Parents praise gifted education seminar
The first Mensa-Westwood Academy seminar for parents of gifted children proved a huge success.
The seminar, held at the Westwood Academy in Coventry, offered parents the chance to get advice and information about the challenge of bringing up a very bright child.
It was led by Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall, and attended by 19 parents from across the country.
A similar event for teachers will be held on Friday November 27, and the next seminar for parents will be on February 12 2016.
Booking will open soon, check back here for full details.
All of the parents at the seminar rated it very good or excellent, with many commenting that for the first time they did not feel isolated and alone in the challenges they were facing.
The Westwood Academy is Mensa's national hub school for the education of gifted and high attaining children. Lyn Kendall is a well-known and respected expert on the subject of gifted education with a unique insight on the issues - a Mensa member herself, she has also brought up her own gifted child and is a specialist gifted & talented teacher.
Lyn is regularly called upon by the media to comment on gifted education, and is well known to television audiences as a consultant on the Channel 4 programme Child Genius.
Some of the feedback comments from the first seminar:
"We are not alone in the challenges we face"
"Knowing I'm not the only one . . . "
"Reassuring that others have the same issues"
"Opened up a whole new world of ideas and possibilities"
"Eyes opened on the issues the teachers face"
"the day met my expectations and I enjoyed the day very much"
... Meeting other parents/professionals who knew what we're experiencing"
"Sometimes we feel alone and "different" amongst our parent peers"
"... Being "normal" again - whatever that is - rather than the 'marginalized' parent with the "challenging child"
Well done to our Key Stage 4 Girls Basketball Team who won the City Plate Finals for the second consecutive year, winning 30-0 in the finals!
After 3 brilliant sessions at Templars Primary School, Group 1 of our Basketball Activators finished their activities this week. The year 10 students involved have been a credit to the school and themselves, showing determination, team-work, enthusiasm and, in some cases, a voice they never realised they had! We are all extremely proud of them and look forward to working at Templars Primary School after half term with our second group of Activators.
Year 7 & 8 Hockey Match report
by Nathanial Brassington in Year 8
On a cold evening, the newly formed Westwood Hockey Team travelled to Caludon Castle to play in our 1st competitive fixture. As Caludon had enough for two teams (and Grace Academy decided not to show last minute) we agreed to play a few games, in order to give everyone from Caludon who had been committed enough to turn up a game.
1st game Westwood Academy Vs Caludon Castle mixed team
An Excellent victory for Westwood Academy beating Caludon Castle 2 – 0 although the game was quite tight to start with, both teams played well until Caludon scored an own goal, created by pressure from a Westwood attack. The Second goal for Westwood was a great team effort with Nathanial Brassington scoring the goal, Mr Teasdale thought we were nervous in our first game.
2nd game Westwood Academy Vs Caludon Castle mixed team
Westwood came out victors again in this game with a 5 – 0 win over Caludon Castle, goal scorers were Adam Wade (2), Fraser Jones (2) Nathanial Brassington (1). The team overall felt very confident going into this game as they won the last one, this game was very one sided, as you can tell by the score.
Our Keeper Melvin who had never been in goal before only conceded one goal which was also disallowed; on the other hand Caludon’s keeper was tested over and over again conceding a total of five goals.
3rd game Westwood Academy Vs Caludon Castle strongest team
We decided to offer Caludon a 3rd game as lots of them had turned up and we wanted to give ourselves a test against their strongest team.
This game was again unfortunately a bit one sided with Westwood running out comfortable 3-0 winners bu Caludon never gave up to their credit. We look forward to keeping this fixture alive for years to come.
Team - Melvin (gk) George S, Jack T, Arun A, Adam W, Nathanial B, Fraser J, Ethan O’H, Jake M.
Year 8 Rugby
The Year 8 team played their 1st tournament of the season at Broadstreet RFC.
Hosted by Caludon, the tournament also saw us pitted against Finham and President Kennedy in a round robin format.
Our 1st game was against President Kennedy and saw Westwood put in some good fast paced Rugby. Todd playing centre, made some good line breaks and was rewarded with 2 tries. Connor, Elijah and Traviss also scored to leave us 25-10 up at the finish.
Our second game saw us against lined up against old foes Caludon. A tight game saw Westwood take an early lead through some good phase play. Caludon rallied and put together some good offloads, also rucking well to release quick ball. They showed some creative Rugby that led to some nice tries well appreciated by Westwood.
20-10 to Caludon at the whistle.
Our 3rd game saw us play local rival Finham who started the stronger scoring 2 unanswered tries. Westwood were not going to finish on a low however and found another gear, Elijah brilliantly intercepted a Finham pass and another Westwood try saw us level at 10-10. Overall 3 great performances to build upon for the season.
Team: Elijah, Fraser, Todd, Junior, Traviss, Connor, Tate, Leo, Lee, Clive.
Westwood student awarded CSW Sports Participant Of The Year .
Abbie McDermott has been successfully awarded CSW Sports Participant Of The Year. This award was for outstanding contribution, never-give-up attitude and leadership on and off the court.
Mr Wright, Team Westwood's basketball coach said “I'm very proud of Abbie”.
Since she was given the girls team captaincy, Abbie has optimised what it takes to be a success at Westwood. We are all very proud of her."
Abbie could now go through to the national sports awards in London. Fingers crossed!
September 2016-Mensa & Westwood
As the National Hub School for Mensa we are showcased in an article in the Mensa’s magazine’s 70th Anniversary celebration issue, please click to read the article.
A programme of events for 2016 – 2017 will shortly be announced continuing the collaboration between Westwood and Mensa, building on our excellent work with Gifted children