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 set for 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 are set to run the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

History teacher Mr Talbot and IT teacher Mr Jones are set to embark on the gruelling 26 mile challenge this weekend.

Mr Talbot has already raised £270 for Marie Curie. Mr Jones and his wife are running 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 are relishing the challenge, and have been training hard.

Mr Jones says: “To say we are nervous is an understatement. 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 the thought of covering 26.2 miles in one go is really daunting.”

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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.

Young Enterprise Success

image5On Saturday 14th March 2 groups of year 10 students attended a trade fair at Touchwood Shopping Centre as part of the Young Enterprise programme.

6 students were part of the company Simply Boutique and another 7 were part of the company Phoenix. Both teams had been manufacturing their products of candles and frames prior to the event for several weeks. Other schools from Solihull and Birmingham took part in the trade fair and competed to sell their products to customers. Both teams were extremely successful and sold all of their stock by the closing time at 4pm. The teams now continue to produce products and are in the process of creating business plans to be judged at the Young Enterprise competition.

Smith’s Wood Goes Hollywood

2015 InvitationReport by James Williams

A-Level Media Students showcased their end-of-year portfolios in front of an audience over one hundred strong as the college celebrated a successful night for its Media and English department.

The Premiere was solely dedicated to the successful work produced by the college’s higher educational students – with the objective to demonstrate how extremely hard they have all worked throughout the year – and to offer them an opportunity to present what has been produced by them as budding actors, actresses, producers and directors.

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Year 7 Competition Winners

Picture1In January, the travel company Everywhere Travel launched a competition amongst our year 7s  to write about their dream holiday.  The winning entries were then shortlisted, and from the 6 shortlisted entries 2 were picked as finalists.  The finalists were Rachel and Kirsty , and their entries will be live on the Everywhere travel website soon.

Make sure you go online to http://everywheretravel.co.uk/competition.aspx, read them
carefully, and vote for your favourite articles.