjects taught included English, which was probably the most enjoyable for us, all the way down to French.

The activity for the afternoon for was a town trail of Enkheim, which for some included a walk UP the Roehrborngasse, which was, according to Jake’s partner, the steepest street in the whole of Frankfurt. Despite this, we all arrived back at the school more or less in time (some not exactly arriving at the agreed time of 3:00). After collecting a chocolate bar from Mrs Wells, we were allowed to have some free time exploring Enkheim. Some went to the Hessen-Center, the main shopping centre of the area, while others explored other areas of the district. That evening, we returned home to our host families.

On Friday, the plan was to attend the first two lessons (until 9:15) then meet Mrs Wells in the playground and walk to the underground station, to take us into the city, and go up the Helaba Tower and visit the Cathedral. A train change at the Hauptwache station onto a train to a station called Willy-Brandt-Platz which we alighted at. From the exit of the station, there was a perfect view of the Helaba Tower, except for the fog circling the top viewing point of the tower, meaning the trip up the tower was called off, and we took the underground to the cathedral, which was just as imposing as it was picturesque.

Inside were extraordinarily high ceilings, with stained glass windows looking as good as ever. Many pictures were taken, and rightfully so. Following the cathedral, we walked to Frankfurt Square, where there were souvenir shops wherever you looked. Many of us bought gifts for our families back in England here. One thing we noticed about Frankfurt city was how new everything looked - even the cathedral, which was built in 1897, looked like it was built yesterday. We then went to the zoo, which has its own U-Bahn station and clever, animal themed furnishing. Our group spent most of the time in the reptile/fish enclosure. After taking photos with some very uncooperative penguins, we had to leave. A short journey to Enkheim station later, most of us went to Laser Tag. We paid for 3 rounds, and three great rounds they were. In the last round, some good-natured German insults to the other team left them so confused that they were easy pickings for our team (it was exchangers vs the world).

Monday, our final full day in Frankfurt, finally rolled around, and, if all went to plan, we would spend the day at the Rebstockbad, basically an indoor water park. After attending the first two lessons, we met Mrs Wells in the playground, and walked to the underground station. An underground train to the Hauptbahnhof was followed by a short tram ride, and a five-minute walk, which, for once, was actually five minutes. We arrived at the front door of the Rebstockbad at around half past ten, only to find the pool didn’t open till half two (which considering every other day it was open from 6:30am, left us all pretty miffed). After much heated debate in the middle of the Hauptbahnhof, it was decided that we would go to the EXPERIMINTA science museum. Inside, we looked at many exhibits, some of which were pretty fascinating. A tram and underground ride later, we were in Enkheim, and began hastily packing for the flight home the next day.

On the day that we came back, we had to meet at Enkheim station at 09:00. This meant a lie-in for most of us - German schools start earlier, and our exchange partners were mainly out of the house by 7:30, while we had until 8:45. An uneventful trip pressed against the doors of the train as German rush hour passed quickly, and we were soon at the airport, soon on our flight and soon back home. It was a great trip and thanks to Mrs Wells for taking us.
European Day of Languages
On Thursday 26th September, European Day of Languages was celebrated by Camp Hill Boys. On the day, many events were organised, including a food tasting at lunchtime, where pupils were invited to sample new European delicacies. In classes there were interesting presentations on worldwide languages, ranging from French to Mandarin! Thanks to these contribu- tions, students discovered totally intriguing, new languages, such as Arabic, where the boys were introduced to the worm- like handwriting from right to left. Furthermore, students and teachers enjoyed the challenge of greeting each other in many different languages. However, we will never know if all 2700 languages spoken worldwide were included!
Visit of John Fieldsend
On the afternoon of 26 June, all students from years 9 and 10 and many interested sixth formers came to listen to the testimony of John Fieldsend about his experiences growing up in Germany in the 1930s, his experience of persecution at the hands of the Nazi regime and public and how he was able to escape to Britain as part of the Kindertransport in the months leading up to the outbreak of the second world war. He was able to movingly tell us about his happy life as a young child who just so happened to be Jewish. His story was able to recount what happened to other members of his family who were not so lucky and his own journey to becoming a British citizen and how he was able to piece together his own and his family’s past. After his presentation, Mr Fieldsend was able to take questions from the students, he was surprised by the range, sensititvity and thoughtful nature of the questions asked by the students. Mr Fieldsend was able to give us copies of his book on his life story which is available to read from the History department. We hope that Mr Fieldsend will be able to visit us again in the near future as his message is both compelling and universal.
Kenilworth Castle
On a sunny 30 June this year, all Year 7 students went on our annual visit to Kenilworth, the most historically significant castle in the Midlands. It is the scene of the siege of 1266 and where Edward II was forced to abdicate in 1327 as well as being the home of John of Gaunt and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester who entertained Queen Elizabeth I most handsomely. Our students were able find out about life both inside and outside the castle, exploring features of attack and defence. Our guides expressed how impressed they were with the knowledge shown and the questions asked by the students. Their learning was then able to be utilised in their group projects on castles, which included making models of weapons and defences, both for real and by using Minecraft. The day was somewhat marred by our return to the car park, only to find that one of our coaches and both of our drivers were missing! Our students waited creditably in the baking sun as is took nearly an hour for Den Caney to get back to pick us up!
Stop Press - National Cipher Challenge

