Year 6 visited Sainsbury's at Bentley Bridge to bag pack, raising money to buy equipment for school. Thank you for all the donations they received, the general public were extremely complimentary of them. We were joined by a Trustee and family members. The children enjoyed counting the money when they returned to school and look forward to lseeing what they can purchase with the money.
This afternoon year 6 worked alongside Wednesfield Rotary Club to plant crocus bulbs at the front of school. The Rotary have been working hard for many years to try to eliminate Polio across the world. Soon they hope it will be non-existent and that the vaccine will continue to protect people. The purple of the crocus represents the mark left on a nail following the vaccination.
Edward the Elder and Goldthorn Park were two of the ten schools from across Wolverhampton to be selected to feature on the Mayor of Wolverhampton’s Christmas Card for 2018. Two children from each school went to Bantock Park for the special photo shoot with the Mayor and Mayoress, they were then treated to refreshments, which everyone enjoyed!
Keep a look out for the Mayor’s Christmas Card.
Children spent the day completing activities so they could learn about and understand the significance of the day. Some of our children had the opportunity to attend the Wolverhampton Schools Remembrance Service and marched through the city centre alongside veterans and soldiers. The photograph below shows School Council with Reverend Nick Watson.
On the 28th September, the children and staff celebrated Harvest. The amount of donations exceeded our expectations. Each class participated in the Harvest celebrations performing stories, songs and poems. The donations that we have received will now be distributed to Black Country Women's Aid. Thank you again to our families for their support.
On Tuesday 17th July, the pupils took part in the annual Race for Life to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. The event took place on our brand new field and consisted of laps with a variety of obstacles along the way. Everyone had a great time as well as donating to cancer research.
Members of Wednesfield Rotary Club joined the staff and pupils to plant shrubs, hedges and trees in our Early Year’s Outdoor Area. These were kindly donated by The Woodland Trust and included varieties such as Silver Birch, Oak and hedging plants. It was an extremely cold but enjoyable activity as we all worked as a team to dig, plant and water throughout the morning. It was particularly rewarding to watch the children happily interact with the adults and show such enthusiasm in further developing the outdoor environment to enhance their learning. They especially enjoyed the delicious refreshments at the end of the morning as a reward for all their hard work! Thank you once again to Wednesfield Rotary Club!
On 22nd January, twenty-one dancers from three Trust schools (Elston Hall, Palmers Cross and Edward the Elder Primary Schools) competed in the regional heats of the Great Big Dance Off at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre. Pupils performed their dance 'Faded', choreographed beautifully by dance teacher Miss Jones. Pupils worked extremely hard to perfect the dance and produced a stunning performance! Despite not getting a place in the final, staff and parents are extremely proud of how well pupils performed. More importantly, it has been wonderful to see friendships blossom between pupils from different Trust schools. Well done dancers - you were outstanding and did us all proud!
Edward The Elder school choir had a splendid time at the Young Voices concert at the Genting Arena, Birmingham on Friday 12th January. They performed a range of popular songs covering many genres and decades with other choirs around the country, in fact over 6200 children performed together !
The choir enjoyed every single moment of the day, from the rehearsals to the actual evening performance to a sold out arena. The children beamed all day with their smiles, enthusiasm and performance. The staff were also bursting with pride and a few tears were shed during the slow ballards !
We would like to extend our appreciation to the parents of the choir who have supported us throughout our Young Voices journey. The children spotted the parent banner in the audience which displayed the words
' Edward The Elder Choir Rock !' Perfect words for a perfect night enjoyed be all.
We were lucky enough to open our brand new school building two years ago and although the new classrooms and facilities were fantastic our outdoor area was bare and overgrown. As outdoor learning opportunities for Early Years pupils has always been a priority in our curriculum we decided to embark upon a project to develop and enhance this aspect of our setting.
The project began with the help of British Gas who kindly sent a team of their employees to volunteer their time in order to clear up and cut back an overgrown forest area and patch of land on which we hoped to create a Sensory Garden for the children to enjoy.
We were then contacted by Wednesfield Rotary Club regarding a £2,000 donation they wished to offer the school in memory of ex-governor Rtn Hortense Davis. With the continuous support and patience of Ray Ward, including numerous meetings and visits to school, it was decided that we would use the money to create a Sensory Garden, outdoor play equipment and a safe wooded area in which the children could experience Forest School learning activities.
With the recommendation of Ray we placed a bid in to the local Princes Trust who decided to choose our project as a two-week work scheme for young people, organised and run by Dave Langford. Funding from The Rotary Club was used by the team to plan and order materials and resources and carry out necessary work including preparing and membraning each area, covering these with bark, digging for fence posts and climbing equipment and ordering wooden planters.
Our school caretaker, Mr Dave Clarke, was a constant support throughout the entire project and proved to be invaluable in so many ways. He provided crucial Health and Safety advice, ordered materials, supported The Princes Trust contributions as well as offering his own skills and time in renovating existing climbing equipment, building new fencing and seating areas and building an impressive new outdoor sandpit with the help of Mr Hubbard.
As well as creating a super new learning environment for our children we were also extremely keen to establish relationships between school and the local community and businesses. For example, donations of sand, gravel and top soil were provided by local business Energyseal Windows and Conservatories based on Planetary Road and delivery was made free of charge. Plants and seeds were provided by a local gardening business and also a friend of the Rotary Club and logs, a Bug Hotel and bird tables were built and donated by willing parents.
On Friday November 10th we celebrated the opening of our new outdoor area and took this as an opportunity to thank The Rotary Club and everyone involved for their fantastic support. We enlisted the help of the Chairman of the Rotary Club and John Allen, backing singer for Olly Murs, to unveil the Hortense Davis memorial plaque and officially open our new site. This will culminate in Rotary members planting 500 crocus bulbs with the children which have been donated by The Woodland Trust.
Future plans for the development of this project include completion of fencing for the secure forest area, development of a vegetable patch and planting of trees to be donated by The Woodland Trust in March next year. We are excited to see this area continue to develop and make plans for future developments.
Edward The Elder choir performed Christmas carols at our local residential care home. The staff and residents warmly welcomed our choir and they were treated to squash, biscuits and Christmas crackers. After our splendid performance, the choir spent time chatting to the residents and they presented them with the Christmas cards made by each year group back at school. Ms Kenton, the duty manager, commented on how polite and considerate the children were whilst speaking to the residents. Furthermore we have been asked to perform again in the very near future.
We would like to say well done to our choir members for their wonderful singing, empathy and being a great asset to our school this morning. Well done !