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!

 

 

Sports day!

 

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.

 

Baby Futures!

 

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!

Student Awards   

 

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!

TCP Sessions

 

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.

 

Open Evening 

 

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!