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Army Success for Year 10 Girls

armyA massive ‘well done’ to 4 of our Year 10 girls who participated in a ‘girls only’ Army Work Experience Camp in Swynnerton, Staffordshire.

The girls had a great experience, it was also very hard for them at times during the week.  The girls overcame some massive hurdles and were smiling when we collected them!

Tiffany Passco was awarded the medal for ‘Edneavour’ out of 50 girls for her resilience, attitude & never giving up.Hollie Chamberlain was presented with a medal for being part of ‘Section 1’ who were the best overall company section for the week.

The girls carried out a parade which was a real delight to watch.

Great Bake Off!


On the 4th November the following students took part in a national cake competition.

Laura Lea Jenkins achieved a Bronze award and the following students all Achieved Certificate of Merit:



  • Marcelina Rybicka
  • Tiffany Passco
  • George Woods
  • Aailyah Cox
  • Lucy Male
  • Oliver Lynam
  • Charlotte Dove Heaven
  • Daisy Rigby

Well done to them all.

Go 4 Set Engineering Project

On Thursday 10th November 12 Smith’s Wood students went to the RAF in Cosford for an Stem/Engineering Project. The project is the start of a 10 week Project in which they will work with Engineers from external companies on a specific project. Then on the 28th Feb they will return to Cosford to do a presentation and Q and A, in which they will be completing against another 10 teams.

Team 1: Working with Mick Curran , Senior Technology Engineer at Carillon Roads Technology Project: Eco Hotel

Team 2: Working with Ellen Powell and Rachel Moore Deputy Watch Mangers, Air Traffic Birmingham Airport Project : Our School is an Island

Keep an eye out for our engineers of the future!


Smith’s Wood Students Achieve Bronze and Level 1 Arts Awards

dscf11671Several of our students have recently worked hard to achieve their bronze arts awards and for 4 studious pupils, their level 1 award in the arts.

The students worked with UNITY and had to research artists, genres and review music performances, with our level 1 students also learning how to teach fellow pupils how to play an instrument.

The award comes from the prestigious music institute, Trinity in London. This is a fantastic achievement for our students, and we look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength in their performing arts education here at Smiths Wood Sports College!

Social Media and Sexting Parent Workshop – Tuesday 15th November

On the 15th of November Smith’s Wood Sport College will be holding a parent workshop aimed at building closer relationships between the college and parents.

The workshop will be from 4pm-5pm in our Staff Room. The objective of the workshop will be to provide parents and carers with information about how to ensure their child is safe online. We look forward to seeing you there! If anyone would like anymore information about the event, please speak with Mr Roberts.

‘My Home Town’ Competition

erAs part of developing cultural awareness in school, the Erasmus+ team held a competition to see who could produce the best photo of a local bus stop, alongside a poem or story as part of their creative writing pieces in English.

The winners of the competition received some LovetoShop vouchers as well as having their work displayed in one of our partner schools in Yalove Lisesi, Turkey.

Experiment at Science Club

science-clubScience club takes place every Wednesday in S8 from 3.10pm to 4.00pm for Key Stage 3 pupils. Pupils should get a letter from Mrs Parry, their science teacher or the sciences hub which needs to be signed by a parent/guardian.

Art Therapy, Yoga and Crime Awareness Workshops Guide Pupils in Wellbeing

slide1The Smith’s Wood Sports College Wellbeing Day featured ten workshops to educate pupils on key issues relating to personal wellbeing.

Gangologist Expert, Raymond Douglas, delivered a session around gangs and serious Youth violence. A healthy relationships workshop explored some of the choices and decisions young people make when making relationships choices.

A ‘choices’ workshop discussed young peoples’ decision making process and the choices they are faced within the present, which will ultimately impact their future.

A dramatic and hard hitting knife crime awareness workshop rasied awareness of the dangers of knife crime, weapon carrying, joint enterprise, the law and staying safe will also feature.

The Riverside Theatre Production Company presented a modern day version of Lewis Carol’s “A Christmas Carol”, a show which raises issues about identity and self-worth and the Loudmouth Theatre Group delivered a presentation raising awareness and issues of becoming Homeless.

Other workshop included yoga and art therapy which encouraged pupils to take time to relax and how to apply relaxation techniques during examination periods.

Event co-ordinator Phillipa Brookes says: “The Wellbeing day is integral to the College Development Plan and implements a strategic approach to supporting key groups of ‘at risk’ students. The Wellbeing day is tailored to deliver the presenting needs and individual stage of education.”

Year 8 Visit to Wales

dscf1395On the 17th October a group of year 8 boys were taken to the Penguelen cottage in Wales.

The boys did a range of different activities that were identified to improve resilience, teamwork and confidence.  The boys loved the outdoor aspect of the trip and expressed a real interest in doing similar activities.

Please visit the OAA gallery for more pictures.

Young Chef Impresses in Food Competition

picture1Year 10 pupil Caitlin Wiffren took part in the finals of the Green to Gourmet Culinary Challenge, held at The Harbourne Food School.

The event is organised by Chef Luke Tipping Chef Director of Simpsons restaurant in conjunction with Busy Bees Nursery.

Caitlin our star chef was placed runner up in the finals and we are so proud of her. Well done Caitlin!