WASUP Exhibition Success!

On Friday evening representatives from our school attended the launch of the WASUP exhibition at Walsall College. Schools from across the borough took part in the exhibition which promoted the WASUP campaign; “Walsall Against Single Use Plastic”, led by Professor Gatrad. The event was attended by many schools and representatives from local businesses and community groups as well as the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. Professor Gatrad explained to us that the campaign has become so successful it will now be known as “World Against Single Use Plastic”!

We were delighted to find that our tree, created with our eco-brick bottles, leaves and messages had won third prize! What an amazing achievement! Here we are proudly holding our trophy. Let’s hope our messages inspire others to stop using single use plastic as we have.

Outstanding Enrichment Homework!

We are so impressed with the range and quality of enrichment homework that has come into school based on our whole school topic; ‘Americas’. From presentations and research projects to models and art work the level of engagement and detail is amazing!

We have learned so much about native Americans; from how their feathers were used as symbols, to how they believed dream catchers could catch the bad dreams and send good ones through the feathers to the children sleeping below.

Most of all we have learned how resourceful they were and how much they respected the earth and nature. We have learned that their messages about the earth and the environment are very pertinent today. Look out for our WASUP ‘Walsall Against Single Use Plastic’ sculpture exhibition entry, coming to the celebration blog soon!

Police Praise for Year 6!

We are delighted to have received the following letter from Timothy Littlehales of West Midlands Police regarding his visit to year 6 on Tuesday. Well done year 6, as Tim says you are a credit to our school and we are extremely proud of you!!

“Just a further note from my visit yesterday. What a pleasure it was to deliver the input to year 6 students. The behaviour was impeccable and the two way dialogue between themselves and myself was great. When we were speaking about the importance of community and what makes a good community and what can make a dangerous community they all had their hands up waiting to give me the answer.

We then moved onto knife crime and their knowledge that they had was very good and the awareness of knife crime incidents on the news and media was excellent. Even when I went on to talk about Joint Enterprise they were aware that they could all be in trouble for a particular offence and not just the person who committed the offence.

When I went on to talk about who can help in the community they were all coming out with Teachers/school, parents and family members, police, good neighbours etc but one young man said WHG ( Walsall Housing Group ) who helped his family to get a house, which was great as social housing organisations are also embedded in local communities and offer help and support and a raft of other initiatives.

If the rest of the students in the surrounding schools around Pelsall, Rushall and Aldridge are anything to go by your year 6 students then I do feel those locations will be in safe hands for the future.

What a credit to your school.

Regards Tim” 

Marvellous Millionaires!

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!

Sensational Sports Days!

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.

5 Minute Walk Zone

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.

Our New Millionaire!

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!

Mud Run Success!

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!

Americas – A Stunning Start!

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’.

Easter Assembly 2019!

We were very lucky in our assembly this morning to have a visit from Reverend Such!  We thought carefully about Spring time and Easter and why this is such a special time of year. 

Mr Shorto, (our now retired lollipop man of many years) was on hand to judge and present prizes for our Easter competitions.  Early Years and Key Stage One made beautiful bonnets and Key Stage Two decorated eggs.  We were very impressed with the effort and creativity of all who entered; well done everyone!  We ended our assembly with our favourite Easter song; ‘Spring Chicken’.  On behalf of all of the staff we would like to wish you a very Happy Easter!!