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‘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!

Pixel Patience!

dscf5007Year 8 pupils can be seen here completing a MegaPixel in conjunction with the Manchester Science Festival during which these pixels will be used to build a ”gigantic pixel image display by colouring individual pixels using red, green and blue pens.

This will model the way computer LCD screens use red, green and blue light to display photographs and images, but on a much larger scale!

Manchester Science Festival will take place from 20-30th October , the pixel itself will be constructed from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th with each Pixel been hand coloured by a volunteer .

Penguelen Cottage Trip



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.

UCB Visit

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.

Young Writers Success

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:

Aidan White

Jorja Lloyd

Matthew Goymer-Jones

Nianda Thomas-Robotham

Romay Francis

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.

Maths Challenge

presentation1Year 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.”