Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Whitley pupils take to the slopes in Austria

On Friday 17th February, a large coach carrying pupils from Whitley Academy embarked on a long journey to Gmund, Austria, for a week long skiing trip. 

Members of the Whitley Academy P.E teaching staff took 26 pupils of all ages and abilities on the trip, with the aim of learning about, or improving their skiing, and gaining an understanding of a different culture. 

The ski resort was perfect for our students, with some good blue runs for the beginners, and some difficult red and black runs for our intermediates. In addition, the skiing instructors gave great instructions for how to improve the pupils' skiing techniques.

There was plenty of snow, however on Thursday it was close to 15 degrees on the lower slopes, so some what slushy by the end of the day. 

Students also got to try curling at night time, and did a town trail of Gmund. Gmund itself was a very picturesque town, with some beautiful buildings and architecture. It was also very safe. 

Overall pupils had a great time on and off the slopes, and we hope to arrange our next ski trip for 2019, possibly to America!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Lights, Camera, Connect - From Whitley Academy to Kumamoto, Japan

Written by Tania Coke - RSA Fellowship

In April 2016, Kumamoto prefecture, in southern Japan, was shaken by a huge earthquake which destroyed hundreds of houses and displaced thousands of people, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation 7 months on. 

It was in the wake of this disaster that the British Embassy in Tokyo and RSA Japan Fellows’ Network teamed up to run workshops with 300 high school students in the areas that had been worst affected. 

Within moments, the RSA networking machine was in action and it wasn’t long before I was skyping with Minh Nguyen, a fabulously energetic teacher at Whitley Academy in Coventry.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Year 11 students participate in science master class

On Friday 10th February, thirty Year 11 students participated in a science master class all day, to prepare for GCSEs in the summer.

Students enjoyed engaging with physics practicals, looking at Hooke's law, terminal velocity, energy transfer, and circuits. They then developed revision materials for chemistry, focusing on electrolysis, bonding and chemical reactions. 

This was followed by a walking talking mock. The students worked extremely hard and we hope they take the opportunity to use the resources at home to revise.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Year 10 pupils raise £320 for Coventry charity

Many thanks to Janet McConkey of the Coventry Children’s Boot Fund, who came into the Academy today (8th February 2017) to receive a cheque for £320 from our Year 10 pupils.

Janet (pictured here with Bill of 10MPU) said she was ‘thrilled’ that the Year 10 group had made such efforts in their endeavours before Christmas to raise money for the fund. 

The students held a raffle, tombola, washed cars and sold cakes to raise funds for an extremely worthwhile cause. Ms McConkey told the pupils that the Boot Fund had been in existence for 125 years, and that the average support for a family is £35 towards school shoes, so the Year 10s will have provided at least 9 children with essential footwear and relieved the financial pressure for those families.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Whitley debating team speaks at Rotary Youth Speaks final

Written by Holly (Year 7) and Ciaran (Year 8) student reporters

On Friday 27th January, a debating team from Whitley Academy  took part in the Rotary Youth Speaks Coventry Intermediate Final, a debating contest for pupils across Coventry.

On the evening of the debate (hosted at Bablake School), four Whitley Academy students prepared to wow the crowd. These student speakers were: Ciaran, Jason, Destiny and Sam. Jason and I (Holly) had another special mission to accomplish: writing the blog about the event.

5:45pm - 

We were greeted by a wet walk in the rain and some issues regarding where exactly the event was on the Bablake site. Eventually we found a very helpful student who helped us locate the theatre.

6:25pm - 

We were ushered into the Bablake theatre where the event was being held and told the rules. The three judges introduced themselves including Ms Davidson, Mrs C. Bond, and Mrs Ryan.

President Kennedy began the night off with the most heart-breaking topic of animals in sports, and the topic circulated around human pleasure at the expense of animal pain. The chairperson, Miriam, engaged us with her captivating introduction. It was a very strong team and they used all of their charm to get the audience’s attention to the topic. The speakers did it very well.

Next up it was Whitley Academy; our school! 

 We did extremely well. At the start we were unsure of the proceedings of the debate. Then the whole team quickly grasped the gist of their roles. Ciaran (our speaker) did us proud with his wonderful speech on the topic “The Silent Witnesses”. Sam was very articulate in his role as the chair person. Destiny – as the Proposer of the Vote of Thanks – interacted with the audience by asking them questions based on the stories Ciaran told the audience. It was not an easy topic to talk about. Everyone in the audience listened and gave Destiny very thoughtful answers. We, Holly and Jason, sat and watched waiting to write the blog.

Third up was Heart of England who had the subject of 'fantastic books' and why to read them. Zeeshan did a factual speech and even gave advice about reading to children and adults alike, in the audience.

Then Bishop Ullathorne put to the viewers a more sinister speech, “This House Would Arm The Police”. Joseph was the speaker who arrested our attention with a speech on why the police officers in Great Britain should be armed.

When Coundon Court hit the stage, eyes were fixed on them due to the fact that their speaker Hayarah was going to delve into the world of human rights. What a clever idea! Their topic was very current.

The sixth group to attack the audience with facts and opinions was the hosts, Bablake! Speaker Bhavan took us through a vast subject; “The Problem With Evil”; sadly, her team substantially ran out of time.

Penultimate to the last speech was Barr’s Hill with “America; Powerful Or Not?” The speaker Kajaanan was funny and informative, talking to us about soft power, hard power, cheeseburgers and the one; the only Donald Trump.

Finally Seva school wanted to share with us their thoughts on video games. Birjot ,the speaker, reviewed his personal opinions on games, as "violent and corruptive".

So all in all, not a bad day. We didn’t win but it is the taking part and having fun that counts. Fresh minds and a new experience under our belts, we left Bablake knowing that we had tried our hardest and that our clothes were very, very wet.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Coventry for giving us such a great platform to raise our voices on the topics of our concerns and interest.