The WCA College System was launched across the school in October 2017. It was set up to promote team spirit, leadership, responsibility, care and empathy for others, charitable giving combined with a strong sense of healthy competition.
Every student and every member of staff will be a member of a College and pupils will stay in their college until they reach the end of Year 11. There are four colleges and these have within them tutor groups from a mixture of Years 7-11.
We spent a week delivering extended College assemblies with a focus on teambuilding activities. Students worked together across all ages to get to know their College peers and to build trusting relationships (see photos below).
The launch took place with a number of exciting team building activities such as the Hula-Hoop Challenge and the Four Chair Challenge which gave students within the colleges the opportunity to get to know each other.
There then followed a number of exciting events which began with the College Cross-Country. Despite the cold conditions participation rates were high and enthusiasm was in abundance; some of the staff even ran the course with their tutees! Well done to all staff and students who took part, cheered everyone on and wore their College colours!
Following this, a College Bench ball tournament took place over five lunchtimes and, again, participation and support from fellow College members was extremely high. Every student who took part and supported gave 100%.
Key Stage 3 have been involved in the £100 Challenge with all money raised going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. There is also a competition running within each College to create a College Motto.
After Easter the charity focus will be Rosie’s Rainbow Pantry. This charity was set up as the legacy of Rosie Abbott, a Coventry teenager who lost her fight with cancer last year at the age of 15. Rosie was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 10 and, despite numerous gruelling treatments, she raised £1000s for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Make a Wish and the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs to children who lose their hair due to illness. Indeed, in recognition of this she won Radio 1s Teen Hero award in 2015 with the judges describing Rosie as "extraordinary" and "inspirational". In the same year Rosie was named Child of Courage at the Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire Awards for her incredible fundraising efforts during bouts of chemotherapy and hospital treatment. Rosie’s Rainbow Pantry provides seven day food parcels to families of children receiving palliative care in the Coventry area. All tutor groups will be tasked with filling at least one box each with non-perishable goods... the race is on!
There is also plans afoot for a football tournament, a netball tournament and a swimming gala. This will culminate in school Sports Day in July.