Hi, I'm Mohamed Ibrahim - a Primary teacher and Ark Victoria's Community Engagement Lead. My role has been created as we, at Ark Victoria, believe that a school can only be successful when we have strong ties to our community. After all, 'it takes a village to raise a child'. My role focuses on three key strands - Education and Training, Pastoral and Enrichment. Each strand is centred around building relational power amongst the people we serve (students, families and staff) to address their needs and that of the wider Small Heath community. The school has already forged links with local community organisations such as Citizens UK, Tyseley Energy Park and Friends of Small Heath Park and is continuing to work with external organisations who are providing invaluable enrichment opportunities for our students and families. Some of the key successes have been the school's annual Earth Day celebrations and Summer Fete. There is lots more in the pipeline including setting up the school's very own radio station, training our students to become young civic leaders through Citizens UK's fantastic leadership program and running advice surgeries to support our families during the cost-of-living crisis. If you would like to find more about the work I do or would like to get involved, please get in touch!

Summer Fete 2022

Ark Victoria hosted its first Summer Fete on Wednesday 20th July.  It was a wonderful way to round off an excellent year.  The sun shone and the school filled with members of the local community, local councillors, organisers from the Commonwealth Games, Tyseley Energy Park, University of Birmingham and the Active Wellbeing Society, as well as our pupils, their families and staff. We were treated to a range of musical performances, including a sneak preview of our production, Aladdin. Visitors got the chance to try wheelchair basketball, squash, boxing, archery as well as lots of traditional games, such as soak the teacher. Our school was full of visitors and they were all smiling! It was quite simply a wonderful celebration of our community and a chance to come together to enjoy, to catch up with one another, to have fun and to hope that this signals a brighter future for us all. We look forward to welcoming you all to our next fete in July 2023!

     

Summer Activities

BEY Leadership

MTF Coaching Academy

Earth Day 

Ark Victoria Academy held its first Earth Day on Friday 11th June. A day in which students and staff learnt more about the global environmental challenges we face and the solutions that have arisen as a result. 
 
The day began with a whole school virtual assembly on Zoom where a panel of university academics and local community environmental and litter pick groups spoke to our students about their work. The focus of the discussion was on plastic litter and how this has a negative impact on the ecosystem. Students participated in a Q and A session which further deepened their knowledge and understanding of the issues that were raised. This assembly allowed our students to appreciate the hard work that is happening both at global and local scales in addressing these environmental problems and what we as individuals can do to help.
 
Later in the day, students had the opportunity to write persuasive letters to either Ms McSorley, Mrs Twort or our local MP - Jess Phillips - highlighting the environmental issues they want to be tackled at school and in our local community. Our Art specialists in Primary and Secondary worked hard to plan exciting art projects that students completed in class around the theme of Sustainability, recycling old plastic bottles and other rubbish to make pieces of Art.
 
A highlight of the day was the litter pick. Over 170 students from Years 5, 6 and 8 went out into the local community armed with litter pickers and bin bags. Students from Nursery and Reception also did their but by litter picking in the school grounds. All students and staff involved thoroughly enjoyed this experience and felt a great sense of achievement and pride in being able to help the community.
 
We would like to thank all those who were involved in organising this event and we invite you to look at pictures taken from this event.

     

 

Ark Victoria Litter pick

On the morning of Saturday 20th March, students, parents and members of staff from Ark Victoria along with our fellow community members from Holy Family School, Friends of Small Heath Park and West Midlands Police took part in our first joint community litter pick. The event was a great success as it allowed our community to come together and help clean up our streets. All those who took part thoroughly enjoyed this experience and we aim to make this a regular event to allow even more of our students and families take part. Our local MP, Jess Phillips, also joined and even tweeted about us! Please take a look at some of the pictures that were taken during this event. We would like to thank all of our students, parents and staff for volunteering their time in serving our community.