The National Cipher Challenge is a nationwide, online code breaking competition which sees students pit their wits against 'Harry' in a bid to crack codes as quickly and accurately as possible. In the penultimate round, 'The Modest Geniuses' (Sam England, Tom Else and Matt Else) were one of eight teams to be awarded a £25 prize for correctly decrypting the 'A' challenge. The boys have been competing for several years, and thoroughly deserve this prize.
Musical Success

Matija Novovic (Violin), Harry Atkinson (Double Bass), Siddharth Sharma (Voice) and Fazal Shah (Recorder)

We are delighted with the success of four of our talented musicians.

Siddharth Sharma (9S)

Siddharth has been a chorister in Birmingham Cathedral Choir for five years, and rose to become Head Chorister in his final year. In the summer he was presented with choir’s Chorister of the Year Award 2013.

Matija Novovic (11X)

Matija plays violin with the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, the Academy Chamber Orchestra and school Concert Orchestra. He recently gained a Diploma on the violin with distinction.

Fazal Shah (11X)

Fazal is a member of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and earlier in the year played a recorder concerto with the Solihull Symphony Orchestra. He recently gained a Diploma on the recorder.

Harry Atkinson (10X)

Harry is a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra and school Concert Orchestra. After lengthy auditions earlier in the term, he was delighted to find out that he has gained a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra.
Music Results
Many congratulations to the large number of boys who were successful in the Associated Board or Trinity ‘grade’ examinations last term.

Name Instrument Grade Class
Henry Campos Guitar 1
Dhyan Naik Guitar 1
George Downing Drums 2
Aakash Masani Flute 2 Merit
Alex Lee Flute 2 Merit
Alfie Green Alto Saxophone 2 Merit
Soumitra Chakravarti Guitar 2 Distinction
Abhijit Pandit Violin 3
Puney Jain Guitar 3
Thomas Mansfield Guitar 3
Joseph Malt Guitar 3 Merit
Daniel Faulkner-Moss Saxophone 3 Merit
Primo Agnello Clarinet 3 Distinction
Stephen Mander Drums 4
Siddharth Sharma Alto Saxophone 4
Albert Chang Violin 4 Merit
Max Johnson Trumpet 4 Distinction
Ravi Bange Clarinet 4 Distinction
Philip Beckett Theory 5
Ishmael Silvestro Violin 5
Sanchudaan Murugesu Violin 5
Wesley Blackhurst Bass Guitar 5 Merit
Fazal Shah Violin 5 Merit
Joseph Meehan Clarinet 5 Distinction
Kushal Varma Piano 6
Azeem Hanjra Timpani 6 Merit
Richard English Double Bass 7 Merit
Edward Lawrence Piano 7 Merit
Andrew Hawkin Oboe 7 Merit
Samuel Way Bassoon 7 Distinction
Azeem Hanjra Piano 8 Merit
Max Cheung Guitar 8 Merit
Kyle Reed Piano 8 Merit

Special mention must be made of two extra outstanding results.

Alex Naylor gained grade 8 in piano with distinction earlier in the year. This summer he added to this grade 8 in both Clarinet and Alto Saxophone, again with distinction.

And Matija Novovic, in Year 11, gained a Diploma in violin with distinction. This is the level above grade 8.

Name Instrument Grade Class
Alex Naylor Alto Saxophone 8 Distinction
Alex Naylor Clarinet 8 Distinction
Matija Novovic Violin Diploma Distinction