Our whole school grand draw for our Christmas hampers has just taken place with the assistance of Paige and Ethan from year 6. The families of the three lucky winners have been informed. Thank you so much to the staff and parents who contributed to these wonderful prizes.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at Rushall and we can hear the excitement starting to bubble in the children’s voices! Our Christmas shows have been rehearsed and filmed and will be available on the class blog pages via the special codes on Wednesday. Above you can see Year 2’s spectacular rendition of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.
We have also held our traditional Christmas parties where Early Years and Key Stage One received a surprise virtual message from a very important key worker; Santa. They were then very excited to discover the gifts that had been mysteriously hidden for them around school!
On Friday the children enjoyed their Christmas dinners that this year were in special Christmas boxes. An enormous thank you to the kitchen and lunch staff who organised this for us, and are working so hard to continue to cook hot meals despite having to deliver most of them to various parts of the building!
A huge well done to all of our children for their stunning Christmas performances, we hope that next year we will be back on stage with a live audience as usual. In the meantime we hope that you enjoy the films and remember to look out for us on the Forest Arts ‘Winter’s Wishlist’ concert on You tube on Thursday evening at 7pm.
A huge well done to Eva who has grown a gigantic pumpkin from seeds that she planted on her allotment during the school holidays. This is amazing Eva!! – I’m sure that this will inspire other children to start growing their own vegetables as well.
On behalf of all of the staff we would like to wish all of our children and their families a very happy October half term. Stay safe everyone XX
On Wednesday we held our traditional ‘Harvest Festival’ and the children performed some of their favourite harvest time songs. We were so impressed with both their behaviour and their stunning performances; these will be available to view on the class blog pages via the special codes shortly. Well done children, you are amazing!!
Below you can see just a small selection of the produce that has been donated to us to pass on to the food bank. Thank you so much for your generosity, it is much appreciated.
We are so impressed with the wonderful work that our children have created on our new value; ‘caring’. The children have thought about caring in many different contexts, and of different ways that they can care for and be considerate of others.
As part of our autumn term curriculum we are reflecting on what has happened during the lockdown and thinking about the positive aspects that have emerged. Our appreciation of carers and NHS staff in particular has grown throughout this time and the children are enjoying learning all about the history of nursing. At harvest time this year we will be thinking of all of the people who help our food get to us in a way that we may not have done previously.
We are also thinking about all of the ways in which we can care for our planet. We now know just what a difference we could make having seen all that happened during the lockdown; animals appearing in new places, the sky appearing more blue, lower pollution levels to name a few.
Our resident pigeon family has had an eventful week with the two babies finally venturing out of their nest as you can see here under the watchful eye of their Dad.
We are so proud of our children and it has been a pleasure to begin our class based ‘Golden Moments’ assemblies where we can celebrate all kinds of achievements and acts of kindness together. Thank you to all parents, grandparents, and carers who have sent in nominations, we love having nominations from home. If you would like to nominate your child please send the details into our school email, email@example.com.
We have discovered that some wood pigeons have made their nest in the ivy outside our school offices. It has been a fantastic opportunity to observe our new school value, ‘caring’ in action as the parent birds care for their two babies. Watch this space for more pigeon news soon!!
We are delighted to welcome our children back to school! We have been so impressed with the maturity and independence they have shown as they have returned. It is wonderful to have our building full of noise and fun again too! We can’t wait to meet all of our youngest children as they begin their journeys with us.
Well done to Grace, one of our Year 6 pupils, who has learnt how to play Somewhere over the rainbow. she played it on her drive on Thursday evening. Well done!
Some of the staff have sent in their lock down VE day celebration photos, there are more on the individual class blogs. Please feel free to send us some of your photos, if you have not already done so.
Hope you are all well and keeping safe. Thought I would share a few photos of how I celebrated VE day at home. I decorated my windows with flags and bunting. I then baked some fruit scones (they were delicious) and had a lovely tea with my husband. Later that evening we had a Zoom lockdown quiz with my family whom I’m missing very much. It was a very enjoyable day overall. Hope you all equally celebrated VE day in a safe and enjoyable way.
Missing you all very much.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Baker. Xx
To celebrate VE Day Mrs Beddow and Georgia made a good old fashioned bread pudding. I remember my nan making it and telling me that she used to make it with her mom during the war – using left over stale bread and eggs from the chickens in the garden plus other rationed ingredients – it was very yummy and brought back lovely memories.
We then made some home made bunting to decorate our back garden.
We also enjoyed a family BBQ and relaxed in the garden while listening to 1940s Wartime songs.
On the 8th May it is the 75th anniversary of VE day – the day that people celebrated the end of World War Two in Europe. When we planned our celebrations back at the beginning of the school year we could never have imagined that we would not be able to do them in the way that we intended. The last few weeks have probably taught us all more about WW2 and how life changed for people than any lesson could possibly have done. We can appreciate how happy people must have felt after enduring six years at war. We know that lots of you will be marking the day at home and maybe having mini tea parties. We would love to hear all about it! We also know that some amazing enrichment homework projects have been completed – these will be displayed proudly when we all return to school.
Here on the Celebration blog we are taking a look back at how we celebrated Remembrance in 2018. We hope that whatever you are doing on the May Bank Holiday VE Day anniversary that you enjoy it, and have a wonderful day with your families.
Stay safe, with lots of love from all of the staff at Rushall XX