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  • Last week students from the college site took part in the South of England Agricultural Society’s 21st Jim Green Challenge

    Read more at: https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/woodlands-meed-students-pipped-the-competition-at-jim-green-challenge-1-8858965

  • On Monday 18th March, Penny Gittins and Rob Alderman took a group of year 9 students to The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill to participate in the recent Albion in the Community Football Tournament. This is a very popular event, with no less than 17 teams entering this year’s competition with schools such as Saxon Mount, Grove Park, Manor Green, Cooksmere, St Mary’s, Down’s View, Lindfield and our very own Woodlands Meed College all being represented in what proved to be a very competitive tournament!

    Our boys got off to the perfect start with a convincing 4-1 win against Grove Park in their opening match; Harry T with the almost perfect hat trick, and Harry P supplying the finishing touch to a beautiful team move! We then faced much tougher opposition in Saxon Mount and Down’s View, albeit only losing by a respectable two goal margin in both these matches. We went on to play Manor Green, and despite the 0-0 score line, this was one of the best competitive footballing matches of the day with some great approach play, organised defending and last minute saves.

    Our boys narrowly missed out on a place in the quarter finals but there was still time for a ‘friendly’ between our School and College Site teams. As you may remember, at the last tournament The School Site were victorious as they claimed a 2-0 win. However, it was much closer today with The College Site earning the bragging on this occasion as they narrowly beat The School Site 1-0 in one of the shortest games of the day!

    The conduct of each and every one of our players is to be applauded! It was a pleasure to support them at this event and observe the fantastic team spirit and great sportsmanship throughout.

    Special mention must go to Harry P who received our Player of the Tournament Award! A fantastic achievement! Harry P received the individual accolade of Player of the Tournament for his team spirit, hard work, dangerous attacking play and his tracking back to help his team defensively ... well done Harry, you have had a great tournament!

    Another fantastic tournament; well done to everyone involved!

  • Woodlands Meed Super 1s Cricket Hub!

    Published on Monday 25th February 2019

    Woodlands Meed are very proud to announce the formation of The Woodlands Meed Super 1s Cricket Hub.  Super 1's is a community cricket club delivered by Sussex Cricket, funded by Lord's Taverners, which provides young people, aged 12-25, who have physical and/or learning disabilities with sporting opportunities.  As well as these competitive opportunities, members get access to regular physical activity and the participants are encouraged to make new friends and develop their independent life skills such as communication and leadership.

    The Burgess Hill Super 1's club is based at Woodlands Meed every Wednesday after school and forms part of a new West Sussex league where they will play matches against other Sussex-based Super 1’s clubs every 3-4 months.  At each club session, the coaches work with the participants to improve their cricket skills through a series of fun games.  Each session finishes off with a match to prepare the team for the next competition round. 

    Super 1’s is a national competition run by the Lord’s Taverners charity. More information can be found at this website - https://www.lordstaverners.org/super1s.  Woodlands Meed are very proud of the partnership that we have established with Sussex Cricket and look forward to all our joint ventures in the future!

  • Our Year 9 Sports’ Leaders have started their series of training sessions with students from Bhasvic College.  After the success of last year’s sessions, we were determined to continue with this setup.

    The format for these sessions consists of the Bhasvic students delivering some drills and activities that our students participate in.  These are then deconstructed and broken down into stages so that our students are able to deliver similar sessions to our younger students, whether it be during a playtime, as part of a PE lesson, running an Enrichment group or leading one of the activities at Primary Sports’ Day.

    Our students were put into two groups and completed two different warm up games; an old favourite ‘stuck in the Mud’ and the agility activity of Cups vs Mountains.  Our students did amazingly well, putting in great effort throughout that ensured they remained fully warm despite the cold weather!

    Once warmed up, our students spent twenty minutes on two different activities, and then swapped.  One activity focussed on developing a range of football skills but namely control, culminating in a small match at the end.

