Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Birmingham Christian Centre

All students and staff have been busy collecting none perishable food items in order to support the opening of the new Birmingham Food Bank warehouse on the 7th October 2013.

Our established partnership with BCC will be long term one.  Some of our year 12 students have volunteered to stock shelves and put food parcels together for people within the local community who are facing hardship.

Both staff and students made the decision to support people within the local community by making a positive contributing to the Food Bank on a regular basis Birmingham Food Bank.

HSBC

Perry Beeches II is opening a school bank in partnership with The HSBC Bank on Tuesday 25th March 2014.  The Mini HSBC School Bank will be managed by students for students and overseen by the HSBC Bank representative.

The following Job roles have been advertised in school: –      Bank Manager

Assistant / Branch Manager

Marketing Manager

Marketing Assistant

Cashiers

The above voluntary roles are open to year 7, 8 and 12 students.  Applications are available from Ms Zina Parekh. Deadline for applications are Monday 10th February 4.30pm.  Interviews will be held on Friday 28th February 2014.  Members of staff from HSBC will be carrying out the interview along with PBII staff…

The benefits to school banking.

  • Financial education fun, whilst also teaching pupils how to manage their own small business.
  • Learn about personal finance
  • The responsibilities of cash management
  • How to manage their own project

Updates To Follow!

TESCO

A big thank you, to TESCO who provided us with a Christmas hamper for our Christmas market 2013.

Perry Beeches II has established an excellent partnership with our local TESCO superstore Springhill.

We have been allocated advertising space in the foyer which brightens up TESCO and enables us to adverse community events and display year 7 and 8 key stage levels project works.

Please keep an eye on the display; it is constantly being up dated.

‘Why not visit the café and have a look at our art work which has been produced by some year 8 students.  Their work is based on artist imitations of Hundertwasser work who is a famous landscape artist.’

Fenky Janes Patties

During Black History Month we were honoured with many visitors from our local community at our school.  Sarah Hamilton from Fenky Janes Patties located on Park Road in Hockley was one of our many VIP’s.

She provided 310 vegetable and chicken patties for all students, and shared her story of how she became such a successful black business woman.  Sarah said “I am committed and intend to fulfil my corporate responsibility to the young people by supporting Perry Beeches in any way I can”.  Thank you Sarah!

Black History Month

Food

Black History month at Perry Beeches II was a total success.  We kicked of the celebrations Tasty Food Catering working alongside our catering team to provide school lunch for students and staff.

50 students took part in a workshop called Culture Alive with Cakes.  Professional Chefs held cookery lessons with students. and students were taught to bake Caribbean cakes.

The Bishop  & Professor

Bishop Derek Webley and Professor Carl Chinn met with 12 year 7 and 8 male students to share their stories.  They spoke about black male’s achievement and other issues off their concerns.  Then a very open discussion was held about issues young black boys face growing up in inner-city Birmingham.

Question Time

Our Student Senior Leadership Team selected from all year groups held a question time with some of the successful local professional within the community those in attendance were:-

Dr. Mustapha Salawu – Consultant on Farm Management in the UK and Nigeria.

Mr John Okudaye – Accountant.

Rachel Tousaint – Solicitor.

Mr Stephen Babasnya – Director of Concept Consultancy Services Ltd.

Dr. Derrick Campbell – The Independent Police Complaints Commissioner.

Bishop Derek Webley – District Bishop of the New Testament Church Of God Birmingham and Solihull.

Charles Small – CEO of the Drum Arts Centre.

Dr.Piara Bhogal – Representative from Ramgarhia Sikh Temple and Doctor.

A big thank you to all contributors for making Black History Month such a success!

Garvey visit

Groups of students from PB the Academy, PBII and PBIII met Dr. Julius Garvey MD, son of Marcus Masiah Garvey in October 2013.  This was an historic moment when students from Perry Beeches Trust met a direct descendant of one of the people that they were studying during Black History Month.

Annie at the Drum

Perry Beeches II partnership with The Drum has gone from strength to strength.  The Drum has offered their main theatre for our use for the performance of Annie.

The performance of Annie will take place on Thursday 10th April 2014.  This will be a great experience for our students to perform in a professional theatre. Perry Beeches Academy Trust is now a partner with the Drum Theatre. There are going to be many exciting developments over the next 12 months!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Perry Beeches II rose to the Jewellery Quarter Challenge in September 2013 taking a major role in the area for the world’s biggest coffee morning.  Two groups of students led the planning on how best to get students, community and staff involved.  All students and staff took part in the massive cake baking competition.

Visitors came from all over the Jewellery Quarters to sample cakes and support PBII’s Macmillan’s Coffee Morning.  Local business man Philip Jackson from Maguire Jackson judged our cake competition and presented certificates.

PBII were able to make a positive contribution thought team work.

Money raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pannel Croft Village

Perry Beeches II welcomed visitors Nathan, Ray and Carol from Pannel Croft Village on Monday 3rd February 2013.  The Village is situated in Newtown and caters for mature residents.  8 year 12 student volunteers met with the residents to plan some intergenerational activities.

Our first visit will be Friday 14th February 2013.  Students will bring some cakes, tea, coffee and juice; a short film will be shown titling ‘A day in the life at Perry Beeches II’.

Jewellery Quarter WW1

Pilot Community Engagement and Learning Activity as Part of the JQ Cemeteries Heritage Lottery Fund project.

The Activity Plan professional team asked Perry Beeches II to run a pilot community engagement project and learning activity inspired by the Jewellery Quarter cemeteries, in order to demonstrate how the cemeteries can be used to engage people, especially children, in learning and participation activities.

Perry Beeches II were offered support from Birmingham Conservation Trust to deliver this pilot project as they had already been exploring partnership working across the Quarter themed on the First World War. Phil Burlace, a military history enthusiast who works in the Quarter, also offered to support the project as a volunteer.

It was decided that the War Memorial in Warstone Lane Cemetery was the perfect starting point to look at the impact of WWI on the Jewellery Quarter.

The students visited the cemetery, researched the individuals whose names appear on the War Memorial, recorded interviews with experts, and community participants with family connections to both WWI and the Jewellery Quarter.

The work took place with a group of Gifted and Talented/High Attainers from year 8  built their understanding of the impact of the WWI on the area in which they go to school; disseminating their learning to their peers. The participants gained research skills, using databases such as the Commonwealth War Graves; and interviewing local historians and members of the community, to find information about the war dead buried in the cemetery.

Student comment

“The visit to the cemetery was an eye-opening visit. We saw a wall inscribed with fallen soldier’s names. This was a place of remembrance for families, but it is slowly being destroyed (natural causes).  The wall gives families a chance to remember their families that fought for our country for generations. So we should respect this and ensure we preserve the cemetery.”                                                                                                                         Jardel Thomson- Jones 8SLA

St Pauls Church

St Pauls Church have been a key partner for our school. They hosted our Inaugural Awards Ceremony and our Christmas Market. We joined the local community at Christmas for their very special Carol Concert where staff and students led on the readings and the ever popular 12 days of Christmas which raised the roof!! We are already looking forward to next year.