Winning student Liam Wetton
Report by Laura Lewis, Sixth Form Mentor
Year 12 student Liam Wetton has been awarded the V100. This award signifies that he has dedicated 100 hours of his time to volunteering, making a massive difference to the school and the local community.
Liam has shown incredible maturity and compassion and is a real asset to the school. Liam is part of a team of students that have dedicated themselves to volunteering through the schools vInspired programme. vInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them.
The Sixth Form have joined with this charity to encourage students to volunteer as well as reward them for their time and effort. Students volunteer across many activities in and out of school and log the hours they have given. Upon reaching the 50 or 100 hour mark they receive an award. Liam is the first in the school to receive an award and is a great ambassador for the scheme.
Please not that Year 7 College photographs will be available within the next fortnight.
College Mentors and Mentees
72 students from the Smith’s Wood Sports College Sixth Form and lower school have successfully completed a mentoring programme which launched on 18 September.
Through meeting once a week over an 8 week period, all students have greatly improved their confidence and communication skills. Furthermore, Sixth Form students have gained valuable transferable skills and experience making them stronger candidates for their next step. Many students have requested to continue meeting on a regular basis due to the benefits enjoyed by both and the strong bond that has been created.
When asked what they feel they have gained from the programme these students said:
“I gained experience working one to one with a younger person and I feel I have helped somebody” Sixth form Mentor
A delighted Megan with her award
Year 12 Smith’s Wood Sports College students Megan Curtis-Chambers has been named ‘Outstanding English student’ at the first Solihull Borough Education awards held at the Council Chamber of the Civic Suite.
The Solihull Borough Education Awards are a new initiative, sponsored by the NEC, whereby GCSE students are rewarded for showing real dedication in their studies.
Megan was handpicked from a long list of nominees by a selection panel of Councillors, a head teacher representative and Council officers.
Councillor Joe Tildesley, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, said: “I think it’s a fantastic new initiative and a great way of rewarding hard-work and perseverance through study. We are really indebted and grateful to Paul Thandie and the NEC group for sponsoring the Awards. In a small way, the studiousness of our four winners reflects the overall successes of Solihull’s GCSE results this year.”
Students at a Nottingham Trent University taster-day
By Jordan Johnston, Student Reporter
AS Geography students from Smith’s Wood Sports College took part in a taster day at Nottingham Trent University.
The Year 12 Sixth Form students visited the Brackenhurst Campus (which specialises in Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences) to have a first-hand view on not only Geography at a Degree level, but what life would be like as a student of NTU.
First on the itinerary for students was to take part in a lecture conducted by Dr Ben Clutterbuck; who spoke about GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System). Students discovered how these systems operate and the many uses of these systems in Geography studies and everyday life. Students also took part in a practical activity where there was the opportunity to use GPS and GIS.
Brad Stokes racing to victory
Year 11 Smith’s Wood Sports College pupil Bradley Stokes finished first place in the year 10 and 11 boys’ cross-country race at the Old Sills RUFC on Thursday.
Luke Burns finished in 18th place and will join Brad as they represent Solihull in the County Trials on Saturday 19th October. Student Kim Hewitt finished in 7th place in the Solihull Sixth form girls race and has been invited to run for Solihull in the County Championships in January The Smith’s Wood Sports College Year 8 & 9 boys’ team and Year 10 & 11 boys’ team finished in first place in North Solihull.