    The second activity concentrated on speed and coordination as students completed some simple obstacle courses.

    So far, the sessions have been thoroughly successful with students (and staff!) thoroughly enjoying the activities.  The Sports’ Leaders from Bhasvic are fantastic; they have already established a great rapport with our students, who are really enjoying this part of the week! 

    A special mention to The Friends of Woodlands Meed, who were pivotal is securing our Sports’ Leaders with their very own hoodies…They look amazing and our students really are wearing them with pride! 

    Another important thank you to BH Academy for loaning us their 3G surface for these sessions! 

  • On Wednesday 13th February, our Table Top Cricket squad travelled to The County Ground in Hove, home of Sussex Sharks, with a chance of progressing to the Lord's Taverners Regional Table Cricket Finals.

    In our first match, we played Hazel Court, scoring a massive 274 runs, which was no mean feat!  However, we showed how much progress our amazing cricketers have made in such a short space of time by eclipsing this is our match against Saxon Mount.  Despite beating our previous  run total, we narrowly lost out on a place in the final.  However, we had a truly fantastic day at The County Ground and the progress made by each and every one of our cricketers was astonishing!

  • We are very excited to announce a new project this term for some of our year 9s which incorporates two of our most popular subjects; art and sport!

    Neil and his lovely colleagues at Brighton Junior Golf have teamed up with a company called ‘GOSketch’ to provide our students with a 10 week programme.  Our students will work in two teams to design and create a character, persona and colour scheme which, once finalised, will be used to produce some chosen pieces of merchandise that the students will be allowed to keep!  These could include t-shirts, baseball caps and putting clubs, all complete with THEIR character and colour scheme...how exciting is that?! 

    Furthermore, during each session, the students will also receive some quality coaching from BJG in preparation for a morning at Pyecombe Golf Club, where they will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt on a REAL golf course!

    We will keep you updated on their progress and look forward to presenting our students’ final designs!

    #watchthisspace #getcreative #littleapprentices

  • We are very pleased that Key Stage 3 are now enjoying weekly sessions with Albion in  the Community.

    Due to the high demand, we have created two groups who access these sessions on alternating weeks, and are expertly coached by Kieran.

    Students have been working on progressing their dribbling, tackling, passing and shooting skills whilst also being encouraged to develop teamwork and sportsmanship.  We could not be happier that Key Stage 3 now have these regular sessions!

     

    Great Links Leads to Inspirational Assembly!

    Over the last year and a half, Woodlands Meed have worked very closely with Albion in the Community so that our students have been able to access many more sporting opportunities.  These include weekly training sessions across the whole school and inter sporting events such as football festivals and tournaments. 

     On Friday 18th January, Woodlands Meed were extremely lucky to receive an exciting and interesting presentation from AITC coach Kieran.  He shared memories and photos of growing up, of playing football and of how working for Albion in the Community has changed his life!

    The students (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed Kieran’s talk, and it is always fantastic meeting such an inspirational young man!

    Kieran did not come empty handed either!  With him, he brought all the medals for our amazing young people who participated in the fantastic football tournaments and festivals during the Autumn Term.   Over 30 of our young people represented Woodlands Meed in one of the following:

    · Year 9/10/11 football tournament

    · Year 6/7/8 Football tournament

    · Wheelchair Football Festival

    Well Done to all INVOLVED...We are SO proud of each and every one of you!

  • On Monday 12th November, 18 students from years 6, 7 and 8 participated in the annual football tournament at The Triangle in Burgess Hill.  Woodlands Meed entered two teams and competed against schools such as St Marys, Grove Park, Oak Grove and Muntham House.

    Woodslands Meed A had a tough draw in their group and lost their initial three games.  However, they demonstrated great team spirit and togetherness, supporting each other throughout theses challenging matches.  They were easily the most improved team in the entire tournament as they went on to win their next three games without conceding a single goal, which included a 1-0 win against Woodlands Meed B in literally the last 3 seconds!

