Spring 2024!

We have had a very exciting end to the spring term here at Rushall with our ‘World Book Day’ celebrations and the many other exciting activities that have taken place as we approach our Easter break.

On Thursday 7th March we celebrated ‘World Book Day’ by dressing up as our favourite story characters. The children looked absolutely amazing (and the staff too as you can see above)! The children were very excited to share their favourite books and author projects with their peers. The standard of work sent in has been fantastic and their thoughts, ideas and book recommendations will be used across school to enhance our classroom book corners. We were also very lucky to have received a visit from the wonderful ‘Hobgoblin’ theatre group who performed their show; ‘The Greatest Fairytale Ever Told’.

We have finished the term with our traditional Rushall Easter traditions. These have included our Easter bonnet competition and parade, and our decorated egg competition. Winners have been announced in assembly this morning and all children have received a chocolate surprise. Our ‘Rushall Roll’ has been taking place throughout the day within classes. Children – your singing was beautiful this morning as always and we can’t wait for the Arts Festival in the summer where we know you will shine before a big audience!

A huge thank you to parents and carers for all of your continual help and support with homework and for providing the wonderful costumes that make events such as these so special and memorable for the children.

On behalf of all of the staff we wish you a very happy Easter and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 8th April.

Young Voices 2024!

We are incredibly proud of our “Young Voices’ choir for their spectacular performance on Friday evening at the Resorts World arena in Birmingham. The choir have been practising hard with the help of our music specialist, Mrs Wooding and Miss Stephenson at rehearsals after school for some time and their commitment and enthusiasm has been amazing!

We were delighted to have lots of family members in the audience supporting our children and cheering them on! Thank you also to the wider staff team for helping to run this event and make this wonderful experience possible. Well done everyone!

Karate Sensation!

A huge ‘Congratulations‘ to Felicity who has recently achieved her black belt in karate! Felicity has been training in karate for five years and although she enjoys it, she has found the intensity and commitment required for the black belt to be challenging. This included performing a sequence of over 60 moves for the examination! We are all very impressed by her perseverance and are immensely proud of her. Well done Felicity!

Christmas Cheer!

There has been a lovely atmosphere in school in the approach to Christmas and we have enjoyed every minute of it! We began with our ‘Festive Film Night’ followed by our ‘Christmas Fayre’ with hot chocolate, mince pies and letters to Santa. These events were much enjoyed and together raised much needed money for our school fund. Thank you to all of our families for your generous donations and support at these events. Congratulations to all of our lucky raffle winners!

Last week our Early Years and Key Stage One children performed their Christmas nativity play; ‘Snuggle Up Stable’. We were very impressed with the children both in terms of their confidence and enthusiasm! The singing was beautiful as was the dancing and the children spoke and signed confidently. A huge well done to all involved in putting this show together!

Christmas dinner was very popular and enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to our wonderful kitchen staff for making this very special for us!

This week began with our wonderful Key Stage Two Christmas concert which was absolutely fantastic! The children performed their poetry and singing beautifully and we are so proud of each and every one of them. Well done Key Stage Two children and staff; this was a stunning performance!

This week we also enjoyed our Christmas parties with traditional games and party food. Our younger classes were surprised by a very special visitor!

Yesterday we were amazed to see rainbow clouds visible from our playground! A truly remarkable experience and thought by many children to be a sure sign that Christmas is on its way!

On behalf of all of the staff we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! We look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 9th January 2024!

Harvest Festival 2023!

A huge well done to all of our children for performing so beautifully at our harvest festival assemblies on Thursday! We were so impressed; not only with the stunning singing and signing but in the confidence and enjoyment shown by all!

Thank you so much to all of our families for their generosity in donating produce for the food bank. We have been overwhelmed with the amount that has come in this year and know that this will be so appreciated.

Welcome back!

We are delighted to welcome all of our children, families and staff back to school! We have had a fantastic start to the autumn term and are looking forward to a very exciting and successful year ahead!

Our First Inspirational Assembly!

Our new school year has begun with a visit from Wayne McDonald, world champion judo player. Wayne gave a wonderful presentation in assembly where he demonstrated lots of amazing moves! (We must also congratulate Mr Kirby who was a very sporting volunteer!). Wayne showed us his many medals including his gold medal won at the commonwealth games in 2012. He told us all about his early training days right through to his travels across the world competing internationally.

Wayne and his team will be returning to school soon to start our judo club for years 4, 5 and 6; please see the letter that will be with you shortly with more information.

Wonderful Writing!

We have had lots of interest in or current pupil leadership vacancies and have received some wonderful written responses. We are currently recruiting playground leaders, team captains, line leaders, music leaders and digital leaders. It is fantastic that so many children are keen to be involved and are showing such enthusiasm and commitment. Well done everyone – look out for more vacancies coming soon!

Our new school hall and dining room……….see below!

During the summer holiday some exciting changes have taken place. Our dining room has been extended and now allows all of each key stage to sit together at lunch time. We also have a beautiful new hall that we will have the use of very shortly in addition to the gym.

Arts Festival 2023!

We had a fantastic day on Thursday at our second annual arts festival! Despite a scare with the weather just before we started, the skies cleared for us and we had a wonderful day! Performances were held by all classes who showcased their singing and dancing. We were also treated to performances from Oakwood, our drumming club and our musical theatre club.

Following the performances the stalls opened and we enjoyed drumming workshops with Mrs Cullen and story telling workshops with Mrs Lowe (and her scary helpers!). There were opportunities for solo and group performances on the stage as well as face painting, glittering and craft activities.

We would like to congratulate all of our children for their confidence and enthusiasm; we are so so proud of them – well done everyone!

Marvellous Millionaires!

This week on the celebration blog we send huge congratulations to our most recent reading millionaires! What an amazing achievement this is as well as an inspiration to our younger readers. Well done Jibran, Abbigale and Angela, you should be very proud!

Bugs welcome at Rushall!

An enormous thank you to Jayden who has created a wonderful bug hotel at scouts and has donated it to the school. We know that lots of hard work went into creating this and it will be fabulous to see bug residents moving in soon! Thank you Jayden, it is so kind of you to think of leaving this here at school for other children to enjoy.

Sports Days 2023!

We have had wonderful weather for our sporting events this year and it was lovely to see our children showcasing their talents! From the traditional egg and spoon to the sprints, relays and throwing events it was great to see all of the skills learned in action.

We are incredibly proud of our children, not only for their sporting success, but also their willingness to participate and their sportsmanship which was superb. We heard so many children being cheered on and encouraged through all of the events and it was lovely to see everyone being happy to have a go.

A special mention must go to our ARP children who joined in with great gusto and enthusiasm – well done ARP!!

Congratulations also to our toddlers and parents who were very good sports for joining in! We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did; we are hoping that the beautiful weather continues for our Arts Festival which is coming up on July 6th.