Congratulations to Mollie and Harrison who are celebrating word ‘millionaire’ status! It is wonderful to see this enthusiasm and love for reading permeating through our school. Well done Mollie and Harrison, you are inspiring to us all to love reading and keep reading!
This week we have held our annual sports days. Our children have impressed us so much with their perseverance, tenacity and sportsmanship. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them – Well done everyone!!
For some events points are collected towards our house teams and our trophy winners were announced in assembly this morning. Congratulations to blue team for winning the Key Stage One trophy, and to red team for winning the trophy for Key Stage Two! Our trophies will be displayed by our sports board in the lower corridor.
On Monday we launched the ‘5 minute walk zone’ here at Rushall. This initiative is to encourage families to park 5 minutes walking distance from school to enable their children to walk to school. We were very pleased that so many families participated and supported our efforts with this – thank you!! More of our children than ever are now walking to school resulting in cleaner air and less traffic on our school site.
We are very proud to announce our latest word millionaire; Dominic from year 6! Dominic received his book voucher, special pin badge and certificate in our ‘Star of the Week’ assembly this morning. Well done Dominic, this is a fabulous achievement!
Congratulations to Grace from year 5 who has completed a 5K Mud Run to raise money for cancer research. Grace successfully negotiated obstacles along the course of the race which ended with a mud slide! She has raised a fantastic £130. Well done Grace, we are very proud of you!
Our new ‘Americas’ topic has been brought to life through a wonderful visit from a native American family. The Blackhorse family explained how life was for American Indians before the white settlers arrived and how many customs and traditions are still practised today. They explained that children are encouraged to be very independent, building and rowing their own canoes and learning crafts such as beading at a very young age.
The family brought many artefacts for us to look at and hold including woven apache sashes, shirts, dresses, moccasins, beaded bags and head dresses. We discovered that the feather headdresses were worn by people who were responsible for others in the community such as the police or teachers. Indian chiefs did not wear them as in the event of battle they could be too easily identified.
We learned how native Americans made moccasins by taking animal skin, drawing around their feet and then stitching the skin together. They were then decorated with beads in different patterns depending on which tribe they belonged to. The shoes were then made waterproof by being smoked over a fire.
The family sang traditional songs accompanied by their flute and drums, and demonstrated Lakota sign language. Our Early Years children particularly enjoyed taking part in an ancient rain dance called the ‘snake dance’.