    In the other group, Woodlands Meed B opened their group matches with a tough match against a strong St Mary’s, but losing by a very respectable 3-1 score line.  They went on to win two of their remaining four matches, scoring five and conceding none.

    It was fantastic to have a number of family members there to support our amazing young people during this sporting event.  It created a great atmosphere which I know our students benefitted greatly from.  Thank you!

    Woodlands Meed A

    Ethan: Fantastic team spirit; offering to go in goal when others were unsure and showing great skills between the sticks.

    Luke: Participating fully and demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout.

    Craig: Mr Versatile; played a number of different positions and demonstrated great energy .

    Lily: Fantastic energy and enthusiasm.  Great commitment and determined tackling!

    Fred: Good awareness of positioning upfront leading to two well taken goals.

    Daniel: Great debut; showed amazing positivity and a fantastic team spirit throughout.

    Harvey: Great  energy  from the first to the last minute; top goal scorer with some quite simply exquisite finishing!

    Aaron: Participated fully; demonstrating great patience and team spirit.  Scored some lovely goals!

    Alan: What a debut!  ‘Mr Positive!’.  Fantastic enthusiasm and encouragement throughout.  A real team player and our ‘Player of the Tournament for WM A’

    Woodlands Meed B

    Nathan: Amazing goalkeeping throughout and some truly world class saves!

    Alfie: “The Wall”: Fantastic tackling and great interceptions, even when heavily outnumbered!

    Emma: “The Engine Room”: Great enthusiasm, speed and energy.  Got her deserved goal in the final group game.

    Oscar: Powerful and strong when going forward, scored some excellent goals including a hat trick in game 2.

    Tom: Great speed and determination throughout, including some tough tackling against players much older than him.

    Harry M:  Fantastic energy and encouragement of his teammates throughout, some great controlled play.

    Skeff: Great debut; committed and participated fully!

    Toby: Grew enormously over the course of the tournament, great tactical knowledge and solid passing.

    Ben: A truly fantastic debut; showing great desire and commitment.  Tackling, passing, tactical understanding, great team spirit and our ‘Player of the Tournament for WM B’

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FANTASTIC FOOTBALLERS!

  • On Monday the 5th November, Owl’s Class represented Woodlands Meed at the annual Boccia and New Age Kurling event at The Triangle in Burgess Hill. 

    Last year, Woodlands Meed won Gold and Silver medals at the competitive event but today took on more of a festival feel with the emphasis being on integration, participation and having fun!  Using those three factors as a measure of success, we can wholeheartedly state that this was a great day with no fewer than seven students accessing an inter sporting event for the first time...what a great achievement! 

    Well done to everyone involved.

  • National Achievement for Newcomer Kim

    Published on Thursday 1st November 2018

    Woodlands Meed Catering Manager, Kim Nicholls was shortlisted from a national field to be just one of 3 nominees for the Newcomer Award at the recent Educatering Excellence Awards 2018 held in London at the Royal Garden Hotel on 9th October 2018.

    Kim, who is part of the West Sussex Catering Team, based at Woodlands Meed School, was delighted to be acknowledge for her work since starting at Woodlands Meed in 2017.  ‘I am thrilled with this achievement for myself and my team at Woodlands Meed.  Working at a special school is very rewarding and I love having the opportunity to produce fresh homemade delicious food that the children and staff enjoy.’

    Adam Rowland, Head teacher at Woodlands Meed added, ‘This is a well deserved recognition of Kim and her teams efforts for the fantastic lunches and catering service they provide for pupils and staff at Woodlands Meed.’

    The EDUcatering Excellence Awards are the only awards that recognise catering across the entire school sector, including local authority-run schools, contract caterers and self-managed sites, in state maintained schools, academies and independent schools.

    Following a fantastic set of entries and a difficult judging process, Kim was presented with a certificate to mark her achievement of being shortlisted to the final 3 nominees from the entire county.

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