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  • 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.

  • Woodlands Meed are proud to announce that we have achieved The Gold School Games Mark Award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2017/18.  This is a fantastic achievement and shows we have continued to develop our sporting opportunities for ALL our young people by building on our silver award in 2016/17.  A fantastic effort by everyone at Woodlands Meed and we look forward to even more sporting opportunities this year!

  • Woodlands Meed Family Fireworks Night

    Published on Tuesday 16th October 2018

    Volunteers create a spectacular event for the local community.

    Family Fireworks Night at Woodlands Meed on Saturday 13th October 2018 was a sparkling success.  The stunning fireworks were set to music and a mild, almost warm evening and clear night’s sky ensured the fireworks set the sky alight with colour and magical sparkle.

    An event designed by The Friends of Woodlands Meed for the whole community with families and those with special needs in mind was generously supported by the community and local businesses with neighbouring secondary school , Burgess Hill Academy lending their field to house and fire all the fireworks safely away from the crowds watching at Woodlands Meed.

    It really was a triumph of volunteers working together, supported by local businesses to put on an event for Burgess Hill and the wider community.  Over £3000 was raised for Woodlands Meed which will go towards funding equipment and projects at this special needs School and College for children from aged 2 to 19 with special educational needs.

    The event which was generously, sponsored by local business Ellis Motors, AVS Fencing, Mr MOT, Floral Image, Sussex Stone Works, Caremark, Sussex Prestige Cars, JS Electrical and Blake Landscaping and included volunteers from Burgess Hill Lions and Burgess Hill Youth who kindly marshalled the event along with Burgess Hill Radio and the local St Johns Ambulance.  Burgess Hill local police put in a visit too! 

    Adam Rowland, Head Teacher at Woodlands Meed School said ‘I am delighted so many people came and supported and enjoyed this family fireworks event. We are extremely grateful too for the support of Burgess Hill Lions and the Burgess Hill Academy in helping our Friends of Woodlands Meed volunteers to be able to put on this event.’

     

  • On Monday 8th October, two teams from years 8, 9 and 10 attended the annual football tournament hosted by The Triangle in Burgess Hill and organised by Albion in the Community.

    Woodlands Meed B, compiled of students from year 9 competed against teams from schools such as St Mary’s, Grove Park, Muntham House, Cedar Centre and Bowden House. 

    After an extremely tough start and playing against some students who were two years older, they soon settled in to playing some attractive and competitive football; winning three of their last five games, including a 2-0 defeat of Woodlands Meed College, which gave the School bragging rights in probably the most entertaining match of the whole tournament!

    Despite, the school site being victorious in the one off match between our two sites, the support for each other and camaraderie was second to none, cheering each other on throughout the entirety of the tournament.

    Marlon was awarded the Fair Play Award for Woodlands Meed B after applying himself superbly and demonstrating a fantastic attitude both on and off the pitch.  However, we must praise every single one of our amazing students for their desire, determination, teamwork, effort, conduct and sportsmanship.  They were a real credit to WM and we could not be prouder!  Congratulations on a FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE!

  • National Fitness Day

    Published on Friday 28th September 2018

    Woodlands Meed were extremely lucky to be offered the chance of some Personal Training with four coaches from Rapid Results, during National Fitness Day on the 26th September.

    The first activity of the day was in the pool for our regular aquaerobic students. Our students were put through their paces by the trainers; exercising their whole body through replicating a series of actions and games as demonstrated by The Rapid Results’ trainers.  The session was great fun and the students thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Back on dry land the PT instructors visited classes in both Primary and Secondary; as they set the students (and staff!) the squat challenge!

    Every class was given the opportunity to do 10 minutes exercise with the trainers to see if they could complete the challenge. Each student picked a card at random from a playing deck and then in turn, the whole class performed that number of squats (unlucky for those classes with more students!). 

    The effort put in by staff and students alike was absolutely fantastic!

    There were plenty of laughs, and a few aches too!

    Squats achieved by WM today:

    Waterfall: 690

    Desert: 1162

    River: 720

    Mountain: 1512

    Lake: 1196

    Ocean: 1200*

    Robins: 616

    Fox: 688

    Owls: 640

    Moles: 468

    Woodpeckers: 114

    Badgers: 116

    WM TOTAL: 8510!!!

    *(1 squat equivalent to every 10 seconds of aqua)

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