Year 10 “Getting to Know You” Event
We had a lovely time on Tuesday evening with our new Year 10 applicants who will be joining us at Health Futures UTC in September. Our catering staff put on a lovely spread of nibbles, our own year 10 volunteers made them feel welcome and the new students mingled and played some ice-breaker games. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we are looking forward to welcoming them back!
Christmas Outing to Birmingham German Market
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 20TH DECEMBER 2019
Project Showcase – Living Your Best Life
18th December 2019
We had a very eventful day for our Project Showcase event on 18th December. It was a great turnout and students did really well showcasing their projects based on the theme – Living Your Best life.
This half-term, the focus was on “Living Your Best Life”. The aim of the project was to raise awareness of what it means to live your best life. The project focused on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle such as diet, exercise and sexual health. It also looked at the changes we can all make to our lives to ensure we are ‘living our best life’. On completion of the project each group had to produce the following:
– A project journey display
– A differentiated exercise routine for a specified age group of your choice
– A healthy meal
– A promotional leaflet to encourage a specified group of people to take part in health screening
– A campaign video to raise awareness of Antibiotic resistance
The Guest Outpatient Centre – ‘Meet the Experts’ Event
Press Release extracted from The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust:
More than 80 staff, governors and guests enjoyed a ‘Meet the Experts’ open evening at Guest Outpatient Centre on Wednesday 13th November 2019. There was a great interest in each of the departments who showcased their area. Chief executive Diane Wake welcomed everyone to the event before guests were able to explore what happens in different areas and departments located at the centre, with displays and interactive sessions.
There were also stands from our medical records team, orthoptics, urology, governors, Digital Trust and Dudley Improvement Practice. External organisations who also hosted information stands included Health Futures UTC – a secondary school specialising in healthcare and health sciences – Dudley MBC home improvement service, Healthwatch and the Dudley Deaf Support Group.
This was the second of five similar events planned over the winter months which will showcase the work which goes on across the Trust. The next event is on Wednesday 11th December at Russells Hall Hospital and will focus on surgery and the innovative techniques now performed at the Trust. Guests will have an opportunity to hear more about the Gerdex and Zenkers procedures, watch a video of the operation being performed and (capacity permitting) go behind the scenes and visit theatres and anaesthetics and the outpatient areas.
OPEN DAY 12TH OCTOBER 2019
Health Futures UTC raised £149.55 from #macmillancoffeemorning last Friday from all the tasty treats and bake off competition! Thank you to everyone who donated generously.
GCSE Results 2019
There were many smiling faces at Health Futures UTC today where staff and students celebrated the best GCSE results yet. In the school’s specialist subject, Health and Social Care, the pass rate was 100% with 75% of students achieving merit, distinction or distinction star, which is well above the national average. The percentage achieving good passes in English and maths rose to 55%, a significant increase from last year.
A Level Results 2019
Staff and students have celebrated some fantastic results and destinations at Health Futures today.
A level and BTEC results are the best yet with the majority of students moving on to university courses in health or scientific fields including medicine, occupational therapy, paramedic science, nursing and bio-medical science.
Year 12 Practical Science Excursion
On Thursday, 23rd May, our year 12 students were conducting a core practical on investigating the abundance and distribution of a species of plant in a habitat. They used quadrats and line transects to sample the area in Sandwell Valley/Dartmouth Park. They used light meters, pH meters and moisture meters to investigate how this affected the distribution or abundance. Looked like they had a lovely time!
Express & Star School Days Article 9 May 2019
We were featured in the The Express & Star newspapers earlier this month, featuring our Principal, Mrs Ruth Umerah. We are very proud of the good work Mrs Umerah and her staff are putting in to help make this school a great learning experience for all the students. Click here to read the article online:
Nerve Tumour UK Bake Sale Fundraiser
Nerve Tumours UK is a charity that provides support and empowerment to individuals affected by nerve tumours. They can be painful, uncompromising and punishing without the right network of support. Megan Reynolds, our sixth former, wanted to raise money for this incredible charity because they have been close to her heart as she was was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) several years ago. NF1 is a genetic condition that causes benign (non-cancerous) tumours to grow on the nerves in the body. Since her diagnosis, Megan has been to multiple MRI’s, x-rays and appointments with specialists in order to monitor and ensure that she is in good health.
She is thankful to have a mild case of the condition because there are people out there who are worse off. Because of the lack of awareness, support and resources to help these people, they feel like they don’t have anyone to talk or turn to. Megan wanted to do her bit to help and in total, she raised £60.74. Well done Megan!
