Having looked into a suitably memorable trip to celebrate all the hard work and tokens 4.2 have all received throughout the year, we decided to visit the “Dinosaurs in the Wild” experience at the NEC.
This unique and exhilarating blend of live-action theatre, theme park fun and the very latest palaeontological knowledge will transport you back an astonishing 67 million years by time machine to encounter living dinosaurs as they’ve never been seen before.
Cutting-edge audiovisual effects and dramatic storytelling will immerse you in unforgettable experiences that, for the very first time, will make you feel as though you’re actually there – amongst dinosaurs, the most awe-inspiring animals ever to have roamed the Earth, in their world, at their time.
We all had such an amazing day – exploring the dinosaur fossils and what might be found in their dung.
To be perfectly honest – some of us did get very scared at times! But we survived and after we had eaten lunch, we all enjoyed an ice-cream while Dan entertained us on a piano that happened to be in the area.
On Thursday 18th July, some of our students performed at the second Special Schools Cluster Concert, along with students from 3 other Special Schools. The day was run by Services for Education (Music Service) and it was another huge success.
The day started with the opportunity to take part in a workshop, before rehearsing for the concert in the afternoon.
Each school had a 10 minute performing slot and our families and special guests were invited to attend. The concert finished with an amazing performance by special guest artist, Derek Paravicini. This amazing musician was born three and a half months prematurely, he is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10 and has made music his profession.
We had a truly inspiring day and the pupils did themselves very proud indeed.
This year, 4 of our students who receive peripatetic vocal tuition had been invited to take part in the mass Gala Choir and performed at Symphony Hall on Tuesday 18th July.
On Tuesday 20th June, Krystyna Bugosova, Michaela Pugh, Tiarney Caulder and Fiaza Mateen attended the rehearsal day held at Ladywood Arc where they practised all the songs with the other students from around the Birmingham area. It was a busy and productive day which left us all exhausted, but also very excited.
The day of the concert was very busy, arriving at Symphony Hall at 2pm for a rehearsal. The concert started at 7pm and some of our families came along to support us and a very proud Mr Harris enjoyed a very high standard of musicianship.
On the 4th July Wilson Stuart celebrated Independence Day in a different independent way. The morning was all focused around showcasing how independent the children had become and sharing this with parents. The morning started with parents in class with photos shared and real activities on the children’s achievements. Parents had sent in photos of their child’s achievements at home and these were shared along with certificates during a Primary/Secondary assembly. It was a brilliant morning and a huge success prompting independence in a variety of different ways. Thank you to all who attended.
A few lucky children in our primary department had their first taste of Forest Schools sessions this week. The programme, which will start fully in the new school year, aims to help children develop by learning from and within the natural environment. We constructed fantastic artwork with our expert instructor Alicia, and next year look forward to developing our Forest Schools area, learning about the trees, plants and animals who share our school, developing our use of tools, finding out about how we can eat outside, and even practising willow craft and lighting fires! We are all very excited about it – look out for updates on the school website and on our Twitter feed in the new year.
On the 1 and 2 July, more than 200 junior disabled athletes from across the UK competed in the Typhoo was delighted to support the event, organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). Following eight regional qualifiers, the National Championships took place at Warwick Athletics Stadium in Coventry. Wilson Stuart School had 5 pupils representing the West Midlands Region in this year’s event collecting a total of 10 gold medals and 1 silver medal in their respective events.
Last year’s debutant Alina Mohammed defended her titles from the 2016 Event winning gold again in the under 14s F34/T34 class in shot, discus and manual slalom. Regular competitors at the Nationals Ben Richards-Moss and Toronto Robinson taking their total number of national medals to 9 and 7 respectivley, with Ben taking the silver in the discus and gold in the shot in the under 16s F37 class and Toronto who had moved up an age group this year to under 18s doing extremely well to win gold in the F38 shot. Following his debut at last year’s event where he won a bronze medal Zain Khan took gold in both the under 14s F37 shot and discus events and finally to this this year’s newcomer to the team Attaullah Shahbazkail who took gold in all three of his events, distance club, discus and shot in the under 18s F32 class.
Bees invited some children from St Margaret Mary Primary School to play with us. We had a fantastic time playing in the sand, making different things with playdoh, dressing up and pretending to cook in the Home Corner. The children from Wilson Stuart School really enjoyed making new friends and playing with them. After a busy time playing, we helped each other tidy up and enjoyed a snack and a drink together before our guests had to return to their school. We all had a brilliant afternoon!