Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Whitley's Summer Festival is a Scorcher

Whitley Academy held it's annual Summer Festival on 19th July 2016, on what was to be the hottest day of the year so far. As temperatures reached 35 degrees, pupils and visitors navigated an inflatable obstacle course, rolled around a Zorb Ball track, and watched a staged emergency rescue from the West Midlands Fire Service. 

More volunteers than usual queued up for 'Ye Old Stocks' (a firm favourite at the festival), in an effort to try and stay cool, and Whitley's ice-cream van proved very popular.

Whitley Academy managed to raise £1393 from the event which will go towards pupils provisions in September.

We hope everyone enjoyed the day and managed to cool down at home!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Whitley Academy Sports Day 2016

Whitley Academy Sports Day was once again a success this year despite the indifferent weather. All students from Year 7, 8 and 9 watched and took part in lots of different events that were taking place. The format included a rounders tournament and tug of war competition along with the traditional track and field events. The students were outstanding during the competition and gave their all to win and take part in the events. There was some excellent cheering and dancing on the bank and a good time was had by all. Well done to all those students who took part and a big thank you to all the Year 10 Student Leaders.

The winning teams were:

7 ERe + JWi
8 JHo + JAb
9 MPu + JHe 

The following records were also broken:

  • Sam Rodber Year 7 – 100m in 14.36secs
  • Kieran Smith Year 7 – long jump - 3.35m
  • Katie McMahon Year 7 – Shot Putt – 7.50m
  • Taia Griffiths Year 8 – Long Jump – 3.90m
  • Year 7 Boys Relay – SAh+RBi – 59.43secs 
  • Year 8 Boys Relay –CMa+KSt– 57.89secs 
  • Year 8 girls Relay –JHo+JAb – 63.18secs

Friday, 15 July 2016

Year 11 Leavers' Prom

The Whitley Academy Year 11 Leavers' Prom was held last week.

Everyone here is proud of the Year Group for the fantastic efforts the pupils put into their exams, and we wish you all the grades you hoped for in the summer. 

View pictures.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Year 6 Induction Day - Coming Home

Written by Joe Lea – Year 9 Student Reporter

On Wednesday 5th July, 170 students from a range of different primary schools came to Whitley Academy for a transition day, so they could settle in to their new school. It was an exciting day for students and staff.

The morning…

At the start of the day the (new) Year 7s gathered around signs on the wall, telling the students what class they are in. They were all very excitable but obviously nervous.

After 20 minutes of making sure that everyone is in the right class, the students are led by their new tutors into our auditorium where, Mr. Rex (our Principal) talks to them about the Whitley Academy school community as well as the school motto ‘Be the best you can be’. He then finishes his talk by sharing his first impression about the new Year 7, and the significant importance of the new Year 7’s roles in school life.

Mr. Steinhaus (our Vice Principal & Year 7 SLG Link) then talks to the students about how Whitley is their home, and will be for the next 5 - 7 years. This helps to put the students at ease. He also tells them about something the American rock band Kiss said before every gig. I reckon many of us in the audience (including myself)  probably wouldn’t know who Kiss were! 

For your information the quote is: “You want the best, you got the best!”

After the talks, all the students leave the hall and the day officially begins!

First of all the teachers do some ice-breaking activities with the students. An example of this is a character profile where students talk about themselves so that they can play a ‘Guess who?’ game later in the day.

Afterwards the students go on a treasure hunt with their teachers, around the school to places like Reception, The Base and Post 16. The ‘treasure hunt’ gives the teachers an opportunity to tell the students the various rules of the school and where they should and shouldn’t be.

Then students return to their classrooms for a brief time before heading to the Sports Hall for their break time (which would usually be spent in the quad).

The students head back to their classrooms for the second part of the day. They do the ‘egg-drop challenge’, where students have to build a container for an egg that will be dropped from approximately 3 metres high. Most of the drops are successful with the eggs landing on the newspaper and surviving or cracking, but still landing on the newspaper. However I am sure you know when dealing with fresh eggs, ‘accidents’ do happen unexpectedly!

