Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Whitley Students Praised in Public Speaking Competition

Whitley Academy participated in an English Speaking Union competition on Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at Solihull School. The ESU is a national platform for public speaking for young people, and this was Whitley’s first time in the competition. 
Year 10 students Catherine Bellamy, Charlotte Gater and Daniel Gummadi competed against students from the host school, Solihull, Warwick School, and King Edward the Sixth School.
Speaking on the topic of “The Olympic Dream is Dead”, the students were praised by competition organisers for their competence, articulate speech and overall very thoughtful performance. Featured speaker Daniel based his speech on the Olympic motto of “Faster –Higher -Stronger” over time. 
Trip organiser Mrs. Minh Nguyen explained that:
“Even though we did not win, I was so very proud of how the students handled themselves in the face of such top-level competition … We at Whitley are excited to be involved in such a  prestigious event and have already begun preparing for the next one!”

The English Speaking Union

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Heat Has Arrived – African Day at Whitley Academy

Written by Eliana of 8A
On Friday 16th January, the Year 7 students of Whitley Academy experienced a whole day of lessons around the theme, 'Africa and African cultures'.
The activities ranged from African cultural quizzes, languages, dances, fashion, drama and sports. Many students were extremely excited throughout the day.
The following are some comments from the students:  
Lauren of 7D said: ‘We got to do different things that we normally wouldn’t do in a school day. It is really interesting!’
Abbie of 7D beamed with joy: ‘I was able to meet different teachers that I haven’t seen before. I know them much better now!’
Sean of 7B shared: ‘I enjoyed the African dance as it had a lot of drumming in the music’.

Watch our video here

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Celebration Evening for KS4 and KS5 Students

On Thursday 15/01/2015, Whitley Academy was extremely proud to hold its Celebration Evening for KS4 and KS5 students, in recognition of their hard work and achievements.
Students were awarded for achievements in curriculum areas, school council work, volunteering (both in school and the wider community) and contribution to school life. Our guest speaker was Mr. Bejay Mulenga, a young entrepreneur and businessman, who shared his personal achievements with us and reminded us how important it is to ‘be the best you can be’.
Year 10 award winners.
Year 11 award winners.
Year 12 award winners.
Year 13 award winners.
Post 16 award winners.
Mrs Allen was given an award from the pupils, staff and governors here at Whitley in recognition of being granted an OBE in the new year’s honours list. A huge thank you to everyone that made the night a true celebration of the fantastic achievements at Whitley Academy.