On Friday 19th April, all the students celebrated Vaisakhi, which represents a harvest celebration and the arrival of a New Year for our Sikhism followers. We invited Jag and Anil from Dance Ansar into school to teach us a harvest themed dance. Everyone learnt the dance during workshops throughout the day and then the whole school performed the dance together in a special Baisakhi assembly at the end of the day led by some very enthusiastic staff members. We were joined by parents and relatives during the day and everyone involved learnt a lot about a new religious festival and also had a good physical workout while dancing the day away!
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The primary children were spoilt on Wednesday 13th March, when an amazing Irish dancer ‘Victoria Taylor’ performed a soft and hard dance.
All the primary children congregated in the hall, carrying handmade Ireland flags and green, white and gold balloons. When Victoria started to dance there was electric in the room, everyone was quiet as mice and watched her elegantly float and fly around the room – it was beautiful.
The second dance was not so quiet! Victoria was wearing her hard shoes, which have plates of metal attached to them. We all watched in anticipation for Victoria to start, then after a long introduction ‘BANG’ she jumped and threw her feet to the floor, everyone in the room jumped as the sound of the metal hitting the floor roared around the room.
Thank you very much to former Wilson Stuart Head Teachers Mrs. Anne Tomkinson and Mr Colin Grantham for opening the new outdoor facilities at school on Wednesday. Appropriately named The Grantham Gazebo and The Tomkinson Tower in recognition for all their hard work as Head Teachers at Wilson Stuart School. The ribbons were cut to announce the opening of the new features, built over the summer and are now ready for our pupils to use. Continue reading
Lots of parents came into school on Friday 2nd Nov to find out how they can help to improve their child’s writing.
The Parents’ Impact Training started by giving parents a special writing pack that included punctuation and vocabulary pyramids and step by step help for writing recounts. There was a short explanation of how to use the pack and then everyone went into the classrooms to work with their child.
Research has clearly shown that the children who achieve the most are the ones who get support at home. Over the next 6 weeks the parents are going to help their child to write a series of recounts using the pack to improve the writing and move their child onto a higher level.
Thank you to all the parents who came into school we had a fantastic turnout and really value your time and support.
“National School’s Film Week”
Film Education provides award-winning teaching resources, teacher training and cinema based events which support the use of film within the curriculum. Since 1985 they have been producing unique, curriculum-relevant film-based learning experiences at no or nominal cost to teachers. Film Education also takes nearly half a million school children to the cinema free of charge every year, with events that include the world’s biggest screening programme for young people, National Schools Film Week.
Wilson Stuart Secondary Department again enjoyed visiting a local cinema to watch a film during this popular “National School’s Film Week”. Each class went to one of our local cinemas with their Form Teacher and this year the choice of films included: “Astro Boy”; “Brave”; “Charriots of Fire”; “Puss in Boots”; “Hugo”; “War Horse”; Dr Seuss The Lorax”; “Ice Age Continental Drift”; “Eleanor’s Secret”; “The Artist”.
On 19th September the children and staff in Caterpillars went to the Showdome in Cannon Hill Park to see a production of the ‘Ninky Nonk Show’ by the ‘In the Night Garden Live’ theatre company. The show was amazing and the children transfixed. Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy were particular favourites with the children giggling when they recognised the characters on stage. All the staff were proud of the concentration and engagement shown by the children and they certainly did Wilson Stuart proud!
On Friday 28th. September Wilson Stuart School really got behind the Macmillan “World’s Biggest Coffee morning”. With very generous contributions of delicious cakes from Parents and Staff, the school Hall and Community Room became two “Cafes extraordinaire”. Teacher Dave Jackson, and school staff Kathy Byrne, Shelagh Lee, Jo-Anne Clement, Jennie Handy amongst others, worked really hard all morning to present and serve a fantastic array of cakes and biscuits to Guests, Parents, Students and Staff. The event was another example of the great team-work and commitment of the Wilson Stuart School community. Everyone made donations (which included lots of our students’ pocket money) and the fantastic sum of £425 was raised for the MacMillan Cancer Charity. Brilliant and well-done!
On Friday 5th of October Staff and Pupils dressed down and donated £1 each for Jeans for Genes day.
Totalling in £128 – which can cover:
12 hours of specialist telephone advice for Parents caring for children with severe neurological conditions.
Or for 2 parents to attend a support day to gain the advice and guidance needed to care for their child.
Or part way towards a place on a summer camp for a child with other children in a similar situation.
Thank you all so much for your donations.
Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders.
The exceptionally talented CBSO Little Big Band visited Wilson Stuart School last Wednesday to treat pupils and staff to a fantastic array of marvellous music. Each piece was followed by an educational insight into each instrument and how it worked.
Trumpets, violins, double basses, clarinets, pianos and drums were all covered with fascinating and talented examples.
Also as an extra special feature to our wednesday break-time radioshow, Pete, the bands percussionist, was our special guest. He was interviewed by our own 6th Form Radio Presenters; Insa and Ellie, signing off with a classic request: Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon.
A big thank you to Mr Collins for inviting the Big Band along to Wilson Stuart for us!
Look how a simple hose and funnel can sound just like a trumpet!