Community Fun Day – Saturday 11th July 2015

Smith’s Wood Sports College will be holding a Community Fun Day on Saturday 11th July 2015 from 12.00pm-4.00pm.  The highlight of the day will be a visit from ‘Elsa’ of ‘Frozen’ as well as a car boot.  If you would like to book a ‘pitch’ for the car boot, at a cost of £5.00, please contact Mrs Bailey on 0121 788 4100.  Pitches will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’.    We are also asking parents if they are able to make contributions of new/nearly new items suitable for a generic tombola, and bottles, I.e., squash, fizzy pop, sauce, shampoo, etc (no alcohol please) for our bottle tombola.  If you are able to help please send in donations with your child, to pass on to their Tutors.  Please have a look at our Poster to see what other events/activites will be running on the day.

Simply Winners

Simply BoutiqueSix Year 10 students have been meeting weekly and started their own business through Young Enterprise.

‘Simply Boutique’ have been making hand crafted frames and selling them at trade fairs and to staff in College. Simply Boutique entered the Young Enterprise, Solihull competition where they had to speak to judges about their company and present in front of the  businesses from other schools in the area.

The group did extremely well and went on to win Best Presentation and Runners Up for Best Company! They will now go on to compete at the Birmingham & Solihull Area Strategic Final and we wish them the best of luck!

w-DofE logo monoOn Friday 24th April, 19 Year 10 pupils set off on their first venture for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Sunshine had been forecast for everyday that week, however by the time Friday came around it had changed to rainy spells. Having said this, the weather didn’t stop them!

Pupils endured a 4 hour trek from the School Cottage in Stayalittle to Llyn Clywedog Dam, covering over 7 miles of rough terrain. Pupils spirits were high and for their first ‘practice, practice’ expedition greatly impressed their leaders! Well done to all pupils that attended their first practice and thank you to all staff (Mr Edwards, Mr Horne, Ms Lee and Mr Cushen) that helped support this expedition. A BIG thank you to Ms Lee and her amazing full English breakfasts for the teachers!

“For my first Duke of Edinburgh trip I went to Wales. I was abit nervous because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cope with walking for 4 hours on steep hills. By Saturday I had completed my walk and I enjoyed every bit of it. I actually surprised myself by wanting to stay in the soaking wet, camping for an extra night! Bring on the next one!!”  (Sam Bissell, Year 10)

We are all looking forward to the next practice expedition on the 12th to 14th June and the final assessed expedition on 10th to 12th July. Mr Ashmore, Miss Kerr and Miss Winters (DofE Coordinators).

Teachers complete Marathon Challenge

Mr Jones is interviewed by BBC WM. Picture taken by A Level Media Studies students Oliver Gumbley and Ethan Young

Mr Jones is interviewed by BBC WM. Picture taken by A Level Media Studies students Oliver Gumbley and Ethan Young

Two Smith’s Wood Sports College teachers ran the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

History teacher Mr Talbot and IT teacher Mr Jones embarked on the gruelling 26 mile challenge last weekend.

Mr Talbot has already raised £270 for Marie Curie. Mr Jones and his wife ran their first ever marathon to support the mental health charity “MIND” and in memory of Mr Jones’ best friend of over 50 years, who sadly passed away last year.

The pair trained  hard. Mr Jones said: “ We have been training since January, this has included joining the gym, swimming, cycling and taking part in “Park Runs” every Saturday morning at Cannon Hill Park. However the longest distance we have covered is only 5 – 6 miles, so covering 26.2 miles in one go was a real achievement.”

Key Stage 3 Levels Tests

Key Stage 3 Levels Tests will take place w/c Monday 4th May.

All pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 will take formal assessments in English, Maths and Science with Year 9 sitting an additional exam in IT.

 Please work with your child to ensure they are prepared for this difficult week.