Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Lord Coe visits Whitley

Whitley Academy Student Reporters' at Perryfields Primary School Birmingham to interview Lord Sebastian Coe on Wednesday 16 Nov 2011

Monday 14/11: We were offered the opportunity to interview Lord Coe by BBC School Report HQ in London

Tuesday 15/11: it’s the only day we had to prepare for this very exciting opportunity.

Lord Coe is the Chair of the London 2012 Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG). He is also known as Seb Coe. He is a former Olympic athlete and politician. He won 4 Olympics medals and was one of the two fastest runners in the world back in the 1980s.

Reported by Chloe Spencer 7D, Jamie Clark 8A and Britany Reynolds 8B

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Stephen Jones Visits Whitley Academy

Britain’s biggest name in hat design, Milliner Stephen Jones RDI, spent a second day at Whitley Academy on November 3rd 2011, delivering an inspirational talk and workshop to our group of sixth form art & design students.

Stephen – who has designed hats for the likes of Princess Diana, Beyonce Knowles and Gwen Stefani – is one of the celebrated RSA ‘Royal Designers for Industry’ (RDI). He has been committing his time to working with the Whitley Academy students as part of the RDI ‘75 Days’ initiative, where RDIs collectively share 75 days of their expertise with the RSA. 

The brief Stephen Jones set for our students was to design a hat that represented each student’s character and interests. This was an exercise in building self-confidence and self-esteem as well as developing design skills, and it was a huge success. A competitive edge has now been set as Stephen returns to Whitley Academy on 30th November to help them complete their work, and he will judge the finished designs at a catwalk event to be held in the school hall.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Sainsbury's Chief Executive visits Whitley 2011

On Tuesday 24th May 2011, Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King took time away from the business world to speak to pupils at Whitley Academy .

He was director of foods for Marks and Spencer and held senior posts at Asda before joining Sainsbury’s in 2004.

Mr King was invited to the school in Abbey Road, Whitley, in the hope what he had to say to the 15 to 18-year-olds about his career so far would inspire the young people to fulfill their potential.

Speaking before the event, he said: “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and hope I can provide a little inspiration for the career choices they will be making, perhaps even within the retail industry.”

His motivational talk was arranged through the school’s connection with the national charity Speakers for Schools, which aims to bring motivational and authoritative speakers and leaders in their fields to state secondary schools and colleges.

It was a very enjoyable day for all involved and we thank Mr King for his time to come in and speak to us.

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