A message from the Head Teacher Mr Steve Hughes:

Mr Steve Hughes

“I am delighted to welcome you to the Wilson Stuart School website.

At Wilson Stuart, we are determined that all our students make outstanding progress and succeed. We aim to support them all to do their very best, enjoy school and to develop important qualities such as respecting, understanding and helping each other.

We have high expectations for our students and have created an environment in which each individual is supported and challenged to achieve their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom. Accordingly, we expect our students to be ready to learn, to work hard and to take pride in their achievements. Wilson Stuart has developed a range of excellent facilities to support student learning. We also have an exciting and rich curriculum which provides all of our students the opportunity to experience and enjoy a wide range of activities.

We believe that working together pays dividends. We have a very active Parents Association and we offer a great deal of support to enable parents to support the education of their children. We have outstanding relationships with our local community, schools and businesses, their partnerships providing great benefits to our school and students.

We hope you find our web-site interesting and informative. If you would like any further information please contact school by telephone or e-mail.”

Mr Steve Hughes
Head Teacher

World Book Day Competition update

Although we didn’t win the top prize, the judges wrote us a letter to say they were inspired and delighted by our entry  - and sent along a letter with a prize of a big box of books.
 The students who had entered the competition celebrated by acting as librarian and giving each book the official school stamp.
 Well done to our KS3 bookworms!
World Book Day  World Book Day 1

Cosford Calculations

Owen, Anne-Marie and Olivia can be seen with their TA, Paula standing beside a fabulous Hawker Fury in a maths lesson with a difference! Together with students from 5.2 and 5.3, they visited RAF Cosford to participate in maths lessons based on aviation. Students visited two hangars which had warplanes and test aircraft. Working in groups they were asked challenging questions and had to use information about the aircraft on display to inform their answers. All of the groups worked very hard and found the chance to see some fantastic aeroplanes really inspiring. One student who had never been to this museum before commented, “these aeroplanes are just unbelievable”, and he just kept saying “wow” all the time. He obviously had a fantastic time. Some of the maths challenges were quite hard. For example, Jordan, George and Samrat were asked to work out surface area of the wing of a Mosquito reconnaissance aircraft without using any equipment! I was very proud of all of the students who willingly attempted some difficult maths challenges and stayed on task even though members of the public were watching on with quite some interest. Students also went to an exhibition about the Cold War and as well as looking at fantastic aircraft also considered the morals of warfare and the use of nuclear weapons. They watched a presentation about peaceful demonstration and how a group of women kept a constant vigil at an American airbase called Greenham Common to campaign for nuclear disarmament. The Cold War hanger has the biggest planes in the museum and some planes were even hanging from the roof! The students really enjoyed the trip and they were excellent ambassadors for the school, demonstrating excellent behaviour and an outstanding level of effort in the work they were doing. The museum is an excellent place to visit because it has great wheel chair access and is free – so perhaps would be a great place for a family day out in the summer to come. We will certainly be going back to try some more ‘Cosford Calculations’!

 

NHS England Parents Consultation

The Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit are running a series of focus groups on behalf of NHS England exploring the views of the public on how specialised services will be managed and commissioned. We would like to invite parents and guardians to two focus groups taking place in Birmingham on 8 April 2015.

What is specialised commissioning?

Specialised services are health treatments delivered in the NHS to help patients who have either rare, or specific common diseases coupled with other complex healthcare needs. They cover the following five areas:

  1. Digestion, renal and hepatobiliary and circulatory system
  2. Infection, cancer, immunity and haematology
  3. Secure and specialised mental health
  4. Traumatic injury, orthopaedics, head and neck and rehabilitation
  5. Women’s and children’s health, congenital and inherited diseases

To sign up, please contact Deirdre Kennedy on tel. 0121 612 3806 or email deirdrekennedy@nhs.net. Alternatively, please click on the links below:

For information, we are also running:

6th Form Production

In March, 6th Form students performed “TV Takeover” to a packed audience. It was an original script about the disappearance of TV stars due to Evil Everton and her henchmen.
The show was a mixture of pre-filmed and live action based around different TV programmes such as Take Me Out, Scooby Doo, Friends and Charlie’s Angels. All the students put in a lot of effort to make the show a success. Staff too entered into the spirit with Mr Virgo’s French accent as Inspector Clouseau being a particular highlight! A special mention should also go to our dedicated staff who dressed up as our version of Little Mix – Pick and Mix – to perform “Wings”!!!! Senior Leaders also got involved – Mr Wilson did the “Carlton dance” and Mrs Everton was prepared to be “evil” for an afternoon! The afternoon was a great success with the show being thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Peter’s jokes as Basil Brush, George’s singing of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and Conor and Ailish’s duet of “Smelly Cat” from Friends being especially well received. Everyone deserves a lot of credit and we are already planning for next year!!!

Written by: Georgia (5.1), Megan (5.1) and Peter (5.2)

The Science of Sound

Our hearing is one of our most important senses, necessary for basic communication, speech and awareness. But have you ever stopped to think; what exactly is sound? And how do our ears actually work?

Sound is caused by something emitting energy in the form of a vibration. Areas of high and low pressure move outwards creating a form of longitudinal wave (a wave which vibrates in the direction of travel). The amplitude (volume) and frequency (pitch) of the sound wave depends on what the source is and the amount of energy supplied outwards.

3.1 attended a presentation about the Science of Sound at Symphony Hall. They heard about how we sense and process sound waves. That’s the job of our ears. The ear is an extremely clever organ, consisting of a collection of tiny bones, tubes and membranes (namely the ear drum) which process the sound and send it to the brain. The funnel-like shape of the ear is effective at collecting the sound wave and filtering it through the ear passage, where it causes vibrations of the ear drum. The signal is gradually converted into an electrical signal by the rest of the ear, and this is then sent to the brain.

It was Tahmid’s Birthday on the same day and it was announced to everyone in the audience. The whole of Symphony Hall sang “Happy Birthday To You” and Tahmid was very excited. He was amazed by how big and how amazing Symphony Hall is and had a fabulous Birthday.

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Holi Celebrations!

We celebrated Holi this month, which is a Hindu spring festival; also known as the festival of colours.

Students dressed in their brightest colours for the day, learned the story behind Holi and joined in Holi traditions of throwing away unwanted things into a (pretend!) bonfire and then celebrating the colours of spring – which we did in style with balloons, streamers, glitter and foam!​

streamers Minnie Joseph Hill Foam face Balloon hat

Year 14 and 19-25 Employability Day

On Thursday 12th March Year 14 students joined those in LIVE 1 and 2 for “Employability Day”.

The day consisted of four sessions. Firstly students spent time creating their “Personal Statements” which allow employers to see their skills and qualities. Secondly they had a session on “Interview Techniques” which included staff confessing some of their interview mishaps as well as role play to practically demonstrate what they had learnt. Students then joined a selection of employers from HSBC, Birmingham City Mission and the League of Friends for a buffet lunch before the really hard work began – individual interviews!

The employers had been given copies of the students’ personal statements and used them a basis for a generic job interview. It was a chance for students to put their nerves to one side and to demonstrate all they had learnt.

The final session was invaluable feedback from the employers about how the students performed in interview…

Needless to say all students did themselves and the school proud! The employers commented on how well our students presented themselves, their insight and their confidence. They were amazed that they did not hear one of our students talk about what they couldn’t do but that they only focused on what they could do. They also passed on many helpful hints to our students based on their years of experience interviewing others.

The day was a great success and thanks to all the staff who worked so hard on the day. A very special mention must be given to our Work Placement Officer, Julie Pallister, who arranged for all the employers to come in. Thank you Julie!