After cleaning any egg residue, the students go to the canteen for their early lunch. In the canteen the students have an opportunity to chat to their mates as well as getting some fresh air before going back to the Sports Hall to take part in activities in the afternoon.

The afternoon ends with some more very funny activities including designing bunting based around the students themselves. Students write their names and ages as well as drawing a picture of themselves. They also write about their favourite subjects, sports and animals.

The day ends with some reminder from Mr Steinhaus about the evening time with their parents back in the Auditorium.

The evening….

The students return, this time with their parents and carers. Mr. Rex and Mr. Steinhaus talk to the parents about similar topics to the Year 7s that morning. Afterwards, it is time for parents’ meeting with the Year 7 tutors, while the Year 7s stay in the hall for a quiz.

One of the rounds is ‘2 lies 1 truth’. It allows us to find out many interesting things about the Academy staff. For example did you know that Mr. Rex is related to King George III? ….

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Whitley's Got the Blues!

Written By Duncan Van Den Top and Ciaran Wyllie

“All’s black now, but you’re in a better place.
When I walk down the street, I can still see your face.”
(Lyrics from a song written by some students)

Friday July 1st - A day with a difference.

A group of musically minded students from Whitley Academy got the chance to learn some songs and techniques from professional musicians last week, as visitors from the Upton Blues Music Festival dropped in.

It seemed like a great experience and real good fun. For your information, this is the second time the Upton Blues Festival has been involved in music projects with the RSA Schools.

Nearly 30 students across Years 7, 8 and 9 started the day attending different workshops to practice their musical skills. There were three different workshops working on three different themes; happiness, sadness and reflection.

Then the entire team agreed on the lyrics and the tunes so that they could practice them after lunch break.


Everyone had the normal lunch break and rested their vocal cords and hands.

After lunch, the student performers continued practicing and polishing the final performance. It was interesting to see the students from different year groups collaborate with each other.  Two students swapped their roles within the group; it was very fascinating to see another student agree to jump in at the last minute and her teammates supported her to play the musical instrument smoothly. This was a great example to show team building skills.

Melissa and Gemma – the Year 7 trumpeters - went outside the Auditorium to practice. A teacher who happened to walk by was surprised with the sound, as she assumed the sound came from out of the lavatory!

The performance was astounding after less than a day’s worth of preparation and practice. It seemed that Mr Steinhaus, the Vice Principal of Whitley Academy, enjoyed himself with a bit of singing. You’d be surprised how good his voice is.

After the fun day of singing and playing, we interviewed some of the performers. One of them was Olly - our fellow Student Reporter. He told us he enjoyed himself and wished he could do it again.

We also interviewed his sister – Eleana of Year 9. She said: “It was nice having a day where we can be taught by the professionals. It was very much appreciated as quite a number of us are very much into music and we do not have a full Music Department in the school yet.”

Student Reporters - Duncan and Ciaran

Young Persons Awards for Design, Innovation and Technology Projects 2016

‘Young Persons Awards from Coventry Schools for Design, Innovation and Technology Projects’ 2016, as organised by the Rotary clubs of Coventry and supported by local charity’s and businesses.

We entered 9 Whitley Academy catering students in to the exhibition at the WMG Academy and the awards were held at Warwick University on June 22nd 2016. They were up against all the other Coventry schools with the exception of Woodlands and Grace academy.

As a group they all collected a certificate in recognition of their hard work. Further to this Sophia Saxon won the individual ‘Rotary Club Award for Quality’.

This is a great achievement for all our students involved!

Students entered:

Courtney Farrell
Kundai Simba
Chay Kimberley
Sophia Saxon
Thomas Burnett
Ciera Gallacher
Akira Bailey
Maddison Davies
Eleanor Buck

Monday, 4 July 2016

Art Students Showcase Their Talent

Whitley Academy Student Art Exhibition

On Thursday 30th June, Whitley Academy held a Student Art Exhibition to showcase the fantastic artwork students produce as part of their Art coursework. The students really enjoyed the feedback that was given, and we'd like to thank those that visited the exhibition.