Our Thank You certificate from Black Country Food Bank
5* Rating in Food & Hygiene Inspection
PSYCHOLOGY DROP DOWN DAY WITH
DUDLEY & WALSALL MENTAL HEALTH TRUST
Thank you Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for your team’s educational visit to our school last friday and for organising the psychology workshops which really benefitted our students. (http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk)
OPEN DAY 23RD MARCH 2019
We held our school Open Day last Saturday, 23rd March and we welcomed some very lovely families and potential students to the building. They were taken on a school tour by our student leadership volunteers, and had a look around the school facilities including the SIM ward, science lab and also attended a talk by our Principal, Mrs Umerah. Our partners also came to support the event and spoke to the families about future career options and how to achieve the necessary qualifications.
Staff and student volunteers had a really good day and we look forward to welcoming the new students back in the next academic year!
World Book Day 2019
On Friday, 8th March, we celebrated World Book Day as a school by dressing up as characters from our favourite books! Teaching staff as well as students did a good job with their outfits, which ranged from Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell (Peter Pan), to Wally (Where’s Wally), to Handmaid’s Tale, to Mr Men characters. Have a look below!
Maths Intervention Days
We are having our Maths Intervention Day today and tomorrow at our Learning Resource Centre for Year 11 students. Hosted by Paul and Greg from TandT Education, it has been a very informative and interesting session this morning. Students were busy solving maths puzzles and having fun working in groups to help crack the questions. Thanks Paul and Greg!
Just before we broke up for half-term we held a PSHE Day. We started the day with the West Midlands Police setting up a body scanner at the school foyer as part of Personal, Social and Health Education day. Every Sandwell secondary school will be taking part in a number of activities in coming months, which are designed to challenge young people’s thinking and to raise awareness on the consequences of carrying a knife. At Health Futures UTC, we want to work with Sandwell police to help reduce the vulnerability of young people to knife crime.
Students also attended a talk highlighting “County Lines”, educating them about the dangers of falling prey to drug dealers in the region, who might be targeting young people. Thank you West Bromwich West Midlands Police!
We also welcomed back Dan and Mitch, the guide dog, to speak with our students about life with a guide dog. Everyone just wanted to pat Mitch and he was enjoying the attention!
Our students also enjoyed a quick session of meditation techniques that they could apply to cope with stress and anxiety. It was a busy but fun day to end the half-term.
Christmas Collection for the Homeless
In November, the school supported year 13 student, James Kaul and his family’s charitable efforts by starting a collection for the homeless people living in the streets of Dudley. Every fortnight, James and his mum and dad would head out to Dudley town and provide food and other necessities to the homeless people who struggle to get by on a day to day basis.
As the less fortunate have to put up with the chilly weather conditions in the winter, the school has collected clothing items ranging from scarves, hats, socks to winter coats to help keep them warm. Other items in the collection also include toiletries, biscuits, and chocolates. The picture shows some of the collected items that James will be taking along with him this week to give away before Christmas Day.
Christmas Hamper for Acorns Children’s Hospice
Each year, one of our year 13 form classes prepare and donate a Christmas Hamper to a local charity. This year 13B chose the local Acorns Children’s Hospice in Walsall. Individually, the students chose their preferred age group and bought a suitable gift(s). These included, games, colouring books, reading books and small toys. AJ and Naadia represented the class today to deliver the hamper of goodies to Jackie, Senior Nurse on duty.
The hospice provides a 24-hour service that includes ‘respite, emergency, and end of life care for children with life limiting conditions.’ It includes a 10-bedded unit for short-term care or day care. Services are provided by experienced, skilled specialist staff who take time to understand each child’s special requirements, listen to any concerns and adapt activities according to their needs.
Some of the services include: themed weekends such as James Bond, arts and craft, drama, puppet shows, dance and a variety of different music types and trips out.
Big Thank you from Shannon
On the 20th of July this year, one of our students, Shannon Franklin (second from the right) started a fund raising campaign, including a Wear Blue for Autism Day, to raise money for Inclusion Support for Early Years based at Coneygre Centre in Tipton. Shannon’s younger brother, Jamie, has autism and the care workers at the centre have helped support Jamie and their whole family through the diagnosis of Autism since he was 18 months old. Jamie is now 4 years old.
Shannon raised just over £200 in school but in total, she eventually raised £420 altogether. The money has gone towards purchasing new sensory toys for the centre, which will be delivered just after Christmas. “I would just like to say a huge thank you to staff, students and parents who gave money, bought cakes and wore blue for autism on my charity day. The money raised is going to buy these toys that many children at the centre will enjoy and hopefully put a smile on their faces. Thank you all so much!” – Shannon Franklin
Syrian Orphan Appeal Fundraising
Last Friday, two of our year 12 students, Rozano Farah and Navneet Kaur did some fundraising for the Syrian Orphan Appeal by having a bake sale. Back in September, they produced a powerful assembly which was delivered to the whole school to raise awareness of the difficulties young children face in Syria on a daily basis.
