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.
39 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
By Sophie Potter, Year 12 Media Studies student
On the 5 February 2014, Smith’s Wood went Hollywood with its first ever Premiere Night. The night was full of popcorn, jokes, speeches and amazing film projects created by A Level Media Studies students. It was a night that will never be forgotten.
After months of planning, the Premiere Night finally happened and it was a great night for both the audience and the students. Year 12 and 13 Media Studies students had their work premiered on the big screen for the first time in front of an audience where they voiced their intentions to the audience when interviewed by Mr Heeley – the Sixth Form Media Studies teacher.
Year 12 students had the task of creating the opening two minutes of a film. Each and every project created by the students had a tremendous amount of effort and time in and each one had a different story.
Example of processing code
A group of 20 sixth form students from years 12 and 13 took part in a Discovery Day hosted by the University of Worcester.
The students had the chance to experience university level computing within the wonderful setting of the old Worcester Royal Infirmary, now the University of Worcester’s City Campus.
The students met with Dr. Colin Price, Head of Computing , who took them through a few programming exercises using a language called Processing. Processing is a language developed to be similar to Java and fairly easy to pick up. This means that students can pick up the programming concepts easily and it acts as a gateway in to the more complicated and geekier languages of Java, C++ and more.
Report by Jordan Johnston, Year 12
On Monday 13th January, the Smith’s Wood Sports College AS level Geography class visited Nettlecombe Court in Somerset to complete three days of fieldwork.
Nettlecombe Court lies in a secluded valley at the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. We were greeted by welcoming staff members and proceeded to take a tour around the 700 year old Tudor country mansion that was to be our accommodation. All of the rooms, including bedrooms and the student common room, were spacious; the superb architecture within the building was rather impressive. During our stay we received delicious ‘home cooked’ style meals paired with tempting deserts which didn’t make us feel too far from home.
We were scheduled to be in the classroom at a certain time each day in order to receive an introduction for what study we were undertaking on that specific day.
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.
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