The whole of the 2 – 19 PMLD classes (Ladybirds, Turtles, Chaplin & Galieo) were fortunate enough to receive tickets for Dudley Zoo’s Xmas extravaganza. It was paid for by the Mad Hatters Charity and included a show, a visit to meet Santa and a look around the animals in the Zoo.
All the students had a wonderful time and enjoyed the experience of all the different animal sounds they heard and the amazing sensory grotto they went through to get to see the man himself!
On Thursday 17th November, parents of Meerkats, 4.4, 3.4 and 5.4 were invited in for a money skills workshop. The workshop consisted of parents working in the class with their child on a money lesson followed by a workshop on how to support at home and a homework pack. Parents were asked to take their child to the shops at the weekend and take a photo each week of:
* Picking up items from the shop
* Counting out quantities of items
* Paying for items
The children will then be coming together to share their photos. Thank you to all the parents who attended
On Monday 28th November 5.4 showed off their acting talents by inviting parents, 4.4 and STRIVE to view “Horrid Henry and the Special Treat!” This was an original script and was filmed to create their very own Horrid Henry TV episode! The students all worked incredibly hard to learn their lines and did a brilliant job. There was also a chance for a social event after the viewing with drinks and snacks! Well done 5.4!
Gethin Jones broadcaster and TV personality (Blue Peter, Strictly Come Dancing, Heart Radio) made a special visit to Joel, a Year 10 student at Wilson Stuart School.
Joel in 4.1 class is a Wilson Stuart School pupil, who is trying to raise the profile for Villa Rockets Power Chair Football Club. Villa Rockets are competing in the Aviva ‘Sport in Community Bid’. They are hoping to win and gain funds for 4-6 power chairs which cost £8500 each. The club which is oversubscribed desperately needs the additional power chairs to expand provision for young disabled children.
Joel who is 14 years of age is a club member and decided to see if he could use his celebrity friend to help raise awareness and secure votes. Joel emailed Gethin sometime ago and the star then ‘tweeted’ his followers to get involved. The Strictly Come Dancing Presenter also decided to take time out of his busy diary, to visit Joel in school. Gethin was raising awareness for Macmillan Professionals Awards 2016 in Birmingham and took the time to surprise Joel in School.
Gethin Jones has kept in touch with Joel over the years after meeting and performing in a live pirate fight on TV. Joel has not let Gethin forget that he won this battle. Joel who loves his sport and one day wants to be a PE Teacher or Paralympian gave Gethin a tour of Wilson Stuart School. Joel is an avid swimmer and footballer. He attends Boldmere Swimming Club and Villa Rockets PFC. Gethin met Joel’s swimming coaches, teachers, class staff and his class mates and was delighted to joke that Gethin had got him out of a computer exam.
Chris Wilson – Deputy Headteacher said: “Joel is a credit to our school, his parents and his sports clubs. He faces significant challenges everyday yet puts others before himself. Trying to raise the profile of his club; Villa Rockets PFC and secure funding for other younger disabled children is beyond admirable. We are incredibly proud of all our students but Joel has gone to another level! Having Gethin Jones visit Wilson Stuart School has inspired our students and staff. His genuine pupil centred approach across all students was commendable and close to his heart. The school was bursting with excitement yesterday and Gethin was very gracious at commending the students, parents and staff for their commitment and hard work.”
Joel also said “I swim like a fish and would beat Gethin in a race any day”. The TV star got fully involved in the school learning on his tour directed by Joel. He immersed himself in finding body parts in shaving foam in science, bounced around with students in rebound therapy, sang in Christmas Concert rehearsals and challenged students in a PE lesson. The school was vibrant and buzzing with his visit and brought a smile to students and staff alike.
Steve Hughes – Headteacher – “ It was lovely to have Gethin visit school, he came across to everyone as a very genuine and nice guy. Joel was very proud to be able to show his friend around school, and all of our pupils really enjoyed meeting him. It was also very obvious that Gethin made an impact with our female staff, and we will all be voting for him on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special!”
On Tuesday 8th November, 16 students and 8 members of staff headed off to “The Lodge” at Hereward College in Coventry.
This was for our second independent life skills residential. Students were encouraged to do whatever they could for themselves. This meant that for many of them tasks were accomplished independently for the very first time.
Students were asked to set their own independence targets, consider how they could deal effectively with their emotions and to support each other in daily living tasks. These tasks included cooking, washing up, washing, drying and ironing their own clothes as well as all aspects of personal care.
We also had a day celebrating Black History, courtesy of Maxine Edwards, which culminating a magnificent Caribbean meal! We were lucky to have use of Hereward College’s Sports Hall for a variety of games and an impromptu Zumba session led by Paula Cash!
The students consistently impressed staff with their kindness, determination and perseverance – they were a pleasure to take away and were a credit to themselves, their parents and to Wilson Stuart School.
On Tuesday 15th November 2016 3.3 visited RAF Cosford in Telford as part of their history work about World War 2. Pupils have learnt about the Battle of Britain, about the Blitz, about Pearl Harbour and about the dropping of 2 atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They thoroughly enjoyed the day looking around the war planes, tanks and bombs.
Paralympic swimming champion, Ellie Simmonds, revealed to children at Wilson Stuart Special School that she trains for 18 hours a week, still gets nervous before a competition, would love to travel the world and that her favourite TV programme is The Great British Bake Off because she loves to eat cake when not on a strict train schedule.Taking part in a fun question and answer session, Ellie was invited to the Erdington based school to talk about her life in sport and give the primary and secondary pupils an opportunity to see the Gold and Bronze medals she won at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.During her presentation, children learnt that Ellie started to swim at the age of five and that she had a passion for horse riding and other sports and also enjoyed ballet. Further questions highlighted how excited she was to have met the Queen and Prince Charles when she was awarded her MBE and OBE and how proud she was that following the London Paralympics in 2012, a gold post box was installed in her honour in her hometown of Aldridge. The visit to school was arranged by Nigel Kelly, a Swimming teacher at Wilson Stuart who is also one of Ellie’s coaches at Boldmere Swimming Club when she comes home. He said: “I have known Ellie since she was 11 years old and she is an absolute inspiration. Her sheer hard work and total dedication to her sport has bought her much deserved success and happiness and she is a great role model for children and young people. It was a pleasure to welcome her to the school and we thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit us.” Talking of her visit, Ellie said: “I am thankful that my life as a competitive swimmer has bought me so many fantastic opportunities and my main message to the children was work hard, believe in yourself and never, ever give up on achieving your dreams and goals. Wilson Stuart School has some wonderful facilities, including a great swimming pool and it was lovely to meet the children and staff.”
Thanks to the hard work of Julie Pallister, our Work Placement Officer, our 6th Form students get offered a variety of work experience opportunities. However this year we have decided to make the process much more realistic – with opportunities placed on our notice board and students given a chance to “apply” via an application form for the work experience they are interested in.
The first time we did this was during our Transition session on Friday 21st October – where we were also lucky enough to be joined by ex Wilson Stuart student and now chef, Michael Whitmore who kindly talked to our students about life after school and the challenges and rewards of working life!
We celebrated Harvest with a whole school celebration.
We collected lots of donations to give to our local food bank and church.
We learnt about the harvest festival through role play by Giraffes, who shared the message of the festival of giving to others and thanking God for all we have.
We were also visited by members of Erdington Baptist Church and Witton Lodge/Sycamore Court, who shared how the donations would help people in need.
To end the assembly, we sang and danced along to harvest songs including Harvest Samba, which was a very funny song.
Thank you to our great parents and pupils for their donations.