The sale on Friday was very positive, with students being incredibly generous and really getting behind the appeal. They managed to raise £265 on Friday, almost meeting their target goal of £300. Well done Rozano and Navneet!
World Skills UK Show at NEC Birmingham
Our year 11 students went to the Birmingham NEC last week to attend the World Skills UK show.
The UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event is a one-stop shop packed with careers advice and skills activities across a huge range of sectors. Students were able to look into all routes into jobs, from apprenticeships to universities.
Year 11 Presentation Evening 15 Nov 2018
Last Thursday, 15th Nov, we hosted our year 11 Presentation Evening for last year’s year 11 students. Congratulations to all who received their GCSE certificates and awards!
Year 13 Student Collects for the Homeless
Our Year 13 student, James Kaul and his family, has been supporting the homeless people in The Black Country for some time now. They often drive around and walk the streets of Dudley at night, handing out food to the people who are sleeping on the streets. On some occasions, James’ mom would even cook and prepare the food in boxes for him and his father to distribute.
Last week, the school supported James’ charitable work by collecting a box full of fruit, snacks and bread that he took away on Friday to share with those who are less fortunate. When asked what motivated James and his family to regularly distribute food to the homeless, he replied: “My father is a pastor in a church and we have always been brought up to be kind whenever possible and to do good. The act of giving and helping the ones who are less fortunate than us is actually a very rewarding experience”.
Psychology School Trip to London 9 Nov 2018
Last Friday, our Yr 12 & 13 psychology students went on a school trip to London! During the trip, students visited the Clink Prison Museum and had the opportunity to view archaeological artefacts and handle torture devices. They also heard tales of torment and many misfortunes of the inmates of the infamous Clink Prison.
Students also visited the Wellcome collection, which includes an exhibition that presented a range of ideas about science and medicine since Henry Wellcome’s death in 1936. It reflects the experiences and interests of scientists, doctors and patients. The purpose of the trip is to develop the interest of psychology in Yr 12 students and to deepen understanding for Yr 13 students, particularly the topic of forensic for the Clink Prison Museum. Our students really enjoyed the trip and so did the staff!
NHS 70th Birthday!
Students and staff donated biscuits, tea, coffee, cakes, sweets and more to make hampers for NHS staff at Sandwell Hospital, to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Two students from each tutor group then went to give the hampers to the staff. They were gratefully received! We hope you all enjoyed your treats! Thank you to all staff and students who donated!
We also held a cake sale to raise money for the NHS.
West Midlands Ambulance Service held sessions throughout the day to show students how the equipment worked and what it is like to work as a paramedic!
On Friday 6th July we held our first ever sports day! The day was a real success and was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students! Everyone participated in the events and cheered on their fellow students, with great compassion! Well done to everyone involved.
Year 10 have been working on a project called Baby Futures. This project gives them an insight into being parents and the demands that go with looking after a new born baby. They have been working with our babies who act like real new born babies. They can cry, need their nappy changing, need feeding and comforting and can even let us know if the baby has been mistreated. The students have been taking the babies home over night to give them an experience of what having a young baby can really be like. They have also been taught how to change a nappy, make a bottle and feed the baby properly, bond with their baby and bath their babies. The year 10 students have been outstanding and have really demonstrated kind, caring and nurturing sides.
Army Medical Service Sessions
A Christmas Carol
Actors from Quantum Theatre came to HFUTC to give a performance of A Christmas Carol to our students!
Well done to all our students who received certificates and prizes for attendance, improvement and achievements this year!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
We raised £172.43 for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a coffee morning!
An NHS Nurse holds TCP sessions where students learn the practical side to the medical industry.
Some of the skills they learn include bandage wrapping, basic first aid, blood pressure, oxygen level monitoring, temperature taking, peak flow measurements and basic skin assessments.
The students learn this through using our life-sized mannequins, which simulate different medical needs!
West Midlands Ambulance Sessions
Every week, paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service teach our students a day in the life of a paramedic!
The students learn how to use medical equipment and gain an insight on what it’s like to be a paramedic!
Disability Awareness in Nursing
Coventry University held sessions on disability awareness in the nursing industry.
Mr Teather’s Chilli Challenge!
MR Teather grew chillies, tomatoes, carrots and onions in our garden here at Health Futures UTC. He then held a chilli challenge to see who could make the best chilli sauce!
We held an event where staff and students could vote on attributes such as best label, best taste, hottest sauce and more!
Eat Out Eat Well Award
The catering department here at Health Futures UTC has won the Eat Out Eat Well Award!
The award scheme has been developed to reward caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthier choices when eating out. It is managed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Public Health Teams.
Take a look at some of our partners who attend our open evenings.
Christmas Jumper Day
Take a look at some of our fab Christmas jumpers worn to raise money for Save the Children!