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.

Our Coronation Celebrations!

We have had a wonderful time celebrating the coronation of King Charles III here at Rushall! We began with ‘Eco-Week’ where we were inspired by the King’s love of nature to dedicate a week to planting and tending to our beautiful school gardens and grounds.

During ‘Eco-Week’ we also had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Junk Drumming’ workshop with Bev Cullen. We had a brilliant time taking part in coronation themed drumming using recyclable materials.

During the week leading to the coronation we were very busy creating bunting, paper chains and baking to prepare for our celebration picnic on Friday.

On Friday 5th May we held a special picnic which began with a singing performance on the playground. Our brass band played the National Anthem and our drumming club led the singing.

Our special visitors, Wendy Morton (local MP), David Frost (Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands) and Janet Catto (School Governor) presented the children with special seed packets to commemorate the occasion.

The special visitors also judged our spectacular coronation cakes; some of which were made by our parents!

Our picnic took place on the playground before we moved to the field for a play in the sunshine!

Dogs Trust Visit March 2023

On Wednesday 22nd March we were very lucky to have a special visitor in school from the ‘Dogs Trust’.  The dogs trust is a charity that cares for dogs and promotes dog safety. 

Our day began with a whole school assembly where we learned how to stand safely is a dog approaches us and how to greet a dog appropriately in a non threatening way.  We also learned how to keep ourselves safe in different situations such as what to do if a dog knocked us over.

Following our assembly years 1-5 took part in workshops including ‘Safety and Senses’, ‘Happy Dog Rules’, and ‘Dog Detectives’.  Claire is returning to school in the summer term to do a workshop with year 6.

Please find some links below:

 YouTube channel with cool tricks the children can teach their dogs:   

A leaflet about building confidence, for those who find dogs worrying: 

https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/building-confidence/dt_bcad_leaflet_web%202019.pdf )  

If you would like to make a donation to the dogs trust this is possible through the School Money app.

World Book Day 2023!

We all had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day in school on Thursday 2nd March. This year, we were very lucky to watch a live performance of Alice in Wonderland by the fantastic Hobgoblin theatre company. Both the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the performance (many of whom also dressed up as a character from Alice in Wonderland). Following the theatre performance, the children participated in a wide range of activities based on the famous story by Lewis Carroll. In addition to this, the children enjoyed meeting with their buddy classes for a shared reading session. A group of our Year 5 children also had the opportunity to participate in a World Book Day quiz at a local secondary school (Aldridge School) where they competed against other Year 5 children from across the local area. As you can see from the photos, the children had a lovely time and couldn’t wait to spend their book token on a book of their choice!

Young Voices 2023!

We are incredibly proud of our ‘Young Voices’ choir for their stunning recent performance at this wonderful event!

Forty six children from KS2 took part in the annual Young Voices concert at The Resorts World Arena, NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 11th January 2023. Their hard work and dedication during rehearsals shone through and the singing was fantastic!

Some of the infamous songs the choir learned this year included ‘Proud’ by Heather Small and ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge. Heather Small herself made an appearance at the concert this year, and the children were all star struck and thrilled to be singing with such a famous singer!

Well done ‘Team Rushall Choir’ for giving a fantastic performance and signing along brilliantly with the other school children and teachers! Roll on Young Voices 2024!