West Coventry Sixth Form had a great evening at the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge at Warwick University. The team should be very proud of their 7th out of 17 position - our best ever performance, and a really good against the likes of Warwick School and Bablake. The team was made up of James Cook (Captain) and Nyle Patel from Y13, along with Leah Normoyle and Keziah Fitzpatrick from Y12. Congratulations to our mathematicians!
Coventry Observer Sept 24th 2015
YOUNG rugby fans from all over the world have celebrated success at a major international tag rugby youth festival in the city.
The inaugural Jaguar Land Rover International Tag Rugby Youth Festival brought schoolchildren from Paris, New York, Kampala, Brazil and Coventry together to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 and promote the core values of the game.
The children, aged between 13 and 15, took part in an action-packed week of rugby-themed activities, which concluded with Team Paris emerging victorious at a tag rugby 7s tournament held at the Ricoh Arena.
The international teams were partnered with four schools in the city – Caludon Castle, Coundon Court, Stoke Park and Westwood Academy.
They took part in expert coaching sessions with local rugby clubs at Barker Butts, Pinley, Earlsdon and Old Coventrians and watched live sport in the city including Wasps v Samoa, Coventry Bears v London Skolars and the Coventry Blaze ice hockey team.
Other highlights included a visit to Rugby town centre, the birthplace of the game, where the children were able to explore Rugby School, Rugby Art Gallery, the Webb Ellis Museum and its world famous statue.
A sporting values conference was also held in partnership with the British Council which explored the relationship between the five core values of teamwork, respect, integrity, enjoyment and discipline.
The festival was organised by the Engage! programme, an educational rugby initiative that uses the core values of the game to help develop healthy, well-rounded, confident young people.
Tom Clift, programme manager of Engage!, said: “It has been an incredible week that has surpassed all our expectations. We have delivered a packed programme and we couldn’t have asked for better engagement from the Coventry schools, local clubs and our international teams. All of the schoolchildren have loved taking part in the activities.
“Not only have they had the opportunity to learn the great game of tag rugby alongside professional players and coaches, they have also seen it in action out on the field and learnt about its history and values.
“It is the first time anything like this has ever taken place in Coventry and it really showcases our commitment to establishing a rugby legacy in the city and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be involved in the game.
“The tag rugby 7s tournament was the big finale and all of the teams showcased fantastic skills, teamwork and determination. But, perhaps more importantly, they also embodied the core values of the game that they had been learning about throughout the week.
“I am confident that this event is only the start of lifelong international friendships between the participants. The festival has brought the different communities together and our aim will now be to host similar events at home or abroad in the coming years.”
The International Tag Rugby Youth Festival was supported by EnV (Coventry) a community interest company that provides support for quality events, training and volunteers in the community, by the community, for the community. www.env.uk.com
For further information about Engage! and to keep up-to-date follow @EngageCoventry on Twitter.
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!
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"
Congratulations to both our year seven and year eight teams who competed in the National Kids Lit Quiz on Monday 16th November. Both teams were excellent and even managed to pick up some spot prizes along the way. They have been working hard on a Thursday lunchtime in the English department, brushing up on their knowledge of books and discussing their favourites, why not come along and join them?
A Coventry school has become the new national hub for gifted and talented education.
The Westwood Academy has joined forces with IQ society British MENSA to deliver a programme of workshops for parents and teachers throughout 2015 and into 2016, with the aim of raising the profile of gifted and talented students.
The programme will be conducted by psychologist and star of Channel 4’s Child Genius Lyn Kendall, and the first session took place at the school on October 2.
Nationally there is a cost to the sessions, however Westwood have been able to offer some places on the pioneering programme free of charge to Coventry parents and teachers of gifted and talented children.
Headteacher Jane Benton, said: “We anticipate a significant interest in this series of workshops and they are just the first of a diverse and sustained collaboration between The Westwood Academy and British MENSA. Westwood Academy is renowned for its approach to personalised learning and its success with the achievement of high attaining and gifted children.”
CoventryTelegraph Nov. 24 2015