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 !
Edward The Elder braved the snow and cold to attend our annual Christmas Fayre organised by Eddie's friends. Our special guest, Father Christmas, is used to these weather conditions and met our children on his spectacular sleigh. Our school choir opened our fayre with some Christmas carols which certainly put everyone in the festive spirit. The stalls were a great success with our children and their parents.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Eddie's friends for organising the event, along with Wednesfield Rotary club and the local police for giving us their time to make our Christmas Fayre a great success !
Edward the Elder choir performed at St. Thomas' Church, Wednesfield as part of the annual Christmas light event. The choir sang 'It Was On A Starry Night' in two part harmonies and used sign language to present the song. What an amazing performance it was!
Also we would like to say a big thank you to our choir parents who supported us with this event and we certainly heard your cheers from the balconies.
A group of year 5 and 6 children were chosen to plant crocus bulbs alongside members of Wednesfield Rotary Club at Sainburys' to highlight and raise awareness of Polio Research. Both children and adults had a great time preparing the ground, planting the bulbs and working as a team to give something back to the community. This was followed by a well-deserved lunch at Sainburys!
As a Trust, we are dedicated to working together and promoting all of our achievements. This year Palmers Cross, Edward the Elder and Elston Hall Primary School joined together to take part in Wolverhampton City's Diversity event. Boys, girls and staff from all three schools spent the weeks leading up to the event, working hard to create a stunning dance which they performed on stage at the Civic Theatre, along-side many other schools from across the city. This was the 30th year this event has been part of Wolverhampton's city calendar, it challenges schools to use the creative arts to celebrate the strength of diversity in our city.
We are so proud of their fantastic performance!