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1066 brought to life in France trip

Collage 2017-05-22 10_30_4835 students are took part in a trip to Normandy and Disneyland Paris in a trip which had many new learning opportunities.

The historical context from the Norman conquest in 1066 was brought to life by the Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux, The American memorial and cemetery at Omaha Beach which commemorates the loss of American life during the D-day landings in 1944 and visiting Mulberry Harbour were the skeletal infrastructure of this key location is sill visible in the English channel.

This was followed by a day in Disneyland Paris, where the students had the chance to explore and enjoy the famous attractions.

GB Star to work with Smith’s Wood pupils

On Wednesday 5th April at Smith’s Wood Academy, a number of our sports performers and sports leaders attended a talk/workshop by England Women’s Rugby player and GB Bobsleigh athlete Heather Fisher.

Heather is a World Cup winner and Olympian and worked with the students to help them on their road to greatness (as a person; as a sportsperson). It was a fantastic talk and workshop; the students thoroughly enjoyed learning how Heather had reached her goals and they are more determined, now, to reach their own goals.

Pupils take to the slopes

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Smith’s Wood Sports College pupils are enjoying a skiing trip to France. Yesterday, they skied from the top of the mountain after three days of skiing.

For the love of Reading

Why spend time scrolling through a selection of memes on your phone, or being outraged at Kim Kardashian’s latest antics, when instead you could be immersed in a book?  The fact is simple: the more you read, the more words you are exposed to; the bigger your vocabulary gets and the better grades you will receive. It is that simple!

To celebrate World Book Day (and the joy of reading), the English teachers have pulled out costumes of their favourite literary characters: Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka to name just a few! Engaging, inspiring and entertaining! Hopefully, the afflatus (please look this word up in a dictionary!) would keep that love of books going until the next WBD, when more departments would join in the fun of book celebration (and dressing up!)

This academic year, our students took part in a number of national competitions organised by Oxford University Press  (Luke Sheldon), Young Writers (Emily Walsh, Nianda Thomas-Robotham) , Bust-a-Rhyme  and Chris Evans’s 500 words; in fact,  Miss Hassall  entered  all of the students from 7f2, 7f4 and 8f3 into the latter competition.

To crown our revelries, at the end of March there will be a new publication of poetry, featuring the creative work of Jorja Lloyd, Onyienyechi Odogwu, Hannah Blakeman, Luke Sheldon, Nianda Thomas- Robotham, Joshua Taylor and Hannah Blackman.

This is a  wonderful celebration  of SWSC talented and enthusiastic cohort of students, that reach for the  stars,  embrace  the challenges and truly demonstrate the values and ethos of the college.

 

Upwards and onwards!

College donates computer equipment to support schools in Africa

Smith’s Wood Sports College has donated 26 computers and 30 laptops to support the work of the IT Schools Africa program.

The donations mean students in Africa will have the opportunity to gain an education in IT.

Since 2004, ‘IT Schools Africa’ has sent over 50,000 computers, trained more than 750 teachers in IT, equipped 1,500 schools with computers and given access to IT to millions of children.

IT Schools Africa’s unique approach aims to transform lives both in the UK and Africa. In the UK we help adults and students develop skills and build confidence through our volunteer programmes.

The organisation reuses equipment and aims to give the computers at least another 5-6 years of life. When the computers do eventually come to the end of their life, partner charities in each country encourage the schools to send the equipment back, so they in turn can send it to a recycling facility in South Africa.

Smith’s Wood Sports College is delighted to support this program as it seeks to inspire and encourage pupils.

National Careers Week

Smith’s Wood Sports College will be promoting National Careers Week with a series of events being held everyday this week.

* Year 7 – ‘Raising Aspirations’ workshops run by Cambridge University

* Year 8 – Birmingham City University – ‘The importance of GCSE’s’

* Year 9 – ‘Getting To Know Yourself’ workshops with Barclays Life Skills

* Year 10 –  CV workshops with Barclays Life Skills

* Year 11 – Apprenticeship seeker workshops with ‘Get in Go far’

All year groups will take part in a Science and Technology workshop presented by ‘The Medic Man’

If you would like any more information email odonnell.a@smiths-wood.com

A Cut Above the Rest

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Budding stylist Adam

SMITH’S WOOD STARS: ADAM WINWOOD

By James Williams

Hair dressing and styling in the new millennium brought back many blasts from the past including many short and long styles for both men and women. Under modern education requirements, wannabe stylists now have to climb education ladder – attending College and University – in order to be considered for a professional career on the outside world. Adam Winwood, a year-nine pupil representing Elm House, however, has already begun his journey on becoming one of the region’s brightest young stylists at the age of 14.

After styling his cousin’s hair over three years ago, Adam, who is the youngest of three brothers, admitted that it instigated a spark which set his aspirations alight. At the age of 11, Adam was already reaping the praise from his mum and dad and studied various techniques and styles from professional stylists across the world to develop his qualities.

“One day I was playing with my cousin’s hair and I really enjoyed it. My mum said I was really good at it so that’s where it started.”

Now, having three years of experience under his belt, Adam revealed that his Instagram account (@hair.by.adam), which promotes his work, has a staggering 15.3 thousand followers!

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