On 5th July, The Birmingham Museums came to Wilson Stuart to tell us about two of Birmingham’s famous people – Mathew Boulton and
Thomas Holte. Pupils from Y9, 10 and 11 learnt about how they lived and what they did for Birmingham. The pupils got dressed up in some of the clothes they would have worn at the time and learnt about the ghost of Aston Hall as well as how Sir Thomas Holte was supposed to have killed his own cook!! Many thanks to Lisa Williamson from the museum for an interesting day.
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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Over the last few weeks at Wilson Stuart something Spooky has been going on. Lurking in the Community room some of our students have uncovered something terrifying! ARK Media and First Light Productions have been running filming workshops for a number of our pupils, Filming will take place this Wednesday with David Proud as the lead actor. David played Adam Best in Eastenders a few years ago and was the first full time disabled actor on the Eastenders set. The film is too be submitted to the Edinburgh Film Festival later this year so we wish the Crew and Students the best of luck in making the movie.
On the 6th of february 2013 Wilson Stuart had a performance company ‘Loudmouth’ in school supporting the education of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils around sexual health and behaviour.
The day consisted of 2 workshops which incorporated growing up/puberty and various aspects of bullying.
Children sat in their groups supported by their TAs and form teachers. The first workshop consisted of a 50 min drama scene where 2 children experience changes in their friendship and feelings from year 6 to 8. This followed by repeated scenes which contributed to discussions.
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
On Thursday 8th November, all the children at Wilson Stuart took part in a Maths Day. Some of the Primary students started off the morning by going to Storywood School to watch a Maths performance. The performance was about planets and spaceships with Maths aspects of counting, partitioning, tally charts and time tables incorporated. During the afternoon, Primary and Secondary children worked together and EYFS had children from Storywood working with them. The children participated in a range of Math’s activities linked to a firework theme. There was Maths trails, breaking codes, patterns, money problems, co-ordinates work as well as much more. The day ended with a real firework display outside which the children loved. A fantastic day had by all!
“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 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!