On the 10th October a group of year 8 girls were taken to “Penyguelen” cottage in Wales.
The trip was a overnight residential stay where the group did a range of activities aimed at improving confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. The group had to learn new skills in a series of exciting tasks such as crab fishing, sawing logs and cooking healthy meals for one another. All students loved the trip and commented on how much they enjoyed being part of a team.
The Travel and Tourism department recently took a number of Year 10 students to University College Birmingham for a Travel and Tourism careers taster day, as part of the Careers Education & Work Related Learning offered at Smith’s Wood Sports College.
This day involved giving students an insight into:
- The World of Travel & Tourism at a Higher Education Level including Degree courses
- Raising aspirations and dispelling myths or misconceptions about accessing Higher Education
- Identifying individual strengths for careers in the future.
- Obtaining information about the different types of jobs available in the Tourism industry
The trip was a huge success with many students have a clearer idea of the sort of careers they would like when leaving school. This is just one of the trips that we offer as part of our BTEC Travel and Tourism Level 2 course here at Smith’s Wood.
Smith’s Wood Sports College recently entered Young Writers’ Spine-Chillers mini saga competition.
We are delighted that a selection of our students have been successful and now have the opportunity to be published within a special anthology.
Spine-Chillers has proved popular with schools and the organisers received thousands of stories from all over the UK. Work has been selected for publication based on imagination, perception, expression and creative use of language. This is a great achievement for our students and we are very proud of them. The following students will have their stories published:
A copy of the book our students’ work appears in, Spine-Chillers-Alone in the dark, will be sent to the British Library and further libraries in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Year 9 and 10 (High Ability Learners ) at Smith’s Wood Sports College are preparing to take the UK Intermediate Challenge in February.
”The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.”
Ethan Young, Digital Media Analyst
Former Smith’s Wood Sports College student pursues media career
Written by Ethan Young
“At Smith’s Wood Sports College I studied A level Media Studies, Level 3 Diploma in Public Services and double I.C.T.
While studying these courses I was exceeding my expected progress level in all subjects. I initially chose Public Services as I wanted to join the Army, however, A level Media Studies really sparked my interest and became my most important subject although this did not knock my progress in any other subjects. I completed Public Services early with an extremely satisfied teacher! While completing my Media Studies, I came across many different challenges and hurdles to and met them with resilience and the determination to succeed. While studying at Smith’s Wood Sports College I was supported phenomenally through every path I took and every challenge I faced.
“The team were brilliant”
The team at Smith’s Wood were brilliant at resolving any problems and allowing me to really succeed through my chosen courses. They pushed me to do my best and due to this I have not only shown the many people around me what I can do, but I have also shown myself what I can achieve and this has really opened my eyes as to what I can now go for in life after Sixth Form. I now work as an apprentice for a K2 Business and CTC Kingshurst Academy. At these two companies I work closely with the Directors being in charge of Social Media and have overall responsibility for Web Development and Design. Also, with K2 Business I am in charge of the marketing side of the company. This includes me adding new courses that the company offer on to the website and social media and I also advertise these and therefore sell the courses for the company.
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On Tuesday 12th July Year 8 students had the chance to talk to a number of employers about the jobs they do. Attendees included: Solihull SOLO, WM Housing Group, Solihull College, Ex Students Alex Drinkwater who is a Chef & RAF Officer Jodi, Solihull Community Housing and the Police. Students had a great day.
One student from Bay house stated ‘I would like the chance to do volunteering work in the future, it seems like a really worthwhile opportunity’
Over the past 2 weeks, our new Year 7 cohort have experienced three great events.
On Wednesday 6th July, over 230 incoming pupils experienced one day at Smith’s Wood Sports College. Pupils left excited for the new start in September following some enjoyable lessons delivered by teaching staff and support staff.
On Tuesday 12th July, over 50 pupils were presented with a certificate by Mrs Miller for their outstanding efforts on the Smooth Transition Programme run by Gareth Cushion. Pupils built confidence, self-esteem and respect for one another as a result of this unique opportunity where they explored the Lickey Hills and Creation Climbing Centre.
On Thursday 14th July, we hosted parents/carers as well as pupils for the New Intake Evening. This year we welcomed more pupils, parents and carers than ever before. Pupils were introduced to their form tutors and tutor group and parents/carers met the principals Mrs Miller and Mrs Craig. Many left with nothing but positive words to say about the evening.
Thank you to all who attended these events and we look forward to working closely with you over the next 5 years.