Dates for the Diary

date_for_diaryFill out your diary for the 2014-2015 Smith’s Wood Sports College academic year with our new calendar here.

A full list of term dates and the timetable for the first day back in September can be found in the ‘Term Dates’ section of the website in the ‘About Us’ tab.

‘Show My Homework’ Launches

SMH newSmith’s Wood Sports College has launched ‘Show My Homeowork’, the Uk’s No.1 web-based calendar for tracking and monitoring homework.

For parents who wish to take a more active role in their children’s home learning, they can by having their own Show My Homework account. The service means that parents can now take a more proactive role in driving homework prioritisation, keeping tabs on homework without being intrusive.
Explore the service by clicking on the logo.

Pupils run a mile!

Sport Relief 2014 (1)Pupils and staff from Smith’s Wood Sports College have helped to raise over £400 for Sport Relief by taking part in the Sport Relief Mile.

Donations continue to pour in for those who walked, jogged ran or even hopped the mile.

Sport Relief has so far raised over £53 million to help transform lives both at home in the UK and across the world.

Business Success

IMG_1772Report by Molly Warrilow

Since the beginning of October, eight Year 10 students from Smith’s Wood Sports College have been coming together to form ‘Venture’ as part of the Young Enterprise scheme.

Amy Carlin, Alice Ward, Molly Warrilow, Conor Stain, Connor Carrington, Nicolas Jackman, Sean Moriaty and Courtney Hyde have worked hard and put in hours after school to produce the best and most imaginative product yet.

The first meetings consisted of discussing job roles and thinking what products would sell, also organising fund raising events to make enough money to start our business off. We participated in our very first trade fair in Chelmsley Wood on Wednesday 12 March selling our handmade coasters and were competing against local schools, Kingshurst Academy and Park Hall.

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‘I want to be a…’

Year 9 pupils from Smith’s Wood Sports College experienced a World of Work day to encourage them to begin to think about their future careers.

Representatives from various industries and local businesses gave up their time to come and speak to pupils and inspire their future.

Pupils stated that it was an extremely useful event, saying,  “I was able to look in detail at what various jobs actually involved, it has given me new ideas as to what I want to do.” One student commented, “It has given me a new interest and sparked ideas of what to do in my spare time.”

The event has had a good response with some of the pupils already stating; “I definitely want to be a….”

Among the business represented were:

Hardyman Group Ltd represented by – Managing Director Mike Turl & Office and Accounts Administrator Shannon Gamble

Aspire Sports – Claire Matthews and Apprentice

Director of Football & General Manager of Solihull Moors. Marcus Bignot, & Ben Seifas,

Sertec Group Holdings -Martyn Hughes  Financial Director & Grant Adams – Managing Director

Animal care at Solihull College  -Sally Edwards

‘Stunning Performances’

u14 Bball March 2014 (1)Following a week of great sports results for Smith’s Wood Sports College teams and players (cross-country, football and indoor athletics), the Year 9 boys’ basketball team represented North Solihull in the regional ‘School Games’ competition at Warwick University.

Playing the champion teams from the other seven areas in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, our players produced some stunning performances and finished fourth (one place ahead of South Solihull champions Heart of England).

The 3rd/4th play-off encounter against Twycross House saw our opponents take an 11 – 9 lead with ninety seconds remaining. If Connor’s last-minute 3-point shot had dropped and not rattled around and out of the ring, our team would be wearing their bronze medals with pride today.

Dream Disney!

castle39 pupils led by ‘Team Disney’ (Mrs Crow, Mr Farren, Mr and Mrs Rathbone, Miss Higgins and Mr Black) all embarked on a trip to Disneyland Paris for 2 nights during February half term.

The aims of this trip were to gain an insight into the tourism practices of one of the world’s most famous global leisure organisations, to develop interpersonal skills and to build independence. But most of all…to have fun!

Our journey started at 7am on Monday morning, with a few service stops along the way. We travelled by coach for about 4 hours until we boarded the euro tunnel. The next part of our journey consisted of another 6 hours until we finally reached Hotel Cheyenne in the Disney Land resort! Continue reading