Please not that Year 7 College photographs will be available within the next fortnight.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Year 9 Smith’s Wood Sports College pupil Liam Delves secured the 2013 F125 motorbike racing title with his North Gloucester Club.
Liam who is just 13 was hampered by mechanical problems with his Metrakit 80cc bike on Saturday but after frantic repairs were made he went out and completed his race in second place.
He explained: “We went to warm the bike up ready for practice and discovered we had no front brake. We managed to get it sorted but then the bike wouldn’t rev at the top end and once we got going it just ran slow. I did manage to finish the race and when another rider crashed out of contention I was elevated to second place which gave me sufficient points to secure the championship.”