Yesterday was the third day to share progress made on our local history studies with Story Wood and St Margret Mary’s Primary Schools. We met at Perry Common Community Hall and the 3 schools shared what local history they had found out. Pupils from the 3 schools then mixed together and acted out 4 historical dramas linked to ideas such as family life in the Pre-fab houses, about the Blitz and hiding in an air-raid shelter, about what it is like to be a child who is evacuated from the city to the countryside and about King Charles 1st and how he addressed his soldiers on the Kingstanding Pimple during the civil war of 1642.
After a sandwich lunch all 3 schools were treated to Ann and Gordon who showed us how to dance in the “Tea Dance” evenings they used to have in the olden days. We learnt how to waltz and the boys got the chance to dance with the girls! Finally we had the opportunity to name some local roads in the Perry Common rebuilding work being completed in the neighbourhood.
This is the 6000 strong Young Voices Choir in rehearsal. It is a long and tiring day for everyone, but filled with such fun, excitement and a huge sense of achievement.
This year we took 39 pupils from across the Secondary and 6th Form departments and they sang a huge repertoire of 13 songs, which included an amazing pop medley which was a big hit!
Young Voices has been running now for 18 years and Wilson Stuart has been in attendance for nearly all of them. Over the years we have built a very close working relationship with the Young Voices Team and they, along with the staff at the LG Arena, have always been extremely accommodating of our many individualised requests.
Many of our pupils have met with the musical team and here you can see Craig McLeish, the Musical Director, Instrumentalist, and Singer, as well as the Urban Strides dance team, all stopped to have a chat and have photos with all of our Wilson Stuart Singers
The day was a great success and all of the children loved the whole experience and we look forward to Young Voices 2017!!!
On Thursday 21st January, Wilson Stuart opened its doors for the day to allow professionals from many fields of expertise and perspective parents to learn more about what we do. The Open Day was a huge success and the feedback from our visitors showed that they were very impressed with everything they saw and that they had learnt a lot about outstanding inclusive education.
Dan is a PGCE Drama Student from Birmingham City University and he and 18 others came to Wilson Stuart last week for an Inclusive Education course.
“I would like firstly to thank Simon for inviting us to the school and for being so accommodating throughout the day. We were made to feel very welcome from the second we stepped inside the building to the moment we left.
It was an enlightening experience meeting the children and having discussions with the staff members who were also very friendly and welcoming.
I had the opportunity to work with two students in particular at length and I was blown away by how remarkable their dispositions were. These two in particular didn’t stop smiling and were the happiest children I think I’ve ever seen. The strength of these young people is absolutely incredible.
As much as these students suffered from their disabilities they constantly had a smile on their face and were always eager to learn. They were inquisitive and asked lots of questions and I was encouraged by their level of social interaction they were curious and had no fear in asking questions.
The students and the school as a whole have a strong sense of community about them and this is fostered by the staff who are extremely professional but at the same time ensure the children have fun and enjoy their learning, which for me is the most important point. Not only did these children appreciate the teachers and consequently their learning but the staff adopt a creative, engaging approach to keep the children stimulated and enthused with the work.
I came away from this experience and it put a lot of things in perspective for me and my attitude towards the world. I would like to thank Simon again for the experience and the lasting impression it will have on me.