On Tuesday 13th March the Secondary Boccia Teams went to Nechells Health and Wellbeing Centre to take part in the West Midlands Lord’s Taverners Boccia Championships. After an outstanding performance in the Birmingham Competition in the previous round where Wilson Stuart School finished first and second place two teams from school were able to take place in the Regional Competition. Drawn in separate groups the A Team (Junior Team) came up against Two Rivers School from Staffordshire and Uplands Manor from the Black Country and the B Team (Senior Team) came up against Sherbourne Fields from Warwickshire and Chadsgrove from Worcestershire.
Both team were successful in winning both of their group matches
Wilson Stuart A winning 2 – 1 against Uplands Manor and 6 – 0 against Two Rivers and Wilson Stuart B winning 6 – 1 against Sherbourne Fields and winning the Tie Break against Chadsgrove to win 3 – 2.
Meaning both teams had progressed to the semi finals where the A Team beat Sherbourne Fields 8 – 1 and the B Team beating Uplands Manor 3 – 1 setting up are carbon copy of the Birmingham Finals where both Wilson Stuart School Teams contested the final.
In the final the A Team started the stronger taking the first end 1- 0 but after that it was one traffic as the B Team took advantage and won the 3 remaining ends 1 – 0, 2 – 0 and 5 – 0 meaning the Wilson Stuart School B Team were crowned Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Champions for 2018 and qualifying for the Nationals Schools Championships in April with the A Team finishing runners up. A massive achievement from all those involved!
On May 25th the General Data Protection Regulation will come into affect across the EU. It is a new law that is being implemented in exactly the same way across all EU countries to create a level set of rules to ensure all data held and processed by organisations within the EU is secure and processed lawfully.
As public organisations, schools (and academies) are required to comply. At Wilson Stuart we have been working on our GDPR readiness since November 2017. Since then:
- We have made everyone in school aware – all the way up to our governors.
- We have been on several training courses
- Have put a team together to work on compliance
- Begun reviewing all of our data and documents and updating them
The process of becoming fully GDPR compliant will be long because it affects all aspects of the school.
We do already have strong Data Protection policies and protections but these now all need to be updated in line with GDPR. Furthermore the BIG change with GDPR is that we now have to produce a lot of documentation to prove our compliance. This is what is going to take us a long time!
But rest assured we are working on it to make sure that GDPR will be central to our day-to-day culture.
We already highly value and protect all of our student, parents and staff data and will continue to do so in the presence of GDPR.
As a parent/carer you may receive some letters from us regarding GDPR. Some of those may be about consent and some about updating your information with us. Please do read and send back everything you receive.
For further information about GDPR please visit the ICO website.
The video below is a great overview of GDPR and how it affects schools and has been produced by GDPRiS to inform parents.
Join us Tomorrow (13 Mar) at 9.30 for a workshop to discuss online safety and our delivery of sex and relationships lessons. Lets keep children safer together!
The gas leak has now been repaired and the heating is on again.
Therefore we are open tomorrow (7 March) as usual.
Thanks to kind donations from the Alison Hillman Charitable Trust and the Lesley and Ivy Pountney Masonic Trust of Worcestershire, organised through Nick Plotnek, father of a former student at Wilson Stuart School, twelve students will be spending five days at the fantastic Bendrigg Lodge.
Bendrigg Lodge is an outdoor bound educational centre which our year 9 students have been visiting for over 10 years. The centre is state of the art with fully adapted equipment to meet the needs of our students. It provides young people with a once in a lifetime opportunity to challenge themselves, as well as learning new skills that they can take forward with them into the future. It also gives these young people the chance to socialise and explore environments that are totally new to them.
Without the generous donations from the two Trusts, this trip would not have been able to go ahead, so Wilson Stuart School would like to say a huge thank you both to them and to Nick Plotnek for making this happen.”
Students and staff dresses as animals and were treated to a performance of ‘The Jungle Book’ on World Book Day. The performance captivated the children’s imagination as the audience were held spellbound by the animal characters. World Book day continued with lots of fun literary activities, such as a book trail and cross-curricular stories. Finally the pupils shared their experiences of the day during assembly. We can’t wait for next year’s World Book Day!
School will be open as usual from Monday (5th March) for both students and staff.
On 16th February, the whole school had a fantastic day celebrating Chinese New Year.
All the pupils had the opportunity to participate in a traditional dragon dance. They learnt about how dragons bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to everyone. Pupils got involved to move a very long dragon using poles!
We also participated in learning Chinese dancing with ribbons and scarves with a professional Chinese instructor. We enjoyed creating different movements to the music.
Some pupils explored making spring rolls using different types of vegetables. They tasted delicious with some soy sauce.
We also created some lovely Chinese art & crafts by making lanterns and making their own musical instrument e.g. drum.
Ci and Jack from Sixth Form planned a brilliant lesson on Chinese phrases and numbers. They did very well teaching their peers and everyone got to learn something new.
As part of a literacy activity, pupils were inspired to create their own fortune cookies and write their own fortune. Thank you to Councillor Alex Yip for donating fortune cookies for our celebrations. They were wonderful.
Happy New Year all.
3.4 attended this wonderful concert which was specially produced to cater for students with special needs – it being quite interactive with musicians moving around closer to the audience and just lasting under 1 hour.
The theme was “Peter Pan” and we could clearly see the different characters from the story, including a “Tinkerbell” in lights.
All of 3.4 demonstrated excellent audience skills – sitting quietly when the music was playing, clapping at the end of each short piece of music, joining in with sound effects, engaging with the musicians as they came nearer to us and looking at/listening to the instruments. Zain even thought he’d try to be the conductor!
We all enjoyed this concert and we are presently trying to create our own musical version of the “Peter Pan” story in our music lessons.