The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

The Kingswinford Observatory – The Sky’s the limit

On Tuesday 27th September 2011, the opening ceremony of the new Space observatory took place at The Kingswinford School which was formally opened by The Master Glass Seller, Mr Martin Scarth, who represented our sponsors, The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London. His address highlighted how the students and staff were delighted with the immense opportunities this project would make available in promoting a scientific ethos and engaging partner schools and the wider community. There is a huge range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) opportunities in this burgeoning field. We would like to thank all members of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London for the amazing opportunities this has created”.

To infinity and beyond!

Almost immediately after the opening of the Observatory:

  • The Kingswinford School was invited to join the Lead Space Education Programme in November 2011 (Specialist Schools and Academies, SSAT). We obtained the Lead Space Education School Award 2013 Gold Award, at the highest level.
  • Achieved Specialist Quality Award, October 2012, Highest level Extending and Transforming 2011 (Specialist Schools and Academies, SSAT).
  • Joined a programme coordinated by NASA to combat the problem of Obesity world- wide, Mission X- Train like an Astronaut which was co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Space Agency. In January 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Kingswinford School now hosts 120 Y5/6 children plus Science Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and staff to learn about Health and fitness under the umbrella of training to be an Astronaut. 24 countries involved aimed at children 8-14 years old.
  • Involved in BBC2 Stargazing 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Made a contact with Dr Warren Skidmore, Thirty Meter Project, NASA, Pasedena, Houston USA through Stargazing. He is a local gentleman and his parents still live near the school. He contacted me when his parents saw what we were doing for Stargazing in the local press. He now is employed by NASA and delivers workshops via Skype to our students.
  • Local primary and secondary schools invited to Kingswinford for specific Space days/workshops through various groups.
  • Local Specialist groups ask to use facilities eg Kidderminster Astronomy Club, Scout and Brownie groups.
  • Transition Project KS2/KS3 ‘Race to Mars’ 3 week project annually. 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Annual Rocket Competition. Family event. Summer Term. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • National Science and Engineering Week/ Space Week – focus Space Education
  • Invited to represent Team UK for Mission X International Closing event at European Space Agency, Nordwick, Holland 4th – 6th July 2013
  • Lead School in the Mission X programme delivering opportunities available nationally to other schools. 24th Sept.2013
  • Invitation to Wordsley History Society, Dudley 14th November 2013, Guest Speaker Astronaut Andrew Lound.
  • Attended Awards October 2012. Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London
  • Anna Pinto joined the judging panel for UK Space Agency funding available for institutions to promote Space Education , Headquarters – Polaris House, Swindon October 20th 2013
  • Invited to speak and represent Kingswinford School at Houses of Parliament 4th December 2013. Invited to attend Christmas Parliamentary celebration held in the evening.
  • Rocketry Club – every Tuesday Year 9 at 3.15pm to 4.15pm
  • Astronomy students trialled GCSE Astronomy extracurricular, 2013
  • Ten Year 10 students attending Tuesday eve. 6.00pm – 7.30pm GCSE Astronomy. 2014
  • Celebratory Assembly Mission X Summer term 2014.
  • The Timothy Peake Laboratory – a new science laboratory is being built and equipped. It is named after Major Peake who is at present training to be the first UK Astronaut to embark on a Mission to the International Space Shuttle (ISS). (Hopefully publicity will be involved via the UK Space Agency).Keep up to date with Observatory News